Jaishankar files nomination papers for Rajya Sabha poll

first_imgGandhinagar: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Tuesday filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha poll from Gujarat, scheduled on July 5. Jaishankar reached Ahmedabad Monday evening, hours after he officially joined the BJP in the presence of BJPs working president J P Nadda in Delhi. Jaishankar, 64, had served as the Foreign Secretary in the previous Modi-led government. He was inducted into the Union cabinet in Modi’s second term. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Gujarat BJP OBC cell president Jugalji Thakor also filed his papers for the second Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat. The two seats were vacated after BJP leaders Amit Shah and Smriti Irani were elected to the Lok Sabha last month. As per norms, a minister who is not a member of Parliament has to be elected to either House within six months of his or her swearing in. Thakor is from Mehsana district and belongs to the dominant Thakor community in the state. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani were present as Jaishankar and Thakor submitted their nomination forms to the returning officer C B Pandya. The last date of submitting nomination papers is June 25, while scrutiny of papers would be conducted on June 26, and the last date of withdrawal is June 28. Given its strength in the Assembly, the BJP is set to win both the seats, especially as the election will be held separately as per the Election Commissions notification. Upset over the Election Commissions notification, the Congress had moved the Supreme Court seeking its direction to the poll body to hold the elections to the two seats together, as this gives a chance to the opposition party to win at least one seat. The apex court refused to entertain the plea. The Congress has fielded Gaurav Pandya and Chandrika Chudasama for the two Rajya Sabha seats.last_img read more

Caroline Neron celebrity jewel queen and former Dragon dethroned in Quebec

first_imgMONTREAL — News that celebrity Quebec jewelry-maker Caroline Neron filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday is shining a harsh light on the qualifications of stars chosen for the province’s French-language version of the deal-making show, “Dragon’s Den.”Described by news media as a “thunderclap” in Quebec’s retail industry, Neron’s financial troubles have called into question her aptitude for assessing entrepreneurial talent on Radio-Canada’s “Dans l’oeil du dragon.” The show features prominent businesspeople deciding whether to invest in the pitches of budding entrepreneurs.Francois Lambert, a former panellist on the show, said the French CBC does not ask its prospective stars to reveal their riches or demonstrate they have the time and liquidity to properly invest in start-ups.“They never asked to see my numbers,” Lambert said in an interview. “They can say that they ask to see people’s numbers, but they don’t, because they never did it with me. And this week it exploded in their faces.”Other embarrassing choices to play the role of dragon include Gilbert Rozon, the disgraced founder of Just for Laughs facing sex-crimes charges, and Martin-Luc Archambault, who quit the show in September under a cloud. An investigation by the privacy commissioner of Canada revealed his IT company violated numerous provisions in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.Lambert co-founded Aheeva Technology Inc., a software for call centres available in 75 countries, and says he has investments in 10 companies, including a three-year-old start-up called Boostmi — an on-demand roadside assistance application.The entrepreneur said a little research would have flagged concerns about Rozon and Archambault, and he claimed there are other people with whom he appeared who did not belong on the show. Radio-Canada should seek out candidates who have money, and who have sold a business, he argued.“We make money with a company, in reality, when we sell it,” Lambert said. “I had just sold my business when they asked me to be on the show …. I wasn’t an impostor and I had my place there. You become a dragon when you have finished your company, and you have the time to invest and apply your recipe of success with others.”Marc Pichette, spokesman for Radio-Canada, said the public broadcaster and the show’s producers “conduct a basic review of (the) application based on information given in good faith by the potential dragon.”He added that when Rozon was on the show in 2016 he was an internationally celebrated figure who had also been chosen by the City of Montreal as commissioner for its 375th anniversary, held in 2017.Montreal’s La Presse reported Friday it contacted all eight of the entrepreneurs with whom Neron made deals on the latest season of the show, which ended in June 2018. Not one of them had received any money from the jewelry maker. Neron left the show in December.During an interview with the TVA television network on Thursday, Neron said she is closing 9 of 14 boutiques in the province and letting go 64 of 152 employees.She rose to prominence in Quebec as a singer and actor. Michel Nadeau, head of a think tank on governance of public and private companies, said Neron’s brand was strong in Quebec, and she was one of the few people to make a name in the jewelry market.“It was one of the rare companies, in the jewelry and craft and artisanal industry that succeeded in imposing a brand in the industry — she succeeded,” said Nadeau. “She is very, very present on television and on the radio.” The problem was that she grew the business too quickly, he said, by investing too much in retail and small boutiques in commercial centres with extremely high rents.Lambert, who was not invited back for the upcoming season of “Dans l’oeil du dragon,” said Neron’s story should serve as a lesson to all entrepreneurs “who spread themselves so thin and do anything and everything, instead of managing their own company.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

THE 17TH ANNUAL ACTRA AWARDS IN TORONTO NOMINEES

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female Voice:Emilie-Claire Barlow as Courtney in Total DramaRama, “Sharing is Caring” (Fresh TV)Lilly Bartlam as Gwen in Total DramaRama, “Aquarium for a Dream” (Fresh TV)Julie Lemieux as Grandma Steak in Cupcake & Dino: General Services, “Mozoko” (Cupcake and Dinosaur Productions Inc.)Bryn McAuley as Shirley Squirrley in Top Wing, “Shirley’s Sleepover Adventure” (9 Story Media Group)Ana Sani as Piper Willowbrook in Mysticons, “The Edge of Two Morrows” (Corus Entertainment) Seán Cullen Cory Doran Mark Forward Mark Little Joseph Motiki Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Male Voice:Seán Cullen as Mayor Shelbourne in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, “Now You See Him” (DHX Media)Cory Doran as Captain Dilly in Top Wing, “Cap’n Dilly’s Dance Party” (9 Story Media Group)Mark Forward as Hugo in Cupcake & Dino: General Services, “Hu’s the Boss” (Cupcake and Dinosaur Productions Inc.)Mark Little as Dino in Cupcake & Dino: General Services, “My Life in Radio (Stinks!)” (Cupcake and Dinosaur Productions Inc.)Joseph Motiki as Pedro in Hotel Transylvania, “Bandages of Brothers” (Corus Entertainment) Anne with an E Baroness Von Sketch Show Kim’s Convenience Schitt’s Creek Workin’ Moms Advertisement Nominees for the Members’ Choice Series Ensemble award:Anne with an E (Northwood Anne)Baroness Von Sketch Show (Frantic Films)Kim’s Convenience (Thunderbird Entertainment)Schitt’s Creek (Not a Real Company)Workin’ Moms (Workin’ Moms Productions) Rick Parker Sue Parker ACTRA Toronto Stunt Awards will be presented to stunt performers and animal wranglers Rick Parker and Sue Parker.Jayne EastwoodThe sketch troupe Women Fully Clothed will present their fellow member Jayne Eastwood with the 2019 Award of Excellence. Sugith Varughese Sean Jones The show will be written by Sugith Varughese and feature Juno Award-winning soul singer Sean Jones as well as onstage DJ hey! dw.“It is fitting, during this extraordinary time when women’s voices are fighting to be heard, that ACTRA Toronto is splitting the voice award into female and male categories,” says President Theresa Tova. “Voice Co-Chair Linda Ballantyne was a powerful advocate for this change. It’s only fair to give female voice performers more recognition.” Tova further notes, “It is wonderful to see repeat nominees: Emilie-Claire Barlow, Lilly Bartlam, Seán Cullen, Cory Doran, Julie Lemieux, Bryn McAuley and Gord Rand.”ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada’s 25,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers. Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO – ACTRA Toronto is excited to announce the nominees for the 17th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto. The ACTRA Awards in Toronto will take place at The Carlu on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Tantoo Cardinal Katie Douglas Deborah Kimmett Amybeth McNulty Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female:Tantoo Cardinal as Mary Birchbark in Falls Around Her (Baswewe Films)Katie Douglas as Lisa in Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey (Cineflix)Deborah Kimmett as Patty in Keep Coming Back! (The Company You Keep)Amybeth McNulty as Anne in Anne with an E, “The Determining Acts of Her Life” (Northwood Anne)Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah as Millicent in Maternal (Off2Kali Productions) Dalmar Abuzeid Vladimir Cubrt Jeremy Ferdman Stephen McHattie Gord Rand Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Male: Dalmar Abuzeid as Sebastian ‘Bash’ Lacroix in Anne with an E, “Struggling Against the Perception of Facts” (Northwood Anne)Vladimir Cubrt as Donnie Marchuk in Luba (Purple Pants Productions)Jeremy Ferdman as Richie in Robbery (Pagemaster Entertainment)Stephen McHattie as Gus Power in Crown and Anchor (Crown and Anchor Films)Gord Rand as Jim in Man Running (Man Running Ltd.) Emilie-Claire Barlow Lilly Bartlam Julie Lemieux Bryn McAuley Ana Sani Advertisement Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Delhi to vote for full statehood in this election says Atishi

first_imgNEW DELHI: People this time will vote for Delhi’s full statehood as not having the status is directly linked with concrete issues such as unemployment, women’s safety and lack of opportunities in higher education, AAP leader Atishi has said. Atishi is one of the seven candidates fielded by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi. The AAP is contesting the elections with the slogan ‘Poorna Rajya Banao Jhadu ka Button Dabao’, telling people that Delhi will get full statehood if they vote for the party. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Aam Aadmi Party’s Lok Sabha candidate for the East Delhi constituency said the party is “talking of concrete issues of lack of safety and security, cleanliness and employment that is linked to Delhi not having full statehood”. “People in Delhi this election are going to vote on these factors,” Atishi said. Noting that there is “no narrative” this election and people would vote based on local issues affecting them, she said, “Like in 2014, there was ‘Abki Baar Modi Sarkar’, in 2015, there was narrative to make Kejriwal as the chief minister but if you see in this election there is no narrative across the nation either in favour of anyone or against anyone”. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsShe added that a lot of people who voted for the BJP in 2014 were “not natural BJP voters” but the ones hoping for change in favour of development. “When they voted for the BJP (in 2014), they thought it is on the agenda of development. They were also the elections that had mega narratives,” she said. “I think people would say we have seen consequences of voting for Modi, nothing changed in our lives. Our children still don’t have education, they don’t have jobs, women are still not safe. Now they will vote based on seeing the work that we (AAP) have done after coming to power,” the 37-year-old Oxford graduate said. On reforms in government school education in Delhi, Atishi said when the AAP came to power, there were multiple gaps that had to be dealt with. “One was that of the basic infrastructure, whatever infrastructure was there was poorly maintained. There were some schools in east Delhi having over 150 students in one class and with such infrastructure deficiency there is no way you can provide high quality education,” she said. “I think all this shortage of infrastructure gave this message to the children that you are second class citizens and you don’t matter in this world and you are not going to make it anywhere,” Atishi said. The second major challenge was “lack of accountability” which, she claimed, is a “hallmark of a government system”. “I think changing that mindset was the biggest challenge. Everyone in this system used to believe that this system couldn’t work,” she said. “Teachers are same, schools are same, children are same but the fact that you have a government in power that is willing to improve, an intent to improve and that changed things,” she said. But she noted that Delhi’s higher education is still facing a crisis. “You have 2.5 lakh students passing out of class 12 every year in Delhi and that number is increasing. There are only one lakh seats in higher educational institutes for which children from across the country are seeking admission. So there is definitely a crisis,” she said.last_img read more

Defence awards Boeing 143B bomber maintenance contract

OKLAHOMA CITY — Boeing Co. has won a $14.3 billion contract to service and maintain all B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress bombers at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.In a statement last week, the Department of Defence said the contract includes hardware and software development and integration, ground and flight testing, configuration management, studies and analyses and modernization.The Oklahoman reports that the agreement continues a decade-old contract to service aircraft at Tinker, which is a major part of the Air Force’s maintenance, repair and overhaul network.Boeing officials say their first project will be an advanced communications integration study costing a projected $1.2 million.Maintenance of the B-21 Raider, a long-range stealth bomber expected to replace the B-1 and B-52 in the mid-2020s, will also take place at Tinker.___Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.comThe Associated Press read more

Cleveland Browns Looking to Ben Tate for Replacement

The Cleveland Browns has selected a new runningback for Trent Richardson’s replacement.The Browns has set their sights on Ben Tate, whose contract with the Houston Texans expires after this season, to replace Richardson.The Browns traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a very valuable first round draft pick next year. If the Browns ball club is able to come up with the capital, they could acquire both Tate and a first round pick for the price of Richardson.ESPN reported that Browns CEO Joe Banner said that the Richardson trade, which was completed Wednesday, was not reflective of anything negative about the star running back, and that the team simply seized an opportunity to improve with the deal.Despite the Browns interest in Tate, the Texans aren’t simply willing to give Tate up, especially when their backup running back Arian Foster is looking more and more injury prone.  In Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, the 25-year-old Tate rushed for 148 yards on just 18 carries, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. read more

Shigeru Miyamoto dont expect a 3DS hardware refresh

first_imgWhen the 3DS was first launched Nintendo made a point of saying they couldn’t shrink the device any further. The components inside barely fit as it is, and no amount of parts shrinkage is going to change that, apparently.At the time I was skeptical and still expected Nintendo to announce a 3DSi and/or a 3DS XL at some point. Now Nintendo’s leading game director Shigeru Miyamoto has said the company is trying to figure out the next generation of handheld, not how to update the 3DS.The 3DS has been on the market for 15 months now, which is about as long as Nintendo waited to introduce the DS Lite after the original DS. The previous generation handheld went on to enjoy a seven year lifespan as Nintendo’s main portable device thanks to two more redesigns.If Miyamoto is saying there’s no more 3DS hardware updates coming at the 15 month stage, it suggests Nintendo is going to start releasing handheld hardware more regularly. It also makes sense to do that as a reaction to the growing threat of smartphone gaming, which typically sees new hardware released on a 12-18 month lifecycle.Introducing a 3DS XL does make sense due to the introduction of the Circle Pad peripheral. Integrating that into the main system, increasing the size of the 3D display, and improving battery life beyond 5 hours would all add to the 3DS’ appeal. But if that’s not going to happen and we get a brand new machine instead, Nintendo just has to hope consumers are willing to buy into it again so soon.via IGNlast_img read more

Porno charges dropped by Cambodia against 9 tourists one British man faces

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3859887 By AFP Monday 19 Feb 2018, 12:21 PM 40,269 Views Share9 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock A CAMBODIAN COURT has dropped pornography charges against nine of the 10 foreigners arrested last month at a pool party in the tourist town of Siem Reap, an official said today.The group was detained for around two weeks on charges of producing pornographic materials to promote the event at a private villa in the city flanking Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat temple ruins.Police, who broke up the party on 25 January, initially accused the foreigners of “singing and dancing pornographically”.“The court has dropped charges against the nine foreigners released on bail. Only one British national will face trial,” court spokesman Yin Srang told AFP, declining to elaborate.Their lawyer Ouch Sopheaktra said the Briton was held because he was accused of renting the villa and organising the pool party. Source: The Canadian Press/YouTubeAll 10 defendants – five Britons, two Canadians, a Norwegian, a New Zealander and a Dutch national – had denied the allegations, saying that they were wearing “sexy” clothing but had not produced pornography, according to their lawyer.While Cambodia teems with foreign tourists and boasts a rowdy nightlife, the Buddhist country is often strict when protecting local traditions or heritage sites.Authorities banned skimpy clothing inside the Angkor Wat complex in 2016 and have previously arrested and deported foreigners for taking racy photos among the ruins, which are considered sacred.But the location of past violations has been inside the ancient city, not in the adjoining town of Siem Reap, a popular party hub with bars catering to foreign tourists.© – AFP 2018Read: Cambodia deports tourists accused of ‘pornographic’ pool partycenter_img Short URL ‘Porno’ charges dropped by Cambodia against 9 tourists – one British man faces trial The tourists’ lawyer said the Briton was held because he was accused of renting the villa and organising the pool party. 16 Comments Feb 19th 2018, 12:21 PM Image: Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Inslee wants light rail for replacement 15 bridge

first_imgAs the renewed effort to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge has gained momentum, one of the key sticking points that helped sink the previous replacement effort has reemerged.Five years ago, the Columbia River Crossing, a proposed replacement bridge and freeway improvement project, met its demise in the Washington Senate after lawmakers failed to fund the state’s portion of the project. Among the deal breakers was the project’s cost, design, possibility of tolls and inclusion of light rail.Just days after Oregon lawmakers agreed to resume talks on a new crossing, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee released details of his $54.4 billion proposed two-year budget that included $17.5 million to reopen a project office for an I-5 bridge replacement.Proponents of replacing the bridge have stated that details of the project are yet to be determined. But Inslee’s budget included language directing project staff to assume the new bridge will include light rail and may be financed with tolls.“Having that language allows the federal government to know we have a real project,” said Inslee in an interview with The Columbian on Friday. “It’s not just wishes and dreams.”last_img read more

Army Surpasses Target Dwell Time for Soldiers

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Army has exceeded the target dwell time for active-duty soldiers since the fall of 2014, with service members spending about three years at home for every year of deployment, according to recent data.The goal for the Army’s active component is for at least one half of soldiers deploying a subsequent time to have spent two years at home for every year deployed. The Army has met that goal since January 2012, when major troop withdrawals began in Afghanistan, reported Army Times. The ratio has improved to 1:3 or better since late 2014.Officials emphasize, however, that dwell time varies greatly among career fields, with soldiers in some specialties, such as special operations, having shorter turnaround times than troops in other careers.The dwell time target for the reserve components is 1:4. Since the spring of 2015 the National Guard has maintained an average dwell of 1:4.1; the Army Reserve’s dwell ratio is 1:4.2.last_img read more

Severed cable in Kansas hampers test grading in Sitka

first_imgAlaska’s star-crossed educational testing system suffered another setback Tuesday when a fiber-optic cable near the University of Kansas was severed at about 1:30 Central Daylight Time.Download AudioThe University of Kansas is home to AAI — the Achievement and Assessment Institute —  which provides online standardized testing to school districts across Alaska.The incident left students high-and-dry in grades 3, 7, and 8 in Sitka as they began the first day of the Alaska Measures of Progress — or AMP testing.Co-assistant superintendent Sarah Ferrency is in charge of testing in the Sitka School District. When no one could connect to the online testing service, her first impulse was to get AAI on the phone.“And I got a ‘Sorry we are closed’ message,” Ferrency said. “And I’m like ‘What? Really?’ So then I tried to get onto the computer interface. And that was what had happened to students who were testing, too. They’d try to log on and they couldn’t because the whole system was down.”In fact, most of the University of Kansas campus was down. According to a university news release, the cable had been accidentally severed somewhere just off-campus in the city of Lawrence. Internet, online classes, even email was unavailable to the majority of campus for the rest of the afternoon.Ferrency thinks the 75 students from Sitka — and any others statewide — who were taking the test when the connection was lost should be fine.“The system is designed so that if there is any disconnection for any reason at any time, their answers are saved,” said Ferrency. “So we anticipate that students who were in the test at the time of the outage will be able to log back in and pick up where they left off.”The AMP has been under fire almost constantly since it was introduced, and especially since last January, when the Department of Education decided to replace it with another testing product. But that transition couldn’t happen very quickly, so the AMP remains in use this year.Although it doesn’t look good, Ferrency says this outage is not another reason to dislike the AMP.“It certainly doesn’t help public perception,” Ferrency said. “The State Department (of Education) was very clear when they finally sent an email that said, This has nothing to do with AAI. A construction vehicle clipped a fiber-optic cable outside the campus. It’s incredibly unfortunate, and incredibly bad timing, but it’s no fault of theirs.”As of press time, the State Department of Education had no estimate of how many students across the state may have been affected by the outage. Ferrency says this was the first day of testing. Students in Sitka who were unable to log on will likely get another opportunity to take the test in about three weeks.The University of Kansas has announced that the cable should be repaired by Wednesday morning.And is this the death of online standardized testing in Alaska? Ferrency doesn’t think so.“Every modern assessment service is moving online,” said Ferrency.last_img read more

Watch the Geekcom Gifted and Talented Program Live on Facebook 1215

first_imgIntroAt noon EST we’ll kick things off wearing our Busted Tees and explaining just what the hell this show is. We’ll also start building our TMNT Mega Bloks set and fire up our 3D printer, which we’ll check in on throughout the show.Sign up here for 50% off all $20 Busted Tees shirts with promo code SCHWIFTY.Instrument 1At 12:30 our friends at Artiphon will stop by the show off Instrument 1, a smart musical instrument that helps people of any skill level discover the joy of composition. We’ll try to play some live vaporwave with it.Dollar Shave Club: Furby EditionAt 12:45 we’ll induct a new member into the Dollar Shave Club by shaving a Furby. As we scrape the fur off this latest version of Hasbro’s toy, we’ll also let you know all about the shaving subscription service.Sign up here to get any razor for just $1.Cosplay Gift GuideAt 1 we’re showing off costume pieces that’ll make great holiday gifts for the cosplayers in your life.Game of the Year: Live!At 1:15 we’re doing a special live version of Geek’s world-famous Game of the Year column. We’ll demo some of the year’s best video games on a top-of-the-line gaming PC.MovieBob in the BuildingAt 1:45 we’re talking to Geek’s resident film critic Bob “MovieBob” Chipman about the best movies of 2016. Get ready for nothing but nonstop Batman v. Superman praise.Talking Star TrekAt 2:15 Jordan Hoffman of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, is stopping by to talk all things Tribble.Box ExpertiseAt 2:30 Box Expert Will Greenwald joins us to show all the cool curios you can get shipped to your house every month thanks to our friends at Loot Crate, CrateJoy, Oppo Suites, and maybe more.Crunchyroll RouletteAt 3:00 we’re firing up Crunchyroll and diving straight into the anime dumpster. How much random anime roulette can our poor hosts handle before they become kawaii AF?Sign up here for a 30-day free Crunchyroll trial.Into the Echoside with Cannabis TechAt 3:30 you’re getting two segments for the price of one. Not only are we showing off the Insane Clown Posse tabletop game Into the Echoside, but we’re also talking about the latest in cannabis tech.Retro GamingAt 3:45 we’ll check out some of the coolest retro consoles including the elusive NES Classic. Who needs new, bad video games when you can play good, old video games?Super Mario RunAt 4:15  we’re playing Super Mario Run, the iPhone debut of Nintendo’s mascot. We’ll also be comparing which phone cases give us the best scores in a highly scientific test.Nerf PunisherAt 4:30 we’ll finish things off with a visit from the Nerf Punisher. What other dark surprises are in store?Sign up here for savings on Hasbro products with promo code HOLIDAY16.So yeah, drop whatever you’re doing, cancel all of your other plans, subscribe to the Geek.com newsletter, and strap in for the Geek.com Gifted and Talented Program live on Facebook Thursday, December 15 starting at noon EST. See you there! A lot of entities will try to convince the masses to part with their money this holiday season, but we here at Geek.com at least want you to have a good time while we’re pitching you products. On Thursday December 15, the Geek.com Gifted and Talented Program streams live over on the Geek Facebook page. Hosted by the Geek.com team in New York City, the five-hour show will feature guests, giveaways, skits, and demos entertaining viewers will also showing off some of the hottest products for the holidays.Relive the magic below!last_img read more

Hilarious Doctor Who RPG explains series 5 and 6 in a nutshell

first_imgAs a huge fan of the BBC’s Doctor Who, I know first hand that it is not always easy to explain the show to someone who has never seen it. This counts double when trying to explain it to someone who has only ever experienced American television. Since, in my opinion, American science fiction has been on the decline recently, I have been trying to encourage some of my fellow geeks to get into the show. The clever team at College Humor released a video of a Doctor Who RPG that, in my opinion, does a pretty good job of explaining the core elements of the last two seasons of Doctor Who in the most amusing way possible.The “RPG” is a combination of old school Final Fantasy with a little bit of Pokemon thrown in for the action sequences. The end result is three minutes of 8-bit humor that travels through the Doctor Who storyline since Matt Smith took the stage as the 11th Doctor.Starting from the moment David Tennant regenerated, you are rushed through all of the important plot points. Losing Rory, the Angels, the Pandorica, and absolute craziness that is Professor River Song. The video happens so fast that, while incredibly spoilerific, should you expose someone to the video before they have seen the show you won’t be ruining anything for anyone.Take a look at the video below, and be sure to drop a thank you to the guys at College Humor for giving the Whovians of the world something to laugh at while we wait for Season 7 to start up this fall.As noted above, this probably won’t ruin anything for people who haven’t seen the show yet, but it does contain spoilers!last_img read more

Global Linear Bearings Market Rising Demand Key Opportunities and Forecast from

first_imgLatin AmericaBrazilMexico Asia PacificChinaIndiaJapan Rest of the WorldTarget Audience of the Global Linear Bearings Market in Market Study:Key Consulting Companies & AdvisorsLarge, medium-sized, and small enterprisesVenture capitalistsValue-Added Resellers (VARs)Third-party knowledge providersInvestment bankersInvestorsFurthermore, years considered for the study are as follows:Historical year – 2015, 2016Base year – 2017Forecast period – 2018 to 2025Access Full Summery @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/report/2961806/global-linear-bearings-report-size-study?utm_source=HTN-SAMU The Global Linear Bearings Market report categories the market by globally based on size, estimation, updated business players, scope, trends and market dynamics with in depth descriptions.Global Linear Bearings Market is continuously growing worldwide over the coming years. Linear bearings are bearings which allow free linear motion. It consists of a movable part and a guide rail. Linear bearings are used in applications where a component needs to be moved along a straight line with high accuracy. The object may also need to be returned to its origin with high repeatability.Linear bearings come in a variety of styles and have wide load capacities. Increasing demand from automobiles industries and rapid urbanization in developing countries are the substantial drivers of the market across the globe. Moreover, rising demand from developing economies and introduction of smart bearing which are likely to creating numerous opportunity in the near future.The regional analysis of Global Linear Bearings Market is considered for the key regions such as Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World. Asia-Pacific is the leading/significant region across the world in terms of market share owing to increasing rate of urbanization and rise in demand from developing economies such as China and India. Europe is estimated to grow at higher rate in the global Linear Bearings market over the upcoming years. North America is also anticipated to exhibit higher growth rate / CAGR over the forecast period 2018-2025 due to rising penetration of linear bearings in the region.Request the Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2961806?utm_source=HTN-SAMUThe major market player included in this report are:THKNippon BearingKBSSamickMPS MicrosystemNBB-BearingSchaeffler TechnologiesSKFNSK Ltd.NTN BearingNorgren Inc.JTEKT CorporationNingbo Yinzhou Weixing BearingThe objective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape scenario and product offerings of key players profiled in this report.The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Type:Standard Linear BearingsSuperball BearingFlanged Linear BearingsLinear Bearings CarriageCeramic Linear BearingsStainless Linear BearingsBy Application:AutomotiveAgricultureMedicalAerospace & DefenseMachinery & EquipmentOthersAvail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2961806?utm_source=HTN-SAMUBy Regions:North AmericaUSCanadacenter_img EuropeUKGermany About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 19:13Slow traffic due to earlier accident on A50 Westbound at A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean).Near JCB, a collision with the central reservation, the vehicle has been moved to the side of the road and emergency services are on scene, sources confirm there is no blockage on the road but there is debris and damage for which recovery has been called. 17:57One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford) and J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Lane one (of three) is closed with highways assisting recovery.16:47Stop-start traffic on A5020 University Way Northbound at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). Travel time is eight minutes. 16:46Green Lane partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A5013 Stafford Road. 16:04Slow traffic on A52 Leek Road in both directions from Victoria Road (Joiner’s Square) to Glebe Street.Near Staffordhshire University. 15:40North Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident near North Road Academy. 15:40Slow traffic due to accident, 2 vehicles involved on A5013 at M6 J14 (Stafford North).Incident is just before J14, police have confirmed there is no blockage on the road. 13:14Three arrested for modern day slavery offences in Stoke-on-TrentTwo men and a woman have now been released under investigationTwo men and a woman have now been released under investigation. More here.12:38Body found in search for missing manGeoffrey Howson was reported missing on Tuesday. More here.12:11Debris on road on M6One lane closed due to debris on road on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A5013 (Stafford North). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.Lane three (of three) is closed. The debris cannot be located on the cameras, however the matrix signs confirm the restriction. 11:35One lane blocked due to two car accident on M6 southbound between Sandbach and Stoke-on-TrentSlow traffic and one lane blocked due to accident, two cars involved on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is blocked.11:10Heavy traffic on A500Heavy traffic on A500 Queensway Northbound between A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout) and A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes.10:38Cheers! 88 Staffordshire pubs listed in beer guideThe 46th edition of the Good Beer Guide, published each year by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), has been released today. We have a look at which Staffordshire pubs are listed More here.09:25Accident in AltonReports of accident on High Street near The Bulls Head Alton. (Image: Inrix)09:07Five vehicle accident on M6 leaves trailer containing cattle on sideA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:M6 21a southbound , emergency services are responding to a 5 vehicle collision. A trailer is currently on its side containing cattle. “09:06Slow traffic on M6 in CheshireSlow traffic on M6 Northbound between J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) and J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Some slight residual delays remain following an earlier accident between J18 and J19.09:04Broken down vehicle on M6 in StaffordshireOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed.08:51Accident reported in LightwoodReports of accident on A5005 Lightwood Road near Woodpark Lane. (Image: Inrix)08:32Lane closed due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound in CheshireQueueing traffic and one lane blocked due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.Lane two (of three) is blocked. (Image: Inrix)08:05Queuing traffic on the A34 in StoneQueueing traffic on A34 in both directions at A51. In the roadworks area. Slow on all approaches to the roundabout. (Image: Inrix)07:54Roads busy but moving in LongportBrownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. (Image: Inrix)07:53Slow traffic on A527 in ChellSlow traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout. (Image: Inrix)07:51A34 busy but moving in Trent ValeA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). (Image: Inrix)07:49Earlier accident cleared on M6There were four mile queues following the accident between junction 14 and junction 15. More here.07:42Usual congestion A500 near Porthill BankUsual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank).07:39Waterloo Road busy but movingWaterloo Road busy but moving from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place). (Image: Inrix)07:28Slow traffic on A50 near Uttoxeter Slow traffic on A50 Uttoxeter Bypass in both directions at A518 / B5030 (Little Chef Roundabout). In the roadworks area. (Image: Inrix)07:23Four mile queues due to accident on M6The accident has taken place between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent, more here.07:12Congestion in Bucknall near Lime Kiln Traffic LightsUsual congestion on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). (Image: Inrix)07:01One lane shut due to accident on M6 between Stafford and Stoke-on-TrentOne lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident on M6 Northbound from J14 A5013 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. Traffic is already slow through the area due to narrow lanes and speed restrictions. (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

Robots are taking over the construction industry

first_imgSource The next invasion of the robots may be in the construction industry, when Hadrian X, a robot named after Roman emperor Hadrian, may soon laying bricks far faster and more cheaply than any human can.Once commercially available, this amazing robot will be capable of laying approximately 1,000 bricks per hour, which means that it could build the entire shell of a building in just two days, rather than four to six weeks of hard labor needed for a human crew to complete the same task.Hadrian X is the second iteration of the house-building robot from Australia-based Fastbrick Robotics that could disrupt the $1.3 trillion global construction market and slash the cost of construction.The first one, a “Technology demonstrator” called Hadrian 105, could provide an output of “Only” 225 bricks per hour, so its successor would represent a substantial upgrade.Aside from laying bricks much faster than its older cousin, Hadrian X will make sure they fit perfectly by grinding, milling, cutting and routing different brick sizes to where they belong on the project.Before laying a single brick, Hadrian X will assess the 3-D layout of the structure being built, calculating the location and size of each brick needed.After bricks have been loaded into Hadrian’s truck, they will be cut as needed and treated with construction adhesive, which, Fastbrick Robotics claims, will improve the building speed as well as building’s strength and thermal efficiency.The robot is being configured to leave enough space for windows, doors, plumbing, and wiring, making other steps of the building process cheaper and simpler.Hadrian X will revolutionize the bricklaying industry and cut six to eight weeks off the construction time required to build a home, claims Michael Pivac, Fastbrick Robotics’ CEO. His background is business operations management.The goal is to have a version of Hadrian X ready for commercial usage sometime in 2017.The company has disclosed a framework agreement with a Perth-based builder to construct brick homes using the Hadrian X prototype.Before jumping aboard the Hadrian X hype train, remember that Fastbrick’s latest project still faces quite a few obstacles.Then there’s the issue of Hadrian X’s final price and the affordability.last_img read more

Microsoft adds Telemetry files in a securityonly update without prior notice to

first_imgThe recent Windows 7 ‘security-only’ update also includes Telemetry components, which users may be unaware of. It may be used to secretly monitor individual PC’s for “innocuous data collection to outright spyware”, according to ZDNet. Per Microsoft, the “Security-only updates” should not include quality fixes or diagnostic tools, etc. other than sole security updates. This is because, in 2016, Microsoft divided Win7 and 8.1 patchings into two parts, a monthly rollup of updates and fixes and, for those who want only essential patches, and second, a Security-only update package. Why is this “security-only” update suspicious? What was surprising about this month’s Security-only update, formally titled the “July 9, 2019—KB4507456 (Security-only update),” is that it bundled the Compatibility Appraiser, KB2952664, which is designed to identify issues that could prevent a Windows 7 PC from updating to Windows 10. An anonymous user commented on Woody Leonhard’s post on the July 2019 security update published on his website, AskWoody. Leonhard is a Senior Contributing Editor at InfoWorld, and Senior Editor at Windows Secrets. “Warning for group B Windows 7 users! The “July 9, 2019—KB4507456 (Security-only update)” is NOT “security-only” update. It replaces infamous KB2952664 and contains telemetry. Some details can be found in file information for update 4507456 (keywords: “telemetry”, “diagtrack” and “appraiser”) and under http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/ScopedViewInline.aspx?updateid=7cdee6a8-6f30-423e-b02c-3453e14e3a6e (in “Package details”->”This update replaces the following updates” and there is KB2952664 listed). It doesn’t apply for IA-64-based systems, but applies both x64 and x86-based systems.” “Microsoft included the KB2952664 functionality (known as the “Compatibility Appraiser”) in the Security Quality Monthly Rollups for Windows 7 back in September 2018. The move was announced by Microsoft ahead of time”, another user with the name @PKCano explains. The user further added, “With the July 2019-07 Security Only Quality Update KB4507456, Microsoft has slipped this functionality into a security-only patch without any warning, thus adding the “Compatibility Appraiser” and its scheduled tasks (telemetry) to the update. The package details for KB4507456 say it replaces KB2952664 (among other updates).” “Come on Microsoft. This is not a security-only update. How do you justify this sneaky behavior? Where is the transparency now?”, the user concluded. ZDNet states, “The Appraiser tool was offered via Windows Update, both separately and as part of a monthly rollup update two years ago; as a result, most of the declining population of Windows 7 PCs already has it installed”. Ed Bott, a technology writer at ZDNet, says that this update is benign and also that Microsoft is being truthful when they say “There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update.” If so, why is Microsoft not briefing users about this update? Many users are confused about whether or not they should update their systems. A user commented on AskWoody, “So should this update be skipped or installed? This appears to pose a dilemma, at least right now. I hope that some weeks from now, by the time we are closer to a green DEFCON, this has been sorted out”. Another user speculated that this issue might be resolved in the next update, “Disabling (or deleting) these schedule tasks after installation (before reboot) should be enough to turn off the appraiser \Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\ProgramDataUpdater \Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser \Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\AitAgent but it’s best to wait next month to see if the SO update comes clean” ZDNet states this might be because Windows 7 is nearing end-of-support date, which is on January 14, 2020, “It’s also possible that Microsoft thinks it has a strong case for making the Compatibility Appraiser tool mandatory as the Windows 7 end-of-support date nears”. To know more about this news, visit Microsoft’s security update. Read Next Microsoft quietly deleted 10 million faces from MS Celeb, the world’s largest facial recognition database Microsoft’s Xbox team at E3 2019: Project Scarlett, AI-powered Flight Simulator, Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077, and more Debian GNU/Linux port for RISC-V 64-bits: Why it matters and roadmaplast_img read more

Argentine military continues wage protests

first_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone So far, the protests have been kept up with off-duty officers and their normal patrols have continued without interruption. But some are calling for their fellow officers to abandon their positions.“We’re going to camp out. We have asked everyone to come join us, to leave their posts,” officer Raul Maza said Thursday as he led a rally outside the border patrol’s headquarters. “We’re not making the situation worse; that’s what the security ministry did.”The problem is that many have been paid extras on the side, and others won court judgments giving them far higher salaries than their fellow officers.The Supreme Court has ordered the government to fix this, making sure equal ranks get roughly equal pay. A government decree was published last month to make it so, specifically ordering that no rank-and-file officer should suffer losses in income. But suffer they did _ some found this month’s paychecks had dropped by 40 percent, prompting the wage protests.Now the officers want everyone’s pay rounded up, rather than see the lucky few get paid less like all the rest. Also, they don’t want to pay taxes on the part of their income they used to get on the side, tax-free. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Thousands of coast guard and border patrol officers are keeping up their wage protests in Argentina despite government promises to address their salary demands.The officers say they won’t back down until they see their wage hikes in writing.The vision of armed officers massing in the streets is deeply frightening to Argentines who lived through a military dictatorship, and politicians of every stripe have condemned the protests. But the officers say this is nothing like a military coup and they’ll go back to work as soon as promises are met. Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Unwinding this mess for thousands of members of the military will take time, and meanwhile the officers are adding more demands, such as more health care choices, a new base salary of about $1,500 a month and guarantees that they won’t face reprimands.Wednesday night, Security Minister Nilda Garre replaced the coast guard and border patrol chiefs and sent the next 10 ranking commanders of each service into early retirement. Thanks to court orders, many of these officers were earning far more than their ranks entitled them to _ as much as $19,900 a month _ much of it undeclared to tax authorities, according to a report in the pro-government Pagina12 newspaper.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Air Niugini refocuses on domestic routes

first_imgAir Niugini domestic routes will not be aected by the airline’s rationalisation of routes strategy.Managing Director, Alan Milne, said the airline will be focusing on its domestic product as it aims to become more competitive.During his presentation to the POM Chamber of Commerce, he revealed that loss-making routes would be suspended.He announced that Townsville, Denpasar, Shanghai and Tokyo ights were aected by this.“None of the domestic routes will be aected. In fact, quite the opposite. We’re really concentrating in our domestic product, we want to be competitive in price and we want to be competitive in timing and the schedule that we deliver and the ports that we y as well.“And that’s part of this program of going out and talking to people like the POM Chamber of Commerce, Lae and Madang Chamber of Commerce to get their feedback, about what we can do for them as our customer, what do they want because we don’t know unless we ask,” said Milne.The rationalisation of routes is part of the cost reduction strategy of the Higher Altitudes’ Program launched last year. The program focuses on three other pillars of steady revenue, people and customer and operational excellence.“That’s the importance of the four pillars. We have to do all four at once,” Milne stated.“We have to control our costs, we have to enhance our revenue wherever we can, be that with codeshare partners wherever we can, we have to look after our people and develop them, and we have to look after our customer.“And by that I mean we have to deliver the schedule we publish, we have to make sure that we are on time, that our aircrafts are available to operate the routes as required.”The post Air Niugini refocuses on domestic routes appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more