CN Rail trying to gag Algonquin private eye in ongoing APTN investigation

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn Algonquin private investigator has been summoned to court in Toronto in an effort to stop him from giving anymore documents to APTN National News in its on-going investigation into the Canadian National Railway.Derrick Snowdy, who is a band member with Kitigan Zibi, says it’s simply an effort by CN Rail to gag him.But CN, in court documents, said he’s in possession of “confidential and commercially sensitive information” and the company wants them back.“They want all their info back and they want a gag order to stop me from discussing what I know,” said Snowdy.Snowdy will be cross-examined by CN’s lawyers Thursday.The documents have been used, in part, as the basis of several APTN stories that allege the misuse of taxpayer dollars in the expansion of a Toronto commuter rail line.The first story published Sept. 24 sparked an internal audit by the Ontario government after APTN reported a former supervisor at CN had gone to the Ontario Provincial Police with hundreds of documents, including internal billing invoices and emails, where he alleged improprieties on the part of CN during the expansion of GO between 2004 and 2008.The audit is still on-going according to a spokesperson at Metrolinx, who, in 2009, took control of GO and is Crown corporation in Toronto.CN Rail has categorically denied any wrongdoing.The documents in question come from a Crown disclosure in CN’s attempt to have former employee Scott Holmes convicted of fraud. The charges were stayed in 2010 with a promise to never have them reinstated. It was the second attempt by CN to have Holmes convicted of fraud. The first attempt resulted in a stay as well.Holmes’ former criminal lawyer Michael Lacy said the stay was a result of the conduct by CN’s private police force.Lacy persuaded the Crown at the time to hold a preliminary hearing focusing on the role CN police played in collecting evidence against Holmes, as they were the police force to handle the investigation.“It’s clear to who ever reads the transcript the Crown’s case would have been completely decimated at trial,” said Lacy in a Sept. 27 APTN story. “(CN Police) acted in a biased way. They had no regard for their role as police officers and they were really just acting as tools for the CN management for the complete purpose of assisting the CN corporation with their civil claim. In terms of my career one of the most egregious examples of abuse of power by police, if not the most egregious because it wasn’t one or two renegade police officers it was abuse of power at an institutional level with no real oversight by anyone. The internal structure of CN police is they report to CN.”At the hearing it came out that the corporate side of CN was directing CN police on how to conduct their investigation. CN police officers testified it was a “joint venture” between CN head office and CN police, who are supposed to run independent investigations like any other police force in Canada.Holmes was fired in 2008 on allegations he defrauded CN. CN sued Holmes in the hopes of recovering the alleged stolen money. They also seized his assets and former businesses. Holmes counter-sued.They’ve been caught in a bitter legal battle ever since.The civil case has never gone to trial and after stories of alleged fraud surfaced in September CN called for an immediate injunction to find Holmes guilty of giving up the Crown disclosure documents that were subject to an implied undertaking to refrain from divulging to third parties such as Snowdy or the media.Snowdy said he has over 100,000 pages of documents relating to CN, which includes phone records for one of CN’s private lawyers Monique Jilesen.He also says he has mobile and home phone records of members of CN police and the former civil judge on the CN civil suit against Holmes Colin J. Campbell, who retired after the allegations of fraud surfaced in September.Snowdy said he’ll show up Thursday but won’t provide any documents CN is requesting.CN has also asked Holmes to ask the OPP to return the documents in questions but he has refused.The OPP met with Holmes five times. At the first meeting Holmes gave a video statement and provided stacks of documents.The four other meetings were to go over the documents as a detective from the OPP’s corruption unit had many questions.The detective also emailed Holmes a number of times with follow up questions.The OPP has refused to confirm or deny if they are investigating.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Russian plane in Venezuela amid reports of Russian military arrival

first_imgCaracas: Two Russian military planes delivered troops and equipment to Venezuela over the weekend, Russian state news agency Sputnik reported Sunday. “Two Russian planes arrived in Venezuela on Saturday with equipment and personnel to fulfil technical military contracts,” the agency reported on the Spanish-language version of its website. It gave no other details but quoted an unnamed official from the Russian embassy in Caracas saying “there is nothing mysterious” about the flights. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Sputnik report was published after an independent Venezuela journalist, Javier Mayorca, said on his Twitter feed that a Russian air force Antonov-124 cargo plane and a smaller jet, apparently an Ilyushin Il-62, had landed at the main airport outside Caracas on Saturday. He said the planes offloaded around 100 Russian soldiers led by General Vasily Tonkoshkurov, head of the Mobilization Directorate of Russia’s armed forces, and disembarked 35 tonnes of equipment. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSocial media and non-state Venezuelan media picked up the information and posted pictures of the planes at the airport. One picture of a Russian-flagged aircraft posted on social media showed men in uniform clustered around it. An AFP journalist early on Sunday saw one of the planes on the tarmac at Maiquetia airport, with a Russian flag on its fuselage. It was guarded by a contingent of Venezuelan National Guardsmen. A picture of a Russian-flagged aircraft posted on social media showed men in uniform clustered around it on the tarmac. Venezuelan authorities offered no information about the flights. The Russian embassy in Caracas declined to comment to AFP on the reports. Russia and China are the main allies of Venezuela. Both have lent billions of dollars to the oil-rich South American country, propping up the anti-US government of President Nicolas Maduro. Russia has also vocally opposed US moves to sanction Maduro and his government, and to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president. US moves against Caracas have ratcheted up in recent weeks, with President Donald Trump warning that “all options” — implicitly including US military intervention — were being considered. On April 28, US sanctions are to jump up a level with a ban on crude imports from Venezuela. Historically, the US has been Venezuela’s biggest oil buyer, and the new sanctions are expected to severely crimp the Maduro government’s already badly diminished finances. Russia previously signalled its support for Maduro by sending two Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela last December to take part in a military exercise.last_img read more

Head of UN preventive diplomacy centre in Central Asia begins work

9 June 2008The senior United Nations official tasked with the world body’s preventive diplomacy efforts in Central Asia took up his duties today in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. Miroslav Jenca, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia (UNRCCA), expects to have consultations with authorities across the region in the coming weeks, a UN spokesperson told reporters.UNRCCA was established by the UN last year to help the countries of the region – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – respond more proactively to cross-border challenges and threats, such as terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime and environmental degradation, before they become costlier and more difficult to control.It is also expected to work closely with the existing UN programmes and agencies operating in Central Asia, as well as with regional groups such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).Mr. Jenca, a Slovak diplomat, recently served as head of mission for the OSCE centre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He has also served in an array of other diplomatic posts for his country. read more

UN chief to lead meeting with Spanish Premier next month to deal

15 December 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he and the Prime Minister of Spain have agreed to co-chair a high-level meeting next month aimed at tackling the urgent hunger crisis afflicting one billion people worldwide. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he and the Prime Minister of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, have agreed to co-chair a high-level meeting next month aimed at tackling the urgent hunger crisis afflicting one billion people worldwide.The Food Security for All meeting in Madrid, slated for 26-27 January 2009, aims to gather governments, private entities and civil society groups to examine progress in achieving food security, define a road map for the future and tackle hunger more effectively.The Secretary-General made the announcement at the sixth meeting of the High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, which focused its discussion on reducing hunger, promoting food security, and intensifying small-scale agriculture in countries that need and request assistance. Mr. Ban also welcomed a follow-up to the proposals made by several heads of government at the High-Level Conference on World Food Security in Rome last June to establish a global partnership for agriculture and food security, and acknowledged the Group of Eight (G-8) most industrialized countries for supporting the partnership.As well as pledging an extra $6 billion in new funding, the summit adopted a declaration at its conclusion that called for increased assistance for developing countries, especially for those hardest hit by the rise in food prices.The Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, David Nabarro, was asked to double up as Task Force Coordinator starting next year. read more

Malaka surrenders to the police

The Army Major was admitted to hospital following the incident and he had lodged a complaint with the police.An army court of inquiry is also underway over the incident as it involved an army officer. Minister Mervyn Silva’s son, Malaka Silva, surrendered to the Slave Island police today over the assault on an Army Major.The police said that at least two others who were with Malaka Silva at the time of the incident at the Jaic Hilton two weeks ago had also surrendered.

La Boheme A dive bar opera is touring Canada and stopping in

Darryl Block / Supplied The story of Irene Salemka: A ‘little girl from Weyburn’ who went on to become a European opera star While spectators may be able to let their guard down in these dive bar settings, it’s a little different for the seven singers and one pianist who are performing.“You see everybody when you’re that close. There’s no distancing yourself from the big giant stage,” said Ivany. “So it’s really in your face; you’re totally focused the entire time. You have to be willing to put up with some clinking glasses. And … (serving staff) walking by and delivering food and drink.”Regulars at these bars will have a challenge, too: They’ll either have to pay for a ticket to patronize the pub that night, or find somewhere else to drink.Against the Grain Theatre brings La Boheme to cities along the Trans-Canada Highway in the coming weeks. The show tours to Whitehorse and Dawson City in November.For tickets, visit againstthegraintheatre.ticketleap.com.Sept. 27 — Banff Legion, BanffSept. 28 — WordFest, CalgarySept. 30 — The Mainliner Pub, Medicine HatOct. 1 — The Fat Badger, ReginaOct. 2 — Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, BrandonOct. 4 — The Pyramid Cabaret, WinnipegOct. 5 — Bob’s Burger Bar, KenoraOct. 6 — Red Lion Smokehouse, Thunder BayOct. 8 — SRO Nightclub & Lounge, SudburyOct. 11 (and 10 dates thereafter) — Tranzac Club, Torontoamartin@postmedia.com Adanya Dunn performs in Against The Grain Theatre’s production of La Boheme. Related Setting a classic Italian opera in a dive bar made perfect sense to Joel Ivany when he first did it in Toronto in 2011.Now, about to tour a modernized English-language version of La Boheme across Canada, Ivany hopes to reach even more new audiences.“We just want to share opera with as many people as we can, in communities that may not have opera all the time. And to do it in a way which is kind of boundary-breaking,” said Ivany, artistic director and founder of Toronto-based Against the Grain Theatre.“I think people think of opera and there’s still sadly this misconception of large ladies with horns on their hats, and that’s not what it is at all.”During three sellout runs in Toronto in 2011 and 2017, Ivany said the dive bar performance of La Boheme resonated with people.“‘This is incredible. It’s opera, but it’s in a bar. And it’s in English and I understand it. And I’m laughing when the jokes are supposed to happen,’” Ivany described. “And it was kind of transformational for us as a company to kind of say, ‘There may be something in this.’”Against the Grain started somewhat of necessity in 2010.After graduating from the University of Toronto’s opera program, Ivany realized he would probably have to create a job if he wanted one. So he and a few colleagues decided to put on a show.They worked within their means: Financially, a $4,000 grant from the Ontario Arts Council was not enough to stage a production in a big theatre with period costumes.“A lot of what we couldn’t do sort of pointed us to what we could do. And so we chose La Boheme. And we couldn’t afford surtitles, so we said, ‘Well, let’s do it in English,’” said Ivany.La Boheme’s story — which inspired the Broadway musical Rent — is “about poor, starving artists who are choosing their art … and their dreams over reality and mortgages and life,” added Ivany. “And so we said, ‘Well, let’s find a venue that kind of suits that.’”In Toronto, that was the Tranzac Club, where the audience could drink and wear casual clothes while hearing opera for perhaps the first time.The current tour begins Sept. 27 at the Legion in Banff — where Ivany works part-time as the artistic director of opera at Banff Centre. In Regina, the venue is the Fat Badger. In Kenora, Ont., it’s Bob’s Burger Bar.“I think (people) feel like they have to pretend to be someone else when they go to opera; they either have to dress up or they have to pretend like they know a lot about arts, whereas you don’t. You just kind of have to be open to giving it a chance,” said Ivany. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 22, 2012 4:48 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,435.54, up 27.23 points):Eastern Platinum Ltd. (TSX:ELR). Miner. Down two cents, or 10.26 per cent, at 17.5 cents on 59,327,421 shares.Carpathian Gold Inc. (TSX:CPN). Miner. Down two cents, or 6.9 per cent, at 27 cents on 10,941,132 shares.Bankers Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:BNK). Oil and gas. Down 15 cents, or 9.32 per cent, at $1.46 on 8,492,657 shares.Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Down 34 cents, or 4.46 per cent, at $7.28 on 4,253,402 shares.Westaim Corp. (TSX:WED). Insurance. Unchanged at 74 cents on 3,614,188 shares.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oil and gas. Down 10 cents, or 1.53 per cent, at $6.45 on 3,465,678 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,206.03, down 11.32 points):Oro Mining Ltd. (TSXV:OGR). Miner. Unchanged at 10.5 cents on 2,527,321 shares.Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (TSXV:GSV). Miner. Down 27 cents, or 11.49 per cent, at $2.08 on 2,221,752 shares.Companies reporting major news:Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up eight cents, or 0.63 per cent, at $12.69 on 1,518,133 shares. Eldorado has announced several changes in its executive offices, including naming chief operating officer Norm Pitcher as company president. Pitcher’s role as chief operating officer is being taken over by Paul Skayman, senior vice-president, operations.Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP). Railway. Up 23 cents, or 0.31 per cent, at $74.48 on 292,165 shares. CP says it has a multi-year agreement with U.S. Silica to transport frac sand. CP did not disclose the value of the contract, which will make it the exclusive rail service provider to the American company’s newest mining and processing facility in Sparta, Wis. read more

Slumping oil prices familiar territory for natural gas producers

by News Staff Posted Feb 17, 2015 7:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Slumping oil prices familiar territory for natural gas producers With all the talk about oil prices, natural gas production is often over looked, but it was a big deal in Alberta for a long time.Gas prices saw a decline during the 2008 recession and while oil prices are expected to bounce back, natural gas doesn’t look like it will ever get back the levels it was at a decade ago.When things started to fall apart, gas producers scaled back operations and in some cases, companies diversified and actually invested in oil exploration.David Yager, National Leader Oil Field Services with MNP LLP Calgary, told 660News the value of natural gas produced in Canada in 2005 was $52-billion. In 2012 it was down to $12-billion.When everything was going well before the drop off in 2008, gas was going for $10 per thousand cubic feet.“I thought going into this downturn last fall when the price of oil was going down and the price of gas was steady, I thought maybe it would be immune, but the two-year average price for gas for 2013/2014 is about four dollars per thousand cubic feet and now we’re substantially below that,” he said, adding the conventional gas business which helped spark the oil boon is all but gone.He explained oil companies are in much better shape and he doesn’t see any massive long term pullbacks or planned obsolescence.There’s also a silver lining. Low gas prices are good news for the oilsands, which use natural gas and it’s also good for home heating prices and energy prices as well.Yager noted that’s one market that looks promising in Alberta, as coal fire power plants convert to natural gas.In fact, that’s the biggest market for natural gas in the United States. read more

Yemen UN official expresses hope warring parties abide by cessation of hostilities

“I am encouraged by the prospect of a cessation of hostilities set to start on 10 April. If respected, the agreement will provide men, women and children in Yemen a much needed respite from the increased violence they have been facing, on a daily basis, for over a year now,” said Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie Mcgoldrick.Large-scale relief operations are already under way in Yemen. During this period, humanitarians will continue doing their best to deliver assistance to those in need and negotiate sustained access to hard-to-reach areas.“Regardless of the outcome of the peace talks, the United Nations and our humanitarian partners will continue responding to the humanitarian needs of people, wherever they may be found and despite the great obstacles faced,” he said.He reminded parties to the conflict of the rules of war that require them to protect civilians and civilian premise and to ensure humanitarians have safe, unhindered, and sustained access to those in need. read more

Miami Worldcenter unveils big Downtown Miami project

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Miami Worldcenter gave a sneak peek to a big project that is set to come to South Florida.The company unveiled the nearly 30-acre development in the heart of Downtown Miami.It’s made up of residential towers, a hotel, entertainment options and more.“We’ve been able to maximize the views and give an incredible living experience by creating these outdoors spaces for people to enjoy,” said Daniel Kodsi, CEO of Ropan Company.The developers who plan to build it have created a 360-panorama virtual reality tour. It allows people to feel like they’re already insideNo word yet on when it will be completed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Separate dengue ward if patients rise DMCH director

first_imgDhaka Medical College Hospital director brigadier general AKM Nasir Uddin. Photo: BSSDhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) director brigadier general AKM Nasir Uddin on Wednesday said that separate dengue ward will be opened if the number of patients increases, reports news agency BSS.“A ward for the dengue patients will be opened in ‘Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute’ if the number increases,” he said in a press briefing regarding the dengue situation management at DMCH conference room.Nasir also said that the health ministry has cancelled all holidays of physicians and nurses to serve the dengue patients and asked them not to leave their respective offices until further notice.Mentioning that most of the dengue patients being treated at the DMCH were children, the director said that the hospital is serving the patients 24 hours and it has adequate medicine.last_img read more

Man Rescued In Houston After Being Stuck In Manhole For Six Days

first_imgThe Houston Fire Department rescued a man early Monday morning that claimed he was stuck 15 feet underground in a manhole for six days.HFD confirmed to News 88.7 that they rescued the man at 2:28 a.m. They said he was taken to a local hospital with a foot injury. His condition is not known at this time.According to multiple media outlets, the man was discovered by construction workers in a grassy area near the South Sam Houston Tollway and Highway 59. Sharelast_img

Three School Records Fall at the Victor Lopez Classic

first_imgMen’s 100m 4. Sterling Warner – 10.72 (+0.4)6. Donald McClinton – 10.81 (+0.4) HOUSTON, Texas – Alexis Gibbons, Gabriela Leon and Morgan Zacharias each set school records to cap off the final day of the Victor Lopez Classic. The Cardinals finished with seven wins and 21 top three finishes.  Men’s 100m (Section B)19. D’Onte Blount – 11.74 (-0.3) The Cardinals will split up for competition next weekend, participating in the Texas Relays March 28-30, the Raleigh Relays March 29-30 and the Ole Miss Classic on March 30. Men’s 400m (Section B)1. Anthony Crandon – 48.12 Makenli Forrest won the discus with a career best toss of 55.76m/182-11. Marcus Jegede wrapped up the field event wins for the Cardinals with a leap of 7.68m/25-02.50 in the long jump. Women’s 100m Hurdles4. Sydney Hill – 14.158. Kelsey Heyward – 14.54 Men’s 200m (Section B)7. Anthony Crandon – 22.09 (+0.5)9. Sterling Warner – 22.15 (+2.5)18. Tyler Ettel – 22.71 (+0.5) Women’s Javelin 8. Addie Wanner – 36.52m/119-10 Men’s Long Jump1. Marcus Jegede – 7.68m/25-02.503. Anthony McRoberts – 7.36m/24-01.7514. Aaron Johnson – 6.70m/21-11.75 Women’s High Jump2. Alivia Ash – 1.73m/05-08 Men’s High Jump2. Anthony McRoberts – 2.03m/06-082. Luke Nichols – 2.03m/06-086. Skyler VanMeter – 1.93m/06-048. Dominic McClinton – 1.88m/06-0212. Clay Moss – 1.83m/06-00 Women’s Discus Throw1. Makenli Forrest – 55.76m/182-115. Gianna Gaul – 46.24m/151-086. Lilli Popovich – 46.11m/151-03 Story Links Gibbons leaped a personal best of 6.39m/20-11.75 on her third attempt in the long jump.  With the mark she broke Charachesicia Lockhart’s long jump record of 6.34m/20-9.75 set in during the 2012 season, winning the event.  Women’s 100m (Section B)2. Angel Amadi – 12.04 (+1.6)4. Jo Bond – 12.05 (+1.6) Men’s Javelin12. Clay Moss – 39.98m/131-0214. Dominic McClinton – 37.53m/123-01 Women’s Triple Jump3. Nika Karpenko – 12.22m/40-01.254. Renate van Tonder – 12.10m/39-08.50 Women’s 200m2. Sharnae Alston – 24.41 (-0.4) Women’s Shot Put1. Rashida Harris – 15.59m/51-01.758. Victoria Farley – 14.10m/46-03.25 Women’s 100m5. Sharnae Alston – 11.92 (-0.4) Men’s 200m2. Donald McClinton – 21.20 (-0.5) Women’s 400m Hurdles6. Kelsey Heyward – 1:05.01 Men’s 4x400m 4. Louisville ‘A’ – 3:18.31 (Crandon, Jones, Warner, Ettel)10. Louisville ‘B’ – 3:31.49 (Dom. McClinton, Johnson, Blount, Weaver) Louisville swept the shot put with Cade Richeson winning on the men’s side and Rashida Harris winning on the women’s side. Richeson heaved a 17.60m/57-09 for the win while Harris threw  a personal best of 15.59m/51-01.75. Victor Lopez ClassicMarch 23, 2019Track | Houston, Texas Men’s 400m Hurdles (Section B)2. Kameron Jones – 54.45 Women’s 100m Hurdles (Section B)1. Kayla Alexander – 14.03 (+0.1) Women’s Pole Vault2. Morgan Zacharias – 4.20m/13-09.253. Gabriela Leon – 4.20m/13-09.255. Aliyah Welter – 3.80m/12-05.50 Women’s 4x100m2. Louisville – 45.50 (Alston, Amadi, Bond, Alexander) Men’s Pole Vault6. Lucas Weaver – 4.76m/15-07.25 Women’s 200m (Section B)5. Angel Amadi – 24.62 (+2.6)9. Jo Bond – 25.00 (+2.6)25. Sydney Hill – 26.09 (+1.0)38. Addie Wanner – 27.22 Men’s Shot Put1. Cade Richeson – 17.60m/57-09 On the track, Kayla Alexander clocked a 14.03, winning the 100m hurdles. Anthony Crandon collected his second-straight win in the 400m with a time of 48.12. Men’s 110m Hurdles (Section B)4. Aaron Johnson – 15.05 (-0.5)12. Dominic McClinton – 15.97 (-0.6)19. Clay Moss – 19.35 (-0.6) Leon and Zacharias each cleared 4.20m/13-09.25 in pole vault to break the previous record of 4.18m/13-8.50 held by Chanel Krause and Leon. Zacharias finished second in the event while Leon finished third.  Women’s Long Jump1. Alexis Gibbons – 6.39m/20-11.752. Renate van Tonder – 6.27m/20-073. Gabriela Leon – 6.13m/20-01.509. Kayla Alexander – 5.63m/18-05.75 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

GlowintheDark Roads Now a Reality

first_imgWhat could contribute to the safety of motorists and also save energy at the same time? Glow in the dark roads, ofcourse! This smart highway in the Netherlands stretches 500 meters of length. It also has a name. They call it “Route 66 of the future.” We all fancy naming our toys, don’t we? Dutch engineering firm Heijmans Infrastructure and Daan Roosegaarde are responsible for the design and development of this project. Somewhat similar to this project, Studio Roosegaarde has previously been part of projects like bioluminescent streetlamps as well as houseplant reading lights. Passengers around the N329 highway can now enjoy the benefits of this latest technology.The glow in the dark properties are a result of paint that consists of photo luminescent powder. This powder charges itself in the day while the glow of green is apparent at night. Roosegaarde is excited about the ‘extreme’ luminescence which is believed to be “almost radioactive.” It is believed that the intended eight hours at nighttime that the glow is supposed to last could save money as the energy-draining streetlights won’t be necessary. Roosegaarde is of the view that similar to how billions are spent on design and development of cars, the roads deserve somewhat similar treatment. Afterall, they “determine the way our landscape looks.”It is clear that if every glow-deprived road was lined with the same road markings this would require huge investment for the sake of road safety. Pete Thomas at Loughborough University’s Transport Safety Research Centre believes that there will be solid evidence required to be certain that this satisfies the safety claims. UK Highways Agency is closely monitoring these trails and especially interested in how these will hold up during the winter season when the days are short and the nights grow long. That will also help determine how well it holds up against wear and tear for longer periods.The project was initially introduced in year 2012 along with temperature sensitive technology whereby snow during the fall would glow to indicate the road was slippery.last_img read more

Linux kernel announces a patch to allow 00008 as a valid address

first_imgLast month, the team behind Linux kernel announced a patch that allows 0.0.0.0/8 as a valid address range. This patch allows for these 16m new IPv4 addresses to appear within a box or on the wire. The aim is to use this 0/8 as a global unicast as this address was never used except the 0.0.0.0. In a post written by Dave Taht, Director of the Make-Wifi-Fast, and committed by David Stephen Miller, an American software developer working on the Linux kernel mentions that the use of 0.0.0.0/8 has been prohibited since the early internet due to two issues. First, an interoperability problem with BSD 4.2 in 1984, which was fixed in BSD 4.3 in 1986. “BSD 4.2 has long since been retired”, the post mentions. The second issue is that addresses of the form 0.x.y.z were initially defined only as a source address in an ICMP datagram, indicating “node number x.y.z on this IPv4 network”, by nodes that know their address on their local network, but do not yet know their network prefix, in RFC0792 (page 19). The use of 0.x.y.z was later repealed in RFC1122 because the original ICMP-based mechanism for learning the network prefix was unworkable on many networks such as Ethernet. This is because these networks have longer addresses that would not fit into the 24 “node number” bits. Modern networks use reverse ARP (RFC0903) or BOOTP (RFC0951) or DHCP (RFC2131) to find their full 32-bit address and CIDR netmask (and other parameters such as default gateways). 0.x.y.z has had 16,777,215 addresses in 0.0.0.0/8 space left unused and reserved for future use, since 1989. The whole discussion of using allowing these IP address and making them available started early this year at the NetDevConf 2019, The Technical Conference on Linux Networking. The conference took place in Prague, Czech Republic, from March 20th to 22nd, 2019. One of the sessions, “Potential IPv4 Unicast Expansions”, conducted by  Dave Taht, along with John Gilmore, and Paul Wouters explains how IPv4 success story was in carrying unicast packets worldwide. The speakers say, service sites still need IPv4 addresses for everything, since the majority of Internet client nodes don’t yet have IPv6 addresses. IPv4 addresses now cost 15 to 20 dollars apiece (times the size of your network!) and the price is rising. In their keynote, they described, the IPv4 address space includes hundreds of millions of addresses reserved for obscure (the ranges 0/8, and 127/16), or obsolete (225/8-231/8) reasons, or for “future use” (240/4 – otherwise known as class E). They highlighted the fact: “instead of leaving these IP addresses unused, we have started an effort to make them usable, generally. This work stalled out 10 years ago, because IPv6 was going to be universally deployed by now, and reliance on IPv4 was expected to be much lower than it in fact still is”. “We have been reporting bugs and sending patches to various vendors. For Linux, we have patches accepted in the kernel and patches pending for the distributions, routing daemons, and userland tools. Slowly but surely, we are decontaminating these IP addresses so they can be used in the near future. Many routers already handle many of these addresses, or can easily be configured to do so, and so we are working to expand unicast treatment of these addresses in routers and other OSes”, they further mentioned. They said they wanted to carry out an “authorized experiment to route some of these addresses globally, monitor their reachability from different parts of the Internet, and talk to ISPs who are not yet treating them as unicast to update their networks”. Here’s the patch code for 0.0.0.0/8 for Linux: Users have a mixed reaction to this announcement and assumed that these addresses would be unassigned forever. A few are of the opinion that for most business, IPv6 is an unnecessary headache. A user explained the difference between the address ranges in a reply to Jeremy Stretch’s (a network engineer) post, “0.0.0.0/8 – Addresses in this block refer to source hosts on “this” network. Address 0.0.0.0/32 may be used as a source address for this host on this network; other addresses within 0.0.0.0/8 may be used to refer to specified hosts on this network [RFC1700, page 4].” A user on Reddit writes, this announcement will probably get “the same reaction when 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 became available, and AT&T blocked it ‘by accident’ or most equipment vendors or major ISP will use 0.0.0.0/8 as a loopback interface or test interface because they never thought it would be assigned to anyone.” Another user on Elegant treader writes, “I could actually see us successfully inventing, and implementing, a multiverse concept for ipv4 to make these 32 bit addresses last another 40 years, as opposed to throwing these non-upgradable, hardcoded v4 devices out”. Another writes, if they would have “taken IPv4 and added more bits – we might all be using IPv6 now”. The user further mentions, “Instead they used the opportunity to cram every feature but the kitchen sink in there, so none of the hardware vendors were interested in implementing it and the backbones were slow to adopt it. So we got mass adoption of NAT instead of mass adoption of IPv6”. A user explains, “A single /8 isn’t going to meaningfully impact the exhaustion issues IPv4 faces. I believe it was APNIC a couple of years ago who said they were already facing allocation requests equivalent to an /8 a month”. “It’s part of the reason hand-wringing over some of the “wasteful” /8s that were handed out to organizations in the early days is largely pointless. Even if you could get those orgs to consolidate and give back large useable ranges in those blocks, there’s simply not enough there to meaningfully change the long term mismatch between demand and supply”, the user further adds. To know about these developments in detail, watch Dave Taht’s keynote video on YouTube: Read Next An attack on SKS Keyserver Network, a write-only program, poisons two high-profile OpenPGP certificates Former npm CTO introduces Entropic, a federated package registry with a new CLI and much more! Amazon adds UDP load balancing support for Network Load Balancerlast_img read more

Epson launch new digital projector EF100WB

first_imgEpson launch new digital projector, EF-100W/B Epson’s first portable laser projector has been designed to be as flexible as possible for home users, in both usability and design. The EF-100W/B is Epson’s smallest laser projector 1, measuring just 23cm along its longest edge, and will be available from June 2019.The EF-100W/B makes Epson’s bright, vivid and long-lasting laser technology available in a compact and lightweight chassis, in either a black or white casing.By using a laser light source and locating the vents and power inlet on the side, the engineers at Epson have developed a projector that is compact and can be placed and project in any direction. This gives users more flexibility as to where they can project onto such as a wall, ceiling or floor. It also has the capability to project up to 150 inches – ideal for supersizing content. Even in daylight, the laser light source delivers a bright and vibrant picture, so there’s no need to turn lights off, block windows or even use a screen. Additionally, wonky and distorted images can be avoided by using the auto picture adjustment feature.Offering a long-term and maintenance-free solution, the laser light source lasts up to 20,000 hours. This provides great value for money as it allows the projector to be used every day for ten years 2. Complementing its portable design, the EF-100W/B offers a swift and simple set-up. Users can launch the Welcome Guide to learn how to set up the projector and discover its key features. Furthermore, the remote makes it easy to navigate the user-friendly interface.Accessing content from a phone, tablet, DVD player, games console or laptop is easy by inserting a cable into the HDMI port. Streaming content is simple too – devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku and Apple TV can be plugged in the back.The plug and play design also incorporates flexible options for sound: built-in speakers, Bluetooth connectivity for sound bars or a headphone jack. There’s also a sound mode to reflect the type of content being shown.The EF-100W/B has been designed for style-conscious users. The white EF-100W features silver accents while the black EF-100B has copper edging. Both models feature rounded corners, minimal buttons and a tactile, leather-like finish.Amy Ng, product manager, Epson Europe, says: “This projector offers something different to our portfolio. As well as being stylish, it offers great functionality for home users with its compact size and long-lasting and high-quality laser light source.In addition, we believe this projector has the potential to tap into the small business market appealing to sales people delivering presentations, professional photographers and designers showing their portfolio on location, and boutique business owners such as beauty salons looking for affordable and creative display solutions.”The EF-100W/B is available from June 2019. More information can be found on the website here: https://www.epson.co.uk/for-home/home-cinema/ef-100Key features: • Stylish finishes (EF-100W white and silver/EF-100B black and copper) • Compact (WxDxH/mm:210x227x88) • Lightweight (2.7kg) • Long-lasting and high-quality laser light source (20,000 hours/ 12,000 hours 2) • Vibrant and realistic images even in daylight (3LCD technology, 2,000lm, 2,500,000:1 dynamic contrast) • Big display size (up to 150 inches) • HD resolution • Project on almost any surface and in any direction (laser light source, vents and power inlet on the side) • Stress-free set up (welcome guide, remote) • Automatic picture adjustment (keystone correction vertical +/- 45, horizontal +/- 40) • Simple to stream content (1x HDMI 2.0,1x USB) • Easy sound options (built-in 5W speaker, Bluetooth audio connectivity, headphone jack) • Low fan noise (26db / 29db)ENDSAbout EpsonEpson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, watches and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 81,000 employees in 85 companies around the world and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.www.global.epson.comAbout Epson EuropeEpson Europe B.V., based in Amsterdam, is the Group’s regional headquarters for Europe, Middle-East, Russia, and Africa. With a workforce of 1,830 employees, Epson Europe’s sales for fiscal year 2017 were 1.7 billion Euros. http://www.epson.euEnvironmental Vision 2050http://eco.epson.com/More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

Public Safety holds roadblock in Helpmekaar

first_imgPublic Safety held a roadblock in Helpmekaar Road on Thursday afternoon.Ladysmith Gazette  journalists caught up with the officers while they were checking driver’s licences, outstanding warrants of arrest, and if vehicles were roadworthy.The scorching sun was the last thing on the officers’ minds, as they busied themselves with making sure the rules of the road were adhered to.The officers later moved to the CBD to set up more roadblocks. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

Improvements in Phuket boat safety gets Chinese media attention

first_imgImprovements in Phuket boat safety gets Chinese media attentionImprovements in Phuket boat safety gets Chinese media attentionPhuket – Thailand’s Tourist Police Bureau recently took Chinese media members to Phuket to see first-hand how improved Phuket tour boat safety measures and shipyard standards are being implemented and enforced.The one-day trip on Friday, 3 August, 2018, was also joined by national experts on shipbuilding quality standards and officials from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). This is to re-build tourism to assure confidence among tourists that the necessary measures are moving forward.The Chinese media inspected Chalong Pier, its dock and its procedures before allowing vessels to leave for sea tours and diving.In the latest attempt to uplift Phuket’s tour boat safety, there have been improvements of Thai tour boat rules and regulations. The captain and helmsman must register each boat’s name and specification, plus the exact number of passengers and tour route must be submitted to the responsible officials including Phuket’s Marine Office, Tourist Police and Provincial Administrator before leaving port each time.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

Macau announces collaboration with JeanClaude Biguine Salon for promotion in India

first_imgThe Macau Government Tourism Office has collaborated with Jean-Claude Biguine Salon and Spa in its bid to present the multiple and stylish facets of Macau to the Indian audience.The French luxe chain will be promoting Macau as the ideal holiday destination through souvenirs and props placed in select outlets. Customers availing services over Rs 15,000 will be gifted special Macau souvenirs that perfectly complement the beautiful marvels of Macau. A four-week contest has been activated on Facebook for the residents of Mumbai to win Jean Claude Biguine Salon voucher worth Rs 2500 every week by choosing the ‘Most Beautiful Selfie Spot’ in Macau.Arzan Khambtta, Head, India Representative Office, Macau Government Tourism Office said, “We are very pleased to be associated with one of the best brands in the salon industry- Jean Claude Biguine. Like Macao, Jean-Claude Biguine Salon & Spa redefines indulgence so we are looking forward to present Macau to the Indian audience in an all new style. We also have an exciting contest running on the social media handles of Macau Tourism where all Mumbaikars can sign-in and pick their favourite from the wide-array of stunning destinations in Macau that is perfect to be titled as the ‘Most Beautiful Selfie Spot’ and win a special prize.”last_img read more