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RCMP reminding motorists that school zones are back in effect this Tuesday

first_imgDistracted driving is now a leading cause of injury and death. As a driver, your full attention must at all times be on the task of driving. This includes noting and obeying all speed limit signs, especially those in school zones. In addition, playground zone speed limits are in effect from dawn to dusk every day and are also 30 km/hr.Listed below are several common school zone-related offences, along with their associated fines:Speed in a school zone or playground zone: $196Fail to obey school guard or school patrol: $167Fail to stop for School Bus: $368Fail to yield to a pedestrian at crosswalk: $167For more safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe start to the school year visit BCRCMP or ICBC. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP is reminding motorists that with schools back in session next week, officers will be back out in full force patrolling school zones and crosswalks across the province.School zone speed limits are in effect from 8 am to 5 pm during school days and the posted speed is 30 km/hour.Police will be watching for speeders, and they won’t be handing out warnings. Tickets start at $196 and move up from there. With the anticipated thousands of children returning to class, their safety will be paramount. The RCMP is asking the public to be mindful that all school zones are back in effect next week and to be watchful for school children on their routes.last_img read more

Former NFF MP Muhammad Muzammil further remanded

Former National Freedom Front (NFF) Parliamentarian Muhammad Muzammil, who was arrested by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) last month, was further remanded till July 7.He was arrested after he appeared before the FCID to make a statement over alleged misuse of Government vehicles when the former Government was in power. (Colombo Gazette)

Rupert Murdoch defends his 50 years at the top of Englishspeaking media

Rupert Murdoch defends his 50 years at the top of English-speaking media before UK inquiry AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 25, 2012 11:01 am MDT LONDON – News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch defended his globe-spanning, half-a-century long media career Wednesday, telling an inquiry into U.K. media ethics that he never called in favours from the powerful people his papers covered.Speaking softly, deliberately and with dry humour, Murdoch parried one question after the other about the influence his dominant media operations had in lobbying lawmakers, favouring politicians or allegedly engineering sweetheart deals.The litany of denials by the 81-year-old media baron was long but confidently delivered.“I’ve never asked a prime minister for anything,” he said after being questioned whether he had asked then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to support his bid for the Times newspapers in 1981.Murdoch was being quizzed under oath before an inquiry run by Lord Justice Brian Leveson, who is examining the relationship between British politicians and the press, a key question raised by the phone hacking scandal that brought down Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid.Revelations of widespread illegal behaviour at the top-selling Sunday publication rocked Britain’s establishment with evidence of media misdeeds, police corruption and too-cozy links between the press and politicians. Murdoch’s News International have been hit with over 100 lawsuits over phone hacking and dozens of reporters and media executives have been arrested.Showing little equivocation, Murdoch batted away challenges to his ethics by inquiry lawyer Robert Jay.Asked whether he set the political agenda for his U.K. editors, he denied it.Asked whether he’d ever used his media influence to boost his business, he denied it.Asked whether standards at his papers declined when he took them over, he denied it — and threw in a quip about his rivals.“The Sun has never been a better paper than it is today,” Murdoch said. “I won’t say the same of my competitors.”The inquiry was set up by Prime Minister David Cameron following the scandal’s resurgence in July. Murdoch’s testimony was among the most heavily anticipated — not least because of his close links to generations of British politicians, both from Cameron’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party.Four hours into his testimony, Murdoch largely held his fire, making few concessions to his inquisitor.He denied that former Prime Minister Tony Blair of the Labour Party had consulted with him on how to discredit French leader Jacques Chirac in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He denied strategizing with Blair’s successor, Gordon Brown, on whether to call a snap election. And he denied lobbying Cameron on issues including broadcasting regulations, the ins-and-outs of which have since helped feed the scandal.He did allow having made a colorful joke reported by Blair: “If our flirtation is ever consummated, Tony, then I suspect we will end up making love like porcupines, very very carefully.”But he denied that his personal friendship with Blair had led to any favours, thumping the table to punctuate his sentence.“I never. Asked. Mr. Blair. For anything,” he said.Media-watchers have speculated that Murdoch would seek to inflict political pain on the Cameron’s Conservatives, rumours which gained force when his son James gave damning testimony about British Olympics czar Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday. The younger Murdoch released documents that suggested that Hunt had secretly smoothed the way for News Corp.’s proposed takeover of British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC, a lucrative satellite broadcaster.Hunt’s political aide Adam Smith resigned Wednesday, saying he was responsible for the perception that News Corp. had “too close a relationship” with Hunt’s department for culture, media and sport. Smith said he had acted without Hunt’s authorization, although there was immediate skepticism of how a special adviser could have acted so independently.Murdoch was co-operative, but there was a healthy helping of the phrase “I don’t remember,” particularly when confronted with potentially embarrassing anecdotes about remarks he’d allegedly made over the years.At one point, Jay quizzed Murdoch about a gleeful comment in which he took credit for smearing his left-wing opponents.“If I said that, I’m afraid it was the influence of alcohol,” Murdoch replied.Throughout the hearing, Murdoch attacked the idea that he traded on his political influence, calling it a “complete myth. One I want to put to bed once and for all.”So determined was he that at one point Murdoch seemed to claim he was totally blind to business considerations when deciding which politicians to back.“You’re completely oblivious to the commercial benefits to your company of a particular party winning an election. Is that really the position?” asked a skeptical-sounding Jay.“Yes,” Murdoch said. “Absolutely.”Murdoch’s testimony resumes on Thursday.___Online:Inquiry website:’s witness statement: read more

Canadian dollar lower amid bigger than expected retail sales slide in December

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2014 6:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday amid data showing a bigger than expected drop in December retail sales and tame inflation.The loonie was down 0.28 of a cent to 89.82 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that December retail sales tumbled 1.8 per cent from November. Economists had expected a drop of just 0.4 per cent.However, the currency was off its worst levels of the session as the agency also reported that the consumer price index was up 1.5 per cent in January compared with a year earlier. That was slightly higher than the 1.3 per cent rise economists had expected but below the Bank of Canada’s target of two per cent.The data served to indicate to markets that the Bank of Canada won’t be moving on rates until at least a year from now.“We remain confident that the most likely path for inflation is a gradual shift towards the (central bank’s) two per cent target,” said TD Economics senior economist Francis Fong.“As such, we maintain our view that the bank will likely remain on hold until at least the second half of 2015 before moving off the sidelines.”The dollar had a rough week, sliding about 1.25 cents US.Analysts point to recent soft data, concerns over the global growth outlook — China’s in particular — a dovish tone on interest rates from the Bank of Canada and a potential delay in the Keystone XL pipeline decision.Elsewhere, there was also a commitment by Japan’s central bank to carry on with its extensive stimulus package longer than planned.The Bank of Japan’s minutes of its January policy meeting were released Friday. Board members said that in order to avoid any misunderstanding about the BOJ’s program of ambitious monetary easing, the bank needed to “provide a clear explanation that it did not strictly set this to end in two years.”As part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revival strategy, the central bank in April last year announced a policy overhaul that aimed to double the money supply and achieve two per cent inflation within about two years.The April crude contract in New York declined 55 cents to US$102.21 a barrel.March copper was ahead one cent at US$3.29 a pound while April gold bullion gained $6.70 to US$1,323.60 an ounce. Canadian dollar lower amid bigger than expected retail sales slide in December read more

Cuba takes General Assembly podium to call for deep UN reform

“The United Nations requires a profound reform and the defence of its principles. The Secretary-General should be an advocator and guarantor of international peace and security,” he told the Assembly on the fourth day of its 69th annual high-level meeting.“The Security Council should be rebuilt upon democracy, transparency, a fair representation of the countries of the South that are discriminated against among Permanent and Non-Permanent Members, credibility, strict observance of the United Nations Charter, without double standards, obscure procedures or the anachronistic veto.”He also called on the international community to respond vigorously to the UN appeal for help to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and condemned United States actions around the world, including its bombing attacks in Iraq and Syria “in contempt for the United Nations Organization.”Since Wednesday, speakers have taken to the podium in the UN’s renovated General Assembly Hall to address the 193 Member State on the theme of “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda” as well as urgent crises ranging from the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and South Sudan. read more

Drowning claims over 40 people every hour in needless loss of life

“This death toll is almost two thirds that of malnutrition and well over half that of malaria – but unlike these public health challenges, there are no broad prevention efforts that target drowning,” according to the Global Report on drowning: Preventing a leading killer.More than 90 percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, the report said, and the highest rates for drowning are among children under 5 years of age.According to WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan: “Efforts to reduce child mortality have brought remarkable gains in recent decades, but they have also revealed otherwise hidden childhood killers. Drowning is one. This is a needless loss of life.”“Action must be taken by national and local governments to put in place the simple preventive measures articulated by WHO,” Dr. Chan said.The report recommends strategies for local communities including: “installing barriers to control access to water; providing safe places such as day care centres for children; teaching children basic swimming skills and training bystanders in safe rescue and resuscitation.”“At national level, interventions include: adoption of improved boating, shipping and ferry regulations; better flood risk management and comprehensive water safety policies,” WHO said. WHO – Global Report on Drowning Risk factors, preventative actions Key facts, drowning rates, leading killer of children In the first global report on the problem released today in Geneva, the UN health agency said: “Drowning is a serious and neglected public health threat claiming the lives of 372,000 people a year worldwide,” which translates into more than 40 people every hour.Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, whose foundation funded the report, said: “I believe that you can’t manage what you don’t measure – and there’s never been a comprehensive effort to measure drowning around the world until now.”“The more evidence we can gather, the better we’ll be able to tailor our prevention efforts – and the Global Report on drowning is a big step in the right direction,” he said.“Almost all water presents a drowning risk, particularly inside and around our homes,” says Dr. Etienne Krug, WHO Director for the Department for Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “Drowning occurs in bathtubs, buckets, ponds, rivers, ditches and pools, as people go about their daily lives. Losing hundreds of thousands of lives this way is unacceptable, given what we know about prevention,” according to Dr. Krug.Alarmingly, according to a number of studies from high-income countries, deaths due to drowning may be considerably underestimated, WHO said. Official data do not include drowning from suicide, homicide, flood disasters or incidents such as ferry capsizes.The report also draws attention to the need to make drowning prevention an integral part of a number of debates, such as climate change which leads to increased flooding; mass migrations, including of asylum seekers traveling by boat; and issues such as rural development and water and sanitation. Improving coordination across these various agendas will save lives, according to WHO. read more

Security Council expresses regret over postponed electoral process in Somalia

Through a Presidential Statement adopted by the body, the Council’s 15 members welcomed the continued political and security progress in Somalia since 2012, underscoring the need to maintain the momentum towards democratic governance, with an inclusive, transparent and credible electoral process in 2016 as a stepping stone to universal suffrage elections in 2020.The Council noted the consensus decision of the National Leadership Forum (NLF) to extend the timeline for the parliamentary electoral process until 25 October, and the timeline for the presidential electoral process until 30 October, to allow for the implementation of technical modalities for an inclusive process.Further in the statement, the Council noted the NLF’s consensual decision to extend the current mandates of the federal institutions to respect this revised timeline.Also noting that this electoral process is “an historic opportunity” to deliver more representative governance to the people of Somalia and to reflect Somalia’s diversity, the Council welcomed the NLF’s decision on representation of minority clans and the Banadiri community.The Council urged all parties to take necessary steps to implement the provisions in the NLF communiqué of 9 August 2016, including the Government’s commitment to reserve 30 per cent of upper and lower house seats for women.The Council urged the Government to ensure the transparent and credible electoral process in a climate of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedoms of expression and association, and commended the establishment of an electoral dispute resolution mechanism. read more

The Oval evacuated as crossbow bolt is fired onto pitch from outside

first_imgCricket spectators at The Oval were urged to “take cover” after a “crossbow bolt” was fired on to the pitch, landing between players who were rushed away.Play was suspended in the County Championship clash when the metal-tipped “projectile” – said to be around 18 inches long – ended up in the ground just yards from players and umpires.  The match between Surrey and Middlesex was later abandoned.Armed police were at the venue as the ground was evacuated on Thursday afternoon amid a major security scare. The metal-tipped arrow that was fired into The Oval Among them was retired police officer Chris Phillips, the former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, who said: “I didn’t see what happened, but it’s pretty clear the bolt was fired into the ground by some idiot from outside.”It’s a bit of a shame for everyone, though to be honest it wasn’t a great day’s cricket.”  Fans stream out of The Oval amid the evacuation Armed police outside The Oval on Thursday afternoon He said: “I was sitting by the players’ entrance talking to a fan and all of a sudden I saw all of the players and the umpires run off the pitch.”I thought, ‘it’s not raining, what’s going on?’ and one of the Surrey cricketers, Rikki Clarke, said ‘somebody’s fired an arrow onto the pitch’.”Mr Lawrence said he thought it looked “like a crossbow arrow” and that nobody was sure where it had come from.”It was a very ghastly-looking thing,” he said. He added: “It could have done damage to everybody, it’s by the good grace it hasn’t.”Surrey cricketer Stuart Meaker described the projectile as a “metal tipped arrow” in a post on Twitter: Have taken refuge inside at #TheOval after a crossbow was fired into the stadium and stopped play. Surreal scenes.— Bradley Hatchett (@bradleyhatchett) August 31, 2017 Around 1,000 spectators were in the ground when the incident took place, along with 400 people attending networking events. Scotland Yard said it believed the object, reported to be either an “arrow or crossbow bolt”, had been fired outside the ground.Police are keeping an “open mind” about the motive, but are not treating the incident as terrorism-related. No one has been reported injured and no arrests have been made. Scotland Yard said it had been called to “reports that an arrow or crossbow bolt had been loosed into the Oval Cricket ground”.In a statement, the force added: “Officers, including firearms officers, are on scene. There are no reported injuries. Fans stream out of The Oval amid the evacuationCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph The object – reported to be either an arrow or crossbow bolt – is carried by a steward at The OvalCredit:David Rowe/Alamy Ms Edmondson said she was worried about staying in the vicinity of the ground, with the person responsible for firing the bolt still at large.As she spoke, a police helicopter flew overhead, apparently trying to spot the suspect in the streets and estates surrounding the famous ground, by now ringed by several patrol cars. Jeremy Lawrence, a Middlesex fan, saw players being rushed off the pitch shortly after the arrow landed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Players begin to leave the pitch after the ‘crossbow bolt’ was fired onto the pitchCredit:Surrey County Cricket Club But Nick Compton, the England and Middlesex batsman, shared a joke with his Twitter followers: Richard Gould, chief executive of Surrey Cricket Club, said: “Security is always close to our heart and we’ll of course review the situation to see if there are any further measures we can consider.”But we can’t build a wall high enough to prevent this kind of thing happening. These bolts can be fired hundreds of feet into the air before landing.” Speaking during the incident, a Surrey spokesman said: “We were about to bowl the next ball and the arrow appeared two pitches to the side of the pitch we’re playing on at the moment.”The umpires took it out of the ground and got the players off as quickly as possible. Everybody in the ground has now been asked to take cover, there is nobody out in the stands or out in the open in any form.”All the seating hangs over the concourse, so they’re all under the seating at the moment in the concourse area, which is fully covered.”The police are on their way. We don’t know much more at the moment. We’re not sure if it’s deliberate or accidental or whether it’s come from inside or outside the ground.” Oval evacuation Around 1,000 spectators were in The Oval when the incident unfoldedCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Armed police outside The Oval on Thursday afternoonCredit: Paul Grover for The Telegraph According to the competition’s official Twitter feed, the object was fired from outside the ground.It said: “Play suspended at Kia Oval after a ‘projectile’ was fired into the ground from outside. Fans urged to move indoors.”Middlesex County Cricket Club tweeted: “Play suspended at the Oval on advice of security. Players have left the field after a crossbow bolt landed on the square.”It later said: “Understandably, after the earlier suspension of play, the game at the Oval has been abandoned with the game ending as a draw.” Rachel Edmondson, 34, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, was among dozens of people attending a business networking session in The Oval’s suites who were suddenly asked to leave.”We were told a bolt or arrow had been fired into the ground and we had to leave and get out,” she sad. “It was really worrying. Something like that could have killed someone.” Well…we have just officially gone off the field because a metal tipped arrow just landed on the pitch!! 👀— Stuart Meaker (@SMeaker18) August 31, 2017center_img  An arrow which was shot onto the pitch is carried by a steward at the oval  Dan Norcross, the BBC Test Match Special commentator, said the object had landed between two players, around 30 feet (10m) from the strip.”To aim at a particular player is very, very hard to do, it’s about 150m to the nearest vantage point,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.”It’s a very difficult target for somebody who is trying to do specific damage and it feels more like an act of mischief. But it could have done serious damage – I’ve seen the tip and it’s very sharp and it was poking into the ground.”I can’t stress enough what a dangerous weapon this arrow was – 18 inches long with a long metal tip. It could so easily have hurt someone and it landed eight yards from about five players.” Spectators leave the County Championship clash  Play suspended at the Oval on advice of security. Players have left the field after a crossbow bolt landed on the square…..— Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) August 31, 2017 Another spectator, who gave her name only as Jacqueline, said: “We were at a corporate networking event when we were suddenly told to leave and move to the England Suite. Empty field at the Oval  Players leave the Oval after an arrow was shot onto the pitch Now being evacuated from #TheOval after crossbow incident. Strong armed police presence 👀— Bradley Hatchett (@bradleyhatchett) August 31, 2017 Armed police outside the Oval ground after play was suspendedCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA “From there we made our way our with everyone else. It’s frightening on reflection, something like that happening at a cricket match.”Police were called to the ground in Kennington, South London, at 4.35pm. Middlesex were leading by 181 runs with three wickets in hand when players left the pitch.An announcement went out at The Oval: “On the advice of our security team, please take cover. We urge you to move inside.” Empty pitch at The Oval after fans, players and umpires were urged to take coverCredit:dcdulwich/Twitter “There has been a controlled evacuation of the ground and the match has been suspended.”It is believed that the object came from outside of the ground.  At this stage, the incident is not being treated as terrorism-related.”Officers from Lambeth are investigating. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.” Spectators leave the County Championship clash Credit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Mr Gould said bags were not routinely searched on entry for this kind of low-profile match, but said there was nothing to indicate the bolt had been fired from inside the ground.One player described the object as a “metal tipped arrow” that was fired on to the outfield, not far from the players and umpires. Police outside the ground amid the major security scareCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA Another 400 people had been attending networking events at The OvalCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Compton and his colleague John Simpson were at the crease as the arrow landed on the field.The match was stopped after the first ball of the 69th over with Middlesex at 214 for seven in their second innings on the fourth and final day. Sir Robin of Loxley has just arrived at the Oval 👀 #bowandarrow 💪🙏🏻— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) August 31, 2017 The metal-tipped arrow that was fired into The OvalCredit:Surrey Cricket Club Outside The Oval, hundreds of spectators were streaming away from the ground, their day ruined by an apparent act of stupidity. Police outside the Kia Oval ground in London, after play was suspended Around 1,500 spectators were in The Oval when the incident unfolded Police outsidelast_img read more

Des sphères de granit géantes pour étudier les collisions dastéroïdes

first_imgDes sphères de granit géantes pour étudier les collisions d’astéroïdesPour étudier la mécanique des collisions spatiales, des scientifiques américains ont mis au point une expérience à très grande échelle utilisant deux sphères de granit et des grues.Le moins que l’on puisse dire c’est que Dan Durda, un scientifique du Southwest Research Institute au Colorado, n’a pas froid aux yeux. Pour simuler une collision d’astéroïdes, celui-ci a eu l’idée d’utiliser deux sphères de granit de près de 1.200 kilos suspendues à des grues de 12 mètres de hauteur. Une expérience peu commune destinée à vérifier la mécanique de collision dans l’espace et ainsi, étudier les processus de formation des astéroïdes et des planètes. Habituellement, les physiciens conduisent plutôt des tests à petite échelle puis se servent de modèles mathématiques pour extrapoler les résultats. Ils observent donc de petites sphères se heurter et rebondir comme des boules de billard pour mesurer l’utilisation de l’énergie lors de la collision. Mais, Dan Durda lui, a voulu savoir ce qu’il en était réellement dès qu’il s’agit de sphères plus importantes et ainsi vérifier que les transferts d’énergie restaient les mêmes quelle que soit la taille des rochers.Il a donc loué des grues et fait fabriquer les deux sphères de granit d’un mètre de diamètre. Déplacée au bureau principal du Southwest Research Institute à San Antonio au Texas pour plus de sécurité, l’équipe de scientifiques a été ensuite rejointe par des opérateurs qui se sont chargés de suspendre les deux sphères par des câbles et des cordons. Au total, celles-ci ont été écartées et heurtées à la manière d’un pendule, plus de 108 fois à une vitesse maximum d’environ 56 kilomètres par heure. “Des vitesses, auxquelles nous pouvions expérimenter en toute sécurité”, a précisé Dan Durda dans le journal Icarus qui a publié l’étude le mois dernier. “A ces vitesses, les résultats que nous avons obtenus sont très similaires à ceux précédemment observés”, a t-il expliqué, confirmant ainsi que les transferts d’énergie ne différaient pas selon la taille des sphères.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAMais si cette expérience leur a permis d’en savoir plus sur la mécanique de collision des astéroïdes, Dan Durda et ses collègues ont décidé de ne pas en rester là. Ils ont mis au point une autre série de tests utilisant toujours une sphère de granit et cette fois-ci, un canon. Une seconde étude encore non publiée et qui aurait, selon Dan Durda, donné des résultats surprenants.Découvrez les photos de l’expérience sur Maxisciences. Le 9 février 2011 à 13:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SNL Parodies NASAs Suit Dilemma With AllFemale Spacewalk Sketch

first_img Last week, NASA aborted its first all-female spacewalk due to ill-fitting space suits. Saturday Night Live poked fun at the dilemma with a new sketch and it features Aidy Bryant as an “emotional” astronaut.SNL, which aired the skit on March 30, received a lot of positive feedback on YouTube for the hilarious sketch. Even though the real Anne McClain was understanding of the situation, Bryant’s cosmonaut character wasn’t as pleased with the space suit issue, The Cut noted.“I’m practical, I get it,” Bryant’s character said in the skit. “Only one woman suit, so Christina [Koch] did the spacewalk with my colleague Nick [Hague], and they swam in the stars and they know what it is to be God looking down on the Earth and me … Me inside the window and it’s all okay!”Bryant then went on to list all of McClain’s pilot accomplishments, before stating, “but then the space shirt and the pants were the wrong size so, actually unfortunately, the dream gotta die.”“But you still got to go to space, you just didn’t get to go outside the ship and do the spacewalk,” Michael Che responded to the obviously upset cosmonaut.“Yeah, I got to go to space,” Bryant added with a tearful voice. “I got to do all the chill stuff you know, like being shot into the sky like a bullet on fire and then once I got there, I got to eat all the steak dust. And, you know, be whizzin’ in my tube!”Bryant ended the skit with a “word of advice” to aspiring female astronauts: “You can all become astronauts, just not at the same time!”More on All-Female Spacewalk Aborted Due to Ill-Fitting Suit‘SNL’ Spoofs Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ With ‘Horrifying’ Discover Card Skit‘SNL’ Momo Sketch Reveals Creepy Fried Chicken Chain Mascot Kit Harington Acts Out Leslie Jones’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Fantasy in SNL Promo’SNL’ Spoofs Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ With ‘Horrifying’ Discover Card Skit Stay on targetlast_img read more

Man arrested on suspicion of felony child molestation

first_imgDetectives who track child pornographers, pimps and local sex offenders — after a two-year investigation of a tip from police in Germany — have arrested an area man on suspicion of first-degree child molestation.Joseph T. Schesso, 34, turned himself in at the Clark County Jail on Thursday, said Vancouver police Sgt. John Chapman, supervisor of a team that includes the interagency Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit.On Thursday evening, Schesso was being held without bail on that allegation. He is to appear in court Friday morning, a jail employee said.Schesso also faces several federal charges after a grand jury indicted him last month for allegedly producing, distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography, according to The Columbian’s files.In June 2010, federal agents executed a search warrant at Schesso’s Fruit Valley home and reportedly found more than 3,100 images and 500 movie files of child pornography on his computer, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.last_img read more

BPA responds to Herrera Beutler letter on power line

first_imgBonneville Power Administration head Stephen Wright last month reiterated his decision to focus on Washington — not Oregon — in routing a planned high-voltage transmission line to bolster the Northwest power grid.Wright wrote a letter again detailing his rationale in response to an inquiry in June from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas. The congresswoman had echoed the concerns of some Clark and Cowlitz county neighborhoods that find themselves in the path of one of four proposed routes between Castle Rock and Troutdale, Ore.“I will continue to urge you to build the line across as little private property as possible and as far east and away from population centers as possible,” Herrera Beutler wrote.Those questions have been hotly debated since 2009, when officials first started crafting plans for the 500-kilovolt transmission line. Wright said last year that a possible route through Oregon to a BPA substation in Wilsonville, Ore., was dropped because of too many logistical and environmental obstacles. Those include a much wider crossing of the Columbia River near Longview, compared with the proposed Washington routes that cross the river near Camas. Such a route would also require taller towers and the clearing of wildlife-designated land, according to Wright.In May, the BPA identified four routes that stretch through different parts of Clark and Cowlitz counties, ranging from a “west alternative” that comes near Vancouver to an “east alternative” that runs east of Yacolt and continues down the eastern edge of Clark County. Citizens opposed to those plans laid out a so-called “gray line” that would push the transmission line even farther north and east.last_img read more

Krop student arrested for child porn after father turns phone over to

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police have arrested an 18-year-old man after his father turned his son’s phone over to investigators.Officers arrested Sean Mesa early Friday morning, charging him with possession of child pornography.Investigators said they made the discovery after Mesa’s father turned the phone over to police when he became concerned about his son’s social media posts. Mesa had uploaded several photos of him brandishing firearms.According to a warrant, investigators found a video on the phone, showing what appeared to be a child under the age of 10 being sexually abused.Mesa, who is a student at Dr. Michael M. Krop High School, was also charged with improper display of a firearm.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

CFO Launches Paid Data Tool

first_imgReason hired a director of financial analysis and benchmarking, who reports to him, to handle the data collection. The $1,200 report price was calculated by factoring development costs—startup and ongoing—and by estimating the time it would take financial analysts to collect the publicly available data themselves.To help facilitate the sale, the transaction is limited to one page and users are offered an immediate low-level teaser of their report so they can see its value. A blanked-out sample report is also provided before the sale is completed.Reason points out that the report generator is strictly an edit tool that doesn’t include sponsorships. He says he had banner ads stripped from the tool’s landing page to avoid unintended associations between the tool and run-of-site advertising.Data a Growing Trend Among PublishersData and reports have been a key opportunity for b-to-b publishers, which have historically excelled in market research. American Business Media recently announced that it has added the category, along with digital revenues, to its BIN reporting service to capture a more complete revenue picture of b-to-b publishing companies.Underscoring the potential of data services, BIN numbers indicate that the category grew 6.7 percent in 2009 to $1.6 billion compared to 2008, while print revenues dropped 24 percent to $7.5 billion.CFO was acquired in January from The Economist Group by Woburn, Massachusetts-based private equity firm Sequin Partners, LLC. The new ownership structure, says Reason, was a key enabler for getting the report tool developed and launched. In an effort to pull more revenue from its readership in the face of declining print advertising industry-wide, CFO recently launched its first fee-based online data tool that generates comparative reports on how much companies in a specific market are paying for their audits.For a flat fee of $1,200, the audit report tool essentially allows readers to benchmark audit fees among their company’s peer group. According to editorial director Tim Reason, several dozen reports have been sold in just three weeks—and if that rate continues then the tool could be a half-million dollar business. Based on this early success, Reason says the company is now considering a license model where audit firms would pay into the low six figures, depending on the type of data access they choose.The data business is a new model for 400,000 controlled-circulation CFO and its Web counterpart, which attracts about 425,000 monthly uniques. “It’s the first time, other than conferences, that we’ve asked our readers directly for money,” says Reason.”We think we’re providing readers with value they should pay for, and that’s a paradigm shift for us. Our readers are used to receiving information from CFO for free.”last_img read more

This AR app hops into spatial storytelling with cartoon bunnies

first_imgWonderscope wants to take you down a new rabbit hole. Wonderscope, an augmented reality app for Apple devices, has added a new story to its library of immersive, interactive digital miniplays. Called “Wonder’s Land Ringmaster Wanted,” the story makes the user a central character interacting with an exasperated white bunny known as Wonder. The app and the new story are free. The company said that in the coming year, it’ll speed up how quickly it releases interactive stories in the app. That’s partly thanks to the Storymaker platform that Within, Wonderscope’s creator, is building. The goal is for outside creators to jump into AR animation without having to reinvent the wheel. Next year may also feature a story starring Blob, Wonderscope’s emcee who guides you through the basics of how AR works. “We’ll still negotiating Blob’s contract,” Chris Milk, the CEO of Within, said Wednesday. “He has a really powerful agent.” See All Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Wonderscope is one of the first companies to tackle storytelling in AR, the buzzy technology that overlays digital images on top of the real world around you. Best known via products like Snapchat filters and Pokemon Go, the format is more than silly face filters and hopping Squirtles. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said AR has the potential to be as important as the iPhone.To get a sense of Wonderscope, imagine if Snapchat filters or Pokemon Go went to work at Pixar after graduating from Juilliard. It’s experimenting with what Milk calls “spatial storytelling,” or tales that unfold like a miniature, interactive plays on the floor or table in front of you. Speaking your lines in the script unlocks the action, and the characters look you in the eyes and talk back.  Wonderscope has frequently ranked as a top 10 iPhone download for US kids ages 6 to 8 — the age demographic it’s shooting for — since it launched in mid-November, according to data from App Annie.Wonderscope’s augmented-reality storytelling creates the illusion that the tale exists in the world around you.  Within Support from Apple helped. Apple invited it to become an early partner of its ARKit program that enables developers to make augmented reality apps for iPhones and iPads. Within debuted an early version of Wonderscope, using a retelling of Goldilocks, at WWDC last year. Though the app was designed for kids around the age 7, the company said one of the recurring comments Within gets is that the app appeals as much to adults as it does to grade-schoolers. “It’s not just for kids,” said Samantha Storr, Within’s executive producer of original content. “We made this content for kids, but we’re getting a lot of comments from people who say ‘I’m not a kid and I love it.'”Milk also noted that the app has been popular for younger children who can’t read and their parents, who read the app’s scripted lines aloud on their kids’ behalf. In that way, Wonderscope is like an evolution on classic storytime where a kid sits on a parent’s lap and absorbs the visuals of a story while the adult reads aloud, he said. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best Buy Post a comment Sprint $999 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Boost Mobile Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sep 1 • 7 phones with the best battery life: iPhone XR, Note 10 Plus and more 0 reading • Wonderscope’s Apple AR app unfurls new trick: ‘Spatial storytelling’ with bunnies Apple iPhone XS We’re halfway through the week.Time for a dance break 🕺💃— App Store (@AppStore) November 28, 2018 Apple Mobile Tech Industry Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $999 • Tags $999 $999 See itlast_img read more

BOEM Explains 75 Chance of Arctic Oil Spill

first_imgInside a thick government report on the impact of off-shore oil leasing in the Chukchi Sea is a phrase that grabs the attention. It says there’s “75% chance of one or more large spills.”The figure shows up often in the arguments of those trying to stop Shell from resuming its Arctic exploration program this summer in the Chukchi Sea, in part of what’s known as Lease Sale 193. Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management put out a fact sheet to clarify what it means by that 75 percent figure.Jim Kendall, Regional director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, says the spill risk was calculated assuming full-on development of Lease Sale 193 over a long period.“That is a possibility, a 75 percent chance, of one or more spills of a hypothetical, you know, development over 77 years, eight production platform, 500 wells, 4.3 billion barrels of oil produced,” he said.BOEM says the 75 percent chance relates to a spill of 1,000 barrels or more. By comparison, the Exxon Valdez oozed more than 250,000 barrels. The Deepwater Horizon spill was several million.Michael LeVine, a Juneau-based attorney for the environmental group Oceana, says it’s good the agency explained itself, but he thinks the regulators are offering a limited view of the risk.“The government continues to pretend that a catastrophic accident from exploration activities, like the one that Shell is seeking to undertake in the Chukchi Sea this summer, is so unlikely as not to warrant calculation,” he said.LeVine says that’s short-sighted.“We know that those spills can and have happened during exploration activities. The Deepwater Horizon was drilling an exploration well,” he said.The BOEM chief says of 15,000 off-shore exploratory wells drilled in the U.S., the Deepwater Horizon was the only catastrophic spill. No other exploratory well had an uncontrolled spill of even 1,000 barrels.Shell is proposing to drill six exploratory wells in the Chukchi over three years, in 140 feet of water. BOEM says it will release its study of the oil spill risks associated with that plan soon. “Download Audio”last_img read more

VW would sell assets to repay loan if no other way available

first_imgVolkswagen has told banks supplying a 20 billion euro ($21.1 billion) credit line that it would sell assets if it finds no other way of repaying the one-year loan, two people familiar with the matter said.Europe’s largest carmaker is under pressure to strengthen its finances as it is expected to have to pay out tens of billions of Euros to cover fines, lawsuits and vehicle refits after it admitted to cheating US diesel emissions tests and falsifying carbon dioxide emissions.The biggest corporate scandal in the German company’s 78-year history has forced out its long-time CEO, wiped billions of Euros off its market value and hammered its bonds, making it much more expensive for the company to borrow through its traditionally-preferred route of the debt market.VW secured the 20 billion Euro bridging loan from 13 banks this week and is planning to refinance it by issuing bonds over the next couple of months, the sources said.Under the terms, VW assured the lenders it would sell or list assets worth up to significantly more than 20 billion Euros if it fails to find other sources of money, the people said.Volkswagen declined to comment.”No specific assets have been discussed,” one of the people said, while another person said a potential emergency rights issue was also an option.Investment bankers are pitching ideas to Volkswagen on potential ways to raise money, though decisions are unlikely before more clarity on the scope of penalty payments and recall costs have emerged, the people said.Listings of divisions such as Audi, Porsche or its truck business – which is being carved out now – seem unlikely, but the non-truck parts of VW’s MAN subsidiary are expected to be at the top of the list of potential divestments, the people said.The MAN power engineering operations, whose products include ship engines, mini power plants, special gear units, propulsion components and testing systems, may be valued at 4-5 billion Euros in a potential deal, the people said.The division accounted for all of MAN’s 101 million Euro nine-month operating group profit and for more than a quarter of its 9.98 billion in sales.”Volkswagen may also consider divesting luxury car brands Bentley and Lamborghini or motor bike brand Ducati, although these units don’t really move the needle,” one of the sources said.Separately, VW said the number of cars whose carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel consumption have been understated may turn out to be smaller than the 800,000 announced last month. VW has said it expects costs of at least 2 billion Euros from the issue.Investigations into the circumstances of the manipulations and number of affected vehicles have not been concluded yet, “but many CO2 levels have in the meantime turned out to be quite accurately measured,” a spokesman said.VW’s Skoda subsidiary said on Thursday initial suspicions that the Czech brand was also affected by the CO2 malfeasance have turned out to be wrong.Almost 500 lawsuits have been filed in the United States against VW, Audi and Porsche since the emissions scandal became public on 18 September, Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung and broadcasters NDR and WDR said on Thursday, without citing the source of the information.last_img read more

35000 more Rohingyas reach Coxs Bazar

first_imgFile photoSome 35,000 more Rohingya refugees reached the makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar district in last couple of days fleeing the persecution in Rakhine state of Myanmar, rising the cumulative arrival to 4,80,000 since fresh violence erupted there on 25 August, reports news agency UNB.Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) disclosed the new figure in a report published on Tuesday.The newly arrived Rohingyas have taken places in the overcrowded makeshift camps, the report said.Bangladeshi military have initiated road construction at the Kutupalong expansion site and have established bases in several locations.Some 19,220 Rohingya refugees have already come under the government’s biometric registration programme while large crowds of people have been observed waiting to be registered till 25 September, it added.Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has announced to open a Teletalk telephone booth in all Rohingya settlements to provide communication.last_img read more

Of arty matters

first_imgThis collaborative showing is an eye opener into trends and facilities that are currently evolving at serious art gatherings, where this chosen handful has displayed their innovative interpretations earlier. Taking his sculptural explication of the kinetic force to the next notch, sculptor Ankit Patel uses a bicycle in motion to represent his concept of movement and energy. Titled Winner’s Pride, its strikes by its spruce linearity, rhythm of motion and exactitude of design repetition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A novel twist to a game of chess in the work titled Winner’s Pride, by artist Sanjay Srivastava, has the grip of aggressiveness shown in a fresh take by the pawn-like figures roofed under an inescapable pair of giant forms. The fierce spirit of competitiveness a characteristic outcome of the game, exploits the sport to provide the keynote for the artwork. The minutea of brass nails and chess pawns simulate the detached yet cumulative attitude of metropolitan living in the work by sculptor Ramesh Chandra Thorat. Known for his meditative stance in depicting evolutionary growth, his work exudes the contrast of the solidity of natural forces against the vulnerability of the human race in its surroundings. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe solidity of the form in the bronze work by artist Ratan Krishna Saha excites viewer interest through its focal imagery of a wheel in motion. Its compact contours and grounded format interpret the creative energies of the work into a forceful yet compassionate narrative.The only painter in the group Asit Patrnaik, is known for his graphic exactitude, granulated texturing of the backdrop and his deep understanding of the colour palette. In the work titled Thoughtscape, he practically entices the viewer to delve beyond the surface and come up with an understanding of the silent play of moods that the forms in the foreground seem to convey.The five-member consortium has offered a handpicked series of works that have gelled together through their artistic competence, their deep-seated interpretative energies and their expert execution. The exhibition is therefore a must-see for art lovers with a yen for the innovative and the competent. WHERE: Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra BhavanWHEN: On till 7 October, 11.00 am to 7.00 pmlast_img read more