Ryan Harvey, Communications Coordinator for the City of Fort St. John said, ” the dog park is still not ready to be opened, but it is coming along nicely and an opening day will be announced in the near future.”To view the post; CLICK HERETo view Capital Projects; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The new Off-Leash Dog Park is still not open or ready for users.In a post to the CIty of Fort St. John’s FB page shares, ‘Please respect that the gates are locked and the park is still not ready. We need to allow the grass to be established before opening it to our four-legged friends.’The dog park is part of the City’s Captial projects and although the park looks like it is completed, City staff are asking potential patrons to be patient and will let the community know when the park is ready to use.
Samsung rings in A series flagship to wrest back phone market shareSamsung rings in A series flagship to wrest back phone market share
October 12, 2019October 12, 2019
Bangkok: South Korean electronics major Samsung Wednesday unveiled the A80 model, the flagship of its A series mid-range mobile phones which are expected to play a key role in its efforts to wrest back lost market share from Chinese competitors in India. As part of its strategy to take on competitors such as Xiaomi, Huawei and OnePlus, Samsung had last year said it would introduce latest innovative features on its A series of devices as well instead of just the top-end Note and S smartphone series. The company is expected to launch in India the A70 model – which has already been globally unveiled soon – later this month, followed by the A80. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The Galaxy A Series provides a range of models so everyone can choose a device that fits their unique needs and enables them to pursue their passions. The Galaxy A80 offers premium features for digital natives who want to fully engage in the Era of Live,” Samsung Electronics President and CEO, IT and Mobile Communication Division, DJ Koh said while unveiling the A80 here. Samsung Electronics has set a revenue target of USD 4 billion in 2019 from its A series alone in India as compared to an insignificant contribution to its total mobile revenue of around Rs 36,700 crore in FY2017-18 when it had just two models A7 and A9 under the series. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWith Chinese players denting the company’s share in the mobile handset market impacting its leadership position, Samsung had refreshed its strategy to bring its top-end innovative features to the mid-range instead of restricting those to top-end models. While Samsung usually cites GfK data, reports from other research organisations like IDC and Counterpoint have positioned Xiaomi to be ahead of Samsung (in terms of units shipped) for many quarters now. Samsung currently sells A10, A20, A30 and A50 models under the A series priced between Rs 8,490 and going up to Rs 22,990 at present in India. “The A80 will be the flagship of the A series. It has been designed to cater to the changing consumer pattern from the era of self to the era of live (video),” Samsung Electronics Regional Product Manager Adele Tan said. Company officials said the A series will play a key role in Samsung’s strategy to enhance sales, especially in the mid-range segment. As part of the strategy, the company has planned to launch at least one new model under the series every month in the first half of 2019 in India. Among other features, the A80 has an innovative camera mechanism that delivers the same triple camera experience with the same high-resolution lens, for both front and rear. When users select the selfie mode in the camera app, the three cameras automatically pops up from the back of the phone and rotate. While the main camera is 48MP, the ultra wide has 8MP and the 3D depth camera offers Live Focus videos by scanning objects for measurement and depth.
October 12, 2019October 12, 2019
NEW DELHI — India’s central bank has cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 5.75% from 6% with immediate effect to fortify the economy as consumer spending and corporate investment falter.The interest rate is what the Reserve Bank of India charges on lending to commercial banks. In a bimonthly review of the economy released on Thursday, it also decided to change the stance of monetary policy from neutral to accommodativeThe central bank noted that inflation remains below its target, even after earlier rate cuts. It also expressed concern over a sharp slowdown in consumer demand and investment.Lower interest rates help make credit cheaper for borrowers, though they can also spur inflation.The Associated Press
Ban encourages new graduates to have global perspective on todays challengesBan encourages new graduates to have global perspective on todays challenges
October 12, 2019October 12, 2019
10 September 2008In an ever increasingly interdependent world, where challenges such as climate change, development and security transcend national boundaries, it is in everyone’s best interest to think globally, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told students at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where the United Nations chief received an honorary degree today. The University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Mr. Ban, who became the second Secretary-General after Trygve Lie to receive an honorary degree from the academic institution, based in Madison, New Jersey. In a keynote address at the University’s convocation, Mr. Ban stressed that “our future well-being will depend on thinking globally,” noting a range of global challenges that affect everyone, from dealing with climate change and implementing the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to addressing security issues such as terrorism and organized crime. “More and more these days, it is in our national interest – and in our personal self-interest – to think globally,” he told the gathering of students, faculty and guests. “The world is growing more interdependent,” he noted. “The key question is whether we will keep pace – whether we will develop a global mindset. I believe we will. Slowly but surely, people are beginning to think globally.” The Secretary-General exhorted the young people in the audience, stating that “your generation can help tip the balance in cultivating a global mindset.” He lauded Fairleigh Dickinson as a leader in global education, adding that the student who opens up to other cultures will be more at home in a global economy, just as the professor who encourages his students to think beyond traditional borders gives them a professional head start. “And the academic institution that stresses global education will produce class after class of global citizens,” he said, adding that “the United Nations must do its part.” He announced that the UN is currently developing an initiative called “Academic Impact” aimed at building stronger ties with institutions of higher learning which it hopes to launch soon.
Canada not concerned for own deal as EU US trade talks takeCanada not concerned for own deal as EU US trade talks take
October 8, 2019October 8, 2019
ENNISKILLEN — The start of free-trade talks between the European Union and the United States are no cause for great concern to Canadian negotiators trying to reach their own deal with the EU, a senior official says.“I wouldn’t say there’s a concern there,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.“I mean, we’re down into the final rounds of discussion, and it’s always difficult at the end.”Potentially compounding those difficulties is the fact that European negotiators will now direct most of their attention to a trade agreement with the Americans.U.S. President Barack Obama hinted at the rocky road ahead for American and European negotiators.“There are going to be sensitivities on both sides. There are going to be politics on both sides,” Obama said Monday.“But if we can look beyond the narrow concerns to stay focused on the big picture, the economic and strategic importance of this partnership, I’m hopeful we can achieve the kind of high-standard, comprehensive agreement that the global trading system is looking to us to develop.”Obama added he’s sure he and EU leaders will have to step in sometimes to break deadlocks in the negotiations.“It is important that we get it right. And that means resisting the temptation to downsize our ambitions or avoid tough issues just for the sake of getting a deal,” Obama said.“We’re going to give a strong mandate to our negotiators, but occasionally I suspect we’re going to have to intervene and break through some logjams. Nevertheless, I’m confident that we can get it done.” Jose Manuel Barroso, president of European Commission, also spoke of the difficult task facing negotiators.“Integrating two of the most developed, most sophisticated and certainly the largest economies in the world can never be an easy task,” Barroso said.“But we will find convincing answers to legitimate concerns. We will find solutions to thorny issues. We will keep our eyes on the prize, and we will succeed.”British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is chairing the G8 summit in Northern Ireland where the start of the talks was announced, underscored the potential magnitude of a U.S.-EU trade deal.“We’re talking about what could be the biggest bilateral trade deal in history, a deal that will have a greater impact than all the other trade deals on the table put together,” Cameron said.“We must maintain that political will in the months ahead. This is a once-in-a-generation prize, and we are determined to seize it.”Among the obstacles believed to be standing in the way of a free-trade deal between Canada and the EU is access to European markets for Canadian beef.France and Ireland — two major beef producers — are said to object to the amount of beef Canada wants allowed into Europe.Harper was in both countries ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.The Canadian Press
BUFA celebrating its members during Homecoming Sept 19BUFA celebrating its members during Homecoming Sept 19
October 7, 2019October 7, 2019
The Brock University Faculty Association is celebrating the contributions of its members on Friday, Sept. 19 at Alphie’s Trough.View videos of BUFA members whose work has advanced four core principles: academic freedom, educational quality, shared decision-making and strengthening community.Join in the discussion on the importance of these principles and ways to work together to strengthen Brock.The celebration is part of Brock’s 50th anniversary Homecoming festivities slated throughout campus from Sept. 18-21.*****What: Celebrating faculty and librarians in Brock’s 50th yearWhere: Alphie’s TroughWhen: Friday, Sept. 19Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Who: All members of the Brock community, alumni and any interested local community membersRSVP: Before Monday, Sept. 15 at email@example.com or x3268.
Encouraging progress made in 2018 in zero tolerance effort to end sexualEncouraging progress made in 2018 in zero tolerance effort to end sexual
October 2, 2019October 2, 2019
Sexual exploitation is defined as “any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another”. Sexual abuse, in UN terms, constitutes “the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force, or under unequal or coercive conditions”. Not all the allegations have been fully verified and many are still under investigation, or are still in the preliminary assessment phase. Some facts behind the figures From 1 January to 31 December 2018, the UN received a total of 148 SEA allegations directly involving UN workers, and 111 involving staff from partner organisations implementing UN programmes. This represents an increase in the total number of incidents reported compared to 2017, when 138 allegations were made, and 2016, when 165 allegations were made. In Peacekeeping Operations, the signs were encouraging, with allegations down almost by half over the past two years: while 103 SEA incidents were reported in 2016, only 54 allegations were made in 2018. Most of the 2018 allegations involved the UN missions in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Mali (MINUSMA), Haiti (MINUSTAH), Liberia (UNMIL) and South Sudan (UNMISS). No allegations were made in the UN’s special political missions. Despite this sharp improvement in the UN’s peacekeeping wing, the number of allegations went up against personnel in other UN entities, with 94 allegations in 2018, compared to 50 in 2017. Worse, the number of allegations against partners organisations implementing the UN’s programmes reached a high of 109, increasing more than four-fold from 2017 when only 25 incidents were reported. In addition, two allegations were made in 2018 against non-UN military forces authorized by the UN Security Council, against one in 2017 and 20 in 2016. The numbers show that the UN’s victim-centred approach, implemented over a year ago, is paying off as there seems to be an increased trust among the victims and survivors to come forward and report incidents. Measuring progress is a complex matter that cannot be examined through numbers alone: for example, an entity that does not report any allegations may not have solid reporting and prevention systems in place. The UN’s efforts to date and moving forward The Secretary-General’s strategy, in its first phase, focuses on addressing the issue within the UN system, as well as those mandated by the UN to carry out programmes (implementing organizations and Security Council-authorized non-UN military). This entails more than 90,000 staff in more than 30 entities and more than 100,000 uniformed personnel. Various initiatives have been put in place to date including: Transparent, harmonised and public quarterly reporting on the matter. The appointing of a global Victims’ Rights Advocate, as well as several field-based ones. The launch in September of a Circle of Leadership, embodying world leaders’ commitment to eradicating SEA across the UN system. The set-up of a Victims Assistance Tracking database to ensure services are provided to survivors and victims adequately and systematically. And the launch in October of an electronic tool called “Clear Check,” to screen UN staff dismissed as a result of substantiated SEA allegations, or those who resigned or were separated during an investigation. A complete list of all the initiatives undertaken can be found here. The question of accountability As the UN does not have the authority or a legal mandate to criminally prosecute individuals, criminal accountability of individuals continues to rest with the relevant country. In cases where the alleged offender is a civilian, the UN conducts administrative investigations, the staff member is dismissed when the allegation is substantiated and if the UN concludes that a crime may have been committed, it refers the matter to relevant national authorities for further action. In cases involving uniformed personnel, the contributing State has exclusive jurisdiction to investigate, but the UN works in close partnership with that State to expedite the investigation, and follow-up in respect of accountability.
Richie Incognito Says Jonathan Martin Sent Harsh Texts TooRichie Incognito Says Jonathan Martin Sent Harsh Texts Too
September 30, 2019September 30, 2019
Photo by www.sfan.com.Richie Incognito, the embattled Miami Dolphins offensive lineman whose racially offensive text messages to teammate Jonathan Martin created a firestorm around bullying in the NFL, said in his first in-depth interview in a week that he is not a racist, and that Martin laced his cellphone with harsh text messages, too.“When words are put in a context, I understand why a lot of eyebrows get raised,” Incognito told Fox Sports during the interview, which aired Sunday. “But people don’t know how Jon and I communicate to one another. For instance, a week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me on my phone, ‘I will murder your whole f—— family.’“Now, do I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit. He texted me that. I didn’t think he was going to kill my family. I knew that was coming from a brother. I knew it was coming from a friend. I knew it was coming from a teammate.”Incognito, known around the NFL for overly aggressive play, said he support Martin more than anyone. Martin left the team last week reportedly because he distressed over Incognito’s harassment. Martin, 24, reportedly checked into a south Florida hotel before traveling to California to be with his parents.“You can ask anybody in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room who had Jon Martin’s back the absolute most, and they will undoubtedly tell you [it was me],” Incognito said. “Jon never showed signs that football was getting to him [or] the locker room was getting to him.”Incognito confirmed that he did leave the controversial voice mail message to Martin last April that included a racial slur and a threat to kill Martin.Despite the scathing language, Incognito said his actions “came from a place of love” and that vulgar communication was normal among Dolphins players.“I’m not a racist, and to judge me by that one word is wrong,” Incognito said. “In no way, shape or form is it ever acceptable for me to use that word, even if it’s friend-to-friend on a voice mail.”In the transcript of the April voice mail message that started this controversy, Incognito referred to Martin as a “half n—– piece of s—,” and added, “F— you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”
LaVar Ball Remains Unbothered As Son Lonzo Gets DraftedLaVar Ball Remains Unbothered As Son Lonzo Gets Drafted
September 30, 2019September 30, 2019
No. HE said he would be a Laker, and basically told everybody else not to bother. Now we’ve got 15+ years of an NBA dance mom. Great.— Paul Scozzari (@edwood_not) June 23, 2017Others applauded LaVar Ball.”Triple b’s. Big Baller Brand”. Lavar is a prophet!— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) June 22, 2017 Lavar Ball a great dad. U don’t understand because u not a Big Baller.— shifty (@ShiftyTheGreen) June 23, 2017 Lavar Ball is gonna get the last laugh— Flex God Daps (@FlexGodDaps) June 23, 2017 I can’t wait to see the son fail in the NBA— Jonathan Ozek (@Jonathan_Ozek) June 23, 2017 Never stop being you Lavar!!! #NBADraft pic.twitter.com/NwIFmsuBmW— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) June 23, 2017It turns out LaVar Ball didn’t hurt his son’s NBA draft chances after all and Ball celebrated by delighting in everyone else’s annoyance.The Los Angeles Lakers selected Lonzo Ball as the second overall pick Thursday, June 22 and his dad, who expected the Lakers to draft his son, couldn’t contain his excitement.“From the words of Zeus, Jesus everybody said he was gonna be a Laker,” LaVar Ball told ESPN when the decision was announced.“It’s a wonderful feeling, but I already knew what was coming to him,” he added later, noting he’s had his son pegged for the Lakers for 19 or 20 years. “I got two more boys, I gotta come to the same thing [for] two more years.”LaVar Ball, proudly wearing the family’s Big Baller Brand hat in Lakers colors, also declared his former UCLA guard son would take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year. As LaVar Ball made his way out of the arena surrounded by a booing audience, he tossed the BBB hat into the crowd.LaVar Ball getting booed out of the arena and threw his BBB hat in the air ?It has begun. #NBADraft pic.twitter.com/Tr1vlf5oEH— Krysten Peek (@KP_Rivals) June 23, 2017Online, some still couldn’t put their issues with the outspoken basketball dad and his son to rest.His father’s stupid and his expectations are far from realistic.— Shady_JayiX (@JC_Boltzz) June 23, 2017
VS Naipaul Nobel Laureate whose books explored colonialism dies aged 85VS Naipaul Nobel Laureate whose books explored colonialism dies aged 85
September 25, 2019September 25, 2019
The British author VS Naipaul has died at his home in London aged 85, his family said in a statement. Lady Naipaul said: “He was a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour.”Salman Rushdie was among the literary figures who paid tribute on Saturday night with a tweet that hinted at the way Naipaul’s prickly persona and unflinching prose could alienate friends and provoke admirers.”We disagreed all our lives, about politics, about literature, and I feel as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother,” he wrote. “RIP Vidia.”Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born to descendants of indentured Indians in colonial Trinidad in 1932. From there he rose to become one of the giants of Twentieth Century writing, publishing more than 30 books ranging from comic novels set in his homeland to memoir and travel writing. In later life, he also became embroiled in a bad-tempered literary feud with Paul Theroux. Their friendship was shattered in 1996 when Naipaul offered personally-signed and dedicated copies of Theroux’s books for auction.It was ended with a handshake at the Hay Literary Festival in 2011.”He will go down as one of the greatest writers of our time,” Theroux told the Associated Press.”He also never wrote falsely. He was a scourge of anyone who used a cliche or an un-thought out sentence. He was very scrupulous about his writing, very severe, too.” Sir VS Naipaul is seen with his wife Nadira at the International Festival of Indian Literature in 2002Credit:Manish Swaruo/AP The Swedish Academy praised him as “a literary circumnavigator, only ever really at home in himself, in his inimitable voice”.Yet his descriptions of life in the colonial world and depictions of modern rootlessness split audiences. While to many readers in Britain and the US he offered a way into reading about African or Caribbean nations, he generated hostility among people who thought he had left them behind. As Edward Said, a former professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, once put it, although Naipaul, in the West is seen as “a master novelist and an important witness to the disintegration and hypocrisy of the third world, in the postcolonial world he’s a marked man as a purveyor of stereotypes and disgust for the world that produced him – though that doesn’t exclude people thinking he’s a gifted writer.” Fans of his writing also had to reconcile his elegant prose with a complex private life when it emerged he kept a mistress for 24 years before leaving his first wife.He later admitted that his mental cruelty to Patricia Naipaul may even have killed her. We disagreed all our lives, about politics, about literature, and I feel as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother. RIP Vidia. #VSNaipaul— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) August 12, 2018 He moved to Britain to study at Oxford in 1950 after winning a government scholarship to study at any Commonwealth university in the world.It was a step on a journey that earned him a knighthood in 1990 for a career distinguished by extravagant critical praise for works such as A Bend in the River and A House for Mr Biswas. “I think that consumed her. I think she had all the relapses and everything after that,” he said in a 2001 biography.”She suffered. It could be said that I killed her. It could be said. I feel a little bit that way.” Naipaul in 1968Credit:John Minihan/Getty Images He was awarded the 1971 Booker Prize for his novel In a Free State and in 2001 won the Nobel Prize for Literature. 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.
Driver who killed exparatrooper with his car was county lines drug dealerDriver who killed exparatrooper with his car was county lines drug dealer
September 25, 2019September 25, 2019
Kenneth Kiley was killed after being involved in the crash 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. A driver who killed an ex-paratrooper with his car was a ‘county lines’ drug dealer, a court has heard. Dario Carboni, 25, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of former paratrooper Kenneth Kiley after the 75-year-old followed him on foot to take down his insurance details.Carboni had been on trial at Bristol Crown Court accused of murder but after 10 days of evidence pleaded guilty to manslaughter.The jury heard Mr Kiley had been a passenger in a Toyota Yaris driven by his wife, Marion Kiley, when a Vauxhall Corsa driven by Carboni collided with them on a roundabout near their home in Swindon, Wiltshire, on the evening of July 8 last year.Carboni failed to stop and drove away into a cul-de-sac while Mr Kiley got out on foot with a pen and paper in his hand, telling his wife he intended to find the driver of the blue Corsa and take down their details.Minutes later, at around 8.48pm, Mr Kiley was fatally injured by the car. Neighbours described hearing a man shouting, followed by “screeching tyres” and then a “loud thud”, before seeing Mr Kiley lying in the road.They described finding a folded receipt from Marks and Spencer and a pen on the ground next to Mr Kiley. Witnesses ran to help the pensioner and he was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with injuries including a skull fracture but died the following day.The Corsa was abandoned in a nearby street where Carboni and friend Patrick Cunnington were seen getting out and running away.Carboni and Mr Cunnington were apprehended separately by police, with the latter saying he had not been behind the wheel and he and Carboni had been in Swindon selling cannabis.In a police interview, Carboni denied being the driver of the vehicle when Mr Kiley was injured but accepted being the driver in the initial crash despite not having a licence.Carboni, from Tottenham, London, had already pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified.Judge William Hart formally directed not guilty verdicts on charges of murder and causing death by dangerous driving.Passing sentence, the judge said of the former University of Hertfordshire student: “You were very keen to get away from the collision, whether or not you were responsible for that collision.”The reason for that was that you and Patrick Cunnington had been dealing cannabis in a county lines drugs operation.”In court a letter by Carboni was read out apologising for his actions. He was jailed for nine years.
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Hey, it’s yet another tablet. Of course, this one has a very important distinction–it’s for those tiny humans we call babies. The above tablet is a prototype of the Vinci, a forthcoming tablet aimed firmly at people with soft spots in their developing skulls. The device was designed by a company called Rullingnet. It’s a pretty standard looking tablet surrounded by a silicon guard. The Vinci comes pre-loaded with games for babies–educational ones designed to “inspire the genius in our children.” The game I saw demoed taught kids not to eat teddybears (seriously). Genius? Maybe not, but certainly a valueable lesson for those who don’t want to end up with a face full of stuffing.The company is trying to get the product out in the first half of this year. No word on price, but a rep told me that they’re gunning for between $300 and $500. A pretty pricey teething ring, no doubt.
No time for Lions selfpity as they get on the road toNo time for Lions selfpity as they get on the road to
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Murray Kinsella reports from AucklandTHERE IS LITTLE rest on a Lions tour and Warren Gatland’s men get back on the road on Thursday, with Christchurch their destination after a short stay in Auckland ended with defeat to the Blues on Wednesday night.There is no time for self-pity on the Lions’ part, with their Thursday travel bringing them to the home of the best Kiwi Super Rugby side, Scott Robertson’s unbeaten Crusaders. The Blues grabbed a late victory through Ihaia West’s try. Source: Photosport/Peter Meecham/INPHOThe Lions couldn’t beat the worst of New Zealand’s franchises on Wednesday night at Eden Park, when Tana Umaga’s side underlined just how difficult this tour of New Zealand is going to be.“It’s tough,” said Umaga after his team’s 22-16 win, before neatly summing up the Lions’ challenge.“You have to think about pulling a team together in a short amount of time from all of these different countries with different playing styles and then jump off a plane, three days later you play one game; five, six days later you’ve another one.“It’s just pretty relentless.”Indeed it is and Gatland’s strength in bringing together a group will be tested in the extreme in the coming days, with the Crusaders certainly eager to pile more pain on top of the Lions in Christchurch.The Lions are then down to Dunedin on Sunday for a clash with the Highlanders on Tuesday, while a strong Māori All Blacks side will be waiting in Rotorua thereafter. There is little let-up in this brutal schedule.“The other side of it, they get quality tests in terms of what they want to do when they get into the Test arena,” said Umaga in balancing his point.“I don’t think you can discount that. It’s a tough tour for them, they know that, but I’m sure they’ve targeted certain games that they really want to focus on, the Tests I’d say, and if they get success in the Tests then I’m sure everyone will forget how they went when we beat them.” Williams was sin binned for an aerial challenge. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThat may be the case, but the Lions have to do a fair bit of forgetting in a shorter space of time.Warren Gatland’s players will, of course, go through detailed analysis of their defeat to the Blues and reflect on what went wrong and what went right in Auckland, but they have to constantly look forward on this tour.With another game in three days’ time, there is no space for wallowing in regret and letting heads drop.“There’s not much time to dwell on it because we’re going to Christchurch tomorrow,” said Irish prop Jack McGrath after the loss. “It’s a lot of sore bodies and we’re frustrated, but there’s not much time to dwell. We’ll travel tomorrow and we’ll kick on.“It’s frustrating and hopefully we can bring that bit of frustration out on Saturday. You have to remember we’ve only been here a week and I think we’re building nicely as a squad. A few of the calls go the other way and it’s a different game.”It is the case that fortune favoured the Blues at times on Wednesday night, but it’s also fair to say that they were the more skillful, clinical and incisive team too.Particularly effective was Umaga’s side’s offloading ability, with Sonny Bill Williams leading the way. Steven Luatua impressed in this department too, with the Blues out-offloading the Lions 14-4 overall.Luatua and Williams both offloaded beautifully for the winning try from Ihaia West and there didn’t seem to be an obvious answer as to how the Lions could have stopped those passes out of contact. Williams’ offload was crucial on Wednesday night. Source: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHOWhen Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny was asked what his side could do better in similar instances in the future, he paused for some seconds before expressing his admiration for Williams’ abilities.“It was a great bit of skill to get the offload.”It’s definitely one area where the Lions will have further worries in the coming weeks, with so many players in New Zealand being so capable of throwing an accurate offload.“It’s something that’s really prevalent around our country and in our team,” said Umaga. “We want to keep the ball alive and get that second phase play going and get in behind teams.“If you can’t stop that, it’s very, very difficult when you’re going backwards all the time. The ability to try and stop those offloads [is important] and you’d have to think that for about 70 minutes they were able to do that.“We did chuck some to the ground when trying to keep the ball alive, but for 80 minutes we keep backing ourselves. We have confidence in what we want to do and we keep backing ourselves to play our game. And we get the rewards for it.“It’s not just willy-nilly all the time, we keep backing each other up and making sure you get a bit of [support on the] shoulder.”While the Blues’ skills played a major role in deciding the outcome at Eden Park, the Lions’ concession of 15 penalties was disastrous. Rory Best at the final whistle in Eden Park. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHaving given up 12 to the Provincial Barbarians, this is already a big area of concern for the Lions and they simply must find their discipline against the Crusaders or they will lose again.“There were a lot of positives and things to improve on defensively but the other big message from Andy Farrell to the players was the penalty count and penalties that were avoidable,” said Gatland after the Lions’ defeat to the Blues.“In the first two games we have been a bit soft in that area and we have to be hard on ourselves as players and coaches to make sure we definitely tighten up on that because it is causing us issues and hopefully we’ll see a big improvement on that on Saturday.”As the Lions leave Auckland, Steve Hansen will name his 33-man All Blacks squad for the Lions Test series tomorrow and he has a few worries of his own.Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles is a major doubt to feature in the Tests, after his club coach John Plumtree said the progress with Coles’ concussion problems has not been satisfactory.Ryan Crotty is carrying a rib cartilage injury and may miss the first Test even if he is named in the squad, while Brodie Retallick is a concern with concussion, the same issue that has also been affecting Highlanders fullback Ben Smith.The expectation in New Zealand is that 20-year-old Hurricane Jordie Barrett – younger brother of Beauden – will be the headline-making selection in Hansen’s squad, although surprises are likely to be thin on the ground.“I’m not really worried about them at the moment, we’re concentrating on ourselves,” said Gatland. “It’ll be interesting to see what squad they pick. There’s so much depth and quality in New Zealand and it’ll be interesting to see what sort of squad they pick.” Hansen names his squad on Thursday. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe Lions’ focus is purely on the Crusaders this weekend, and they can welcome in a core of players who have yet to start on this tour in Conor Murray, Jonathan Davies, George North, Jamie George, Tadhg Furlong, Liam Williams, Mako Vunipola, George Kruis, Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahony and Owen Farrell.With Dan Biggar having failed a HIA and Johnny Sexton not at his best yet, Farrell’s introduction to the XV will be particularly important, and not just because the other two out-halves are struggling.Farrell is one of the best players in this Lions squad and with a fine group around him for Saturday’s contest, Gatland will have belief that his team can inject some momentum into this tour.If they fail to do so, the party looks like it could be over before anyone even really arrived.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Follow us: the42.ie Connacht announce signing of Irish-qualified scrum-half from Sale‘I don’t think there’s a lot of difference between the Super Rugby sides and All Blacks’ 20 Comments Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 8:00 PM Share10 Tweet Email1 Jun 7th 2017, 8:00 PM https://the42.ie/3431787 No time for Lions self-pity as they get on the road to Christchurch Warren Gatland’s squad face the best Kiwi Super Rugby side on Saturday. 23,773 Views By Murray Kinsella
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Despite the government’s refusal to extend the deadline for the submission of the income tax statements, currently set for June 30, the current chaotic situation in the process means that it will be forced to add another 10 days at least.Sources both from the Finance Ministry and the accounting sector confirm that no more than 300,000 tax statements have been submitted to date – i.e. about 5 percent of the sum of 6 million taxpayers – while over 1.5 million statements had been submitted at this point last year. On top of that, numerous mistakes have been identified in the automatically filled-in forms.At the same time, the online portal for the submission of enterprises’ statements remains closed, and ministry officials say it will likely open by Friday. Consequently, some 200,000 enterprises will have no more than 25 days to submit their statements via the General Secretariat of Information Systems platform www.gsis.gr.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
September 20, 2019September 20, 2019
Un aquarium fait naitre lun des plus petits poissons du monde DanionellaUn aquarium fait naitre lun des plus petits poissons du monde Danionella
September 20, 2019September 20, 2019
Un aquarium fait naitre l’un des plus petits poissons du monde, Danionella translucidaUne victoire de taille pour l’Aquarium Blue Planet, à Cheshire ! Des spécialistes ont réussi à faire se reproduire l’un des plus petits poissons au monde. Le minuscule Danionella translucida mesure à peine 10 mm de long et ses bébés sont presque invisibles à l’œil nu. Des petits de seulement 2 mm de long pour une maman de 10 mm. Des chercheurs de l’aquarium Blue Planet ont réussi l’exploit de féconder l’un des plus petits poissons d’eau douce du monde, et translucide de surcroit. Originaire de Birmanie, le Danionella translucida a la particularité d’être tout petit et translucide, ce qui laisse apparaître ses organes ainsi que ses petits, pratiquement invisibles.Quelle n’a pas été la surprise des membres de l’aquarium lorsqu’ils ont découvert de minuscules bébés nageant à côté de leurs parents. “Je suis ravi de pouvoir travailler avec ces poissons, qui sont assez rares”, s’enthousiasme Steve Chester, spécialisé en eau douce à l’Aquarium Blue Planet, repris par le DailyMail. Car, en plus d’être rare, ce petit vertébré est encore mal connu des scientifiques.Favoriser la survie de l’espèce “Nous ne connaissons pas vraiment leurs cycles de reproduction mais nous voulons en savoir plus sur les habitudes de vie de ce poisson. Notre objectif est de pouvoir partager nos découvertes avec d’autres aquariums et chercheurs”, explique-t-il. Autant d’informations qui permettraient de mieux connaitre le poisson mais aussi de pouvoir mieux le protéger. En effet, la taille et l’environnement réduit de ce poisson le rend particulièrement vulnérable aux changements. Ainsi, le développement d’une population, en aquarium, viable à la reproduction pourrait largement aider à la survie de l’espèce. À la naissance, les petits, quelques uns seulement par portée, mesurent 2 mm de long. Lorsqu’ils sont encore à l’état d’œufs, ils font environ 0,5 mm de long.L’un des plus petits poissons au mondeAvec ses 10 mm, le Danionella translucida évolue dans un milieu naturel bien particulier et réduit. Il vit dans les petits ruisseaux boueux du sud de la Birmanie. Son habitat le plus connu est le ruisseau de Bala où le pH de l’eau est de 7,2. Il cohabite avec plusieurs autres espèces de poissons comme les Bardeaux ou les Rasboras. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Néanmoins, il est fort probable qu’avec une si petite taille, le Danionella translucida soit au plus bas de la chaîne alimentaire. Il ne dépasse que de quelques millimètres le plus petit poisson du monde, Paedocypris progenetica. À noter tout de même que les mâles sont plus gros que les femelles. Selon les scientifiques, cette espèce rare mais peu menacée aurait une espérance de vie de deux à trois ans. “Ce n’est pas une espèce en danger, mais elle est particulièrement difficile à trouver, ce qui fait de ces naissances une grande avancée”, estime Dave Wolfenden, conservateur de l’aquarium Blue Planet. “Le Bolton Museum nous apporte son aide dans notre programme d’élevage, et nous continuons de cataloguer les habitudes du Danionella translucida”, ajoute-il. Le 6 octobre 2013 à 18:05 • Emmanuel Perrin
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September 17, 2019September 17, 2019
US reaches debt limit Congress has until Aug 2 to actUS reaches debt limit Congress has until Aug 2 to act
September 16, 2019September 16, 2019
WASHINGTON — The government has maxed out its credit card.The United States reached its $14.3 trillion limit on federal borrowing Monday, leaving Congress 11 weeks to raise the threshold or risk a financial panic or another recession.Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner formally notified Congress that the government would halt its investments in two federal pension plans so it won’t exceed the borrowing limit. Geithner said the government could get by with bookkeeping maneuvers like that through Aug. 2. After that, the government could default on its debt for the first time, threatening the national credit rating and the dollar. Geithner sent Congress a letter saying he would be unable to make the pension investments in full. He urged Congress to raise the debt limit “in order to protect the full faith and credit of the United States and avoid catastrophic economic consequences for citizens.”Republican leaders in the House have said they won’t raise the debt limit unless the Obama administration first agrees to big spending cuts or to steps to lower the debt over the long run.
September 10, 2019September 10, 2019
Facial recognition Privacy Share your voice How To • Google Photos will now search for text in your pictures — here’s how Laptops Security Digital Media TV and Movies Originally published April 3, 5 a.m. PT.Update, April 4: Adds background about DARPA. Comedian and filmmaker Jordan Peele publicized one of these kinds of deepfakes, called an impersonation or “puppet master” fake, by posing as President Barack Obama in a deepfake video a year ago. Peele impersonates Obama’s voice, but the deepfake video synthesized a new Obama mouth and jaw to be consistent with the audio track. However, the creation of that video actually required a reassuring degree of practiced skill. Peele’s script was designed so his speech would match the ebbs and flow of Obama’s original head movements and gestures. And the success of the vocals was rooted in Peele’s well-honed Obama impersonation. But a higher level of sophistication, termed deep video portraits, are like deepfakes on steroids. While most manipulation in deepfake videos is limited to facial expressions, an international team of researchers transferred three-dimensional head position and rotation, eye gaze and eye blinking from one source actor to another target actor. Max Planck Institute for Informatics/University of Bath The result is a bit like a motion-capture sequence, without actually needing to capture motions when the videos were shot. With two ordinary videos, the researchers’ program synchronized the movements, blinks and eye direction onto somebody else’s face. But the ultimate threat of deepfakes isn’t how sophisticated they can get. It’s how willingly the public will accept what’s fake for the truth — or believe somebody’s false denial because who even knows what’s true anymore? “The public has to be aware that this stuff exists … but understand where we are with technology, what can and cannot be faked — and just slow the hell down,” Farid said. “People get outraged in a nanosecond and start going crazy. Everybody’s got to just slow the fuck down.” Google Photos Tags But they can be insidious too, like the face of an unwitting victim grafted onto graphic pornography. This weaponized form of face swap has violated famous women, like Scarlett Johansson and Gal Gadot. But it’s also made victims of others who aren’t celebrities. This involuntary pornography is what’s prohibited by both Reddit and Pornhub. The main asset that somebody needs to create a deepfake of you is a collection of a few hundred images of your face. Because deepfake software uses machine learning, it needs data sets of your face and another face in a destination video in order to swap them convincingly. That’s one reason celebrities and public figures are such easy targets: The internet is packed with source photos and videos to build these image stockpiles. Your best protection against becoming the star of a deepfake depends on the lengths to which you’re willing to go to keep your image out of anyone else’s hands — including keeping it off the internet. (So, yeah, good luck with that.) Actress Scarlett Johansson has characterized her fight against malicious deepfakes as a “lost cause,” telling the Washington Post: “Nothing can stop someone from cutting and pasting my image or anyone else’s onto a different body and making it look as eerily realistic as desired.” Jay Maidment/Marvel A few hundred images of you may sound like a lot to gather, but these don’t need to be individual still shots or selfies. Multiple frames pulled from one or more videos can fill in the gaps. Everytime an iPhone shot a video of you, it was capturing at least 30 frames per second. And quality trumps quantity in a deepfake dataset. The ideal is a wide selection of facial images without blurring or obstructions, from a variety of angles and with a range of facial expressions. The quantity needed can decrease if the angles and facial expressions are well coordinated with the desired destination video. These quirks of the data sets can yield bizarre advice about how to reduce your exposure. Wearing heavy makeup is good protection, especially if you change it up a lot. Obstructions in front of a face, even brief ones, are particularly tricky for deepfake technology to work around. But the defenses that exploit that weakness aren’t necessarily helpful. Farid once joked about a potential defensive strategy with a politician. “When you’re talking with everyone around, every once and a while just wave your hand in front of your face to protect yourself,” he recounted telling him. The politician indicated that wasn’t a helpful idea. Grim horizons Deepfake programs for face-swapping are readily available free online, making the technology relatively accessible for anyone with motivation, some simple technological know-how and a powerful computer. Other types of deepfake are more sophisticated. Thankfully, that means you’re less exposed to being a victim. Unfortunately, these are the ones that harbor more dangerous possibilities. News • Google Photos sharing to Android TVs shut down over privacy bug Comments I’ve gone down a black hole of the latest DeepFakes and this mashup of Steve Buscemi and Jennifer Lawrence is a sight to behold pic.twitter.com/sWnU8SmAcz— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) January 29, 2019 Review • Organize, search and share unlimited pictures with Google’s Photos service 21 Getty Images Thinking about deepfakes tends to lead to philosophical head-scratchers. Here’s one: Should you worry about your face being grafted into hard-core pornography if deepfakes are bent on sabotaging global power? Deepfakes are video forgeries that make people appear to be doing or saying things they never did. Similar to the way Photoshop made doctoring images a breeze, deepfake software has made this kind of manipulated video not only accessible but also harder and harder to detect as fake. And chances are, unless you’ve scrupulously kept your image off the internet, a deepfake starring you is possible today. “All of those images that you put of yourself online have exposed you,” said Hany Farid, a Dartmouth researcher who specializes in media forensics to root out things like deepfakes. “And you gave it up freely. Nobody forced you to do it, it wasn’t even stolen from you — you gave it up.” This is part of a CNET special report exploring the benefits and pitfalls of facial recognition. CNET Deepfakes represent a different, more malicious kind of facial recognition. Traditional facial recognition already plays a growing role in your life: It’s the technology that helps you find all the snapshots of a specific friend in Google Photos. But it also could scan your face at an airport or concert without your knowledge. Unlike most facial recognition, which essentially turns the features of your face into a unique code for computers, deepfake software aims to mash up identity so well you don’t even question its truth. It poses a nightmare scenario not just of ruining your life, but also of manipulating the public’s perception of heads of states, powerful CEOs or political candidates. That’s why media forensics experts like Farid, and even researchers for the Pentagon, are racing to find methods to detect deepfakes. But Matt Turek, the manager of the Pentagon’s deepfakes program at DARPA, has said it’s much easier to make a convincing deepfake today than it is to detect one. Deepfake technology figures out how various points of a human face interact on camera to convincingly fabricate a moving, speaking human — think a photorealistic digital puppet. Artificial intelligence has fueled the rapid development of deepfakes, but it’s a technology that must also be fed a diet of facial images to produce a video. Unfortunately, the rise of deepfakes has arrived after more than a decade of online social sharing put almost everyone’s face on the internet. But staying out of the public eye doesn’t inoculate anyone from deepfakes, because in today’s world, almost everyone is exposed. Face swap Here’s another fun deepfake headscratcher: How bad does something have to be for Reddit and Pornhub both to ban it? Deepfakes come in different shapes, sizes and degrees of stomach-sinking monstrosity. There are three main types, but the simplest and most widely known is a face swap. Face-swapping deepfakes can be harmless fun. One meme plasters actor Nicolas Cage’s face into a potpourri of movies and shows he’s never starred in, with him as Indiana Jones or every actor on Friends. Tweets sticking Steve Buscemi’s mug on Jennifer Lawrence go viral for their weirdness.
September 5, 2019September 5, 2019
Air India joins Star Alliance group1.7K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Air India joins Star Alliance group1.7K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Tuesday announced the alliance of Air India with the Star Alliance group. The government expects that the step would help the ailing national carrier come out of its losses. Ending a seven-year-long wait, the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB), at its meeting in London on Monday, gave an endorsement vote to induct Air India into the fold.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Tuesday announced the alliance of Air India with the Star Alliance group. The government expects that the step would help the ailing national carrier come out of its losses. Ending a seven-year-long wait, the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB), at its meeting in London on Monday, gave an endorsement vote to induct Air India into the fold.