Six stories in the news for today Oct 20

first_imgSix stories in the news for Friday, Oct. 20———POT ON THE TABLE AS HEALTH MINISTERS MEETIt’s cannabis day today at a meeting of federal, provincial and territorial health ministers in Edmonton. Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is to deliver an update on progress to have marijuana legalized as of next July 1. The premiers and some police agencies have said the timeline is too ambitious and Canada won’t be ready by next summer. During Thursday’s session, the ministers floated the idea of an electronic prescription database to help fight the opioid crisis.———ONE OF 3 VICTIMS OF ARENA AMMONIA LEAK IDENTIFIEDOne of the three men who died following an ammonia leak at an ice rink in southeastern British Columbia has been identified as Lloyd Smith, an off-duty part time paramedic. BC Emergency Health Services said Smith, who began his career as a paramedic with the agency in 1996, was working “at his other job with the City of Fernie when he died.” Former prime minister Stephen Harper’s wife, Laureen, tweeted Thursday night that Smith was a childhood friend.———MEN HURT IN SASK. WILDLIFE FIRE STILL IN HOSPITALA father and son who were badly burned while fighting a grass fire on their land in southwestern Saskatchewan are still in a Calgary hospital’s intensive care unit. The family of Ron Wedrick and his son Evan says they are being treated by a team of burn treatment specialists. Grass fires whipped up by high winds gusting to more than 100 km/h threatened several towns and villages in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan earlier this week.———SENTENCING HEARING EXPECTED TO WRAP AT LA LOCHE TRIALFinal submissions are expected today at the sentencing hearing for a teenager who shot and killed four people and injured seven others at a home and a high school in northern Saskatchewan. The teen has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in the January 2016 shooting in La Loche. The hearing is to determine whether the teen is sentenced as an adult or a youth.———MICHAEL PITFIELD DIES AT 80Michael Pitfield, a former Senator, clerk of the Privy Council, and close confidante to former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, has died at the age of 80. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the death last night, calling Pitfield’s contributions to public life “far-reaching and enduring.” Following his time with the Privy Council and as secretary to the cabinet, Pitfield joined the Senate in 1982 and sat as an independent until his retirement in 2010.———BEDBUGS ON PLANES? NOT SURPRISING SAYS EXPERTA Vancouver entomologist says it’s no surprise bedbugs are hitching rides on commercial flights, given the spread of the insects and a rise in global travel. UBC professor Murray Isman says bedbugs do get into luggage, but it’s rare to hear of the insects bothering passengers. One a recent British Airways flight from Vancouver to London, Heather Szilagyi says she and her family landed to discover they were covered in bites.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will tour Resolute Forest products in Alma. Que.— Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare and Airbus CEO Tom Enders speak to the Montreal Board of Trade.— Statistics Canada will release the retail trade figures for August and the consumer price index for September.— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will visit Burlington, Kitchener and Cambridge in southwestern Ontario.— Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca will make a transit announcement in Oshawa.last_img read more

Security Council lifts arms embargo on Rwanda

Welcoming the entry into force of the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in Africa’s Great Lakes Region, the Council voted unanimously to end the prohibition on the supply of arms and weapons for use in Rwanda, contained in resolution 1011 (1995).In the resolution adopted today, the Council stressed the need for States in the region to ensure that arms and related materiel delivered to them were not diverted to or used by illegal armed groups. The 15-member body also recalled a 2007 communiqué between the Governments of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as the outcome of a conference on peace and security in North and South Kivu in DRC, which it said “together represent a major step towards the restoration of lasting peace and stability in the Great Lakes region.” 10 July 2008The United Nations Security Council today lifted an arms embargo originally imposed after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and dissolved the committee tasked with monitoring compliance with the sanctions. read more

UNbacked probe of illegal armed groups in Guatemala issues first report

9 September 2008The independent body set up with United Nations help to investigate the activities of illegal armed groups in Guatemala has presented its first report, finding that clandestine criminal elements have become “encrusted” in State institutions in the Central American country. The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, known by its Spanish initials as CICIG, said that while the Government had started “an important effort” to clean out the security forces and public prosecution office, too few successful prosecutions have so far been made against criminal elements.“Dismantling the illegal bodies and clandestine structures encrusted in many public arenas in Guatemala is the State’s responsibility,” said Carlos Castresana, the head of CICIG, at yesterday’s launch of the commission’s first-year report.“CICIG will continue to provide all the support within its means to the Guatemalan State in order to finally root out those structures,” he added.The report stated that the commission is currently investigating 15 so-called “high-impact” cases, mainly in coordination with public prosecutors, as well as related situations, including the high number of murders of women and labour and human rights activists.At least eight public officials from law enforcement or justice sector institutions who were either working on high-impact cases or held vital information on other cases have been killed this year.CICIG said Guatemala needs to step up its efforts to protect police officers, prosecutors, judges and also witnesses who may be at risk. The commission has also proposed legislative reforms to help to combat impunity.Established under an agreement between the UN and the Guatemalan Government that came into effect on 4 September last year, CICIG is an independent, non-UN body that can conduct its own investigations and also help local institutions, particularly public prosecutors. CICIG, which operates with assistance from the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) in New York and support in Guatemala from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from the international community.Over three decades of conflict in Guatemala ended with the signing of peace accords in December 1996, but concern has been mounting in recent years that illegal security groups and clandestine security organizations have continued to operate with impunity, conduct criminal activities and violate human rights. read more

UN refugee agency alarmed by large number of people fleeing Somalia

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm at worsening insecurity in Somalia, which has forced 50,000 people out of the country in the first three months of this year, more than double the number of refugees who fled the Horn of Africa nation during a similar period in 2010.The refugees have sought safety in Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen, according to Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Kenya received most of the new arrivals – more than 31,400 – with most taken into the Dadaab refugee camp complex. The three camps around Dadaab in eastern Kenya accommodate more than 300,000 Somali refugees.The majority of the latest group of refugees came from the Bay and Bakol regions of southern and central Somalia, two of the major conflict zones in the country, Ms. Fleming told reporters in Geneva.“They all spoke of a grim situation inside the country, marked by relentless violence and human rights abuses. Somali refugees told UNHCR teams about forced conscription by some of the warring parties and crippling drought,” she said.Despite the civil unrest in Yemen and the risks involved, more than 22,000 refugees and migrants from other countries in the Horn of Africa had arrived on Yemeni shores between January and March, according to Ms. Fleming.Some of the new arrivals told UNHCR officials in Yemen that they were unaware of the political and social upheaval there, while others said they had no option but to flee.“For these Somali refugees the situation in Yemen was still, by comparison, much safer than the one back home,” said Ms. Fleming.Somalia has had no fully functioning national government and has been wracked by factional warfare since the collapse in 1991 of the administration led by the late Muhammad Siad Barre. 29 April 2011The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm at worsening insecurity in Somalia, which has forced 50,000 people out of the country in the first three months of this year, more than double the number of refugees who fled the Horn of Africa nation during a similar period in 2010. read more

Fonseka ready to face local court on allegations

Democratic Party founder and former army Commander Sarath Fonseka on Saturday, offered himself to face a domestic court of law on allegations against military operations during the Eelam War.In an interview with The Hindu, Fonseka, who was conferred by the present regime with the highest military rank of Field Marshal, said “if there are allegations against military operations, I am ready to face anybody and present the right picture. There is no problem. My conscience is clear.” While he was for taking the help of foreign expertise in legal matters, Fonseka said “being transparent [in the entire process] is better for our credibility.” (Colombo Gazette) Fonseka, who headed the SLA between December 2005 and July 2009, also wanted those who were his colleagues in the Army to cooperate with the authorities concerned. He was responding to a query whether he was willing to face an inquiry in the wake of the publication of a report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL). He said that if credible evidence was available, investigation should be done; due process of law be followed and those found guilty be punished.“If we are sincere, let us follow the proper legal procedures. We do not have to cover up [anything] or hush up.” At the same time, he brushed aside the finding made by the OISL that “incidents of sexual violence were not isolated acts but part of a deliberate policy.” Fonseka asserted that “these things never happen in an organised manner with the knowledge of superiors.” He maintained that “it is not part of our thinking or tactics to do such things.”The former Army Commander recalled that when the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was here in Sri Lanka between July 1987 and March 1990, there were “enough complaints [against it].” He added that a section of those who went through detention during the Eelam War must have indulged in “propaganda” against the Army.Nevertheless, he did not reject all the findings made by the UN report. He favoured a domestic investigation mechanism. To support this point, he also referred to the death sentence awarded by the High Court of Colombo in June to a soldier of the SLA in connection with a murder of eight internally-displaced Tamils in Northern Province in December 2000. read more

American Toyota executive arrested in Japan for suspected drug violation released from

American Toyota executive arrested in Japan for suspected drug violation released from custody TOKYO – Toyota’s highest ranking female executive until her arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations was released from custody without charges Wednesday.Julie Hamp, 55, who resigned last week from Toyota Motor Corp., was arrested June 18 on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer. The drug is tightly controlled in Japan.She emerged from a Tokyo police building where she’d been detained looking solemn and tired. She was whisked away in a minivan.Hamp, an American, was appointed three months ago as the head of public relations at the Japanese automaker, in a high-profile move that was highlighted by the Japanese automaker as promoting diversity.Prosecutors said Wednesday that she arranged with her father to have 57 oxycodone pills sent air mail from the U.S. to a Tokyo hotel in June. They said this act was importation of a narcotic but decided not to pursue charges.Japanese prosecutors are not obligated to publicly explain the reasons for their decisions. Legal experts say that a show of remorse and first-time offenders tend to win some leniency. Bringing in such a tightly controlled drug is a serious crime in Japan, often resulting in charges.Toyota named a replacement for Hamp on Wednesday, tapping Shigeru Hayakawa, a senior managing officer and board member. Hayakawa, who joined Toyota in 1977, has experience in the company’s U.S. operations and is a communications veteran at the company.Toyota reiterated its apology for the “confusion and concerns” Hamp’s arrest might have caused.It again promised to promote qualified people, regardless of nationality, gender and age, as Toyota continues its efforts “to become a truly global company.”Toyota President Akio Toyoda has defended Hamp, calling her an important member of the Toyota team. Company officials said they did not know her whereabouts or her plans.Toyoda has acknowledged the company likely should have done more to help with her relocation as the first foreign executive to be permanently stationed in Japan.Her arrest, a big embarrassment for Toyota, highlights missteps in its effort to diversify and become more international in its corporate culture.Toyota’s top executives are predominantly Japanese males, although some progress has been made in recent years to promote foreigners. Hamp was the first high-profile female promotion.Sakae Komori, a lawyer who frequently handles drug-related cases, said it’s difficult to figure out why someone is charged or not charged. Suspects with smaller amounts of the same drug have been charged, he said.“This is seen as a very serious crime in Japan,” he said, acknowledging that the decision may invite allegations of unfairness. “Perhaps the authorities see her as already facing enough social punishment, and she was not judged a drug abuser.”Toyota is such a powerful company in Japan that anything it does, or anything that happens to it, can be seen as setting a precedent.Komori said Hamp’s resignation from Toyota could have helped in winning her release.Hamp, who joined Toyota in 2012, worked at its U.S. operations until her latest promotion. Before that, she worked for PepsiCo Inc. and General Motors Co.Police raided the automaker’s headquarters in Toyota city, central Japan, as well as its Tokyo and Nagoya offices last month.It is not unheard of for foreigners to be detained in Japan for mailing or bringing in medicine they used at home. Such drugs may be banned in Japan or require special approval. In Japan, suspects can be held in custody for up to 23 days without formal charges.___Follow Yuri Kageyama: by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Jul 8, 2015 1:47 am MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Photographers try to take pictures of Julie Hamp as a car carrying the former highest ranking woman executive of Toyota Motor Corp. leaves Harajuku police station after her release, in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. American woman Hamp, who was arrested on June 18 on suspicion of bringing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, was released from custody Wednesday. Japanese media reports say Hamp will not face charges. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) read more

UN antinarcotics panel warns of widespread increase in use of legal highs

“In recent years, there has been an unprecedented surge in the abuse of new psychoactive substances,” said the President of the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Raymond Yans.According to the latest INCB annual report, these ‘legal highs’ are easily available over the Internet, with their numbers estimated to be in the hundreds and growing steadily.“In Europe alone, almost one new substance is appearing every week,” Mr. Yans said. “Previously, between 2000 and 2005 there was an average of five notifications of new substances per year. Clear action must be taken now by governments to prevent and deal with the abuse of these so-called ‘legal highs’ which are already a threat to public health and pose a significant challenge to public health systems.”The report also states that the abuse of prescription drugs has continued to spread in all regions of the world. In particular, there has been an unabated increase in the consumption of drugs used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a number of countries.Another major issue is the abuse of tranquilizers and sedatives. “More than 6 per cent of secondary school students have already abused tranquilizers in some countries, highlighting another alarming trend of drug abuse,” Mr. Yans said. He added that the drug problem is “a truly global problem that necessitates a global solution” at an international, national and community level, and stressed the importance of following existing international drug control conventions to prevent drug-related trafficking.The report also outlines the situation in each geographical region, noting that North America remains the biggest illicit drug market in the world, as well as the region reporting the highest drug-related mortality rate with approximately one in every 20 deaths among people aged from 15 to 64 in North America related to drug abuse. Cannabis remains the most widely cultivated, trafficked and abused drug in Africa, the report says, but amphetamine-type stimulants are increasingly seen as a new threat in the region. There have also been higher levels of cocaine abuse in West Africa, as the region has emerged as a transit area for narcotics from South America to the European market in recent years. In South America, the total area of illicit coca bush cultivation has slightly decreased compared to the previous years. However, there continue to be large seizures of cannabis. Central America and the Caribbean continue to be used as major transit areas for cocaine trafficked from South America to the North American market, which is having destabilizing effects in these countries due to an increase in the levels of drug-related violence. This continues to constitute a major threat to public security particularly in Mexico, where – according to Government figures – more than 60,000 people have been killed as a result of drug-related violence since 2006. East and South-East Asia continue to have the second largest total area of illicit opium poppy cultivation in the world, and the region is also a manufacturing hub for amphetamine-type stimulants with almost half the global seizures of methamphetamine in 2010 made in South-East Asia. Meanwhile, the levels of abuse and illicit manufacture of amphetamine-type stimulants in Oceania remain among the highest in the world.For its part, West Asia still has the greatest share of global illicit opium poppy cultivation and illicit opiate production, primarily in Afghanistan. read more

In message to Maputo conference Ban calls for accelerating efforts towards minefree

“Today, our common goal of a world free of anti-personnel mines has become an attainable reality, demonstrating the power of multilateralism to reach shared objectives. But we cannot rest as long as anti-personnel mines continue to kill and maim,” Mr. Ban said in a message to a conference in Maputo.Mozambique is hosting the Third Review Conference of the States Parties to the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention – which bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines – 15 years after it hosted the first meeting under the treaty.In the message, which was delivered by High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, the Secretary-General noted that some of the world’s largest countries with considerable stocks of anti-personnel landmines remain outside of the Convention. “I urge all States that have not done so to accede to the Convention, and call on all States to adhere to other relevant legal instruments. Let us all accelerate efforts to achieve universal adherence.”He also cited the need to intensify efforts to clear mined areas and destroy stockpiles. “I am disappointed that a number of States Parties have failed to meet their stockpile destruction deadlines while others have requested extension of their clearance deadlines,” he stated. “I urge all to spare no effort or resources to comply with obligations within the agreed deadlines.”States Parties were also called on to renew their commitment to action and funding to ensure that survivors enjoy the full range of human rights and fundamental freedoms. “I am concerned by the reported use of anti-personnel mines on the territories of States Parties. I urge all States Parties to assist in the clarification of these allegations and strongly support your efforts to further strengthen compliance. I also condemn the use of this horrendous and indiscriminate weapon by States not party to the Convention.”According to the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), 10 people are killed or maimed by a landmine every single day. Beyond removing landmines from the ground, mine action entails actions ranging from teaching people how to protect themselves from danger in a mine-affected environment to advocating for a mine-free world.Mr. Ban applauded the extraordinary results achieved since the First Meeting of the States Parties, noting that the UN has assisted more than 50 affected States while standing as an “unfaltering advocate” for the Convention’s universalisation. read more

At UN President of Yemen decries civilian toll of countrys conflict appeals

“Yet, I am troubled to see the degree of destruction left in the wake of these criminal militia,” said Mr. Hadi, denouncing the tragedy in Aden and other Yemeni cities.“Three years ago I found myself at this podium before you,” he continued. “At that time I spoke of the various stages we had undertaken to ensure a successful transition a handover of power in a spirit of peace.” Detailing the political transition process, he noted that just as the Constitution was supposed to be submitted to a popular referendum, Houthi militias launched a political and military coup d’état.Mr. Hadi said that Yemen had appealed to neighbouring countries for assistance in tackling the Houthi militias, and that the response was a “courageous one,” particularly from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which, he said, had “acted with utter determination.”He also noted with concern the human tragedy sparked by deteriorating public services in various provinces. “This requires greater effort internationally so as to alleviate human suffering and to ensure that the Yemeni crisis is not forgotten,” he said. While the United Nations has announced an appeal for humanitarian assistance, Mr. Hadi noted that the contributions only covered a portion of what was needed.“I would like to take this opportunity to address and appeal to donor countries to ensure that they provide the promised assistance,” he said. All efforts for peaceful settlement to the political crisis would be welcomed and supported, Mr. Hadi underscored. “I do hope that efforts made by the United Nations will be crowned by success,” he said, emphasizing that “the satiability of our country is a source of stability for the region and the world.” read more

SMMT President urges government to make the right decisions and stay in

The industry’s fundamental strengths, including one of the world’s most highly skilled and productive workforces, will stand it in good stead to face challenges, but success cannot be taken for granted, Jones said.The renaissance is down to years of hard work, hard won investment and long-term collaborative partnership between industry and government. We operate in an intensely competitive environment. We need to create the right conditions for future competitiveness, for developing skills and securing the strength of our economy by investing in R&D, and enabling new technologies to be developed here in the UK. New SMMT analysis suggests that EU tariffs on cars alone could add at least an annual £2.7 billion to imports and £1.8 billion to exports. Import tariffs alone could push up the list price of cars imported to the UK from the continent by an average of £1,500 if brands and their retail networks were unable to absorb these additional costs.1The President’s address to more than 1,100 industry leaders and government officials came days after SMMT published production figures showing UK car makers are on track to set a new record for exports and beat the production volumes achieved last year.2 He warned, however, that this success was the result of multi-billion pound investment decisions made years before the EU referendum was even a prospect. Key speech at SMMT’s 100th annual dinner focuses on automotive priorities and maintaining industrial strategy post-Brexit.New figures show threat of tariffs could leave industry and consumers with at least a £4.5 billion pound bill.First report on digital manufacturing in UK automotive outlines huge opportunity for future competitiveness.The President of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) urged government to develop its industrial strategy with successful sectors, and to put an immediate focus on automotive priorities post-Brexit.Speaking at the Society’s 100th Annual Dinner, Gareth Jones underlined the industry’s recent impressive growth and outlined the risks to investment and success if the benefits of the single market were lost. Commenting on the strength of the relationship between Government and Industry, not least through the Automotive Council, Gareth Jones said, “The government has – commendably – put industrial strategy at the heart of business and the department for business. It does so as it faces its toughest challenge – leaving the EU. We must make the right decisions: on trade, on regulations and on business competitiveness.”He went on to say, “The challenge now is to make a success of the new future. We want a strong UK economy and we want to see the UK’s influence in the world enhanced. But this cannot be at the expense of jobs, growth or being an open, welcoming trading nation. You, our members, have told us what you want; membership of the single market, consistency in regulations, access to global talent and the ability to trade abroad free from barriers and red tape.”Jones was speaking as the SMMT launches a new report produced by KPMG, The Digitalisation of Automotive Manufacturing in the UK.3 According to the report, the transition to digital manufacturing through new technologies such as 3D printing and artificial intelligence, has the potential to significantly boost productivity still further. More effective use of data, meanwhile, will reduce plant maintenance downtime, speed up product planning and improve quality, meaning consumers could see the time they have to wait for a new car cut by a third.Jones said,The so-called fourth industrial revolution will be a step change in manufacturing, with production lines developing more over the next five to 10 years than in the past half century.All of this is set to add an annual £6.9 billion to industry turnover, including a £2.6 billion supply chain boost, while also delivering £74 billion to the wider UK economy over the next two decades.3 Realising this potential will require significant investment – and that will depend upon maintaining the UK’s international competitiveness and being part of future regulatory and standard development. Gareth Jones, Managing Director of Pritex Ltd, will step down as SMMT President after a two-year term at the end of 2016. His successor, also announced at the Annual Dinner, is Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and Managing Director, Toyota Motor Europe, London. Tony will take over the position from 2017.SMMT’s thanks go to all sponsors of the 100th Annual Dinner, and notably the event’s headline supporters, MSX International and Automechanika Birmingham.You can find Gareth’s full speech here Based on the application of a 10% standard tariff on cars exported to and imported from the EU.SMMT manufacturing figures for October 2016.The Digitalisation of Automotive Manufacturing in the UK, SMMT / KPMG, November 2016.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

HACCIs busy days

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) held its quarterly Business Forum this week with a record audience in attendance. The forum was addressed by leading Economist Dr Theo Gazos of the Predictive Analytics Group.Dr Gazos explained that “if the Australian economy is to grow over the current forward estimates period, any form of fiscal restraint must be pursued only within the context of bold and strategic economic planning”.He went on to state that “cutting costs across the board without regard to critical requirements, whether it be in infrastructure, health or education, will not serve the economy and will not support growth. Repairing the current weakness and creating a clear pathway to deal with the future challenges facing the Australian economy requires clear and thoughtful planning”. Dr Gazos also reiterated his belief that “the budget position, whether in deficit or surplus, is but one criteria used to judge the wellbeing of an economy. Politicians must stop using it as a political football and concentrate more on micro and macro-economic reform that will stimulate economic growth. Furthermore, the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry held its first Proinos Kafes networking event for 2014 at Stavros Tavern last week, with over 50 members and non-members in attendance.Attendees were treated to a traditional Greek breakfast and participated in an informative presentation about Corporate Security made by Angelos Yannacaros and Kostas Kyrifidis from Foenix Asset Group.Proinos Kafes has become one of HACCI’s most popular events as people enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while catching up with like-minded business people, learn something new, enjoy a breakfast and of course an early morning kafe.The next Proinos Kafes will be held at The Australian Greek Welfare Societies premises in Brunswick on Thursday April 17. HACCI is looking forward to seeing as many members and their guests there as possible.last_img read more

Windows 8 500000 copies de la preview téléchargées

first_imgWindows 8 : 500.000 copies de la preview téléchargéesEn douze heures seulement, quelque 500.000 copies de la version preview de Windows 8 ont été téléchargées. Un succès dont Steve Ballmer, le PDG de Microsoft, s’est félicité lors de la conférence Build, organisée chaque année par le géant de Redmond, et réservée aux développeurs.Douze heures après avoir été mise en ligne gratuitement par Microsoft, la première version de Windows 8 avait été téléchargée un demi-million de fois. Un succès dont s’est targué Steve Ballmer, le patron de la firme de Redmond, lors de la conférence Build, qui réunit chaque année les développeurs, rapporte le Figaro. Si la version préliminaire de Windows 8 est avant tout destinée à ces derniers, elle peut être téléchargée par tous.À lire aussiMicrosoft : le brevet du “câlin connecté” déposé !Le PDG de Microsoft a admis qu’il restait un “long chemin à parcourir” avant que la version définitive du système d’exploitation voit le jour. Et d’évoquer notamment le fonctionnement de l’OS sur des machines dotées de processeurs ARM, et non plus seulement Intel. Lors de sa présentation officielle, Windows 8 a été décrit comme un OS marchant “magnifiquement sur toute une gamme d’appareils, des tablettes aux ordinateurs portables de 10 pouces, jusqu’aux ordinateurs tout-en-un avec des écrans haute définition de 27 pouces” (voir notre article). Microsoft a distribué 5.000 tablettes Samsung fonctionnant avec la preview aux développeurs présents à la conférence Build qui ont ainsi pu avoir un aperçu du futur Windows 8.Le 15 septembre 2011 à 14:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sony Tests US Waters With Koov Crowdfunding Campaign

first_img Sony’s all-in-one coding, robotics, and design kit is heading to the US.After releasing the Koov STEM learning toy in Japan earlier this year, the company is testing American waters with a new crowdfunding campaign.A modular system that helps creators of all ages (but mostly children) bring their imagination to life, Koov echoes Lego Mindstorms’ programmable robotics construction set. Which, like Sony’s new merchandise, is relatively simple to use but can produce incredibly complex designs.Seven kinds of translucent blocks can be assembled into any shape, which is controlled like a robot. Sony’s Scratch-like drag-and-drop coding system makes it easy for kids to learn and create; Koov automates finished instructions for the digital blocks to follow.via Sony Electronics“We believe that engaging educational materials for robotics and programming will play a major role in cultivating STEM literacy and nurturing the next generation of creative problem solvers,” the Indiegogo project page said. “That is why we built Koov—on the belief that STEM learning tools should be accessible to all children.”Interested customers can snag the starter kit—with core micro controller, 172 blocks and accessories, 15 electronic parts, and 14 robot recipes—for a special early-bird price of $287. The advanced kit—with additional blocks, parts, and directions—is discounted to $399.The kit is Sony’s first offering under the Global Education branch’s STEM101 curriculum, developed as an “innovative way” to teach science, technology, engineering, and math in primary schools around the world.via Sony Electronics“As rapid changes in technology and the climate give rise to an increasingly complicated modern society, more and more problems are turning into truly global issues,” Sony Global Education said last year. “These problems demand solutions, and knowledge alone cannot solve them.“Rather, the ability to utilize one’s knowledge to work through a problem and come up with a solution is what is key, perhaps more so than ever,” the company added.Since its Monday launch on Indiegogo, Koov has collected more than $21,500—well on its way to reaching the $100,000 fixed goal. Customers have one month left to pre-order the kit, expected to ship this November.Let us know how we’re doing Stay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket last_img read more

GOP leaders now backing Moore, despite allegations

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders in Washington are coming to grips with the possibility — perhaps even probability — that Alabama’s Roy Moore will win his special election next Tuesday and join them in the capital.Looking past allegations of sexual misconduct with Alabama teenagers, President Donald Trump formally endorsed Moore, and the Republican National Committee quickly followed suit late Monday, announcing it was returning at least some of the support it had pulled last month.“I think he’s going to do very well. We don’t want to have a liberal Democrat in Alabama, believe me,” Trump said Tuesday during a lunch with Republican senators. “We want strong borders, we want stopping crime, we want to have the things that we represent and we certainly don’t want to have a liberal Democrat that’s controlled by Nancy Pelosi and controlled by Chuck Schumer, we don’t want to have that for Alabama.”Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, who once called on Moore to get out of the race, changed his rhetoric over the weekend to say that it was Alabama voters who should decide.The changed tone — and Trump’s decision to do away with any facade of distancing himself from the race — make it clear they are increasingly confident in Moore’s chances of victory despite the continued unease of some other Republicans.last_img read more

Off Beat: Re-creating 1912 plane in 2018 no simple task

first_imgHow do you re-create a 1912 airplane when you can’t find a 130-year-old airplane builder to help you?You do what those craftsmen did: You keep trying until something works.That was part of the approach to building the replica 1912 Curtiss Pusher biplane on display at Pearson Air Museum. It is a full-scale model of the plane Silas Christofferson flew from the roof of Portland’s Multnomah Hotel to Vancouver Barracks in 1912.A team of volunteers put in 7,000 hours over a span of two years. They spent a lot of those hours figuring out how aviation designer Glenn Curtiss turned his drawings into working aircraft.They had some archived resources, including a copy of 1912 Curtiss plans. (The original set is at the National Air and Space Museum.) They also had a 1912 instruction manual, “Build and Fly a Curtiss Aeroplane.”“Still, there were many details missing, with few living individuals who knew how to accomplish specific tasks,” Bob Cromwell, manager of Pearson Air Museum, said in an email.Wiring for the controls was complex and took a lot of trial and error, using the plans and archive photos.To provide the airplane’s skin, cotton fabric was tacked onto the wooden airframe and then coated with shellac to shrink it. That’s three daunting challenges right there.last_img read more

Community rallies to find new home for veteran’s service dog

first_imgRobert Scott McCubbins didn’t have a lot of visitors.The 56-year-old veteran lived in a Hazel Dell apartment complex, where neighbors knew him as “Mr. Rob.” Down the street, at the Safeway grocery store where he was a regular, staff knew him and his service dog — a black Lab named Hooch.“He was a nice, quiet old man. He’s been there for years,” said Virginia Sorenson, a neighbor at Willow Creek Apartments. “None of us can remember anyone visiting.”She described McCubbins as having a slight build, dark scruffy hair and a beard. He wore a military hat and walked with a limp. He looked a little older than he was.“He’d walk his dog every day around the complex,” Sorenson said. He’d wave to everyone and stop to chat.Then he’d walk to Safeway, where the duo did the rounds. Everyone knew Mr. Rob and Hooch.“He was just a guy that I could tell didn’t have a whole lot of people around him,” said Lynn Goss, an employee at the grocery store.McCubbins was estranged from his family, who lived in Illinois. When he was discovered at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 26, dead in his apartment, first responders suspected he’d been there a few days. His death certificate listed the cause as complications of chronic ethanol abuse with dilated cardiomyopathy, liver with steatosis and fibrosis — he died from drinking.last_img read more

Public Forum Organized for Ministry of Finances Public Financial Management and Performance

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 12, 2017 – Nassau – The Public Financial Management and Performance Monitoring Reform (PFM/PMR) Project Unit within the Ministry of Finance is mandated to improve the government’s capacity to manage and allocate resources and as such will have a tangible effect not just on the public service but also on the lives of every Bahamian.Increasing transparency and coordination between agencies for improved planning, implementation and monitoring will be a major step in ensuring fiscal sustainability for the Bahamian economy.   More effective project implementation will mean that Bahamians will see greater value for money from public expenditure.The PFM/PMR Project Unit will host a Public Forum on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the University of the Bahamas, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Centre.   The public forum will provide the first opportunity for key stakeholders in academia, private sector, civil society, and media to voice their opinions on the project and have their questions answered by the Component Coordinators directly.The forum will reveal historic and revolutionary changes that PFM/PMR will bring.   The public is invited for suggestions, feedback, and input, which are valuable during this process of change of the public sector.Press Release: BISlast_img read more

Land trust acquires new habitat in Gorge

first_imgThe Columbia Land Trust this week added another prized gem to its growing list of Northwest holdings: more than 3 miles of diverse habitat along the banks of the lower Hood River.The property transfer, finalized and announced Thursday, gives the Vancouver-based land trust ownership of 299 acres along the river. Hood River County, Ore., will take on another 101 acres at each end of the corridor.All 400 acres were donated by PacifiCorp, which held the land for decades while it operated the old Powerdale Dam. But severe flood damage ended its electricity production in 2006, and the Portland-based utility removed the hydroelectric facility in 2010.PacifiCorp agreed to transfer ownership of the surrounding land as part of a decommissioning settlement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The county and Columbia Land Trust acquired the property at no direct cost, Executive Director Glenn Lamb said this week.“It’s so rare to have one landowner with 3 miles on both sides of the same river that’s willing to make a donation,” Lamb said.last_img read more

Stoneman Douglas High alumni decorate school with banners

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School alumni gave current students a heartfelt reminder to stay “Douglas strong.”A group of alumni gathered Sunday morning to decorate the school with banners to welcome students back to class on Wednesday.Each of the previous graduating classes made a banner to show their love and support.“We have people here from classes 20 years prior,” said alumnus Lauren MacLeod, “and it kinda warms our heart to support our kids, to be out here today, and to just even give them a little bit of hope, a little bit of support from not just their town but their family.”The project was a request from the principal.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Russian Doll season 2 could be a death too far

first_img Aw yeeeeah… SEASON 2, witches!!!🖤 #RussianDoll— Joanna DeVoe (@JoannaDeVoe) June 11, 2019 russian doll renewed for season 2? I mean I’m excited because I loved it but I’m scared because the story seemed so complete….— ✍️ (@miccaeli) June 11, 2019 REALITY IS RELATIVE BUT AS MUCH AS ANYTHING CAN BE REAL YES THIS IS FOR REAL— Russian Doll (@RussianDoll) June 11, 2019 Time is a construct.— Russian Doll (@RussianDoll) June 11, 2019 50 Photos Season 1 should break open and have Season 2 inside— Scott Stein (@jetscott) June 11, 2019 Just rewatch season 1.— Charles Wagen (@CharlesWagen) June 11, 2019 Share your voice Not just a time looper, the show’s mind bending aspect is seen as one of its assets. So what happens if you explain too much? Russian Doll is a show about, unsurprisingly, layers. It peeled them away to reveal the key to our hero Nadia’s predicament: understanding her relationship with her mother. It turns out letting go of the past really can set you free — from perpetual time loops of death. Tags Post a commentcenter_img Or you could do this. TV and Movies I don’t know how this is going to work, but I didn’t think Happy Death Day could have a sequel and it did, so sign me up.— Ciarán West (@CiaranWest) June 11, 2019 We’re also searching for answers. Netflix Netflix has renewed Russian Doll for a second season. This is a show about a woman who dies, repeatedly. It’s a bit like Groundhog Day, but instead of Bill Murray, there’s a metaphorical prison dictating the boundaries of a sentient being’s existence. Oh, and there’s an adorable cat named Oatmeal. Spoiler: He’s also a metaphor!Yes, this is a show that makes you think. It’s also been a critical success for talented creative team Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland. However, following surprise, reactions to the news of a second season have been mixed. Amid those setting off the elated emoji fireworks, some have raised only their eyebrows. What will season 2 bring? All we and @CiaranWest can do is have optimism. 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 0 Casting doubts aside for a second, let’s enjoy the official Russian Doll’s twitter account responding to excited fans. I loved the show but I see this as being a show that might be ruined by extra seasons. Explaining too much might turn into a midichlorian situation.— Mundane Simpsons (@MundaneSimpsons) June 11, 2019 Nadia literally dies on her way to answers, and that’s not to mention the drinking, smoking and self-loathing in New York. But she does make it out of the darkness. She confronts her inner demons, moves forward and helps others. So what fresh new time loop can Netflix possibly trap her in?If Netflix won’t give us answers, let’s head to a place that will. Twitter!There’s no official synopsis so far, but here’s an out-of-the-box concept.last_img read more