TORONTO – A packed Toronto courtroom erupted into cheers and a standing ovation Monday after the judge announced two men convicted of murdering a young woman would not be eligible for parole for 50 years.Dellen Millard is “profoundly amoral and dangerous” while his partner in crime, Mark Smich, “enthusiastically” participated in the murder of Laura Babcock, 23, whose body was never found, Justice Michael Code said.Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., were convicted in December of murdering the Toronto woman in the summer of 2012 and burning her body in an animal incinerator.“Justice has been served to the murderers of our cherished daughter, Laura,” Clayton Babcock, the victim’s father, told reporters outside court. “Somehow life in prison seems lenient when Laura didn’t even get to see her 24th birthday.”Millard and Smich had previously been convicted in the murder of Tim Bosma, a 32-year-old Hamilton father who went missing in May 2013 after going on a test drive with two men interested in buying his pickup truck. That murder trial in 2016 heard the pair burned Bosma’s body in an animal incinerator — called the Eliminator — that belonged to Millard.“This repetition of two planned and deliberate murders also arguably requires separate punishment to deter potential serial murderers who are thinking of going on to commit a second murder after successfully committing a first murder,” Code told the sentencing hearing Monday as he ordered the life sentences in the two murder cases be served consecutively.“Millard unsuccessfully attempted to prove that there is a good side to his personality,” Code said. “In my view, Millard is skillful and clever in delivering pro-social behaviour when it is to his advantage. The overwhelming weight of evidence from text messages to his criminal behaviour is that he is profoundly amoral and dangerous.”Smich, the judge said, was just as culpable.“I am satisfied he was pleased and enthusiastic to be a part of the murder,” Code said.First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 25 years.The Babcock trial heard the young woman struggled with mental health and drug use, and was working as an escort in the months leading up to her disappearance in July 2012.Babcock had become infatuated with Millard and had also become transient, bouncing from place to place after deciding to move out of her parent’s home in Toronto’s west end.By early July, she and Millard had texted or called each other more than 100 times over three days until Millard picked Babcock up from a subway station and took her back to his house on July 3.The trial heard Millard and Smich burned Babcock’s body in The Eliminator — located at Millard’s hangar at the Region of Waterloo International Airport — days after she went missing.That was the first time the two friends used the incinerator to burn a body.Ten months later, the pair shot and killed Bosma and got rid of this body by also burning it in the incinerator.The Crown in the Babcock case concluded the true motive for her death was to satisfy the pair’s urge to kill.“They killed Ms. Babcock and Mr. Bosma for the thrill they needed,” Crown attorney Jill Cameron said at the sentencing hearing.The eyes of both Millard and Smich welled up as they were handcuffed and led out of court.But Babcock’s father said he had no sympathy for his daughter’s killers.“We must admit that it was satisfying to see the two cuffed and shuffling off to the prison shuttle, to a life that for most of us would be unbearable,” Clayton Babcock said.
By Zainab CalcuttawalaRabat – The Moroccan Atlas Lions lost 2-3 to the British Lionhearts boxing team on Friday, February 5 during the fourth of 11 weeks of matches in the World Series of Boxing. The matches were held at the Salle Omnisport Complexe in Casablanca.The Atlas Lions secured victories in the Welter (69 kg) and Light Heavy (81 kg) categories, with boxers Mohammed Rabii and Saada Hassan, but the team suffered losses in the Fly (52 kg), Light (60 kg), and Super Heavy (91+ kg) categories. Mohammed Rabii’s victory against British boxer Ekow Essuman led to him placing 4th in individual rankings for the welterweight category at the end of the week.The results of this week’s matches puts the Atlas Lions at a 0-2 series record, taking into account the team’s 4-1 loss against the Mexico Guerreros during week two of the series.The British Lionhearts’ series record stands at 2-0, at the top the Group B division.The other two Group B teams, the United States Knockouts and the Mexico Guerreros, locked horns in Miami on Friday as well, which gave a 4-1 victory and a 2nd place division standing to the American team. The Mexico Guerreros stand in 3rd place.The Atlas Lions will seek a victory against the USA Knockouts in Casablanca during the sixth week of the series on February 19.
“The government does not control its own forces fully,” Special Representative Jan Pronk told the Security Council in a briefing on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s monthly report on the situation in the war-torn region. “It co-opted paramilitary forces and now it cannot count on their obedience…The border lines between the military, the paramilitary and the police are being blurred.”Within the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) “there is a leadership crisis,” Mr. Pronk said. “There are splits. Some commanders provoke their adversaries by stealing, hijacking and killing, some seem to have begun acting for their own private gain.”The rebels now control so much of the territory that they must take responsibility for the people there and become political leaders, he said, “or they may turn to preying on the civilians in areas they control by force – and we may soon find Darfur is ruled by warlords.”Tensions have been rising since August and, as of November, fighting and provocation have become more widespread, threatening food production and putting the whole population at risk of becoming dependent on humanitarian aid, Mr. Pronk said.”Governmental authorities are not able to exert a moderating influence, or they respond with untimely and even counter-productive measures,” he said.At a news conference after his briefing, Mr. Pronk said the deployment of an adequate number of African Union (AU) troops was being delayed by bureaucracy, lack of funding and differing perceptions of the situation on the ground.The planned Security Council meeting later this month in Nairobi, Kenya, could convince the parties that they are expected to negotiate in good faith and adopt a Declaration of Principles, a timeframe and detailed agenda for further political issues, he said.The Secretary-General’s report pointed out that despite slow political progress, “violence in Darfur is on the rise. New movements are threatening the peace in Kordofan, in the East and in Khartoum. There is reluctance at the negotiating table in Abuja (Nigeria), distrust, internal division, lack of capacity to negotiate and no sense of urgency.”In Darfur, the Sudanese Government’s failure to end impunity has discouraged both disarmament of fighters and repatriation from refugee and internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camps, as “banditry goes from strength to strength,” it says.The Government “must build on the very limited action it has taken so far and present a comprehensive and concrete programme for holding accountable those responsible for widespread and systematic violations over the past year or more,” the report says.After the briefing, Ambassador John C. Danforth of the United States, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for November, read a press statement in which the 15 members voiced their deep concern about the findings in Mr. Annan’s report and the deterioration in the security and humanitarian situation confirmed in Mr. Pronk’s briefing.They condemned attacks on civilians, sexual violence, hostage-taking and other violations in Darfur “by all parties, including the Government of the Sudan, rebel groups and the Janjaweed militias,” Ambassador Danforth said.Concerned about the government’s forced relocation of IDPs in Otash, Old Sharief and New Sharief, contrary to Council resolutions approved earlier this year, the Council called on the Sudanese Government once more to cease all forcible relocations, return those removed and allow relief workers immediate access to all internally displaced people’s camps. Video of Council meeting [25mins]
Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, called on all concerned to fully cooperate with the investigation announced by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour to bring the perpetrators to justice.“He recalls that the Security Council has reaffirmed its readiness to consider further measures in response to any actions by individuals or parties that are aimed at disrupting the transition process,” the statement added.In a separate statement, Special Adviser Jamal Benomar voiced his outrage at the attacks, stating that “such criminal acts seeking to terrorize Yemenis will only strengthen their resolve to continue on their path of peaceful change.” Yemen has been undergoing a democratic transition with a Government of National Unity, which came to power in an election in February 2012 following protests that led to the resignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.As part of the transition process, the country is carrying out an all-inclusive National Dialogue Conference, which will feed into a constitution-making process and pave the way for general elections next year. “The Secretary-General firmly believes that the only path to a stable, prosperous and democratic Yemen is through the ongoing peaceful and all-inclusive National Dialogue Conference,” said his spokesperson.The attacks were also condemned “in the strongest terms” by the 15-member Security Council, which also underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these “reprehensible” acts of terrorism to justice.Council members, in a statement issued to the press, also underlined their support to the Yemeni Government to combat terrorism, and their condemnation of any acts intended to disrupt the transition process and undermine the Government.
Video purportedly showing an ISIL fighter beheading Mr. Henning surfaced earlier today, spurring the Security Council to issue a late evening statement. “This crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers volunteer humanitarian personnel face every day in Syria,” said Ambassador María Cristina Perceval of Argentina, whose country holds the Security Council Presidency for the month of October. She added that the killing “once again demonstrates the brutality” of the group, “which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people.” The 15-members of the Council again stressed that ISIL “must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out.” “The members of the Council further emphasized that such continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve” that Member States and institutions, including those in the region, must come together to counter such terrorist groups. Ms. Perceval, reading the statement on behalf of the Council, also demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all held hostage by ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida.She called for those responsible for “these reprehensible acts of terrorism” to be brought to justice. The Council “stressed that those responsible for the killing of Alan Henning shall be held accountable,” and urged Member States to cooperate with the United Kingdom and all relevant authorities in this regard.
When they applied their findings to the Martian environment, they concluded that… Crucially researchers found traces of fatty acids, the key building blocks of biological cells, in the streams as well as living and fossilised microbes in the nearby rock deposits. And the hardy organisms which live there could give a hint about the kind of life which may have evolved on the Red Planet, and where to look for it. The serene shores of Lulworth Cove in Dorset may not seem the obvious place to hunt for alien life. 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. But scientists at Imperial College have discovered that the highly-acidic sulphur streams and pools which surround St Oswald’s Bay perfectly mimic conditions on Mars billions of years ago.
HS2 Ltd’s report stated: “Our ambition is for HS2 to achieve world-class levels of reliability, on a par with Japan’s Shinkansen high speed rail network.”HS2 will be a railway that can be depended on seven days a week.”Japan has one of the world’s most reliable railways. Its high speed services are known as bullet trains. In November, a train company issued an apology to passengers after a train departed 20 seconds early.HS2 Ltd believes a comparable railway will “fundamentally change the way we think about reliability and train travel in Britain”. Phase 1 of the £55.7 billion high-speed railway will open between London and Birmingham in December 2026.A second Y-shaped phase of HS2 will launch in two stages.Phase 2a from the West Midlands to Crewe will begin in 2027, followed by Phase 2b from Crewe to Manchester, and Birmingham to Leeds, in 2033. HS2 will rival Japan’s bullet trains for reliability, the firm building the high speed railway has claimed.An average delay target of just 30 seconds will be in place once the railway opens, HS2 Ltd said.Operators on the West Coast Main Line – which runs between London Euston and Scotland – have to cope with ageing infrastructure and the need to share lines with other passenger and freight traffic, a report by the Government-funded company noted.But the operator of HS2 will be in “full control” allowing it to set a “new standard in reliability”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Some 17% of services run by Virgin Trains – which operates on the West Coast Main Line – were delayed by at least 10 minutes in the 12 months to June 23, Network Rail figures show.It is used at a higher intensity than many comparable fast lines in the rest of Europe, which can lead to large knock-on effects from delays. The report, being published on Thursday in Leeds, shows that the benefits of HS2 are “already being realised across the UK”, such as supporting 6,000 jobs.HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, said: “HS2 services will be unrecognisable to today’s commuters.”A service that is dependable if you’re travelling for work, attending a meeting, or seeing family and friends.”The standard set by HS2 will be world class, with the stress of tickets, delays and other frustrations designed out of the system.” Show more 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.
Freezer : l’auteur du logiciel condamné à 6 mois de prison avec sursisSimon Richert, le jeune créateur du logiciel Freezer, vient d’être condamné à six mois de prison avec sursis et 15.000 euros de dommages et intérêts. Avec son logiciel, l’étudiant lorrain de 20 ans permettait aux internautes d’enregistrer en MP3 la musique mise en ligne par les sites de streaming.En 2008, Simon Richert, étudiant à l’Ecole polytechnique de Lausanne en Suisse, avait développé et diffusé sur Internet un logiciel, baptisé Freezer, qui permettait de capter le flux d’un service d’écoute de musique en streaming et de l’enregistrer en format MP3. Un outil qui a bien sûr remporté un vif succès auprès des internautes, surtout avec la création de l’Hadopi.À lire aussiLe baladeur : du walkman au MP3… 30 ans d’évolutionLes sites de streaming, parmi lesquels Deezer, ont alors porté plainte contre le jeune homme. Une action soutenue par la Sacem (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs, et Editeurs de musique) et la SCPP (Société Civile des Producteurs Phonographiques). Toutes deux ont à leur déposé plainte, pour “incitation du public à l’usage de logiciel manifestement destiné à la mise à disposition non autorisée d’œuvres protégées”. Comme le rapporte ZDnet, la sentence vient d’être prononcée, et Simon Richert a écopé de six mois de prison avec sursis. Il devra en outre verser 15.000 euros de dommages et intérêts aux plaignants qui réclamaient 94.000 euros.Le 10 juin 2011 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Recommended for you Fyre Festival, a huge disaster Related Items:exuma, world travel awards Million dollar marijuana drug bust in Exuma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Oct 2015 – Magnetic Media tomorrow heads to Great Exuma in The Caribbean and North America will be staged. Sandals Emerald Bay Resort in Exuma will host our media crew and they will also host the event which is considered the Oscar’s of the Travel Industry. Many Turks and Caicos properties are nominated for a prize. Make sure you are connected to Magnetic Media on Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn or Instagram or WhatsApp for ‘happening now’ coverage of the gala which takes place on Saturday. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards
ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s murder trial is over — but not the legal wrangling.Moments after the six-member jury found that Zimmerman did not commit a crime when he killed Trayvon Martin, Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson told the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer: “You have no further business with the court.”But Nelson has two issues yet to decide: how long to keep juror names a secret and whether to fine prosecutors for behavior that defense attorneys say was unethical.Two other judges are overseeing separate civil cases spawned by the shooting, one by Zimmerman, who accuses NBCUniversal Media of defaming him, and one by his former bodyguards, who allege he owes them $27,000.There also is the perjury case pending against Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie.Here are details about what to expect:• JUROR NAMESThe identities of the six women who served as Zimmerman’s jury are a secret, thanks to an order by the judge.How long they will remain so, however, is an open question.Defense attorney Mark O’Mara initially asked that their names be kept under seal permanently, but after more than a dozen media companies — including The Orlando Sentinel — objected, Nelson rejected that request.She signed an order ruling that their names would remain secret during the trial. O’Mara, however, asked that that be extended for six months.
NASA, ESA, A. Riess (STScI/JHU)The third edition of ‘Stranger Things’ was released by Netflix a few days back, and it is receiving positive reviews from audiences and critics. Very similar to the first two series, the third installment also portrays the adventurous journey of Eleven and her friends. The major part of the series talks about the existence of a parallel universe, popularly discussed among fans as a mirror world.Now, in real life, Leah Broussard, a physicist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, is leading a team of researchers who are apparently conducting an experiment to confirm the presence of this parallel world. If this experiment becomes a success, it will confirm the existence of a parallel universe, and will also disprove the conventional physics theory surrounding this subject.Leah Broussard, in this experiment, is actually trying to open a portal that will lead to a parallel world. The physicist is apparently planning to send a beam of subatomic particles down a 50-foot tunnel into an impenetrable wall. Broussard believes that some of these particles will transform into mirror images of themselves, and it may travel through the wall.If the subatomic particles penetrate through the wall, it will be the first direct evidence of the existence of a parallel universe. As per Broussard, even a single mirror atom could signal the existence of a universe in another dimension, and it will also prove that the visible universe is only half of what is out there. The physicist also believes that the new experiment, if a success, will broaden the current laws of physics.”It’s pretty wacky. This is a pretty straightforward experiment that we cobbled together with parts we found lying around, using equipment and resources we already had available at Oak Ridge. If you discover something new, the game totally changes,” said Broussard, NBC News reports.This is not the first time that a top scientist is suggesting the possibility of a universe in a parallel dimension. Legendary physicist Stephen Hawking had several times talked about this, and he had hinted that there could be multiple universes and multiple worlds.
Share – / 6A Houston building connected to the Mexican-American Civil Rights movement has been designated as a National Treasure and will share part of a $450,000 grant in an effort to raise money for restore historic buildings damaged by last year’s Hurricane Harvey, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Tuesday, January 30.The LULAC Council 60 Clubhouse in Houston, along with an historic doctor’s office in Miami and a nature preserve in Puerto Rico, will share the grant. All of the sites were damaged by Harvey, Irma or Maria.The clubhouse served as a meeting place beginning in the 1950s for Mexican-American civil rights leaders who plotted out key school desegregation cases and efforts to fight discrimination. Legendary leaders such as attorneys Gus Garcia, John J. Herrera and Tex-Mex restaurateur Felix Tijerina attended meetings at the clubhouse.The building sits in a revitalized area outside of Houston’s downtown. For years, advocates have been trying to raise money to fix the roof and interior of the building, which was damaged by Harvey and previous storms. LULAC — the acronym for the League of United Latin American Citizens — is the nation’s oldest Hispanic civil rights organization.“The LULAC Clubhouse is not only an irreplaceable reminder that bold ideas often take shape in modest places, but also, that more needs to be done to learn from our nation’s collective civil rights contributions,” said Stephanie Meeks, the National Trust for Historic Preservation president and CEO.The clubhouse, which is located at 3004 Bagby Street –in Montrose– and was built in 1907, is the site where activists planned President John F. Kennedy’s visit with LULAC held the night before his assassination. The group also created the “Little School of the 400,” an idea that would later become the federal Head Start program.LULAC National President Roger Rocha said the designation would increase the group’s access to funds and help create a museum to preserve a part of Latino history.“There’s a lot of history in that building,” Rocha said. “We can’t lose it.”Ray Valdez, president of LULAC Council 60, said that the clubhouse has earned its place in history because “Council 60 was basically one of the three councils that put LULAC on the map.”“They were involved in almost every major lawsuit that involved education, civil rights, judicial rights. They were, they were the powerhouse and huge contributors to the Latino civil rights movement,” added Valdez.Barbara Pahl, senior vice president of Preservation Field Services for the Trust, detailed that, out of the $450,000 grant –which is funded by American Express–, the LULAC clubhouse will receive $140,000.Pahl underlined that the designation will help the Trust to bring forward “stories of under represented communities,” which is one of the goals of the institution.Valdez explained the money will be used for repairs to the exterior walls, as well as work on the foundation and the roof.As for the future of the clubhouse once the repairs are completed, Valdez commented LULAC officials “think that it’s very possible to use the upstairs for meeting spaces and office, and use the downstairs for some kind of commercial venture.”Valdez specified some of the options the organization is considering are to open a museum, while the property’s upper story could be used to hold meetings –the site hasn’t held any since 2013 because of damages caused by previous storms– and as office space.With a National Treasure designation, the LULAC clubhouse joins such sites as the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the White Grass dude ranch in Wyoming, and Joe Frazier’s Gym in Pennsylvania.The $450,000 American Express grant for the three sites will help renovate the historic structures and prepare them to attract visitors, said Timothy McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. In addition to the LULAC clubhouse, the historic Dr. James M. Jackson’s Office and Surgery in Miami, Florida, and various structures and landscapes within Paraíso Las Lunas — a nature preserve in Caguas, Puerto Rico — will receive grant money.Jackson’s office was built in 1905 by Miami’s first resident physician and the building exemplifies neo-classical architecture in South Florida. It was damaged by Hurricane Irma. The Dade Heritage Trust will also use grant funds for roofing and carpentry repair at the Wagner Homestead, a mid-19th century structure and the oldest known house in Miami-Dade County, Florida.The eye of Hurricane Maria passed directly over Las Lunas, damaging several buildings and uprooting many of the more than 51,000 trees previously planted there. The 19-acre Paraíso Las Lunas was the home and studio of renowned Mexican ceramic artist Toni Hambleton. The site is renowned for the variety of native Puerto Rican flora and fauna.
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire CorrespondentUnlike Veterans Day, when we honor all who have served, Memorial Day is when Americans honor persons who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade association of more than 200 African American-owned newspapers and media companies around the country, celebrates the sacrifices of all of our men and women in uniform, as well as their families, on Memorial Day and every day.We are especially proud to honor our Black veterans; whose sacrifices and accomplishments went beyond the field of battle to include the fields and lots adjacent to where they lived, worked and worshipped.African Americans have proudly served all branches of the armed services. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice in support defense of our freedoms. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)For generations, African Americans returning home from service too often faced discrimination, disrespect, violence, and even death, according to the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative.For instance, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first Black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps, a precursor of the U.S. Air Force, according to the History Channel.Trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, they flew more than 15,000 individual sorties in Europe and North Africa during World War II, and their impressive performance earned them more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, helping to encourage the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces.However, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, white supremacy was the law and custom throughout the nation, and many Whites feared that Black soldiers who had experienced the pride of military service would resist the disenfranchisement, segregation, and second-class citizenship that still characterized the African-American experience.In August 1917, U.S. Sen. James Vardaman of Mississippi warned that, once a Black soldier was allowed to see himself as an American hero, it would be “but a short step to the conclusion that his political rights must be respected.”Bringing Black soldiers home to the South with expectations of equality, he predicted, would “inevitably lead to disaster.”For Sen. Vardaman, Black soldiers’ potential as community leaders was terrifying, and the “disaster” would be a mass movement for African-American rights, according to the Equal Justice Initiative.Indeed, many African-American soldiers returned determined to fight for their freedom and equality at home. Veterans like Hosea Williams and Medgar Evers played central roles in what became the civil rights movement. For Evers, the battle for freedom would eventually cost him his life.The effort to suppress the prospect of potential leadership made Black veterans targets, and many suffered brutal violence for protesting mistreatment or simply wearing their military uniforms.In August 1898, a Black Army private named James Neely was shot to death by a mob of white men in Hampton, Georgia, for protesting a white storekeeper’s refusal to serve him at the soda counter.In Hickman, Kentucky, a recently-discharged Black soldier named Charles Lewis was lynched in uniform in December 1918, just weeks after the end of World War I.Black veterans of World War II also faced violence for the most basic assertions of equality and freedom.In August 1944, the white owner of a small restaurant in Shreveport, Louisiana, shot and wounded four Black soldiers he claimed, “attempted to take over his place.”He faced no charges, according to the Equal Justice Initiative.In June 1947, a Black Navy veteran named Joe Nathan Roberts, studying at Temple University through the G.I. Bill, was visiting family in Sardis, Georgia, when a group of white men became upset because he refused to call them “sir.”Later that night, the men abducted Mr. Roberts from his parents’ home and shot him to death.In November 1942, while stationed at Camp Polk, Louisiana, Private Merle Monroe wrote a letter to the Pittsburgh Courier describing the Black soldier’s struggle to maintain a sense of patriotic pride in the face of lynching.“Paradoxically enough,” he wrote, “our country spends millions annually in effort to build up Negro morale, both in and out of the army, yet, foolishly, destroys the blue print of its program by tolerating brutal killings without even a pretense of a fair trial.”Today, our nation proudly honors the sacrifices of its heroes. “From the first African-American Medal of Honor recipient to current day Soldiers, individuals have made their mark within the history of this nation with their courage, leadership and honor,” reads the lead-in to the Profiles in Courage salute to African Americans on goarmy.com.African Americans have proudly served all branches of the armed services. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice in support defense of our freedoms.Crispus Attucks, a former slave, was the first casualty of the American Revolutionary War when he was killed during the Boston Massacre.On Sept. 28, 1918, while serving as squad leader of Company C, 371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division, Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Freddie Stowers went above and beyond the call of duty when his company led the attack at Hill 188, Champagne Marne Sector, France.First Lt. Vernon J. Baker received a Medal of Honor for his extraordinary heroism in action near Viareggio, Italy, during World War II (at the time, holding the rank of second lieutenant). Baker demonstrated outstanding courage and leadership in destroying enemy installations, personnel and equipment during his company’s attack against a strongly entrenched enemy in mountainous terrain. The federal government later acknowledged that racism was the reason he didn’t receive the medal until 50 years later.Pfc. Milton Olive III was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor for saving the lives of four other U.S. Army soldiers during a battle early in the Vietnam War. Milton used his body to cover a grenade to save his fellow soldiers. “It was the most incredible display of selfless bravery I ever witnessed,” the platoon commander later told a journalist.
If you need proof that opening up access to game engines and their tools for modders is a very good idea, look no further than the video above.What you are watching is Aliens vs. Marine: the work of modder oldschool.Dave. He’s using Crytek’s CryEngine 3 to implement a remake of Aliens vs. Predator. The Marine part, at least, and this is just an initial environment test along with some easily recognizable sound effects. I think he nailed it, don’t you?AdChoices广告The reaction this video has received on the CryDev forums and in the gaming press has been nothing but positive. It looks as though that reception was enough to encourage Dave to continue with the project and actually make it into a game.The video is using textures from Doom 3 and AvP 2010, but Paul is now in the process of replacing them with his own textures, something he admits is very time consuming. He’s also working on populating the world, with his first job being creating the AI and animation for facehuggers.If the quality remains this high then I don’t mind waiting a while for a playable version. Paul is aiming to get a new video with actual combat on show ready for February next year. If he manages it, then I bet a Kickstarter may be on the cards to get the funding for producing a full game.Of course, the one issue with that is obtaining the rights to make a game using the Aliens IP. Hopefully developer Gearbox Software (currently working on Aliens: Colonial Marines) or someone of importance at 20th Century Fox sees this and decides to do something (positive) about it. Even if it never turns into an actual game, Dave should have no trouble getting a job as a level designer/artist.CryDev.net, via Kotaku
‘It is amazing to bring Dora here. The Indian market is absolutely ready for live shows of this scale and size,’ said Australian director Luke Gallagher, whose company Life Like Touring conceptualised and designed the show.The 80-minute-show titled ‘Dora’s Pirate Adventure,’ based on one of the tele-episodes of Nickelodeon, is scheduled to run at Siri Fort for three days, beginning 27 December, with three shows a day.‘This particular episode is the writer’s favourite and it has always had a wonderful response. Children get involved in this production,’ Gallagher told in an interview. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Dora the Explorer’ show is based on a girl named Dora and her quest to reach a place. The play promises to be a ‘play and learn’ extravaganza for children.‘Dora will ask children questions and then they will respond to her queries. She will ask them which way she should go and she should do, so in that way she will engage them. It is more like empowering children by giving them an opportunity to speak their mind,’ Gallagher said.The original episode, which is 22 minute long, has been expanded to close to an hour long play with many changes and additions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘There have been moments added where decisions have to be made going from place to place. The tele-episode typically hosts three locations but for the play it is all about the process of going from one location to another.‘Songs have also been added. Dora will also have her best friend Boots the monkey, Diego and rest of her friends with her in her adventures,’ the director said.‘Dora’s Pirate Adventure is an impressive production. The LED behind the performance will have the animated series going on. It was an intensive process. The background will move, ocean will go on, sea gull will fly by and things like that,’ Gallagher said.WHEN: 27 December onwards, 12 pmWHERE: Siri Fort Auditorium
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TensorFlow Community keeps rolling with updates. The first release candidate for next minor version release 1.9.0 is unveiled today with pretty good list of features, improvements and bug fixes. In its previous version 1.8.0 release, the team paid more attention towards supporting GPU memory, running on multiple GPUs and cloud performance. In today’s release, the team were strong in adding support to Keras, gradient estimators and improvement in the layers. Major features and improvements in TensorFlow 1.9.0-rc0: Updated tf.keras to the Keras 2.1.6 API. tfe.Network is deprecated and can be inherited from tf.keras.Model. Added support of core feature columns and losses to gradient boosted trees estimators. The distributions.Bijector API supports broadcasting for Bijectors with new API changes. Layered variable names changed Bug Fixes in TensorFlow 1.9.0-rc0: The DatasetBase::DebugString() method is now const. Added the tf.contrib.data.sample_from_datasets() API for randomly sampling from multiple datasets. Eager Execution and Accelerated Linear Algebra (XLA) fixed. tf.keras.Model.save_weights by default saves in TensorFlow format. TensorFlow Debugger (tfdbg) CLI fixed. Added “constrained_optimization” to tensorflow/contrib. tf.contrib.framework.zero_initializer supports ResourceVariable. tf.contrib.data.make_csv_dataset() supports line breaks in quoted strings. Miscellaneous changes: Added GCS Configuration Ops. MakeIterator signature changed to enable propagating error status. KL divergence for two Dirichlet distributions. More consistent GcsFileSystem behavior for reads past EOF. Added Benchmark for tf.scan in graph and eager modes. Added complex128 support to FFT, FFT2D, FFT3D, IFFT, IFFT2D, and IFFT3D. Support for preventing tf.gradients() from backpropagating through integer tensors. Supports indicator column in boosted trees. Conv3D, Conv3DBackpropInput, Conv3DBackpropFilter now supports arbitrary. LinearOperator[1D,2D,3D]Circulant added to tensorflow.linalg. Allows LinearOperator to broadcast. For the complete list of bug fixes and improvements, you can read TensorFlow’s Github page. You can also download the source code to access all the exciting features of TensorFlow 1.9.0-rc0. Read Next Implementing feedforward networks with TensorFlow How TFLearn makes building TensorFlow models easier Distributed TensorFlow: Working with multiple GPUs and servers
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Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Maduro accuses the opposition of conspiring with foreign agents led by the United States to overthrow a democratically elected government.He denied Wednesday that his government was persecuting opponents. All cases against opposition members are based on “serious investigations, with evidence,” he said.___Associated Press writer Frank Bajak in Lima, Peru, contributed to this report.___Fabiola Sanchez on Twitter: http://twitter.com/fisanchezn It announced its intention to freeze the bank accounts of the Miguel Henrique Otero, publisher of El Nacional, one of Venezuela’s two remaining nationally circulated newspapers.Authorities jailed and froze the assets of the editor of a small independent paper and website, Leocenis Garcia of Sexto Poder, who has published detailed reports of alleged government corruption, including what he calls multimillion-dollar graft involving manipulation of currency controls.And the National Assembly, controlled by allies of Maduro, stripped opposition lawmaker Richard Mardo of immunity from prosecution, opening the way for the government to pursue a tax fraud case against him. The opposition calls it a trumped-up attempt to silence a critic.The late July vote by lawmakers drew especially vehement reproach from the opposition because the Constitution specifies that a two-thirds vote is required in the National Assembly to strip a deputy of immunity and the ruling socialists fell 12 votes short of that threshold in the 165-seat chamber.The opposition and international human rights groups accuse Maduro of trying to crush legitimate, law-abiding dissent by systematically flaunting the socialist administration’s control of all branches of government secured under Chavez. Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments Share CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan authorities ordered the arrest of a close aide to opposition leader Henrique Capriles and military agents removed documents, computers and cellphones from the man’s apartment Wednesday, the opposition said.It called the action proof of a new wave of political repression.Venezuela’s highest court, meanwhile, rejected Capriles’ bid to void the April 14 presidential election, which he narrowly lost to ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro. It also fined Capriles $1,700 for what it called a “disrespectful” filing and asked the attorney general to prosecute the opposition leader for filing the petition. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies It charged that the arrest order was part of a strategy to divert attention from Venezuela’s problems, among them rampant crime that includes one of the world’s top five homicide rates according to the U.N. and crippling inflation that the government said this week is running at an annual rate of 42.6 percent.Also Wednesday, Venezuela’s Supreme Court threw out Capriles’ challenge to the election results. Capriles claims Maduro secured the 1.5-point victory through fraud after squandering a double-digit lead in the polls.The court declared was “unacceptable” for Capriles to seek the invalidation of the entire vote. It fined him 10,700 bolivars for the “offensive content” and “disrespectful terms” of his court filing and said prosecutors should investigate whether Capriles was criminally liable for trying to undermine the credibility of the election.Capriles on Wednesday called Maduro “a huge coward” on Twitter for going after his aide and said “millions and millions will run you out of Miraflores (Palace). Nothing will save you from when we apply the Constitution!”In recent weeks, the government has stepped up pressure on several key opposition members. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The 12-party MUD opposition coalition did not elaborate on the government’s stated reason for issuing the arrest warrant for Oscar Lopez, the chief of staff to Capriles in the Miranda state governor’s office.Maduro had announced earlier in the day that the government “today captured a chief of the corruption and of the mafias of the Venezuelan right.” He did not identify the person but said “he was caught red-handed.”The Associated Press telephoned the chief prosecutor’s office but it offered no comment.Lopez’s lawyer, Leonardo Palacios, told reporters that soldiers removed personal documents, computers and cellphones from his apartment Wednesday morning. He said a judicial order had sought bank account documents without specifying the nature of the investigation.Foreign Minister Elias Jaua suggested via Twitter that the probe was related to the financing of Capriles two presidential campaigns. In October, Capriles lost to long-time President Hugo Chavez, who died in March of cancer.MUD, in the statement announcing the arrest order, called it part of “a new attack against those who don’t stop fighting for the restitution of legality, justice and rights in Venezuela.” 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist
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