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No winning ticket for Friday nights 10 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $10 million dollar jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on July 28 will grow to approximately $15 million.last_img

Jaipur man arrested for FB post seeking contract to kill Modi

first_imgJaipur: A 31-year-old man was arrested under sedition charges here on Thursday for uploading a post on social media seeking a contract to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We had received a complaint about the objectionable social media post on police control room, following which the accused was traced and arrested with the help of cyber cell,” said DCP East Rahul Jain. The accused Naveen Kumar Yadav, a resident of Rewari in Haryana presently living in Triveni Nagar here, had demanded a contract to kill the prime minister, saying he had a full-proof plan. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Is there anyone who can give me a contract to murder Modi? I have a foolproof plan,” Yadav’s March 26 post read on Facebook. The DCP said the accused during interrogation accepted that he had posted the message on his Facebook wall and also withdrew it after several people raised objection to it. The accused revealed he was unhappy with the work done by the prime minister and the central government and has ideological differences with the PM, the officer said. Bajaj Nagar Police Station In-charge Manvendra Singh said Yadav had previously posted negative content against the PM and the Union government. He was arrested under IPC section 124A (sedition), 505B (disturbing public peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation), he said. Yadav runs a book store here.last_img read more

Martin Shkreli sues over ouster from pharmaceutical company

NEW YORK — Imprisoned pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli has sued three executives at a company he started, saying they illegally ousted him and defrauded the company of millions of dollars.The lawsuit was filed Friday in Manhattan federal court. It seeks unspecified damages.Shkreli (SHKREL’-ee) was dubbed the Pharma Bro and is perhaps best known for boosting the price of a life-saving drug by more than 5,000% and trolling his critics on social media while he worked at Retrophin.He was convicted in August 2017 of fraud related to his handling of hedge fund investments and Retrophin stock but brashly predicted he’d never go to prison.The 36-year-old Shkreli is serving a seven-year sentence at a low-security prison complex.The Associated Press read more

New Sri Lanka map which includes port city released

The port city and the Hambantota port have changed the look of Sri Lanka and required a new map.The port city, a new city under construction, seeks to reclaim 269 hectares of land adjacent to the Galle Face. Survey General of Sri Lanka P.M.P. Udayakantha said that the new map encompasses the Chinese built port city project and the Hambantota port. A new map of Sri Lanka which includes the port city at Galle Face and other developments in the country over the past few years, was released today.The map was released by the Survey Department in the presence of the Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms Gayantha Karunathilake. A new map of Sri Lanka is being released after nearly 20 years. Land reclamation for the project is expected to be completed next year before construction begins on the new city.Udayakantha said that the new map produced by the 1:500 ratio also includes the Moragahakanda reservoir and the new highways in Sri Lanka.He said that the new map will see more changes over the next few years as the landscape of Sri Lanka continues to change with major development projects underway. (Colombo Gazette) Report by Indika Sri Aravinda read more

Energy board hears expanded BC pipeline threatens First Nations food culture

by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 24, 2014 1:48 pm MDT Energy board hears expanded B.C. pipeline threatens First Nations food, culture AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – First Nations on Vancouver Island have added their voices to the clamour of protests over the Trans Mountain pipeline, telling the National Energy Board that the proposed expansion project threatens their fishing, hunting and cultural sites.Tsartlip First Nation elder Simon Smith told an NEB hearing in Victoria that the risk of a spill from tankers loaded with pipeline oil is too great for his people to accept.He said increased oil tanker traffic along Vancouver Island’s coast will produce increased waves that will quickly erode cultural sites, especially ancient First Nations burial grounds.Smith made the comments as more protesters were arrested on Burnaby Mountain in Metro Vancouver for defying a court injunction that prohibits demonstrators from interfering with Kinder Morgan crews doing survey work in advance of a NEB decision on the expansion project.At least 78 protesters have been arrested since last Thursday, including a 74-year-old woman who was briefly taken into custody on Monday and released, RCMP said.Smith, 75, who previously served as a chief and councillor for his First Nation, said he’s opposed to more tanker traffic because of the likelihood that more ships will wash their sacred midden sites and burial grounds “down to the salt chuck.”“Some people don’t care, but we do. We have a feeling for our ancestors,” he told the hearing.The NEB is in Victoria until Friday gathering oral statements from aboriginals as it considers whether to recommend approving the pipeline project.Kinder Morgan is proposing an expansion of its current 1,150-kilometre Trans Mountain pipeline between Alberta and the B.C. coast.If approved, the expanded pipeline’s capacity would increase from 300,000 barrels to 890,000 barrels of crude per day.Smith, in further comments following his evidence before the NEB, said he and the Tsartlip, who live on the Saanich Peninsula just south of Victoria, are behind the hundreds of people who are protesting at the survey site.“We support them,” said Smith. “We’re not there to support them physically, but we support them just like they support us. We just tell them we’re behind you. Whatever happens, we’re behind you.”The pipeline will not be located on Vancouver Island, but tanker traffic near First Nations territories and traditional hunting, fishing and cultural sites will increase.Smith suggested Island First Nations are prepared to mount similar protests on Vancouver Island if the project is approved.“If it comes down to it, we’re ready to do it,” said Smith. “We’re ready to show we mean what we say.”He said Kinder Morgan officials approached the Tsartlip at least a year ago about the proposed pipeline, but band leadership told them they were not interested in any negotiations.Smith said he was compelled to provide evidence to the NEB to protect future generations.“My time is just about over,” said Smith, who has 16 great grandchildren and 32 great-great grandchildren. “What I’m doing is looking after future generations.”An official with Trans Mountain said the company has consulted widely with First Nations about the proposed project, but referred any other request for information to its website. read more

Global community must not mar human rights in Myanmar by rushing to

“International actors must continue to prioritize human rights, particularly in business and investment relations,” said Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, at the end of a visit to Myanmar from 20 June to 1 July.These actors should neither remain silent when confronted with human rights concerns nor become complicit in perpetuating human rights abuses, she said.“Myanmar’s young democracy can only advance if human rights are fully mainstreamed into its institutional, legal and policy framework,” the expert said. “Building a culture of respect for human rights must be a priority now and in the future.”Ms. Lee visited Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States, recommending that future political dialogues tackle the root causes of conflict and the long-standing grievances of ethnic communities.Additionally, she called for an end to the institutionalized discrimination against the Muslim communities in Rakhine State.“It is clear that tensions along religious lines remain pervasive across Myanmar society. Incidents of hate speech, incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence, and of religious intolerance continue to be a cause for concern,” Ms. Lee said.The Special Rapporteur will present her report to the UN General Assembly in October 2016, which will include her observations and recommendations to the Government. read more

Mincor is weathering the nickel storm well

first_imgThe subject of International Mining’s April Operations Focus article is Australia’s third largest nickel producer, Mincor. Managing Director David Moore says the company “is exceptionally ship-shape.” This he says is down to a strong cash balance and no debt, a strong hedge book, robust operations (operational earnings A$4.8 million per month), and a uniquely flexible business model.—cahni.pdfThat business model includes:Production sourced from numerous mining operationsThird party mill with take-or-pay tolling and offtake agreementsUnique ability to tailor production to market conditions.Furthermore, Mincor has “a guaranteed market for all production (with very low credit risk),” explains Moore and “low head office and corporate costs.”One particular feature of Mincor’s technical advantage is the company’s expertise in narrow vein mining, which is one of the angles on which the article focusses.last_img read more

Column Ive the best day job in Ireland says Barretstown CEO

first_imgI AM VERY proud to hold the position as the CEO of Barretstown, it really is the best day job in Ireland. Everyday I get to see children and their families enjoying life again. People often ask me if it can be a sad job and whether it can be upsetting. It is anything but, I get to see children, who are usually stuck in hospital or who are struggling with their illness, having fun. Even if it is just for a little while, they feel like normal kids again. So much of their lives since they got ill are about hospital visits, doctors, tests and operations. We get to give them a break from all that, so they can get back to being children again.Sick children are often deprived of many of the elements of a normal childhood while they undergo long and difficult treatment. While medicine can help cure the illness and very often produces great results, psychologically, an illness and long-term treatment in hospital can leave scars. They can often lose confidence and self esteem and because they might be lacking in contact with other children; we try and build that back up with activities in the camp and with children who are going through the same experiences. Parents have often said that while their children are here it’s like they’ve been given back their children, the happy children they used to know.Leave the illness at the doorWe like to use the saying that we “leave the illness at the door” in Barretstown. Children who come here are just like any other children and we treat them as such. They get to make friends with children that understand the hardship and struggles they are facing. Often children who have best friends who are not sick or who have friends in school, it can be difficult. Of course, it is not like their friends don’t care for them, but life goes on while they are still sick. The children come here to enjoy life again as often they have to miss out on a lot of things that their other friends are doing like school trips, birthday parties and sleep-overs.We work to give children their childhoods back – that is what makes my job. Yes, my job has challenges and struggles, like raising the funding we have to meet each year. What does upset me is not the children that I see who are ill, but the fact that there is a waiting list of families that I want to help. But we need funding to do that. We get 3 per cent of our funding from the government but we need to fundraise €4.5 million each year so we can provide these services.We’ve come a long way – but we still need your helpOur mission at Barretstown’s is to rebuild the lives of children affected by serious illness and their families. We’ve believed that ever since Barretstown was founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman in 1994. Since then, we have come a long way and will soon be celebrating our twentieth anniversary. We’re also looking forward to having camper number 25,000 come and visit us, which will be a huge milestone for us.All of the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge. Everything, including accommodation, food, medical assistance and round-trip airfares are provided at no cost to the family. We are reliant on the public to help us, which is why we are asking the public to help us raise much needed funds so we can enable more sick children to experience the magic of camp.You can help by texting the word WAND to 50300 to donate €2. 100 per cent of this €2 donation will go directly to Barretstown and help more children with cancer visit camps this year.I also want to make sure that other families who are out there, who are struggling and finding it difficult to cope, they need to know that we are here for them if needs be.(Via Barretstown)(Via Barretstown)Dee Ahearn is the Chief Executive of Barretstown. For more information on how to help Barretstown please click here. Seriously ill children need to deal with psychological fallout, says Yale study>Paul Newman fan leaves €7 million to Barretstown>last_img read more

Man in his 30s arrested in connection with discovery of womans remains

first_img Source: Gráinne Ní Aodha/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 13th 2017, 8:58 PM Share338 Tweet Email5 Man in his 30s arrested in connection with discovery of woman’s remains in Wicklow Mountains Gardaí believe the remains were thrown out of a moving vehicle along a rural road in the Sally Gap. 136 Comments Short URLcenter_img Source: TheJournal.ieUpdated at 8.56pmA MAN IN his 30s has been arrested in connection with the discovery of body parts in the Wicklow Mountains.The arrest was made in Co Wexford this evening and the man is currently in garda custody.Earlier, gardaí investigating the discovery of the remains confirmed that the body parts were of a woman.Superintendent Pat Ward said at Bray Garda Station this evening that DNA evidence and forensic examinations confirmed the victim was female, despite initial reports that the remains were of a man in his mid-20s.The head and hands of the deceased were found in a plastic bag during search efforts in the Sally Gap today – three days after the first body part, a torso, was discovered by passers-by.“We’re satisfied we have discovered most of body. [We’re] talking about one body, not multiple bodies,” Ward said at Bray Garda Station this evening.Gardaí said that there appeared to be no effort made to conceal the human remains, which were strewn on the side of the rural road.They believe the person whose remains were found died in the 10 days before the first discovery was found. A murder investigation is underway.Gardaí said they couldn’t put a precise age to the deceased. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Earlier in the investigationThe first body parts were discovered by walkers on Old Military Road in Enniskerry at around 7.45pm on Saturday night.Three further finds of human remains were made close to the first site; in total, five body parts at four different locations have been found.Gardaí say they believe that the body parts were thrown “in this cruel manner” out of the window of a car which was travelling along a stretch of the Old Military Road.“That seems to be the pattern, from Glencree right down to Glenmacnass, the pattern seems to be that body parts were dispersed on the side of the road from a moving vehicle,” said Pat Ward.“It’s very important that the public come back to us and report any suspicious activity they might have seen from 2 June onwards,” he added. Source: TheJournal.ie127 members of the Defence Forces are taking part in searches in the countryside as part of the investigation. The road from the Featherbeds to Laragh village – a 30km stretch –  will be closed until at least the end of the week while searches continue.Searches will continue today until 8pm. Gardaí say they may have to extend the search area, depending on their findings.Investigators are looking for members of the public who were in the area to report anything suspicious that they may have seen. They are also appealing to people to let them know if they were present in the area since 2 June, and to provide their registration so they can be ruled out of the investigation.Gardaí are also asking for any CCTV or dashcam footage that might have been taken by motorists.Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area or has information is asked to contact Bray Garda Station on 01 666 5300.- With reporting from Garreth MacNamee and Cianan BrennanRead: Four finds of remains at three separate sites in Wicklow Mountains believed to be of the same person Supt Pat Ward describes the “cruel manner” in which human remains were discarded along the Sally Gap. No suspects yet.— Gráinne Ní Aodha (@GAodha) June 13, 2017 166,895 Views Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 8:58 PMlast_img read more

British Museum rejects mediation talks on Parthenon Marbles

first_imgThe British Museum has turned down a request by Greek authorities for a process of mediation, facilitated by UNESCO, on the subject of the Parthenon Marbles that are currently on display in London.A letter signed by Sir Richard Lambert, chairman of the museum’s board of trustees, that was posted on the website of the institution said that the British Museum is not a government body hence there was no role for an intergovernmental agency like UNESCO.“The Trustees of the British Museum hold [the collections] not only for the British people, but for the benefit of the world public, present and future,” it added.The letter sparked a reaction from the Greek government. In a statement, culture minister Nikos Xydakis criticised the British officials’ “unwillingness to co-operate.”“We are surprised at the ongoing effort to downgrade an interstate issue to an issue between museums,” he said, adding that the Greek government would continue its bid to repatriate the sculptures.Greece has unsuccessfully campaigned for the return of the ancient sculptures that were removed from the citadel by Lord Elgin in the early 1800s.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Turkey blocks drilling rig in Cyprus

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cyprus’ plan to pursue offshore hydrocarbons search has been undermined by Turkey, which has sent warships to prevent the rig from reaching the targeted drilling location. Speaking to the Cyprus state broadkaster RIK, the government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said that the rig, elonging to the Italian energy firm ENI, remains anchored about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the drilling target off the island nation’s southeastern coast. The Associated Press reports that the Turkish warships told the ENI rig not to continue because there would be military activities at its destination. ENI decided that the rig would remain where it stopped until the situation is resolved; the company and the Cypriot government have expressed determination to continue as planned. According to the Cypriot spokesman, the Turkish warships also prevented other merchant vessels from approaching the area, citing ongoing military maneuvers, pointing out that a Turkish notice blocking off the area for military activity violates international law and is legally invalid. From its part, Turkey has been opposing the drilling for a long time, saying it disregards the rights of breakaway Turkish Cypriots to the island’s natural resources. Turkey’s foreign ministry issued a statement accusing the Cyprus government for acting like “the sole owner of the island” and warning that the country would be responsible for any consequences, the AP reports.Greece’s foreign ministry responded with a harsh statement, condemning what it said was Turkey’s disregard for international law and the “blatant violation” of Cyprus’ sovereign rights. It also said that Turkey’s “provocative” behavior wasn’t appropriate for a country that has worked to join the European Union membership. This was backed by a statement made by the European Commission spokeswoman, Mina Andreeva, who said that “Turkey needs to commit unequivocally to good neighborly relations and avoid any kind of source of friction, threat or action directed against a member state.” From his part, newly reelected President Nikos Anastasiadis tried to diffuse tension, promising that Cyprus is taking actions that will neither lead to an escalation of tensions nor overlook the fact that Turkey was violating international law. The Cyprus government says a gas search is its sovereign right and that any potential hydrocarbon wealth generated will be equitably shared among all Cypriots after the island is reunified.last_img read more

Boire du vin durant la grossesse serait innofensif à petite dose

first_imgBoire du vin durant la grossesse serait innofensif à petite doseGrande-Bretagne – D’après une nouvelle étude menée outre-Manche, la consommation à faible dose de vin durant la grossesse ne nuirait pas à l’enfant.L’étude en question a été publiée dans la revue Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, et indique que la consommation de vin durant la grossesse ne nuirait pas à l’enfant en devenir, à raison d’un verre par semaine. Plus important encore, l’étude met en avant le fait qu’une consommation à petite dose pourrait même être bénéfique pour l’enfant, le vin ayant pour conséquence de réduire les risques d’hyperactivité et de troubles.Et l’Express de noter le caractère étonnant de cette étude alors que depuis des années, des campagnes sanitaires indiquent aux femmes la nécessité de ne boire aucune goutte alcool durant leur grossesse.Le 7 octobre 2010 à 17:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Boues toxiques en Hongrie lOMS déclare leau potable

first_imgBoues toxiques en Hongrie : l’OMS déclare l’eau potableHongrie – Jeudi 21 octobre, l’OMS a rendu publics les résultats de son enquête sanitaire sur les conséquences de la pollution par les boues rouges toxiques survenue dans le bassin du Danube au début du mois d’octobre. Verdict : eau potable, mais région à surveiller.Une étude a été menée du 12 au 16 octobre, à proximité des villages hongrois envahis le 4 octobre dernier par une coulée de boue toxique. L’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a déclaré jeudi que l’eau “ne pose pas de risque de santé à la population” et que “la qualité des eaux du Danube est restée sensiblement inchangée”. Elle préconise cependant de maintenir une surveillance de l’air, des sols et des denrées alimentaires de la région. Elle insiste aussi sur les risques de contamination aux métaux lourds, comme le plomb, pour les habitants et les 4.000 sauveteurs qui sont intervenus sur les lieux de la catastrophe.Près d’un million de mètres cubes de ces résidus très corrosifs s’étaient répandus sous la forme de boues rouges, inondant trois villages hongrois après la rupture d’un réservoir dans une usine d’aluminium. L’accident avait entraîné la mort de 9 personnes et en avait blessé 150 autres.      Le 22 octobre 2010 à 11:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Apple pourrait commercialiser deux nouveaux iPads en 2012

first_imgApple pourrait commercialiser deux nouveaux iPads en 2012Au rayon des rumeurs, dernières nouvelles : Apple pourrait lancer deux tablettes en 2012. La première serait commercialisée en mars 2012 (iPad 3) et la seconde serait vendue en octobre 2012 (iPad 4). De nouvelles rumeurs en provenance de Taiwan font état d’un lancement de l’iPad 3 au début 2012. Selon Digitimes, le lancement officiel de la nouvelle tablette tactile d’Apple pourrait intervenir en mars. Cette troisième génération d’iPad pourrait proposer un affichage en 2048 x 1536 pixels (soit une résolution rehaussée par rapport à l’iPad 2 qui affichait en 1024 x 768 pixels).L’autonomie de la batterie serait elle aussi augmentée mais que l’iPad 3 ne constituerait pas vraiment une révolution technologique mais une simple évolution de l’iPad 2. En somme, les nouveautés pourraient être comparable au passage de l’iPhone 4 vers le 4S.La rumeur la plus folle, relayée par la même source, est celle du lancement d’un iPad 4 dès octobre 2012…Ce lancement permettrait de contrer les tablettes équipées de Windows 8 équipées du processeur Clover Trail d’Intel. Les iPad 3 et 4 conserveraient une diagonale de 9,7 pouces et de nouvelles applications sont à prévoir. Le 8 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Frog Survives Winter by Freezing TwoThirds of Its Body

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target Across forests in Alaska, Canada and the northern United States lives a peculiar little frog with a very special ability: the Alaskan Wood Frog, or Rana sylvatica.About three inches long (roughly the size of the palm of your hand), this reddish brown frog is identifiable thanks to the black markings across its eyes that resemble a mask. It gets its name because, aside from its time as a tadpole or looking for a mate in ponds, it is usually found away from the water’s edge, preferring to hunt the bugs it eats in forests and on hilltops.What makes this frog truly remarkable, though, is how it survives the cold winter temperatures where it lives in the far northerly regions. Every winter, it turns into a frogsicle — literally.Usually around September, Alaskan Wood Frogs will hunker down into about an inch or two of leaf litter along the forest floor and allow up to 60 percent of their bodies to freeze solid. Their hearts stop beating. Their blood stops flowing. They stop breathing.If you were to pick one up during this frozen state, it wouldn’t move or respond to you. It would appear dead — but in reality, it is still alive. And it can survive in this semi-frozen state for up to seven months in temperatures as low as minus 18 degrees celsius (or around 0 degrees Fahrenheit)Then, when the warmer temperatures return, the frogs thaw out and go back to their daily, froggy lives.So how is this possible?Most animals exposed to long periods of freezing temperatures experience cellular shrinkage as ice forms in their tissues, which can be lethal. In humans, for example, frostbite sets in during freezing temperatures when the water in our blood turns to ice. This concentrates fluid around our cells and tissues and draws more water out of our cells, ultimately dehydrating them, damaging them, and killing them.The key to the Alaskan Wood Frogs’ survival has to do with how the frogs are able to protect their cells from that shrinkage, according to Brian Barnes, the director of the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Fairbanks, Alaska.He and his PhD student Don Larson discovered in 2014 that these frogs can build up incredibly high concentrations of glucose — or blood sugar — in their bodies. In fact, they can built up as much as 10 times the normal amount of glucose in their bodies for the winter. This helps them survive because that glucose acts as a “cryoprotectant” — kind of like an antifreeze — for their cells. Glucose protects the cells because it helps keeps water inside of them, thereby protecting them from damaging shrinkage.To build up this much glucose in their blood, the frogs don’t actually freeze all at once. Instead, they go through about a dozen freeze-thaw cycles before finally ice-up for the winter.When the warmer temperatures return, the frogs thaw out and go back to their daily, froggy lives. (Photo Credit: Dee Carpenter Photography / Getty Images)“When the first frost occurs and nips their skin,” Barnes explains, “a hormonal signal occurs that causes glycogen to be broken into glucose that penetrates cells throughout the body.” They then freeze up at night, thaw during the day and repeat that process for 10 to 15 cycles until they build up enough glucose to make it through the winter. This process is similar to divers deliberately hyperventilating to increase the volume of air in their lungs before they submerge.When spring returns, the frogs thaw and turn most of that glucose back into glycogen. What they don’t turn into glycogen, they pee out. And before long, they’re back mating or hunting for bugs to eat.“Having been through a few winters in Fairbanks — including weeks of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit,” says Barnes, “it is amazing to see little frogs hopping around in one’s garden the next summer.”More on Alligators Poke Snouts Out of Ice to Deal With Freezing WeatherMeet the 84-Year-Old Known as the ‘Octopus Whisperer’Two-Headed Blue Tongue Lizard Surprises Keepers in Australialast_img read more

GM grants stay of execution for Cadillac CT6 Chevy Impala until 2020

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow 36 Photos More about 2019 Cadillac CT6 2019 Cadillac CT6 adds V-Sport model with twin-turbo V8 power Review • 2019 Cadillac CT6 Review: Handsome and competent, even in base form 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tagscenter_img In November, GM announced that it would kill off multiple models and idle multiple plants as part of cost-saving measures in 2019. Now, it appears that at least some of these vehicles and locations will be granted a brief reprieve from the executioner’s ax.GM announced on Friday that it would extend production of the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly facility until 2020. Originally, the two vehicles were supposed to die in June, the same time that the plant would be idled. Now, these two vehicles will remain in production for an extra six-ish months, finishing their respective runs this coming January.In a statement, GM partially attributed this decision to the tech inside one of the newest CT6 variants. The wild CT6-V (née CT6 V-Sport) will pack Cadillac’s new 4.2-liter Blackwing V8, which uses two turbochargers to produce a gnarly 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. The CT6 is also the only Cadillac model at the moment to pack Super Cruise, an impressive array of safety systems that permits hands-off driving for periods of time. Cadillac hopes to offer Super Cruise on all its vehicles starting in 2020, so the extension of the CT6’s life makes sense in that regard.Enlarge ImageI guess I don’t need to write “Good night, sweet prince” for another few months now. Cadillac In a statement, the United Auto Workers union said the news was “a sense of relief for their families and communities,” despite the plant still being slated for closure in January. The UAW’s statement also said that “the UAW will leave no stone unturned in seeking to keep [other plants slated for closure] open.” As Automotive News notes in its report, the contract between GM and the UAW expires in September, and the two will begin the bargaining process later this year.Others cars slated to shuffle off this mortal coil have been bumped around in recent weeks, as well. Automotive News points out that the Chevy Cruze will get an extra week of production, now ending on March 8. As for the Buick LaCrosse and Chevy Volt, those ended production at Hamtramck this week, well ahead of schedule.It’s all about saving costs as consumer sentiments shift. Buyers are moving overwhelming toward trucks and SUVs, abandoning the sedans that were once seen as a keystone of the American car-buying experience. By canceling a number of vehicles and idling several manufacturing facilities, GM says it expects to free up about $6 billion in cash flow by the end of 2020, which it hopes to invest in more alluring vehicles and future technologies like electrification and automation. 3 Share your voice Comments Car Industry Sports Cars Sedans Chevrolet Cadillac General Motors Buick Cadillac Chevroletlast_img read more

This Samsung patent envisions a display that rolls up like a scroll

first_img 2 22:46 TVs Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Comments reading • This Samsung patent envisions a display that rolls up like a scroll LG unveiled a rollable TV last year. Will Samsung follow suit? Sarah Tew/CNET Samsung may be looking to create a media device that rolls up like a scroll, according to a patent published Friday by Patently Apple. If the design becomes a reality, it could possibly take the form of a mobile TV, the report suggests. Images from the patent show a cylindrical object from which a flexible display can be pulled and then retract into.Patently Apple suggests Samsung’s display division creates designs like the scrollable display, then hands them off to the electronics team to decide what the products will ultimately be, such as a tablet, smartphone or mobile TV. Last year, LG unveiled an OLED TV that rolls into a compact tube like a poster. The company said it would start selling the TV sometime this year. The patent for Samsung’s device was reportedly filed in 2017.Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.   Here’s the patent report for the scrollable device, via Patently Apple: Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Tagscenter_img Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All Apple The top 10 best things we saw at CES 2019 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Applelast_img read more

State committee looks to improve economize jury selection

first_imgMore than 30,000 Alaska residents were called for jury duty last year. Were you one of them? The state court system relies on a steady stream of jurors to fairly try cases across the state. A Jury Management Committee including judges and court administrators is currently examining ways to improve the overall jury selection process and to contain rising costs.Superior Court Judge Michael MacDonald is the presiding judge for the fourth judicial district in Fairbanks. Judge MacDonald says our legal duty as jurors is important. He says even people who want to get out of jury duty often change their minds.Download AudioSuperior Court Judge Michael MacDonald is the presiding judge for the fourth judicial district in Fairbanks.last_img read more

The Phantom beats up homophobes with a Pride flag in latest comic

first_imgThe Phantom takes on homophobes in Poland. | Photo: Egmont publishers eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Fantomen. | Photo: Egmont publishingLee Falk created The Phantom character in 1936 as a crime-fighting super hero.The Phantom’s fight against homophobes in the latest Swedish comic book ties into the character’s history of getting political. During the Cold War, The Phantom destroyed nuclear weapons and fought against apartheid in South Africa.“Basically, the Phantom is always about to do the right thing and to stand on the vulnerable side. It may be against companies that for economic gain ruin our environment or eradicate animal species, and it may be to fight slave trade or stand up for religious freedom,’ Sol said.Poland’s not happyThe reaction in Poland to the comic book has not been so positive.Polish broadcaster Telewizja Republika released an English language news report criticizing Sweden and the comic for taking aim at Poland.‘Sweden is once again being ridiculed for its attempt to be the vanguard of (the) global social justice movement,’ the newsreader said.On Twitter, the national broadcaster suggested ‘Captain Sweden’ should have been sent to the Pride parade instead.It then shared a meme created by far-right nationalist groups depicting Captain Sweden in fishnet stockings. In the cartoon he has his foot on a bin labelled ‘cis white scum’.Captain Sweden. | Photo: Poland Daily GAYSTARNEWS- Known as Fantomen in Sweden, the latest edition see the superhero attend a Pride parade in Poland’s capital, Warsaw.But then a group of ultra-nationalists in colorless military style uniforms descend on the parade, chanting homophobic slurs and waving polish flags.The Phantom swings into action quickly to protect the parade participants and spectators.‘I have to act quickly before blood flows on the streets!’ The Phantom says as he picks up a rainbow flag on a pole to use as a weapon against the homophobes.Warsaw-based, Philip Madden, wrote the latest edition of Fantomen. For Madden, the story reflected actual events in Poland and the country’s problem with homophobia.His editor, Mikael Sol, at Egmont publishing knew that the front cover would turn heads, but stands by the decision to publish it.‘I thought it was a nice symbol, with the colourful flag, which stands for tolerance, against the colourless gray dressed villain who stands for intolerance,’ Sol told Expressen.‘I understand clearly that the cover is controversial, but sometimes you have to feel comfortable and stand safe in your choice.’ The Swedish version of comic book hero, The Phantom, is getting a lot of attention for its latest front cover. Shocking video shows homophobes destroying LGBTI stand at street fair in PolandLouisville flying high during colorful Pride WeekIstanbul LGBT Pride Parade and tourism: A violent NO by Dictator ErdoganRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Facebook launches Horizon its first open source reinforcement learning platform for largescale

first_imgFacebook launched Horizon, its first open source reinforcement learning platform for large-scale products and services, yesterday. The workflows and algorithms in Horizon have been built on open source frameworks such as PyTorch 1.0, Caffe2, and Spark. This is what makes Horizon accessible to anyone who uses RL at scale. “We developed this platform to bridge the gap between RL’s growing impact in research and its traditionally narrow range of uses in production. We deployed Horizon at Facebook over the past year, improving the platform’s ability to adapt RL’s decision-based approach to large-scale applications”, reads the Facebook blog. Facebook has already used this new platform to gain performance benefits such as delivering more relevant notifications, optimizing streaming video bit rates, and improving personalized suggestions in Messenger. However, given the Horizon’s open design and toolset, it will also be benefiting other organizations in RL. Harnessing reinforcement learning for large-scale production Horizon uses reinforcement learning to make decisions at scale by taking into account the issues specific to the production environments. These include feature normalization, distributed training, large-scale deployment, and data sets with thousands of varying feature types. Moreover, as per Facebook, applied RL models are more sensitive to noisy and unnormalized data as compared to the traditional deep networks. This is why Horizon preprocesses these state and action features in parallel with the help of Apache Spark. Once the training data gets preprocessed, PyTorch-based algorithms are used for normalization and training on the graphics processing unit. Also, Horizon’s design focuses mainly on large clusters, where distributed training on many GPUs at once allows engineers to solve the problems with millions of examples. Horizon supports algorithms such as Deep Q-Network (DQN), parametric DQN, and deep deterministic policy gradient (DDPG) models. Then comes the training process in Horizon where a Counterfactual policy evaluation (CPE) is run. CPE refers to a set of methods that are used to predict the performance of a newly learned policy. Once the evaluation is done, its results are logged to TensorBoard. Once the training gets done, Horizon exports the models using ONNX, so that these models can be efficiently served at scale. Now, usually, in many RL domains, the performance of a model is measured by trying it out. However, since Horizon performs large-scale production, it is important to ensure that the test models are tested thoroughly before deploying them at scale. To achieve this, Horizon solves policy optimization tasks, which in turn ensures that the training workflow also automatically runs state-of-the-art policy evaluation techniques. These techniques include sequential doubly robust policy evaluation and MAGIC. The evaluation is then combined with anomaly detection which automatically alerts engineers if a new iteration of the model performs radically different than the previous one before the policy gets deployed to the public. Facebook plans on adding new models & model improvements along with CPE integrated with real metrics to Horizon in the future. “We are leveraging the Horizon platform to discover new techniques in model-based RL and reward shaping, and using the platform to explore a wide range of additional applications at Facebook, such as data center resource allocation and video recommendations. Horizon could transform the way engineers and ML models work together”, says Facebook. For more information, check out the official Facebook blog. Read Next Facebook open sources a set of Linux kernel products including BPF, Btrfs, Cgroup2, and others to address production issues Facebook open sources QNNPACK, a library for optimized mobile deep learning Facebook’s Child Grooming Machine Learning system helped remove 8.7 million abusive images of childrenlast_img read more