first_imgBMTA in conjunction with TFQ and TFA, are holding a fundraiser for our Touch friend in NQ affected by Cyclone Larry. For all the info check out this story and make sure you check out BMTA’s website or our website tomorrow for nomination forms for the event. CYCLONE LARRY FUNDRAISER. This is a great idea and a fantastic way to support NQ Touchies. If you’re in the ACT and taking part in the winter competition, the draws have been released and can be found at You’re a braver person than I to be facing the ice cold temperatures of a Canberra winter. To assist new coaches and officials in their role, the Australian Sports Commission, in conjunction with State Departments of Sport and Recreation, have developed a series of new web pages – ‘Tools and Tips for New Coaches and Officials’. To check out what’s there to help and encourage coaches, just visit Remember, if you have any news for 60 Seconds in Touch just email it to Toowoomba Touch have recently updated their website, it looks fantastic and is a great example of how affiliates can communicate with their members regularly and easily. Check it out at Touch Football Australia has revised their course procedure for affiliates wanting to run referees training courses. The affiliates now need to contact Chris Tarlinton on 1800 654 951 or (02) 6285 2703 or to have the resources sent out to them. Course request and procedure forms will be available to download on the TFA website towards the end of this week. The level 1 referee resource pack has also been updated and contains a signals CD, rules book, updated printed manual and certificate. Melbourne University Touch Club (Parkville Touch) are set to kick off a new winter Touch competition…so if you’re in Melbourne and looking for somewhere to play this winter, check out    Welcome to the latest edition of 60 Seconds in Touch, we’re already into May, the fifth month of the year and before you know it I’ll be spouting Christmas carols and getting ready for the holidays…The year is certainly flying by and here’s the latest edition in all the news from around Australia…Well, it was certainly a dramatic weekend in the tipping competition, with some close matches in both the NRL and AFL and the odd controversial result here and there…‘jjj’ is holding sway in the AFL, one point ahead of three tippers on 25 points each. In the NRL the leaders are creeping away, with ‘Rattler’ looking dangerous on 39 points. Next week will certainly pose some interesting questions as tippers place their votes in the Touch Football Australia tipping competition. NSW Touch have announced their award winners for 2005, a full description of the winners can be found at, but here are the winners:2005 Affiliate of the Year: Wagga Wagga Touch Association2005 Administrator of the Year: Graham Goodwin, Taree Touch Association2005 Coach of the Year: Tony Trad, Western Suburbs Touch Association2005 Player of the Year: Jason Stanton, UNSW Bullets2005 Junior Player of the Year: Ricky Morris, Kempsey Touch AssociationThis weekend is a huge weekend for meetings, with the NSW Annual General Meeting being held in Sydney, the TFA Board of Management also meeting in Sydney and the Federation of International Touch (FIT) meeting in Sydney. Stay tuned next week for any information that comes from those meetings. In news out of Victoria, the ‘New Zealand’ teams put some punch back into the Touch Victoria Trans Tasman Challenge yesterday, taking revenge on the Aussies and stealing a 2-1 series win in each division … after a number of nail-biting drop-offs throughout the day. To read the full story click here: VIC TRANS TASMAN NEWS  If you’re interested in doing a referees course at North Woolooware in NSW, check out for information on level 1, 2 and 3 courses being held in May and June.last_img read more

Cuba’s Mariel Terminal Could Become Transhipment Hub

first_imgzoom The new Mariel container terminal in Cuba stands to benefit from thawing relations with the US that could help realise the country’s potential as a regional transhipment hub, according to the UK-based shipping consultant Drewry.Cuba trades with other countries than the US so Mariel’s future is not completely dependent on the ending of the trade embargo, but the magnitude of its expansion is intrinsically linked to a political solution being found. The potential for Cuba to develop manufacturing exports, and also over time imports as a wealthier middle class Cuban society develops, is huge, says Drewry.The Container Terminal SA Mariel (TC Mariel) was opened in January 2014 having been built and largely financed by Brazilian money, with Singapore-based PSA International the contracted manager of the terminal without any equity stake. Ownership rests with state-run Almacenes Universales S.A. (AUSA).In return for its money, Cuba has agreed to spend at least USD 800 million on Brazilian goods and services and to give Brazilian firms space in the 465-square-kilometre Special Development Zone Mariel (ZEDM).Mariel’s access channel dredging is to be complete in early July and will allow the arrival of Panamax vessels up to 300 meters in length. The dredging program will then continue to a final draft of 18 meters, enabling the port to handle the ”New Panamax” ships of 12-13,000 TEU to coincide with the new Panama Canal locks opening next year.In 2014 the terminal handled 230,000 TEU and is projecting that figure will rise to 260,000 TEU this year. The shift of cargo from Havana port, unable to be dredged any deeper because of a tunnel under the mouth of the port’s approach channel and soon to become a tourist facility only, will also help, says Drewry. That is only small beer to what TC Mariel’s managers have designs on – becoming a regional transhipment hub and a thriving free trade zone.The key to realising that dream is the end of the US trade embargo as any ship that calls at Cuba (excluding those carrying US licenced products) cannot then call at American ports for six months, therefore limiting the markets Mariel can serve.Cuba has a lot going for it. Its proximity to the North and South American markets is an obvious plus but perhaps more so is its well-educated but low-cost workers, most of whom take home less than USD 30 each month. Cheap land and low taxes will also act as a catalyst, but perhaps most important is the need to convince potential investors that Cuba’s legal and institutional structures will not work against them.Cuba does have potential to act as a transhipment hub for US cargo, in a similar way to how Freeport, Bahamas does now. The new terminal at Mariel has deep water and modern facilities, although in order to gain the critical mass necessary to be a viable hub, it would likely need more than its initial 800,000 TEU p.a. maximum capacity. There is potential to extend the quay length to 2,400 meters and increase the annual lifting capacity to over 3 million TEU says Drewry.Mariel will have to compete with several well established transhipment hubs in the Caribbean region such as those in Panama, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, and they all also have the advantage of being on, or closer to, the main East-West and North-South shipping lanes, which is where a thriving special economic zone can help Mariel bridge the gap.In addition, a number of ports on the US East and Gulf coasts are themselves gearing up to handle direct calls by larger container ships transiting the Panama Canal post-expansion and will be competing hard against neighbouring transhipment options, says Drewry.Clearly, much depends on continued diplomatic progress but there are other trade barriers that need to be removed if containers are to travel freely between the two countries in a post-embargo world. These include opening up lines of credit to Cuban importers who currently have to pay for US goods in advance in cash. The end of the trade embargo is in view although it’s difficult to pin down a timeline. Drewry expects foreign (non-US) manufacturers to move into Mariel’s special economic zone in the expectation of a trade bonanza when it finally happens.The establishment of Mariel as a pure transhipment hub is likely to be a longer term, more challenging ambition but would be helped by a thriving SEZ.Source: Drewry; Image: Odebrechtlast_img read more

Provinces agree legal pot must be competitive with black market Bill Blair

first_imgMONTREAL – There is an overwhelming national consensus that legal marijuana must be priced, taxed and made available competitively with the black market, the man tasked with leading the drug’s legalization in Canada said Monday.All the provinces agree more needs to be done to better protect children and to take away revenues from organized criminals, MP Bill Blair said in an interview Monday.Canada plans on legalizing marijuana by July 2018 by allowing adults to possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis in public, and to grow up to four plants per household.Distribution and sale of the drug is up to the provinces, however, and there are still questions about how much they will tax marijuana or restrict its availability on their territory.Blair has been on a national tour speaking with municipal and provincial politicians and other stakeholders regarding the fast-approaching legalization deadline.The details are still unclear as to how provinces such as Quebec will legislate the distribution, price and access of legal pot and public consultations are ongoing across the province.“I would never presume to speak for Quebec or any other province in this regard,” Blair said. “But in all the conversations I’ve been involved with — including Quebec — there is an overwhelming consensus that we need to do a better job protecting our communities and our kids.“That we don’t want to leave this business with organized crime, and in order to defeat organized crime on this thing, we have to be able to be competitive with price and quality and access.”Blair said while there will savings to the provinces by reducing the number of marijuana-related arrests and cases moving through the criminal court system, an investment up-front will still be required.“We’re going to have to invest in infrastructure and administration and those who are responsible for keeping communities safe will need legislation, technology, the tools, resources and training — and that will require investment,” he said.Adam Greenblatt with Ontario-based medical marijuana company, Canopy Growth, said an important issue in the debate is product branding.Bill C-45, the legislation to legalize marijuana that is making its way through the Parliamentary process, prohibits marketing the drug in a way “that could be appealing to young persons or encourage its consumption.”“It’s important for us to differentiate our products from one another, but also from the illicit market,” Greenblatt said. “Brands help solidify consumer confidence.”Blair said there is room in the legislation to allow “for some level of branding” — but within reasonable limits.If provinces aren’t ready with their legal framework by July 2018, the federal government plans on making weed available to any Canadians by the federally regulated mail service through licensed producers, which is currently how many medical marijuana patients receive their product.Greenblatt, Quebec brand manager for Canopy Growth, said allowing direct online sales to anyone in Quebec “is a touchy issue” in the province.He said the province’s health authorities have raised concerns about mail-order marijuana once it becomes legal.Greenblatt, whose company sells marijuana online and delivers it to patients through the mail, said “it’s all the more important to allow us to continue doing this because there is already a black market mail-order business.”last_img read more

Medical cannabis users in Manitoba face looser limits on where to light

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is going to let medical cannabis users light up in some public places.New rules announced by the province will allow medical users to smoke or vape marijuana in public, except for a few exceptions such as playgrounds, beaches, stadiums and outdoor restaurant and bar patios.Those who want to smoke on the street or sidewalk will have to stay at least eight metres away from entrances to public buildings, wading pools and other areas.The province has already announced much stricter rules for recreational pot use, which will be banned in all public places, including streets and sidewalks.People who break Manitoba’s rules on public cannabis consumption will face fines of up to $2,542.The rules only cover smoking or vaping in most areas, which means consumption of edibles will be allowed in all areas except schools, vehicles and boats.last_img read more

This was not possible Doctor says he believed Thai cave rescue would

first_imgHALIFAX — The Australian doctor who played a pivotal role in rescuing 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand last year says he initially thought the plan to save the children was doomed to fail.Dr. Richard Harris, in a gripping speech Wednesday to emergency physicians in Halifax, said he was convinced the decision to administer anesthetic to the boys to keep them calm during the three-hour underwater rescue operation was too risky.“I was very adamant that this was not possible,” said Harris, an anesthetist and cave diving expert. “I said, ‘I really can’t make any decisions until I dive to the cave, see the boys … and I’ll get back to you.’ ”On July 2, 2018, the Wild Boars soccer team and their 25-year-old assistant coach were found alive in a partially flooded cave by two British divers, nine days after they were last seen entering the Tham Luang cave complex in a mountainous area near Mae Sai.They couldn’t get out because monsoon rains, which came early that year, had flooded the narrow passageways that led to the outside.The boys, who ranged in age from 11 to 16, and their coach had no food, but they survived by drinking the fresh water in the cave, which was about 2.5 kilometres from the entrance. About half of that length was submerged in murky water.“By nine days, the world — including people who has some understanding of the conditions they might be facing — were convinced that the children would all be deceased,” said Harris, a resident of Adelaide who describes himself as “an ordinary bloke with a strange hobby.”It would take another nine days to get them out, an ordeal that would capture the attention of people around the world.Harris said it was unrealistic to think the boys could escape by donning diving gear and squeezing through the tight, underwater crevices in utter darkness.“You couldn’t just teach them to cave dive and expect them to handle that kind of terrain,” he said.When Harris was first asked about sedating the children, he dismissed the idea — largely based on a previously failed experiment he attempted under controlled conditions.“My response was immediate and emphatic: ‘That is the most outrageous suggestion I’ve ever heard.’ And as an anesthetist and a cave diver, I could think of 100 reasons why that would be doomed to kill the children in very short order.”However, if the trapped team was left to wait for the water to recede — a seven-month process — they would run out of time. Some of the boys were already suffering from chest and foot infections amid cramped, muddy conditions.Harris said the only remaining option was to reach the boys, put them to sleep with an anesthetic known as ketamine and then send them on their way, each strapped to a rescue diver.“I can’t describe how chaotic and frenetic the atmosphere in that water was — and of course, you can’t see anything,” he said.“I had my eyes closed for most of the time. It’s zero visibility. You’re just following a rope …. You might have to turn yourself on your side and keyhole yourself through.”At that point, he rated his chances of success at “close to zero.”“I still could not imagine how you could immerse and anesthetize a child in the water for three hours without any kind of medical supervision or monitoring,” he said.“The main priority for me was that these children didn’t wake up, thrash around and drown their rescue diver.”Once inside Chamber 9, the cave where the boys were trapped, Harris got to work.After each boy was put to sleep and fitted with a face mask, the divers bound their hands behind their backs and tied their ankles together.“We couldn’t have their arms and legs flailing,” he said. “We made them into what we called the inert patient package.”During his speech, Harris displayed several photos from the rescue effort, including a picture from inside Chamber 9 showing him immersing a masked, sleeping child into the water.“The first time I pushed a boy’s face into the water, I found that really confronting and a terrible thing to do — second only to tying their hands behind their back,” he said.“But as you know, they all came out.”Afterwards, Harris said he felt his actions in the cave were somewhat “wreckless and foolish,” but he changed his mind two weeks later when he saw photos of the flooded village of Mae Sai.“Once this happens, there’s no one going near that cave. Those kids would have absolutely died a very slow and lingering death. That kind of helped me with my decision.”Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Toronto – Hot Docs is pleased to announce Doc Soup April will screen Far From the Tree (D: Rachel Dretzin | 2017 | 93 mins). Adapted from the bestselling novel, this moving film takes a compassionate look at the lives of families whose children live with an extreme difference, focusing on the daily challenges they experience, the emotional impact of life, and how unwavering love and support from family helps them to lead a happy and dignified life. Far From the Tree will screen on Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and Thursday, April 5, at 6:45 p.m. at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Director Rachel Dretzin will participate in post-screening Q&A via Skype.Honest and heartfelt, Far From the Tree offers intimate access into the lives and homes of families with children living with a condition that sets them apart. Profiling families living with Down syndrome, autism and dwarfism, this film takes an authentic look at how each family experiences the intense emotions of surprise, sorrow, courage, hope and joy, and challenges the idea of ‘normality’ and what’s considered to be ‘abnormal.’ A journey into the depths of love, Far From the Tree is a testament to the powerful effects of unconditional love and how, when coupled with relentless determination, it can help overcome the pain and stigma these families often feel. Inspiring and emotional, this film will have you marvel at the strength and resilience of each family featured, and awaken you to the reality of others who do not fit within life’s typical social and physical constructs.Far From the Tree is directed by Rachel Dretzin and is distributed by IFC Films. Single tickets for Far From the Tree are $16 ($12, $10 and $8 for Hot Docs members) can be purchased in advance online at or in person at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema box office. Student same-day tickets for the Wednesday 9:15 p.m. screening are $8 (with valid student ID). In the event advance tickets sell out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the door on the night of the screening. The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto and Calgary. Hot Docs also presents Bell Media Hot Docs Showcase events in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Winnipeg..Hot Docs (, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 25th annual edition from April 26-May 6, 2018. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.last_img read more

China to lift punitive tariffs on US soybeans pork

BEIJING — China will lift punitive tariffs imposed on U.S. soybeans and pork in a trade war with Washington, a state news agency said Friday, in a possible goodwill gesture ahead of negotiations.The Xinhua News Agency, citing unidentified official sources, said soybeans, pork and some other farm goods will be exempt from tariff hikes. It gave no indication whether or when purchases might resume.Phone calls to the commerce and finance ministries weren’t answered on Friday, a national holiday in China.Beijing imposed tariffs of 25% on American farm goods and ordered importers to stop buying soybeans, the biggest U.S. export to China, in response to President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes on Chinese goods.A Commerce Ministry spokesman said Thursday that importers were asking American suppliers for prices of soybeans and pork. The spokesman did not say if they were planning to place orders.The Associated Press read more

Pedestrian killed by semitruck near Stoughton gas station

A woman was killed after being struck by a semi-truck near a Stoughton gas station Monday morning.According to RCMP, members of the Weyburn detachment responded to a report of a collision between a pedestrian and semi at approximately 7 a.m. The semi-truck involved in the collision is said to have stopped after the collision.When employees of the Co-op gas station near the intersection of highways 33 and 47 ran to the scene, they didn’t immediately see a truck in the vicinity but according to RCMP the vehicle had pulled over further up the road.According to one gas station worker, the woman’s body was on the side of the highway. They said the victim was already beyond saving, though the employee didn’t see or hear the collision.Saskatchewan RCMP Traffic Reconstruction Unit and the Saskatchewan Coroners Service are processing the collision scene. Investigators looked to be finishing work at the scene before noon.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The investigation is ongoing and no further details were immediately released by police. read more

Activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier freed in China

Activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier freed in China This image taken from video shows Chinese labor activists Hua Haifeng, center, carrying his son Bobo, and Li Zhao, second from left, leave a police station after being released in Ganzhou in southern China’s Jiangxi Province, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Chinese authorities have released three activists, including Hua and Li, who had been detained after investigating labor conditions at a factory that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands. (AP Photo/Gerry Shih) GANZHOU, China – After a month behind bars, three Chinese investigators who went undercover at a factory that made Ivanka Trump shoes walked freely out of the local police station Wednesday. But they still face an uncertain future and the threat of a trial.Chinese authorities released the three, who have been accused of breaking the law by using secret cameras and listening devices. They were freed on bail, which is extremely rare for individuals who have been detained for alleged crimes, a possible sign they won’t be formally charged and put on trial.But they’re not in the clear yet. Political dissidents and other activists who are released in China typically face restrictions on what they can do and say — including comments to the media.“This is a way of keeping people under pressure, under police control, without subjecting them to actual confinement,” said Jerome Cohen, a law professor at New York University and a Chinese human rights expert. “Whether they are prosecuted depends on how they behave.”One of the activists, Hua Haifeng, was clearly relieved as he held his 3-year-old son outside the police station in Ganzhou, a city in southeastern Jiangxi province.“I appreciate the media following my case the last month,” Hua told The Associated Press, “but I’m not ready to speak yet.”When they disappeared in late May, Hua, Su Heng and Li Zhao of the labour rights group China Labor Watch were preparing to publish a report alleging low pay, excessive overtime, crude verbal abuse and possible misuse of student labour at Huajian Group factories. Some of the factories produced Ivanka Trump shoes, among other brands.Huajian Group has denied allegations of excessive overtime and low wages. It says it stopped producing Ivanka Trump shoes months ago. Abigail Klem, president of the Ivanka Trump brands company, said that its products had not been produced at a factory in Ganzhou since March but “the integrity of our supply chain is a top priority and we take all allegations very seriously.”NYU’s Cohen said he suspects the case now may follow the pattern of the one against Ai Weiwei, the dissident artist who was released on bail in 2011 and never faced trial.“I think this is face-saving way to get rid of the case,” Cohen said. “Formally, the case will exist for another year, then it will be dropped unless these people misbehave.”Li Qiang, founder of China Labor Watch, said the Huajian’s factory in Ganzhou was among the worst he has seen in nearly two decades investigating labour abuses. His group says pay can be as low as a dollar an hour, in violation of China’s labour laws. According to China Labor Watch investigators, until recently workers might get only two days off — or less — per month.China Labor Watch alleges the company forced workers to sign fake pay stubs with inflated salary numbers and threatened to fire them if they didn’t fill in questionnaires about working conditions with pre-approved answers.Separately, the AP recently spoke to three workers at the Ganzhou factory — one current and two former employees — who confirmed some of what the labour group has reported.The three workers told the AP that beatings were not unheard of and that they had each witnessed a particularly gruesome scene one day: A worker with blood dripping from his head after an angry manager had hit him with a high-heeled shoe.“There was a lot of blood. He went to the factory’s nurse station, passing by me,” said one of the former workers, who said he quit his job at the Huajian factory because of the long hours and low pay.All three workers spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity, for fear of retribution or arrest.The detention of the three activists prompted the U.S. State Department to call for their immediate release. At the time, Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the men had been accused of using secret recording devices to disrupt normal commercial operations and would be dealt with under Chinese law.“Other nations have no right to interfere in our judicial sovereignty and independence,” she said, adding, “the police found these people illegally possessed secret cameras, secret listening devices and other illegal monitoring devices.”The White House directed any questions about the detainees on Wednesday to the State Department. Anna Richey-Allen, a department spokeswoman for East Asia and the Pacific, said: “We urge China to afford them the judicial and fair trial protections to which they are entitled.”Marc Fisher, which produces shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands, has said it is looking into the allegations. Ivanka Trump’s lifestyle brand imports most of its merchandise from China, trade data show.The detentions came as China has cracked down on perceived threats to the stability of its ruling Communist Party, particularly from sources with foreign ties such as China Labor Watch.Faced with rising labour unrest and a slowing economy, Beijing has taken a stern approach to activism in southern China’s manufacturing belt and to human rights advocates generally, sparking a wave of reports about disappearances, public confessions, forced repatriation and torture in custody.As he left the police station Wednesday, Hua was surrounded by family members. “I’m happy to be out,” he said. “I just want to spend some time with my family,”Hua said he had not been mistreated but declined further comment.___Condon reported from New York. AP writers Gillian Wong in Beijing and Matthew Pennington in Washington contributed. by Gerry Shih And Bernard Condon, The Associated Press Posted Jun 28, 2017 5:39 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 2:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock Media Clips for Friday May 3

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Brock unveils painting, fund honouring Robertsons: The donation of a cherished piece of art and the creation of a $1-million endowment fund in memory of Joe, Anita and Laura Robertson were featured in the St. Catharines Standard, Academica and Niagara This Week. Joe Robertson was a former Brock Board of Trustees member and Chair, his wife Anita was an active volunteer in the community, and the pair’s daughter Laura had been hired to work in Brock’s athletics and recreation department. Tragically, all three were killed in an airplane crash in July 2018.     Pressure mounts for Canada to push back against China in largely one-sided feud: Associate Professor of Political Science Charles Burton spoke in an Ottawa Citizen article about the perceived lack of response by the Canadian government to Chinese sanctions on Canadian imports and imprisonment of Canadian citizens. The article was also picked up by nearly 100 other news outlets.Great Lakes communities in for ‘serious flooding’ this season, expert says: Professor of Biology Liette Vasseur spoke about the record flooding predicted for great lakes coastal communities in an Elliot Lake Today article. Vasseur also said the decisions of residents and municipalities are having a major impact on the flooding.Brock University launches advanced cider courses: An article about the launch of new cider courses in Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute was featured in Niagara This Week and included quotes from the Institute’s Manager of Continuing Education and Research, Barb Tatarnic, and Senior Laboratory Demonstrator, Steven Trussler.Canada’s black market for weed is thriving — even after legalization: A Quartz article about the majority of Cannabis sales in Canada being done on the black market featured quotes from Associate Professor of Health Sciences Dan Malleck.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at read more

Women should not be actresses if they dont want a stalker Felicity

Kendal Ms Maitlis also suffered at the hands of a stalker for over 20 years, comparing the experience to “a chronic illness”. In January last year, Edward Vines – who Ms Maitlis met as a student at Cambridge University – was jailed for 45 months for breaching a restraining order, having first been convicted of harassing Maitlis in 2002. Ms Kendal, who has warned being stalked “goes with the territory” for celebrities – saying of those who find it traumatic: “Don’t be an actress then.” Credit:John Walton/PA BBC presenter Emily Maitlis suffered from a stalker for 20 years, who was finally imprisoned early last yearCredit:Chris Williamson/Getty Images Commenting on the severity of a stalker to the Observer, Ms Kendall added: “Obviously there are limits beyond which it’s frightening and terrible.”You don’t want to be shot and you don’t want to be dragged into the bushes, but I think you instinctively know as a human being what the threshold is.”Ms Kendal also revealed that she once “had a temper” which resulted in her throwing crockery at her husband after going into fits of rage.The seemingly mild-mannered star said she hurled “jugs and mugs” at husband Michael Rudman after they got married in 1983. The couple divorced in 1990, but are now back together.The actress added: “We’re back together now, but when we were married for the first time, I struggled with my temper.”What I loved most was to throw things around the house – jugs, mugs, anything. Emily Maitlis  Actress Felicity Kendal has said women should not be actresses if they “don’t want a stalker”, as she admitted that one of her’s was “quite sweet”.Ms Kendal, best known for her role as Barbara Good in the 1975 television series The Good Life, said she had been stalked several times at the height of her fame by fans who used to follow her home after theatre performances.The 72-year-old British star said it is part of the “territory” of being an actress.Ms Kendal said: “I had a few stalkers, but I think everybody did in those days.”It was just a couple of people who came to every show and then they followed me home and they were always outside my house. It wasn’t serious, though. “One of them was quite a sweet guy. Perhaps he was just lonely. Some people might be traumatised by that, but I think: ‘Well, don’t be an actress then.’ It goes with the territory to an extent”, she told the Observer Magazine.Ms Kendal’s comments follow several other high profile females being victims of stalking, including TV star Christine Lampard and BBC News presenter Emily Maitlis.Last summer Mrs Lampard, who is married to former England footballer Frank Lampard, attended the trial of Christof King, 39, in which he pleaded guilty to stalking the presenter after sending her letters and turning up at her house. “I once threw a cup and saucer through the window of the ground-floor flat were living in and the following morning there was a ring on the doorbell and the porter, looking at the hole in our window, came back with all the little bits and said: ‘I think these must be yours.'”Luckily, Michael has very quick reactions so I never hit him.” 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. read more

Intel une baisse des prix des microprocesseurs

first_imgIntel : une baisse des prix des microprocesseursÉtats-Unis – Intel est sur le point de commercialiser un nouveau microprocesseur sextuple cœurs. Cette arrivée entraîne une baisse des prix des autres gammes de la marque.La technologie d’Intel avance et la commercialisation du Core i7 970 sextuple cœurs entraîne une dévalorisation des composants déjà existants. Ainsi, le Pentium E5500 est disponible au prix de 64 dollars contre 75 auparavant. Il en va de même pour le Pentium E6600 qui, depuis hier, est affiché au prix de 75 dollars alors qu’il était évalué à 84 dollars avant cette baisse. Néanmoins, cette revalorisation est plutôt bienvenue pour les clients d’Intel puisque la nouvelle pièce à six cœurs est estimée à 885 dollars. A la fin du mois d’août, d’autres prix devraient être revus à la baisse.Le 19 juillet 2010 à 11:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les dinosaures en déclin bien avant leur extinction

first_imgLes dinosaures, en déclin bien avant leur extinction ?Selon une étude du Musée américain d’histoire naturelle, certaines espèces de dinosaures auraient commencé à décliner bien avant l’évènement que l’on considère comme responsable de leur extinction.L’un des plus grands mystères de la science s’épaissit encore. En effet, astéroïdes ou éruptions volcaniques, les scientifiques ont évoqué plusieurs hypothèses pour expliquer la disparition des dinosaures à la fin du Crétacé, il y a 65 millions d’années. Si certaines ont semblé plus probable que d’autres, une étude publiée sur le site de Nature Communications révèle que l’extinction de ces grands animaux pourraient être en fait un phénomène bien plus complexe qu’on ne pensait jusqu’ici.”Des éruptions volcaniques soudaines ou un impact d’astéroïde ont-ils terrassé les dinosaures en pleine apogée ? Nous avons découvert que c’est probablement beaucoup plus complexe que cela et qu’il ne s’agit peut-être pas de la catastrophe soudaine qui est souvent dépeinte”, a commenté Steve Brusatte du Musée américain d’histoire naturelle et l’un des auteurs de l’étude cité par l’AFP. En effet, les travaux publiés ont consisté à comparer les squelettes de différentes espèces. Une méthode qui n’avait jusqu’ici jamais été utilisée pour en apprendre plus sur l’extinction des dinosaures.Grâce à celle-ci, les chercheurs ont conclu que les grands dinosaures herbivores étaient déjà sur le déclin au cours des 12 dernières millions d’années du Crétacé, soit bien avant l’évènement cataclysmique censé avoir causé leur extinction. Néanmoins, les dinosaures carnivores et les herbivores de taille moyenne n’ont pas semblé avoir connu le même déclin. “Les gens considèrent souvent les dinosaures comme une espèce monolithique. Mais les dinosaures étaient très divers. Il y avait des centaines d’espèces vivant à la fin du Crétacé, qui différaient énormément par la taille, la forme ou le régime alimentaire”, a expliqué Richard Butler de l’Université Ludwig Maximilian de Munich qui a participé à l’étude. “Le Crétacé supérieur n’était pas un ‘monde perdu’, statique”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Plus précisément, les scientifiques ont montré que les Hadrosaures et les Cératopsidés, deux familles de dinosaures de grande taille, herbivores, ont connu une baisse de leur biodiversité dans les 12 millions d’années avant l’extinction massive du Crétacé-Tertiaire ou extinction “K-T”. Pendant ces 12 millions d’années, ces herbivores “sont devenus plus semblables les uns aux autres. Généralement de tels changements dans l’anatomie signifient qu’un groupe est en difficulté”, a précisé à l’AFP Steve Brusatte. En revanche, les petits herbivores (Ankylosaures et Pachycéphalosaures), les dinosaures carnivores (Tyrannosaures et Coelurosaures), et les herbivores aux dents spatulées, sans capacités de mastication (Sauropodes) sont demeurés relativement stables. Certains ont même augmenté légèrement dans la biodiversité. Plus complexe encore : les chercheurs ont découvert des disparités géographiques. En effet, alors qu’ils ont montré un déclin en Amérique du Nord, les Hadrosaures semblent avoir été en augmentation en Asie à la fin du Crétacé.  Ces résultats “permettent de brosser un tableau plus nuancé des 12 derniers millions d’années de l’histoire des dinosaures. Contrairement à ce que l’on croit souvent, le Crétacé supérieur n’était pas un ‘monde perdu’, statique, auquel un impact d’astéroïde a mis fin violemment. Certains dinosaures connaissaient déjà des changements dramatiques à ce moment là, et les grands herbivores semblent avoir été engagés dans un déclin à long terme, du moins en Amérique du Nord”, a conclu Steve Brusatte.Le 3 mai 2012 à 19:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

There is a lot to be done on Italy U21 –

first_imgItaly U-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio admits there is a lot be done on his team following the lost of a friendly 3-0 to Slovakia.This match makes it the third defeat of his tenure and the heaviest too, as Lukas Hereslin bagged a brace before Empoli striker Samuel Mraz added a third.“Slovakia deserved the victory, they played better than us and we were always second to the ball,” the Coach told reporters via Football Italia.“We knew that Slovakia were tough and tonight they didn’t lose a single tackle. Moments like this can happen, as we are only in September and the season has just begun, but that mustn’t be a justification.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We’ll try to find the positives, although there aren’t many of them. We nonetheless had the opportunity to perform a few experiments, trying out a different tactic and style of approaching the game.“Now we must try to improve straight away with Tuesday’s match against Albania. There is a lot we have to work on and improve.“It’s disappointing, as I never like to lose or play badly, but today we did both.”last_img read more

Police Driver critically injures bicyclist in Vancouver crash

first_imgA Gresham, Ore., man suspected of driving while intoxicated seriously injured a bicyclist in Vancouver on Sunday evening, according to police.Nicholas Badger, 28, made his first court appearance Monday on a charge of vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated. Vancouver police say Badger was driving an SUV south on Norris Road about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when he failed to stop at the intersection of East 18th Street. He struck bicyclist Todd A. Webb, 48, of Vancouver, who was riding on 18th Street, according to court documents filed in the case. Webb suffered injuries to his head and neck and was listed in satisfactory condition Monday evening in PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s intensive care unit.Badger voluntarily performed and failed a standard field sobriety test and registered a blood alcohol content of 0.191, according to court documents. Badger’s bail was set at $50,000 and his arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 13.last_img read more

Galaxy S10 and 10 Plus will come with a 30 screen protector

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above OnePlus 6T (Midnight Black 128GB) Phones OnePlus The Galaxy S10 arrives Feb. 20 but the photos are here now Now playing: Watch this: Tags See it $453 36 Photos 3center_img The Galaxy S10 has an embedded fingerprint scanner. CNET Samsung’s newest pair of flagship phones, the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus, will come with screen protectors preinstalled on the display, the company confirmed on Monday. This is a shift compared to past S-phone launches, which did not come with screen protectors. And because the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus start at $900 (£799, AU$1,349) and $1,000 (£899, AU$1,499), respectively, having an extra layer of protection for the display would be useful for interested buyers. News • Pixel 3 vs. OnePlus 6T: Which Android should you buy? Why the Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint reader matters Share your voice 2:48 The company reported that it also added the screen protector to ensure the “full functionality of the Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor” on the phones. The S10 and S10 Plus’ fingerprint scanners are embedded within their displays and using a third-party screen protector may render the readers to work incorrectly. The ones that come preinstalled are made directly by Samsung. The screen protectors aren’t protected by the one-year warranty that apply to the other accessories in the box (the charger, USB connector, etc.) and retail for $29.99 if you want to buy a replacement. Samsung isn’t the only company to do this. OnePlus have preinstalled screen protectors on its phones, like the OnePlus 6T, for years. Preorders for the Galaxy S10 started Thursday, Feb. 21. Orders ship out on March 8, the same day retail and carrier availability begins. Comments OnePlus 6T Review • OnePlus 6T review: A hero phone without the sky-high pricelast_img read more

Japanese tech giant tackles quantum computing in Silicon Valley

first_img Share your voice Computers Sci-Tech Security 16 Photos null Now playing: Watch this: 3:40 Waters wants to pursue attribute-based encryption, a process in which data is encrypted so that people with certain roles can decrypt it, not just specific individuals. That could be useful for circulating information among a restricted group of authorized people.Another is functional encryption, which lets computers process encrypted data without ever being able to tell what’s actually in that data. That could be useful something like for letting Google screen spam out of your Gmail inbox without actually reading your email.NTT's LASOLV computer is designed to tackle computing challenges using the interaction of light waves.NTT’s LASOLV computer is designed to tackle computing challenges using the interaction of light waves. NTT NTT Research also has a fondness for photons. Today’s industry uses light for long-distance communications in fiber-optic lines, but NTT sees a broader role, replacing today’s metal wiring and radio-wave wireless networks with optical networks that have vastly more capacity.Photons also factor into another major focus, quantum computing. While some quantum computing efforts focus on qubits housed on quantum processors, NTT Research hopes to use a different processing approach, the interactions of light traveling in fiber-optic lines.Telephones and telegraphsThe new NTT Research only has about 20 staff so far, but should expand to at least 50 during the next five years, said Kei Karasawa, the vice president of corporate strategy who’s overseeing the lab’s direction and hiring some of its brains. Why launch in Silicon Valley? Mostly because that’s where top researchers want to be, Karasawa said. Indeed, many of them have worked at Stanford or the University of California at Berkeley on the other side of the San Francisco Bay. The area also has a fertile cooperation with private sector companies.The company already has about 6,000 researchers. With NTT Research, though, the plan is to steer the company in a more academic direction closer to the research frontier, Karasawa said.NTT is short for Nippon Telephone and Telegraph, two once-revolutionary communication technologies that are now mostly history. When Sawada joined 40 years ago, 90% of the company’s revenue was from telephone service; now, including mobile telephony, it’s 18%.”We want to change along with circumstances,” Sawada said. How quantum computing will help us build human-level… NTT CEO Jun Sawada speaks at the launch of NTT Research in Silicon Valley. Stephen Shankland/CNET Some of the computing industry’s biggest innovations have come from research labs. The  transistor was created at AT&T’s Bell Labs, the hard drive by IBM Research and the graphical user interface at Xerox’s PARC. NTT, one of Japan’s telecommunications giants, wants similar success. It’s already got thousands of researchers in Japan working on projects with near-term potential, but now it’s picked Silicon Valley for its first US lab for more the more basic academic research that could pay off with breakthroughs farther in the future.”This is the place where east meets west on the innovation crossroads,” said Kazuhiro Gomi, chief executive of NTT Research, as he unveiled his company’s ambition on Tuesday at the swanky Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park, California.NTT Research has a particular focus on optics for networking and quantum computing.NTT Research has a particular focus on optics for networking and quantum computing. NTT Research NTT Research will investigate three areas at the outset: cryptography, including new encryption and blockchain technologies; medicine, including sensors that can create a person’s “digital twin” that will warn of actual health problems; and physics and informatics, including an effort to build a new type of fiber optic-based quantum computers.Research labs are something of a luxury item in the computing industry. As tech startups mature into tech titans, they often hire academic-minded scientists and engineers to blaze trails beyond next year’s product roadmaps. It’s almost a rite of passage for tech companies to launch research operations. Microsoft, Google and Facebook all have.NTT’s name isn’t well known outside of Japan, but the company is a significant force in the tech world. It’s got 300,000 employees, operates in 88 countries and pulls in annual revenue of $107 billion with businesses like computing services for corporate customers.At the NTT Research opening event, hundreds donned dark suits to hear speeches from CEO Jun Sawada, Gomi and a handful of researchers. Classical violinist Ryu Goto also performed, a sharp contrast to the peppy, thumping pop music you’ll hear at most tech shows. The event took place just up the street from Stanford University and venture capital powerhouses like Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. NTT Research plans further outposts in other intellectual capitals, including Boston, Munich, Israel and London.Cryptography and quantum computingNTT Research will collaborate with university experts. One is Brent Waters, a cryptography expert at the University of Texas, Austin, who now holds the title of distinguished scientist at NTT Research, too. 0 Tags See Bell Labs’ historic phones and next-gen networks (pictures) Quantum computinglast_img read more

2 men killed in alleged gunfight in capital

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwo men were killed in an alleged gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Sat Rasta intersection in the capital’s Tejgaon industrial area early Friday, reports UNB.The deceased are Naim, 35 and Jamal, 38.Mahiuddin Faruki, additional superintendent of police of RAB-2, said the elite force members also arrested two people — Hanif and Litu — from Gazipur in connection with their suspected involvement in car hijacking on Thursday night.After interrogation, RAB came to know that the members of a car hijacking syndicate were to hand over a snatched vehicle to its owner in exchange of money on Thursday night.Later, a team of RAB-2 conducted a drive at Sat Rasta intersection around 4:30am and gave signal to a covered van to stop.But ignoring the instruction of the RAB team, the gang members tried to flee and opened fire on the elite force, forcing them to retaliate in self-defence, leaving two criminals dead on the spot.According to the law enforcement, one pistol, four bullets and some equipment used to break locks were recovered from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the RAB’s version of the incident independently as no version was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s families.last_img read more

Trackball hacked by Valve engineer becomes tonguecontrolled mouse

first_imgMany companies are looking into alternative input devices right now. Between touch sensors, hand gestures, voice commands, and eye tracking there’s almost a solid idea to replace the mouse, but none of these ideas are fully baked yet. Fortunately there are people like Ben Krasnow of Valve willing to think ever further outside of the input box and shove a mostly disassembled trackball into his mouth. For science, you monster.Trackballs work a little differently from mice, by using the laser to read the texture on the ball to determine how far or how fast to move the mouse. As it turns out the human tongue is similarly textured, which gave Krasnow a crazy idea. If you could put the sensor from a trackball into your mouth in a fixed position, you should be able to move your tongue across the sensor and have it read the action in the same way moving the trackball would work.In order to make this work, a 3D printed retainer was made to house the sensor and a piece of plastic was placed just above the sensor so you aren’t licking the actual sensor and to set a focal point.Krasnow admits that this isn’t exactly functional for precise motion, but just having it work at all is impressive enough. The trackball was set to the pattern on the ball it came with, not the surface of your tongue. For a cobbled together proof of concept, it actually works really well. Being able to tweak the input mechanism would be a huge step towards precision, or the interface could just be gesture focused if this were to ever really become a product.While there’s absolutely no indication that this is going to become a real thing anytime soon, the idea is not without merit. Being able to offer an input mechanism for the handicapped, or a gesture control to work with a certain yet-to-be-announced Oculus Rift competitor would be a really cool add on. These are the kinds of alternative input concepts that lead to actual products once someone decides it is time to take things to the next step. We probably won’t see Valve take this much further, but maybe someone else will?last_img read more

Justice League set visits signal Zack Snyder apology for Batman v Superman

first_imgThis week, set reports for Zack Snyder’s Justice League made their way to the internet. A select group of online journalists, most of whom were critical of this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, were flown to the film’s London set to see a scene shot last Friday. That’s an unusually quick turnaround for a set visit, and is happening while a little less than one third of the production has been completed. More surprising than getting a look at Justice League before seeing Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman is the overall tone of the set visit pieces: the Justice League production team seems apologetic about Batman v Superman.Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was technically a sequel to Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel that transformed into a prequel for a series of Justice League films somewhere during production. The theatrical cut of the movie was torn apart by critics who disliked how the film portrayed Batman and Superman, thought the plot with Lex Luthor was non-sensical, and laughed at how the titular fight ended. It was rumored that Warner Bros needed Dawn of Justice to cross $1 billion international gross to meet expectations. The final box office fell short of $900 million. Things weren’t looking good.Ben Affleck and Zack Snyder on the set of Dawn of Justice.Warner Bros immediately started changing things around with their DC Movies. Suicide Squad had some extensive reshoots to either lighten the tone or add more action (depending on who you believe), Ben Affleck was elevated to the role of Executive Producer on Justice League, and some of the old Snyder guard of co-producers were stripped off the film. In the biggest move, DC Comics’ Geoff Johns was given full control over the future DC Movie slate, taking over for what had been a confusing producer chain of command. Quietly, Justice League began production. The Flash movie lost its director and rumors swirled that James Wan was frustrated by the pre-production process on Aquaman. Everything started to change once it became apparent Batman v Superman wasn’t going to meet projections.Cut to last Friday when Diane Snyder (producer and Zack’s wife) told bloggers “We learned that people don’t like seeing their heroes deconstructed. They like seeing them in all their glory…I think what’s really great is where we’re going is kind of what the audience is wanting. We just had to take the characters from somewhere to bring them up to where they are and that was our journey.”The new logo for Justice League, scheduled to be released November 17 of next year.This is interesting on a number of levels. The thought that Dawn of Justice’s failures with the characters was based more on how grim they were, not how they were deconstructed as heroes (which is actually what Snyder’s The Watchmen tried to do, not Dawn of Justice). Audiences wanting to see the heroes in “all their glory” means just as much on the surface as when we were told audiences wanted to see Batman fight Superman: of course we do, but how will it be delivered?The re-framing of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as the conclusion of a trilogy of Zack Snyder movies is interesting. This was not at all planned. If Dawn of Justice was Snyder’s dark chapter and Justice League is his trilogy capper, it would be a modern oddity of franchise filmmaking: an ongoing series that is forced to pivot by the market surrounding it for each installment.Dawn of Justice became a Batman movie when it was originally supposed to be a Man of Steel sequel and had to deal directly with the outcry about Superman’s destruction of Metropolis. Dawn of Justice killed Superman and didn’t end with any Justice dawning. Instead, most of the league was introduced by Wonder Woman security footage on a computer. Now, Justice League is going to pivot hard out of the gloomy entries and try to push the rest of the DC movies off into infinity. All three movies Zack Snyder has directed for the DC Comics Cinematic Universe have been touted as the new beginning of something. This is really weird.This isn’t to say it sounds bad. On the contrary, most of the set reports sound excited through the thin veil of weird vibes. “When Batman v Superman came out, I was like, ‘Wow, okay, oof,’” admitted Snyder to the bloggers, “It did catch me off guard…I have had to, in my mind, make an adjustment. I do think that the tone of Justice League has changed because of what the fans have said.”The Justice League version of the Batmobile, via Collider.Justice League will feature Batman/Bruce Wayne uniting the entities he and Diana learned about in Dawn of Justice to fight Steppenwolf and some Parademons. The initial Justice League assembly sounds like it will just be The Flash, Cyborg, Batman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman.Apparently, when the journalists were shown some costumes, Superman’s was suspiciously absent. Steppenwolf is after Mother Boxes, the thing we saw transform Cyborg in BvS, and there are three on Earth. There are three Boxes, one for the Atlanteans, one for the Amazons, and one for the humans. Steppenwolf, who works with Darkseid in the comics so is probably leading up to him for the next Justice League movie, wants all three boxes and the Justice League has to stop them. Simple, really, knowing that the plot of Dawn of Justice could be summed up as “Lex Luthor tricks Batman and Superman into fighting.”Previously revealed concept art for Justice League.The set visit consisted of some pre-production artwork and a look at some costumes, but they also saw JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon on his first day, shooting a scene with the Bat Signal, Cyborg, Flash, Batman, and Wonder Woman. It turns out the scene where Bruce Wayne finds Barry Allen and recruits him already exists in a rough edit, and they got to see that.A moment that made every report was when Ben Affleck dropped by for a chat while still in the Batman costume (without the cowl). He confirmed that he was directing a Batman movie while talking up Justice League in very uncontroversial terms.It’s both weird and welcomed to know this much about a movie this far in advance, considering we still get Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman in-universe before Justice League. However, it sounds like the set visit had the intended effect and spread the message that Zack Snyder and company have acknowledged critical feedback and are ready to pivot once more.last_img read more