Darjeeling tea crop drops 89% in June

first_imgIs Darjeeling stir killing tea and tourism?  Production has also dropped by 10.1 % in Assam, the Tea Board said. The state which accounts for half the Indian tea production of around 1200 million kgs, was affected by floods. Two other tea-producing regions of West Bengal, Dooars and Terai in the sub-Himalayan region, reported increased production in June.South India also reported rise in output in two of its three tea-producing states. Overall, Indian tea crop was 2.8 % lower in June with a crop of 143 million kgs. Small growers contributed 68.2 million kgs of the output denoting a rising share. Darjeeling tea crop has dropped 89.5 % in June, following total work stoppage at the gardens on account of the turmoil sparked by the Gorkha Jana Mukti (GJM) agitation over demanding statehood.Figures just released by the Tea Board of India, estimated the Darjeeling tea crop to be only around 0.14 million kgs in June 2017 against the 1.3 million kgs crop of June 2016.The trouble, which started with announcements of making Bengali compulsory in all West Bengal schools, snowballed into a major crisis following the clampdown by the state government on leaders and offices of GJM. The total shutdown began on June 15. The crop loss has almost washed away the premium second flush tea crop and there may soon be no Darjeeling tea offerings at the tea auctions in Calcutta.Also Readlast_img read more

Punjab CM sees Pak. hand in blast

first_imgA day after the grenade attack on a religious congregation at village Adliwal near Amritsar killed three persons, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh said the device used was similar to the HG-84 grenade recovered from a terror module busted by the police last month. Capt. Singh said initial investigations indicate that the grenade used was similar to the ones being manufactured by the Pakistan Army ordnance factory. ‘Not religious discord’He ruled out that the attack was a result of discord between the Sant Nirankari Mission and traditional Sikhs.Capt. Singh was in Adliwal village to take stock of the situation. He said the grenade indicated a high probability of the involvement of inimical forces from across the border.A senior Home Ministry official said in Delhi that consultations were on with the State government to hand over the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).“As of now, no links of the attack to the Zakir Musa group has emerged. An NIA team visited the spot and various agencies are working on it,” the Home Ministry official told The Hindu. Last week, the Punjab police had been put on high alert following intelligence regarding movement of Zakir Musa, the chief of the J&K-based terror outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, near Amritsar.Capt. Singh said the attack seemed to carry Pakistan’s signature. “Prima facie, this appears to be an act of terror by separatist forces, organised with the involvement of ISI-backed Khalistani or Kashmiri terrorist groups,” said Capt. Singh, adding that his government was aggressively pursuing all angles of investigation.₹50 lakh for information“The culprits will soon be arrested. The State government has announced ₹50 lakh as reward for any information leading to the arrest of the assailants,” he said, adding that the NIA was also helping in the investigations.In reply to a question, he said, “The attack cannot be equated with the Nirankari conflict in 1978, as that was a religious matter and the Adliwal incident was purely a case of terrorism. Violence between the Sant Nirankari Mission and traditional Sikhs on 13th April 1978 in Amritsar left 13 dead, and sparked the subsequent wave of terrorism in the State. Sunday’s incident had no religious overtones, as per initial investigations.”Inspector General of Police, border range (Amritsar), S.P.S Parmar told The Hindu that the police had unearthed certain leads and they were being investigated. “As of now the assailants have not been identified or arrested,” he said. Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore has asked the Chandigarh police to be on high alert and ensure complete security to the people at religious places, especially Nirankari missions in and around the Union Territory.last_img read more

Intense lobbying in BJD for Rajya Sabha ticket

first_imgIntense lobbying is on in the ruling Biju Janata Dal in Odisha for ticket to contest three vacant Rajya Sabha seats from the State.With the BJD likely to win all three, given its strength of 112 in the 147-member Assembly, aspirants are thronging Naveen Nivas, residence of Chief Minister and party president Naveen Patnaik to press their case. The Election Commission last week announced July 5 as the byelection date. The BJD candidates are likely to file their papers on June 25, the last date for doing so, party officials said on condition of anonymity. The seats fell vacant after Achyuta Samanta, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Pratap Keshari Deb resigned following their victories in the the recent Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. While Mr. Samanta was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kandhamal, Mr. Patnaik and Mr. Deb were elected to the Assembly from Khandapada and Aul, respectively.The possible choices of the party include Prasanna Kumar Patasani, former Bhubaneswar MP, and Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, former Berhampur MLA. Both were assured Rajya Sabha berths by the party president when they were denied ticket for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.Chances hurtParty officials, however, said that Mr. Patasani’s chances may have been hurt by the fact that the BJD’s nominee for the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik, lost the election. Mr. Chyau Patnaik may be chosen since the party’s nominee for the Berhampur Assembly seat, Bikram Kumar Panda, won.The aspirants for the Rajya Sabha seats include prominent leaders who lost in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections and those who could not be given ticket to contest those elections. Besides, there is a strong possibility of the party choosing at least one woman for the Rajya Sabha. The BJD has only one woman Rajya Sabha member at present. With the BJD having given 33% of the Lok Sabha ticket to women candidates, several women leaders are hoping for the best if the party decides to adopt the same formula for the Upper House.last_img read more

Doesn’t matter how it’s done, Brownlee just wants to win title for Ginebra

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Fans couldn’t help but fantasize Brownlee serving as the hero once more in Game 7 to complete the Gin Kings’ quest for back-to-back titles.But no matter how Ginebra gets it down, all the 29-year-old wants is to lift the trophy at the end of the night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The perfect moment would just be winning the championship. Of course, it would be nice to win it in spectacular fashion, but right now, that moment is just winning the championship. That’s what I’m focused on – just trying to bring home the trophy and defend the crown,” he said.However, for Brownlee to replicate that feat, Ginebra needs to get its act straight following a disappointing Game 6 showing which saw it fall to Meralco, 91-98 on Wednesday. Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE —Even with Ginebra failing to close out the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals in six games, Justin Brownlee couldn’t help but feel excited over what comes next.“Man, you got to love it as a basketball player. This is the thing you grow up and you dream of,” he said of the winner-take-all Game 7 on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “(The Bolts) just came out more aggressive than us, I think. They initiated physicality, they were the first ones to loose balls, rebounds, they just came out with a great energy and we didn’t. And I think that — from the start the game to set the tone, I think that was the biggest part of the game,” he said.Brownlee, though, has his full confidence that the Gin Kings will be more than ready to protect their throne come Friday, in what is shaping up to be another capacity crowd at Philippine Arena.“I think we’re going to be prepared,” he said. “We’re going to come out with great energy and aggression, and we will be ready to defend the crown.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ Pumaren sets the tone for the Warriors with ‘swaggy’ get up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

76ers will move on from crushing Game 7 loss with Brown

first_imgJoel Embiid walked off in tears, his girlfriend cradling the face of the crestfallen 7-footer.Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick are headed into free agency, a max contract likely looming for Butler.Brown’s return was the most crucial decision facing ownership, as Harris for the first time put public pressure on Brown to at least reach the East final. And at an impromptu press conference before the start of the playoffs, Harris refused to say if Brown would return and offered only a lukewarm endorsement of his performance.“What he’s done for this organization is nothing short of remarkable,” Redick said Monday. “I would just say this in general, for any NBA team, when you think about a coach, and potentially replacing that coach, you have to consider what coaches are available. I don’t feel it necessary to defend Brett to anyone. I think his work speaks for itself.”Like Redick, Brown’s players have never shied away from expressing their admiration and confidence in Brown. Brown never cracked at the pressure or sniped at the media as he became the public face of the franchise through the early years of the Process. He outlasted general managers Sam Hinkie and Bryan Colangelo and turned the team into conference contenders even as expected cornerstones Markelle Fultz, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and others flamed out. Only six NBA coaches have longer active tenures with one team than Brown does in Philadelphia.ADVERTISEMENT “I haven’t thought about it too much,” Butler said Monday. “I’ve got to sit down and really talk to my team.”Harris, a trade deadline pickup from the Clippers, can also command a max deal from the Sixers. The Sixers are already on the hook for the $121 million left on Embiid’s deal and Simmons is a year out for earning a max-level extension. The Sixers have to solve some tricky financial questions if they’re willing to pay all their stars, while still leaving room to sign needed reserves as they chase their first NBA championship since 1983.SIZING UP SIMMONSDefenses sagged on Simmons daring him to shoot because the speedy All-Star can’t do much outside the paint. Simmons is 0 for 17 from 3-point range in two seasons and the ability to expand his game is needed as much as a healthy Embiid.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brown could have his most talented team yet.But first, the agony of a postseason lingered for one more day at the Sixers complex.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Sixers — who rebuilt their roster with two blockbuster trades — were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinal for the second straight season.Kawhi Leonard sank the first Game 7-ending buzzer-beater in NBA history and Toronto struck its biggest dagger in the sports heart of Philadelphia since Joe Carter went deep for the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments LATEST STORIES Meralco acquires Raymond Almazan for 1st round draft picks MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler, left, and Joel Embiid meet during a news conference at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility in Camden, N.J., Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA— Brett Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the Philadelphia 76ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference. He’ll get another chance to try and finish the championship chase.The 76ers called a 9 a.m. press conference Tuesday at their complex in Camden, New Jersey, with owner Josh Harris and general manager Elton Brand where they’ll discuss their plans for the offseason, and how Brown fits in for the future. ESPN reported Monday night Brown will return as coach next season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “If there’s someone to blame, put it all on me,” Embiid said.But the Sixers struck it big when Embiid became a franchise player and No. 1 pick Ben Simmons turned into an All-Star. Both have major flaws in health (Embiid) and shooting (Simmons) that will stunt the franchise’s growth until they are resolved. Sure, the Sixers could pluck two-time national champion Jay Wright from Villanova much like the Cavaliers hired John Beilein, but the coach might not matter if Embiid can’t consistently stay on the court.Brown, though, has taken heat for a lot of the team’s failures late in close games. Yes, Leonard’s four-bouncer through the rim was the defining play, but a pair of late shot-clock violations and rushed shots as it ticked down made the Sixers appear disorganized in the final minutes.There are plenty of other questions in a crucial offseason.NEED FOR EMBIIDEmbiid has all summer to dry his tears and soothe his upset tummy.The Sixers will only go as far as their franchise center takes them, period. They were willing to wait two years for him to sit out with injuries because they knew the tantalizing talent ahead. But he has yet to play more than 64 games a season, one reason why the Sixers played Game 7 on the road instead of home. He missed a playoff game against Brooklyn with a bad left knee and had multiple digestive issues that made his starting status unknown for other games. Embiid needs to become a 70-game player who never sniffs the injury report in the postseason for the Sixers to win it all.“I feel like I let everybody down by not playing or by sitting out,” Embiid said.FREE AGENTSButler, acquired from Minnesota in November, is sure to ask for the max contract of nearly $190 million over five years. The Sixers would be wise to give it to him. Brown repeated through the playoffs that Butler was “the adult in gym” and other teams with cash to spend will be hot for the four-time All Star. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

TIPIT — A unique outlier in AR space

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Consumer, Industry I’ve just been introduced to TIPIT, which is a unique outlier in Augmented Reality (AR) space (where no one can hear you scream).There’s a lot of talk about different realities at the moment, but we are still just dipping our toes in the AR waters, metaphorically speaking (see also A brave new world of virtual, augmented, hybrid, hyper, and diminished realities).I firmly believe that, in the not-too-distant future, AR will permeate almost every aspect of our lives. At the moment, however, a lot of people are still trying to wrap their brains around all of the possibilities.The real fun will begin when we can meld artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, and AR together. As always, a major driving force will be entertainment and social media. For example, I know a lot of people who really enjoy using simple image-editing apps on their smartphones or tablet computers to modify photographs and upload them to Facebook.Well, suppose you could do something like this — but better — to live video? Take a look at this YouTube video, for example, in which the app is automatically detecting the two humans, separating them from the background, effectively replacing the background with a “green screen,” and then substituting new background images.All of this is performed by TIPIT, which is a cross-platform engine that delivers computer vision and AR technologies to messaging platforms, developers, social platforms, and brands that are looking to deliver captivating user experiences.The real trick is to be able to detect, identify, and separate different objects (like humans, cats, dogs, and cars) from the background. Using TIPIT, it’s also possible to identify and extract faces from backgrounds, including hair and facial hair. This automatic green screen technology is based on neural network and deep learning techniques. Once you’ve identified and separated the objects of interest, the world is your lobster (or crustacean of your choice).TIPIT’s built-in effects designer allows developers to produce their own AR effects and effortlessly create thousands of AR graphics without having to write a single line of code.I don’t think it’s going too far to say that the possibilities are endless. Suppose I were to visit an AR hairdresser’s, for example. Instead of peering into a mirror, I could be looking at my image presented on a high-resolution display. Using a TIPIT-enabled app, the hairdresser could show me what I would look like with different hairstyles, beards, moustaches, and so forth.Similarly, suppose my wife (Gina the Gorgeous) needed a new ensemble for a social occasion and — believe me — she rarely turns down the opportunity to go shopping for clothes. In this case, rather than spending hours trying on different outfits (while yours truly stands around twiddling his thumbs), Gina could simply stand in front of a human-size display while the various costumes garments were superimposed over her bodacious body.In fact, early technological incarnations of these concepts have been around for some time now, but they were horrendously expensive and less than reliable. Tools like TIPIT are going to change the balance and tip-it over the edge (did you see what I just did there?).And, once again, the examples I mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. All sorts of ideas are popping into my head and rattling around my noggin as I pen these words. What about you? What types of applications can you envisage for this technology? (I bet when we all look back in say 10 years’ time, we’ll be shaking our heads saying “Well, I never saw that one coming!” ) Continue Reading Previous Switch interfacesNext Voice interfaces of the future: Tech that’s turning Sci-Fi into realitycenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Sustainable Travel in Jordan: Visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative

first_imgPreserve cultures, impact women’s lives on Insight Vacations journey to Israel and Jordan While tourism to Israel has increased dramatically, travelers can positively change the communities they visit through ecotourism. According to recent statistics, Israel surpassed 1 million tourists from North America and 4 million globally in 2018, breaking all previous records. This enormous amount of foot traffic opens an opportunity for guests to make travel matter, such as immersing themselves into humanitarian experiences with Insight Vacations. In partnership with the not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation, Insight Vacations highlights the power of impactful tourism on local communities they visit across the globe.While embarking on Insight’s Israel and Jordan trip, guests have the incredible opportunity to visitthe Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative to experience firsthand the preservation of local heritage in Jordan. The Iraq Al Amir Women’s Cooperative aims to make the women in the area financially independent and to raise their standard of living by increasing their income and preserving their culture. The Cooperative has employed more than 150 women since it opened its doors in 2003. A grant from the TreadRight Foundation helps the organization have the necessary materials on hand, complete a build-out of their gift shop, provide merchandising expertise, and allow the group to expand their food services–which creates more income opportunities for the cooperative’s members. As with all Insight journeys, throughout these trips guests stay in elegant hotels in central locations,dine at distinctive local restaurants, with all the logistical details are taken care of by an expertly trained Travel Director. Along the way, guests will see some of Jordan’s most spectacular sights, such as the earliest surviving map of the Holy land in Madaba, the hidden ‘rose-red’ city of Petra, the majestic desert of Wadi Rum, the ancient ruins of Shobak Castle and the most beautifully preserved Greco-Roman city of Jerash. During you visit to the city of Amman, you’ll spend time with the Iraq al Amir women and truly feel welcomed into the cooperative by experimenting in pottery making, cooking together and sharing meals. There’s an art to communicating despite little common language – and the women at Iraq al Amir are masters of it. You’ll also see the fantastic work the Women’s Association are doing to provide training and work opportunities on a variety of handicrafts for women in the region. Like many of Treadright Foundation’s sustainability projects, the Iraq al Amir women’s cooperation is an example of the good that tourism can do. Insight Vacations is a firm believer in the ability of travel to bring a greater connection between people and their cultures. Guests who visit the Iraq al Amir centre – which is run entirely by women – will have an experience filled with warmth, hospitality and welcome.“As an organization and with the support of the TTC family of brands, we are working to make travel matter. The Iraq al-Amir Women’s Cooperative is a perfect example of the kind of initiative that can harness the power of travel and tourism and use it to make real, sustainable positive changes in people’s lives,” says Shannon Guihan, Program Director for the TreadRight Foundation. “It’s a privilege for guests to feel so warmly welcomed at the cooperative and to hear the women’s incredible and powerful stories of lives transformed for the better through Iraq al-Amir.” Click below to watch full video of Insight Vacations journey to Iraq al Amirlast_img read more

Province to Administer Firsttime Home Buyers Rebate

first_imgEffective July 1, the province will take over the administration of the first-time home buyers rebate. The rebate is a provincial program currently administered by the Canada Revenue Agency. “We will continue to provide the same level of rebates to first-time home buyers,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This rebate is a fine example of government’s commitment to help make life more affordable for Nova Scotia families.” This rebate is for first-time home buyers only, on the purchase price or construction costs of a new home to be used as a primary residence. It is equivalent to 18.75 per cent of the provincial portion of the HST to a maximum of $1,500. The program eligibility and the maximum rebate amount remains the same as administered by the Canada Revenue Agency. Applications and program details are available online at www.nsfirsthome.ca, or by calling 902-424-5200 in Halifax Regional Municipality or toll-free at 1-800-670-4357.last_img read more

2006 Murder Case Added to Rewards Program

first_imgGovernment is hoping to close the case of a 2006 homicide in Halifax Regional Municipality through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. Anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Wayne Marriott’s death could receive up to $150,000. “I would ask that anyone who has information about this homicide to please come forward and call the rewards’ line,” said Justice Minister Lena Diab. “Mr. Marriott’s family deserves closure. New details, no matter how small, can make a difference and help the police solve this case.” On June 20, 2006, at about 11 p.m., police were sent to 34 Sheppard’s Run, Beechville. They found Mr. Marriott fatally shot and another person injured. The police investigation revealed possible suspects, however no one has been charged. “The public plays a key role in helping solve crime,” said Chief Supt. Roland Wells, Halifax District RCMP. “We rely on tips and information from them to shed new light on unsolved crimes. Financial incentives offered under this program could be the motivating factor that prompts someone to come forward with information.” Police believe there are people who have information about this case that could result in an arrest and possible charges. Any person with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. In July 2012, the program helped the RCMP arrest and charge two people with first degree murder in relation to the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock. In October 2013, information received through the program also assisted the RCMP in an investigation that led to the arrest of one person for the homicide of Narico Danfue Downey. Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. There are now 71 cases in the program. For more information on this case and others visit www.gov.ns.ca/just.last_img read more

TRCs final national event opens in Edmonton

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation’s 7th and final national event opened this morning in Edmonton on Treaty 6 territory.For the past 5 years, the TRC has travelled the country to gather statements from survivors of Canada’s residential school system. The schools were full of children who were taken from their homes and institutionalized. This system to assimilate children went on for 140 years and saw tens of thousands of children grow up without family.APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports.last_img

Five bears released back into the wilderness of Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter returned to Fort St. John with five bears in which they released back into nature after the bears’ rehabilitation was successful.The shelter has begun the annual release of their rehabilitated bears back into the areas in which the bears were originally rescued from.  Fort St. John has received three males and two females that were rescued and rehabilitated originally from this area.Angelica Langen, Northern Lights co-founder said it was a ‘Great trip with a great release site.” The shelter, located just east of Smithers, took in 32 black bear orphans and two grizzlies last year and now is the best time to release the bears back to the wild as food is abundant and aligns with the time in which mother bears would naturally push off their young.The cycle of rescuing and rehabilitation continues for the shelter. As of recent the Rescue has been to Fort St. John to receive young bear cubs to help give them a second chance at life.The NLWS runs solely on donations which is quite a feat as they have taken on the responsibility of rescuing, raising, rehabilitating and releasing these majestic creatures back to the locations in which they were found.The society is behind on their Annual Milk & Miles Fundraiser which is an essential campaign to ensure their program and society can continue to do the work they do.The ‘Milk’ refers to the intake of new cubs and the milk and food they will need to be nourished and grow and the ‘Miles’ refers to the gas required during transportation.Currently, there are 30 black bears and two grizzlies that require funding as they are being released currently across B.C., back to these bears home areas in which they were found. The two grizzlies are going back to Bella Coola which includes the gas to drive to the connecting point and $4000 per bear/ helicopter flight. Langen says they greatly appreciate anyone that shares their fundraising events as it is so important to them and the bears they continue to receive funding to continue rehabilitating and saving these bears.To view the FB Page; CLICK HERE To view the Website; CLICK HERE The NLWS is on the 3rd Season of their TV series, CLICK HERElast_img read more

Moroccan Islamist Fouad Belkacem to Question Losing Belgian Citizenship

Rabat – The Antwerp Court of Appeal ordered Belkacem’s Belgian nationality to be stripped on October 23, saying he represents a permanent threat to public security and breached his obligations as a Belgian citizen.Belkacem was jailed in 2015 as the leader of the “Sharia4Belgium” group that recruited jihadists, dozens of whom went to Syria.Belkacem’s lawyer, Liliane Verjauw, confirmed Belkacem’s appeal to the Belgian outlet Belga News Agency. The lawyer, however, did not specify which elements of the judgment her client will appeal, but said they have one month to build their case.Verjauw added that she will do everything she can to bring the case before the European Court of Human Rights.Fouad Belkacem received 27 convictions in the police court and 9 in the correctional court.He has been charged with robbery, threats, destruction, rebellion, defamation, racism, harassment, and violation of honor and sentenced to 12 years in prison. read more

Iraq UN envoy discusses improving human rights

The meeting was part of a wide-ranging series of meetings Mr. Vieira de Mello, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq, has been having with a full spectrum of Iraqi figures, leaders of neighbouring countries, UN relief agencies and non-government organizations as he assesses how best the UN can help restore Iraqi sovereignty and end the occupation.In his statement to the Security Council last Tuesday, Mr. Vieira de Mello said there had to be a clear timetable, laid out as soon as possible, for the earliest possible restoration of the country’s sovereignty. “Iraqis need to know that the current state of affairs will come to an end soon. They need to know that stability will return and that the occupation will end,” he told the 15-member body.

Steam travaille sur sa console de jeux

first_imgSteam travaille sur sa console de jeux ?Valve pourrait dévoiler à l’E3 2012, en juin prochain, sa propre console de jeux. L’éditeur de la plateforme Steam pourrait justement proposer une machine axée sur le jeu dématérialisé.”Si nous devons faire du hardware, nous le ferons”, déclarait Gabe Newell, fondateur et PDG de Valve et éditeur de la plateforme de jeu dématérialisé Steam. Selon The Verge, la société serait beaucoup plus avancée sur l’idée d’une console de jeux vidéo puisque les équipes de développement travailleraient sur une Steam Box, qui pourrait de plus être dévoilée dès cette année lors de l’E3 2012.Cette machine aurait deux axioms majeurs. Le premier serait la possibilité de faire tourner les jeux PC, même les plus gourmands, et les amener sur une télévision. Pour ce faire, on parle d’une fiche technique contenant un Core i7, d’un GPU nVidia, et de 8Go de RAM, et d’un partenariat avec un connaisseur de l’univers des machines développées pour le jeu, Alienware.La deuxième promesse que pourrait amener cet appareil, c’est bien entendu amener Steam au cœur du salon. La plateforme de jeux en ligne est un très gros succès dans le monde du jeu PC et pourrait trouver un nouveau terrain d’expansion en adaptant ses licences phares pour une utilisation à la manette.À lire aussiJouer à Tetris pourrait aider à soigner les yeux paresseuxValve offrirait des outils de développement ouverts aux développeurs et une politique commerciale en ce sens avec des accès facilités à des systèmes de cloud-gaming, comme OnLive. Un ensemble qui incluerait également des technologies standardisés et un renouvellement hardware tous les quatre ou cinq ans, évitant le redéveloppement à chaque mise à jour de la plateforme, comme c’est souvent le cas sur les appareils mobiles comme les smartphones.Le but de cette “Steam Box” n’est pas de concurrencer des acteurs déja bien installés comme Sony, Nintendo ou Microsoft…Mais bien Apple et sa future télévision connectée, qui, elle aussi, misera beaucoup sur sa boutique d’applications pour attirer ses utilisateurs. Gabe Newell, en octobre dernier déclarait à propose du constructeur américain: “Du côté plateforme, il est inquiétant de constater que le monde semble s’éloigner des supports ouverts. Ils construisent un joli truc brillant qui attire les utilisateurs, puis ils contrôlent l’accès des gens à ces choses.” Steam serait une alternative à une domination écrasante d’Apple et redoutée par Valve.Le 6 mars 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Were All Neighbors Now Mr Rogers and YouTube Culture

first_imgStay on target 10 Classic Nickelodeon Episodes on NickSplatLooking Back at ’90s Nick: Rocko’s Modern Life Last weekend I took my family to see Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Morgan Neville’s brilliant documentary about the life and work of Fred “Mr.” Rogers. As a true early 80s kid, it hit me right in the feels and I low-level cried throughout. But it also left me thinking about how Mr. Rogers would fit in the present day, and what kind of legacy he left behind.The movie makes a lot of hay about how different Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was to the children’s programming of the day, which was fast-paced, heavy on slapstick and light on any kind of emotional or intellectual connection. By welcoming you into his home and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Fred Rogers made a personal link to the young minds watching his show, and the documentary shows that was on purpose. He wanted to create an atmosphere of acceptance and gentleness to give kids space for their imaginations to flower and their emotions to express themselves healthily. He wanted to be seen as a friend, not just an entertainer.There’s a scientific term that brain researchers use to describe this: “parasocial relationship.” It’s defined as a situation in which a person extends emotional energy towards someone who isn’t aware they exist. Obviously Mr. Rogers wasn’t communicating directly and exclusively to each and every viewer on the other side of the TV, but he says in an interview that when he’s working in the Neighborhood, he pretends that behind the camera is just one person that he’s speaking directly to. That kind of performance – eschewing theatrical traditions of playing to a broad audience in favor of something more focused – helped him communicate subtle ideas and emotions and bonded him to his viewers.I obviously haven’t watched Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood since I was a smol bean, but the movie and his directness still had me catching feels. The parasocial relationship that I developed with this Pennsylvania Presbyterian was potent enough that it stuck with me for decades.What’s interesting about Mr. Rogers’ exploiting this mental tendency is that he always did it with the well-being of his viewers in mind. He knew that children form powerful attachments with caregivers, and he wanted to be a responsible and helpful one. His shows were always trying to give kids the tools and strength they needed to handle their challenges kindly and morally. It was quite an achievement – he used the parasocial bond to serve as a mentor to millions.It’s easy to see the modern expression of this technique. Just click over to YouTube, and you’ll have your choice of vloggers of every variety looking right into the camera and welcoming you to their channel. You can build parasocial relationships left and right, and today’s youth are. In a 2017 survey commissioned by Google, 40% of millennial YouTube watchers said that their favorite vloggers understood them better than their real-world friends did.YouTube vloggers and celebrities, though, are leveraging their one-way emotional connections for very different reasons than Fred Rogers did. For the most part, they’re not interested in the emotional development or wellbeing of their viewers. While Mr. Rogers was working for publicly-funded PBS and didn’t need to worry about Nielsen ratings, these YouTubers live and die by their view count. The incentive is for them to get as many clicks as they possibly can.Also, the boundaries on consumption are very different. For children watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, they had 28 minutes five days a week to bond with Rogers and his world. But streaming media has made it possible for you to spend nearly as much time as you want, whenever you want, absorbing content from vloggers. That’s further eroding the barriers that prevent unhealthy attachment from developing.And those unhealthy attachments are already visible. There’s a great Kotaku article about fans taking their attachment to streamers too far, from showing up at their homes unannounced to SWATting them. There’s obviously something deeper happening here that our brains haven’t evolved a way to process yet. There’s a concept in neuroscience called “Dunbar’s number” that postulates that the human brain can only maintain around 150 stable social relationships. Parasocial interactions can replace real one-to-one mutual friendships with these one-way interactions.It’s important to note that there’s nothing innately unhealthy or unnatural about parasocial relationships. People develop them all the time to sports teams, celebrities, et al. But typically those relationships are fairly shallow simply due to the nature of interactions – when you’re emotionally invested in your team, you’ll watch a few games a week maybe from a distance. But YouTubers let you seem much closer.There are plenty of reasons I wish Fred Rogers were still alive and working in the modern world, but the most potent is that I’d want to see what he’d make of this environment where his style of direct, one-to-one communication has been so thoroughly hijacked for selfish purposes. I think it’d be one of the rare things that made him angry, and if you watch Won’t You Be My Neighbor you’ll see that he was incredibly effective when something made him angry.The genie’s out of the bottle on parasocial interaction, and there’s no turning back. But if even a fraction of today’s YouTubers and vloggers brought the kindness and consideration for their viewers that Mr. Rogers did, the world would be a better place.Watch MovieBob’s review of Won’t You Be My Neighbor. Take it all the way back with Bob’s review for Christopher Robin too. Relive other favorite childhood shows with these 10 classic Nicktoons on NickSplat. Or just ruin your childhood with the Arthur Comic Creator. Follow all the nostalgia here. center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Heyman discusses Finn Balor Smith Hart to be placed in hospice care

first_img Brock Lesnar Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlam Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguez Paul Heyman discusses Finn BalorLast night during Monday Night Raw, Paul Heyman took part in a segment with Finn Balor. During this, Heyman praised Balor above all of the other five competitors in the fatal five way match at Extreme Rules to determine the #1 contender to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal championship. Heyman took notice of the reaction to the things he had to say during his segment and addressed them in a post on social media, outside of WWE. Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Andrew Fisher RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Bobby Lashley Pinterest Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Big Cass (CaZXL) responds on social media to reports of a possible return to NXT Google+ WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Now Playing Up Next Paul Heyman Smith Hart to be placed in hospice careSmith Hart, the older brother of Bret and Owen, has been facing a lengthy battle with cancer. Unfortunately, in December of 2016 he announced his cancer is Stage 4 terminal and that he was expected to live no longer than one year. Today marks the 18th anniversary of Owen Hart passing away and Smith took to social media to discuss Owen and discuss his own illness and notes that discussions with doctors are indicating that he will soon move to hospice care. Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Videos Articles Facebook Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Videos Articles Who Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35? Bret Hart Attacked At WWE Hall of Fame Ceremonylast_img read more

Announcing the Columbians first tweetup

first_imgWhat: The Columbian’s first tweetup.When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 1.Where: Pizza Schmizza, 910 N.E. Tenney Road, Suite B119, Vancouver, WA 98685.Cost: Free. Pizza and soda will be available for purchase. Tweetup attendees will receive a 25% discount.Information: http://columbian.eventbrite.com.We at The Columbian are happy to announce our very first tweet-up. We’re holding a gathering for our Twitter followers on March 1 at Pizza Schmizza in Salmon Creek.It’s been a fun year for the Columbian as we’ve greatly expanded our social media efforts, especially on Twitter. All of our reporters are now on Twitter and are tweeting breaking news, sharing links to stories, and interacting with followers.We feel the time is right to take the conversation offline, as well. We’d love to meet you in-person, talk about the issues of the day, and find out what matters to you when it comes to our coverage. We’ve created an Eventbrite invitation with complete event details.Web Editor Libby Clark and Social Media Coordinator Matt Wastradowski will be on hand, along with some of your favorite Columbian reporters.Tweetup attendees will receive 25% discounts on all food and soda purchases. Wi-Fi will be available for those hoping to live-tweet the festivities.Have questions or comments? Is there anything in particular that you’d like to chat with us about? Leave a comment below, e-mail matt.wastradowski@columbian.com or tweet @thecolumbian. Hope to see you there.last_img read more

Hundreds protest algae crisis on Stuart Beach

first_imgSTUART, Fla. (WSVN) — Hundreds hit the beach to protest an algae emergency on Florida’s Trasure Coast, Saturday morning.Demonstrators flooded Stuart Beach, forming the words “Buy the Land” on the sand. The group called for the state to purchase 50,000 acres of land in the Everglades Agricultural Area to store water from Lake Okeechobee.Pollutants from the lake were flushed out to sea, causing a massive bloom of foul-smelling algae.Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in four counties. The Army Corps of Engineers is taking steps to reduce the amount of water flowing out from Lake Okeechobee.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2in1 Black Edition redesigned for pen users

first_img New Dell XPS 13 and Inspiron 7000 Black Edition fix problems… Mentioned Above Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Laptop -FNCWSBB0013B Review • Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016) review: The king of budget laptops has arrived 16 Photos The new pen notch manages to avoid getting in the way of cooling the system. Air is blown out through the hinge, preventing the vents from being blocked when it’s on a softer surface like a pillow. The cooling is adaptive too, adjusting depending on how the computer’s being used.  1:55 Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition is made for pen lovers $649 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 85 Photos The Black Edition’s keyboard was redesigned also with a power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader. Dell said the change freed up enough space on the 15-inch laptop to allow for a number pad. Narrower bezels around the displays shrank the overall footprint. But if you want it significantly smaller, a 13.3-inch version will also be available. Dell did not say what components would be used in the Black Edition and pricing wasn’t immediately available. We’re expecting more details in May. A silver model without a pen garage will also be on sale. center_img Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 CES 2019 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Laptops CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 See it Tags This Inspiron’s hinge has a surprise inside.  Sarah Tew/CNET For its new Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition, announced at CES 2019, Dell created a new hinge design that allows you to store the computer’s full-size active pen right at the top of the keyboard. Drop the pen in the garage and it magnetically holds it in place. The hinge rotates so the pen remains accessible regardless of the position the screen is in. Close the screen to the keyboard and the pen is safely stowed inside. A pen garage is a seemingly small innovation, but having to hunt for a pen when you want to use it is a big sticking point for two-in-one users. And as the market for premium models continues to grow, this slight design difference could give Dell an edge on competition such as HP’s leather-clad Spectre Folio and the Lenovo Yoga C930 with its 360-degree soundbar hinge.  Share your voice CES Products Dell HP Lenovolast_img read more

Eden Hazard scores a brace as Chelsea thrash Arsenal 41 in Europa

first_imgThe Blues doubled their lead when Pedro netted home a beautiful cross from Hazard at the one hour mark. With the two-goal cushion, Chelsea was looking invincible and Hazard took charge while Kante gave the Arsenal midfielders no space to move.  The third goal arrived in the 65th minute with the Belgium striker scoring his first of the night from the penalty spot after Aines Maitland Niles fouled Giroud by pushing him to the ground inside the box. The penalty by Hazard was not one of his best and Cech could have done better.Then, Alex Iwobi, who came on as a substitute for Lucas Torreira in the 69th minute scored a blinder of a goal to give the Gunners’ fans something to cheer for. He scored through a half volley from outside the box and by the outside part of his foot. This goal revived some hopes for the Islington based side.But the man of the night Hazard finished the match off much to the dismay of the Arsenal fans by scoring in the 72nd minute through a one-two with Giroud.This defeat for the Unai Emery-managed side meant that they lost out on a Champions League spot for next season and they will be back to play the Europa League again in 2020. Emery’s hopes of breaking the 25-year-old European trophy drought for Arsenal failed this time. He will look forward to win the coveted trophy next season but this loss will affect his transfer window plans.For Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, this victory marked his maiden triumph as a manager. He is probably going to the Turin giants Juventus next season but his term ends with the Blues on a perfect note after having troubles with some players throughout the past season. Belgian striker Hazard has probably ended his Chelsea career like the way he wanted. His stint for seven years with the Blues concluded, if it has, on a high note. His probable next destination is Real Madrid. Petr Cech ended his career on a lowReutersPetr Cech, on the other hand, ended his playing career on a sad note. The goalkeeping legend wouldn’t have wanted this. It was a nightmare for him on the pitch but he made some vital saves to provide temporary respite to the Gunners. However, on the night, it was far from proving enough. Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 with Hazard scoring a braceReutersEden Hazard scored a brace and assisted in another goal as Chelsea thrashed Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League Final at Baku, Azerbaijan on May 29. The Blues played out a dull first half but did not let their opponents take charge in the second half of the match. The star of the night was undoubtedly Hazard who contributed a stellar performance in probably his last match for Chelsea.The game was played out in front of a very small crowd as Uefa had only alloted 5000 tickets for the Arsenal and Chelsea fans. The rest of the gallery was half full and the atmosphere was not up to the mark. The first half of the match was rather uneventful as both teams were not creating  chances and playing out a bland game.The match burst open in the second half with Chelsea striker Oliver Giroud, after wasting two great chances in the first half, opened the scoring by glancing home a fine header from Emerson’s cross against his former club in the 49th minute. Emerson who was silent throughout the first half delivered a perfect cross and Giroud left Petr Cech with no chance to make a save.last_img read more