Canada not walking the walk on cutting greenhouse gas emissions OECD leader

first_imgTORONTO – To an international diplomat, the irony is painful — the country that promised action on climate change is falling behind while the country that has spurned a major treaty on the issue is making progress.That’s Canada and the United States, Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, said Wednesday.“It’s a bit of a paradox, here,” Gurria told The Canadian Press. “In Canada, you have a situation where you have a very strong political will to reduce, but effectively it has not gone on the planned road.“In the United States, you have a government that has pulled out of the (Paris) agreement, but in the United States you are having a reduction in emissions.”Mark Johnson, a spokesman for Environment and Climate Change Canada, said Canada remains steadfast in its commitment to the Paris Agreement.“Whether it’s forest fires in Canada, drought around the world or some of the most powerful hurricanes in history, the evidence of climate change is all around us,” he said in an emailed statement. “This reminds us all of the need to act now.”Gurria has high praise for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government’s strong vocal support for climate change. Gurria said Trudeau made a real contribution to reaching the Paris deal in 2015 in which 169 countries promised to reduce their emissions enough to keep global warming under two degrees Celsius.But when the signatories get together next year to take a look at each other’s progress, Canada may not be so much in evidence.“You have here a very proactive and decisive leadership moving in the direction of reduction of emissions, and a very active participant in the Paris agreement and a very active participant in the whole of the world’s move,” said Gurria, who was in Toronto to speak at the Munk School at the University of Toronto.“While at the same time, the local situation is showing that speed of reduction is not as fast as one would have wanted.”Gurria said Canada’s international promises suggest that by this time, emissions should have fallen by 17 per cent from 2005 levels. Instead, the drop has been more like two per cent.“You basically are on a path where, by 2030, you may not be able to get to the target.”Meanwhile, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s intention to walk away from the Paris accord, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions continue to fall, albeit slightly.In his speech, Gurria lamented short-term and short-sighted thinking that doesn’t get beyond the next quarterly report, election cycle or political border.“We’re doing everything in the opposite way. This is a problem worldwide.”However, Johnson insisted Canada is well-positioned to act quickly and take a leadership role through the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which identifies actions that will help exceed the greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005.Gurria said the OECD — comprised of 35 member countries and intended to stimulate progress and world trade — is aware of political developments in Alberta where the United Conservative Party’s new leader Jason Kenney is promising to eliminate the province’s carbon tax.“We’re talking here about an intergenerational responsibility,” said Gurria. “The fact is that you’re putting aside the long term and you’re putting aside the responsibility you have to the rest of the world.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Work underway to release fuel trapped in barge at Haida Gwaii

first_imgQUEEN CHARLOTTE, B.C. – The Canadian Coast Guard says crews are working carefully to release gas that accumulated inside a barge carrying a fishing lodge that beached after it broke away from its anchorage at Haida Gwaii.Westcoast Resorts’ Hippa barge came loose from its mooring Saturday night and drifted for several hours toward Skidegate Inlet near the village of Queen Charlotte.Canadian Coast Guard Incident Commander Tim McCann says crews inspected the barge hull Tuesday and used air quality monitors to ensure their safety because some potentially explosive gas is trapped in the body of the vessel from a possible ruptured fuel line.John Kervel, incident commander with the B.C. Environment Ministry, says crews are also planning to open up hatches on the barge to create natural vents and will use forced air to ventilate the vessel.Time and air quality permitting, McCann says they planned to secure the barge to the beach on Tuesday.While no pollution was initially detected, a “small” amount of fuel sheen has appeared on the water, however Kervel says they do not believe there will be significant environmental impacts.The ministry is working with Transport Canada on a salvage plan.Kervel couldn’t speculate on the likelihood of an explosion, but says trained personnel with appropriate equipment to deal with such a case are on scene.A unified command is overseeing the incident with representatives of the Haida Nation, Village of Queen Charlotte, B.C. Environment Ministry, the Canadian Coast Guard and HaiCo, which owns the lodge.HaiCo will be responsible for paying the cost of the response and cleanup.last_img read more

CRTCmandated 25 skinny basic cable package takes effect bringing new options to

OTTAWA — Canada’s major TV service providers say it’s too early to tell how many of their customers will choose to switch to the new slimmed-down services that are on offer as of today.Under new rules adopted last year by the country’s broadcast regulator, cable and satellite TV companies must include a basic service package for $25 or less as part of their packaging options.What’s contained in the so-called “skinny basic” packages depends on the company.Rogers, for instance, offers 30 to 40 channels, depending on service location, and includes U.S. network channels. Western Canada-based Shaw Cable’s “Limited TV” features 40 channels, and also includes programming from ABC, NBC, Fox and PBS.Neither Quebec-based Videotron’s basic cable nor the 26-channel “Starter” pack advertised by Bell offer the American channels.Smaller player SaskTel offers what it calls “LiteMax,” including more than 16 channels, but none of the U.S. networks.All of the service providers offer top-up programming, either as individual channels or in theme packs priced from $1 per single channel and $3 for package options.Canadians hungry for pick-and-pay savings in 2016 — but broadcasters are bracing for the worstPick-and-pay TV model could end up meaning Canadians have less choice, not more, says broadcaster advocateCurrently they are required to offer channels either individually or in small packages of up to 10 channels.By December, all channels must be available both individually and in bundles, although consumers will still be required to have at least basic service if they want the “a la carte” options.SaskTel customer Allan Wilson was reviewing his options Tuesday as the new smaller basic packages were coming on stream. He’s been procrastinating for a while, but thinks it may be time to cut his current service — at a cost of $130 per month — down a size.“For me, it’s just I’m not home enough to justify the expense (of the bigger TV pack),” said the trucker from Humboldt, Sask.“But because I’m not home much it takes me a little time to get around to these things.”While some Rogers customers may choose to downgrade, company spokesman Aaron Lazarus predicted that many will decide to stick with what they have now, or even add new channels or buy service for the first time.“A lot of people are going to look at the entertainment options that they have and keep what they have,” said Lazarus, the company’s senior director of public affairs.“There are going to be some people who don’t have cable in their home right now who are looking at this and thinking, ’Well, this is a great way for me to get in,”’ he said.“It’s really too early to say how this is all going to shake out.”Ian Morrison with Friends of Canadian Broadcasting predicted that, as full “pick-and-pay” requirements take effect in December, consumers may have less programming to choose from as individual channels struggle to stay afloat.But whether some channels go off the air is of little concern to Mike Cleaver.The Vancouver broadcast services consultant and Shaw subscriber said he would rather have an even smaller basic service, paying extra for the channels he watches.“I just wish you could simply select each channel you wanted without all the dreck still included in the basic ’skinny’ lineup,” he said.“Say a $10 basic fee and a dollar for each channel you want on top of that.”When he launched the new pick-and-pay model last year, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais acknowledged that many consumers would likely not see any cost savings from the new measure.“Today marks the beginning of a new era of choice for Canadian television viewers,” Blais said Tuesday. “The television system is evolving as Canadians’ viewing habits change and technology provides more options.”The smallest service providers, those with fewer than 20,000 subscribers, are excluded from the new rules. read more

ICE Futures Canada Wednesday morning Canola prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Wednesday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $1.70 higher $500.10; Jan. ’18 $1.60 higher $505.50; March ’18 $3.70 higher $511.50; May ’18 $4.10 higher $514.40; July ’18 $4.20 higher $517.10; Nov. ’18 unchanged $479.60; Jan. ’19 unchanged $480.40; March ’19 unchanged $483.10; May ’19 unchanged $483.10; July ’19 unchanged $483.10; Nov. ’19 unchanged $483.10.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00. read more

Madagascar must combat poverty to eradicate slavery UN independent expert urges

“Human rights cannot thrive in an environment of extreme poverty,” the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, stated in a news release at the end of her first-ever visit to the African country. During her trip – which included stops in the towns of Antsirabe, Ambositra, Fianaransoa, Ihosy, Sakaraha, and the capital, Antananarivo – Ms. Shahinian noted that she was informed that over 70 per cent of the population in Madagascar is poor and over 50 per cent is extremely poor. Moreover, she detailed the lingering effects of Madagascar’s caste system and the deeply rooted discrimination resulting from it, which continues to marginalize the most vulnerable people in society, particularly those descended from slaves. “Madagascar’s experience has shown the extent to which men, women, and children suffering from extreme poverty end up living in conditions of contemporary forms of slavery such as domestic servitude, child slavery in mines and quarries, bonded labour, and servile marriages,” Ms. Shahinian said. She noted that many parents across Madagascar are “desperately poor” and are often faced with few alternatives regarding employment and where to send their children to school. As a result, the children, who are frequently undernourished and suffer from chronic hunger, are doled out across the countryside as domestic workers in order to pay off rising debts or simply to help feed the family. In addition, many girls and boys are forced to marry against their will and at ages as young as 10 years old, despite laws to the contrary. The UN expert also pointed out that many children were illegally working in Madagascar’s artisanal mining and quarrying sector, often living in remote areas plagued by violence and lawlessness where they were exposed to rape, prostitution and potentially fatal health hazards. Nevertheless, Ms. Shahinian emphasized that the country’s authorities already had proper legislation on its books to counter the diffuse problem of slavery but that they were not being implement or monitored prompting impunity and corruption. “The Government, as well as civil society and international organizations cannot continue to ignore this issue,” she stated. “I urge the government to develop urgent measures and fully resourced programmes with local authorities and work closely with civil society and international organizations in order to secure funding and combat contemporary forms of slavery.” UN independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Ms. Shahinian, are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Local BBC radio presenter gets death threats after being mistaken for racist

“Last night I was very grateful for the English Channel separating me from all these people who wanted to do some ghastly things to me,” he added.One of the online trolls who sent a threatening message to the BBC presenter, telling him he was going to die, later apologised for his mistake.Mr Conrad said that “keyboard warriors” should think twice before sending such threats. A local BBC presenter said he has received death threats online after being mistaken for a French rapper who was accused of racism.Nick Conrad, who presents Radio Norfolk, shares a name with a provocative French rapper, who released a music video called Pendez Les Blancs – which translates as “hang the whites”.The lyrics caused uproar in France, and the video was eventually removed from YouTube.”Apparently he said in some song that we should be quote unquote ‘killing white babies’,” Mr Conrad said.”So total condemnation of his lyrics, and you can imagine there’s been uproar about this in France.”Well, people have taken to the likes of Twitter to vent their frustrations and fury at Mr Conrad and rather than directing it at him I’m getting it and I’m getting it both barrels and I’m getting death threats in French.”Mr Conrad has reported the threats to the police.He said he initially thought he had been mistakenly tied into a message group until a French friend told him about the rapper, who had been in the news.Mr Conrad, describing the rapper’s lyrics as “downright abhorrent”, said he was now “seeing the funny side” of the mistaken identity situation. 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

PHIL expands reach of rear eject technology with CeDe agreement

first_imgPhilippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL) signed a licensing agreement with CeDe Group of Malmö, Sweden that commenced in December 2013. Under the terms of the partnership, PHIL is licensing its Rear Eject Technology for use in off-highway body applications within the construction and mining sectors to CeDe for use in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. Rear Eject Bodies manufactured under this licensing agreement by CeDe and shipping into Europe, the Middle East and Africa will be branded as CeDe products, while bodies shipped into Australia will be branded under the PHIL brand name. Josh Swank, PHIL Vice President of Sales and Marketing stated: “The CeDe Group is an outstanding company that engineers and manufactures a diverse line of equipment for the construction and mining industries. Because of its close proximity to the Port of Malmö and close co-operation with Volvo CE, CeDe is able to build customised equipment for Volvo CE products, install its products on the prime machines and ship them as a turn key solution direct to the dealer or end user globally. This agreement will help PHIL expand into the European, Middle East and African markets with our rear eject bodies, and it will help CeDe further expand into customised articulated hauler solutions.”last_img read more

Canon introduces Rebel T3 and T3i at 599 and 799

first_imgAlmost exactly one year after Canon’s popular T2i was announced the company has unveiled two new EOS Digital Rebels, the T3i and the T3. The T3 will sell for $599 and will be Canon’s new entry level DSLR while the T3i will replace the T2i as Canon’s top consumer DSLR ($799 body only, $899 kit). The T2i will live on between the two, offering more features than the T3 but lacking some of the T3i’s perks.And what’s new about the T3i? The main feature is a fold-out display, like that found on Canon’s prosumer 60D. There are also some new consumer-friendly features like a faux tilt-shift filter. The Feature Guide, a system for helping new users take advantage of DSLR features, is found on both cameras.The T3i uses the same 18MP sensor and video modes as the T2i, so users with the older model shouldn’t feel much pressure to upgrade. The T3 shoots at 12MP and rather than shooting 1080p video, it takes 720p. It has a DIGIC 4 processor and a 9-point AF system.The Canon EOS T3i DSLR will be available in the “beginning of March” and will be sold in three configurations: body-only $799.99; kit with the updated EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II zoom lens $899.99; and kit with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens $1099.00. The Rebel T3 will sell with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II zoom lens for $599.99.last_img read more

HTC Primo un smartphone Android 40 milieu de gamme

first_imgHTC Primo : un smartphone Android 4.0 milieu de gammeHTC devrait présenter un smartphone milieu de gamme lors du Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012, qui se tiendra du 27 février au 1er mars 2012 à Barcelone. Baptisé HTC Primo, il devrait embarquer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich et un processeur double coeur 1 GHz.En plus des HTC Edge, Ville et Zeta, qui embarquent tous les trois un processeur quadruple-cœur, HTC aurait prévu de présenter lors du MWC 2012 un smartphone milieu de gamme. La rumeur, lancée il y a quelques jours sur la toile, évoque un mobile Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, et le site vient de révéler de nouvelles informations quant à ses caractéristiques.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Baptisé HTC Primo, le smartphone devrait embarquer un processeur double coeur 1 GHz et 512 Mo de mémoire vive. Il serait doté d’un écran tactile 3.7 pouces (17,7 cm) Super AMOLED, d’un système audio Beats Audio,et d’un appareil photo de 5 mégapixels. En matière de connectivité, le smartphone devrait être compatible avec les réseaux 2G, 3G et Wi-Fi N. Il serait équipé d’un module GPS, d’une boussole électronique, d’une connectivité Bluetooth 3.0, d’un port Micro-USB 2.0 et d’une sortie mini-jack.Côté prix enfin, la somme de 389 dollars (300 euros) est évoquée.Le 29 janvier 2012 à 10:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cyclone Dumile la Réunion navait pas connu dalerte rouge depuis 5 ans

first_imgCyclone Dumile : “la Réunion n’avait pas connu d’alerte rouge depuis 5 ans”Malgré l’alerte rouge déclenchée jeudi matin à la Réunion, le cyclone Dumile n’a causé que des dégâts limités et n’a fait aucune victime. Alexandre, en voyage sur l’île nous raconte son expérience tandis que 60.000 foyers sont toujours privés d’électricité. Le phénomène a beaucoup fait parler de lui depuis mercredi. Dumile, le cyclone qui menaçait depuis plusieurs jours la Réunion s’est finalement approché de l’île jeudi aux alentours de 13H locales, intensifiant les vents et les pluies qui la balayaient déjà. Toutefois, le bilan de son passage ne s’est avéré que limité, notamment grâce aux mesures prises par les autorités réunionnaises habituées des phénomènes. Alexandre, 30 ans, Parisien en vacances sur l’île nous raconte : “On nous avait averti de la menace cyclonique mais malgré quelques averses et coups de vent tout semblait calme jusqu’à mercredi soir”. “Mais l’intensité grandissante et la trajectoire de Dumile ont finalement incité les autorités à fermer les aéroports de l’île. De notre côté, plusieurs précautions nous ont été indiquées. On nous a demandé de ne pas prévoir de randonnée, ni d’activité nautique, de faire le plein de nourriture et d’eau en bouteille. Il a aussi fallu ranger tout ce qui risquait de s’envoler”, explique t-il. Avant l’arrivée de Dumile, les habitants sont ainsi allé faire le plein de provisions. Une mesure nécessaire alors que les autorités réunionnaises ont déclaré quelques heures plus tard l’alerte rouge.Des coupures de courant de plusieurs heures “La Réunion n’avait pas connu d’alerte orange ou rouge depuis 5 ans. A 10 heures jeudi, le plan “ORSEC Cyclone” a été déclenché. On a reçu l’interdiction de sortir de chez nous pour “quelque cause que ce soit”. A partir de là, de fortes pluies, de la houle et des rafales de vent ont balayé l’île toute la journée avec un pic d’intensité en début d’après-midi”, lorsque Dumile s’est approché à moins de 100 kilomètres de la Réunion, poursuit Alexandre.”Vers 16H, Dumile a commencé à s’éloigner et à 20H l’alerte rouge a laissé place à la “phase de sauvegarde. Jusqu’en fin d’après-midi, nous avions toujours de l’électricité mais après il y a eu une coupure de courant et d’eau qui a duré jusqu’à vendredi 15H”, ajoute t-il encore. La force du vent et de la pluie a en effet particulièrement affecté le réseau électrique, en raison de ruptures de câbles dues à des chûtes d’arbres. Au total, 125.000 foyers ont été privés d’électricité jeudi et plus de la moitié a pu être réalimentée dans la journée même ou dans la nuit.Des dégâts importants dans les productions agricoles À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les équipes d’EDF sont sur le terrain depuis 6H vendredi mais ont du mal à accéder aux lignes, dans l’ouest et le sud, en raison des difficultés de circulation, indique EDF. Actuellement, 60.000 foyers sont ainsi encore sans électricité. Mais les intempéries s’étant considérablement affaiblies, la vie a pu reprendre son cours sur l’île. Le principal aéroport de l’île (Gillot) a notamment été rouvert au trafic vendredi et les premiers avions de métropole étaient attendus en fin de matinée. De même, la circulation a été rétablie sur la plupart des grands axes routiers, notamment la Route du littoral, voie de liaison cruciale entre le nord et l’ouest, rapporte l’AFP.Des points noirs demeurent dans le sud de l’île où plusieurs routes secondaires sont fermées en raison de submersion ou des débris sur la chaussée. Mais “il n’y pas eu de catastrophes significatives” a dit le préfet, Jean-Luc Marx. C’était avant de connaitre les dommages causés aux productions agricoles. La FDSEA (Fédération Départementale des Syndicats d’Exploitants Agricoles) a en effet indiqué que “les dégâts sont assez importants au niveau des manguiers avec 40% à 50% de pertes, ainsi que des avocatiers et des bananeraies”.Le 4 janvier 2013 à 17:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger I will return to football in January

first_imgArsene Wenger has announced his plans to make a football comeback by January after receiving numerous enquiries from “all over the world”The Frenchman ended his 22-year spell in charge of Arsenal five months ago and had stated his intention to make a swift return to the game.However, following a good rest, Wenger is feeling re-energised and relishes the prospect of taking on a new challenge at this stage of his career.“I believe that I will start again on January 1st,” Wenger told SportBild.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“From my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world.“There are associations, national teams, it could be in Japan.”On where he could possibly go now and what role he could take, Wenger added: “I feel rested and am ready to work again. But where? I don’t know yet.”The 68-year-old also gave his verdict on Mesut Ozil’s international retirement and how it could impact Arsenal.last_img read more

Columbia River Crossing lawsuit dropped

first_imgDavid Evans & Associates — the private company that holds the largest contract with the Columbia River Crossing — has dropped a lawsuit against a Vancouver company investigating the project’s spending.The move came after the Acuity Group, a Vancouver-based accounting firm that businessman and staunch CRC opponent David Madore hired to comb through the project’s finances, withdrew a public records request for the firm’s audited financial statements.David Evans & Associates filed suit against the request in September, saying that the financial statements requested by Debbie Peterson of Acuity Group contain information that constitutes a trade secret and could do “actual and substantial injury” to the business.“They filed the claim, then we filed the suit,” David Evans & Associates spokeswoman Tami Boardman said. “They withdrew the claim, we withdrew the suit.”Tiffany Couch, owner of Vancouver-based Acuity Group, said in the end that her team decided obtaining the audited financial statements may not be necessary.last_img read more

Police investigate death of Miami Beach detectives family member

first_imgValentina Rave didn’t want to show her face on camera, after coming home to find more than just her neighborhood officers. “There’s actually a couple that live around here, and it’s always, like, super secure,” she said.The department released a statement about the investigation that read, “Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to our detective and her family.”The Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police has asked that Padilla’s family be given privacy during this difficult time.Police are waiting for autopsy results before they release a cause of death.If you have any information on this investigation, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police believe that foul play is a factor in the homicide investigation of the brother of a Miami Beach Police detective.According to Davie Police, the body of a 21-year-old male was found inside a home near Southwest Ninth Place and 136th Avenue. A Miami Beach Police cruiser was parked outside the home.The victim’s girlfriend, Josie Nyatt, told 7News the 21-year-old’s name is Daniel Padilla.Officials were notified of the death around 5:40 p.m., Wednesday. Investigators believe the death is suspicious.Police said they believe this is an isolated incident. “Our detectives were able to interview and speak to a number of people last night,” said Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle. “It was told to me this morning that they have a number of leads that they will be following up on today, but at this time, there is nobody in custody.”Family and friends could be seen in shock as they tried to come to terms with what happened. “This is my first love,” said Nyatt. “I guess he was laying there. I asked to his mom if he was in his room, and that’s the only thing they know. We don’t know if he was on the bed or on the floor.”A friend of the family said Padilla was making big plans for the future. “He wanted to start school. He wanted to just be bigger than everything around him,” said Kayla Henshaw as she held back tears. “It’s just not fair.” last_img read more

Pixel 4 reportedly spotted days after Google confirms its existence

first_img Mobile Phones Share your voice How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone See it Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) $219 Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this: 1:45 Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) Google Pixel News • Google Pixel 3A: Where is AT&T? Pixel 4 photo released by Google Post a comment Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best Google’s Pixel 4 continues to leak.  9to5Google Google tried to control the narrative around the rampant Pixel 4 leaks that have appeared online over the last few weeks, sharing an official image of the back of the phone on Twitter earlier this week. But not even the search giant can control the leaky ship. There appears to be a new image of the company’s forthcoming Pixel now popping up online. Captured by an anonymous “tipster” in London, on Friday 9to5Google shared images of what looks like the Pixel 4 in the wild, new rear camera square bump and all. No images were shared of the front of the device, which was in what appears to be a fabric case similar to what Google sells for the Pixel 2, 3 and 3A. The site does, however, say that according to their source the phone did have two front cameras and a large “forehead.”  pixel-4-first-look-googleGoogle shared an official image of the Pixel 4.  Google In addition to multiple rear cameras, the Pixel 4 is expected to feature a redesigned front that may incorporate Google’s Project Soli for allowing hand gestures to control the phone. It’s also expected to run Android Q and take advantage of the company’s revamped Assistant. Google is expected to fully detail and release the Pixel 4 in October. Commentary: Pixel 4 tease signals a whole new Google 0 Rumors Googlelast_img read more

Alaskas Tlikakila and Koyukuk Rivers get own Forever Stamps

first_imgTlikakila and Koyukuk make up less than one percent of the state’s more than 300,000 miles of river protected under the Act. That portion is lower nationwide. National Park Service officials unveiled the Tlikakila River (pictured) and Koyukuk River stamps in a May 29 celebration in Anchorage. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) United States Postal Service and National Park Service officials gathered last week to celebrate and unveil replicas of the Tlikakila and Koyukuk Rivers stamps. “As this is a Forever Stamp, the National Park Service is in the forever business. We’re here to protect these areas into perpetuity,” said NPS Regional Director Bert Frost at the event. Lake Clark National Park Superintendent Susanne Fleek-Green, whose area encompasses the Tlikakila River, said the designation is important. A cake features a print of the Koyukuk River at a USPS and NPS celebration of the stamps on May 29. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) Of the river itself, the superintendent said, “It’s stunning, I think. Even by Alaska standards, it’s a stunning river.” Two of Alaska’s rivers are now featured on their own postage stamps on sale across the country. The Tlikakila and Koyukuk Rivers have been designated as Wild since 1980. Congress made the designation following the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 to protect from pollution or interference rivers especially significant for their fish and wildlife, geology, culture or history. “For people that still go out there in the summer, in the fall, and really are supporting their families by living off the land and having a very close relationship with the resources, it’s important that we have this status of a wild and scenic river because it enables us to ensure that generations to come will still be able to go and fish and hunt and trap in the area,” Fleek-Green said. Frost added he hopes the exposure will bring curiosity about the place where the two Wild rivers reside and attract visitors to Alaska’s national parks. USPS Alaska Senior Plant Manager Rita Oliver and Azabel Ordaz hold a display of the 12 Wild and Scenic Rivers featured in the new Forever Stamps series. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) Sharing similar hopes of attracting visitors to Alaska’s parks through the new stamps, Fleek-Green said the number of visitors has generally been on the rise in recent years, and is playing a bigger role in bringing in revenue to local residents. Lake Clark alone has over 80 commercial operators. Stamps featuring the rivers went on sale May 21. The two are among a dozen Wild and Scenic Rivers featured in USPS’s newest Forever Stamps series.last_img read more

Stocks start week in a slump

first_imgStocks start week in a slump1.1K viewsStocks start week in a slump1.1K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Stocks start week in a slump1.1K viewsBusinessU.S. investors looked overseas Monday and got worried as China’s imports tumbled, signaling economic weakness, and about heightened tensions between Greece and the European Union over Athens’ debtVentuno Web Player 4.50U.S. investors looked overseas Monday and got worried as China’s imports tumbled, signaling economic weakness, and about heightened tensions between Greece and the European Union over Athens’ debtlast_img read more

11 Superheroes Who Became Villains

first_imgStay on target This week sees the premiere of Brightburn, a new movie from producers James Gunn and Kenneth Huang about a superpowered child who falls to Earth in a meteor and is raised by a kindly farm couple. No, it’s not Superman — the kid’s a stone-cold sociopath with the powers of a god. And then in a few weeks we’ll have X-Men: Dark Phoenix, another story of a good person with incredible powers who turns against humanity. Sensing a theme? Superheroes turned villainous have been a staple of the medium for decades. Here are 11 of the most notorious.Green LanternOne of the most shocking heel turns in comics history came in 1994’s Emerald Twilight. Traumatized from Mongul’s destruction of Coast City, Green Lantern Hal Jordan’s mind snaps and he is consumed by grief. After using his ring to recreate the entire city and all the people who died there, he returns to Oa and drains all of the energy from the central power battery there, becoming the villain Parallax. In that guise, he allies with Extant to recreate the entire universe in his own image. He’s stopped by the combined forces of the DC universe’s greatest heroes and former partner Green Arrow fires a shot into his chest, killing him. Hal would assume the mantle of the Spectre after his death and then get resurrected and become a Green Lantern again.The HulkAs originally created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Hulk was an antihero at best, a powerful and emotional force of nature that often wound up doing good things mostly by accident. The character has fluctuated alignments a lot over his history, but when he went full villain it was a very scary thing indeed. In the pages of 1992’s The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect, we met the Maestro — a future version of the Jade Giant that had the Hulk’s power and cruelty and Bruce Banner’s intelligence. That’s a horrific combination, and heroes who have come into conflict with him regret it. Another take on the general concept came in the Old Man Logan series, with an aged Banner driven insane and capable of unbelievable acts of violence.OzymandiasThe plot of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ classic Watchmen starts with the murder of former hero the Comedian and ends with an enormous, genetically altered psychic squid teleported into Times Square to trick Earth’s warring nations into banding together against an imaginary alien invasion to prevent nuclear war. The motive force behind all of these messed up actions is Adrian Veidt, the hero once known as Ozymandias. Billing himself as the pinnacle of mental and physical fitness, Veidt believed that only his scheme could avert mutually assured destruction, no matter how many lives were lost in the process.DaredevilThe blind vigilante of Hell’s Kitchen has always walked the tightrope between good and evil, and more than a few writers have had him go too far and seek redemption. However, the events of the Shadowland crossover in 2010 saw Matt Murdock become corrupted in a way there was seemingly no coming back from. After gaining control of the Hand ninja clan, Murdock tries to reform the organization as a force for good. But power corrupts, and the demonic entity known as the Beast of the Hand takes over his body, making his methods increasingly extreme. At the story’s end, DD renounces his costumed identity and abandons New York, seeking absolution on the roads of America.PhoenixIt’s somewhat reductive to consider the Phoenix Force a villain — it’s more an unimaginably powerful cosmic entity that serves its own purposes. But when you start destroying planets, you have to turn in your hero card. Jean Grey was the X-Men’s first female member, a telekinetic redhead who saved humanity on numerous occasions. After a mission in space, she was exposed to a fatal dose of radiation and neared death. The Phoenix Force felt her psychic cry and took her form, placing her real body in a cocoon beneath the sea. As Phoenix, Jean wrestled with her increased power while also being manipulated by the mutant Mastermind. She can’t hold it back and ends up destroying a star, killing an entire civilization. Bad news. The echoes of Jean’s personality within the Phoenix were strong enough to commit suicide, freeing the universe from her threat… for a little while, anyways.TerraThe Teen Titans are a team that’s had to deal with betrayal from within more times than I can count, but the biggest and baddest came with the classic 80s storyline known as the Judas Contract. In it, the merciless Deathstroke the Terminator sought revenge on the young team with the aid of an unexpected ally — Terra, the young earth manipulator who’d joined the group two years prior. It was revealed that Deathstroke had been manipulating the mentally unstable young woman to lure the Titans into a trap. In the final conflict, she completely snaps and tries to massacre everybody in the room until she loses control and brings a mountain down on top of herself, ending her brief and troubled life.Captain AmericaThe fan reaction to Steve Rogers revealing himself as a member of HYDRA in 2017’s Secret Empire event pissed off fans to an incredible degree. The American icon was one of those heroes who could seemingly never be corrupted, but when the Red Skull found a way to manipulate a sentient Cosmic Cube named Kobik to restore the youth to an aged Cap, he also twisted his timeline to make him have always been a member of the terrorist organization. That’s a pretty convoluted explanation for a heel turn, but writer Nick Spencer ran with it hard, having Cap nearly take over the entire country before being stopped.SuperboyThe very idea of the Last Son of Krypton breaking bad should fill you with horror, but the Dark Side turn of Superboy Prime was a big deal. DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths merged all of their multiple universes into one, but there were a few characters who didn’t fit in. The Superboy of Earth-Prime — our Earth, where DC heroes are fictional characters — is a great example. During the Crisis, he fought valiantly against the Anti-Monitor and wound up in a “pocket dimension” with Earth-Two’s Superman and Lois Lane to spend eternity in peace. Unfortunately, there was also a Luthor there, who convinced Superboy to break through the dimensional barrier and re-enter continuity, where he proceeded to massacre a bunch of heroes during Infinite Crisis. DC writers portray him as a murderous fanboy, living in his parents’ basement and trolling message boards.AngelOut of the original five X-Men, Warren Worthington the Third had probably the least interesting power set. In a world where seemingly every other superhero can fly, being able to take to the skies just isn’t that impressive – especially when it requires you to tote around a massive pair of feathery wings growing from your back. Despite it all, he had a long and successful heroing career. During the Mutant Massacre, his wings were crippled and amputated, and Warren apparently died in a plane explosion, In reality he was spirited away by the powerful mutant Apocalypse and transformed into his Horseman of Death, fitted with metallic wings with razor-sharp feathers and an uncontrollable thirst for violence. Eventually he would recover his free will, but his time as a villain scarred him forever.Omni-ManThe basic premise of Robert Kirkman’s Invincible is easy to grasp: what if your superhero dad was actually the vanguard of an alien invasion? When Mark Grayson discovers his father is Omni-Man, a soldier of the Viltrumite Empire dispatched to prepare the Earth for colonization. Mark starts to develop his own superhuman powers and discovers the truth, after which his dad just beats the living garbage out of him before fleeing the scene. It’s one of the most brutal fights in a book that would become known for bloodshed, but after finding love on another planet Omni-Man eventually does a full turn and becomes a benevolent ruler of the remaining Viltrumites.RobinThe second kid to don the green shorts as Batman’s sidekick came to a rough end in 1988’s “A Death In The Family” storyline, where the Joker beat Jason Todd — Robin — with a crowbar and left him to die in an explosion. Because this is comics, Jason didn’t stay dead — reality warping from Superboy Prime somehow reanimated his corpse, and after a year on the streets he was found by Batman’s babymomma and frequent nemesis Talia Al Ghul, who helped restore his memory. That would turn out to be a bad idea, as a crazed Jason would take up the identity of the Red Hood to get murderous revenge on Batman for his refusal to kill the Joker. Jason eventually turned things around a little bit and became an edgy antihero, but when he went full-on villain it was a huge challenge for the Dark Knight.More on and 11 Best Kids Who Become Superheroes7 Sneakers Your Favorite DC Superhero Would Wear11 Other Black Superheroes That Deserve Their Own Movies Syfy Axes ‘Krypton’ Superhero Series After 2 Seasons’Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America last_img read more

Toddler gets new lease of life after removal of wire from neck

first_imgKolkata: NRS Medical College has given a fresh lease of life to a four and half-year-old boy from Kalna in East Burdwan, by removing a 3 inch tyre bead wire that had entered his body through his neck.The victim, Suvojit Roy Chowdhury, was playing with an old cycle tyre in his native place in East Burdwan on Monday, when a bead wire accidentally pierced his neck. After being informed by his friends, the family members of the boy rushed to the spot and found that he was profusely bleeding from his neck. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe family members removed a portion of the tyre bead wire which was hanging outside his neck. However, they had no idea that a portion of the wire had entered his body. The boy complained of serious pain in his neck on Monday night and also vomited multiple times. He was then rushed to a local hospital, where the doctors performed an X-Ray scan of his neck and found a portion of the wire stuck near his spinal cord. Following this, the hospital referred the patient to NRS Medical College and Hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe boy was then taken to the emergency ward of the hospital. After a brief check-up, he was admitted to the ENT department. A team was constituted, comprising senior doctors. Afterwards, a CT scan was performed on him, to determine the exact position of the wire. A surgery was conducted on the boy by the team of doctors, headed by Dr T K Hazra, who is the head of the ENT department of the hospital. The wire was successfully removed during the surgery that lasted nearly two hours. It was difficult for the doctors to conduct the surgery, as they had to take various precautionary measures, failing which the nervous system of the patient could have been affected. The boy has been kept for 48 hours observation. It has been learnt that his health condition is fast improving. Dr Hazra said: “The health condition of the patient is stable now. He has been kept under observation.”last_img read more

Could Ugandan LGBTI rights dance anthem be 2018s unexpected hit

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Ugandan music artist Brayo Music (Photo: Supplied) Rainbow Riots have chosen to take advantage of Digital Pride this week to unveil the video for its latest release. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Swedish dance music producer Petter Wallenberg launched Rainbow Riots in 2017. Wallenberg wanted to collaborate with musical artists in some of the world’s most homophobic countries.The resulting album, simply titled Rainbow Riots, came out last summer. A beat-laden fusion of afrobeat, electro, soul, pop, rap and dancehall, it featured artists from Malawi, Jamaica and South Africa, but primarily Uganda.‘Uganda was very notorious for its anti-gay bill, so I had to get out there and get to these places where LGBT people are really suffering, and that’s how the album developed,’ Petter told GSN last June.We Need LoveThe Rainbow Riots project has now grown into a global LGBTQ rights organization. Its latest release is the Pride anthem, We Need Love.The video was filmed in Uganda and the song features local LGBT artist, Brayo Music.In a statement about the song, Wallenberg and Brayo say ‘We Need Love is a song targeting hate and discrimination. The song is a direct message from the victims of hate and discrimination to the masses. As the lyrics explain, all we need is love, nothing less and nothing more.’Petter Wallenberg and Brayo Music (Photo: Tania Marti)‘I wanted to make music that would mean something and have a purpose’Wallenberg told GSN that he has been blown away by the response to the Rainbow Riots album. It was covered by media outlets worldwide – including Indonesia and Jamaica, ‘two notoriously homophobic countries.‘That feels like a testament to the power of music. I wanted to make music that would mean something and have a purpose, and this album truly has. The best thing about it is that it gives hope to people. After this I now get contacted everyday by LGBT people in the world feeling inspired to let their voices be heard.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- ‘I am just tired of all the hate going around. It must stop’Same-sex sexual activity is strictly illegal in Uganda. The LGBTI community there have no legal protections and live in fear of persecution.Brayo Music told GSN what had inspired him to work with Rainbow Riots and create We Need Love.‘Basic human rights, especially for the LGBTI community, are violated each and everyday here in Uganda. The hate has been normalized which is wrong.‘It is very important to me to sensitize people that love is all that is needed – nothing less and nothing more. It is very important to raise these issues in order to bring about change. I am just tired of all the hate going around. It must stop.’Does he fear that his participation in Rainbow Riots will have any comeback for him in his home country?‘Of course. I am only human. I am always afraid of all the consequences of my actions and my involvement with Rainbow Riots and human rights at large. The fear of persecution and rejection.‘But if we all gave into our fears, then who will be brave enough to raise these issues? How will ignorance be eradicated and how will equality, peace, unity, and tranquility prevail?​‘The war for equal rights has not been won yet’Wallenberg says he has developed a particular bond with LGBTI campaigners in Uganda.‘I have been travelling to Uganda for the past three years and will continue to do so. It started out as a music project, but along the way it’s grown into something much bigger.‘Me and my Ugandan collaborators are all close friends, and this doesn’t end with our first project being finished. The war for equal rights has not been won yet.’Check out more Rainbow Riots video at its YouTube channel. See alsoWATCH: Why this gay, Swedish dance producer went to Uganda to work with LGBTI music makers Ugandan Ethics & Integrity Minister condemns plans for LGBT community centerUganda’s LGBTI people are putting up a fight for their right to a safe placeThis new album features LGBTI musicians from all over the worldRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Public Works minister defends governments progress on infrastructure projects

first_imgRelated posts:Lawmakers to discuss San José-Cartago highway expansion Ferry service between Puntarenas and Playa Naranjo to restart on Sunday Travel Alert: Temporary road closures on Route 32 start Wednesday Chauffeurs break negotiations with government officials in ongoing permit row Public Works and Transport Minister Carlos Segnini Villalobos defended the government’s progress on major infrastructure projects Thursday. Segnini took the hot seat before the Legislative Committee on Public Income and Spending Control to field questions from lawmakers, some of whom have criticized what they say isMOPT‘s minimal progress on major infrastructure projects, mainly highways.Segnini told lawmakers that most projects are not stalled, despite suggestions to the contrary. “I believe we are moving forward with all of them, even though progress on some is not clearly visible. I can assure that there is advancement on all our projects,” he said.Severe criticism for the agency has also come from Comptroller General Marta Acosta, who earlier this month said the backlog in public infrastructure projects “is caused by the improvisation, negligence, and lack of commitment and supervision by MOPT officials.”Segnini has been blasted particularly for the alleged lack of progress on expanding Route 32, the main highway connecting the Central Valley with the Caribbean province of Limón. The route is key for trade: approximately 70 percent of Costa Rican exports leave the country through Caribbean docks, according to the Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters.Critics also say MOPT hasn’t made progress on the highway improvement project between the capital San José and the Alajuela canton of San Ramón.Segnini said the government has been slowed down mainly by the red tape involved with approving projects and expropriating land for the highways.National Liberation lawmaker Antonio Álvarez Desanti asked Segnini whether the government has sufficient resources to carry out the projects. The minister said MOPT currently doesn’t have the equipment or staff to move any faster.“We have a reduced staff to manage all expropriations. In the specific case of Route 32, we’ve faced delays caused by the relocation of families from the Triángulo de la Solidaridad,” he said.The minister said most residents of the slum, located northwest of San José, have rejected the Housing Ministry’s offer to build new homes in a different location.Spending committee chairman Mario Redondo, from the Christian Democratic Alliance (ADC), also questioned Segnini for failing to draft a bill to close the National Roadway Council, set to be replaced by a new agency called the National Infrastructure Institute.Criticism of Segnini in recent days prompted lawmakers from various parties to call on President Luis Guillermo Solís to remove him from office.Petitions even came from the ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC) in late October. Legislators Javier Cambronero, Henry Mora and Víctor Morales sent the president a letter calling for the immediate dismissal of Segnini.At the time, Solís ruled out taking any action against the minister and said Segnini had already addressed every claim issued by lawmakers. The president even offered to set up a meeting between Segnini and the lawmakers to “clear their differences.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more