Closed meeting on Hill between MPs and Chinese officials planned then cancelled

first_imgOTTAWA — An all-party House of Commons committee of elected MPs planned a closed-door meeting with a delegation of Chinese politicians and diplomats but abruptly cancelled it today.A former Canadian ambassador to China says the meeting was a bad idea in the first place because holding it in-camera meant a lost opportunity for Canada to show Beijing how a democracy really works.The meeting was cancelled one day after Canada’s new top spy told a business audience that interference by hostile states has now become a greater threat to Canadian national security than terrorism.The Commons foreign-affairs committee had planned to meet in-camera for one hour on Thursday with Lu Shaye, Beijing’s ambassador to Canada, and four visiting members of the National People’s Congress of China.The congress is China’s legislature, consisting of nearly 3,000 deputies.A spokesman for the committee’s Liberal chair said China cancelled the meeting, but he dismissed further questions about why it was initially closed to the public.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pakistan Taliban appoint interim leader

first_imgThe Pakistani Taliban have appointed an interim leader to head the group temporarily after the death of commander Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike, a spokesman told AFP Sunday.Mehsud, who had a $5 million US government price on him, was killed along with four cadres in North Waziristan tribal district near the Afghan border on Friday.Shahidullah Shahid, the main spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said a permanent replacement had not been chosen yet. “Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, the head of the supreme shura, has has been appointed as temporary head of the TTP,” Shahid told AFP, adding that prayers for Mehsud were still going on.The killing of Mehsud sparked a furious reaction from the Pakistani government, which accused Washington of sabotaging fledgling efforts towards peace negotiations with the Taliban.Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar said a group of clerics had been ready to go and meet the TTP to initiate talks, which have been backed by all major political parties, when the drone struck.Shahid refused to say there was no chance of the talks going ahead, but accused the government of kowtowing to Washington and cutting a deal to “sell” the militants.“Nobody in history has ever negotiated with slaves,” he said.“We were waiting for a meeting, while the Pakistan army and government was sitting with the US finalising deals to sell us.”And he stopped short of vowing revenge for Mehsud, who took over as TTP chief after founder Baitullah Mehsud in a drone strike in 2009.“Time will tell whether we take revenge of his martyrdom or not,” he said.In the past, the TTP has responded to its leaders being killed with deadly violence.last_img read more

Mahinda meets Modi notes importance of IndiaLanka ties

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today.Earlier, Rajapaksa said “much water has flown” under the bridge since “certain foreign powers” and “domestic forces” played a part in his electoral ouster in 2015, The Hindustan Times reported. Rajapaksa had said he did not believe Modi or his Government played a role in his ouster. The Modi government had been in power for less than a year when Rajapaksa lost the 2015 election. Rajapaksa had said the plan to bring opposition together might have been hatched long ago.“The manipulative dimensions of foreign powers and domestic forces played a part in the change. Then, much water has flown under the bridge,’’ he said. He thanked India for its moral support for the fight against terrorism that had spread beyond the shores of the island nation and claimed former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s life. He underscored the importance New Delhi held for Colombo in a lecture he delivered here on India-Sri Lanka ties. Rajapaksa did not name any foreign power. He had earlier blamed India’s external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, for conspiring with Western agencies to rally the opposition under incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena against him. Rajapakasa, who had maintained close ties with China, had famously said that India is a relative while others are mere friends.He rejected the allegations that the war his government had fought against the LTTE targeted the minority Tamil community.“There have been propaganda and misrepresentation of facts. Let me make it very clear that the war my government had led was against terrorism. It was not aimed at targeting any community,’’ he said. “It was aimed at total eradication of terrorism. It was for making the country better, safe and prosperous for everyone.” Rajapaksa claimed the loss of human lives in the military conflict was exaggerated. “Had we not cared for the human lives, we could have finished the war much earlier. In that case, we could also have saved the lives of many of our soldiers.” read more

Pensions and feds job grant program top agenda for premiers meeting

Pensions and feds job grant program top agenda for premiers’ meeting by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 14, 2013 6:03 pm MDT TORONTO – Improving retirement incomes and making the federal job grant program more flexible will be high on the agenda when Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders meet in Toronto on Friday _ although almost half of them will participate by phone.Host Premier Kathleen Wynne warns of “a huge economic crisis” if steps aren’t taken now to reform the Canada Pension Plan, and vows to set up an Ontario retirement income plan if there’s no agreement on the CPP.“If we do not do this, if we don’t find a way to do this now, we will pay later,” said Wynne. “So we make a choice about whether we plan or whether we react.”Prince Edward Island has proposed increasing maximum CPP contributions to $4,681.20 a year from $2,356.20 starting in 2016, and hiking the maximum annual benefit to $23,400 from $12,150.Newfoundland and Labrador also wants to see improvements in the CPP.“We’re all facing significant challenges around our own pension plans in our provinces, but also in terms of the Canadian Pension Plan,” said Premier Kathy Dunderdale. “We keep saying to the federal government: ‘We need a well funded CPP,’ and we hope they’re going to take that into account.”Alberta and the federal government are cool to the idea of boosting CPP contributions, currently 9.9 per cent of annual salary split between workers and their employers, worried about adding costs to businesses during the slow economic recovery, as is Nova Scotia’s new premier, Stephen McNeil.“We have some issues about what that will mean to small business owners in this province, and what is the impact on low-income Nova Scotians and Canadians,” said McNeil. “I think it’s important that we look at all of the options and alternatives that are out there to ensure that Nova Scotians and Canadians get an opportunity to retire with some level of security.”The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses warned “hiking payroll taxes” by boosting CPP premiums would kills jobs and result in lower wages, while the Canadian Labour Congress wants a doubling of CPP benefits for all Canadians.The provincial and territorial premiers were also demanding more flexibility in the Canada Job Grant program, complaining Ottawa’s one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t meet their varying needs. They also said it would cost the provinces $600 million to maintain their current programs as well as match the cost of the Canada Job Grant.Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall said he’s “encouraged” federal Employment Minister Jason Kenny has shown some flexibility on the program, but the provinces still need Ottawa to agree to more changes.“The way the Canada Job Grant was structured prior to Minister Kenny getting the file and indicating some interest in changes, there wouldn’t be a great uptake for it because that’s not where the demand is in our province,” said Wall.Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said infrastructure and jobs for young people will be main topics of discussions with his colleagues, along with trying to persuade the federal Conservatives to change plans to cut transfer payments to the provinces.“We want to make sure we continue to have stable transfers for health care and post secondary education,” Selinger said in an interview. “The forecast is for a federal reduction in transfer payments there and that is something that is causing a concern among the provinces.”Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s press secretary said the federal government has committed to increasing health transfers as recently as Flaherty’s fall economic update.“In fact, our government has committed to long-term funding for the provinces that will see health transfers reach historic levels of $40 billion by the end of the decade,” Marie Prentice said in an email.Earlier this month, Saskatchewan repealed legislation to allow for the election of Senate nominees and passed a motion calling for the abolition of the upper chamber. Wall said he would provide his colleagues with “a quick” update on Senate, but did not elaborate.The premiers will also discuss an issue that came up at their last meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake in July, asking Ottawa to set up a monitoring system to track trains carrying hazardous materials and to tighten insurance rules.Quebec’s Pauline Marois said such measures could have helped prevent the derailment that decimated Lac-Megantic last summer, killing 47 people. The final statement from the premiers in July said there was a “clear lack of information” on hazardous materials travelling by train.B.C.’s Christy Clark said provinces have the right to be fully informed about what’s moving through their jurisdictions. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Shomi subscribers wondering about options and preparing to binge

In this image released by Fox, Terrence Howard portrays Lucious Lyon in the season two premiere of “Empire.” Shomi subscribers are preparing to binge watch as they try to figure out their consumer options after word the streaming service is shutting down at the end of November. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, FOX – Chuck Hodes by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2016 3:16 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Shomi subscribers are preparing to binge watch as they try to figure out their consumer options after learning this week the streaming service is shutting down at the end of November.“I’m pretty sad about it, just because Shomi has a lot of content not only that I want to watch but also that Crave(TV) doesn’t have,” said Michael Kras, an actor and playwright in Hamilton, who subscribed to Shomi just a couple weeks ago.“There are a lot of great TV shows and movies that are available on Shomi that aren’t necessarily available on Netflix,” added Gabrielle Reyes, a journalism student in Toronto.“So the fact that they’re ending it in a couple of months just came out of the blue. It’s kind of sad because you’re in the middle of a bunch of series and either you don’t finish them or you power through and binge watch all of it before Nov. 30.”On Monday, the video-on-demand service announced it will shut down on Nov. 30, two years after it launched as competition for other streaming providers, including powerhouse Netflix and Bell Media’s CraveTV.Shomi, which was launched by Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) and Shaw (TSX:SJR.B), has declined interview requests.But it released a statement, attributing the closure to a marked change in the business climate and online video marketplace in the last few years.On Tuesday, Shomi said it recently approached 900,000 subscribers, adding that “even today we are not far off that number.”But Etan Vlessing, Canadian bureau chief for Hollywood Reporter, said it’s hard to know how many of them were actually spending in order to get the service.He also noted subscription video on demand services are expensive.“To get their hands on these U.S. series, you can imagine the Hollywood studios were squeezing them,” said Vlessing. “They were saying, ‘OK, if you want these shows you’re going to have to spend for them.’”Shomi also had the problem of being run by two competing media companies, including Shaw, which sold its television channels to Corus Entertainment, he added.“I suspect the actual service, because it wasn’t owned by one large company that was able to do with the service whatever it wanted, it was always owned half and half, that that meant it was a little harder — if not a lot harder — to get the actual service to work in terms of scheduling and in terms of spending.”Rob McGregor, a banker in Nanaimo, B.C., said he recently switched his Rogers personal account to a business one specifically for the free Shomi subscription in the package.He doesn’t have cable and loved being able to stream shows for himself and his young child without any advertisements.He said Rogers has told him it will be offering something else in the future but he doesn’t know what that is yet.“I just hope they don’t offer me their magazine subscriptions, because that was the other option. That’s why I chose Shomi,” said McGregor, adding that he’ll consider switching his package or leaving Rogers altogether if he’s not properly compensated.Rogers told The Canadian Press on Tuesday that it plans to inform eligible customers about alternatives on Wednesday.Shomi hasn’t said yet what will happen to its content.Vlessing said he expects it to end up somewhere else.“Some of them were popular shows where over in the U.S., they were on Amazon, and it’s hard to know exactly when that will happen but one assumes that at some point, Amazon will actually be up here,” he said.“So if someone wants to watch those shows, one will be able to. I don’t know of course, but if I had to guess … you’ll be able to watch them somewhere else.”In the meantime, some Shomi subscribers are planning to binge on shows exclusive to the service in Canada, like “Transparent,” “Empire,” “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Catastrophe.”“It’s an unfortunate time that now new fall TV is starting and I have a hard enough time keeping up with that, and now I have to binge all of these shows I wanted to watch in two months — and work, have a life,” said Erin Steinberg, a Montreal graphic designer who has a laundry list of shows she wants to binge on Shomi.“I don’t know what I’m going to do…. I think I’m going to have to watch on the weekends to fit everything in. I doubt I’m going to be able to watch all of it.” Shomi subscribers wondering about options and preparing to binge read more

Ohio State womens soccer breaks losing streak with 2 wins

Then-freshman defender Taylor Schissler dribbles the ball during a game against Pittsburgh on Aug. 28, 2013, in Columbus. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter dropping three straight games, the Ohio State women’s soccer team swept through a pair of weekend matchups.OSU closed its non-conference schedule by beating Dayton (2-3-1), 4-2, on Friday, before the Buckeyes continued their success Sunday with a 3-0 win against George Mason (1-5-0) in Columbus.With the victories, OSU improved its record to 3-3-0 entering the start of Big Ten play, scheduled for Friday.“We needed to score a couple goals, get our confidence up and start playing some better soccer so we can be better prepared for Big Ten play,” senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said. The Buckeyes notched their second win of the weekend with help from sophomore defender Taylor Schissler, who recorded two goals against the Patriots. Scoring opened in the 30th minute of Sunday’s game when Schissler beat redshirt-junior Patriot goalkeeper Briana Kottler for her first collegiate goal.OSU stretched its lead to 2-0 later in the half when Gruber made a run from midfield to assist Schissler’s second goal of the afternoon.For the second consecutive game, OSU carried a lead into halftime, but later, coach Lori Walker said she was unhappy with the team’s play in the final 45 minutes. “I thought our energy was flat. We were up to do nothing,” Walker said. “I don’t know that the way we played in the second half has made us a better team.” Walker said the lack of energy is attributable to her team’s youth. Playing without injured junior defender Marisa Wolf, OSU lacks experience on its backline.“Usually (Wolf) is what drives us,” sophomore defender Nicole Miyashiro said. “We’ve really had to step up with communicating and going into tackles harder.”The Buckeyes made drastic improvements to their offense over the weekend, scoring seven goals in two games after tallying just two in four previous games.“We connected better,” Gruber said. “We weren’t trying to play so individually, we were using each other.”OSU laid the foundation for its offensive explosion on Friday night by defeating Dayton, 4-2. Propelled by two first-half goals by freshman forward Sammy Edwards, the Buckeyes added two more goals in the second half to snap their three-game losing streak.The Flyers were unable to erase OSU’s 2-1 halftime advantage, despite earning eight of their nine corners in the second half.  Freshman midfielder Sydney Dudley made it 3-1 for the Buckeyes in the 62nd minute before Edwards completed her hat trick in the 76th minute to make it 4-2. Edwards and Dudley recorded their first collegiate goals in the game, while freshman midfielder Nikki Walts played the full 90 minutes and effectively held Dayton’s leading scorer, junior midfielder Nicole Waters, without a shot.OSU redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick finished the weekend with two saves and two goals against.  OSU is scheduled to open Big Ten play this weekend on the road against Indiana and Purdue. The Buckeyes are set to play the Hoosiers on Friday at 7 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind., and the Boilermakers on Sunday at 3 p.m. in West Lafayette, Ind. read more

Mother deliberately poisoned toddler with salt after internet search on how much

first_imgA mother who is accused of deliberately poisoning her toddler with salt had searched online for how much of the substance an 18-month-old could eat, a court heard.The woman, in her late twenties, cannot be named because of a court order imposed to protect the identity of her 18-month-old daughter.Truro Crown Court heard that the woman from the St Austell area of Cornwall administered the child with between 21 and 24 grams of salt.Prosecuting barrister Peter Coombe told the jury such a quantity of salt would have had to have been administered intentionally and that no child could digest that amount without it being disguised in food or drink.He said the woman had exchanged messages with friends when she spoke of her daughter being unwell and sent a string of photos of her.He added: “The defendant’s search history shows that she carried out a search on her phone the day before about what the appropriate amount of salt for an 18-month child is, but said she did so because her lips were white and she had nephews whose lips went white when they had too much salt.”However this was not something she mentioned on the night she went to hospital or the day before when she went to her GP.” He told the court that medical expert Dr Malcolm Coulthard had said it was “a miracle” the child has made a full recovery and no lasting damage has been done.Mr Coombe said: “Medical experts say that between 21 and 24 grams were administered and this had to be done by force feeding in a drink or runny food.”There is no question of the child being able to consume such a quantity of salt and the only person in a position to do so that day was the defendant.“Children never voluntarily eat or ingest such dangerous levels of salt because of the taste and extreme nausea it would cause.”Mr Coombe suggested the salt was disguised in something such as milk before being given to the child.Dr Coulthard said in his report that it was impossible such a level of salt can build up through the consumption of salty foods as the kidney was highly efficient at getting rid of surplus salt.The mother denies a charge of unlawfully and maliciously administering salt to endanger the life or inflict grievous bodily harm to her daughter.The trial continues. 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.last_img read more

DDH1 after WA iron ore contract growth with Ranger Drilling acquisition

first_imgDDH1 Holdings says it has acquired Ranger Drilling as it looks to grow the Australia iron ore RC drilling specialist’s business.DDH1 Holdings now consists of three drilling businesses, namely DDH1 Drilling, Strike Drilling and Ranger Drilling.Ranger was established in 2005 by Matt and Julie Izett and specialises in providing reverse Circulation (RC) drilling services to customers operating in the Western Australian iron ore market.DDH1 Chief Executive Officer, Sy van Dyk, said: “Ranger will continue operating as a separate company, under the same management from the same premises. DDH1’s intention is to continue to grow the Ranger brand, while preserving their culture of leadership, productivity, innovation and safety. These are the qualities that attracted our investment in Ranger and we want to ensure it is protected and fostered going forward.”Ranger’s Managing Director, Matt Izett, said: “DDH1 is a natural partner for Ranger to further our growth ambitions by providing additional capital to the business in a cost-effective and disciplined manner. I look forward to continue leading and growing the business Julie and I founded in 2005 and to deliver superior drilling solutions to our loyal customer base, whilst contributing at a senior level to the wider group’s operations”.DDH1 Drilling, Strike Drilling and Ranger’s capabilities are highly complementary, DDH1 said, and the combination of the businesses provides the opportunity to offer clients the full suite of drilling services required across the resource life cycle, from discovering new deposits to extending existing mine lives. “The group’s drill rig fleet is modern, standardised and highly productive,” the company said.DDH1 Managing Director, Murray Pollock, said: “DDH1 and Ranger have worked together on a shared contract basis, during which time we have observed Ranger’s premium customer service offering, the productivity gains delivered by their modern fleet and quality management team led by Matt Izett. Together, we are committed to being the drilling contractor and employer of choice in the Australian drilling industry.“The group now has 84 Tier One drill rigs and employs over 700 staff to provide our customers with end-to-end drilling solutions. I am also pleased that as part of the transaction Matt and Julie Izett will become significant shareholders in DDH1 Holdings and we look forward to working with them.”last_img read more

Queen of Greek blues tribute

first_imgThe Queen of Greek Blues, Roza Eskenazi, will be showcased in a tribute presented by the Australian Hellenic Council of New South Wales and Out of The Blue Music. The story of Roza – her life, her music and her legacy – will be highlighted in a day of performance, song and dance. Mary Giannisis, secretary of the Australia Hellenic Council of New South Wales told Neos Kosmos one of the motivations to put on such an extravaganza was to educate the younger generation about the amazing life of Roza Eskenazi. “The idea started with the recent release of the documentary My Sweet Canary about the life or Roza Eskenazi and we thought it would be a great idea to talk and celebrate her life so the younger generation know who she is.” As part of the event, Dr Panayioti Diamandi will be presenting a talk on the extraordinary life of Roza Eskenazi. Georgette Giatis, from the band Out of The Blue, will be singing Roza’s songs accompanied by Peter Kalandranis, guitarist, bouzouki player and lute also from the band Out of the Blue. Special guests include Daniel Weltlinger on violin and an eight-piece band bringing the songs to life. There will also be a folk dancing group performing on the day. Giannisis says the importance of celebrating her life comes from the fact Eskenazi was “such a big name yet we still don’t know who she is, about her life”. “Her songs continue to be sung today, and played today by legends like Haris Alexiou,” explains Giannisis. “She was uneducated from a poor Jewish family and she was multilingual she sang in various languages – Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Armenian, Spanish, Ladino (which is mixture of Judao-Spanish). She even ran a successful restaurant,” says Giannisis. With a Jewish background herself, Eskenazi was instrumental in securing the safety of her family and others in Thessaloniki during the Nazi occupation of Greece, when Jewish Hellenes were being transported to Auschwitz. “The fact that she achieved so much, coming from that background, is an inspiration to all woman. For her time, it’s such a wonderful achievement and that’s the message we want to get out there. She really was a truly amazing woman.” The story of Roza – her life, her music and her legacy will take place at the Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd Marrickville, NSW on Wednesday 7 December. Tickets are $40.00 and $30.00 for pensioners. For more information, contact Mary Giannisis on 0413 301 949. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Three hurt in violent Rhodes brawl

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A violent brawl that broke out between a group of Greeks and migrants on the southern Aegean island of Rhodes in the early hours of Saturday morning resulted in at least three serious injuries, police said.Two Afghans were taken to a local hospital with stab wounds to the stomach and back while two local men sustained facial injuries, probably inflicted by a large knife. Another four islanders believed to have been involved in the brawl, which took place near the village of Paradisi, on the island’s west coast, were in police detention while officers were seeking one more who remained at large. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

France  Bruno Le Maire soppose à limpôt sécheresse

first_imgFrance : Bruno Le Maire s’oppose à l’impôt sécheresseFace à la sécheresse de plus en plus préoccupante, Bruno Le Maire, ministre de l’agriculture, a affirmé aujourd’hui sur France info son objection quant à la mise en place exceptionnelle de l'”impôt sécheresse”. Selon lui les banquiers et assureurs devraient être les principaux sollicités.La sécheresse qui sévit actuellement en France est l’une des plus graves depuis la canicule de l’été 1976. Un phénomène inquiétant qui a poussé la FNSEA, principal syndicat agricole, à réclamer une aide de l’état pour les éleveurs, principalement touchés par la catastrophe. Le gouvernement refuse toutefois la possibilité de mettre en place un impôt sur la sécheresse.  “Très franchement, je ne suis pas favorable à ce genre de solutions, d’abord parce que les Français ont suffisamment d’impôts à payer, et ensuite parce qu’on peut imaginer d’autres formes de solidarité”, a déclaré Bruno Le Maire, ministre de l’agriculture sur France info. Les directives mises en place par le gouvernement consistent pour le moment à autoriser exceptionnellement l’utilisation des jachères par les éleveurs. Ceux-ci craignent en effet qu’avec l’état actuel des cultures, leurs animaux manquent de paille et que les prix des aliments s’envolent.À lire aussiCanicule : Comment se protéger efficacement contre la chaleur ?Bruno Le Maire a par ailleurs appelé à “une solidarité nationale totale à tous les niveaux”. “Je demande aux banquiers et aux assureurs de jouer le jeu, je demande également à la MSA, la Mutuelle sociale agricole, de jouer le jeu : elle peut faire des reports de cotisations. Les banquiers peuvent faire des prêts relais sur plusieurs mois en attendant que les aides de la Commission européenne soient versées”, déclare-t-il. “Chacun doit jouer le jeu.”Depuis le mercredi 25 mai, 46 départements sont soumis à des restrictions d’eau soit la moitié de la France métropolitaine. Outre les problèmes d’élevage ou agriculture, les autorités craignent pour la production d’énergie en France. Selon le dernier bilan mensuel établi par le gestionnaire du réseau de transport d’électricité RTE, la production française d’électricité hydraulique était en baisse de 29% en avril, retombant au niveau de production le plus bas  depuis 1976.Le 30 mai 2011 à 16:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une application iOS pour le système de satellites Iridium

first_imgUne application iOS pour le système de satellites IridiumIridium, un système de satellites qui permet de communiquer avec des terminaux mobiles n’importe où sur la planète, dispose désormais d’une application iOS, le système d’exploitation mobile d’Apple. Android ne devrait pas tarder à avoir aussi la sienne.Après le BlackBerry et les ordinateurs portables Mac et Windows, le système de satellites Iridium est désormais accessible depuis iOS, grâce à une application qui permettra de se connecter au réseau. En septembre, Iridium AxcessPoint Connect a été lancé. Ce logiciel utilise le réseau Iridium, via un téléphone satellite, en créant un hotspot Wi-Fi depuis un ordinateur portable, afin de pouvoir s’y connecter avec un terminal mobile depuis n’importe quel endroit des 90% de la planète qui ne sont pas couverts par les réseaux sans fil classiques.À lire aussiAngry Birds Star Wars : le jeu débarque sur iOS et Android Il est donc désormais possible d’accéder à Iridium depuis les smartphones et tablettes iOS et ainsi se connecter à Internet depuis n’importe où. L’application AxcessPoint Connect est téléchargeable gratuitement, mais pour pouvoir l’utiliser, un téléphone satellite est nécessaire. En outre, la connexion coûte cher : comptez 1 dollar (0,75 euro) par minute.Après iOS, le système d’exploitation mobile de Google, Android, devrait lui aussi disposer très prochainement d’une application Iridium.Le 26 novembre 2011 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Objet geek du weekend une Atari 2600 transformée en dock iPhone

first_imgObjet geek du week-end: une Atari 2600 transformée en dock iPhoneVous hésitiez encore avant d’acheter une station d’accueil pour votre iPhone? La plupart étant trop ordinaire, vous souhaitez vous démarquer? Ça tombe bien, Daniel McLeod (peut-être un descendant des Highlanders…), propose un dock très spécial. Ce petit artisan s’est amusé à recycler une console Atari 2600 en dock audio iPhone, en ajoutant des haut-parleurs de PC et une basse externe. Il a également inclus un connecteur à 30 broches pour votre smartphone, ainsi qu’une prise jack 3,5mm. L’ampli a été également rembourré pour éviter des interférences malencontreuses. Voici donc un dock très vintage qui marie parfaitement le old school de l’Atari 2600 avec la modernité de l’iPhone.Les fans de la première heure apprécieront. Et si vous avez des questions, vous pourrez contacter directement Daniel McLeod sur le site de l’Etsy, où le dock est vendu 100 dollars. Le 21 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Googles Bach Doodle Shows Computers Are Great Composers

first_img In-between moves like potentially upending the entire video game industry with Stadia game streaming, calculating Pi to a record-breaking decimal, and even becoming a baby’s first word, it’s nice to see Google still has the time for something as humble as a Google Doodle.But even something as seemingly simple as a goofy image on top of a search bar can be a minor technical marvel when Google puts its mind to it. Check out this AI-powered musical Google Doodle celebrating the birthday of famous German composer Johann Sebastian Bach.Music is a rich, expressive, creative, and highly improvisational art form. But it also relies a lot on math and patterns, especially when it comes to music theory and composition. Musicians spend their lives mastering this knowledge to innately know which kinds of notes harmonize with each other in different ways to achieve the intended aural effect.But computers are also pretty great at quickly crunching a whole bunch of numbers. So when Google fed a ton of Bach songs into a machine learning program, the resultant algorithm wound up pretty good at creating Bach-style harmonies out of whatever random notes users plug into it on this Doodle. Leave the hard work to the machines and get all the glory for your heavenly tracks by sharing them online or even downloading them as MIDI files.This isn’t the first time a Google Doodle has taken some of the effort out of a notoriously tedious part of music. In 2017, in honor of the history of hip hop, Google put out a Doodle making it easy for anyone to scratch, match beats, and mash up tracks like a real DJ. Classical like Bach or hip hop like Grandmaster Flash, music is music.For more nifty Google Doodles check out this one celebrating International Women’s Day and this one celebrating the life of Steve Irwin. Stay on target 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation last_img read more

Roma president wants to have Messi

first_imgFollowing the appointment of Barcelona’s Francesco Calvo as their new chief revenue officer of AS Roma, the club’s President James Pallotta while commenting the appointment added that “we still want Lionel Messi!”The Giallorossi are still recovering from the shock when the Spanish champions hijacked their move for Bordeaux winger Malcom at the last second.On that same note, the club’s American boss granted a long interview to SiriusXM FC where he quoted to insist that the only way for they can forgive the Catalans and heal the rift was to give his club Messi.Earlier today, 41-year-old Italian Francesco Calvo was appointed to take the position of chief revenue officer, prompting him to leave Barcelona to take up the job. Pallotta: “This changes nothing. We still want Messi!” ? pic.twitter.com/jXnUaaqUv6Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 2, 2018“This changes nothing,” Palotta joked in a statement via Roma’s official Twitter account.“We still want Messi!”Calvo previously worked at Juventus for four years.last_img read more

Samaritan Aviation providing medical assistance to Papua New Guinea

first_img March 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom ‘Samaritan Aviation’ providing medical assistance to Papua New Guinea Posted: March 2, 2018 Updated: 7:59 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAfter witnessing the extreme medical needs of other countries, Mark Palm — a Southern California native — decided to help.He packed up his family and moved to Papua New Guinea where he is now using a sea-plane to save dozens of lives from the air.Those wishing to help the cause or for more information can visit www.samaviation.com. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Wilmington Educational Foundation Awards 5000 In Technology Grants To Teachers Administrators with PHOTOS

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Educational Foundation Awards $5,700 In Technology Grants To Teachers & AdministratorsIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Education” Amy Iascone Justine Palermo & Frank Ferrerio Brenda Lomano Lisa King Melanie Pattersoncenter_img Caitlin Cronin Kim Provensal Beverly DeFlumeri WILMINGTON, MA — At its meeting on Wednesday night, the Wilmington School Committee accepted a $5,000+ donation from the Wilmington Educational Foundation in the form of technology grants to Wilmington teachers & administrators.Grant recipients include:Kim Provensal – Elementary Technology Integration Specialist – $1,000 – Sphero Education PackAmy Iascone – Elementary Science Lead Teacher – $1,000 – BrainPOP SubscriptionFrank Ferriero – Woburn St. Assistant Principal – $699 – Portable Sound System For School-Wide AssembliesJeff Strasnick – District Safety Committee Chair – $600 – Subscription to Appypie To Create WPS Emergency Response AppMelanie Patterson – Shawsheen Librarian – $577.07 – 6 Amazon Fires, 6 Cases, 1 Charging Station, 1 $25 Gift Card For AppsCaitlin Cronin – WMS Grade 8 Science Teacher – $549.50 – 10 Chromebook Chargers & 25 HeadphonesLisa King – Shawsheen Principal – $301.96 – BOSE Speaker, Projector Adapter, Microphone, CordBrenda Lomanno – WMS Technology Integration Specialist – $223.98 – 40 HeadphonesBeverly DeFlumeri – Boutwell Kindergarten Teacher – $200 – 2 IPEVO Document Cameras“As always, we’re very appreciative to the efforts of the Wilmington Educational Foundation. They do a lot of great work, and that, in turn, goes right back to our schools,” said School Committee Chair Julie Broussard.Below are photos of most of the grant recipients receiving the news. (Click on each image for a larger view.)last_img read more

Underwater camera keeps an eye on Atka mackerel

first_imgAtka Mackerel (Wikimedia photo by Andrewwarm)Counting Atka mackerel became really important, according to National Marine Fisheries Service Biologist Suzanne McDermott, when Steller sea lions were declared endangered in 1997.Listen now“We learned that Atka mackerel are their main food item,” McDermott said. “That’s when we really started looking at them in relation to Steller sea lions.”McDermott knows the mammals face competition for their food — commercial fishermen. In 2016, Alaska fishermen caught and kept 55,000 metric tons of Atka mackerel and discarded another 532 tons as bycatch.This summer, McDermott and her colleague David Bryan traversed the Aleutian Chain to answer a big question: are there enough fish to support both endangered Steller sea lions and commercial fishermen?“The interest for us is to understand how much Atka mackerel is available to sea lions and how much Atka mackerel is available to the fishery, to make sure sea lions get enough prey,” McDermott said. “Especially in areas where they’re declining.”But counting the mackerel is difficult. Traditionally, fish abundance is measured by trawl net. But McDermott said trawl nets are useless in the near-shore waters of sea-lion rookeries.So the scientists built a camera. It hangs underwater, close to the sea floor, and live streams mackerel footage through armored cables to their research vessel. Unlike a trawl net, it can navigate around rocks, crags, and coral.Plus, the camera’s stereoscopic, side-by-side lenses means McDermott and Bryan can measure the length of each fish without catching them. That’s invaluable.“With the length, we can estimate the mackerel’s age. We can also estimate their weight,” Bryan said. “That’s helpful because then we can estimate biomass, which ties into food sources for sea lions.”McDermott has been studying Atka mackerel for twenty years, but the camera gives her a new perspective.“You start to relate to fish more as a beings with a brain,” McDermott said. “When they come up in a trawl, all you see is that particular fish in a net. You don’t understand where it lived, and how it moved.”The camera gives the scientists new understanding into fish behavior. For example, they think sea lions rely on mackerel because the fish guard their eggs, making them a dependable meal. The camera’s insights help the scientists build a more complete understanding of a resource that’s key to both sea lions and fishermen.last_img read more

Corporator Shanthi launches desilting works

first_imgNacharam: Local corporator Shanthi launched desilting work of a nala near the Rythu Bazaar here on Sunday. She said there are no proper retaining walls for nalas in the division. “New walls will be constructed soon. The desilting work will be carried from Patel Kunta Cheruvu to Pedda Cheruvu,” she added. Local leaders Saizen Shekar, AE Prasanth, work inspectors Vijay Kumar and Lakshman were present.last_img

8 electrocuted in Sirajganj

first_imgIn a fatal incident, at least eight people were electrocuted at Kadai village in Sirajganj’s Sadar upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased were Abdullah, 13, a class VII student and son of Abu Taher, Rafiqul Islam, 30, son of Habibur Rahman, Momin, 30, son of Kashem Ali, Sajib, 13, a class VII student and son of Abdul Alim, Abdus Sattar, 50, Reaz, 14, a class VIII student and son of Aminul Islam, Anwar Hossain, 35, son of Amin and Habib, 25, son of Abul Hossain of the village.The incident took place around 12:30pm when nine people came in contact of a live wire while shifting a makeshift shop, leaving them injured, said Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Sirajganj sadar police station.They were taken to Sadar Hospital where physicians declared eight of them dead, said Faridul Islam, a resident medical officer of the hospital.The injured was being treated at the hospital, he added.last_img read more