NDP calls for review of how RCMP handles sex assault complainants

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first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsFederal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said he was shocked when he watched a video broadcast on APTN News of a Kelowna RCMP member interrogating an Indigenous teenager after she filed a sexual assault charge.“It was disgusting to watch that video. The fact that this time and day a survivor would be treated in such a way is just a complete lack in sensitivity, awareness of how someone should be dealt with,” said Singh at an event in Winnipeg.“A complaint of that nature should be respected and taken seriously.”The video which is from 2012 shows the teen being questioned by the officer in an interrogation room.In the video, the male officer, who is alone with the girl, interviews the teenager for more than two hours.No one else is present.RCMP: “Were you at all turned on during this? Even a little bit?”Girl: No.RCMP: “Physically you weren’t at all responsive to his advances even maybe subconsciously?”Girl: “Maybe subconsciously but no I was really scared. I didn’t consent but I didn’t say no.”RCMP: “So you just went along with it?”Girl: “I was scared I didn’t know what else to do.”In a different part of the video, this exchange.Girl: “Well, it depends if he had like a knife or something, I’d probably just listen to what he had to say.”RCMP: Okay, that’s fair. This (NAME REMOVED)  fellow didn’t have a knife.Girl: “But, we were in his house, he had anything he wanted.”RCMP: “And you also knew how to get up and run out of the house, right?Girl: “Yeah.”RCMP: “I mean, he’s taking your clothes off. How much of a fight did you put up for him not to take your clothes off?”Girl: “But, I don’t remember him taking my clothes off.”RCMP: “But, you told me- like I’m reading in your statement here where it says he took your pants and shirt off and your phone fell out of your pocket when your shirt came off.”Girl: “I remember that, but I don’t- like it’s hard to explain. Like I didn’t think. There’s a fight or flight response.”Singh is calling for a review into the way police handle sexual assault cases.“They need to be trained appropriately, make sure the questions they are asking are appropriate and that there’s this general sense of treating human beings with respect and dignity particularly someone is marginalized and vulnerable after going through an assault of that nature.”James Favel who is with the Bear Clan Patrol in Winnipeg works with vulnerable people every day.He says protocols need to be put into place.“When we’re dealing with street involved people we always have the male female balance and I think that should be carried forward in all these kind of industries,” said Favel.“When you have a single male police officer working with a traumatized female youth that’s not an appropriate balance there you need to have a woman in there to deal with her.”In a statement to APTN, the RCMP said it would not comment on the video, nor would Commissioner Brenda Lucki be available for interviews.“We do understand there is a greater discussion taking place around sexual assault investigations,” said the statement.Leah Gazan is running for the NDP in the upcoming federal election.She says the video is proof of the challenges Indigenous women face with police services.“Still much work to do and women need to have a safe place to go and they need to know that when they’re not safe that they will be protected,” she said.“What happened was unacceptable and it needs to be addressed seriously.”As for the review, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who oversees the RCMP told the House of Commons Wednesday that the Mounties have changed their methods since 2012.He did not signal that the video would be reviewed.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

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Council wants Tourism Boards feedback on allowing special event camping at city

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first_imgAmong the examples of events given by Carlson that would request camping permission include: slo-pitch tournaments in Surerus Park, lacrosse tournaments at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, and swim meets at the North Peace Leisure Pool.Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that the City has received numerous requests over the years to allow camping in close proximity to sporting events, something that is currently permitted at the ball diamonds in Taylor and Chetwynd.Overnight camping is also permitted at parks in Dawson Creek during special events, though unlike in Carlson’s proposal, approval must be given by Council.City Manager Dianne Hunter supported the recommendation, though did include in her comments that Council may wish to refer this report to the Tourism Board for input and comment, which is what Council decided to do in the end. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council wants to get feedback from the Fort St. John Tourism Board before making a decision on whether or not to allow overnight camping at city parks and facilities during special events.In a report that went before Council at Monday’s meeting, Pool Manager Karin Carlson recommended including the option of overnight camping at recreation facilities as part of the permitting process for special events on municipal property.Camping is currently not permitted in City parks, and Carlson was recommending that City staff be able to grant approval for overnight camping during special events on a case-by-case basis.last_img read more

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Marrakechs Taroudant A Small Town Full of History and Charm

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By Mohamed HikalSitting approximately 80 kilometers east of Agadir, Taroudant, or the “little Marrakech,” is an imperial town stretching out along the Souss Valley.The first thing a visitor will notice is the pentagon-shaped fortified wall that encircles the city. The Taroudant historical wall is the oldest wall in Morocco and the third most robust in the world, according to historian A. Hermas, after the Great Wall of China and the Kumbhalgarh Fort in India. Though far older dynasties started building walls around the city, the Saadian dynasty, led by Mohammed Ash-Sheikh Saadi, built the current design of the wall and the city as a whole in the 16th century. The Saadians built the defensive rampart for military purposes. It stands 8 to 10 meters high, 1.5 to 4 meters thick, and 8 kilometers long. More than 100 crenels, used to keep watch or shoot at enemies, top the wall. The Saadians used Taroudant as a base to launch attacks against the Spanish and Portuguese armies, which occupied the regions around the coastal city of Agadir 80 kilometers away.The five large unbreachable gates, called “bab” in Arabic, were made of hard materials to withstand attack. The five entrances are known as Bab Zorgan, Bab Targhount, Bab Ouled Bounouna, Bab Lkhmis, and Bab Selsla.Bab Zorgan derives its name from the old mills or grinders that locals used to grind grains and sugar canes. Due to its proximity to the city’s bus and taxi station, a nearby gate, Bab Benyara, has been opened to facilitate traffic in out of the city.Previously called “The Gate of Conquest,” Bab Targhount was the gate from which the Saadians started their attacks. It is considered the smallest with a 20 square meter yard. Locals say its name derives from a nearby stream.The previous local communal council had decided to use the yard for an art gallery exhibition, but someone set it on fire. The gate’s frame survived however, remaining intact thanks to its solid materials.The name Bab Ouled Bonouna refers to a number of Andalusian families that settled in Taroudant after they were expelled from Andalusia in the 16th century.  Bab Lkhmis opened onto a space where local townspeople, or Roudanis, and people from the Souss region did their shopping every Khmiss day (Thursday).It leads out towards the city graveyard that predates even the Saadians. The gate has a 78 square meter yard and a small mosque.Bab Selsla is the main entrance through which the sultans and any formal convoys came. Just beside the gate are stairs that tourists use today to climb up to the terrace where they can see panoramic views of the.Along with their military function, the wall and its gates served as control towers and checkpoints to monitor visitors, check salesmen, and collect taxes from caravans coming from nearby regions and wishing to do business in the city.Taroudant’s kasbah, another historical site, used to be a military fort par excellence. It housed the sultan’s palace, a military base, a mosque, and a prison. The prison once housed insurgents and Portuguese captives.In addition to the sultan’s palace in the kasbah, Taroudant boasts Dar El Baroud (the house of gunpowder), an immense late-19th-century palace built on the rubble of an earlier Saadian storehouse. As its name indicates, the Saadians used Dar El Baroud to store weapons. Unfortunately, the great edifice, which stretches out over several hectares, is not open to the public.Today, large parts of the wall that were damaged have been repaired to preserve the city’s status as a tourist destination.Approximately 15-20,000 tourists visit the city each year to enjoy the sun and see the craft-work that has survived time. Taroudant has a working leather and wool industry with tanneries and traditional shops scattered inside the old medina (city).The communal council and civil society have worked hard since 2015 to help the city regain its former glory. The Ministry of Culture and the municipal council are working hand in hand to save a town that seems to have lost much of its past. read more

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Progress made on path to Security Council reform says Assembly President

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14 November 2007United Nations Member States have paved the way to identifying the contentious elements that will form the basis of negotiations on reforming the Security Council, the General Assembly President said today after the 192-member forum wrapped up a three-day debate on the issue. United Nations Member States have paved the way to identifying the contentious elements that will form the basis of negotiations on reforming the Security Council, the General Assembly President said today after the 192-member forum wrapped up a three-day debate on the issue.In his closing remarks, Srgjan Kerim said “the debate demonstrated the clear commitment of Member States to embark upon a new stage that offers the prospect of achieving the ultimate goal of comprehensive reform of the Security Council.”He noted that nearly half of the UN’s membership had taken part in “a frank and effective dialogue” in which they all agreed on the importance and urgency of Council reform, even if they still differed on the precise formula for change and the process for achieving it.The process “will require our combined efforts based on pragmatism, political courage, mutual faith and respect, as well as flexibility and the political will to reach the broadest possible agreement.”Mr. Kerim warned that the world “cannot afford to undermine this collective political momentum by calculating to imbibe it with hesitation in order to derail or disrupt the process.”But for intergovernmental negotiations on the issue to begin successfully, the Assembly President said Member States should be guided by a series of principles that have emerged during the long-running debate on Council reform.Those elements include: that Council reform must go hand-in-hand with transforming the wider UN system; that negotiations must be undertaken in good faith and based on mutual respect; that reform must “accommodate the interests and concerns of all sides, especially those who are currently underrepresented”; and that the process must always be transparent and objective. read more

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Underage girl rescued from Singapore

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However she was later forced into prostitution and had to serve at least 12 customers a day. She has been rescued and brought to Sri Lanka. The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) says a young girl has been rescued from Singapore after she was forced into prostitution.NCPA chairperson Anoma Dissanayaka says the girl had been sent to Singapore with the promise of obtaining employment. “We have now asked the Foreign Employment bureau in Sri Lanka to be cautious when sending women to Singapore for employment as some of these women may get involved in prostitution,” Dissanayaka said.In 2010 the Sri Lankan police busted a racket in Sri Lanka where young girls are sent to Singapore for prostitution. (Colombo Gazette) Dissanayaka said that after the girl was rescued information came to light that more and more women and young girls are being sent to Singapore on the promise of obtaining employment with a good salary but are later forced into prostitution. read more

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Over 1200 acres of Army occupied land in the North released

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The release of this acreage of land included state land in Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu where the Army has been running farms. President Maithripala Sirisena today released over 1200 acres of Army occupied land in the North.The Army said that Army-used state and private lands in the North which will not have any impact on national security were released at a ceremony attended by the President. The ceremony to release the land was coordinated by the Security Fore Headquarters – Mullaittivu, Office of the Governor for Northern Province, District Secretariats, respective Divisional Secretariats and the Army Directorate of Quartering, Land and Property. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Tips to help small businesses find the staffers they want

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NEW YORK — Small business owners who compete with large companies as well as each other for job candidates find they need to be creative to get the staffers they want. Some have given up on online job boards and develop their own strategies. Here’s what they do:— Never stop recruiting. Many owners are always on the lookout for people who look like a good fit for their companies, not just when they have an opening or are expanding. Some find that chance encounters with sales people in stores, restaurants and other businesses can lead to good hires; they get a preview of a potential staffer’s work ethic and abilities. Some owners have hired employees who work for clients or customers — they’ve already formed a good relationship.— Get to know a prospect well before making an offer. Brian Conyer, co-founder of Giblib, a company that creates instructional videos for doctors, reaches out to potential hires on LinkedIn and has email conversations with them, introducing them to his company and getting a sense of their talents and capabilities. When he has a sense that they’re interested, he’ll ask him hiring managers to start the interview process.— Look beyond the traditional workforce. Many veterans, senior citizens and people with disabilities want to work, and they have skills small businesses need. Finding these workers isn’t difficult; a search of LinkedIn will yield many retired people and an online search will return listings for groups that help people with disabilities find work. State veterans affairs agencies help people who served in the military find jobs, and these offices are a good resource, according to Paul Dillon, a management consultant.— Work with community colleges. Owners who need staffers with certain skills may find that schools want to place their students in jobs where they can get training and experience._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

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Former Serb commander charged by UN tribunal with crimes against humanity

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The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today revealed charges of crimes against humanity against an ex-Serbian military commander for his role in planning and carrying out the massacre in 1995 of 1,000 Bosnian Muslim men from Srebrenica.Prosecutors at the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), today unsealed the charges against Milorad Trbic, who had been named late last month in the same indictment as Vinko Pandurevic, another commander of the so-called Zvornik Brigade charged with genocide for his role in the deadly July 1995 shelling that “virtually eliminated the presence of any Bosnian Muslims in the Srebrenica enclave area, thus continuing an ethnic cleansing campaign which had begun in the spring of 1992.”Under the indictment, Mr. Trbic was charged with one count of crimes against humanity for his individual role in paramilitary actions that took place between 11 July 1995 and 1 November 1995. He was transferred to the Tribunal’s Detention Unit yesterday and his initial appearance before the UN court has been set for 13 April.According to the Tribunal, Mr. Trbic, who joined the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) when the war in Bosnia started, was appointed to the position of Deputy Commander of the 3rd Battalion of the Zvornik Brigade. On 14 July 1995, he allegedly participated in the killing of 20 Bosnian Muslim males in front of the gymnasium of the Grbavci School in the village of Orahovac, where hundreds of Bosnian Muslim males had been detained.That same day, VRS personnel from the Zvornik Brigade transported these Bosnian Muslim males from the school at Grbavci to a nearby field, where personnel, including members of the 4th Battalion of the Zvornik Brigade, ordered the prisoners off the trucks and summarily executed them with automatic weapons.According to the indictment, “Milorad Trbic assisted in loading the Muslim men onto the trucks to the execution sites and assisted in the executions by shooting Muslim men with his rifle. Approximately 1,000 Bosnian Muslim males were killed.” read more

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US industrial production jumps by most since November 2014

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FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, file photo, welder Gabriel Gonzalez welds a support beam at a local welding shop in Hialeah, Fla. On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, the Federal Reserve reports on U.S. industrial production for April. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File) US industrial production jumps by most since November 2014 by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2016 7:32 am MDT Last Updated May 17, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. industrial production in April posted the biggest increase since November 2014 as utility output surged, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday.Industrial output — which includes factories, mines and utilities — rose 0.7 per cent from March. It had dropped the previous two months.Fueling the improvement was utility production, which surged 5.8 per cent in April. It was the biggest jump since February 2007. Demand for electricity and natural gas returned to more normal levels after unusually mild March weather.Factory output rebounded 0.3 per cent, the most since January, helped by a solid increase in auto and machinery production. The dollar, which surged in 2014 and 2015, has been falling against major currencies since January. A lower dollar provides some relief to factories by making their goods less expensive in foreign markets.Mining production dropped 2.3 per cent, marking the eighth straight decline as energy companies reduced oil and gas drilling. Coal producers have also cut back in the face of lower-price competition from natural gas.Overall, American industry remains slack. Factories were operating at 75.3 per cent of capacity last month, up slightly from March but well below their long-run average of 78.5 per cent.The industrial weakness reflects a sluggish economy. The U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of just 0.5 per cent from January through March, decelerating from an already-lacklustre 1.4 per cent rate the last three months of 2015. The job market has remained resilient despite the weak growth. But employers added just 160,000 jobs in April, the fewest since September. read more

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CardinalsChargers Preview Capsule

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ARIZONA (2-8) at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (7-3)Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE – Chargers by 13RECORD VS. SPREAD – Cardinals 5-5, Chargers 5-5SERIES RECORD – Chargers lead 9-4LAST MEETING – Cardinals beat Chargers, 18-17, Sept. 8, 2014LAST WEEK – Cardinals lost to Raiders 23-21; Chargers lost to Broncos 23-22AP PRO32 RANKING – Cardinals No. 32, Chargers No. 8CARDINALS OFFENSE – OVERALL (32), RUSH (31), PASS (32).CARDINALS Defence – OVERALL (17), RUSH (29), PASS (4).CHARGERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (7), RUSH (9), PASS (9).CHARGERS Defence – OVERALL (14), RUSH (18), PASS (14).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Chargers have won three of last four over Cardinals . Last seven games in series have been decided by eight points or less. . Arizona coach Steve Wilks was Chargers secondary coach from 2009-11. . Chargers offensive co-ordinator Ken Whisenhunt was Arizona’s coach for six seasons (2007-12) and led Arizona to Super Bowl 43. . Cardinals QB Josh Rosen, who grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, had his first three-TD game last week. . RB David Johnson has three straight 100-yard scrimmage games. . WR Larry Fitzgerald (1,276 career receptions) needs six catches to pass Jerry Rice for most receptions in NFL history with one team. . WR Christian Kirk third among rookies in receiving yards (495). . DE Chandler Jones, third in NFL with 10 1-2 sacks, has four sacks in past two games. . Chargers QB Philip Rivers has thrown two or more TD passes in 10 straight games. He needs two touchdowns to tie Drew Brees for second-longest streak of seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes (11 seasons). Rivers has 112.1 passer rating, his career best through first 10 games of season. . RB Melvin Gordon second in league in scrimmage yards per game (132.1). Gordon is tied for second in league with four catches of 25 yards or more. . Chargers lead league with 7.31-yard average on first down. . WR Keenan Allen has TD catch in past two games. . DE Melvin Ingram has three sacks in past four games. … Fantasy tip: Johnson has eight touchdowns and is averaging 129.9 yards from scrimmage in past seven games vs. AFC teams.___More AP NFL:?https://apnews.com/NFL ?and?https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

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Field hockey looks to spark new win streak

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The Ohio State field hockey team strives to bounce back after having its six-game win streak snapped.The team looks to regain some momentum at Miami University on Wednesday after a devastating overtime loss to Penn State. The loss was a big blow to the team’s morale, but junior forward Jena Cacciatore said that the team is confident the Buckeyes will bounce back.“That’s not the way we want our season to go,” she said. Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Quintiliani echoed Cacciatore’s confidence in the Buckeyes’ ability to rebound from the loss. “There’s something to learn from the loss,” Quintiliani said. “We need to finish our opportunities and finish games.”The Buckeyes will have to play a full 70-plus minutes Wednesday against Miami as they try to improve their road record of 2-3. The game will be another tough road test for OSU as it faces a confident Miami squad, which has won its last seven games and is 4-1 at home.In their most recent contest, the Redhawks dominated Missouri State 9-0. The nine goals scored tied the program’s record high, and their seven-game win streak is the team’s longest since 1981.The Redhawks have scored five or more goals in four of their last seven games, while the Buckeyes haven’t allowed more than two goals in their past seven games. The Buckeyes’ strong defense and goalkeeping will try to slow down Miami’s high-powered offense.The game is 3 p.m. today at Oxford. It serves as a break from the Big Ten schedule, which the Buckeyes will resume Sunday at home against Iowa. read more

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The best April Fools Day stories

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first_imgToday is always met with dread by news writers around the world. What is news and what’s a joke dressed up as news? Thankfully some of the best April Fools’ Day stories are quite obvious, but no less funny because of it. We’ve rounded up the best of the bunch.Twitter launches Twttr, wants $5 per month for vowel useTwitter has revealed that from today its 140 character social network is becoming a two tier service. The basic service is free and called Twttr, but you can’t use vowels. If you want your vowels back in tweets, then you need to upgrade to the full Twitter service, which costs $5 a month.If this was real, I can imagine everyone just adjusting to not using vowels, but it would be like reading a whole new language that would take some getting used to.Firebox offers $250,000 Iron Man suitUK online retailer Firebox has decided to offer a fully-functional Iron Man suit crafted from a mix of carbon and steel. It includes a Mark XLVII headset complete with holographic technology, hand-mounted stabilization jets, thigh-mounted flares, and a 1,000 watt lithium battery to power the unit.The suit comes with a warning, though. Due to how experimental the suit is, customers will need to undertake rigorous physical and psychological tests before being allowed to purchase one. You will also have to come up with $250,000.Study Underwater Basketweaving with CourseraCoursera is a well-known provider of online courses, many of which have been created by partnering with universities. But the course introduced today is certainly different.Underwater Basketweaving will see students spend up to 6 hours a week for 5 weeks learning how to “weave beautiful, structurally superior wet-weave baskets in the ancient Aquacamamata style.” I predict some very wrinkly fingers should anyone choose to enroll.Razer Naga mouse and phone in oneWhen you’re sitting at your desk gaming on your PC, typically you’ll have your smartphone in reach in case a call or text comes in. But isn’t it annoying having to take your hand off your mouse to answer a call? Razer thinks so, so they are introducing the Razer Naga–a mouse that doubles as a phone.Communication is always in the palm of your hand, so you can order pizza in-game, without ever needing to take your sweaty digits off that high-precision rodent.Virgin’s glass-bottomed planeLong haul flights can get pretty boring, especially if your plane doesn’t have WiFi or you’ve seen all the movies being offered. So Virgin has come up with another “feature” to keep you occupied or so scared you can’t move out of your seat for the entire flight.Richard Branson has proudly announced that Virgin Atlantic is introducing the world’s first glass-bottomed plane. Now, looking down from your seat will reveal a thin pane of glass between you and the runway, landscape, or clouds below.Wolfram Alpha Handwritten Knowledge EngineWolfram Alpha is a well-known computational knowledge engine, or anwwer engine, developed by Wolfram Research. You ask it a question and you’ll probably get the answer you were looking for. But Wolfram has realized it isn’t very personal, so for April 1st they are introducing the Handwritten Knowledge Engine.Basically, instead of just getting your results back in standard printed text form, Wolfram has apparently hired new staff to transcribe the results by hand. You, the user, will see handwritten answers and illustrations where appropriate. But be quick, hands get tired and cramp up, meaning your results may stop being returned quickly very soon.Imgur upload via snail mailImgur has decided to start catering to the film camera user, the computer illiterate, and “those afraid of radiation from scanners,” by introducing a snail mail feature. You can now mail your images to Imgur using the PO Box address.Mail your image and 2-3 weeks later you will receive the URL to your now uploaded image. There’s what looks to be a real PO Box, so I’m sure Imgur will be receiving more than a few images in the post, be they jokes or people actually taking this service seriously.Google Fiber to the PoleGoogle is slowly rolling out Google Fiber to locations in the US. One of those is Kansas City, which is now also getting Google Fiber to the Pole. The idea being, you can still get access to super fast Internet and ubiquitous gigabit connectivity when you’re out and about, simply by plugging into a Google pole box.Each pole adjusts to your height, and has a QR code you need to scan three times. If you see one, be sure to plug in and take advantage of the speed.GOG.com introduces the RetroMator 4000GOG.com has made a name for itself by making classic games available to play on modern operating systems and without DRM. Now they are set to introduce the RetroMator 4000, which will bring old school gaming to modern games.This free product will allow you to scale modern game graphics back to VGA, switch out the UI for something really old, replace QTEs with impossible boss battles, removes all regenerating health features, and break your games up into virtual disks to help relive the old days.If you see any other clever April Fools’ Day posts share them in the comments below. Google went a bit overboard producing several, but Google Fiber to the Pole was certainly the best in my view. There’s also a BlackBerry tablet rumor a lot of sites fell for. What else is out there today?last_img read more

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Ukip members vote to remove scandalhit leader Henry Bolton

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first_img Share25 Tweet Email Image: Gareth Fuller via PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3857752 Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 5:16 PM By Hayley Halpin Short URL Feb 17th 2018, 5:16 PM Henry Boltoncenter_img Henry Bolton Image: Gareth Fuller via PA Images Ukip members vote to remove scandal-hit leader Henry Bolton Members backed a motion of no confidence by 867 votes (63%) to 500 (37%). 21 Comments MEMBERS OF BRITAIN’S Ukip party have voted to remove party leader Henry Bolton from his role following controversy over racist messages sent by his partner.At the party’s Extraordinary General Meeting today in Birmingham, members backed a motion of no confidence by 867 votes (63%) to 500 (37%).Bolton, aged 54, came under fire in early January after it emerged that his girlfriend allegedly made racist remarks about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle.25-year-old Jo Marney is said to have written texts saying that “black American” Markle would “taint the royal family”, and her marriage to Prince Harry would pave the way for a “black king”.Marney apologised for the comments, saying they were “unnecessary” and “reckless”.Bolton, who was elected party leader less than five months ago, and Marney separated after the texts were made public.On 21 January, Ukip’s national executive committee unanimously backed a vote of no confidence in Bolton at an emergency meeting.However, Bolton vowed to continue as party leader, despite the no-confidence vote. The motion was today taken to Ukip members to decide whether they accept or reject the committee’s stance.Two senior members of Ukip, deputy leader Margot Parker and the party’s immigration spokesman John Bickley, quit the party after Bolton refused to step aside last month.Read: Ukip in turmoil as two top figures quit party after leader refuses to step downMore: Ukip leader loses no-confidence vote after row over comments made by ex-girlfriend 7,260 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Une Britannique boucle le marathon de Londres avec des jambes bioniques

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first_imgUne Britannique boucle le marathon de Londres avec des “jambes bioniques”Dimanche 22 avril, une femme paralysée a réussi à arriver au bout des 42,2 kilomètres du marathon de Londres grâce à des prothèses qui lui ont permis de marcher et de se tenir debout.Si des milliers de coureurs se préparaient depuis des mois au marathon de Londres, l’évènement a représenté bien plus qu’un défi pour Claire Lomas, une Britannique de 32 ans. Cette jeune femme paralysée se trouvait en effet bel et bien sur la ligne de départ grâce à des “jambes bioniques”. Un appareillage qui lui a permis de rester debout et de marcher pendant les 42,2 kilomètres du marathon. “Quand je m’entraînais, il y avait des jours où je me demandais si j’y arriverais”, a expliqué Claire Lomas, une ancienne chiropractrice paralysée des membres inférieurs à la suite d’un accident de cheval en 2007. “Mais quand j’ai commencé, j’ai juste pris chaque jour comme il venait, et chaque pas me rapprochait du but”, a t-elle raconté citée par l’AFP. C’est ainsi les larmes aux yeux mais “aux anges” que la jeune femme a franchi la ligne d’arrivée appuyée sur des béquilles, 16 jours après avoir entamé le parcours. Elle a marché en moyenne un peu moins de trois kilomètres par jour soutenue par son mari, sa fille de 13 mois et ses parents. Des personnalités ont même marché à ses côtés pour l’encourager durant son exploit.Dans les derniers kilomètres, des centaines de personnes s’étaient rassemblées pour saluer son exploit et des soldats de la cavalerie royale lui ont fait une garde d’honneur sur le Mall, la célèbre avenue qui conduit à Buckingham Palace, dans le centre de Londres. Si la jeune femme ne pourra figurer dans le palmarès de la course qui exige que les concourants finissent le parcours en une journée, une douzaine de participants ont décidé de lui donner leur médaille en hommage à son exploit.Plus de 86.000 livres récoltées pour la recherche À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Outre le courage et la ténacité de cette jeune femme, ce défi a également souligné les progrès de la technologie. L’appareil fixé sur ses jambes a été conçu par un chef d’entreprise israélien et coûte pas moins de 43.000 livres, soit 53.000 euros. Celui-ci fonctionne à l’aide de capteurs de mouvement reliés à un ordinateur embarqué. Ceci lui permet de mimer la façon dont les articulations devraient répondre normalement. Une personne paralysée des membres inférieurs comme c’était le cas pour Claire Lomas, peut alors se tenir debout mais aussi marcher et monter les escaliers. Plus qu’un défi personnel, la jeune femme a d’ailleurs profité de cette course pour réunir plus de 86.000 livres (107.000 euros) destinées à une association qui finance la recherche contre la paralysie provoquée par une fracture du cou ou du dos.Le 9 mai 2012 à 12:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Nintendo Switch Officially Outsells Wii U in Less Than 11 Months

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first_imgStay on target That didn’t take long, did it? It’s official, folks, the Nintendo Switch has outsold the Wii U. In less than 11 months, Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid managed to sell/ship 14.86 million units. Compare this to the Wii U, which sold 13.5 million during its entire lifetime. Nintendo is certainly celebrating today.This news comes to us directly from Nintendo, which released a new financial report detailing the Switch’s success. The system sold 2.74 million when it made its debut in March. It sold an additional 12.13 million units in the nine months ending December 31, 2017. This puts it at 14.86 sold overall. During the holiday season (the last quarter), Switch moved 7.23 million units.Sales were no doubt bolstered by titles like Super Mario Odyssey, which sold an impressive 9 million copies since its release. That alone makes it the top selling game on the system (with one hell of an attach rate!). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes in second place, with 7.3 million copies sold. Switch’s first must-have game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, moved 6.7 million units.Nintendo expects the Switch to sell 20 million units in 2018. The GameCube sold 21.74 million consoles during its lifetime, so it’s quite possible Switch will end up outselling it even before the year is over. It’s doubtful Switch will catch up to the Wii’s 101.63 million any time soon, but considering its current momentum, it may nip at the heels of Nintendo’s best-selling system within the next five years.Switch certainly enjoyed an impressive debut year, but will this continue into 2018? Right now, it doesn’t appear that there are many blockbusters coming to Switch. New Kirby and Yoshi games are nice, but they don’t have the pull of heavyweights like Super Mario Odyssey or Breath of the Wild. We know that new Pokemon and Metroid games are in the pipeline, and those will certainly generate renewed interest in Switch. Nintendo is no doubt keeping a few announcements close to its proverbial chest. Just because 2018 looks relatively dry doesn’t mean the company won’t release something that will get consumers excited. Maybe Labo will be Switch’s next killer app? We’ll have to wait and see.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

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Valencia most improved team in Europes top 5 leagues

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first_imgNo team throughout all of Europe has shown such an improvement compared to the previous campaign as Valencia CF with the Spanish side having picked up 27 more points compared to last seasonUnder the guidance of new manager Marcelino Garcia Toral, Los Che has had a complete turnaround after their lowly 12th place finish in La Liga last term.This season they have collected 27 more points and have finished in fourth place in the La Liga standings.This rise makes them the most improved side in Europe with Premier League champions Manchester City coming in second place with a further 22 points compared to their last campaign.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Real Betis also enjoyed an impressive turnaround this season and finished in fifth place in La Liga ahead of local rivals Sevilla with 21 more points compared to last season.Despite their obvious disappointment with their season, Manchester United still managed to achieve 12 more points this term in what was Jose Mourinho’s second campaign in charge at Old Trafford.Valencia – 27 more pointsManchester City – 22 pointsReal Betis – 21 pointsSchalke 04 – 20 pointsMarseille – 15 pointsBurnley/Bayer Leverkusen – 14 pointsManchester United/Montpellier – 12 pointsLyon/Dijon – 11 pointsInter Milan – 10 pointsLeganes/Rennes – 8 pointsEintracht Frankfurt – 7 pointsSampdoria/Paris Saint-Germain – 6 pointsNapoli/Genoa/St Etienne – 5 points (Obtained by Daily Mail)last_img read more

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70milewide swarm of butterflies detected by weather radar

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first_imgLook at what’s flying into Denver! Radar from last hour showing what we believe to be birds. Any bird experts know what kind? #ornithology pic.twitter.com/EAqzdMwpFU— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) October 3, 2017 (WSVN) – Everyone knows weather radar can pick up rain, snowstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. Apparently it can also detect insects.Earlier this week, the National Weather Service’s bureau in Colorado shared interactive radar images of what they said was a 70-mile-wide swarm of butterflies.At first, meterologists thought the butterflies were a flock of birds, tweeting “radar from last hour showing what we believe to be birds.” They followed up with a comment saying “Yes! This signature is butterflies, rarely seen on our radar.”The butterflies on the radar where painted ladies, often mistaken for monarchs, according to USA Today. The news outlet says the insects have descended on Colorado’s Front Range and are feeding on flowers.Meteorologist Paul Schlatter says the color on the radar the butterflies’ shape and direction, not their actual color. They travel in swarms that seem like clouds. Yes! This signature is butterflies, rarely seen on our radar.— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) October 5, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Mazdas Skyactiv engines demystified

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first_img More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Skyactiv-G (Gasoline) is a modern take on a holy grail: The high-compression engine. Such designs compress air and fuel in the cylinder to a higher degree before lighting it off, generating more power from a given amount of fuel. But high-compression engines tend to combust chaotically, leading to spark knock, which threatens an engine’s efficiency and longevity. Mazda has conquered that by putting a little combustion well atop the piston, injecting fuel in precise, fast bursts so it has less time to get into trouble, and by carefully scavenging exhaust with a 4-2-1 header system.Mazda’s Skyactiv-G piston has a critical little well in the top of its domed pistons to help control pre-detonation at very high-compress ratios. Mazda Skyactiv-D (Diesel) is their take on the diesel, an engine that has always used high compression to cause spontaneous combustion of air and fuel without a spark plug. But Mazda lowers that ratio to give the squirt of diesel fuel more time to mix with air before it detonates. That, along with precise spritzing of the fuel leads to a cleaner, more thorough burn. The lower compression ratio means the engine can use somewhat lighter parts and slightly looser tolerances for less energy-sapping friction and weight.skyactiv-dMazda’s Skyactiv-D technology runs a slightly lower compression ratio than traditional diesel to give the injected fuel a little more time to mix thoroughly with air in the cylinder (seen at right) for more complete fuel utilization and fewer emissions. Mazda Skyactiv-X (Gasoline X Diesel) is a gas engine that works like a diesel: It relies on high compression to cause the air/fuel mixture to combust, but retains a traditional spark plug to fine tune the nature of that combustion. It also runs lean, inhaling relatively more air than fuel, which would normally result in a miserable little econobox engine but, in this case, the high compression makes up for the power lost to that burn. And, since it uses relatively more air than gas, it can be run at high, sportier RPMs and avoid boring tall gears while still preserving good MPG. It debuts on Mazdas in the EU first, but we have a first drive for you here. 3:35 Carmakers are rolling over on combustion engines at a rapid clip: You won’t hear them crowing about their latest combustion technology nearly as much as their latest way to use a battery and an electric motor. But Mazda cuts the other way with a set of engines whose name sounds like an ISP or a yoga studio, not some of the most clever technology under any hood. Cooley On Cars Share your voice Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 1 Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now playing: Watch this: What does Skyactiv tell you about a Mazda engine? Tagslast_img read more

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CocaCola to enter booze business All set to add extra fizz to

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first_imgCoca-Cola to launch alcoholic drink in JapanCreative Commons.In a bid to further expand its consumer base and give that extra fizz to its range of beverages, the US-based soft drink giant Coca-Cola is all set to introduce its first alcoholic drink. The new beverage will be launched in Japan with a local flavor and name — Chu-Hi. Breaking a 130-year-old tradition, Coca-Cola will launch a canned beverage called Chu-Hi made with a distilled beverage called shochu and sparkling water and some flavoring, the company said in a post published in coca-colacompany.com recently.”This is unique in our history. Coca-Cola has always focused entirely on non-alcoholic beverages, and this is a modest experiment for a specific slice of our market. The Chu-Hi category is found almost exclusively in Japan. Globally, it’s not uncommon for non-alcoholic beverages to be sold in the same system as alcoholic beverages,” said Jorge Garduno, president of Coca-Cola’s Japan business unit.”It makes sense to give this a try in our market. But I don’t think people around the world should expect to see this kind of thing from Coca-Cola. While many markets are becoming more like Japan, I think the culture here is still very unique and special, so many products that are born here will stay here,” he added confirming the plan.By introducing a Chu-Hi drink, Coca-Cola is stepping into a new category in the market. Earlier, The Telegraph had reported that the company will launch three new drinks in the UK in 2018 to beat the forthcoming sugar tax in the country.The three drinks are the ice tea drink Fuzetea, ready-to-drink cold coffee Honest Coffee, and the dairy-free smoothies AdeZ.Under the sugar tax, a new £ 520 million (around Rs 4719 crore) will be levied on sugar-sweetened drinks to combat child obesity. It will come in to force in April this year. Water-based soft drinks, milk-based beverages, and pure fruit juices are exempted from the sugar tax.last_img read more

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WATCH Thousands March For Science in Washington Houston Other Cities

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first_imgThe March for Science, a nationwide and global event on Saturday to celebrate Earth’s Day and to promote the understanding of science and defend science from attacks such as proposed U.S. government budget cuts, has taken place in several cities in the country, including Houston, and other places in the world. By midday, thousands of people stood outside the Washington Monument amid bouts of downpours, listening to a mix of speeches and music.In Houston, people marching around the downtown area, including families with their children showing messages in support of science and science education,  joined the movement demanding that science takes a prominent place in education plans and protecting budget cuts.  Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., speakers noted that President Trump was in the White House nearby, having cancelled a weekend in New Jersey.  Jeannette Villabon and her son Nikko Chey of Stanhope, New Jersey, went all out donning a Tyrannosaurus rex costume and holding a sign that said: “Hey tiny hands fund EPA study. Quit being cretaceous.” Trump’s “archaic thinking is going to ruin us all,” Villabon said. Other signs were only slightly less pointed, such as “edit genes not the truth,” ”data not dogma” and “global warming is real. Trump is the hoax.” In other states, like Florida, people marched in the same spirit. In Gainsville, more than a thousand people stretched for miles through the streets of Gainesville in a peaceful demonstration, said Pati Vitt, a plant scientist at the Chicago Botanic Garden in town for work at the university. “We’re scientists, so we’re orderly,” she said with a laugh. “We let the signs do the talking.” She said her favorite featured a drawing of DNA, with the note “checks itself before it wrecks itself.” And she hoped the crowds at hundreds of cities across the country draw attention to the perils of ignoring science funding.The March for Science was dreamed up at the Women’s March on Washington, a day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. The march puts scientists — who generally shy away from advocacy and whose work depends on objective experimentation — into a more public position. Scientists involved in the march said they’re anxious about political and public rejection of established science such as climate change and the safety of vaccines. This story contains information from Associated Press Sharelast_img read more

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