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first_imgWINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Airport was evacuated because of a “possible security incident” on Sunday morning before returning to normal operations nearly an hour later.Officials did not release much information about the incident, saying only that people at the airport should follow directions on site and those on their way to the facility should check with their airlines for the latest flight information.Claire Renic, who was at the airport to drop off her boyfriend’s family, says she was among the throngs of people left waiting outside the building for 45 minutes starting at about 7:30 a.m.She says the airport was evacuated of travellers and staff alike.Renic says police vehicles and armoured cars could be seen nearby, but it wasn’t clear what was going on.The evacuation was lifted at about 8:15 a.m., but several flights were delayed following the incident.last_img read more


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first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, how much of your privacy are you prepared to trade for ease and convenience? And before you answer this, take a look at the fine print of all the apps you’ve downloaded recently.But what about in the real world? In your physical space? This is the debate around Toronto’s Sidewalk Labs proposal, which would see a new ‘smart’ community built along the Waterfront. There are hundreds of benefits to using data to build a more efficient city. And hundreds of downsides to collecting it from citizens as they go about their daily lives.So how will this debate unfold? Will part of Toronto become ‘smart’? And why is the corporation that wants the data also proposing allowing other organizations to access it?GUEST: John Lorinc, senior editor, Spacing Toronto; 2019-20 Atkinson Fellow (focusing on Smart Cities, data and privacy)Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/chtbl.com/track/G9G45/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_07222019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more


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first_imgU.S. stocks remained volatile Monday as the market recovered from sharp losses in morning trading to end with modest gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost as much as 507 points in early trading before ending with a gain of 34.On Monday:The S&P 500 index picked up 4.64 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,637.72.The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 34.31 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 24,423.26.The Nasdaq composite rose 51.27 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,020.52.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks slid 4.99 per cent, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,443.09.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 35.89 points, or 1.3 per cent.The Dow is down 295.96 points, or 1.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 117.13 points, or 1.7 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 92.42 points, or 6 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more


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TORONTO — The association representing Ontario’s real estate agents wants stronger rules to protect home buyers against the risks involved in purchasing a former grow op, a situation it says will increase once cannabis is legalized this year.The Ontario Real Estate Association has proposed a series of changes it says can help ensure home buyers are protected from health and safety risks linked to grow ops.The group is asking the government to restrict the number of plants a home owner can grow in a unit 1,000 square feet or smaller to one plant, down from four.It also says home inspectors should receive training on how to spot the signs of a former marijuana grow operation.It also wants to ensure all illegal cannabis operations are inspected by a building inspector and wants all municipalities to be required to register remediation work completed on a property.Once cannabis is legalized, Ontario intends to sell it in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to people 19 and older. read more


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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Nielsen Music’s mid-year report says Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran have the top albums of the year, so far.Nielsen says Lamar’s “DAMN.” is the top album with 1.772 million sales, based on a combination of album sales, song sales and audio streams. Sheeran’s “Divide” is second with 1.749 million.The report is based off of the first six months of the year.Drake’s “More Life,” Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” and Migos’ “Culture” round out the Top 5, each reaching 1 million in combined sales.The year’s top song, so far, is Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” which has sold 4.532 million tracks based off of song sales and streaming. That’s followed by Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” Lamar’s “Humble” and Migos’ Bad and Boujee.”_______Online:http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/reports/2017/us-music-mid-year-report-2017.html Ed Sheeran performs on NBC’s “Today” show at Rockefeller Plaza on Thursday, July 6, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 6, 2017 1:12 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nielsen: Kendrick Lamar, Sheeran have top albums at mid-year read more


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The new federal budget could help more families if the parental leave program were expanded to benefit more lower-income households, says a Brock University researcher.In the 2017 budget unveiled Wednesday, the government announced that working parents will now have the option of extending their paid parental leave to 18 months, from the present 12 months. But to do so they must live off less money – 33 per cent of their income rather than 55 per cent for a 12-month leave.Lindsey McKay, an adjunct professor in Brock University’s Department of Sociology, says this is good news for parents with higher incomes, but doesn’t help parents with lower incomes.“Even if you qualify, can the family survive on 33 per cent of one income over 18 months?” says McKay, a postdoctoral fellow in Gender, Work and Care. “This policy change worsens the rich-poor parental leave divide.”McKay recently led a research study that examined if and how family income impacted access to maternal or parental leave. The work included a comparison of the federal Employment Insurance (EI) and Quebec’s Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP).The research team included Brock Professor Andrea Doucet, the Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care, as well as Sophie Mathieu, lecturer at the Université de Montréal and incoming SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at Brock. They found that, in Quebec, only 11 per cent of mothers were excluded from the QPIP, but in the rest of Canada nearly four in 10 mothers are consistently excluded from EI. The numbers get worse in lower-income families, with 15 per cent excluded from the QPIP and 56 per cent excluded from EI.Wednesday’s budget news doesn’t address that disparity, McKay says.She says the disparity is exacerbated because the federal EI program requires people to have worked 600 hours in the preceding year, in order to qualify for parental leave benefits. In Quebec, the threshold is the equivalent of 186 hours.“We don’t know exactly why so many mothers are excluded,” said McKay, “but the main difference with Quebec is the eligibility criteria. Quebec’s criteria are dramatically lower.”McKay is also concerned that expanding maternity and parental benefits under EI to allow 18 months off of work could lead to fewer childcare spaces for young babies.She says if a significant number of parents elect to take the full 18 months off, there will be less demand for infant childcare spaces dedicated to the 0-18 months age bracket. That would lead to a contraction in the number of infant spaces being offered, making it more difficult for parents who do not qualify for benefits or can’t afford to take that much time off to find a place for their children when they return to work.“The impact of this change on childcare is a significant concern,” McKay says. “It could exacerbate the childcare crisis.”Instead, the research by McKay, Doucet and Mathieus recommends the federal government move closer to Quebec’s benefit program, which includes 25 per cent more mothers, close to twice as many lower-income mothers, gives fathers their own leave, and covers a minimum of 70 per cent of wages.“It’s a much more inclusive program. It’s significantly better,” she said. read more


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Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy (6) prepares to strike the ball during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe team that ended the Ohio State men’s volleyball team 2012-13 campaign could be the one who the Buckeyes get their season back on track against.The No. 14 Buckeyes (5-6, 2-2) are set to host Grand Canyon as they continue their five-match homestand at St. John Arena. The Antelopes (6-7) defeated OSU, 3-2, in a Men’s Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Quarterfinal match that ended its season. A chance at revenge lies with the Buckeyes, with two matches against the Antelopes slated to start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.“They’re a strong team with a lot of returners so I expect them to play really well together,” junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said. “Last time we played them, we lost in five sets and no one has forgotten that. It’s going to be a fun match to play in.”In the last meeting between the two teams, OSU led 2-1 after three sets, but Grand Canyon stormed back to win the final two and take the match.“They came out with a lot of fire and played like they had nothing to lose and ended up beating us. Everyone was in shock at the outcome of the game and it was because we took them very lightly. We can’t let that happen again,” senior middle blocker Jonathan Newton said.OSU is preparing to start off strong against Grand Canyon and hopefully take early control of the match. Newton said the Buckeyes can’t underestimate Grand Canyon like they did previously.“They are going to come out and put up a good fight. If we let them get an early jump on us then we could be in trouble. We will be able to control the game if we stop their momentum from the beginning,” Newton said.After taking some time to get some rest away from the gym this past Sunday and Monday, Newton said the Buckeyes have been working on themselves this week, instead of worrying about what the other team is going to bring to the court.“This game has a lot to do with how Ohio State plays. If we can focus on our side of the net and bring a lot of energy, then it’s going to be hard for any team to beat us in our home gym,” Newton said.OSU coach Pete Hanson said the Buckeyes will do what they can to prevent a repeat of last season’s tournament loss.“We have continued to become better as a unit and not to mention, our returning guys have a little bit of an edge to them, because of what happened last year in the playoffs. We are ready to send the message that it is not going to happen again, especially in St. John Arena,” Hanson said. read more


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Biegler’s ladies still dreaming about semi-final! Germany beat Serbia 26:19 at the start of the Main Round in Gothenburg to come closer to the best two places and great success. The Serbian girls weren’t on the level from Stockholm, where they beat Spain and took point against Sweden.Serbia- Germany 19:26 (10:14)  Germany: Woltering, Kramarczyk; Klein (1), Lang (3), Karolius (1), Schmelzer, Loerper (1), Behnke (3), Kramer (1), Naidzinavicius (3), Hubinger (4), Bölk (2), Huber (4/2), Fischer (1), Wohlbold (2), StolleSerbia: Risovic, Kolundzic, Colic; Radosavljevic, Krpez Slezak (3/1), Trifunovic, Kovacevic, Janjusevic, Georgijev (7/4), Pop-Lazic (1), Obradovic, Nikolic (1), Stoiljkovic (1), Liscevic (1), Petrovic, Dmitrovic (4)In the second match of the night, Netherlands found the way to beat home team 33:30 in front of 8.000 domestic fans. Tess Wester was, once again, outstanding between the posts with 16 saves which gave wings for her team-mates in attack, Nicky Groot (7) and Estavana Polman (6). Isabelle Gullden netted eight for the Swedish girls but that wasn’t enough to avoid first defeat at the Championship.STANDINGS:Germany 4The Netherlands 4Sweden 3Serbia 3France 2Spain 0 ← Previous Story Mikkel Hansen is WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 Next Story → VIDEO: Pineau’s show put Spain out of the tournament! read more


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first_imgThe Russian government this week has approved funding for a $1.5 billion high-energy super laser to be constructed at its Research Institute of Experimental Physics, the site of all its nuclear research for the past 60 years. The purpose for the new project is to provide an environment for researchers to be able to test nuclear weapons without actually setting one off, and to look for a renewable source of energy. With the United States and France already having super lasers up and running, Russia is looking to pull even in a move eerily similar to the nuclear arms race of the past.Super lasers are used as a catalyst during inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research. They are one of the prime ingredients in the effort to recreate the enormous energies that are moving around inside stars and explosions caused by the detonation of a hydrogen bomb. They came about as a result of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty that was ratified in 1996 which states that each signatory agrees that they will not carry out any live nuclear weapon testing nor encourage the practice. To get around this promise, countries began developing ICF facilities so that weapons technology could still be studied and perfected.Using BB-sized pellets of deuterium and tritium, scientists create controlled implosions that fuse the two elements together using a super laser. The fusion that results creates enormous energy and heat, with temperatures ranging in the tens of millions of degrees Fahrenheit. This reaction is what makes ICF facilities important — there is a potential to find an energy source from the fusion event that would be considered clean and renewable. However, no ICF facility has ever received as much energy that has been expended to actually create the fusion which obviously is a large hurdle that must be overcome.Russia claims that its ICF facility will be the best in the world, capable of delivering 2.8 megajoules of energy which is more powerful than the 2.0 megajoules that the French and American lasers are rated at. If Russia can actually make its claim a reality, that would be equivalent to roughly 1500x more power used at any given moment by the continental US power grid. I would hate to imagine what the electricity bill looks like when they crank the super laser up for an experiment.Read more at RTlast_img read more


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first_imgMercure : un poison encore présent dans 70% des plombages dentairesDes associations rappellent que le mercure dentaire est un véritable “poison”, présent en France dans 70% des plombages. Faisant courir de graves risques, cet élément constitue un “nouvel exemple de dysfonctionnement de la sécurité sanitaire”.A la veille des négociations internationales sur le mercure qui auront lieu à partir du 31 octobre à Nairobi au Kenya, des associations telles que “Non au mercure dentaire”, le Réseau environnement santé (RES) et l’Association toxicologie-chimie ont fait parler d’elles en dénonçant un sérieux dysfonctionnement en France. En effet, les amalgames dentaires contiennent aujourd’hui 50% de mercure, et on met chaque année “plus de 17 tonnes de mercure dans la bouche des Français”, selon Marie Grosman, de “Non au mercure dentaire”, et ce, malgré les fiches de sécurité “extrêmement alarmantes” transmises aux dentistes par les fabricants.”Des centaines d’études scientifiques” incriminent le mercure dentaire, précise t-elle. D’après le toxicochimiste André Picot, “c’est un CMR (cancérogène, mutagène et reprotoxique). Il est toxique aussi pour les systèmes nerveux, immunitaire et hormonal”, s’amassant toute la vie dans le cerveau, les glandes endocrines et le système cardio-vasculaire, notamment. Or, il est “impossible de définir une dose d’exposition sans danger” pour la population fragile, comme les femmes enceintes et les enfants.Une position contestée par d’autres professionnels comme Jean-Claude Michel qui estime qu’il s’agit-là d’”un vieux fantasme”. “Il n’y a aucune trace de mercure dans les urines et le sang” des personnes qui ont des amalgames. “Il n’y a jamais eu de preuve scientifique que c’est dangereux pour la santé”, assure Roland L’Herron, président de la confédération nationale des syndicats dentaires.”Plusieurs décennies de retard” Des études prouvent pourtant l’inverse, n’en déplaise au Dr L’Herron. “C’est un nouvel exemple de dysfonctionnement du système de sécurité sanitaire, nous avons plusieurs décennies de retard”, dénonce André Cicolella, président du RES, estimant que l’épidémie de maladies chroniques relevée récemment à l’ONU “impose de ne pas retarder l’action publique”.D’ailleurs, le Conseil de l’Europe a adopté en mai une résolution invitant à “la restriction, voire l’interdiction des amalgames comme matériaux d’obturation dentaire”, la Norvège, la Suède et le Danemark ayant totalement interdit l’amalgame dentaire. L’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) suggère de son côté d’utiliser des matériaux alternatifs. À lire aussiTop 5 : quels sont les poisons naturels les plus mortels au monde ?Le Dr L’Herron estime quant à lui que c’est seulement pour des raisons environnementales, pour éviter les rejets de mercure, très polluants, que ces décisions ont été prises (ce qui paraît incongru de la part de l’OMS). En outre, la demande est moins forte, “pour des raisons esthétiques”, dit-il.Une réduction de l’exposition au mercure de 30% d’ici 2 ansMarie Grosman, elle, explique que la France reste dans une position “isolée et incohérente”, car elle est le “seul pays qui s’est officiellement opposé à l’arrêt des amalgames dans l’Union européenne” alors que le Plan national santé-environnement 2 demande une réduction de l’exposition au mercure de la population de 30% d’ici 2013. Selon les associations, les produits de remplacement, à base de verre dit ionomère, ont “fait leurs preuves” : ils permettent d’enlever moins de dent, sont aussi bien remboursés que les amalgames, pour une longévité “au moins identique”. Reste qu’ils sont plus compliqués à poser, et selon les dentistes, qu’ils sont “moins résistants à l’abrasion et très sensibles à l’humidité”.Le 28 octobre 2011 à 12:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


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first_imgStay on target Despite throwing us a bone with last year’s Burnout Paradise Remastered, EA has all but abandoned its over-the-top racing franchise. Thankfully, we have Three Fields Entertainment who is more than willing to give Burnout fans what they want. Comprised of former Burnout developers, Three Fields tested the waters with the Danger Zone series. Those were decent, but only featured its take on crash mode. Now we have the full Burnout-esque experience with Dangerous Driving. Though Dangerous Driving pales in comparison its obvious inspiration, it’s the closest thing we’ll get to a revival.If you loved Burnout 3: Takedown then you’ll feel right at home here. Dangerous Driving offers players a multitude of different racing modes. These include standard races, time attack, road rage, pursuit, face off, and elimination. Though you have different objectives in each category, all races involve you driving at ludicrous speeds and crashing into every opponent before you. Like Burnout, Dangerous Driving is a full-on arcade racer where you’ll rarely (if ever) take your finger off the accelerator. If you want a realistic driving experience then look elsewhere.Playing Dangerous Driving really does take you back to the days of Burnout 3 and Burnout Revenge. It’s actually somewhat jarring after coming off of the open world Burnout Paradise. The tracks are simple and straightforward. They’re mostly comprised of highways or rural roads. The name Dangerous Driving is fitting since you’ll oftentimes avoid crashing into oncoming traffic by the skin of your teeth. However, if you want to maintain boost then you’ll have no choice but to risk it all. You gain the most boost by crashing enemy vehicles, though you’ll also endanger your own vehicle in the process.Slamming into cars to make them crash is just as exhilarating in Dangerous Driving as it was in Burnout. Bumping into a vehicle’s side and then having the game capture the crash through a cinema never gets old. In fact, crashing other vehicles becomes insanely addictive. It’s even awesome when you crash your own car. Yes, it will set you back, but seeing your vehicle turned into a blazing ball of fire is a thing of pure beauty. The crashes alone are worth the price of admission.While the driving mechanics are spot-on and the crashes glorious, I wish I could say the same thing about the tracks. The roads are linear and lend themselves nicely for driving at super-high speeds. The problem is most tracks look and feel the same. The backgrounds are different, but every road is nearly identical to the last. Because of that, it’s hard to play Dangerous Driving for long stretches before the same-y roads become tiresome. To be fair, the roads in Burnout 3 were mostly straightforward too, but they had enough variety to keep them interesting. The same isn’t true here.A twist Dangerous Driving has is how crashed vehicles remain on the road. This actually adds some variety to tracks since you’ll need to navigate around car husks with each subsequent lap. On the flip side, crashing headfirst into a vehicle you previously destroyed can get frustrating. None of the Burnout games have this feature so it’s actually quite cool Three Fields added this to prevent Dangerous Driving from being a complete Burnout clone.Speaking of new features, I want to single out pursuit mode. Here, you’ll get to drive a police vehicle and hunt down criminals. These cars do not go down easily and require players to slam into them repeatedly. If that sounds familiar it’s because this mode comes from Need for Speed. Considering how this was one of my favorite modes in Need for Speed (particularly the Hot Pursuit series), I’m all for its inclusion in Dangerous Driving. Pursuit isn’t native to Burnout but I don’t care. It’s great.Dangerous Driving’s “campaign” consists of events for different vehicle types. You begin with Sedans and eventually unlock Formula 1 cars. You need to finish missions within each category in order to unlock the next event. If you have equal love for every kind of race mode then this won’t pose a problem. However, if you’d rather participate in crash mode but have no choice but to play a time attack, you’re going to be annoyed. Though you unlock new vehicles by playing through all the modes, they’re all the same at the end of the day. This was also true back in Burnout 3, but now it feels like a slog, especially if you just want to play a specific race type.The ubiquitous Unreal Engine handles the high-speed action wonderfully. If you’re playing on the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, you’ll experience Dangerous Driving at a buttery-smooth 60fps. I never once experienced any slow down or screen tearing issues. While the game runs exceptionally well, I admit the graphics aren’t anything special. In fact, Dangerous Driving looks like a high definition PS3 game. Since this is an independent title, I’ll let the graphics slide. It looks good, if not exceptional. It’s all about the racing, after all.With the exception of a title screen song, Dangerous Driving has no soundtrack. During my first 30 minutes, I drove around without any accompanying music. As you can imagine, this made the game feel lifeless. It was only after I dug into the options that I learned you can link Spotify with the game.Playing your own music via Spotify is an interesting idea that, sadly, ends up lacking. For one, you cannot turn on Spotify through the game. You need to minimize Dangerous Driving, go to the Spotify app on your console, open it, select a playlist, and then return to the game. To make matters worse, Dangerous Driving doesn’t integrate the music as well as it should. It would have been ideal to have the music get louder or lower depending on the on-screen action. You can skip between tracks or pause the music, but that’s about it. At the end of the day, you’re just blasting Spotify in the background, which feels very cheap.Let me not forget to address the elephant in the room: the fact you need a Spotify account in order to have music in Dangerous Driving. I already had a Spotify account so I was solid, but what about folks who don’t have the app? Asking users to have or opt into a separate subscription service is a bit much. Utilizing a user’s Spotify account no doubt saved Three Fields money on licensed music. I understand the economics behind this decision. Still, I can’t help but think about those who do not have Spotify or cannot afford it. They will not have nearly as much fun playing because there’s no music to enhance the driving experience.Dangerous Driving leaves me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, this is about as close to Burnout as you can get. All of the pieces which made that franchise so brilliant are here. Unfortunately, there are too many minor issues which prevent this from being everything it should be. The most glaring one is of course the Spotify integration. With that said, it’s a noble effort from Three Fields Entertainment. Despite its issues, Dangerous Driving is an enjoyable arcade racer that fans of the genre will enjoy. Hopefully, the game will be successful enough to make EA realize they need to release a new Burnout. If not, a Dangerous Driving 2 is something I’ll welcome with open arms.More on Geek.com:Hands-On: ‘Dreams’ Is Sony’s Wildly Ambitious Game MakerModus Games Upcoming Indie Titles Are Both Heartwarming and HeartbreakingThe ‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy’ Is Anime ‘Law & Order’ Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more


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first_imgAfter almost three months since Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal for Manchester United in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jose Mourinho is starting to get a grip on how the talented lone wolf behaves exactly.A deal, which in the beginning seemed to have only one winning side – the Red Devils – has turned into a nightmare for that same team – Mkhitaryan has been performing extremely well since the transfer and on the other side, Sanchez is still struggling to find his place and adapt to the new surroundings at Old Trafford – out of the 13 played games, he has scored only 2 goals.This has led Mourinho to consider dropping him for the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Rotating is not the right word,” Mourinho shared, according to football.london. “If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final. So is not rotating, because rotating looks like a player plays against Bournemouth to give a rest to somebody that is going to play against Spurs in the semi-final.” “So the word is not rotation, it is an opportunity for people, for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs. Some of the guys that played today don’t have a place in that team, they don’t have a place in that team,” Mourinho went on to add after the 1-0 upset against West Brom on Sunday.last_img read more


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first_img-30- Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 2, 2018 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said that Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionise the way business is done in The Bahamas.During the “Understanding Blockchain Technology Applications: What You Need to Know” workshop hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at Baha Mar Convention Centre, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the DPM added that Blockchain technology has the ability to propel the country in a really dramatic way from where it is today to being a true leader in terms of technology and the way business is done as well as the ease of doing business.The workshop was facilitated by Chris Jagers and Natalie Smolenski from the Learning Machine Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  DPM Turnquest explained that with the Assistance of the IDB, he and several colleague Ministers toured the MIT Lab last year and saw the potential that the technology has for The Bahamas.“When a lot of people think of Blockchains, they think about cryptocurrency.  That is just one aspect of it.  That is something we are doing some research into to see how we will be able to capitalise on it.“More importantly than that is the way we can use this technology to improve the quality and efficiency of our daily lives.”He gave the illustration of the Government potentially using the technology to create electronic records that are “indisputable”, which would then lead to a system where records could be produced that individuals could carry around in the form of an electronic passport that they can take to any bank where they want to open an account.“If we had this electronic ID card if you will, you could walk into the bank, present your ID with your access code, they could look at your records, verify who you are via your information and away you go in minutes.  That is what we are talking about it.”As it stands now, he said it takes weeks or months for Bahamians and six to eight months for foreign nationals to open a bank account, which is “a very inefficient and frustrating process.”The DPM also noted that the Government is looking at how Blockchain technology can be useful in producing a proper land registry, employing it with companies registering with the government.“There are a whole host of opportunities that exist as a result of this technology and we want to explore it all and take our country to the cutting edge.”IDB Country Representative, The Bahamas Florencia Attademo-Hirt explained that emerging technologies like Blockchain have been making waves all over the world in recent years.She said, “Very simply put, Blockchain is a digital technology able to store and transport valuable information and assets securely.“Blockchains were first used to record transactions of digital money (cyrptocurrencies), but since those early days, there have been other uses and applications of this technology.”Mrs. Attademo-Hirt noted that Blockchain technology has the ability to manage a large amount of data accurately allowing for it to not be tampered or altered, and could be either very transparent or confidential.“In The Bahamas, we think we can apply blockchain to a number of areas beyond cyrptocurrencies or even the Financial Sector.”She said one of the goals of the workshop was to convince stakeholders as well as get their feedback on the usefulness of Blockchain Technology in The Bahamas in the area of sovereign citizen security and justice, in particular the information that is being handled by the justice system.  Another goal was to see if the technology could be used for education and training in the sense of keeping records and diplomas available and making them easily accessible to their owner of the records, employers and learning institutions.Mrs. Attademo-Hirt said they really also want to establish how useful it would be for land title registration.“We would really like you to give us your ideas even if you feel like Blockchain might not work for The Bahamas, if you feel that it is not the solution, if you are afraid of using the technology, if you fear people need to be trained in a way that they will not be able to.“We will like to hear all of your thoughts and your feedback to make sure that whatever investment that we do moving forward using this or other technologies, it is relevant to your country, helps improves lives in your country and helps Bahamians have a better prospect for their future,” Mrs. Attademo-Hirt said.center_img CaptionsDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter K. Turnquest opens “Understanding Blockchain Technology Applications: What You Need to Know” workshop hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at Baha Mar Convention Centre, Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Blockchain workshopDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest; Minister of Transport and Local Government the Hon. Frankie Campbell and Inter-American Development Bank Country Representative, The Bahamas, Florencia Attademo-Hirt attend the Blockchain workshop.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)last_img read more


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first_imgSEATTLE — Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him — raising money for his fellow Democrats.Obama landed Tuesday in Seattle at the start of a three-day West Coast trip, where he’ll also visit San Francisco and Los Angeles and plans to attend at least five fundraising events, less than four months ahead of midterm elections that could change Washington’s balance of power.The trip comes as Obama is dealing with a series of high-profile tests of his presidency, from Eastern Europe to the Middle East to the Southern U.S. border. The downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine last week, the eruption of war in Gaza between Israelis and Palestinians, and the humanitarian crisis caused by the influx of Central American minors seeking to cross the border has put a strain on the White House.Even on the road, the troubles abroad were not far from the president. While aboard Air Force One in route to Seattle he placed a call to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to discuss evidence that Russia continues to send weapons and fighters into Ukraine. The Malaysian airline flight originated in Amsterdam, and many of the deaths were Dutch citizens.Also, as he pulled up to a fundraiser in a wealthy neighborhood on Lake Washington, Obama was met by about two dozen demonstrators protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza and chanting “free, free Palestine” and “killing children is a crime.”last_img read more


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first_img Moby To Sell Over 100 Pieces Of Gear From His Private Collection For Charity Moby To Sell Off Some Of His Gear For Charity moby-sell-over-100-pieces-gear-his-private-collection-charity News Email Twitter The dance music icon is selling some of his most beloved gear for a good causeBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 24, 2018 – 2:02 pm Starting April 26, GRAMMY-nominated producer/DJ, author and activist Moby plans to open a new Reverb.com shop in order to sell off more than 100 pieces of his classic studio gear, with plans to donate 100 percent of the profits to charity.”This is the equipment I’ve used to make all my records,” Moby explains in the launch video for his official Reverb Shop. “I have so much equipment and almost all of it has profound sentimental value to me, including synthesizers I started using in the ’80s. But rather than keep it all in storage, I want to sell it for a good cause.”The cause Moby has elected to help raise funds for is the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an organization which plans to “dramatically [change] the way doctors treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer,” and “has been working tirelessly for alternatives to the use of animals in medical education and research and advocating for more effective scientific methods,” according to their website.The items Moby plans to sell include the Yamaha SY22 Vector synthesizer he used on his first-ever single release, 1991’s “Go,” as well as the Roland Juno-106 synth used for the bassline of “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?” from his Best Alternative Music Performance GRAMMY-nominated 1999 LP Play. Also up for grabs are assorted bass and electric guitars Moby has owned and used since the late 1980s, some costume pieces from the music video for “The Perfect Life” that Moby filmed with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, as well as  the “crown jewel” of his synth collection: the Roland Jupiter-6 that he used on “almost all of [his] early techno records,” and was once owned by techno pioneer Joey Beltram.”Every penny that’s generated goes to charity,” Moby explains. “I don’t get to keep any of it. I don’t get to keep the equipment, and I don’t get to keep even one cent of the money generated by it.”Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Facebook last_img read more


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first_imgRohingya refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar. File PhotoMyanmar is sending a high-level delegation soon to camps in Bangladesh to explain to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims how they can return home, Myanmar’s UN ambassador said Monday.Some 740,000 Rohingya fled a crackdown by Myanmar’s military in 2017 in Rakhine state and are living in camps in Cox’s Bazar. Many refugees have been traumatized, providing accounts of rape, mass killings and razing of villages.Myanmar’s ambassador Hau Do Suan told a General Assembly meeting that his government will “dispatch a high level delegation to Cox’s Bazar very soon, by the end of July, to explain to the displaced people the arrangements made for the repatriation and resettlement.”He said some 30,000 Rohingya had requested to return, of whom about 13,200 have been verified as former residents and “can return to Rakhine anytime”.Myanmar has faced international pressure to allow the Rohingya to return to Rakhine and grant them citizenship rights.The United Nations has complained that progress to address the refugee crisis has been far too slow.”The only viable solution for the refugees is the safe, voluntary and dignified repatriation to Myanmar,” said UN envoy to Myanmar Christine Schraner-Burgener.”And the key responsibility for creating conducive conditions in Rakhine lies with Myanmar.”She said that a “first step” to addressing the Rakhine crisis would be to halt the heavy fighting with the Arakan Army (AA), a group pushing for more autonomy for the state’s ethnic Buddhists.The United Nations has described as “ethnic cleansing” the mass expulsion of the Rohingya, but Myanmar’s army insists the campaign was justified to root out Rohingya insurgents who staged deadly raids on border posts in August 2017.last_img

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first_img Share President Donald Trump on Thursday referred to African nations as “s**thole countries” during a meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of senators, according to a Democratic aide and another person familiar with the conversation.Trump made the comment during a discussion of U.S. visa and immigration policies inside the Oval Office. Trump was meeting with the senators to discuss a bipartisan plan to grant legal protections to the roughly 800,000 immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought to the country as children. During the conversation Trump also questioned why the U.S would want to accept people from countries like Haiti and said the U.S. should want more people from countries like Norway, the aides said.The comments were first reported by the Washington Post.The senators had hoped to convince Trump to support their plan which pairs increased funding for border security with new legal status for immigrants who were previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. The White House rejected the plan and asked the senators to keep working on a new proposal.Evan Vucci/APSen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump and lawmakers on immigration policy Tuesday.The White House issued a statement rejecting “weak and dangerous stopgap measures” on immigration but did not deny Trump’s remarks.“The President will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration — two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country,” said deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah. “Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”The meeting delivered a significant setback to the bipartisan working group which first announced the deal earlier on Thursday afternoon.“We are at a deal,” Flake told reporters on Capitol Hill. “So we’ll be talking to the White House about that and I hope we can move forward with that.” Flake added that “it’s the only game in town. There is no other bill.”Later that afternoon, after members of the six-person Senate group presented their agreement to Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters there was more negotiating to be done.“I was at the White House talking about what I thought was a bipartisan proposal,” Graham said following the meeting. “No deal yet.”White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short told reporters on Capitol Hill that the group — which included Flake, Graham, Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. — presented what amounted to a small group agreement but the White House did not sign off.“We’ve got a long ways to go,” Short said.The negotiations began in earnest at the end of December, months after Trump first announced in September 2017 that DACA would be ending, and gave Congress until March 5 of this year to come up with a replacement.Democrats and other supporters of the so-called DREAMers have called for a legislative implementation of DACA to be attached to a must-pass spending bill that would keep the government funded beyond January 19.As part of any agreement about DACA, President Trump has insisted that there be funding for a wall on the southern border with Mexico, which many Democrats have opposed. He also called for ending the diversity visa lottery, a State Department program that gives residents of nations with few migrants coming to the U.S. a chance for a green card, and for ending family-based migration (called “chain migration” by its opponents) that allows extended family members of immigrants already in the U.S. legally to come to the U.S. as well.The agreement among senators came as more than 100 corporate CEOs urged Congress to “act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are currently living, working, and contributing to our communities to continue doing so.”The letter continues, “The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country.”Julieta Garibay, co-founder and director of the Texas chapter of United We Dream (UWD) –the largest ‘Dreamer’ group in the United States–, told Houston Public Media that the ‘Dreamers’ will not “take no for an answer.”“We know there is the will and now it’s just a matter of leadership,” noted Garibay, while adding that “we know it’s something that can be done by January 19th.”The activist anticipated there will be “a lot of ups and downs” in the next few days as members of Congress and the White House negotiate an immigration bill.Garibay also stressed her group wants the potential legislation to provide a path to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’.last_img read more


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first_img Advertisement Le’Veon Bell’s holdout will enter it’s fourth week and it seems inevitable that Pittsburgh will eventually trade their disgruntled running back. Any team that does pull of a deal will have to do so facing the reality that Bell could walk after the season, but Colin thinks the Jets should get aggressive and make the move.Today he gave three reasons why New York rolling the dice and trading for Bell makes sense. Being passive isn’t a winning approach in the NFL. It’s time for the Jets to make a statement and get their franchise QB some much needed help.Here’s Colin to explain:Trade for Le’Veon Bell, NY Jets.@ColinCowherd gives 3 reasons why you should. pic.twitter.com/6kYGZemw1d— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 25, 2018last_img


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first_img Travelweek Group The future is now with Aloft’s new voice-activated hotel rooms Share << Previous PostNext Post >> STAMFORD, CT — Aloft Hotels has unveiled hotel rooms that are, quite possibly, smarter than the guests who stay in them.Dubbed ‘Project: Jetson’, the top-secret experiment marks the industry’s first-ever voice activated hotel room, giving guests entirely new ways to interact using the words “Hey Siri.” Each Aloft Voice-Activated Hotel Room is equipped with an iPad running a custom Aloft app used for controlling the in-room guest experience, with HomeKit-enabled accessories including room temperature, lighting options and more.Upon arrival, guests will launch a custom Aloft app on their in-room iPad to control various aspects of their voice-activated room. A personalized welcome screen will advise them on how to set up their room and use their own voice with “Hey Siri.” Each iPad also offers a simple tutorial to guide guests through the setup process and answer any questions they may have.These new rooms are available today at Aloft Boston Seaport and Aloft Santa Clara. The rooms also allow guests to brose the Internet, check the weather and explore local attractions. At the end of each stay, all iPads are reset and all personal preferences are removed from the device.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“At Aloft, we are constantly pushing the envelope, our imaginations and the adaptation of technology to reinvent the hotel stay of today and tomorrow,” said Sarah Downing, Vice President, Global Guest Initiatives & Innovation, Aloft Hotels. “We love working with companies like DigiValet to help bring our visions to life. The new Aloft Voice Activated Hotel Rooms are going to change the way that our guests interact, literally, with their room during their stay with us. It’s the latest way Aloft is changing the way we all travel.”center_img Monday, August 29, 2016 Tags: Aloft Hotels, Technology Posted bylast_img read more


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first_imgThe Northern Territory welcomed its new direct Qantas service yesterday, catering to growing demand from Melbourne to Darwin.The three times weekly Cityflyer service will fly between the two states on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a fourth Monday service to be included during peak travel months of July and October.NT Tourism Minister Malarndirri McCarthy said Qantas is increasing travellers choice by adding up to 3,700 inbound seats. “This is great news for Territorians as this new direct service brings the total number of flights from Melbourne to Darwin to an estimated 20 each week, and provides more choice when travelling interstate for business or pleasure,” Ms McCarthy said.According to the tourism head, NT is the second largest domestic interstate market and up to 70 percent of the 146,000 Victoria resident visited Darwin during their stay.“With this new service our weekly interstate and international inbound capacity in May for Darwin is over 25,000, which is an additional 1,200 seats per week compared to the same time last year,” Ms McCarthy added.“Qantas is also the airline partner for our current Kakadu marketing campaign and the airline is offering a special Darwin airfare for the duration of the campaign period – which runs until 5 June.“This new service along with routes offered by Jetstar and Virgin Australia provide a range of flight options to meet the needs of leisure and business visitors.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more