Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Suzanne Boyd, left, and Natasha Koifman put on their gala gowns for our poolside shoot at Koifman’s Toronto home. They are organizing the star-studded Artists for Peace and Justice Gala during TIFF in September. (RENE JOHNSTON / TORONTO STAR) | ORDER THIS PHOTO High-low is something clearly not lost on the social media powerhouse, and founder of the eponymously named NKPR, standing here in a space that’s a cubist glass structure wedged into an older coach house with a red-bricked roof, attached at one point to a house that was once residence to long-gone rail magnate (and party animal) William Mackenzie.In a home that is now a vision in black and white — contemporary Bel-Air, if you will — complete with a pang-causing collection of photography (see: the Bert Sterns original of Marilyn Monroe in one room), she’s surrounded by a phalanx of assistants, pinging out to-do lists.Sometime later, when our guilty grub has arrived, and Koifman has changed into a plunging Zuhair Murad gown she’s picked out for the Toronto Star shoot we have planned, I notice the choice diamond on one of the fingers ducking into a packet of fries. On her own to-do list of late, as it happens: get engaged.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We’re ordering McDonald’s,” announces one of Toronto’s more glamorous PR pros when I shuffle into her extra-fashionable house, tucked away near Casa Loma, on a cul-de-sac shrouded in shrubbery that’s Lagerfeld-worthy.“Would you like something?” follows up Natasha Koifman, her eyes Bambi-bright and her hair falling down in artful tussles.One can’t say no to Mickey Dee fries, now can we? Paging UberEats. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter
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APTN National News OTTAWA–The federal Aboriginal Affairs department cut its specific claims research budget as part of on-going government-wide belt-tightening in a move that one senior British Columbia chief says is contributing to creating the same environment that produced the 1990 Oka crisis.Aboriginal Affairs’ Negotiations Support Directorate said in a recent letter to one First Nation organization that the specific claims contribution budget was cut in the coming fiscal year “in order to meet government-wide efforts to identify efficiencies and streamline departmental operations.”The department’s budget cut means First Nation claims research organizations across Canada saw their own budgets sliced from 35 per cent to 60 per cent, said the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC).The money is used by First Nations to research specific claims, which centre on historical grievances like the mismanagement of trust funds and the loss of lands.“These massive funding cuts signal clearly the Harper government’s intent to walk away from specific claims,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the UBCIC. “These are the same circumstances that preceded Oka: Canada walked away from the federal duty to address specific claims and was dismissive of First Nation grievances.”In 1990, the Quebec government asked for military intervention after armed Mohawks blocked the development of a golf course threatening burial grounds in Kanesatake.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office, however, said in a statement the money was cut because the department has managed to settle the majority of specific claims. Valcourt’s office said Ottawa had reduced its “backlog” from 541 claims to 92 since to 2007 and negotiated $2 billion worth of agreements.“As a result, fewer claims are submitted each year and even fewer claims are at the assessment stage, resulting in a reduced caseload,” said the statement. “Canada will continue to work closely with research groups affected by the change to research funding to ensure they have adequate support to advance priority claims over the coming year.”The UBCIC responded to Valcourt’s statement saying the department cleared its backlog by delivering take-it-or-leave-it offers to First Nations across the country. The organization said the department’s rejection or file closure rate had jumped to 86 per cent.“Clearing the backlog is not the same as mass rejections and file closures since these claims are unresolved,” said the UBCIC. “The number of new claims is in fact increasing, especially in B.C…Funding cuts mean new specific claims and ongoing claims under development will, at best, be delayed, and at worst, not have access to justice.”The Specific Claims Tribunal recently criticized the Harper government for its take-it-or-leave-it tactic to clear specific claims calling it “paternalistic, self-serving, arbitrary and disrespectful.”The Jan. 17 ruling by Judge Patrick Smith eviscerated Aboriginal Affairs’ specific claims branch for its handling of a claim filed by the Aundeck Omni Kaning (AOK) First Nation, which is on Manitoulin Island, and its attempt to block it from accessing the tribunal.The tribunal was created by the Conservative government through a political agreement with the Assembly of First Nations. Its creation was announced in 2007 with the looming threat of a day of action scheduled for that June 29.The agreement managed to calm much of the tension that had been building throughout the spring. Only Mohawks from Tyendinaga took action that day blocking Hwy 401 and rail lines for 11 hours.The Harper government jointly announced an education agreement recently with the AFN. The bulk of the promised $1.9 billion for education is expected to flow after the next federal election scheduled for firstname.lastname@example.org
Baltimore has filed a lawsuit against the agrochemical giant Monsanto and two other companies, accusing them of polluting city waterways and stormwater.The legal effort focuses on pollution from PCBs, the industrial chemicals that have long accumulated in animals, plants and people around the globe. Baltimore alleges Monsanto knew its PCB chemicals were toxic and did not degrade in nature.Baltimore Solicitor Andre Davis says Maryland’s biggest city intends to “hold corporations accountable for cleaning up their toxic messes.”In a Tuesday statement, Baltimore said its lawsuit is the first of its kind on the East Coast and the 15th nationally. Places such as San Diego and Seattle have filed similar suits.Monsanto didn’t immediately reply to an email and phone message seeking comment. It has called similar lawsuits baseless.The Associated Press
Sanchuk said a 46-year-old operator from Port Colborne was charged.The event, which is always on the second Sunday in July, draws a lot of boats, swimsuit-clad revellers and alcohol-fuelled parties on the remote Pottahawk Point, off of Port Rowan or Turkey Point in Lake Erie.Some years there have been 10,000 people and more than 2,000 boats at the event where some boaters line up their vessels so that people can climb across.Many others like to stand around and socialize in the waist deep water.This year’s turnout was smaller, Sanchuk said. High water meant the usual standing area wasn’t as comfortable as normal and there was little shoreline available.Some boaters reported being unable to get their boats out of boathouses due to the high water.Police were watching for impaired boat operators, checking boats for proper safety equipment and responding to emergencies.Early Sunday, a woman was burned by a barbecue and at least one impaired boater was arrested.“We’re not here to ruin people’s fun but people seem to think nothing will happen to them because they’re out on the water,” Sanchuk said.“Out here, seconds can make the difference between life and death so we’re asking everyone to be responsible – especially if you’re carrying people in your boat.”The OPP Marine Unit received calls through the 911 system and could respond to zone areas that were marked out along the shore.Sanchuk said boaters should understand that “impaired is impaired, whether you’re on land or water”.He added that alcohol sometimes causes Pottahawk partierss to do foolish things, such as try to swim to shore – a distance of at least five kilometres.At the Port Rowan marina, Katherine Atkins of Hamilton and her husband, Stan, were preparing to launch Wine Goddess Too but planned to steer clear of Pottahawk.“We don’t like Pottahawk,” said Atkins.“We’re going somewhere quiet to float.”SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble Norfolk OPP picked up the passengers of an overloaded boat that sank during the Pottahawk boating party Sunday. Police patrolling an annual offshore party near Long Point had to contend with a capsized boat, an impaired driver and a partier burned by a barbecue.The annual Pottahawk boat party Sunday was smaller and calmer than previous years, only attracting about 500 boats, said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.One boat started to sink at about noon. Officers from the OPP Marine Unit helped the operator and captain to safety but said the boat was heavily overloaded.“People wonder why the police have to be out here but that’s one of the reasons why. There were five people on that boat.”
“This act follows the terrible bombing on 27 December and further reflects a deeply worrying escalation in the violence witnessed in Lebanon in recent months,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.The Security Council issued a press statement reaffirming that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.” Several people were killed or injured when the car bomb ripped through the southern Beirut suburb of Haret Hreik. Last Friday, a car bomb in the centre of the capital killed former minister Mohammad Chattah and at least five others, an attack that Mr. Ban and the Council said underlined the need to protect Lebanon’s stability in the face of such terrorism and the civil war in neighbouring Syria. “The Secretary-General calls on all Lebanese parties to act with restraint and for the Lebanese people to come together to support the institutions of the state, particularly the army and security forces, as they work to prevent other acts of terrorism and to safeguard the stability and security of their country,” Mr. Ban said in today’s statement. “The Secretary-General underlines the need for the instigators and perpetrators of this crime to be brought to justice as soon as possible.” In its statement, which echoed the call for justice, the Council appealed to all Lebanese people to “preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine the country’s stability and stressed the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect Lebanon’s policy of disassociation and to refrain from any involvement in the Syrian crisis.”Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled to Lebanon in the almost three years of violence that erupted when originally peaceful protesters demonstrated for President Bashar al-Assad to leave power, and various Lebanese factions have been implicated is supporting different sides in the resulting Syrian civil war. UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly voiced outrage that this was the fourth bomb to explode in Beirut’s southern suburbs since July and stressed the importance of bringing to justice those responsible for this and all other such acts of terrorism.
Before the playoffs began, the citizens of Washington, D.C., probably thought the perpetually tantalizing Capitals had a real chance of winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. The Caps had just secured their third Presidents’ Trophy1The award given to the team that earns the most points during the regular season in eight years, and they were the odds-on favorites to win the Stanley Cup. On paper at least, there were plenty of reasons to think it was finally going to be Washington’s year.Unfortunately for Washingtonians, a lot can change in three weeks. After squeaking past the Toronto Maple Leafs in round one, the Capitals now find themselves trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs for the third time in nine years. The 3-1 hole Washington faces against Pittsburgh this time around is daunting, and if the Caps have any hope for a comeback, it starts with recovering a few of their best regular-season weapons: shooting and stopping the puck with greater efficiency.Washington and Pittsburgh met in the second round twice before during the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby era, and on both occasions it ended badly for the Capitals. In 2009, the Penguins won a hard-fought, high-scoring series in seven games. The teams had been virtual equals during the regular season,2Their Simple Rating System (SRS) numbers were only 0.01 goals per game apart. and the series was either team’s to win, marked mainly by some pretty awful goaltending on both ends of the ice. Pittsburgh happened to score a few more goals in the end, and although Washington was disappointed to lose to their archrivals, it would be unfair to say the Caps choked.Washington’s second-round exit last season — again at the hands of the Penguins — was a different story, but not all that different. The series went just six games, and was defined by exquisite goaltending from both teams. But it was still a close affair: All but one of the games were decided by one goal. And although the standings and the metrics suggested that Washington was the best team in the NHL during the regular season, it wasn’t like Pittsburgh was a major underdog — they finished fourth in points and second in SRS, right behind Washington. The Capitals may have underperformed (and definitely shattered the hearts of everyone in D.C. for the umpteenth time), but they weren’t eliminated by some team that barely snuck into the playoffs, either.Of course, those aren’t the only times the Capitals have felt the sting of postseason disappointment. In 2009-10, they notched 121 points during the regular season — the second-most of any team since the 2004-05 lockout — on the strength of a dominant offense and solid goaltending before losing to a significantly worse (by almost any metric) Montreal Canadiens team in the first round of the playoffs. They’ve also been upset one other time as a 1-seed (2011) and two other times as a 3-seed (2008 and 2013). Add in the loss that might be coming this season, and the Caps will have lost nine of their 15 playoff series in the Ovechkin era.Washington isn’t done yet. But down three games to one against the Penguins, it’s time to hit the panic button in D.C. Even with their emotional overtime win in Game 3, followed by the news of Crosby’s untimely (and terrifying) head injury, the Capitals were unable to regain a grip on the series Wednesday night. If Washington is going to mount the improbable comeback, they’ll have to start playing their game again — and soon.For starters, the Capitals must remember how to shoot. Washington led the league with a shooting percentage of 10.5 percent during the regular season, but that number has dipped to 7.6 for the playoffs and just 6.3 in this series with Pittsburgh. Caps stars Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov are capitalizing on their chances, but secondary scorers such as T.J. Oshie, Marcus Johansson and all-time playoff darling Justin Williams remain goalless for the series.And efficient shooting isn’t Washington’s only problem; they’re not getting great goaltending from the traditionally impenetrable Braden Holtby, either.In 12 games last postseason, Holtby recorded nine quality starts,3Hockey-Reference.com defines a “quality start” as one in which a goalie records a save percentage greater than or equal to the league average for the season. If a goalie faces 20 shots or fewer, he must record a comparatively lower 88.5 percent save percentage for the start to be considered “quality.” an excellent rate for the postseason. In 10 playoff games this year, he’s recorded just four quality starts. His career quality start percentage for the playoffs is 69; this season, that number is only 44.4Of Holtby’s 10 appearances, he only started nine of them. It’s hard to record quality starts if you can’t keep the puck out of the net, and Holtby hasn’t been very good at doing that this postseason. His save percentage for these playoffs is .909 — the lowest of his career by a wide margin — and a miserable .867 for the series against the Penguins.Save percentage is notoriously unstable, particularly in the small sample of the postseason. But this just adds to Washington’s snakebit legacy: Holtby came into the Pittsburgh series with the best playoff save percentage in the history of the NHL (among goalies with at least 20 career playoff appearances since the 1954-55 season),5He’s currently tied for first with former Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas. only to transform into a sieve against the Penguins.To be sure, it’s not all Washington’s — or Holtby’s — fault. Everything seems to be going right for Pittsburgh, too. Through four games, the Penguins are scoring on an insane 15.1 percent of the shots they’re taking — compare that to the 7.7 percent shooting mark they had in last year’s second-round matchup against Washington.6They also scored on 12.3 percent of their shots in the first round against Columbus. They’ve gotten multiple goals from both established stars (Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel) and playoff wunderkinds (Jake Guentzel) alike. Between the pipes, the experienced-but-mediocre Marc-Andre Fleury — whose career playoff save percentage of .909 barely cracks the top 60 among goalies who’ve played in at least 20 games, and who lost his job to a rookie last postseason (and therefore didn’t play a minute against the Capitals a year ago) — has saved 93.7 percent of the shots he’s faced so far.7In terms of save percentage, Fleury is having his best postseason of his career. Apparently, the Penguins just really enjoy beating the Capitals in the second round of the playoffs — each of the last two times they’ve done so, they’ve gone on to win the Stanley Cup.Earlier this year, I wrote that the Capitals were lucky because they’re good. Which is to say, they had the best PDO (shooting percentage plus save percentage) in the league not just because of fluke performances but also because their skaters have a proven knack for shooting the puck with great efficiency and their goalies had a great track record of stopping the puck. But hardly any of that has been on display against the Pens thus far. Maybe they were luckier than we thought all along.Either way, if the Capitals can’t relocate what made them great during the regular season, they’ll be trading their hockey bags for beach bags within the week.
Voith Turbo, a specialist in intelligent drive solutions, systems and services, has released BeltGenius ERIC (Efficiency and Reliability Intelligent Control), a product allowing operators to test out how efficient their conveyor belt systems are.The system analyses a range of continuous data from conveyor belts – including belt speed, belt tension, effective motor power for all drive motors, and temperature – to potentially allow operators to increase the productivity of their system, while also lowering energy consumption and CO2 emissions.These parameters are then transmitted to a server at Voith, where a a digital twin of the system exists. All relevant information about the conveyor is stored here, such as belt length, belt width, the diameter of the carrying rollers, drive pulleys, return pulleys, the configuration of the transfer stations, the topography, and the trough angles.Using this information, ERIC determines a “normalised efficiency value referenced to the energy consumption for horizontal material transport, known as the Energy Performance Indicator (EnPI)”, Voith said.“This indicator allows the operator to see at a glance just how efficiently the particular belt conveyor is currently operating.”The data is visualised on the client’s individual user interface, in the form of an online dashboard.The normalisation makes it possible for the mine operator to easily compare all existing systems in terms of energy performance, according to the company.Voith also offers the option of equipping individual belt segments with radio-frequency identificaion (RFID) chips. Less-efficient belts and system sections are easier to identify, and if necessary replace, by means of the interaction between the digital twin and the RFID.“Thanks to its transparent display, BeltGenius ERIC provides a straightforward way to reduce energy consumption, and thus the operating costs, of mine operation,” Voith said.At the same time, the digital twin compares the installed power to the energy actually being used. This allows the operator to identify power reserves, ensuring the existing capacities of the belt conveyor system are put to optimum use without jeopardising the safety of the system.In the event of any significant deviation in the EnPI, BeltGenius ERIC sends a direct message to the operator. The operator, together with Voith, can then take action to prevent potential damage.The system conforms to ISO 500001 and allows operators to achieve compliance with the latest global standards. The company said it has provided for the immediate future by linking into a comprehensive infrastructure for the monitoring of belt conveyor systems.
With the launch of the Surface tablet computer, Microsoft has set the standard for its partners to follow, but it has also released a piece of consumer hardware. So, how long can we expect the company to support it?Typically Windows gets 5 years of support for consumers, and then a further 5 years of extended support for business versions. For Surface, which is a combination of Microsoft hardware and software, it seems Microsoft is following a similar timeline, promising a minimum of 4 years support for the hardware. For Windows RT, support will run until at least April 2017.In both cases, that’s very generous compared to the competition. And when you consider how quickly the 1st-gen Surface tablet will be replaced on the market by new hardware, it could seem overly generous.So, if you picked up a Surface and love it, you can continue to use it safe in the knowledge Microsoft will be issuing software updates until 2017. If the hardware breaks, you’ll also be able to source replacement parts for the next four years, although you’ll have to pay for them outside of your warranty period.Don’t forget that Microsoft’s partners will also be releasing Windows RT devices. So while that hardware may get support for a much shorter period of time, the Windows RT operating system will enjoy the same April 2017 support cut-off date.I’m pretty sure only a very small percentage of users will be clinging on to their original Surface come 2017. Such is the pace of change within the tablet market that the desire to upgrade will be too great for most consumers. Even so, it’s nice to see Microsoft supporting its products for so long when honestly it probably really doesn’t need to.via ZDNet
Le ronronnement du chat, un remède apaisant et bienfaisantSelon certains professionnels animaliers, le ronronnement des chats présente des vertus thérapeutiques capables de réduire ponctuellement le stress, l’insomnie et l’anxiété.Quiconque possède un chat peut pratiquer cette thérapie sans même s’en rendre compte. Laquelle ? La “ronron thérapie” ! Celle-ci aurait été inventée en France par Jean-Yves Gauchet, un vétérinaire de Toulouse qui assure que le ronronnement des chats “apaise” et agit comme “un médicament sans effet secondaire”. Cité par l’AFP, il explique “quand l’organisme lutte contre des situations pénibles, comme le stress, le ronronnement du chat émet des vibrations sonores apaisantes et bienfaisantes, un peu comme la musique”. D’ailleurs ces vibrations sont même un signe d’apaisement entre chats. “C’est le premier signal que la mère envoie à son petit, un appel de reconnaissance et d’apaisement qui fonctionne aussi avec l’homme”, affirme le vétérinaire. Le ronronnement du chat qui provient du larynx est amplifié en fonction de la taille de sa cage thoracique, qui fait office de caisse de résonance, comme celle d’une guitare par exemple. D’une part donc, le ronronnement est audible mais pas seulement. En effet, selon le spécialiste le ronron qui émet des fréquences basses, entre 20 et 50 hertz est également perçu par “les corpuscules de Pacini, des terminaisons nerveuses situées au ras de la peau” et “des pensées positives et de bien-être sont alors transmises à notre cerveau”.Des ronronnements capables d’accélérer la cicatrisation osseuse À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Dans son livre “La ronron thérapie”, aux éditions Guy Trédaniel, la journaliste Véronique Aiache note que le ronronnement “est un puissant anti-stress, régulateur de la tension artérielle, boosteur des défenses immunitaires et un soutien psycho-moteur”. Ces résultats proviennent d’une étude menée dans les années 1950 par le corps médical américain et sont confirmés par plusieurs observations. A “fracture égale, le chat se rétablit trois fois plus vite que tout autre animal. Les vibrations émises par le ronronnement ont d’ailleurs été reproduites par des kinésithérapeutes pour accélérer la cicatrisation osseuse”, souligne ainsi la journaliste.Outre ces éléments vibratoires, les 11 millions de foyers qui abritent des chats profitent de leur présence. “Le chat est un éternel bébé qui aime se faire cajoler et ne demande qu’à jouer et dans certains cas il comble un manque affectif pour ceux qui n’ont pas d’enfant”, estime M. Gauchet. De même, dans les maisons de retraite acceptant les animaux, les chats réconfortent les résidents, comme le confient les encadrants. “Une de nos clientes souffre d’un trouble du comportement et seule la présence de son chat l’apaise, il l’aide à l’endormissement”, témoigne Bruno Hardy, cadre de santé dans une maison de retraite. Au Japon, des “bars à chats” ont même vu le jour. A l’intérieur de ceux-ci, les clients viennent se détendre après le travail, en buvant un thé tout en caressant les animaux.Le 15 janvier 2013 à 11:24 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook WWE is featuring a preview for tonight’s Smackdown Live in Toledo, including five things you should know about the show before it airs live tonight.This includes:1. AJ Styles retains the WWE Championship at MITB2. New No. 1 Contender to be determined for the WWE Championship3. James Ellsworth returned on Sunday at MITB to help Carmella retain her title4. Sanity will debut against The Usos5. Becky Lynch will take on Billie KayDon’t forget to join us for live coverage of Smackdown tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).Title rematch set for Smackdown Live tonightPaige has announced a rematch from the Money in the Bank Kickoff Show.The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) will once again defend the Smackdown Tag Team Championships against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson tonight on Smackdown.#MITB was exciting! … but that was Sunday. This is Tuesday and tonight is #SDLive! So let’s make an exciting title match…Soooo the tag team champions, the #BludgeonBrothers will defend their titles against @LukeGallowsWWE and @KarlAndersonWWE.— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) June 19, 2018 Google+ Pinterest Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman win the RAW Tag Team Championships Gallows and Anderson sign new 5-year deals per report, contracts received this past Monday Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s WWE Stomping Grounds PPV from Tacoma Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 19, 2017 – Nassau – Andrew Forbes was sworn in as Acting Justice of the Supreme Court by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Monday, October 16, 2017. Related Items:
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department is pleased to announce the return of its Citizen Police Academy. Made possible through a generous grant from the Cummings Foundation, the Citizen Police Academy gives residents an opportunity to interact with Wilmington Police Officers and learn about policing in society today. Topics expected to be covered include:Introduction to the Wilmington PDCriminal/Constitutional LawMassachusetts Court SystemTraffic SafetyWorking as A Patrol OfficerDrugsScam InvestigationsPolice Officer Use of Force.Graduates from the Citizen Police Academy will not only have a better understanding of the operations of the Wilmington Police Department, but they will also have a greater understanding of the daily tasks and challenges that Wilmington Police Officers face each day.In order to attend the program, you must be a Wilmington resident, be at least 21 years old, and have no serious criminal history. The class will be limited to 20 participants.The program will be held from 6-9 pm on March 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, and 21.Participants are expected to commit to the full class schedule and must attend a minimum of 5 of the 6 evenings.Questions about the program, can be directed to Officer Paul Chalifour at (978) 658-5071 ext. 212 or via email at email@example.com.Potential candidates must meet the following criteria:Minimum age of 21Live or work in Wilmington (Wilmington residents will be given preference if class becomes full.)No serious criminal historyNo open criminal cases(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Department To Hold Citizen Police Academy This NovemberIn “Government”Wilmington Police Launch ‘Police Explorers’ Program For Young Adults Interested In Law Enforcement CareerIn “Police Log”Wilmington Police Department’s New Explorers Program Now Accepting ApplicationsIn “Police Log”
Hackers take on new voting machines at Defcon Election Systems & Software CEO Tom Burt wants to move away from paperless electronic voting. Chris Rank / Getty Images Today, almost everything can be completed electronically, sans physical paper. But Election Systems & Software CEO Tom Burt no longer thinks voting should be a part of that trend. In an op-ed in Roll Call, Burt said his company will no longer sell paperless voting machines as primary voting devices in a given jurisdiction.”When it comes to the machines that count votes and the people who make those machines, there are a few things that must happen to ensure faith in our system of democracy continues,” Burt wrote Friday. The CEO said Congress should pass legislation that requires voting machine suppliers to submit their devices to more rigorous testing from “vetted and approved researchers.” Burt also said the machines may not be connected to the internet and that there needs to be physical paper copies of votes.”If Congress can pass legislation that requires a paper record for every voter and establishes a mandated security testing program for the people making voting machines, the general public’s faith in the process of casting a ballot can be restored. And that’s not just a good thing, it’s essential to the future of America,” Burt said. Electronic voting has been seen as a way to make casting a ballot easier, but concerns over hacking and election integrity have raised concerns about the technology. Last year, West Virginia was the first state to offer voting by a smartphone app in the 2018 midterm election. Around the same time, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey and South Carolina were the only states relying solely on electronic voting machines that produce no paper record of an individual voter’s ballot. Four of those states plan to return to machines that print out a paper record.Burt wasn’t immediately available for further comment. Share your voice 1:41 Post a comment 0 Now playing: Watch this: Tech Industry Tags
Vayupuri: As the monsoon season is around the corner, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) cut down leaves and branches to avoid any unfortunate incidents from taking place. However, the locals alleged that after cleaning, the workers leave the branches lying on the road and it is causing lot of problems to the residents. Speaking to The Hans India on Tuesday, a local resident of Vayupuri colony said, “The branches have started decomposing and shedding foul smell. Due to rains, it is causing slush and is very difficult to pass by the slush. The path has become a haven for flies, rodents, and mosquitoes and is causing distress to us residents. Many people are falling sick, especially kids and elders. We have intimated the authorities and are waiting for their response.”
New Delhi, Dec 2 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 108.98 points up to stand at 20,900.91. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 42.20 points up to stand at 6,218.30. Jaypee Infratech Ltd and Eicher Motors were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.42% and 7.23% along with Ranbaxy Lab and JSW ENERGY with an increase of 6.00% and 5.58% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include OIL INDIA and Coromandel International Ltd. with a decrease of 4.03% and 3.78% along with Hindustan Zinc and Unitech with a decrease of 1.87% and 1.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 70.74 points at 12,392.50, while the banking sector is up 140.67 points at 12,870.97 and the realty sector is up 7.14 at 1,363.06. The Indian currency is up 0.39% at Rs 62.20 per dollar.
Detective Branch of police produces Shahidul Alam, who was picked up by plainclothes men earlier, before a Dhaka court Monday. Photo: Shuvra Kanti DasThe High Court (HC) on Tuesday asked the authorities to send detained photographer Shahidul Alam to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for treatment.It also asked the BSMMU authorities to submit a medical report on his health to the court by 10:30am Thursday. A HC bench of justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order after hearing a writ petition.Earlier, Shahidul’s friend Rahnuma Ahmed filed a writ petition with the HC challenging a lower court order that put him a seven-day remand in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. Detective Branch (DB) of police picked up photographer Shahidul from his Dhanmondi flat on Sunday night. Amid the student demonstration for justice, he gave an interview with an international media.Shahidul was sued under the controversial section 57 of the ICT Act for his alleged involvement in spreading propaganda against the government.
Stay on target What to Stream on Hulu This WeekendDisney+ Gets Fox Movie Remakes, Hulu/ESPN Bundle Streaming flicks on Hulu will be more affordable soon: The streaming service is dropping the price of its basic plan to only $5.99 per month.On Wednesday, Hulu announced its price changes and said its most popular plan will decrease from $7.99 per month to $5.99 per month, CNBC reported. Hulu’s ad-free plan will still cost $11.99 per month, but Hulu’s live TV subscription plan will increase from $39.99 per month to $44.99 per month. Hulu’s prices will go live on Feb. 26.One benefit of a Live TV subscription is that you can stream from a number of different apps/sites with your Hulu credentials. Pretty cool, huh?Learn more about the available networks here: https://t.co/2kpYf3QKmM #huluFAQ pic.twitter.com/ST1sLwZYaZ— Hulu Support (@hulu_support) January 18, 2019It might be tempting to only spend $5.99 a month on a Hulu subscription, however, there are some factors to take into consideration before purchasing one of the streaming service’s plans.The basic plan is more affordable, but subscribers will have to deal with ads when they watch their favorite movies and TV shows. The $11.99 ad-free plan doesn’t come with annoying ads, however, it will cost people a bit more each month. For those that can’t live without cable, Hulu’s live TV plan will cost almost $45 a month, but it provides access to over 60 popular channels.Hulu’s price changes aren’t a coincidence though: Other streaming services, including Amazon Prime and Netflix, are making streaming a more competitive landscape. Customers desire easy access to their favorite entertainment mediums, and expect streaming services, such as Hulu, to deliver what they want for decent prices.Last week, Netflix announced that it’s raising its subscription plan prices for U.S. customers, who will eventually have to pay $8.99 per month for the streaming service’s basic plan and $15.99 per month for Netflix’s Ultra high definition (HD) streaming plan. It’s possible that Netflix hiked up its prices to stay competitive, because it offers Netflix Originals and other exclusive content for its subscriber base.Visit Hulu.com for more information on streaming plan prices.More on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in February 2019Netflix Is Raising Its US Subscription Plan PricesiPhone Users Can Share Netflix Binges to Instagram Stories
Update: Yes, Facebook’s cryptocurrency is now officially a real thing. Learn more in the announcement for “Libra: A Simple Global Currency and Financial Infrastructure That Can Empower Billions of People.”If the world lasts long enough for us to get the chance to look back on our current dumb era, it’s going to be wild realizing just how much Facebook screwed everything up. From decimating the media industry to poisoning enough brains with misinformation to vote for fascists, The Social Network 2 is going to be the Dr. Strangelove/Network spiritual successor we didn’t know we needed. Plus they put a lot of money in the pocket of evil boy genius Palmer Luckey.You’d think being partially responsible for the ongoing crumbling of political order (to the point of being hauled before Congress) would convince long ago potential presidential candidate Mark Zuckerberg to ease back on his company gaining more control of unstable but essential social institutions. But because we’ve all learned nothing, Facebook is about to roll out its own cryptocurrency.First reported by The Information, an official announcement of Facebook’s cryptocurrency GlobalCoin could come as soon as this month. I would’ve called it “Zuck Bucks” but whatever. But already details have begun to leak out and they are… interesting. The thing about blockchain and cryptocurrency is that while more people than ever at least have some vague idea of what it is, all but the most hardcore GPU-mining weirdos have any real experience making transactions with internet monopoly money.With GlobalCoin Facebook is making some steps towards presenting a cryptocurrency you might actually use. Tying it in with a platform as prominent as Facebook certainly helps. The initiative is apparently spearheaded by former PayPal executive David Marcus who you assume knows a thing or two about online payments. The company is targeting areas around the world where cryptocurrency is potentially more stable than local economies. And physical ATMs where users could get the currency would make it seem even more like familiar money.But man just the idea of Facebook having its own money freaks us out. This isn’t a cute little grift like Razer cryptocurrency, it’s Facebook! In an effort to appease regulators the money would be controlled by an “independent foundation,” but Facebook is still going to have a big stake in it. Facebook employees will even be able to accept their salary in GlobalCoin, because who doesn’t love store credit?Look out for news on Facebook cryptocurrency soon. For more on Facebook check out these customizable avatar stickers and learn more about this naked protest against censorship. ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event Stay on target
Explore further According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, “A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. Trademarks are registered and require fees ranging from $275 plus an in-use fee of $100. The trademark has to be in use in “commerce”. So, unlike the days of yore domain hounds who bought and parked every potentially hot domain name with the expectations of selling it for top dollar later. Trademarks require use, the word or image, mark has to be affixed to something and placed in the stream of commerce. In 2000, Android Data filed a “Typed Drawing” application for a trademark, stating that it was “good and services, computer e-commerce software to allow users to perform electronic business transactions via a global computer network” Stating further, it was filing a First Use in Commerce affidavit. Android Data performed the requisite notice periods and ultimately was given a registration number 2639556 in October, 2002. The exclusive right to use the word “Data” apart from the “mark” was not claimed. In 2007, Google applied for a trademark of Android. The Google Android is an open mobile platform that was developed by Google and later by the Open Handset Alliance as a “software stack” for mobile phones. Android is based on a Linux OS, and all of its applications are written using JAVA. Anyone can download an Android software development kit from Google and create applications for Android. Motorola and other handset companies have installed Android on their phones. Google has no plans as of this writing to manufacture a Google Android handset.In 2008, Google’s application for a trademark was denied because Android Data and Google are involved in the development of software and related services which might in effect confuse the consumer into thinking the goods are related and originate from a single source. This tricky little piece of logic does not effect the numerous androidesque registered trademarks, like American Android, Android 17, Android, (a testosterone, thyroid etc. tablet), or another Android mark for blood testing apparatus. Nope, the USPTO wasn’t too worried about the exact use of the word Android for a testosterone tablet and a blood testing apparatus. It was concerned about a software suite used exclusively for e-commerce and an open source software stack which merely enables users to bring down the fences between networks and allow free use to create applications. Android Data has a website and offers a Content Manager, Caching Server and Administrator’s Tool Kit with a segmented little robot figure pictured above. There is a substantial difference between the generic Android image that looks like a Lego piece by Google and the metallic Android Data robot image. (shown above) Android Data is rumored to be asking for millions from Google and other handset manufacturers using the Android software stack. So, who’s confused here? USPTO or the consumer.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Google G1 Phone: Security Flaw Exposed This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The rumors about a possible trademark lawsuit by Eric Specht owner of Android Data of Illinois presents a twisty-tie legal concept. As reported by The Android Guys and ZDNet’s Dana Blankenhorn, Android Data believes Google, Motorola and other open handset developers stole their trademark, Android. Citation: Android Trademark Lawsuit Against Google & Open Handset Manufacturers: Who’s Confused? (2009, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-android-trademark-lawsuit-google-handset.html Android Data Logo
Kolkata: A fire broke out at a chemical godown at Tangra in eastern parts of the city on Monday, Fire Brigade officials said. Six fire tenders rushed to the spot to put off the blaze which broke out around 5 30 pm at the godown, located on D C Dey Road in Tangra, they said. There was no report of any casualty in the fire, an officer said. The godown was stacked with chemicals, the sources said, adding that the cause of the fire was being ascertained.