New Form of Tidal Power to be Studied

first_imgNew technology may mean more renewable energy from the tides of the Bay of Fundy. Nova Scotia has partnered with New Brunswick and five United States’ jurisdictions to pay for a study of the feasibility of using tidal flow generators in the bay. The newest generation of tidal power turbines resembles wind turbines. Submerged in the water, the generators use fast-moving tidal currents to create electricity. The turbines stand alone, anchored on the seabed, and are not visible from shore. “The tidal currents in the Bay of Fundy seem to be ideal for generating electricity,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, “but we need to have experimental data that will show whether it’s practical to use this emerging technology in our coastal environment.” The Electric Power Research Institute of Palo Alto, Calif., will conduct the study. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will each contribute $60,000 US to the study. Maine, Massachusetts, Washington State, Alaska, and San Francisco are also taking part in the $425,000 study. The data from all the study locations will be shared among all the study sponsors. “Nova Scotia has significant in-stream tidal energy resources andthe technologies able to harness these resources are becoming available,” said Roger Bedard of the Electric Power Research Institute. “The big question is whether it makes sense for Nova Scotia and the other regions to invest in tidal in-stream energy conversion technology. We will answer that question for the province by March 2006 within the context of this study.” Nova Scotia Power’s president and CEO, Chris Huskilson, said his company is playing a key role in the new study. “Our customers told us they want more renewables and we’re listening to them. That’s why we’re bringing on wind power in this province and seeking ways to harness more power from the tides.” Nova Scotia Power already has one of three tidal power plants in the world at its Annapolis Power Tidal facility, and Annapolis Royal. The province wants to ensure that at least five per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity supply comes from renewable resource generating capacity that was built after 2001.last_img read more

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Selectors look at Iyer to solve Indias No 4 woes

first_imgMumbai: The Indian selectors — led by M.S.K. Prasad — finally decided to address the number four conundrum when they sat down to pick the squad for the West Indies tour on Sunday. After struggling through the World Cup without a fixed number four, the five wise men have decided to give Shreyas Iyer a go. Considered as one of the best batting units in the modern era, India failed to produce a number four batsman going into the 2019 World Cup and the tour of West Indies now provides the selectors the perfect opportunity to try and solve the issue with an eye on the 2023 World Cup. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryWhile the selectors decided to ignore Iyer for the World Cup, the ploy of experimenting at that position flopped. Coming into the Windies series, it was always going to be a competition between Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer for that position. Both the batsmen are currently in the West Indies with the India ‘A’ team and have been among runs. Interestingly, skipper Manish Pandey also hit a century in the series, but he is seen more as a number five or six than a number four in the batting line-up. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSpeaking on Gill’s exclusion, Prasad said: “He was given an opportunity when K.L. Rahul was out against New Zealand, he will have to wait for his turn.” Batting coach Sanjay Bangar came under the scanner for failing to produce a number four batsman ahead of the showpiece event despite being with the team for quite some time now. Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that the constant chopping and changing in the middle-order was something that had hurt the Indian team not just in the World Cup, but over the last couple of seasons. And for Bangar to not be able to find a solution is something that reflects poorly on the coach. “It was a constant struggle,” the official said. “While we are all supportive of the players and they had a good tournament with the exception of this bad day in office (in the semi-final against New Zealand), the support staff’s processes and decision-making will surely be scrutinised thoroughly prior to any decision being taken about their future. “The batting coach must have answers for the number 4 question since it is obvious that it was the team management that was asking for certain players to be included.” The Windies tour will provide Prasad and team a chance to try out youngsters in pivotal positions and ensure that the foundation laid is strong with an eye on the 2023 World Cup.last_img read more

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Joss Stone Named Ambassador For Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

first_imgLilongwe Wildlife Centre has announced Joss Stone as their new ambassador.Video: Joss Stone visits the Lilongwe Wildlife CentreThe singer visited the centre when she passed through Malawi during her Total World Tour.“Wildlife welfare is a cause very close to my heart, and to see the awesome work of the rescue team and the volunteers at the Wildlife Centre was truly inspiring,” she said. “But what’s also amazing about Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is the sheer scale of their work, which ranges from helping orphaned and injured animals and inspiring communities to protect their wildlife through to putting big ivory traffickers behind bars. I’m thrilled to be able to do my bit in support of Malawi’s wildlife and I would urge you to do whatever you can to help too.”Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s works to protect Malawi’s habitats and wildlife through: • ADVOCACY & ENFORCEMENT initiatives that influence decision makers and help to bring wildlife criminals to justice. • WILDLIFE RESCUE & RESEARCH programmes that support the well-being of individual animals, the survival of species and the conservation of habitats. • CONSERVATION EDUCATION that inspires humans to live in harmony with nature.Lilongwe Wildlife Trust was established in 2008 when their first project – Lilongwe Wildlife Centre – opened as a wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and education facility supporting the Government’s work fighting wildlife crimes.Since then their rescue and education remit has expanded nationally and in 2014, they started work to combat serious wildlife crime, in particular ivory trafficking. Today, their projects support high level wildlife crime investigations, wildlife justice programmes for prosecutors and courts, and revisions to wildlife policy and legislation.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Concerns raised over media exposé on Sri Lankans in Saudi Arabia

However, the Embassy said that its attention has been drawn to some recent video clips and comments circulating in the media. “We highly appreciate such activities, as proper information, feedback and constructive proposals would benefit us in numerous ways in our action to provide services to all stakeholders,” the Embassy said. Concerns have been raised over a media exposé on a group of Sri Lankans employed in Saudi Arabia.The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia said that both in the past and present, print, electronic and social media have played a proactive role in disseminating and publishing information about foreign employment related issues and concerns.  “After evaluating these video clips and comments, this Embassy has decided to draw the kind attention of all concerned parties and underline that the final objective we all are working on is to serve people better, while safeguarding the interests of our clients, the officials and above all our country. We recall that in the past, media has highlighted issues and helped the Embassy and other authorities to swiftly attend to them and to achieve desired results. But there are some instances that this process has not worked as desired and the end result was further victimizing the people who are already in distress and even strained bilateral relations between countries,” the Embassy added.The Embassy said that the video clips and comments that went viral in the past weeks could be seen as highly irresponsible and unethical acts by individuals or groups.  “First, they have callously disregarded the other implications including suffering and social stigma that may face by the families of the Sri Lankan workers who were appeared in these videos.  Second, they have ignored the fact that these acts could also disrupt the ongoing official processes in addressing concerns of these migrant workers. Therefore, this Embassy would like to appeal to all concerned parties, in refraining from committing these types of acts. Instead, we encourage to share all such video clips and information with the authorities such as the Embassy who could act on them and work for the benefit of Sri Lankan migrant workers,” teh Sri Lankan Embassy said.While confirming that the Embassy will be looking into all the issues that are being brought to its notice to the best of their abilities, they once again appealed to all concerned parties to be diligent and supportive in bringing up issues and concerns of all Sri Lankan migrant workers. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Timothy Bradley Scores Controversial Win Over Manny Pacquiao

Unbeaten Timothy Bradley defeated eight-time champion Manny Pacquiao with a controversial decision, taking the WBO welterweight title and throwing boxing’s mega-fight further up in the air.In a split decision that stunned most everyone in the arena, even many of his supporters, Bradley defeated Pacquiao to take the belt of the Filipino fighter and congressman and hand him his first loss since 2005. And it sets up a rematch, likely on November 10, and likely in Las Vegas again.Bradley remained undefeated, improving his record to 29-0, with 12 KOs. Pacquiao fell to 54-4-2, with 38 KOs, suffering his first loss since 2005, when he lost to Mexico’s Erik Morales.“Me and my team, we did it, we shocked the world like I said we would,” Bradley proclaimed. “I heard the boos at the end of the night, which is OK.“We definitely need to do this again in November, and let’s make it more decisive.”Source: Detroit Free Press read more

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The Bucks Game 1 Win May Come To Haunt Toronto

MILWAUKEE — The Bucks have dropped only one contest all postseason, but for much of Wednesday night’s game against Toronto, Milwaukee was falling victim to the same problems that doomed them in that defeat.The Raptors, just like the Celtics in Game 1 a round earlier, were walling off the painted area with several stoppers, making life difficult around the rim for likely MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Those efforts in half-court situations often dared the Bucks’ role players to shoot from outside — something Milwaukee was ready and willing to do, but generally failing with.But unlike in that loss to Boston, the Bucks found their stroke just in the nick of time against Toronto, and they paired that offensive breakthrough with a defensive effort that stifled the Raptors’ scorers late. The result: The Bucks earned a 108-100 victory here in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.Milwaukee big man Brook Lopez (29 points) was sensational, hitting three triples in the final quarter, including what turned out to be the game-sealing three with just under two minutes to play. He helped turn the tide in what up to that point had been a dismal 6-of-35 performance from deep by the Bucks, the most prolific 3-point shooting club after the Rockets during the regular season.Even after Lopez and his Milwaukee teammates shot 5-of-10 from there in the fourth, the Bucks finished at just 25 percent (11 of 44) on the night, easily one of their worst showings all year. On many levels, that — paired with a relatively mild night from Antetokounmpo (24 points and 14 rebounds on 7-of-16 shooting) — suggested that the Raptors were in great shape to steal a game on the road. And none of that even covers the Raptors’ biggest bright spot: Guard Kyle Lowry, who’s been impactful but inefficient on offense during these playoffs, having a stellar 7-of-9 night from deep. Lowry went scoreless in Toronto’s playoff opener but was decisive on Wednesday, pouring in 30 points.Yet it was all for naught in a game that will haunt the Raptors if they ultimately lose the series. Toronto got almost nothing after halftime from its non-All-Stars. Excluding Lowry and Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors shot 1 for 23 from the floor in the second half (and that lonely basket was a third-quarter buzzer-beating triple from Pascal Siakam). Arguably even worse: Outside of Lowry, no Toronto player even scored a basket in the fourth period, a span in which his teammates shot 0-for-15. Leonard had two free throws; Siakam had one. No one else scored.Norm Powell missed on his lone attempt. Fred VanVleet and Danny Green misfired twice each. Leonard and Siakam tried and failed three times apiece. And Marc Gasol bricked all four times.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/MISSES.mp400:0000:0003:24Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s fair to wonder if fatigue is partly to blame for the Raptors’ shooting struggles — they missed a handful of open looks down the stretch after entering the series with far less rest than Milwaukee got. But the Bucks’ No. 1 defense also deserves credit for making life tough on Toronto.Antetokounmpo said after the game that Milwaukee, which deployed Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon on Leonard, sought to push the Raptors star to his left throughout the night. The numbers bear that out: 11 of Leonard’s 15 drives were to his left on Wednesday (or 73 percent), according to data from Second Spectrum. That’s a pretty substantial shift from what he normally does: 57 percent of his drives were to his right over the course of this season. (The Bucks have made this a regular part of their defensive effort against elite scorers, most notably against lefty James Harden, whom they had success against by forcing him to his right.)Using other wings on Toronto’s best player, a replication of what the Bucks did during the regular season, allowed Antetokounmpo the freedom and energy to roam and offer help on D. He made a pair of huge plays on that end to stop the fire-breathing Lowry in the fourth quarter, impressively forcing the guard into a double-dribble early in the period before literally swatting away the Raptors’ last-ditch effort in the closing seconds of the ballgame.It’s worth mentioning that Toronto did plenty right in this game, too. Unlike in Game 7 against Philly, in which a handful of Raptors looked almost afraid to shoot, Lowry and others weren’t hesitant on open looks, even if their shots were off the mark in the second half. And the Raptors’ defensive plan likely would have earned them a victory had it not been for Lopez’s outburst in the last period. Early on, they swarmed Antetokounmpo whenever he entered the lane. The Bucks shot 23 percent (3 for 13) on drives during the first half, down from the 55 percent Milwaukee shot in drive situations in the first two rounds, according to data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. Toronto found success when it forced Giannis into half-court scenarios during that span, limiting him to just 3-of-9 shooting from the field with three turnovers. (By contrast, he shot 3 of 4 during the first half when he managed to get out in transition.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/GIANNIS3.mp400:0000:0001:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The real difference was Lopez, a player the Bucks signed for a criminally cheap amount of cap space this past offseason, finding his touch from outside. His last triple stemmed from a play on which the Raptors, again concerned about an Antetokounmpo drive through the lane, overcommitted with one too many help defenders. Gasol helped too far down into the paint on Giannis, leaving Lopez wide open behind the left wing. Lopez’s play will be worth watching going forward. If Toronto can’t slow him down with their current lineup, the Raptors may have to go smaller in hopes of speeding up the game, which would make it more challenging for Lopez to defend and stay on the floor.Toronto showed it can more than hang with the Bucks. But given that Milwaukee shot unusually poorly from outside and didn’t get an otherworldly performance from its superstar, the Raptors should be kicking themselves that they didn’t close the game better and find a way to steal one on the road. Opportunities like those don’t come very often against teams of Milwaukee’s caliber.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Words are getting shorter due to social media as Jomo and mic

first_img“Jomo” stands for the “joy of missing out” and is used when one decides to pass up on a party invitation without any fear of missing the event. It is thought to be the first time an acronym has been included on the Collins list, which has been issued since 2012 and celebrates terms that have enjoyed a significant rise in usage.The term joins “throw shade”, a verb which describes when someone publicly shows contempt, and “mic drop”, the act of pretending to drop a microphone after speaking.The latter, which experts said was being used around 14 times more than last year, has been made particularly popular on Twitter and Facebook with celebrities, politicians and members of the Royal family, including Prince Harry and Barack Obama, miming the gesture in viral videos and GIFs. Other popular terms identified by Collins include “dude food”, junk food considered particularly appealing to men, “sharenting”, the habitual use of social media to share images or news about children, and “uberisation”, a business model where services are offered directly to a customer, for example via a mobile phone. “Most of this year’s words are used by or related to the generation born towards the end of the last century… their contribution to the constant evolution of the English language should not be overlooked,” she said.She told the Telegraph: “I think because so [many] of our communications are by social media, there is a lot more sharing and words come to light a lot quicker than they used to.”When asked about why it might be that acronyms and shorter words are increasingly being used, she said: “On social media you are restricted to how much you can write in a small space and as so much of our communications take place over Whatsapp messages, Facebook, we get all these new words.” “Trumpism”, the policies advocated by US presidential candidate Donald Trump, has also made the list “Trumpism”, the policies advocated by US presidential candidate Donald Trump, has also made the listCredit: Chip Somodevilla Most of this year’s words are used by or related to the generation born towards the end of the last centuryHelen Newstead It is a world where the most intimate feelings and desires can be portrayed with a single emoticon.And it seems the fleeting nature of social media and texting is having an impact on the English language as the words we most frequently use are getting shorter.Helen Newstead, the head of language content at Collins, said its 2016 “words of the year” list has been strongly influenced by the younger generation and not only includes current words like “Brexit” but also short phrases from social media and a four-letter acronym; “Jomo”. The list also carries on last year’s theme and reflects that many now strive to live sensible lives, which focus on well-being. The use of “hygge”, the concept of creating a cosy and convivial atmosphere, has almost doubled since last year, experts said.The final words are “snowflake generation”, which points towards young adults being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations, and “Trumpism”, the policies advocated by US presidential candidate Donald Trump.Ms Newstead put the changing nature of language down to social media where space is often restricted and messages are sent in haste.An analysis of the previous “words of the year” lists by The Telegraph shows the average length of a one-word term has decreased from 9.3 letters per word to 7.3 in the last four years. The Collins list is put together by a panel of lexicographers and experts, who look at terms that are becoming increasingly used. There are around 4.5 billion words in the Collins Corpus, but between 10 and 12 are picked for the final list.Ms Newstead said words that end up on the final cut are often ones that encapsulate a social trend.This year, the experts decided the word of the year was “Brexit” after it saw an unprecedented upsurge of more than 3,400 per cent.Ms Newstead said the word was “arguably politics’s most important contribution to the English language in over 40 years, since the Watergate scandal gave commentators and comedians the suffix -gate to make any incident or scandal infinitely more compelling”.Previous winning words have included binge-watch, photobomb and geek. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Whitegenocide theory a core motivation for extreme farright terrorists

first_img Friday 15 Mar 2019, 7:45 PM And in some cases the people that legitimate their actions are not only from the extreme right or alt-right but are also right-leaning politicians or journalists. Their logic, as they see it, is reinforced daily in the anti-immigrant rhetoric of many newspapers, online commentators and political leaders. Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha 14,310 Views Share40 Tweet Email1 The attacker’s manifesto is also being made available for download from television and newspapers’ websites, in addition to a variety of other online spaces. In this respect, mass media are carrying out the attacker’s wishes and amplifying his hate. Dr Ging says that there is little research to support the theory that those who carry out so-called ‘lone wolf’ attacks are suffering from a syndrome, as is “commonly perpetuated by the mainstream media”.“Terrorist killers are depicted as individuals who are (born) mentally unstable, psychotic or deranged, which not only avoids examining socio-political contexts but also unhelpfully links mental illness with violence,” she says.Comments are closed as a man is due before the courts No Comments Image: Shutterstock/Lincoln Rogers Regardless of who responsibility is attributed to however, violence is often held out as the answer, this includes everything from ‘real world’ and online calls for genocidal-type violence against out-groups, to calls for targeted violence against named individuals.Professor Conway says that this narrative is “very widely shared” across social media platforms, online forums, and gaming apps, so it’s “unsurprising” that most of the extreme right-wing terrorist attacks have had “significant online components”.In the case of far-right mass killings, it comes down to “the fear that people who are different pose a threat to white culture and resources,” says Dr Debbie Ging, an Associate Professor in the School of Communications at DCU.Her current research addresses issues such as cyberbullying and online misogyny. Dealing with the “loner” tag used frequently in these cases, she told TheJournal.ie: “It might look like these people are acting alone, but they are in fact supported by vast numbers of like-minded people, both online and offline. https://jrnl.ie/4544215 Image: Shutterstock/Lincoln Rogers Dr Ging said that these extremely violent reactions based on Islamophobia is “borne of a perceived threat to white power and entitlement, and their response is counter-attack”.Professor Conway agrees that the extreme right “portray all Muslims as somehow associated with IS, and attacks against them as therefore ‘legitimate’”. Mar 15th 2019, 7:45 PM Another way to justify it is by portraying right-wing terrorist attacks such as yesterday’s: as ‘false flag’ events orchestrated by government(s) or, again, ‘shadowy Jewish cabals’.What are the conditions that make terrorism appealing?Although there’s still an academic debate on this issue, Dr Ging says some research indicates that those who commit mass shootings, or so-called ‘lone wolf’ terrorist attacks, “tend not to have any sort of unique or identifiable psychological traits”.Dr Ging adds, however, that a number of mass-killing cases feature the same ideologies, citing the man behind the 2011 Norway attack in which 77 people were killed, Anders Breivik.There are a number of cases, she says, featuring ”white men who have written extensive manifestos, and these manifestos have a common thread, namely an articulation of outrage that something to which they feel entitled – white male superiority – has been taken away from them.” The real question is where do these feelings of entitlement start, where do they come from, and how are they being legitimated in mainstream politics and culture?The media and terrorist attacksThere’s been much debate around how the media covers mass shootings in the Western world, with some media criticised for emphasising a perpetrator’s religion or mental health history in headlines and in framing stories.Social media companies have also been criticised for allowing extremist images and videos, as well as hateful messages, to be spread. In the case of the New Zealand mosque attacks, the killer live-streamed the incident to Facebook; the video was later removed. The New Zealand police asked that the video of the attacker’s live stream not be shared,” Professor Conway said, “but it has been widely replayed on television stations globally, besides also being still available on major social media platforms hours after the attacks.” ‘White-genocide theory’ a core motivation for extreme far-right terrorists Professor Maura Conway explained the racist “white-genocide” theory being shared online, and how “violence is often held out as the answer”. THE IDEA THAT white people are being intentionally replaced by people of colour is a core talking point of the extreme right-wing terrorists in online forums, and provides the basis for attacks on Jews, Muslims and other groups, including mass shooting incidents. That’s according to Professor Maura Conway of the School of Law and Government in DCU, who is involved in the research project VOX-Pol, which looks at violent online political extremism.In the wake of the New Zealand attack in which 49 people were killed at mosques during Friday prayers, we spoke to academics who have studied areas like alt-right online communities, violent political extremism and the influence the media has when covering these incidents. A manifesto was shared to the social media accounts of the man suspected of carrying out the New Zealand attacks, which declares a hatred for Muslim immigrants in Europe and expresses admiration for extremist movements in the US. So what result in people carrying out such violent attacks, and how can they be stopped from happening in the future? Professor Maura Conway told TheJournal.ie that “a core talking point of the online extreme right”, is the racist “white-genocide theory”:“[It’s] the idea that white people are being intentionally replaced, removed, or even eliminated by people of colour through ‘mass’ immigration and a variety of other methods. Often, in an anti-Semitic twist, responsibility for this is attributed to Jews,” she says. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Branaghs Mustache Stars in Murder on the Orient Express Trailer

first_imgStay on target Who would have thought the most exciting trailer of the day would be for an adaptation of an 83-year-old mystery novel? The trailer for the Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express debuted today, and it certainly gets us in the mood for a mystery. The cast is full of some of Hollywood’s finest actors and biggest stars, including Johnny Depp as the murder victim. None of them, however, can outshine the majesty that is Branagh’s mustache, which closes out the trailer.Wow. Watching the trailer for the first time, I wondered why they were building up the reveal of Hercule Poirot so much. Sure, he’s the most famous fictional detective aside from Sherlock Holmes, but does he really merit such fanfare? Then I saw it. The manliest mustache that ever manned. The kind of facial hair that stares deep into your soul, reducing even the strongest to a quivering mess. Just try lying to it. You can’t, can you? With that on his side, Poirot should be able to wrap up the movie in 10 minutes flat.OK seriously, this is actually looking pretty great. The cast is fantastic. Aside from Branagh himself, Orient Express stars Tom Bateman, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., and Daisy Ridley. That’s not even a complete list of the big names in this movie. There’s some serious talent in this thing. As Branagh’s directing, it’ll likely be a faithful adaptation of the original novel with all the smarts and whodunit fun we expect from a Christie mystery. Branagh is good at making classic works fun to watch on the big screen, as we’ve seen from his many movie versions of Shakespeare plays. He also brought a classical flair to Thor, which remains one of the better movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Hopefully, the movie is at least half as good as that mustache and starts a trend of classic whodunit mysteries. As much as I loved the Robert Downey Jr. version of Sherlock Holmes, it was a little dumber and more actiony than I want from my old-timey detectives. If this movie is able to lay out the clues and make us feel like we’re solving the mystery right alongside Poirot, whether we’ve read the original novel or not, it’ll speak to audiences intelligence in a way that most crime movies don’t. That’s what I’m hoping for anyway.Right now, it’s hard to say exactly what this movie will be like, considering how little the trailer shows. I do love the way the characters are introduced. It’s an anachronistic style on top of an unmistakably 1930s setting. It gives the trailer a timeless, otherworldly feel instantly makes you suspect everyone. Plus, everything about the production is absolutely gorgeous. No matter how it turns out, it’ll at least be pretty to look at.Kenneth Branagh’s mustache will make its theatrical debut in Murder on the Orient Express on November 10, 2017. MovieBob Reviews: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017)MovieBob Reviews: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For May 25 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, May 25, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.In The Community: Windsor Place (92 West Street) is holding a lecture from Gary Hylander on the My Lai Massacre. FREE and OPEN TO ALL. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Needleworkers meet at 10am. Drop-In Story Time at 10am.  [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 3 Wilmington High School teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai says tackling hate speech on YouTube is hard

first_imgAxios noted that the interview happened before YouTube made its latest round of policy changes around hate speech.Last week, YouTube said it was prohibiting videos that promote one group as superior to another, changing recommended videos to exclude more “borderline content” and limiting monetization for creators who often push the limits of YouTube’s rules. In addition, earlier this month YouTube said it would no longer allow minors to livestream without an adult. “The openness of YouTube’s platform has helped creativity and access to information thrive,” the YouTube team said in a blog post Wednesday. “It’s our responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence. We are committed to taking the steps needed to live up to this responsibility today, tomorrow and in the years to come.”The site faced backlash last week after it refused to take down the channel of prominent conservative personality Stephen Crowder, who used homophobic slurs against journalist Carlos Maza, a writer and video host at Vox. YouTube said Crowder’s videos didn’t violate the site’s rules. Following the event, YouTube took steps to ban supremacist and hoax videos, like content denying the Holocaust and Sandy Hook shooting.Originally published June 10, 6:23 a.m. PT.Update, 6:36 a.m. PT: Adds background details. Update, 8:03 a.m. PT: Adds comment from YouTube team.  Share your voice Mobile Mobile Apps 11 YouTube is under fire for how it’s handled hate speech. SOPA Images/Getty Images Google CEO Sundar Pichai, in an interview with Axios on HBO, said YouTube isn’t quite where the company wants it to be.  Axios asked Pichai about his reactions to the video site’s scandals and changes.”You know, we rank content based on quality,”  Pichai said, in the interview that aired Sunday. “So we are bringing that same notion and approach to YouTube so that we can rank higher quality stuff better and really prevent borderline content — content which doesn’t exactly violate policies, which need to be removed, but which can still cause harm.” YouTube banning supremacist and hoax videos, Amazon unveils… Comments Now playing: Watch this: Tags 1:12 Google YouTube Sundar Pichailast_img read more

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Roots Health Service Awards presentation on July 7

first_imgVijayawada: Roots Health Foundation will present Roots Health Service Awards 2019 to doctors for their relentless service in their fields to mark National Doctors Day. The awards will be given on July 7 at Siddhartha Arts and Science College auditorium, said the foundation chairman Dr PV Vijayabhaskar on Thursday. The chief guest of the programme would be Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas. Also Read – Vice-Prez to flag off Gudur Superfast Express Advertise With Us MLAs K Pardhasarathi, Malladi Vishnu, Gadde Rammohana Rao, Rotary International district governor GV Rama Rao and others would participate in the programme. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Vijayabhaskar said that the foundation was giving awards for the last ten years to doctors who have done good service in their respective areas. He said that for the year 2019 life time achievement award will be given to Dr K Vengal Rao from Bobbili. Dr N Subba Rao from Hanuman Junction, Dr D Ramachandra Rao from Visakhapatnam, Dr K Madhava Rao Chowdary, ayurvedic doctor and M Madhavi for her service to society would receive service awards.last_img read more

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Aamir Khans daughter Ira Khans latest pictures are winning hearts on social

first_imgAamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan’s latest pictures are winning hearts on social media.InstagramAamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan was recently in the news for pictures with a guy named Mishaal Kirpalani on Instagram, who was reportedly her boyfriend. The girl has been sharing a lot of candid pictures lately, and mostly from her trip to Canada and to the US, and her time there as a student.Ira Khan’s latest pictures are again winning hearts on social media. One of her latest pictures is that of her throwback when she was just five. “I was cutest when I was 5,” says Ira Khan with a smiley. And we do think she looks really cute in the picture!But it’s photos from her life as a young 22-year-old that have caught the attention of netizens. Ira Khan not only shares her own pictures – and she’s rather pretty – but also pictures taken by her, be it of nature, of dogs, of sea life at the Georgia Aquarium, of works of art, of the beach or simply shots with her best friends and then her famous dad Aamir Khan on his birthday.Ira Khan is interested in acting and may make her acting debut sooner than her elder brother Junaid Khan, who is more into theatre, as per Aamir Khan. Ira Khan has an artistic eye and is a footballer as well. We are keen to know what kind of movies she would want to do and whether it’ll be in Bollywood or in Hollywood / World Cinema.Take a look at Ira Khan’s fantastic pictures on Instagram, new and old ones.last_img read more

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Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar released after 500 days in prison

first_imgReuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Sow OotwitterTwo journalists belonging to the Reuters news agency jailed in Myanmar has been finally released by the government on Tuesday, May 7, after spending more than 500 days in the prison.A 33-year-old Wa Lone and Kyaw Sow Oo (29) were sentenced to seven years in jail after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act. Both the Reuters journalists had reported that during a military operation conducted in August 2017, the state security forces and Buddhist civilians executed 10 Muslim men and boys of Rohingya.According to the reports, the army crackdown in 2017 had led the Rohingya Muslims (approximately 730,000) to flee the nation and find asylum in Bangladesh. The controversial report by the journalists had sparked an outcry from the world that raised questions on the democratic freedom in the country.The release of the two journalists comes after the President of Myan Win Myint officially pardoned them along with thousand others as a part of their custom to release prisoners around the time of the traditional New Year, which began on April 17, reports Al Jazeera.According to a statement from the Myanmar Presidents office, the nation will release 6,520 prisoners in an official pardon. However, the report by Wa Lone and Kyaw Sow Oo on the killings of Rohingya Muslims won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in May 2019.(awaiting further details)last_img read more

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UN rights chief asks Venezuela to release jailed opponents

first_imgUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and Venezuela`s president Nicolas Maduro meet in Caracas, Venezuela, on 21 June 2019. Photo: ReutersUN rights chief asks Venezuela to release jailed opponentsUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on Venezuela to release jailed dissidents Friday and said the crisis-wracked country faced a “serious” humanitarian situation.Her comments came at the end of a three-day visit to the country on the invitation of embattled president Nicolas Maduro, who has faced allegations of cracking down on political opponents amid rampant hyperinflation and shortages of basic goods.”I call on the authorities to release all those who are detained or deprived of their liberty for exercising their civil rights in a peaceful manner,” said Bachelet, referring to the hundreds of Maduro government opponents who are currently incarcerated.The UN rights chief met relatives of these detainees, many of whom are accused of “conspiracy” to overthrow the government. She also spoke with relatives of people who died during the anti-Maduro protests of 2017.Rights groups had pushed Bachelet to raise the issue of 715 people they say have been jailed for political reasons, a claim Maduro’s government rejects.Maduro, meanwhile, said he would respect the recommendations made by Bachelet, a former Chilean president.”I told her that she can count on me, as president, to take her suggestions, her recommendations and her proposals seriously,” Maduro said, adding that people accused of human rights abuses would be prosecuted.Bachelet also said she had appointed delegates to remain in the country with the mandate “to provide assistance and technical advice, but also, very importantly, to continue to monitor the human rights situation across Venezuela.”The high commissioner’s visit came amid the country’s ongoing economic and political crisis that the UN says has caused some four million Venezuelans to flee since 2015 amid collapsing government services and shortages of food.Bachelet has previously criticised the government’s response to the crisis and called for Caracas to respect “everyone’s fundamental right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.”Yet it was the Maduro government who invited her to Venezuela, saying the visit would be an opportunity to show its adherence to human rights and the “negative repercussions” of sanctions that prevent it from selling its oil to the United States.’Sceptical’Bachelet has also been critical of US sanctions against Maduro imposed by President Donald Trump, raising concerns that restrictions on trade with Venezuela could have negative repercussions for the general population in a country where 96 per cent of the budget is based on oil.During her visit, Bachelet also met with opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recognized as Venezuela’s interim president by some 50 countries, including the United States.She called for dialogue between the government and Guaido’s opposition and spoke in support of Norway’s efforts to broker talks.Delegates from both sides met there for the first time in May, but progress has since stalled.”I understand that some are sceptical that these sorts of negotiations will bear fruit, but the serious situation in the country demands that the leaders try,” Bachelet said.last_img
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Fed Approval of CSXs Virginia Avenue Tunnel Delayed

first_imgA federal decision on the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel project has been delayed, to the relief of a group of D.C. residents who are against the proposed plans.Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) on Aug. 19 announced the Federal Highway Administration has delayed issuing a record of decision, or ROD, until after until after Sept. 15, as Norton requested, to allow the D.C. Council to review the project.“I appreciate [the Federal Highway Administration’s] decision to delay the ROD as a courtesy to the District of Columbia Council Committee of the Whole and Committee on Transportation and Environment to allow their oversight hearing on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project on August 26,” Norton said.  “It is the Council’s obligation to D.C. residents to provide appropriate oversight of the project, and it is only fair that [the administration] respect the time needed to accomplish this obligation.”The tunnel project is privately-funded by CSX Transportation, which wants to rebuild and expand the 3,800-foot, 110-year-old tunnel to accommodate two tracks and double-stacked intermodal freight trains. However, because there are some federal and D.C. properties that will be impacted by construction, approval from the Federal Highway Administration and the D.C. Department of Transportation are necessary.DCSafeRail, a coalition of D.C. residents, has voiced a number of concerns about the project, including potential traffic congestion during its three- to six-year construction and potential noise and air pollution.Norton has met with residents, held a number of community meetings, and has attempted to respond to their concerns. For example, Norton got the Federal Highway Administration to agree to extend the Final Environmental Impact Statement review period and to hold a second public meeting. And, now she has effected another extension.“All of us at DCSafeRail extend a heartfelt thanks to Congresswoman Norton for supporting the need for local input into this transportation project with far- and long-reaching implications,” Maureen Cohen Harrington of DCSafeRail said in a statement. “We also thank [the administration] for heeding her appeal and delaying the CSX decision.”“However, as we’ve said repeatedly, a final decision on the CSX expansion should NOT be made until the Council’s DC Rail Plan is complete,” Harrington added. “This analysis of all rail service in the District will allow the coordinated expansion of passenger, commuter, and freight service. We must not let CSX dictate transportation policy for the District. And we must not allow this policy, and the grant of new right of way to CSX, to have been made behind closed doors. The entire environmental review was tainted by secret agreements between CSX and the District Department of Transportation that were only recently—and incompletely—revealed. The need for Council oversight is critical.”#DCSAFERAIL #MayorNoBuildlast_img read more

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Madame Tussauds all set to dazzle Delhi

first_imgIndia prepares for the world’s largest and most renowned entertainment operators – Merlin Entertainments, to open their doors to the most aspiring and awe-inspiring attractions on this planet. Madame Tussauds, the legendary wax attraction entertainment hotspot is soon to launch in New Delhi and will be the latest tourist and locals’ experiential zone. The dazzling entertainment zone, uniquely planned for visitors to interact with their favourite stars and figures of inspiration is set to launch in early summer of 2017. Located in the heart of Delhi – Connaught Place at Regal Cinema, the team is thrilled about the exhilarating experience they are about to embark on. Merlin Entertainments is committed to bringing lifetime experiences, which influence people, and Madame Tussauds is a testimony to their global reach. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis is the 23rd edition of Madame Tussauds, and the Merlin Entertainment team is gearing for a red carpet welcome. The first ever Madame Tussauds is all set to spellbind the Indian audiences by showcasing a wide array of influential icons from across the globe, who have thrived to inspire us through their stunning performances on the reel and real life while making a great contribution towards shaping the world. India, known for her diverse entertainment industry, heritage, and glittering Bollywood star-studded figures will become an “iconic attraction.” The wax attraction will exhibit over 50 figures from diverse leagues such as history, sport, music, film, and TV. Each wax figure is created with the expertise of over 20 international and local artists working at a time to ensure an authentic visitor experience. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMr. Anshul Jain, General Manager, and Director, Merlin Entertainments India Pvt Ltd said, “We are more than delighted to inform you that we are in the final phase of launching Madame Tussauds in Delhi. The Wax Attraction will provide an immersive and exhilarating experience of the glittering world of renowned celebrities and personalities, from Prime Minister  Narendra Modi, God of Cricket Mr Sachin Tendulkar to glamourous divas like Kim Kardashian for the Indian audience. We will also have a broader focus on Indian celebrities, I am sure that all the locals and tourists will cherish meeting their idols who have influenced their lives in different ways.”Madame Tussauds, Delhi will be an attraction that truly represents the fascinating world of politics, glamour, sport, and music, through planned themes and interactive platforms. Visitors can interact with the life-like figures of the celebrities fulfilling their dreams of being up close and personal with their favourite icons.last_img read more

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Jerusalem police will allow homophobic terror group to protest Pride

first_imgThis comes two years after a 16-year-old was murdered by a religious extremist.Lehava, a far-right Jewish sect, will stand under police guard several hundred meters away from the festivities.Bentzi Gopstein, the leader of Lehava, has said the protest signs will read: ‘Jerusalem Is Not Sodom! Don’t Give Them Kids!’In a call for others to join the group on YouTube, he said: ‘There’s no reason to proudly walk the streets of the city [and say] “Yes, we’re perverts!….‘There’s no pride in marching through the center of the city and saying “We’re failures! We can’t resist our urges!’.’Shira Banki, the 16-year-old who died, was one of six people stabbed when extremist religious homophobe Yishai Schlissel charged into the crowd before being restrained by police. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Over 20,000 attend this year’s Jerusalem PridePolice are deploying water cannons against anti-LGBTI group at Jerusalem PrideHomophobic Christians protested a gay nightclub in UtahRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/jerusalem-will-allow-homophobic-terror-group-protest-pride/center_img Shira Banki was killed by homophobic hate preacher at Jerusalem PrideThis occurred just three weeks after his release from prison after he stabbed marchers during the Jerusalem Pride in 2005, for which he served 10 years in prison.He is now serving a life sentence.While Lehava has claimed its protest will be ‘humanitarian’, the group has been labeled a terror organization for its occasional use of violence.Jerusalem Pride’s theme is Religion and LGBTQThis year’s Jerusalem Pride march theme will be Religion and LGBTQ.‘The religious world has made unprecedented progress in its attitude toward the LGBTQ community and its members who belong to both worlds,’ the Jerusalem Open House said.‘On the other hand, we still witness year after year insulting, offensive and even inflammatory remarks coming from various fronts in the religious world—Jewish, Christian and Muslim.’On the homophobic group protesting the march, they added: ‘Either they will advance or remain behind on the other side of history, a history which we plan to make in Jerusalem this coming August.’Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Police have allowed dozens of members from a homophobic terror group to protest Jerusalem Pride tomorrow (3 August).last_img read more

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The attraction and risks of hot air balloons

first_img Sponsored Stories HOW DO SUCH HOT AIR BALLOONS OPERATE?The hot air balloon is the oldest successful flight technology that carries passengers, also known as balloon aircraft. A hot air balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that contains heated air. Suspended beneath it is a gondola, or in some high-altitude balloons, a capsule. A source of heat for the air in the balloon in most cases is an open flame blower.WHAT’S A TYPICAL BALLOON JOURNEY IN SLOVENIA LIKE?Thursday’s flight offered a 100 euro ($125) ride from near the capital, Ljubljana, and over the Alpine scenery toward Bled, the most popular tourist resort in scenic Slovenia. The flight usually lasts about 1 1/2 hours and the participants riding in the large basket receive a diploma and a glass of champagne.WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES ARE USING SUCH BALLOONS?Similar balloons are used for sightseeing in Kenyan and South African safari parks and in Australia.WHAT DID THURSDAY’S BALLOON LOOK LIKE?Its brown woven rattan basket is 5.20 meters long (18 feet) and 1.70 meters wide (5 feet, 7 inches), and is usually divided into four compartments. All the passengers must stand during the flight, with their feet spread. Children under 15 are not allowed. On Jan. 7, 2012, a scenic hot air balloon flight from Carterton, New Zealand, collided with a high voltage power line while attempting to land, causing it to catch fire, disintegrate and crash just north of the town, killing all 11 people aboard.Slovenia has had two major ballooning accidents in recent years. In 2002, one caught fire and nine people were injured. In 2006 four people were hurt when a balloon crashed.___AP reporters Jovana Gec, Dusan Stojanovic, Slobodan Lekic and Marko Drobnjakovic contributed.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How do cataracts affect your vision? 0 Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project WHAT ARE THE SAFETY RECORDS OF SUCH BALLOONS?Smaller balloons are much easier to handle and maneuver. Those carrying up to 32 people usually climb vertically up to 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) and don’t move sideways or glide with the wind. Balloon accidents occur for a variety of reasons, but human error and the decision to fly during weather warnings are frequently cited as a primary cause. There were rare cases where an accident was attributed to failure of the balloon hardware.WHAT ARE THE SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR BALLOON FLIGHTS?According to international safety regulations, balloon pilots are certified just like airplane pilots and must have operational certificates. Like planes, balloons must meet safety standards and are inspected on a regular basis. In addition, pilots must inform passengers about safety guidelines during flights prior to liftoff. The basket must be robust enough to ensure adequate protection to all occupants even during rough landings. The burner unit must be designed and installed in such a way to avoid a fire hazard.WHAT HAVE BEEN THE WORST HOT BALLOON ACCIDENTS?On Aug. 13, 1989, two hot air balloons collided near Alice Springs, Australia, causing one to crash to the ground, killing 13 people. It is the deadliest hot air ballooning accident in the history of aviation. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Associated PressLJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) – The hot air balloon that crashed in Slovenia was one of the largest of its kind in the world. Tourists who are willing to pay more than $100 each to be crammed aboard the capsules of such balloons often enjoy sightseeing adventures over the Slovenian Alps and its lakes.But the giant balloons aren’t always easy to operate. On Thursday, one was swept up in a storm and crashed in a fireball outside Slovenia’s capital, killing four of its 32 riders and injuring the rest. Parents, stop beating yourself up 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

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