State govt to build 83 lakh houses for the rural poor

first_imgKolkata: The state government has decided to construct 8.30 lakh houses for poorpeople living in the rural areas, under the Banglar Bari project. The houses will be constructed in the current financial year. In the 2018-19 financial year, 5.86 lakh houses have been built under the project, while in the current financial year, another 2.50 lakh houses will be set up. The houses will be built by the Panchayat and Rural Development department. The district magistrates have been asked to prepare a list of beneficiaries. The Central government will bear 60% of the cost, while 40% cost will be borne by the state government. The toilets will be constructed under Mission Nirmal Bangla project. The area of the houses will be 25 sq metres. There will be one room, a kitchen, a balcony and a toilet in each. It has been decided that in Jangalmahal, the beneficiaries will get Rs 1.30 lakh while their counterparts in other areas will get Rs 1.20 lakh. It may be mentioned that stress has been given on eight districts in this regard, namely South and North 24-Parganas, East and West Midnapore, Howrah, Hooghly, Murshidabad and East Burdwan. The ministry of Rural Development has increased the financial allotment in the current financial year, on the basis of the good performance of the state government in the last financial year. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed that every house will bear the Banglar Bari tag. Under the project, the beneficiaries can decorate the houses on their own. A similar project for the urban poor has also been taken up. Around 8 lakh people living in the city and suburbs will be brought under the scheme. Around Rs 3.75 lakh will be allotted to construct each house under the project.last_img read more

2 Arrested in Spain in Collaboration with Morocco on Suspicion of

Rabat – Spanish police arrested on Wednesday two people in separate regions in Spain in collaboration with Morocco on suspicion of Islamic State (IS) links, said the country’s Interior Ministry.The suspects included a 41-year-old Moroccan man detained in Vitoria, located 360 kilometers (223 miles) north of Madrid, in the Basque region of Spain and a 36-year-old Spanish woman arrested in Alicante, some 400 km south of the capital.The 41-year old suspect is accused of recruiting young people to join the IS, while the Spanish woman had reportedly tried to travel to the Syrian-Iraqi war-torn region along with her four children to join IS.On Tuesday, the ministry issued a communiqué, saying that a 33-year-old Moroccan man also linked to ISIS has been arrested in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on the suspicion of planning to carry out a terrorist attack in Spain.According to the communiqué, Spanish Security Forces and Security Corps have arrested 188 terrorists linked to ISIS since the country raised the national anti-terror threat level to four in 2015 following deadly terrorist attacks in Europe. read more

Trump says he might not raise tariffs on China if deal close

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says if the United States and China are close to a trade deal, he might let slide a March 2 deadline to further boost tariffs on Chinese goods.Trump said Tuesday that he’s not inclined to do that, but that if the two countries are nearing a deal, he might let the deadline “slide for a little while.”Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) and trade representative Robert Lighthizer are in Beijing for talks to resolve the costly trade war.The president hiked tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods over complaints that it steals or pressures U.S. companies to hand over technology in return for market access. The U.S. plans to further boost tariffs on $200 billion in goods barring a deal before the March 2 deadline.The Associated Press

The Latest Construction to start on new Detroit car plant

DETROIT — The Latest on plans by Fiat Chrysler to build a new vehicle assembly plant in Detroit (all times local):3:10 p.m.Fiat Chrysler says construction is set to begin immediately on a new, $1.6 million assembly plant on Detroit’s east side.A representative of the automaker told state officials Tuesday that vehicles are expected to start rolling off the line at the plant by late 2020.The Detroit City Council on Tuesday approved land deals and community benefits agreements tied to the project. Michigan’s Strategic Fund was expected to vote Tuesday afternoon on the state’s portion of incentives for the project.The new assembly plant is expected to add 3,850 jobs. Fiat Chrysler also plans an additional 1,100 new jobs at its adjacent Jefferson North Assembly plant to build the Jeep Grand Cherokee and a new, three-row, full-size Jeep SUV and plug-in hybrid models for all.___2:20 p.m.Fiat Chrysler can move forward with plans to build a new, $1.6 million assembly plant on Detroit’s eastside and invest $900 million to retool and modernize another.The Detroit City Council on Tuesday approved land deals and community benefits agreements tied to the project. They include a four-week exclusive window Detroit residents will have to apply for jobs at the facilities once laid-off workers and temporary employees are considered.Fiat Chrysler expects to add 4,950 new jobs — mostly on the assembly line.The company is getting tax breaks and 215 acres (87 hectares) of adjacent land the city had to acquire. The land deals are about $108 million, with Detroit and the state splitting it about equally.The Associated Press read more

AsiaPacific States seek UN support to ease impediments to trade and investment

29 July 2011Government representatives from some 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region today sought United Nations assistance in their efforts to have bottlenecks to intra-regional trade and investment removed to foster growth, particularly in the poorest nations. At the end of a three-day meeting in Bangkok of the Committee on Trade and Investment, a regional policymakers’ forum convened biannually by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), delegates also highlighted the need for UN support to help developing countries realize their huge potential for trade and investment in low-carbon goods, technologies and services.Discussions focused on how developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region can take advantage of emerging opportunities to maintain the growth in trade and investment that has played a key role in the global economic recovery over the past year.Measures recommended by the forum for ESCAP action range from simplification of trade procedures, compliance with agricultural product standards, to ensuring that small and medium-sized enterprises have a greater share in international trade.The discussions were informed by the findings of the ESCAP Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report released earlier this week, which highlighted the need for the region to reduce export reliance on developed world markets, and to ensure that all countries in the region have an adequate share in its fast-growing trade and investment.The committee emphasized the importance of trade facilitation to reduce the cost of transit, documentation, customs clearance and other non-tariff barriers, including cumbersome standards and certification requirements. To facilitate cross-border trade, the committee called for a regional agreement on electronic trade data and document exchange for the Asia-Pacific region.Countries in the region agreed that trade and investment in low-carbon goods, services and technologies can help in the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, but also took note of the constraints faced by developing countries in that regard.Governments have an important role in providing policy support, in particular, high quality regulatory framework to attract climate-friendly investment, the delegates stressed. read more

WatchHeres what a 10year ban on federal contract bids would mean for

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press MONTREAL — As a scandal surrounding SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.’s lobbying efforts to avoid criminal charges continues to plague the federal government, it remains unclear exactly what a conviction would mean for the company.The engineering and construction giant is facing criminal prosecution over alleged bribes to Libyan government officials while pursuing business in that country. Under the current rules, a conviction includes a 10-year ban on federal contracts.CEO Neil Bruce, who assumed leadership in 2015, has repeatedly said the organization has turned over a new leaf, and that a prosecution at this date would only punish “innocent employees.”Nearly one-third of SNC-Lavalin’s $9.3 billion in revenues in 2017 came from Canada, down from roughly 60 per cent of revenue in 2014. Analysts estimate that up to one-half of home-turf revenues stem from federal contracts. SNC-Lavalin loses court bid for special agreement to avoid criminal prosecution SNC-Lavalin wins $660-million transit contract from Ottawa (the city, not the feds) as bidding future remains uncertain Only a criminal trial will reveal whether SNC-Lavalin’s corruption infected the government, too Analyst Yuri Lynk of Canaccord Genuity said the reputational damage of a looming corruption case could hurt the company more than a decade-long ban on federal contract bidding.“It hurts their reputation,” he said. “Their competitors would always be reminding clients that you’re dealing with someone with outstanding charges against it in its own country.”On Oct. 10, shares plunged more than 13 per cent after news broke that federal prosecutors had declined to negotiate the charges, making prosecution appear imminent.In the ensuing political scandal, various Liberal officials have made remarks about the spectre of large job losses and the risk that SNC-Lavalin would pull up stakes from Montreal to settle overseas in London.The company currently employs about 10,000 people in the United Kingdom, more than the 8,500 or so stationed in Canada. However, the advantages of moving abroad are unclear.“What’s moving to London really going to do?” Lynk asked, noting SNC-Lavalin would face the same bidding restrictions in Canada should a 10-year ban come down.The U.K. serves as a major base for engineering companies in the European Union, but that bridge may crumble with the country’s impending departure from the EU.“One of our major concerns around the U.K. is the impact of Brexit…so it’s not as simple as, ‘Hey, let’s go from Montreal to Manchester and call it a day,”‘ said analyst Chris Murray of Altacorp Capital.Canada’s recent free trade deal with the EU allows European companies to bid on Canadian government contracts, potentially opening a door to SNC-Lavalin through subsidiaries, such as the London-based WS Atkins, that are not listed in the criminal case, analyst Derek Spronck of RBC Dominion Securities said in a research note.Other experts say that even if the company shifts its focus further abroad, a criminal conviction in Canada could land it on blacklists in other countries.SNC-Lavalin president and CEO Neil Bruce. In Canada, the restriction would apply to contracts that are “issued by a federal department or agency and contain the integrity provisions,” Public Services and Procurement Canada said in an email.Provincial or municipal contracts that happen to receive federal funding would not be affected, according to According to Infrastructure Canada, in an email.One possible workaround lies in the public services minister having the power to reduce or waive bidding bans under certain circumstances, said international trade lawyer Lawrence Herman.“This is not a law but rather a policy under the government’s integrity regime,” he said in an email.Moreover, the government is now considering changes to those ethical procurement rules, with Public Services holding a month-long public consultation last fall on a proposed “ineligibility and suspension policy” that would give officials more flexibility to set the ban period.Analysts say a remediation agreement would likely lead to a major stock bump, sorely desired after shares have been hovering at seven-year lows of around $36.It might also lessen the appeal for SNC to sell part of its 16.77 per cent stake in Ontario’s 407 ETR highway. The company has been mulling a partial sale for at least six months, which would hand it a slice of the $2.2 billion some analysts say the stake is worth.SNC-Lavalin is working on the five biggest infrastructure projects in Canada, according to trade magazine ReNew Canada. Those contracts alone amount to $52.8 billion, and include projects for Bruce Power and the Darlington nuclear plant in Ontario as well as the Site C dam in B.C.In 2013, SNC-Lavalin was barred from bidding on any construction project backed by the World Bank for up to 10 years. It also paid undisclosed restitution in 2017 to seven Quebec municipalities as part of the Quebec government’s program to recover money paid in connection with public contracts obtained as far back as 1996 as a result of fraud or fraudulent tactics.Further clouding the legal are court documents that show Quebec prosecutors are working with the RCMP on the possibility of new criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin tied to a contract to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,900.49 up 19.50 points):Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up three cents, or 2.80 per cent, to $1.10 on 15.8 million shares.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Down $1.60, or 20.46 per cent, to $6.22 on 13.6 million shares. Air Canada reported improved fourth-quarter results and its best full-year in the airline’s 77-year history. But both results still missed analyst expectations and the stock, a recent high-flyer, was hammered by investors.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Down 11 cents, or 2.65 per cent, to $4.04 on 8.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 23 cents, or 3.90 per cent, to $5.67 on 6.4 million shares.Delphi Energy Corp. (TSX:DEE). Oil and gas. Up 13 cents, or 5.73 per cent, to $2.40 on 6.1 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurance. Up 43 cents, or 2.10 per cent, to $20.91 on 4.7 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (981.73 up 1.49 points):Renegade Petroleum Ltd. (TSXV:RPL). Oil and gas. Up one cent, or 0.77 per cent, to $1.31 on 28.5 million shares.Alexander Energy Ltd. (TSXV:ALX). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 3.08 per cent, to 63 cents on 5.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canada Bread (TSX:CBY). Baker. Up $4.94, or 7.34 per cent, at $72.20 on 100,0212 shares. Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo has agreed to buy all the company’s stock for $72 a share in a deal valued at $1.83 billion. The takeover has the support of Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI), which holds some 90 per cent of Canada Bread shares. Maple Leaf shares were down 14 cents, or 0.88 per cent, at $15.70 on 2.3 million shares.Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Up 49 cents, or 1.49 per cent, to $33.45 on one million shares. Husky posted adjusted quarterly earnings of $412 million or 42 cents per share, down from $487 million a year earlier, but still beat the average analyst estimate of 38 cents per share as compiled by Thomson Reuters.Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up 24 cents, or 2.05 per cent, to $11.92 on 4.2 million shares. The company posted an unexpected US$1-billion net loss in the fourth quarter, reflecting a writdown on its North Sea operations, which have been a long-running headache for it. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2014 4:45 pm MDT read more

Brocks first online continuing education course breaks new ground for wine industry

Brock University’s continuing education offerings are going digital, and when the Certificate in Ontario Wine online course begins next month, it will also be the Ontario wine industry’s first integrated online program specific to VQA wine.Offered by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), the course is designed for a wide audience, from wine enthusiasts to professionals working in a winery, hospitality or retail sales environment.The five-week program will see students study alongside peers under course designer and instructor Marc Pistor, an Ontario winemaker who is also a Brock Oenology and Viticulture alumnus (BSc ’06). Using an interactive format that includes videos, forums and chat discussions, students will put in about six hours of work each week around their own schedule. They will receive suggestions and recommendations on Ontario wines to taste and will be able to share their tasting notes with their classmates.Graduates will receive official certification through CCOVI at Brock University and are also eligible to write the Wine Council of Ontario Certification.“In Niagara there are options and opportunities for wine education but beyond our region, those opportunities are limited,” said Pistor. “Creating this course helps to get the word out about Ontario wine across the province.”The course will run five times each year in February, April, June, August and October. Registration is $195.“This is the first online course of its kind,” said Barb Tatarnic, CCOVI’s manager of continuing education. “Offering this course online will remove both geographical and time barriers for people interested in a formal introduction to Ontario wine.”During a trial run of the course, participants were able to test out the system and work through the course material.“I would recommend this course to anyone working, or aspiring to work in the Ontario wine industry as this course would be hugely beneficial,” said trial participant Malcolm Lamont, LCBO Product Consultant in St. Catharines.Laurie Macdonald, VQA Ontario’s Executive Director, said industry partners including VQA Ontario welcome the new course, and are looking forward to working with CCOVI to increase consumer knowledge about VQA wines.“Consumers will benefit from a better understanding of Ontario’s diverse regions including the role grape origin plays in the character and taste of our wines,” Macdonald said.Registration for the February session closes January 27 and the course begins February 11. For more details visit: read more

Kenny Guiton preparing for sentimental Buckeye Senior Day

Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton (13) dances with his teammates after a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor a moment, the fans in Ohio Stadium held their breath.Then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller was on his way to the hospital and OSU’s undefeated season laid in the hands of then-redshirt-junior Kenny Guiton.Guiton led the Buckeyes on a game tying touchdown drive with 3 seconds left in regulation, and to an eventual 29-22 overtime win against Purdue Oct. 20, 2012.It was a moment that stands out in his five-year OSU career, Guiton said Monday, because of what it meant to the team.“No. 1, that Purdue game last year. Just coming in and (saving) a 12-0 season. You know, I don’t think that I did it on my own or anything, but just keeping that 12-0 alive and I think that was big for our seniors,” Guiton said. “Being that it was my first piece of some real action so that was pretty cool to do.”This season, Guiton has turned into somewhat of a celebrity at OSU. His entrance into the game invites chants of “Kenny G” from the Ohio Stadium crowd.Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Indiana (4-6, 2-4) is set to be Guiton’s final game in the Horseshoe as a Buckeye. Although he enjoys hearing his name screamed by the fans, Guiton said Saturday is going to be special for his family.“I hear that a lot,” Guiton said about hearing the chants. “One thing I’m happy about, my family coming up and getting to see that. I came all the way out here from Texas and (my) family don’t get to make (it up) much so them being here and seeing that, that will be so cool. I can’t wait for that.”But Guiton said despite the highs, Senior Day is going to be very emotional for all of those involved.“I actually thought about it a lot. I’ve been talking to a lot of guys about it … and we’re just like man, we can’t talk about that. We kind of get sentimental behind it. It’s going to be a touchy day … some tears may come out but I’m hoping not.”Miller went down with an sprained MCL earlier this season, this time missing two whole games and the majority of a third. “Kenny G” came in and impressed in Miller’s absence, throwing for a program record six touchdowns against Florida A&M Sept. 21.Coach Urban Meyer said Sept. 16, the Monday after Guiton’s first career start against California, he had been impressed with the play of his backup quarterback.“It’s arguably one of the most interesting case studies I’ve ever had as a coach is the story of Kenny Guiton … can you imagine being his parent right now, how cool that would be to see his development?” Meyer said. “If you buy stock, buy stock in Kenny Guiton.”Guiton said although the moment against Purdue will always stand out, this year has been something special as well.“I can’t settle down on this year either because it’s like, I never saw myself being the national player of the week,” Guiton said.Guiton was named the national player of the week after a 52-34 win against California, when he threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns.Despite Guiton’s big numbers at times this season, and popularity among the fans, Miller remains the starter for OSU, a fact that doesn’t bother Guiton.“Braxton deserves that credit,” Guiton said. “He puts in all the work, he’s a leader. He keeps his head up when stuff’s not going right. He’s keeping the team’s head up.”Miller said Nov. 13 after practice that his relationship with Guiton has been a big help to his growth as a player while he’s been at OSU.“I look up to him as a big brother, I’ve talked to him ever since I was being recruited,” Miller said.Meyer agreed, adding that Guiton has been a big help in Braxton’s improvement since his freshman season.“Now they’re both operating at a very high level,” Meyer said Nov. 13. “They’ve practice very hard, they prepare very hard, much different than a year ago, so I think Kenny had a lot to do with it and it’s a direct results of the way he prepares, the way he practices.”Guiton said Meyer treats the players and staff like a family.“One thing about coach Meyer is he’s straightforward. He’s going to tell you what he’s feeling. He’ll let you know what type of player you are and what he’s expecting out of you,” Guiton said. “I think that’s great … Everything’s said and we’re a family. He actually treats us like a family. And I think it’s really cool.”After the No. 3-ranked Buckeyes’ (10-0, 6-0) game against the Hoosiers, Guiton will not be returning to Ohio Stadium as a player for OSU. But that doesn’t rule out a potential future in Columbus for Guiton.“I have told the coaches that I want to do the coaching thing,” Guiton said. “So I hope so.” read more

Hillsborough investigators pass files relating to 23 suspects to CPS

first_imgHillsborough investigators have passed files relating to 23 suspects to the Crown Prosecution Service, a spokesman for the two criminal investigations into the disaster has said.The inquiries into the tragedy, which happened at the FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989, were launched by the watchdog Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and Operation Resolve following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report in 2012. A statement released on behalf of the two investigations said 15 of the suspects related to the probe into the causes of the disaster, while eight related to the IPCC inquiry into the alleged police cover-up.The Operation Resolve investigation, looking at the preparation for the match and events of the day, considered offences including gross negligence manslaughter, perverting the course of justice, misconduct in public office and offences under the Safety of Sports Ground Act 1975 and Health and Safety at Work legislation. The IPCC probe examined both South Yorkshire Police and West Midlands Police – the force which investigated the disaster in 1989.Investigators for the watchdog considered offences including perverting the course of justice, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and misconduct in public office.More than 170 allegations of police misconduct continue to be investigated by both teams. IPCC deputy chair Rachel Cerfontyne said: “These criminal investigations into the circumstances surrounding the Hillsborough disaster are the largest investigations into alleged police wrongdoing ever undertaken in England and Wales.”Conducting an inquiry of this scale and complexity, while supporting the longest running inquests in British legal history, has been a significant undertaking for the IPCC. Our criminal investigation has now substantially concluded.”Ninety-six men, women and children were killed in the disaster at the FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield between Liverpool FC and Nottingham Forest.New inquests which concluded last year found the victims were unlawfully killed and fans were not to blame. Show more Show more center_img The full list of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster Head of CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division Sue Hemming said: “Having received files from both Hillsborough investigations, we will now assess these in order to determine whether we have sufficient material on which to make charging decisions. Charging decisions will be based on the tests set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”Assistant Commissioner Robert Beckley, officer in overall command of Operation Resolve, said: “Our task has been to investigate whether any individual or organisation is criminally culpable for their role either in the planning and preparation for the match or on the day of the game itself.”The extensive file we have submitted, which contains over 35 million words, reflects four years of intense work from my teams.” The full list of the victims of the Hillsborough disasterCredit:PA 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

Cotecna integrates CoalLab into its global inspectiontesting group

first_imgCotecna, a leading inspection, testing and certification company, is integrating CoalLab, a leader in South Africa in the field of coal and other materials testing, sampling systems design and management, and consulting. CoalLab, a privately owned company, was founded in 2007, and operates several on-site sampling and testing facilities, in addition to its own laboratory in Middleburg (province of Mpumalanga).Robert Massey, Cotecna Group CEO, said; “The acquisition and integration of CoalLab into the Cotecna group significantly enhances our capabilities to service our customers in the coal and minerals industry globally. It also represents an important step in the expansion of our footprint in the commodities sector in Southern Africa, and on the continent as a whole, where we see a significant growth potential.”For Johan Bekker, co-founder and Managing Director of CoalLab, “The integration into the Cotecna Group provides CoalLab and its team with the support and global network of a strategic investor, and the opportunity to grow to its full potential in South Africa and beyond.” Bekker will remain as Managing Director of the company.Founded in Switzerland in 1974, the Cotecna group offers a wide range of testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services. It is a pioneer in areas such as risk management, destination inspection and scanner integration projects for customs administrations. Cotecna verifies contractual compliance for a wide range of commodities and consumer goods and also provides trade finance services for lenders and financiers.CoalLab offers a wide range of services in the field of testing, sampling systems design and management, as well as consulting, in the coal and other minerals sectors in South and southern Africa.last_img read more

12 intense minutes of Battlefield 3 gameplay

first_imgAt the Game Developers Conference in March, we saw our first glimpse of Battlefield 3 in a brief gameplay trailer that showed us exactly how graphically stunning the upcoming title will be. Now a full 12 minutes of gameplay from that same level – “Fault Line” – have appeared, taking us from the beginning of the campaign all the way through to the cliffhanger ending we remembered from GDC.The video is a 12-minute thrill ride through the environments and tense conflict you have to look forward to when the game comes out. Battlefield 3 still retains all of the elements of other FPS games we’ve come to know and love. There are lots of different weapons, vehicles, vehicle mounted weapons, corridor and cover-based firefights, and of course tons of destructible environments for us to blow up. EA even tosses some hand-to-hand combat into the mix as well.You get a wealth of wide-open environments to fight in, with enemies coming at you in multiple directions and only you and a small but well-armed squad to fight them off. Then, just when you think that Battlefield 3 appears to play like every other shooter on the market, only with impressive graphics and beautiful environments, the game ups the ante and puts you in the middle of a catastrophic event.Watching the trailer, all of the things we love about Battlefield 2 are in the sequel: tanks, jets, helicopters, a rich single-player campaign, as well as what looks to be amazing multiplayer, and more. Battlefield 3 will be available this fall for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation3. Pre-orders of the limited edition are open now. If you pre-order, you get the Back to Karkand expansion pack for free, and the Battlefield 3 Edition 890 Combat Shotgun and Beret for your character to wield in online play.Read more at the Battlefield 3 websitelast_img read more

Touchsensitive display floats in midair can only be seen by user

first_imgJapanese company Asukanet has developed a new type of interactive display that floats in midair yet can detect your finger taps just like a touchscreen.The new display is called an Aerial Imaging Plate (AIP) and when turned off just looks like a sheet of glass embedded in the top of a flat surface. The display is projected over the AIP using light that passes through it. When combined with an array of sensors, it is able to accurately detect when your fingers comes into contact with the screen and at what position.Asukanet sees AIPs being used for display advertising, point of sale machines (think food ordering), as well as slot machines, but there’s another potential use based on the security it offers by default.The viewing angles (+/- 20 degrees) of the AIP are such that only the person standing over it can fully see what’s projected on the screen. That offers a high level of security, and when combined with a touch interface could make for a very secure ATM interface.It would certainly get around the issues of existing ATMs, where criminals can fit a combination of camera and skimmer to them in order to record a user’s PIN number and card details. With an AIP in use, where would they put the camera? And as the user never actually touches a surface that also increases security while being more hygienic at the same time. The final advantage? Less things to break and no wear and tear.For now, Asukanet is looking for partners to put their floating screen tech to good use. Hopefully a few ATM manufacturers take notice and start experimenting with AIPs.last_img read more

Poll Who do you think would be Fine Gaels best votegetter when

first_img Share Tweet Email Paschal Donohoe (894) Three of the possible candidates Image: Sam Boal/ 30,857 Views 141 Comments By Sean Murray Someone else (3509) Poll: Who do you think would be Fine Gael’s best vote-getter when Enda steps down? Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Frances Fitzgerald are all in the mix. Poll Results: Short URL Leo Varadkar (9009) ALL IN ALL, it’s not been a good week for the government.Amidst the ongoing scandal around the Maurice McCabe smear campaign allegations, the talk has begun to centre on Enda Kenny’s future as Fine Gael leader, and Taoiseach of this country.With persistent talk of hopefuls lining up to succeed him, it is clear that there’ll be a host of Fine Gael TDs in a queue to replace Kenny when he eventually steps down, after serving as leader since 2002.But, who would be the most successful at winning over the electorate if they replaced Enda Kenny?We’re asking you: Who do you think would be Fine Gael’s biggest vote-getter when Enda steps down? Feb 16th 2017, 8:00 PM Frances Fitzgerald (527) Three of the possible candidates Leo VaradkarFrances FitzgeraldPaschal DonohoeSimon CoveneySomeone elseVote Simon Coveney (5032) Image: Sam Boal/ Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

AK Smokejumpers

first_imgSmokejumpers complete five training jumps before the fire season flares up. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks)The first Red Flag warnings have already been issued for parts of Southcentral and the Interior and wildland firefighters are gearing up for the season.Some of them will approach wildfires from the ground, but there’s one elite group that’s been training for more than two months to fight fire from the air. KUAC’s Emily Schwing caught up with the Alaska smokejumpers to find out how they train and why they do it.Download Audio“First jumper get in the door,” a spotter said, as a group of the most elite wildland firefighters in the nation climb to the top of a three-story metal tower with a zipline standing at the end of a small field in Fairbanks.Smoke jumpers train to manage malfunctions on a zip line. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks)The jumper is only about 50 feet off the ground, but the exercise simulates what it’s like to stand at the open door of an airplane, 3,000 feet above the ground. It’s the same kind of scenario smokejumpers will face if there’s a real wildfire. The firefighter takes off across the zip line“Get ready,” the spotter said. “Jump-thousand, reach-thousand, wait-thousand, pull-thousand.”Lisa Allen repeats the spotter’s words, watching from across the field.  She’s spent the last 18 years fighting wild fire all over the Western US. Like most smokejumpers, she started on the ground before she took to the skies.“It’s a very efficient way to get to a fire. I love being in the sky, I love flying,” Allen said. “I wouldn’t say I’m an adrenaline junkie but I do like the thrill of it and just the independence of it.”Hurling oneself from a moving aircraft into a blazing inferno might seem like something that comes with a long list of potential dangers, but Allen says there are really only a handful of things that can go wrong.During training, smokejumpers are briefed on the inside of the airplanes they’ll fly in. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks)“They’re very rare, they rarely ever happen, but if you don’t handle them correctly, they can have very serious consequences,” she said.Smokejumpers train to fight wild fires that can’t be reached from the ground. These are blazes that flare up far from road systems and in some of the most remote parts of the country. What smokejumpers do is different from their land-going counterparts, who try to contain fire by approaching it from its outside edges.  Training for smokejumpers is rigorous and requires more than just fire-fighting skills. Robert Jaeger is the Crew Supervisor for the Alaska Smokejumpers.  He thinks the fitness test is the most nerve-wracking part.“We have to do a PT test every year and it’s not that hard, but someone is timing you and it’s for your job,” Jaeger said. “So it’s pass or fail.  If you don’t pass, you don’t have a job.”They have to run a mile and half in under 9 minutes and 30 seconds or three miles in 22 minutes and 30 seconds.  They also have to do 10 pull-ups, 60 sit-ups and 35 pushups. Jaeger has been jumping for 24 years and he hasn’t failed yet.The gear and Kevlar suits smokejumpers wear is ready to go. They haveto be ready for a call to a fire at a moments notice. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks)“It’s always close!” Jaeger said. “Even if you get it easy, it’s still hard.”Maybe the hardest test involves packing 110 pounds for 3 miles in less than 90 minutes. Kevlar jumpsuits the smokejumpers wear, combined with all the gear they carry in the field can weigh even more than that.  They train as much as they do in part because they also have to ready at a moment’s notice.  Lisa Allen says when they are called to a fire, they don’t have much time grab all their gear and get on an airplane.“You have two minutes from the time the siren goes off to the time you need to be on the plane, because they want to be rolling out of here in four minutes and then wheels up flying in six minutes,” Allen said.But even with all the preparation, there are still stories of close calls. Operations Supervisor Rob Allen has been jumping since the early 1990s. He says it’s about knowing his gear, understanding the risk and trusting his fellow jumpers.“We know it’s dangerous,” Allen said. “We know things could happen bad and when things go bad for us, they generally go really bad but we hope that with our training and the way we communicate with each other and pay attention to stuff, that we can get out of trouble as fast as we can get into it.”Back on the zipline, a jumper works through a simulated parachute malfunction. Lisa Allen says the slow, methodical counting helps him keep a time frame.“In stressful situations, you can become unaware really quickly of time passing and in that situation time is of the essence so you want to stay in a very sequenced count to get a  canopy up above you that’s going to save your life,” Allen said.The smoke jumping base in Fairbanks is one of nine run by the federal government in the nation. In all, roughly 400 smokejumpers are training to fight fires this year.last_img read more

HRW asks Dhaka to stop arbitrary arrests

first_imgStudents shout slogans as they take part in a protest over recent traffic accidents that killed a boy and a girl, in Dhaka, on 4 August 2018. — ReutersBangladesh authorities are tracking social media accounts and have detained dozens of people across the country for criticising the government over its violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.The New York-based right group observed that the recent wave of arrests, targeting student protesters and journalists, has created an atmosphere of fear, putting a serious chill on free speech.Thousands of students took to the streets after a speeding bus had killed two students on 29 July 2018.“The protesters called for safer roads, accountable governance, and the upholding of the rule of law but were met with teargas and rubber bullets from security forces and violent attacks by supporters of the ruling Awami League,” the HRW said.It pointed out that after the police stood by while government supporters beat up the student protesters, the authorities moved quickly to stifle any condemnation of the violence.HRW mentioned that Dhaka police have been conducting block raids in residential areas of the city where many university students live.Quoting students, the right group said the police have been going door-to-door, raiding houses, and checking phones for communications related to the protests.“…Awami League supporters attacked protesters with machetes, sticks, and metal pipes…,” said Brad Adams, Asia director.“The authorities should halt arbitrary arrests, prosecute those involved in violent attacks, and immediately and unconditionally release people it has thrown in jail just for speaking out.”Among those arrested is renowned photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam, who has been in detention for nine days, during which he reportedly complained he was beaten in custody.HRW said nearly all the arrests have been made under section 57 of the draconian Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT Act).Section 57 authorises the prosecution of anyone who publishes, in electronic form, material that is fake and obscene; defamatory; “tends to deprave and corrupt” its audience; causes, or may cause, “deterioration in law and order”; prejudices the image of the state or a person; or “causes or may cause hurt to religious belief.”The vague and overly broad law has been used repeatedly over the years to stifle criticism, the rights group said.It added that Bangladesh authorities had earlier recognised that the law is misused and stated that the government has no intention of curbing free speech.Instead, Bangladesh authorities have done just that, the HRW said.According to it, the police ‘Cybercrime Investigation Division’ posted on Facebook on 7 August that “We too desire safe roads, but we request that concerned citizens please help us by providing us with the [social media] post links and detailed addresses of those plotting to create chaos in the country by spreading rumors in the country and abroad. We are committed to bringing these propagators under the law, wherever they are, in the country or abroad.”“Bangladesh authorities should accept that criticism, including from young people, is part of a vibrant and healthy democracy,” Adams said.“The Bangladesh government should, once and for all, replace the ICT Act with one that upholds the principles of freedom of expression and stop intimidating those who hold it accountable.”last_img read more

The New HP Envy Laptops Are Sporting Wood

first_imgStay on target There are scores of thin and light laptops to choose from nowadays, but few of them are truly eye-catching. HP’s newest Envy models, on the other hand, are definitely going to get some looks.That’s because they’ve got wood. Not the stick-on, fake shelf lining kind, mind you. Actual wood. It covers the palm rest from edge to edge. It even covers the touchpad (it’s a very thin layer that doesn’t affect operation of the touchpad, naturally).HP plans to launch four different models: an Envy 13 and 17 notebook and Envy x360 13 and x360 15 convertibles. They’ll be called (you guessed it) the Envy Wood Series.AdChoices广告(Photo Credit: HP)Each model will be available in three different finishes. There’s the deep, rich walnut, pale birch, and ceramic white birch.(Photo Credit: HP)It’s a standout look for laptop, and one that we’re more accustomed to seeing on dashboards and center consoles of high-end cars. HP is quick to point out that each unit will be completely unique because of the natural variations in woodgrain.When the lid is closed, their uniqueness won’t be quite as apparent. They’ll look like sleek, stylish laptops, but there are no wood accents on the outer shell. HP didn’t share any such images in their press package, which is understandable enough. It’s the wood part that has them so excited.In addition to the trim options, HP will offer the Envy Wood Series with both 9th and 10th-gen Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors. All will feature razor-thin bezels and impressive battery life. Some of the x360 configs will feature OLED displays.This isn’t HP’s first attempt at designing a striking laptop that’s not just metal and plastic. They also make the Spectre Folio 13, a Surface Pro-like convertible. Unlike the Envy Wood Series, the leather trim that makes the Folio a unique machine covers its palm rest and the entire back cover. When it’s closed, the Folio looks a whole lot like an expensive notepad.More on Made a Portable 240Hz Monitor for Gamers On the GoGeek Pick: Alienware Area-51m Is An Interstellar Gaming LaptopThe Decade-Old HP TouchPad Is Still Getting Android Updates Geek Pick: HP Sprocket 2 Is a Perfect Portable Photo PrinterThe Decade-Old HP TouchPad Is Still Getting Android Updates last_img read more

This Chrome Mini PC Packs Core i7 CPU Supports 4K Output

first_imgChromebook maker CTL recently unveiled its latest product, the Chromebox. The company is pushing the envelope, combining its powerful six-inch Chromebox with a 4K monitor, creating the new Core i7 Chromebox Workstation.Starting at $799, the system is for professionals searching for a compact, Google Chrome-based productivity solution. $859 and $999, depending on the monitor size and display configuration.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Equipped with an 8 Gen Intel Core i7-8550U processor, this mini PC is packing plenty of processing power under the hood. The standard Workstation setup has 8GB of RAM and 32GB storage.However, consumers can configure the Workstation with up to 32GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Monitor heights are also adjustable in options of 24 ($799) 27 ($859), and 28 inches ($999) respectively. Each monitor has 4K resolution.The workstation also features an ethernet port, six USB ports, HDMI output, Bluetooth support, and a VESA mounting option.The Best Mini PCs to Buy Now by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Vacationcoms top performers treated to Elite Event Norse Legends cruise

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek’s top performers treated to ‘Elite Event’ Norse Legends cruise About Latest Posts Travelweek Latest posts by Travelweek (see all) Another win for The Travel Agent Next Door: RCI Partner of the Year, Canada – March 28, 2019 You’re not imagining it, that waterfall really is coming out of a sksyscraper – July 26, 2018 Israel tourism numbers jumped 25% in 2017 – January 4, 2018 Tags: Posted by Wednesday, August 10, 2016 TORONTO — Travel agents from 10 of’s top performing Canadian agencies were among 56 agents and their guests on a seven-night cruise aboard Holland America Line’s new ms’s ‘Elite Event’ celebrates and rewards the successes of the organization’s top producing members.Agents and their guests were treated to a champagne and strawberry reception and an exclusive, private concert in the music hall Ole Bull’s Castle on Lysøen Island. Ole Bull was a famous 19th century Norwegian violinist and composer. Ports of call included Eidfjord, Bergen, Alesund and Geirganger, Norway, as well as Amsterdam.“Without first-class partners like Holland America Line and our other supportive collaborators who have been instrumental in creating such unique experiences for our top performing members, we would not have been able to make this Elite Event happen,” said Vice President Canada, Christine James. “Hopefully this trip has inspired them to share their personal stories and experiences with their clients, agency members and owners. We are proud to honour these agency owners and our staff for the outstanding successes they continue to deliver us.”More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerMember agency owners participating in this event also had direct access to top executives from headquarters, and were able to take part in a supplier panel discussion featuring representatives from Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Globus family of brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Travel Impressions, The Mark Travel Corporation, Travel Insured International and Viking Cruises.“As a first-time attendee on this Elite Event aboard the ms Koningsdam, I found it to be one of the most dynamic and inspiring events with some of the industry’s top players,” said Stephen Marshall, Owner and Manager, Glenny Travel in Fort Erie, ON. “The information shared will be invaluable for our members and our future success. Sailing on board the beautiful new Holland America Koningsdam through the Fjords of Norway was a unique experience that I will never forget.” last_img read more

Thousands head home after flooding recedes

first_imgFrom the print editionThousands of Costa Rica residents started to return to their homes after enduring the most severe storms of the year. Inclement weather killed five and left some 30 communities isolated due to landslides and flooding. Heavy rains last weekend forced more than 2,000 Costa Ricans residents into temporary shelters, the National Emergency Commission reported. Rescue efforts have been successful to help those communities – located on the Caribbean slope and along the coast – cut off from main highways due to the rainstorms.As of Wednesday, the commission reported that 10,933 people were affected by the rains, including 2,266 who needed temporary shelter. However, only 392 people remain in the shelters, in the cantons of Paraíso, Turrialba, Jiménez and Matina.The report cited damage to six schools, 125 homes and four bridges. Water systems were broken in both Limón and Turrialba.Three consecutive days of rain last weekend totaled more precipitation than the rest of the month of July, according to meteorologists.A landslide caused by the rains killed an 84-year-old woman after she became trapped under rubble in her house in Turrialba. Three banana workers, ages 21, 25 and 46, were confirmed dead in the Caribbean canton of Matina. Another man drowned in the southern Caribbean region of Talamanca. In the same area, rains damaged some 200 hectares of banana plantations, the daily La Nación reported. The newspaper also reported the country’s biggest hydroelectric dam pro-ject, on the Revantazón River, suffered structural damage during the storm. The $1.1 billion project, set to be completed in 2016, is uninsured, meaning the Costa Rican Electricity Institute will have to cover the costs of the destruction. La Nación said no estimates were given for the cost of repairs. When it goes online, the dam will provide power for 525,000 homes.President Laura Chinchilla last Sunday said her government provided 33 shelters for those affected by floods. She also said that school classes in Matina and Turrialba were temporarily suspended. The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) predicts the intense rainfall will lessen during the weekend.Daniel Poledo, a meteorologist for the IMN, said the weekend forecast calls for dry conditions throughout most of the country, and the arid temperatures should sustain themselves into next week. The Pacific coast will experience the hottest temperatures, Poledo said.“Cloudy skies will cover most the country, and intermittent showers are expected to occur in the southern Caribbean and the south Pacific,” Poledo said.The IMN recommends continued vigilance in places where floods and landslides have occurred due to the current high saturation of water into the ground. Meteorologists expect the Caribbean coast to see an increase in wet conditions during upcoming months due to the influence of an El Niño climate pattern, predicted to begin in the month of August.On Saturday, local artists will put on 12 hours of concerts to raise funds for those affected by floods in Turrialba. The show, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., will take place at Parque Central Rafael in Turrialba. Organizers are asking for pastas, beans, diapers, soaps, disinfectants, tuna, pasta, water and other nonperishable food. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more