Exhibiting her usual fiery intensity, Spanish world No. 1 badminton player Carolina Marin got off to a solid start at the China Open with a 21-18, 21-15 victory over China’s Ji Shuting.Marin, who as always celebrated her winning points with loud screams, led Ji just 19-18 late in the first game. But the Chinese player proceeded to dump two shots in the net to drop the opener here on Wednesday, reports Efe.In the second, Ji was up 11-10 at the mid-game interval, but Marin turned it on late to win 11 of the last 15 points to wrap up the victory and advance to the round of 16. (Also read: China Open: Saina ousted, PV Sindhu wins on mixed day for Indian shuttlers )The Spanish reigning Olympic champion and two-time reigning world champion showed no signs of the thigh injury she sustained at the Denmark Open last month.She will next take on Japan’s Sayaka Sato for a berth in the quarter-finals.Chinese women have dominated their home event in recent years but they will have a tough time maintaining that success this time around in singles due to the presence of Marin and other strong foreign players such as Indian Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu and Japanese rising star Akane Yamaguchi.China’s top-ranked female player and defending China Open champion, fourth-ranked Li Xuerui, is still out of action with the leg injury she sustained in a loss to Marin in the semifinals of the Rio Olympics.That leaves world No. 9 Sun Yu and world No. 10 He Bingjiao as the highest-ranked Chinese women’s singles players at this Super Series Premier event.advertisementThe tournament will run through Sunday in the southeastern Chinese cit
The innovator behind BlackBerry broke ground today for its technical support operations centre in Nova Scotia. Canadian technology company Research In Motion (RIM) is set to begin construction of its technical support operations centre in Hammonds Plains. The facility will house the up to 1,200 employees the company plans to hire over the next five years. Premier Rodney MacDonald released details about the project at the construction site today, Oct. 26, along with Peter Kelly, mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality, Peter Broughall, vice-president of customer support operations for RIM, and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). “Nova Scotia is a province that prides itself on its strengths in information technology and education,” said Premier MacDonald. “The construction of this new facility marks an important step in Nova Scotia’s partnership with RIM.” RIM announced its expansion to Nova Scotia last November. The company’s growth is supported by a $14-million performance-based payroll rebate through NSBI, and a $5-million financial package, including recruitment and training incentives, from the province’s Office of Economic Development. “It is essential that we invest in sectors that will solidify the province’s economy,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “RIM’s new technical operations centre will help ensure a strong future in information technology for the province.” RIM began looking for land late last fall in the Halifax area to build its support centre. Construction on the 13,500 square metre (150,000 square foot) facility will begin at the site in Hammonds Plains. “Halifax Regional Municipality has earned an outstanding reputation as an excellent place to do business,” said Mr. Kelly. “RIM’s new centre will further elevate that reputation andenhance our standing as a world leader in information technology.” In April, RIM opened at an interim location near Bayers Lake Industrial Park and has hired more than 200 employees to date. “We chose Nova Scotia as a strategic area to grow our business because of its strong information technology background and the quality of the education system,” said Mr. Broughall. “We’re looking forward to establishing strong roots in this region and growing our team over the coming years.” The announcement of RIM’s expansion in Nova Scotia is a crucial step toward growing the province’s information technology sector. RIM’s permanent facility is expected to open in spring 2008. “RIM is a proven leader in information technology and has chosen to expand to Nova Scotia for a reason,” said Mr. Lund. “We have the competitive advantages that make us the ideal location for leading international companies such as RIM, and this permanent location demonstrates RIM’s commitment to the region.” RIM is the developer and manufacturer of the world-renowned BlackBerry wireless solution and is a leader in mobile communications. Since launching BlackBerry in 1999, RIM’s customer base has grown to more than six-million BlackBerry subscribers and is supported on carrier networks around the world. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the private sector-led business development agency for Nova Scotia. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services.
London: None of the current crop of international cricketers, set to compete in the upcoming ICC World Cup, is under scanner claimed governing body’s top Anti-Corruption official Alex Marshall, who expects the “safest” tournament in the history of the global meet. For the first time ever, all 10 teams competing over the next six weeks in England and Wales will have their own dedicated anti-corruption manager, travelling with them. “Over the last 18 months, we have charged 14 or 15 people. None of those are current players. The people we have charged are administrators, senior administrators, board members, coaches, ex-players and an analyst. These are people on the edge of the squad, not people currently among the player group,” confirmed ICC GM (ACU) Marshall during a media conference on Friday. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”In addition to the people we have charged, we have also disrupted more than 30 corruptors who are outside our code, but we nevertheless pursued them wherever they are in the world to make it hard for them to operate as corruptors anywhere near cricket,” he added. He is confident that the corruptors will not be able to breach the protective layers around the players. “When corruptors look at the World Cup they see a very well organised, professional, well governed and well protected event. This is a very tough event for corruptors to come near. Of course they (corruptors) would love to, the yields would be high but our job throughout the World Cup will be to make sure they don’t get near it.” Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upMarshall said that players have been apprised of the threat perception and the ACU wing will keep a hawk eye on the list of potential corruptors. “The advantage we have at this World Cup is that I can guarantee everyone in every squad understands what the threat is, and what they should be looking out for, and they know how to keep themselves away from this problem,” he said. As far as the appointments of new ACU managers for the teams are concerned, the idea is to use them to create an off-field rapport that helps in nipping in the bud, any off-field suspicious activity. “These (managers) are my people who work all around the world and usually someone who has been working for that team over the last year anywhere, has been on tours and has a good relationship with the players and staff,” he added. Marshall is happy that more and more players are now confident of reporting corrupt approaches to the parent body. “We have developed a much closer relationship with the players and having them with across the whole World Cup just perpetuates that good relationship. And one of the indicators that we know it is working is a big increase in the number of reports coming in from the players.” However he agreed that the threat of corruptors will always be there. “The threat is active and constant, but once the players have a good awareness and are well protected and a tournament is well run and cricket itself becomes resistant, that makes it harder and harder for the corruptors and maybe they will go elsewhere.”
WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg woman who walked away from a hospital and was later found dead outdoors in frigid temperatures was two months pregnant, her mother says.Eleanor Sinclair says she found out during a meeting with officials from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority on Thursday — one week after the body of her daughter, Windy Sinclair, was found outside an apartment building.“At the end, they asked me, ‘One of the tests that was done on your daughter, did you know that she was two months pregnant?’ I just broke down,” Sinclair said Friday.“She probably didn’t even know herself.”Windy Sinclair, a 29-year-old mother of four, was struggling with crystal meth addiction and had been hallucinating and talking to herself following a family Christmas dinner, her mother said. The younger woman called 911 and was taken by ambulance to Seven Oaks General Hospital.Real Cloutier, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s interim president and CEO, said she was being treated and had undergone tests. But when staff returned to her room to share the results, Cloutier said she had left.“Staff searched the area for her, but were unable to locate her,” he said in a written statement. “Calls to the number on Ms. Sinclair’s file were unanswered.”Eleanor Sinclair said she and other family members were not notified, and when they called for information the following day, were initially told her daughter had been treated and released.The city was in the middle of a cold snap at the time. Temperatures were well below -20 C. Windy Sinclair’s body was found Dec. 28, far from the hospital and the family home.Her mother said that so far, conversations with the health authority have raised more questions than answers. The authority is still investigating what happened.Her daughter was apparently being given fluids intravenously when she left.“Did my daughter pull out (the) IV?” asked Sinclair. “She could have bled to death. She didn’t know how to take IVs out.”The family wants to know whether the hospital issued a Code Yellow — an alert when a patient is missing — and what, if any, steps were taken to try to find her.Hospitals should make sure there is constant surveillance for patients who are intoxicated and unable to care for themselves, Sinclair said.
Julien GignacAPTN National NewsBrantford city council has agreed to give $220,000 in an effort to restore the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School.The hope is to re-purpose the “mush hole,” transforming it into a “living” testament to educate Canadians about First Nations’ history and the residential school system.Ontario students have been touring the building for the past 18 to 24 months. This was inspired by the Ontario Ministry of Education’s mandate to bolster education about the history of residential schools.These funds will go towards fixing a leaky roof. The projected bill runs at roughly $1 million.Six Nations Chief Ava Hill provided the same amount over a year ago. She prompted the federal and provincial government to follow suit.This year it came from the surrounding municipality.“I was quite happy with the vote,” said Brantford Mayor Chris Friel. “It was a solid majority from counsellors.“People putting themselves in the shoes of the survivors and their families I think is what drove a lot of that positive vote,” Friel said. “A number of my councillors are very passionate about making sure we work towards righting a wrong, even though it might not have been something they or their families had been directly involved with.”Six Nations and Brantford are going to work in tandem to put pressure on the federal and provincial government to subsidize the project, said Hill.“The benefit is to start educating people in this country about what happened in the residential schools,” she said. “Even the people living next door for years didn’t know what was going on there.”The property and tract of land is a designated Six Nations National Historic Site.The Woodland Cultural Centre’s “Save the Evidence campaign” pushed the project forward.Responses from the community have been overwhelmingly in favour of the project, said Amos Key Jr., director of First Nations language program at the centre.“Metaphorically, you save the evidence, you save the witness,” he said. “Survivors have told me you can’t appreciate what happened by standing in front of a plaque.”The campaign is to honour the sacrifice of 15,000 students, or seven generations, who were forced into the school from 1831 to 1970, he said.The school had a nefarious reputation. Children were placed in solitary confinement if they attempted to escape. Its nickname “mush-hole” is telling: mush laced with flies and maggots was a school staple kids were forced to eat.Children cut the arms and legs off of oversized wool military uniforms and never did they wear underwear, said Key.“It’s going to strengthen our humanity as Canadians,” he said. “We’ve heard the truth, we’re going to retell their stories and share their experiences.”The Mohawk Institute was one of 17 residential schools that operated in Ontario. There are under 10 residential schools that are still standing in Canada.Estimated costs of all repairs are predicted to cost more than $5 firstname.lastname@example.org
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – You may have to pay more in municipal taxes if a plan is passed at City Hall.The conversation will consist of shifting the tax burden away from businesses in the downtown core along with cutting $100 million from the city’s budget.It’s because of the split between residential and business taxes and the exodus of companies from the downtown core.Right now, businesses make up a large percentage of the city’s tax roll and with many companies leaving the core, it’s resulting in shortfalls for the city.Ward 3 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra called this an unprecedented situation.“We have got about 5,000 businesses that are facing an unacceptably high raise in their taxes. So the conversation is ‘what do we do?’”He expects the average house in Calgary to see a rise of about $500 per year.“There’s a lot of members of council that are like ‘we can’t even begin to do that’. At the same time, we recognize we can’t put that responsibility solely onto the backs of businesses.”Ward 11 Councillor Jeromy Farkas doesn’t believe there’s much public support for this.“After years and years of massive tax increases, we have to be able to demonstrate at City Hall that we are doing more with, not just the same, but more with less. Unless there is that belt-tightening I don’t think there is going to be a lot of public support for moving that burden rather than just reducing it.”He pointed out that businesses and families across the city have had to tighten their belts for the last few years.“It’s hard for City Hall or City Council to go to Calgarians and say ‘you know what, you have to pay more’ without City Hall ourselves demonstrating that we are willing to do more with less.”With files from City News
7 September 2007The most basic rights of children are violated in Côte d’Ivoire, the West African country split between the Government-controlled south and the Forces nouvelles-held north since 2002, and there is “an alarming degree of violence against children at the community level,” according to a new United Nations report. “I remain deeply concerned about the prevailing culture of impunity for violations against children,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict in Côte d’Ivoire, covering the period from October 2006 to September 2007. “I call upon the relevant authorities to undertake and demonstrate concrete measures to address this concern, including rigorous and timely investigation of incidents and the prosecution of perpetrators,” he adds.Mr. Ban also voices deep concern at the prevalence of sexual violence, especially against girls, and urges the Government “as a matter of urgent priority” to prepare a national action plan to address the issue.“During the reporting period there was an upsurge in the number of reported cases of rape, while reported killings and abductions have declined,” he writes. “Although the majority of the most serious incidents of sexual violence occurred during the clashes of 2002 and 2004, rape and other grave sexual violence against children, especially girls, take place with alarming frequency. These violations happen throughout the country.” He welcomes measures taken by Forces nouvelles and the militia groups to cooperate with the UN and the national disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme to end the association of children with their forces, and notes “significant progress” made “both in dialogue with the parties to the conflict and in the implementation of action plans by them” to end the practice. Noting that abduction of children is often associated with trafficking and forced prostitution, Mr. Ban says perpetrators often go unpunished due to prevailing insecurity and particularly the absence of a justice system in the north. “It is critical that the Government of Côte d’Ivoire implement the multilateral agreement against trafficking in children,” he says. He also welcomes the accord between the parties, reached in March in Ouagadougou, the capital of neighbouring Burkina Faso, to heal the country’s split and calls on all sides when carrying out the pact to ensure that issues concerning children are taken into full consideration.Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, who is currently visiting the country, issued a press release today voicing optimism that the problems of young Ivorians can be addressed. She cited plans by the Government to set up of an inter-ministerial structure on the issue as well as a national action plan to end sexual violence to be developed with UN assistance. “For one year now, there is no case of child recruitment has been detected in Cote d’Ivoire and the execution of the Action Plan seems to be on the right track. We now need to ensure reintegration and proper follow-up on children in their communities,” Ms Coomaraswamy said, calling in the international community to support the reintegration programme established by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners.“The situation is moving in the right direction and Cote d’Ivoire can continue to count on the support of the United Nations family,” she pledged.
Brock’s Finance Department had a podium finish in the 2017 Quality & Productivity Awards, given by the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO). Brock won third prize in the nation-wide event for achieving operational effectiveness.Brock’s feat was to move its payment processing to a third party (Scotiabank), which helped the University avoid risks or delays in a range of important transactions from student refunds to expense reimbursements to supplier invoices. In doing so, Brock became the first institution in Canada to adopt e-transfer (sending money via e-mail) to students for account balance refunds, scholarships and fellowships.As a result of the change, the full-time clerk formerly responsible for printing and mailing cheques was redeployed to other areas of need, the number of cheques processed by Brock was cut in half, and the cost savings contributed to the University achieving a balanced budget for 2017-18.Josh Tonnos, Brock’s Associate Vice-President of Financial Services, said the advance was made possible because of the Workday Finance system that the University moved to last year. “On May 1, 2016 we implemented a new way of processing student refunds by e-transfer,” said Tonnos. “Student preferences are evolving with technology, and Brock is committed to providing services to our students that exceed their expectations. Look for more evolutions and efficiencies as we continue to unlock the value within our new systems”.
Joanne O’Malley is founder of Mindfulness and Compassion, set up in response to people’s need for an antidote to stress and a way of living fuller, more alive, wholehearted and balanced lives. More info: www.mindfulnessandcompassion.ie email@example.com. Tel 087 961 5901Column: How practising mindfulness can help your work life How is this relevant to you?Let’s look at how we live now, always rushing, multi-tasking, distracted. Our consciousness is continually absorbed by compulsive thinking and doing, so we are anxious, angry, continually dissatisfied and grasping for the next thing, which is never enough. Individualism is valued above all both in the ‘digital’ and the ‘real’ world so we have become insulated, socially disconnected, unable to empathise with others so narcissism, prejudice and bullying are at epidemic proportions.Research now shows that high self-esteem has a downside. A person needs to be ‘above average’ just to feel OK. Of course, if you think about it that is not realistic. How can we all be above average? It shows that our self image and views about ourselves have to be inflated, so we feel the need to puff ourselves up or put others down just to feel OK. And not only do we not see ourselves clearly but as self-esteem is contingent on success, we feel good when things are going well but in times of difficulty we may be confused and harshly self-critical. All of which is at odds with the promise of self-esteem – to feel good about yourself?What is Compassion Training?Compassion Training is not self-development. It begins with the recognition that we are good enough as we are. Training is about cultivating an inner attitude towards both self and others, not a doing but an opening, ‘letting go’ of the constructed self image and the layers of self deception, pretence, avoidances, denials and uncovering / reconnecting with what is deepest in ourselves.Kristin Neff who has led much of the research in this area says that ‘self-compassion’ trumps ‘self-esteem’. Treating ourselves with kindness and gentleness is a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the hurt that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, isolation and obsessive rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional resilience, allowing us to admit shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond with care and respect.Why do people ‘train’?We don’t go out in a boat to learn how to sail on a day when there is a storm. We learn on a nice, fine day when there is a gentle breeze and we practise and practise until we develop skills so we are comfortable and capable of sailing whatever the conditions. Similarly, Mindfulness and Compassion Training requires time and space to be cultivated. Our current culture is ‘always on’ and so much turbulence disables our ability to build emotional strength.When we come into the present moment and cultivate alert awareness, it simplifies things, we discover stillness, peace, spaciousness inside. There is a subtle shift from self involvement as we become liberated from the story of ‘me’ to a deeper more real accepting sense of self, imperfections and all. So, we let go of the false sense of self (constructed identity) and embody who we already are. This is a huge relief and, paradoxically, we discover that what is deepest in us, our true nature.Why compassion?If you want others to be happy, practise compassion. If you want to be happy, practise compassion.– Dalai Lama ‘Kicking ass’ comes at a cost. The vain pursuit of selfish happiness is bound to fail because we are not autonomous, separate human beings. Compassion creates a ‘win-win’ situation and is the best way to succeed in life because it is attuned to the interconnected nature of all beings.Even Einstein recognised that our experience of ourselves as separate is ‘a kind of optical delusion of consciousness’:This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.– Albert Einstein IF I WAS to ask – what is your interpretation of compassion and can it be taught, what would you answer?The narrow definition of ‘compassion’ is the feeling of concern that arises when we encounter pain and suffering, our own as well as others’. It involves the motivation to relieve this suffering and is natural in everyone, though often not acted upon. In a wider sense, compassion is the most transforming energy in the universe with all the ingredients that everyone longs for; the embodiment of kindness, of caring, of loving. It is a skill that can be enhanced with practise, it’s not impractical or touchy-feely but a courageous state of mind and heart, ‘the path of the warrior’, with far-reaching consequences in terms of how we experience ourselves, the world and reality.Cynics may dismiss compassion as impractical and illogical, but scientists are now mapping its biological basis and deep evolutionary purpose as crucial to survival. Research shows that compassion can improve physical and mental health, well-being, happiness, success and interpersonal relationships.
Une mégatempête solaire pourrait endommager les satellitesSelon une étude qui vient d’être réalisée, les satellites bien que conçus pour résister aux explosions solaires pourraient ne pas être assez solides pour supporter une grosse tempête solaire.Si l’atmosphère terrestre était frappée par une violente attaque d’énergie et de particules solaires, elle serait inondée d’un flot d’électrons de haute énergie atteignant presque la vitesse de la lumière, si l’on en croit une récente étude basée sur un modèle informatique. Or, ces travaux ont révélé qu’un tel scénario bloquerait totalement les satellites situés à basse altitude qui ne seraient pas en mesure de refonctionner avant des dizaines d’années. Selon le géophysicien Yuri Shprits, auteur principal de l’étude, la majeure partie des satellites actuellement en orbite seraient même définitivement perdus dans le cas où une violente tempête solaire surviendrait.En effet, les chercheurs ont établi que si les satellites sont en mesure de faire face à des tempêtes solaires, ils ne pourraient supporter des mégatempêtes. Heureusement, à l’heure actuelle, aucune “précipitation” solaire de ce type n’a jamais été observée mais elles existent bel et bien, estiment les scientifiques. Celles-ci seraient composées d’électrons et de particules qui, propulsés par le Soleil, prendraient de la vitesse après avoir pénétré à l’intérieur de la ceinture de radiations de Van Allen qui contient une grande densité de particules énergétiques.La simulation effectuée au cours de l’étude a pris en compte une tempête solaire supérieure à celle de 2003 baptisée Halloween et a démontré que si une accélération d’électrons est normalement impossible avec ce type de tempêtes, elle deviendrait possible avec une mégatempête qui franchirait ce rideau protecteur et aboutirait à une prise de vitesse des particules. Plusieurs années seraient alors nécessaires pour que la densité d’électrons recouvre son état initial. Une longévité réduite d’un facteur dix À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAOr, protéger les satellites amenés à traverser ces zones serait à la fois très complexe et très cher. “Ce que nous avons conclu de nos calculs, c’est qu’une très forte tempête diminuerait la durée de vie d’un satellite en orbite terrestre basse d’un facteur de dix”, a précisé Yuri Shprits. Il explique également que les électrons de haute énergie “pénétreraient le blindage, se déposeraient sur les semi-conducteursoù ils pourraient causer des surtensions électriques, endommageant les systèmes électroniques”, rapporte le National Geographic. D’où un impact considérable sur leur fonctionnement et leur longévité. D’après l’étude, les satellites les plus affectés seraient ainsi les satellites météo, de communication et militaires, car la plupart d’entre eux passent à travers la ceinture intérieure de Van Allen.Le 21 septembre 2011 à 12:20 • Maxime Lambert
KEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida utility company has been fined nearly $120,000 after three of their workers died in Key Largo.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Douglas N. Higgins, Inc. and its contracting company, McKenna Contracting, LLC after it was determined that the manhole the victims were working in back in January was not properly ventilated and toxic gases led to their deaths.The companies were accused of 10 violations, totaling $119,507 in penalties, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.Two other employees and a volunteer firefighter were also exposed to the gases but survived.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A Coral Springs teen was arrested, deputies said, and will be tried as an adult after allegedly downloading child pornography.According to an investigation by the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, 17-year-old Miguel Bayuelo downloaded 1,100 photos showing children from infancy to teenage years engaging in sexual acts.Detectives said they made contact with Bayuelo and his mother in July after finding the child porn being uploaded and downloaded from a Coral Springs apartment. Bayuelo later confessed, officials said, that he had been downloading child pornography for years because it aroused him.Detectives said Bayuelo was initially charged as a juvenile, but prosecutors later moved the 17-year-old’s case into adult criminal court.Bayuelo appeared in bond court, Wednesday morning, and was charged with 10 counts of child pornography and is being held on $50,000 bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A teenage boy had to be taken to the hospital after he was shot in a City of Miami neighborhood.Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting in the area of Northwest 23rd Avenue and 18th Street, just before 9 p.m., Thursday.Officials said the 17-year-old was shot in the leg and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in a personal vehicle by his parents.7News cameras captured that vehicle, a Toyota Camry, roped off by crime scene tape in the driveway outside of Ryder Trauma Center.Police continue to investigate.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull provided an update on the town’s relationship with its current trash and recycling collector, Russell Disposal, which has been in breach of contract over its inability to provide the town with a performance bond.“There has been no change with respect to the status of the performance bond required to be in place from Russell Disposal, Inc.,” said Hull. “And they had indicated that they do not anticipate obtaining a performance bond in the foreseeable future.”Hull noted that Wilmington DPW Director Mike Woods is closely monitoring the company’s service.“The company continues to collects sold waste, recyclables and yardwaste consistently,” Hull reported in a memo he summarized for the board. “While there are periodic calls about a missed collection or barrels that are not reset upright in the same location at the curb, their service has been consistent and, generally speaking, good.”Hull noted the town will be continue to monitor market conditions and will continue to inquire about obtaining a performance bond. Hull noted Wilmington is taking the same approach as other communities that have contracts with Russell, including Chelsea and Walpole.Earlier in the meeting, Selectman Greg Bendel noted that he had conversations with the Town Manager Jeff Hull about possibly extending leaf pick-up by a week due to the many rainy weekends this fall.“Russell wanted $6,500 to extend leaf pick-up one week,” revealed Bendel. “I didn’t think that was very reasonable… I was disappointed to see that for a group of folks who are having a difficult time getting their act together, they weren’t willing to work with the town for that extra week.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town To Change Trash & Recycling Company In July 2020; Russell Disposal Near BankruptcyIn “Government”Wilmington’s Trash & Recycling Contractor Now In Breach Of Contract, Putting Town In Tricky & Risky SituationIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”
Post a comment Hilarious Fortnite memes While anything involving the murderous dictator would seem an odd choice for comedy, Downfall’s director, Oliver Hirschbiegel, told New York magazine in 2010 that the parodies often made him laugh, and he felt they fit in with the meaning of the scene.”The point of the film was to kick these terrible people off the throne that made them demons, making them real and their actions into reality,” he says. “I think it’s only fair if now it’s taken as part of our history, and used for whatever purposes people like.” Ganz himself took his Hitler role seriously, telling the UK’s Guardian newspaper in 2005 that he had spent four months preparing for the part.”Having played him, I cannot claim to understand Hitler,” he said. “Even the witnesses who had been in the bunker with him were not really able to describe the essence of the man. He had no pity, no compassion, no understanding of what the victims of war suffered. Ultimately, I could not get to the heart of Hitler because there was none.”Ganz’s other films included Nosferatu the Vampyre, Wings of Desire, The Boys from Brazil and the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate.The Times reported that Ganz was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2018, and is survived by his partner, photographer Ruth Walz, and an adult son, Daniel. TV and Movies “It seems that late-life Hitler can be made to speak for almost anyone in the midst of a crisis,” The New York Times wrote of the meme back in 2008. “Fire up YouTube. There you can see the Hitler figure erupt in frustration over his Xbox. He flips out because his friends aren’t going to Burning Man. And, recently, he loses it because Sarah Palin isn’t working out as a running mate. Something in the spectacle of an autocrat falling to pieces evidently has widespread appeal.” Share your voice You Tube/Shout Factory Actor Bruno Ganz died Friday at age 77, the BBC reports. The Swiss actor’s film career spanned 50 years, but many know him best because of a YouTube video meme that sprang from Ganz’s 2004 role as Adolf Hitler in the movie Downfall.In the scene, set in the German dictator’s World War II bunker, Hitler’s generals must bring him bad news about the progress of the war. Ganz as Hitler shakily removes his eyeglasses and sends all but four men out of the room, proceeding to scream at them while staffers wait in the hall and one woman begins to cry. The scene has since been spoofed dozens, maybe hundreds of times. The parodies generally keep the German dialogue, but replace the subtitles to make Hitler’s meltdown about something else entirely, whether it’s his pizza arriving late, runner Usain Bolt setting a world record, the Red Wedding scene on Game of Thrones, or finding out he wasn’t accepted into Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. 0 Related stories Super Bowl 2019 memes: SpongeBob, Game of Thrones, Adam Levine’s nipples Who dis? First Presidential Alert prompts jokes on social media World Cup memes: Oprah announces she’s rooting for Mexico 27 Photos Tags
Tata Steel, Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL), along with Motherson Sumi Systems and IT software companies, are among those Indian firms that are likely to be worst-hit as a result of Britain leaving the European Union (EU).These companies would face the heat emanating from Britain exiting the 28-member bloc after 43 years, even as India is relatively insulated from the aftershocks due to its limited exposure to the global economy, according to Kotak Institutional Equities (Kotak).Tata Steel If the global demand for commodities weakens further, it would have a direct impact on Indian metal companies in terms of lower prices. The hit would be much more on Tata Steel, given its Europe revenues. “Tata Steel could see medium-term negative impact if and when import duties (if any) emerge on trade between the EU and UK post the UK leaving the EU. The UK plants of Tata Steel Europe export 30% of its output to Europe,” the financial services firm said in a note issued after the final results were out. Tata Steel UK has a high exposure in the region; it’s U.K. sales account for 60 percent and the company exports 25 percent to Europe, with the rest to markets outside the region, according to the company’s fact sheet.The Tata Steel share was among the major Sensex losers on the BSE on “Black Friday,” ending 6.37 percent lower at Rs. 312.50.Also read: Tata Steel’s future tense as Britain exits European UnionTata MotorsJaguar Land Rover, which was acquired by Tata Motors in 2008, is another company whose business prospects could suffer should Britain levy fresh taxes in a post-Brexit scenario. The 28-member EU accounts for 18 percent of Jaguar Land Rover’s overall volume sales, according to Kotak and therefore could see its business go down if taxes are imposed. “We see negative impact on volumes in the short term due to the uncertainty from ‘Brexit’ and in the medium term from possible imposition of import duty on JLR’s exports to the EU,” said Kotak. On the upside, Jaguar Land Rover could benefit by a weak pound, which plunged to its 31-year-old on Friday.Shares of Tata Motors fell 7.99 percent to close at Rs. 449 apiece on the BSE.Maruti Suzuki IndiaThe fortunes of the company could be hit as a result of the Japanese yen hardening against the British pound, leading to shrinking operating profit margin. “Our current estimate for JPY-INR is 0.6 for FY2017 and FY2018. The JPY-INR is around 0.67 currently,” Kotak said in its note.IT firmsBesides these companies, Indian IT software services firms such as Tech Mahindra, TCS, Wipro and Infosys are also vulnerable given the contribution of Britain to their total revenues. The U.K., besides accounting for about 6 to 18 percent of the revenues of Indian software services firms, is also a gateway for the rest of Europe.Tech Mahindra closed 4.74 percent at Rs. 506.85, TCS at Rs. 2,570 (down 2.78 percent) and Infosys at Rs. 1,194.50 (down 1.41 percent). Insulated India less vulnerable to Brexit falloutWith exports accounting for about 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), India need unduly worry about the referendum outcome. “The Indian economy is relatively insulated from global forces as it is a largely domestic economy…India’s linkages with the global economy are quite weak. We do not expect any material impact on macroeconomic parameters such as CAD, fiscal deficit and inflation,” said Kotak, adding, “If anything, lower crude prices will moderate the impact of lower exports on CAD/BoP and provide additional cushion to the government’s finances.”
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina.File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all to come forward for the welfare of the country with the spirit of liberation war.”Let us engage ourselves for the welfare of the country. Let this be our vow on the Victory Day of 2017,” she said on Friday in her message on the occasion of the Victory Day.”Today is the 16 December, the great Victory Day. This is the day of the greatest pride for the Bangalee nation. Responding to the clarion call of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the nation earned the ultimate victory on this day in 1971 after 23 years of intense political struggle and a nine-month bloody war against, the Pakistani occupation forces,” the prime minister added.She extended her sincere greetings and warm felicitations to the countrymen at home and abroad on the occasion of the 47th Victory Day. On this day, she paid her deep homage to the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.The PM recalled with gratitude the four national leaders and three million martyrs, who sacrificed their lives and two hundred thousand women who lost their innocence for the cause of our independence.Bangalee nation got prepared for independence waging the Language Movement of 1952, the Education Movement of 1962, the Six-point Demand of 1966, 11-point Movement and the Mass Upsurge of 1969 under the undaunted and firm leadership of the Father of the Nation, she added.”Awami League earned an overwhelming majority in the general elections of 1970 through which Bangalee nation’s aspiration for independence got legal basis. Bangabandhu realised that the oppression, persecution and deprivation meted out to the Bangalee nation would not be ended without achieving the independence,” Sheikh Hasina said.Ultimately, on the historic 7 March of 1971, she said, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib in front of a million of people at the then Race Course Maidan declared that, “This time the struggle is for our freedom, this time the struggle is for the independence”.Sheikh Hasina said, “Virtually, from that day, the final chapter had been started for achieving an independent Bangladesh, the country-wide non-cooperation movement had begun at the directives of Bangabandhu as part of the final preparations of the liberation War.”On the fateful night of 25 March of 1971, she said, the Pakistani occupation forces launched a brutal onslaught and committed genocide on the innocent and unarmed Bangalees. The father of the nation declared independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of 26 March of 1971 resulting in the formal War of Independence, she added.”On the 10 April of 1971, the proclamation of independence was announced by the elected people’s representatives and the first Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh was formed with father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, as the president, Syed Nazrul Islam as vice-president and Tajuddin Ahmed as prime minister,” she added.”This government was sworn-in on 17 April of 1971 at the historic Mujibnagar in Meherpur and led the war of independence. Under the leadership of this government, the liberation war had gained momentum,” she said adding the heroic freedom fighters with the help of the allied forces earned the victory on 16 December of 1971 by defeating Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators Rajakars, Al-Badrs and Al-Shams.”The nation ultimately earned an independent country, own national flag and national anthem. The heroism and patriotism of the Bangalee nation created a new history in the world,” she added.As Bangabandhu had engaged himself in the struggle to build a “Golden Bengal” reconstructing the war-ravaged country, the anti-liberation forces in collusion with the war criminals assassinated Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib along with most of his family members, Sheikh Hasina added.Through the heinous killings of 15 August 1975, they initiated the politics of killings, coup and conspiracy and obstructed the process to try the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib through promulgating Indemnity Ordinance, she added.”They ruined the democracy by declaring martial law and formed an illegal government. They distorted the glorious history of our independence. They defaced the constitution and gagged the press freedom. The BNP-Jamaat alliance government had followed the paths of their predecessors,” she said.”Our government has relentlessly been working for the development of the country and its people as per its election pledges,” the prime minister added.”Our government has been taking forward the country with immense developments in all sectors, including economy, agriculture, education, transport and communication, 1CT, infrastructure, power generation, rural economy and diplomatic relation and cooperation during the last nine years,” Sheikh Hasina said adding, “Bangladesh has already been elevated to a lower middle income country. In the index of economic progress, Bangladesh is one of the top five countries of the world.””The rate of poverty was reduced to 22 per cent. People’s income and purchasing capacity have substantially been raised. The per capita income has been raised to USD 1610. The foreign exchange reserve has now increased to USD 33 billion,” she added.The prime minister said, “The construction work of metro-rail project has been started. We are constructing the Padma bridge with own fund. We have executed the verdict of the trial of the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib establishing the rule of law. The verdicts of the trials of the war criminals are also being executed. The trials of war criminals will be continued as per our pledges to the nation.”She said, “The historic 7 March Speech of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has been included in the international memory of the world register as World Documentary Heritage by UNESCO. This recognition of the 7 March Speech has made the whole nation proud once again.””We have peacefully resolved the land boundary problem with India. Disputes with India and Myanmar on maritime boundary have also been resolved. Bangladesh’s contribution to the various international forums for establishing global peace has been lauded,” she said adding the world is now acclaiming Bangladesh for attaining remarkable progress in socio-economic fronts.All these were possible through continuation of the constitutional and democratic process, she added.The PM said “We have been working relentlessly to build a hunger and poverty-free and a peaceful middle-income Bangladesh by 2021 and a developed and prosperous one by 2041. We are hopeful of building a Golden Bangladesh as dreamt by the father of the nation through implementing the Visions 2021 and 2041.”
Stay on target ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Netflix Series Teaser Is HereNetflix Reveals First Look, Voice Cast of ‘The Dark Crystal’ Series After a year spent in production hell, Jim Henson fans will finally be getting a Dark Crystal sequel, just in a different form than they were expecting.BOOM! Studios announced Monday that the long-awaited story The Power of the Dark Crystal would be adapted into a 12-issue comic series, based on an unproduced screenplay.The series will pick up years after the events of the first film, with Jen and Kira now as an out-of-touch king and queen and another threat to the world from one of the crystal shards. It introduces a new character, named Thurma.“Thurma is a young Fireling tasked with stealing a shard of the Dark Crystal to restore power to her realm,” the official synopsis says. “Along the way she’ll befriend the young Gelfling Kensho, accidentally bring back the Skeksis and Mystics, and embark on one incredible adventure.”British writer Simon Spurrier, known for Cry Havoc and his work on a recent run of X-Force will be adapting the script, which was written by David Odell, who wrote the original, Annette Odell, and Craig Pearce.The sequel’s production has been troubled for decades. When Henson was still alive, he had written down some ideas for a sequel. In 2005, the sequel was officially announced but has been put on hiatus numerous times since.The film has been attached to people such as Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory and Hotel Transylvania) and Australian indie filmmaker Shane Abbess. Abbess has been one of the few who’s gone on the record about his problems with the production, stating in a Guardian interview last year that he believed the producers didn’t care about Henson’s intentions for the sequel.“When I quit The Dark Crystal it was because I’d fallen in love with Jim’s handwritten notes on what his sequel idea was,” he said. “All I wanted to do, for the fans and myself, was shoot his version of the film. But nobody gave a shit about what Jim Henson wanted.”While The Dark Crystal has become a cult success years after its release in 1982, at the time, it garnered a mixed response from critics. It’s high fantasy, bleak, and dense with lore so that it won’t appeal to everybody. This might explain the hesitancy from producers on the sequel. However, because of this cult appeal, the Henson company wanted to make sure the story got out to the public in some form.“The creativity that went into writing and designing the feature film was such that we wanted our fans to be able to see and enjoy it now through this comic book series,” said Lisa Henson, President, and CEO of the Jim Henson Company. “We are very proud of the story that the screenwriters David Odell, Annette Odell, and Craig Pearce wrote. Our partners at Archaia and BOOM! Studios are the only people we could trust to expand and illustrate the story, and we are thrilled that it will soon see the light of day!”The first issue of The Power of the Dark Crystal will be released digitally and in comic stores Feb. 15, 2017, just in time for the film’s 25th anniversary.Courtesy BOOM! Studios
Superficial but deliberate changes in someone’s facial appearance – such as a new hairstyle or complexion – are surprisingly effective in identity deception, a study suggests. Researchers at the universities of York and Huddersfield in the UK found that participants were often fooled by disguises when asked to judge whether two photographs showed the same or different people. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, found that evasion disguise is much more effective than impersonation disguise. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDisguises reduced the ability of participants to match faces by around 30 per cent, even when they were warned that some of the people had changed the way they look, researchers said. Participants were only able to see through disguises reliably when they knew the people in the images. “We should not be complacent about deliberate disguise in criminal and security settings. When someone puts their mind to concealing their identity, it can be very effective,” said Rob Jenkins from the University of York. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Familiarity with the people who are disguising themselves improves accuracy. When you are unfamiliar with a face you are easily fooled by superficial changes in hairstyle or colouration,” said Jenkins. “However, when you ‘know’ a face you tend to rely more on internal facial features which are much harder to alter,” he said. The models recruited for the study were given plenty of time and resources with which to change their appearance. Many used make-up, changed their hair colour and style, and some grew or got rid of facial hair. Props like hats or dark glasses were not allowed as they are prohibited in real-life security settings.The researchers also compared the effectiveness of two different methods of disguise. Impersonation disguise – or trying to look like someone else – is sometimes used by people attempting to travel using a stolen passport or in cases of identity theft. Evasion disguise – trying not to look like yourself – might be used in witness protection programmes or by undercover police, as well as by criminal suspects on the run from the law. “With evasion disguise, you can change your appearance in any way you like,” said Eilidh Noyes. “With impersonation, you can only change your appearance in ways that resemble your target, so your options are much more constrained,” Noyes said. “Deliberate disguise poses a real challenge to human face recognition. The next step is to test automatic face recognition on the same tasks,” Noyes said.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Blood-testing firm Theranos Inc confirmed on Monday it is under investigation by federal prosecutors and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.”The company continues to work closely with regulators and is cooperating fully with all investigations,” a company spokeswoman said.Other agencies which have opened probes against the company include the State Departments of Health in Pennsylvania and Arizona, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.The investigations by the Departments of Health of Pennsylvania and Arizona and the FDA have closed, Theranos said.Earlier, Bloomberg reported the company was under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and the New York State Department of Health have received subpoenas in recent weeks seeking documents and testimony about representations made to them by Theranos, the WSJ reported on Monday citing people familiar with the matter. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the New York State Department of Health could not immediately be reached for comment.The SEC and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California declined to comment.(Reporting by Kshitiz Goliya in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler, Bernard Orr) This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now April 19, 2016 Enroll Now for Free 2 min read