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OPPOSITION ARISES TO PROPOSED YANKTON AREA CASINO

first_imgNative American tribes and a Deadwood gambling association are pushing back against a proposed casino and entertainment complex in southeastern South Dakota.Officials said Thursday that the Port Yankton project would hurt tribes and the state.A coalition of Nebraska and South Dakota tribes opposes the project, which would require a change to the state constitution.A measure introduced this week at the state Capitol would ask voters to allow a nonprofit group one gaming license in Yankton.Supporters say it would help the community compete with Iowa and Nebraska for tourists.Thelma Thomas, general manager of the Santee Sioux Nation’s Ohiya Casino and Resort in Nebraska, says the Port Yankton project would cause economic harm to her tribe and those in South Dakota.APlast_img read more

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Chelsea v Arsenal: match preview

first_imgShare on Facebook news Premier League Venue Stamford BridgeLast season Chelsea 3 Arsenal 1Live SSPL/MEReferee Michael OliverThis season G3, Y7, R0, 2.33 cards per gameOdds H 3-4 A 7-2 D 3-1ChelseaSubs from Caballero, Eduardo, Rudiger, Christensen, Moses, Scott, Clarke-Salter, Fàbregas, Hazard, Kenedy, Batshuayi, MusondaDoubtful NoneInjured Drinkwater (calf, Oct)Suspended NoneForm LWWWDiscipline Y8 R2Leading scorer Morata 3ArsenalSubs from Ospina, Macey, Iliev, Chambers, Debuchy, Holding, Mertesacker, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Walcott, Iwobi, Nelson, Welbeck, Giroud, AkpomDoubtful Debuchy (match fitness)Injured Coquelin (hamstring, Oct), Cazorla (achilles, unknown)Suspended NoneForm WLLWDiscipline Y4 R0Leading scorer Welbeck 3 Match previews Chelsea Reuse this content Read more Share on LinkedIn The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of footballcenter_img Arsenal have not won a league game at Stamford Bridge in six years. They will cling to the success gained against Antonio Conte’s side in the FA Cup final, and the Community Shield, but will surely find this a more daunting assignment. Chelsea have quietly been building up a head of steam, and they eased beyond Qarabag in midweek with key players rested and an eye on this derby. Conte will consider this an opportunity to make a statement in terms of his side’s title defence. Dominic FifieldKick-off Sunday 1.30pm Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Pinterest Topics Share on WhatsApp Arsenal Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Rock Out: Introducing The Weill Collection

first_img An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Is It a Home of the Future or a Nod to the Past? On the Rocks is Both An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer Remember when you were a kid and you’d zone out digging for magic minerals, rocks and stones Well, we do. Today the appreciation for fossils, crystals, geodes and even space rocks has been reaching fever pitch (possibly to balance our all-things-tech lifestyle?) and we found two guys melding these natural treasures with high design.Mineral expert Marc Weill and interior designer Richard Baquero will work together to create a unique and very cool interior design project titled “The Weill Collection”.The Weill Collection will make nature’s beautiful and rare minerals available to homeowners and corporate clients through furniture, accessories and fixtures. Each project will be a customized experience, allowing clients to express their individual style – which in turn will allow Baquero and Weill to create a resilient and unique design that will last for generations and even better – make your friends, family, and coworkers completely awe-struck.The juxtaposition of a mineral specialist with and an interior design expert creates a fascinating world of possibilities. By playing with space and color, and light, their creations will bring out the true potential in any office or home.Some of the exotic minerals turned into functional pieces expected are tables crafted from petrified wood with malachite trim, lighting fixtures carved from lustrous minerals, and even abstract fossils transformed into centerpieces for a ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ meets World of Interiors aesthetic.Baquero has spent over 20 years in the design industry and his philosophy involves the use of refined materials and a sophisticated color palate. Weill, one of the world’s top mineral collectors has become the go-to expert. He has obtained fossils, meteorites and petrified woods from all over the world. Sounds like a match made in the Museum of Natural History.For more information or to inquire about how you can rock out, call (212) 843-9280.last_img read more

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Shell Becomes Corvus Energys Investor

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Shell Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Shell, has decided to invest in Corvus Energy, a Canada-based provider of energy storage systems.As explained, the investment will help Corvus Energy expand internationally and further enhance its position within maritime energy storage.The parties have not disclosed the value of the investment.“To have Shell onboard as an investor means that we can reach out to a much larger market and apply our technology to more rigs and platforms as well as continue the hybridization of offshore vessels,” Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, commented.What is more, the investment is said to be a step towards Shell’s ambition to decrease the carbon footprint of the energy products it sells by around 20% by 2035 and by around 50% by 2050, in step with society.“We look forward to working with Shell to power a clean future and support Shell’s determination to make their operations more sustainable,” Bjørkeli added.“The energy sector is going through a major transition as the trend towards renewable generation and electrification of many sectors accelerates,” Kirk Coburn, Investment Director in Shell Ventures, said.“Current hybrid and zero-emission projects have proven that the potential for reducing costs and cutting emissions are substantial, which Shell will take advantage of in its offshore operations,” Coburn continued.With this move, Shell joins a group of strategic investors that jointly own Corvus Energy — BW Ventures Limited, part of shipping company BW Group; Equinor Technology Ventures; Norsk Hydro and a Canadian investment group focused on clean energy solutions.Corvus Energy develops energy storage systems (ESS) for maritime, offshore, subsea and port applications. Their range of lithium-ion battery ESSs are integral to the propulsion and power management systems of more than half of the battery-hybrid and zero-emission vessels worldwide.Read more:Corvus Energy Wins World’s Largest Battery Package Order for Hybrid VesselsFive More Fjord1 Ferries to Feature Corvus Energy Storage SystemsCorvus Energy Unveils New Battery for Cruise, Ferry IndustryStudy: Feeder Containerships Ready to Benefit from Hybrid Power Systemslast_img read more

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Research needed into environmental impact of tidal energy executive director

first_imgHALIFAX – As Nova Scotia pushes ahead with its bid to become a world leader in tidal energy, significant knowledge gaps remain — particularly when it comes to environmental monitoring of test turbines in the Bay of Fundy, the head of an independent research group says.“We don’t know enough about the environmental impacts of those devices,” Stephen Dempsey, executive director of the Offshore Energy Research Association, told a news conference Tuesday at Dalhousie University.“Will they harm our marine life? What will it do to … our intertidal bays? This work has to proceed. We have to deepen our understanding to make progress.”Dempsey, whose non-profit organization dispenses funding from the Nova Scotia Energy Department, made the comments after the province announced a new competition for research funding.In all, $150,000 is being offered to support five projects that will involve the use of Dalhousie’s Aquatron — one of Canada’s largest aquatic research facilities.Dempsey, standing in front of one of the Aquatron’s huge water-filled tanks, said the top research priorities include developing specialized technology to deal with the extreme conditions within the bay, where the amount of water flow as the tide changes amounts to a larger volume than that produced by all of the rivers in the world.In the Minas Passage, a five-kilometre-wide channel near Parrsboro, two tidal turbines have undergone testing in recent years. In 2009, the first in-stream prototype — weighing in at 400 tonnes — was torn apart by the world’s highest tides, which can move at 18 kilometres per hour.As well, Dempsey said more research is needed to reduce the cost of producing electricity from tidal energy.“Costs are too high to be economically viable,” he said. “If we solve all of the technical problems and we don’t deal with the cost issue, we’ll have an elegant solution that is not implementable.”But the first priority Dempsey mentioned was the need to improve environmental monitoring.“We certainly need to understand more about the interaction of the device on the environment,” he said when asked about a myriad of concerns raised by the 175-member Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association.“We’re just getting started with one device in the water.”On Nov. 22, 2016, a second test turbine, this one developed by Cape Sharp Tidal, began producing power from the bottom of the bay near Parrsboro. With the flick of a switch, it became North America’s first in-stream tidal turbine linked to an electricity grid.The 1,000-tonne turbine, which is five storeys tall, was hauled out of the water last June and sent to Saint John, N.B., for upgrades.“Our careful inspection of the recovered Cape Sharp Tidal turbine found that the overall exterior is in good condition,” the company said in a statement released Tuesday, adding that a closer inspection of the internal workings will be conducted later.The fishermen’s association had challenged deployment of the second turbine, arguing in court that Cape Sharp Tidal’s environmental effects monitoring program was drafted without “relevant baseline data” about the bay’s ecosystem. They also argued that a federal review had found “knowledge gaps” in information provided to the provincial government.But Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Heather Robertson rejected those arguments in April, saying “extraordinary efforts” had been made to evaluate the risks associated with the pioneering project.On Tuesday, Nova Scotia Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan said environmental protection remains key to the project.“We’re not allowing the (turbine testers) to do anything haphazard in terms of getting out ahead of environmental protection,” he told the news conference at Dalhousie.“For us, there’s nothing in terms of dangerous decisions or getting out too far — that’s certainly not the case.”MacLellan said the tidal energy industry has the potential to create 22,000 jobs and generate $1.7 billion for the Nova Scotia economy.Cape Sharp Tidal confirmed Tuesday that a third test turbine will be lowered into the bay this summer.“The work we’re doing on that turbine is focused on improving efficiency and reliability,” the company said. “With the world’s highest tides and some of the strongest tidal flows on the planet, the untapped energy potential of Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy presents a tremendous opportunity for renewable energy developers.”last_img read more

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Canadas Gabriela Dabrowski books spot in Wimbledon doubles final

first_imgWIMBLEDON, England —  Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan of China advanced to the Wimbledon women doubles final with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over defending champions Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova on Friday.The fourth-seeded team of Dabrowski and Xu will face either No. 1 seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic or No. 3 seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strycova in Saturday’s final.It will be the first women’s doubles appearance in a Grand Slam final for Dabrowski and Xu. Dabrowski has won two Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles.Dabrowski and Xu dominated the first set before the second-seeded Czech tandem of Krejcikova and Siniakova rallied in the second. The Czechs converted their third set point at 5-3 after a Siniakova volley forced a long error by Dabrowski.Dabrowski and Xu got off to a strong start in the third set, then overcame three break points to take a 4-1 lead. The duo then held serve and won on the third match point.last_img read more

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Health Ministry Suspends Sale of Hemorrhoids Drug in Morocco

Rabat – The Ministry of Health has suspended the sale of “Proctolog”, a medication used to treat hemorrhoids after a French drug report warned against it.An unnamed French agency for drug control revealed that the medication contains dangerous and narcotic substances and consequently called upon the ministry to suspend its sale in Morocco.In response, the ministry announced on Monday night that Proctolog would be withdrawn from pharmacies in the kingdom, and warned all the nation’s pharmacies to suspend the sale of the medication in the meantime. read more

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Australians to highlight carbon neutrality on national day – UN

23 January 2009For some of Australia’s best-known cities, companies and organizations that are part of a United Nations low-carbon initiative, this year’s Australia Day will be celebrated, not by barbecues or beach parties, but by going ‘green.’ Australian cities, public campaigns, corporations and others have taken on the challenge of lowering carbon emissions by joining the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) which seeks to spur global action to achieve climate neutrality.“Combating climate change is the challenge of this generation,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director. “But it is also perhaps one of the greatest opportunities for transforming economies, triggering innovation, sparking human creativity and generating jobs now and in the future.”Australian CN Net participants include the cities of Sydney and Brisbane, as well as a music festival and a carbon management company.In 2007, Sydney, the largest in the country, became Australia’s first carbon neutral local government, implementing such initiatives as energy-efficient street lighting and creating a network of bicycle paths.Brisbane, the nation’s third most populous city, is seeking to become carbon neutral by 2026, through such schemes as promoting the use of solar hot water systems and pioneering Australia’s first public bicycle hire scheme.In a related development, Japan, a key UN partner in tackling environmental issues, successfully launched a satellite today to monitor greenhouse gases from space.The satellite, known as IBUKI in Japanese, is the first to observe the gases. Using a high-precision sensor, it can measure the concentration of gases throughout almost the earth’s entire surface, including areas where data has never been collected.The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) signed an agreement with the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to collaborate on issues such as disaster risk reduction and the environment. read more

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UN agency starts longterm recovery effort for Pakistani quake survivors

The Remote, Reconnaissance and Response team (RRR), attached to the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), is made of 8 mountain guides from Canada, some of whom have experience of altitudes of 8,000 metres, and 15 Pakistani mountain guides from Hunza, the Pakistani hub for Himalayan hiking.Its formation follows the successful deployment by WFP at the start of winter of a team of so-called “quake jumpers” – mountaineers taken by helicopter to remote and snowbound villages to make early assessments of needs and damage.WFP is planning a two-year programme to assist the restoration of the livelihoods of the survivors, targeting food insecure families through food-for-work and asset creation projects, focusing on forestry, agriculture and road repair. Some 670,000 people will receive food rations while they rebuild their homes and community infrastructure.The RRR team will be essential in locating the sites for food-for-work projects. Equipped with a fleet of off-road vehicles, it will be able to reach the most remote villages, some of them accessible only by foot. One assessment already carried out involved walking for 16 days.“We are checking the road conditions, assessing the level of destruction in the villages, checking if the water supply has been cut off, seeing if the sanitation and health conditions have changed,” team project manager Chris McGeough said. “At the same time, we thoroughly investigate the feasibility of people returning to their homes.” The team will look for damaged roads, irrigation systems and houses of vulnerable families that can be rehabilitated through such projects and for sites to construct greenhouses, coordinating its efforts with the Government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to initiate projects to help people regain self sufficiency faster when they return home. The food-for-work projects will be undertaken in remote villages where food production, access to markets, employment and credit facilities will continue to be hampered until basic infrastructure and trade are restored. The team will also investigate ways to rehabilitate the health infrastructure with the assistance of a medical services expert. read more

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UN report aims to equalize health conditions amidst exploding metro populations

The ‘Global Report on Urban Health: Equitable, healthier cities for sustainable development,’ jointly released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), compares data on health from urbanites in almost 100 countries. The criteria vary from clean water access to HIV knowledge, obesity and air pollution. The report shows that “in cities, progress in health depends not only on the strength of health systems, but also on shaping urban environments,” Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation and Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat said in the Foreword. The report was led and written by the WHO Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan. Suggestions are made for ensuring access to water and sanitation, reducing urban sprawl, increasing road safety, making cities more friendly for different ages and for people with disabilities, according to a joint press release from WHO and UN-Habitat. The examples illustrate that the way the cities are planned “can profoundly affect the ability of their residents to live long, healthy and productive lives.” This is particularly relevant given the growing disparities between the richest and poorest urban populations, which is a focus of the report. For example, in addition to the 3.7 billion city-dwellers today, another one billion will be added by 2030. Of that figure, 90 per cent will be in low and middle-income countries. The report finds that in 79 low- and middle-income countries, children in the poorest one-fifth of urban households are twice as likely on average to die before their fifth birthday compared with children in the richest percentile. One factor is access to improved health coverage. On average, the report finds that coverage for the poor still lags behind. At least 400 million women, men and children are excluded from affordable health care. Considered a basic human rights, universal health coverage is a target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which the international community aims to realize by 2030. “This report gives countries and cities practical tools to reduce health inequities and achieve the SDGs,” said Dr. Kieny. read more

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WesTrac brings in four Cat 794 ACs on rising Western Australia mine

first_imgWesTrac, one of Australia’s leading Caterpillar dealers, has responded to rising demand for ultra-class haul trucks out of Western Australia by ordering four Cat 794 ACs to its Reid Road assembly facility.The trucks, which arrived recently, offer improved safety features, serviceability and performance over its competitors in this class of off-highway truck, WesTrac said.The 794 AC made its debut at the MinExpo show in Las Vegas in September 2016. Following extensive field testing, controlled rollout of the new truck started in 2015.The haul truck hosts a fully-integrated Caterpillar electric drive system that delivers improved fuel efficiency and speed on grade, ably supported and backed by WesTrac’s branch locations throughout Western Australia, according to the dealer.WesTrac CEO Jarvas Croome said the 794 AC performs better in every way to competitor brands, with the 290-tonne class haul trucks becoming a popular choice for leading miners around the world.“Caterpillar remains focused on providing its customers with both mechanical and electrical drive haulage solutions, but is also proving to have a competitive edge when it comes to electric drive systems,” he said.In tests against competitors, the Caterpillar 794 AC displayed 19% higher stall torque, delivering stronger performance in soft underfoot conditions. This adds to faster cycle time when pulling away from a loading tool on softer ground.“The Cat 794 AC gives operators much more confidence on steep downhill hauls and displays 40% more retarding capability versus its competitor with 5,480 horsepower (4,086 kW) continuing retarding power to the competitor’s 3,900 HP (2,908 kW),” Croome said.Caterpillar’s study showed the 794 AC has both an empty machine weight and payload advantage, with the 794 AC typically delivering around 10-t more payload and better tonne per litre fuel consumption. The Cat fully-integrated drive and high voltage system achieves 1-2% better powertrain efficiency to the ground and, overall, it demonstrates a fuel advantage of up to 5% and 10% improved tyre life.The 794 AC also offers a ground level service centre and less maintenance than its competitors – with brushless AC grid blower motors, brushless alternator and a sealed, pressurised and filtered inverter cabinet, WesTrac said.Croome concluded: “We are excited to have four 794 AC off-highway mining trucks in stock now and available to the mining industry, cutting down the usual waiting period between order and delivery.”last_img read more

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RK Metalurg celebrate 6th Macedonian title

RK Metalurg Skopje had big celebration last night. Birthday party of Pavel Atman was linked with the celebration of 6th Macedonian title! Guys of Lino Cervar secured the new trophy in the winning room in “Autokomanda” hall by victory over RK Pelister 25:20 in Bitola. This is fourth Championship for Lino Červar in his fifth year on the bench of Skopje’s team.The only one they lost last year, when RK Vardar took the chance to play directly in the group phase of the VELUX EHF Champions League.Now, RK Metalurg have that opportunity made by fantastic results in the last two seasons – both placement at VELUX EHF CL TOP 8, which also achieved Vardar this season… ← Previous Story ROMANIA: HCM Constanta celebrate 9th national title! Next Story → ASOBAL: BM Valladolid relegate after 36 years! read more

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Syrian missiles kill at least 141 in Syria

first_imgAT LEAST 141 people, half of them children, were killed when the Syrian military fired at least four missiles into the northern province of Aleppo last week, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.The international rights group said the strikes hit residential areas and called them an “escalation of unlawful attacks against Syria’s civilian population.” The statement from the New York-based group followed a visit to the area by a HRW researcher.Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, has been the scene of some of the heaviest fighting of the civil war pitting President Bashar Assad’s regime against rebels bent on ousting him.Rebels quickly seized several neighborhoods in an offensive on the city in July, but the government still controls some districts and the battle has developed into a bloody stalemate, with heavy street fighting that has ruined neighborhoods and forced thousands to flee.A Human Rights Watch researcher who visited Aleppo last week to inspect the targeted sites, said up to 20 buildings were destroyed in each area hit by a missile. There were no signs of any military targets in the residential districts, located in rebel-held parts of Aleppo and its northern countryside, said Ole Solvang, the HRW’s researcher.A Syrian villager, Abu Ibrahim, 73, writes the name of his granddaughter on her grave who was killed from an airstrike by Syrian government forces. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)Human rights watch said 71 children were among the 141 people killed in the four missile strikes on three opposition-controlled neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo. It listed the names of the targeted neighborhoods as Jabal Badro, Tariq al-Bab and Ard al-Hamra. The fourth strike documented by the group was in Tel Rifat, north of Aleppo.“The extent of the damage from a single strike, the lack of (military) aircraft in the area at the time, and reports of ballistic missiles being launched from a military base near Damascus overwhelmingly suggest that government forces struck these areas with ballistic missiles,” the report said.Human Rights Watch said it compiled a list of those killed in the missile strikes from cemetery burial records, interviews with relatives and neighbors, and information from the Aleppo Media Center and the Violations Documentation Center, a network of local activists.The rebels control large swaths of land in northeastern Syria. In recent weeks, Assad’s regime has lost control of several sites with key infrastructure in that part of the country, including a hydroelectric dam, a major oil field and two army bases along the road linking Aleppo with the airport to its east.A key focus for the rebels in the Aleppo area is to capture the city’s international airport, which the opposition fighters have been attacking for weeks.The missile attacks have outraged the leaders of the exiled opposition who have accused their Western backers of indifference to the suffering of the Syrian people.- APRead: Syria says it’s prepared to talk with armed rebels > Read: Syria rebels fight for police academy near Aleppo >last_img read more

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Prison security to be beefed up

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece is to hire more prison guards, place barbed wire at all jails and install bulletproof windows at guard posts as part of efforts to step up security at its penitentiaries.Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis announced on Wednesday a raft of measures in the wake of 11 prisoners escaping from Trikala jail in central Greece last week.Authorities said yesterday that they found another two unexploded hand grenades outside the prison, where guards and the escapees’ accomplices fired hundreds of shots at each other.He said that one of the prisons in Trikala, Domokos or Malandrino would be transformed into a maximum security jail, where hardened criminals and prisoners who had tried to escape would be interned.Roupakiotis said that the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) would also be checking prison guards financial details for signs of anything suspicious.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Android Microsoft attaque Motorola en justice

first_imgAndroid : Microsoft attaque Motorola en justiceÉtats-Unis – Android, l’OS mobile de Google, est devenu l’un des principaux acteurs de son domaine dans le monde. Une bien mauvaise nouvelle pour Windows Phone 7 qui sera bientôt commercialisé. Microsoft attaque donc son rival devant les tribunaux, en l’accusant de plagiat.Windows Phone 7 prépare activement sa sortie. Dans quelques semaines, Microsoft lancera son OS mobile et l’émergence d’Android en fait son principal concurrent. Néanmoins, l’éditeur de logiciels n’entend pas laisser son rival grandir sans rien faire puisqu’il a assigné devant les tribunaux Motorola, qui a équipé plusieurs de ses appareils du produit de Google. Selon Microsoft, neuf brevets n’ont pas été respectés par Android : de la synchronisation du courrier au calendrier, en passant par le niveau de la batterie. “Nous avons la responsabilité envers nos consommateurs, nos partenaires et nos actionnaires de préserver les milliards de dollars que nous investissons chaque année en apportant des produits, des logiciels et des services innovants sur le marché. Motorola doit cesser ses infractions de nos inventions brevetées dans ses smartphones Android,” a ainsi affirmé Horacio Gutierrez, avocat adjoint en charge de la propriété intellectuelle et des licences de Microsoft. Déjà au printemps dernier, HTC avait signé un accord avec l’éditeur de logiciels pour avoir utilisé Android.Le 4 octobre 2010 à 12:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Volvo invests in two startups to hopefully improve quality and safety

first_imgEnlarge ImageVolvo, trying to make its cars safer? Surprise, surprise. Volvo The Volvo Cars Tech Fund is the investment arm of Volvo Cars, shuffling money to companies that Volvo believes can have an important impact on the future of the automotive industry. Thus far, its investments have been limited to companies from the US and Europe, but now, it’s bringing two Israeli startups into the fold.Volvo Cars announced on Monday that it has invested in two Israel-based startups. Each is involved in a separate part of the vehicle’s life, with one focused on initial quality, while the other caters to the moments immediately following a crash.The first investment is in a company called UVeye. The startup has created a system that automatically inspects vehicles for damage, including dents and scratches. Volvo believes this tech could one day be used to conduct full exterior inspections of vehicles leaving the factory, which has the chance to improve the quality of Volvo vehicles before they ever reach dealers, but it could also be used at dealers, too. The automaker hopes to have a pilot program with UVeye’s tech up and running in Sweden later this year.The second investment went to a company called MDGo. Specializing in what it calls “medical artificial intelligence,” MDGo’s technology combines real-time data from a car crash with a library of medical knowledge. It puts those two things together to, hopefully, make quick predictions on what kind of injuries first responders should expect when they arrive at a crash site. A cloud platform would then distribute that information to emergency personnel to improve the likelihood of a victim’s post-crash recovery.The Volvo Cars Tech Fund has been active since 2018. In that short span of time, it’s already invested in a variety of startups, including Luminar, which produces lidar sensors for use in self-driving cars. It’s also invested in Varjo, which manufactures AR headsets that the automaker will use to test interfaces during vehicle development. Volvo also joined BMW with an investment in Zum, a ride-sharing company that provides rides for children to and from school and extracurricular activities. Tags Car Industry Future Cars Auto Tech Share your voice More From Roadshow 5:52 Review • 2019 Volvo XC90 review The 2019 Volvo XC90 packs style and technology into a… The 2019 Volvo XC90 packs equal parts style and technology 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive: An improvement worth subscribing to 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever Volvo Post a comment More about 2019 Volvo XC90 37 Photos 0 Now playing: Watch this: Startups Volvolast_img read more

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Police Officers Are Almost Never Convicted of Murder Body Cameras May Have

first_img Share Law & Crime Trial NetworkBody camera footage and its analysis has been crucial in the murder trial of Roy Oliver, a former police officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. Law & Crime Trial NetworkThe body camera footage changed everything from the beginning.The day after police officer Roy Oliver fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in April 2017, the Balch Springs police said the car of unarmed teens leaving a party was moving aggressively toward officers when Oliver fired into it. But the next day, after the chief saw the video, he walked back the statement and acknowledged that the car was moving away from police.Oliver was quickly fired and charged with murder. During his eight-day trial, which held closing arguments Monday, the footage from the cameras clipped to the chests of Oliver and his partner was played repeatedly and touched almost every piece of evidence brought forward by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.Jurors watched videos and detailed frame-by-frame comparisons that showed the officers peacefully responding to a house party before gunshots rang into the night, prompting them to dash from the house up the street. They heard Oliver’s partner yell for the car driven by Edwards’ brother, Vidal Allen, to stop as it slowly backed onto the intersecting street, and they saw Oliver fire five rounds into the vehicle as it was moving away from the officers.And that footage likely played a large role in the jury’s incredibly rare guilty verdict, handed down Tuesday after more than 13 hours of deliberation. Oliver was convicted of murder and found not guilty of two counts of aggravated assault.His sentencing trial began shortly after the verdict, as Oliver shuffled back into the courtroom in chains. The minimum sentence for murder in Texas is five years in prison.The use of police body cameras surged after the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, as criticism against police shootings, particularly of unarmed black men, exploded. Advocates hoped their use would increase transparency and hold officers accountable, precisely what it appeared to do in the case of Oliver, a white officer who shot a black teen.But studies on the effects of body cameras have uncovered mixed results, and Oliver’s conviction is still the exception in police shootings, largely because of the wide discretion officers have when they decide to pull the trigger.“[Oliver’s] stands out as one of the kinds of cases that I think people thought were going to be quite common and have actually been much less common than what advocates expected,” said Rachel Levinson-Waldman, senior counsel and body camera expert with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. “What the officer has to do to be held accountable legally has to be so outside the norm, and officers do face a lot of risks, so I think there’s often a lot of sympathy.”“No video, no justice”It’s not unusual for police officers to walk around with cameras on their chests anymore. Five of the six Texas cities with a population over 500,000 have already deployed the cameras in their police departments, and El Paso, the outlier, appears to be getting them soon. Many smaller departments, like the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, have implemented them as well, and in 2015, the Texas Legislature passed a law regulating body camera training and policies. (Another bill that would have required cameras for all public-facing officers died quickly the same year.)Footage from the body cameras, as well as videos from police dashboard cameras and witness cell phones, have become commonplace in the news and on social media. And while it’s not uncommon for the videos to raise the attention or create public outcry, their use in police prosecution is still rare.A 2016 George Mason University study showed that only 8 percent of prosecutors who used body camera evidence in criminal cases across the nation used it against a police officer, while almost all had used it as evidence against citizens.Still, some officers, including others in Dallas County, have faced prosecution in recent years, and video has often played an important role in those cases. Cardan Spencer and Amy Wilburn, both former Dallas Police Department officers, pleaded guilty and received probation sentences within the last year after separate nonfatal shootings. Video footage from a neighbor’s security camera and a dashboard camera, respectively, depicted the events of those incidents.And in a high-profile shooting in South Carolina in 2015, cell phone video showed officer Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott in the back eight times as he ran away.“There’s a lot of truth to the idea of ‘no video, no justice,’” said John Fullinwider, co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality, mentioning Slager’s murder charge. “He would have never seen a courtroom without that video.”But there’s a big gap between prosecution and convictions in jury trials, and multiple cases nationwide have shown that it is nearly impossible for a jury to unanimously agree to send an officer to prison for an on-duty shooting. Despite the video evidence, Slager’s jury couldn’t agree in his murder trial, forcing a mistrial (though he later pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, an unprecedented sentence).The jury’s decision — or lack thereof — in Slager’s case isn’t unique. In 2015, body camera footage of the shooting of Samuel DuBose in Ohio after he began to move his car away from the officer led to two hung juries; the Minnesota officer who shot Philando Castile in 2016 after he reached into his pocket, seemingly to get his identification, was acquitted of charges of manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm.“The hope was there’s going to be an account of this incident and that will be the infallible, objective, nobody can disagree about what they’re seeing,” said Levinson-Waldman. “But that’s just not the case. People still bring their own interpretive lens to it.”In the officer’s bootsUsually, officers claim being in fear for their life, or, as in Oliver’s case, the life of another. Legally, an officer’s decision to use force — including deadly force — is judged on a question: Would a reasonable officer shoot if they were in the same situation?Oliver’s lawyers stressed in trial that hindsight or any future knowledge are not to be taken into account — only the information available in the often split-second decision to fire.“You have to take yourselves and put yourself in Officer Oliver’s boots,” defense attorney Bob Gill said Monday in his closing arguments. “We can look at it now and think Roy wasn’t right — that doesn’t matter.”Even with video evidence showing that the car carrying Edwards was already past Oliver’s partner, Tyler Gross, when Oliver fired, and the clear picture showing the wheels were turning away from officers, not toward them, a camera doesn’t show the jury what was happening in Oliver’s head.Oliver even acknowledged on the stand last week that if he knew then what he knew now, he would not have made the same decision to fire into the car and kill who he know recognizes was an innocent kid: There were no weapons, alcohol or drugs found in the car or at the house party the teens were leaving.But in the moment, he said the earlier gunshots, the driver’s continual movement despite his partner’s commands to stop, Gross’ rising pitch and the narrowing distance between the car (he was approaching it), Edwards’ moving silhouette in the passenger seat, and the car moving from reverse to drive all led him to his fatal decision.“There’s no time to plan, no pause button, slow down button,” Oliver said on the witness stand Thursday, dressed in a pale gray suit. “I had a lot of information to process real fast, and I almost watched my partner get hit by a car.”Gross testified in the first day of trial that he himself never felt in fear for his life, that he had seen the car was filled with “just boys,” but he also pointed out that he couldn’t say how the situation looked to Oliver.It’s this leaning to justify a police officer’s use of force if they reasonably believed at the time that there was an immediate threat that has some advocates like Fullinwider fighting for more action to hold officers accountable — like federal prosecution on civil rights charges in every police shooting case.“As a tool for documenting brutality and police homicide and as a tool for raising awareness of the nation, videos are very useful,” Fullinwider said. “But they haven’t led to accountability even in very egregious shootings.”But there’s an exception in the state law that may have hurt Oliver — if the jury found that he reasonably believed the driver of the car, Vidal Allen, was a threat to his partner, that doesn’t justify his killing another person, Jordan Edwards. This appeared to resonate with the jury, which asked during deliberations to get a copy of Oliver’s testimony about his description of Edwards’ silhouette, seemingly trying to judge if Oliver was threatened by Edwards, as well.On cross-examination, Oliver testified that he did perceive Edwards as a threat at the time because of his movements: “I do not know what that passenger was trying to do or get.”Ultimately, the jurors in Oliver’s trial — 10 women, half of whom were black or Hispanic, and two white men — decided that Oliver’s actions weren’t justified. Though Oliver’s conviction will undoubtedly be appealed, and data since 2005 shows four of the five on-duty police shooting murder convictions were overturned on appeal, for now, they have made a historical statement: the high bar to convict a police officer of murder can be overcome.last_img read more

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Thailands Death Cafe Gives Customers a Stylish Reason to Think About Dying

first_imgKid-Man Death Cafe is a popular destination with lots of different visitors and reasons for people to come check it out, even if you’re afraid to die — everyone is. If you’re in Bangkok in the future and want to check it out, it’s open every day but Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 7 pm. Just try not to get too depressed. How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan One of the first things patrons see is a replica funeral ceremony including wreaths, skeletons, a coffin, and lots of signs talking about the permanence of death. Signs meant to get patrons to think about their life are posted everywhere within the cafe as well. If you’re feeling feisty, you can lay down in the coffin with its lid closed for what seems like an eternity of three minutes and get a small discount off of your bill for doing so.AdChoices广告 No one likes to think about death, but everyone loves a cafe. That’s why it’s so strange that a cafe was built around the idea of death. A new cafe in Thailand called the Kid-Mai Death Cafe is in Bangkok, with death permeating pretty much every corner of its establishment. The word “death” is there as much as the feeling of such is there at all times, and the idea of which is to make patrons “appreciate” and contemplate how fleeting their everyday lives are, as death waits around every corner. You may not see the sunlight of the next day, so better appreciate what you have while you have it, of course.center_img The cafe does still have delicious coffees and other beverages, though, as is the point of a cafe. They’re named things like “Born,” “Elder,” “Painful,” and “Death” and they look delicious and appetizing, especially “Painful,” which looks like it has some yummy red strawberries or something of that sort, resembling a parfait. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Pokémon X and Y How to catch a shiny Pokémon

first_imgThe most elusive and desirable prize throughout the Pokémon series has always been a shiny version of your favorite pocket monster. Concerning Pokémon X and Y, rumors have been circulating that the shiny encounter rate has been adjusted to be more friendly. There are also a handful of strategies believed to increase your chances of running into a shiny, and one of them is as easy as pressing a button.Tipping NPCsThroughout the game, you’ll be offered the option to tip NPCs either $100, $500, or $1000. Many gamers around the internet are claiming that they ran into a shiny shortly after tipping an NPC $1000. The only shiny I have ever encountered in the wild throughout the series is a shiny Oddish, and I happened to run into it just after tipping the photographer outside of Parfum Palace.After testing the theory at length after that shiny encounter, I have not run into another shiny as of yet. So, take the rumor with a grain of salt.Masuda MethodNamed after Game Freak producer Junichi Masuda, this method was programmed into the series beginning in Generation IV, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. The normal rate to encounter a shiny in the wild or through breeding is 1/8192, or about a 0.01% chance. Using the Masuda Method, though, increases the probability. In Diamond and Pearl, the rate is multiplied by five, or about 1/1638. In Generation V — Black and White — the chance is multiplied by six, which is 1/1365. Though still quite low, both chances are much preferred to 1/8192.The Masuda Method is simple enough to pull off, it just happens to be extraordinarily tedious. If two Pokémon of differing geographical regions are bred together (such as one from America and one from Japan), the more favorable Masuda percentage is applied to the resulting egg. Simple as that. The reason why this method is tedious is because breeding is tedious, as you have to continually mindlessly walk a ton of steps to hatch each egg. Granted, an increased shiny hatch rate is much more desirable to a 0.01% chance for a shiny encounter.Poké Radar chainingThe Poké Radar is back in Pokémon X and Y; you can obtain it from Professor Sycamore’s lab on the second floor after you beat the Elite Four. In previous iterations of the franchise, you could “chain” Pokémon using the radar, and if done correctly, you can detect shiny Pokémon in the grass. The method is tedious, but one of the only reliable ways to obtain a shiny critter. Poké Radar chaining has not yet been officially confirmed (normally via hackers looking over the games’ code) as a working method in the newest installments, but gamers have been reporting that it does work, seen in the video below.The actual process is easy enough — you just activate the Poké Radar and tediously walk around until you see a glittering grass patch, as shown above. However, there are a ton of different little rules that apply to that walking around. In short, you create a chain by running into the same Pokémon over and over again. Each time you run into that very same Pokémon (for instance, you keep running into Oddish), your chain increases. When your chain increases, your chance to run into a shiny version of the chained Pokémon increases. The cap has always been set at 40, which increases your chance to run into a shiny from 0.01% to 0.5%.When you use the Poké Radar, you’ll see various patches of grass shake, as demonstrated in the above video. To keep the chain going, you have to walk into a new patch of grass that shakes the same way your previous patch of grass shook. Another important part of chaining Pokémon involves using Repel items to ward off normal wild Pokémon. If you run into one of those, your chain is broken. Other weird actions also break the chain, such as moving into the patch of grass above (it appears behind, due to the perspective) your character’s head, or moving into a patch of grass that forms a corner (two edges of the patch do not touch other grass tiles).Radar chaining is insanely in-depth, and if you’re going to try the practice, you can check out an equally in-depth guide over here.Catching your shiny PokémonOther than the above three methods, there are so far no other discovered ways to increase the chances of catching a shiny Pokémon. The more players spend time with the game, the more likely it is that a new method will be discovered. However, shiny Pokémon are meant to be insanely rare, so don’t bet that Game Freak will have made obtaining one (not counting event giveaways) something other than a chore.last_img read more

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Author of book claiming to reveal DB Coopers real identity produces supposed

first_imgThe D.B. Cooper skyjacking mystery is one of the greatest unsolved crimes of the 20th century, and a new book claims to reveal the true identity of the famous skyjacking.For those unfamiliar with the case, in November of 1971, a man disguised as an unsuspecting business traveler hijacked a Northwest Orient Boeing 727 from Portland to Seattle with a fake bomb, and parachuted out of the back of the plane with $200,000 in ransom money. His false name supplied on the flight manifest was “Dan Cooper.” He’s never been seen or heard from since. The most enduring image of Cooper is from the now infamous FBI sketches.While traces of the ransom money have been discovered in past years, no substantive leads as to the identity of Cooper have developed beyond speculation and educated guessing. Some say the located ransom money suggests he died in his leap from the plane. Others believe Cooper survived the leap.A new book titled D.B. Cooper & Me: A Criminal, A Spy, My Best Friend, claims the Cooper hijacking was pulled off by a former 82nd airborne paratrooper turned intelligence officer named Walter R. Reca, of Oscoda, Michigan, who died in 2014 at age 80. According to the book, Reca survived the jump and simply walked to a nearby cafe and called a friend: Among the evidence obtained by author Carl Laurin that he cites as proof is a purported death bed confession he obtained from Reca, in which he admits to the hijacking and provides specific details, including how he informed the flight crew the plane was being hijacked, how he requested the ransom, and how he parachuted from the plane. After discarding the parachute he walked two and a half miles to the Teanaway Junction Cafe, in Washington State, and called his friend Don Brennan to come and pick him up.But Reca had no idea where he was. So he asked a man in the cafe, a cowboy-hat-wearing local named Jeff Osiadacz, to give Brennan the directions over the phone.‘He was soaking wet and freezing…and I remember he was wearing these penny loafers,’ said Osiadacz, who had no inkling that Reca had committed any crimes until 2012.Brennan collected Reca and drove him home, to Hartline, Washington, where he changed his wet clothes and hid the money.” Advertisementcenter_img Photo: Picture of Reca around the time the hijacking Obviously, many people will question that Reca is actually Cooper, given that there have been so many suspects that have been identified, but haven’t panned out. You can decide for yourself if you think the mystery is solved, or if it’s just another dead end in one of America’s most fascinating crimes. The elephant in the room here is that this guy looks absolutely nothing like the FBI sketches.Here’s the entire press conference from yesterday where Laurin goes into further detail about why he firmly believes he has finally cracked the case. Believe the book or not, it’s always fun going down the DB Cooper rabbit hole.last_img read more

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