Alaska Melting glaciers create new market for tour operators

first_imgAnchorage: The rapid melting of glaciers due to climate change has created a new market for Alaska’s tour operators. The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday that operators of several tour companies are experiencing an increase in customers booking trips to see the receding glaciers of the nation’s only Arctic state before they lose access to them. A new review of glacier research data published in the Journal of Glaciology predicts Alaska’s 25,000 glaciers will lose between 30% and 50% of their mass by the end of this century. One tour operator says there is “more awareness” of the receding glaciers among tourists.last_img

Alberta soldier charged with attempted murder of her three children

first_imgEDMONTON — An Alberta soldier who works at CFB Edmonton has been charged with the attempted murder of her three children.Cpl. Chantal Jadwiga Condie, who is 41, also faces arson charges and is to enter a plea on Thursday in St. Albert, Alta.In a separate civil lawsuit, her ex-husband, Drew Condie, alleges the children were in their mother’s care on July 20, 2015, when a fire broke out in the basement of the home.He alleges the fire was initially ruled an accident by military police, but the investigation was later reopened.No one from the Canadian Armed Forces could immediately be reached for comment on the investigation or the charges.Condie’s lawsuit alleges that Chantal Condie gave the children a sleeping aid that night and that a letter “in the nature of a suicide note” was found a month after the fire — two things she denies in her statement of defence.The lawsuit says that she took the children to West Edmonton Mall’s Fantasyland Hotel and Galaxyland amusement park before the fire.“The defendant treated them to the following: nice and expensive restaurants, to a day in Galaxyland and to about two movies,” says the statement of claim. “This behaviour was out of the ordinary.“The minor plaintiffs claim that this ‘great’ weekend was in preparation for the defendant’s ultimate plan of killing them and herself through fire.”The lawsuit alleges the suicide note was written on Fantasyland Hotel stationery.It also alleges that she took three smoke detectors in the home and put them in the basement before starting a fire and closing the door.None of the allegations has been proven in court. Chantal Condie denies all of them in her statement of defence.She suggests it was her former husband or one of the children who started the fire. She denies giving the children anything to make them sleep and denies writing a suicide note.Chantal Condie also alleges the children’s father has a history of mental illness, alcohol dependency and violence toward her and the children.Drew Condie’s lawyer said her client was in Saskatchewan on duty with the military at the time of the fire.“Her allegation that he was involved in the fire is completely false,” said Catherine Christensen in an email.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2019.Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Small Steps Project Celebrity Shoe Auction Finale Is Live

first_imgStars have donated their signed shoes and are using their celebrity status to raise funds and awareness for Small Steps Project, a charity supporting children living on landfill sites.The Finale is now LIVE! The public are placing bids on shoes worn by by a whole host of stars; from supermodels including Natalia Vodianova to actors including everyone’s favourite detective Benedict Cumberbatch. A total of 44 pairs of celebrity shoes are currently being auctioned!Live Auction Lots include:The most beautiful women in the world have donated their designer footwear. The one and only Kate Moss’ Gucci heels are her 4th shoe donation! Elle Macpherson’s initialed Prada’s, as well as heels from fellow supermodels Joan Smalls and Linda Evangelista.Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen have both paid their respects to late designers, with Crawford donating a pair of Alexander McQueen’s and Helena Christensen a pair of Oscar De La Renta’s. Christensen said the shoes are ‘so chic and timeless and they hold a special place in my heart now that we lost the beautiful and talented designer. I felt like an elegant, yet playful lady every time I wore them’.FRIENDS stars David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc have both taken a small step. Plus Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston has donated his Rock of Ages Nikes. Ricky Gervais has also donated shoes, saying “These shoes have run around New York, London & LA. Slowly. One careful owner”.Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne and their daughter Kelly have all donated shoes. Sharon said: “Every woman needs a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s. I wore these only once on a taping of The Talk. You will definitely have happy feet in Manolo’s!”Also donating shoes are Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher.Other celebrities whose shoes are being auctioned in the Finale include: Oliver Proudlock, Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green. Designers Missoni and Vivienne Westwood, and Nicole Richie have all taken a Small Step.Others include: Dita Von Teese, Rudimental, Liz Hurley, Ed Speleers, Jeremy Corbyn, Python’s Terry Jones and Eric Idle, Nicholas Hoult, Andy Quick, Sienna Miller, Johnny Knoxville, Darcey Bussell, Amanda Lamb, Joanna Lumley, Gabby Douglas, Anita Dobson and Neneh Cherry.To view the auction, click here.last_img read more

Police officers who saw Tina Fontaine before she was killed testify at

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – Shortly before she disappeared and nine days before her body was found in Winnipeg’s Red River wrapped in a duvet cover, Tina Fontaine was captured by a security camera walking into a parkade.Time-lapse images of the 15-year-old girl, whose death renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, were shown Tuesday at the second-degree murder trial of the man accused of killing her, 55-year-old Raymond Cormier.Tina sat down and fell asleep between two cars behind a University of Winnipeg building named after Helen Betty Osborne – a Cree woman kidnapped and killed in The Pas, Man., in 1971 whose murder was unsolved for 16 years.“She said that she was lost. She wasn’t sure where she was,” Audrey Kohinski, a security worker who attended to Tina, testified Tuesday.Tina had “mosquito bites or cigarette burns on her legs” which looked “awful,” Kohinski added.An ambulance was called and Tina was taken to hospital. The security footage shows the petite girl walking ahead of first responders toward the ambulance.It was shortly after 10 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2014, and Tina – a girl widely described as happy who became sexually exploited after leaving her home northeast of Winnipeg to visit her mother in the city – had already been through much that day.The trial heard from two police officers who stopped a truck in an area known for prostitution five hours earlier. The driver, Richard Mohammed, was arrested for driving with a suspended licence.Tina was in his passenger seat, the officers testified. They ran her name through the police database and appear to have missed a flag that she had been reported missing from Manitoba Child and Family Services.She told them she was staying at a nearby hotel, used by Child and Family Services to house kids in care, and they let her walk away.Constables Brock Jansen and Craig Houle were later suspended for their actions and eventually left the city police force.Mohammed told court he had gotten in a fight with his girlfriend, and picked up Tina and asked her if she wanted to party.“I wasn’t sure how old she was,” he testified.The trial, which is now in its second week, also heard for the first time Tuesday from people who saw Tina and Cormier together.Tina’s boyfriend, Cody Mason who was 18 at the time, testified that the pair first met Cormier earlier that summer and told him they didn’t have a place to stay.“He took (us) to a house with a basement and in the morning he came back and opened the door,” Mason said.Cormier went by the name Sebastian, Mason said, and on later encounters, would supply Tina with the prescription drug Gabapentin. Mason said he and Tina would also take marijuana, cocaine and alcohol _ obtained from other people _ in the weeks they spent together that summer.Under cross-examination, Mason was asked whether Cormier was ever mean to Tina.“Was he nice to Tina?” defence lawyer Andrew Synyshyn asked.“Yeah,” Mason replied.“Did he ever say or do anything bad to Tina?” Synyshyn asked.“No,” Mason answered.last_img read more

SAIL supplies steel for Armys Dhanush gun

first_imgNew Delhi: Domestic steel giant SAIL Wednesday said it has supplied special quality steel for India’s indigenous artillery gun ‘Dhanush’. Special quality forging steel was supplied from the PSU’s Durgapur-based Alloy Steels Plant. “Steel Authority of India supplied steel for India’s first indigenous and biggest artillery gun Dhanush, which was inducted into Indian Army on April 8, 2019,” the company said in a statement. With this, SAIL has once again established its commitment to fulfilling the Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalcountry’s requirement and strengthening India’s defence systems, it said. Dhanush has been designed and developed by the Gun Factory in Jabalpur where it was handed over to the Indian Army. SAIL steel has been used in the country’s various defence programmes, including INS Vikrant, INS Kiltan, INS Kamorta, MBT Arju etc, it added. “SAIL is ready to meet and supply special grade steels for technical requirement of Indian’s defence programmes,” Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary said. The government owns about 75 per cent stake in SAIL. Its crude steel output grew over 8 per cent to 16.3 million tonne (MT) in the just concluded fiscal.last_img read more

Indigenous peoples voices must be heard in climate change policies – UN

23 April 2009The world’s 370 million indigenous people are suffering from the worst impacts of climate change, General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto said today, stressing that they must play a pivotal role in any decisions made on the issue. The world’s 370 million indigenous people are suffering from the worst impacts of climate change, General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto said today, stressing that they must play a pivotal role in any decisions made on the issue.“Climate change poses threats and dangers to the survival of indigenous communities worldwide, even though they contribute least to greenhouse emissions,” he said.Indigenous peoples are “vital to the many ecosystems in their lands and territories and help enhance the resilience of these ecosystems,” Mr. D’Escoto told the Indigenous Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage, Alaska.The President urged parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to ensure that indigenous peoples’ rights are respected and implemented.He stressed the importance of making sure that indigenous peoples, “who value the importance of maintaining a harmonious relationship with nature and have the lightest ecological footprints, participate in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating climate change policies and programmes at all levels.” read more

UN agency condemns attack on refugee site in Pakistan

The United Nations humanitarian agency strongly condemned today a twin suicide bombing at a UN registration point for internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing the trial violence in northwest Pakistan, and temporarily suspended critical services in the area.“We mourn their loss, and condemn their killing,” said Martin Mogwanja, Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan.“These were people who had fled their homes. They had suffered displacement, they”d suffered losing their homes. They”d come to the registration point considering it a safe haven,” he added.Two suicide bombers dressed in burqas attacked the Sherkot Registration point in the city of Kohat as people lined up to register, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Agency (OCHA).According to Government officials cited in the media, at least 41 people were killed and dozens others injured. More than a quarter of a million people who fled the fighting in the tribal districts of Orakzai and Kurram are registered as IDPs in Kohat and neighbouring Hangu. Since December 2009 the United Nations has been providing them with vital assistance, including food and shelter. OCHA has said it will suspend these critical services temporarily as the security situation is assessed. 17 April 2010The United Nations humanitarian agency strongly condemned today a twin suicide bombing at a UN registration point for internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing trial violence in northwest Pakistan, and temporarily suspended critical services in the area. read more

South Sudan shows progress in Statebuilding but faces security challenges – UN

2 November 2011South Sudan has made significant progress in establishing State institutions and integrating militias into the national army, but faces challenges in protecting civilians and brokering peaceful coexistence among feuding tribes, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the new nation said today. Outlining the key achievements of the State since it became independent from Sudan in July, Hilde Johnson, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), cited the formation of a new and more representative Government.South Sudan’s secession followed a referendum in January when the overwhelming majority voted for independence, six years after a landmark peace agreement ended decades of war between the north and the south.Ms, Johnson told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York that South Sudan had also founded a new legislature, comprising a legislative assembly and a council of states.“Of course there is much to be done to strengthen and develop these democratic institutions, but it is important to acknowledge that these have been put in place,” she said.Consultations have also begun on new laws to government political parties and elections, as well as on an envisaged constitutional review.Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have also returned to the new country over the past three months with the support of UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations, Ms. Johnson said, adding the return process was expected to be completed by next March or April.She cited as a “very major achievement” the fact that the Government of South Sudan had managed to have members of three important rebel groups or renegade militias integrated into the national army, the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA).Some militias, however, are yet to be brought into the fold, she said, noting that the reintegration process had benefited from an amnesty declared by President Salva Kiir that allows members of renegade militias to join the army without repercussions.Ms. Johnson identified violence in Jonglei state as the first test of the new Government’s capacity to ensure security and the protection of civilians. UNMISS is active in Jonglei trying to ensure that reprisal attacks do not occur following the bloody violence there in August between the Murle and Lou Nuer communities.“Through a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach, we have together with the Government of South Sudan been able to so far deter retaliatory attacks, and we have also facilitated a reconciliation process where the church has taken the lead in trying to bring the communities together and prevent retaliatory attacks,” she said. It was encouraging that the SPLA had also been deployed in Jonglei with strong instructions to protect civilians.On relations between South Sudan and Sudan, Ms. Johnson stressed it was crucial that outstanding issues of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which paved the way for the new State’s independence, be resolved amicably for peace and stability to take root. read more

Fear of Wireless Emotions Getting the Better of Us

However, the radio waves we use in Wi-Fi, cell phones, 5G, and other wireless applications are well down in the “non-ionizing” range, which means they don’t produce an ionization effect. Knowing that we’re dealing with non-ionizing radiation should put our minds to rest, but not if you’re someone who likes to worry. radio-rays.jpg CBRS: A Threat to Wi-Fi? Gary Audin September 27, 2019 Have enterprises unjustly dismissed Citizens Broadband Radio Service in favor of Wi-Fi? Click below to continue to Page 2 Mobile Voice, Data, Text: Unlimited for $20 a Month?! Michael Finneran September 19, 2019 Calling itself an ‘infrastructure-based MVNO,’ cable operator Altice sets new price point for cellular service. Habits of the ‘Always’ Connected Worker Gary Audin September 20, 2019 How connected are we? Wilson Electronics tries to find out in their latest survey. Oh boy. The reality is that for their own protection, scientists are never going to say “never” on an issue like this. Unfortunately, that leaves a wide-open opportunity for people who enjoy worrying to continue their favorite pastime. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) seems to agree. “Most published analyses … have shown no statistically significant increases in brain or other central nervous system cancers related to higher amounts of cell phone use,” the organization shares on its website. While that should put most reasonable minds to rest on the matter, the NCI goes on to say, “One analysis showed a statistically significant, although modest, increase in the risk of glioma among the small proportion of study participants who spent the most total time on cell phone calls.” The Federal Communications Commission sets the maximum emission for any device, and the assumption is that lower-frequency waves are benign. However, moving higher in the spectrum, beyond the range of visible light, electromagnetic radiation can cause ionization — now that’s bad. Ionizing means you’re knocking electrons free from atoms or molecules. Changing the atomic structure of a thing means changing what it is. In addition, that ionizing radiation can break chemical bonds in DNA, leading to cancer. See All in Mobility » Tags:News & ViewsRF waves5GMobilityAnalyst InsightBCStrategiesEnterprise NetworkingNews & Views12nextlast Articles You Might Like We didn’t find any direct causal link to cancer.We did find some interesting effects that might have some relationship to human health.Further study is needed. If a “real” health concern regarding wireless should emerge, we in the wireless field would need to know about it, so I’ve looked into virtually every report or study published on potential health effects from cell phones for the last 30 years. These three statements summarize the conclusions from each of these studies: Long ago, I learned that if you’re involved in an argument that pits logic against emotion, the argument is over before it begins: Emotion wins. Think about the anti-vaxers, who continue to believe in a link between the measles vaccine and autism, despite all evidence to the contrary. I see a parallel example in the persistent concern about exposure to radio frequency (RF) signals. The human body absorbs radio energy at those frequencies and this radio energy can cause heating in human tissue. We use a metric called specific absorption rate, expressed in watts per kilogram of body weight, to measure the absorbed dose of that energy. RF-phobia has deep roots… and an unfortunate association with some real hazards. Worry Warranted, or Not?Radio waves are effectively electromagnetic radiation, a type of radiation characterized by frequency. Technically, radio waves occupy the band between 30 KHz and 300 GHz (or 30,000 to 300 billion hertz), but the electromagnetic spectrum goes beyond that to encompass infrared light, visible light (i.e., 430 to 770 terahertz), and beyond. Traditional cellular networks have operated at frequencies below 3 GHz, and 5G will introduce millimeter waves operating at frequencies up to around 30 GHz. I’m not a worrier. My wife likes to worry, so I leave the household worrying responsibilities to her. Me, I take a big-picture view. The way I look at it, as humans we’ve been exposed to electromagnetic radiation at a wide range of frequencies and power levels in the natural environment throughout history. We’ve also been exposed to human-generated RF emissions for the past century. In the last 30 years, billions of people have been using personal cellular radio devices in close proximity to their bodies. If non-ionizing radiation were a major health hazard, people would be dropping dead left and right. Dissecting Microsoft’s ‘Discovery’ of Firstline Workers Michael Finneran September 24, 2019 The mobile field is rife with meaningful examples of business process automation. Can Microsoft be a factor? 5G Insights: IoT Opportunities, Vulnerabilities Gary Audin August 13, 2019 5G will provide an opportunity to connect IoT devices across the enterprise, but security vulnerabilities may follow. Worriers can cite 30 years’ worth of studies that find you can generate all manner of “peculiarities” by bombarding human tissues with levels of RF energy almost no one will ever experience. Google the phrase “cell phone effects on health” and you’ll get something like 347 million results. Log in or register to post comments read more

The Latest Powell sends strong signal of possible rate cut

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s presentation of the Fed’s semi-annual monetary report to Congress. (all times local)8:30 a.m.Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says “many” Fed officials believe a weakening global economy and rising trade tensions have bolstered the case for looser interest-rate policies.Delivering the Fed’s semi-annual monetary report to Congress, Powell sends the strongest signal yet that the central bank is ready to cut interest rates for the first time in a decade, possibly as soon as the July meeting.Powell says that since Fed officials met last month, “uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook.” Meanwhile, inflation has fallen further below the Fed’s annual target of 2%.Many investors have put the odds of a rate cut this month at 100%.Powell, who has been under increasing attack by President Donald Trump, makes no mention of the president’s criticism in his prepared testimony but does thank Congress for the “independence” it has given the central bank to operate.___12:05 a.m.Every sentence Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks to Congress this week is sure to be parsed by investors who expect — and hope — the Fed will cut interest rates later this month for the first time in a decade.Powell will testify for two days starting Wednesday at a time when the economic landscape is a mixed one: The U.S. job market appears resilient. Consumer spending and home sales look solid. But the economy is likely slowing. President Donald Trump’s trade wars have magnified uncertainties. And inflation remains chronically below the Fed’s target level.Powell and the Fed have recently made clear they will do whatever they deem “appropriate” to sustain the economic expansion — a message that traders have interpreted to mean a coming rate cut.The Associated Press read more

Opposition Leader urges prioritisation of national oil spill policy

Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is urging Government to make issues such as formulating a national oil spill policy a priority, lest Guyana ends up repeating the mistakes of other oil producers.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoWith just two years to go before first oil, Jagdeo on Thursday turned on the pressure on this issue.According to the former President, not treating a national oil spill strategy as a priority is to risk Guyana retrogressing over the next few years.“I’m saying to you, if we don’t address these critical issues, if we don’t address the rest of the economy, Guyana will be worst off in the next decade than we are now. You read the experience of many of those countries. Check the assessment of Chad and Nigeria and Venezuela and all those places. And just hear where they are today,” Jagdeo urged.Jagdeo likened the delay in the oil policy to other faux pas’ in the industry; such as the renegotiated Production Sharing Agreement with Exxon’s subsidiary which Government was heavily criticised for.“This is not unique in the sector, in that all the things our Government was supposed to do to protect us, as a people and our interests, they have failed on. They have failed to negotiate a contract, after we established 3.2 million barrels of oil reserves, a contract that was better than the one given to ExxonMobil when we were trying to get them to explore. They did not. In fact Exxon came out ahead in those negotiations and that’s putting it mildly.”“They were supposed to get the Sovereign Wealth Fund to protect our interest and they failed on that. They failed on the Petroleum Commission. They failed on local content. It’s the same pattern. They’re failing to address this issue in a manner that this is an environmental issue and the potential to tackle an oil spill.”According to Jagdeo, Government has instead addressed the issue in a haphazard manner. He noted that Government seemed focused on one thing and that is oil, but he warned against this approach.It is understood that development of the oil spill plan is being spearheaded by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC).In March, a stakeholder session was held to gain input for the draft. CDC’s partners in the process include the Guyana Energy Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency.When it comes to deadlines, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has said that a national oil spill and contingency plan will be established by 2020.Even before Jagdeo’s press conference, there have been criticisms about the slow pace of the plan’s development.To its credit, however, Exxon has organised oil spill management training. This training has including providing information on dispersants, tools used and structure of response strategies among other exercises.Last year, it was announced that the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) would commence – a number of environmental audits in 2018. These audits, Auditor General Deodat Sharma had said, would analyse the capacity of the country’s relevant agencies to protect the environment and endangered species of animals in case of a disaster. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition leader dubs Oil Caucus a PR stunt, says Govt won’t take expert adviceMarch 22, 2018In “latest news”Oil sector: PPP planning to table legislation for greater transparency, accountability- JagdeoJuly 23, 2018In “Business”By mid next year 25,000 will be jobless since APNU/AFC took office- JagdeoAugust 31, 2017In “latest news” read more

Former Pope Benedict says he never tried to cover up child abuse

first_imgJOSEPH RATZINGER, BETTER known as Pope Benedict XVI, has said he never tried to cover up child sexual abuse by Catholic priests.In a letter to Italian author and mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi about his latest book, entitled Dear Pope, I Am Writing You, the emeritus pope (his new title) said of the “moral abuse of minors by priest” that he never tried to “hide these things”.“That the power of evil penetrated to such an extent in the inner world of faith is for us a suffering which, on the one hand, we have to endure, while, on the other, we must at the same time, do everything possible to ensure that such cases do not repeated,” he continued in the 11-page missive, excerpts of which were published in today’s La Repubblica in Rome.He also noted that sociological research has shown that the percentage of priests guilty of these crimes is no higher than that found in other similar professions but added that this was “in no way reassuring”.It is the first time since becoming the pontiff that Ratzinger has voiced a statement on the issue of child abuse.Victims groups have called for a full apology from the Vatican about the child sexual abuse scandals that have been uncovered in various countries around the world in recent decades.Pope Francis: We don’t need to talk about abortion, gay marriage and contraception ‘all the time’More: This nearly 30-year-old car is set to replace the Popemobile*last_img read more

Andy Murray named BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013

first_img– First published 22.01adidas had this clever ad ready to go when Andy Murray won Sports PersonalityLiverpool and Suarez net one lucky punter a massive £30,000 Updated 22.25WIMBLEDON CHAMPION ANDY Murray has been named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013.British and Irish Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny was second with record-breaking jockey AP McCoy third at the end-of-year awards bash.Murray was hotly-tipped to win the prize following his Wimbledon success where he became the first Briton to win the men’s singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.The Scot is the fourth tennis player to win in the award’s 60-year history, joining Ann Jones, Virginia Wade and Greg Rusedski.“No matter how excited I try to sounds my voice always sounds boring,” Murray joked as he collected the award via video link from his training base in Florida.That’s just my voice, I’m sorry! I’m very excited right now! Thank you very much everyone.The night’s other big winners were the Lions who were named Team of the Year following their series win in Australia while Warren Gatland collected the Coach of the Year Award.Formula 1 champion Seabastian Vettel was named Overseas Personality of the Year and former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson was presented with the Diamond Award.Tributes were also paid to Anne Williams, the tireless Hillsborough Justice campaigner who died earlier this year following a battle with cancer.Williams’ daughter Sara, son Michael and brother Danny collected the Helen Rollason Award on her behalf.BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award winners Sports Personality of the Year: Andy MurrayCoach of the Year: Warren GatlandTeam of the Year: British and Irish LionsOverseas Personality: Sebastian VettelHelen Rollason Award: Anne WilliamsDiamond Award: Alex FergusonYoung Sports Personality: Amber HillUnsung Hero Award: Joe and Maggie Forberlast_img read more

BitTorrent throttling report reveals Comcast is keeping its word

first_imgThere is no greater bane to a BitTorrent users than an ISP that throttles their speed down to 56k modem speeds from the ’80s. It is a topic that is hotly debated across the internet about which ISP throttles and those that don’t, or which ones will report a user for piracy or not.The biggest villain in the whole BitTorrent debate in recent history has been made out to be Comcast. They were caught throttling 49% of their customers who were using bandwidth for P2P file sharing. After being exposed for their actions, the FCC ordered Comcast to stop throttling on a large scale. A report has appeared this week that indicates the communications company has kept its word and ceased such practices.A two year study was conducted by Measurement Lab (M-Lab), monitoring various broadband providers using an application called “Glasnost” (which means openness in Russian). The results were published recently showing some interesting figures across the world about the best and worst companies out there in terms of levels of throttling.In the US, the worst offender has been found to be ClearWire, a company that slows down 17% of their customer base when using BitTorrent. The best? It’s quite refreshing to hear it is Comcast, at only 3%. Comcast deserves to be applauded for its compliance with the order from the FCC.The worst offender in the report was Rogers from Canada, with a whopping 78% of their users being throttled. Hopefully, just like Comcast, action will be taken and Rogers will be told to stop such practices.The full report can be viewed at M-Lab.Read more at TorrentFreaklast_img read more

Make Your Own Nintendo Switch Games With Fuze

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch The Nintendo Switch has games. We run a whole column fighting the misconception that it doesn’t. Still, a video game console can never have too many games. Nintendo, third parties, and indie teams are (theoretically) doing what they can, but making games takes time and effort. What if you could skip the middlemen and just make your own Nintendo Switch games? With Fuze, soon, you can.Fuze is a platform for teaching young children (or people like me who have the coding knowledge of young children) valuable programming skills. You can use Fuze to learn languages like C++, Python, Java, and Scratch and interface with devices like Raspberry Pi.AdChoices广告Having reviewed a lot of programs for learning how to code, a great simple way to make the education more enjoyable is to make gaming a big focus. Previously, you could use Fuze to code your own games and interact with games like Minecraft.However, Fuze on Nintendo Switch brings this concept to a new level. On Switch, you can create games for the console/handheld hybrid right on the device itself. Using the text-based programming language, users can code games with their own 2D or 3D graphics and audio, speech, and Joy-Con powered motion controls. Hook up a USB keyboard for even more efficient scripting. While you can make your own assets, Fuze provides some as a starting off point. And of course the program works in both docked and undocked mode, so you can code on the go and show off your creations on the TV.If you’re going to spend so much time playing video games, eventually learning how to make them seems like a smart decision. Fuze on Nintendo Switch is as accessible an entry point as any, and it launches in 2018. It’s the next best thing to a Switch port of Super Mario Maker.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch AccessoriesLet us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

Global Synthetic Biology Market growing at a CAGR of 282 during

first_imgSynthetic biology is a new interdisciplinary area that involves the application of engineering principles to biology. It aims at the (re-)design and fabrication of biological components and systems that do not already exist in the natural world. Synthetic biology combines chemical synthesis of DNA with growing knowledge of genomics to enable researchers to quickly manufacture catalogued DNA sequences and assemble them into new genomes.The synthetic biology market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 28.2% during the forecast period from 2018 to 2025. The market for synthetic biology is estimated to reach US$ 56,044.9 Mn in 2025.Download Sample Copy @ Market Players: ThermoFisher Scientific Inc., Merck KGaA, Novozymes, Agilent Technologies, Amyris, GenScript, Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc., Twist Bioscience, New England Biolabs, Synthetic Genomics Inc.Synthetic biology, an interdisciplinary branch of biology and engineering, involves designing and constructing new devices, systems and biological parts as well as re-designing existing, natural biological systems. It has various application in the field of food & agriculture, medicine, and other areas. Technologies such as, gene synthesis, genome engineering and cloning and sequencing help the researchers to understand organization of natural biological systems and design new biological entities offering various advantages to humans.In our study, we have segmented the synthetic biology market by product, technology and application. On the basis of product, the market is segmented into enzymes, oligonucleotides, chassis organisms and xeno-nucleic acids. Enzymes acquired the largest market among the products due to its wide range of applications in healthcare. On the basis of technology, the market is segmented into gene synthesis, genome engineering, measurement and modeling, cloning and sequencing, nanotechnology, and others. Gene synthesis has the largest market share among the technologies due to an increasing research and development activities in genetics and growing number of market players offering products and solutions for gene synthesis. On the basis of application, global synthetic biology market is segmented into industrial applications, food and agriculture, medical applications, environmental applications, and others. Geographically, the market for synthetic biology is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South and Central America (S&CAM).The market for synthetic biology is witnessing a potential growth rate during the previous years and is expected to witness similar trend in the coming years. Global synthetic biology market is driven by extensive use of enzymes kits and other gene synthesis products in research institutes and academics. Additionally, rising demand for enzyme based kits and solutions required for gene manipulation and rising awareness about genetic engineering among the healthcare professionals in developed nations also accelerate the market growth. However, competition among existing market players may restrain the growth of the market.In North America, the market is driven by an increasing investment by government organizations and institutes such as Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department Of Defense (DoD), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). While, Asia Pacific is the fastest growing market driven increasing investment by private sector companies such as Evolva Biotech Pvt. Ltd and increasing demand for synthetic biology technologies of industrial and medical applications.Avail Discount on Report @ of ContentsChapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Global Synthetic Biology Market – Key TakeawaysChapter 3: Global Synthetic Biology Market – Market LandscapeChapter 4: Global Synthetic Biology Market – Key Market DynamicsChapter 5: Synthetic Biology Market – Global AnalysisChapter 6: Synthetic Biology Market – Global Regulatory ScenarioChapter 7: Global Synthetic Biology Market Analysis– By TypeChapter 8: Global Synthetic Biology Market Analysis– By ApplicationChapter 9: Global Synthetic Biology Market Analysis– By End UserChapter 10: North America Synthetic Biology Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 11: Europe Synthetic Biology Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 12: Asia-Pacific Synthetic Biology Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 13: Middle East & Africa Synthetic Biology Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 14: South and Central America Synthetic Biology Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 15: Synthetic Biology Market –Industry LandscapeChapter 16: Synthetic Biology Market – Key Company ProfilesChapter 17: AppendixAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Greyhound operational changes

first_imgCoach company cuts selected services. As part of operational adjustments, coach company Greyhound Australia has announced the termination of its Western Australia express services and Toowoomba – Melbourne service from 8 March 2013.Greyhound general manager sales Kevin Lyons said although the group was witnessing rapid growth, particularly in Western Australia, the two services were underperforming and draining the company with high fuel and operational costs.According to Mr Lyons, forward bookings on the services were all also ‘very low’, with 54 people reserving seats on Western Australia express services for the remainder of the year and 16 people on the Toowoomba – Melbourne services.“We empathise with passengers and businesses affected by this decision but we simply cannot continue to absorb losses on routes with very few passengers,” he added.Passengers booked on the selected services after 8 March will be provided with full refunds. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

LoanLogics Enhances Tech with Fair Lending Solution

first_img Share LoanLogics Enhances Tech with Fair Lending Solution Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-10-14 Tory Barringer in Origination, Technologycenter_img “”LoanLogics””:, a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in loan quality management and performance analytics, announced new enhancements to its LoanDecisions pricing and eligibility platform.[IMAGE]In response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) more comprehensive auditing process, LoanDecisions now includes a robust Fair Lending feature to help lenders collect data and prove their compliance to the Fair Housing and Equal Credit and Opportunity Acts.””Lenders that use this feature can combat implications of disparate impact or treatment because they can provide the CFPB with an audit trail proving that the borrower was given the best program, price and lock period available,”” said Matt Thoman, product manager for origination technologies at LoanLogics. “”This demonstrates that the borrower received the best deal. This decision can be tied back to the lender’s pricing policy.””For example, if a loan originator using the solution chooses not to use the loan with the best price, the program prompts the user to record a reason for that decision, making it available to the lock desk team and allowing them to confirm or deny the lock based on those reasons. A loan-level report is also produced on every loan for the compliance team, giving them something to reference during an audit.The Fair Lending feature may be most useful for small- and mid-sized lenders, who have not had to deal with Fair Lending audits as much in the past.””This feature will help ensure that our clients have the loan-level data that will help them respond appropriately in Fair Lending Audits and provide evidence that they abided by the law,”” said Joe Helfrich, EVP and chief legal and risk officer at LoanLogics. “”Institutions of all sizes will find this upgrade appealing, especially lenders who are interested in reducing the large amounts of time and effort needed to prepare for a fair lending audit.”” October 14, 2013 454 Views last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In 2015, his junior year, he started all 13 games and was named the team defensive Most Valuable Player. He recorded 91 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.He went undrafted in April, but was a part of the Cardinals’ rookie minicamp shortly after.Crowley was a rookie center for the Cardinals coming out of North Carolina.Arizona signed him quickly after the draft ended as a free agent. – / 14 Top Stories 2 Comments   Share   (Twitter Photo/@TevinF43) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals got right to work as a team on the first day of training camp both on the field and off of it.The team announced Saturday they have already made roster moves, signing linebacker Tevin Floyd and releasing offensive lineman Lucas Crowley.Floyd played four years at The Citadel in South Carolina, earning second-team All-Southern Conference honors his last two seasons.He was one of the defensive leaders on the team, making 86 total tackles his senior year in 2016, adding two sacks and a fumble recovery. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more