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Ontario reverses course to limit pot shop licences to 25 because of

TORONTO — Months after saying it would not cap the number of licences for retail pot shops after cannabis was legalized, the Ontario government has reversed course, saying it will now only be able to issue 25 licences by April.In a statement Thursday evening, the province says it plans to take a “phased approach” to authorizing retail cannabis outlets because of “severe supply shortages” across the country.Only a limited number of licences will be handed out for the launch of private retailers on April 1, with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario implementing a lottery system to determine who is eligible. The results will be announced in January, the government says.Crop failures, bankruptcies and U.S. competition: Why 2019 could be a complicated year for cannabisExploding demand for pot fuelling a jobs boom that has Canadian firms importing workers to keep upCanada’s cannabis shortage is so severe retailers watch 24/7 for chance to scoop up fresh supply“Taking into consideration the required investments for a prospective Ontario private legal retailer, we cannot in good conscience issue an unlimited number of licences,” said a joint statement from Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney.When the Progressive Conservative government introduced legislation to create a regulatory regime for cannabis sales in August, it said it expected a flood of applications from those looking to run private stores. There could be as many as 1,000 retail pot shops in the province after cannabis was legalized, the Tories said at the time.There were to be no caps on the number of stores when the retail model launched, but the government’s legislation allowed for flexibility when it came to the concentration of stores in individual markets.On Thursday, the province blamed the federal government for the cannabis shortage, saying the Liberals must address the issue.“We will continue to urge the federal government to take immediate action to ensure licensed producers ramp up production in order to meet the anticipated market demand for recreational cannabis,” the statement said.The Progressive Conservative plan for pot was a stark change from the previous Ontario Liberal government’s rules.The Liberals had planned to open 40 government-run retail cannabis shops by the summer of 2018, with the network of stores to expand to 150 by 2020.The Tories changed the cannabis retail model because they said expanding the number of stores and moving to a private system would better address demand and curb black market sales.NDP Deputy Leader Sara Singh said the government’s decision will only help the illegal cannabis market to thrive.“The Liberal plan to open just 40 cannabis storefronts was a disaster waiting to happen — an open invitation to the illegal cannabis market to operate in Ontario,” Singh said in a statement.“(Premier) Doug Ford’s change of plan to restrict the number of cannabis stores to just 25 is going to make that problem so much worse.”The Cannabis Council of Canada, an industry group representing licensed producers, applauded the Ford government’s decision, calling it a “measured and responsible approach.”“We feel that this will help us ensure that stores are well stocked with the quality cannabis Ontarians demand with the consistency they expect,” executive director Allan Rewak said in an email.“For anyone who might be disappointed in the initial number of stores, I would say that we must remember that legalization is a process, not an act.”The announcement comes on the same day councillors in Toronto and Ottawa voted to allow privately operated retail stores to open within their boundaries.The only legal way for Ontario residents to currently acquire recreational weed is through a government-run website, the Ontario Cannabis Store, which has experienced its own shortages. read more

UN peacekeepers respond to Ugandan rebel attack in eastern DR Congo

In the early hours of Wednesday, the Allied Democratic Forces-National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-Nalu) attacked positions of the Congolese national armed forces (FARDC) in the town of Kamango, according to the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUSCO). The rebels captured the location after brief clashes, during which they reportedly burnt a number of houses and abducted some 50 people. According to initial reports, six FARDC troops were killed and seven wounded during the operations, while the number of ADF rebels killed is yet to be confirmed. At least seven civilians were also reported to have lost their lives and eight more wounded, the UN said. Up to 150,000 civilians were displaced, while some 2,000 reportedly crossed the border seeking refuge in Uganda.“MONUSCO strongly condemns these attacks and reassures that it will be using all its aerial and ground assets available to protect the civilians and will reinforce its presence in the area,” it stated. In accordance with its mandate to protect civilians, MONUSCO supported the FARDC during the operation against the rebel group, including through the use of its attack helicopter, the provision of logistical support and medical evacuations. The Mission noted that the FARDC has successfully taken over positions in Kamango and is currently in control of the situation.“The Mission is determined to fulfil its mandate of tracking down and neutralizing all armed groups elements that spread fear and desolation among innocent civilians.”In March, the Security Council authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC. read more

France Is Only Going To Get Better

The 2018 World Cup final didn’t disappoint (though this website predicted that it might). France beat Croatia 4-2 in a match that yielded more goals than the previous three finals combined. For Croatia’s golden generation, this might have been the last hurrah. Their best players — Golden Ball winner Luka Modric and midfield genius Ivan Rakitic — are both on the wrong side of 30, and this was probably their last shot at winning the thing. The same is hardly true for this incarnation of Les Bleus: They’re very young, and they might just be getting started.With an average age of 25.4 years (weighted by minutes played), this was the youngest World Cup-winning team since at least 1966, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. And although it sounded a little odd to hear from the Fox commentators after the match, it was true that France hardly scratched the surface of its potential during the tournament. Relative to other Cup winners, it had the fourth-lowest goal differential per 90 minutes and the second-worst possession rate of any victor since 1966: 1974Germany27.14301.80.6+1.356.0 Antoine Griezmann27118.8 2014Germany27.06012.20.5+1.760.0 * Ages are as of the opening date of the World Cup, weighted by minutes played for the team during the tournament.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Raphaël Varane2583.2 1966England26.65011.70.5+1.246.2% 2010Spain27.06101.00.3+0.865.3 2006Italy28.75021.50.3+1.248.7 2018France25.46011.80.8+1.148.6 1978Argentina25.54122.00.5+1.552.8 Thomas Lemar2277.2 1982Italy28.63131.70.8+0.848.8 1990Germany28.04121.90.7+1.357.8 2002Brazil27.17002.40.5+1.948.9 YearTeamweighted Avg. Age*WLTforagainstdiff.Poss% Corentin Tolisso2347.5 PlayerAgeMarket Value Nabil Fekir2471.3 Luckily for Les Bleus, Best Young Player Award recipient Kylian Mbappé, who became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since 1958 when some guy named Pelé did so for Brazil, will be just 23 when the next World Cup rolls around (and he’ll be just 21 at Euro 2020). And he’s not the only world-beating young forward on France’s roster: Nabil Fekir, Ousmane Dembélé and Thomas Lemar are all 24 years old or younger. It may sound odd, but the current holders of the FIFA World Cup probably aren’t the best version of themselves yet.Despite being set up to defer possession and withstand opposition attack after opposition attack, this French group still outperformed offensive expectations: They scored 1.84 goals per 90 minutes, 0.64 goals per 90 more than their expected goals rate of 1.20. All that while relying on a forward (Olivier Giroud) who plays much of the game with his back to the goal, more subdued and defensive-minded versions of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba that hardly resemble their club selves, and a teenager.As France’s attacking players enter their respective primes — and if Deschamps allows them to play more beautifully — the goal tallies are just going to increase. Les Bleus ought to be scary in two years at Euro 2020, and they ought to be downright devastating in the fall of 2022 in Qatar. France may have just claimed its second ever World Cup trophy, but its best ever team may well exist in the future. Samuel Umtiti2471.3 goals Per 90 Min. Source: transfermarkt.com But, boy, does this team ever have room to grow. Of France’s top 13 most valuable players according to TransferMarkt.com, just two are over the age of 25. And many of them haven’t even cracked the starting lineup yet. Didier Deschamps’s group won in Russia by playing pragmatic — if boring — soccer. Deschamps asked his players to park the bus more often than he gave them the keys to drive it. But the French roster is brimming with attacking talent — and if Deschamps wants to keep his job,1Cue Zidane and Wenger rumors. he’ll probably be asked to employ a more offensive style of play going forward. Benjamin Mendy2347.5 Ousmane Dembélé2195.0 1986Argentina26.56012.00.7+1.352.0 N’Golo Kanté2771.3 Lucas Hernández2241.6 1998France27.96011.80.2+1.653.6 1970Brazil25.96003.11.1+2.054.8 Florian Thauvin2559.4 France didn’t control the ball much in victoryWorld Cup winners with the lowest possession rates, 1966-2018 France isn’t going away soonAge and market value (according to TransferMarkt) for top players on the 2018 French national team Paul Pogba25106.9 Kylian Mbappé19$142.6m 1994Brazil28.15021.40.4+1.059.4 read more

Football abuse hotline receives staggering surge in calls

first_imgReferrals from calls to a dedicated football abuse hotline more than tripled the amount made in the first three days of the Jimmy Savile scandal, the NSPCC has said.The scale was revealed as former Newcastle United striker David Eatock became the latest footballer to tell police he was sexually abused in the sport.The NSPCC said more than 860 calls had been made to the helpline in its first week after it was launched on November 23 to support the victims of child sex abuse within football. Its chief executive, Peter Wanless, said there had been a “staggering surge” in the amount of people getting in touch.He said: “The number of high-profile footballers bravely speaking out about their ordeal has rightly caught the attention of the entire country.”We have had a staggering surge in calls to our football hotline, which reveals the worrying extent of abuse that had been going on within the sport.” The helpline was set up with the support and funding of the Football Association after former player Andy Woodward said he had been abused as a young player.Within two hours of the opening of the helpline, the charity said it had been contacted 50 times by members of the public. Within the first three days, it had made 60 referrals to the police or children’s services.The charity made 17 such referrals In the same time frame following the opening of its Savile helpline in 2012. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Wanless said anyone who wishes to contact the helpline “can do so in confidence, with the knowledge they will be listened to and supported”.”In future, footballers – both young players and former athletes – must have the confidence to open up about sexual abuse and feel able to come forward,” he said.Mr Eatock, now 40, has said that after he joined Newcastle at 18, George Ormond, a former club youth coach, indecently assaulted him and performed a sex act in front of him in two separate incidents, the Guardian reported.Ormond was jailed for six years in 2002 for carrying out numerous assaults spanning 24 years.last_img read more

Britains longest extradition fight is over as Phillip Harkins loses final appeal

first_imgThe European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg The European Court of Human Rights building in StrasbourgCredit:VINCENT KESSLER/Reuters Harkins, originally from Greenock, Inverclyde, was indicted for murder after Joshua Hayes was killed by a gunshot wound to the head during a robbery in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1999.He denied any involvement and has contested his extradition since it was requested by US authorities in March 2003.Harkins, who had been released on bail, returned to Scotland in 2002 but was jailed the following year for killing a woman in a road crash in Greenock. After losing a number of attempts to block his extradition, he took his case to the European Court of Human Rights, where an initial appeal failed in 2012.He successfully petitioned for a final hearing but the court ruled the complaints should be declared inadmissible as they were “substantially the same” as those considered in 2012.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A British man wanted for murder in the US has lost his long-running legal battle against extradition.Phillip Harkins, 38, has been fighting against his transfer to the US to face the charge since 2003 in what has been described as Britain’s longest-running extradition case.The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected his final appeal on Monday.Harkins had argued his extradition would violate articles three and six of the European Convention of Human Rights, relating to inhuman or degrading treatment and the right to a fair trial.His lawyers said that, if convicted in Florida, he would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.The court declared both complaints inadmissible and said its decision was final. It also ruled an interim measure in place to stay Harkins’ extradition should be lifted.last_img read more

Teens can now post public updates on Facebook

first_imgThe company said that these changes “are designed to improve the experience for teens on Facebook”.It is also looking at ways to improve the way teens use messages and connect with people they may know.SafetyBecause Facebook says it takes the safety of teens “very seriously”, they will see an extra reminder before they can share publicly. It asks: “Did you know that public posts can be seen by anyone, not just people you know?”If they choose to continue posting publicly, they will get an additional reminder.At the weekend, Facebook announced another change to its site – it ended a feature that allowed users to hide from other members, a sort of ‘invisibility cloak’ as it was called.This means that it is now easier to find someone you’re looking for on Facebook.Read: 11 great pieces of advice for your teenage self>Read: 4 social networks young people use that will make you feel old>Read: Facebook ends ‘invisibility cloak’ for users> TEENAGERS WHO USE Facebook will now be able to share their posts publicly – but they will get reminders from the site asking them is this OK.The social media company announced a number of changes this week, the first of which is that for people aged 13 to 17, the initial audience of their first post on Facebook is no longer going to be set to “friends of friends”, as it used to be.From now on, when people aged 13 – 17 sign up for a Facebook account, the initial audience of their first post will be set to a narrower audience of “friends.”Plus, from today, people within the above age group will also have the choice to post publicly on Facebook.Facebook said:While only a small fraction of teens using Facebook might choose to post publicly, this update now gives them the choice to share more broadly, just like on other social media services. In addition, teens will be able to turn on Follow so that their public posts can be seen in people’s News Feeds. As always, followers can only see posts they are in the audience for.last_img read more

Windows XP cest bientôt fini pour les professionnels

first_imgWindows XP, c’est bientôt fini pour les professionnelsÉtats-Unis – Le service Pack 1 de Windows 7 est bientôt disponible, et de nombreux professionnels se demandent désormais dans combien de temps XP deviendra totalement obsolète.Windows XP sera-t-il bientôt dépassé ? L’arrivée prochaine du Pack 1 de Windows 7 ne laisse que peu de place au doute, surtout pour certains professionnels. À lire aussiIBM dévoile un ordinateur pas plus grand qu’un grain de (gros) selDans une interview accordée à notre confrère Silicon, Julien Lesaicherre, chef de produit Windows Entreprise chez Microsoft, précise le destin du système d’exploitation : “Il faut bien différencier la vie commerciale de Windows XP de sa vie en terme de produit. En ce qui concerne la vie commerciale, Windows XP n’est plus en vente depuis le 30 juin 2008. Toutefois, les éditions professionnelles de nos systèmes d’exploitation permettent de profiter d’un downgrade vers la version n-1. Avec Windows 7, sorti le 22 octobre 2009, ce downgrade est possible à n-2 (XP et Vista, NDLR)”.Officiellement, un système d’exploitation dure une dizaine d’années. Or, XP a été lancé en 2001 et est programmé pour beaucoup plus longtemps : “Dès qu’un ‘Service Pack’ sort, le précédent est supporté pendant encore 24 mois, précise Julien Lesaicherre. Ceci n’est pas valable pour le dernier Service Pack d’un système d’exploitation, qui est supporté jusqu’à la fin de la vie du produit. Ainsi, le support de Windows XP SP2 s’éteindra le 13 juillet 2010, alors que celui de Windows XP SP3 s’achèvera le 8 avril 2014, date à laquelle Windows XP ne sera plus maintenu.” A noter que dans le cas d’un ordinateur non connecté à internet, Windows XP peut fonctionner tranquillement même si des failles existent.Le 16 juin 2010 à 12:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Woman arrested after giving fast food worker swig of cognac

first_imgPORTLAND — Authorities say a woman in the drive-thru of an Oregon Taco Bell poured Hennessy cognac into the mouth of an employee – then was arrested by a police officer who happened to be behind her in line.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Washington County Sheriff’s sergeant was behind a car driven by Elianna Aguilar-Aguilar about 1:20 a.m. Saturday at the fast-food restaurant in the Beaverton, Oregon, area. Police say the driver reached out the car window and poured the bottle of cognac into the mouth of an apparently willing employee.The sergeant followed Aguilar-Aguilar out of the parking lot and pulled her over. The 23-year-old was booked into jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants. It wasn’t immediately clear if she had an attorney.Police say the Taco Bell employee didn’t know the woman, and he said most of the cognac was spilled.last_img read more

Arsenal interviewed 10 candidates – Balague

first_imgGuillem Balague has revealed that Arsenal had interviewed 10 different candidates for their managerial vacancy, before opting for Unai EmeryThe Gunners have been actively pursuing candidates to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates with likes of former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri having been strongly linked with the post.However, recently these two candidates have since been ruled out and, as of last week, Mikel Arteta was believed to be the favourite for the vacancy after holding talks with the board.But now Emery has shockingly emerged as the leading candidate for the role, despite not being able to speak English.Balague confirmed that Arteta had indeed come close to receiving an offer, before Arsenal eventually decided in favour of Emery.“Arsenal have been speaking to ten different managers, ten different candidates, and it got to a point where they had to make a decision,” he told Sky Sports.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Some of the candidates did not have much similar to each other. They were looking for a series of things which eventually led them to make Emery the number one candidate.“Arteta was one of those ten and came closest but at the end maybe the lack of experience worked against him. I’m sure from minute one he would have said he lacks experience himself. He had other things which Arsenal were impressed about.“Emery has the experience, has won trophies and done it with director’s of football wherever he has been. Valencia, Sevilla and PSG as well.“I’m not sure about this thing about embodying the shadow of Arsene Wenger – that is dangerous. He is his own man. He will work within the structure, he will make the team flexible. He will sharpen everybody up and will make sure the players come out onto the pitch knowing their obligations and responsibilities.“There has been a lot of [emphasis] in training and you will see that in the way Arsenal shape up in the future.”Emery won seven trophies in his two seasons at PSG, before being replaced by Thomas Tuchel.last_img read more

Nominations sought for Marshall awards

first_imgNominations are being sought for the annual Gen. George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award and the Marshall Youth Leadership Award.The Fort Vancouver National Trust organizes the awards to honor the service of Gen. George C. Marshall, who lived in Vancouver from 1936 to 1938 as commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade at Vancouver Barracks.Marshall was Army chief of staff during World War II and secretary of state from 1947 to 1949. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war.• A nominee for the adult Marshall Public Leadership Award must be a county resident, 35 or younger, with a four-year college degree. Nominees must demonstrate leadership, commitment to public service and academic achievement, and potential for a role in public service.The award includes $2,200 for a trip to the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Va.; Colonial Williamsburg; and Washington, D.C.• A nominee for the Marshall Youth Leadership Award must be a county resident in the 12th grade. Selection is based on activities and projects demonstrating the values represented by Marshall.The award includes a $2,500 college scholarship and a $500 summer internship in the Trust’s Celebrate Freedom office.Award recipients will be honored at a dinner on March 26 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 31. Forms are available online at fortvan.org/marshallawards or may be picked up at the O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Vancouver.For information, call 360-992-1804.last_img read more

Full Audio Decision 2018 Forum With Micciche And Gillham

first_imgFor the full audio:Audio PlayerFull-audio-for-Decision-2018-District-O.mp3VmFull-audio-for-Decision-2018-District-O.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享KSRM hosted a live-forum with the two candidates running for the District O Senate seat on KSRM 920AM, on Wednesday. Senator Peter Micciche and Write-in candidate Ron Gillham joined hosts Jennifer Williams and Karen McGahan.center_img The full audio is also available on the KSRM mobile app- You will find it archived under ‘podcasts’last_img

John McGovern Acquires MA Firm WB Grimes People on the Move

first_imgJohn McGovernMedia industry M&A advisory firm W.B. Grimes & Co. has been acquired by John McGovern, a senior associate and seven-year veteran of the firm, for an undisclosed sum.The newly renamed Grimes, McGovern & Associates will be led by McGovern as CEO; former owner and president Larry Grimes, whose father Walter founded the firm in 1959, will transition to chairman and advisor.“I could not be more excited about having a long-standing member of our team take the company reins,” said Grimes in a statement. “John has been an industry trailblazer, always at the cutting edge of new technologies. As the media industry continues to evolve there is no doubt the new company will remain an industry leader.”The firm, which says it’s sold more than 1,600 media and event businesses over its six-decade history, primarily specializes in buy- and sell-side advisory work for newspapers, media and information services businesses, and conferences and trade shows. A separate sports division, which was not a part of the sale, will evidently remain under Grimes’ ownership.“We look forward to continuing to serve our clients and to innovate and grow in the areas of media and newspapers, as well as the emerging events and information services sectors, with renewed focus on international buy-side and sell-side work,” added McGovern. Concurrent with the ownership change, former senior associate Julie Bergman was promoted to VP of the firm’s newspaper group.Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…SANDOW has tapped Elle beauty and fitness director Emily Dougherty to be the next editor-in-chief of NewBeauty. Dougherty had spent the last 16 years with Elle, and the last 14 running the magazine’s beauty section alongside long-time editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, who stepped down at the end of 2017.The announcement comes about a week after NewBeauty named Architectural Digest associate publisher Susan Keena its new head of sales and strategic partnerships. Both Keena and Dougherty will report to the NewBeauty president Agnes Chapski, who was appointed to that role last September after a long tenure at Condé Nast as publisher of Allure.Harper’s Bazaar has hired Deborah Needleman as editor-at-large, in which capacity she’ll contribute story ideas and report directly to editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey. Needleman most recently spent four years as editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, before departing late in 2016. She came to T from The Wall Street Journal, where she served as editor of the monthly WSJ. Magazine as well as the newspaper’s Saturday “Off Duty” section. Prior to that, Needleman was the founding editor of domino magazine, then part of Condé Nast.Nancy Cooper has joined Food Network Magazine as executive account director. Cooper joins from luxury home goods retailer Dering Hall, where she served as VP of partnerships and digital strategy. Prior to that, Cooper spent time at Condé Nast as executive fashion and luxury director for Glamour and Self.Atlantic Media has hired Alex Treadway as associate publisher of Route Fifty, an offshoot of the company’s Government Executive Media Group that focuses on state and local government. Treadway joins from The Daily Caller, which he helped launch in 2010 alongside co-founders Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, and where he most recently served as chief revenue officer. In between, Treadway spent two years at The Washington Post as VP of leadership sales. He also spent ten years with Atlantic Media from 1999 to 2009, in the National Journal group.them, Condé Nast’s recently-launched LGBTQ platform, announced a series of hires and promotions:Senior editor Meredith Talusan has been promoted to executive editor, reporting to chief content officer Phillip Picardi.Associate editor Tyler Ford has been bumped up to editor.Vice‘s LGBTQ editor, Tyler Trykowski, has joined them as senior editor.Community manager Michael Cuby has been appointed editor-at-large, in which capacity he’ll contribute ongoing features and lead special projects.Buzzfeed social media fellow Aamina Khan has been tapped to succeed Cuby as community manager.Tim Peterson has joined Digiday as a senior media reporter. He arrives from Third Door Media, where he spent the last two years as a reporter for Marketing Land.From the job board…Ad Age seeks a full-time deputy creativity editor, responsible for pitching and writing stories for the magazine’s print and online coverage of advertising creative, among other duties. Five-plus years of “progressive journalism experience” desired.See this and other current openings at careers.foliomag.com.last_img read more

ASK demands probe into BCL attack on quota reformists

first_img.Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a rights body, has urged the government to investigate the attacks on the quota reformists by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists and to release Rashed Khan, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council immediately.It made the demand in a statement issued on Sunday.The statement signed by ASK executive director Sheepa Hafiza said, “On Saturday morning, at least 10 leaders of the central committee of the council were injured in an attack by some BCL men on the DU campus. Police arrested Rashed in a case filed by a BCL leader which is very regrettable.”It also criticised the silence of the Dhaka University (DU) administration over the attack and its failure to control it.Terming the BCL attack on students ‘unacceptable’, the rights body asked the government to identify the attackers immediately and mete out exemplary punishment to them.last_img read more

Game of Thrones Star Sophie Turner Gives Coffee Cup Dilemma Update

first_imgStay on target The Game of Thrones coffee cup dilemma continues: After the show ended last month, fans are still blaming Emilia Clarke and Sophie Turner for the object’s random appearance in a major scene. However, Turner claims that the incident was actually Kit Harington’s fault.In an interview with Conan O’Brien, Turner jokingly addressed the coffee cup controversy, which is still carrying on even though Game of Thrones ended last month, Fox News reported. Turner cleared the air and said Clarke wasn’t to blame either, since they both had to wear corsets during production.“I hear this every day of my life, this coffee cup thing. So it’s good to know that the coffee cup got more press than the final season altogether,” Turner told O’Brien on his show.She continued, “The coffee cup was where Kit’s  [Harington’s] chair was. First I blamed it on Emilia [Clarke], but I don’t think Emilia [Clarke] would do that. Kit [Harington] is lazy, and I think he would have done that. It was in front of Kit’s [Harington’s] chair and then obviously he moved, so this picture was taken and it looked like it was in my seat, but I wasn’t there either. It was Kit [Harington]. It was a 100 percent Kit [Harington].”Turner then went on to explain how she had a complicated costume situation that didn’t really allow her to drink a lot of beverages on set.“I wear a corset, so I either piss myself or I throw up,” Turner told O’Brien.The already infamous coffee cup has now been edited out of this week’s #GameofThrones if you watch it back(via @verge) pic.twitter.com/ePWkhuHt2l— Fandom (@getFANDOM) May 7, 2019The rogue coffee cup, which didn’t turn out to be an actual Starbucks cup, showed up in a key Season 8, Episode 4 scene, where Winterfell was celebrating a victory over the Night King’s army. Fans pointed out that the coffee cup was placed next to Daenerys Targaryen in the scene, and following major backlash, HBO apologized and eventually removed the coffee cup from the Game of Thrones episode.Game of Thrones is officially over, but none of the cast or crew members have come forward and admitted that they left the coffee cup there. So far, the out-of-place object remains a mystery and it doesn’t look like fans will receive any confessions soon.More on Geek.com:Emilia Clarke Responds to ‘Game of Thrones’ Coffee Cup Controversy‘Game of Thrones’ Deletes Random Starbucks Cup From Season 8 Scene‘Game of Thrones’ Left a Starbucks Cup in a Scene and Fans Are Freaking Out ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future last_img read more

Tiny robot swarm able to play tunes on a virtual piano w

first_img Kilobots bring us one step closer to a robot swarm © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Tiny robot swarm able to play tunes on a virtual piano (w/ video) (2012, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-tiny-robot-swarm-tunes-virtual.html (Phys.org)—Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Georgia Robots and InTelligent Systems (GRITS) Laboratory have succeeded in programming a swarm of very tiny robots to figure out for themselves how to go about playing a tune on a virtual piano displayed on a flat plane. One of the robots is the leader, and knows the tune and where a robot needs to be to create the notes that make up the tune; that information is conveyed to the other robots that make up the swarm, and the result is the playing of the familiar classical tune, Beethoven’s “Fur Elise.” More information: gritslab.gatech.edu/home/2011/ … er-follower-control/ Explore further With swarming, individual members take actions based on the location and actions of those around them. With this new research, the objective was to cause individual members of the swarm to appear at a certain location on the virtual keyboard at a certain time to cause the playing of a note; necessary ingredients to create music. The catch though, was that only one of them, the designated leader, was “told” what those data points were beforehand. Thus, the leader had to convey to the other bots where they needed to be and when. The team added some other elements to the goal to increase the difficulty of the assignment, which should theoretically help in learning more about how to program swarms. They wanted the bots to use the fewest number of themselves possible to play a song together, based on the tempo of the song (and to use the shortest routes possible all while avoiding collisions). If a song is played slow enough, for example, it could be performed by one little robot racing across the virtual keyboard (or by a person using just one finger perhaps on a real piano). As the tempo picks up, it becomes impossible for one bot to get the next note in time for the song to play correctly, thus another bot is added, starting a swarm.What’s remarkable about the playing bots is that the leader doesn’t just tell every other bot where it’s supposed to be, instead, it conveys information to those nearest to it, which in turn convey information to those nearest them, and so on. In this way, each robot is able to work out for itself where it is supposed to be and when – which is how it’s supposed to be, because that’s how swarming works in the natural world. The robots, called Khepera bots by the team, are very small, just 5.5 centimeters across their thimble shaped bodies. Each has a host of sensors, including in their little hats and antenna and two wheels to allow for moving around. The whole idea is to create swarming behavior that mimics that seen in nature with birds, fish, etc.last_img read more

Medical Bank gives new clothes sweets to 200 AIDS patients

first_imgKolkata: Medical Bank gave new clothes and sweets to around 200 AIDS patients who are receiving treatment at School of Tropical Medicine (STM).There are indoor patients at STM and also patients who visit theoutdoor regularly.The volunteers of Medical Bank along with the doctors, nurses and para-medical staff of STM went to the patents and gave them new clothes and sweets.Most of the AIDS patients who receive treatment in the indoor section of STM have been deserted by their friends and Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal liferelatives.During the Pujas, they do not get any chance to visit the community Pujas situated in the area like College Square ofMohammad Ali park.D Ashis, general secretary of Medical Bank said: “It is unfortunate that even the educated people believe that AIDS is contagious and do not go to their near and dear ones. The patients feel lonely particularly during the Pujas.For the past 15 years, we give them new clothes and sweets on the day of Tritiya just to communicate to them that they are not alone.”Lauding the venture of Medical Bank, STM doctors said: “Many of the patients feel lonely and depressed as their relatives do not visit them. They do not get new clothes to wear during the days of the Puja. They are really happy to receive the new clothes and sweets. Now, they dont feel alone.”last_img read more

Hunoval Law Founder Appointed to NC State Banking Commission

first_imgHunoval Law Founder Appointed to NC State Banking Commission Matt Hunoval, founder of the Charlotte-based Hunoval Law firm, has been appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve as a member of North Carolina’s State Banking Commission. Together with the Office of the Commissioner of Banks, the two bodies regulate North Carolina’s state-chartered commercial banks, savings banks, savings and loan associations, and trust companies.”I’m humbled by the trust and confidence that Governor McCrory has expressed in my appointment to the North Carolina State Banking Commission,” Hunoval said. “I look forward to re-entering public service, serving the people of North Carolina and helping improve the regulatory environment related to an industry that employs many thousands of North Carolinians and contributes nearly $238 billion to the North Carolina economy.”The groups also regulates various financial institutions operating in North Carolina, including consumer finance companies and mortgage lenders and brokers.The commission consists of the State Treasurer and 14 appointed members.  Hunoval’s appointment is effective April 1, 2014. Share Hunoval Law Firm Movers & Shakers 2014-04-15 Colin Robinscenter_img April 15, 2014 481 Views in Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

ArtPrize competition marks 10th year in western Mi

first_imgArtPrize competition marks 10th year in western Michigan GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The 10th international ArtPrize competition is kicking off its run in western Michigan.The Grand Rapids-area event officially started Wednesday and goes through Oct. 7. It features the work of more than 1,400 artists at more than 160 venues vying for $500,000 in cash prizes. More than 1,260 artworks are on display. Winners are announced Oct. 5 after public voting, which started Wednesday.Following this year, organizers plan to hold ArtPrize every other year instead of annually. Following ArtPrize 10, a new event is planned every other year starting in 2019. It’s a citywide public art project put together by an artist or group of artists called “Project 1” its first year, “Project 2” in 2021 and so on.ArtPrize returns in 2020. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2018 6:13 am PDT Last Updated Sep 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Gender representation equality still a dream in Cyprus

first_imgJust one in 10 ministers in Cyprus is female, and all 39 mayors are men, according to a new study by the Council of Europe.The report which is based on data from 2016 also states that last year the leaders of all political parties were men while 10 MPs or 17.9 per cent were women and 46 were men. The situation is slightly more in favour for women in the supreme court, where four women and nine men were employed.As regards Cypriot ambassadors, two were women and 14 men and the overwhelming majority of municipal councillors, 2,063, were also men, while only 333 were women.Cyprus is not the only country with major gender inequalities. “European countries are still struggling to achieve gender balance in public decision-making,” the report by the council’s Gender Equality Commission stated, adding that only two out of the 46 member states studied – Finland and Sweden – reached the 40 per cent minimum target for women’s participation in lower or single houses of parliament in 2016 with the average figure across Europe being 25.6 per cent. The minimum target was set by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in 2003.None of the countries met the 40 per cent minimum target for upper houses of parliament; the average percentage of women among appointed members was 35.8 per cent and for elected members 23.9 per cent.The average proportion of women heads of state and government, heads of regional governments and mayors across Europe was below 17 per cent.“These figures show that Europe still has a very long way to go to achieve gender equality,” Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland commented.“I urge all member states to take positive steps to improve gender balance in public decision-making as part of their wider efforts to boost gender equality in all walks of life.”The report includes seven recommendations. It notes, inter alia, that Council of Europe member states should adopt strategies, policies and legislative measures to meet the 40 per cent minimum target, focusing on both problem areas and opportunities for progress.Moreover, they should consider introducing or strengthening gender quota laws/parity systems or political party quotas as well as considering the advantages of proportional representation. They are also urged to include gender equality principles in relevant policy and legal frameworks, address gender bias in recruitment and selection practices and provide training for people involved and encourage relevant actors, notably political parties to introduce such measures.Such measures should be part of a larger gender equality strategy, addressing issues across the board including women’s economic empowerment, violence against women and gender stereotypes, as gender balance cannot be reached in decision-making if other areas of life remain fundamentally unbalanced, the study concluded.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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