New Democrat MP says family hit hard by allegations of impropriety

first_imgOTTAWA – New Democrat MP Christine Moore says she and her family have been left reeling over a former soldier’s accusations of sexual impropriety, but that she intends to fight to clear her name and ensure the truth gets out.The comments came Monday during a news conference in her Quebec riding of Abitibi-Temiscamingue, which Moore has held since 2011, after retired corporal Glen Kirkland accused her last week of inappropriate behaviour.Moore, who is married with two young children, told The Canadian Press in an exclusive interview last week that her relationship with Kirkland in 2013 was consensual, which she repeated during Monday’s news conference.“I loved him,” Moore said in French. “He was very, very romantic with me and it was a consensual relationship. I have cried a lot about this. It’s horrible to see just how ready or prepared a person can be to tell lies. I don’t know why he’s done this.”Kirkland has denied that they were in a relationship and accused Moore of abusing her power as an MP to pursue an inappropriate relationship with him, though Moore says she has proof to back up her version of the story.Moore, who appeared visibly weary during the news conference, said Kirkland’s allegations have “had a terrible impact on my family, on my friends, on my health as well. It’s been a very, very tough week.”Among the difficulties, Moore said, were some “very, very evil messages” from unidentified people, though she added that she had also received “nice messages” from various people who supported her.Asked specifically about the impact on her husband, Moore said: “It’s very tough for him, I think. It’s very tough to see people say this type of thing about his wife and not be able to react.“What I need after this press conference is to just spend time with my family, with my husband, with my children. I need to stop crying and just live my life with them.”Moore and Kirkland met on June 5, 2013, when Kirkland, who was injured in a Taliban ambush in 2008, testified at a parliamentary committee about the treatment of injured soldiers.Kirkland has alleged Moore invited him back to her office after the committee meeting and plied him with alcohol before following him back to his hotel, where they had sex.He alleges that she then continued to send him explicit messages for several weeks and even turned up unannounced at his Manitoba home before he forcibly told her to stop.Moore, however, has disputed Kirkland’s account, providing The Canadian Press with photos, emails, text messages and flight itineraries to show that the two were involved in a romantic relationship.The MP, who has been suspended from her caucus duties pending an investigation, says she ended the relationship in October 2013 due to the geographic distance between them and Kirkland’s difficult divorce.Moore has threatened to sue Kirkland and several columnists who reported on his comments for defamation, while Kirkland told The Canadian Press that he was willing to take a lie-detector test.— with files from Mylene Crete— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Marijuana shop on Tyendinaga territory continues to grow

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsIt may not be a sacred plant like tobacco, but marijuana may become just as profitable for many First Nations.With the federal government set to legalize pot in the spring of 2018, the race is on to regulate the industry in one Ontario Mohawk community.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

Highspeed tunnel project divides Italys ruling populists

SAINT-MARTIN-LA-PORTE, France — A project to build a high-speed rail tunnel through the Alps, meant to speed up journeys between France and Italy, is moving extraordinarily slowly because of an internal quarrel in Italy’s government.On the French side, a 140-meter (460-foot) long rock-eating machine tunnels through the mountainside toward Italy at an average rate of nearly 20 metres (66 feet) a day. But on the Italian side, all is quiet: the construction site, long targeted by sabotaging protesters, is guarded by four law enforcement agencies, and work is limited to minimum maintenance.The survival of Italy’s increasingly shaky populist government could well depend on whether Italy restarts construction on the Turin-Lyon High Speed Train link, which it halted last summer. One party in the ruling government coalition is fiercely against the project, while the other is for it.Italy’s internal standoff — pitting the 5-Star Movement, which has taken a stand against big infrastructure, against the pro-business League party — means France could wind up with a dead-end tunnel. The uncertainties are also increasing tensions with the European Union, which is paying for 40 per cent of the 8.6-billion-euro ($9.72 billion) project.The 35.7-mile (57.5-kilometre) long Turin-Lyon High-Speed Train tunnel link, known in Italy as TAV, is a key part of an EU project linking southern Spain with eastern Europe. It’s envisioned as one of six tunnels crossing the Alps, including the Gottard Tunnel in Switzerland, which opened in 2016, and the Brenner Tunnel between Italy and Austria, scheduled to open in the next decade.The Turin-Lyon link replaces a tunnel built in 1871, which officials say is outdated in terms of technology and safety. High-speed trains must slow down to about 60 kph (37 mph) an hour — making the journey from Milan to Paris seven hours. With the TAV high-speed train tunnel, the journey will be cut down to 4 1/2 hours.The Italian government’s commissioner for the Turin-Lyon line said the arguments within the coalition over the tunnel have gotten “surreal.”“The 5-Star ministers have all refused to come see the construction site, simply so they can deny that it exists,” said Paolo Foietta.At the heart of the issue is that the 5-Star Movement’s identity as a protest movement is tied to the No-TAV campaign, and the 5-Stars’ credibility has been shaken by its approval for several other major infrastructure projects that it previously opposed.The movement’s founder, comic Beppe Grillo, joined the front line of the No-TAV protests back in 2010. And when the 5-Stars first won seats in Parliament in 2013, newly minted lawmakers made a pilgrimage to the Val di Susa, near the border with France, birthplace of the No-TAV movement.“If they betray this battle, they betray themselves,” said Mario Cavagna, a 73-year-old environmental engineer and activist. “We taught them something (about developing a movement.) We don’t know yet if they learned well what we taught. … We have a lot of hope but a healthy distrust.”The No-TAV movement, founded by activists now mostly in their 70s, can claim some victories for forcing considerable delays on the Italian side of the tunnels — where construction only started in 2013 compared to 2002 in France — as well as changes in the tunnel’s opening. But they aren’t counting on the 5-Star Movement to win the war for them.“No government is our friend,” Cavagna said.The 5-Star Movement frequently asserts that the tunnels don’t exist in Italy. On the French side, three access tunnels have been built plus 7 kilometres (over 4 miles) of main tunnel. On the Italian side, just one access tunnel 7 kilometres long has been completed, bringing the total length of tunnels completed so far at nearly 30 kilometres, or about 15 per cent of the total, with the project slated for completion by 2030.Italy risks losing 813 million euros ($917 million) in EU funding if it doesn’t launch the next phase — 1.9 billion euros ($2.14 billion) worth of contracts — by the end of 2019, Foietta said. And both the EU and France could seek damages from Italy if the project is blocked entirely.Foietta, whose five-year-term expires Friday, says he expects the office that plays an important liaison role to be left unoccupied, “another sign of the government’s playing ostrich,” he said.European Commissioner Violetta Bulc says the TAV is an important project not only for Italy and France, but for Europe as a whole.An EU official said that the project needs clarity by early summer, as money would have to be reallocated if the TAV does not move forward.The 5-Stars insist the costs of the project outweigh the benefits — though its analysis released this week has been criticized for methodology, for example counting such figures as lost taxes on gas for road trips substituted by the rail, and for over-estimating technological advancements in cars and trucks.The analysis was greeted coldly in France, where the transport minister says Paris remains in favour of the project.Officially, the European Union has no Plan B. But if the Turin-Lyon line is not built, a possible alternative would be a link running along the German-Swiss border, cutting off Italy and its exporters, Foietta said.“Above all, Italy will be penalized,” Foietta said. “This project is tied to a revolution that is coming in the transport system,” which foresees moving commercial traffic to the rail roads, reducing highway traffic and carbon emissions, as well as transport costs.League leader Matteo Salvini, who is also Italy’s interior minister, relies on the support of northern Italian entrepreneurs, who want the TAV. His support for the project puts him at odds with his 5-Star allies, as tensions ramp up head of the European Parliament election in May, when both parties will be jockeying to realign the power balance within the coalition.“The only thing not imaginable is that the work of these workers for these 7 kilometres of tunnel is in vain, and if Italians’ money is spent to go deep down inside, only to turn back,” Salvini said during a recent visit to the tunnel construction site.Colleen Barry, The Associated Press read more

Some Parliamentarians involved in failed financial institution

The Deputy Minister said that the Central Bank has been forced to take over Entrust even as the Government looks to pay depositors of the Golden Key credit card company. “We will be able to discuss in Parliament all about Entrust in the near future. Unfortunately we have heard that some members of this House are also involved with this company. Some of them have ownership in the company,” he told Parliament. Some Parliamentarians are involved in a failed financial institution, Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne alleged in Parliament today.He said that the Central Bank has taken over the management of Entrust, which has suffered losses to the value of over Rs. 12 billion. He said that some depositors have even attempted suicide as they had lost all their savings in the Golden Key credit card case. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Official Retired French policeman freed after questioning about fake bomb on Air

A child rests as passengers go through security screening at Moi International Airport Mombasa Kenya, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 after their earlier flight was involved in a bomb scare and they were evacuated to different hotels in Mombasa. (AP Photo) Official Retired French policeman freed after questioning about fake bomb on Air France flight by Angela Charlton And Elaine Ganley, The Associated Press Posted Dec 21, 2015 7:03 am MDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – A retired French police officer travelling on Air France was freed Monday after nearly 12 hours of questioning about a fake bomb hidden in a lavatory that forced his Paris-bound flight to make an emergency landing in Kenya, a judicial official said.The hoax was the fourth against Air France in recent weeks. It came amid heightened concerns about extremist violence in many countries, and passenger jitters around the holidays.An official in the prosecutor’s office in Bobigny, outside Paris. said that the former police officer in his late 50s was once a member of the elite emergency response unit RAID and hailed from the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion. The official wasn’t authorized to identify himself when speaking about an ongoing probe.The man, who wasn’t identified by name, had been taken in for questioning upon arrival Monday at Charles de Gaulle Airport.He could eventually be summoned for a second period of questioning, but further investigation is needed, said the official in the prosecutor’s office, adding, “He’s not completely out of the woods.”Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said the man was among six passengers questioned Sunday in Kenya. Nkaissery said Kenya alerted French authorities about the suspected involvement of this man and a travelling companion in placing the fake bomb in the bathroom. He said sniffer dogs traced the package back to their seats and the bathroom.The arrest is part of an investigation prompted by a legal complaint filed by Air France on Monday for reckless endangerment. The lawsuit doesn’t name a perpetrator but leaves it to investigators to determine who might be prosecuted, and allows Air France to seek damages in an eventual trial.France has been in a state of emergency since Islamic extremist attacks Nov. 13 in Paris killed 130 people and left hundreds wounded. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for those attacks and for downing a plane Oct. 31 carrying Russian tourists out of Egypt, killing all 224 people on board.On Sunday, Air France Flight 463 from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius to Paris made an emergency landing in Mombasa, Kenya, after a bomb was reported aboard. All 459 passengers and 14 crew members on the Boeing 777 were safely evacuated down airplane emergency slides.Authorities later discovered a fake explosive, rigged with cardboard, sheets of paper and a household timer, and declared it a hoax. Air France CEO Frederic Gagey said the homemade apparatus was apparently placed in a lavatory cabinet during the flight.Overwhelmed with relief, the passengers arrived safely in Paris on Monday, some crying as they embraced loved ones.“We thought we were going to die. Because of the speed of the airplane going down, we thought we would crash in the sea,” said passenger Marine Gorlier of the French town of Melun after landing at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport.“I really admired the crew, because they thought it was a real bomb and they remained very serene,” said Antoine Dupont of the northern city of Lille. “One of my grandchildren said: ‘The slide was super!’”___Tom Odula in Nairobi, Kenya and Chris den Hond from Charles de Gaulle Airport contributed to this story. read more

Greenhouse gas concentration reached record high in 2011 says UN report

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2011, according to a new United Nations report released today, ahead of the start next week of the latest round of global climate changes talks. The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which produced the 2011 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, said that between 1990 and 2011, there was a 30 per cent increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on the Earth’s climate – because of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping long-lived gases. Since the start of the industrial era in 1750, about 375 billion tonnes of carbon have been released into the atmosphere as CO2, primarily from fossil fuel combustion, the agency stated in a news release. About half of this carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere, while the rest is absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial biosphere. “These billions of tonnes of additional carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will remain there for centuries, causing our planet to warm further and impacting on all aspects of life on Earth,” said WMO’s Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud. “Future emissions will only compound the situation.” The Bulletin reports on atmospheric concentrations – and not emissions – of greenhouse gases. Emissions represent what goes into the atmosphere. Concentrations are what remain in the atmosphere after the complex system of interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere and the oceans. Mr. Jarraud noted that, until now, carbon sinks have absorbed nearly half of the carbon dioxide humans emitted in the atmosphere, but this will not necessarily continue in the future. Carbon sinks are any process, activity or mechanism that removes a greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. Forests, soils and oceans are natural sinks for CO2. “We have already seen that the oceans are becoming more acidic as a result of the carbon dioxide uptake, with potential repercussions for the underwater food chain and coral reefs,” said Mr. Jarraud. The role of carbon sinks is “pivotal” in the overall carbon equation, according to WMO. If the extra CO2 emitted is stored in reservoirs such as the deep oceans, it could be trapped for hundreds or even thousands of years, whereas new forests retain carbon for a much shorter time span. The agency noted that carbon dioxide is the single most important greenhouse gas emitted by human activities, and is responsible for 85 per cent of the increase in radiative forcing over the past decade. It is also the most important long-lived greenhouse gas, with the others being methane and nitrous oxide. Greenhouse gases will feature prominently on the agenda of the UN Climate Change Conference that begins in the Qatari capital of Doha on Monday, and which brings together the 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. Under the Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system. read more

You can watch The Godfather for free via Youtube UPDATED

first_imgUpdate: Wow, that was fast… It’s been removed.Using the embedded video above can watch The Godfather, in its entirety, for free. Enjoy!It’s no secret that since the day they bought YouTube, Google has wanted it to be more than simply a place for amusing cat videos. Sure, YouTube loves viral videos, but they’ve also done their best to promote premium content. Just about every user interface element on the site is designed to direct people to top-notch content, not the thousands of hours of user-generated crap that gets uploaded every day.In addition to promoting the best videos (and allowing uploaders to make some money from them), YouTube has also delved into television and movie. The Movies section gives people a place where they can stream recently released films for $4 a pop or old ones for free and the Shows section does the same for television. It’s great for users: you can sit down and watch all of Star Trek: The Original Series while at work, without ever having to pay a cent or get up from your desk. And it’s a Google-owned site, so you don’t have to worry about using any of those sketchy “watch [you show of choice] online” sites.As for The Godfather specifically, it was uploaded by Sony Pictures UK, and currently has 762 likes and just 3 dislikes. It’s the only full movie they’ve uploaded and while the view numbers are not available yet, it already has a number of YouTube honors for the amount of views its received. The users, as you can probably guess, are overjoyed…The film, which won big at the 1972 Academy Awards, is highly regarded in the cinema world and is considered by the AFI as being the 3rd best movie of all time.  (So you should watch it if you haven’t yet.)via TNWlast_img read more

Microsoft sues UK retailer Comet for selling counterfeit Windows CDs

first_imgIn the UK there are a few well known electronics retailers still operating stores across the major cities and shopping parks. One of those is Comet, which sells just about every home electrical product you can think of including PCs.Today, Microsoft has announced it is suing Comet for creating and selling counterfeit copies of Windows XP and Vista CDs. More specifically, Comet is alleged to have burnt 94,000 Windows recovery CDs at a facility in Hampshire and then sold them on to customers through its stores.Usually, a PC is shipped with the ability to create a Windows recovery CD. In this instance it seems Comet decided to offer customers the convenience of purchasing a recovery CD rather than having to go through the hassle of creating one themselves. Microsoft class the creation of such CDs as counterfeit, and has classed Comet’s actions as “unfair to customers.” It’s not only the fact the CDs were created by Comet, but that they charged for them too, which has pushed Microsoft to take action against them.So far Comet has yet to respond publicly. I assume the company will argue they were offering a service to customers, but that doesn’t mean what they were doing is legal under Microsoft’s terms and conditions.Microsoft may actually be missing an opportunity here. If they offered official recovery CDs direct to retailers it may form a new revenue stream. Comet seems to have taken the initiative, but is suffering the consequences for doing so.Read more at Microsoftlast_img read more

Courtois fancies Hazard to join Madrid ahead of Neymar

first_imgThibaut Courtois has tipped Belgian skipper Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid this year ahead of Neymar.Courtois played alongside Hazard four seasons before completing a switch to the Spanish capital last August.Hazard is a long-term target for the European Champions and has stalled in extending his stay beyond the end of next season.Courtois encourages Real Madrid to sign Hazard over Neymar#RealMadrid #LaLiga #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/uu5H6eYjhb— SportyNews (@clashofdream11) February 2, 2019And Courtois believes his countryman would be a better signing than PSG forward Neymar in a quote cited on FourFourTwo.In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, the 26-year-old goalkeeper said: “I [would] choose Eden, of course. I really like him, but the choice is up to the board.“I do not know what will happen. That is not a question for me, but for the chairman and the management.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The team is what it is now. Karim Benzema is in a good shape and scored 17 goals. [Gareth] Bale started well, but then had to deal with injuries.“You see in the matches that we have quality, only sometimes it is not possible to score.”AF Best comment Three Clasicos in a month? Courtois is going crazy.😚🙏😇 pic.twitter.com/TI5AIqZ639— All Football App (@allfootballapp) February 2, 2019Madrid is 10 points adrift of rivals and leaders Barcelona who are looking well placed to retain their title. And Courtois went on to compare both clubs transfer activity in recent times.“We do not have to look at other teams, we have to look at ourselves,” he said. “We have to build a new team.“Who knows [whether] other teams will get into trouble with the rules of Financial Fair Play?“If you see that Barcelona have already spent twice the amount they have received for Neymar, they may have to sell again soon.”last_img read more

Restrictions announced for Wind River spring chinook anglers

first_imgHOME VALLEY — Spring chinook salmon fishing restrictions in the Wind River in Skamania County were announced Friday by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.The restrictions include:o Fishing will open April 1, two weeks later than the traditional March 15 start.o The daily limit will be one hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead, not two.o Angling will be allowed from boundary markers at the mouth to 400 feet downstream of Shipherd Falls. No fishing in the upper Wind is anticipated this spring.o Anglers will be limited to one rod. Two rods were allowed in May and June in 2012.The expanded fishing area initiated in 2012 when the boundary markers were moved a bit south will continue. Monitoring in 2012 show no significant increase of catch of upper Columbia or Snake River salmon. Intensive monitoring is planned again in 2013.A run of 3,000 spring chinook is forecast for Wind River. That compares with 5,400 in 2012 , 7,800 in 2011 and 10,000 in 2010.Carson National Fish Hatchery on the upper Wind River needs 1,500 spring chinook for spawning.last_img read more

Time pressure makes special session likely

first_imgThe Alaska Capitol. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)The Alaska Legislature is scheduled to end its session Wednesday, under a deadline set by the Alaska Constitution. But that doesn’t mean its work is over.Listen nowIt’s not at all likely that the Legislature will finish its work by when it’s supposed to, for a few reasons.Work has just started on the operating budget conference committee – it named Homer Republican Rep. Paul Seaton as its chairman and Bethel Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman as vice chair. The two chambers are separated by $230 million.There could be difficulty agreeing on cuts, in part due to the nature of the Senate cuts, some of which could be shifted among budget lines.The Senate version of a bill eliminating oil and gas tax credits is very different than the House bill, so that could lead to another conference committee.And conference committee work hasn’t started on Senate Bill 26, the Permanent Fund bill. The two chambers have big differences. The Senate version would put a cap on state spending, although the cap is above the governor’s proposed budget. And the House version requires that the Legislature also pass an income tax — already voted down by the Senate — and raise oil and gas taxes.There are no public signs the Senate and House will find common ground on a Permanent Fund plan.House leaders said the plan should cover the state’s entire $2.5 billion deficit. Senate majority members said they’d like to see a deficit to push down on spending. They also said their plan would close the deficit – if a recent increase in oil production holds steady.The House continues to call for some form of broad-based tax, and the Senate continues to oppose it.It’s increasingly unlikely that two-thirds of both chambers will pass a 10-day extension through Saturday, May 27.With much to do and little time to do it, it’s more likely that Gov. Bill Walker will call the Legislature back, as soon as Thursday, for a 30-day special session. Pressure on the Legislature to at least pass a budget will grow at the beginning of June, when state workers receive notices that they’ll be laid off if the Legislature doesn’t reach a budget agreement by June 30.The governor’s special session proclamation would include important bills other than the budget, including the Permanent Fund bill.All the while, the public is spending roughly $16,000 per day to cover lawmakers’ living expenses as long as the Legislature remains in session.In other news, the Senate passed a REAL ID bill Monday. This bill would bring Alaska into compliance with a federal law that includes a series of mandates regarding driver’s licenses.Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski explained why he became one of five senators to oppose the bill.“I’m hopeful that other states — if we don’t pass this – will follow our example,” Wielechowski said. “Is the federal government really going to say, ‘No, you can’t get on a plane?’ An entire state can’t get on a plane and fly, an entire state that has no other way to get out of the state really.”But Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon emphasized that people will be able to opt out of getting a federally compliant driver’s license.“Nothing in this bill is handling or holding information longer than the state of Alaska currently does,” MacKinnon said. “And there is no large data sharing anywhere (in the bill).”The noncompliant IDs won’t be enough to allow unescorted trips on military bases after June 6, and on commercial flights next January — unless the federal government switches its rules.The House and Senate have to decide whether to agree to the other chamber’s REAL ID bill before the deadline of Wednesday to send the bill to Gov. Walker.last_img read more

Consciousness On Canvas Kick Off at 10 Light Street

first_imgCome on April 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to the 22nd Floor Skyline Terrace of the newly-renovated 10 Light Street in Baltimore, Maryland. The popular downtown Baltimore Pop-Up “Consciousness On Canvas” (COC) Art Show Series, by Stephen Wise, curator of SWB Atelier, has been selected to host its 5th segment at the iconic address. This installment of COC will feature 20 area artists reflecting perspectives manifested through multiple mediums including: oil on canvas, sculpture, photography, light and 3D.last_img read more

Austrian company debuts revolutionary wingless aircraft

first_img The new technology is actually based on old technology; it flies by means of rotating discs surrounded by blades whose angle of attack can be altered in flight. The discs are spun by means of a conventional airplane engine. What’s new is the computer and software that controls the blades, allowing for very precise flying. The company says D-Dalus can hover next to a wall, maneuver though buildings or even lay still atop a moving bobbing ship in bad weather by pushing itself down against the deck.The power comes from its four 2200-rpm turbines and can be thrust in any of 360 degrees, allowing the D-Dalus to launch vertically, hover, dart around and to remain stable even in turbulent conditions. The company also says the craft requires very little maintenance and would be cheaper than current vertical takeoff aircraft and because of its new “friction free bearing at the points of high G force” the craft should be, according to the company, as quiet as a whisper.So far, the D-Dalus is still just a prototype, and has been flown only in a laboratory near Salzburg as a pilotless drone. In its current configuration, it has five foot (about a meter and a half) long turbines and is capable of carrying 150 pounds (70kg) of cargo. Information on the company website indicates that the initial primary use for such a vehicle would be to assist in search and rescue operations at sea or after disasters, or possibly for surveillance; though it leaves open the door to the possibility of scaling the aircraft up enough in size to accommodate passengers.IAT21 has formed a partnership with Cranfield University in the UK to work through flight certification. If all goes according to plan, the D-Dalus should be ready for viewing by others very soon. 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. Puffin: the one-person electric aircraft (w/ Video) Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A firm from Austria, Austrian Innovative Aeronautical Technology (IAT21) has unveiled a new type of aircraft that flies without wings or rotors, at the Paris Air Show. Though not actually flown at the show, spokesmen for the new aircraft, named D-Dalus (no doubt after the tragic Greek figure Daedalus, who lost his son Icarus when his wings melted as he flew too close to the sun) claim the aircraft is capable of both hovering and flying forward as fast as a jet, all with very little noise. Citation: Austrian company debuts revolutionary wingless aircraft (2011, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-austrian-company-debuts-revolutionary-wingless.htmllast_img read more

Firefox 57 new Photon design screenshots

first_imgFirefox 57: new Photon design screenshots by Martin Brinkmann on May 14, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 75 commentsThe following article gives you a glimpse of the upcoming Photon design of the Firefox web browser which will come out later this year.Mozilla plans to make Firefox 57 a milestone release. It is the version of Firefox in which the cut is made that leaves legacy add-ons behind, and also the Firefox version that will feature a design update.This design update is called Photon, and we talked about this previously already here on Ghacks Technology News.Mozilla released a batch of new mockup screenshots of the upcoming design in the past week. Sören Hentzschel was nice enough to collect those and publish them on his blog, so, thanks to him for making those available to a larger audience.Note: The following design screenshots are mockups, and not necessarily the final product.Firefox 57: new Photon design screenshotsWe have talked about the new main menu of the Photon-enabled Firefox browser already. Mozilla moves away from the icon-focused menu to one that looks almost like a right-click context menu instead.It features more options, some with, others without icons, and also a touch-variant that users may use when they work on touch-enabled devices.The touch menu of Firefox Photon may look like the following one:The core change is that the space between menu items is larger for easier selection of options displayed in the menu.The entries look identical right now, we will see if that will be the case when Photon is released in a future version of the Firefox web browser.One new feature of Firefox 57 will be that you can display the browser’s sidebar on the right side. Current versions of Firefox support it only on the left, but with the new version comes an option to display it on the right instead.The following screenshot shows that, and the new design of the sidebar as well.The three dots menu in the Firefox address bar is new as well. It lists several options in the mockups, among them options to copy the URL, send the URL to a device, take a screenshot, or to share the page.This new share functionality taps right into the Share functionality of the operating systems if it ships with one. On Windows 10, selecting Share would open the operating system’s Share window, and the same will happen on Mac OS X.It is unclear how Share will look like on devices that run operating systems that don’t come with native Share functionality.The error pages that the browser displays are redesigned as well. The mockups released in the last week show a less flashy design with fewer colors.Here are the error pages that highlight the changes: Mozilla, on top of that, released mockups for various internal pages of the Firefox browser. This includes the private browsing start window, the page that comes up when Firefox blocks a web page, and the HTTPS error page.  Last but not least, some internal about pages may get redesigns as well when Firefox 57 hits. These are the pages about:credit, about:license, and about:rights.  Firefox Nightly users may do the following to enable some Photon design elements in the browser already. Please note that this is a work in progress, and that some things may not work as intended at that point in time.Type about:config in the browser’s address bar and hit the Enter-key on the keyboard.Search for browser.photon.structure.enabled.Double-click the preference to set it to true, and enable the bits that are already in the browser.Restart the web browser.Now You: What’s your take on these new design mockups?SummaryArticle NameFirefox 57: new Photon design screenshotsDescriptionThe following article gives you a glimpse of the upcoming Photon design of the Firefox web browser which will come out later this year.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

World of Accor celebrates tenth anniversary

first_imgA range of prizes were up for grabs throughout the evening including Qantas flights to Singapore and accommodation at the Sofitel So Singapore. Accor held its tenth annual World of Accor industry evening, highlighting the company’s achievements over the past year and celebrating with its extensive client network. Human Nature performs hits from theirpopular Las Vegas Motown Tour. “We are extremely proud of our achievements in Asia over the past year; not only growing our business in core markets such as China and Thailand, but opening up Indonesia with rapid development since 2011”, Accor Asia Pacific chairman and chief operating officer Michael Issenberg said. Optus travel and operations manager Lisa Warnes took out the grand prize, winning a brand new Peugot 208. “In Australia we’re pleased with our staff development; continually training thousands at our Accor Academy, and through the employment of a vast number of indigenous personnel.” A slew of special guests were in attendance at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, including celebrity television hosts Melissa Doyle and Matt White. Accor representatives spoke with trade media at a briefing earlier in the evening, expanding on the numerous accomplishments and challenges the hospitality group has faced over the past 12 months. Source = ETB News: PT More than 800 industry delegates and over 90 Accor representatives attended the spectacular event. Australia’s favourite award-winning boy band, Human Nature, graced the stage and excited the crowd with a medley of hits from their now-famous Las Vegas Motown Tour.last_img read more

FirstTime Unemployment Claims Creep Up

first_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-07-25 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing July 25, 2013 436 Views center_img The “”Department of Labor””:http://www.dol.gov/ reported Thursday that advance initial unemployment figures for the week ending July 20 totaled 343,000, an increase of 7,000 over the previous week’s revised tally.[IMAGE]The week’s report does not include data used for reference in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) monthly Employment Situation Report. That report uses data from the pay period that included the 12th day of the month. July’s employment report will be released Friday, August 2.The four-week moving average for first-time claims was 345,250, a decline of 1,250 from the prior week. The four-[COLUMN_BREAK]week moving average represents a less volatile figure than weekly claims numbers, which are not always reliable as a way to measure recent trends.The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment–reported on a one-week lag–was 2,997,000 for the week ending July 13, a decrease of 119,000 from the preceding week. The four-week moving average for continuing claims was 3,023,250, an increase of 2,500 from week to week.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 6 was 4,840,609, an increase of 317,403 week-over-week. Extended benefits were not available in any state during that week.States reported 1,612,242 people claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending July 6, a decline of 24,489 from the previous week. There were 2,556,456 people claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012.The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 13 were in Georgia (+7,027), California (+6,799), Texas (+6,001), Alabama (+5,846), and Tennessee (+3,820). The largest decreases were in Michigan (-11,969), New York (-4,743), New Jersey (-4,477), Ohio (-2,501), and Kentucky (-2,163). Unemployment,First-Time Unemployment Claims Creep Uplast_img read more

London – Reported by Elite Traveler the private j

first_imgLondon – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineHoping for a hot Olympic summer, Corinthia Hotel London has opened The Courtyard for outdoor drinks and light meals. Set in the heart of the hotel, the new crescent-shaped space serves cocktails and champagne, as well as breakfast, oysters and afternoon tea.The cocktail list features the Bloom Clover Club made with chamomile tincture and raspberry purée, the rum-based Planters Punch and the Vesper Martini, while the less cocktail-inclined can enjoy a range of cigars and liqueurs.Pastry chef Claire Clark, MBE and Executive Head Chef Garry Hollihead prepares traditional afternoon teas, with sweet and savory treats, a selection of teas from the Tea Palace menu and Laurent-Perrier Champagne.Guests dining at Massimo Restaurant, the Oyster Bar or The Northall are able to retire to The Courtyard for a digestif, with fire places at either end to warm the cooler nights. The breakfast menu includes tea and coffee, fresh pastries and eggs Benedict.Housed in a Victorian building, Corinthia Hotel London comprises 294 rooms—including 36 suites and seven penthouses—Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar, The Northall (for British fare throughout the day), and the musically inspired Bassoon Bar. Other amenities include the four-floor flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia, and meeting/media rooms with recording, mixing and broadcasting facilities.Corinthia London is the ninth of Corinthia Hotels’ collection of five-star hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta.www.corinthia.com/en/London/homelast_img read more

March 26 2002 Workshopper Matteo Di Michele and V

first_imgMarch 26, 2002 Workshopper MatteoDi Michele and Volunteer Andrew Cooper are putting their muscels intobending rebar. [Photo: RL & text: SA] Workshoppers YungKwon, Anna Raup and Volunteer Luke White are tying rebar for a wall onUnit 7 of the East Crescent. [Photo: RL & text: SA] Rebar is put inplace in preparation for a pour of close to 60 yards of concretescheduled for March 25. This will be the 2nd floor of the 6. and 7.Unit of the East Crescent. [Photo: Nadia Begin & text: SA] Dave Tollas actuallyclimbed to the top of the crane to get this shot of the finished rebarcage. [Photo: Dave Tollas & text: SA]last_img read more

Stunning cave art installation for Pafos2017

first_imgA STUNNING new art installation created in an ancient cave in Paphos by a renowned Japanese artist as part of the official Pafos2017 cultural capital programme has taken two weeks to put together and will be completed on Friday.The unique installation is by Japanese artist, Chiharu Shiota, and has been completed in Fabrica Hill cave in Kato Paphos. It will be open to the public to view from April 8 and entrance is free.The Fabrica Cave installation: “A Walk through the Line” is made entirely of red thread and took more than 12 days to complete.  A dozen people worked on the project every day to complete the installation using a specific technique, said a spokesman for Pafos2017.Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese performance and installation artist and she is best known for creating room-filling environments, which are simultaneously monumental and delicate. She belongs to a generation of young artists who have gained international attention in recent years for body-related art.  Born in Osaka in 1972, she has been living and working in Berlin since 1996.Shiota studied at the Seika University in Kyoto and at various art schools in Germany. While in Germany, she studied with Marina Abramović, who has been active for over three decades, and is described as the “grandmother of performance art.”Shiota’s education at German art schools with Abramovic provides a key to her pictorial language that is oriented around performance and installation art of the 1970s, said a Pafos2017 spokesman.“Marina Abramovic along with Ana Mendieta, Janine Antoni, Louise Bourgeois, Carolee Schneemann, and Rebecca Horn, are the forerunners of the performative installation art on which Shiota’s pictorial language builds.”The installation is a collaboration between European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 and the EU-Japan Fest Committee.The installation is part of the Terra Mediterranea: in Action, a wider project involving a large number of artists from Cyprus and overseas. It is taking place in Nicosia and Paphos in April and includes a major contemporary art exhibition, an international conference and a series of parallel actions with the participation of a large number of artists from Cyprus and abroad.Another event under the umbrella of project is an exhibition at Paphos Medieval Castle. Participating artists and theorists include: Ana Adamović, Tom Dale, Elina Ioannou, and Panayiotis Michael, in collaboration with Pascalle Burton, Isabel Carvalho, Peter Eramian, Erden Kosova, Flavia Malusardi, Iordanis Papadopoulos, Christopher Rey Pérez, Maria Petrides and Liv Strand, Erkan Özgen Alexandros Pissourios.The event is free and will open on 8 April and run until 25 November.Meanwhile, another exhibition will take place at Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, associated with the Pierides Foundation [NIMAC] and opens on April 7. It will run until July 29 and then again from September 5 until November 25.There are tens of artists taking part, including: Ana Adamović, Marwa Arsanios, Sofia Bempeza, Banu Cennetoğlu, Marianna Christofides, Kyriaki Costa, Βassam El Βaroni, Silvia Giambrone, Hackitectura, Lia Haraki, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering, Eleni Kamma, Serap Kanay, Nurtane Karagil, Mahmoud Khaled, Zissis Kotionis, Mona Marzouk and  Panayiotis Michael , to name just a few.Pafos2017 said: “The Terra Mediterranea: in Action project aims at detecting, investigating and presenting the reflections of contemporary artists on today’s universal landscape. This includes the economic, political, religious, and social environments, and also the crisis of identity, in particular, as viewed through “Mediterranean” eyes, from both a political and a poetic stance.” The exhibition intends to illustrate how, in the current era of globalisation and the increased visibility of peripheral artistic activity, contemporary artists from the Mediterranean region and the international art scene, negotiate issues of history, memory and politics.The exhibition includes a variety of presentational formats such as: visual works, performances, theoretical discussions, film screenings, talks, literature and poetry readings, public interventions and educational programmes.For further information: www.pafos2017.eu You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Cardiologist: Throw Out All Your Gluten Now (Here’s Why)Gundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo 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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