Act to Increase Small Claims Limit

first_imgProposed changes to the Small Claims Court Act will make it easier and cheaper for Nova Scotians to resolve certain legal disputes. Justice Minister Michael Baker introduced legislation today, Oct. 18, that would allow the court to decide cases with claims valued at up to $25,000 instead of the current $15,000. “Increasing the limit to $25,000 will help people avoid the more costly option of starting a legal action before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Baker. “It’s another step that will streamline our justice system and help people resolve disputes in a more timely fashion.” The small claims court provides a quick, informal and cost-effective method for deciding claims. It is not necessary for the participants to hire lawyers. Proceedings are also less formal than in other courts. Cases are heard by adjudicators who are lawyers, not judges. The small claims court is administered by the Department of Justice. On average, the court hears 3,750 cases each year. For more information, see the website at . Mr. Baker also introduced three other justice bills. Amendments to the Enforcement of Canadian Judgments and Decrees Act will make it easier to recognize and enforce civil orders of protection issued in other Canadian provinces. It would also make sure consumers in Nova Scotia are treated fairly if a judgment is issued against them in another province. The International Trusts Act will see Nova Scotia join most other provinces in establishing common provisions for the recognition of trusts. The Commercial Mediation Act will establish standards for commercial mediation agreements, and make agreements more readily enforceable by the courts. The act is based on model legislation adopted by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada.last_img read more

Malaysian authorities to question televangelist Naik for hate speech

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Zakir Naik has been summoned for a second time by Malaysian authorities after his alleged racial remarks against Hindus and Chinese, hours after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told the controversial Indian televangelist that he is not allowed to participate in political activities in the country. The official Bernama news agency reported on Monday that Naik, wanted by Indian authorities since 2016 for alleged money laundering and inciting extremism through hate speeches, has been called for the second time to have his statement recorded at Bukit Aman, The Royal Malaysia Police Headquarters here. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USZakir is scheduled to arrive at Bukit Aman to resume giving his statement under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, according to CID director Huzir Mohamed. The 53-year-old preacher, who is a permanent resident in Muslim-majority Malaysia, had his statement recorded for the first time on August 16, the report said. Naik is alleged to have made controversial remarks against Malaysian Hindus and Malaysian Chinese during a talk in Kota Baru on August 3, prompting calls for him to be deported to India. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsResponding to calls for his deportation from Malaysia by suggesting Malaysian Chinese should leave the country first as they were “old guests.” He also said that ethnic Hindus in Malaysia enjoyed “100 times more rights” than Muslims in India and that they believed in the Indian government more than the Malaysian one, media reports said. Reacting to Naik’s controversial comments, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir on Sunday said it was “quite clear” that Naik wanted to participate in racial politics. “He is stirring up racial feelings. The police will have to investigate whether it is causing tension; obviously, it is,” he said. Mahathir added that as a permanent resident, Naik was not allowed to participate in politics. “You can preach (religiously). But he wasn’t doing that,” he said. “He was talking about Chinese going back to China and Indians going back to India. I have never said such things. But he did. That is politics,” the annoyed Malaysian prime minister said. Meanwhile, more Malaysian provinces have banned Naik from making public speeches. On Monday, Melaka became the latest state to ban his speeches. Naik has been banned from speaking in Melaka, said the Malaysian state’s Chief Minister Adly Zahari. Adly said the state government wants to avoids any issue that could strain ties between races, the Star reported on Monday. We want to maintain this. So we decided not to allow Mr Naik to hold talks or gatherings here,” he was quoted as saying.last_img read more

Scanbox Rob Heydon Productions line up Last Rituals exclusive

first_imgThe partners have earmarked a first quarter 2018 start on the Canada-Iceland co-production based on Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s first book in the series, 2005 global hit Last Rituals. The story follows Thora Gudmundsdottir, a single mother and lawyer in Reykjavik who moonlights as a detective.Los Angeles-based Sighvatsson (pictured at left) acquired the rights several years ago and is developing with Rob Heydon Productions, Canadian broadcaster CHCH, and Telemunchen, which holds the German rights and serves as international sales agent on the series.”This will be a book adaptation set and produced in Iceland in English language,” Sighvatsson said. “There’s not been a female-driven, worldwide hit Scandinavian crime story in some time. We think this material is quite unique. It’s a procedural with a much more humanistic element.” Login/Register With: READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

TD Bank acquires Torontobased artificial intelligence startup Layer 6 AI

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto-Dominion Bank is acquiring artificial intelligence startup Layer 6 AI for an undisclosed amount as financial services companies increasingly look to tap the technology’s potential.Canada’s largest bank by assets has been looking to build up its capabilities in AI for some time, said Michael Rhodes, group head of innovation, technology and shared services.“The mass amounts of data with increases in computing power really give rise to the ability for machine learning, or artificial intelligence, to really play a much more prominent role,” he said.Toronto-based Layer 6, which launched in late 2016, uses AI in its platform to analyze various forms of data to learn and anticipate an individual customer’s needs.Layer 6 will retain its brand name and separate office in Toronto’s Yorkville area, but TD will become its sole client and customer, said Rhodes.TD’s acquisition comes after it announced in October 2017 an agreement with U.S.-based Kasisto to integrate its KAI Banking chatbot platform into the bank’s mobile app.This also comes as corporate interest in AI and its potential continues to mount.Canadian AI companies saw record funding in the first three quarters of 2017, receiving $191 million across 22 deals, according to PwC Canada.Royal Bank of Canada has been investing in AI research, setting up labs in Toronto and Edmonton, as well as one in Montreal in November 2017. RBC, Canada’s largest bank by market capitalization, also last January tapped AI pioneer Dr. Richard S. Sutton as an academic adviser.Meanwhile, the federal and Ontario governments have doubled down on AI, collectively investing $100 million in a Toronto-based research institute. The Vector Institute, which opened in March 2017, was also set to receive $80 million from more than 30 private sector companies.Both TD and RBC are Vector Institute partners, while Layer 6 founders Jordan Jacobs and Tomi Poutanen are Vector Institute founders.Jacobs said after the startup’s launch in late 2016, it began doing work for various clients, including TD, last spring.After Layer 6 won an international competition last August for the best recommendation system — called the RecSys Challenge — and as it began looking to raise more money from venture capital that fall, the startup began getting acquisition approaches, he said. Jacobs would not specify which companies, but said the interest came from a variety “both inside and outside of Canada.”He said the startup, which now employs 17 people, was at an “inflection point” and needed to raise money to grow and meet demand. Its decision was guided by its aim to “build a global AI ecosystem in Canada,” he said.“If we go and we raised a ton of money from foreign investors, at some point along the way we essentially stop being a Canadian company even if we’re located here,” said Jacobs. “And for us, this was an opportunity to build inside a global company that is Canadian, TD, and to help them leap to the front of the pack around the world in adopting AI.”While neither firm would detail exactly how the technology would be applied at TD, Rhodes said this could include detecting certain spending patterns that indicate a customer may be buying a house and offer a mortgage. Or, in the future, applications could include the ability to analyze call centre audio and identify disgruntled customers who make multiple calls, and offer additional measures to address their issues, he said.Given the growing number of ways customers interact with their banks, such as via smartphone apps, online, social media as well as through call centres and branches, it has become much more difficult to monitor customer needs, he said.“What we hope to gather from AI is the ability to kind of know and understand our customers, in the same way that store manager knew back in the 1970s,” Rhodes said.last_img read more

Public warned of lightning

Thundershowers will develop at a few places in the Eastern and Uva provinces during the afternoon or evening. Southwestern monsoonal winds over the Island will strengthen at times. Fairly heavy rain falls (about 100mm) are also likely at some places. It also said that there will be showers or thundershowers at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Hambantota via Galle.The sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Trincomalee via Jaffna and Galle to Pottuvil via Hambantota will be rough at times. (Colombo Gazette) The department of meteorology has warned the public to take precautions to minimize the damages caused by lightning activities which could accompany heavy rain today.It said that showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces today. Showers may extend to the Puttalam and Kurunegala districts too. read more

CBSA seized 35 bricks of suspected opium hidden in coffee packaging

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Commercial Operations seized 37 kilograms of suspected opium that was hidden inside coffee packaging.Border services officers examined a shipment from German on December 23 and noticed the weight felt heavier than the 500 grams listed on the packaging. Officers opened the shipment and found 35 brick-shaped objects containing suspected opium. CBSA officers turned over the shipment to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.Goran Vragovic, CBSA Regional Director General, says CBSA officers are always on the lookout for contraband. “This significant seizure demonstrates our commitment to Canadians to intercept illegal narcotics and prevent them from hitting the streets of our communities.”

Top UN rights official shocked about recent civilian deaths in Iraq

In a statement issued in Geneva, the Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, stressed the responsibility of the occupying forces to ensure the safety and welfare of Iraqi civilians and to refrain from excessive use of force and indiscriminate attacks.He “calls on all belligerents to respect human rights and humanitarian law, and to demonstrate at all times paramount concern for the safety and protection of civilians,” the statement said. “He reiterates that even if there are security-related concerns, there can be no licence to commit carnage.”Meanwhile in Iraq, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser, Lakhdar Brahimi, continued his consultations, meeting with representatives of the Iraqi Arab Nationalist movement, lead by former Foreign Minister Sohbi Abdel Hamid, as well as the leadership of the Dawa Party – Iraq Branch.Later Friday, Abdellaziz al-Hakim, a leading Shiite cleric and head of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), invited Mr. Brahimi to dinner along with about 10 other leading political figures in Iraq. They included Ahmad Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress, Mohammad Baher el-Uloom, a member of the Governing Council from Najaf, Adel Abdel Mahdi, deputy head of SCIRI, and Dr. Ibrahim Jafaari, leader of the Dawa Party.Speaking to the press afterwards, Mr. Brahimi said the group discussed “the painful situation in Najaf and Karbala” and expressed their hope that it would end soon. “The spilling of blood of innocent Iraqi civilians should stop as soon as possible. Security and stability should return to these two areas, which are considered sacred to Muslims throughout the world,” he said. read more

EU lawmakers approve regulations to counter smoking imposing bigger warnings banning menthol

BRUSSELS – European lawmakers approved sweeping new regulations governing the multibillion-dollar tobacco market on Tuesday, including bigger warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on menthol and other flavourings in a bid to further curb smoking. They stopped short, however, of tough limits on electronic cigarettes.The European Parliament vote in Strasbourg came after months of bitter debate and an unusually strong lobbying campaign by the tobacco industry, which decries the regulations as disproportionate and limiting consumer freedom. The Parliament dismissed many of the industry’s arguments, but agreed on watered-down versions of sensitive legislation.The legislature still must reach a compromise with the 28 European Union governments on certain points before the rules can enter into force. Diplomats say a deal could be struck by the end of the year.The tobacco vote was viewed by the World Health Organization and EU health officials as an important milestone — but not the end of their quest to stop people from smoking and keep teens from ever picking up a cigarette.Smoking bans in public, limits on tobacco firms’ advertising, and other measures over the past decade have seen the number of smokers fall from an estimated 40 per cent of the EU’s 500 million citizens to 28 per cent now. Still, treatment of smoke-related diseases costs about 25 billion euros ($34 billion) a year, and the bloc estimates there are around 700,000 smoking-related deaths per annum across the 28-nation bloc.The lawmakers voted to impose warning labels — with the inclusion of gruesome pictorials, for example showing cancer-infested lungs — covering 65 per cent of cigarette packs, rejecting a measure for blank packaging instead. Current warning labels cover 30-40 per cent of packages.Legislators also voted for new limits on advertising for electronic cigarettes, but rejected a measure that would have restricted them to medical use only. The battery-operated products, which are enjoying a boom in the United States and many European countries, turn nicotine into a vapour inhaled by the user and are often marketed as a less harmful alternative to tobacco. Many health experts say e-cigarettes are useful for people trying to quit or cut down on nicotine.Armando Peruga, a tobacco control expert at WHO in Geneva, said regulating e-cigarettes wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing and that WHO is currently evaluating their safety and effectiveness. “We do think e-cigarettes could be useful, but we need more information. We have not yet ruled them out. We do think they could be helpful for some smokers.”Linda McAvan, a member of the European Parliament and Britain’s opposition Labour Party, said she expects tougher rules on electronic cigarettes down the line, saying that most EU governments want them. “We want to make sure they aren’t marketed as gateway products for young people.”The European Parliament also voted to ban menthol — though not until 2022 — and some other flavourings, favouring those who argued that fruity or other pleasant aromas entice novices to smoke. They rejected a ban on slim cigarettes, however.Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland wrote a fervent appeal to lawmakers on Monday, saying: “Every year, more Europeans die from smoking than from the combined total of car accidents, fires, heroin, cocaine, murder and suicide.”Lobbying against the measure was led by Philip Morris International Inc., which owns several brands such as Marlboro and called the new legislation “deeply flawed.” The company maintains that, among other things, banning menthol, slim cigarettes or small packages would violate EU rules.Philip Morris, with $8.5 billion of sales and 12,500 employees in Europe, also claimed the regulation could result in up to 175,000 job losses and lost tax revenues of 5 billion euros ($6.8 billion) per year. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday’s vote.Leftists broadly favoured the new regulations, joined by many conservatives concerned about the costs to national health care systems of smoking-related treatment.___Charlton reported from Paris. Maria Cheng in London contributed to this report.Follow Juergen Baetz on Twitter at by Juergen Baetz And Angela Charlton, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2013 11:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EU lawmakers approve regulations to counter smoking, imposing bigger warnings, banning menthol read more

A list of the top 20 primetime programs in the Nielsen ratings

A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for June 9-15 Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for June 9-15. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NBA Finals: Miami vs. San Antonio, Game 5, ABC, 18 million.2. NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami, Game 4, ABC, 14.96 million.3. NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami, Game 3, ABC, 14.78 million.4. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.54 million.5. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 8.37 million.6. “NCIS,” CBS, 8.07 million.7. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.45 million.8. “Game of Thrones,” HBO, 7.09 million.9. “Night Shift,” NBC, 6.7 million.10. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 6.58 million.11. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 6.52 million.12. “Hillary Clinton: Public & Private,” ABC, 6.46 million.13. “Mom” (Thursday), CBS, 6.37 million.14. “24: Live Another Day,” Fox, 6.29 million.15. “Dateline NBC: People vs. OJ,” NBC, 6.28 million.16. “20/20,” ABC, 6.23 million.17. NHL Finals: New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings, Game 5, NBC, 6.02 million.18. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 5.69 million.19. “48 Hours” (Monday), CBS, 5.68 million.20. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 5.4 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. HBO is owned by Time Warner. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 11:45 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

South Sudan Outraged UN experts say ongoing widespread human rights violations may

Portrait of a woman resident of Wau Shilluk, South Sudan. The town has been reduced to dust, as ongoing conflict has seen the complete destruction of homes, the school and hospital., by © UNICEF/UN0236862/RichThe Commission also investigated sexual exploitation and abuse allegations committed by UN peacekeepers.Cases in 2018, which involved 18 alleged perpetrators of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), were registered in the UN Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Database, and peacekeepers from one of the Protection of Civilians sites were repatriated. The Commission also noted a link between the conflict and the country’s political economy – pointing to the misappropriation of natural resources, and “a total lack of transparency and independent oversight,” that has allegedly diverted revenues to Government elites.Victims and vulnerable communities – especially women, the internally displaced and refugees – must be included in designing and implementing mechanisms for the transitional justice agenda, which the Commission deemed “essential for building sustainable peace.”As it continues to document violations, build dossiers on perpetrators, and collect and preserve evidence for future accountability processes, the Commission has detailed three case studies documenting war crimes, which will be handed over to the Right Commission in Geneva.  “This evidence may be used beyond South Sudanese bodies – it may be available on request to regional and state parties for future prosecutions,” said Commissioner Barney Afako.“With sustained political will and effective leadership,” concluded Ms. Sooka, “the transitional justice framework and mechanisms can help to bring accountability, reconciliation and healing as South Sudanese deal with the past and secure their future stability and prosperity.” “There is a confirmed pattern of how combatants attack villages, plunder homes, take women as sexual slaves and then set homes alight – often with people in them,” Yasmin Sooka, Chair of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan said in Nairobi at the launch of the launch of the three-member expert-body’s third report. “Rapes, gang rapes, sexual mutilation, abductions and sexual slavery, as well as killings, have become commonplace in South Sudan,” she continued. “There is no doubt that these crimes are persistent because impunity is so entrenched that every kind of norm is broken.”While a lack of accountability during the country’s struggle for independence has helped to fuel the current conflict, the report stresses that sustainable peace requires tangible and credible accountability and justice.There is no doubt that these crimes are persistent because impunity is so entrenched that every kind of norm is broken – Yasmin Sooka“We do acknowledge the efforts of the Government to hold some perpetrators accountable for gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law,” Commissioner Andrew Clapham said in Geneva.“However, we also have to note that pervasive impunity remains the norm.”The Commission, set up in 2016 by the UN Human Rights Council, urged the Government, the region and the international community to “take urgent steps” to respect the cessation of hostilities, implement the Revitalized Agreement signed five months ago and “push to silence the guns completely.”South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, has been mired in instability and conflict for nearly all seven years of its existence.Earlier in 2018, President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President and long-time political rival, Riek Machar, signed a new peace accord, and hopes have been high that the deal would finally end the crisis and deliver better and safer conditions for millions that have been left homeless and hungry.A downward spiralSince its December 2017 update, the Commission said the magnitude of rape and sexual violence has worsened markedly, with a surge in rapes between November and December.According to UNICEF, 25 per cent of those targeted by sexual violence are children, including girls as young as seven. Elderly and pregnant women have also been raped, and sexual violence against men and boys remains underreported as the stigma attached to it is higher than that of raping and killing the young and the elderly. read more

North to receive £2300 less per person in travel spending than London

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. Boris Johnson has been urged to keep his promises after a report suggested the North is set to receive more than £2,300 less per person in transport spending than London.The Government’s planned transport spending for London is almost three times more per head than the North unless investment in the Northern Powerhouse gets the go-ahead, a think-tank said.That figure rises to seven times more per person than in Yorkshire and the Humber or the North East, according to the IPPR North research based on Government figures and published on Monday.Its analysis said that the capital will receive £3,636 in transport spending per person, while the North will receive £1,247 in planned spending.The study also suggested that the spending gap had widened over the last decade, with the boost in London being 2.5 times more than in the North.IPPR researcher Luke Raikes said: “These figures show that the Prime Minister must urgently follow through on his promises to invest in northern transportinfrastructure and devolve power to the North’s leaders.”The Northern Powerhouse agenda could benefit people across the whole country. Northern transport infrastructure is a national priority.”A Government spokeswoman said: “We do not recognise these misleading figures – we’re spending more on transport per person in the North than anywhere else.”We are committed to reversing decades of under-investment in northern transport including providing a record £13 billion by 2020 to improve transportnetworks in the North.”As the Prime Minister recently set out, this Government wants to drive growth across the North including through Northern Powerhouse Rail, giving local leaders greater powers and investing £3.6 billion in towns across England.” read more

Sony may be working on a 644inch Nexus 7 competitor

first_imgAfter an image was uploaded to a Chinese forum site, rumors are swirling that Sony may be working on a 6.44-inch phablet to take on devices like the Galaxy Note %displayPrice% at %seller% and Huawei’s new 6-inch Ascend Mate. But at a half inch larger than the Huawei and just a half inch short of the Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab 7, and Kindle Fire, it’s quite possible Sony isn’t building this device to get in on the phablet action.It could be 2013’s Tablet P — except this time around Sony may be choosing to go with a more widely-adopted form factor for its sub-10-inch tablet and ditching the crazy dual-screen clamshell. This new 6.44-inch Sony would make an excellent addition to the Xperia line, slotting in below the Xperia Z Tablet and above the 5-inch Xperia Z phone.Sony may well be building a device that’s a little bit more pocketable than the Nexus 7. Chances are good that it would also feature the same splash-resistance and dust-proof qualities as the other newest members of the Xperia line-up. And since Sony managed to cram a full 1080P display into the 5-inch Xperia Z, a 6.44 inch tablet with the same resolution seems like a safe bet, too.At the end of the day, whether this device is a phablet or a straight-up tablet is down to semantics. When companies are churning our devices around the six-inch mark that have cellular connectivity built in, the label that gets applied is down to the user. What you or I might call a tablet is probably just a phone to someone like Tyson Chandler.Additional rumblings say there’s an announcement coming at Mobile World Congress 2013. With Samsung set to show off the Galaxy Note 8.0 there, Sony may not be far behind.last_img read more

Planète Mars une colonisation par les humains programmée par la Nasa

first_imgPlanète Mars : une colonisation par les humains programmée par la Nasa ?États-Unis – La Nasa étudie actuellement la faisabilité d’un nouveau type de mission spatiale. Après avoir conçu un vaisseau spatial adapté, l’agence spatiale américaine envisagerait en effet de faire voyager des astronautes jusqu’à Mars, afin d’y installer une colonie. Aucun retour de l’équipage ne serait alors programmé. Le vaisseau a été baptisé “Hundred Years starship” (littéralement : “vaisseau spatial de 100 ans”). Sa mission serait d’amener l’Homme là où il n’a encore jamais posé le pied : sur la planète Mars. Problème : les membres de l’équipage ne reviendront pas. La Nasa fait actuellement des recherches poussées sur la possibilité de coloniser d’autres mondes, comme la planète rouge. Le projet consiste à approvisionner les astronautes depuis la Terre jusqu’à Mars. En revanche, le coût serait trop important pour qu’ils reviennent. Ces hommes sont sensés devenir rapidement auto-suffisants.Le directeur du “Ames Research Center” (l’un des centres de recherche de la Nasa), Pete Worden, a reçu une enveloppe d’un million de livres pour commencer à travailler sur le projet. La Nasa a en outre fourni 100.000 dollars à l’équipe. “Nous espérons également motiver des milliardaires pour qu’ils donnent des fonds pour la création du vaisseau spatial” a annoncé Worden. “Le programme de colonisation d’autres mondes par les humains est maintenant vraiment prêt à débuter”. Le coût potentiel d’un aller simple pour Mars avoisinerait les 10 milliards de dollars. Investir de telles sommes dans d’hypothétiques voyages interstellaires a de quoi laisser perplexe, au vu de la situation actuelle de notre planète.À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?La dernière mission sur Mars, qui s’était déroulée entre août 2007 (décollage) et mai 2008 (atterrissage) via le vaisseau Phoenix de la Nasa ne transportait aucun être humain. Les experts affirment qu’une fusée fonctionnant à l’énergie nucléaire pourrait raccourcir le voyage de 4 mois, sachant également que la distance Mars-Terre varie en fonction de la position de la planète rouge au cours de sa révolution autour du Soleil.De toutes les planètes de notre système solaire, Mars est celle qui contient probablement une quantité d’eau suffisante pour pouvoir y survivre, mais les températures peuvent être glaciales à certains endroits. L’atmosphère de la planète pose également problème et nécessiterait de ravitailler les colons martiens en oxygène. Worden précise qu’il faudrait sans doute commencer par coloniser les lunes de Mars, depuis lesquelles les scientifiques organiseraient des explorations télé robotisées de la planète.Les scientifiques Dirk Schulze-Makuch et Paul Davies ont indiqué dans le “Journal of Cosmology” que quatre astronautes volontaires seraient envoyés sur Mars pour la première mission de colonisation. Ils admettent qu’il faudra que la mission aille de pair avec des “considérations éthiques”, car l’opinion publique aura à juste titre le sentiment que les pionniers seront abandonnés à leur sort ou sacrifiés. Le 1 novembre 2010 à 13:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pandora Launches VoiceEnabled Smart Assistant For Easier Streaming

first_imgStay on target Experimental Spotify Stations App Launches in USGet Personalized Podcast Recommendations from Pandora Streaming music provider Pandora is taking on Amazon, Google, and Spotify with a native smart assistant.New “Voice Mode” allows listeners to control Pandora’s mobile app and discover music simply by asking.Use the wake phrase “Hey Pandora,” followed by a request, to hear a specific artist, song, station, podcast, or playlist. The platform can also deliver personalized tunes based on tastes, moods, and activities (i.e. “play something for my workout” or “play music for relaxing”).“With Voice Mode, we are introducing an even more natural and conversational way for listeners to discover new music and enhance their experience directly in the Pandora mobile app, like getting recommendations from a friend who really knows you,” Chief Product Officer Chris Phillips said in a statement.The new feature relies on advanced natural language understanding and music recommendation technology to provide a hands-free experience tailored to individual users.Change stations, control volume, skip or pause music, and conduct other basic navigation commands with a few words.Don’t like what you’re hearing? Tell Pandora to “play something different.” Stumble upon a fresh new beat you’d like to listen to again? Direct the app to “add this song to my party playlist” or give it a thumbs up by saying “I like this.”Beta access new Voice Mode is available now for iOS and Android owners.This is the latest addition to the US-only streaming service (I’m dying for access in the UK!), which rolled out personalized podcast recommendations in November.The Podcast Genome Project—a cataloging system and discovery algorithm that combines technology and human curation to deliver new content, based on 1,500-plus attributes. Users signal their enjoyment (or lack thereof) via thumbs, skips, and replays.At the heart of Pandora is the Music Genome Project, described by the firm as “the most sophisticated taxonomy of music information ever collected.”Each song in the system is analyzed using up to 400 distinct musical characteristics; Pandora recognizes and responds to individual tastes, giving users a personalized radio experience.More on Assistant Will Soon Be Available on One Billion DevicesThis Smart Toilet Adds Alexa to Your Bathroom RoutineStop Ignoring Your Smart Speaker’s Privacy Functionslast_img read more

Team TCI returns home victorious from Taste of the Caribbean chef showdown

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 13, 2016 – Two golds, at least three silver and honorable mentions were the prizes for the TCHTA Culinary Team TCI.  The group returned on Saturday from the Taste of the Caribbean chef showdown in Miami and starring was the country’s own, 19 year old Robinangel Simons, the overall Jr Chef winner, getting the Gold and Robinangel is now an inductee into the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Hall of Fame.  “Even our presentation on our buffet for the taste of the islands blew away every other country.  But for a young  woman to bring back Junior Caribbean Chef of the Year for the whole Caribbean, is out of this world.”Another gold was secured by islander, Chef Joseph Charles with his seafood preparation; Chef Charles said while the other teams had an artillery of gadgets to out cook one another, for Team TCI it was pure hands and heart. “Other guys brought vacuum packs, they brought microwaves, all we had were just knives, all we had were these (hands), and it’s just for what we’ve been doing here, and these guys were preparing from the last competition as they went back home, and they said this, they said the moment they went home they started preparing for this year.  We did six weeks.”Colin Watson, team leader said TeamTCI showed remarkable discipline, always getting into position first, with the cleanest kitchen and allowing flavor to be the difference in their culinary masterpieces.A teary-eyed Stacy Cox is one of the founders of the Hospitality Adventure, junior chef program and said the welcome home was the icing on the cake.  “This has been something that I’ve been trying to do for the past three years now.  We’ve started from fact finding missions with CHTA to going and just scoping it out for two years to three years consecutively, and to have a team go in with less than two months of practicing and coming out so victorious.”Turks and Caicos also earned Silver in beef, Silver for Bartender and honorable mention in dessert and dessert presentation.  Scores showed up at the airport, including Robin’s family, the Beaches Resort Family complete with Elmo and Cookie Monster, We Funk Junkanoo was there and Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Hon Porsha Smith who assisted the welcome reception complete with red carpet.   The media was out in full force too. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Providenciales Airport Reopens Today

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Airport opened today, PLS, providenciales international airport Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Providenciales Airport is to be reopened today at 11:00 AM.The airport, which was closed to the public- only offering emergency services- is to be fully operational today in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.The tourism district of Grace Bay was resilient and stood strong in the face of the Category 5 Storm which produced extreme winds, heavy rainfall and intense storm surge across the islands.   Reports have indicated localized flooding, and damages to roofs, some property and landscape damage, and loss of electricity were experienced as a result of the Hurricane.   Fortunately, there have been no reports of loss of life.Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) is currently conducting assessments throughout the island and working with government and local relief agencies to ensure that other services are returned to normal as soon as possible. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp JetBlue lands today at PIA from Ft. Lauderdale JetBlue from Ft Lauderdale lands in Provo November 16 US Airways no more, last flight to TCI ‘emotional’last_img read more

Lascelles insists Newcastle players are frustrated

first_imgNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles insists the team is frustrated with their recent run of results.Rafael Benitez’s side are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season and despite creating a host of chances (27 shots) in their home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, the team couldn’t find the back of the net.Beram Kayal gave the visitors the lead when he diverted a shot from Jose Izquierdo past Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the 29th minute.The Magpies pushed for an equaliser in the second half but came up short in the final third of the pitch.“It’s definitely frustrating for us as players,” said Lascelles, according to The Shields Gazette.Benitez insists he didn’t leave for the money Manuel R. Medina – August 13, 2019 Former Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says he didn’t leave the club for China just because of the hefty Chinese Super League money.“They didn’t have much more other than the goal they scored from a corner which should have been a goal kick.”“We had all the chances. They had one chance, and had all three points.”“We should have defended the corner better, but we shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place.”“In pretty much every game we’ve played, bar Leicester, we’ve played some decent football and things haven’t gone our way. One result, one win, and we can really start our season properly.”“It’s just working out how we do that, because at the moment, we’re a little way off that. “There’s no reason to panic. We have loads of positives to take from that game, like all the chances we created.”last_img read more

Lights dazzling displays set to take center stage at 2018 Winterfest Boat

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – We’re just one day away from the greatest show on H2O — the Winterfest Boat Parade — and this year’s festivities will have revelers going back in time.This will be the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s 47th annual boat parade.“I can’t tell you how excited we are about this theme,” said Winterfest President and CEO, Lisa Scott-Founds. “We have some unusual things this year. We’re leading the parade with the Seabreacher from NSU, which is a really cool shark, and then we’ve got Heart Homes doing the fireworks for 12 miles … we’ve go bands on barges – we’ve never one that before.”This year’s theme is “The Best of the 80’s.“Really, the ’80s, it kind of defined a decade. We had MTV, which really brought out all that musical elements for everybody to really enjoy,” said Scott-Founds.It’s only fitting that this year’s grand marshal is Huey Lewis from the Grammy-winning band Huey Lewis and the News.“Huey was the very first act that we had at the Hard Rock when we opened 15 years ago,” said Seminole Hard Rock spokesperson Susan Renneisen, “and now 15 years later, he’s back representing us on the [Intracoastal] Waterway.” 7News’s own Vivian Gonzalez was on scene at the Riverside Hotel, speaking with the people who make it all possible.“We are just so proud to be the host hotel of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. It’s going to be smashing!” said Heiko Bobrikow, the Riverside Hotel’s General Manager. “As you know, we are always responsible for the VIP viewing area, which is right next to the hotel, at the Stranahan House at Laura Ward Park.”“We are becoming again, party central, right here on Las Olas Boulevard,” added Bobrikow, “On the river patio, you have first dibs on where the parade actually starts.”There are many more viewing areas along the parade route, but for the best seats on land, people can head to the Ford Grandstand viewing area, located at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, at 3109 E Sunrise Blvd.At the Grandstands, there will be a culinary courtyard presented by Stella Artois, interactive games for the kids, the opportunity to take pictures with Santa and live entertainment by the Big City Dogs.The fun begins Saturday at 3:30 p.m., when the gates open to the public. The parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with yachts and boats big and small, lit up and decked out with decorations.Renneisen said the night’s festivities will include musical performances. “We also have the Shane Duncan Band, and we have a 10-piece band that’s going to be on the South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center’s boat,” said Renneisen. “That is really going to rock the shore.”People are advised to head to their designated watching areas early, as traffic patterns will be changing due to bridge closures.The 12-mile parade route begins along the New River and travels east to the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, then heads North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach.The New River will be closing to boat traffic, except parade vessels, at 2:30 p.m. The Intracoastal Waterway will close at 5:20 p.m. from Port Everglades to Oakland Park Bridge South, and North of Oakland Park Bridge to lake Santa Barbara will be closed starting at 6:20 p.m.Bridge closures for vehicular traffic along Seventh Avenue, Andrews Avenue and Third Avenue will begin at 6 p.m. and will open back up at 8:30 p.m.The Las Olas Boulevard bridge will be going up at 7 p.m., Sunrise Boulevard at 7:30 p.m., Oakland Park Boulevard at 8 p.m. and Commercial Boulevard at 8:30 p.m. center_img Those hopping on the Brightline train to see the votes can receive a 25 percent discount by entering the code “PARADE18.”For more information on everything you need to know about the parade or where you can buy tickets, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Management Shakeup at Adweek Media

first_imgLast week, former Nielsen Business Media senior vice president Sabrina Crow was appointed SVP and managing director of Nielsen’s local television client services.Late last year, Nielsen announced an editorial reorganization at its Adweek Media Group that combined content development and distribution for the three magazines under one editorial organization. When asked Friday if Nielsen had plans to fold any of its Adweek Media titles, the company spokesperson declined to comment.Revenues Down, Profits UpNielsen today reported  a net income of $5 million during the first quarter, compared to a $82 million loss during the same period in 2008. Revenues were $1.13 billion, down about 6 percent from the first quarter last year.During its earnings call this morning, CFO Brian West said revenues in Nielsen’s business media division were $85 million—down more than 30 percent from the same period last year—and $11 million adjusted operating income, which is down nearly 60 percent.”This part of the portfolio continues to be pressured by the print publication side, which was down over 30 percent, and we’re still seeing trade show exposition pressure which was down in the 10 to 15 percent range in the topline,” West said.Nielsen reported EBITDA of $1.311 billion, down $32 million from its 2008 year-end report. Nielsen Business Media’s Adweek Media Group—which publishes Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek—said Mediaweek publisher Geri FitzGerald will also serve as publisher of Brandweek. FitzGerald replaces Tom Woerner, who left the company.Alison Fahey will continue to serve as publisher and editorial director of Adweek, Nielsen media and entertainment group senior vice president Gerry Byrne wrote in a memo to staffers.In an e-mail to friends, former Brandweek managing editor Chuck Stogel said he was laid off Thursday. It was not immediately clear how many other layoffs there were. A Nielsen spokesperson declined to comment.last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests Issue 1 Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between June 6, 2019 and June 12, 2019.Thursday, June 6, 2019NoneFriday, June 7, 2019NoneSaturday, June 8, 2019Kevin MacDonald (56, Wilmington) was arrested for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Threat To Commit A Crime, and 2 counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. (12:10pm)Sunday, June 9, 2019NoneMonday, June 10, 2019Michelle Moriarty (56, Tewksbury) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Revoked Registration and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (10:04pm)Tuesday, June 11, 2019NoneWednesday, June 12, 2019Jeffrey M. Doherty (31, Woburn) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License; Carrying A Dangerous Weapon; Marked Lanes Violation; Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle; Outstanding Warrant; and Being A Fugitive From Justice On A Court Warrant. (5:40am)Rachel M. Adams (33, Cambridge) was arrested on a warrant. (5:49am)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more