This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp Don’t go reaching for your mug — you won’t be getting any coffee out of this futuristic pod. But what you might get is spacious 360 – degree sound. The device above isn’t a lunar rocket, it’s a new wireless speaker called the Archt One that has so far more than doubled its pledge goal on Kickstarter to pull in around $150,000. Brandishing a specially-crafted driver system designed to disperse sound throughout the room in all directions, the Archt One aims to replace your hi-fi with minimalist style.Related: Bang & Olufsen’s new wireless speaker begs audiophiles to believe in BluetoothInside the space age capsule, the Archt One faces a full range driver and a subwoofer head to head above and below the open chamber, sending the sound directly through the specialized array module in an effort to replicate the sonic signature of acoustic instruments like guitars, allowing it to evenly distribute audio playback. A passive radiator at the base of the system also helps to amplify the low frequencies to create a fuller sound, helping the speaker achieve a claimed frequency response of 52Hz-20kHz.But the speaker also adds some impressive smart technology to go with its patented hardware, including DSP for sound optimization designed to “restore streaming audio quality,” as well as a custom audio app that uses the microphone in your smartphone to optimize the sound for your environment. The system is also multi-zone capable, allowing users to add more speakers ala Sonos, Bose, and other multi-room sound systems. Users can control the speaker through the app, or via touch sensors on the Sound Array.Related: Hal 9000 meets premium sound in the new OD-11 cloud speakerDesigned for audiophile sound reproduction, the Archt One is claimed to achieve high resolution playback of up to 24bit/192kHz over a Wi-Fi connection. The speaker also supports Airplay for Mac and iOS devices, and for those times when a Wi-Fi connection isn’t available, the speaker also sports Bluetooth connection, as well as Aux and USB connections.The speaker is expected to retail for $599. However, at time of publication, there were still several available for a reasonable $349, expected to ship as early as February 2015. If you’d like to check out an Archt One for yourself, you can pledge at its Kickstarter page now.This piece first appeared at our brother site, Digital Trends. The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks The Bond-Inspired AddArmor Audi RS7 Is the World’s Fastest Armored Car
COMMUNITY SERVICES–Minister Announces New Elevator for Seniors’Building Seniors living in the Captain William Spry Lodge in Spryfieldwill soon have improved access to their apartments with theinstallation of a new elevator, Community Services Minister DavidMorse announced today, Jan. 15. “We are committed to enhancing the quality of life for seniors byhelping them remain in their homes for as long as possible,” saidMr. Morse. “We know people’s physical abilities can change overtime and are pleased to make this improvement to the CaptainWilliam Spry Lodge.” A tender for the construction of the new elevator at the CaptainWilliam Spry Lodge will be issued shortly and the elevator isexpected to be in operation by late summer. The cost to installthe new elevator is estimated at about $125,000. Halifax RegionalMunicipality councillor Steve Adams is providing a $10,000contribution from his community funds budget. “Most seniors in our buildings can now access their apartmentswithout using the stairs,” said Mr. Morse. “We try to accommodatethose who have difficulty using the stairs with ground-floorunits but felt the installation of an elevator was justified inthis case.” The Department of Community Services – through seven HousingAuthorities across the province – provides accommodation forabout 9,000 seniors in 476 buildings across Nova Scotia.
“As crimes are increasing day by day, the role of the Delhi government can be to install CCTV cameras at every street. RWA and police will get a direct feed of these cameras. The project of installing three lakh CCTV cameras has started,” Manish Sisodia told reporters after installing a camera in East Vinod Nagar, which falls under his Assembly constituency of Patparganj. The usage of CCTV cameras along with various AI software, has helped law enforcement agencies curb down crimes to a great extent. Police monitor the cameras to prevent crime and also to nab the lawbreakers. In some cases, CCTV cameras also bring out real facts of any allegations. Also Read – A race against timeJoint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range), Devesh Chandra Srivastava, told MillenniumPost that they are encouraging RWAs and MWAs to install more CCTVs. The cameras have multiple advantages. “It creates deterrence for criminals and anti-social elements. If any crime happens, they help in post-analysis to solve the crime,” said Joint CP. He further asserted that CCTVs act as a piece of valuable evidence.INSTANCESEarlier in July, a man was allegedly shot outside his gym in Civil Lines, Delhi. It is being alleged that the 30-year-old man was targeted due to a personal rivalry. Police succeeded in arresting the accused in a few days – courtesy to the CCTV installed near the gym. Also Read – A Golden LootIn the same month, police arrested two individuals after a video of a man brandishing weapons and threatening shopkeepers in northeast Delhi’s Welcome area surfaced online. The footage showed a man with a sharp knife-like tool threatening shopkeepers and vandalizing their shops. In another prominent incident, three armed men robbed a 35-year-old businessman and his family while they were parking their car in Gujranwala Town. The case was highlighted by various media and yet again, the offenders were nabbed with the aid of CCTV footages. In April, CCTV footages helped Dwarka district police to crack the murder case of a former IAF wing commander’s wife at her house in Dwarka’s Sector-7 area. Data Delhi Police data related to CCTV cameras till April 14 revealed that under Nigehbaan scheme 2,291,29 cameras have been installed out of which 2,24,016 are functioning – more than 90 per cent. As many as 121 cases were solved with the help of CCTV whereas 16 cases were solved with the government cameras. In one of the recent letters written by a Delhi Police unit in June revealed that 1,368 CCTV cameras in Delhi are non-functional in different parts of the city. The prime reasons for these non-functional cameras were mainly because of non-maintenance or theft of the equipment. Among the non-functional cameras, around 445 was non-functional due to maintenance, 855 cameras were not working due to damages incurred by the third party including five government bodies. As of now, 68 issues of LCS/MCS burnt or under shifting, theft of equipment etc. are pending. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), DR G Ramgopal Naik, said that CCTVs helped them in solving a firing case at Barapullah flyover. “During the investigation, we found that one of the accused was involved in another prominent case and his footage was captured on an ATM’s CCTV camera. Later during the investigation, we arrested the accused in the case,” said DCP Crime Naik. The DCP also stated that in cases of people missing or kidnapping, CCTV plays a very important role and adds fuel the investigation. SIGNIFICANCE “There are many instances when a person hides real facts about the occurrence. CCTV footage analysis reveals the event. Complainants sometime lie or accuse someone with wrongful facts. In such cases, CCTV proves vital in bringing out the truth,” said a senior officer. According to investigators of Delhi Police, if they are tracing some person who is in any particular area but does not have the exact location, they start scanning the CCTVs of the area. There is a high possibility that the person would be captured in one of the existing cameras of the area. Once located on footage, they check other cameras to ascertain the further movement. CCTV footages provide the possible route where the person is going. Tracing the accused’s movement requires high attention and it is not as easy as it might seem to be. At times in important cases, despite working 24×7, the process of scanning CCTV footages goes on for weeks. Another investigator informed MillenniumPost that through footages of roads connecting two states, they have caught several criminals when they were on run. Revealing a probe, the investigator said, “We had a clue that a drug peddler has been visiting the national capital at a frequent interval of 10 days. We deployed our teams at several suspected locations. We got a clue through a CCTV footage that the accused had entered the city on a specific car. Details were immediately shared with an internal agency and they soon provided us with more footages of the accused and the car. Through the footages, we traced the vehicle’s movement and successfully managed to arrest the pedlar.” In some cases, it has also been found that after committing a crime, the accused ensures to destroy CCTV cameras and also took away the DVR which stores all data. Police sources told Millennium Post that in a crime review meeting headed by Delhi Police Commissioner, Amulya Patnaik, a discussion was held on review and repair of dysfunctional CCTV cameras (new cameras covered under Nigehbaan Scheme). Sources further revealed the CP desired that this is one area where district DCsP should work on a serious note. They should motivate the MWAs to install CCTV cameras in their markets by public participation under Nigehbaan Scheme. There were also discussions to get the dysfunctional CCTV cameras repaired under the Nigehbaan scheme. In another meeting, the Station House Officers (SHOs) were given direction to constitute with the government agency in identifying hotspots in the city for installation of CCTV cameras as planned by the Delhi government. The security cover of Sarojini Nagar market has been enhanced by Delhi Police as they are now also monitoring the activities inside the market through a centralised control room. With the help of the public, the law enforcement agency has installed 97 cameras at various strategic locations. Recently in the city, the ‘Red Light Violation Detection and Speed Violation Detection System’ were launched. The new system has sophisticated 3-D radars and over 100 high-resolution cameras to track the presence of vehicles and violation of traffic rules. The cameras capture multiple offenses – Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD); Speed Violation Detection (SVD), Stop Line Violation, Wrong-Side Violation along with the registration number of the violating vehicle. At crowded places like railway stations or bus stands, CCTVs plays an important role in protecting passengers to a large extent. It also aids in detecting crimes and anti-social behaviours. Several cases like baggage thefts, child kidnapping were solved upon scanning of CCTV footages of such crowded spaces. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways) Dinesh Gupta said that through public transport like railways or metros, several lakhs of passengers travel each day. CCTV’s are very much important for maintaining order and security and prevent chaos. “There have been cases when we solved some mysterious kidnappings. Recently, a husband-wife couple was arrested for kidnapping a child from railway premises. The CCTVs installed in railway jurisdictions captured the crime and produced clear shreds of evidence. We were able to nab them successfully and the kidnapped child was recovered from Ghaziabad,” said the DCP Railways. RPF nabbed two thieves within 48 hours with the help of CCTVs installed inside the train. In Kalka Shatabdi, mobile of a lady passenger was stolen from her coach when the train was at the platform in New Delhi railway station. Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Coordination), AN Jha, emphasized that CCTV is the most useful technology to curb crime in railway premises and inside trains. “RPF is detecting and arresting criminals through live monitoring and post crime investigation. It increases the efficiency of RPF personnel too as their actions are also recorded,” said AN Jha. CONCLUSION High-resolution cameras must be installed to ensure that the footage helps in a speedy investigation. The government should have them in vulnerable areas identified by women themselves to curb down gender-based crimes, which has been regarded to be on the rise by various agencies across the national capital. If the entire city is covered, it will definitely prevent crime. If not, it will atleast help in nabbing the culprits and in delivering justice to victims. Delhi Police now have a supporting system that will help them in the investigation.
Rabat – ONCF Director General Mohamed Rabie Khlie said that ticket prices will vary according to the ticket class, date of purchase, date and time of trips, discount cards, and whether the tickets are refundable or flexible. Tickets can be purchased up to 3 months prior to the trip.Depending on three peak periods—low, normal, or high—second-class tickets cost MAD 93-139 for Tangier-Kenitra, MAD 115-172 for Tangier-Rabat, and MAD 149-224 for Tangier-Casablanca. First-class tickets cost MAD 162-244 for Tangier-Kenitra; MAD 187-281 for Tangier-Rabat, and MAD 243-364 for Tangier-Casablanca.Passengers buying tickets on same day of the trip will have to pay 10 percent extra, and 20 percent extra for refundable tickets.Ticket Prices for Morocco’s high speed train (LGV).Read also: Morocco’s LGV High Speed Train in PhotosChildren, young people, students, and the elderly have privileged discounts.Children under 4 can travel for free, but will not automatically get a seat. Children 4-15 years old will have to pay MAD 50 for second-class and MAD 80 for first-class for any distance.Young people aged 16-26 and seniors over 60 get a 15 percent discount. Students under 26 also get a 30 percent discount for second-class tickets.A group of 19 people or more can also get a 15 percent discount.Twenty-six high speed trains are operating on the new line, but it is not clear whether the trains will serve Casablanca yet as the line does not appear to be finished.The first train from Tangier leaves at 5:55 a.m. and the last train leaves at 8:55 p.m. Time Schedule for Morocco’s high speed train (LGV)King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated Morocco’s first high speed train (LGV) Thursday, November 15, in Tangier. The LGV departed from Tangier to Rabat with King Mohammed VI and Macron taking the first ride.The high speed train will link Tangier and Casablanca in two hours and 10 minutes instead of the normal five-hour train ride. The train will also make stops in Kenitra in Rabat.Read also: King Mohammed VI, Macron Inaugurate Africa’s First LGV in TangierThe trip from Tangier to Kenitra will take 50 minutes while the trip from Tangier to Rabat will take 80 minutes. Khlie revealed that the high speed train will eventually take 1 hour between Tangier and Rabat after work is completed on the rails between the two cities, allowing the train to travel at optimal speeds. Once completed, the trip between Kenitra and Rabat will take only 10 minutes.Currently, the high speed train actually takes about 30 minutes between Kenitra and Rabat.
Atul Khare, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, urged the candidates and parties to respect each other in the run-up to the election, the first since Timor-Leste gained independence from Indonesia in 2002. “It is important for each of the eight candidates to send strong and clear messages about their political vision for this emerging democracy,” Mr. Khare said in a statement released by the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). “But it is equally important for this emerging democracy that the campaign is conducted freely, fairly and without violence, without intimidation and without misuse of State resources.” Earlier this month all eight candidates signed a code of conduct committing themselves, and their supporters, to either accept the election results or challenge them only through competent courts and to conduct campaigns that are positive and not based on personal attacks against other candidates. Other clauses include a commitment to respect the rights of competing candidates and to refrain from exercising any illegitimate influence on voters. The code was drafted by the Technical Secretariat for the Administration of Elections, the national body which will run the election on 9 April, and was approved by the National Electoral Commission. The Commission will also supervise the campaigning, which is also being monitored by national and international election observers. Campaigning ends on 6 April, allowing for a two-day information black-out ahead of the poll. Mr. Khare added in his statement that UNMIT was willing to offer assistance to national authorities during the election period whenever needed. Eric Tan, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative, told a press conference yesterday in Dili, the Timorese capital, that nearly 1,000 UN Police (UNPOL) officers and more than 2,400 Timorese national police officers will be on duty across the country during the election campaign. The police will concentrate on protecting polling stations, securing election materials and responding to any security issues such as armed clashes, fires or roadblocks. Voter registration ended on Wednesday after being extended by five days because of disruptions, but Mr. Tan said the registration process proceeded smoothly overall. 23 March 2007Welcoming the end of voter registration and the official start of the campaigning period for next month’s presidential election in Timor-Leste, the chief United Nations envoy to the small country today reminded all eight candidates to play their part to ensure that the poll is free and fair and conducted without violence.
In September, a group of hardline Buddhist monks attacked the homes of Rohingya refugees in Boosa, southern Sri Lanka. In November, dozens of home and businesses of Muslims were attacked near the southern city of Galle. “Over the past year, the region was marked by assaults on civil society. Journalists, bloggers, activists and others human rights defenders have been vilified and subjected to threats and violence. Meanwhile, online, invasive new cybercrime legislation has been used to criminalize freedom of expression and subject people to unlawful surveillance,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director.“South Asia also remains one of the most dangerous regions to be a member of a religious minority. Muslims in India and Sri Lanka, Shi’as in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Hindus in Bangladesh have all come under attack over the past year. In each case, the governments have either failed to protect them, been indifferent to their fate, or even encouraged a climate of hostility.” Sri Lanka has been listed among countries unsafe for Muslims in a newly released world report.In the report, Amnesty International notes that Sri Lanka saw a rise in Buddhist nationalist sentiment last year, including attacks against Christians and Muslims. The State of the World’s Human Rights report for 2017 to 2018 by Amnesty International notes that in South Asia, governments invoked law and order, national security and religion as they engaged in attacks against religious minorities, criminalized freedom of expression and subjected civil society to a campaign of intimidation, threats, smears and violence The report also says that in Sri Lanka, families attempting to arrange stones as memorials for loved ones lost during the 26-year internal conflict were stopped by security forces last year. Human rights defenders were also subject to surveillance and intimidation. Women human rights defenders in the north and east reported that interactions with the police were often degrading and sexualized. (Colombo Gazette)
(from left) Researchers Michelle Mack and Xanthe Walker of Northern Arizona University and Merritt Turetsky of Guelph University taking soil samples in the Northwest Territories in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Jill Johnstone) Smoke from wildfire is like a ’chemical soup,’ says fire researcher Climate change doubled risk of B.C.’s record-setting 2017 wildfires: study Saskatoon gears up for $19-billion low-emissions plan vote Johnstone said the research presents a “scary story” of the potential for legacy carbon released by boreal forest fires to contribute to further global warming.“It really suggests that even if we slowly reduce our emissions over the coming century, that there may be natural feedbacks between the Earth’s systems and the atmosphere that could continue to exacerbate warming caused by increased carbon in the atmosphere.”Johnstone said it was difficult to gauge how fast those feedbacks could take hold –– as such, she said she remained hopeful action could be taken to reduce human-made carbon emissions and stall the worst effects of climate change.She said the team soon hoped to publish further data from its study of the 2015 wildfire season in Saskatchewan, but said early results suggest a similar pattern when it comes to emissions from young tree email@example.comRelated The boreal forests that blanket northern Canada could become a significant source of carbon emissions if wildfires keep getting larger and more frequent, according to recently published research looking at the effects of a heavy 2014 wildfire season in the Northwest Territories.Adjunct Professor Jill Johnstone from the University of Saskatchewan was part of a team of researchers that looked at how much carbon stored in the forest soils was emitted during the fires.Their findings, recently published in the journal Nature, show wildfires were getting at the “legacy carbon” in soil where the forest had burned within the last 60 years prior to burning again in 2014.“That means that those forest stands were actually emitting more carbon than they had accumulated during the past fire-free interval,” Johnstone said.Johnstone explained that boreal forests trap carbon as plant matter becomes compacted in the soil over decades and centuries. She said the planet’s boreal forests currently store some 30 to 40 per cent of all the carbon trapped in the Earth’s soils.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.For now, she said most of that carbon remains relatively safe from fires, as the younger growth found to be a net emitter usually only accounts for about five to 10 per cent of a burn area.But, she said the findings are alarming when taken in the context of increases in both the number of heavy fire years per decade and the average area burned by wildfires each year.“If fires become more frequent, and right now that appears to be the trend, then more young stands are going to burn and so that makes those legacy carbon stores from previous fire cycles really vulnerable to getting emitted.”
TORONTO – The family of late media mogul Ted Rogers has donated $130 million to help fund a Toronto-based medical research centre in his name.The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research is also being supported with $139 million from three participating institutions — the Hospital for Sick Children, University Health Network and the University of Toronto.Dr. Michael Apkon, president and CEO of Sick Kids, says Rogers’ personal experience with heart disease and his interest in finding new therapies to advance heart health make the centre a fitting legacy.Rogers was being treated for a heart condition when he died in 2008 at age 75.The centre will bring together research, education and innovation in individualized genomic medicine, stem cell research, bioengineering, and cardiovascular treatment and management.Its goal is to improve heart health across the entire life span, from childhood through adulthood.The centre will also establish an innovation fund to drive discovery and development of next-generation therapies for heart failure. Managing the care of moderate and severe heart failure patients costs Canada’s health-care system as much as $2.3 billion a year.“Today, one million Canadians are living with heart failure, and that number is projected to increase 25 per cent over the next 20 years,” Dr. Barry Rubin, program medical director of UHN’s Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, said in a statement Thursday.“This unprecedented gift will enable physicians and scientists working together in the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research to develop new therapies that will dramatically improve the lives of patients with heart disease,” said Rubin, noting that one of the centre’s primary goals is to cut in half the number of hospitalizations for heart failure in the next decade.Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2014 10:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rogers heart research centre created with $239M in funding from family, hospitals
“Priorities for the response to the displaced are food, healthcare, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene services, protection and camp management,” the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reported today, noting that aid agencies will need $166 million to respond to immediate needs until March. “Additional air assets and transport support are needed to enable the response.” UNMISS said heavy fighting raged between Government and rebel forces in Jonglei and Upper Nile states over the past three days. On Tuesday the Government said it had regained control of Bor, in Jonglei state. “Since then, there has reportedly been no fighting in the town itself, though clashes continue in the surrounding areas,” UNMISS reported. Heavy fighting was also reported yesterday in Malakal in Upper Nile state while Juba, the national capital, remained calm but tense.Tensions within South Sudan, the world’s youngest country which only gained independence in 2011 after seceding from Sudan, burst out into open conflict on 15 December when President Salva Kiir’s Government said soldiers loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar, dismissed in July, launched an attempted coup. Mr. Kiir belongs to the Dinka ethnic group and Mr. Machar to the Lou Nuer. The conflict has been increasingly marked by reports of ethnically targeted violence.The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is working with other peacekeeping missions in the region, as well as troop and police contributing countries, to quickly move troops and equipment, especially helicopters, into South Sudan to strengthen the protection of civilians. Yesterday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in South Sudan, Hilde Johnson, said she hoped to have the first reinforcements on the ground within 48 hours.On Tuesday the Security Council authorized almost doubling UNMISS peacekeepers to nearly 14,000 personnel through the transfer of units if necessary from UN forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Darfur, Abyei, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, and 72 police from the peacekeeping force in DRC (MONUSCO) arrived in Juba today. The officers, from Bangladesh, are trained in crowd management and security and will be deployed immediately to help with the growing numbers of displaced in the UN Compounds.Though the number of people killed in the clashes is unknown, thousands are likely to have lost their lives since the crisis started, UNMISS said.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that that at least 121,600 people have been displaced and humanitarian organizations say the figure is expected to be higher. “A top priority for humanitarian agencies is to re-enter areas currently inaccessible due to insecurity, and gather more information about needs of people displaced outside main population centres,” UNMISS said.OCHA said aid agencies have delivered food to thousands of people in Juba, Bentiu, Malakal and Awerial, but have not been able to access the relief warehouse in Bor due to insecurity, and reports indicate that it may have been looted. Mobile clinics operating in UN facilities in Juba, where 25,000 civilians have sought refuge, are carrying out 350 consultations per day, and measles and polio vaccination campaigns are scheduled to begin before the New Year. Aid organisations have distributed mosquito nets, mattresses, tents and soap to displaced families and have set up 160 latrines at displacement sites in Juba.The main concern remains sanitation as well as hygiene and the risk of disease outbreaks, such as cholera. “All actors are fully focused on minimizing this risk, by improving the public health situation,” UNMISS said.In Bor, where 15,000 civilians have sought shelter, conditions are “very challenging, especially in terms of health and water and sanitation,” it added. “There are few latrines within the site, and limited access to clean water. There are also urgent needs for food and shelter supplies.” In Bentiu in Unity state, some 8,000 people are sheltering inside the UN base. “Public health is the main concern, with three cases of measles reported, and top priorities for response are health supplies and blankets to protect people from the cold during night,” the mission reported. In Upper Nile state, 12,000 people are sheltering in the UN peacekeeping base, and several civilians inside the base were injured by stray bullets during clashes.Meanwhile, Mr. Ban continues to contact leaders around the world to discuss the crisis. Yesterday President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn visited Juba in a bid to broker a peace.UNMISS is investigating numerous reports of massacres, extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions, mistreatment, abuses and mass rapes, and Ms. Johnson has stressed that it is essential that all perpetrators be held accountable.
Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was not named the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday, despite being interviewed for the position more than once. Colts owner Jim Irsay instead chose former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to lead his franchise after Indianapolis finished with a league-worst 2-14 record in 2011. “I really believe Chuck is bringing a toughness, the leadership we need at this point for the franchise,” Irsay said when introducing the new coach Thursday. Tressel interviewed for the Colts’ coaching job twice according to multiple reports. On Monday, former Colts’ coach and current NFL analyst at NBC Tony Dungy said he thought Tressel might land the job. “I think Jim Irsay has his man in mind. It may be Jim Tressel, that’s what I’m hearing,” Dungy said on the Dan Patrick Show. Tressel served as a consultant for the Colts during the 2011 season and helped the team make in-game replay decisions. The Colts suspended Tressel until the seventh game of the season because of NCAA violations committed at OSU while Tressel was coach. As a result of the violations, the NCAA issued OSU a one-year bowl ban and a reduction of nine scholarships over three years. Tressel was served with a five-year show-cause penalty for his role in the violations. The penalty means that any NCAA institution that hires Tressel within the next five years could face sanctions.
Google hasn’t exactly been secretive about its plans to unveil an NFC-powered mobile payment system, and today the company put Google Wallet on display in New York. Along with partners like Citi, First Data, Sprint, and MasterCard, Google showed what that NFC chip in the Nexus S (and several other newer Android phones) is capable of.Google Wallet combines a number of features including mobile payments, Google Offers, and loyalty cards and it will initially work anywhere MasterCard PayPass is accepted. Since it’s tied to your Google ID, you’ll be able to push Offers you discover while searching on your desktop browser to your Android’s Wallet in the blink of an eye. Offers can also be embedded in NFC tags — which Google demonstrated on signage from participating merchants like Macy’s and American Eagle Outfitters. At launch, only the Nexus S will be supported but Google states support for additional smartphones will arrive in the near future.As you’d expect from Google, Wallet will eventually be accessible via APIs — enabling partners to develop even more uses for the service. While credit and debit cards are the obvious target out of the gate, Google envisions a number of additional possibilities, from storing boarding passes and event tickets to identification cards and digital keys.Right now, Google Wallet is being tested internally — it should be publicly available this summer. At that point, Groupon is going to have some serious competition on its hand. You can bet Google’s going to be tieing this all together with Latitude and Maps.More at Google Mobile
Taxe Google : Eric Besson s’exprime en faveur d’un reportEric Besson, ministre de l’Economie numérique, s’est positionné en faveur d’un éventuel report de la taxe sur la publicité en ligne également surnommée “taxe Google”. Celle-ci devait entrer en vigueur au mois de juillet. L’avenir de la taxe de 1% sur les achats de publicité en ligne ou “taxe Google”, censée entrer en vigueur en juillet, est aujourd’hui incertain. Sera-t-elle maintenue, reportée ou définitivement suspendue ? La réponse n’a pour l’heure pas été donnée. Son entrée en vigueur prévue à l’origine pour le mois de décembre 2010 avait déjà été différée de six mois alors que le ministre de l’Économie numérique, Eric Besson, annonçait qu’elle serait adaptée pour sa prochaine application.L’échéance approchant, celui-ci interrogé par les journalistes de la matinale de Canal+ a fait connaître très clairement sa volonté d’établir un nouveau report. “Je ne le pense pas et j’espère que non”, a-t-il répondu alors qu’on lui demandait si l’application de la taxe pour le mois de juillet était encore d’actualité. Il a par ailleurs indiqué qu’une réunion serait organisée à l’automne visant à discuter du financement des infrastructures pour assurer l’avenir d’Internet. “J’organise moi-même en octobre une (réunion) ministérielle sur ce sujet, pour discuter, non pas dans la confrontation mais en disant voilà, comment on sécurise l’avenir d’Internet si toute la valeur ajoutée est prise par certains et que plus personne n’investit sur les réseaux”, souligne-t-il. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Laure de La Raudière, députée UMP d’Eure-et-Loir, aurait quant à elle d’ores et déjà déposé un amendement visant à supprimer la taxe du projet de loi de finances. Celui-ci sera examiné à l’Assemblée nationale à partir du lundi 6 juin.La “taxe Google” a été créée dans l’objectif de prélever un petit pourcentage sur tous les achats de publicité web effectués par les grands acteurs de l’Internet. L’initiative a été vivement désapprouvée par le gouvernement qui lui reprochait de viser principalement les PME françaises souhaitant s’engager sur Internet, et non pas les géants de la Toile.Le 26 mai 2011 à 17:34 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’apesanteur entraîne des troubles immunitaires chez les astronautesUne étude menée par des scientifiques français et luxembourgeois indique que les perturbations du système immunitaire dont sont victimes les astronautes lors des vols spatiaux seraient dues à l’apesanteur.Depuis le début de l’exploration spatiale humaine, les scientifiques s’appliquent à déterminer les effets que peuvent avoir les voyages spatiaux sur l’organisme des astronautes. Ceci leur a permis de voir notamment que de tels périples avaient d’importantes conséquences sur les muscles des voyageurs. Mais aujourd’hui, c’est une nouvelle découverte qu’a faite une équipe dirigée par le professeur Jean-Pol Frippiat du laboratoire “Développement et Immunogénétique” de Nancy, en coopération avec des chercheurs de l’Université du Luxembourg.Dans une étude publiée par la revue Faseb, elle a réussi à déterminer les facteurs qui modulent les anticorps des spationautes. En effet, on savait depuis les missions Apollo (années 60 et 70) que le système immunitaire des astronautes était soumis à rude épreuve lors des vols spatiaux, mais on en ignorait encore la cause exacte. “Lors d’un vol spatial, il y a des tas de modifications de l’environnement, de nombreux facteurs de stress : la micro pesanteur, l’hyper gravité au décollage, des chocs thermiques, les perturbations liées à l’alternance jour/nuit”, énumère le professeur Jean-Pol Frippiat cité par l’AFP. Pour savoir lequel de ces facteurs était déterminant, l’équipe de scientifiques a tout d’abord envoyé des œufs de pleurodèles, une espèce de triton, vers la station spatiale internationale (ISS). “Nous avons ensuite reproduit chacun de ces stress au sol, indépendamment les uns des autres, dans des conditions spatiales, toujours avec des tritons. A chaque fois, nous étudions la production des anticorps”, explique le scientifique. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont constaté que c’était la gravité qui modulait les anticorps, tant de manière quantitative que qualitative.Développer des contre-mesures pour réduire les troubles À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASA”Certains augmentent, d’autres baissent”, souligne le Pr Frippiat qui précise que mieux connaitre cet impact de l’apesanteur va peut-être permettre de le limiter. “L’objectif est désormais de développer des contre-mesures, comme des compléments alimentaires ou des activités physiques, bénéfiques sur le système immunitaire”. De plus, “les missions vers l’ISS sont actuellement de courte ou de moyenne durée. Par exemple, pour un voyage de 10 jours, il faut 15 jours après le retour pour que le système immunitaire soit à nouveau à la normale. Mais on ne connaît pas les effets d’un très long voyage dans l’espace”, note le scientifique, faisant notamment référence aux missions vers Mars. Le 28 février 2013 à 18:55 • Maxime Lambert
What’s open and what’s closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day:• MAIL: The Vancouver Main Post Office, 2700 Caples Road, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. No home delivery except Express Mail.• GARBAGE: Waste Connections, in Vancouver and most of Clark County, is expected to operate on its regular schedule Monday, but check www.wcnorthwest.com for any possible changes. In Camas, normal Monday collections will be made Tuesday with Tuesday’s regular collections.• BANKS: Most are closed. Check your bank for details. Some in-store branches may be open.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Closed Monday.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Closed Monday. Washington Legislature in session.• PARKING METERS: On-street parking in Vancouver is free Monday.• BUSES: C-Tran buses follow regular schedule Monday. TriMet buses follow special schedule. MAX, WES and streetcars follow regular schedule.• DRIVER’S LICENSING: Closed Monday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed Monday.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Closed Monday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. markets closed Monday.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open Monday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Open regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday. Circulation customer service lines, 360-694-2312, open 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials believe a South Florida woman who went missing in Sunrise is most likely dead.Police have released new details in the disappearance of Jeneen Catanzaro who was reported missing by her mother on Dec. 2.Relatives said Catanzaro has bipolar disorder and is anorexic.It has been three weeks since the 29-year-old was last seen along New River Circle and Weston Road in Sunrise.The investigation has been extended to local hospitals and a recently repossessed vehicle, but officials still have not found her.Authorities are not saying why they believe Catanzaro is dead.If you have any information that can help locate Catanzaro, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
Arlington Capital-owned trade publisher and tradeshow producer Virgo Publishing recently appointed John Siefert as the new CEO, replacing company co-founder Jenny Bolton. Siefert comes to Virgo from UBM, where he served as senior vice president and publisher of the InformationWeek Business Technology Network.Just like other b-to-b publishers that managed to weather the economic downturn, Virgo continues to navigate the changing world of technology and content delivery platforms in the markets it serves: It publishes 13 magazines and related Web sites in the healthcare, natural products and telecommunications industries. According to Siefert [pictured], one of his main goals is to focus on digital media and on determining the right mix of communication methods for each particular market.Here, Siefert talks about the state of the business and outlines part of his vision for where Virgo is headed. FOLIO: What was your first objective/goal after coming on board as CEO?Siefert: To get a thorough understanding of the strategies and tactics that have brought the company to the point it is at today, so that I can determine the areas of leverage within the business for growth. For example, our Channel Partners event which took place in D.C. this week, saw strong double digit growth this year in attendance whilst easily beating our predictions for top line revenue on the expo and sponsorship side—how can we take this great momentum and leverage it online, in video, through reports and more? This is the sort of thing I have been working through with each of our primary groups at Virgo.FOLIO: How have the industries that Virgo serves fared through the economic downturn? What, to your understanding, has changed?Siefert: The reality is, as a media company, you can only try to weather the economy based on thinking through your brands, products and information distribution strategy per the audiences and customers you are working with. Virgo is no different from any business to business player, however, we have been really paying attention to the specific information needs of our audiences, across Telco, Natural Products, Healthcare and more, to understand what we can be doing to help them—and how we can organize that in a way that is logical for them to digest, whilst enabling us to sell advertising, sponsorship or underwriting opportunities around the content. This is the key thing that has changed in the market, and something all of us at Virgo are committed to understanding: what our audience expects from a tradeshow relative to a website relative to video relative to a report, a magazine, a webcast, etc. Most media companies just cut, paste and repeat their content across each aspect of their platform—we change our content based on the aspect of our platform the user, reader or attendee is interacting with.FOLIO: How has Virgo’s portfolio responded to those changes? What, if any, additional changes/tweaks do you think are necessary?Siefert: The business has managed itself very well under Jenny Bolton’s leadership. Jenny, along with the management team at the company, determined how to manage the business through a sliding economy by watching costs and focusing on growth segments. The tweaks and changes that I am planning are really an evolution to the tremendous business that has been built here. Focusing on digital media and on demand content that maps to our user, reader and attendee decision making process is at the core of that plan. FOLIO: Can you give me an idea about the revenue breakdown at Virgo? What percent of the revenue pie does print make up? What about online? Events? Etc.?Siefert: Our events business makes up the bulk of our revenue, while the high growth category is our online advertising and sponsorship programs. Print will continue to play a vital role for our business, and will continue to drive revenue and profit at Virgo.FOLIO: You say print will remain a vital component at Virgo. How so? Will it continue to be as big a contributor to the overall revenue mix as it does today?Siefert: Our strategy is to leverage print, and the role it plays across all of our audiences, as an ignition switch to many of the discussions, debates and research that can be found in our events, on our websites and in our forums. The trick is to focus on what the user wants—we know they are using our print products early in their decision making process as a strategic guide to determine where they should spend more time online and at events. The strategic nature of the magazine playing this guidebook role makes it vitally important to the overall information distribution strategy Virgo applies; sharing ideas and thoughts through the magazine that propel engagement in our events and on our sites.FOLIO: What are Virgo’s biggest opportunities right now and into 2011?Siefert: Digital media, event growth, diversification of content and expansion within the markets we play.FOLIO: What are its biggest threats?Siefert: Staying in front of new market developments, and trying to predict what is ‘next’ for our audiences by paying attention to their information needs.FOLIO: What’s your take in general about trade magazine publishing? Is it continuing to struggle or are you seeing signs that it’s gaining strength again?Siefert: I really, really like the trade publishing business—it is fun, relevant, relied upon and definitive for markets. I think the ability to leverage other things affecting the traditional media market, like social networks, video, and new live event models, become paramount to the success of any trade publishing company. Virgo is growing, due to a healthy approach to content, trying new things, focusing on our audience and driving customer service; that to me screams that it is not about the market gaining strength, it is about our ability to innovate and evolve. Because let’s face it, in this business you either evolve or perish.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has condemned the attack and has sought action from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. “The NPP strongly condemns the brutal attack on Shri Tirong Aboh and his family and his security personnel,” he tweeted. Tirong AbohTwitter [Representational Image]National People’s Party MLA Tirong Aboh and seven others were killed in a suspected terror attack by National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday.According to reports, NSCN militants opened fire when Tirong Aboh and his family members were travelling in a car in Tirap district. They were shot dead and the car was set ablaze. Aboh represented Khonsa West Assembly constituency.
Shares of associate banks of state-run lender State Bank of India (SBI) rose in the range of 4 to 13 percent on Tuesday in response to news that the respective boards of the banks have proposed a merger with SBI at a meeting held on Tuesday. However, a section of the employees at these banks is opposed to the merger and has given a strike call. The five banks are State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Travancore (SBT), State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH).SBM shares gained the most and closed at Rs. 426.70 apiece, up 12.76 percent. SBT ended 9.87 percent higher at Rs. 399.10, while the SBBJ stock moved 4.22 percent to end at Rs. 508.95.The three listed entities also informed the stock exchanges on Tuesday about their “in-principle” decision to merge the respective banks with SBI.SBP and SBH are not listed. Employees at the associate banksThe combined headcount of SBBJ, SBT and SBM was 39,150 employees as on March 31, 2016, based on regulatory filings by the three banks with the stock exchanges.SBM had 10,650 employees consisting of 3,742 supervisory staff and 6,908 non-supervisory staff as on March 31, 2016, while SBT had 14,892 employees at the end of financial year 2015-16. SBBJ had a headcount of 13,608, including 5,416 officers as of Dec. 31, 2015.The details for SBP and SBH were not available.All employees of associate banks will go on strike on May 20, PTI quoted C H Venkatachalam, general secretary of All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) as saying.Income, profit and bad loansSBT net profit was Rs. 338 crore on net interest income of Rs. 2,554 crore in 2015-16. Net NPAs stood at 2.77 percent.SBM earned net profit of Rs. 357.85 crore on total income of Rs. 7,937.85 crore for the financial year 2015-16. Net non-performing assets (NPAs) as a percentage of total advances almost doubled to 4.18 percent from 2.16 percent in 2014-15.SBBJ earned net profit of Rs. 850 crore on net interest income of Rs. 3,304 crore in 2015-16. Net NPAs rose to 2.75 percent from 2.54 percent in 2014-15.SBP data shows that the bank has been posting a decline in net profit over the years, from Rs. 794 crore in 2011-12 to Rs. 447 crore in 2013-14 and Rs. 362 crore in 2014-15. During the period, the bank’s net NPAs more than doubled to 3.88 percent in 2014-15 from 1.35 percent in 2011-12.In 2015-16, the bank reported net loss of Rs. 972 crore. SBH reported net profit of Rs. 1,065 crore on total income of Rs. 15,632 crore in 2015-16 and net NPAs of 3.37 percent. The S&P BSE Sensex closed 120 points higher at 25,774.
At least four people were killed as a boat capsized near Janatabazar Ghat of the Meghna river in Hatia upazila of Noakhali on Tuesday, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.The boat sank around 10:30am after it collided with a pontoon of Bangladesh Army near the Janatabazar Ghat, said officer-in-charge of Hatia police station Abdul Majid.Later, police recovered four bodies from the spot, he added.