4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… The idea behind Curiosity is simple: one giant cube, with a secret prize at its center, was handed over to millions of players who all collaboratively chip away at its many layers by tapping one piece (or cubelet) at a time, of which there were 68 billion spread out over hundreds of layers. Only the lucky person to tap the last cubelet gets to see what’s inside, and Molyneux has often described that mystery in grandiose fashion, referring to it as “life changing.”(See also: Gaming Legend Peter Molyneux: What Makes A Great Game?)Curiousity was meant to be both a social experiment in massively multiplayer smartphones games as well as a learning experience for 22Cans, which announced its first multiplatform title Godus on Kickstarter shortly after launching Curiosity.Curiosity Now About Learning Different Things“Part of our motivation in doing Curiosity was to learn how to do these things for Godus, like learning how to connect people, how to scale up our servers,” Molyneux said. Despite massive server issues hampering Curiosity’s launch, the game picked up steam and garnered more than 3 million downloads within one month. Godus also surpassed its Kickstarter goal of £450,000 on the final day, securing 22Cans’ future in cross-platform game development. With only 50 layers to go, the race to the finish will tight, raising valid concerns that the final tap that wins it all might not be recorded accurately. “When we get to the final five layers, we’ll have something called Cube Watch,” Molyneux explained. “We’ll be watching it 24 hours a day and we’ll be sitting in the office waiting for that end to come.”He stressed that the studio has taken substantial measures to protect against cheating and will be able to validate the tapper of the final cubelet as soon as it happens. Players will also get a real-time reminder in the white space around the cube of how many layers are left and what the estimated lifespan of the experiment is. “In our hyper-connected world, what happens when we put an objective that is so insanely far off that it becomes almost meaningless?” Now that the objective is almost within grasp, Curiosity is raising new questions about the player motivation and connectedness players await their chance to finally see what’s inside the cube. Tags:#Android#iOS#Mobile Games#smartphone Related Posts Curiosity: What’s Inside The Cube, the one-part-smartphone-game, one-part-social-experiment that launched last November, is getting its most substantial update yet. In a move aimed at bringing the contest to a faster close, UK studio 22Cans has accelerated the game to its last 50 layers, in effect erasing the months and months of players tapping away on the giant cube it would have taken to get to the center.This World Is Predicted To End On May 21The studio’s current estimated end date – unless player participation unexpectedly spikes – is May 21, which coincidentally happens to be the same day Microsoft will announce its next-generation Xbox console. “It has been an elongated, protracted experiment in curiosity, but if I’m someone whose fingers are bleeding now, enough is enough,” said 22Cans founder Peter Molyneux, known primarily for creating the Fable game series before leaving Microsoft last year to found the independent studio. “We decided that we could have just left it going and probably less and less people would be fascinated… or we could set a layer and it would be a race to the center,” he added. The new update comes on the heels of last week’s quiet addition to the game that let players pay to both remove and add cubelets to the current layer. This feature will remain for some, but not all, of the final 50 layers. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… nick statt
Create a impressive Cinema 4D liquid objects effect in less than one minute. Learn how in this video tutorial.The C4DAPT2 event (Cinema 4D Advanced Production Techniques) recently challenged motion designers to show off their best advanced Cinema 4D tricks in less than a minute. The winner was designer Matteo Forghieri, with this totally impressive C4D liquify effect.Be sure to watch in HD, full screen:‘Liquification’ is a popular animation technique that can look intimidating to create, but the tutorial quickly breaks down how to use cloning, tracer objects and segmenting in a simple way. We love the organic look and are thinking of all the ways it can be applied to a variety of project types and animations.If you’re looking to create a liquify effect in After Effects be sure to check out our previous post: Adobe After Effects Video Tutorial: Flying Liquid Blobs.This Cinema 4D video tutorial was first shared on Matteo Forghieri’s Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing Matteo![tip-off via Lester Banks]
The debate surrounding the suicide of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) student Rohith Vemula does not seem to have died down in the Parliament.The Opposition tried to corner the ruling benches on the sensitive issue as the major opposition parties on Saturday mooted bringing a privilege motion against HRD Minister Smriti Irani over her remarks in relation to Vemula in Parliament.The Congress along with CPI(M) and JD(U) accused Irani of “willfully misleading the Parliament”, hitting back at the minister who had targeted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and the Left during a debate on the JNU incident and the HCU controversy.”The HRD Minister has not only been economical with truth but has also willfully misled Parliament on the unfortunate suicide of a young Dalit student, Rohith Vemula,” said Congress general secretary Mukul Wasnik.Wasnik said the Congress planned to bring privilege motion in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha soon, while CPI(M) leader Mohammad Saleem said he would be doing so on Monday. “I will be giving a notice for breach of privilege against Irani to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for misleading the House on Rohith Vemula issue,” Saleem said.JD(U) leader and Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi said he and nominated member KTS Tulsi would give the privilege notice against Irani to Chairman Hamid Ansari on Monday. “There are contradictions in many statements of Irani regarding Rohith Vemula case. This is a fit case of breach of privilege,” Tyagi said.The Opposition has made the remarks of Vemula’s mother Radhika as the chief plank to target the HRD Minister. Radhika had said: “Your Ministry had written that my Rohith and other Dalit students were anti-national extremists. You said that he is not a Dalit. You accused him of getting a false certificate.” The Opposition alleged that these strong words of a mother who had “lost her son to BJP and in particular the HRD Minister’s campus politics” was a stamp of the recklessness and ruthlessness of the party that was “hell bent on clamping down the voices of dissent”.advertisementThe Opposition claimed that Irani had also insinuated that Vemula was not a Dalit, and pointed that it had been rubbished by Radhika.Meanwhile, scores of NSUI supporters on Saturday protested outside Irani’s residence, demanding her resignation over the Vemula row in the Parliament.ALSO READ:Smriti Irani’s Durga comments expunged from Rajya Sabha records I am a Durga worshipper, says Smriti Irani amid apology demands from Opposition
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended Virat Kohli for the Khel Ratna while Ajinkya Rahane has been nominated for the Arjuna Award.Kohli has been among the best batsmen in the world over the last few years. He was also insantly successful after taking over as India’s Test captain after MS Dhoni’s shock retirement in December, 2014.Kohli led India to a historic series victory over Sri Lanka before hammering South Africa 3-0 in a four-Test series at home last year. Even though he had a rather ordinary year with the bat, Kohli’s exploits as captain against two quality teams impressed observers.Kohli has been in sensational form this year and became the quickest to 7000 one-day international runs and 25 ODI hundreds. He totalled 381 runs in the five-match ODI series against Australia before sparkling in the three-match T20 series against them soon after. The Delhi-dasher was also in brilliant touch in the Asia Cup Twenty20 and was named Player of the Tournament in the ICC World Twenty20.Kohli has carried his cracking form to the Indian Premier League, where he has led the Royal Challengers Bangalore from the front, amassing 433 runs. He is currently the leading scorer and holds the Orange Cap. (EXCLUSIVE: Kohli fulfills his promise to Warner, snatches Orange Cap ) If Kohli does win the Khel Ratna Award, he will become the third cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar (1997-98) and MS Dhoni (2007) to win India’s highest sporting honour. However, it won’t be an easy task, given that he will be pitted against Asian Games gold medallist shooter Jitu Rai, golfer Anirban Lahiri, athlete Tintu Luka and squash player Deepika Pallikal. advertisementMeanwhile, the 27-year-old Rahane has also carved his own niche, especially in the Test side. In 22 matches, the stylish Mumbai batsman has smacked six hundreds and seven fifties.
Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti conducted a training session with Mexico on Monday and then gave a news conference decked out in Mexico gear, but said after that nothing has changed.His time leading El Tri is on a strictly interim basis.The Tigres coach will lead the national team for the rest of the year while the search for a replacement for Juan Carlos Osorio continues. Many decision-makers in Mexican football hope this interim stint will convince the 64-year-old to accept the job on a long-term basis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But this week Ferretti reiterated the same thing he’s said for months now – that he has no interest in taking the job on a long-term basis. He did, however, shed light on his motivation, saying he has too much respect for the institution to leave a club like Tigres that has stuck with him for so long and signed him to a three-year extension prior to this season.”Anyone would want to be in my place right now and go through this cycle [with the national team], but at the same time maybe they don’t have what I have at a club like Tigres. Honestly, I sincerely think I’d be a traitor, stabbing them after all these years at this club that has supported me so much,” Ferretti said. “With the next three years I’ll have 11 years as the manager of a club. Do you remember this ever happening in Mexican football? So, this loyalty between us, this commitment, is really important.”Ferretti plans to stay loyal to Tigres, where he has won three league titles and a Copa MX, but said if the club decided his time there was up then he would consider chatting with the Mexican federation about working with the national team.”If Tigres tells me goodbye and the federation thinks I can be a useful element, maybe we’d sit down to chat, but that’s the only reason if I didn’t have a contract or a job with Tigres,” he said.The interim tag shouldn’t be any indication of his commitment to Mexico, Ferretti said. The manager is ready to use friendlies against Uruguay on Friday and the U.S. on Sept. 11, plus two more in October and another pair in November, to help bring through the next generation of Mexican talent.Guillermo Cantú and Ricardo Ferretti address the media to start off Training Camp ahead of our preparation matches against 🇺🇾 and 🇺🇸.You can follow LIVE here ➡️ https://t.co/AXGfj99uF2🗣: Spanish #PasiónyOrgullo 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/Xt3JbeLv3o— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) September 3, 2018″I’m coming to do my job 100 percent. This is a very talented group, a young group with a great future and it can be utilized in the short, medium or long term,” Ferretti said. “I hope they show that I’m not mistaken – that they prepare well, play against anyone and show they have the skills both individually and collectively.”It’s a roster that includes only five players based in Europe with plenty of big stars staying with their clubs for various reasons. West Ham United forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Real Betis midfielder Andres Guardado, Villarreal defender Andres Guardado and Porto midfielder Hector Herrera are among the players who took part in the 2018 World Cup who are not on this roster.”They’re great players and they’re always going to be welcome, depending on the need they can be taken into mind or not. We already know them really well,” Ferretti said of experienced players before speaking about his current group. “I have no doubt that this team will do really well. I love that it’s a tough opponent. They’ve got the chance to face the best and with this experience they’ll be much better in the future.”Don’t think about the result, but rather how these guys grow. If we don’t give them the chance, we’re stunting their growth. They’re the future of the national team, and you have to give them chances. If you’re talking about them all week, all day, they deserve to play these games. I’m open to running the risk of being criticized, but I have a lot of confidence in these guys.”
Jinson Johnson won gold in the men’s 1500 metres at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Thursday. On Tuesday, Johnson had won silver in the 800m final.Johnson was pipped for gold by compatriot Manjit Singh in the 800m race but on Thursday he did not give any chance to his rivals to win the race in 3 minute 44.72 seconds.He crossed the finishing line after creating a huge opening in the last 80m stretch, leaving behind Amir Moradi (3:45.62) and Mohammed Tiouali (3:45.88).Manjit Singh, who emerged a surprise winner in the 800m run, finished fourth with a timing of 3:46.57.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Jinson Johnson wins gold for India in men’s 1500mBahadur Prasad was last Indian to win a medal in men’s 1500m at the 1998 Asian Games, where he won a bronze. Manjit Singh won the men’s 800m race (AP Photo)”Yes, it was a sweet revenge for me because these Games come after four years. My weak point is finishing but today I kept energy for the last 80m run,” Johnson said.Also read – Manjit Singh wins gold, Jinson Johnson gets silverJohnson won the country’s first 1500m gold medal in the men’s competition after 56 years.In the 800m earlier this week, plenty was expected from Majit and Johnson and they did not disappoint.This is the third India have won two medals in the men’s 800m race at the Asian Games.In 1951, Ranjit Singh had won gold while Kulwant Singh won silver. In 1962, Daljit Singh won a silver medal and Amrit Pal finished with a bronze.advertisementIn June, Johnson ran one of the most memorable races in recent times as he smashed legendary Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old 800m record, the oldest one in Indian athletics, to steal the spotlight on the second day of the 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships in Guwahati. His effort there had helped him book a ticket for the Asian Games as the qualification mark was 1:47.50.
Slide Unai Emery Lucas Biglia Éver Banega You know your stuff. Enjoy the World Cup “Stupid fish” Universe Well played. Enjoy the World Cup In 2016, with which animal did Swiss keeper Yann Sommer pose for a photoshoot? Share via Email Which forward was nicknamed “Square R2″ by Paul Pogba because: “That’s the key combination you press on PlayStation to do a turn and shot. He always scores like that”? An impressive performance. Enjoy the World Cup An impressive performance. Enjoy the World Cup Which children’s TV character was France striker Olivier Giroud talking about in 2016 when he said: “I was so scared of him. He was so ugly. My brothers used to say: ‘Be careful, he is going to get you tonight.’ They went too far”? Eden Hazard calls him “the rat”, Michael Ballack says he’s “like an annoying fly”. Who is he? Four Spiderman Oh dear. Share on Twitter Hirving Lozano Oh dear. 0-7 What did Russia’s Fyodor Kudryashov call match officials after breaking down a locker room door last spring? Submit answers Which former Premier League star gave a £36,000 diamond-encrusted watch as a tip to a waiter in a Mayfair restaurant in 2011? World Cup 2018 João Mário Juan Fernando Quintero Which of these players could emulate Pelé, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose and score goals at four World Cups? Sebastian Rudy One Saúl Sweden midfielder Oscar Hiljemark used to go to school on what? Budgies N’Golo Kanté Reuse this content What sort of bird did Australia keeper Danny Vukovic rescue during a cup final after it was hit by the ball – petting it then handing it to security staff? A duck We’d like to say that is a good score but it’s not Swing-ball You know your stuff. Enjoy the World Cup Claude Puel Who did Peru’s Christian Ramos do an impression of after scoring in the qualifier against New Zealand last year, explaining later: “My boy really loves him”? 0-8 Which winger’s nicknames include “Cube of Power” and “Magic Dwarf”? 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Marco Silva Luka Modric Gabriel Jesus Mr Noseybonk Caddyshack Who starred in the first big row of the World Cup when Panini were forced to deny they had Photoshopped his head onto Gabriel Jesus’s body? Tim Cahill Salvador Dali Germany’s Marvin Plattenhardt says he keeps two pets who “always create a good mood in the living room. One is pale blue, one is more purple”. What are they? Globe Tasmania Felipe Luís Headbutt him Alf Share on Facebook A nacho hat We’d like to say that is a good score but it’s not Share via Email A goat Russia’s Yuri Zhirkov announced plans in 2015 to open what in an old German bunker in Kaliningrad? Share on Pinterest You got… An impressive performance. Enjoy the World Cup Oh dear. A shooting range You know your stuff. Enjoy the World Cup Oh dear. A tandem features World Cup A llama A six-year-old llama called Iquitos A marmot Compass Hoosiers Roberto Firmino An impressive performance. Enjoy the World Cup Topics An impressive performance. 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TORONTO – Friday night’s whopping $60 million Lotto Max jackpot was claimed by a ticket sold somewhere in Atlantic Canada.Three of the draw’s Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each were also won — two by single tickets and another that was shared by two ticket holders.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on March 2 will be approximately $23 million.
Point Foundation (Point) will present its Impact Award to Eric McCormack, one of the most beloved actors of TV, as well as film and stage.The award recognizes an individual making a significant impact on improving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) plus allied community. Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Information about attending or supporting Point Honors is at pointfoundation.org/HonorsLA18.In addition to his Emmy-winning work on “Will & Grace” (season 10 premiering October 4 on NBC), McCormack produces and stars in Netflix’s popular sci-fi drama, “Travelers” (season 3 premieres this winter). He has appeared in numerous other TV series, films, as well as Broadway and Off-Broadway. McCormack was a vocal supporter of the legalization of same-sex marriage. He is also widely lauded for his advocacy and philanthropic work on behalf of organizations such as Stand Up To Cancer, Project Angel Food and the ASPCA.“Growing up, I was a bit of an outsider. So, I have always been attuned to how society tends to single out people negatively because of their differences, whether they are gay, immigrants, or people with chronic illness,” said Eric McCormack. “I am fortunate that today I can use my visibility to bring attention not just to problems, but also how organizations such as Point Foundation are offering solutions. As a parent of a child who will soon be college-bound and as an ally of the LGBTQ community, I am honored to be receiving the Point Impact Award.”“Eric McCormack and the cast and creative team of ‘Will & Grace’ didn’t set out to change the world, but they did. Their success has helped make it easier for our Point Scholarship recipients to live their truths proudly as LGBTQ people,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “As our Point Scholars take on leadership roles to improve society, they have a staunch ally in McCormack. We are grateful for his support of the LGBTQ community and are elated to honor him.”Also being honored at the October 13 gala is Steven Canals, the writer, Co-Creator, and Co-Executive Producer of the acclaimed FX Series “POSE.” Canals will receive the Point Horizon Award, given to a trailblazer who has taken a leadership role as an advocate of the LGBTQ community. Comedian and writer Solomon Georgio will host the festive evening, which features a special performance by Leona Lewis. Some of Point’s 97 current scholarship recipients and 300 alumni will be present to share their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to achieve their higher education degrees.
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index ended the week higher as investors welcomed strong U.S. jobs data and continued strengthening in the energy sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 80.39 points to 16,096.07 in a broad-based advance.The January crude contract was up 67 cents to US$57.36 per barrel, as the price of oil continued to recover from its sharp loss in the middle of the week.Shares of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (TSX:KML) were up 4.99 per cent higher at $17.48 at the closing of markets Friday. The stock’s upswing came after Thursday’s news that the National Energy Board has allowed the company to bypass some bylaws in Burnaby, B.C. that stand in the way of its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.South of the border, Wall Street indices reached new milestones amid better-than-expected data showing American employers added 228,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate remained at a low 4.1 per cent, as the U.S. economy continues to accelerate.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 117.68 points to 24,329.16 and the S&P 500 index was up 14.52 points to 2,651.50, both record highs. The Nasdaq composite index was up 27.24 points to 6,840.08.The U.S. jobs report is the last major piece of economic data that will arrive before the Federal Reserve meets next week to discuss interest rate policy. Most economists expect it to approve the third increase in short-term rates for the year.“The markets were reassured and impressed by the U.S. employment data. That just continues to show that the U.S is chugging along at a steady if not unexciting pace,” said Jamie Robertson, managing director of the portfolio solutions group at Manulife Asset Management.“And a result of that we’re just continuing to see the markets focused on strong fundamentals and we just see it continue to make steady progress to higher and higher levels.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 77.76 cents US, down 0.10 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract was up a cent to US$2.77 per mmBTU. The February gold contract was down US$4.70 to US$1,248.40 an ounce and the March copper contract was up one cent to US$2.98 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Inspector General (IG) Jabalpur Range, Madhu Kumar, told a news agency that officers greeted Vaiko with “bouquet of flowers”, and informed him that he and others would not be allowed to proceed, as section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code was in force in Chindwara area. Speaking there, Vaiko alleged that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan misled him by promising to discuss the matter in Bhopal, but he had been now stopped on the state’s border.MDMK workers were carrying placards with slogans ‘save Eelam Tamil’ and ‘Close Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner’s office in India’. MDMK General Secretary Vaiko and over 1,000 party workers Wednesday staged a sit-in at Badhchicholi, a village in Madhya Pradesh near the Maharashtra border, after they were stopped from proceeding to Sanchi to protest the scheduled visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.After police stopped the MDMK convoy of 40 buses, Vaiko met Chhindwara Collector Mahesh Chandra Sharma and Superintendent of Police Purshottam Sharma, seeking to know the reasons for preventing them from moving on. The officials asked MDMK workers to move to temporary jails set up at Pandhurna, Sounsar and Chhidnwara, but Vaiko declined and staged dharna along with his workers on Nagpur-Chhindwara road. IG Kumar said that the sit-in, so far, was peaceful.Vaiko said he had written a letter to Chouhan highlighting the atrocities against Tamils in Sri Lanka, but despite this, the President of that country was invited to the function to the lay the foundation stone of International Buddhist University at Sanchi (on Friday).MDMK workers were going to show Rajpaksa black flags in a democratic manner, Vaiko said. As the sit-in blocked the Nagpur-Chhindwara road, traffic was rerouted. Earlier in the day, at Nagpur, Vaiko criticised the Union Government as well as the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh for inviting Rajapaksa. “Despite knowing that Rajapaksa is solely responsible for the genocide of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka, the Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh invited him, and the Dr Manmohan Singh government at the Centre endorsed the visit,” he told reporters.“I had strongly objected to Rajapaksa’s visit, but Chouhan did not bother….Opposition Leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj also met Rajapaksa recently, which we did not like,” Vaiko said.Vaiko further said he had requested senior BJP leader L K Advani and party president Nitin Gadkari to intervene, as Rajapaksa government had “demolished over 2,000 temples of Hindu Gods,” but they did nothing. (PTI)
“Combating the epidemic in the region requires that we focus on the dignity of people already infected who are living with HIV/AIDS,” said Dr. George Alleyne, the Director of the Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which serves as the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional office for the Americas.Responding to the spread of HIV in the Americas, where nearly 2.6 million people are infected, PAHO launched its plan containing specific guidelines for patient care in the community and the family, as well as through health services.”We are stressing the importance of linking prevention with treatment of HIV/AIDS infection,” said Dr. Fernando Zacarías, Coordinator of PAHO’s Regional Programme on HIV/AIDS. “The two cannot be considered separately, since treatment offers an opportunity to improve prevention and vice versa.”Dr. Zacarías also stressed the need to make antiretroviral drugs more widely available. He noted that PAHO is currently working with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and other partners to achieve this goal.
TORONTO – Canada’s smaller solar module manufacturers are applauding a favourable decision from the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, which has ruled that low-price imports from China pose a significant threat to the domestic industry.The tribunal’s decision allows Canada to continue imposing duties on most types of photovoltaic modules from China that are alleged to be subsidized and sold in this country at artificially low prices.“If you take a look at it from a 10,000-foot perspective, I think it’s the right outcome,” lawyer Paul Conlin, whose Ottawa firm acted for four Ontario-based companies who filed the complaint last year, said Monday in an interview.“It’s good for the Canadian producers but I think it’s also good for Canada,” Conlin said. “I think having Canadian companies that are involved in producing this — as Canada is moving towards clean energy — is a very positive thing.”An investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency, which has been charging duties since March under a preliminary ruling, alleged in early June that about half a dozen Chinese companies, and a Chinese subsidiary of Canadian Solar International, were benefiting from foreign subsidies and dumping the products in this market.In a statement Friday, the tribunal said the Canada’s domestic industry hasn’t been harmed yet but is generally threatened by the Chinese imports — a finding that’s sufficient to keep the tariffs in place.The two federal agencies were acting on a complaint filed last year by Silfab Solar, Heliene, Solgate and Eclipsall Manufacturing. However, they were opposed by several Chinese companies and domestic parties, including Canadian Solar.A Montreal lawyer who acted for Canadian Solar, which has manufacturing operations in both China and Ontario, said it’s too soon to say whether the tribunal’s decision will be appealed.“Canadian Solar expressed views during the case that it didn’t need these types of measures,” Vincent Routhier of DS Welch Bussieres said Monday.“The company is capable of competing on a global basis and these types of measures — these trade impediments — aren’t good for international business.”Another counter argument was that tariffs on Chinese imports would keep Canadian prices higher and could make it more difficult to eliminate the gap between the cost of producing solar power and the price of buying from the power grid.A spokesman for the Canadian firm that acted for several Chinese solar module manufacturers was travelling in India on Monday and immediately available for comment.Meanwhile, the other domestic manufacturers — which have been created in recent years — said Canada should follow the lead of the United States and European Union, which have imposed duties on imported solar modules from China.The vice-president of operations for Strathcona Energy Group, now the owner of Eclipsall, said the tribunal’s ruling is good news.“The market has been waiting for the tribunal to complete their investigation and with this phase over everyone can move forward accordingly,” Mikael Niskanen said in an email MondayA spokesman for Silfab Solar said his company was also happy with the tribunal’s decision, including its exclusion of a specific type of 195 watt module that’s used for things such as recharging camper and boat batteries.“We’re focusing on advancing the market and having more efficiency and more power, so that solar is adopted faster and it’s more economical,” Silfab’s Geoff Atkins said in a phone interview. “So our modules are almost 70 per cent more powerful than a 195W module.”The tribunal is scheduled to release reasons for its decision in about two weeks.Follow @DavidPaddon on Twitter by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 6, 2015 9:12 am MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian tribunal agrees domestic solar module makers at risk from China imports
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) greets actor Hugh Jackman. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Malala Yousafzai (left), Bono (centre left), activist and lead singer of the rock band U2 and a volunteer at the Global Citizen Festival. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Malala Yousafzai (2nd right), Nobel Peace Prize winner, education advocate and Co-founder of the Malala Fund, and her ambassadors onstage at the Global Citizens Concert. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe This years’ celebration of global unity and a reaffirmation of the will to address the planet’s most pressing issues comes as world leaders have adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit the new 2030 Agenda, composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate over the next 15 years.”The Global Goals for sustainable development are a promise from your leaders. Hold them to it. Demand that they deliver,” the Secretary-General said in his remarks to the Global Citizen’s Concert, which included performances by international pop star Beyoncé and featured major presentations by Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai and United States First Lady Michelle Obama. Mr. Ban went on to tell the attendees: “Share what you have learned today. The United Nations needs you […] you will be the first generation that ends global poverty. You must be the generation to tackle climate change before it is too late.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) greets actor and comedian Stephen Colbert. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ ›Already in its fourth year, the Global Citizen Festival was initiated by the Global Poverty Project which is campaigning to secure new commitments to health, education, women’s equality and global partnerships. The enthusiastic audience had received free tickets to the concert online after helping to spread the word or by volunteering to help end poverty.“Don’t stand by. Don’t stand back. Stand up. Stand up for justice. Stand up for dignity. Stand up for a better world,” concluded the UN chief, urging the attendees to take their passion and compassion and make the Global Goals a global reality.
ARCADIA, Calif. — Frank Mirahmadi will become Santa Anita’s new race caller when the winter meet begins Dec. 26, replacing Michael Wrona who was let go after two years.Mirahmadi recently completed his fourth season as track announcer at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. He will conclude his race calling duties at Aqueduct in New York on Dec. 16. The 51-year-old caller has also worked at Florida’s Hialeah, Oaklawn in Arkansas, Golden Gate Fields in Northern California and Louisiana Downs. He had brief stints at Santa Anita in 2014 and 2016.Wrona was informed Saturday that he would not return by Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer for The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita. Wrona had the job since spring 2016, when he won it after competing with three other announcers, including Mirahmadi.Ritvo said Monday that Mirahmadi would perform promotional duties in addition to calling races. He said Mirahmadi is a “very engaging, funny guy.”Mirahmadi, who was born in Los Angeles, played the role of Santa Anita track announcer in the 2003 movie “Seabiscuit.”The Associated Press
Les rennes de l’Arctique menacés par la fonte de la banquiseUne nouvelle étude confirme que la fonte de la banquise affecte de nombreuses espèces. Et celles qui se trouvent à l’intérieur des terres ne sont pas épargnées, notamment le renne du Groenland également appelé caribou.Le réchauffement climatique dû à l’accumulation du CO2 entraîne une fonte excessive de la banquise dans la zone arctique pendant l’été et l’automne. En 2012, cette fonte a atteint un record historique. Ce phénomène, bien connu, menace directement les ours polaires qui, privés de leur habitat naturel, risque de disparaître. Néanmoins, la fonte de la banquise peut également avoir des répercussions inattendues à l’intérieur des terres, comme le démontrent des chercheurs.Une recherche a été menée pendant 11 ans par Jeffrey Kirby et Eric Post, biologistes à l’Université américaine de Penn State. Ils se sont attachés à étudier une zone de toundra montagneuse située dans l’ouest du Groenland. Ils ont ainsi constaté que la végétation de cette région parvenait à maturité de plus en plus précocement dans l’année : 16 jours plus tôt en moyenne en 2011 par rapport à 2002. Mais ils ont également observé que la population de rennes ou caribous (Rangifer tarandus) a diminué en raison d’une baisse des naissances et d’une hausse de la mortalité des jeunes.Décalage entre les naissances et le cycle de vie des plantesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme l’expliquent les deux scientifiques, si la végétation fait une apparition précoce, les rennes, eux, continuent toujours de migrer dans cette région à la même période, lorsque les jours commencent à s’allonger. À ce moment de l’année, la végétation y est normalement abondante et cela coïncide avec la période où les femelles mettent bas. Mais l’éclosion prématurée de la végétation pose de sérieux problèmes.Les femelles, en donnant désormais naissance à leurs petits “trop tard”, arrivent dans la toundra alors que les plantes ont dépassé leur pic de productivité et que leur valeur nutritive est déjà en train de diminuer. De fait, les rennes n’ont plus suffisamment à manger puisque leur alimentation dépend entièrement des plantes. Traditionnellement, en hiver, ils creusent sous la neige pour se nourrir de lichens. Au printemps, ils se tournent vers les herbes de la toundra, les jeunes bourgeons de saules ou d’autres arbustes.Selon l’étude publié dans la revue Nature Communications, c’est bien la fonte de la banquise durant l’été qui serait à l’origine de ce phénomène inattendu et non la température ou un autre facteur environnemental. Toutefois, d’autres observations dans la région et dans différents points du globe seront nécessaires pour comprendre ces mécanismes très complexes, estiment les chercheurs. Le 5 octobre 2013 à 13:25 • Maxime Lambert
By Mustapha JallowAt least 17 women farmers from Mbayen in Niamina East were yesterday, 22nd July, 2014, arrested and detained by the Police at Jarreng in the Central River Region (CRR) of the Gambia. However, 5 of the women among the detainees were later released to allow them to go and prepare meals for breaking fast but they were replaced by their husbands who are held behind bars.According to our sources, the five women who were released are Haddy Mbye, Fatou Mbye, Jarra Mbye, Fanta Mbye and Rohiatou Jobe. The five men who replaced their wives are: Momodou Mbye, Batch Mbye, Demba Mbye, Babucarr Mbye and Abdou Secka. The12 women who were still held in police custody at Jarreng Police Station at the time of going to press are: Ramatta Mbye, Awa Ceesay, Jay Mbye, Jainaba Jeng, Hoja Mbye, Ada Ceesay, Gamu Mbye, Sohna Mbye, Yassin Boye, Aramata Mbye, Chibu Mbye and Jay Ceesay.The women were arrested around 10am yesterday while they were cultivating a rice field they claim to own. According to CRR Police Commissioner, Ebrima Cham, the arrest of the women was effected after they breached an order of the district tribunal by cultivating land beyond the portion allocated to them by the tribunal. He added that he had given instructions for the arrested women to be released on bail after their cautionary statements had been taken.At the time of going to press, the detainees were still held at the police station. Foroyaa will continue to monitor the situation. ]]>
The US-led coalition said Tuesday it had killed the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed top cleric in an air strike in May on a Syrian town near the Iraqi border.“Coalition forces killed Turki Binali, the self-proclaimed ‘Grand Mufti’ or chief cleric of ISIS in an air strike 31 May in Mayadeen, Syria,” the coalition said in a statement, using an acronym for the jihadist group.Rumours of Binali’s death had circulated after the strike, but there was no official confirmation until the statement.It described Binali as “a close confidant” of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said he “had a central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world.”A 2016 US Treasury Department counter-terrorism designation identified Binali as a citizen of Bahrain born in the country in 1984.He was also listed under UN sanctions, which described him as having been chosen as IS’s “chief religious advisor” in 2014.He served as head of IS’s religious compliance police, a recruiter of foreign fighters and on a team of advisors to Baghdadi, according to the UN listing.He was killed in a strike that came days after another US-led coalition air raid on Mayadeen that reportedly killed the founder of IS’s notorious Amaq propaganda agency.The 29 May strike killed Rayan Mashaal, also known as Baraa Kadek, according to local Syrian activists, though the coalition has not yet confirmed that.The IS deaths come as the group is under major pressure in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.Its fighters are surrounded in the Old City of Iraq’s Mosul, and under attack in their Syrian stronghold of Raqa from a US-backed alliance that has also seized four neighbourhoods of the city.Russia said on Friday it was seeking to verify whether Baghdadi was killed when its warplanes hit the group’s leaders in a night raid in Syria last month.More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests before spiralling into a war that has drawn in jihadists and foreign powers.
US president Donald Trump talks to Steve Bannon during a swearing in ceremony for senior staff at the White House in Washington, US on 22 January 2017. Reuters File PhotoFormer White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has called a June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians attended by Donald Trump Jr. and his father’s top campaign officials “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” according to excerpts of a new book seen by Reuters on Wednesday.Bannon expressed derision and astonishment over the meeting in Trump Tower in New York in which a Russian lawyer was said to be offering damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to the book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff.The meeting arranged by Trump’s son also included Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort. It has become part of a federal investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the election. Trump has denied any such collusion.“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers,” Bannon said in the book in excerpts seen by Reuters.“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”When an intermediary proposed the meeting, saying the Russians were offering damaging information about Clinton, Trump Jr. responded in an email, “I love it.”Bannon was incredulous about the meeting shortly after it was revealed, according to the book, concluding sarcastically, “That’s the brain trust they had.”The book, due out next Tuesday, was based on more than 200 interviews with Trump, senior White House staffers and confidantes conducted by Wolff, a contributing editor for The Hollywood Reporter, according to publisher Henry Holt.There was no immediate comment from the White House or Bannon on the book details, first reported by the Guardian. The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Trump Jr.Bannon became Trump’s campaign manager in the months before the November 2016 election, but after the Trump Tower meeting, and was chief White House strategist during the turbulent first eight months of Trump’s presidency.Trump fired Bannon in August, removing a far-right architect of his election victory and a driving force behind his nationalist and anti-globalization agenda.In the book, Bannon also said he believed the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow will focus on money laundering.“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon was quoted as saying.Manafort and business associate Rick Gates, who also worked on Trump’s campaign, pleaded not guilty in November to federal charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the United States and failing to register as foreign agents of Ukraine’s former pro-Russian government.
Listen Share 00:00 /00:56 SHUTTERSTOCKThe Texas Capitol in Austin.State lawmakers have filed more than 450 bills for the special session. Many of those bear no resemblance to the 20 items Governor Greg Abbott has placed on the agenda and can’t get a floor vote. Bills outside the governor’s agenda range from a partial repeal of the “sanctuary cities” law to a proposal for a constitutional amendment term-limiting state legislators.“There are lawmakers who are filing bills because they want to make a political statement and show their constituents that they’re continuing to fight for the issues that are important to them,” says Hugh Brady, director of the Legislative Lawyering Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law.Brandon Rottinghaus, a political scientist at the University of Houston, says optimism also plays a role. “Legislators are hoping against hope that they can entice the governor to expand the call to include their preferred legislation,” he says.One other possibility is political calculation. The Legislature has four weeks to complete work on 20 items, some of them highly controversial. Members opposed to bills tied to the governor’s agenda may be offering their own in order to crowd the schedule and run out the clock. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X