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Minister Speaks Out Against Violent Video Game

first_imgNova Scotia’s Justice Minister Murray Scott is speaking out against a violent video game, in which players earn points for killing police and criminal suspects. Mr. Scott is joining police from across North America in criticizing the video game, “25 to Life”. “Glorifying death in anyway is reprehensible, but celebrating this kind of killing is truly disturbing,” said Mr. Scott. “I am calling on game players, parents and retailers to use common sense in controlling distribution of this game.” The video game allows players to role-play shooting gang members and police officers. It also gives players the option of using bystanders as human shields. “Relationships between police and communities should be strengthened, not eroded by these graphic and offensive images that are packaged as a game,” said Mr. Scott. “We need to be especially careful that our young children are protected from this kind of violence and negative themes.” Nova Scotia introduced a video game rating system in April 2005, which requires vendors to ask for identification when renting some games to younger players. “25 to Life” has been rated “Mature”, meaning only those 17 and older may rent the game. “I am calling on all retail outlets who sell and rent video games to abide by the law and ask for ID when the game is being purchased,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Environment and Labour. “Many games are not for people under the age of 17 and that is why we implemented a video game rating system in this province — to help retailers and the public know exactly what content is in the video.” The Department of Environment and Labour’s alcohol and gaming division regularly visits video game retailers to ensure compliance with the law. If a retailer is found to be in violation of the law, the department has the authority to give a warning or to suspend or revoke a licence. Ms. Bolivar-Getson said everyone from the industry — retailers, government and parents — have a role to play in ensuring the video games that young people buy or rent are suitable for their age.last_img read more

Mayor ties Toronto shooting that claimed 2 lives to gang violence

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto Mayor John Tory is tying a shooting that claimed two lives in the heart of the city’s entertainment district to gang violence.Speaking to media about the incident at a Canada Day event Sunday morning, Tory said people with ties to gangs and alleged repeat offenders are “the only ones that pose a threat” to the city.He said he’s spoken with the police chief and knows that officers are working hard to curb the violence and catch the people responsible.Toronto police say shots rang out outside a club on the city’s bustling Queen Street West on Saturday evening, killing two men and injuring a woman.Investigators say two suspects were seen running from the area, and may have fled in a black SUV or white car.Police have not named the men who were killed.last_img read more

Cat freed from Edmonton sinkhole other feline believed to have escaped

first_imgEDMONTON — A homeowner who has been on watch since discovering two cats trapped in a sinkhole on her property says at least one is free after 12 days.Rebecca Hung of Edmonton says a grey cat was enticed into a cage with treats Tuesday morning, pulled to the surface and taken to the city’s Animal Care and Control Centre.She says the male cat is microchipped and she hopes it can be returned to its owner.Hung, who has been lowering cameras into the hole to keep an eye on the animals, says there is no sign of the other cat.She says she believes the black-and-white feline was able to make it out on its own.Hung discovered the sinkhole beside the foundation of her house in mid-April when she returned from a vacation that lasted several weeks.When she looked in, she saw a pair of cat eyes looking back up at her. She later realized there were two cats trapped inside.Firefighters were unable to rescue the felines, but created a ladder of wooden beams and placed a long board wrapped with a blanket so the cats could eventually climb out.Hung said she stopped trying to trap the cats with food about three days ago, but decided to try it again Monday night after getting new treats from an animal welfare organization.“We got it, the grey one,” Hung said Tuesday. “It was really surprising because we thought that that cat may have been sick, or that it had babies, because it was hiding all the time.”Hung said she has not seen any sign of the other cat, “which is good for us, but sad for him because we would have been nice to get him some help.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

12 people arrested on outstanding immigration warrants London police say

first_imgLONDON, Ont. — Police in London, Ont., have arrested a dozen people on “outstanding immigration warrants” in a case that’s been turned over to the Canada Border Services Agency.Police say in a statement that officers responded to a call for service in a residential area of the city’s north end Saturday evening.After an initial investigation, the statement says officers determined that “several individuals in the residence were wanted on outstanding immigration warrants.”The statement says all of them were taken into custody without incident and the case was transferred to the CBSA.In a phone interview, London police spokesman Const. Anthony McKelvey said 12 people were taken into custody, but declined to provide any further details.The CBSA declined a request for an interview but promised to provide a statement, likely Monday morning.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Train Concert Raises 15 Million For Feinstein Institute For Medical Research

first_imgThe multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning band Train took center stage Wednesday evening in Oyster Bay, NY for a private benefit concert supporting The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, Laura Benanti, Mr. & Mrs. Feinstein, Padma Lakshmi, Dr. Tamer Seckin, Mrs. and Mr. Zucker.The event also featured Endometriosis Foundation of America’s (EFA) co-founders Tamer Seckin, MD, and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.The $1.5 million raised at the event will be used by the Feinstein Institute to fund research in such therapeutic areas as cancer, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The Feinstein Institute is the research enterprise of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.Speaking on behalf of the band Train, lead singer Patrick Monahan shared the band members’ feelings about performing at the Feinstein Institute summer concert. “We recognize how profoundly lucky we are to have our health and the health of our families. When we were asked to play, we immediately said ‘yes’ because we understand the importance of the Feinstein Institute research as it relates to curing diseases. We are incredibly proud to have been a part of this wonderful event and inspired by the work being done.”Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute, said during the concert program, thanking the attendees and supporters, that “the history of science, like all history is a series of stories, and the connection of those stories lead to the present and point to the future…Today, we are now positioned uniquely to intersect with the advances in technology and computing that open the door to bioelectronic medicine. This is an exciting story. The idea of placing computer chips on nerves in people to use the patient’s own nervous system to cure the disease. This is not 20 years away – this is already happening…It is as if the spirit of history has moved through and put us all in this position at this time to accomplish what we can, and you are a part of it. You are here supporting our work and without you, we can’t get there.”Dr. Tracey’s research was recently featured in the cover story of The New York Times Magazine. To learn more, click here.The evening also included the presentation of the 2014 Fellowship Award named in honor of The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) to Feinstein Institute investigator, Maya Tevlin, Ph.D. Dr. Tevlin is an investigator for an endometriosis study that is being supported by the EFA, called Research OutSmarts Endometriosis (ROSE). The award was presented by EFA co-founders Tamer Seckin, MD, and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.“The Endometriosis Foundation of America is pleased to present Dr. Maya Tevlin with the 2014 Fellowship Award for her dedication to the cause of endometriosis, which affects 176 million women and girls worldwide,” said Dr. Seckin. “The EFA is committed to supporting research that will help unravel the mysteries behind this most devious and debilitating disease and, ultimately, enable us to find a cure. The EFA’s sponsorship of ROSE at the Feinstein Institute is one of our crowning achievements, and just the beginning of a long-term partnership in endometriosis research.”“We are honored to acknowledge Dr. Tevlin as the first EFA Fellow and salute the Feinstein Institute for its commitment to this serious health issue and the ROSE Project,” said Padma Lakshmi, EFA Co-Founder.”Emceeing the evening was Laura Benanti, who earned Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy. She was also nominated for her performance of Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods and in Swing! Ms. Benanti has also been cast in several television shows including The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie and Law and Order SVU, among others.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

DPAs: Meet the legal tool central to the Prime Minister’s Office controversy

OTTAWA — Engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin sought to be the first firm to avoid criminal proceedings by negotiating a “remediation agreement” — using a new legal tool that either spares innocents from being punished for the corporate misdeeds of others or lets the biggest companies off the hook when they’ve acted illegally, depending whom you ask.Its efforts have led to a scandal that’s led to the resignation of a government minister and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s most trusted aide.The Montreal-based engineering firm faces legal trouble over allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to get government business in Libya, which would be a crime under Canadian law.But last fall the prosecutor’s office declined to send SNC-Lavalin an invitation to negotiate, which means the criminal case against the company will proceed. If it’s convicted, the company faces the possibility of a multi-year ban from bidding on public contracts — a key part of its business.Here are some questions and answers on Canada’s remediation agreements:What are remediation agreements for?The Criminal Code says a remediation agreement aims to denounce a company’s wrongdoing, hold it accountable with penalties, force it to respect the law by putting in place corrective measures and encourage voluntary disclosure of illegal activities. A primary goal is to limit the damage to individuals, such as a company’s employees, who had nothing to do with the offence — while punishing those involved in the wrongdoing. The agreements would help corporations avoid a criminal conviction that could lead to a ban of up to a decade from bidding on public contracts, including lucrative infrastructure projects.How did Canada get them?Other countries have similar regimes. They include the United States, where the deals are called “deferred prosecution agreements,” or DPAs.The Liberal government held public consultations on the idea in the fall of 2017 and, in its 2018 budget, it said it intended to introduce legislation to allow remediation agreements soon. The budget, however, offered few details. Months later, the proposed amendment was quietly included in the government’s 582-page budget legislation. The move came as a surprise to MPs — including at least one Liberal. A few members of the all-party parliamentary committee studying the bill last May expressed concerns. They said they were first made aware of the push to create DPAs only after it was brought to their attention by a Justice Department official as part of her testimony. The remediation agreement regime received royal assent last June.What does a company have to do to be eligible to negotiate an agreement?The prosecutor can invite a company that has allegedly committed an offence into a negotiation if the case meets a number of conditions. First of all, they can only be applied to economic crimes, like bribery or fraud. They cannot be used in a situation where there’s been serious bodily harm or death, or in cases that resulted in injury to national security or national defence. The agreements also can’t be used in cases where the offence is connected to a criminal or terrorist organization. The prosecutor must also believe there’s a reasonable possibility the firm will be convicted and that the case is in the public’s interest. Finally, the attorney general must consent to the negotiation.What are some of the potential benefits of DPAs?Anita Anand, a law professor at University of Toronto, said she believes they can be useful legal tools to address corporate misdeeds while taking into account the needs of shareholders, employees and creditors “It is wholly unfair to punish these many stakeholders because of the bad behaviour of a few individuals,” Anand wrote in an email. “In other words, a few bad apples should not spoil the bunch.”Instead, she said, once wrongdoers have been identified, removed and sanctioned then corporations should be dealt with under the same approach taken in other areas of criminal law — with rehabilitation as one of the goals of punishmentJennifer Quaid, an assistant professor of law at the University of Ottawa, said Canadian firms lobbied for a deferred-prosecution regime for competitive reasons because the United States and other jurisdictions had them. The argument, she said, is that Canadian companies, if barred from public contracts, would be put at a disadvantage compared to American multinationals that avoided convictions with settlements. Quaid also noted remediation can be a positive for prosecutors, especially because economic crimes are hard to investigate and prosecute.What are some of the potential down sides?Mike Koehler, an associate professor of law at Southern Illinois University, said DPAs should not be a way for prosecutors to avoid difficult cases. “It shouldn’t be easy to convict anybody,” he said.Koehler, who believes Canada should have never adopted remediation agreements, argued that they’ve had little success as a deterrent in the United States.“Looking to the U.S. example, if these were achieving deterrence, why do we have so many repeat corporate offenders?” he said.Patricia Adams, executive director of the Probe International think-tank and watchdog, said DPAs allow prosecutors to make decisions behind closed doors about whether a company should be prosecuted or not, which robs the judicial system of transparency.“What they essentially do is they turn the prosecutor into the prosecutor, the judge and the jury,” said Adams. “Because of that they are undermining the rule of law — they are essentially political instruments.”Quaid, at the University of Ottawa, said the criticisms include the perception that remediation can seem like an “automatic pass” for companies and that they’re designed for larger firms that employ lots of people, and not so much for smaller players.“At the end of the day, this is accepting a reality that when big players with significant economic impact in a region get in trouble there are a lot of collateral consequences and sometimes we may decide that collectively preventing those collateral consequences is going to trump the normal response,” she said. “A lot of people don’t like that kind of messy, less-than-perfect justice, but that’s the reality that we have to live with.”Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press read more

Security Council must unite to protect civilians in conflict zones – UN

“There will always be some disagreement within the international community on how to respond to a given situation; but when tens of thousands of civilian lives are threatened, as currently in Syria, the world expects the Security Council to unite and act,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the 15-member body.In her remarks to the Council’s open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, Ms. Pillay noted that the number of civilians killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011 is probably now approaching 70,000. “The Security Council is at its best when it acts with a unified voice. The lack of consensus on Syria and the resulting inaction has been disastrous and civilians on all sides have paid the price,” she stated. “We will be judged against the tragedy that has unfolded before our eyes. This Council, as well as those of us in key positions within the UN, will be rightly asked what we did,” she added.The High Commissioner said one immediate action that the Council could take is to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC). “This would send a clear message to both the Government and the opposition that there will be consequences for their actions, and could have a very significant preventive effect.”She noted that, in contrast to Syria, the Council has achieved political consensus regarding the situation in Mali, where it has provided for UN human rights monitoring. Her office is deploying human rights officers in Mali, and the first arrived in the capital, Bamako, last week.Highlighting a number of areas where there is need for improvement, she noted that early, credible information on human rights and international humanitarian law violations can make it easier for the Council and the wider UN system to reach consensus and make informed decisions. The most important element for UN protection of civilians, she added, is early political consensus among Member States acting through the UN.The meeting, chaired by Kim Sung-hwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council for this month, was expected to hear from over 70 speakers. In his address, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that civilians have remained subject to unacceptable threats to life and dignity in conflict zones worldwide. “Warring parties have continued to violate human rights and international humanitarian law with impunity. And the efforts of the United Nations and other humanitarian actors to provide assistance and protection have been hampered by violence,” he said.In Syria, said Mr. Ban, “every day provides a searing reminder of the human cost of war.” And while the situation in Syria is “particularly acute and intractable,” civilians in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and elsewhere, continue to suffer and die as parties to conflict ignore their obligations to protect, he added. “But, let us remember: the obligation does not rest solely with warring parties. We all have a responsibility to protect,” he stated. “Failure to protect civilians in armed conflict can contribute directly to the commission of atrocity crimes.” The Secretary-General has recommended a number of steps for enhancing the protection of civilians, calling on all parties to conflict to avoid using explosive weapons with wide-area effect in populated areas, among other measures. He also says that the Council must emphasize that States bear the primary responsibility for the protection of civilians, and that States should recognize the need for consistent engagement by humanitarian actors with all relevant State and non-State actors.Citing the need for accountability for denials of access and attacks against humanitarian workers, Mr. Ban urged the Council to make greater use of commissions of inquiry and fact-finding missions mandated by the UN to investigate and verify alleged violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. In addition, he said the Council must ensure that peacekeeping operations mandated with protecting civilians have adequate resources.The Council, in a presidential statement, reiterated its demand that all parties to conflict comply strictly with the obligations applicable to them under international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law, and stressed the need for parties to “take all required measures to avoid civilian casualties and to respect and protect the civilian population.” read more

Haiti UN warns 15 million people face severe hunger following weather shocks

In addition to the 1.5 million people facing food insecurity, a further 6.7 million people in Haiti are struggling to meet their own food needs on a regular basis. Before the hurricane season, which runs from June to November, the World Food Programme (WFP) had pre-positioned emergency supplies to cover the needs of 300,000 people for two days with ready-to-use food and for four weeks with staple food rations. The agency also had established agreements with 15 partners and had begun emergency distribution to 200,000 beneficiaries through schools in the worst-affected communities.In a press briefing in Geneva, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said the agency plans to assist 1.1 million people in 2013, more than half of them children, through school meals and specialized food to treat malnutrition.Meanwhile, the National Coordination for Food Security identified 44 communes in Haiti where the prevalence of severe food insecurity was above 50 per cent of the rural population, and WFP said it is also providing come 34,000 vulnerable people in rural areas with income opportunities via cash for assets programmes.However, Ms. Byrs noted that WFP urgently needs $ 17.2 million in funding to meet these needs, and added that the agency is currently facing a shortfall of $ 1.5 million to cover emergency preparedness. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse rallies to take down Air Force 109

hat perhaps was expected to be an easy win for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team Saturday might have proved more challenging than originally thought. The Buckeyes (9-3, 4-2) had to overcome a halftime deficit to earn a 10-9 victory at Air Force Saturday, which stumbled into the contest with a 1-4 Eastern College Athletic Conference record. Now on a three-game winning streak, OSU has secured a playoff spot by guaranteeing at least a top-four finish in the ECAC. The Buckeyes are tied for third in the ECAC standings heading into their regular season finale Saturday. No matter what happens during the final weekend of the season, OSU will be joined by Loyola (Md.), Denver and Fairfield in the conference tournament, since Fairfield clinched its playoff spot Saturday with a 10-9 overtime victory at Denver. OSU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead Saturday against Air Force (6-7, 1-5), but let the Falcons climb their way back into the game, finishing the first quarter tied at four. The Falcons, though, took a one-point lead into halftime, 7-6, before conceding three straight goals in the third quarter and falling behind for good. Co-captain and senior attacker Logan Schuss continued his run of good form, scoring four goals for the Buckeyes, including the series of three in the third quarter, and added one assist. It was his third consecutive game where he scored at least five points, bringing his career total moves to 216, 11 back of second place on the Buckeyes’ all-time points list. Co-captain and senior midfielder Dominique Alexander added a career-high five points, including two goals, and senior midfielder Trey Wilkes won 15 of 21 faceoffs. Having missed the last two games due to injury, junior goalkeeper Greg Dutton made his return for OSU in outstanding fashion on Saturday with a career-high 15 saves against the Falcons. The losses to Denver and Loyola earlier in the year mean that the Buckeyes will finish third in the ECAC with a win over Fairfield Saturday but will drop to fourth with a loss. The Buckeyes are set to close the regular season and celebrate their Senior Day at home against Fairfield on Saturday at 1 p.m. read more

EYEWITNESS Plodding on…

…with the Ming SwingEven with all the criticisms of the illegal, sole-sourced design for the new Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) – for both procedural and substantive reasons – the PNC-led Government, as usual, are plunging straight ahead. And, if their attitude’s anything to go by, the Devil should take the hindmost – which includes, obviously, those Guyanese who’ve expressed doubts about the project design!The bids from the 11 mostly Chinese bidders will now be evaluated by this month-end, and three will be shortlisted. Even this procedure is highly suspect…since the criteria for the culling of 11 companies to 3 hasn’t been spelled out. This refusal to have all 11 companies submit bids stinks. It screams to high heavens that something rotten is in the making. It’s a crock to say it’s easier to pick from three bids than from 11!!!!Then, with so many Chinese companies involved, why would the Chinese Ambassador – a diplomat, mind you!! — say the design is so last century they wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole!! Imagine, China was the poster boy for backwardness and poverty back in the sixties, when we were flying high – and can now talk to us about backwardness!! That’s because those who make decisions about our development are not concerned about our development!Why was the ambassador so scathing? For the same reason any Guyanese who even cursorily considers the approved design would be. Guyanese know of the frustration caused to Demerara commuters over the last forty years, when the present DHB had to retract a span to allow ships to proceed upriver!! Now with us building a new bridge in the 21st century, you’d think any sane administration would build a fixed-span bridge, wouldn’t you?? The PPP thought so!!After all, Suriname built TWO, decades ago!! But no…rather than having a span RETRACT like the old DHB, this Government boasts about having a span LIFTED as if it’s technological leap forward!! The bottom line is that traffic would still be halted when the bridge is “open”!!This Government would like us to go along with spending all those hundreds of millions of US dollars for the “lifting” structure, rather than the present floating pontoons, because VEHICLES WOULD NOW BE ABLE TO PARK ON THE BRIDGE, RATHER THAN ON THE ROAD!!So what gives, since your Eyewitness doesn’t believe Minister Patterson can pass the McNaughton test to qualify for an “insanity plea”?!! The sudden swing of the Bridge as it approaches the western bank of the river offers a clue: it ends at land owned by PNC financier Stanley.We’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to figure out the reason for the “Ming Swing”!!…with antique aircraftWell, now your Eyewitness has heard it all!! Prodded by the PPP as to why they’re spending $484 million on four planes — manufactured forty years ago — for the GDF, the Government said the planes were like “Rolls Royses” – and age doesn’t matter!! Really?!! So we wonder why airlines aren’t flying those old Constellations from the WWII era!! Those were real beauts, weren’t they??But even if we’re to buy the argument about equating 1970s Skyvans and Islanders with Rolls…do these people know why Rolls become “vintage” and “antiques”? They aren’t used to fetch cargo all year round. With all the maintenance in the world, if these planes are used by the army as planned, they’ll be scrap in a few years. Just like those old Bell helicopters Burnham’d bought while he was around.The Skyvan – known as “the Flying Shoebox” – is pretty much extinct, with only 40 left as of 2009. And the GDF really believe they’ll be able to get spares??Your Eyewitness has the Brooklyn Bridge to sell!!…with GWI hanky-pankyLast June, Mayor Patricia Chase-Green was appointed to Chair GWI’s Board…to deal with procurement “irregularities”.Minister Bulkan’s now miffed GWI’s still sole sourcing. Wasn’t appointing Chase-Green tantamount to putting the cat to guard the milk?? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Eye pass…August 15, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The occasion…September 28, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Spank them…December 11, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more

Barcas coach Xavi Pascual had a heart surgery

One of the nominated coaches for the World’s Best coach in 2011, Xavi Pascual had a heart surgery, announced F.C Barcelona today. After fantastic year in which Spanish team won EHF Champions League after six years and also, ASOBAL, fantastic coach will have to rest next month. He will be ready for the second part of the season, hopefully, without any kind of healthy problems. ← Previous Story Spain before EHF EURO 2012: Baena replaces injured Garabaya Next Story → Now, Officialy: Poland without Marcin Lijewski at EHF EURO 2012! read more

Google and Microsoft patent slapfight continues

first_imgThis isn’t going anywhere, and I am sure before the week is out the mud will only be slung faster and in greater quantities. The point of it? Posturing to the audience. Meanwhile, these organizations are behind closed doors twirling mustaches, strapping armor on, and getting ready to have a great big fight over the future of Android. Personally, I hope that when the dust settles, someone in the right seat in the right office somewhere in the world decides that this patent mess has gotten wildly out of hand and decides to do something about it. Still not sure exactly what happened at Google this week? It’s like someone accidentally delivered espresso for the decaf pots. Meanwhile, over in Redmond, Microsoft’s legal team discovered how to use Twitter, but not any of the complimentary services that allow you to put a single coherent thought into an extended tweet.If you haven’t been following the recent uproar following the acquisition of the Novell Patents, let’s catch you up. What started as a blog post from Googler David Drummond addressing why Google didn’t spend the money on the Novell patents. To say the the conversations have broken down into a schoolyard fashion is putting it mildly, but we remain ever vigilant in following the situation in the event that something actually worth noting comes from either party.Drummond’s blog did not go unnoticed, and Microsoft’s legal team felt obligated to go reply. When Microsoft communications lead Frank Shaw decided his dinner last night would be best paired with an email snippet that seriously looked like Googler Kurt Weller was deploying the weakest cop out of all time to cover his backside for not joining in with Microsoft on buying up the Novell patents.  Microsoft had apparently reached out to Google in order to get the patents. These are the same patents that Google bid Pi on, by the way, so it was clear early on that Google caught on to what was happening with Microsoft and decided on an alternate strategy.Still, The tech community roused as Google was called out on Twitter by Shaw, and needed to respond. So, respond they did, by updating the original post made addressing the Novell patents. The update includes some promising information that had been previously unreleased about the patent purchase. The update is worth reading in full, but some choice phrases include…… it’s obvious why we turned down Microsoft’s offer… A joint acquisition of the Novell patents that gave all parties a license would have eliminated any protection these patents could offer to Android against attacks from Microsoft and its bidding partners…Ultimately, the U.S. Department of Justice intervened, forcing Microsoft to sell the patents it bought and demanding that the winning group (Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, EMC) give a license to the open-source community… So, if we follow the chain of events right now, Google engaged in a bid war with Microsoft and crew for the Novell patents. When Google realized the fight was either unwinnable or expensive, they drove the bid up in the hopes that Google could encourage the government to take action.  As a result, the DoJ moved in and demanded that a licences be given to the Open Source communities. Shaw fired back, moments later, with a series of tweets that sounded vaguely like an excerpt from Iron Man 2. Google wanted to purchase these patents to use as a shield against the companies they insist are “coming after Android”, where Shaw insists it was to be used as a sword.last_img read more

Intel x86based smartphones and tablets coming soon Dell Ultrabook too

first_imgWe’ve known for a while now that Intel is diving head first into mobile. While the world focused on Apple’s A5, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 (and now Tegra 3), and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, Intel was adapting its Atom platform for mobile devices. Today at CES 2012 the curtain was officially unveiled, and we learned about the first devices that will be ushering in the era of Medfield.Intel’s initial smartphone will be the K800, manufactured by Lenovo. It will have a 4.5-inch display with 1280×720 resolution — at 326 pixels per inch, its pixel density in the upper echelon of mobile displays. It has an 8MP camera, and will supposedly outperform rival latforms in browsing, Javascript, and graphics energy consumption. The handset is destined for China (no word of a US release), and will release there in the second quarter of 2012.After the Asia-only (for now) K800 was announced, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha dropped by the event to announce his company’s multiyear agreement to produce Atom-based hardware. The first fruits of the collaboration will be smartphones; they are expected to head into carrier validation this summer.Following a brief tease of a Windows 8 reference design tablet, Intel capped the evening off by unveiling a new Dell Ultrabook. The machine, the XPS 13, has an aluminum lid and carbon fiber base. The laptop will have a Gorilla Glass display (apparently not Gorilla Glass 2), and will come in Core i5 and i7 flavors. Dell is claiming that it will give you 9 hours of battery life (until it’s tested, take that one with several grains of salt). The XPS 13 will go up for order in February.While an integrated chip won’t likely elicit the same excitement as a hot new smartphone, tablet, or gaming system, its ramifications could be just as great. Intel, the dominant manufacturer of PC processors, now has to play catch-up in the mobile arena. By all signs, it appears that the company is serious about this transition. We’ll start seeing the results later on this year.More at ExtremeTech, via Intel, Engadgetlast_img read more

Trois nouvelles espèces de raptors découvertes dans lUtah

first_imgTrois nouvelles espèces de raptors découvertes dans l’UtahLes fossiles de trois raptors appartenant à la famille des dromaeosauridés, ont été découverts dans l’Utah par des paléontologues américains. Des restes de dinosaures qui auraient vécu voilà 130 millions d’années, lors du Crétacé inférieur.Des paléontologues ont récemment découvert dans l’est de l’Utah, aux Etats-Unis, les restes fossilisé de trois dromaeosauridés datant du Crétacé inférieur, il y a entre 100 et 146 millions d’années. Ces dinosaures théropodes, des raptors, ressemblent à des oiseaux et sont dotés de plumes, de dents cannelés et de griffes. Leur étude s’avère ainsi d’une grande importance dans la compréhension de l’origine du vol aviaire.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais c’est au sujet de leur longue queue que les chercheurs ont découvert de nouvelles informations grâce aux fossiles des trois dinosaures de l’Utah. Comme ils l’expliquent dans la revue PLoS ONE, l’espèce du premier spécimen a été baptisée Yurgovuchia doellingi en référence à Helmut Doelling, un géologue ayant passé plus de 50 ans à mener des recherches sur l’Utah pour l’Utah Geological Survey (UGS) et qui a découvert le site abritant de nombreux fossiles. Une partie de colonne vertébrale et une partie du bassin du dinosaure ont également été retrouvées. Le second raptor étudié est lui représenté par un morceau de bassin et un os de bras. Quant au troisième, il est considéré comme étant le plus intéressant car c’est sa queue qui a été découverte. Un squelette unique qui se distingue par les longues extensions osseuses dont sont dotées chacune de ses vertèbres, laissant imaginer, comme cela a été déjà avancé, qu’elle avait une fonction d’équilibrage au moment du vol.Le 27 mai 2012 à 09:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Doctor Who Tuesday Trope Fake First Kiss

first_imgFrom survivor’s guilt to the action girl, Doctor Who‘s cup runneth over with repetitive motifs.Each week, I’ll tackle another trope, examining its use, effectiveness, and relevance to the long-running BBC show. Pucker up for this faux first.FAKE FIRST KISSMeaning: Two characters cornered in an emergency kiss to hide their faces, provide a distraction.Usage in Doctor Who: Transfer Time Lord powers to an unsuspecting (but usually amenable) companionThere is nary a Whovian who would turn down a kiss from the Doctor.Or, in Russell T Davies’ case, nary a companion.The former showrunner had an affinity for the fake first kiss, sprinkling it over nearly everyone who traveled with the Ninth and Tenth Doctors. (Steven Moffat, on the other hand, subverts the trope when the Eleventh Doctor and River Song smooch on multiple occasions.)Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor started the trend when he and Rose Tyler share an intimate moment in the series one finale.Rose, having been bathed in the light of the TARDIS and temporarily transformed into the Bad Wolf entity, is burning up from the power she now possesses. After pleading her to let go, the Time Lord steps in (“I think you need a Doctor,” he quips), locking lips to draw the power of the vortex from her body into his.DailymotionThe reverse kiss of life saves Rose but depletes the Doctor, who suddenly bursts with light and energy from the regeneration process, and begins to change into his next incarnation—new teeth and all.A real romantic, the Tenth Doctor snogs his fair share of ladies—from Jackie Tyler, Astrid Peth, and Nurse Joan Redfern to Lady Christina de Souza, Madame de Pompadour, and Elizabeth I.But he’s also had his way with every companion to enter his TARDIS.Rose has the pleasure of playing tonsil hockey with the floppy-haired Time Lord in “New Earth,” when her body is possessed by the cheeky Lady Cassandra. And Martha Jones develops feelings for the time-travelling alien when he unexpectedly plants one on her as a genetic transfer meant to trick an alien DNA scanner. The budding MD, however, takes it as a hint that the Doctor fancies her.DailymotionEven Donna Noble, who follows a strict just-friends-with-absolutely-no-benefits policy, lays one on the Tenth Doctor—just the shock he needs to reverse the effects of sparkling cyanide in “The Unicorn and The Wasp.”Perhaps it’s the power of the Time Lord. Or maybe Davies just likes watching characters swap saliva on screen. Either way, the fake first kiss makes for some fun, if not uncomfortable, moments between the Doctor and his female friends.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more

JetBlue lands today at PIA from Ft Lauderdale

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2015 – Providenciales International Airport welcomes a new carrier out of South Florida today, as Jetblue in an E190 aircraft will land at the airport with fanfare at noon. JetBlue back in 2010 had announced that it was interested in a Florida link to Provo, now five years later there is fruition which will mean more competitive prices on airline tickets, among other things. Already the costs on American Airline tickets between here and Miami have taken a nose dive. JetBlue launched their new daily service from the Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport with a $99 special. Visitors pack the first flight from Ft. Lauderdale for JetBlue; bookings solid Providenciales Airport Reopens Today JetBlue from Ft Lauderdale lands in Provo November 16 Related Items:Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, Jetblue, providenciales international airport Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Christopher Lee – The Man Who Embodied Dracula

first_imgCount Dracula is a screen icon who simply won’t stay dead. From his first appearance in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel to the upcoming TV series from Sherlock’s Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the classic vampire is set to rise again and again.Bela Lugosi’s performance in the 1931 Universal Horror picture is loved around the world.Bela Lugosi as DraculaBut arguably one man gave audiences the definitive take on Stoker’s Count — Christopher Lee. He not only played the role but embodied it in a way that has yet to be matched.In a 2017 article for the website Birth Movies Death it’s written that “Each moment he was onscreen was mesmerizing; a powerful domineering stance that demanded attention when he sauntered into the room, a flicker of intoxicating cursed madness that glimmered out from behind the eye that captivated and kept its audience under his thrall.”Christopher Lee as the title character in Dracula (1958)He portrayed Sax Rohmer’s fiendish Fu Manchu for the producer Harry Alan Towers, and the Monster in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) for Hammer.Yet it was Hammer’s Dracula with whom he would forever be associated.Christopher Lee at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013. Photo by Avda CC BY-SA 3.0Born into money, Lee had a naturally aristocratic air that lent itself to the Transylvanian terror. A Guardian interview from 2001 mentions that despite “the protestations of his high-born mother, who considered acting infra dig and a profession only for people with no morals, Lee went on to make his name playing some of the most morally bankrupt characters of all time.”Christopher Lee in Dracula (1958). Photo by Getty ImagesAside from his formidable presence, Lee’s respect for Stoker’s source material made him a natural choice to bring the author’s creation to ghoulish life. For his second Hammer outing, Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), the Count had minimal dialogue. This, it turned out, was all Lee’s doing.Bram Stoker (1847-1912), novelist born in Ireland, author of Dracula.According to Birth Movies Death, he was unimpressed by the script and “expressed such contempt for the dialogue that he refused to utter a single word throughout the entire film. To Lee, if the British company refused to use Stoker’s original material from the book, then he didn’t see the point in using any of the words that the screenwriters had created in its absence.”An unexpected by-product of this was the perception of Dracula as a man of few words. The actor had inadvertently but effectively demonstrated the old expression that “less is more.”A screenshot from the trailer for Dracula (1958), a Hammer Horror production.Lee was a pioneer of the Count’s celluloid exploits. It was 1968’s Dracula Has Risen From The Grave that first presented the Bible as a major opponent of the chiseled bloodsucker, one more powerful than any wooden stake or necklace of garlic.He was also along for the ride when the Hammer Draculas became bloodier and saucier, not to mention more modern. His last two performances were in contemporary chillers Dracula A.D. 1972 and The Satantic Rites of Dracula the following year.A screenshot from the trailer for Dracula (1958), a Hammer Horror production.Every villain needs a mortal enemy and Lee had perhaps the greatest in Peter Cushing. The star played Van Helsing and their antagonism was given added depth by the mens’ strong friendship offscreen.Above all, Lee’s power as Dracula is best expressed in the legacy of those films. Though he regretted being typecast through the role, the body of work went on to inspire many of the best directors working today.Front cover of Fantastic Monsters of the Films (1962, Black Shield Publications), featuring Sir Christopher Lee as Dracula.Speaking to the Guardian, Lee remarked that “if you compare those Hammer movies to what has been made in the last 20 years — Brian de Palma, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Wes Craven, Tim Burton and Peter Jackson have all said the same thing to me: ‘We were brought up on your movies.’ And it certainly shows in theirs.”Christopher Lee (left) at the Aubagne International Film Festival in September 1996. Photo by Charmich CC BY-SA 3.0Burton went on to repeatedly cast Lee, while Lucas and Jackson turned the aging thespian into Count Dooku and Saruman for Star Wars and Lord of the Rings respectively.Would this have happened without Dracula’s influence? It’s highly doubtful.Christopher Lee passed away in 2015, leaving behind a diverse and fascinating CV in which he played characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Francisco Scaramanga. However for many, he will always be Count Dracula, and the definitive neck drainer to boot.Read another story from us: Dracula in the Trenches: When Bela Lugosi Served in WWITo show both horror and tragedy all in one bite. That was what Christopher Lee brought to the table when he signed on as the Prince of Darkness.last_img read more

Geneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSummery white declinations from DeWitt’s Twenty-8-Eight collection are the perfect accessories for these sun-filled days. They are available in the collections automatic and tourbillon timepieces.In the automatic editions, Ref. T8.AU.005 is a white gold version that creates light blue waves in the center and an intense sapphire around the border. Ref. T8.AU.007, another automatic, is a sporty variation with navy numerals and circle appliqué that navigate upon a silvery sea while rhodium-plated hands act as aesthetic masts.The tourbillon’s white gold Ref. T8.TH.006 is a bright, summer-ready variation that has a subtle opaline center surrounded by an intense silver appliqué in palladium. The white gold Ref. T8.TH.005, meanwhile, encompasses the magic of horological reflections, displaying varying shades of the royal hue throughout the day. Anchored by a galvanic cobalt, the circle applique features turquoise tonalities, playing on the ocean’s ever-chaning depths of the color blue.www.dewitt.chlast_img read more

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