27 Oct
2019

In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About Jen Lada, ESPN’s New Colin Cowherd Show Contributor

first_imgJen Lada speaking on ESPN.This summer, there will be a new face (and voice) on Colin Cowherd’s radio show on ESPN – Jen Lada. Lada, who is leaving Comcast Sports Net in Chicago to take the new gig, will be featured as a regular contributor on the show. There are also rumors that she’ll be featured on SportsCenter and a number of other programs on the network. Lada, now 34 years old, announced that she’d be leaving Comcast Sports Net in June, and she’s set to start at the Worldwide Leader in August.Thank you @CSNChicago for taking a chance on me, for trusting me to represent you well & for teaching me every day. pic.twitter.com/DSkk9FJzfa— Jen Lada (@JenLada) June 26, 2015How did she get her career started? Where is she from? And is she single? We’ve got those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star.In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About Jen Lada >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img read more

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14 Oct
2019

Ottawa expected to announce new transition rules for assessing pipelines Wednesday

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – The Liberal government is poised to announce new rules today for assessing major resource projects such as oil pipelines. A technical briefing is being scheduled for news media before Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announces the new process this afternoon. Liberals say the new rules will cover a transition period that will include existing pipeline applications already in the works. Those includes Kinder Morgan’s proposed twinning of the TransMountain pipeline in British Columbia and TransCanada’s massive $15.7-billion Energy East project that would take Alberta and Saskatchewan crude to New Brunswick refineries and seaports for export. The new environmental assessment process appears likely to require pipeline companies to report greenhouse gas emissions associated with their project, including what are known as “upstream” emissions produced during the production of the oil or gas carried by the pipeline. “If major energy projects have the confidence of Canadians, I think it will be good news for the Canadian economy,” Carr said on his way into a Liberal caucus meeting. Carr said he’s consulted industry leaders, Indigenous leaders, environmental groups, union and community leaders to set up the transition process. “People want to know that the process is up and running and fair.” Pipeline politics have dominated the return of Parliament this week amid deep regional acrimony. The premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan expressed dismay after a group of Montreal-area municipal leaders publicly announced their opposition last week to the proposed Energy East route through their territory. Saskatchewan Premier Brad wall questioned whether Quebeckers should continue to expect billions in equalization payments if they won’t support the export of resources that help drive those government revenues. Environmental groups, meanwhile, say any new pipeline approval by the Trudeau government would undermine the Liberals’ commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A coalition of 74 North American groups issued a release today calling for Canada to put in place policy measures to help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as agreed at the Paris climate summit in December. “There is simply no room for major new pipelines in a safe climate future,” Steven Guilbeault of Equiterre said in the release. “The science is demanding we keep the carbon in the ground and start the transition.” Provincial environment ministers begin two days of talks Thursday in Ottawa with their federal counterpart Catherine McKenna in advance of a full-blown first minister’s conference that is supposed to establish a national climate policy, including putting a price on carbon. The announcement of a new transition policy for environmental assessments comes a day after a federal audit was released that showed the National Energy Board has failed to follow up on almost half of all conditions set for past pipeline approvals.last_img read more

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14 Oct
2019

White Bear First Nation has a new water system supplying community with

first_imgLarissa Burnouf APTN National NewsIn September, APTN National News brought you the story of the water crisis in the small southern Saskatchewan community of White Bear First Nation.The water in the community has been undrinkable for more than a decade.Since APTN’s report, things have changed.lburnouf@aptn.calast_img

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13 Oct
2019

Trump defends tax plan proclaims economy set to rock

first_imgWASHINGTON – Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth.The legislation, which the GOP aims to muscle through Congress next week, would lower taxes on the richest Americans. Benefits for most other taxpayers would be smaller, but Trump attempted to sell the bill as a “Christmas present” for middle-class Americans in part because it would trigger job growth.“It’ll be fantastic for the middle-income people and for jobs, most of all,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn before travelling to Camp David for the weekend. “And I will say that because of what we’ve done with regulation and other things our economy is doing fantastically well, but it has another big step to go and it can’t take that step unless we do the tax bill.”No stranger to hyperbole, Trump also predicted the legislation would cause the economy to soar beyond its current 3 per cent rate of growth.“I think we could go to 4, 5 or even 6 per cent, ultimately,” the president said. “We are back. We are really going to start to rock.”Many economists believe that attaining consistent 4 or 5 per cent annual growth would be challenging. The nation last topped 5 per cent growth in 1984.The Republican plan is the widest-ranging reshaping of the tax code in three decades and is expected to add to the nation’s $20 trillion debt. The tax cuts are projected to add $1.46 trillion over a decade.Under the bill, today’s 35 per cent rate on corporations would fall to 21 per cent, the crown jewel of the measure for many Republicans. Trump and GOP leaders had set 20 per cent as their goal but added a point to free money for other tax cuts that won over wavering lawmakers in final talks.“This is happening. Tax reform under Republican control of Washington is happening,” House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told rank-and-file members in a conference call Friday. “Most critics out there didn’t think it could happen. … And now we’re on the doorstep of something truly historic.”The bill would repeal an important part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — the requirement that all Americans have health insurance or face a penalty — as the GOP looks to unravel a law it failed to repeal and replace this past summer. It came together as Republicans cemented the needed support for the overhaul, securing endorsements from wavering senators.Marco Rubio of Florida relented in his high-profile opposition after negotiators expanded the tax credit that parents can claim for their children. He said he would vote for the measure next week.Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the only Republican to vote against the Senate version earlier this month, made the surprise announcement that he would back the legislation. Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has repeatedly warned that the nation’s growing debt is the most serious threat to national security.“I realize this is a bet on our country’s enterprising spirit, and that is a bet I am willing to make,” Corker said.The bill embodies a long-standing Republican philosophy that a substantial tax break for businesses will trigger economic growth and job creation for Americans in a trickle-down economy. Skeptical Democrats are likely to oppose the legislation unanimously.“Under this bill, the working class, middle class and upper middle class get skewered while the rich and wealthy corporations make out like bandits,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “It is just the opposite of what America needs, and Republicans will rue the day they pass this.”The bill would drop today’s 39.6 per cent top rate on individuals to 37 per cent. The standard deduction — used by around two-thirds of households — would be nearly doubled, to $24,000 for married couples.The $1,000-per-child tax deduction would grow to $2,000, with up to $1,400 available in IRS refunds for families who owe little or no taxes. Parents would have to provide children’s Social Security numbers to receive the child tax credit, a measure intended to deny the credit to people who are in the U.S. illegally.Those who itemize would lose some deductions. The deduction that millions use in connection with state and local income, property and sales taxes would be capped at $10,000. That’s especially important to residents of high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California. Deductions for medical expenses that lawmakers once considered eliminating would be retained.The bill would allow homeowners to deduct interest only on the first $750,000 of a new mortgage, down from the current limit of $1 million.People who inherit fortunes would get a big break. The bill would double the exemption, meaning the estate tax would apply only to the portion of an estate over $22 million for married couples.Members of a House-Senate conference committee signed the final version of the legislation Friday, sending it to the two chambers for final passage next week.Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate, and two ailing GOP senators missed votes this past week.John McCain of Arizona, who is 81, is at a Washington-area military hospital being treated for the side effects of brain cancer treatment, and 80-year-old Thad Cochran of Mississippi had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week. GOP leaders are hopeful they will be available next week.___Associated Press writer Marcy Gordon contributed to this report.___Follow Lemire on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire and Ohlemacher? at http://twitter.com/@stephenataplast_img read more

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13 Oct
2019

Alberta monitors makes contingency plans on road clearing in UK firm bankruptcy

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s transportation minister says they are making contingency plans to clear and maintain roads as they monitor the financial fallout of a multinational United Kingdom construction company.Brian Mason says for now they believe the bankruptcy of Carillion PLC won’t affect the operations of its Canadian subsidiary.Carillion Canada maintains more than 40 per cent of Alberta’s highways.It also has operations in Ontario, including the renovations of Toronto’s Union Station.Mason said the province privatized road maintenance services under the previous Progressive Conservative government.He says the government is reviewing road maintenance, but said for now there’s no plan to move away from the privatized model.“We’ve certainly looked at the various options (but) I don’t think that that’s a direction that we’re going to be going right now,” Mason said Tuesday.A spokesman for Carillion Canada has said it’s business as usual in Canada despite the parent company’s collapse on Monday. Cody Johnstone said Carillion Canada is not in liquidation and its 6,000 employees in Canada continue to be paid, along with its subcontractors and suppliers.The British construction giant went into compulsory liquidation after weekend talks with creditors failed to get the short-term financing it needed to continue operating.last_img read more

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13 Oct
2019

Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigns as top GOP finance chairman

first_imgWASHINGTON – Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigned Saturday as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault.Wynn has been a prolific Republican donor and led the RNC’s fundraising efforts during President Donald Trump’s first year, helping the committee rake in more than $130 million.“Today I accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation as Republican National Committee finance chair,” said RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that a number of women said they were harassed or assaulted by Wynn, the chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts. Wynn has denied the allegations. One case led to a $7.5 million settlement with a manicurist, the newspaper reported.Wynn confirmed his resignation in a statement released Saturday. “The unbelievable success we have achieved must continue. The work we are doing to make America a better place is too important to be impaired by this distraction,” Wynn said.Wynn was chosen by Trump to lead the RNC’s fundraising effort, and he contributed more than $600,000 to GOP causes last year, according to the Federal Election Commission.A person with direct knowledge of the situation said Trump had signed off on the decision for Wynn to resign. The person was not authorized to share private discussions and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Since 2013, Wynn has contributed nearly $2.4 million to GOP candidates and party organizations around the country, including 2017 special election winners as well as dozens of state Republican Party committees.The allegations against Wynn have come during a wave of sexual misconduct claims against prominent media, entertainment and political figures that gained momentum last fall after the emergence of detailed allegations of rape and harassment involving movie producer Harvey Weinstein.During the fall, RNC officials, including McDaniel, noted that Weinstein had been a top donor for Democrats, including 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.In early October, McDaniel tweeted that if the Democratic National Committee “truly stands up for women like they say they do, then returning Weinstein’s dirty money should be a no-brainer.”The RNC has not yet said whether it will return any money donated by Wynn.Wynn was among the organizers of Trump’s fundraiser last week at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to celebrate the anniversary of the inauguration. Trump was unable to attend because of the federal government shutdown. Wynn also helped put together high-dollar events in Dallas last October and New York City in December.Trump, addressing Nevada supporters in February 2016, praised Wynn as a “great friend of mine.”“Steve is always calling. He’s always got advice. Right, Steve? ‘Donald, I think you ought to do this and that,’” Trump said at the time. “His advice, I like to listen to, I’ll be honest with you.”Members of the Republican National Committee are gathering in Washington next week and are expected to approve a new finance chair. The next chair will be voted on after the recommendation of Trump and McDaniel.___On Twitter follow Ken Thomas at @KThomasDC and Steve Peoples at @sppeoples.last_img read more

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28 Sep
2019

Quantifying the That Guy Is Still in the Major Leagues Phenomenon

While watching Tuesday’s spring training game between the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves, some of us in the FiveThirtyEight office were surprised to see Tigers shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Didn’t Gonzalez retire years ago?He was Atlanta’s everyday shortstop in 2011, but over the past two seasons, Gonzalez was thoroughly forgettable, playing just 65 games for the Milwaukee Brewers (hitting .211 and producing -0.8 wins above replacement). If you go back to 2009, when Gonzalez was 32, he seemed particularly unlikely to be in the majors five years later.This got us thinking: Could we quantify the “Wait … he’s still playing?” question. Our idea was to use a player’s age and WAR to predict whether he would be an active major leaguer a half-decade later. To that end, we plugged every player from the designated hitter era (1973-present) into a logistic regression model. The result will tell us the likelihood of a given player being in the league five seasons later. For example, here’s the arc of a generic Major League Baseball player who peaks as an All-Star (5 WAR) at age 27:So for players in MLB this season (a list taken from Fangraphs’ depth charts), we looked at the odds at the end of the 2009 season that they’d still be playing today. Here are the most unlikely major leaguers:Gonzalez is not the most improbable player in the game. That honor belongs to catcher Henry Blanco, who was 37 in 2009 and had been hovering around replacement level for the previous three seasons. All else being equal, a player of that profile would have just a 3 percent chance of still being in the majors five years later, and yet Blanco is slated to be in the mix for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ backup catching role this season.Blanco underscores one of the themes of the list. The probabilities listed above don’t take into account the player’s position (beyond the positional adjustments in WAR) — just his age and performance. For most players, that’s enough, but backup catchers are a different breed. No other position is so well-represented among the “I can’t believe he’s still playing” set.One reason for this is that WAR, for all of its strengths, doesn’t incorporate a catcher’s receiving skills. Recent research suggests that elite pitch-framers such as the Tampa Bay Rays’ Jose Molina have a startlingly large impact on the game, far beyond what was originally believed in the sabermetric community.Another explanation, though, is that on-field performance isn’t necessarily the first thing managers look for in their reserve backstops. Instead, managers may place more value on intangibles such as clubhouse presence and leadership. How else to explain how backup catching became what Sports Illustrated once called “the cushiest job in baseball”? read more

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28 Sep
2019

Ohio State womens basketball blown out ousted from Sweet 16 by Tennessee

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Wagner on Nov. 22 at St. John Arena. Credit: Elizabeth Tzagournis | Lantern PhotographerThe last time the Tennessee and Ohio State women’s basketball teams met before Friday was in the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16 round. Fast forward five years to Friday night, and the two had a rematch in that very same rebound.The No. 7 seed Lady Vols were not the favorite coming into the matchup with the Buckeyes in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but they disregarded the predictions from analysts and dominated the third-seeded Buckeyes 78-62.Tennessee came out of the gates strong and played with efficiency, taking quality shots from all areas of the court. Redshirt sophomore guard Diamond DeShields left the game for a stint with an injury, but would later return to contribute an all-around performance to the Lady Vols’ success.Tennessee took control of the contest in the first half by breaking the press with ease and using its height in the paint to its advantage.Tennessee’s post play was led by redshirt sophomore center Mercedes Russell who went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field, taking over the OSU forwards. The Springfield, Oregon, native showed poise on the block with her effortless post moves and displayed her clean shooting form, putting the ball through the nylon throughout the evening.Along with Russell’s success, senior forward Bashaara Graves also didn’t miss a shot in the first half, shooting 5-of-5.OSU, on the other hand, was far from perfect, struggling to get an offensive flow in the first 20 minutes of play. Only shooting 25 percent as a team in the first quarter, the Buckeyes had to find a solution to their offense if they wanted to keep it close going into the locker room.Missing their lead defender, senior guard Cait Craft, to a season-ending hand injury, the Buckeyes didn’t have a player to turn to shut down the Volunteers scorers.Senior guard Ameryst Alston, who has been struggling to perform because of a wrist injury suffered in the Big Ten tournament, did not want her senior year to end earlier than it had to be, ignoring the wrist pain and completing some of the acrobatic shots that she regularly converted before the injury.Sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell took matters into her own hands for the rest of the first half, knocking down a slew of 3-pointers and finishing the half with 11 points.Even though OSU trailed after the first half of play, the Buckeyes did not show the urgency that they needed to catch up to the Lady Vols. OSU ignored the offensive strategy that it typically followed throughout the year and lacked energy on defense, putting the Scarlet and Gray in even more of a hole as the second half of play got underway.Tennessee’s offensive movement continued to be pristine and showed shades of coach Pat Summitt’s rosters back in the day. The Buckeyes simply had no answer for Tennessee and were unable to enforce their high-velocity pace that has been their go-to all season long.Russell would go on to score a game high 25 points and grab 14 rebounds, while Graves finished with 14 points and nine boards.Despite her injury, DeShields ended her night with 10 points and dished out seven assists, while grabbing five rebounds as well.On the Scarlet and Gray side, Alston led the Buckeyes with 21 points, ending her collegiate career on a strong note. Mitchell would follow her with 20 points, though she shot just 5-of-15 from the field.With the loss, the Buckeyes will board the plane back home to Columbus to begin their offseason, while the Lady Vols are set to continue to the Elite Eight to take on Syracuse and compete for a chance to make it to the Final Four. read more

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28 Sep
2019

Lavenders career day leads OSU to comeback championship

With the clock ticking toward zero and the game in the balance, the No. 10 Ohio State women’s basketball team had a decision to make.Needing a basket to win the Big Ten Tournament Championship, who takes the last shot for the Buckeyes?The decision wasn’t too difficult to make. Center Jantel Lavender drew a foul and nailed a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining to propel the Bucks (30-4) over Iowa (19-13) with a 66-64 victory and into the Big Ten Tournament title Sunday in Indianapolis.Lavender was firing on all cylinders against the Hawkeyes, scoring 35 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.She scored 23 of OSU’s 33 points in the second half, when the Buckeyes made a furious comeback, rallying from a 49-33 deficit to eventually tie the game at 60-60 with five minutes to play.The junior center from Cleveland, Ohio, made 14 of her 25 shot attempts and all seven attempts at the free throw line.The teams arrived at the championship bout on completely different paths.Ohio State won the regular season championship, its sixth in a row, with four games remaining on its conference slate.At 10-8, Iowa finished five games behind the Buckeyes in the final regular season standings. But the Hawkeyes beat Penn State 82-75 and upset No. 23 Michigan State 59-54 to reach the title game.It appeared they would finish off their Big Ten blindsiding when they jumped out to the 16-point advantage, but Lavender’s relentless effort in the post earned OSU its second consecutive conference tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. read more

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18 Sep
2019

Real Madrid monitor South American sensation Wilmar Barrios

first_imgBoca Juniors’ wonder Wilmar Barrios could soon be heading towards Europe, with Real Madrid lining up a shock January move for the Colombia internationalThe 25-year-old midfielder has been astonishing ever since he arrived at the Bombonera back in 2016. During his two-year spell with the Xeneizes, Barrios has lifted two Argentine Primera Division titles.Now, he is on his way of becoming the champions of the Copa Libertadores, as Boca comfortably cruising towards the big final.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Although yet unfamiliar to a wider audience in Europe, the former Deportes Tolima man has already built a notable reputation in South America.Now, the Spanish Marca report that Real Madrid prepare to make a January bid for Barrios, as Casemiro and Modric both struggle to rediscover their last season form.With Toni Kross and the aforementioned stars being the only reliable options in the midfield, Florentino Perez has to rush back into the market to provide some depth to his squad.last_img read more

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10 Sep
2019

Ford Ranger FX2 Package adds offroad kit and looks for 2WD models

first_img More From Roadshow Midsize king: The 2019 Ford Ranger 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Share your voice Tags Now playing: Watch this: 0 Hit the dirt, but not too hard, in the Ford Ranger FX2 off-road package More about 2019 Ford Ranger Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ Trucks Auto Tech Ford 2020 Toyota Tacoma first drive: Small tweaks make this midsize truck even better Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker 8 Photos 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV Enlarge ImageOff-road tires and trucks are always a good match. Ford If you want Ford’s comprehensive FX4 off-road package for your Ranger midsize pickup, you have to option the truck with four-wheel drive. What, then, for buyers who only need to make do with two? Before today, you’d have to ask the aftermarket for help, but now, Ford has an in-house solution.Ford on Wednesday unveiled the Ranger FX2 Package. As the name suggests, this optional package applies to 2WD Rangers, offering up a bit more off-road-related equipment, along with a few aesthetic enhancements. It’s not as all-inclusive as the FX4 upgrade, but it’s a fair bit more affordable. Ford says it’s “aimed more at urban markets,” probably because those truly keen on hitting the rough stuff will opt for a 4WD Ranger.The FX2 Package starts off with a set of 17-inch off-road tires, although 18s are also available, along with a FX2 badge for the side of the bed. The air dam is removed, and there’s a new front underbody guard in its place. Behind the body, there’s an electronically locking rear differential and off-road-tuned suspension. The package is capped off with Ford’s off-road gauge cluster display, which shows vehicle pitch, roll and yaw.The FX4 equipment group, by comparison, is a bit more involved. That one also includes tow hooks and additional skid plates. It also includes the Terrain Management System, which changes vehicle parameters based on what’s under the wheels, whether it’s mud, sand, gravel or snow. The FX4 package also includes Trail Control, which holds a preselected speed over various types of terrain.But, for its price, the FX2 package is a solid deal. All that kit will only cost $595, compared with the FX4’s $1,295 price tag. This upgrade can be ordered at dealers now, with deliveries expected to commence later this year. News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts 5:39 Post a comment Fordlast_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Merkel Hollande push for Ukraine peace

first_imgMerkel, Hollande push for Ukraine peace3.4K viewsMerkel, Hollande push for Ukraine peace3.4K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Merkel, Hollande push for Ukraine peace3.4K viewsBusinessA ceasefire, and the chance to get out. Some residents of eastern Ukraine evacuate their war-torn region, ravaged by a conflict between separatist rebels and government forces – which has seen moreVentuno Web Player 4.50A ceasefire, and the chance to get out. Some residents of eastern Ukraine evacuate their war-torn region, ravaged by a conflict between separatist rebels and government forces – which has seen morelast_img

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3 Sep
2019

Gunmen kill 10 villagers in Nigeria officials

first_img.Gunmen have killed 10 people in attacks on two Christian-dominated villages in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, a hotbed of ethnic and religous strife, officials said Tuesday.On Christmas Eve, six people were killed when gunmen suspected to be ethnic Fulani Muslims stormed Ungwan Mailafiya, they said.The killings followed an attack in nearby Nindem late Friday where gunmen opened fire on a congregation, killing four and injuring 10, said a local lawmaker.”While we were mourning the deaths at Nindem … the security personnel received distress calls of another attack at Ungwan Mailafiya”, parliamentarian Shehu Nicholas Garba said in a statement.”By daybreak on Christmas, six persons had been confirmed killed, including a child of about six years old, and many others injured,” he said.A spokesman from the state government said troops had been deployed to prevent further violence.Southern Kaduna has for three decades been locked in tit-for-tat killings between indigenous Christian farming communities and Muslim Hausa and Fulani settlers.The dispute was originally over land and grazing rights but has lately degenerated into ethnic and religious conflicts, leaving hundreds dead.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

HC orders to destroy expired medicines in 30 days

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Tuesday asked the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to remove expired medicines from pharmacy shelves across the country and destroy those within 30 days.The HC bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a writ petition, reports UNB.The court also asked the relevant authorities to take action against those involved in preserving and selling expired medicines and submit a progress report in this regard.On 10 June, Manjur Mohammad Shahrier, director general of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection’s (DNCRP), said 93 per cent pharmacies in the capital kept date-expired drugs. The report was published in different newspapers the following day.Supreme Court lawyer Mahfuzur Rahman Milon, on behalf of Justice Watch Foundation, filed a writ petition with the High Court after attaching the reports published in national dailies on 17 June.Lawyer ABM Altaf Hossain stood for the writ petitioner while deputy attorney general ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the ineffectiveness of the defendant should not be declared illegal.Secretaries to the home ministry, health and family welfare ministry, law ministry, commerce ministry, industries ministry, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), director general of Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) and director general of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection’s (DNCRP), its deputy director, IGP, president of Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI) and its general secretary have been made respondents to the rule.Milon, the SC lawyer, said the HC also asked the health secretary, Director General of DGHS, director general of DGDA, director general of DNCRP, to form separate probe bodies for identifying those involved in selling, preserving and supplying expired medicines and submit a progressive report to the court.Besides, the court asked the DNCRP director general and its deputy general to submit a report about the comment of its deputy director Manjur Mohammad Shahrier, said Milon.According to the report published in daily newspapers on 10 June, Manjur Mohammad Shahrier, director general of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection’s (DNCRP), said 93 per cent pharmacies in Dhaka keep date-expired medicines.He made the remarks while speaking at a programme at Khamarbari arranged by Bangladesh Supermarket Owners Association marking ‘World Food Safety Day’.last_img read more

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1 Sep
2019

Magic Leap One Everything We Know So Far

first_imgCPU & GPUNVIDIA® Parker SOCCPU: 2 Denver 2.0 64-bit cores + 4 ARM Cortex A57 64-bitcores (2 A57’s and 1 Denver accessible to applications)GPU: NVIDIA PascalTM, 256 CUDA coresGraphic APIs: OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1+AEPRAM8 GB (4 gigabytes of memory available to applications)Storage Capacity128 GB (approximately 95 GB available to applications)ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11ac/b/g/n, USB-CAudio InputVoice (speech to text) + real-world audio (ambient)Audio OutputOnboard speakers and 3.5mm jack with audio spatialization processing What do Magic Leap’s menus look like?The system’s menus can be shown in 2D or 3D, and float in the air in front of the user. The menu features a number of round icons arranged in a circle. The interface will include details on battery life, WiFi connection, and grant users the ability to create their own avatars. Instead of requiring a controller for use, owners can simply use their fingers to interact with the menus.What is Magic Leap’s field of view?One of the big unanswered questions is the Magic Leap’s viewing angle, that is, how much of your view it can take up with created reality. During my time with the device, I described that viewing area as about the size of a VHS tape held in front of your face with your arms mostly extended. How does Magic Leap compare to the competition?The Microsoft HoloLens features a custom “holographic processing unit,” 2GB of memory, and 64GB of storage.When does Magic Leap One come out?The Magic Leap One Creator Edition launched on Aug. 8 in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, the San Francisco Bay area and Seattle, with complimentary delivery, fit and set-up service provided using LiftOff service.How much will Magic Leap One cost?The package costs $2,295 and includes the Lightwear headset, Lightpack computing pack, Control handheld input device, a Fit Kit to ensure a perfectly calibrated fit, chargers, and a Quick Start Guide. You can also add an optional fabric strap for the Lightpack. Prescription insert lenses will be made available soon, according to Magic Leap. The device comes with a one-year limited warranty.When will Magic Leap release a consumer-focused headset?The first consumer-focused Magic Leap headset will be the Magic Leap Two and will include support for AT&T’s 5G cellular network. There is no timing for when that will be made available.What does the gear look like and what is it called?The gear looks like oversized goggles with a thick hard plastic headband and two wires coming out of the rear. The wires attach to a pocket computer that can be clipped onto a person’s belt or the outside of their pocket. The goggles are called Lightwear and the computer a Lightpack.The system also includes a controller that features a central oversized thumb touchpad and several buttons. The theory that drives Magic Leap is that the world we see is in fact created in a person’s visual cortex, which is essentially working like a rendering engine in a graphics card or computer. Magic Leap is said to trick the brain into thinking it is seeing reality. That reality is then overlaid onto what really exists. Almost as importantly, the image projected into a person’s eye is controlled by a computer that knows the surroundings so it can make sure a virtual character or creation doesn’t walk through a table or disappear into a wall. Finally, spatial sound is delivered via the headset as well, adding a greater sense of space to the experience.Who is behind Magic Leap?Magic Leap was founded by Abovitz, who took the money he earned from selling Mako Surgical Corp., a company he created to sell robotic arms and software for surgery, and reinvested a chunk of it into Magic Leap in 2010.In the years since launch, Magic Leap pulled in $2.44 billion from investors like Google, AT&T, and Alibaba.The company operates out of a massive complex in Plantation, Fla., which includes its own fabrication plant, soundstage, testing areas designed to look like different rooms in a home, and offices for its more than 1,500 employees.What about the whale and robot videos?Magic Leap’s first real public outing was via a “proof of concept” video that showed a whale breaching from a high school gym floor, before flopping back down through waves of water and then vanishing. Other concept videos showed a tiny floating robot hiding under a table in an office and a user playing a game in their office based on Weta Workshop’s “Dr. Grordbort’s” world of fancy laser guns and robots.Some of that was designed to entice more than inform, though I’ve seen the floating robot and it the video does a fairly good job of capturing what it’s like. Weta Workshops also announced they are working on a game for Magic Leap based on “Dr. Grordbort” and it sounds like it will be similar to what the video shows. How and where can I buy a Magic Leap?Just sign onto the official website, enter your zip code and if it’s available in your area you can purchase one and set up delivery.Where can I demo Magic Leap?The creator edition won’t have demos for the public, but once the full retail Magic Leap Two releases, a number of AT&T stores will have the device on hand for demos.What sorts of programs will it have at launch?Magic Leap launches alongside a suite of “core applications” for the device including the Helio web browser, which delivers 3D and spatial web experiences; the Screens video player, which can be used to place multiple displays of any size in a physical space; and the Social avatars application. Along with feature-complete apps, Magic Leap rolled out a number of demos including the Sigur Ros-collaboration entitled Tonandi, a sandbox mixed-reality experience called Create, and Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders, the Weta Workshops game.Who does Magic Leap have content partnerships with?A mix of companies are now involved with Magic Leap, including AT&T, Weta Workshop, Turner Broadcasting, the NBA, visual effects company Framestore, Lucasfilm, the band Sigur Ros, and interactive comic book publisher Madefire.What operating system does Magic Leap use?Magic Leap uses an operating system called Lumin OS that is built around a Linux kernel called Lumis Core. Multiple Lumin apps can run at the same time, but apps built using Unreal or Unity (both of which it supports) have to run on their own. Recently uncovered documentation for developers is much more specific, saying that the Magic Leap has a horizontal field of view of 40 degrees and a vertical view of 30 degrees with a diagonal view of 50 degrees, resulting in a viewing area about one-third larger horizontally and double vertically that of the HoloLens.To put it another way, at 40-inches, the field of view is big enough to show a large house cat, and at 144-inches it can display three six-foot-tall people.Can Magic Leap’s images obscure real-world objects?Not entirely, though I did see something like this done in a relatively dark room.Can Magic Leap’s images look as if they’re disappearing behind real-world objects?Yes.How does it compare to headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive?While the virtual reality of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is fully immersive, it’s unlikely anyone would mistake it for real. Using VR headsets also means essentially tuning out of reality and experiencing something only the user or users can see.Magic Leap allows users to see the world around them and interact with the tech’s creations. In theory, it could one day be used to replace computer monitors and iPhone screens. But it also doesn’t have the same level of graphics and the field of view is much smaller than with virtual reality. In VR, much of what the eye can see is recreated from left to right and up to down. With Magic Leap, the tech creates its experiences in a square of space invisibly floating before your eyes. While Magic Leap works to make the borders of what it can display blur into reality, there’s still a point to both sides and above and beyond where the image simply disappears.How does it compare to mobile phone augmented reality?Augmented reality in a phone requires a user to hold a phone up and see the augmented images projected onto the view shown through the camera’s phone. With Magic Leap, you simply wear the headset.How does it compare to HoloLens?Microsoft’s HoloLens uses a different sort of technology, but in many ways delivers a similar experience. The view is smaller with HoloLens and some of the finer visual effects — like being able to make a created image block out what’s behind it — aren’t available.How does Magic Leap work?Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz said he’d prefer not to call the tech the company is creating as VR, AR, or MR. Instead, he says Magic Leap is a special computer that creates a digital light field. The light field is essentially all of the light bouncing off all of the objects in a world. When you take a picture, you’re capturing a very thin slice of that light field. The eye sees much more of that light field, allowing a person to perceive depth, movement, and a lot of other visual subtleties. Updated 8/8/18: First fully revealed to Rolling Stone in 2017, the first publicly available version of the Magic Leap One headset is now on sale if you live in one of six cities in the U.S.The ever-growing team behind the mixed-reality headset and pocket-computer system say they believe the gear will reinvent the way people interact with not just computers, but reality. Where virtual-reality headsets recreate a user’s world inside a diver’s mask-like headset, Magic Leap aims to mix its creations with the reality a user inhabits. With a creator version of the device, the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, now on sale it’s a good time to go over exactly what we know so far about the technology, what its initial promise was and what we’re still hoping to learn.What is Magic Leap likely to include in its headset and pocket computer when it launches? Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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30 Aug
2019

Southborough police log Aug 30 edition

first_imgSouthboroughSunday, Aug. 1112:22 a.m. Acres Bridge Rd. Suspicious activity.Monday, Aug. 1212:22 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.12:25 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Disturbance.1:13 a.m. White Bagley/Partridge Hill Rds. Suspicious activity.1:42 a.m. Central St. Suspicious activity.7:17 p.m. Boston Rd. Suspicious activity.7:53 p.m. Woodland/Turnpike Rds. Suspicious activity.9:06 p.m. Cordaville Rd. Suspicious activity.11:58 p.m. Marlboro/Framingham Rds. Suspicious vehicle.Tuesday, Aug. 138:07 a.m. Boston Rd. Disabled MV.8:17 a.m. Fisher Rd. Erratic operator.8:56 a.m. Pine Hill Rd. MVA property damage only.11:39 a.m. Clemmons St. Suspicious activity.11:45 a.m. Boston Rd./Central St. Suspicious activity.2:48 p.m. Boston Rd. Suspicious activity.3:44 p.m. Main St. Suspicious activity.Wednesday, Aug. 1412:01 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.8:42 a.m. Presidential Dr. Suspicious activity.7:45 p.m. High St. Suspicious activity.Thursday, Aug. 1512:29 a.m. Turnpike/Parkerville Rds. Erratic operator.8:24 a.m. Glenwood Rd./Presidential Dr. Suspicious activity.10:45 a.m. Turnpike/Oak Hill Rds. Erratic operator.5:31 p.m. Cordaville/Richard Rds. MVA property damage only.Friday, Aug. 167:10 a.m. Deerfoot Rd. Disturbance.8:50 a.m. Turnpike/Crystal Pond Rds. MVA no PI.11:31 a.m. Turnpike/Crystal Pond Rds. MVA no PI.3:22 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Erratic operator.6:15 p.m. Southville Rd. Animal complaint.Saturday, Aug. 1712:12 a.m. Cordaville Rd. Suspicious activity.1:15 a.m. Arrested, Regina M. Raymond, of Spring Circle, Shrewsbury, for OUI-liquor or .08%, negligent operation of motor vehicle, marked lanes violation.3:20 p.m. Cordaville Rd. Suspicious activity.7:17 p.m. Fisher Rd. Suspicious activity.7:53 p.m. Cordaville Rd. Animal complaint.11:45 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.Sunday, Aug. 1811:37 a.m. Clemmons St. Animal complaint.6:24 p.m. Turnpike/Cordaville Rds. Erratic operator.7:44 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.9:55 p.m. Blueberry Ln. Suspicious activity.The information from the police log is obtained directly from the official records maintained at each police station in our circulation area. It contains arrests and samplings of police activity. Those arrested are innocent until proven guilty. The Community Advocate will publish news of acquittals upon notification and a copy of court-issued documentation.last_img read more

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26 Aug
2019

LLVM will be relicensing under Apache 20 start of next year

first_imgAfter efforts since last year, LLVM, the set of compiler building tools is closer towards an Apache 2.0 license. Currently, the project has its own open source licence created by the LLVM team. This is a move to go forward with Apache 2.0 based on the mailing list discussions. Why the shift to Apache 2.0? The current licence is a bit vague and was not very welcoming to contributors and had some patent issues. Hence, they decided to shift to the industry standard Apache 2.0. The new licence was drafted by Heather Meeker, the same lawyer who worked on the Commons Clause. The goals of the relicensing as listed on their website are: Encourage ongoing contributions to LLVM by preserving a low barrier to entry for contributors. Protect users of LLVM code by providing explicit patent protection in the license. Protect contributors to the LLVM project by explicitly scoping their patent contributions with this license. Eliminate the schism between runtime libraries and the rest of the compiler that makes it difficult to move code between them. Ensure that LLVM runtime libraries may be used by other open source and proprietary compilers. The plan to shift LLVM to Apache 2.0 The relicence is not just Apache 2.0, the license header reads “Apache License v2.0 with LLVM Exceptions”. The exceptions are related to compiling source code. To know more about the exceptions follow the mailing list. The team plans to install the new license and the developer policy that references the new and old licenses. At this point, all subsequent contributions will be under both these licenses. They have a two-fold plan to ensure the contributors are aware. They’re going to ask many active contributors (both enterprises and individuals) to explicitly sign an agreement to relicense their contributions. Signing will make the change clear and known while also covering historical contributions. For any other contributors, their commit access will be revoked until the LLVM organization can confirm that they are covered by one of the agreements. The agreements For the plan to work, both individuals and companies need to sign an agreement to relicense. They have built a process for both companies and individuals. Individuals Individuals will have to fill out a form with the necessary information like email addresses, potential employers, etc. to effectively relicense your contributions. The form contains a link to a DocuSign agreement to relicense any of your individual contributions under the new license. Signing the document will make things easier as it will avoid confusion in contributions and if it is covered by some company. The form and agreement is available on Google forms. Companies There is a DocuSign agreement for companies too. Some companies like Argonne National Laboratory and Google have already signed the agreement. There will be no explicit copyright notice as they don’t feel it is worthwhile. The current planned timeline is to install the new developer policy and the new license after LLVM 8.0 release in January 2019. For more details, you can read the mail. Read next A libre GPU effort based on RISC-V, Rust, LLVM and Vulkan by the developer of an earth-friendly computer LLVM 7.0.0 released with improved optimization and new tools for monitoring OpenMP, libc++, and libc++abi, are now part of llvm-toolchain packagelast_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

A must for all golfers both green and experienced

first_imgA must for all golfers both green and experienced, The Golf Guide published by FHG is a comprehensive book that tells you exactly where to tee off and where to stay on golf courses across Britain and Ireland. RelatedCool Courses: weird and wonderful golfing around the worldCool Courses: weird and wonderful golfing around the worldTop 10 Golf Resorts in Europe: Start the New Golf Season in StyleTop 10 Golf Resorts in Europe: Start the New Golf Season in StyleGolf Guide Winners announcedGolf Guide Winners announced Now in its 34th year of publication, the guide includes details on almost 2800 courses, along with golfing events for each region. Each entry includes all the vital information a dedicated golfer needs to know: location of course, number of holes, standard scratch score, green fees, as well as details of nearby accommodation and even non-golfing facilities for those who aren’t so keen on putting and par.More info: The Golf GuideReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

March 31 2008 Soleri Studios Scottsdale aka C

first_imgMarch 31, 2008 Soleri Studios Scottsdale, aka Cosanti, has been buzzing with spring activity. On Saturday, March 29, it was the site of “The Desert Environment and Urban Sprawl”, a panel discussion with Paolo Soleri, Arizona photographer The event was organized by alumnus Alex Barragan [right photo]. Opening and closing the event was music by Dennis Yee on cello, accompanied by Pinna Joseph [left photo]. Ms. Joseph is the owner of the event’s co-sponsor, Tempe’s “Changing Hands” bookstore. [Photos: tt & text: Amber Klatt] The gentlemen, moderated by local architect Vern Swaback, spoke about the necessary ecological considerations that must be part of current city planning. Instigated by a particularly engaged audience, the artists returned to the topic of a light rail system. And, at the reminding of Arcosanti Site Coordinator Mary Hoadley, there was mention of Soleri’s concept of the Lean Linear City, in which city limits would stream alongside a transportation route. Thank you to everyone who was part of this successful afternoon. We look forward to seeing you at Sundays with Soleri, an afternoon discussion with Paolo Soleri occurring Sundays at 3pm at Cosanti. [Photo: tt & text: Amber Klatt]last_img read more

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