Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Jeremy Dutcher performs during the Polaris Music Prize gala in Toronto on Sept. 17, 2018. Calgary’s National Music Centre will unveil a permanent exhibit in June dedicated to Indigenous artists who’ve left their mark on the national culture. (Tijana Martin/Canadian Press) Their stories will be shared through audio clips, artifacts and videos inside the NMC, which is part of Studio Bell in downtown Calgary.A spokeswoman for the NMC says organizers worked with Indigenous programming consultant David McLeod to shape the selection of artists, and he consulted with members of the Indigenous music community for their input.The exhibit opens ahead of Indigenous Music Week at Studio Bell, which runs for June 19 to 22 and features live performances, a drum and dance workshop and live art installation by Jesse Gouchey. Calgary’s National Music Centre will unveil a permanent exhibit in June dedicated to Indigenous artists who have had an influence on national culture.“Speak Up!” will showcase musicians from across Canada who have made “social and political impacts,” including Juno Award winners Jeremy Dutcher, Tanya Tagaq and Northern Cree.In total, 10 artists will be part of the exhibit, which will evolve over time. Others include trip-hop singer Iskwe, singer-songwriter and First Nations activist Willie Dunn and Cree hip-hop group War Party. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook
New Delhi: The factor of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has put Congress high command in a tizzy to put AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in high profile Varanasi constituency.Priyanka made her intention clear to contest against PM Modi if the party high command decides to field her from the high profile seat. What made Congress leadership indecisive on her candidature is reluctance from the BSP supremo Mayawati to support Priyanka as a consensus opposition candidate against the Prime Minister. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Political managers of the grand old party are trying hard to convince BSP supremo to withdraw Mahagathbandhan candidate from Varanasi. The party is still waiting for a green signal from both SP and BSP leadership. Samajwadi Party’s Shalini Yadav has been fielded from Varanasi. Varanasi goes to poll on the last phase of the Lok Sabha poll on May 19. PM Modi is scheduled to reach Varanasi on Thursday to have a grand road show with all NDA partners prior to filing nomination on Friday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSources from Congress party indicated that Mayawati is very apprehensive about the candidature of Priyanka Gandhi as it might create an atmosphere whole of eastern UP in favour of other Congress candidates who are fighting against Mahagatbandhan candidates. Dalit and upper caste may switch over to Congress party thereby damaging BSP’S prospects in the state. This time Mayawati is fighting her battle almost for the existence of her relevance in the Hindi heartland. For last few days Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had said at least three times that she would contest from Varanasi “if the party asks me to do so.” She has also conveyed strongly that she is not worried about losing or winning. She wants to take on PM Modi to convey a message to the whole country and about an idea of India what they cherished since freedom struggle days. On Monday, the Samajwadi Party had fielded Shalini Yadav, a Bhumihar by birth who married to a Yadav family as an opposition candidate. Shalini, who had recently joined SP, is a daughter-in-law of a former Congress lawmaker. Congress leadership tried to reach out to Akhilesh Yadav to sponsor Priyanka Gandhi Vadera’s candidature from Varanasi. It is learnt that though SP leadership is not so opposed to the idea but they fear backlash from BSP who might break the alliance at the last moment. Therefore, the candidature of Priyanka is still hanging in balance, but Congress leadership has made their mind even if Priyanka does not contest they would put up a candidate against PM Modi in Varanasi.
Subbiah had allegedly tampered with the passport of one Marimuthu Raju, a resident of Alangottal in Tamil Nadu, and pasted his own photograph. He was detained by the Intelligence Bureau at the airport here on suspicion before he could board a Frankfurt-bound flight on September 1. A police team handed over Subbiah to immigration officials at the Sahar international airport in Mumbai on Thursday night. He was put on a Colombo-bound plane around 3.10am. The Pune police deported Sudhan Subbiah (37), a Sri Lankan national having LTTE links, the Times of India reported.Subbiah was picked up from Lohegaon airport on September 1 while he was trying to fly to Germany on a fake Indian passport. Subbiah was under the observation of the Airport police station after the foreigners registration office restricted him from leaving Pune. The Sri Lankan embassy in Mumbai confirmed that Subbiah was a resident of Tiruvelli East, near Jaffna, and issued ham a temporary passport as he had lost the original one in Tamil Nadu.A police officier said, “After completing Class XI at Songuda Hindu College in Jaffna in 2000, Subbiah completed an automobile mechanic course at Kokwil Technical College, Jaffna. He worked at an LTTE army unit camp and received arms training before leaving it in 2005.” The officer added, “Subbiah used to ferret out landmines and undertook house painting contracts before leaving for Dubai where he worked as a supermarket salesperson till 2014. He came to Chennai in June last year on a tourist visa and lived in Valasaravakkam. He began looking for opportunities in Europe and, finally, landed a job in Germany.”Subbiah was sent back as senior police officials decided not to register a complaint against him as he would end up staying in India for an indefinite period, the official added.
Atari of ‘Pong’ and ‘Centipede’ fame turns 40, works to stay relevant in age of mobile games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A scruffy, young Steve Jobs worked at Atari before he founded Apple. “Pong,” one of the world’s first video games, was born there, as was “Centipede,” a classic from the era of quarter-guzzling arcade machines. “Call of Duty” creator Activision was started by four of Atari’s former game developers.The iconic video game company turns 40 years old this week, much slimmer these days as it tries to stay relevant in the age of “Angry Birds” and “Words With Friends.”But Atari’s influence on today’s video games is pervasive.Although it wasn’t the first company to make video games, Atari was the first to make a lasting impression on an entire generation. At arcades â€” or at video game bars such as Barcade in the trendy Williamsburg section of Brooklyn â€” nostalgic patrons still gather around such Atari classics as “Asteroids,” ”Joust” and “Centipede.”The Atari 2600, launched in 1977, was the first video game console in millions of homes, long before the Nintendo Entertainment System (1985), Sony’s PlayStation (1994) and Microsoft’s Xbox (2001).Today’s younger iPhone gamers might not remember how “Pong,” that simple, two-dimensional riff on Ping-Pong, swept across living rooms and arcades in the 1970s. But they might recognize elements of it in easy-to-learn, hard-to-master games based on simple physics â€” among them, “Angry Birds.”“For tens of millions of Gen X-ers, or kids who grew up in America in the ’70s and ’80s, Atari is a cultural icon, an intrinsic part of childhood,” says Scott Steinberg, tech analyst and author of “The Modern Parent’s Guide to Kids and Video Games.”“Pong,” he adds, was in some ways the very first social video game, one designed to play in bars, at home or at an arcade, while spectators crowded around to watch the action.Launched in 1972 from Atari’s Silicon Valley headquarters, “Pong” featured a basic black-and-white screen (that’s black and white only, no shades of grey here), divided by a dotted line. Short white lines on either side stood in for paddles. Two players controlled them and tried to get a moving dot â€” the ball â€” past their opponent.With “Pong,” Atari introduced video games to the masses just as Apple and Microsoft ushered in the personal computer era by bringing computers to people’s desktops in the 1980s.“It makes me think that I am getting really old,” says Nolan Bushnell, the co-founder of Atari. “I’m 69, which means I was 29 when I founded Atari. It seems really young in retrospect.”It doesn’t take much effort these days to see 20-something entrepreneurs in technology. Mark Zuckerberg was just 19 when he started Facebook in his Harvard dorm room. But back in the early ’70s, Bushnell said, “no one in their 20s started companies. In some ways it paved the way for Apple, Microsoft and those guys.”Bushnell said Atari succeeded early on because it nurtured ideas from its engineers and computer programmers.“We dominated not because of our manufacturing and marketing prowess but because of creativity,” Bushnell says. “The lasting legacy: That creativity is a real weapon. And in some ways Apple has shown that as well.”Jobs was just 19 when Atari hired him as a technician, making $5 an hour. He worked the night shift because many of his co-workers didn’t get along with him and didn’t appreciate his refusal to wear deodorant, according to Walter Isaacson’s recent biography of the late Apple chief executive.He wasn’t there for long â€” he left the company in 1974 to travel to India and co-founded Apple two years later, in 1976.Dona Bailey, one of the creators of “Centipede,” recalls a notebook that Atari had with maybe 30 ideas for games in it.“Most of them were laser games,” says Bailey, who was the only female programmer in Atari’s arcade division when she was hired in 1980 and when she left in 1982. “I wasn’t really interested in war, or lasering anything, or violence.”The only ideas in the notebook that didn’t have to do with “lasering things or frying things” were two sentences about a multi-segmented insect that walks out on the screen and winds its way down the screen toward the player, she says. There was implicit shooting, as the player at the bottom had to destroy the insect before getting hit by it, but “it didn’t seem that bad to shoot a bug.”Thus, “Centipede” was born.Atari, Steinberg says, pioneered a lot of the concepts that are popular in gaming today: Games should be for both men and women, and they should be social by allowing many people to compete with each other.Atari “defined games as not just a product but a social movement,” Steinberg says.But there is a generational divide. For kids born in the ’80s and later, Atari elicits a respectful nod as a retro video game icon at best â€” and a clueless shrug at worst.“It may rise again, but it remains to be seen whether Atari’s place is among retail giants (such as) Activision and Electronic Arts,” Steinberg says, “Or in a future that is defined by its own past.”Activision, which now makes such hit games as “Call of Duty” and “Diablo III,” was founded in 1979 by four disgruntled Atari game designers who wanted more recognition for their work.As Activision’s future rose, Atari’s faltered. Having cemented video games as a form of mass entertainment, Atari was sold to Warner Communications Inc. in 1976 and began to pile up big losses.Warner, now part of Time Warner Inc., discontinued the Atari 2600 and fired Bushnell, says Stephen Jacobs, professor of interactive games and media at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.Meanwhile, several companies tried to capitalize on Atari’s success, but flooded the market with terrible products. It was a gold rush, with little gold to be had.Atari contributed to that decline in quality with “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” still considered one of the worst video games ever made â€” and that’s being generous.“They tried to push something out in six weeks,” Jacobs says. “They pushed out a million units of a horrible game that they were sure was just going to be the bomb. And it ended up tanking Atari.”That was the Christmas of 1982. What followed is now referred to as the “great video game crash of 1983.” People stopped buying video games.Companies began collapsing and Atari was soon sold to a man named Jack Tremiel. Over the next decade, Atari made computers, a game console called Jaguar and a handheld game machine called the Lynx. None were hits.Atari was then passed to the toy company Hasbro, then to Infogrames Entertainment, a French company that owns it today.Recognizing the promise of mobile devices and its best-known titles, Atari today makes such phone games as “Centipede: Origins” and “Breakout Boost,” a take on the game Steve Jobs worked on back in the day.“The legacy is that Atari is essentially where it all began,” says Jim Wilson, the company’s current CEO.So is Atari living off its legacy?“To a certain point almost all entertainment companies are doing a bunch of living on their legacy. That’s why we have ‘sequel-itis’ in triple-A games, movies, books,” Jacobs says. “Why invest in new things when you can beat the old things to death and still make money out of them?”___Follow Barbara Ortutay on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BarbaraOrtutay by News Staff Posted Jun 29, 2012 5:34 pm MDT
by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 1:29 am MDT Fed likely to keep message simple and offer few clues on interest-rate timetable AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Chairman Ben Bernanke rattled markets last month when he said the Federal Reserve might slow its bond purchases later this year if the U.S. economy strengthens.Economists expect the Fed will take a different approach Wednesday when it concludes its two-day policy meeting: Most expect policymakers will offer no major signals on interest-rate policies while stressing that any future changes hinge on the economy’s health, not a set timetable.“I would be surprised if they did anything to change policy at this meeting,” said David Wyss, a former Fed staff economist and now an economics professor at Brown University. “I don’t see anything to be gained by announcing something now rather than waiting to see how the economy performs.”Financial markets have been pivoting for months on speculation that the Fed will or won’t soon slow its $85-billion-a-month in Treasury and mortgage bond purchases. Those purchases have led more consumers and businesses to borrow, fueled a stock rally and supported an economy slowed by tax increases and federal spending cuts.The Fed might choose to clarify a separate issue: When it may raise its key short-term rate. The Fed has kept that rate near zero since 2008. It’s said it plans to keep it there at least as long as unemployment remains above 6.5 per cent and the inflation outlook below 2.5 per cent.Unemployment is now 7.6 per cent; the inflation rate is roughly 1 per cent.Bernanke has stressed that the Fed could decide to keep its short-term rate ultra-low even after unemployment reaches 6.5 per cent. Testifying to Congress this month, Bernanke noted that a key reason unemployment has declined is that many Americans have stopped looking for jobs. When people stop looking for work, they’re no longer counted as unemployed.If that trend continues, Bernanke said that lower unemployment could mask a still-weak job market and that the Fed might feel short-term rates should stay at record lows.In the statement the Fed will issue when its two-day meeting ends Wednesday, it could specify an unemployment rate below 6.5 per cent that would be needed before it might raise its benchmark short-term rate. It might also say that it won’t raise that rate if inflation remains below a specific level.On Wednesday, the government will report how fast the economy grew in the April-June quarter. Most economists predict an annual rate of barely 1 per cent — far too weak to quickly reduce unemployment. Most think the growth is picking up in the second half of the year on the strength of a resurgent housing market, stronger auto sales, steady job gains and higher pay.Some economists think the Fed will be mindful that the Dow Jones Industrial average sank more than 500 points in two days after it met in June and Bernanke said the Fed would likely slow its bond-buying this year and end it next year because the economy was improving.“The Fed is going to try to calm things down,” said Brian Bethune, an economics professor at Gordon College, in Wenham, Massachusetts.Last month, in what was likely his last economic report to Congress, Bernanke said that even after the Fed has begun slowing its bond purchases, its policymaking will keep lending costs down. Besides keeping its short-term rate low, Bernanke stressed that the Fed will maintain its vast investment portfolio — which exceeds $3.4 trillion —to help keep long-term borrowing costs down.Some economists still think the Fed will start trimming its bond purchases at its Sept. 17-18 meeting. Unlike this week’s meeting, the September meeting will be followed by a news conference in which Bernanke could explain the actions.Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, said she believes September is a likely time for the Fed to scale back its bond buying. Yet she doubted it will do anything this week to signal that possibility.“The less said right now, the better” for financial markets, Swonk said.David Jones, chief economist at DMJ Advisors, said he still thinks the Fed will start trimming its bond purchases gradually starting in September. But he thinks that date could slip if the economy doesn’t strengthen over the next two months. Other economists think the Fed may prefer to wait until after September to trim its purchases to make sure the economy is sustaining its gains.The Fed’s moves to reduce its bond purchases will likely occur just as it will be managing a transition to a new leader. Bernanke is widely expected to step down when his second four-year term as chairman ends Jan. 31.Vice Chair Janet Yellen is viewed as a leading candidate to replace Bernanke, though former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and others have also been mentioned.
While 158 countries have criminalized human trafficking – a huge improvement over the past 13 years – Mr. Fedotov nonetheless warned that “the rate of convictions remains far too low, and victims are not always receiving the protection and services countries are obliged to provide.”He called for more resources to identify and assist trafficking victims and to improve the criminal justice responses to detect, investigate, and successfully prosecute cases.The UNODC releases a report on trafficking every two years. This September, during the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York, it emphasized that as more people become migrants and refugees, there is a greater risk for trafficking, and that states must respond accordingly. “Trafficking for sexual exploitation and for forced labour remain the most prominently detected forms, but victims are also being trafficked to be used as beggars, for forced or sham marriages, benefit fraud, or production of pornography,” said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov today.The 2016 UNODC Global Report disaggregates data on the basis of gender and found that women and girls are usually trafficked for marriage and sexual slavery. Men and boys, however, are trafficked into exploitative labour, including work in the mining sector, as porters, soldiers, and slaves.Worldwide, 28 per cent of trafficking victims are children, but children account for 62 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa and 64 per cent in Central America and the Caribbean. Sixty nine countries detected trafficking victims from Sub-Saharan Africa between 2012 and 2014.Mr. Fedotov emphasized the link between armed groups and human trafficking, noting how armed groups often engage in trafficking in their territories of operation, coercing women and girls into marriages or sexual slavery, and pressing men and boys to act as forced labour or combatants.The recent global migration crisis had a hug impact on the trafficking of persons says Yuri Fedotov, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the third report on trafficking in persons was presented at the General Assembly this Wednesday“People escaping from war and persecution are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of trafficking,” he said. “The urgency of their situation might lead them to make dangerous migration decisions.” Earlier this year, UNODC appointed Nobel Peace Prize nominee Nadia Murad Basee Taha as its Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. Ms. Murad is a 23 year old Yazidi woman who survived capture and abuse by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised her courage and work as a “voice for the voiceless.” The report documents patterns among trafficking and regular migration flows that share the same destination country. It also identifies trends within countries, between neighbouring States, and across continents. Factors that tend to aggravate rates of trafficking include transnational organized crime in the country of origin and a victim’s socio-economic profile.
Getaway cars and hammocks were found in the back of lorry used by ATM gang.Credit:Liverpool Echo Andrew White, 28, of St Helens was jailed for 19 years, Miah, 28, of Birmingham, was given a life sentence, Anthony White, 26, of Huyton, was jailed for 16 years; Carl Cavanagh, 33, of Huyton, for 11 years; Anthony Conroy, 29, of Wavertree, for 12 years; Galea, 41, of Prescot, 15 years; Carey, 40, of Tuebrook – who was only involved in one raid – received 10 years.Cavanagh and Conroy pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause explosions and conspiracy to burgle but their co-accused were convicted of both conspiracies. The high powered luxury vehicles they stole for their revolving fleet were conservatively estimated to be worth more than £320,000 and were used to enable the gang, using false registration plates, to cause “untold damage and distress” to the rural communities whose cash machines they destroyed, he added.”It is clear from CCTV footage that each attack would involve about four people and a vehicle with a driver and potentially other people and vehicles nearby.”Between February 2015 and February last year there were 13 actual or attempted raids, eight of which were “gas attacks” and the other five “drag outs”. One of the cars used by the gang. The driver, Nanu Miah was arrested along with Andrew White, Cavanagh and Conroy.The other defendants, White’s brother Anthony, Michael Galea and Gary Carey had been arrested earlier during the crime campaign.Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Green, who heads up the North West Regional Crime Unit (TITAN), said: “This is the culmination of an extensive 12-month investigation into crimes involving thefts from cashpoint machines across and throughout the UK and a number of burglaries at residential properties.””These individuals believed they were untouchable and they used dangerous tactics in targeting ATM’s, which clearly put members of the public at risk. The techniques used by the men involved in these attacks were extremely risky and we are fortunate that no-one was hurt.” They drove at dangerously high speeds – once reaching 150 mph to escape police – on busy motorways and narrow country roads and the presence of the canisters turning their vehicles into “potential high speed mobile bombs”, according to prosecutor Ian Unsworth QC. Despite an officer pointing his firearm at the driver the gang reversed into the police vehicle and an officer used a shotgun to blow out one of the tyres. Andrew White led the gang who blew up cash machines across the country.Credit:BPM MEDIA In a plot akin to the Italian Job, a gang of criminals have toured the UK in high performance cars blowing up cash machines to steal more than half a million pounds.Using transporters to live in, the gang transformed trucks into “high speed mobile bombs” to hide their luxury getaway cars, which included Audi RS4’s, RS6’s and Mercedes A45, and deadly explosive devices.They were finally caught in a police shootout in Scotland. During their year long campaign – which left a £200,000 trail of destruction – the thieves transported canisters of acetylene, oxygen, fuel and heavy cutting equipment in expensive vehicles they had stolen to target 13 cash machines in rural communities in England and Scotland. The gang used a plot similar to the Italian Job. Now a judge in Liverpool has jailed the “ruthless” gang of seven for more than a 100 years in total.Judge Alan Conrad QC described the gang as “arrogant, skilled, determined and ruthless”.”No doubt you were attracted by the thrill of organising and carrying out these offences – by acquiring and driving expensive high performance cars – the identification and reconnaissance of suitable targets – the putting in place of men and equipment – the high speed chases and the attempts to stay one step ahead of the police,” he said.”And then there was the money which has not been found, very considerable sums which enabled you to live comfortably without any honest work.”The overwhelming impression that remains with me is one of breathtaking arrogance on your part.” The gang stole Motorhomes to transport the equipment they used to carry out the ATM gas attacks.Officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit recovered a Scania lorry with a stolen trailer unit which had been converted to house a stolen RS4, the trailer came complete with ramps so that the vehicle could be quickly loaded on to it following an offence.The offenders also had hammocks strung up in the rear of the trailer so they could use it to rest and a number of large fuel canisters used to refuel the vehicles to cut down on visits to petrol stations and motorway forecourts. The first attack was at a Nat West bank in Reading and the final one was in Carnoustie, Scotland, where there had also been raids in Newtonhill and Kingswell in Aberdeenshire and in Perth. The others took place in the North West, Midlands and further South.The court heard that four of the defendants were arrested after being seen in a white Mercedes by a McDonalds in Arbroath on February 12 last year shortly after a nearby Co-Op in Carnoustie was attacked. Nanu Miah led the West Midlands side of the Italian Job gang. Credit: BPM MEDIA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL Bank (ECB) launched an online game this week to explain the features of a new €10 note that is to be released in January.Competition Twenty of the highest scoring players will win €5 VIP banknotes from the Europa series which will be personally signed by the ECB President Mario Draghi. 80 runners-up will receive a commemorative €10 banknote from the first series.Only European Union residents over 18-years-old are eligible to play the game. Players have to uncover four of the security features and also guess the number of euro banknotes in circulation in the euro area on 31 December 2013. The competition is open now and closes at 10.59 pm GMT on 12 January 2014.Christine Graeff, Director General for Communications and Language Services at the ECB said: The new €10 banknote will be unveiled on 13 January 2014 and start circulating later in the year.To play the game please click here.Read: Irish banks still a source of ‘some concern’ says Mario Draghi> Read: Steady as she goes: ECB holds interest rate at record low of 0.25 per cent> The euro is the most visible and internationally known symbol of a united Europe.334 million people use euro banknotes every day. This game is a fun way to remind all of us to take a closer look at them.
Apple assigne HTC en justice pour violation de brevetsÉtats-Unis – Apple semble décidé à protéger les technologies développées autour de l’iPhone. HTC, accusé par la firme à la pomme de violation d’une vingtaine de brevets, l’apprend à ses dépens.Apple se montre intraitable concernant la protection des outils et options de ses produits. Le géant américain assigne ainsi HTC en justice pour violation de vingt brevets relatifs à l’interface, au hardware et à l’architecture interne de l’iPhone, comme le déverrouillage tactile de l’écran grâce à une image. Il est intéressant de remarquer que c’est le fabricant coréen qui a développé le Nexus One de Google, principal concurrent du produit phare d’Apple. “Nous pouvons regarder nos concurrents voler nos inventions brevetées sans rien faire, ou nous pouvons essayer d’y remédier. Nous avons décidé d’y remédier” affirme Steve Jobs. “Nous pensons que la concurrence est une chose saine, mais nos concurrents devraient créer leur propre technologie originale, et non voler la nôtre.” Apple est aussi “en guerre” avec Nokia concernant la paternité de plusieurs autres technologies.Le 3 mars 2010 à 12:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
Quatre planètes se rassemblent dans le ciel ce mois-ciPassionnés d’astronomie ouvrez l’œil ce mois-ci ! Un rassemblement de quatre planètes : Mercure, Vénus, Mars et Jupiter est visible en regardant le ciel à l’est, très tôt le matin, juste avant les premières lueurs du jour. Un événement rare qui n’a pas été observé depuis 1996.Chaque jour pendant le mois de mai, environ 20 à 45 minutes avant le lever du soleil, les observateurs du ciel pourront distinguer un rassemblement de quatre planètes : Mercure, Vénus, Mars et Jupiter. Le phénomène extrêmement rare a déjà fourni des vues impressionnantes mais l’apogée du spectacle est prévu pour cette semaine où les quatre astres seront encore plus proches.Pour parvenir à distinguer la totalité du peloton il convient dans un premier temps de repérer Venus. La planète, située à proximité de la Terre est recouverte de nuages blancs, ce qui la rend particulièrement brillante. Située un demi degré plus loin, vient Jupiter dont l’éclat est un peu moins important. Enfin, les deux autres planètes visibles, Mars et Mercure, pourront être observées seulement au moyen de jumelles, en regardant attentivement l’horizon. En effet, leur taille et leur éloignement de la Terre les rend nettement moins brillantes.Ce rassemblement planétaire distinguable dans n’importe quel endroit du monde, offrira toutefois une représentation sans pareil aux observateurs situés sur les tropiques. En Europe, les planètes raseront de très près l’horizon, rendant l’observation un peu plus difficile.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESACependant, quelles que soit les régions, l’observation nécessitera un ciel absolument dégagé sans quoi aucun astre ne pourra être identifié. Le rassemblement des quatre planètes entamera sa dissolution dans la deuxième moitié du mois de mai, relayé par la lune qui viendra s’insérer aux côtés de Jupiter et Venus du 29 au 31 mai.Un tel rassemblement de planètes est un phénomène peu commun. Le dernier remonte à 1996 et le prochain événement de ce type est prévu pour le 8 Septembre 2040. Le 11 mai 2011 à 16:29 • Emmanuel Perrin
Arctique : la traversée d’Est en Ouest abandonnéeSébastien Roubinet et Rodolphe André, deux aventuriers qui tentaient depuis trois semaines une traversée historique de la banquise arctique d’Est en Ouest, ont été contraints de renoncer à leur expédition. C’est une panne de batterie de leur bateau hybride, qui les a obligés à faire demi tour.C’est une exploration qui s’achève prématurément. Sébastien Roubinet et Rodolphe André n’accompliront pas aujourd’hui le défi historique qu’ils s’étaient lancés. Les deux aventuriers Français s’étaient élancés voilà trois semaines à bord de leur bateau hybride, doté de flotteurs gonflables fixés à des skis, pour tenter une traversée de la banquise arctique d’est en ouest (voir notre article). Mais comme ils l’annoncent sur le site de leur journal de bord, Sébastien et Rodolphe ont décidé de renoncer à leur expédition, en raison d’un problème de batterie. À lire aussiVoici à quoi ressemblerait la Terre si toutes les glaces du globe fondaient”Depuis quelques jours, nous avons des soucis de charge avec la batterie et la nuit dernière, plus aucun instrument ne fonctionnait. Après analyse avec un expert en électricité marine, le diagnostic est fatal, la batterie rend l’âme” expliquent les deux aventuriers. Ils risquent dans les jours à venir de voir leurs moyens de communications coupés, “et nous ne pourrons plus avoir d’instrument de navigation, ni d’instrument scientifique, ni camera, ni appareil photo” déplorent-ils. D’autres détériorations du bateau, sur les skis et les carres de dérive notamment, “sont autant de signes qui nous poussent à prendre une lourde décision, celle d’abandonner et de faire demi-tour tant qu’il est encore temps de le faire par nos propres moyens” regrettent Sébastien Roubinet et Rodolphe André. Alors qu’ils ont pris le chemin du retour, celui de la Pointe Barrow, au nord de l’Alaska, d’où ils sont partis il y a trois semaines, les aventuriers français sont bien décidés à retenter cette traversée inédite de l’Arctique. Forts de cette première expérience, ils sont “convaincus que ça va fonctionner”.Le 3 août 2011 à 12:53 • Maxime Lambert
Un fossile de manchot géant entièrement reconstituéDes paléontologues ont réussi à reconstituer entièrement le fossile d’un manchot géant datant de 25 millions d’années, découvert en 1977 dans le sud de la Nouvelle-Zélande. Deux fois plus gros que le manchot Empereur, il mesurait 1,30 mètre et pesait 60 kilos.Pas moins de 35 ans après la découverte de fossiles dans une falaise de Waimate, sur l’Ile du sud de Nouvelle-zélande, des paléontologues néo-zélandais et américains sont parvenus à reconstituer entièrement le squelette d’un manchot géant, baptisé Kairuku waitaki, “le plongeur qui revient avec sa pitance” en langue Maori. Deux fossiles de palmipèdes distincts, datant de 25 millions d’années, ont été utilisés par les chercheurs, qui se sont basés sur le squelette d’un manchot royal pour la reconstitution. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Kairuku était un oiseau élégant par rapport aux autres pingouins, avec un corps élancé et de longues nageoires, mais des pieds et des jambes courts et larges. Cette espèce nous donne une image plus complète des manchots géants et peut nous aider à déterminer comment ils ont évolué au cours de l’Oligocène”, explique le spécialiste Dan Ksepka dans le Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.Il y 25 millions d’années, cinq espèces de manchots au moins vivaient dans la région, et le Kairuku était la plus grande. La Nouvelle-Zélande était alors en grande partie sous les eaux, quelques îles offrant un environnement idéal pour les palmipèdes. Grâce à sa physionomie, le manchot géant pouvait nager sur de plus grandes distances et plonger à de plus grandes profondeurs que les manchots modernes.Quant à sa disparition, plusieurs hypothèses sont avancées. Parmi elles, figurent notamment le changement climatique mais aussi la prédation des dauphins et des phoques plus nombreux. Le 28 février 2012 à 17:49 • Maxime Lambert
Iker Casillas just became the second player to reach 100 wins in the UEFA Champions League, joining none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.Iker Casillas and FC Porto were already through to the knockout stages ahead of the game against Galatasaray but managed a 3-2 win to remain unbeaten. With this win, Casillas becomes the second player in Champions League history to record 100 wins, after CR7.Speaking to Tribuna Express, the 37-year-old said he was happy to reach 100 wins but that it was also a bit sad: “It’s beautiful but it is also a bit sad because it’s been many years playing the most important club tournament.“I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished and that I experienced this with an important win for my team.”Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…Casillas also has the most caps in Champions League history with 173 and became the first player to play in 20 Champions League seasons.He made his Champions League debut at 18 in September of 1999 to become the youngest goalkeeper featured in the tournament – a record broken in October of 2017 by Benfica’s Mile Svilar.Casillas is still the youngest goalkeeper ever to win the trophy after Real Madrid defeated Valencia 3-0 in 2000 four days after Iker’s 19th birthday.
Honda Accord Hybrid is reportedly set to make its entry into the Indian car market in 2014, according to the latest reports.The Accord Hybrid, which is already available in international markets like North America, will now head to India next year. And considering Honda’s previous experience with the Civic Hybrid (2008), the upcoming Accord Hybrid is likely to be priced carefully and placed strategically in the sub-continent market.The Civic Hybrid had bombed in the domestic market, mainly due to its high price tag. And though the company tried to overcome the initial hiccups by bringing down the price of the vehicle in the Indian market later in the year, the effort was not fruitful.Now when the Accord Hybrid is getting ready to steer into the market, Honda seems to be confident of getting a good response. According to a Zee News report, the new Accord Hybrid will be assembled locally in India.The Accord Hybrid promises best fuel efficiency and comes equipped with luxurious features. Globally, the Accord Hybrid is marketed with a 2-litre petrol engine and a 164 bhp AC Synchronous electric motor under the hood which generates a combined power of 194 bhp.Earlier last week, Honda India announced the plan to phase out its current Accord model. The weak sales of the Accord forced Honda to discontinue its production in the Indian auto market. The Accord, which has been on Indian roads since 2008, could touch only 11,492 unit sales figure in the country in total. In the current fiscal year, Honda marketed just 272 units of the vehicle.
Shah Rukh Khan with his son Aryan KhanTwitterBollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is teaming up with his son Aryan Khan Walt Disney Studios’ The Lion King. The father-son duo will do voice over for Lion Mufasa and Simba for its Hindi version.Shah Rukh Khan offered a hint of about it on June 15. The actor tweeted a photo featuring him and Aryan wearing T-shirts with names like Mufasa and Simba written on it. He captioned this picture with, “Ready for the match with the spirit of #FathersDay. Go India Go!!”The bosses of PVR Cinemas offer made it clearer that they would work for The Lion King, as they tweeted, “@iamsrk #AryanKhan The perfect pairing to play our favorite father-son duo. #PVR is so excited about this one. ❤️#TheLionKing.”This fueled the speculations that Shah Rukh Khan and Aryan would lend their voices to the characters of Mufasa and Simba in The Lion King. A day later, Walt Disney Studios put all the rumour mills to rest, by tweeting, “The most iconic father-son story of all time, featuring the King himself @iamsrk and #AryanKhan. Disney’s #TheLionKing in cinemas July 19.”Shah Rukh Khan also took his Twitter account today to confirm the news and tweeted, “Glad to be a part of this journey… a timeless film. Voicing it in Hindi with my own Simba. The last time we did a film was around 15 years ago and it was ‘Incredible’ and this time around its even more fun. Hope everyone enjoys it 19th July onwards. #TheLionKing.”The Lion King is a musical drama film, which is directed by Jon Favreau and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a photorealistic computer animated remake of Disney’s traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name. The film stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones reprising his original role as Mufasa.
Kolkata: A 17-year-old footballer died after being electrocuted when he accidentally touched a lightpost situated at a corner of a playground at Madhyamgram in North 24-Parganas on Sunday evening. Police said the victim, Ajay Sarkar, was a local resident.He was well known in the area for his football skills and he used to play for different local clubs.On Sunday evening, he went to a playground in the area along with his brother, to play football. After playing a match, Ajay went to a corner of the playground to collect something when he accidentally touched a lightpost. He was electrocuted and immediately fell on the ground. Other players and some local people went to the spot hearing Ajay’s cry and found him senseless.They took him to Madhyamgram Rural Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. A pall of gloom descended in the area with the death of Ajay.People who were present in the ground, said that there was no delay in taking him to the hospital. Local people demanded necessary steps to ensure that no such incident takes place in the area in future.A lot of such unfortunate accidents happen when live wires are touched leading to deaths. Throughout the city, the civic authorities are taking enormous steps to check if there are faults and live wires strewn on roads and pavements. At the same time, elaborate measures have been taken to check the condition of such lightposts in the area.Incessant showers have led to several electrocutions in the city as well.
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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1 min read February 20, 2014 If you live in a major metropolitan area, Google’s Fiber TV and internet network could become an attractive alternative to the established broadband companies.Yesterday the company said it had approached cities like Nashville, Atlanta and San Jose, among a total of 34 cities, about building the infrastructure.Google says Fiber can provide customers with internet access at speeds up to 100 times faster than broadband.Related: First Google, Now Amazon: Tech Giants Want to Bring You OnlineFiber was launched in Kansas City last year in an effort to increase technological development and investment in the area. As Google’s business of streaming content to mobile devices grows, the network, which can deliver content at speeds of one gigabyte per second, will insure that the company can keep up with customers’ use.Industry analysts also speculate that the service could become a viable competitor to the likes of AT&T and Comcast, Reuters reports.Customers in the Kansas City area have access to Fiber for $120 per month. Last year Google announced it would be expanding the network to Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah in 2014.Related: Google to Bring Faster Wi-Fi to Starbucks Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
Tokyo train company’s apology for 20-second-early departure is one of the best things about Japan https://t.co/chfzE5uZMU— Stan Yee (@stanyee) November 16, 2017 Japanese train leaves 20 seconds early, leading to heartfelt apology from rail company << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Share TORONTO — In a perfect world, trains would never break down, slow down or be late. But Japan has the exact opposite problem, with trains running…too much on time?According to the BBC, a rail company in Japan recently issued a public apology after one of its trains left the station 20 seconds early.Not 20 minutes – 20 seconds. This is how much the Japanese value punctuality.In its apology, the company said its Tsukuba Express line, which runs between Tokyo and Tsukuba, had been scheduled to leave Minami Nagareyama Station at 9:44:40 local time. But in an uncharacteristic departure from perfection, the train left early at 9:44:20.“The crew did not sufficiently check the departure time and performed the departure operation,” the statement said. It added that the company did not receive any customer complaints about the early departure.Japan has one of the world’s most reliable railway systems, so reliable that a train leaving 20 seconds earlier than planned has caused headlines around the world.More news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThis, of course, prompted countless tongue-in-cheek tweets from people poking fun at their own country’s transportation woes in comparison. Here are just a few:”Apology after Japanese train departs 20 seconds early”.Read; weep; read; laugh. @networkrail @SW_Railway @SouthernRailUK— Alastair Stewart (@alstewitn) November 16, 2017 Zara Martinez Those who have been on a train in Japan will appreciate this story. Somehow I can’t see it happening over in the UK… https://t.co/eNsDefYhhZ— Andy Hayler (@wyahaw) November 16, 2017 Posted by Tags: LOL About Latest Posts Zara Martinez Latest posts by Zara Martinez (see all) New Years Mastermind on AMA Waterways River Cruise – June 6, 2019 Attendance at TPI’s Summit events at an all-time high – April 24, 2019 The 2019 Travel & Vacation Show – June 22, 2018
Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing February 5, 2015 628 Views Weeks ahead of the anticipated release of Ocwen’s fourth-quarter earnings report, CEO Ron Faris has issued a notice that the company expects to see a loss on mounting regulatory pressures and expenses.In a note to stakeholders released Thursday, Faris reviewed a handful of the regulatory hurdles Ocwen has had to deal with in the past year, including a long-running investigation from New York’s top financial regulator that eventually resulted in a $150 million settlement. The company plans to take an additional $50 million charge to its Q4 expenses as a result of that agreement after already setting aside $100 million in Q3.Aside from that (and the firm’s recent agreement that allowed it to continue operating in California), he said Ocwen closed 25 exams from state regulators in the past year, leaving 21 pending investigations still open. Based on current dealings with regulators, the company doesn’t expect any major fines, penalties, or settlements ahead, though management does anticipate resolving two legacy matters for a total of less than $1 million, he added.Also expected to take a toll on Q4 earnings is an expected increase in servicing expenses and uncollectable receivables and a $13 million expense for third-party monitoring costs.”As a result of the items just discussed and other fourth quarter events, we expect to record a loss in the fourth quarter of 2014 and for the total year,” Faris wrote.Looking ahead, Faris anticipates “the level of these types of expenses will decrease significantly” this year as Ocwen clears out some of its remaining legacy issues. As of February 3, he said the company had $249 million in cash, and its cash forecast indicates it should have sufficient liquidity going forward.Faris’ letter came one day after Fitch Ratings announced a downgrade to Ocwen’s primary, master, and special servicer ratings, citing “weaknesses in Ocwen’s corporate governance and operational control framework” and pointing specifically to some of the last year’s regulatory issues.Including that announcement, Ocwen says its servicer ratings have fallen below the minimum criteria established in 482 private-label securities agreements. However, the company is currently not aware of plans from any securities trustee to move their servicing as a result of those changes.Responding to the Fitch announcement, Faris said recent actions have been based largely on public information and “have not pointed to actual servicing performance deficiencies.””Objective data on PLS performance continues to show that Ocwen excels in managing loss mitigation timelines, bringing borrowers current on their payments and keeping them current,” he said. “For these reasons, we believe it is in the best interests of all stakeholders to continue to keep Ocwen on the job.” Ocwen Anticipates Losses Ahead of Earnings Report Fitch Ratings Ocwen Profits Quarterly Earnings 2015-02-05 Tory Barringer