Storm Alexa kills two, displaces 5,000 in Gaza

first_imgGAZA CITY – The Gaza government has estimated the damage left by the storm at $64 million.At least two residents of the Gaza Strip had been killed and 108 others injured as a winter storm coupled with torrential rain battered the enclave for four days, authorities said Sunday.The storm, called Alexa, has displaced around 5,250 people who were forced to resort to shelter camps across the Gaza Strip after their homes were weather conditions, Ashraf al-Qadra, a spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry, told Anadolu Agency.He did not mention what caused the two deaths.The Gaza government has estimated the damage left by the storm at $64 million.Around 3,300 housing units had been submerged.The Gaza Strip has struggled to deal with cold winter temperatures in the absence of badly-needed heating fuel, which remains in short order due to Israel’s blockade of the enclave and an Egyptian crackdown on cross-border tunnels used for smuggling vital commodities.The strip’s only electricity plant stopped working several weeks ago after consuming the last drop of fuel, rendering the local energy authority incapable of providing power for more than six hours a day to the strip’s almost two million inhabitants.last_img read more

Algeria Appoints New Ambassador to Morocco

Rabat – Interim president Abdelkader Bensallah recalled the Algerian ambassador to Morocco, Mohamed Salah Dembri, on Thursday, August 22. Dembri had been Algiers’ envoy in Rabat since 2009.Algerian news outlet Ennahar Online reported that the interim president replaced Dembri with Abfelazi Benali Cheri as ambassador to Morocco.Benali Cherif served before as the spokesperson of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition to Dembri, Bensalah recalled several other ambassadors, including Abdelkader Msdoua, who was posted in France. Bensalah replaced him with Abdellah Ba Ali.Algeria also appointed Milat Toufik as a new ambassador to Spain and  Tououahria Abdlekrim as ambassador to the UAE.Read Also: Khaled Nezzar: Gaid Salah Wants to Eliminate All Opposition FiguresAlgeria also recalled and replaced its ambassadors to Tunisia, the US, and the UK.The purge of Algerian diplomats came suddenly without explanation from Algeria. It is not the first time, however, that Algeria has sacked a slew of officials after the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Gaid Salah, the chief of the Algerian army, has sacked many military officials recently.Khaled Nezzar, the former minister of defense in Algeria, accused Salah of “eliminating all” opposition figures.“Gaid Salah prides himself on having a double cap and believes he can afford anything. This arises from a sick mind that should be reduced at all costs and quickly,” Nezzar recently said. read more

Group wants Alberta to show oil sands recommendations were followed

EDMONTON — Environmentalists are trying to force the Alberta government to show it’s followed through on previous recommendations to reduce the impact of oil sands mines before any more projects are approved.The Oilsands Environmental Coalition has asked the regulatory panel examining Shell’s proposed Jackpine expansion to check into the status of dozens of recommendations by previous panels.Those recommendations were conditions under which previous oilsands projects were given the OK, but there’s no information on whether they’ve been lived up to, said Simon Dyer of the Pembina Institute.“There’s no accountability,” Dyer said. “We fear many of (the recommendations) have not been acted upon.“These were recommendations that the panel said had to happen for the project to be in the public interest.”The groups combed through the approvals for four major oilsands projects made by joint federal-provincial impact assessment panels. Each of those four panels concluded the projects would have no significant adverse environmental effects, provided the recommendations were followed.There are a total of 108 separate recommendations, although some repeated from panel to panel.The Pembina Institute, part of the coalition that filed the motion, then tried to find out how many of those recommendations had been implemented. They were unable to do so.“There’s no public registry,” said Dyer. “There’s no contact person.”Some of the recommendations have been met, such as the 2004 recommendation for a study into how much water the Athabasca River needs to stay healthy.Others haven’t. The water management framework based on that study remains stalled at phase one, more than a year after it was supposed to have moved forward.But the status of most of the recommendations, which involve everything from wildlife impacts to tailings management to emissions from mine vehicles, is simply unclear.Randall Barrett of Alberta Environment said recommendations dealing specifically with a project — allowable level of sulphur emissions, for example — are tracked very closely.But he said those dealing with larger issues, such as overall water use, are simply considered part of the government’s ongoing environmental monitoring work and are not tied as closely to project approvals.“We carefully track the high-consequence items that are used in the public-interest test for that project,” he said. “The other items relative to ongoing work, we consider those, but the timing on those is not tracked in the same way.”Barrett acknowledged that timelines for such issues often change and may not conform to those set out in project approvals.The coalition is arguing that hearings on Shell’s Jackpine expansion, which would produce 100,000 barrels a day, can’t proceed until the panel finds out what happened with those recommendations. Until that happens, Dyer said it’s impossible to know how the project will add to environmental impacts the oilsands region is already seeing.“We’ve got a cumulative effects problem that’s getting worse with every project that’s approved,” he said.Shell argues the coalition’s motion has come too late in the game and should be disregarded.“The time to make such a submission has long since passed,” it says in its own filing.A federal government submission filed last Tuesday argues the status of recommendations from previous panels isn’t relevant to this one, and points out no previous panel has been asked to deal with the issue.“This panel’s process is not intended to serve as a proxy for a fishing expedition by (the coalition),” says the letter. “Nor is it necessary that the panel perform an audit function related to the implementation of recommendations of prior panels.”The review panel will have to rule on the coalition’s request. A spokeswoman for the panel said there’s no timeline on such a decision.The issue arises as Alberta Environment considers a report into how its long-awaited “world-class” environmental monitoring program for the oilsands should be structured.Officials have confirmed Environment Minister Diana McQueen has received the report and discussed it with its authors. Among the issues it’s expected to address is the program’s independence.McQueen is expected to release the report in the coming we read more

Head of UN mission strongly condemns shooting of Kosovo Serb teens

“It is a tragedy for Kosovo that four years after the conflict ended, such incidents continue to take a terrible toll on the lives of innocent individuals and on Kosovo’s image in the international community,” said Harri Holkeri, the new head of UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), whose arrival in Pristina coincided with the tragedy.Efforts are being made to treat the injured at Pec or to airlift them to Mitrovica Hospital, according to UNMIK. A massive search for the shooters is now underway and an international prosecutor has already been assigned to the case.”We cannot allow a few extremists, of whatever ethnicity, to undermine the secure and hopeful future that so many have worked to build here. Such incidents will only strengthen our determination to establish the rule of law for the sake of all people in Kosovo. We will do everything to bring the killers to justice,” Mr. Holkeri stated.Meanwhile, a Kosovo Albanian woman was wounded, apparently by a group of Kosovo Serbs, after the shooting. read more

UN teams bring aid to besieged Syrian people despite extreme challenges

International Organization for Migration (IOM) delivers non-food relief items to western Aleppo, Syria. Photo: IOM “While [we welcomed] convoy, the level of access to besieged areas in August was wholly unacceptable,” Alessandra Vellucci, Director of the UN Information Service said, on behalf of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at the regular press briefing in Geneva. “Much more progress [is] required to reach all besieged and hard-to-reach areas considering the very high level of needs. [We continue] to call for unconditional, unimpeded and sustained access to the millions of people in besieged and hard-to-reach locations across Syria,” she stressed. The humanitarian delivery, undertaken through two convoys on 23 and 25 August, comprised of food, health, nutrition and non-food items for populations in the besieged town al-Waer. Concerning relief for Aleppo, Jessy Chahine, a spokesperson for the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria said that the UN was working day and night on the preparation of its humanitarian mission but awaited the concurrence by all parties in order to make sure that the mission could move towards both east and west Aleppo. Similarly, Joel Millman, spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), informed journalists that the organization was delivering supplies to Aleppo under its ‘whole of Syria’ programme. He noted that on 22 August, despite security precautions one truck carrying IOM aid had been targeted, destroying the cargo of humanitarian supplies inside and injuring one aid worker. Pause in fighting desperately needed to save lives: UNICEF chiefMeanwhile, in a statement issued today, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that the agency is at the ready to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance, including medicines, vaccines and nutritional supplements but underscored the desperate need for a pause in fighting to actually deliver them. Pointing out that since early July, more than 100,000 children remain trapped in eastern parts of Aleppo city, he expressed: “Every child there – everyone affected – needs an immediate pause to the fighting in Aleppo, and every second of every minute counts when it comes to protecting and saving the lives of children.” Situation in Darayya criticalAdditionally, a statement issued by the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria has said that the situation in Darayya is extremely grave and that it is tragic that the repeated appeals to lift the siege in place since November 2012, and cease the fighting, have never been heeded.The statement noted that Staffan de Mistura had been made aware overnight of an agreement to evacuate residents, both civilians and fighters, starting today. It clarified that the UN was not consulted or involved in the negotiation of the agreement.According to the statement, Mr. de Mistura has appealed to the co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and co-sponsors of the cessation of hostilities and other ISSG members to ensure that the implementation of this agreement and its aftermath is in full compliance with international humanitarian law and protection standards. The respective taskforces on a ceasefire and on humanitarian issues, created by the ISSG, have been meeting separately since early this year on a way forward on the crisis. Russia and the United States are the co-chairs of ISSG, which comprises the UN, the Arab League, the European Union and 16 other countries. The statement added that a UN humanitarian team is reaching out to all parties, including the local population. “It is imperative that people of Darayya are protected in any evacuation that takes place, and that this takes place voluntarily,” the statement noted. “The world is watching,” it concluded. read more

Mens Volleyball No 5 Ohio State maintains undefeated MIVA start with 30

Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson celebrates a point with his teammates in the 2017 NCAA tournament. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (9-2, 2-0 MIVA) swept No. 14 Fort Wayne (9-2, 1-1 MIVA) in three straight sets to maintain an undefeated conference record.Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said it was not clear going into the match whether to expect a three-, four- or five-set match.“They’re a much improved team, but they had a really, really tough year last year. Improvement is kind of in the eye of the beholder,” Hanson said. “They’re playing a bunch of sophomores, and some freshmen and maybe a junior, and I think the experience and the moment kind of favored us.”The first set foreshadowed a good serving match for the Buckeyes, who amounted four service aces in the first set alone. Fort Wayne struggled with receiving serves and were unable to run an aggressive offense, averaging a .143 as a team. Mastodon redshirt outside hitter Colton Stone carried Fort Wayne in kills, contributing five of its nine total kills.Ohio State also struggled with attacking in the first set, hitting a .143. Despite matching Fort Wayne’s hitting percentage, the Buckeyes won the set 25-23.Mastodon blockers were successful in moving from pin to pin across the net and keeping the ball on Ohio State’s side, but the Buckeyes countered with good defense by staying light on their feet and moving to the ball. The Buckeyes picked up their offense in the second set, hitting a match-high .393 hitting percentage and shutting down Fort Wayne’s defense and counterattacks. Ohio State middle blockers Blake Leeson and Nick Laffin showed force from the middle, contributing seven kills, helping the Buckeyes win 25-19.The night seemed to go downhill for the Mastodons in the final set with their hitting percentage dropping to -.125 for the set. Both teams passed well, but Ohio State had a better handle on the ball that allowed them to surge ahead. The Buckeyes felt comfortable enough to sub in sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbliss and sophomore setter Andrew Hillman for some late-set gameplay. Toward the beginning, the teams were close, but leading 5-4, Ohio State went on a 10-3 point run to put them at 15-7. The third set was the lowest scoring for Fort Wayne, who lost to the Buckeyes by 11 points, 25-14.“I think Fort Wayne struggled with connecting on their pins,” Leeson said. “I think their offense was a little too fast for their own ability in some cases, forcing thins, trying to get split blocks and it worked sometimes, but they were high-error.”After the match, Hanson said he thought the team’s serving played an important role in its win. “Our servers put a lot of pressure on their passers and their offense and if you look at the stats, their hitting numbers got worse as the match went on because our serving got better as the match went on,” he said.The Buckeyes ended the weekend on a high note, starting conference season off 2-0 after their victories against Ball State and Fort Wayne. Ohio State will continue conference play at St. John Arena, facing Lindenwood University on Thursday and Quincy University on Saturday. read more

Veselin Vujovic is no longer PPD Zagreb coach

← Previous Story EHF CL Round 4 BEST 7 – Comeback of Nikola Karabatic Next Story → RK PPD Zagreb director Ante Ancic: Dual function main reason for Vujovic’s departure RK PPD ZagrebVeselin Vujović Fairy tale in Zagreb is over! Veselin Vujovic is no longer coach of the Croatian champions whom he led twice until the VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-finals! Four defeats in a row at the start of the season were decisive in such a conclusion of successful handball story in Croatian capital.Vujovic was in Zagreb since early season 2014/2015 when he replaced Boris Dvorsek.A lot of good results, big scalps of the best European teams are behind PPD Zagreb in Vujovic era. He also played twice at SEHA GAZPROM Final 4 tournaments.However, teams looks lost at the start of the current season. Home defeats against PICK Szeged and Meshkov Brest, but also easy capitulations in Sweden against IFK Kristianstad and defeat in Celje, were signals that something has to  be changed. read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_imgINTERNATIONAL Novice Buddhist monks walk begging for alms in rain, following a cleric rule of no footwear nor umbrella in the streets of Yangon, Myanmar today. Source: Gemunu Amarasinghe Senators called for Ireland to toughen its stance on Gaza.A group of dissident republican protesters heckled President Higgins at a WWI commemoration event.  An average family of two adults and two children will pay €278 a year in water charges under new rates published today.Two former Anglo Irish Bank directors have been sentenced to 240 hours of community service. [RTÉ]The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Irish murderers who contested that their imprisonment was a violation of their rights.  Paddy Power is contacting customers who had an account with the bookmaker in 2010 over a data breach.The family of murdered teenager Marioara Rostas have spoken of their grief. #US: America’s House of Representatives is suing Obama over his healthcare reform bill. #GAZA: The UN Security Council has called for ‘humanitarian pauses’ in the conflict. [AFP]#DEFAULT: Argentina has burned bondholders for the second time in 13 years. Updated at 11.15pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Former Anglo bankers Pat Whelan, left, and Willie McAteer photographed outside the Circuit Criminal Court, Dublin today. Source: Brian Lawless/PA WireA man in his 30s has been seriously injured after being allegedly pushed in front of a bus in Dublin city.A delay in Bank of Ireland’s processing has meant many workers in Ireland were not paid as expected this morning. Have you ever wished your car would park itself and come back for you later?NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover is preparing for some ‘unprecedented’ exploration of the red planet. [NASA]PARTING SHOTThe 140-year-old Eastboune Pier in England has burned down after a fire started in the amusement arcade area of the historic structure. Here’s a brief history of similar – not infrequent – fires through the years. [BoingBoing] INNOVATIONlast_img read more

La plus ancienne perle du monde découverte en Arabie

first_imgLa plus ancienne perle du monde découverte en ArabieDes archéologues français ont découvert sur un site néolithique des Emirats arabes unis la plus ancienne perle fine de l’histoire de l’humanité. Ce bijou est vieux de 7.500 ans, selon les chercheurs.Jeudi, le CNRS a fait part d’une découverte surprenante. Ce n’est ni plus ni moins que la plus ancienne perle fine de l’histoire qui a été retrouvé sur un site néolithique des Emirats arabes unis. Dans un communiqué, les chercheurs souligne ainsi que, “ni l’Egypte, ni la Mésopotamie, l’Inde ou la Chine n’ont fourni de perles fines très anciennes, on en connait toutefois en Mésopotamie dès 3200-3000 ans avant notre ère”.Mais “la perle qui vient d’être trouvée au sein de l’habitat côtier d’Umm al-Quwain 2, aux Emirats arabes unis” date d’entre 5547-5477 à 5410-5235 ans avant notre ère selon les analyses réalisées avec le carbone 14. “Il s’agit donc de la plus ancienne perle fine archéologique connue actuellement en Arabie mais aussi au monde”, ajoute le CNRS. “Ces résultats, alliés aux précédentes découvertes de perles fines faites sur le littoral de l’Arabie du sud-est, attestent dans cette région du monde de la plus ancienne pratique de pêche à l’huître perlière”. En Arabie, la totalité des perles néolithiques retrouvées (101 au total) est issue de la grande huître perlière Pinctada margaritifera et de la Pinctada radiata, plus petite et plus facile à collecter et offrant des perles de plus grande qualité. Elles étaient certainement utilisées pour leur “valeur esthétique” (après avoir été triées pour garder les plus rondes d’entre elles), mais également, possiblement “à des fins rituelles”. “Les perles fines occupaient une place particulière dans les rites funéraires. Ainsi, la perle retrouvée, non percée, était déposée dans la sépulture d’un individu dans la nécropole d’Umm al Quwain 2. Dans d’autres nécropoles, les perles étaient placées sur le visage du défunt, notamment au-dessus de sa lèvre supérieure”, indiquent les chercheurs. Des perles plus ou moins bien conservées À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Par ailleurs, des travaux récents ont montré qu’au Ve millénaire avant J.-C., les perles fines semi-percées étaient associées à des hommes, et les perles entièrement perforées l’étaient à des femmes. Dans leur étude, les scientifiques précisent que les perles sont souvent blanches opaques et mates du fait de leur altération, mais que certaines ont conservé leur lustre d’origine avec des tons blancs, roses, orangés et brunâtres. Ces résultats “montrent l’importance qu’elles pouvaient avoir dans les sociétés anciennes du Golfe persique et du nord de l’océan Indien, au point même de constituer un élément majeur de leur identité culturelle”, ajoute le communiqué qui précise que ces perles étaient collectées au prix d’une pêche difficile et dangereuse.Le 10 juin 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sportsmen commercials feud over Columbia River reforms

first_imgOLYMPIA — Sport fishermen from Southwest Washington repeatedly exhorted the state Fish and Wildlife Commission on Saturday to implement fully in 2017 the most sweeping reforms in Columbia River salmon management in decades.And their commercial foes, also from Southwest Washington, were equally strident that the plan adopted four years ago to eliminate gillnetting from the main river and to prioritize angling has been fraught with problems in the 2013-16 transition period.The nine-member citizen panel will meet Jan. 13 and 14 in Vancouver to make its decision. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is going through similar deliberations, then the two states will need to reconcile any differences in their policies.Reforms adopted by both states in early 2013 allocated more chinook salmon to sportsmen in the main Columbia and restricted gillnetting to off-channel sites like Youngs Bay near Astoria. The reforms also called for commercial fishing that remained in the main Columbia to be done with live-capture methods — such as purse seines and beach seines — designed to harvest hatchery stocks and release wild fish.last_img read more

Jayne A lot of big issues with no simple answers only pain

first_imgWell, I’ve put it off about as long as I can.Wrote all the week’s editorials. Selected all the editorial cartoons. Edited all the opinion columns. Finished all my duties as Opinion editor except for one — writing my column.Maybe it’s because I was hoping that a less-complicated topic would come along. More likely it’s because the senseless killing of a college baseball player in Oklahoma is so difficult to write about.You’ve read about it by now. About how Australia native Christopher Lane was gunned down by three teenagers — two of them black — as he went for a jog. About how one of the perpetrators supposedly told investigators that they were bored and just wanted to kill somebody.The difficulty in writing about the case doesn’t come from a difficulty in condemning the killing; that part is easy. No, the difficulty comes because it touches upon so many things that we are unable to talk rationally about in this country. Race. Violence. Gun control.One of the overriding themes of the week has been the question of why Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and President Obama haven’t spoken out about the slaying (Jackson did issue a tepid message on Twitter). They were, after all, quick to judge George Zimmerman’s killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin.last_img read more

Harp Magazine Folds

first_imgAccording to the Web site Country Standard Time, Crawford broke the news to staffers last week in an e-mail. “It’s with a really heavy heart that I even have to write this. As many of you know, our cash flow had slowed recently,” Crawford wrote. “Due to various factors, including the current newsstand magazine slump, the majority shareholders of Guthrie Inc. Harp’s parent company, have decided to declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy.”Neither Crawford nor advertising manager Jake Flack returned phone calls for comment.Harp’s folding comes less than a month after Seattle-based alternative country music magazine No Depression announced that its May-June issue—its 75th—would be its last. The magazine’s founders attributed the demise to declining advertising revenues, which were down 30 to 40 percent, they said. Guthrie Inc., the parent company of Silver Spring, Maryland-based rock music magazine Harp, is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Harp’s March/April issue will be its last.Guthrie CEO Glenn Sabin said Harp had struggled to become profitable since the company’s purchase of the magazine in 2003. “Unfortunately, Harp’s critical acclaim never translated into sustaining commercial success,” Sabin said in a statement. “Harp’s lifecycle was ill-timed with the precipitous decline of the music software industry, coupled with the consolidation of the consumer magazine newsstand business and rising paper postage costs.”Harp was founded in 2001 by Scott Crawford, who served as editor-in-chief. The magazine had been distributed nationally and to 15 other countries.last_img read more

DEPARTURES Sees 64 Percent Climb in Advertising Pages in First Half of

first_imgIn a statement released today, DEPARTURES is set to have a 64 percent increase in ad pages in the first half of 2011 from 2010’s first half. Companies such as Christian Dior, Nikon and Preferred Hotels are among the 55 new advertisers to be included in the 2011 January to June period with DEPARTURES.DEPARTURES is also set to see a 60 percent increase in revenue compared to the first half of 2010.Steven DeLuca, vice president/publisher of DEPARTURES, said, “Our strong advertising momentum and growth illustrates the robust resurgence of the luxury marketplace.” DEPARTURES has been awarded two Gold Medal nominations for its March/April 2010 cover and for Maira Kalman’s Venice Carnival Portfolio from October 2010 by The Society of Publication Designers. The publication is also nominated for the 2011 M.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for Colman Andrews’ October 2010 article “Everything Comes from the Sea”.According to the Publisher’s Information Bureau, DEPARTURES saw a 42.8 percent rise in ad pages from 123.59 pages in 2010’s first quarter to 176.48 pages in 2011’s first quarter. DEPARTURES magazine, published by American Express Publishing Corporation for Amex Express Platinum Card and Centurion members, is projecting a more than solid first half of 2011.last_img read more

Fortnite season 7 week 10 challenges and the Share the Love event

first_img Post a comment How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? 17 Photos The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Gaming: All our latest games coverage.Fortnite: Regular tips and news about the biggest game around. Tags Now playing: Watch this: Epic Games As we come to the end of Fortnite’s season 7, Epic Games has started a new set of challenges with its Share the Love event. The event is a celebration of Valentines Day and goes from Feb. 7 to Feb. 27. You’ll need to complete the new Overtime Challenges by the 27th to unlock 5 new rewards including the Valentine Wrap and Vines Contrail. In addition to the challenges and rewards there will be a new Share the Love competitive series with placement matches starting Feb. 9. In other words, we have some time between seasons, so why not join in on the fun?Either way, what’s most important right now is getting through challenges fast to get as far as you can in your Battle Pass. Like every week, I’ve made some maps and have a few tips for grinding through reward tiers as quickly as possible and you can check out what you’re up against for week 10 below.If you’re not done with last week, head over to my season 7, week 9 challenges guide.s7w10challenges Jason Parker/CNET FreePlace a mounted turret or a damage trap in different matches (0/3)Search chests at Lazy Links or Dusty Divot (0/7)Assault rifle eliminations (0/3) – HardBattle PassDeal damage with scoped weapons to opponents (0/200)Get a score of 5 or more at the shooting gallery east of Wailing Woods (0/1)Visit expedition outposts in a single match (0/4) – HardHit an opponent with a chiller grenade or boogie bomb in different matches (0/3)How to place a mounted turret or a damage trap in different matchesPlacing traps and turrets is easy enough, but the challenge here is going to be about whether you can find these specific items. Just keep it in mind that when you find a mounted turret or a trap that does damage that you should just place it immediately. You’ll get the three required pretty quickly and you’ll barely have to try.How to search chests at Lazy Links or Dusty DivotThis has become a standard quest we see regularly, but it’s great that they give you the option of where to complete it. Both areas are flush with chests, but I suggest Dusty Divot over Lazy Links simply because it has zip lines so you can get out quickly when you’re done. Lazy Links is also a wide open space leaving you more exposed than the tree-covered Dusty Divot. Here’s a map pointing out both so you know where to go:fortnitemaplazydustyareasNote that these locations are pretty close together so you could start at Lazy Links, then finish up at Dusty Divot as the storm closes in. Jason Parker/CNET How to get assault rifle eliminationsDamage dealing challenges are easy to follow, but can be difficult to complete. Your best bet here is to play the Team Rumble large team mode because you can respawn if you get killed, so it should be pretty easy to get three eliminations in a game or two. Just seek out any assault rifle and start shooting.How to deal damage with scoped weapons to opponentsTo be honest, I’m pretty bad with sniper rifles, so this one would worry me if I had to actually get eliminations. Fortunately, it only requires you to deal damage to opponents, so all you need to do is grab a sniper rifle, scoped AR or the recently added scoped revolver and take a few body shots here and there to get credit. You only need to get 200 points of damage, so it shouldn’t take you too long.How to get a score of 5 or more at the shooting gallery east of Wailing Woods  This is just the first stage of a multi-stage quest where you’ll shoot targets from a platform. It might take a couple of tries on the first one, but by the time you go to the rest, you’ll likely be better at it. The second stage has you going to the shooting gallery north of Retail Row and the third to another that’s located east of Paradise Palms. They’re all on one side of the map and if you’re really efficient, you could possibly take them out in a single game. Here is where all three are located in order:fortnitemapshootinggalleriesYou don’t have to get all three in one match, but I think it’s possible if you have a vehicle. Jason Parker/CNET How to visit expedition outposts in a single match  I like landing at expedition outposts because there are always zip lines for a quick escape and you can often find X-4 Stormwings nearby. The challenge here is getting to four of them in a single match, so depending on which way the battle bus is flying, you’ll have to choose a path beforehand to get to all four. If you plan it, it shouldn’t take more than a couple tries to complete this one. Here are all the expedition outposts on the map:fortnitemapexpeditionoutpostsNote that the four in the upper left are the closest together, but you’ll have to see where the battle bus goes. Jason Parker/CNET How to hit an opponent with a chiller grenade or boogie bomb in different matchesThis is another challenge where you never know when you will find the item, so I’d suggest playing a bunch of Team Rumble games because you’ll have more chances in each match to land one hit. Note that it has to be done in different matches so only your first one in each will count toward the challenge. 0 Share your voice 2:42 Video Games Fortnitelast_img read more

PepsiCo offers olive branch to sued Gujarat potato farmers

first_imgA Pepsi truck is shown in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., September 26, 2016.Reuters fileThe legal battle between beverage behemoth PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt Ltd (PIH) and four farmers in Gujarat could soon be over. The Indian subsidiary of US food and beverages giant, PepsiCo India Holdings has now offered out of court settlement to four farmers of Sabarkantha district against whom it has slapped lawsuits. Pepsi co. earlier demanded Rs 1.05 crore from the four farmers namely Hari Patel, Bipin Patel, Chhabil Patel and Vinod Patel as “damages” for allegedly growing and selling a potato variety the FL 2027, also known as FC-5. Pepsi co. has registered this variety of potato under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Act, 2001. Notably, this variety is used in making PepsiCo’s chips iconic product Lay’s.During a hearing at the Ahmedabad court, the legal counsel representing PepsiCo indicated a possibility of out-of-court settlement. He told Judge MC Tyagi that the company would withdraw the case if farmers agreed to sign an agreement to buy the registered variety of FC-5 potato seeds and selling the produce to Pepsi only. The farmers have also been given the option of giving an undertaking that they would never buy and sow the said registered variety of FC-5 potato seeds in future. Pepsi is engaging with more than 1200 farmer in Gujarat for sowing and producing the FC-5 variety of potato. Representative ImagePixabayThe company spokesperson said “PepsiCo India has proposed to amicably settle with people who were unlawfully using seeds of its registered variety. PepsiCo has also proposed that they may become part of its collaborative potato farming program. This program gives them access to higher yields, enhanced quality, training in best-in-class practices and better prices. In case, they do not wish to join this program, they can simply sign an agreement and grow other available varieties of potatoes. It is significant to note that the company’s collaborative potato farming program is best in class and is built on strong backward and forward linkages that improve livelihoods by using protected seeds.”The decision for an out of court settlement now lies with the farmers. Meanwhile, the farmer’s legal counsel sought time till 12th June for filing their submission in the case. During this time, the court’s order of a stay on the farmers from growing and selling the potatoes stands till next hearing on 12th June. The case triggered an uproar among farmers’ leaders, activists and civil society representatives as they approached central and state government seeking intervention in support of farmers. They claimed that the farmers have not infringed any IPR rights of PepsiCo and the Section 39(1) of PPV&FR Act, 2001 entitled farmers in India to buy and sow seeds of any variety registered.last_img read more

Michael Browns Father Seeks New Investigation Into Killing

first_imgBy Jim Salter, The Associated PressOn the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., his father is urging the top St. Louis County prosecutor to reopen the investigation into the White police officer who fatally shot the Black and unarmed 18-year-old.Michael Brown Sr. spoke Aug. 9 outside the St. Louis County Justice Center.“Justice has not been served,” Brown, 41, said as he was surrounded by about three dozen supporters. “My son deserved to live a full life. But a coward with a badge … chose not to value his life.Michael Brown Sr. speaks to the media on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, the fifth anniversary of the death of his son, Michael Brown, in front of the justice center in Clayton, Mo. Brown asked St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell to re-examine the evidence in his son’s death in hopes of reopening the case. (Hillary Levin/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)“My son was murdered in cold blood, with no remorse and no medical treatment.”Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, St. Louis County’s first Black prosecutor, took office in January after his stunning defeat of seven-term incumbent Bob McCulloch.McCulloch drew criticism for his handling of the investigation into the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting. Detractors accused McCulloch of guiding the grand jury to its decision, announced three months later, not to indict Darren Wilson.The U.S. Department of Justice under then-President Barack Obama also declined to charge Wilson, who resigned in November 2014.In a statement to The Associated Press, Bell would not say if the case may be reopened but said his office “is doing everything we can to understand the underlying issues that contributed to the tragic death of Michael Brown.”The statement said Bell’s office is working with police “to implement policies and reforms that meaningfully address those issues, and help this community and this region heal.”Bell also is forming a special unit within his office to look at officer-involved shootings and potential cases of wrongful convictions.Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, also has urged Bell to reopen the case.Later Aug. 9, a few hundred people gathered for a memorial service on Canfield Drive at the shooting site. The service included 4 ½ minutes of silence, a symbolic reference to the 4 ½ hours Brown’s body remained on the street after the shooting.Brown and a friend were walking down the middle of Canfield Drive in 2014 when Wilson told them to move to the sidewalk. An exchange of words led to a fight inside Wilson’s SUV. Brown got out and began to ran, then turned around to face the officer.Wilson told investigators that he shot Brown — who was 6 feet, 4 inches tall and 290 pounds (131 kilograms) — in self-defense. Some people in the Canfield Green apartment complex near the shooting initially claimed Brown had his hands up in surrender, but the grand jury found no evidence to confirm that.The shooting led to weeks of protests that included looting and violent confrontations between demonstrators and police officers, many in riot gear and with military-style weapons. Protests escalated again after the grand jury announcement on Nov. 24, 2014. Wilson resigned days after the announcement.While the Justice Department declined to indict Wilson, it issued a report citing racial prejudice in the Ferguson Police Department and a municipal court system that made money through court fines and legal fees, costs largely borne by Black residents. A consent agreement signed in 2016 requires significant reforms.Bell, 44, is among a wave of progressive prosecutors elected in recent years. His office seeks alternatives to incarceration when possible, such as some non-violent drug crimes. He has ended prosecution of most marijuana possession cases and reduced use of cash bail.Bell would face no restrictions in re-examining Brown’s death for potential murder charges. Wilson was never charged and tried, so there is no double-jeopardy. There is no statute of limitations on filing murder charges.It would be unusual for a prosecutor to reopen an old case that’s been so thoroughly examined, but not unheard of. A Philadelphia prosecutor initially declined to charge actor Bill Cosby with sexual assault, but a new prosecutor was elected and Cosby was charged and convicted.last_img read more

Windows 10 version 1809 rollout to speed up

first_imgWindows 10 version 1809 rollout to speed up by Martin Brinkmann on December 27, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: December 30, 2018 – 19 commentsIt appears that Microsoft plans to increase the adoption of Windows 10 version 1809, the October 2018 Update, in the last week of December and going forward.Eagle-eyed users over on Ask Woody noticed that Microsoft updated KB4023814 recently. KB4023814 — Some versions of Windows 10 display a notification to install the latest version — describes how the Windows 10 Update Assistant may be launched on devices running earlier versions of Microsoft’s operating system to prompt users to upgrade to the new version.Microsoft enabled updates to the new feature update for Windows 10 already for users who click on the “check for updates” button in Windows Update or use other feature updates upgrading methods.KB4023814 suggests that Windows 10 users may get upgrade prompts automatically without them doing anything update related. In other words: the following prompt may be displayed on Windows 10 devices running pre-1809 versions of the operating system (note that the screenshot shows 1803, but that is because Microsoft has not updated it yet) even if an administrator does not check for updates manually.The feature update that will be offered to these devices is the October 2018 Update.This is not the first time that Windows 10 users ran into KB4023814. Back in March of 2018, we reported that Microsoft seemed to have pushed Windows 10 version 1709, the then latest version of Windows 10, to users devices. A bug forced the update on some devices at the timeThe prompt may be displayed to users; anyone who clicks on “update now” starts the upgrade to Windows 10 version 1809 on the device.Microsoft suggests two workarounds to avoid the Update Assistant prompt:Uninstall the update KB4023814. See Windows update uninstallation instructions here. You may also run C:\Windows10Upgrade\Windows10UpgraderApp.exe /ForceUninstall according to Microsoft.To suppress the notification, delete the folders C:\Windows\Updateassistant and C:\Windows10upgrade.The best option, however, is to delay Windows 10 feature updates to avoid that KB4023814 or new feature updates are installed in the first place. If you want to select the time machines are updated to the latest feature update for Windows 10, you need to block updates to do so.Now You: Which version of Windows do you run, if any?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 version 1809 rollout to speed upDescriptionIt appears that Microsoft plans to increase the adoption of Windows 10 version 1809, the October 2018 Update, in the last week of December and going forward.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more Direct integration to the American College of Radiology’s (ACR’s) Dose Index Registry (DIR) will be added in the coming months. This enhancement will eliminate manual data entry that is labor intensive and increases chance of error.For more information: www.infinittna.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 October 21, 2014 — Infinitt North America will be featuring Dose M 2.0 radiation dose tracking software at this year’s RSNA in Chicago. The new version expands the capture of dose data from multiple-modalities and can be integrated with radiology information systems (RIS), picture archive and communication systems (PACS) or electronic medical records (EMRs) to make dose information accessible as part of the patient record.The system:Supports multiple sources for diverse data acquisition supportCollects data using a wide variety of protocols and data formatsSupports legacy devices that don’t output dose dataProvides integrated statistical analysis by device for modality QC and QAProvides analytical tools by patient, by modality and by examinationPasses dose data to the iResults Speech Recognition module’s report template for easy, consistent reportingAutomatically notifies appropriate staff by email alert when dose exceeds defined threshold valuePasses dose data to EMR, RIS, hospital information systems (HIS) or other information systems News | Radiation Dose Management | May 31, 2019 Applications Open for ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical’s Safety FiRsT Grant Program The ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical Systems are now accepting applications for the 2019 Safety FiRsT grant program,… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Technology | October 21, 2014 Infinitt to Feature Dose M 2.0 Web-based Dose Management Software at RSNA 2014 Newest version supports multiple modalities, integrates with multiple information systemscenter_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Feature | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 | Niki Fitousi, Ph.D., and An Dedulle Can CT Image Truncation Cause False Dose Alerts? One of the main benefits of a radiation dose management system is the possibility to automatically generate alerts when… read more Related Content Figure 1: Example of an intentionally truncated CT image. The truncation percentage was calculated as the ratio of the patient border touching the field of view to the total patient border (red/(read+blue)). Image courtesy of Qaelum. News | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 Mirion Showcases Instadose2 Wireless Dual Detector Dosimeter at AAPM and AHRA Featuring dual detectors, the Instadose2 dosimeter addresses international requirements for independent deep [Hp(10)]… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | July 11, 2019 Fluke Biomedical Introduces RaySafe 452 Survey Meter Radiation measurement often requires different devices for varying applications, adding to the cost and complexity of… read more last_img read more

Cloudflares decentralized vision of the web InterPlanetary File System IPFS Gateway to

first_imgThe Cloudflare team has introduced Cloudflare’s IPFS Gateway which will make accessing content from the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) easy and quick without having to install and run any special software on a user’s computer. The gateway which supports new distributed web technologies is hosted at cloudflare-ipfs.com. The team asserts that this will lead to highly-reliable and security-enhanced web applications. A brief gist of IPFS When a user accesses a website from the browser, it tracks down the centralized repository for the website’s content. It then sends a request from the user’s computer to that origin server, and that server sends the content back to the user’s computer. However, this centralization mechanism makes it impossible to keep content online if the origin servers rolls back the data. If the origin server faces a downtime or the site owner decides to take down the data, the content stands unavailable. On the other hand, IPFS is a distributed file system that allows users to share files that will be distributed to other computers- throughout the networked file system. This means that a user’s content is stored on all the nodes of the network and data can be safely backed up. Key Differences between IPFS and the traditional Web #1 Free caching and serving of content IPFS provides free caching and serving of content. Anyone can sign up their computer to be a node in the system and start serving data. On the flipside, the traditional web relies on big hosting providers to store content and serve it to the rest of the web. Setting up a website with these providers costs money. #2 Content addressed data Rather than location-addressed data, IPFS focuses on content addressed data. In the traditional web, when a user navigates to a website, it fetches data stored at the websites IP address. The server sends back the relevant information from that IP. With IPFS, every single block of data stored in the system is addressed by a cryptographic hash of its contents. When a user requests for a piece of data in IPFS, they request it by its hash .i.e  content that has a hash value of, for example, QmXnnyufdzAWL5CqZ2RnSNgPbvCc1ALT73s6epPrRnZ1Xy Why is Cloudflare’s IPFS Gateway Important? The IPFS increases the resilience of the network. The content with a hash of-QmXnnyufdzAWL5CqZ2RnSNgPbvCc1ALT73s6epPrRnZ1Xy could be stored on dozens of nodes. So, if one of the nodes that was storing the content goes down, the network will just look for the content on another node. In addition to resilience, there is an automatic level of security introduced in the system. If the data requested by the user was tampered with during transit, the hash value the user gets will be different than the hash that he/she had asked for. This means that the system has a built-in way of knowing whether or not content has been tampered with. Users can access any of the billions of files stored on IPFS from their browser. Using Cloudflare’s gateway, they can also build a website hosted entirely on IPFS available to users at a custom domain name. Any website connected to IPFS gateway will be provided with a free SSL certificate. IPFS is embracing a new, decentralized vision of the web. Users will be able to create static web sites- containing information that cannot be censored by governments, companies, or other organizations- that are served entirely over IPFS. To know more about this announcement, head over to Cloudflare’s official Blog. Read Next 7 reasons to choose GraphQL APIs over REST for building your APIs Laravel 5.7 released with support for email verification, improved console testing Javalin 2.0 RC3 released with major updates!last_img read more

UBS model shows Brazil beating Argentina in World Cup final

first_imgRelated posts:Most Brazilians don’t want to host the World Cup Transport chaos, World Cup security fears hit Brazil Brazil tops Croatia in World Cup opener behind Neymar and a suspect call Costa Rica fans drive to Brazil in … The Chunche ZURICH – Brazil will win the soccer World Cup that starts next week, according to model run by UBS in response to client demand.The bank looks at three factors, including past performance and whether teams are playing at home, Zurich-based financial services company UBS said. The third is the Elo rating, a measure of team strength, also used by the international chess federation to rate players.“Brazil scores high on all three counts,” Andreas Hoefert, chief investment officer in Europe for UBS, said in this week’s newsletter to clients. “It is the top Elo-rated team ever to play in a World Cup, it has won the Cup five times; and obviously it is the host.”Hoefert came up with the model in 2006 after a cafeteria debate with fellow UBS economists about the outcome of the event that year, he said in an interview from New York on Friday. He first considered a broader range of data for competing nations, before ruling out economic indicators such as gross domestic product and unemployment rates.“In 2006, I defied expert consensus and forecast correctly that Italy would win,” Hoefert said in a report. “This gave me a bizarre six minutes of fame discussing football as an economist on CNN.”The UBS model, which didn’t predict Spain’s 2010 triumph, gives Brazil a more than 30 percent chance of winning the tournament, twice that of second-ranked Argentina. The host’s South American rival will vie with Spain to play Brazil in the final, according to UBS, which said West Germany’s 1974 squad is the only top Elo-rated team to have won the cup.Brazil is placed third in Fifa’s rankings published Thursday, behind Spain and Germany. The home team is expected to meet Germany in the semifinals, after beating Italy in the quarterfinals and the Netherlands in the second round, according to UBS.The second round “won’t be a walk in the park,” said Hoefert, who crunched the numbers in response to “ample demand” from clients.U.K. bookmaker Ladbrokes rates Brazil the 3-1 favorite. That means a successful $1 bet brings in $3 plus the original stake. Argentina is 4-1 with Germany at 5-1, according to its website.The outlook for Brazil would change if Uruguay finishes second in its group or France downs Germany in the quarterfinals, Hoefert said. In that scenario, “Brazil would face two of its historical nemeses before even reaching the final.”Uruguay beat Brazil on the latter’s home turf to win its second World Cup in 1950. France has defeated Brazil the last three times they met in the World Cup, including the final in 1998.“One might argue that such triviality shouldn’t concern us bank economists, at least not in our official function,” Hoefert said in the newsletter, which also deals with the U.S. ISM index, China’s manufacturing PMI, and euro-zone negative deposit rates.Not so. He referred to a recent conversation with Jorge Mariscal, chief investment officer at UBS Wealth Management. Mariscal, he said, pointed out that the World Cup could affect the short-term economic prospects of host Brazil, which is going for a sixth championship. The bank published a report on Friday saying that organizational or athletic failures during the tournament could provoke a popular backlash that could hurt Brazil’s economy and disrupt politics.Hoefert, who is Swiss, said he’s rooting for his team even though his model shows it only has a 52 percent chance of qualifying for the second round.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more