first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Highway 97 through the Pine Pass.The warning issued early Tuesday says an intense frontal system is moving through B.C. producing significant snowfall over the Northern Rockies.Environment Canada says the region could see 10 to 15 cm of snow Tuesday morning before the front moves southeast. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Snowfall warnings are issued when significant snowfall is expected. Periods of snow rexpected to start around 10pm tonight throughout the #FortGeorge area. Slippery scts can be expected on #BCHwy16 & #BCHwy97 as 2-4 cms r expected to fall overnight. The precip is expected to turn to rain in the am around #CityofPG area, but is expected to stay as— YRB Fort George Ltd (@YRBFortGeorge) December 11, 2018In the North Peace, the forecast says we could see 2 to 4 cm of snow.  For updates on highway conditions, visit www.drivebc.caSee the full warning below.Issued at 2018-12-11 14:27 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.An intense frontal system moving through BC is producing significant snowfall over the northern Rockies. 10 to 15 cm of snow is forecast this morning before the front moves southeast and weakens.center_img Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Rabat – Former Member of Parliament for the Justice and Development Party, Abdelaziz Aftati, has publicly stated that the decision to dismiss Benkirane is an attempt to divide the PJD. In his comment about the King’s decision to dismiss Abdelilah Benkirane, following five months of unsuccessful negotiations to form a coalition government, Aftati, the former MP known for his audacious statements, declared that the dismissal is an attempt to create disharmony within the Justice and Development Party.Aftati explained that appointing another member of the party to head the government and lead the negotiations “will not change anything about the matter.” He noted that “Benkirane is the Justice and Development Party, and the Justice and Development Party is Benkirane.” The former MP asserted that this decision will take the party back to its previous demands, represented by including the Independence Party and forming the government with a different set of conditions.Reacting to the communiqué from the Royal Cabinet announcing the King’s dismissal of Benkirane, Aftati pointed out that the message of the communiqué clearly states that Benkirane was “the problem” in the political deadlock that Morocco has experienced since the appointment of Benkirane as Head of the Government. He further asserted that this decision is “not reasonable” and that “there is no democratic transition anymore.”Following five months of negotiations with different political parties, Abdelilah Benkirane was unable to break the coalition deadlock and form a government. Following his return to Morocco after his tour of African countries, the King was briefed on the current situation regarding the impasse. It was at that point that the King made the decision to dismiss Abdelilah Benkirane from his position, according to the communiqué from the Royal Cabinet.In his place, the King has decided to appoint another member from the Party of Justice and Development to form the new coalition government, according to the same source. read more

16 December 2010The Security Council today set up a “significantly scaled-down” United Nations operation in Burundi to help the Central African country as it embarks on the latest stage of its recovery from decades of civil war and ethnic fighting. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body mandated the new UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) to run for an initial 12-month period, starting on 1 January 2011, to support the Government in strengthening the independence, capacities and legal frameworks of key national institutions, in particular the judiciary and parliament; promoting dialogue between national actors; fighting impunity and protecting human rights.The new office is the latest in a series of UN operations in a country where hundreds of thousands of people perished in largely ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis even before it gained independence from Belgium in 1962. It will replace the current UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) in accordance with recommendations in Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the operation there.In its resolution, the Council urged the Government – with the support of BNUB and other international partners – to redouble its efforts to reform the security sector and political, economic and administrative governance, tackle corruption, and promote human rights by swiftly establishing a National Independent Human Rights Commission. It welcomed the progress that Burundi has made towards peace, stability and development but noted with “great concern” reports of continuing human rights violations, in particular extra-judicial killings and torture, and restrictions on civil liberties such as the freedom of expression, association and assembly of opposition parties and civil society organizations.In his report, Mr. Ban noted that despite significant progress in moving away from its violent past, security, food, human rights and sexual violence remain matters of concern. “I am deeply concerned about signs of a returning climate of impunity, the resurgence of acts of torture, intimidation, extrajudicial executions and arrests of opposition members, as well as restrictions on the freedom of expression and assembly,” he wrote.In recommending the new office, the Secretary-General pointed out that the scaling down of the former UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) to BINUB in 2006 created significant tension among national staff, with one group of former staff members still demanding reparations for various reasons, including wrongful dismissal, staging demonstrations, destroying UN property and threatening to kidnap UN staff. He urged the Government of Burundi to work closely with the United Nations to assist BINUB national staff in their transition to either the public or the private sector in order to reduce the risk of a similar reaction to BINUB’s closure.Burundi was the first country, together with Sierra Leone, to be targeted by the UN Peacebuilding Commission when it was launched in 2006 to provide financial, economic and other support to prevent countries emerging from conflict from relapsing back into bloodshed. The Council today also welcomed that body’s continued role. read more

Women and youth have the capacity to spur economic growth and reduce poverty in the world’s least development country if given access to education, employment and health, including family planning services, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says in a report unveiled today.Girls are often overlooked when investments in social services, including education and health, are made, according to the report, entitled Population Dynamics and Poverty in the LDCs: Challenges and Opportunities for Development and Poverty Reduction, made public at the ongoing Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Istanbul, Turkey.“Empowering women and girls starts with improved access to reproductive health care and family planning,” said Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA’s Executive Director. “Too many teenage girls become mothers, too many die giving birth, too many drop out of school, too many are abused and discriminated against in their daily lives.”“When girls are educated, healthy and can avoid child marriage, unintended pregnancy and HIV, they can contribute fully to their societies’ battles against poverty,” said Dr. Osotimehin. “In a world of 7 billion, every person, especially women and girls, should enjoy human rights and human dignity, and have the opportunity to make the most of their potential.”He stressed that investing in reproductive health services empowers women to make decisions on the spacing and number of their children, and increases their opportunities for employment.“The investments would also reduce maternal death and lead to smaller families with more resources to pour into the health and education of each child. This virtuous cycle helps families, communities and nations escape poverty,” said Dr. Osotimehin.In an interview with UN Radio, Dr. Osotimehin stressed that a link can be made between high population growth and poverty.“What we at the UNFPA advocate with governments is that they should empower women, ensure that girls get good education so they are enlightened to make choices about their lives, and can also ensure that they can have the number of children they can look after,” he said.He also pointed that governments can take advantage of youthful populations to accelerate economic growth by creating job opportunities and supporting their entrepreneurial skills. “Going forward that is my advice and advocacy to governments [in] these kinds of situations,” he added.The world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion on 31 October, of which 855 million will be living in the LDCs, many of which continue to face major challenges in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The LDCs have high infant mortality rates, child and maternal death and high HIV prevalence as a result of lack of reproductive health care, including family planning.High fertility rates means that the number of people living in LDCs will double to 1.7 billion by 2050, making it more difficult for those countries to increase or maintain per capita spending on essential services, such as health and education. 10 May 2011Women and youth have the capacity to spur economic growth and reduce poverty in the world’s least development country if given access to education, employment and health, including family planning services, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says in a report unveiled today. read more

Mr. Ban met with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s annual general debate, discussing nuclear issues, human rights, and regional and international issues, including recent developments in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.Iran’s full cooperation with relevant Security Council resolutions on its nuclear programme is particularly important, Mr. Ban said, according to information provided by his spokesperson after the meeting with the Iranian leader.Iran has repeatedly stated that its nuclear programme is for the peaceful purpose of providing energy, but many countries contend it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons and last year the Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions against it, citing the proliferation risks of its nuclear programme and Iran’s continued failure to cooperate with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).The issue has been of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).During today’s meeting with Mr. Ahmadinejad, Mr. Ban emphasized the importance of respecting fundamental civil and political rights and encouraged Iran to make further efforts in this regard.He added he was disappointed that Iranian authorities had executed a juvenile offender earlier this week, echoing the concerns expressed by a series of independent United Nations human rights experts. Referring to Mr. Ahmadinejad’s address to the Assembly yesterday, Mr. Ban stressed that the UN should be respected as a forum for promoting tolerance, mutual respect and cross-cultural understanding and that any comments questioning historical facts such as the Holocaust or the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks were unacceptable.The Secretary-General also expressed appreciation to Mr. Ahmadinejad for the Iranian people’s generous support to the victims of the ongoing famine in Somalia, and he reiterated his welcome of the release earlier this week from an Iranian prison of two United States nationals. 23 September 2011The dispute over the status of Iran’s nuclear programme can only be resolved “through a negotiated political solution that restores international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature” of the programme, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today. read more

Brock Days are coming, and it is once again time for the annual celebration known as Fine Food, Fine Wine, Fine Arts.The event, held in conjunction with Brock Days and the Niagara Wine Festival, includes top Niagara chefs such as Jan Willem Stulp, Eric Peacock and Tony de Luca. It also features award-winning wineries such as Staff Estate Winery, Jackson Triggs, Inniskillin Wines and Mike Weir Estate Winery.Suitcase in Point Theatre Company will once again bring live art in disguise for the event.The event will be Thursday, Sept. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pond Inlet. Tickets are $89 and available by calling the Centre for the Arts at 905-688-5550 x3257.For more information, contact Marie Reimer at 905-688-5550 x3860 or mreimer@brocku.ca read more

The demonstration took place in Sarajevo, where more than 1,000 people, mostly Bosnian Muslims, marched peacefully through the streets to protest the recent violence by Bosnian Serbs near mosques in the towns of Banja Luka and Trebinje, according to spokesman Fred Eckhard.During the march, which lasted until the early hours of this morning, local police “performed their duties effectively,” Mr. Eckhard said, adding that Bosnia and Herzegovina has been quieter over the past 24 hours, despite some isolated incidents of tensions between Serbs and Muslims.Mr. Eckhard also announced that the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Judge Claude Jorda, plans to address a conference in Sarajevo on Saturday concerning proposals to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Bosnia and Herzegovina. “He is expected to say that the Tribunal could encourage such a body, provided that its work will be complementary to the Tribunal’s mandate,” Mr. Eckhard said.The Tribunal was set up in 1993 to prosecute persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia since 1991. This week marked the fifth anniversary of the court’s first trial — the case against Dusan Tadic, which began on 7 May 1996. Since his trial, 21 other individuals have been tried, and 10 more trials are currently under way. read more

“We are living in a very crucially important time. Thus, your responsibility and your engagement and your vision will be very important, particularly for faculty members and professors,” Mr. Ban said in his address, as he wrapped up his week-long visit to China.In 2000, world leaders gathered at the UN and adopted a blueprint that came to be known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), aiming to, among others, provide fair opportunities, enhance opportunities for education, and improve healthcare, all by 2015.“Thanks in large measure to China, we have met one goal – cutting in half the abject poverty level in half by 2015,” Mr. Ban said, explaining that the target had in fact been achieved by 2010, according to World Bank statistics. “That is owing to China’s great efforts, so we were able to lift out of poverty half of the population.”“But there are many other issues…which all countries must get on board for. We are working very hard,” said Mr. Ban, acknowledging that many of the MDGs would have to be carried over in the new development agenda as they would not be met. “That is why we are aiming for 2030,” for achievement of the emerging sustainable development goals.“There is much unfinished business. Too many countries and vulnerable people are being left behind,” he said, underscoring that it has become clear that the UN family must give greater attention to pressing issues central to success in the 21st century, including climate change, inequality, the rule of law, violence against women and the impact of disasters and many conflicts. Stressing that the difficult way ahead would require “a global vision,” he cited a raft of challenges that must be addressed, including the “the tragedy in Syria,” where more than 150,000 people have been killed, and the continuing conflicts in South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Moreover, the Secretary-General continued, the impacts of climate change are already with us “and will affect generations to come unless we take immediate action now.”“You will soon inherit the responsibility, while we are doing our best to make this planet Earth more sustainable, soon it will become your responsibility…The torch will be given to you,” he said, adding specifically that the world’s youth would become the environmental activists who fight pollution, promote renewable energy and deliver a low-carbon growth model to combat climate change.He went on to appeal to the students to evince the calm, compassion, cooperation and courage to recognize that the global logic of the times requires that all “work together for peace and a life of dignity for all.” “This world has become one family of nations. So my message is that you must be a global citizen, having a global vision.”Later in the day, at a lunch on Maternal and Child Health hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the National Health and Family Planning Commission, the Secretary-General again noted China’s significant progress towards the MDGs, including by placing a priority on healthy mothers and healthy children. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pays a visit to the Zhou Bin Calligraphy Culture Institute and attends the opening of the Shanghai Municipal Centre for Maternal and Child Health Every Woman Every Child in Shanghai, China. UN Photo/Mark Garten ‹ › “China is one of the few countries to already meet the Goal on child mortality. We must work to spread these successes to every woman and child – everywhere,” he continued, adding that China had been one of the first countries to commit to his “Every Woman, Every Child” initiative and to support the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.Success on these fronts now and in the future depends on five factors, he said, citing: strong leadership at the highest levels; the commitment of multi-stakeholder partners at the country level; predictable financing; accountability for resources and results; and innovation.“These are the core principles of Every Woman, Every Child,” he said, noting that much progress has been made but there is still a long way to go, especially in improving well-being for the hardest to reach.As a developing country, China has a major role to play in sharing its many valuable experiences, particularly through South-South collaboration. The Chinese private sector has some of the world’s most innovative minds, spurring unprecedented growth, he said.“In this room we have leaders from the pharmaceutical industry, agriculture, finance, the media, energy companies, academia and health practitioners. The opportunities for fruitful collaborations are plentiful,” said the UN chief, stressing that securing the health of women and children is vital for sustainable development and a life of dignity for all. read more

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The Price Elks Lodge #1550 Sub for Santa Golf Tournament will take place on Sunday, Aug. 4. The tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.The entry free is $160 per four-person team, excluding cart rental and green fees. The format will be a scramble.Following the tournament, participants are invited to a lunch served at the lodge complete with prizes and drawings.The Price Elks Lodge #1550 is currently accepting gift certificates or prizes as well as sponsors for various holes and contests. For more information on donating or registering your team, please call (435) 637-1550 or (435) 820-2792. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMurder of Sophia labourer: Prime suspects in custodyNovember 18, 2017In “Crime”Sophia labourer shot dead in row ‘over female’- PoliceNovember 4, 2017In “Crime”24-Y-0 charged with murder of Sophia of BusinessmanJuly 10, 2015In “Crime” A 31-year-old Sophia, East Coast Demerara resident was on Tuesday morning charged for the murder of 24-year-old Jamal Munroe which occurred on November 3, 2017.Travis Cleveland called “Spin and Kill” of Lot 337 South Sophia, East Coast Demerara pleaded not guilty when he was read the murder charge before Magistrate Alicia George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.Dead: Jamal MunroeIt is alleged that on the day in question, Munroe, a labourer of “C” Field Sophia,  was shot and killed following a prolonged rivalry with the alleged suspect, an 18-year-old accomplice and his [Munroe’s] family members.According to reports, Munroe sustained gunshot wounds to his legs, upper hand and lower back. He died while receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital.His alleged shooter, who has been identified as 18-year-old Mark Ferrel, then evaded Police and went into hiding. However, he was subsequently taken into custody along with Cleveland.The rivalry between the dead man and the suspects started some time ago following a reported gambling disagreement.Monroe who was no stranger to the law, was facing multiple armed robbery charges before the courts.Cleveland was remanded and is expected to re-appear on December 20, 2017. read more

A four storey hotel in Central India collapsed on Saturday night killing 10 people and leaving three severely injured.The Associated Press reported that rescuers worked tirelessly through the night and the wee hours of this morning to pull 10 people from then debris of the fallen building located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh State.It is being reported that some five people may still be trapped under the rubble.The old building reportedly came thumbing down when a car smashed into the front portion of it.The hotel with 25 rooms was located in the commercial hub of Indore, close to railway and bus stations. Indore is around 900 kilometers (560 miles) south of New Delhi.Building collapses are common in India as builders try to cut corners by using substandard materials, and as multi-story structures are erected with inadequate supervision.The massive demand for housing around India’s cities and pervasive corruption often result in builders adding unauthorized floors or putting up illegal buildings.In August 2017, 33 people were killed when an apartment building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndia train crash: 100 killed in derailment near KanpurNovember 20, 2016In “latest news”Italy bridge: Genoa motorway collapse kills 35August 14, 2018In “World”5 injured as hotel building collapses in Jamaica…stop order placed on constructionMay 11, 2016In “latest news” read more

first_img By Conor Gallagher Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 3:18 PM Short URL Image: Sam Boal 18,138 Views Image: Sam Boal No Comments Share12 Tweet Email Feb 21st 2017, 3:18 PM A MAN WHO has received six jail sentences for rape and sexual assault over the last 25 years will remain on bail pending sentence for sexually assaulting a woman on the DART.Paul Moore (51) assaulted the victim, an au pair, in 2014 as she was travelling home from college. Gardaí examined CCTV footage of the incident but Moore was not recognised on the video until two years later.In the meantime, he sexually assaulted two women in separate incidents in the city centre after stopping them in the street and asking them for a cigarette. In 2015, he was jailed for 15 months for these attacks.In that case, Judge Martin Nolan noted Moore “has a predisposition to violence towards women which manifests as rape and sexual assault”.His other offences include raping a musician in 2001, for which he received ten years and raping another woman in 1995, for which he received seven years.Guilty pleaMoore of Mountjoy Square, Dublin , pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the woman on the southside DART on 28 August 2014.Moore’s defence counsel, Breffni Gordon BL, said he had spent a significant portion of his life in prison.Counsel said there were conflicting opinions on what caused Moore to commit these crimes. One psychiatric report blamed a head injury he received in 1982 while another blamed an “organic personality disorder”.Today, Mr Gordon asked the court to hear from Moore’s case officer in the Probation Service to see if Moore could “deal with his problems” without going to prison.Judge Melanie Greally said Moore’s inability to desist from offending, no matter what punishment was imposed, was a matter of real concern to the court.AdjournedShe adjourned sentencing until Monday when she will hear from the case officer and remanded Moore on continuing bail. The judge said any sentence would have to “maximise the ability of the services to supervise Moore”.Garda Peter Brown told James Dwyer BL, prosecuting, that Moore sat near the young woman on the DART and started making small talk. He then moved to the seat beside her and began commenting on her clothes.Moore had a toy turtle in his hand which he said he found on the ground. He said he was looking for a child to give it to.He told her, “you probably think I’m crazy” and asked why she was laughing even though she wasn’t.The woman tried to ignore the man but he kept talking to her. He began to touch her breasts and then pulled at her trousers. He stopped when another passenger sat near them.The woman got off the DART before her stop because she didn’t want Moore to know where she lived.Garda Brown circulated CCTV of the incident but no one recognised Moore. However, when he did so again in 2016, Moore was recognised and arrested. He accepted it was him on the CCTV but said he could not remember the incident.Moore’s defence counsel said he lived a very isolated life and had been disowned by his family. He works one day a week in a charity shop.Comments are closed as the case is still before the courts.Read: Israeli soldier sentenced to 18 months for shooting dead injured Palestinian> Convicted rapist who assaulted woman on Dart remains on bail The man is set to be sentenced for sexually assaulting the woman. https://jrnl.ie/3250014 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgJapon : la centrale de Fukushima hors de contrôleAlors que d’autres incidents se sont produits cette nuit à la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima, un nouveau séisme, de magnitude 6 sur l’échelle de Richter, a frappé l’est du Japon ce matin.Le cauchemar semble ne jamais se terminer pour la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima, qui voit les accidents se succéder depuis le violent séisme et le tsunami qui ont frappé le nord-est du Japon vendredi 11 mars.Cette nuit, un nouvel incendie a été détecté au niveau du réacteur n°4. Un hélicoptère a décollé pour déverser de l’eau sur ce réacteur. Une première explosion et un incendie s’y étaient déjà produits dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, alors que les deux derniers réacteurs de la centrale, les n°5 et n°6, donnaient des signes de surchauffe hier matin. Par ailleurs, le gouvernement japonais a reconnu que l’enceinte de confinement du réacteur n°3 était endommagée. Une fumée blanche s’en dégageait dans la matinée.Cinquante personnes qui travaillent près des réacteurs depuis six jours pour trouver des solutions et éviter une catastrophe avaient dû évacuer en raison d’une hausse du niveau de radiation. Mais l’ordre d’évacuation a été levé ce matin.Si l’Agence internationale à l’énergie atomique reste prudente, le commissaire européen à l’Energie, Günther Oettinger, parle d’”apocalypse” et estime que les autorités ont totalement perdu le contrôle de la centrale : “Je n’exclue pas le pire dans les heures et les jours à venir”, a-t-il déclaré à France Info. Pendant ce temps, les autorités japonaises affirment que les niveaux de radioactivité ne sont dangereux que sur le site de la centrale, autour des quatre réacteurs endommagés.Le 16 mars 2011 à 09:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Navy pilot rescued after plane crashes near Key West

first_imgThe victim was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center as a precaution.The incident is currently under investigation.The pilot was taken to the hospital for evaluation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A Navy pilot has been rescued after his aircraft went down near Key West.According to the Naval Air Station, the pilot ejected from his F5-N Tiger II tactical fighter aircraft about 20 nautical miles southeast of Naval Air Station Key West.Officials said the pilot was recovered by a Coast Guard helicopter at around 1:15 p.m., Wednesday.The video of the rescue was released later in the day.Officials said, the aircraft crashed into the ocean while conducting training operations off the Florida coast.Report of the jet’s downing came in at 12:38 p.m.The pilot has not been identified, but it was reported that the pilot did not have significant injuries. last_img read more

first_img From what we can tell, the Pixel 4’s motion sense is still relatively limited — music playback, snoozing and muting calls is a ways away from the completely touchless future we all aspire towards. But for Google to put this in its next flagship and not, say, a Pixel 4A where the stakes are lower, I expect it to work more reliably and smoothly than Samsung and LG’s implementations even with its limitations.With low Pixel phone sales year over year, not only must the Pixel 4’s motion sense be persuasive enough for Google to remain competitive in the phone industry, it must work exceptionally well to stay two steps ahead of Apple. Looking to the future is one thing, but executing it well enough is a different kind of success that Google both wants and needs.  27 Photos Google Tags The upcoming Pixel 4. Google After it bucked the rumor mill and “leaked” an official image of the Pixel 4 in June, Google continued its unorthodox strategy by dropping a 22-second video about the Pixel 4 on Monday, way before its anticipated October launch. The video and accompanying blog showed off two new features of the phone: face unlock (similar to Apple’s Face ID) and motion sense — the latter of which lets you “skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls” by waving a hand in front of the phone’s embedded radar chip. It’s a feature we don’t need but deeply want, judging by the number of gestural interface referenced in sci-fi movies such as Minority Report.My first conscious encounter with touchless controls was with the iMotion CarPlay Direct Connect. Created by Monster Cable in 2011, it was a car charger that plugged into a cigarette lighter and let me control my iPod or iPhone. By waving my hand left or right in front of its motion sensor, I could skip and pause songs without having to pick up my iPod. But it was incredibly bulky and unreliable. Sometimes it wouldn’t register my motions at all, but it would maddeningly pause my music any time I reached for a drink in my cup holder. Still, I told just about everybody who stepped into my car what I used it for, and continued to use the stupid thing for a solid month before I became too frustrated and packed it away in my center console to collect dust.  9 Comments Now playing: Watch this:center_img 7:21 Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL look familiar, but are more affordable Google spills the beans on the Pixel 4 Share your voice Mobile Phones But touchless controls are compelling and the idea of using them with our computers, TVs, home appliances and phones still endures. And for people with a mobility or physical disability, gesture controls can be even more of a boon. By getting rid of physical barriers, our interactions with technology becomes that much more frictionless, and transforms into something both natural and supernatural. To reach a point where we can intuitively control a device with our bodies or minds is the ideal, and the end result will feel something not unlike magic. That’s why I forgave that touchless car charger for so long: It gave me a flawed but alluring glimpse of a future that we’ve been inching towards.And inching we are. Currently, Samsung is working on software that lets you control its smart TVs with your brain, Comcast wants you to change the TV channel with your eyes and we may be soon navigating Netflix with our eyes too. Phone companies, which make perhaps the most handled and looked-at devices in our daily lives, are also keen on gestural interfaces. We’re far from the day when we can type out text messages with our eyes, accept or reject calls with a simple nod or shake of our heads, or remotely trigger a phone’s camera shutter with a literal snap of our fingers. But companies are trying. Back in 2013, Samsung equipped its Galaxy S4 with Air Gesture. By slowly gliding your whole hand over the phone’s camera, you could navigate through photos in the Gallery. It was limited and worked slowly, and the feature never quite took off. soli-pixel-4-sensor-max-1000x1000The Pixel 4’s front-facing array includes a radar chip. Google In that same vein, the more recent LG G8 ThinQ has Air Motion. Equipped with an IR sensor and transmitter, the G8 can track and read hand movements. By pinching your fingers and thumbs together, you can swipe to launch certain apps, pause or play media. And you can adjust the volume by miming a twist of a jog dial. Novel as it may be, the feature is clumsy to use and LG didn’t feature it in its following LG V50 ThinQ. (Though who knows, LG may include it in the G8’s successor.)Apple is yet another high-profile phone maker reportedly working on a touchless interface. In April 2018, Bloomberg reported that the tech giant was working on a way to control some phone tasks by moving your finger closer to the screen. The technology would build off Apple’s 3D Touch, which calls up additional controls and menu items based on how hard you press the display.last_img read more

first_img The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix UniverseSeason Two Made Iron Fist Cool… How Did That Happen? A short teaser for Netflix and Marvel’s upcoming Defenders series made its way onto the internet this morning. It doesn’t show much, but the timestamp in the corner appears to reveal its premiere date. The teaser doesn’t show much. It’s just security camera footage from the inside of an elevator. The original video was even called “Midland Circle Security Elevator B.” You’d never know it was promoting a new Marvel property until you watch it.As the image fades in, the four people standing in the elevator begin to look very familiar. It quickly becomes clear that the passengers are Matt Murdock, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and… Danny Rand. Yeah, he’s here too. This crossover series was planned long before we knew just how terrible Iron Fist was. Fortunately, everyone else in the elevator is so cool; I’m willing to put up with Danny if it means seeing Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Power Man team up.The original video has since been taken down by Netflix for some reason, but this is the internet. Once something gets out, it’s out. Especially when it’s a hotly anticipated Marvel series.There are a few intriguing things about this teaser. The first is that Matt Murdock isn’t wearing his Daredevil costume. He has on his everyday lawyer clothes, and a makeshift mask covering his face. Did he not have time to change into the suit? Did he not want to be the only one in costume when everyone else fights crime in street clothes? The other is how exhausted and pissed they all look. It’s possible that this is hinting at something that comes later in the season. Each hero looks like they’ve been through hell to get to this elevator. Where are they going? Who knows? Does it have something to do with The Hand? Maybe Madame Gao will finally get her turn as a proper villain. We’ll have to wait to find out.That’s the other exciting thing about this teaser. We now know exactly how long we have to wait. Watch the time stamp in the corner after Jessica Jones destroys the security camera. If that’s anything to go by, we can expect to see The Defenders on August 18, 2017.That’s not the only number that matters either. In the top left corner of the video, you can see Paste that into your web browser, and you’ll be taken to nybulletin.com. It’s a fake newspaper site filled with hints regarding the plot of the upcoming series. The main story is an interview with the Meachum siblings from Iron Fist. Look at the archives on the bottom of the page, and you’ll find some interesting headlines. Luke Cage is in jail. Daredevil hasn’t shown up in a while. And then there’s the story about Patsy Walker. That’s Trish in Jessica Jones. What houseguest could that paper be referring to? Will we see Trish suit up as Hellcat in the series?The most recent cover gives us a little more information about the elevator we saw The Defenders waiting in. Midland Circle is a new highrise in Manhattan. It’s not a stretch to imagine that the villains of the series are behind its construction. Given the rest of the page, could it have something to do with the Meachums? The Crackpot scientist story seems to hint at Kun Lun as well. Man, I really hope there’s not too much Iron Fist in this series. Or if there is, I hope it’s handled better.Also the ad for Colleen Wing’s dojo leads to its own website with an amazing video advertising The Wing Way. Everything about it is great and further demonstrates that Colleen Wing needs her own series. Unfortunately, at this point, her site seems to be an ad for Iron Fist. Oh well, it’s still better than the actual show. Oh, and an ad on that page links to Ward Meachum’s LinkedIn profile. How deep does this thing go? Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgThe introduction of downloadable games to consoles and the now common always-on Internet connections in our homes has seen the way in which we are offered video game content change. We still purchase a game for a set price on a physical disc or as a download, but then publishers offer DLC on top of that to increase revenue.DLC can be controversial. In some cases you are paying for extra content and features that really should have shipped with the original game, and inevitably it ends up being rather expensive when the Game of the Year edition of a title arrives including it all. However, don’t expect DLC to disappear, in fact we can expect it to become more prevalent.EA is the prime example of why DLC is here to stay. This year the publisher is claiming that it will make $1 billion from DLC purchases alone. So what does that mean? EA is clearly going to offer more and more DLC for its games. The just released Madden NFL 15 is proof of that.Madden NFL 15 costs $60 to purchase and EA believes it will generate around $300 million in sales. But that’s just for the base game. DLC comes in the form of Madden 15 Ultimate Team purchases, which covers everything from players and playbooks to the jerseys those players wear and the stadiums they play in. At least $50 million in revenue is expected from Ultimate Team DLC purchases, but EA believes some gamers will spend far more on DLC than the original game cost. They’ve also clearly stated the opportunity here is to get “more dollars per unit.”I find this concerning because of what it ultimately may lead to. If gamers are spending more than the original game cost on DLC, publishers will only push for more content to be offered after purchase, meaning you get less up front for that $60 outlay. Sports games may class as a special case in this instance, but that wont stop EA experimenting with it in other genres (e.g. Dead Space 3 introduced more DLC and micro-transactions), and if it works as well, others will follow.last_img read more

first_img Register Now » 4 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag January 15, 2018 This promises to be a year of confusion in the tech world. Less than two weeks in, and we’re already mired in this chip flaw madness, while the continued rise in Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies is concerning. What’s a sure thing? Driverless cars? Quantum computing? Nobody knows.I could go down the list, but I’m feeling a little déjà vu. In the late ’90s, those who questioned a stupid idea or trend were immediately told they did not “get it.” We were in a “new economy” where everything had changed, after all.What didn’t change was an economic collapse when reality set in. Having dog food shipped to your house by Pets.com was not viable as a business model. It folded.How is that different from what Amazon is doing today with Amazon Prime? You join Amazon Prime for $99 a year and get all sorts of free benefits including video streaming of movies and free two-day shipping of everything imaginable. Only creative bookkeeping makes it work. Hello 1999. I won’t even bother with the Webvan parallels.Then there is the mania over driverless cars. According to one observer at CES, if you weren’t there with some driverless car technology, you might as well have stood in the corner.Driverless cars will only work in a crime-free, vandal-free world. Don’t kid yourself, these devices have decades to go. It’s not because of the car tech. It’s because computers are still stupid and can easily be fooled when placed in the real world to navigate and interact on their own.Onward to the most dubious of all technologies: quantum computing. Nobody can ever explain it in a way that doesn’t make you draw back your head and flash a sour look on your face. I have listened to the theoretical angles about this so-called technology and, afterwards, felt I was just in a game of three-card monte.I spent a long time talking to one of the most knowledgeable reporters who has covered the technology from the outset and he still doesn’t know what to make of it and whether the inventors are sincere, deluded or just full of it. It’s impossible to tell. Yet, Intel and others are jumping on board “just in case.”Perhaps the most amazing hoax ever perpetrated since Piltdown man is Bitcoin, all the other cryptocurrencies and the blockchain hoo-hah.We were all fools not to buy it when one bitcoin was 50 cents. That much I will agree on. But would we be holding on forever? Who knows? For years I have equated Bitcoin with the Beanie Babies phenomenon; its collapse foretold the dot-com collapse. At least a Beanie Baby had an intrinsic worth, that of a small plaything for kids. Bitcoin has removed anything intrinsic. All it has is perceived value. You cannot play with a Bitcoin, you cannot melt them down, you cannot use them as a toy or art. They are magic dust.But mention this to a Bitcoin fanatic, and I’m told I “don’t get it.” Hello, 1999.I’ve heard there is a Bitcoin vending machine someplace, but I cannot imagine what a hassle it would be to use. It’s nuts. But through the mechanism of mass hysteria, they are worth a fortune and going higher in value.How long can this go on? If the scene has locked on to the late 1990’s groove of insanity, it’s possible that we are in an analog of 1998 and can maybe make it through the year without a collapse. But looking at the start of the year, I doubt it. Smoke, meet mirror. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more


first_imgEconomy airfare from Australia (Syd/Mel/Bne/Per) to Dubai with flexible return available to spend more time in beautiful Sharm el SheikhTransfers throughout included (from Dubai airport to the port and from port of Dubai to the airport, transfers from Sharm el Sheikh airport to the port and from Sharm el Sheikh port to the airport)Meals & entertainment on board MSC Armonia & MSC Lirica (including Captain’s cocktail party and gala dinner)Commence your cruise on board MSC Lirica visiting Dubai, Abu Dhabi and fabulous ancient Arabian ports including Muscat, Khasab and Khor al Fakkan. By air we will transport you to Egypt for hopping on board MSC Armonia and discovering the world’s most important historical sites, from the Dead Sea to the Great Pyramids or the Sphinx.For full terms and conditions please click here to view the flyers. MSC cruisesReturn flight + 14 night cruise from $AUD 3536ppFantastic fly/cruise package including: Source = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more