It has been speculated for while now that the Galaxy Note 10 will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack. Samsung has already done this on some mid-range devices like the recent Galaxy M40, so it would be a surprising move. If this is true, the Galaxy Note 10 would be the first flagship from Samsung to come without a jack. This week, photos published by the FCC seem to confirm that the Galaxy Note 10+ model will indeed lose the 3.5mm headphone jack.We have seen renders of the Galaxy Note 10 in the past that made us speculate that Samsung would axe the headphone jack and this has now been confirmed by the US certification website. The photos are of the Galaxy Note 10+, but one would assume the regular Note 10 will also launch minus a 3.5mm jack.In order to help with the transition towards a jack-less future, Samsung will likely bundle the Galaxy Note 10 retail box with a Type-C wired earphones. Additionally, we are also hearing rumours that Samsung will unveil Type-C noise cancelling headphones alongside the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7. Earlier this week, some official Galaxy Note 10 photos leaked out, revealing the design of the Note flagship from the front, back and sides. The images all but confirm a centered punch-hole cutout on the display, vertical triple camera setup, in-display fingerprint sensor and a new gradient colour option. In addition to the 3.5mm headphone jack, Samsung may also drop either the power button or Bixby key.The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ will be unveiled on August 7 at an Unpacked event in New York. The regular Note device is said to sport a 6.3-inch screen, while the Note 10+ will come with a 6.75-inch display. The upcoming flagships are also expected to be powered by a new Exynos 9825 chipset and will likely get 5G variants as well.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 first official photos leak out, here’s what it will look like
Arsenal boss Emery: I’ll enjoy my first Premier League Christmas – if we winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is sure he’ll enjoy his first Premier League Christmas – if they win their games.Having worked in Spain, Russia and France, Emery is more used to spending time with his family over the festive period. Instead, he was with his squad on Christmas Day finalising plans for this evening’s visit to Brighton.The Spaniard said: “Usually the holidays come around perfectly for us every time, but I am still going to enjoy it working.”I think it’s very important for the supporters (to see teams play over Christmas). “Playing against Brighton is perfect, Liverpool (Saturday) is perfect and playing on January 1 against Fulham is perfect. We are going to enjoy it… but only if we win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea striker Abraham breaks Hazard record with trebleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham broke a record held by Eden Hazard in victory at Wolves.He is now the youngest player to score a hat-trick at the club.The 21-year-old was on fire against Wolves, netting his first on the 34-minute mark before bagging two more either side of the half time break.Hazard previously held the record for being the youngest player at Chelsea to score a hat-trick in a professional game against Newcastle back in 2014.But Hazard was 23 at the time in the 3-0 win, meaning Abraham has beaten the record by a staggering two years.Abraham has also become the first English player to score a hat-trick for Chelsea since Frank Lampard all the way back in 2011. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
With FIFA 20 now announced, this is the final stretch of FIFA 19 Ultimate Team content. The Team of the Season (TOTS) event has been going on for the last few weeks and the final squad was recently revealed with the Rest of the World team, handing out cards to players from the remaining leagues.However, with so many leagues there were always going to be a few good players missing out and some FIFA fans are particularly annoyed about the omission of Celtic’s James Forrest.The Scotsman had an incredible season, playing a huge part in his club’s Scottish Premier League title win with 11 goals and nine assists which earned him the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award as well as three inform cards and a Man of the Match card on FIFA 19. Yet, the SPL only received one TOTS card, which was handed to James Tavernier of Celtic’s bitter rivals Rangers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? To be fair, Tavernier was also fully deserving of an upgrade considering the defender’s remarkable tally of 17 goals and 20 assists in all competitions this season. The right-back’s new card has now overtaken Forrest’s MOTM card as the highest-rated SPL card on FIFA 19 Ultimate Team and is selling for about 40,000 coins in the FUT market.While Tavernier had a very good season, it seems odd that Forrest wasn’t included too. Some fans speculated that the snub was due to Celtic’s partnership with FIFA’s video game rival Pro Evolution Soccer.However, that conspiracy theory doesn’t hold up as Rangers are also partnered with the Konami game. The entire league is partnered with PES though which may be why the SPL only received one TOTS card.And Scottish fans should perhaps count themselves lucky as some leagues didn’t receive any blue cards, including Australia’s Hyundai A-League. That decision upset some fans who had been hoping for an upgrade to pacey golden boot winner Roy Krishna who scored 18 goals last season.Meanwhile, Greece champions PAOK FC received two TOTS cards with Varela and Vierinha. With so many leagues in FIFA now it appears it’s harder than ever for EA to balance the ROTW TOTS – maybe it’s time for an expansion to the FUT promotion?
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $18 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on May 16 will grow to approximately $22 million.
(Photo: Grave marker for Henry Norwest, a Cree-Metis saddler, cowboy, trapper and hunter from Alberta, served as a sniper with the 50th Battalion C.E.F. Officially credited with 115 confirmed kills, the highest “score” recorded in the armies of the British Empire to that point, Norwest was killed in action August 18, 918 near Amiens. Source: Veterans Affairs Canada)APTN National NewsAboriginal veterans are honoured every year on Nov. 8.In Manitoba, Aboriginal Veterans Day has been recognized since 1994.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler was the ceremonies in Winnipeg.
New Delhi: In an effort to resume connectivity with Odisha’s Puri in the aftermath of the devastation wreaked by cyclone Fani, the Railways Wednesday said it will start normal services from the tourist town by May 12 but the complete restoration of the severely damaged railway station can take up to three months.Extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ made landfall in the coastal town on May 3, unleashing copious rain and windstorm with speeds of up to 175 kmph, and left behind a trail of destruction in 18 districts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The Railways had cancelled 595 trains since the cyclone hit the state on May 3 and has so far managed to restore 141 of them, including 34 trains originating from Bhubaneshwar. “Today (Wednesday) we have restored three pairs of express trains from Puri and we will gradually increase the number. This decision has been taken by factoring in the repair work of the over-head wires, poles and the signalling system that needs to be done. By May 12, we will resume normal services of trains from Puri. However, repair work of the Puri railway station and the Puri coach maintenance complex will take up to three months as these have been severely damaged,” East Coast Railway (ECoR) chief spokesperson J P Mishra said. “Our nearby divisions and even the other zones have really cooperated and collaborated with us to ensure that we restore services quickly,” Mishra said. There are about 52 trains originating from Puri daily, of which 40 are express trains while 12 are passenger trains. The national transporter has also paid advance salary for the month of May to its staff of Puri and Khurda Road stations. The Railways has also deployed around 16,750 mandays for repair and restoration work across the state and funds to the tune of around Rs 15 crore have been released. The roofs of 825 staff quarters, 5,500 metre of boundary walls, 2,200 km of track (which have now been cleared), water supply at 60 stations, FOB shelters and the coaching and the maintenance depot in Puri had been badly affected by the cyclone.
Bhopal: The BJP in Madhya Pradesh Monday said the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state should prove majority in the Assembly. Leader of Opposition in Assembly Gopal Bhargava said his party will ask Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the state Assembly “to discuss important issues and test the Congress governments strength”. I am writing a letter to the Governor for convening a special session of MP Assembly shortly. We want discussion important issues like the farm loan waiver and (to) test the government strength, Bhargava said. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath said that his government is ready for an assembly floor test.
“You all have dedicatedly come forward to safeguard the country and also in times of national disasters all the time at the risk of your own lives, for which we are indebted to you. In the most recent past, you all stood by the nation and took the lead when national disasters, epidemics, landslides, etc struck us and I need your continued support for development of our country as we march forward as a peaceful society, rich with co-existence, reconciliation, harmony and understanding.”He emphasized that no Human Rights organization in the world be allowed to pressurize the Sri Lanka Army on whatever grounds and the UN has been informed of Sri Lanka’s capacity to find solutions to its own problems without any interference as a sovereign State. In his address to those three digit number attendees, the President thanked the Secretary of Defence and the Commander of the Army for arranging the meeting and called upon each soldier to continue with their dedicated roles for the sake of the country. President Maithripala Sirisena today asserted that Army soldiers will not be taken before war tribunals.The President gave the assurance when he addressed a gathering of more than 350 Commanding Officers (COs), Adjutants and Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) of the Army this evening at the Colombo Army Hospital auditorium. Kapila Waidyaratne, Secretary Defence and Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army extended a warm welcome to the President on his arrival at the premises and ushered him to the main auditorium. “As long as I remain the head of the country, I assure you that none of you would be allowed to testify before any war tribunals. Instead, such errant Army personnel, if any, can be produced before Courts and tried according to the existing law of the country. Disgruntled politicians and some retired Army personnel allege saying that War Heroes would be tried and punished, but I, as the President of this country would not allow anyone to be subjected to interrogation by foreign judges as such. Therefore you should not be misled by those baseless allegations and misleading statements.”“I also appeal all of you to believe in me and not to be misled by statements, rumours and our detractors. I commend all of you for the excellent services you rendered during the times of natural disasters and request you to extend your best cooperation for sustenance of reconciliation and peace in the country as a nation. I also wish to insist that unlike in the past, no War Hero’s overseas visa would be denied in future and will ensure their overseas visits are facilitated without any hindrance.”He also underlined the need for everyone to maintain the hard-earned peace for the country’s prosperity and assured that the Government would do everything possible to sustain the status-quo and make the Sri Lankan Army one of the best in the world in future. An Army live telecast of the President’s speech was transmitted to all Security Force Headquarters, Divisions and other formations simultaneously covering more than 30,000 members of the Army across the country. (Colombo Gazette)
On the nineteenth anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to the world to provide the necessary funds for a dramatic expansion of aid to help communities still suffering the effects of the catastrophy.“The three countries most affected – Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine – continue to grapple with daunting social, economic, humanitarian and environmental consequences,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesman.Nearly 8.4 million people in the three countries were exposed to radiation when the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine blew up. Beyond cancers and chronic health problems, especially among children, some 150,000 kilometres – an area half the size of Italy – were contaminated, while agricultural areas covering nearly 52,000 square kilometres, more than the size of Denmark, were ruined. “The challenge posed by Chernobyl has evolved over time,” the statement said. “As the threat posed by radiation has diminished, the no less potent hazards of poverty, chronic unemployment have come to the fore.” The focus of recovery efforts supported by the UN has shifted from emergency humanitarian assistance to long-term development aid, seeking to empower communities and foster new, sustainable livelihoods.“Early efforts are showing promise, but they need to expand dramatically in order to meet the needs of the affected populations,” the statement said. “The Secretary-General urges the international community to provide the necessary financial support for programmes designed to assist communities traumatized by Chernobyl to regain self-sufficiency and help families to lead normal, healthy lives in the affected areas.”Meanwhile, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has issued a new report noting that people living near the Chernobyl site still lack the information they need to live healthy lives and are instead vulnerable to misconceptions about radiation and health.
VANCOUVER – A B.C. safety agency has urged changes for sawmill owners and to the fire and electrical codes in an effort to mitigate the risks posed by explosive levels of wood dust and to avoid the kind of explosion that killed two mill workers last year.The BC Safety Authority, which oversees the safe installation and operation of equipment and administers B.C.’s Safety Standards Act, made nine recommendations in a report Tuesday about wood dust.They include recommending that the Canadian Standards Association classify wood dust as combustible, with improvements to the requirements around natural gas and propane codes.“Wood dust can have explosion and fire hazard characteristics similar to other known dusts that are identified as combustible dusts in the Canadian Electrical Code,” the report said.The report noted the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has classified fine wood dust as having “strong explosion” characteristics.“Wood dust and potential ignition sources exposed to wood dust are required to be managed. Locations where wood dust accumulates or is suspended in atmosphere are considered hazardous locations.”The BC Safety Authority investigation followed an explosion and fire last year that killed two sawmill workers and injured 20 others at Babine Forest Products on Jan. 20, 2012 near Burns Lake, in B.C.’s north-central Nechako region.The tragedy — the first of two fatal mill explosions in 2012 — destroyed the Babine mill and killed employees Robert Luggie, 45, and Carl Charlie, 42.An investigation already conducted by WorkSafe BC blamed the incident on dry wood dust, which had accumulated from pine-beetle killed wood and was ignited by machine parts.“Our aim was to conduct a thorough investigation and learn all we could to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents,” Greg Paddon, the group’s director of technical programs, said in a media release.“Now we can use that knowledge to initiate improvements toward the management of safety risks.”For mill operators, the authority recommended qualified professionals should identify areas in sawmills with dust hazards that could catch fire, and mills should develop better ways to manage that dust.The fire commissioner should publish a list of qualifications professionals must meet if they want to identify wood dust and explosion hazards, states the report.The report’s recommendations are directed at mill owners and operators, the Office of the Fire Commissioner in B.C., as well as the Canadian Standards Association.Babine Forest Products said in a media release it hasn’t analyzed the report, but the safety agency’s work will ensure sawmills are safer in the future.At the time of the blast, it added, the company had equipment designed to reduce wood dust, but “the scope of the hazard was not fully understood.”The new mill, announced in early December, will include state-of-the-art equipment to collect wood dust at its source, stated the company.“It will have equipment, building and floor plans designed to facilitate cleanup and reduce areas where wood dust can accumulate.”Last year’s second fatal mill explosion took place in April at the Lakeland Mills in Prince George, B.C., killing Alan Little, 43 and Glenn Roche, 46. Many others were seriously injured in the tragedy.In November, WorkSafe BC asked Crown counsel for a review of whether companies and individuals violated the Workers Compensation Act.Spokeswoman Roberta Ellis said at the time that prosecutions under the act could result in maximum fines of $652,000 and jail terms of up to six months.An earlier RCMP investigations ruled out criminal negligence in both explosions.The BC Safety Authority said it wasn’t releasing its full report because Crown counsel is currently reviewing a referral on the mill explosion from WorkSafe BC, the agency that enforces workers’ safety. by Keven Drews, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2013 8:27 pm MDT BC Safety Authority recommendations in fatal mill fire focus on dust AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) also noted today the number of displaced people seeking safety in its facilities exceeds 84,000 and may soon reach 100,000.In response to the growing needs of civilians affected by the latest conflict, aid agencies have mobilized relief supplies from the International Humanitarian City (IHC), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A special airlift in support of displaced families in Gaza began on Sunday from Dubai, where a 747 cargo took off carrying 115 metric tons of aid, containing 45,000 mattresses, 10,000 blankets and 220 hygiene kits. The plane landed at Marka International Airport in Amman earlier today. “We are very grateful for the immediate reaction and most generous response we received from Dubai and all the IHC members to our call for help. The Dubai airlift is one of the best examples of how effective humanitarians can be when working together,” said UNRWA Commissioner General, Pierre Krähenbühl.In the coming days, more airlifts are scheduled to arrive in Amman, from where UNRWA will truck the aid into Gaza for distribution. UNRWA plans to expand the scope of the donations to include emergency food parcels as stocks of food and other essential goods dwindle.The main priority for humanitarian agencies continues to be the provision of food, water, mattresses and hygiene items, as well as fuel for essential water, health and sewage facilities.The World Food Programme (WFP) continues to provide daily food rations, together with UNRWA, and more than 50,000 people have received emergency assistance in the last 24 hours. WFP is distributing daily food rations to more than 2,000 hospital patients and staff across the Gaza Strip. Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating with the Ministry of Health and other partners on the most urgent health needs. On the diplomatic front, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Egypt today as part of a regional visit to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and help bring about a ceasefire. “The Secretary-General is here to support the efforts to stop the fighting in Gaza and the rocket attacks in Israel. He is indeed very grateful to the Government of Egypt, the Egyptian leadership, in mediating a durable ceasefire,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters from Cairo.
Libyan parties have gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, today for a new round of United Nations-facilitated talks aimed at resolving the North African nation’s political crisis. The latest gathering, hosted by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), is a follow-up to a meeting held in the Swiss city last week, when stakeholders expressed commitment to a united and democratic Libya governed by the rule of law and respect for human rights. This time around the participants will discuss the items that were agreed on last week. On Wednesday, another meeting will bring together municipal and local council representatives from cities and towns across Libya to discuss confidence-building measures. In a statement issued over the weekend, UNSMIL appealed to all Libyan stakeholders and invited participants to approach these talks ‘in a spirit of openness and reconciliation that is guided by the higher national interest of the Libyan people.’ Last week in Geneva, participants agreed on an agenda aiming to reach a political resolution to form a national unity government and make the security arrangements necessary to end fighting and ensure the withdrawal of armed groups from Libyan cities. There was also a call to safeguard Libya’s national unity and end the suffering of the Libyan people. In addition to mounting numbers of casualties, Libya’s protracted conflict has caused a humanitarian crisis with at least 120,000 people forced to flee their homes, resulting in consequent shortages in both food and medical supplies. A recent outburst of violence has further rattled the beleaguered nation, in conflict since the beginning of its civil war in 2011 which resulted in the ouster of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. In the eastern city of Benghazi, an uptick in violence has seen 450 people killed since October 2014 as residents continue to face shortages in medical care. Moreover, upwards of 15,000 families – some 90,000 people – have been displaced.
When the Class of 2018 graduates from Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, it hopes to leave a lasting legacy that will benefit students well into the future.But to accomplish the goal of having Brock be the first in Canada to make an Anatomage Table available to undergraduate students, help from alumni, students and generous community supporters will first be needed.The most technologically advanced virtual dissection table for anatomy education, the Anatomage Table is being adopted by some of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions.Bringing the state-of-the-art technology to Brock was the idea of fourth-year Kinesiology student James John Hall, who hoped it would be considered as the 2018 Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Class Gift that graduating students are encouraged to contribute to.“I wanted to give my fellow classmates something tangible, a physical item they could work with the Faculty to purchase,” he said. The table seemed the perfect fit, as it will continue to strengthen the reputation of the University while also enhancing the learning environment for future students.When Hall presented the idea to Brian Roy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, and Peter Tiidus, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, they were excited to learn more. Both have since committed to contributing to the purchase through their respective department and Faculty budgets.Faculty of Applied Health Sciences students are currently using plastic anatomy models, but use of the Anatomage Table will allow them to not only learn visually, but to also experience virtual dissection first-hand.“This table is a state-of-the-art teaching tool that will give our students a huge advantage in learning human anatomy,” Roy said. “We would be the only Kinesiology department in the country with such a table.”The new technology is available at one other post-secondary institution in Canada, but only to first-year medical students.Donations can be made at www.brocku.ca/donate to help Brock become the first in the country to offer an Anatomage Table to undergraduate students. By making a gift to Brock University you can make an investment in current students, faculty, research and the facilities that make a difference in future generations.Anatomage Table facts:The most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system for anatomy education.Used by many of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions.Thousands of structures are meticulously segmented from photographic images to deliver the most accurate three-dimensional anatomy.Allows for exploration and learning of human anatomy beyond cadavers.Education has been proven to be effective in improving test scores and more efficient lab sessions.Allows students to interact with young and well-preserved digital cadavers instead of aged and degenerated bodies.Accurate details and rich content draw students’ interest leading to effective educational outcomes.No chemicals, unpleasant smell, recurring facility costs or regulations.
Junior sprinter and hurdler Alexandria Johnson jumps over a hurdle during the Buckeye Tune-Up Feb. 21 at French Field House.Credit: Brandon Claflin / Lantern photographer“Let the gun go off.”Those were the words of Ohio State women’s track coach Karen Dennis as her team prepared for one of the most competitive meets the runners will face all year.The Buckeyes are headed to Baton Rouge, La., to compete against No. 10 Kansas, No. 13 UCLA, Mississippi St. and No. 8 LSU in what the Dennis says could be one of the most competitive meets of the season“These are some hot teams and they are some of the best in the country,” Dennis said. “We have a strong team and we think we can compete with them. I say let the gun go off.”Redshirt-senior sprinter Ashlee Abraham said she anticipates the fierce competition will help her score high marks on the weekend.“I’m really excited to see what myself and the team is going to do,” Abraham said. “If the environment is right, I feel like I can run to the best of my ability. That’s what I’m aiming for.”When an athlete sees his or her name nationally ranked, Abraham said it is a confidence booster, and when she sees her own name, it shows her hard work is paying off. But at the same time, being ranked can prove as a motivational tool.“(The rankings) change constantly,” Abraham said. “You can move up and down so quickly. It is a reminder there is always somebody after you, just like you are always after somebody else. It keeps you motivated and keeps you pushing because track and field … it doesn’t stop.”When heading into a high-intensity meet, Abraham chooses to focus on herself instead of eyeing the competition because it takes her away from her main goal.“I tend to over think. When I overthink, it doesn’t really go well,” Abraham said. “It’s when I’m not thinking and just running that I run my best.”Another athlete who finds self-focusing to be the best preparation for a big meet is senior jumper Bianca Walton.“If I focus too much on what others are doing, it will distract me from what I need to be doing,” Walton said. “At the end of the day, they are just other competitors. They are just as good as me and I’m just as good as them. It is just about how can I make that reflect in the meet.”This weekend’s meet is team scored, which creates camaraderie among the team, Dennis said, because each event needs a good score in order for the team to score well overall.“It becomes not about just (individual events) but it’s about the team,” Dennis said. “(There is) a lot more energy. It’s fun to have scored events because people get excited about it.”Walton feels the team is ready and prepared to take on the team scored meet.“When we collectively come together, we can do powerful things,” Walton said.Dennis said her team can do “powerful things” especially in the outdoor season.“We are a better outdoor team,” she said. “The outdoor season suits our skill set better.”While the outdoor season presents some changes in the way certain races are run, Dennis is confident once her team adjusts fully to the changes, the team will be better competitors outside all around.“I expect us to build on our performance (from) last week,” she said. “The more we compete against the best in the country, it is only going to make us better.”The men’s track team will join the women’s team in Baton Rouge, La. The races are set to begin Saturday morning.
LAST YEAR SAW the highest level of renewable energy being exported to the national grid to meet demand in one half-hour period, new figures have revealed.At its peak, at 6.30pm on the 17th of December, 1866 MW was contributed to the grid — almost 42 per cent of the demand — according to the answer to a parliamentary question from Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy.This is out of a total demand of 4415 MW at that time, according to EirGrid’s System Demand data. The majority of the electricity was provided by wind turbines.Click here to view a larger version. Figures available online at EirGrid.com.However, on the same day, wind provided 12 per cent of the demand at its lowest level, just after midnight.The Department of Energy figures also show that in 2012 19.6 per cent of our gross electricity production was by renewables.15.3 per cent of this was wind, followed by 2.7 per cent by hydroelectricity.Click here to view a larger version.Responding to the deputy’s question, Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte said the “the total amount of renewable electricity generation connected to the grid was 2300 MW” at the end of last year.“It is estimated that a total of between 3500 MW and 4000 MW will be required to allow Ireland meet its 40% renewable electricity target.”“Currently, around 3,000 MW of renewable generation has taken up connection offers under the Gate 3 grid connection programme”, the minister added.Read: Christmas lights are no longer causing a spike in electricity consumption >More: Did you switch your energy provider last year? More than 300,000 did >
With all this newfangled technology emerging into society, surely everyone now walks down the streets paranoid that your face is being picked up by facial recognition devices all around town. Right? Well, even if it isn’t something that keeps you up at night, apparently it is enough of a concern to some people that scientists have developed a way to keep your face safe from detection.Tokyo’s National Institute of Informatics has developed a special pair of glasses that come equipped with “near infrared” LED light sources. These lights allow the visor to interfere with digital camera just enough so that it obstructs the face of the person wearing them.And that’s a good thing, too, because if anyone ever got caught wearing these ridiculous-looking things, he or she would be the subject of unending ridicule. Seriously. Look at them. You also have to carry around the portable power supply, and plug a power cable into the glasses. That’s a serious commitment to privacy.There are of course other ways to disguise yourself from the unwavering plethora of digital eyeballs on the streets, from something as elaborate as a mask, fake mustache, or heavy make-up, to tilting your head at an angle of 15 degrees. So, admittedly, none of these options really sounds like an optimal way to live, but if it means that much to you, at least there are in fact options.Without sounding too much like a “big brother” alarmist, it is true that store surveillance cameras, police equipment, and of course smartphones all have sophisticated facial recognition. Even if you never do anything criminal or even suspicious — even if you just stay inside watching Hulu — your face is on record somewhere, and if anyone ever has a reason to look you up, chances are it won’t be too hard to do.The glasses do appear to be destined for some sort of commercial availability, though you shouldn’t be holding your breath in anticipation of them coming out in the US. Scientist Isao Echizen, who is at the head of this project, says he expects them to be reasonably priced.National Institute of Informatics (PDF) via BBC
Government officials admitted on Wednesday that Greece is becoming a reception, rather than transit, country for migrants as the European Commission announced a 700-million-euro humanitarian aid package to ease the plight of refugees.Speaking to a group of mayors on Wednesday, Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas said that Greece had to assume that the border at Idomeni would be closed to refugees and migrants. He also suggested that as a result of stricter border restrictions in other parts of Europe, migrants would no longer be able to pass swiftly through the country and that the current situation, with people being stuck in Greece for some time, might continue for the next two to three years.Mouzalas met with the heads of local authorities to discuss other sites that could be used to house migrants in the coming weeks. It is estimated that there are already 26,000 migrants in Greece and that this number will continue rising. The minister said that the government is currently looking for temporary accommodation for new arrivals“In the next phase, we will have to work out where to put those who will remain longer in the country and to which closed facilities we will transfer those who will be repatriated,” said Mouzalas.Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis said he is willing to help the government find facilities to house migrants, even though he has objections to the way the coalition has handled the crisis. Kaminis said that it is imperative that authorities do not allow ad hoc migrant camps to spring up in city squares and parks.“Don’t panic, the problem is manageable,” said Mouzalas. “It is an emergency situation and needs some time before matters can be settled.”However, concern is growing within the European Union about the rising number of migrants trapped in Greece as Athens struggles to find the resources to care for them.“We are… really worried,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said about the build-up on Greece’s border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). His comment came as Brussels announced plans for a 700-million-euro humanitarian aid package to prevent “a huge humanitarian crisis in Greece.”The Commission’s proposal, if approved, will channel 300-million-euros this year from its 155-billion-euro annual budget to the new emergency assistance scheme and 200-million-euros both next year and in 2018. The funds will be allocated to NGO’s rather than the Greek state.Greek authorities confirmed yesterday that they are in the process of sending back 308 migrants who are not eligible for asylum to Turkey. Since the start of the year, 364 people have been returned by Greece to its neighbouring country. All the migrants are thought to be from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.Athens has had a readmission agreement with Ankara since 2002. Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said yesterday that his government has now offered to conclude such deals with 14 countries. He did not name the countries.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Fairbanks residents gathered Thursday to remember John Hartman. The 15 year old was beaten to death in downtown Fairbanks 19 years ago this week, a murder that resulted in the long questioned convictions of four local men, who were freed last year under a deal with the state.John Hartman’s obituary photo (Photo of the Fairbanks Newsminer)Shirley Lee, an Episcopal Priest and chair of Tanana Chiefs Conference Justice Task Force, led the group in a prayer and vigil for the unsolved murder of John Hartman.“19 years ago around here a young boy was murdered and the lives of four young men were robbed,” Lee said.She also spoke of the four men, Marvin Roberts, Eugene Vent, George Frese, and Kevin Pease, also known as the “Fairbanks Four” who were arrested in 1997 for the murder and incarcerated until last December when they were released under conditions that they cannot sue the state or the city of Fairbanks. Lee said the state attempted to settle and quiet the case through what she believed to be an immoral agreement.“It’s unconceivable to me that a confession has been made and no work has been done with it, not at the federal level, not at the state level, and not at the city level,” Lee said.Lee said she hopes that those who gather this coming week for the Alaska Federation of Native Conference remember the case which is still unsolved.“The boys may not be legally allowed to question or challenge it but those of us who are not involved can do so,” said Lee.Activist and blogger behind the blog thefairbanksfour.com, April Monroe, reflected on the case saying that we are now at the 19 year mark without resolution for the murder of Hartman.“What originally inspired so much passion and divisiveness of this case was a brutal and horrific murder of a child,” said Monroe.Monroe hopes to see some movement in this case and feels that part of the inactivity is partly related to egos of those involved in the case initially and that going forward would take action in acknowledging the mistakes made during the wrongful conviction.“John Hartman still needs justice and deserves it,” said Monroe.
From the 2011 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic in the Brooks Range. (Photo courtesy of Luc Mehl)A group of about 40 skiers are somewhere in the Brooks Range right now, competing in an event that’s grueling, even by Alaska standards.Listen nowThe annual Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic kicked off on Sunday, April 1. The group of skiers are tasked with traversing the Brooks Range and making to Wiseman by Sunday, April 8.Luc Mehl is at home in Anchorage getting his gear ready for the event. Walk around the side of Mehl’s house and you’ll find his graveyard.“This is a lonely ski because its partner broke in Iceland,” Mehl says.It’s Mehl’s gear graveyard. Even some of his friends’ gear ends up here.“And these are Evan’s, who was one of my classic partners,” Mehl says. “I don’t really know why they’re here. I don’t really want them, so they’re in my graveyard.”The crew at the start line of the 2015 Wilderness Ski Classic in the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains. (Photo courtesy of Luc Mehl)Mehl grew up in the Kuskowkwim River village of McGrath and moved to Anchorage for high school. He’s a data scientist by day, and on the weekends, he skis. A lot.“The last four weekends I’ve done a 20-mile day, 20-mile day, we did a 35-mile overnight, and then a 25-mile day,” Mehl explains.That’s all in training for the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic– an event that has taken place every year for the last 30 years.The course ranges from 100 to 200 miles and switches between the Brooks Range, the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains and the Chugach Mountains.The routes are dreamed up by a man named Dave Cramer. Mehl talks about him like he’s an Alaskan legend.“He drove horses to Alaska and he trapped and he had hand to hand combat with a wolf,” Mehl says.Dave Cramer has competed in a number of Wilderness Ski Classics and helped organize the event since it began. (Photo courtesy of Dave Cramer)Dave Cramer lives outside of Tok in the same cabin he and his wife built.“The romantic vision of what Alaska is about– trapping and hunting and so on– I did those things,” Cramer says.And Cramer did, in fact, arrive on horseback in 1970.Cramer has been organizing the classic since the late 1980s. He interviews every single applicant and has each one sign a waiver.“This prevents the participant and/or the participant’s next of kin from blaming, suing, or even getting mad at the event organizers, coordinators and other event volunteers,” the waiver reads.“It’s a release,” Cramer explains. “What we’re trying to say in plain language is that if you choose to do this, you do it at your own free will.”There are no aid stations along the way, just checkpoints, which sometimes are just a sheet of paper and pen inside a Nalgene hanging from a tree.It’s a grueling event, but Cramer says interest is on rise, especially among women.“Let’s see– I’ve got a partial roster in front of me,” Cramer says, and starts counting. “One, two, three, four…”Sarah Histand is one of 10 women signed up for this year’s ski classic. She’s got safety glasses on and one ski pole clamped tight.Sarah Histand grinds down the tips of her ski poles so the sharp tips can grab onto glare ice. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)“The tips of my ski poles are a little dull from use,” Histand explains. “I’m going to grind them so they’re super pointy– as pointy as possible.”Histand is a mental health counselor and personal trainer from Valdez. She skied her first classic four years ago back when there was just one other woman heading into the wilderness.“It made me challenge my idea of what I was capable of,” Histand says. “I feel like that shaped my whole perspective on what we, as individuals, are all capable of.”And now it’s a challenge Histand and Luc Mehl will go through together. The two are dating and also partnering up for the ski classic.It’s been ten years since Mehl’s first classic, and he says the end of the event — that’s always the best part.“There’s the elation of finishing and being done, because what you just did is really hard,” Mehl says, laughing to himself.And then people swap stories and compare blisters.“You finish that in this warm, cozy little bubble with baked lasagna and people sharing this experience– it ends up being pretty powerful,” Mehl explains.Luc Mehl and Sarah Histand expect to spend five nights together in the wilderness before finishing in the 31st annual Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic in Wiseman.