FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s new premier is trying to revive the Energy East pipeline — even though the original proponent says the project is dead.TransCanada Corporation abandoned the $15.7-billion project more than a year ago, after the National Energy Board modified the environmental assessment process.But Premier Blaine Higgs, along with some other premiers and federal politicians, are again pushing the proposed pipeline as a way to get more western crude to refineries in Eastern Canada and for export to foreign markets.Ontario and Quebec have also new elected new premiers this year, and Higgs said he thinks Energy East could be viable.“The fact that Ontario has said they’re not opposed to oil coming through the province, there’s a hurdle that’s now gone. We know that Manitoba and Saskatchewan are fine and we know Alberta is looking for a way out,” said Higgs.“We see Alberta now taking a strong position with buying rail cars and saying we’ve got to get our oil to market because they’re losing $80 million a day.”Higgs said he recognizes Quebec could still be a hurdle and he plans to discuss the project with Premier Francois Legault this week at a first ministers meeting in Montreal.“We’re talking about interprovincial trade. There are some key issues, and that’s one for us. It’s one that’s important for our province. We need some wins,” Higgs said.Higgs said he discussed Energy East two weeks ago with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He said Trudeau said he’d be willing to discuss the issue again if Higgs was able to get Quebec onside.But the biggest hurdle may be getting TransCanada interested again. The company cited the regulatory changes and “changed circumstances” as the reason for its pullout last year.In a statement, Terry Cunha, manager of communications for TransCanada, said their position had not changed.“We have no plans to revisit the project. We are focused on developing the more than $36 billion in commercially secured pipeline and power generation projects that we currently have underway across North America, including Keystone XL and the Coastal GasLink project in B.C.,” he wrote.Higgs said he’s not surprised by the Calgary-based company’s position.“If you spend $800 million and you get jerked around politically so that decisions aren’t made, instead it’s procrastinated on, and … then all of a sudden the rules change mid-stream and then you don’t have any path forward,” Higgs said.“I don’t blame them. I wouldn’t jump on the bandwagon yet either.”However, Higgs said he believes if a holding company was formed that applied to the National Energy Board and got the process well underway, then TransCanada might be willing to get back onboard.Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Sheer has also been a big Energy East supporter and has said that a federal Conservative government would seek to revive the project.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said last week restarting the project makes a lot of sense.“Our government would be very interested of course in any effort that was geared towards another project to get our product to tidewater as well as to supply the Canadian market if we could find a way to do that more effectively,” she told reporters in Ottawa.“Quite frankly it is quite perverse that we are selling our oil in Alberta for $10 a barrel and then in eastern Canada we are importing from places like Saudi Arabia. This makes no sense.”Energy East would have seen much of the western crude going to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John.Higgs said he has yet to discuss reviving Energy East with Irving, where he worked for more than three decades and retired as a senior executive before entering politics.“I know their interest would still be there because they would offset at least 100,000 barrels a day of foreign crude, maybe more. That commitment would still be there because they are still in operation and they are still buying foreign crude,” he said.But New Brunswick Green Leader David Coon said Higgs needs to switch 180 degrees — and instead look at reducing dependence on fossil fuels.“The World Meteorological Organization just announced a study that if we continue to follow the path we’re following now we are going to blast past the Paris agreement and get into three to five degrees of warming, which is catastrophic,” he said.But a study by the Canadian Energy Research Institute — released in January — concluded that refineries in central and Atlantic Canada would see lower supply costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions if they bought more Canadian crude oil.The study found that substituting Canadian oil wherever possible using space on existing pipelines, rail cars and ocean tankers would result in a 47-per-cent reduction in foreign oil imports into Eastern Canada, saving $210 million per year, and the equivalent of more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide, or about 5.7 per cent.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press
The Los Angeles Mission has a giant street fair on 5th Street for children – with food, games, prizes, crafts, face painting, bounce houses, giant inflatable slide, dunk tank and more.Children who live in the area will have a day of carefree summer play. And there will be food from In-N-Out Burger, King Taco and kielbasa plates from Michael Levine Trading Company.With the cost of school supplies up by 7.3% in a recent survey, the Mission’s backpacks for kids will help more than ever. Families who receive backpacks won’t have to decide between food and school supplies for their children.Celebrities and political leaders will join hundreds of other volunteers to help serve the nearly 3,000 kids and their families who will attend. And this year, Soles4Souls and BOBS from Skechers will be making kids-size shoes available for the young participants. Approximately 1,000 backpacks of school supplies and shoes will be distributed to school-aged children.Among those who are scheduled to appear are Alison Holker (So You Think You Can Dance), Charles Baker (Breaking Bad), Jason Wahler (The Hills), Aldis Hodge (Leverage), Edwin Hodge (Red Dawn), G Hanneluis (Dog with a Blog), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood), Jamie Gray Hyder (True Blood), Octavius Johnson (Ray Donovan), Maitland Ward (Boy Meets Girl), Bruno Amato (The Internship), Thomas Kasp (Pictures on the Wall), Brandon Molale (Gangster Squad), Sharna Burgess (Dancing with the Stars), Lisa Long (The Runaways), Caroline Rich (In the Key of Eli), Brandon Tyler Russell (Smitty), Tyler Champagne (The Client List), Breille Barbusca (Defining Mel), Tara-Nicole Azarian (Standing Up), Jaden Betts (The Client List), Austin Anderson (Victorious), Amber Barbell (Love Triangle), and more.WHEN: SATURDAY August 24, 2013, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PMWHERE: Los Angeles Mission, 303 East 5th Street (on the corner of 5th and Wall Street), Los Angeles, CA 90013. (Media check-in on the front patio.)WHY: The Los Angeles Mission, along with US Bank, In-N-Out Burger, King Taco, Great Commission Church International (backpacks), Briefly Cares (underwear), City Dental (toothbrushes), Jackson Hewitt, Amcor and many others make the event possible. New shoes for the children were made available by Soles4Souls and Skechers.The End of Summer Block Party gives children who often experience fear, hunger, health issues and stress on a daily basis a chance to spend the day just being a kid!
JOHANNESBURG – South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world with 144 reports of rape every dayChildren are falling prey to rampant rape in South Africa over a long perception that having sexual intercourse with a virgin child cures from AIDS.“We are very concerned about the current situation in the country where kids are being targeted for the wrong reasons,” Joan Van Niekerk, national director for Child Line South Africa, a non-profit organization that works to protect children from violence, told Anadolu Agency.She said that many children, some as young as six months, had been raped over the belief that this would cure from HIV/AIDS.“We are currently sensitizing traditional healers because some of them have been advising their clients to have sexual intercourse with child virgins claiming this would cure them from HIV/AIDS,” she added.On Tuesday, two girls, aged two and three, were found dead in a cubicle of a community toilet in a township north of Johannesburg.Police are investigating whether the two children had been raped before being murdered.The horrifying murders had sparked protests in the township with residents accusing the police of failing to protect them.“These gruesome incidents of extreme torture and murder of our children do not belong to the society that we are continuously striving to build together,” South African President Jacob Zuma said.He, however, appealed to South Africans not to take the matters into their hands, and called for cooperation with police to bring perpetrators to justice.South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world with 144 reports of rape every day.Interpol has named South Africa as the “rape capital of the world”, where less than 1 percent of rape cases were reported to police.According to Interpol, a woman born in South Africa is more likely to be raped than educated.South Africa has also one of the highest cases of HIV/AIDS infection in Africa.– Family revengeActivists complain that South African children are also targeted when relationships get sour between partners.“We are currently conducting a campaign advising people to resolve their relationships without hurting any children,” Van Niekerk told AA.On Wednesday, two children, aged one and three, were found dead next to their critically injured mother in a field in Katlehong township, east of Johannesburg.Police believe that the killing is linked to a family dispute.“It appears as if they were dropped by the husband in an open place and then the husband drove away. They are all Mozambican nationals,” police colonel Katlego Mogale said.Lwazi Fihlela, director of Child Care South Africa, opines that the HIV/AIDS cure myth has increased the number of child abuse cases in the country.“Some communities in our country believe in the myth that raping a virgin child cures AIDS, but that’s not the only cause of the high rates of child abuse in South Africa,” Fihlela told AA.He said that most parents don’t value their children, giving an example where male parents have been convicted for raping their own daughters.Fihlela said his organization is currently running a campaign aimed at making people to take action if a child complains of abuses.“We are raising awareness by educating children on different forms of abuse and encouraging them to report such cases,” he said.He said that the campaign has already begun to bear fruits.“Many children have come forward and reported their perpetrators to the authorities.”
Rabat – The gross domestic product (GDP) derived from tourism in Morocco amounted to MAD 66.9 billion in 2016, representing an increase of 5 percent compared with 2.8 percent in 2015, according to a report by the High Commission for Planning (HCP).HCP said that the tourism sector’s contribution to national GDP reached 6.6 percent in 2016 against 6.5 percent in 2015. Tourism production amounted to MAD 100.8 billion in 2016 compared with MAD 96.1 billion in 2015, representing a growth rate of 4.9 percent.The added value of tourism moved from MAD 50.2 to 52.9 billion, registering a growth of 5.3 percent. Domestic tourism consumption amounted to MAD 114.8 billion in 2016 against MAD 110.3 billion in 2015, representing an increase of 4.1 percent. This growth is the result of a 2.5 percent increase in domestic consumption of tourism receipts, which saw a significant increase (MAD 75.4 billion in 2015 to MAD 77.3 billion in 2016).Domestic and outbound tourism consumption moved from MAD 34.9 billion to MAD 37.5 billion. The share of inbound tourism in domestic consumption was 67.3 percent in 2016 against 68.4 percent in 2015, while domestic and outbound tourism reached 32.7 percent in 2016 instead of 31.6 percent in 2015, said the HCP.Earlier this month, Mohammed Sajid, Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Crafts and Social Economy, said that tourism sector recorded MAD 64.2 million in foreign exchange earnings, with the number of tourists increasing from 9.3 million to 10.3 million between 2010 and 2016.The minister also stressed the importance of tourism as a horizontal sector requiring the convergence of public policies and the involvement of all sectors to make it a priority. Sajid emphasized the role of tourism in economic development, as it is the second largest contributor to national GDP.
Briefing correspondents on behalf of members, Council President Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom said any resumption of fighting in Afghanistan would be “extremely bad news.” “Council members thought that a peacefully negotiated political settlement was the only way to a lasting solution to this conflict,” he said, expressing the Council’s support for UN efforts and other initiatives in the region to produce a political solution to the conflict. He called on all sides and all States to abide by UN sanctions on the Taliban and stressed that the pressure on the religious movement to act against terrorism would continue.Given the growing humanitarian crisis in the country, Ambassador Greenstock said, Council members called on all States to contribute urgently to the consolidated appeal fund for Afghanistan. They also expressed support for a “two-pronged” approach to the problem of refugees worked out by the United Nations and neighbouring Pakistan, which sought to address the issue of Afghan refugees both in Afghanistan and in Pakistan where many had gone.Ambassador Greenstock’s statement came after private consultations during which UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahima Fall and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kenzo Oshima briefed members on the latest developments in Afghanistan.Back to top
The Geneva-based Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) said, “These figures are only the tip of the iceberg. On a number of occasions the WGEID has expressed concern over the number of cases it has received from certain countries, which seems low when seen against the negative human rights situation of those countries.”It highlighted problems in Colombia, Algeria and Nepal. Noting “the generalized phenomenon of ‘under-reporting’,” WGEID said that in some countries, such as Colombia, the lack of reporting of disappearances at the national and international levels is largely due to the fear of reprisals by paramilitary armed groups.The recently adopted law on demobilization (Justicia y Paz) in Colombia and the text to be submitted to a referendum in Algeria next month are worrisome examples of “the implicit amnesties and resulting impunity revealed in some legal instruments that have recently been adopted, or are about to be adopted this year,” it said.Meanwhile, “the WGEID urges the Nepalese authorities to protect human rights defenders from persecution for their work and to fully implement the recommendations issued following the Working Group’s country visit of last December,” it added.Stressing the situation in Nepal, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Representative there, Ian Martin said his office regularly received complaints of disappearances by both the rebel Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (CPN-M) and the national security forces. “We have had many reports that civil society organizations, as well as journalists, continue to receive threats and are under pressure from both sides of the conflict,” he added.The WGEID of independent experts was established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1980 to help the relatives of disappeared persons find out what happened to them and to act as a communication channel between the families and their Governments. “On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, the WGEID reiterates its solidarity with all those who suffer from enforced disappearance and with human rights defenders working for disappeared persons and their relatives. The WGEID pays tribute to their efforts and to their unquenchable thirst for truth and justice,” it said.In the Balkans, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Søren Jessen-Petersen met Kosovo Serb families of the disappeared, and then attended the reburial ceremony for 16 newly identified Kosovo Albanian victims of the ethnic fighting between Serbs and Albanians.“The tragedy of having lost loved ones, of not knowing the fate of loved ones is the same for every person. Whether you are a Kosovo Albanian, a Kosovo Serb, or a mother in Argentina, the tragedy is the same and we all have to do whatever we can to help you,” he said.
“We gathered to demonstrate our support for and commitment to the new Government of Lebanon as it works to reaffirm Lebanon’s sovereignty, engage in vital reforms, and strengthen Lebanon’s democratic institutions,” said the Core Group on Lebanon in a joint statement read out by Secretary-General Kofi Annan after their meeting at New York Headquarters. The group – comprising representative of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, the European Union, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UN and the World Bank – met today with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.At the meeting, the statement continued, the group discussed the Government’s plans for political, economic, and institutional reforms in Lebanon. It welcomed, in particular, the Government’s response to the people’s calls for reform, including the formation of a commission to improve the electoral process and draft a new electoral law.“Lebanon’s reform priorities will set the stage for international assistance,” they said, welcoming further plans to strengthen institutions and accountability, and to liberalize the economy to encourage investment and create jobs.The group also expressed approval for the cooperation of the Lebanese judicial and security authorities with the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC), which is investigating the murder of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – As the hype around RRSP season ramps up, it’s time to ask whether pushing a big chunk of cash into your retirement savings every winter is the best investment approach.Some financial advisers say the tradition of RRSP season leading up to tax returns only encourages procrastinators to wait until the RRSP deadline — March 2 this year —before they contribute to their plan.For everyone else, it’s smarter to set aside money on a regular basis through a pre-authorized withdrawal from their bank account.“People are likely to save more by investing in their RRSP monthly and treating themselves like a periodic bill,” said Jason Abbott, an adviser at WealthDesigns.ca, a financial planning firm based in Toronto.Depositing money on a regular schedule also allows investors to take advantage of a practice called “dollar-cost averaging,” considered by many as a better way to boost investment value and avoid market volatility.Since stocks and commodities generally grow over time, the thinking goes that by saving each month investors will increase their odds of buying into the stock market when values are lower.While the concept isn’t new, the practice is catching on.A new study from the Bank of Montreal released Thursday suggests that more Canadians have set aside money early for their RRSPs this year.About 42 per cent of Canadians surveyed told they bank they had already contributed to their RRSP by mid-November 2014. That’s an increase of seven per cent from the prior tax year when the average amount contributed to an RRSP was $3,518, the bank said.With all of that money being set aside, it’s important to keep tabs on how it’s growing, financial advisers say. Just because the process is automated doesn’t mean you should let your investment do all the work for you.Ensure your monthly withdrawals keep pace with what you’re bringing home. Advisers suggest contributions amounting to about 10 per cent of annual income.Also, consider your goals with the help of a financial adviser, rather than just throwing money into the savings vehicle.A lot of Canadians simply put their money into an RRSP and don’t ask enough questions, said Chris Buttigieg, senior manager of wealth planning at BMO Financial Group.“What I’ve encountered is people say they’ve contributed to their RRSP and the funds are just sitting there in a savings account,” he said.Buttigieg suggests investors spend more time understanding their retirement savings plan and which investment vehicles they’re using, such as stocks, bonds or mutual funds.Another common financial blunder is taking money out of an RRSP to pay debts or make big purchases.In most cases, there are better ways to access money without tapping into your retirement savings, which can result in a big tax impact, Buttigieg said.For shorter-term goals, consider platforms like a Tax-Free Savings Account, which is flexible and doesn’t have the same financial penalties.“You really need to make sure you’re allocating your funds appropriately between those two,” Buttigieg said.Aside from the obvious retirement savings, an RRSP also gives Canadians a certain degree of flexibility in their financial futures.Tapping into an RRSP for the Home Buyers’ Plan gives first-time home buyers the opportunity to withdraw up to $25,000 for their down payment.Another program is the Lifelong Learning Plan, a government resource designed to help Canadians finance their education. The program allows withdrawals up to $10,000 per year from an RRSP, to a limit of $20,000, for either yourself, a spouse or common-law partner who’s going back to school.“It’s not just about long-term retirement,” said Lee Helkie, an adviser and one of the founders of Helkie Financial & Insurances Services Inc.“You’re also providing yourself with options.”Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. RRSP season can be counter-productive to proper saving, advisers suggest by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2015 8:04 am MDT
In addition to the new Fusion, Ford will be showing off its ground-breaking Transit Connect. Honda has confirmed that the Accord is on track to make the headlines at the NEC with an all-new car for the upper medium segment. British favourite Caterham has confirmed that the new Superlight R300 with MG X-power under the hood will be a showstopper. With just five months to go until the British International Motor Show 2002, in association with The Daily Telegraph, opens its doors to over half a million eager visitors, the following vehicles have been confirmed as UK debutantes: Ferrari’s hot new FX, first snapped in the car press earlier this year, will be in the metal at the NEC. During the Show, doors will open from 9.30am to 7pm on all public days, closing at 5pm on the final day. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The British International Motor Show 2002 takes place from 23 October to 3 November at Birmingham’s NEC with public access from 24 October. Discount tickets for the Show are now on sale for those who book in advance through the web site at www.motorshow.co.uk Visitors can save £3 by booking on-line, with adult tickets priced at £12 for public days. On the door, tickets are priced at £15. For the exclusive public preview day on 24 October, tickets cost £25 in advance but £40 on the door, an on-line saving of more than a third. The Volkswagen Touareg will make a first appearance in the Show – the first off-roader from the German powerhouse. Joining Volkswagen’s assault into new territory will be the brand new Phaeton, which will be taking on the luxury sector. Land Rover’s claim to be the best 4-by-4-by-far will be put to the test when the new Discovery makes the short trip from the Solihull factory to wow the crowds at Motor Show time. Land Rover’s Swedish cousin Volvo will bring the seven seater, all wheel drive XC90 for its first public outing from 23 October at the NEC in Birmingham.SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Motor shows thrive on new cars and the excitement of innovative technology, so I’m delighted to bring news of some of the stunning vehicles that will be on display at the British International Motor Show this autumn. Motor Show is Britain’s biggest consumer exhibition and we can look forward to further announcements and more surprises as we prepare for an event that reflects Britain’s leading influence in the European car market.’Notes to editors: For visitors without access to the Internet, tickets are available through the Motor Show box office ticket line on 0870 906 2002. Lines are open 9am – 8pm on weekdays and 10am – 8pm at the weekend. The French will be out in force with new cars from Renault, showing visitors the new Espace and MÃƒ©gane, while CitroÃƒ«n’s new C8 is all set to pick up new business in the executive MPV sector.
AROUND 450 STUDENTS will be affected as a religious college announced today that it will shut its doors.All Hallows College has announced that it will wind down with immediate effect, with 80 staff set to lose their jobs.A spokesperson for the college confirmed to TheJournal.ie that falling registrations and a financial shortfall had led to the decision to close the college, which is accredited by DCU.“Financial difficulties had reached the point of a financial crisis,” the spokesperson said.As for the 450 students, the college says it will work with them in order to ensure that they can finish their studies.“The college will work with the students who are still enrolled in order to help them finish their degrees to the best of our abilities.“We will not enrol any more students.”The staff at the college are currently in consultation with senior management over a redundancy package.The Department of Education said that they had been informed of the closure.“This is no doubt a difficult time for staff and students of the college and our thoughts are with them. The Department welcomes the fact that the college intends to wind down in a phased and orderly manner in order to facilitate as much as possible the completion of students’ studies. “All Hallows College receives grant in lieu of tuition fee funding from the Department. This amounted to some €439,000 for 2013/14. While there is a cap on the number of undergraduate students eligible for the free fees scheme, the College has not reached that cap in the previous five years. ”A spokesperson for DCU said that the university was “saddened” by the closure.“While DCU has no governance or management function with respect to All Hallows College, we have enjoyed a collegial partnership since 2008, during which time DCU has accredited the College’s degree programmes and provided access to supports such as library and IT services to All Hallows’ students.” Read: Hundreds of students left with questions after Eden College closes its doors in Dublin city centre
https://jrnl.ie/4523785 By Aodhan O Faolain Monday 4 Mar 2019, 7:46 PM Image: Niall Carson Short URL Share45 Tweet Email2 Irish Ferries to fight order to compensate passengers whose France-Ireland trips were cancelled The National Transport Authority found that the company breached EU regulations concerning the rights of passengers travelling by sea. 26 Comments Mar 4th 2019, 7:46 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 21,628 Views Image: Niall Carson IRISH FERRIES HAS brought a High Court challenge over a finding that it must pay compensation to thousands of passengers affected by the cancellation of sailings between Ireland and France last summer.The company says it had to cancel the services because a new ferry it had ordered, the WB Yeats, to operate the service between Dublin and Cherbourg was delayed for several months.The challenge has been brought against a National Transport Authority (NTA) decision in January, that arising out of the cancellations, the company breached EU regulations concerning the rights of passengers travelling by sea.The NTA issued the company with two notices requiring Irish Ferries to pay compensation to impacted passengers within a period of two months.The notices direct the company to pay compensation to passengers impacted by the cancellations who had to travel from Rosslare instead of Dublin, and from Roscoff instead of Cherbourg.The notices also state passengers who were delayed in reaching their final destination who have already requested compensation from the company must also be paid compensation.Non-compliance with the notices is an offence, with a maximum fine on conviction of €250,000.The company disputes the NTA’s finding and says it and the notices are invalid, irrational, in breach of its Constitutional Rights and EU rights.Irish Ferries also says the NTA has misinterpreted the relevant EU regulations.The cancellations occurred because a new ship it had commissioned from the German shipyard Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft was delivered some “200 days” late Irish Ferries counsel Paul Gallagher SC told the High Court today.Counsel said the delay came as a shock to Irish Ferries and made headlines in the media.Counsel said the company took steps including offering “an immediate no quibble reimbursement in full” to affected customers, offered vouchers for €150, as well as “the opportunity to rebook on alternative sailings of their choosing”.Some 5,700 bookings were affected by the cancellations.Counsel said the majority of affected passengers, some 82%, chose to travel on alternative sailings to France with Irish Ferries.The remainder either cancelled and accepted a refund or chose to travel by landbridge through the UK, and were compensated by Irish Ferries for the fuel expended while crossing Britain.Counsel said that his client is concerned about the long term implications of the NTA’s decision.The situation Irish Ferries found itself was extraordinary, was not of its own making, and it was unable to secure another ferry to operate the planned sailings, counsel said.All affected passengers counsel said were informed of the situation a minimum of seven weeks before the proposed sailing, he added.In its judicial review action, Irish Ferries seeks various orders including one quashing the NTA’s decision and the notices it issued to the company.It also seeks various declarations from the Court including that the NTA’s decision and the notices are invalid, are irrational and are without any legal basis.The further seeks declarations including that the decision and the notices fly in the face of common sense, take into account irrelevant considerations, and are disproportionate.Permission to bring the challenge was granted, on an ex-parte basis, by Mr Justice Seamus Noonan, who also placed a stay on the notices from coming into effect.The judge made the matter returnable to a date in May.
Elon Musk’s Neuralink Wanted an Animal Testing Lab in San FranciscoYou Can Now Have an Extra Set of Robotic Arms Stay on target Considering all the scientific breakthroughs we’ve already seen because of testing on mice, it’s tough for crazy new mice experiments to surprise us. We’ve seen mice with human ears growing out of them for crying out loud. But a new study from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology does have us realizing we’re even closer to the sci-fi future that we thought. Researchers have turned humble lab rats into remote-controlled cyborgs.A specific region of mice brains tell the animal to become obsessed with following a specific object. In nature, that object is usually food. But the researchers developed a tiny, Deus Ex-esque headgear augmentation that hacks into this part of the brain, the MPA-vPAG, and reroutes that obsession to a sphere dangled in front of the mouse. It’s called the MIDAS System for “MPA Induced Drive Assisted Steering.”Now that the mouse has a new love, it will chase it without end. And by steering the object from left to right, the pilot can effectively steer the cyborg mouse as well. To test the effectiveness of this process, the team guided mice through all sorts of challenges like climbing ladders and navigating mazes. The mice even resisted temptation like food or mice of the opposite gender obviously ready to get it on.This is fascinating science but also maybe a bit more disturbing and unethical than the team seems ready to admit. There’s already a ton of controversy surrounding animal testing, but making animals so subservient to human commands they ignore sex (SEX!) without question feels almost cruel.The stripping of animal rights and agency gets even more alarming when you read about the team’s other hypothetical plans for “machine-animal hybrids” merging “the compliance of a robot with the natural smarts and endurance of an animal.” They already have a similar system for controlling turtles. But imagine cyborg dogs that bound across rough terrain too uneven for robots looking for bombs or cyborg birds that spy on enemy military camps from the skies. It’s like some gritty Metal Gear Solid flavored reboot of Pokemon.Fortunately, the complexity of human brains makes it unlikely (for now) that some shady corporations could use similar techniques to hack and control people. Also, the research could help us learn how to treat neurological disorders like kleptomania and obsessive hoarding, which is good. But yeah, with these cyborg mice, we may soon be living through a techno-thriller remake of Willard.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Facebook Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE introduced Drake Maverick (former Impact Wrestling star Rockstar Spud) as the new General Manager of 205 Live on Tuesday night on the WWE Network.Maverick, who was officially introduced by Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan, announced a 16-man tournament to crown a new WWE Cruiserweight Champion. He also announced that this 16-man tournament will culminate at WrestleMania 34 this April.It should be noted that the commentary team did refer to Maverick under his former ring name of Rockstar Spud during his days with TNA/Impact Wrestling. Spud was part of the original TNA British Boot Camp reality series and would later go on to be featured on TNA television for many years. He parted ways with Impact earlier this year.You can check out a clip of the announcement below courtesy of WWE.Please give it up for the NEW #205Live General Manager, #DrakeMaverick!!!!! @WWE205Live @WWEDanielBryan @WWENetwork pic.twitter.com/jJ5TakBgyb— WWE (@WWE) January 31, 2018 Now Playing Up Next January 31, 2018 at 9:41 am Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Daniel Bryan Seth Rollins Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) WhatsApp Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Google+ John Oliver Takes On The WWE Now Playing Up Next 4 COMMENTS Haydn Barker wow, yawn and over 2 months without a champion, hmm Now Playing Up Next WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Videos Articles Pinterest FordOLoads Comments are closed. Videos Articles Jamie King Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby January 30, 2018 at 11:35 pm Cameron Huff January 31, 2018 at 2:21 am Noticed how the fans were chanting his Rockstar Spud name but booed his Drake Maverick name. For what it’s worth,they did seem a little bit more alive than usual. If WWE doesn’t do anything stupid (like have Drake Maverick insert himself into the tournament after it was over and win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship) it should be a great tournament. yeah another 10 months and theyll tie raw for the least major title champion appearances. I mean Lesnars made what… 4/5 ppv appearances since he became universal champion WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event January 31, 2018 at 4:05 pm Videos Articles Wow Spud in wwe. Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. intelligence community’s record would be seriously marred if it leaked a dossier containing unsubstantiated claims about contacts between his advisers and Russia as well as unflattering allegations about his personal life.Trump said intelligence agencies will have a “tremendous blot on their record” if they released the report filled with unproven information that Russian officials had allegedly compiled on the president-elect.“I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies let any information that turned out to be so false and fake to get out,” Trump said at a news conference.The CIA and the office of the director of national intelligence declined to comment.Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer also called the dossier “outrageous” and “irresponsible.”The dossier contains unproven information about close coordination between Trump’s inner circle and Russians about hacking into Democratic accounts as well as unproven claims about unusual sexual activities by Trump among other suggestions attributed to anonymous sources. The Associated Press has not authenticated any of the claims.A U.S. official said top intelligence officials told Trump about the report last week. The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter, spoke only on condition of anonymity.
A dragon boat team paddles down the Willamette River in Portland in April 2007. Thanks to Vancouver’s Jeff Campbell, dragon boating fans can now watch or participate in the sport at Vancouver Lake. Paddle for Life Dragon Boat Spring Sprints? What: 20-paddler and 10-paddler 250-meter sprint races. Fundraiser for the nonprofit Paddle For Life, which helps disabled veterans participate in dragon boats and crew.? When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday May 26.? Where: Vancouver Lake Park, 6801 Northwest Lower River Road, Vancouver.? Cost: Free.? Info: Vancouver Lake Crew or 971-222-3679.Tall Ship Tour? What: The brig Lady Washington, the official ship of Washington state, and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, come to Vancouver as part of a seven-week tour of Columbia River ports.? When: May 24 to May 27. Check website for tour times.? Where: 100 Columbia St., Vancouver.? Cost: Dockside tours, $3. Excursion prices vary between $30 and $60, depending on the event and day.? Info: Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority or 360-532-8611.A bit of acting was required when our official state ship, the Lady Washington, played the role of the H.M.S. Interceptor in “Pirates of the Caribbean.”In the film, one of the British guards tells Captain Jack Sparrow that “there’s no ship as can match the Interceptor for speed.”But the real Lady Washington was a cargo ship. It launched from Boston Harbor in 1787 and was the first American-flagged vessel to land in the Pacific Northwest in 1788.
Entertainment titles were the top two print audience performers in October 2017, as measured by the latest GfK MRI’s Issue Specific (IS) Readership Study. People magazine’s Oct. 23 issue (IS audience: 54,763,000) featured the likeness of Chip and Joanna Gaines while delivering an “exclusive” on why the duo ended their television show, Fixer Uppers. It scored an IS index of 135. News that both Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are expecting graced the cover of the Oct. 9 In Touch (7,891,000) placing it close behind, with an IS score of 134.Meanwhile, the cover of the October issue of Southwest: The Magazine depicted a playful pooch and the headline Wild Lives while garnering an IS ranking of 134 and an audience of 7,398,000. Politics—in the form of why John Kasich is “still running for president” along with a close-up of Jimmy Kimmel as the new Walter Cronkite—were cover hooks for the Oct. 30 New York Magazine (134, 3,806,000). Rounding out the top seven were Entrepreneur with an IS score of 132 and an audience of 3,619,000; Wired, at 131 and 3,910,000; and the Oct. 28 installment of The Economist, at 128 and 2,840,000.IS metrics show how magazines perform with regard to their average issue audience estimates from GfK MRI’s “Survey of the American Consumer” for the two most recent waves of survey data. Issue Specific data supplement the company’s 12-month readership averages to show how many people had the opportunity to see ads within a given issue of a magazine. Rank: #5 The EconomistIssue: October 28, 2017Issue Specific Audience: 2,840,000Issue Specific Index: 128 Rank: #2 (tie) Southwest: The MagazineIssue: October, 2017Issue Specific Audience: 7,398,000Issue Specific Index: 134 Rank: #1 PeopleIssue: October 23, 2017Issue Specific Audience: 54,763,000Issue Specific Index: 135 Rank: #2 (tie) In TouchIssue: October 9, 2017Issue Specific Audience: 7,891,000Issue Specific Index: 134 Rank: #3 EntrepreneurIssue: October, 2017Issue Specific Audience: 3,619,000Issue Specific Index: 132 Rank: #2 (tie) New York MagazineIssue: October 30, 2017Issue Specific Audience: 3,806,000Issue Specific Index: 134 Rank: #4 WiredIssue: October, 2017Issue Specific Audience: 3,910,000Issue Specific Index: 131
A Juneau startup that wants to build its own hydroelectric plant could soon get their rubber stamp from the federal government.Download AudioJuneau Hydropower owner Keith Comstock powers up his electric vehicle at Eagle Beach. (Photo by Casey Kelly/, KTOO – Juneau)Duff Mitchell, Juneau Hydropower’s managing director, said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the company’s environmental impact statement, or EIS.“We’ve gotten good marks, so to say, to make sure that we’re building this project properly,” Mitchell said.The EIS is proof that environmental concerns tied to building the hydropower plant have been addressed. It stops short of giving the company permission to build its plant but Mitchell said permission is coming.“The EIS needs to be recorded in the Federal Register and then the document will be submitted for the FERC commission for their final blessing,” Mitchell said.That final blessing is Juneau Hydropower’s FERC license. Mitchell isn’t sure when that will come but he expects it soon.Juneau Hydropower started implementing plans about seven years ago to dam Sweetheart Lake southeast of Juneau and build a hydroelectric plant.The proposed plant would power a district heating system that would remove heat from the Gastineau Channel and pipe it into Juneau homes and businesses. It would also allow the company to sell power to big industries.Mitchell said the EIS was drafted with input from state and federal agencies including the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.“We actually worked with the agencies to come up with and to negotiate out all of the conditions. So when FERC made its ruling all of those issues were addressed to the satisfaction of agencies involved,” Mitchell said.A few of the things the company was required to checkout were impacts to fish, marine mammals and water quality.
Sunset in Fairbanks on Oct. 22, 2018 (Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service)With Halloween just over a week out, Fairbanks is looking at the potential of a third straight year with minimal snow cover, and a possible first ever green Halloween. Only trace amounts of snow were on the ground at the airport on October 31st last year, and in 2016. Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman says prior to 2016, you have to go back to 1962 to find another year with such scant snow cover on Halloween. Thoman says since modern record keeping began in 1930, Fairbanks has never had a Halloween without any snow at all on the ground.Listen now”We’ve come close a couple of years with measurable snow not falling until actually on Halloween. Will we this year? Hard to say,” Thoman said. “We’ve got a couple of opportunities coming up when it could snow, but especially in town, it’s gonna be pretty marginal. So it is possible that this we’ll be in the running for a green Halloween.”Fairbanks first official snowfall of the season at the airport was observed on Saturday October 20th, the latest first snow date in the community’s recorded history. The previous record was October 11th, 1920. The National Weather Service is forecasting snow across the Eastern Interior including the Fairbanks area on Tuesday, but valley level accumulation is questionable.”Especially the first inch. That is probably not on the horizon yet for town,” Thoman said. “We are in the time of year though where snowfalls can go up quite dramatically, even with small elevation increases.”Well above freezing high temperatures forecast this week threaten to melt any flakes that do stick, continuing what Thoman refers to as a remarkable fall.”All of the state in October so far has been extremely warm. Quite a number of places… every day this month has been warmer than normal,” Thoman said. “And it’s entirely possible that some places could wind up having the warmest September, followed by the warmest October. That would be truly an amazing climate outcome.”Fairbanks high temperatures are forecast to be 44 Wednesday, 40 on Thursday, and 39 Friday, with another chance of snow.
Hyderabad: It was a dry run like none other. Over 500 runners came together for a trial run in preparation for the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon which is to be held later this month on August 24 and 25. Organised by Hyderabad Runners, the trial run started at 5:30 am from Necklace Road at Peoples Plaza and finished at Gachibowli Stadium gate. The run was on the actual race route of 21 km i.e., via Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Madhapur, H-Tec City, Mind Space, Biodiversity junction and Gachibowli. The preparatory training run was supported by OPTUM & FAST & UP.
French artist Benedetto Bufalino is known for transforming cars into functional, whimsical (and sometimes, strange) objects. He has previously hacked an old Ford Mondeo and transformed it into a wood-burning pizza oven and converted a trailer into a mobile swimming pool.Now, Bufalino has turned his skills — and imagination — to a Fiat Coupé, transforming it into a food cart to serve French fries. The sculptural piece, titled La voiture fiat coupé friterie, is a collaboration with La Condition Publiqye, and yes, it actually works. The top half was kept intact and equipped with lights to keep the food cart lit up at night, according to Techeblog.Photo Credit: Benedetto BufalinoFor more on Bufalino’s work, visit his website.More on Geek.com:Watch: This Artist Transformed Trash Into Robotic Sea CreaturesOrder Domino’s Directly From Your Car’s TouchscreenThe Mona Lisa Isn’t Staring at You (But Other Portraits Are) ‘Game of Thrones’ Recreated in 300-Foot Embroidered TapestryIs Mona Lisa’s Smile a Sham? Stay on target To create the unique “friterie,” Bufalino sliced a Fiat Coupé horizontally and fitted it with several deep fryers.