Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra on Saturday announced the dates of elections to the urban local bodies in the State despite a boycott threat by the regional parties. The National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party described the decision as “unfortunate”.“The municipal polls will be conducted in four phases on October 8, 10, 13, 16,” Mr. Kabra said.There urban local bodies have remained without members due to repeated deferment of [elections], owing to growing militancy and rising civilian casualties in the past few years. These polls will be followed by the panchayat polls that will begin in November,” he said.“The elections to two municipal corporations, three municipal councils and 72 municipal committees in the State shall be held from October 8 to 16. The last elections to the municipal bodies were held in 2005 and their five-year term expired in 2010.”He said the EVMs would be used for the elections. “Of 1,145 wards, 90 wards have been reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 38 wards have been reserved for the Scheduled Tribes, which includes 31 and 13 wards reserved for SC and ST women. Around 322 wards have been reserved for women belonging to the open category,” he said.Kashmiri migrants will be allowed to vote through postal ballot. Around 17 lakh voters will particiapte in these polls.Protests continueThe decision to hold these polls comes despite the NC and the PDP announcing to stay away from the urban local bodies and panchayat polls in J&K, asking the Centre to clear its stand on Article 35A, which defines State Subject laws, before the Supreme Court.PDP spokesman Rafi Mir told The Hindu: “It’s an unfortunate decision. We were expecting that Governor Satya Pal Malik will hold an all-party meeting. It seems the decision was taken without taking public or political parties’ opinion on board. We stand by our decision to stay away from these polls.”NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said these polls would have no credibility. “Unfortunately, no one was taken into confidence while announcing these polls. Such polls will serve no purpose and will only damage the idea of democracy. Any election is held to allow parties and people to participate. We saw three militants being killed in Jammu on Friday and five people, including a civilian, being killed on Saturday. In such an atmosphere, what message is the Centre giving by holding these elections,” Mr. Sagar asked.
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Local exporters are being urged to ensure that overseas sales representatives are legitimate, before they contract them to market their products abroad. The advice came from JAMPRO’s Western Regional Manager, Conrad Robinson, as he addressed a technical workshop for operators of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), held on Wednesday, March 6, at the Pelican Grill in Montego Bay. He said that feedback from exporters indicate that a major challenge has to do with engaging these sales agents or consignees. While not providing details of the problems being encountered, Mr. Robinson advised the exporters to “protect themselves when they are sending goods abroad”. “We encourage that, before you contract a consignee, you should check local chambers of commerce in the cities that these consignees operate just to make sure that the people that you are sending your products to are people, who are legitimate and registered people,” he stated. He pledged that JAMPRO “will do all that it can do to assist”. Mr. Robinson further encouraged the exporters to get their operations certified to international standards, stating that “certification is absolutely important if you are going to be able to have access to certain markets.” In stressing the importance of certification, Sales and Marketing Officer with the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ), Marcia Cohen, said that not only does it enable market access, but indicates that products are of a high standard. “It gives confidence to the consumers, who use the products, and the trading partners. When you are shipping your goods to overseas markets, there is this international acceptance, the International Standardization Organization (ISO) 9001 and ISO 1400, they are common language in trade today,” she stated. The forum, held under the theme: ‘Certification for Agro-Products’, included presentations from the Bureau of Standards, Trade Board, Jamaica Customs, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. It was organised by JAMPRO under the FINPYME ExportPlus Programme, which is an initiative of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) in collaboration with its parent organisation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The programme, which is in line with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Aid-For-Trade Initiative, seeks to improve the ability of SMEs to access export markets. It involves working with SMEs in strategic sectors to improve their competitiveness in the global market. The four major objectives are: to build export readiness of SMEs; improve market access for SMEs; increase performance and exports of SMEs; and provide export development support and assistance. The programme was launched in Kingston in October 2012. Mr. Robinson said some 10 workshops are planned, which will address various issues relating to exporting and “provide for our exporters, information that we believe will help them to improve the export product from Jamaica.”
OTTAWA — Canada’s largest Indigenous reserve is about to get larger.Federal Court has found that the federal government underestimated the members of the Blood Tribe in southwestern Alberta when their reserve was created in the 1870s.The ruling could add up to 421 square kilometres to the band’s reserve, already more than 1,400 square kilometres in size.The court says the band may also seek compensation in lieu of land.The reserve, part of Treaty 7 signed in 1877, is located between Lethbridge and Cardston.The ruling brings to an end a court action that began in 1980.A separate hearing will be scheduled to discuss how the band should be compensated.The Canadian Press
Six exhausted and weather-worn celebrities have crossed the finish line of the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas. Celebrity crew complete Hell on High SeasThe One Show’s Alex Jones, TV presenter Angellica Bell, comedian Hal Cruttenden, actress Doon Mackichan and TV presenters Ore Oduba and Suzi Perry sailed around the South Coast of the UK, from Belfast to London, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance.The challenge, which is sponsored by BT – a long-term supporter of Sport Relief challenges since 2009 – has already raised £944,288.“Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support on our difficult and magnificent journey,” Alex said.During the week, the celebrities were pushed to their limits as they battled gale-force winds of 29 knots, waves of up to 10ft, relentless sea-sickness, lack of sleep and a terrifying moment on day two when the boat nearly capsized.The elements were against them from the outset and with no respite from the brutal conditions, even the most menial tasks, like brushing their teeth, became impossible. On day three the crew were forced to attempt to outpace impending storms by racing the yacht at phenomenal speeds with 30+ knots of wind, steep waves and low tides, in order to make it to shelter safely.The team were living, sleeping and working on the Volvo Ocean 65 – a carbon-fibre speed machine that has been optimized for maximum performance. At 65 feet, and weighing in at 12,500 kgs the vessel is as long as five cars and weighs the equivalent of twelve great white sharks.The money the crew has raised will be used to help transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.
MINNEAPOLIS — Google is looking into building a $600 million data centre in central Minnesota that would be powered by two wind farms.Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy disclosed the data centre project Thursday in a regulatory filing. The Google facility proposed in Becker would mark one of the largest private construction projects in recent state history and create about 50 full-time tech jobs.Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram says the city is among several sites under consideration. Bertram says the plan calls for most of the facility’s electricity to come from renewable sources.Under the proposed agreement, Xcel would sell Google land for the facility and provide electricity service.Xcel says the project would help the utility and the area transition from its reliance on the Sherco plant, the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Burger King restaurant in Fort St. John raised $2,500 to help one of its own last month.15-year-old Alaya McCormick, who works at the restaurant, was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects white blood cells known as lymphocytes.Since her recent diagnosis, Alaya has had to travel to Vancouver, where she is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Burger King owner Trevor Bolin said that the restaurant donated a portion of the proceeds from every Whopper sold on Wednesday, September 19th to the McCormick’s to help with their travel expenses.Bolin said that in total, $2,500 was raised for Alaya during the fundraiser.This past weekend, Alaya was in town between treatments and came into Burger King on Saturday, where she received a cheque for the money raised.Bolin said the funds will be put in a savings account for Alaya, to go towards post-secondary tuition.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday as traders cashed in on some of last week’s strong gains while another dose of subpar economic data from Asia depressed commodity prices.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,838.33 -52.56 -0.44%S&P 500 — 1,404.11 -1.76 -0.13%Dow — 13,169.43 -38.52 -0.29%Nasdaq — 3,022.52 +1.66 0.05%The S&P/TSX composite index fell 52.56 points to 11,838.83, following a two% rise last week on hopes that central banks will move to keep a flagging global economic recovery going. The TSX Venture Exchange was ahead 6.37 points to 1,197.37.The Canadian dollar was down 0.15 of a cent at 100.76 US cents.U.S. markets were mainly lower as the Dow Jones industrials slipped 38.52 points to 13,169.43.The Nasdaq composite index rose 1.66 points to 3,022.52 and the S&P 500 index slipped 1.76 points to 1,404.11.TSX losses were led by sliding base metal stocks after data showing a steep falloff in Japanese economic growth during the second quarter.Japan’s economy grew by only 0.3% in the second quarter from the previous three-month period, half the rate that was expected. It was also sharply lower from the first quarter’s upwardly revised rate of 1.3%.The stall reflected the fallout from Europe’s debt crisis and a sharp rise in the value of the yen that made it more difficult for the country’s export sector to compete.The data followed news on Friday that export growth in China during July plunged to just one% from the previous month’s 11.3%, which was well below forecasts of about five%.But the dismal report helped fuel speculation that China’s central bank was preparing to act with some type of measure to spur business activity.Investors are also hoping to see further stimulus action from the U.S. Federal Reserve and also counting on the European Central Bank to do whatever is necessary to keep the continent’s monetary union intact.“We have a market running on central bank rhetoric,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“It shows you how much pessimism is priced into this market and if you just provide a little bit of a vacuum of bad news, the natural direction for the market at this point is probably up in the interim.”On Tuesday, traders will be looking for the latest estimates of second-quarter growth in the 17-nation eurozone, July retail sales in the U.S. and Canadian manufacturing shipments for June.The TSX base metals sector was off 1.36% as the Japanese data pushed September copper on the Nymex down another four cents to US$3.35 a pound. Copper slipped three cents Friday in the wake of the disappointing Chinese data. China is the biggest consumer of the metal.Teck Resources lost 75 cents to $29.58 while Taseko Mines was down eight cents to $2.60.The gold sector was down about 1.2% as December gold also lost early momentum to move down $10.20 to US$1,612.60 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc.faded 42 cents to $36.73 while Iamgold slipped 20 cents to $11.18.The energy sector dropped 0.69% as oil prices fell for a second day. Benchmark crude for September delivery lost early gains, inching 14 cents lower at $92.73 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Crude prices also retreated Friday after the International Energy Agency lowered its forecast for global crude demand for the year to 89.6 million barrels a day from 89.9 million due to a “combination of persistently high prices and a weak economic backdrop.”Canadian Natural Resources gave back 80 cents to $30.15 while Imperial Oil gained 57 cents to $45.28.A major decliner was TMX Group as shares in the stock market operator fell $2.75 or 5.53% to $47. On Friday, Maple Group Acquisition Corp. completed its long-extended offer to acquire the operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday. Maple has been renamed TMX Group Ltd., which will own 80% of TMG Group Inc., which lists its shares publicly.“There there was a large holder, probably several large holders, that built a position, either got what they wanted out of it or didn’t and are getting out,” added Fehr.“That would be my view based on the fact that there is nothing out there to me suggesting that there is more of a fundamental issue.”Elsewhere on the corporate front, shares in Leon’s Furniture Ltd. fell seven cents to $11.55 as the firm reported a nearly 20% drop in its second-quarter earnings compared with a year ago as it marketing costs rose. Leon’s earned $9-million or 13 cents per share, down from $11.2-million or 16 cents per share a year ago. Same-store corporate sales fell 5.8% compared with the second quarter of 2011.Ensign Energy Services Inc. lost 17 cents to $15.52 as it reported $18.7-million in quarterly net income, or 12 cents per common share, up from $16.1 million or 11 cents per share a year ago. Revenue increased to $463.9-million from $334.4-million in the year-earlier period.Google Inc. will cut about 4,000 positions at its Motorola Mobility subsidiary, about one-fifth of the cellphone maker’s total workforce. Google acquired Motorola Mobility Holdings earlier this year for US$12.5-billion as part of its telecom strategy. Google rose 2.8% to US$660.01. Here’s the news investors were watching today:Germany tells Greece ‘no more last chance’ on bailout termsGoogle to slash 4,000 Motorola Mobility jobsTesoro to buy BP refinery, related assets for US$2.5BRIM looks to sell NewBay, other assets: sourceON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWS UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Retail sales (July): Economists expect 0.3% rise Producer price index (July): Economists expect 0.2% rise from the month before, 0.5% year over year 10 a.m.Business inventories (June): Economists expect 0.2% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADAHudBay Minerals Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 8¢ a share Pan American Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 34¢ UNITED STATESThe Home Depot Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 97¢ The TJX Companies Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 55¢ The Estee Lauder Companies Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 16¢
EDMONTON – A company that owns a coal mine west of Edmonton says it is working to fix environmental problems affecting one of its tailings ponds.The Alberta Energy Regulator has said it found significant deficiencies in 2014 at the Coal Valley Resources mine near Edson that allow water to flow from a coal pit.The regulator said erosion of the structure was the cause and the flow of water contravenes environmental rules.Westmoreland Coal Co. says the mine was already under government enforcement orders because of water management concerns when Westmoreland purchased Coal Valley Resources last year.President John Schadan says Westmoreland has spent more than $22 million since then to bring the mine up to standard.Schadan says the company continues to work with the regulator to ensure that all water management structures at the mine meet regulatory requirements.“Westmoreland is now monitoring and managing this discharge, while keeping the AER informed of the results,” Schadan said in an email.“We are currently designing a permanent structure that will allow for continual water discharge from this location. We will be submitting this design and an implementation plan to the AER for approval.”The regulator said it inspected water structures at 31 coal mines in the province and only found significant deficiencies at the Edson mine.The AER conducted the inspections after a report by the auditor general last March said the government was failing to properly regulate the province’s network of energy industry dams and tailings ponds.The Edson mine is separate from the Obed coal mine near Hinton, where about 670 million litres of waste water spilled on Oct. 31, 2013.At the time, Coal Valley Resources operated the Obed mine as a subsidiary of Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S).Last month, the Alberta Crown charged the two companies with offences under Alberta’s Environmental Protection Act, Public Lands Act and Water Act over the spill.Sherritt sold Coal Valley Resources to Westmoreland in 2014. Company says it is working to fix water discharge problem at Alberta coal mine by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 11, 2015 10:26 am MDT Last Updated Nov 11, 2015 at 11:22 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
FILE – This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows the New York Stock Exchange. World stocks were mostly lower Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, ahead of comments from the European Central Bank’s president and after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled more interest rate increases in the months to come. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Global shares steady ahead of Trump’s inauguration KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Global shares were steady in cautious trading Friday ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. China’s report that its economy grew at a 6.8 per cent pace in October-December was in line with expectations.KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX was steady at 11,599.05. The CAC 40 of France added 0.2 per cent to 4,848.81. Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 0.5 per cent to 7,208.44. Wall Street looked headed for a subdued start, with the future for the Dow Jones industrial average down 0.1 per cent and the S&P 500 future up 0.2 per cent.TRUMP’S INAUGURATION: The Dow Jones industrial average erased its gains for 2017 on Thursday, falling for the fifth day in a row as the post-election Trump rally waned ahead of the inauguration. Investors will be looking for clues in Trump’s inauguration speech for his plans on fiscal stimulus, tax cuts and trade. On Thursday, the Dow fell 0.4 per cent, to 19,732.40, slightly below where it finished 2016 but close to its record closing high of 19,974.62, set one month ago. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index also fell 0.4 per cent, to 2,263.69. The Nasdaq composite lost 0.3 per cent to 5,540.08.ANALYST QUOTES: “Markets are now waiting for more evidence that Donald Trump will deliver on fiscal stimulus and deregulation but uncertainty remains high about what he will do on trade,” Shane Oliver of AMP Capital said in a commentary. “The risk of a tit-for-tat trade war between the U.S. and China is high, particularly if Trump formally brands China a currency manipulator.”CHINA’S GDP: Shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose after the government said the economy grew at a 6.8 per cent annual rate in the last quarter, helped by property investment and government spending. Full year growth was 6.7 per cent, the weakest in three decades as a potential trade battle with Trump looms. On a quarterly basis, growth has been decelerating.THE DAY IN ASIA: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.3 per cent to 19,137.91 and the Shanghai Composite Index added 0.7 per cent to 3,123.14. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 fell 0.7 per cent to 5,654.80, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.7 per cent to 22,885.91 and South Korea’s Kospi dipped 0.4 per cent to 2,065.61. India’s Sensex lost 1 per cent to 27,034.21 and Southeast Asian markets were mixed.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gained 29 cents to $52.40 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 23 cents Thursday to close at $52.12. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 25 cents to $54.41 in London. It added 24 cents in the previous session to $54.16.CURRENCY: The dollar rose to 114.96 yen from Thursday’s 114.80. The euro rose to $1.0664 from $1.0659. by Eileen Ng, The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2017 8:26 am MDT Last Updated Jan 20, 2017 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Thousands of people are being diagnosed with late-stage cancer in A&E due to GPs repeatedly misreading their symptoms, new research warns.Experts have described as “extremely concerning” new data revealing that among those who were diagnosed with the disease in an emergency setting, almost a quarter had visited their family doctor three or more times.They included 31 per cent of breast cancer patients who had attended three or more appointments, and 41 per cent of those diagnosed with bowel cancer. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A significant group of patients given an emergency diagnosis – 29 per cent – were those who had not been been to the GP.Specialists said this illustrated the worrying ignorance many people have of the so-called “red flag” symptoms that should give cause for concern.But campaigners said the figures were partly explained by the difficulty many face securing an appointment.Samia al Qadhi, chief executive of Breast Cancer Care, said: “We speak to women and men who tell us how incredibly distressing it is not to be taken seriously when they’ve found a possible symptom.” She said almost a third of people with incurable secondary breast cancer felt clinicians had not taken their concerns about being unwell seriously before being diagnosed.People who are diagnosed with cancer as an emergency have a worse prognosis than those diagnosed at an earlier stage.Cancer Research UK data shows that 22% of people diagnosed with cancer each year are an emergency case, approximately 78,000 people.However, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has pointed out that rate of emergency diagnoses as a proportion of overall new cases of cancer had dropped five per cent in the past five years. The new research, published in the British Journal of General Practice, analysed the medical records of 4,637 people diagnosed in A&E.It showed that those patients who had not seen their GP before a diagnosis tended to be older, male and living in the most deprived parts of the country.But the vast majority of all cancer patients diagnosed as an emergency – 71% – had attended a GP appointment.Judith Brodie, acting chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “It’s concerning that the study shows 41% of bowel cancer patients who are diagnosed as emergencies had previously sought help from their GP three or more times.”A bowel cancer patient’s chance of being successfully treated drops dramatically if they are not diagnosed until a late stage, so more must be done to ensure that the public is aware of the symptoms and how important it is to get them checked out as soon as possible.”Knowledge of the disease will also give them the confidence to persevere with their GP if they feel their symptoms are not being taken seriously enough.” We speak to women and men who tell us how incredibly distressing it is not to be taken seriously when they’ve found a possible symptomSamia al Qadhi, Breast Cancer Care The research acknowledged that among the patients diagnosed as an emergency were those with difficult-to-spot cancers, such as lung cancer or multiple myeloma, and younger patients.Last month NHS England admitted that waiting times for patients in need of hip, knee and other non-urgent operations would be likely to grow in order for cash-strapped hospitals to prioritise cancer services.A spokesman for the RGCP said: “GPs take their role in diagnosing cancer as early as possible very seriously and we would urge patients who experience any concerning or persistent symptoms to book an appointment with their GP.“Family doctors would be helped by increased access to new and improved diagnostic tools to help them identify cancers that are more difficult to spot, and this is something that the RGCP has long been calling for.”The new study was funded by Cancer Research UK and conducted by University College London, the Cambridge University and Public Health England. Breast cancer patients say they are not always taken seriouslyCredit:Rui Vieira /PA Show more
YOU TUBE IS set to release a series of channels that you will have to pay to watch.The content on the new pay channels will be in addition to the millions of videos viewers watch for free on YouTube. It’s not clear whether the paid videos will come with advertising.The Financial Times reported earlier that viewers would be charged as little as €1.50 a month for subscriptions.In a statement, YouTube said it is looking into creating a “subscription platform” that provides its partners with a way to generate revenue beyond video rentals and placing ads in and around content. It said, however, that it had “nothing to announce at this time.”Executives hinted at the coming pay channels at a preview event in March ahead of a meeting in New York with advertisers. ‘Gangnam Style’Such a model could help video producers make money from niche audiences. That’s different from how YouTube works now, where the most popular videos, like PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ music video, make the most money from advertising.One example given by executives was of video lessons by a computer science teacher.“For people who create great value but for only a narrow interest group, I think that the potential for pay channels unlocks opportunities for creating revenue streams,” said Lucas Watson, YouTube’s vice president of sales and marketing, at the time.Introducing pay channels would also accustom fans of YouTube to paying for content, something the site is not known for, although it has sold and rented movies and TV shows from major studios since late 2008.“It’s a whole new skill set to develop: to convince people to actually take out their credit card, even for one cent,” said Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s vice president and global head of content partnerships, told reporters at the March event.Google Inc. bought YouTube for $1.76 billion in 2006 when the video site had an estimated 50 million users worldwide. Today, the site boasts more than 1 billion visitors a month.- APRead: How Cleveland kidnap hero Charles Ramsey became an internet sensation> More: YouTube has won its battle with TV… according to YouTube>
How do you take a transhumanism story and accidentally turn it into a statement on modern technology? John Cabrera and Cosimo De Tomosso, the writers of a unique webseries called H+ The Digital Series talked to me for a little while and offered up their view of how that exact thing happened.The Show So FarOne third of the global population is dead. There was no time to do anything, no way you could have possibly known it was coming, but it happened. If this were your future, there’s a relatively good chance that you as the reader of this article would be dead. Maybe it was an accident, or maybe it was the will of a group of people who felt a message needed to be sent and the global balance of power needed to be adjusted. Whatever happened, there’s no way to undo what has been done. A full third of the global population gone in an instant, all because they were connected to a piece of technology that was embedded into their body and mind.Like any good show, H+ starts off with infinitely more questions than answers. By the time you’ve reached the end of the first season, there’s a dozen new questions for every answer provided, and as the writers of the show sit down to flesh out the script for season two, the real world has already caught up to the story in some interesting ways.H+ starts off by introducing a world where most of the functions of the smartphone you keep in your pocket have been transferred to an interface that only you can see, because the smartphone is in your brain. Your user interface is projected out in front of you, and the user swipes and pokes at thin air in order to interact with the computer. Your mind is always connected to the Internet as a result of this technology, and the lines between your computer and your body are permanently blurred.John Cabrera and Cosimo De Tomosso began working on a story back in 2006 that introduced some wild technological advances in order to help tell an exciting cyberpunk-esque story. This story was conceptualized before the rise of the modern smartphone, before touch interfaces were globally commonplace, and before YouTube was seriously viewed as a place for premium content. As the tech world continued to evolve, season one of H+ found itself in a place where it is easier than ever to not only believe the story being told, but to find yourself wanting the tech in the series as though it were being released tomorrow.Every episode starts from the point of view of one character or another. You look right through their eyes, usually so you can see the digital world as they interact with it. Most of the technology in this show relies on a special interaction with the eyes in one way or another. The embedded technology, for obvious reasons, uses your eyes as projectors for data.Meanwhile the writers have re-invented netbooks to look like interconnecting slabs of glass that don’t do much until you slide on a special pair of glasses that reveal the operating system only to you. There’s also transparent smartphones that seem to be aware of when there’s a pair of eyes gazing on them, and shows the user information based on the area they are in and the activities they are currently involved with. It’s so easy to see how current technology is already headed down these paths, and it’s really exciting to watch.Moore’s Law and CyberPunkDuring my interview with John and Cosimo, the two took a look back at the concepts they researched heavily in order to integrate them as if they were advanced future concepts that are now incredibly common. In 2006, where smartphones were really just PDAs with very slow Internet connections, it was impossible to guess that we’d have gotten as far as we have in less than ten years: an always on, always connected generation of users that treat Android and iOS as though they have been around forever and will continue to exist for as long as they are alive; cloud services that act as household names, powerful enough that tablets can be used as personal computers. In many ways, the technology in H+ is just as sci-fi now as our current generation of technology would seem to someone in 2006.As you jump around in time and explore the technology in the show, you come across the antagonist group that is somehow responsible for the attack that killed so many people. This group uses a piece of technology that is similar in many ways to the now mainstream H+ units, but intentionally setup to be fundamentally different in what it is used for. Where H+ is beautifully designed with an elegant user interface that allows the user to glide through a connected world, you can only do what the creator allows you to do with it. Meanwhile this rival piece of technology is not nearly as pretty, but highly functional.It’s hinted in several points during the first season that the more technical implant is much more powerful, but its only available to a limited group of people. This unnamed rival implant also seems to grant mental and physical enhancements to the host body, clearly demonstrating a different relationship with the host body.John and Cosimo both laughed when I drew the immediate parallel between iOS and Android, and reminded me that the concepts they had been working on were on the table before either of those platforms were on the market. The truth is that there have always been tech rivalries like the ones we experience today, though Cabrera pointed out that the intensity with which users embrace the Android ecosystem certainly reminded him of concepts that he and De Tomasso have sewn the seeds for with the rival group in the show.Google’s other buzzworthy yet unreleased tech, Project Glass, has caught the eye of these two writers, especially as they see the excitement for that tech as a direct comparison to how they imagined the world would have responded initially to the implant they invented for the series. John Cabrera commented several times about how eager he was to use Glass and see how close to he and Cosimo’s vision of the future we’ve really come. 1 2
134,261 Views Opinion: A shock diagnosis left me a 30-year-old widower – here is how I survived ‘Something I’ve tried to live by over the past year is a lesson I learned soon after the bereavement- you honour the dead by choosing to live well, writes Noel Byrne. Share755 Tweet Email30 Feb 23rd 2019, 7:31 PM https://jrnl.ie/4507105 Short URL THERE WERE ONLY three weeks from cancer diagnosis to death.When you’re 30, you never think something like this will happen to you. This isn’t how it’s meant to be. We had so many plans – things we wanted to do and places we wanted to see.The thing is that you’re not just grieving the person you’ve lost, but also the future you thought you were going to have with them.Honestly, it’s hard not to feel like I’ve been robbed. That Kathy was robbed. That our families were robbed.There is no greater plan here. Giving a 29-year-old woman an aggressive form of cancer that she never had a chance to beat, never even had a chance to fight against, is just so cruel.Initial bereavementWhen I returned to our apartment for the first time, there was a weird sense of comfort, but it also felt utterly surreal. Everything as it was, but at the same time, never will be again. I also wasn’t sure how I was ‘meant’ to feel. Although society seems to have this narrative around grieving and what to expect, I quickly learned there is no right or wrong way. Everyone handles grief differently.It’s too unique an experience for there to be a fixed pattern that everyone follows. Grief is not a destination, it’s a journey. And there is no map.A friend offered me some invaluable advice early on – don’t allow the expectations of others to impact you.People may expect you to be a certain way but do what makes you comfortable. If this means lying in bed all day, do that. If it means going to a house party, do that. You do you.Some people expected me to be depressed or in a constant state of upset when they met me – but it doesn’t work like that. I still go out, I still work, I still laugh.It doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten though and I have my ups and downs. Grief comes in waves but it won’t dictate my life entirely. By Noel Byrne 20 Comments Noel Byrne Crucially, it’s OK to be OK and a lot of people forget this.Finding My WaySomething I’ve tried to live by over the past year is a lesson I learned from Dr Geoff Warburton’s TED Talk ‘The Adventure of Grief’.You honour the dead more by choosing to live well.To some this may seem like a difficult choice but consider this – how would Kathy want me to be?Would she want me to close myself off from the world or to shut out friends and family? Would she want me to just mope around all the time? No, of course, she wouldn’t.How would I want Kathy to be if the roles were reversed?The last thing I’d want for her is to spiral into an unending sadness. I’d want her to live the best life she possibly could. AdviceWhen you feel sad – be sad. Sometimes it can come out of nowhere and overwhelm you. Let it. It may only hit you every now and again. I think if you bury the emotions, or just ignore them, it’ll do more harm in the long term. Embrace the emotions, let them bring you wherever it is they’re going.Talking is important. Who you talk to is up to you, whether it’s a family member, a friend or a counsellor.My approach has been to be open and honest about how I’m doing and how things are going. If someone asks, I’ll answer them honestly but will never force the conversation on anyone. Some people find discussions about death and grief a little too much and that’s fine too. For people who are supporting someone who is bereaved – if you do ask someone how they’re doing, just remember that you don’t need to solve any problems, sometimes listening is all that’s needed.Equally, people may not want to talk so don’t pressure people into doing so. They will when they’re ready.Saying that I went through, and continue to go through, periods of wanting space and wanting to be alone.There are times that I don’t want to talk and that’s OK too. Having family and friends around is important though, to know you can reach out when you need the help.Friends have been a vital part of my life over the past 12 months. Whether intended or not, they bring a sense of normalcy. With friends around me, I never feel alone, I feel that I can do this and that I will find my way.A New RoutineA month after Kathy’s funeral, I was keen to get back to work, to get back to a sense of routine. Once I went back though, I realised I’d made a mistake. I didn’t want routine at all, I needed the opposite.I finished working at the start of April and it allowed me more time and space to do what I wanted, to go at my own pace. I believe this was the best decision I made. If you feel the need to and are able to do so – I’d highly recommend taking such a break.I ended up spending a lot of time going for walks and hikes – and just generally embracing nature. Being out in the open grounds me and really declutters the mind. It’s a sense of calm I treasure.Push backKathy and I were together for 11 years. She shaped me into the person I am today right up until her last breath. It’s her strength and positivity that I’ve tried to channel over the past year. It’s shaped my actions and choices and will continue to do so.When something like this happens, it really does change your perspective on life. It forces you to reassess where you’re at and what’s important to you.As a society, we often just do what’s expected of us, what we think we’re meant to do. We’re merely going through the motions and not really living at all. We use different excuses to settle for the way things are, even though it leaves us unfulfilled.Deep down, many of us want things to be different, to take a path we’re afraid to venture down for fear it won’t work out. The truth of it is that sometimes it doesn’t lead where you hoped but at least you gave it go. You took the chance and that’s more than most people do.For me, my path has been unexpectedly rerouted, but this is part of my story now and it is part of who I am.The day Kathy died, part of me died too. Certainly, this was not how our lives were meant to be nor something I could ever have imagined happening to me. But when life pushes you to the edge, you have to push back. Noel Byrne is a former journalist and has returned to college to undertake a Masters in Public Affairs & Political Communication in TU Dublin. Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 7:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Virgin a des rêves d’ADSLVirgin Mobile cherche à se faire une place solide sur le marché des opérateurs mobiles et aussi sur Internet. Pour cela, l’entreprise chercherait à intégrer l’ADSL dans ses offres.Virgin Mobile serait tenté par l’aventure du Haut Débit, à en croire le blog d’Emmanuel Paquette, journaliste à L’Express. Le premier opérateur virtuel de France serait alors en discussions avec Completel, qui loue ses infrastructures à la DartyBox et que l’on connaît déjà à travers Numericable. Virgin cherche à consolider sa position. Cette initiative, faite pour contrer Free qui arrivera sur le marché mobile en 2012, devra avoir les reins solides pour faire face à Bougues Telecom qui, avec Ideo, propose déjà une offre quadruple-play.Et pour satisfaire ce projet, Virgin Mobile devra investir beaucoup de moyens financiers. En plus de devenir full MVNO, il faudra prendre son indépendance vis-à-vis d’Orange… Un pari loin d’être gagné.Le 8 décembre 2010 à 14:31 • Emmanuel Perrin
WOODLAND — From Kim Everett’s home outside of Woodland, she can hear cars driving, trains passing and planes flying.“It’s not quiet, but it’s peaceful,” said Everett, 53.Everett and her husband moved in about two years ago, looking to leave behind increasingly crowded Vancouver. Everett works as a nurse practitioner and spends part of her workweek at her home office, from where she can look out and see her three horses. Beyond her pasture, there’s a farm where she can watch cows graze. On clear nights, the stars glow.The fear for Everett and many of her neighbors in the Woodland Bottoms area is that they might lose some of that peacefulness as Woodland officials move deeper into discussions about expanding Woodland’s urban growth boundary. It’s a topic the city’s planning commission has discussed the last few months, and will go before the city council on Monday.The planning commission recently voted to recommend that the city council expand the urban growth boundary in the area adjacent to the city south of Horseshoe Lake between the railroad and Lewis River down to Wyman Road, according to Travis Goddard, community development director for the city. From the city’s point of view, the discussion has been centered around how to plan for expected growth. According to the city’s most recent comprehensive plan, Woodland will need an additional 1,292 housing units by 2036.Part of the recommended changes would allow a developer to build homes on the property behind Everett’s street, meaning Everett and her horses might not live a fence away from a herd of cows, but instead a few hundred new neighbors.“What happens if they put a road back there?” Everett said. “What if someone crashes into the fence, or tries to jump up? How can I protect my horses? We can build a sturdy wall, but then we lose the view.”
By Sulayman BahGambia’s Gina Bass is eyeing success in the IAAF World Championship hot on the heels of a rampaging performance in the recently concluded All-Africa Games in Morocco.The 24-year-old nation’s pride is currently the fastest woman in Africa having dethroned Marie Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast who was one time the standout in both the women’s 100m and 200m.Bass, gifted title deeds by the presidency in a rare show of appreciation to a sport that has suffered over two decades of cold shoulder treatment from government, sealed a place in the Games in Doha following her incredible 200m dash.She has already departed the country’s shores to Senegal for preparations for the championship which begins September 27th
KUSI Newsroom County initiatives to prevent fires in back country communities KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 4, 2019 June 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County supervisors today took action to better respond to wildfire risks by beefing up staff and increasing a contract with Cal Fire.On a 4-0 vote, the board approved a proposal to add five people to the Fire Authority’s Community Risk Reduction Division; assist up to 20,000 homeowners with defensible space fire protection; require vents in new construction for better flame and ember resistance; execute a pre-fire plan for high-risk neighborhoods; and improve vegetation management and emergency planning.The upgraded wildfire plan will result in a network of fire breaks around Crest, Guatay, Palomar Mountain and other backcountry communities, according to board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob’s office.The county and Cal Fire will work together on carrying out the proposals, Jacob’s office said.“We’re improving our fire prevention ground game and launching several initiatives to better safeguard communities that sit in the crosshairs of a potential disaster,” Jacob said after the meeting.Jacob, along with Supervisor Jim Desmond, requested the wildfire policy improvements.Fire safety improvements will cost $1,570,119 in fiscal year 2019-2020, according to county documents. That amount includes $1,210,363 to pay for the additional employees and contract staff, and $359,756 in one-time costs for contracted inspection services. Ron Lane, deputy chief administration officer, said the county will monitor progress and complete programs by either the summer of 2020 or 2021.Jacob said there are nearly 60,000 homes in San Diego County at high risk in a wildfire, and added she hoped the county would consider fire insurance for future home construction.Desmond said that more than 600,000 residents live in unincorporated areas, and “as we enter the 2019 wildfire season, this will allow the county help residents better prepare.” Cal Fire Chief Tony Mecham told the board that five additional staff positions will provide more insight and code enforcement. He added that his agency’s strategy is educating the community, engineering and enforcement. Cal Fire will increase home inspections and work toward distributing metal boxes that will let homeowners keep keys in a safe place in case of a wildfire, Mecham said. Cal Fire will also take steps to protect evacuation corridors, maintain 40 miles of fire roads and truck trails, update community evacuation plans and increase prescribed burns, according to Mecham. He added that Cal Fire wants increased GIS capabilities and new software, a regional public safety database and enhanced mutual aid radio infrastructure.Along with his fellow supervisors, Nathan Fletcher praised the wildfire plan and praised Cal Fire for its efforts.Fletcher added that the board should be mindful as it considers future housing in high-risk areas.Supervisor Greg Cox was absent from today’s meeting.
A swollen yellow Porsche Carrera and a private plane you could park on a villa are the two vehicles visitors will find first when entering TheArsenale, a showroom open until the end of the year at City of Dreams Macau.Motorcycles, bicycles, cars, skateboards, boats and even a self-propelled surfboard gather in the space in a display of revolutionary design and conception of motion. The showroom also includes watches, books and paintings, proving that nothing escapes the cutting-edge proposals of TheArsenale.“We are the most insane garage in the world,” says Patrice Mignan, CEO and Founder of TheArsenale, “because insane is the right term to define the selection we provide and the typology of products we provide.”Mignam, who personally developed the showroom composition in 90 days, also says TheArsenale is “not just about selling products, it’s about giving a lot of insights on design, on culture, on technology,” highlighting the special relationship the brand tries to establish with each of its customers.Most of the products on the exhibition floor can be purchased and their prices are proportional to the exclusivity of the product. By the way, in case you decide to indulge yourself, all prices are in Hong Kong dollars.As Mignan says, “If it is not in TheArsenale, it doesn’t exist.”
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A Fort Lauderdale Police officer was killed and a fire rescue officer was taken to the hospital after, authorities said, a car rear-ended their vehicle in Coral Springs, early Saturday.According to Coral Springs Police, 30-year-old Christopher Sheehan was at the wheel of a 1995 Jeep Wrangler when a 2010 Dodge Challenger crashed into him near U.S. 441 and Wiles Road, at around 2:30 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Paramedics transported Sheehan’s passenger, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Capt. Jacob Snowhite, to Northwest Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. The 41-year-old remained in the hospital on Sunday.The driver of the Challenger, identified as 29-year-old Margate resident Joselyn Lopez, stayed at the scene. She was not injured.Investigators said speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors in the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.