Zachary Levi Signs Headsets For Charity Auction

first_imgBid on a set of the new Turtle Beach Marvel headsets with “Fandrel” plates signed by Zachary Levi!The new Marvel SEVEN blends quality, comfort, control and versatility and features premium finishes. It can be used for gaming as well as watching movies, listening to music, chat and voice calls.Proceeds will benefit Operation Smile.These headsets come with a set of custom “Fandral” speaker plates autographed by Zachary Levi, star of THOR: THE DARK WORLD and will NEVER be available for purchase. There are ONLY 4 sets in existence, so be sure to bid on this exclusive offer! Letter of Authenticity included.Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives. As an international charity for children, we measure ourselves by the joy we see on all of the faces we help. Every child — no matter where they are born — has the right to smile. The right to receive proper medical care. The right to a better and healthier future. Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe.The auction ends on November 18 and can be accessed via eBay.last_img read more

Cree elder weird phenomena are a global warning

first_imgAPTN National NewsWill the world end on December 21st, 2012?It’s a common question, sparked by the calendars of the Maya people. At the height of their civilization, they created great calendars that plotted out the days and years centuries in advance… but then stopped, at a date that corresponds to December 21st, 2012 on the Gregorian calendar.Many explain the mystery by saying that the Maya knew the world would end on that date.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler takes a look at recent omen-like phenomena, and speaks with a Cree elder on what could happen this December.last_img

Developmentally challenged boy thrown into Winnipeg dumpster

first_imgAPTN National NewsA father says his son with special needs is traumatized after being thrown into a dumpster bin.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

Guns clothing and a historical lock of hair in St Boniface museum

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG — A 19th-century lock of hair from one of Canada’s most controversial figures, which sits next to a pistol, is undoubtedly the most startling artifact in the St. Boniface Museum in Winnipeg.The hair was taken from Louis Riel’s beard, shortly after he was convicted of treason and hanged, and now has a place of prominence in a museum that takes visitors back in time to the days of fur traders, missionaries and the development of the Prairies.“After he was executed, there was what was called a coroner’s jury, which was a group of people who met with the coroner to confirm that it was Louis Riel, he was dead, and that he died in a humane way,” Aidan Prenovault, one of the museum’s interpreters, explains.“When all that was confirmed and the coroner signed off declaring his death, (jurors) would take souvenirs from his body _ locks of his hair, they cut off his suspenders, they took the moccasins from his feet … so they could say, ‘Yeah, I was involved in executing Louis Riel.”’The pistol that sits next to the lock of hair is said to have been purchased by Riel in Montana in 1883. Moccasins, a trunk and other goods that belonged to Riel are also on display. He is buried in a cemetery a two-minute walk away.The museum, across the Red River from downtown Winnipeg, celebrates French-Canadian and Metis contributions to the development of the West, starting at a time when there was little relief from the harsh Prairie weather.The building itself was built in the 1840s for a group of Grey Nuns who were brought in to the burgeoning Red River Colony to help with religious guidance, education and health care. The oak log structure is the oldest remaining building in what is now Winnipeg and served as a convent, school, asylum and the first hospital in Western Canada.The nuns moved in about three years before the building was finished, and had little protection against the bone-chilling winters.“Only one of the walls was up, and they were using bison hides for the rest of the walls until the building was completed,” Prenovault says.The museum has an altar, statues and other religious items from that time, all contained in a chapel.Other displays focus on specific eras of the West.One section of the museum shows a model of a canoe and explains the life of fur traders who battled raging rivers and extreme weather as the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company wrestled for economic supremacy in the West.The section that includes the story of Riel celebrates the Red River Rebellion, which led to a provisional government in 1869 and the entry of Manitoba into Confederation the following year. The section explains Riel’s efforts to set up a government that would respect the rights of French- and English-speaking inhabitants, and the fighting that occurred before and after.After Confederation, life became more settled. St. Boniface was incorporated as a town in 1883, then a city 25 years later (it would eventually be absorbed into Winnipeg). The museum shows the growing urbanization of the area.One display shows two rooms of a typical home in the 1920s, as the inhabitants enjoy semi-modern conveniences. Gabrielle Roy, the francophone author of “The Tin Flute” who gained fame after moving to Quebec, was born, raised and taught school in St. Boniface. A quilt made by her mother is on display at the museum.Winnipeg would lose ground to faster-growing western cities as the 20th century progressed and trade routes that didn’t involve the Red or Assiniboine rivers developed. The museum, Prenovault says, takes visitors back to an era when the area was ground zero for commerce, religion and education beyond Ontario.“Winnipeg _ the Red River settlement _ was a hub.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNICEF partners with the Government of Malawi to test first humanitarian drone

“Malawi has over the past years faced serious droughts and flooding,” stated Malawi’s Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango. “The launch of the UAS testing corridor is particularly important to support transportation and data collection where land transport infrastructure is either not feasible or difficult during emergencies.” The corridor will be the first one in Africa, and the first one to be used globally for humanitarian and development purposes, the agency reports. It will become fully operational by April 2017, while its distance is expected to be no longer than 40 kilometres. The Humanitarian UAS Testing Corridor will undergo testing in three areas: imagery – generating and analyzing aerial images for development and during humanitarian crises, including for situation monitoring in floods and earthquakes, connectivity – exploring the possibility for UAS to extend Wi-Fi or cellphone signals across difficult terrain, particularly in emergency settings, and transport – delivery of small low weight supplies such as emergency medical supplies, vaccines and samples for laboratory diagnosis, including for HIV testing. “The establishment of the testing corridor means there is now a place where we can explore the potential of UAS in the development and humanitarian space,” said Cynthia McCaffrey, Director of UNICEF’s Office of Innovation, highlighting that the programme help the agency adapt to rapid developments in UAS technology and potentially integrate UAS into our work for children. UNICEF is working with governments and private sector partners on incorporating the system in low income countries. Current focus is on open source and user-centred design. The agency has already had a pilot test run in March 2016, using UAS for the transportation of dried blood samples for early infant diagnosis of HIV. According to UNICEF, the system proved to be efficient and valuable. In the following months, the Malawi Government and UNICEF will finalize the details and identify potential UAS operators that can function in the case of disasters in the region and put in place stand-by agreements to ensure a rapid emergency response. read more

Activist tells of legal woes at Thinking About Animals

Lisa Warden speaks at Pond Inlet.Lisa Warden has turned into a problem that won’t go away for municipal officials in the Indian city of Ahmedabad.Warden, a Canadian animal activist, was horrified when she saw street dogs there being caught with metal tongs and dumped at a landfill on the outskirts of the city. It led her on a charge that has gained her media attention, award nominations and a $2-million defamation suit slapped on her by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.Warden discussed her experiences at Thinking About Animals, a conference held at Pond Inlet on March 31 and April 1. About 300 academics and activists have gathered to discuss subjects such as veganism, factory farming and animals in literature.John SorensonWarden moved to Ahmedabad in 2009 and discovered the city is home to about 230,000 street dogs. Street dogs are often vaccinated and neutered, but are also routinely rounded up with tongs so brutal about 20 per cent of dogs subjected to them have to be euthanized, she told the audience Thursday.Warden met with municipal officials and proposed a five-year population control plan, which seemed like it would move forward, she said. Then she heard that tongs were still being used. Ahmedabad is bidding for a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation. Warden said she threatened to go to UNESCO with news about the treatment of street dogs, and in a media event, the municipality agreed not to use tongs anymore and voluntarily handed them over.The result has been a wave of legal action against Warden. The city says she stole the tongs and misled the public, leading to charges that include theft and extortion. It has even blamed her for dog bites.Warden was just one of dozens of presenters at the conference. Today’s presentations include Animal Celebrity and Animal Life: Lessons from the Circus Elephant in History, Canadian Food Policies and Pet Food. (full schedule of events)John Sorenson, Brock professor of Sociology and critical animal studies expert, is pleased with the conference so far.“The mood is upbeat,” he said. “Everyone is encouraged by the sense of community and the growing interest in critical animal studies.” read more

Emmywinning TV producer offers students simple advice collaborate

Legendary television producer Ralph Mellanby spoke about his career to a Sport and Media class (Dept. Communications, Popular Culture and Film).His stories were plentiful.But as legendary television producer Ralph Mellanby regaled a second-year Media and Sport class with tales about producing that cornerstone of Canadian TV, Hockey Night in Canada, hiring Don Cherry to keep viewers interested between game periods, getting set lighting advice from film icon Norman Jewison, his advice to students was singular.Collaborate.“We’re in the business of interpersonal skills and collaboration,” said Mellanby, who visited the class Thursday. “The other guy is the guy who teaches you. The other gal is the gal who teaches you what you don’t know. You come out of college and think you know it all. You don’t.”Josh Reid, a third-year sport managment student, snaps a picture of Ralph Mellanby’s Emmy after the producer spoke to Reid’s class Thursday.Mellanby credits teamwork – and several lucky breaks – for his 55 years in television production, starting as a prop boy at a local TV station in Windsor. Among his long list of achievements, Mellanby rose the ranks of executive producer for the Canadian broadcast of 15 Olympic games. He won five Emmy awards for his work.Many people helped him along in his career, he said.“That person sitting next to you is as big as any producer walking in. You need to work together, not stab each other in the back,” Mellanby said. “When you see great shows… that’s not a big producer. That’s the cameraman… the whole crew.”As quick as he is to credit others with his success, Mellanby was lightening fast in his quips about hiring one of the loudest and most controversial personalities in Canada’s broadcast history.“Don’t blame me,” he said when students learned he hired Don Cherry to fill Hockey Night in Canada intermissions with Coach’s Corner.“He’s been on 33 years. I thought he wouldn’t be on 33 minutes,” Mellanby said.Mellanby said Cherry’s brash ways got him banned from CBC buildings and his colleagues threatened to quit if the outspoken Cherry wasn’t spiked first. But Mellanby fought to keep him on air. Viewers, love him or hate him, never missed him and sponsors lapped up his ability to keep people glued to the tube, he said.“I never muzzled him. I checked him a lot,” he said. “He wouldn’t do with me the things he does now.”Mellanby also told students they are entering an industry with great opportunity, noting he’s currently working on an online-only show, a medium that didn’t exist for much of his career.“If you really want a career in TV, radio or journalism… you’ll get it,” he said. “You’ve got to love the business.” read more

Series of events will explore mindfulness interventions for autism intellectual disabilities

Brock University will welcome a world-renowned behaviour analyst next month to discuss the benefits of mindfulness techniques for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and their caregivers.Nirbhay Singh, an acclaimed expert on mindfulness-based practices, will present during a series of events April 25 and 26.Maurice Feldman, Chair of Brock’s Department of Applied Disability Studies, credits Singh with bringing mindfulness into the field of ASD and ID.“Until his work, we hadn’t really considered eastern approaches to supporting people with ID or mental illness,” says Feldman.Brock University will welcome renowned behaviour analyst and mindfulness expert Nirbhay Singh for a series of events April 25 and 26.During his time in Niagara, Singh will deliver two free presentations on Brock’s main campus as well as a workshop in the community that is geared toward professionals in related fields.An afternoon colloquium on Thursday, April 25 will focus on recent research that, Singh says, hints at exciting new developments for children’s mental health. While the free event is primarily geared toward Brock students and faculty, all are welcome to attend.The colloquium will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in WH209.Singh’s research “demonstrates the effectiveness of mindfulness and combining mindfulness with positive behaviour support approaches, which is what we do in applied behaviour analysis,” Feldman says.“He’s evaluating an integration of positive behaviour support with mindfulness techniques and shows the combination works better than either approach alone.”Also on April 25, this time from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in TH242, community members are invited to a free educational presentation geared toward caregivers, front-line workers, families and parents of individuals with ASD or ID.“Dr. Singh has conducted research that shows mindfulness practices can benefit both individuals with intellectual disabilities, ASD and their caregivers,” says Feldman.The evening presentation will begin with remarks by Edmonton-Wetaskiwin MP Mike Lake, whose son has autism.Singh’s visit will wrap-up with a full-day workshop at the Holiday Inn in St. Catharines on Friday, April 26. The workshop is designed “to train practitioners in mindfulness strategies for use with children, youth and adults and with their caregivers,” says Feldman.He notes that Singh has made “major contributions, in addition to his more recent work on mindfulness.”A clinical professor of psychiatry and health behaviour at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, Singh is the editor of three international Journals (Mindfulness, Journal of Child and Family Studies, and Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders) and a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. He is the developer of Mindfulness-Based Positive Behaviour Support as well as multiple informal mindfulness practices for the self-management of challenging behaviours, including aggression, disruptive and destructive behaviour. In addition to mindfulness-based interventions, his research interests include assistive technology for people with severe or profound intellectual and multiple disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, and others with neurogenerative diseases.Singh’s presentations are sponsored by the Department of Applied Disability Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Brock University.Behaviour analysts who attend the events can apply for continuing education credits.Mindfulness event detailsThursday, April 25Kicking Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs Up a Notch: Can We Produce Multi-generational Effects from Positive Interventions?Held from 3 to 4 p.m. in WH209 at Brock University.The event is free. All are welcome to attend.Helping Caregivers to Use Mindfulness-Based Practices for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Intellectual DisabilitiesHeld from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in TH242 at Brock University.The event is free. All are welcome to attend. RSVP is requested.Friday, April 26Mindfulness-Based Practices for Children, Youth and Adults with ASD and/or ID and Their Caregivers: An Interactive WorkshopHeld from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines.Cost to attend is $200. Registration is required.More information on the events is available on the Applied Disability Studies website. read more

Best Buy Stops Charging Restocking Fees

first_imgWant to feel better gifting electronics this holiday season? Well, Best Buy finally announced that it would stop charging stocking fees, for returned items (except special orders). So if the products that you gift aren’t exactly what the recipients wanted, they can return them without being slapped with a hefty restocking fee, which was previously 15% for most items (pricey).AdChoices广告Best Buy recently announced on its website: Best Buy continually listens to our customers, and they told us they want to give confidently this holiday season and every other day of the year — and with that comes easier returns. Effective Saturday, December 18, Best Buy is improving its return policy by removing restocking fees for all products except special orders. Customers can visit for further information. To elaborate, The Consumerist reported that in an e-mail sent from Best Buy HQ to stores across the country, the company stated that the new policy would go into effect December 18th and would apply to computers (including notebooks, tablets and iPads), projectors, camcorders, digital cameras, radar detectors, GPS navigation, in-car video systems, DJ equipment and lighting, Pro-Audio equipment, and iPhones. They also said that customers who were charged a restocking fee between Nov. 17 and Dec. 17 can come into the store and get the fee refunded.Happy Holiday’s Best Buy Shoppers!Via The Consumeristlast_img read more

Fronditha Care Radiothon smashes all previous records

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Fronditha Care’s Radiothon annual fundraiser has surpassed all expectations, breaking every record in the organisation’s history with an impressive $671,300 result.The leading not-for-profit aged care provider that services those of Greek and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, held its two-day charity event last weekend.Commencing on Saturday 7 May at 9.00am, and drawing to a close at 9.00pm on Sunday 8 May, 3XY radio broadcasters presented a live program that saw phones ringing non-stop from callers with donations, while others chose to make their financial contributions in person at the radiothon headquarters.Also participating in the event were the Victorian Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos MP; television personality and journalist George Donikian; state member for Oakleigh Steven Demopoulos MP; Delphi Bank’s business development manager, Paul Orfanos and renowned Greek singer Antonis Remos.The highlight, however, was an impressive donation of $500,000 from Fronditha Care’s major donors Nick and Anna Vournazos, which will go towards the redevelopment of the organisation’s original facility in Clayton, ‘Pronia’, built in the 1970s.A joint donation of $30,000 from the Freemasons Foundation Victoria Ltd and Gregorios Lodge 865 will also help make the refurbishment of the St Albans residential aged care facility a reality.Overwhelmed by the positive response, Fronditha Care CEO George Lekakis attributed the great achievement to the dedication and commitment of those involved in the event’s organisation and the generosity of those who donated.“The success of the radiothon was a result of the hard work of 3XY Greek Media Group staff, the devotion of the staff and volunteers, 3XY, Nikos and Anna Vournazos, and of course the tremendous support from the Greek community who generously donated towards the cause,” he said.last_img read more

Microsoft le brevet du câlin connecté déposé

first_imgMicrosoft : le brevet du “câlin connecté” déposé !On connaissait les messages vocaux ou écrits à distance, l’échange de parfums et même le baiser envoyé à sa moitié à l’autre bout de la planète, avec le Kissenger. Et bien Microsoft compte passer à la vitesse supérieure en déposant le brevet d’une technologie qui va encore plus loin.”Retour de force haptique en téléprésence”. Derrière les rudes termes de la dernière technologie brevetée par Microsoft se cacherait un dessein beaucoup plus doux, d’après le site de l’édition numérique du journal de la Tribune, celui de pouvoir adresser une sensation douce à une personne à distance.Le retour de force est une technologie connue des gamers, puisqu’elle est utilisée dans les joysticks et les joypads pour ordinateurs et consoles, simulant chocs, tirs, sortie de route et autres tremblements de terre. Ici, la finalité de la technologie est tout autre. L’haptique étant, par opposition avec la vue et l’ouïe, le toucher de façon physique avec la perception d’un corps dans l’environnement.On parle donc ici de véritables sensations tactiles, à réaliser, comme le terme l’indique, “en téléprésence”, c’est à dire à distance.Le brevet de Microsoft, par opposition au simple retour de force physique ou aux messages à distance, concerne donc bien une sensation tactile envoyé à distance, comme un serrage de main, un câlin, ou tout autre interaction physique.Suivant les termes indiqués par le brevet, la technologie fait interagir des “frictions”, des “résistances physiques” ou des impulsions électriques. Un brevet simple au spectre large, ne reste plus qu’à l’introduire dans un dispositif.L’interaction en formeCe brevet intervient au moment même où les objets qui communiquent à distance sont en pleine expansion : objets connectés sous forme de jouets ou d’outils pour la maison, pour le sport. Et si les interactions jusqu’ici proposées sont généralement des informations ou des contenus multimédias (vidéos ou photos), d’autres objets ont déjà exploré d’autres domaines comme celui du message visuel à distance, avec les oreilles du lapin Wifi Karotz, ou de la sensation, avec le Kissenger. Ce dispositif, bien qu’il ne soit qu’un prototype pour l’heure, permet d’envoyer un baiser à distance avec une précision redoutable.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le brevet de Microsoft, lui, va donc dans le même sens que le Kissenger, en y ajoutant de multiples sortes d’interactions, faisant du prochain dispositif qu’il l’intégrera une machine à communiquer de façon tactile. Il pourrait donc prendre la forme d’un “tronc à capteurs”, d’un robot ou d’une forme se voulant accueillante ou chaleureuse, comme une peluche.Le champ des possibles est vaste et connu : les échanges entre humains. Et vous, achèteriez-vous un “câlineur à distance” ?Le 27 décembre 2012 à 11:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Reusing reducing in a Salmon Creek garden

first_imgSALMON CREEK — Discarded glass, a broken rake, old hose: Diane Stevens tries to integrate what used or discarded items she can into her garden, which spills onto the Bonneville Power Administration easement next to her home in shrubs and bright flowers.When she planted some lilacs in a new bed she built next to her house, it didn’t look very good. So she came up with the idea to line the bed with empty, upturned wine bottles.In turn, she used wine bottle corks, which are suitably porous, as a kind of mulch, helping the soil retain moisture and keep out weeds.“The neighbors come by and they put their corks in there. Kind of like a wishing well,” she said. “They’re just kind of a whimsical thing. Plus I had a whole bunch of them and I didn’t know what to do with them.”Through another part of the garden, she took old, ruptured hoses and rolled them into stepping stones.When she grew more vegetables, she used broken hockey sticks to make a stand for her peas to grow.Other reused items are more decorative, like glassware turned into a small bird feeder, painted rocks for accents or, in one corner, an old bowling ball covered in glued-on pennies and set in a “decorative tube.”last_img read more

AK Close combat trooper training in Sitka

first_imgRecruits warm up for their fight on human-shaped punching bags. The exercise is a lesson in determining what is a reasonable amount of force. (Photo by Emily Russell, KCAW – Sitka)Twice a year the Trooper Academy in Sitka gets a new class of recruits. Over a 15-week period they go through everything from spelling tests to target practice. They also get close combat training. KCAW’s Emily Russell visited the Trooper Academy to get a glimpse of how officers are trained to respond to physical violence.Listen nowAUDIO TRANSCRIPT:Inside a room with red padded floors and blue padded walls music blasts through the speakers.Enter a young guy in grey t-shirt, blue pants and sneakers. A black padded helmet covers most of his face.“So he’s getting ready to start,” Lt. Chad Goeden said. “They video tape the whole thing. He introduces himself to the camera.”Recruits watch UFC fights while waiting for their own turn at a fight (Photo by Emily Russell, KCAW – Sitka)Goeden is the Commander here at the Department of Public Safety Training Academy, known as the Trooper Academy.The guy in grey – he’s one of the academy’s 35 recruits. And he’s here for a fight. The recruit is wrestled to the ground by one of the instructors, who wraps his legs around him.Finally, the recruit pulls himself away and gets up on his feet. Today’s fight is a test. Goeden and the other instructors are trying to see how recruits respond to a potential attacker.KCAW: “When he got away from the attacker, he pulled out his gun. That’s what you’re [supposed to do]?”GOEDEN: “Well, what we don’t know is what was the attacker saying to him?”Lt. Chad Goeden is the Commander at the Department of Public Safety Training Academy. (Photo by Emily Russell, KCAW – Sitka)From the sidelines, there’s no way to know what the attacker said or did right before the fight. That makes it hard to assess whether the reaction was warranted or not. Goeden says the same is true with the police videos recorded by the public.“The public only sees what is on the video, for example and the problem with that is something unique must have happened before that in order for the person to take out their camera and start videoing in the first place and we don’t ever see that,” Goeden said. “We only see what happens after record is pressed.”To be clear, Goeden said it’s the public’s right to press record. He even says it’s the officer’s duty to protect that right.What this training does do is it gives recruits options for how to respond.“My favorite maneuver that I’ve learned is shrimping, where you basically just inch your way out,” Niki Hines said. Hines is a recruit from Fairbanks. “Your hips are a great tool, just pop those hips and try to inch your way out.”Recruit Nikki Hines is from Fairbanks. After she graduates from the Academy in June, she’ll start work with the Fairbanks Police Department. (Photo by Emily Russell, KCAW – Sitka)Hines said she was nervous before going into today’s fight.Hines: “Going into it I was a little worried, especially being one of the smaller people, but it’s been really fun, so I’ve enjoyed it.”KCAW: “How tall are you?”Hines: “I’m 5’2”.”Hines is happy here, but she knows she’s getting into a dangerous line of work. Back in October Sgt. Allen Brandt with the Fairbanks Police Department was shot on duty. He died a few days later due to complications.“After I found out about Sgt. Brandt I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to continue to pursue this and I’m just going to believe in God’s will,’” Hines said.Hines was hired by the Fairbanks Police Department. After she graduates in June she’ll move back there and start work.Others on that path to becoming officers and troopers are here, in one of the academy’s common areas. They’re sitting around on couches watching UFC fighting. They’re getting pumped up for their own turn at a fight.Recruit Timothy Howell is training to be a Court Service Officer in Anchorage, where he’s from. (Photo by Emily Russell, KCAW – Sitka)Timothy Howell is a recruit from Anchorage. He’s training to be a Court Service Officer. He has some bruises on him. He said the fighting is a physical experience.“Yes ma’am it is. It’s an excellent one,” Howell said. “In my eyes the court is the house of justice and that is extremely noble. There’s something about the pursuit of justice and the application of the law that I like to see.”Howell smiled when asked what it’s been like at the Trooper Academy.“It has been phenomenal,” It’s been absolutely excellent. I’m really glad you asked, actually.”You hear this a lot at the Trooper Academy. The recruits– they want to be here. That’s despite how the public’s perception of the police has changed over the years with the rise in violent police videos.Howell and the other recruits– they know there are risks involved, and those risks begin in Sitka, in a padded training room where officers learn the physical side of law enforcement.Recruits at the Trooper Academy practice maneuvers getting away from an attacker. (Photo by Emily Russell, KCAW – Sitka)Today’s exercise– it’s about judging what a reasonable amount of force is. That’s the lesson Lt. Chad Goeden wants the recruits to learn and the public to understand.“There’s no such thing as the least amount of force,” Goeden said. “What is less: if I tase you, or I pepper spray you, or I hit you with a baton, or I punch you? Which one of those is least? But they’re all reasonable if circumstances make it so.”And the recruits here– they’re trying to plan for any and all circumstances, for the real world. After all, that’s their duty.last_img read more

SEBI slaps Rs 2423 crore fine on PACL and its four directors

first_imgSEBIReutersThe Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) have heavily fined PACL (formerly Pearl Agrotech Corporation Limited) and its four directors for illegal fund mobilisation using various schemes by the company to collect more than Rs 49,000 crore from the public.The four directors — Tarlochan Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Subrata Bhattacharya — were asked to jointly and severally deposit the penalty amount within 45 days, Press Trust of India reported.In 2014, the market regulator had also cautioned its investors against the real estate company after it continued to collect money from investors challenging SEBI’s ban. Adding to its woes, even the Income Tax Department had also raised a massive tax demand of about Rs 24,500 crore in June.SEBI has decided to impose a monetary penalty which is equal to the profits made through the illegal mobilisation, according to the 47-page order.Investors and consumer grievances are on the rise against the real estate company on the Indian consumer complaints forum which is an online platform for consumers to register complaints.The market regulator said that the magnitude of the violation can be assessed from the fact that huge illegal mobilisation of money was made leading to consequent profits to the tune of Rs 2,423 crore in less than one year.last_img read more

IBM announces that its System Q One quantum computer has reached its

first_img Explore further Journal information: arXiv Quantum computers are, as their name implies, computers based on quantum bits. Many physicists and computer scientists believe they will soon outperform traditional computers. Unfortunately, reaching that goal has proven to be a difficult challenge. Several big-name companies have built quantum computers, but none are ready to compete with traditional hardware just yet. These companies have, over time, come to use the number of qubits that a given quantum computer uses as a means of measuring its performance—but most in the field agree that such a number is not really a good way to compare two very different quantum computers. IBM is one of the big-name companies working to create a truly useful quantum computer, and as part of that effort, has built models that they sell or lease to other companies looking to jump on the quantum bandwagon as soon as they become viable. As part of its announcement, IBM focused specifically on the term “quantum volume”—a metric that has not previously been used in the quantum computing field. IBM claims that it is a better measure of true performance, and is therefore using the metric to show that the company’s System Q One quantum computer advancement has been following Moore’s Law. Credit: IBM Credit: IBM Credit: IBM IBM says it’s reached milestone in quantum computing As part of its announcement, IBM published an overview of the results of testing several models of its System Q One machine on its corporate blog. One such metric, notably, was “quantum volume,” a metric created by a team at IBM, which is described as accounting for “gate and measurement errors as well as device cross talk and connectivity, and circuit software compiler efficiency.” The team that created the metric wrote a paper describing the metric and how it is calculated and uploaded it to the arXiv preprint server last November. In that paper, they noted that the new metric “quantifies the largest random circuit of equal width and depth that the computer successfully implements,” and pointed out that it is also strongly tied to error rates. More information: … ower-quantum-device/ IBM has announced at this year’s American Physical Society meeting that its System Q One quantum computer has reached its “highest quantum volume to date”—a measure that the computer has doubled in performance in each of the past two years, the company reports. Citation: IBM announces that its System Q One quantum computer has reached its ‘highest quantum volume to date’ (2019, March 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more

Three new brochures on their way from TravelBrands

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Three new brochures on their way from TravelBrands Posted by Wednesday, April 4, 2018 center_img Tags: Boomerang Tours, Exotik Tours, TravelBrands MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands has launched three new brochures: Experiences by TravelBrands, Europe and Exotik Journeys.Newly rebranded as Experiences by TravelBrands, the latest installment of Experiences offers custom experiences for clients, ranging from Michelin-star restaurants to historic castles. The hand-picked collection of getaways feature standout hotels, destinations and adventures. This edition of Experiences features three new collections, Culinary, Health & Wellness and Lujure Villas.New in the Europe brochure are destinations in the Mediterranean and Western Europe, including Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Athens. Clients can take advantage of multi-destination trips, long or short stays and flexible travel options. TravelBrands says it offers hundreds of property choices, tours and excursions, airline options, car rentals and more in cities and towns all over Europe.In March 2018, Boomerang Tours and Exotik Tours merged together to form Exotik Journeys. The newly released Exotik Journeys brochure showcases specialty travel in exotic destinations around the world in Australia, Africa, South America, Europe and Asia.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“As the most comprehensive one-stop shop in the travel industry, we pride ourselves on offering Canadians diverse travel options,” says Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO, TravelBrands. “From Canada to Tahiti, Barbados to Tuscany and many destinations in between, these brochures provide travel experiences that are truly one-of-a-kind.”Copies of each brochure will be distributed throughout Canada within the week, he adds. In the meantime agents can visit to download digital copies of the brochures and book the product lines. Sharelast_img read more

Thailand advancing towards sustainable tourism in line with global tre

first_imgThailand is advancing in its efforts to place more emphasis on community-based tourism in line with the Royal Thai Government’s national tourism development plan for 2016-2017, and as part of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ strategies to attract more ‘quality’ visitors to Thailand.The ‘Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability Tourism Forum 2016’ held in Bangkok on 16 January formed part of the many activities under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to educate the industry and encourage greater participation in promoting community-based tourism in order to achieve stability, prosperity and sustainability for Thailand’s tourism.About 230 travel and tourism operators, private and government organisations from all around the country attended the forum.H.E. General Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Deputy Prime Minister of ThailandIn his opening address, H.E. General Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, provided a broad overview of the national social and development priorities, and lauded the role of tourism in fulfilling the targets and objectives. He pledged full government support for the industry.H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “Under the Royal Thai Government’s national tourism development plan for 2016-2017, we plan to disperse income to local communities nationwide as well as build a better quality of life for the local people, strengthening the communities, and promoting the preservation of Thai culture and traditions.“All these will lead to the conservation of our natural resources and the sustainability of the country’s tourism industry as a whole.”Hosted by the newly-launched TAT Academy, the ‘Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability Tourism Forum 2016’ was conducted to promote community-based tourism knowledge and to help various stakeholders identify new business opportunities.The event was also set to provide opportunities for participants to establish networks with the entrepreneurs who had successfully implemented a community-based tourism platform.Dr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT said, “Community-based tourism is a global trend. Today, travellers are in search for tourism products and services that take into account the environmental, economical, and social sustainability. This is a new aspect of tourism that TAT will be gearing toward for future tourism development of Thailand.”The Forum featured keynote speakers: Mr. Robert Basiuk, Director of Borneo Adventure, Sarawak, Malaysia, outlined how community-based tourism was becoming a global trend. The next speaker, Mr. Peter Richards, a sustainable tourism expert with the Community Based Tourism Institute (CBT-I), provided a more detailed focus on how Thai communities are catering to the tourism sector, both domestic and foreign.A panel discussion sharing best practices by leaders of some of Thailand’s model community-based tourism projects.Mr. Basiuk lauded Thailand as a model destination that adopts strategies and practices towards sustainability tourism. He said that in order to achieve sustainability from the development and promotion of community-based tourism, which helps disperse income to all part of the society, the initiative would require cooperation from all involved, especially the private sector.Mr. Richards added that, “Community-based tourism is popular among European travellers as they are looking for memorable quality travel experience. Community-based tourism means something simple but with a unique identity and story, and offers a new and insightful experience of the local way of life of the people in that particular community.”Some of the successfully developed and promoted community-based tourism products highlighted at the ‘Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability Tourism Forum 2016’ included:Bang Phlup Community, Bang Khonthi district, Samut Songkram: successfully combines agriculture to create tourism stories and activities for tourists.Ban Ko Klang, Mueang district, Krabi: creates a tourism product by presenting the people’s way of life. The community has received recognition at both the local and international levels including the Thailand Tourism Awards and the PATA Gold Award.Hivesters website: the online platform provides a one-stop-shop for community-based tourism activities where tourists can look for information and books instantly on Alike: this is community-based tourism where local people take part in designing the trips and activities so visitors can travel like a local.Akha Ama Coffee: a local coffee brand originating in Ban Mae Chan Tai in Chiang Rai but has successfully made itself to have a worldwide reputation.Maajaidum: brand of local whisky made from coconut flower based in San Kamphaeng in Chiang Mai.Mae TEETA: a brand of organic textiles and indigo-dyed fabric which has found success from further developing the folk wisdom to create a brand of unique fabric. Visit ThailandSource = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

Great Australian Airfare Sale taps on Indian tourists

first_imgTourism Australia in partnership with eight leading airlines unveiled the third version of ‘The Great Australian Airfare Sale’ to entice Indian travellers the best airfare deals.This campaign aims to promote and encourage more Indian arrivals to Australia.The Great Australian Airfare Sale will run for a three-week period between November 1 to November 21. Travellers can plan their travel until November 2018 to Australia. The campaign will be promoted across various digital platforms to engage and interact with the target audience and will be further amplified through Tourism Australia’s key distribution partners and popular online travel agents.This campaign also marks the 50th anniversary of Tourism Australia.The airlines involved are- Air Asia, Air India, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways.Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager, India and Gulf, Tourism Australia, commented, “The campaign will help us accelerate market demand by creating new opportunities for Indian travellers to explore Australia’s aquatic and coastal experiences, unique wildlife and incredible food and wine offerings.”For the year to June 2017, India was the fastest growing inbound market in Australia for expenditure with total spend up 29.5% and as per latest reports Australia witnessed a 15% growth in Indian tourists this year.last_img read more

Israeli F16 jets over Paphos as part of joint exercise

first_imgJOINT military drills involving the armed forces of the Republic of Cyprus and Israel are being conducted on Monday.The joint exercise,”ONISILOS-Gedeon 1/2017″ will last until Wednesday March 22.The drill is part of the annual military cooperation now established between the armed forces of the two countries, according to a statement by the Cyprus ministry of defence.The exercise is taking place within the Nicosia FIR and the overland of the Cyprus Republic and it involves personnel and armoured vehicles of the National Guard as well as various aircrafts from the Israeli Air Force.F16 fighter jets which were taking part in the military drill were spotted roaring across the sky in Paphos on Monday morning.Reportedly, the Cyprus government has lodged a formal complaint to the UN concerning a Turkish military exercise taking place 30 nautical miles NW of Paphos.The complaint notes that the exercise is taking place within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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