Storm Damage to Fish Farm in Shelburne County

first_imgGovernment is looking into an incident of damage to an aquaculture site in Shelburne Harbour, Shelburne Co., after a major winter storm earlier this month. The company reported damage to one of its pens to the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in accordance with the province’s aquaculture regulations, and has continued to provide regular updates. It is believed some of the salmon were released from the damaged pen. The operator has been engaged in harvesting all of the fish at the site and the remainder of the fish from the damaged pen. “Our new aquaculture regulations require an operator to notify us of a containment breach as soon as they know about it and that is what happened in this case,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Our departmental staff have been in contact with the operator and will continue to monitor the situation to ensure they are taking the appropriate actions to secure their site.” Conservation officers with the Department of Environment are following up on the situation with the operator. Information on the province’s aquaculture regulations is available at http://novascotia.ca/fish/aquaculture. To report a concern about an aquaculture site, contact the Department of Environment at 1-800-565-2224. FOR BROADCAST: Government is looking into an incident of damage to an aquaculture site in Shelburne Harbour, Shelburne County, after a major winter storm earlier this month. The company reported the damage to one of its pens to the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture on Wednesday, February 15th, in accordance with the province’s aquaculture regulations, and has continued to provide regular updates. It is believed that some of the salmon were released from the damaged pen. To report a concern about an aquaculture site, contact the Department of Environment at 1-800-565-2224. -30-last_img read more

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BJP leader injured after being hit on head with revolver

first_imgKolkata: A BJP leader was grievously injured when he was hit on the head with the butt of a revolver by unidentified assailants, who also fired in the air to frighten him, in West Bengal’s Nadia district, police and witnesses said on Thursday. Blaming the ruling Trinamool Congress, BJP workers put up a road blockade at Bogula on Thursay morning, as vehicles kept on the roads and most shops did not open shutters. The trouble was sparked off on Wednesday evening as the group of 20-25 miscreants, allegedly backed by the Trinamool, beat up people at Bogula Railway Bazaar area under Hanskhali police station. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The gang started beating up local BJP mandal committee president Tilak Burman, who was chatting with his friends. He was hit on the head with a revolver butt, before the miscreants fired 20-25 rounds in the air. The grievously injured Burman was first rushed to a private hospital and then admitted to the district hospital at Shaktinagar. There was tension in the area, the police said.last_img read more

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Psychologist explains why people like fear as Halloween approaches

first_imgWINNIPEG (CITYNEWS) – Ghosts, ghouls and goblins will emerge later this month for Halloween. Part of this holiday for many people is the scare factor, but there are some scientific reasons why people seem to love being scared. Jo Ann Unger, Clinical Psychologist and President of Manitoba Psychological Society, says fear activates the fight, flight, and freeze response, and for some people, this is exhilarating. “Their body is wired that, that fight, flight, freeze response is really rewarding for them internally, and so then they seek that out because it feels really good for them, but it’s not the same for every person,” she said. Unger said some people even feel a sense of accomplishment after making it through a haunted house, plus it can be a bonding experience if you made it through with people you know.  “Those memories are encoded in a special kind of way and if we do that with friends and family you know we talk about it after and we have this its very vivid right and so it also creates this sense of connection and closeness,” she said. -with files from Stefanie Lasiuk, CityNews Winnipeglast_img read more

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GLOBAL PHENOMENON CARMILLA NAMED BRAND CONTENT OF THE YEAR AT MIPTV 2018

first_imgAdvertisement With over 71 million views, “Carmilla” has been viewed in 193 countries and translated into over 20 languages, with more than half the views coming from outside North America. Viewers of this scripted digital series are 91% female and 9% male, with 48% of those viewers in the 18-24 demo, according to YouTube analytics. Fans of the series, who refer to themselves as “Creampuffs” after a line in the series, have catapulted “Carmilla” leads Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis to international stardom; most recently, Bauman was awarded the Fan’s Choice Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards, an award that co-star Negovanlis won the year prior.“Carmilla” is created and produced by Toronto-based Shaftesbury, in association with U by Kotex®, A Kimberly-Clark company, as executive producer, and was co-created and written by award-winning playwright Jordan Hall, and directed by Spencer Maybee. The series puts a modern spin on the cult gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, meshing the vlog aesthetic with scripted storytelling as it follows the adventures of university student Laura (Bauman), whose world is turned upside-down after a vampire (Negovanlis) moves into her dorm room.Season One launched in August 2014, Season Two in June 2015, and the third and final season in September 2016, for a total of 108 x 5 minute episodes. The series boasts one of the most engaged fandoms in the world, particularly with the global queer community, with nearly 500,000 fans across its official social accounts on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, and YouNow.Due to overwhelming fan demand, Shaftesbury announced in 2016 that it would extend the series into a feature-length movie. “The Carmilla Movie” premiered in fall 2017, playing for one night only at Cineplex theatres across Canada, before making its world television premiere on Hollywood Suite.“Carmilla” has been recognized with numerous national and international nominations and awards including the Streamy Awards, the Webby Awards, the Shorty Awards, and the Canadian Screen Awards. Shaftesbury Sales Company holds worldwide distribution rights for the series and film.About MIPTV – MIPTV (9-12 April 2018, Cannes) is the flagship and leading global TV and digital content market. Each April, over 10,000 professionals from across the international TV and digital entertainment ecosystem connect to launch and discover new content, forge partnerships, negotiate financing and distribution agreements, find co-production opportunities and explore the latest trends.MIPTV is preceded by the biggest weekend in unscripted content (7-8 April 2018), comprising MIPDoc, the world’s largest screenings library, conference and co-production marketplace for the factual community, and MIPFormats, the discovery showcase for the global formats community. www.miptv.com​About  Shaftesbury –  Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, digital, and brands. Shaftesbury’s current slate includes 11 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC and UKTV, and two seasons of critically acclaimed thriller series Slasher for Netflix. Shaftesbury’s digital arm produces original digital, convergent, and branded entertainment projects including the global phenomenon Carmilla, scripted comedy Upstairs Amy for Walmart and Interac®, supernatural drama Inhuman Condition, and the Slasher VR app for iOS, Android, and Oculus Rift. Shaftesbury’s branded entertainment division drives profitable engagement with millennials using scripted series, turning brands into executive producers. Recent brand partners include Walmart, Interac®, U by Kotex®, and RBC. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Paris – MIPTV has chosen to give its Brand Content of the Year Award to Kimberly-Clark’s global phenomenon “Carmilla”, a branded entertainment digital series that has evolved to include a feature film, book deal, and primetime series in development, becoming a brand in its own right.The flagship global TV and digital content market, MIPTV takes place in Cannes, France from 9-12 April 2018. The 2018 Brand Content of the Year Award will be presented during the “Carmilla” Keynote Showcase that will take place at noon on Wednesday 11 April in the Auditorium Debussy.The “Carmilla” Showcase presents a new approach to producing original scripted content. Shaftesbury, the producers behind this successful brand, is an award-winning creator of scripted content for TV, film, and digital, and have become leaders in branded entertainment. Shaftesbury CEO Christina Jennings and SVP of Branded Entertainment Kaaren Whitney-Vernon will discuss their successes in partnering with global brands to create scripted series that have garnered both critical acclaim and international fandoms. Kimberly-Clark will accept the Brand Content of the Year award and offer insights into how “Carmilla” has driven engagement with consumers and global sales. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Wedding of Prince Moulay Rachid to Take Place in November

Rabat- The Wedding of Moroccan Prince Moulay Rachid will take place on November 13, the Moroccan daily Assabah reported in its Wednesday issue. According to the same source has been postponed twice for protocol reasons.  The wedding is expected to be attended by high dignitaries from a number of countries.Prince Moulay Rachid, brother of King Mohammed VI, sealed his union with Miss Oum Keltoum Boufarès last June. Oum Keltoum Boufares is the daughter of Mamoun Boufares who was the governor of Marrakech when King Mohammed VI ascended the throne in July 1999.Moulay Mamoum Boufarès, is the son of Princess Lalla Khadija, daughter of Sultan Moulay Youssef, who is the father of the late king Mohammed V, the grandfather of King Mohammed VI. Moulay Mamoum Boufarès retired in 2009. read more

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Organization Demands Clarification on Number of Amazigh Speakers in Morocco

Rabat – The National Federation of Amazigh Associations directed a message of protest to the High Planning Commission for not reporting the number of Amazigh-speaking Moroccans in its census results, according to a new report by Qushq.The group cited a number of “reservations” regarding the results of the December 2014 census, which does not include information on the number of Amazighi speakers in the kingdom, despite the inclusion of checkboxes regarding the matter on the census forms.In a statement to Qushq, the organization questioned the benefit of collecting information on the prevalence of the Amazigh language if the Moroccan people will not get to see the real results. The HCP’s final results included a previous figure for the portion of Moroccans who speak Amazighi based on a sample size of two percent of the population, which was followed with a “non-exclusive” indicator in parenthesis.“What does the commission want the Moroccan people to understand from this mystery?” the association said, adding that the words in the parenthesis had “no meaning” and that surveying two percent of the population could not lead to the same information gleaned from a national census.The group added that the HCP has allocated MAD 864.7 million for Amazighi education projects based on the statistic from the two-percent sample, but no government leader or civil service group has asked for clarification on the figure until now.Amazigh became an official language of Morocco, alongside French and Arabic, after the adoption of the post-Arab Spring 2011 constitution, which guaranteed the original inhabitants of the region full cultural and political rights in the kingdom. read more

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US Poland leaders to sign document on 5G cooperation

WARSAW, Poland — U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence says the U.S. and Poland will sign a joint declaration to co-operate on secure new 5G technology.Pence is in Warsaw filling in for President Donald Trump, who scrapped his trip at the last minute because of Hurricane Dorian.At a joint news conference following talks with President Andrzej Duda Monday, Pence announced the agreement would be signed later in the day.Pence said the agreement on a secure digital network will “set a vital example for the rest of Europe.”The signing comes amid a global battle between the U.S. and China’s Huawei, the world’s biggest maker of network infrastructure equipment.The Associated Press read more

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UK PM Johnson Ive been model of restraint in Brexit debate

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged calm as tempers flare in the debate over Britain’s departure from the European Union, even though tempers are flaring over what he said.A defiant Johnson told the BBC on Sunday that the “best thing for the country and for people’s overall psychological health would be to get Brexit done.”Johnson admitted that tensions were high as lawmakers discussed the prospect of Britain leaving the EU by Oct. 31. But he defended the use of words such as “surrender” act to describe an opposition law ordering a Brexit delay and claimed he’s been a “model of restraint” in speaking about Brexit.Johnson headed Sunday to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, where the party was expected to endorse government plans to spend more on the country’s National Health Service.The Associated Press read more

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Police digest Screaming man in backyard

Homeowners found a suspicious man screaming in their backyard in the early morning hours on Saturday on Churchill Circle in Simcoe.Police arrived at the home and found the main the backyard.OPP charged a 45-year-old Norfolk County man with being intoxicated in a public place.He was taken into custody for his own safety and released later.Man charged with robberyA 54-year-old Six Nations man has been arrested and charged in relation to two robberies.OPP responded to a call at Candace’s Tobacco Smoke Shop in Hagersville for the report of a robbery on March 29.Police say the man entered the store late Friday night and appeared to make a purchase. While the cashier had the register open the man grabbed a large quantity of money and fled the scene in his truck.Officers located the red pickup truck and identified the driver as the suspect.Investigations revealed that he is the same suspect wanted in a robbery at Lone Wolf Pit Stop on March 11.The 54-year-old was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cayuga. read more

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Symposium to examine gender roles in prison system

Ex-prisoners, activists, artists and scholars will come together to discuss gender roles in the prison system during a daylong symposium hosted by Brock University.The event, called Women, Punishment and Prison Abolition: How Gender Structures the Prison System, takes place Monday, March 6 in Pond Inlet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Held in honour of International Women’s Day, the symposium will include discussion of strategies to abolish the prison industrial complex.Three panels will be held throughout the day covering the following topics: gender and sexualities inside and outside of prisons; health and criminalization; and the arts and abolition, moving beyond institutionalization.“This symposium is important because it advances critical dialogue and reflection on incarceration,” said Sociology Associate Professor Tamari Kitossa.“The reality is that imprisonment is great for punitive vengeance directed mostly at our society’s castoffs.”Every major Canadian report about incarceration “tells a sordid tale of an institutional culture that promotes abuse and violence,” he said.“We desperately need informed public conversation that addresses the public’s indifference to the perpetual nature of the prison industrial complex and provides sober reflection on the abject moral and political failure of attempting to incarcerate our way out of social problems.” Women’s incarceration is statistically outpacing that of men, a trend that has continued since the early 1990s.Women make up five per cent of all prisoners in Canada, but that number is growing.Among other issues, this leads to overcrowding, underfunding of in-prison health resources, low emphasis on in-prison programs and pre-release planning, high recidivism due to under-resourced post-release programs, and negative impacts for women’s families and communities.The symposium explores and challenges the practices, policies and ideologies that normalize the destructiveness of the prison as an institution.Registration for the free event begins at 8 a.m. followed by opening remarks at 9.To see a full schedule or for more information, visit brocku.ca/prison-abolition.The event is being supported by the Brock University Faculty Association, CUPE — 4207, MA in Critical Sociology, MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies, Social Justice Research Institute, Student Justice Centre, and Women and Gender Studies. read more

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Ohio States Jeff Heuerman blossoming in year 2 under Tim Hinton

Junior tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) is tackled out of bounds during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorUpon Urban Meyer’s arrival in late 2011 as coach of the Ohio State football team, the possibility of his spread offense in Columbus excited Buckeye Nation.The No. 4 Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) rank fifth in the country in points per game, averaging 47.3 a contest. But one position in Meyer’s offense many believed would get more attention, the tight end, has become lost in the shuffle at times.OSU’s starter at tight end, junior Jeff Heuerman, has receptions in five of the Buckeyes’ eight wins this season, but has only snagged one touchdown.Heuerman didn’t record a catch in his team’s 63-14 drubbing of Penn State Saturday, but said he doesn’t let his lack of catches bother him.“The ball gets dispersed around however it does (on offense),” Heuerman said Monday. “I’m happy doing my job, whether it’s blocking, whether it’s catching. Whatever it is, I’m happy. I enjoy doing it. Obviously we’re 20-0 so its working out pretty good, so I’m not complaining.”Tight ends and fullbacks coach Tim Hinton said the reason Heuerman and redshirt-sophomore tight end Nick Vannett are not getting the ball as much has nothing to do with their abilities on the field.“(Against Penn State) there (were) a couple of plays that we called that I thought going into the game, the tight end would get the ball, we all thought the tight end would get the ball,” Hinton said Monday. “Penn State didn’t cooperate. But on the one, they took the two defenders and guarded the tight end on it, well Carlos Hyde caught a pass, went down the sideline, that’s OK. Really. And the bottom line is that we all get what we want if we win.”Meyer said he wishes his tight end could get more involved in the passing game.“Jeff Heuerman (is) playing at a very high level right now,” Meyer said Monday. “Certainly in blocking, (we) need to get him some more catches. But (he’s) playing at a very high level.”Heuerman has also been heavily involved for blocking for the ninth-ranked OSU rushing attack. In the win against the Nittany Lions, he had key blocks on junior quarterback Braxton Miller’s second touchdown run of the night, as well as senior running back Carlos Hyde’s 39-yard scamper in the second quarter. Along with the rest of the offensive line, Heuerman has helped Hyde gash opposing defenses for 464 yards and seven touchdowns in the last three games.Heuerman has already nearly doubled the number of receptions he had in 2012, and credits his relationship with Hinton as reason for becoming a force on the line as well as improving his production in the passing game.“Coach Hinton and I have an outstanding relationship. He’s an outstanding coach,” Heuerman said. “I owe a lot of everything that I’ve been able to accomplish here at Ohio State to him over the last few years.”The two work so well together that Heuerman even took the time Monday to eavesdrop in on Hinton’s press conference, sticking his head in with a big smile on his face to listen to what his coach had to say about him. That incited a laugh from Hinton, who jokingly said ‘Don’t ever coach a guy like that,’ because Heuerman seemed to be enjoying himself as he lent an ear to Hinton’s conversation with the media. Hinton was quick to rescind his comment.“Here is the deal: He’s really, really, really good,” Hinton said. “I mean really good at what he does. He (has) a knack for it. He understands leverage, and you know like every great football player you’re around, they’re very football intelligent. And he’s a very football intelligent guy.”Although Heuerman admits he did not not fully trust Meyer, Hinton and the rest of the coaches once they installed the spread offense at OSU, that has since changed.“I’ve learned to trust (Hinton) a whole lot. I think that’s a big thing,” Heuerman said. “Last year, everything was kind of new, and I wouldn’t say I 100 percent trusted him, but this year, we have a great relationship. I trust him with anything in my life.”Heuerman and the Buckeyes are scheduled to pay a visit to Purdue (1-6, 0-3) Saturday as they look to continue to add to the nation’s longest winning streak. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. read more

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Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe faces suffocating new restrictions in Iranian prison

A Foreign Office spokesman said the government “remains extremely concerned” about the case. “We continue to regularly raise her case at senior levels, including our embassy in Tehran pressing for consular access and we are in regular contact with Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family.”Mr Raab is understood to have agreed to meet Mr Ratcliffe. While campaigning for the Conservative leadership, Mr Johnson said he felt “a deep sense of anguish” over Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case. During his tenure as foreign secretary, Mr Johnson incorrectly said Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was teaching journalism in Iran. His comments were seized upon by Iranian prosecutors who brought them up in court as evidence against the charity worker. Mr Johnson later apologised for the remarks. It emerged last month that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been chained to a bed in a Tehran psychiatric ward after she went on hunger strike for 15 days in protest at her imprisonment. She was eventually returned to Evin prison, where she is being held alongside Aras Amiri, an Iranian woman who worked at the British council. Ms Amiri was arrested last year and has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on spying charges. She strongly denies the allegations.  Richard Ratcliffe said he has not been invited to meet the prime minister or the new foreign secretary “I thought that if we were an important issue we would have been invited within the first 30 days. It should not take more bad stuff to happen for this to be important enough to resolve,” Mr Ratcliffe said.  Richard Ratcliffe said he has not been invited to meet the prime minister or the new foreign secretaryCredit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire 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. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian charity worker, has said she feels she could “suffocate” after her Iranian jailers significantly tightened the rules of her imprisonment. Under the new rules, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is now only able to see her five-year-old daughter, Gabriella, once a month. The Free Nazanin campaign also said she is barred from making international calls, leaving her unable to speak to her husband Richard, who has been campaigning for her release from the UK.“I am so upset. I feel like I could suffocate,” Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe said in a campaign statement. “I can’t even think what to do. I haven’t cried so loud in the middle of the ward for ages. How cruel they are. How unjust this is.”She has written to prison authorities to protest the change in her conditions. Meanwhile, Mr Ratcliffe criticised Boris Johnson for not meeting with the family since he entered Downing Street last month. He said there had also been no invitation to meet Dominic Raab, the new foreign secretary.  read more

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The Project Flake concept car can change shape accordingly

first_imgConcept cars are some of the coolest pieces of technology out there. With sleek designs, ridiculous speeds, and a slew of other features, concept automobiles push the boundaries of how people think about their vehicles. Project Flake, new car from U.K.-based designer Da Feng, leaves other concepts in the dust, so to speak. While there isn’t a physical model yet, just the idea has is interested: Project Flake can segment itself as it drives.The idea for a car that can break apart into flakes came from Pixar’s 2008 film Cars. Da Feng notes in his blog that he was enamored with the cars’ movement and ability to lean into corners. With those physics in mind, he sought to translate that into a real-world car.Feng notes that a car with more natural movement exists. The BMW Gina is a concept car, from around 2008, that has a smooth flexible skin on the outside. When the doors open, it looks as if a creature is moving its limb. Feng, however, wasn’t quite taken with the Gina. He wanted something much more emotive.It was his smoking habit that combined with his love for Cars that made his idea more vivid. The way ashes are segmented but together intrigued him. He took the idea of a cracking skin and thought of how it could work on a car.Project Flake went through several redesigns. Its current version is orange with about 250 “flakes”. When driving, the car is its compact state. The flakes come alive when the car turns and breaks to help control downforce. They also enable better handling when turning into the corner and cooling of the chassis. Hundreds of small solenoids pull on carbon nanotube wires which control the movement of the flakes. The solenoids can also detect the air pressure on each flake. That information will allow the car’s computer to adjust the flakes accordingly.Da Feng animated the entire project. Despite the limitations of his computer, the video is impressive.Read more at Da Feng’s blog, via SlashNextlast_img read more

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Un astéroïde va frôler la Terre cet aprèsmidi

first_imgUn astéroïde va frôler la Terre cet après-midiL’Agence spatiale américaine annonce qu’un astéroïde découvert la semaine dernière va passer à proximité de notre planète ce lundi après-midi.Ce sont des télescopes installés au Nouveau-Mexique, dans le sud-ouest des Etats-Unis, qui ont repéré cet astéroïde encore inconnu il y a une semaine. Baptisé 2011 MD, long de 10 mètres, il doit passer à 12.000 kilomètres au-dessus de l’Atlantique sud vers 15h30 heure de Paris, selon la Nasa. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALe consultant espace Serge Brunier a expliqué sur France Info que 12.000 kilomètres, c’est “extrêmement près à l’échelle du ciel”. Par ailleurs, 2011 MD devrait être suffisamment éclairé pour être visible par des télescopes de taille moyenne. La Nasa se veut toutefois rassurante en indiquant qu’il n’y a aucun risque de collision. Serge Brunier précise : “Même s’il y avait une collision, cet objet est tellement petit – c’est un rocher, c’est l’astéroïde du petit prince – qu’il ne se passerait rien : en traversant à environ 30 000 km/h les couches hautes de l’atmosphère terrestre, il rentrerait en fusion, brûlerait et exploserait”.L’Associated Press précise qu’un autre petit astéroïde était passé au plus près de notre planète plus tôt cette année : il se trouvait à seulement 5.500 kilomètres de la Terre à ce moment là.Le 27 juin 2011 à 10:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Injury crash on I5 at Federal Way spills glue

first_imgFEDERAL WAY — Transportation Department workers were spray-washing Interstate 5 lanes early Thursday at Federal Way, hours after a truck spilled a glue resin in an injury crash.The Washington State Patrol says the semi-truck hit a disabled minivan about 7 p.m. Wednesday near the Highway 18 interchange. The 55-year-old woman driving the minivan was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in serious condition.The 61-year-old truck driver was not hurt.The truck spilled about 20,000 gallons of resin that closed northbound lanes into the morning rush hour as workers removed the sticky mess.last_img read more

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Merkel German intel chief clash on foreigner hunt reports

first_imgAngela MerkelThe head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency Friday raised doubts about reports of a “hunt on foreigners” by neo-Nazi mobs in a flashpoint city last month, directly contradicting Chancellor Angela Merkel.Weighing in on an issue that has reignited the immigration debate in the country, agency chief Hans-Georg Maassen told the daily Bild that he had “no proof that the video circulating on the internet” showing foreign-looking people being accosted and chased “is authentic”.”I share the scepticism about media reports of right-wing extremist foreigner hunts in Chemnitz,” the eastern city that has seen several far-right rallies since the killing of a German man, allegedly by asylum seekers, in late August.”Based on my cautious assessment, there are good reasons to believe that this was intentional false information, possibly to detract attention from the murder in Chemnitz,” Maassen said.Extremist groups and thousands of local citizens took to the streets in the days after the fatal stabbing, with a number of participants shouting anti-foreigner slurs and flashing the illegal Nazi salute.In a spasm of violence that shocked the country, marauding mobs also assaulted reporters and police.During the first demonstration on August 26, a freelance journalist working for respected weekly Die Zeit posted two videos on Twitter showing demonstrators running after foreign-looking people.They were widely picked up by media outlets.- ‘Hate in the streets’ -Police said that several people have come forward saying they were assaulted, including a Syrian, a Bulgarian and an Afghan.Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert quickly condemned the scenes from Chemnitz, including speaking of protesters “hunting down” foreigners.Merkel herself has repeatedly used the phrase in the ensuing heated debate, saying “hate in the streets” has no place in Germany.However, this week the premier of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, pushed back against the accounts of events in his state, telling the regional assembly there had been “no mob, no hunting of foreigners and no pogroms”.Maassen’s comments drew fire from the government and the opposition Greens, who called them “frankly absurd” and a “frontal attack against Angela Merkel”.Thomas Oppermann of the Social Democrats, junior partners in Merkel’s “grand coalition” government, accused Maassen of failing to take threats to public safety seriously.”We saw the images, we heard from witnesses. We saw how people openly showed the Nazi salute,” he told public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.Stephan Harbarth, an interior affairs expert with Merkel’s Christian Democrats, demanded Maassen “explain where his doubts are actually coming from” on the veracity of the video.- ‘Mother of all problems’ -Later Friday, the far-right group “Pro Chemnitz” was to hold another rally in Chemnitz, followed by a concert with counter-protesters called “Stronger Together” urging support for “openness and diversity”.The highly unusual open clash between the interpretation of events between Merkel and Maassen comes as the so-called Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) has faced scrutiny over its handling of two high-profile cases.Critics accuse the BfV of failing to follow up on key leads in the investigation of a neo-Nazi cell that murdered 10 mainly immigrant victims, and in the run-up to a deadly truck attack against a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016.It also emerges as a tense truce within Merkel’s government over immigration that had held since July began to crumble over a string of widely publicised crimes allegedly committed by foreigners.On Thursday, Merkel’s hardline interior minister Horst Seehofer, her most vocal critic within the cabinet, defended the Chemnitz protests and blasted immigration as “the mother of all political problems”.A new poll Friday indicated that Germans are dubious about Merkel’s migration policy, with 69 percent saying in a survey for public broadcaster ARD that they think integration of newcomers is not working.Merkel in 2015 left the border open to more than one million asylum seekers when other EU states moved to shut them out — a policy that sharply divided German voters.last_img read more

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HC stays BB circular facilitating defaulters

first_imghigh court- prothom aloThe High Court on Tuesday issued an order to maintain a status-quo until 24 June on a Bangladesh Bank circular that offered special privileges to loan defaulters, reports UNB.Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader’s bench issued the order after hearing an appeal filed by lawyer Manzill Murshid.On 16 May, the central bank issued the circular for loan reschedule and one-time payment, providing big opportunities for loan defaulters.They were allowed to reschedule loans after paying 2 per cent of their previous loans and then their interest rate will be 9 per cent.Besides, defaulters will be able to pay the rest of their loans in 10 years and they can also avail themselves of fresh loans from the bank.On the same day, the court ordered the central bank to submit a list within 24 June of those who defaulted on loans above Tk 10 million in the past two decades, the amount of loan that got interest waiver and measures taken to prevent irregularities when providing such waivers.”It’s cheating with the court as there won’t be any defaulters left after loan rescheduling,” petitioner Murshid said.On 13 February, the court ordered the central bank to provide a list of loan defaulters within four weeks after hearing a writ petition filed by Human Right and Peace for Bangladesh.But the bank failed to submit the list. The court expressed dissatisfaction on 30 April and gave another 15 days to file the list.last_img read more

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iCAN module uses faster RCNN for detecting HumanObject Interaction

first_imgResearchers from Virginia Tech, Chen Gao, Yuliang Zou, and Jia-Bin Huang, recently published a paper on ‘iCAN: Instance-Centric Attention Network for Human-Object Interaction Detection.’ In it, they propose an ‘instance-centric attention module’ (iCAN) for human-object interaction detection. This module uses an incredibly fast regional convolutional neural network (R-CNN), which, in turn, is much more effective in identifying and understanding the human-object interaction. In order to understand the situation in a scene or an image, computers need to recognize how humans interact with surrounding objects. This can be done using human-object interaction, localizes a person and an object, and then well as identifies the relationship – or interaction – between them. The core idea of this research is that an image of a person or an object contains informational cues on the most relevant parts of an image for an algorithm to attend to – this means making predictions should be easier. To exploit this cue, researchers propose an instance-centric attention module that learns to dynamically highlight regions in an image conditioned on the appearance of each instance. Thus, this network allows to selectively aggregate features relevant for recognizing human-object interactions. The researchers validated the efficacy of the proposed network using the COCO and HICO-DET datasets and showed that this approach compares favorably with the state-of-the-art. iCAN module Highlights of the iCAN paper include: The researchers have introduced an instance-centric attention module that allows the network to dynamically highlight informative regions for improving HOI detection. They have also established a new state-of-the-art performance on two large-scale HOI benchmark datasets. They conducted a detailed ablation study and error analysis to identify the relative contributions of the individual components and quantify different types of errors. They also released the source code and pre-trained models to facilitate future research. Advantages of the iCAN module Unlike hand-designed contextual features based on pose, the entire image, or secondary regions, iCAN’s attention map is automatically learned and jointly trained with the rest of the networks for improving the performance. On comparing with attention modules designed for image-level classification, the instance-centric attention map provides greater flexibility as it allows attending to different regions in an image depending on different object instances. To know about iCAN in detail head on to the research paper. Read Next Build intelligent interfaces with CoreML using a CNN [Tutorial] CapsNet: Are Capsule networks the antidote for CNNs kryptonite? A new Stanford artificial intelligence camera uses a hybrid optical-electronic CNN for rapid decision makinglast_img read more

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New wave of sexual assaults reported in Egypt

first_img Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top presidential aide Essam el-Haddad, meanwhile, said the attack was among seven cases reported by human rights groups in or around Tahrir on Friday. “Those criminal acts do not appear to be politically motivated or controlled,” he said in a statement posted on his office’s Facebook page. The president’s office also said the attacks “appear to be a sign the crowds in Tahrir are out of control.”Some protesters have alleged that the government has exaggerated claims of sexual assault to try to drive away female protesters and mar the movement’s reputation.Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault, which patrols the square, said 46 group assaults were recorded Sunday in Tahrir, calling that the highest number it has encountered since the group was formed in November 2012. “Many cases were severe cases that required either psychological or medical treatment,” one member of the group, Engy Ghozlan, told The Associated Press.The group said on its Twitter account that at least 17 attempted assaults were reported on Tahrir on Monday, and volunteers had intervened in eight of them.An AP reporter witnessed a group of men waving wooden sticks surrounding an Egyptian woman on Sunday. She shouted at them before falling on the ground. Many of the men claimed they were trying to help the woman but they wouldn’t allow anybody to approach her and it was unclear what happened next. The reporter was not able to reach the woman and help her. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Nabil Mitry, a 35-year-old protester who also saw the attack, said the assailants were yelling insults at a man trying to help the woman. He blamed the lack of police at the square. Security forces largely stay away to avoid provoking confrontations with the protesters.“The problem is that there is no police, so there is no security. If the police was securing the square we wouldn’t have this kind of problem”, he said.A spokesman for Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, Gehad al-Haddad, urged protesters and others to support initiatives like Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault “to prevent anything from happening to citizens joining their demonstrations” in a statement posted on his Twitter account.The group dismissed the statements Monday, saying “we don’t believe in the presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood’s sudden concern about the women’s physical integrity or their full right to protest safely, when we all know their position regarding women’s equality and rights.”Initiatives to counter the problem have mushroomed in recent months, with groups protecting women at large protests or during national holidays when groping and harassment in crowds is at an all-time high. Activists have offered self-defense classes for women. Social network sites have been started where women can “name and shame” their harassers. The atmosphere became less friendly in Tahrir as night fell on the badly lit plaza, which has seen a rise in attacks against women since shortly after the 18-day revolution that forced the resignation of Morsi’s predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, in 2011. Sexual harassment has long been common in Egypt, but its increasing frequency and violence has shaken the protest movement.A Dutch woman was assaulted by multiple men as a crowd surrounded her in Tahrir Square on Friday as weekend protests by Morsi’s supporters and opponents got underway, officials said.The Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday that the 22-year-old woman was repatriated, referring to a statement issued by the Dutch embassy in Cairo.A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to the media, said the Egyptian prosecutor’s office had launched an investigation into the attack.Dutch media reported that the Foreign Ministry had confirmed a 22-year-old Dutch woman was assaulted on Friday night on Tahrir but given no more details. The media reports said she was apparently interning with an Egyptian organization and had gone to the square to take photos of the demonstrations. Top Stories Cairo (AP) – A new wave of sexual assaults by groups of men targeting women during anti-government protests in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square has been reported as millions of Egyptians take to the streets to demand President Mohammed Morsi’s ouster.A vigilante group formed to protect women in the square, which has become the epicenter of anti-government rallies, said it recorded the highest number of attempts _ 46 _ on Sunday as the majority of protesters were festive as families with small children and others spilled into side streets and across boulevards, waving flags, blowing whistles and chanting. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober But there also are conservative religious clerics and some government officials who blame women, saying they invite harassment and sexual abuse by mixing with men.In one of the most high-profile cases, Lara Logan, a correspondent for U.S. network CBS, was sexually assaulted and beaten in Tahrir Square at the height of the anti-Mubarak uprising. She said later that she believed she was going to die. After being rescued, Logan returned to the United States and was treated in a hospital for four days.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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