City Staff authorized to file a bylaw contravention in regards to illegal

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a recent City of Fort St. John Council meeting, Council has given City Staff authorization to file a by-law contravention in regards to illegal secondary suites.Planning and Engineering Staff were seeking permission from Council to file a By-law Contravention Notice for properties with the Land Title and Survey Authority of B.C. under Section 57 of the Community Charter.The properties being filed under the By-law Contravention Notice include: 1. 11003 104A Avenue, PID 029-166-802;2. 11005 104A Avenue, PID 029-166-799;3. 10921 104A Avenue, PID 029-142-652;4. 10923 104A Avenue, PID 029-142-661;5. 10929 104A Avenue, PID 029-189-179;6. 10931 104A Avenue, PID 029-189-187; and7. 11107 104A Avenue, PID 029-242-444.According to the City, parking congestion, unsightly properties, snow removal challenges and safety concerns are all impacts of these illegal secondary suites.City Staff say the City and Council are working together with property owners to bringtheir properties into compliance.To date, 21 properties have had Notice on Title registered.The complete list of properties with illegal secondary suites that have received a By-law Contravention Notice can be found on the City’s website.last_img read more

Various Freelance Professions to be Included in Medical Insurance System

Rabat – The government council has adopted yesterday, September 5, in Rabat, two draft decrees presented by the Minister of Labor and Professional Integration. The first draft decree concerns including midwives and rehabilitation professionals in the Obligatory Medical Insurance (AMO) and in the pension system. The second decree aims to include notaries.The government’s spokesperson, Mustapha El Khalfi, revealed that the draft decree concerning midwives and rehabilitation professionals was developed after concertation with all the concerned parties.“Consultations were held with midwives and rehabilitation professionals representatives, in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Professional Integration, National Social Security Fund (CNSS), and National Health Insurance Agency (ANAM),” said El Khalfi. “These meetings allowed the Ministry of Labor to appoint the communication body responsible for exchanging information on midwives and rehabilitation professionals with the CNSS,” added the spokesperson.The Ministry of Health will take care of communicating the necessary information for registering the concerned professionals to the CNSS.The second draft decree, concerning notaries, was developed after concertation with representatives of notaries, in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labor and Professional Integration, CNSS, and ANAM.The aim of these meetings aimed to find the best way to apply AMO and pension systems on this category of professionals.CNSS is a public establishment that provides services such as familial allocations, medical insurance and pensions. However, many professionals do not benefit from its services, including liberal professionals, freelancers, and people working without contracts. read more

UN human rights group looking into 200 cases of enforced disappearances

15 March 2010A United Nations human rights group today will begin reviewing more than 200 cases of disappearances around the world, as the body commemorates its 30th anniversary. The five-member Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is mandated to assist the relatives of disappeared persons by ascertaining their fate and whereabouts, as well as to act as a conduit between the families and governments concerned.During its 90th session in Geneva, it will meet with government officials, victims’ families and civil society representatives.The five-member Working Group, which meets three times a year, will also look into recently-submitted information on cases concerning nearly 30 countries that it has previously reviewed.Since its creation by the UN Commission on Human Rights on 29 February in 1980, the Working Group has dealt with more than 50,000 cases in over 80 countries. It seeks to set up a communication channel between families and concerned governments to make sure that cases are investigated to clarify the whereabouts of people who, having disappeared, are deemed to be outside the protection of the law.A panel discussion entitled “Thirty years between hope and despair: the experience of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances” will be held on Thursday to commemorate its 30th anniversary, which will also be marked by events and activities throughout the year.Last month, Jeremy Sarkin, who chairs the Working Group, emphasized that enforced disappearances continue to be one of the worst human rights violations.“While many people think this is a practice of the past, it has become a global problem affecting all continents of the world,” he said.The practice, he emphasized, “turns humans into non-humans.”Previously, they were the product of military dictatorships, but Mr. Sarkin said that they are “nowadays perpetrated in complex situations of internal conflict, especially as a means of political repression of opponents.”However, the practice is still severely underreported due to a lack of knowledge about the international human rights system, lack of access to it and obstacles faced by victims’ families in obtaining redress, he said. read more

All party meeting to have a time frame

In accordance with the agreement of the meeting, he instructed the relevant officials to give Sinhala, English and Tamil translations of the proposals of each political party to the parties attending the meeting, fulfilling the request made by them at the first all party meeting. President Maithripala Sirisena today said that the all party meeting, also known as the All Party Committee (APC) will have a fixed agenda and time frame.The President was speaking at the second meeting of the APC held today at the Presidential Secretariat. Dinesh Gunawardena, leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna said that it is important to personally study every proposal presented by each party.He said the APC discussions should not be conducted with the purpose of implementing the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted in Geneva.The leader of Sri Lanka Samasamaja Party Thissa Witharana said the APC should give an opportunity for every party to express their independent ideas. According to the decisions taken at the first all party committee, 12 proposals have been presented by the political parties. The President stated that the government will give due consideration to the proposals,Leader of the Sri Lanka Communist Party Dew Gunasekara pointed out the proposals agreed on at the APC should be presented to parliament. The President also proposed the appointment of a committee to take ideas, based on the mechanisms of truth seeking, accountability, reparation and enforcing of laws. The leader of the Democratic Front Sarath Fonseka said the proposals of the new government should not be similar to the agenda of the former government.Mono Ganeshan, leader of the Democratic People’s Front pointed out that the interest shown by the political parties on the Geneva proposals should be followed by a political solution for ethnic problem. He said nobody wants to create a separate country but everybody should acknowledge Sri Lanka as a multi-racial and multi-religious country. (Colombo Gazette) The President responded saying the all party meeting is a free platform for everyone to express their views. read more

Five people in van were murdered in demand for random

The five burnt bodies were found inside a van destroyed after it had been set on fire. (Colombo Gazette) The five people found burnt inside a van in Dankotuwa on Friday morning were killed in a crime related to a demand for random.The Criminal investigations Department (CID) has arrested five people in connection to the murder.

Commentary St John Arena not just another building

St. John Arena isn’t just another campus building. It’s a cornerstone of the greatness that is Ohio State athletics. It housed our men’s basketball program’s lone national championship team. It carries so much more significance than the name “Building 076,” its identification number marked on campus maps, could ever give it.I, along with thousands of other students before and after me, spent one of my first days on campus inside its hallowed walls at convocation freshman year. I watched my brother receive his OSU diploma there when I was younger. I took my dad there for last year’s Skull Session prior to the football game versus Purdue. It has long provided the backdrop when ESPN’s College GameDay comes to town.Without a doubt, I am one of many who share cherished memories of the 57-year-old building; which is exactly why the news of its demolition is so hard to digest.Last November, the university announced that a $10 million gift from businessman Sam Covelli would pave the way for a new 4,000-seat facility, named Covelli Arena, to replace St. John Arena. Covelli, the CEO of Covelli Enterprises in Warren, Ohio, is the largest franchisee of Panera Bread in the United States.According to a release from OSU, the arena will be a meeting place for roughly 13,000 participants in Department of Athletics’ camps each year. It will also house seven varsity sports including volleyball, gymnastics, fencing and wrestling. Despite all these new additions, I will still miss the old building.If they choose to, I am willing to put money on the thought that the athletic department could auction off every last wooden seat in the place prior to demolition.This news of the impending destruction comes as no surprise, because nothing does anymore when it comes to our athletic department’s greed for money (see: Gator Bowl, 2012).I understand that new facilities with vamped up amenities attract the nation’s best athletes. I’m totally fine with moving those sports that will call Covelli Arena home. But what I don’t understand is why St. John has to come to the ground.The university could still use it for any number of pursuits, including a physical hall of fame, office space or rec sports. My guess is E. Gordon Gee, who was president at the time when the announcement was made and frequently pushed to make students live on campus for two years, saw no way to convert it into student housing and decided to tear it down.It’ll be a sad day for this campus when the button is pushed to demolish St. John Arena in late 2014 or early 2015. I’m still recovering from watching Riverfront Stadium, home of my childhood Cincinnati Reds, implode one cold Sunday morning in December of 2002.So make sure you take a step inside St. John Arena this year. Take pictures, watch a volleyball match, breathe in its historic building mustiness and above all, remember its importance to this great university. read more

Ohio State mens soccer team continues slide with 21 loss at Northwestern

OSU Sophomore forward Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball as Binghamton junior back Zach Galluzzo (4) pursues during an August 30. match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 1-0. Photo Credit: Muyao Shen / Assist. Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team fell to 1-4-0 overall on the season and 0-1-0 in Big Ten play in its 2-1 loss against Northwestern (1-2-1) on Friday night at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.After winning its opening game of the season on Aug. 28, the Buckeyes have dropped four in a row as they were outplayed by the Wildcats early on Friday.Northwestern senior forward Joey Calistri scored the first goal of the game in the 17th minute to put the Wildcats up 1-0.Despite being down a point, OSU continued to battle against NU. In the first half of the game, multiple Buckeyes came close to scoring the tying goal.OSU freshman midfielder Greg Solawa attempted a shot from 25 yards out just one minute before NU scored, but his attempt was prevented by the crossbar. Redshirt senior forward Kenny Cunningham later scored a goal, but it was denied when the offsides flag was waved. Sophomore forward Marcus McCrary kicked a shot in the 41st minute, but NU senior goalkeeper Zak Allen made a save to prevent the Buckeyes from putting any points on the board.In the second half, the Wildcats extended their lead to 2-0 after Calistri scored another goal in the 61st minute. However, the Buckeyes were able to show some resilience after that, fighting to score their first goal since the opening victory.The Scarlet and Gray finally got on the scoreboard on an own goal by NU following a corner kick. OSU junior forward Danny Jensen attempted one final shot to tie the game in the 86th minute, but he was unable to execute, sending the Wildcats to their first win of the year.OSU senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer is now 1-4 on the season after making three saves.The Buckeyes are scheduled to complete their so-far-winless four-game road trip with a visit to Akron to face the Akron Zips on Wednesday at 7 p.m. read more

Sothebys launches virtual reality surrealist paintings

first_imgPotential buyers can see close-up versions of each paintingCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley  The technology has been installed in Sotheby’s galleries for its forthcoming surrealist sale, and is part of its digital strategy to lure new, tech-savvy buyers to appreciate its works.Four separate VR programmes will showcase its four key works, including Salvador Dalí’s Moment de Transition, with the painting estimated at £6.8 million. Potential buyers can see close-up versions of each painting Visitors will be able to see four key surrealist works As 2D paintings, they are striking enough.But fans of four key surrealist works can now step inside them for the first time, as Sotheby’s launches virtual reality paintings.The auction house has become the first to commission designers to create a 360 degree experience, translating the original paintings into a lived experience through Occulus Rift headsets.Visitors will be able to see Dali’s horse and cart trot past them, while Magritte’s lion growls gently as is prowls around them. The VR will allow potential buyers to see close-up versions of each surrealist element, including an empty horse and cart, as well as an imagined version of what would be “behind” them in a 360 degree view.René Magritte’s Le Repas de noces will bring a lion to life, underneath the painting estimated at up to £1.2m. The two other experiences will detail André Masson’s Hotel des Automates, estimated at up to £2m, and Paul Delvaux’s Filles au bord de l’eau at up to £2.2m. Visitors will be able to see four key surrealist worksCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley  Nigel Hilditch, director of video for Sotheby’s Europe, said the VR technology would add to the depth of understanding of each painting, capturing the atmosphere as close to the artist’s original intentions as designers could manage.The finished product had won over Sotheby’s surrealist specialists, he added, and was intended as a “complementary” offering alongside the traditional exhibition of paintings.The auction house is understood to have waited for the surrealist sale to deploy the technology, believing the paintings were best suited to the experience, but may roll it out to other departments if successful.Versions of the videos are now available to view online. 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.last_img read more

EBook Aeromagnetic Surveys Principles Practice and Interpretation now available free

first_imgThis authoritative guide introduces the principles of airborne magnetometers, and explains how survey data is processed to generate maps and images. Geoscience students and geologists now have a useful guide for learning the theory and practice of aeromagnetic surveying. The importance of the aeromagnetic survey as a reconnaissance tool is growing as exploration success becomes increasingly reliant on finding buried deposits with no surface expression. A grasp of how the method works and the results it generates is essential for any geoscientist involved in uncovering the next generation of oil, gas and mineral deposits. The e-book on Aeromagnetic Surveys: Principles, Practice and Interpretation is authored by Colin Reeves of Earthworks and published by Geosoft, providing a useful guide for non-specialists looking to gain a better understanding of aeromagnetic surveying. It unravels the theory and practice of aeromagnetic surveying from basic physical concepts to interpretation of results. This comprehensive document explains the principles and practices without going into the daunting details of mathematically deriving the theory.Author Colin Reeves pulls together 25 years of research and knowledge to provide an authoritative guide that describes the way the earth’s magnetic field interacts with crustal rocks to produce anomalies, introduces the principles of airborne magnetometers, and explains how survey data is processed to generate maps and images.Using illustrative figures, the book explains the qualitative and quantitative interpretation of anomalies and anomaly patterns in the context of pre-existing geological knowledge. The electronic format will allow for updates that keep pace with rapidly evolving aeromagnetic technology.The text will prove useful to students in the final years of their education who are planning a career in the resource sector and to working geoscientists that lack a grounding in potential field geophysics. It is available as a free download from Geosoft at . Colin Reeves is an independent consultant. He holds degrees from Cambridge, Birmingham and Leeds Universities in the UK and has over 35 years’ experience in the instigation, execution and interpretation of regional geophysical surveys in Africa, India, Australia and the Americas, spread across the government, commercial and educational sectors. He may be reached at: .Geosoft is a world leader in software and solutions for earth exploration. Making the experience of finding, using and sharing data more natural and powerful for earth explorers, Geosoft solutions accelerate knowledge development and unlock opportunity within exploration industries and the earth sciences sector. Originally founded by geoscientists in 1986, Geosoft ranks among the top 150 software companies in Canada today, with more than 5,000 customers in over 100 countries worldwide.last_img read more

Terex completes MHPS sale to Konecranes

first_imgTerex Corporation in the latest move in its divestment program has announced that it has completed the sale of its Material Handling and Port Solutions business (MHPS) to Konecranes Plc for $595 million and €200 million in cash and 19.6 million newly issued class B shares representing a 25% interest in Konecranes.“We believe that the Konecranes-MHPS combination represents compelling industrial logic that will deliver significant value to Konecranes customers, team members and shareholders, including Terex” said John Garrison, Terex President and CEO. In mining terms, MHPS includes assets such as grabs used in bulk minerals handling at mineral ports, as well as overhead cranes used in the manufacturing of mining equipment, for heavy maintenance as well as mineral processing plants.Garrison continued, “The sale of our MHPS business is a major milestone on our journey to become a more focused, high performance enterprise. We are committed to delivering improved profitability and return on capital across Terex as we implement our strategy of focus, simplify, and execute to win. Also, we will move forward over the coming weeks with our planned debt reduction, significantly reducing our interest expense and leverage as we enter 2017.”The final transaction consideration is subject to post-closing adjustments for cash, debt, working capital, MHPS actual 2016 EBITDA and the closing of the sale of the Stahl CraneSystems business.last_img read more

VIDEO Handball fight in Labin Croatia

← Previous Story Larvik and Oltchim go home with “joy” Next Story → Velux EHF CL TOP 16 Draw – Ready? Not so often as at football, but handball fights also happen. This time one happened in Croatia, at a match between Rudar and Moslavina in the First Croatian League. The game was even and Rudar had the last attack in the game, but shortly before it finished, the home player Matulj got hit by an opposing team player, and this is when it all started, and it ended in a 5-minute fight in which also some fans participated. It is well documented by the cameras, and the Croatian Federation should be quick to issue big sanctions for things that should not happen on the court!![youtube][/youtube]source: read more

Man arrested after murder investigation launched in Co Antrim

first_imgDETECTIVES FROM THE PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in the Ballycastle area of Co Antrim earlier today.One person has been arrested in connection with the incident.No further information is available at this point in time.Read: Man charged with attempted murder after 17-year-old stabbed in Co Derry >last_img

EA not supporting Wii U because its an offline experience

first_imgNintendo is struggling to get the Wii U noticed by gamers and game developers alike, and this is reflected in the poor sales the console has had. Nintendo is actually locked in a vicious circle, with a lack of must-have games available, and developers/publishers unwilling to support a console that isn’t selling well. One of the largest game publishers is ignoring the Wii U for another reason, though.Peter Moore, COO at EA, has explained that the publisher has no games in development for the Wii U because there is no “rich multiplayer environment” on the platform. He goes on to say that the Wii U “feels like an offline experience right now.”EA has continually put more emphasis on the online aspects of its game. They were an integral part of the Online Pass system for this generation of hardware, the Origin service is becoming an ever more important part of EA’s game ecosystem, and some of its games are even fully-online, such as the new SimCity. The Wii U just isn’t a part of that, or doesn’t have the player base willing to go online to support it and warrant the cost, according to EA.You could say that EA is just missing out on a player base by not supporting the Wii U with game releases. But the publisher did at launch with four titles, none of which sold well according to Moore. Poor sales have also been highlighted by Ubisoft, claiming Zombi U, a major launch game for the console, wasn’t profitable and won’t be getting a sequel. Activision has also said sales of launch titles were poor and it doesn’t have any plans for further games on the system.As for Nintendo, it is focusing on developing and promoting first-party games that will start appearing in the coming months and into 2014. If that boosts sales, then other publishers may return to Wii U, with Ubisoft already stating they want to see how the console does at Christmas before deciding to support it again.Looking at Nintendo’s release schedule for the Wii U, its key first party games will arrive between August this year and Spring 2014. That includes Wind Waker HD, Wii Fit U, Super Smash Bros., Super Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3, New Super Luigi, Mario Kart 8, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. I think it’s fair to say, if sales haven’t picked up significantly by the Spring, Nintendo will have to start looking at what comes next in terms of hardware, especially as both Xbox One and PS4 will be well established by then and growing market share rapidly.last_img read more

Ruins of Abandoned WW2 Village Unearthed Due to Low Water Levels

first_imgStay on target Amazing Hoard of 1,000-Year-Old Coins Discovered by Metal Detectorists7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France Low water levels at a reservoir in England have revealed the rarely-seen ruins of an abandoned village.The village of Derwent Hall in Derbeyshire, England was last inhabited during the Second World War and was abandoned by residents and deliberately flooded in 1943 to make way for the Ladybower Reservoir.The ruins of Derwent Hall are exposed by low water levels. (Photo Credit: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)But a long, hot summer and low water levels have unearthed historic buildings of the village, which include a church, village hall and manor house, in the last few weeks.Dave Aston, an official from the Peak District’s Upper Derwent Visitor Centre, told BBC News that the rare sight of the “exposed village” has attracted many people to the area.The village of Derwent was deliberately flooded in 1943 to create Ladybower and Derwent reservoir. (Photo Credit: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)The site has become so popular that a mountain rescue team from the area had to issue a warning to visitors about the perils of the surrounding mud. Earlier this month, a man got stuck in the thick mud when trying to inspect the period buildings and ruins. He was freed by rescue teams 30 minutes later.The Edale Mountain Rescue Team welcomes posted a warning on their Facebook page on Friday: “There have been multiple instances of people venturing onto the mud and getting trapped. Some of it is like ‘rice pudding with skin on’ — it looks solid but it’s not. Come, see the ruins but stick to the shore!”Visitors are flocking to Ladybower reservoir to see the ruins of Derwent Hall unearthed by low water levels. (Photo Credit: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)Aston said he last saw the flooded village in 1995, after a dry period that year, and also following the hot summer months of 1976. “It is a rare occurrence to see the ruins of Derwent village,” he said.During the Second World War the Ladybower and Derwent Reservoir was used by pilots of the Royal Air Force aircraft squadron, 617 Squadron, for practicing the low-level flights needed for Operation Chastise (commonly known as the “Dam Busters” raids), due to its similarity to the German dams.The reservoir was famously used by the RAF No. 617 Squadron for practice missions during the Second World War. (Photo Credit: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)More on Eerie Ghost Towns You Can Visit (If You Dare!)Photos: Abandoned Water Park Is Straight Out of a Horror FilmPhotos: Creepy Island of Dolls Is a Halloween Nightmarelast_img read more

Report Pepe turns down Arsenal for Monaco move

first_imgFormer Real Madrid defender Pepe has reportedly turned down a move to Arsenal in favour of joining AS MonacoThe 35-year-old is a free agent after leaving Turkish side Besiktas in December and had been linked with a return to Portugal at FC Porto.But L’Equipe reports that Pepe will instead join Monaco, despite a late attempt by Arsenal to hijack the deal.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Unai Emery’s side are on the lookout for defensive reinforcements in this month’s transfer window with Rob Holding sidelined for the rest of the season.Out-of-favour Juventus defender Medhi Benatia is allegedly being lined up in a trade deal involving Aaron Ramsey for Arsenal.Meanwhile, Monaco are expected to sign Chelsea and former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas shortly as new manager Thierry Henry attempts to steer the club clear of the relegation zone in Ligue 1.last_img read more

Broward School Board announces new security measures

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward County School Board is taking steps to improve school security in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Broward Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie sent out an email this weekend to all parents and guardians outlining the measures being taken, beginning in the fall, to make sure students and teachers are safe.Among the changes expected are:at least one school resource officer for every schoolenhancing active assailant trainingupgrading surveillance camera systemssingle entry point for campus visitors by 2019requiring ID badges for students and stafflocking classroom doors at all timesexpanding mental health services for students and staffThe school district has hired an independent security firm to make recommendations for security enhancements.But reviews from members of the Parkland community were mixed. Some said the school district has not been moving fast or far enough.“Until he’s ready to reevaluate the PROMISE Program, I don’t care what he puts in writing, this superintendent,” said Andrew Pollack, the father of Parkland shooting victim Meadow Pollack, referring to an intervention-based Broward program created to correct student behavior.Last month, the Broward school district acknowledged Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz had been referred to the PROMISE Program back in 2013 after he vandalized a bathroom at Westglades Middle School. PROMISE is an acronym that stands for Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Supports & Education.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

In Other News San Antonio to Leverage Military Missions to Promote Bioscience

first_imgSan Antonio officials are close to implementing a plan to significantly improve collaboration between the city’s military medical research missions and the region’s bioscience industry. The initiative is intended to boost growth in life sciences firms and jobs by establishing formal alliances between military, educational and private sector entities, reports the San Antonio Business Journal. “We can partner with and leverage these missions to create commercialization opportunities for our local entrepreneurs and to increase the growth of our life science ecosystem,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. … The Air Force has agreed to pay the city of Portsmouth, N.H., up to $14.3 million to construct a water treatment facility with a dual filtration system to eliminate two types of PFAS chemicals from city-owned wells at the former Pease AFB. The Air Force previously paid for a demonstration project started two years ago of activated carbon filters for two wells at the site now known as Pease International Tradeport, reports The city anticipates starting construction on the 18-month construction project early next year. … The 49th Wing at Holloman AFB, N.M., and all co-located units will shift from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command on Oct. 1, officials announced Thursday. The realignment will place Holloman, which hosts MQ-9 Reaper and F-16 Fighting Falcon formal training units, under the major command with responsibility for recruiting, training and educating airmen. The change will allow MQ-9 pilots and sensor operators to attend initial training and graduate training within a single command, according to a press release.Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Theater Mode Could be Apples Most Courageous iPhone Feature Yet

first_img I said it when I wrote about the awful decision to remove the headphone jack, and I’ll say it again now: I like my iPhone a lot. However, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that since there are no more obvious improvements left to be made to the device beyond better specs, Apple is making its phones worse in the attempt to make them different. The latest terrible-sounding iPhone feature? A mode designed specifically for use in movie theaters.Some recently discovered 2014 Apple patents have been causing quite a controversy among film fans. The documents propose the idea of having users press a popcorn-shaped button to put their iPhone in “Theater Mode.” This would dim the screen, turn off sounds, disable certain wireless communication, and even let theater owners know who is being a respectful audience member in exchange for some reward.This sounds like a good compromise between people rudely using their phones in theaters and those who want a completely phone-free movie-watching experience. But for true movie fans, myself included, this isn’t a conflict to compromise on. Even a phone with a dim screen is still a distraction in a dark movie theater. It’s worse than 3D! Plus, the point of a movie is to watch the movie and fully immerse yourself in the art, not split your attention between watching and texting.You know who else is disappointed in Apple for potentially encouraging using phones in theaters? Tim League, the owner of the Alamo Drafthouse premium theater chain, who tweeted some not-so-nice things about Apple in response to this hypothetical feature. That’s not surprising. As I learned when I visited the Drafthouse’s recent New York expansion, the theater takes its no-talking policy very seriously. The PSAs they make with celebrities may be funny, but the message is no joke. Talk or use your phone, and you’ll get kicked. The only “Theater Mode” is turning your phone off.This is only the latest battle in the war between phones and movie theaters. Last year AMC floated the idea of ruining certain screenings by making them phone-friendly for millennials or whatever. Fortunately, the company walked back the pitch after everyone told them how stupid it was. Hopefully, the same thing happens to this iPhone Theater Mode. But whatever Apple does, please don’t use your phone in a movie theater. Stay on target Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesCelebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters last_img read more

Music at its highest note

first_imgAfter travelling to Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune, the festival came to its final pit stop city for 2014 at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on 29 November.The second day of the festival brought along some thunderous performances. From the band, Dinosaur Pile Up (UK) rocking the audience to Alo Wala (Denmark) who delivered an explosive dance floor experience. One of India’s biggest musical bands Indian Ocean played from their latest album Tandanu musicians like Pt. Vishwamohan Bhat, Kumaresh Rajagopalan, and Vishal Dadlani. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Composer Amit Trivedi took on the stage which left the audiences asking for more. The Vaccines took the whole festival to a musically high note.Alongside an amazing music experience, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender this year also makes for an incredible audio visual spectacle! The first day of the festival witnessed Songhoy Blues, all the way from Mali, Africa, charming the audiences with their refreshing brand of blues rock and The Raghu Dixit Project featuring Nritarutya. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe funnymen from AIB had people in splits with their signature brand of edgy humor. A major international act including American heavy metal superstars Fear Factory to the soulful and mellifluous voice of critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh was also marked.At this year’s edition, festival goers get delectable food options to dive into with specially curated food stalls, and even an exclusively created Bacardi NH7 Weekender ice-cream flavour by Hokey Pokey! This year, over 100 artistes played at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender’s four editions – Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune and Delhi.last_img read more

The 46th IHGFDelhi Fair comes back

first_imgThe 46th edition of world’s largest IHGF-Delhi Fair was inaugurated by Ajay Tamta, Union Minister of State for Textiles at state-of-the-art exhibition venue India Expo Centre and Mart at Greater Noida on October 14.The inauguration ceremony took place amidst the overseas buying community arrived in India to source home, lifestyle, fashion and textiles products from more than 110 countries. The extravaganza of Indian handicrafts will be taking place in the capital until October 18. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile inaugurating the fair, Ajay Tamta said that this fair has played a vital role in increasing exports of handicrafts from the country and has acquired a special importance for handicrafts sector as overseas buying community finds this fair to be the most effective sourcing medium for their requirements and that the Indian exporting community considers this as the most effective marketing medium for their merchandise. “The reason behind its success is that fair is very useful both for buyers and sellers. Participation by over 3200 exhibitors in this fair and visit of overseas buyers from over 110 countries shows its popularity amongst Indian handicrafts exporting and importing community,” he added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLater, on the second day of the mega-fair, Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State for MSME gave away the Guild certificates to nine framers working in picture framing segment. Along with Giriraj Singh, some eminent personalities like O P Prahladka, Chairman–EPCH; Jesmina Zeliang, President of the fair; Mohan Singh Bhati and Ahmed Akberali Sundrani, Vice Presidents of the fair; R K Passi and Sagar Mehta, Vice Chairmen – EPCH among others. While distributing the Guild Certificates to the winners, Giriraj Singh stated, “Soul of India resides in the Handicrafts sector and this sector keeps us close to the roots of our culture.” He further elaborated by saying that seven million artisans and crafts persons wholeheartedly working in different craft clusters are the backbones of this sector and we should make all-out efforts to increase their livelihood. He also appreciated EPCH for giving them the opportunity to display their intricate craftsmanship in this show, generating employment for them as well as providing technical support for enhancing designs of their products to compete in the world market. MSME Minister further said that Handicrafts sector can only be flourished when these artisans are paid the real value for their skills. Whatever progress handicraft sector so far has made, it is because of hard work of the artisans and crafts persons of India. “EPCH in collaboration with Manish Gourisaria, Joint Managing Director of M/s Lion India has taken unique initiative to upgrade the Picture Framing Industry in India by conducting GCF training programme for the Indian Framers in association of Fine Art Trade Guild, London, UK to enable the framers in acquiring higher skills and quality of workmanship and accommodate different levels of framing with the bespoke market to International standards,” said Rakesh Kumar, ED – EPCH. The training programme for the fair was held from March 12-17 in Kolkata. The world-renowned master trainer, Stephen Finney GCF (APF) Adv. from Germany and UK had conducted this course. 18 participants from all across the globe, came to Kolkata to participate in the above course and appeared for the exams and among them, nine participants have passed the Guild Certified Framers examination successfully. The winning participants include Vivek Dhar from Meghalaya, J Anto Amalraj, Tamilnadu, Chandrashekar, Karnataka, among others.last_img read more