Will the Carbon Tax actually help the environment

first_imgDepends on who you ask. Either way, the fight around the federal Liberals’ climate change policy is shaping up to be the key battle of the 2019 election. Here’s the thing, though: Chances are you don’t actually know how you’ll be hit with it when it lands on Jan. 1. And on Tuesday, despite also not really knowing how much their plan will impact you, the Liberals announced rebates for Canadian families in certain provinces.It’s the most convoluted federal-provincial policy we’ve encountered since…marijuana legalization, just last week. And that doesn’t even take into account the branding war over what we’ll actually call this thing. Is it a tax on everything or a price on pollution? Whichever side you land on, be prepared to hear both those phrases a lot. We’ll take you inside the climate change debate, and try to figure out how and if you’ll end up paying for it.Parliament Hill Reporter Cormac Mac Sweeney joins Jordan Heath-Rawlings to break it down.Audio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_1024.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Le Monde A Paralyzed Anachronistic Regime Confiscates Algerias Future

Rabat – Since Algeria’s ruling party announced recently that President Bouteflika is their “ideal candidate” for the upcoming April 18 presidential elections, critics have been quick to lambast the president for clinging to power despite his concerning health status.Domestic and foreign Algeria watchers, including journalists, analysts, and academics, have hit at what they call a “dysfunctional” and “paralyzed” regime led by “an old, ailing” and “medically unfit” president who appears to have no interest in handing over state power to a new political generation.France’s Le Monde newspaper is the latest agency to join the chorus of voices decrying the ailments of the Bouteflika regime, pointing out the president’s “wrong” decision to run for a fifth term. “In Algeria, There is a Power Fossilization,” the French newspaper headlined a recent scathing editorial on the ills and unfulfilled promises of the Algerian regime.“At 81, Abdelaziz Bouteflika is set to secure a fifth term, bad news for the Algerian population suffocated by a paralyzed regime,” Le Monde wrote.Bouteflika came to power in 1999 and won the hearts and minds of Algerians.The country was coming out of a harsh civil war and extremism was rampant in the late 90s when Bouteflika rose to political prominence. In his first years in power, he stabilized the economy and brought social peace.Unsustainable social contractBut, le Monde explained, the last five years have been trying times for Algerians, whose frustration hit its highest level as it faced a regime more concerned with securing its own survival its grip on the country’s resources rather than take the “courageous” and “much-needed” decision to leave the room for a new generation of leaders.“This is bad news for Algeria,” the newspaper said referring to the ruling party’s determination to have its “ideal candidate” elected on April 18. “The fossilization of power seals the rupture between society and the highest echelons of the state, with the two living two different stories.”At the summit sits a power-hungry elite still living in the “victorious” years of the independence war and the tough 1990s, while at the bottom waits a frustrated and “young society hungry to live in the 21st century but suffocated by the straitjacket imposed from above,” according to Le Monde.After emerging as president at the end of the 1990s and until the heat of the Arab Spring in 2011, Bouteflika succeeded to maintain his grip on power by “buying” the support of Algerians through lavish government spending that guaranteed socio-economic security.But that once successful social contract is no longer sustainable. Young Algerians aspire to change but are faced with an “anachronistic regime whose only option is immobilism,” the newspaper argued.Criticism, sometimes even far harsher than Le Monde’s, has also come from domestic observers.In a recent Facebook post, Algerian journalist Hafid Derradji berated President Bouteflika over his decision to ignore his failing health to run again for president.“We are ashamed to belong to this miserable generation that accepts humiliation, and is pleased to have its honor and homeland raped by a vicious gang and a renegade,” read Derradji’s post. read more

The Latest RenaultNissanMitsubishi eyes postGhosn plan

TOKYO — The Latest on the arrest of former auto industry leader Carlos Ghosn (all times local):5:10 p.m.The new board of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is holding its first meeting to plot out the group’s future without jailed former boss Carlos Ghosn.The board is meant to replace a Ghosn-driven, Netherlands-based leadership structure that has come under scrutiny since Ghosn’s first arrest in November. He has been repeatedly arrested on allegations of financial misconduct that he vigorously denies.Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard leads the new board, which includes the CEOs of all three carmakers and met Friday in Paris. It will oversee shared projects such as developing batteries and more autonomous driving functions in their cars.Without the hard-driving, attention-getting Ghosn at the helm, some have expressed concern about the viability of the alliance. Meanwhile, the scandal around the alleged financial wrongdoing remains a major distraction for all three carmakers.___4:00 p.m.The detention of Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn on suspicion of financial misconduct has been approved through April 22.Ghosn was arrested in November, released on bail last month but re-arrested last week on fresh allegations. The Tokyo District Court on Friday approved prosecutors’ request to continue to hold Ghosn at Tokyo Detention Center.He has been charged with falsifying financial documents in under-reporting his compensation and with breach of trust in using Nissan Motor Co. money for dubious payments.Ghosn led the Japanese automaker for two decades and says he is innocent of the accusations that led to his downfall.The Associated Press read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 57.22 points to 15,864.39.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 65.03 points to 22,936.75.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 5.62 points to 2,558.79.The Nasdaq composite index was up 22.17 points to 6,627.97.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.81 cents US, unchanged from Friday’s average price of 80.08 cents US.

UN urges protection of indigenous peoples rights during migration

In his message on the Day, he noted that “some are subject to displacement or relocation without their free, prior and informed consent”, adding that “others are escaping violence and conflict or the ravages of climate change and environmental degradation” and that many migrate in search of better prospects and employment for themselves and their families.Mr. Guterres stated that while migration is an opportunity, “it also carries inherent risks”, citing the unsafe and unsanitary conditions many end up living in, especially in urban areas. For example, in Latin America, around 40 per cent of all indigenous peoples live in urban areas, with the numbers reaching as high as 80 per cent in some countries in the region. Many lack access to public services and often face discrimination.,“Indigenous women and girls experience disproportionately high rates of trafficking and other forms of violence,” he explained, adding that “indigenous youth are faced with complex questions regarding their identity and values”.For indigenous peoples whose territories are divided by international borders, the Secretary-General called for cooperation across these borders so that their identity, occupations and traditional practices can be safeguarded.Referring to the Global Compact for migration, which UN Member States have committed to adopt later this year, Mr. Guterres said “this will establish an international framework for regional and global cooperation” and “provide a platform to maximize the benefits of migration and support vulnerable migrant groups, including indigenous peoples”.,United Nations,He called for the full realization of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, “including the rights to self-determination and to traditional lands, territories and resources”.“It is essential that the rights and identities of indigenous peoples are protected,” Mr. Guterres stressed. “And, wherever they live,” he added, “let us ensure that indigenous peoples enjoy recognition for their contributions and the opportunity to thrive and prosper in peace on a healthy planet”.There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. Although they make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, they account for 15 per cent of the world’s poorest. Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), also focused on migration and movement in her message, explaining that migration influences the way of life of many indigenous peoples, whether these be nomadic pastoral societies, or hunter-gatherer peoples who travel several hundred square kilometres, in order to benefit from the unique resources of their ecosystem and to preserve a delicate balance.“However, indigenous peoples are now increasingly exposed to forced migrations, which are often the result of environmental disasters or social and political conflicts,” she said, warning that as they are driven from their territories, indigenous peoples see their lifestyles and cultures disintegrate and vanish, often without any prospect of returning.As such, UNESCO is working with indigenous peoples to help them to meet the challenges ahead, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in a number of ways, including in collaboration with the local authorities and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, to pilot a study programme for pastoral societies, paving the way for the establishment of educational systems adapted to transhumant peoples. read more

August 2017 new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for August pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in August 2017 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the August 2017 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

NFL Parity Is Creating Excitement — And Um Ties

BAL51.516.1TEN56.914.030.11539 CIN68.415.3PIT42.516.431.61554 IND5.53.4NYJ13.15.48.81419 NO73NO71NO 43, WSH 19-3.1– BUF22.99.5HOU11.96.716.21439 KC97.2%+/-1.9NE70.0%+/-11.713.61637 ARI3.62.9MIN51.010.313.21495 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality DAL30.710.5JAX59.811.822.31530 Playoff %Playoff % KC68KC61KC 30, JAX 14-7.7– ATL22.79.8TB29.012.522.31509 DEN7.24.5LAR93.43.88.31513 The best matchups of Week 6Week 6 games with the highest average Elo rating using the harmonic mean plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CIN63CIN64CIN 27, MIA 17-1.2– GB22.08.3SF6.54.512.81445 CAR59.713.2WSH29.812.125.31521 LAC73LAC69LAC 26, OAK 10-3.9– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 5Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 5 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Unlike college football, which is currently as imbalanced as ever, the pros have generally tended toward more competitive balance since the 1970s. That trend, though, largely leveled off once free agency and the introduction of a salary cap equalized each team’s spending, creating a parity machine that apparently only the New England Patriots — and conversely, until this year at least, the Browns — could resist. But even against that backdrop, this year’s Super Bowl race looks particularly wide open, with K.C. sitting nervously as tentative favorites.In that department, we might gain some additional insight after Sunday night’s Patriots-Chiefs matchup, which rates as the best of the week in terms of matchup quality (as determined by the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo ratings in each game): CLE3.22.7LAC51.712.315.01438 When Dak Prescott’s improbable pocket escape and 44-yard heave set up a field goal to tie Sunday night’s Cowboys-Texans game late in regulation, viewers were left with a familiar feeling: This game, like so many others this season, seemed destined for overtime. (Indeed, it did require OT — the Texans kicked a field goal in the extra frame to win 19-16.) It was the eighth overtime game of the 2018 season already — the most in the first five weeks of any NFL season since 2002, which also saw eight OT games. Along the way we’ve also gotten two ties, ensuring only the league’s fourth multi-tie campaign since it first introduced regular-season OT in 1974, and we narrowly missed three others thanks to game-ending scores in the waning seconds of the extra period.1Had the Titans not scored a walk-off TD against the Eagles in Week 4, they likely would have made a 27-yard field goal to seal up the tie. (Although we can’t say for sure.) While the NFL still faces plenty of big-picture problems — and some fans are even lamenting the renewed prevalence of those dreaded ties — this wave of close finishes has mainly made last year’s complaints about boring football seem like a distant memory.The spike in overtime contests is just one element of this year’s extra drama. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, 52 of the league’s 78 games this season have seen the trailing team sit within one score of the leader with five minutes left in the game — the second-most in any season through five weeks since 2001.2In 2011, 53 games met that criteria through five weeks. Furthermore, 47 games this season have been within a score with two minutes left to play in regulation. It’s a perfect recipe for wild endings like Sunday’s Panthers-Giants duel — which saw two lead changes in the final 68 seconds of play — or last week’s Raiders-Browns thriller, with its four separate game-tying or go-ahead scores in the fourth quarter and OT alone.Speaking of overtime: It took a season to produce an effect, but in combination with so many close games, the league’s recent tweaks to the OT format have finally started to generate more of those aforementioned ties. Back in May 2017, my colleague Ty Schalter predicted that the NFL’s switch from 15- to 10-minute overtime periods (on top of its earlier decision to modify the sudden-death rule, giving the coin-flip loser a chance to answer if the winner kicked a FG on its opening drive) would dramatically hike the rate of tied games once OT was reached. Although we went an entire season without a tie in 2017 — only 14 games went into overtime at all, below the seasonal average of 16 since 20013Excluding 2018. — this year has made up for lost time, with a quarter of OT games ending in a stalemate. And you thought draws were too common in the “other” version of football…Anyway, all of this mainly speaks to the rise in parity across the league as a whole this year. Through five weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs rank No. 1 in FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (our pet way of gauging how well a team is playing at any given moment in time), though their 1657 Elo isn’t especially high for an NFL leader at this stage of the season.4It’s the eighth-lowest rating for a No. 1 team through Week 5 since the 1970 AFL merger. At the other end of the rankings, the No. 32 Cleveland Browns (1344 Elo) are a lot better than the typical last-place team. You might say the Browns deserve better than 32nd place (I happen to agree), but choose an alternative — the Bills? Cardinals? Giants?? — and each has at least shown some signs of basic competency at various times this season. All of which is to say: The gap between the best and worst teams is not as wide as we’ve gotten used to it being.And that shows up in the overall distribution of team performances this season. Since 1970, the standard deviation of teams’ Elo ratings through a season’s first five weeks has never been lower than it is right now: SEA50%LAR70%LAR 33, SEA 31+13.5– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com PHI70PHI58MIN 23, PHI 21+12.8– BAL76BAL66CLE 12, BAL 9+11.3– DAL61HOU50HOU 19, DAL 16+9.6– SF66SF59ARI 28, SF 18+7.2– Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. CAR80CAR76CAR 33, NYG 31-3.4– NE83NE83NE 38, IND 24-2.0– Of course, the Chiefs have tempted us to overreact after beating the Patriots before, so maybe we won’t actually learn as much as we might hope on Sunday. But Week 6 also offers a number of matchups that could move the playoff-odds needle by at least 20 combined percentage points — including Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh, Baltimore vs. Tennessee and Carolina vs. Washington.Out of all these tightly contested games, surely some will flirt with overtime (or maybe even a tie!) again. But more than just giving us yet another chance to jokingly compare stalemates on the gridiron with those on the soccer pitch, it’s a real sign of how evenly balanced the league has become so far this season.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWant another way to keep up with the league? Be sure to check out our constantly updating NFL prediction interactive, which uses Elo ratings to forecast the rest of the season. And if you think you’re smarter than Elo, now you can prove it: In our prediction game, you can pick against our model (and your fellow readers) for bragging rights and a place on our giant leaderboard.Using your picks from last week, here’s our regular look at where Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the field: OAK2.31.7SEA33.49.511.21468 CHI54.912.2MIA35.911.824.01490 NYJ56DEN56NYJ 34, DEN 16-14.3– PIT57PIT51PIT 41, ATL 17-7.9– BUF52TEN62BUF 13, TEN 12-17.8– DET60GB56DET 31, GB 23-17.4– NYG4.64.1PHI61.411.415.51488 Elo eked out another victorious week over the readers, winning by 24.3 net points on average. It’s been an unusually impressive start to the season for Elo, whose built-in lack of knowledge over the NFL’s offseason comings and goings hasn’t seemed to hamper it one bit. (Maybe this is a nice reminder that preseason NFL predictions are mostly useless.) In Week 5, Elo was too high on the Seahawks, Eagles and Ravens, all of whom fell short. But it made up for those bad picks by calling Buffalo’s win over Tennessee and Detroit’s victory over Green Bay, among other games.But Elo didn’t make all of our readers look silly. Congrats to reader Paul Diaz, who led all users in points for Week 5, and to Jevon Mallett, who leads all users on the season in total. Thanks to everyone who played last week — and if you didn’t play, get in on the game already! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you missed the first quarter of the season.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

IHF TROPHY 2017 Dr Congo and Benin are African winners

All five IHF continents – Africa, Asia, Europe, Pan-America and Oceania – now know their representatives for the final of the 2016/17 IHF Trophy Intercontinental Phase.The winners of each of the five continental competitions for men born in 1996 or younger and women born in 1997 or younger were known earlier this month when both African and Oceania held their final continental competitions.  MEN’S COMPETITIONThe men’s final (Saturday 5 August) saw DR Congo beat Benin 33:28 (18:13) to claim their spot in the continental finals, while in the 3/4 Placement Match host side Senegal gave their home fans some nervy moments, but came from behind at half-time to be Mozambique 29:26 (11:12).Leading up to the final, Senegal had beaten Rwanda (37:33) to confirm second place in their preliminary group and a semi-final spot. DR Congo beat Madagascar 30:21 to confirm top-spot in Group A.DR Congo then went on to beat Mozambique 32:16 in the semi-finals to set-up a final appearance against Benin, who beat the hosts Senegal 28:26 in the other semi-final. Rwanda beat Ethiopia 40:34 in the 5/6 Placement Match.FINAL RANKING DR Congo Benin Senegal Mozambique Rwanda Ethiopia MadagascarWOMEN’S COMPETITIONBenin restricted Guinea to just six first-half goals as they easily won the final 23:14 (12:6). In another clear match, Cameroon beat Madagascar 36:21 (18:10) to claim bronze in the 3/4 Placement Match.Earlier in the week, Cameroon confirmed their qualification through to the semi-finals with a 19-goal win over Mozambique (38:19) while it was a top-of-the-table clash between Benin and Madagascar in Group A with Benin running out easy winners, 30:12, to take first place, the results saw both teams go through to the semi-finals.In the semi-finals Benin beat Cameroon (23:21), and Guinea overcame Madagascar 39:20 with Uganda claiming fifth spot after winning their 5/6 Placement Match against Mozambique.FINAL RANKING Benin Guinea Cameroon Madagascar UgandaMozambique Ethiopia2016-17 IHF TROPHY CONTINENTAL WINNERSEurope (EHF): Moldova (men) and Faroe Islands (women)Pan America (PHF): USA (men) and Martinique (women)Asia (AHF): India (men) and DPR Korea (women)Africa (CAHB): DR Congo (men) and Benin (women)Oceania (OCHF): Tahiti (men)Source: IHFPH: Stephane Pillaud/IHF ← Previous Story PSG Handball sign Jovo Damjanovic Next Story → IHF Super Globe 2017 starts on Friday read more

Students create watch that measures your perception time

first_imgTwo students from Cornell University decided that they wanted to see if they could create a device that could actually measure the perception of time, rather than time itself. Inspired by the cliche “time flies when you’re having fun,” the two researchers, Brian Schiffer and Sima Mitra, created a chronograph that would give data to study human perception. The resulting timepiece was the TicTocTrac. While it looks like a simple wristwatch, giving you the current time is just a secondary function of the device.Schiffer and Mitra started the design of their project with the idea that it had to be both cheap and simple. By using a case that was made on a 3D printer — a Makerbot — and readily available off-the-shelf electronics the duo was able to build the device for a scant $55.26. Consisting of a small vibration motor, Piezo sensor (a fancy name for a motion and pressure sensor) and a microSD card, the TicTocTrac is a pretty simple electronic device to build.As far as tracking a person’s time perception, the TicTocTrac makes use of interval tasks. To start a perception measurement, you would simply tap the face of the watch to invoke the software stored on the microSD card to display a random amount of time to be estimated by the user. This is represented by the ring of small LED lights on the face. After tapping the watch once, a random interval ranging between 5 and 55 minutes will appear on the watch then disappear. The user wearing the device then taps the face again once they think the suggested amount of time has passed. The results are recorded to the microSD card and then transferred to a PC for analysis. A different researcher using the interval method for a year found that he perceived 12 additional hours had passed over the course of a year, which is a significant amount of time if you think about it.The first guinea pig for the TicTocTrac was Schiffer himself, you can check out a chart of the results by going to his data page. A quick glance will show that indeed when he’s doing something he enjoys time does fly for him. When he’s pulling an all-nighter working however, his perception of the amount of time that has passed changes radically.This would be an interesting science project for you to undertake with some other geeks or family members, it’s cheap enough to build and Schiffer and Mitra have provided all the plans and software in an open-source manner for you to work from. Let us know in the comments if you decide to create one yourself.Read more at the TicTocTrac page, via Hackaday. You can check out the gallery of images below.Inside the TicTocTracInside the TicTocTracSDTicTocTracquarterbackInCaselast_img read more

Harry Kane reveals how fiancee broke MBE news to him

first_imgEngland Captain Harry Kane has revealed he was making final preparations for his club’s fixture against Southampton when he learned of the award.The Tottenham striker who had an incredible year for both club and country said he received messages from his fiancee Kate urging him to get in touch just prior to Tottenham’s Premier League game against Southampton on December 5.Harry Kane was in good form at the world cup and won the World Cup Golden Boot with six goals in the team’s run to the semi-finals.,Kane who has now scored a total of 156 goals in all competitions for Tottenham told Spurs TV via Belfasttelegraph:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We got a letter to the house, Kate opened the letter…it was before the Southampton game.“Normally we’d talk a little but she would never call me just before the match. I had a missed call and she texted me ‘could you answer?’.“I thought something was wrong! But Kate was excited and told me that we’d had a letter from the Queen saying we’d get an MBE.“I’m proud for her as well and the whole family. It’s not just for me. We’re part of a journey together. It shows that the hard work has paid off.”last_img read more

Crews quell transfer station fire

first_imgSpontaneous combustion is blamed for a debris fire at the Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 N.E. 117th Ave., on Sunday morning.Vancouver firefighters quickly tamed the smoky fire that was reported by a security firm at 6:27 a.m.Capt. Chris Moen said the debris pile was about 4 to 5 feet high and 20 feet in circumference.“Fire crews opened up main roll-up doors on two sides and found the building charged with heavy smoke and the sprinkler system had activated and was flowing water,” Moen said in a press release.No one was injured and damage to the warehouse building was minimal, limited to melting of some insulation in the ceiling, Moen said.The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office said the blaze was caused by spontaneous heating in a debris pile containing bark dust and other waste materials.Moen said the working sprinkler system kept the fire from causing more damage.Crews brought four fire engines and one truck, Moen said.The building is owned by the Columbia Resource Company, according to county property records.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For April 27 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, April 27, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Rain, mainly after 3pm. High near 61. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.In The Community: State Rep. Jim Miceli’s funeral mass will take place at 10:30am at St. Thomas Church (126 Middlesex Avenue). Read Rep. Miceli’s obituary HERE.In The Community: Meet sports celebrities at Rich Altman’s Sports Card & Memorabilia Boston Show, held on Friday, April 27 (noon to 7pm), Saturday, April 28 (9am to 5pm), and Sunday, April 29 (10am-4pm) at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.  General admission tickets cost $10.  Children under 8 are FREE.  Tickets must be purchased at the door. Tickets to autograph lines, however, can be purchased in advance on the event’s website HERE.  Please carefully read the varying appearance times, pricing and restrictions for each sports celebrity.  Appearances are subject to change. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Needleworkers meet at 10am. Drop-In Story Time at 10am.  [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: Two Wilmington High School teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 28, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Wilmington Police Warn Of Imposters Posing As Water Department Employees

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department recently had an incident of two individuals gaining access to a home posing as Water Department Employees. Several other area towns have had similar incidents. A Wilmington resident called 911 after two men came to the residence posing as contractors for the Water Department. They told the resident that they needed to do an emergency check of the water for lead contamination. In other cases, the males approach the resident and said that there was a water break in the area and that the resident’s water meter needed to be reset. These individuals will work together to attempt to distract the resident so the group may split up and gain access to the rest of the home.The Town of Wilmington Water Department employees operate town owned, clearly marked vehicles. If an individual approaches your residence or stops to ask questions regarding any utilities or permits, please ask for official town issued identification or call the Wilmington Police Department to verify whether the person is affiliated with the town. You may also contact the Wilmington Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 during normal business hours. In almost all cases, the Town of Wilmington will notify residents if Water Department employees need to gain access to a residence prior to the visit.Elderly residents are most often the targets of these types of scams. We want to ask our residents to take a moment to speak with elderly parents and neighbors so they are on the alert for this type of unscrupulous activity.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Officers Recognized By US Attorney’s OfficeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for May 23: Police Arrest 4 Individuals; Shoplifting At Market Basket Leads To Drug ArrestsIn “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

Oculus cofounders exit is latest in string of Facebook departures

first_img Tags Post a comment Mitchell was the head of virtual reality products at Facebook, which purchased Oculus for $3 billion. The Oculus team at Facebook has grappled with a number of woes, including a lawsuit and executive turnover, as it tries to make virtual reality more mainstream. Facebook bought Oculus because it envisions a future in which Facebookers will be able to share moments with their friends and family as if they’re all together in person. Co-founders at other companies Facebook purchased have also left the social media giant in recent years. That list includes Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, WhatApp’s Brian Acton and Jan Koum and Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey. The Instagram co-founders reportedly clashed with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Mitchell said he’ll be spending time with family and taking time to travel. His departure also comes before Oculus Connect 6, a virtual reality developer conference that kicks off in San Jose, California, at the end of September. Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell James Martin/CNET Facebook can’t seem to hold onto the founders of the companies it acquires.The latest departure: Nate Mitchell, co-founder of the virtual reality startup Oculus, which launched in 2012 and was bought by Facebook in 2014. Mitchell, the last Oculus co-founder still at Facebook, said Tuesday that he was stepping down.”Virtual reality is still on the bleeding edge of technology, and this community continues to pioneer the way forward,” he wrote in a post on Reddit. “What’s ahead is always unknown, and that’s what makes it exciting.” Some bittersweet news to share. After 7 incredible years at Oculus / Facebook, I’m moving on. It’s been a privilege to be a part of the VR community, and I can’t wait to see what comes next: https://t.co/M3XWASigvS pic.twitter.com/dhzPrdmpuP— Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) August 13, 2019 0 Sci-Tech Tech Industry Share your voice Oculus Facebooklast_img read more

Netanyahus India visit Sale of AWACS airtoair missiles on agenda

first_imgIn picture: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi. [File Photo]Press Information BureauIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to come to India on an official visit within two weeks. Netanyahu will visit India for a day just a week before Israel goes to repeat polls after he failed to form a government following the April 9 elections.The Israeli PM will meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi where the two leaders are expected to discuss issues including the acquisition of two more Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS), extended range air to air Derby missiles by the Indian Air Force and joint projects in agriculture, water, and waste management.Apart from Military discussions, Netanyahu is expected to extend his support to the Indian government’s abrogation of articles 370 and 35A in Kashmir, as an internal matter and support the bilateral resolution of issues between India and Pakistan. Citing Top diplomats, Hindustan Times reported that before his arrival an advanced security liaison team from Israel will come to Delhi on September 2 to prepare grounds. However, the date of Netanyahu’s arrival is yet to be finalised but he is expected to come either on September 7 or 8.Political pundits have argued saying that Netanyahu’s meeting with PM Modi is more symbolic in nature to enhance his image before the general election. Earlier this year in July, Netanyahu became the longest-serving Israeli prime minister, surpassing Israel’s first premier David Ben-Gurion. Notably, his ruling Lukid party is facing a tough challenge with flagging fortunes. Personally, also the Israeli PM is fighting for personal survival ahead of a hearing before the state prosecution on several graft cases. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during an event marking “The Appreciation for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars and Victims of Terrorism Day” at the Knesset, Israeli parliament, in JerusalemREUTERS/Ammar AwadIndian is planning to buy $2 billion worth two PHALCON AWACS mounted on Russian A-50 platform for better surveillance in the air. The order is yet to be approved from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). India has five AWACS platforms in comparison to Pakistan, which already has seven in its armada. Moreover, Pakistan has ordered three more from China. Pakistan is already operating three SAAB Erieye and four ZDK-03 from China, which were airborne 24X7 after the Balakot airstrike by the Indian Air Force on JeM camps. On the other hand, IAF deployed AWACS for only 12 hours period.Apart from acquiring two AWACS, India also plans to buy extended range Derby air-to-air missiles from Israel. IAF wants to further upgrade Su-30 MKI with integrating the 70-kilometre range Derby missiles on its platform with the latest radar equipped with a data link to engage with Pakistani F-16s in future.last_img read more

2 sentenced to death for raping killing woman

first_img.A Chapainawabganj court on Sunday convicted two people and sentenced them to death for killing a woman after raping in Mohanbagh area of Sibganj upazila in 2014.The condemned convicts are Abdul Mannan, son of late Kantu Mandal and his second wife Sufia Begum of the area.After examining all the records and witnesses, additional district and sessions judge Shawkat Ali handed down the verdict.The court also fined them Tk 10,000 each and acquitted another accused Abul Bashar as his guilt count not be proved.According to the case statement, Selina Begum, who used to work as a domestic help in various houses, was murdered by the convicts after being raped by Abdul Mannan on 10 September, 2014, said additional public prosecutor (PP) Anjuman Aha.On the next day, police recovered the hanging body from a mango orchard in Selimabad area in the upazila.Later, victims’ son Arif Hossain filed a murder case with Shibganj police station.After investigation, sub-inspector Lutfar Rahman submitted a chargesheet to the court on 31 May, 2015, accusing Mannan, Sufia and Bashar.last_img read more

Neil Gaiman Wants Gillian Anderson Helen Mirren For 13th Doctor

first_imgStay on target Opinions about who should play the 13th Doctor are like assholes—everyone has one.But surely, as a renowned author, prolific tweeter, and writer of one of the all-time greatest Doctor Who episodes, Neil Gaiman is entitled to his two cents.During an appearance on BBC Radio 5 last week, the English wordsmith cast his vote for Peter Capaldi’s replacement: Sue Perkins.BBCThe actress, writer, and comedian—best known as half of The Great British Bake Off‘s punny presenting team—is not the most unlikely choice. She’s riding 50-to-1 odds from bookmaker Ladbrokes, alongside Tom Hardy (Taboo) and Mathew Baynton (You, Me, and the Apocalypse); British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn brings up the rear at 250-to-1.Gaiman is clearly vying for a female Doctor: His shortlist also includes geek icon Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Oscar-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen).Fresh off The X-Files reboot and a three-year turn as Stella Gibson on The Fall, “bi-accented” Anderson can slip between an English and American accent as easily as the flick of a sonic screwdriver. Her next TV project is Gaiman’s own small-screen adaptation of his tome “American Gods,” set for release via Amazon Video later this year.“I don’t think there’s anything Gillian can’t do,” Gaiman said of the actor, adding that “if we have to go for an older Doctor it would be Helen Mirren,” aged 71.BudweiserBut, like Tilda Swinton—Ladbrokes’ odds-on favorite to become the next Time Lord—A-lister Mirren would have to take time out of a busy schedule (she’s currently filming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms) and, more than likely, a pay cut, to step into the titular role. So don’t get your hopes up.Anderson and Perkins, meanwhile, are much more plausible picks to step into the TARDIS this Christmas, when Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor is next scheduled to regenerate.The last for its star and showrunner, Doctor Who‘s 10th season hits the BBC and BBC America on April 15. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Kids of today are very confused by the Game Boy

first_imgThe original Game Boy was essentially magic from beyond the stars when it released roughly a quarter century ago, but does it still have the same wow-factor in the age of tablets? There’s a new YouTube video from The Fine Brothers that seeks to answer that question by handing a classic Game Boy to some kids to gauge their reactions. Spoiler: they are confused.We can admit at this point that the Game Boy is a clunky piece of technology, and that seems to be the first thing the kids comment on. Well, one of them thinks it’s an iPhone case. The idea of games on cartridges doesn’t seem to make much sense to them either. When presented with a copy of Tetris, most of the kids get pretty into it. It’s a testament to the ongoing appeal of that game, explained aptly by one juvenile tester as, “I actually like it, but I also hate it.” That’s so true, little girl.Perhaps you’d think the kids of today would hate the old-fashioned graphics on the Game Boy, but that doesn’t seem to bother most of them. It’s not surprising when you think about it — some of the top games on iOS and Android have retro-inspired graphics that look closer to a Game Boy than a Nintendo DS.Even 20 years ago that screen magnifying add-on was kind of ridiculous, so of course the kids are handed one of those to try out as well. They get a good laugh out of it, as well they should. When the concept of non-rechargeable batteries is explained, they again seem baffled. If you were going on a trip, wouldn’t you need a giant bag of batteries? Yep! This was our reality. Some of these kids are perceptive as hell.Other than that one kid who seems to be trying his hardest to antagonize the video producer, the analysis offered by these children is pretty good. The Game Boy was the top-of-the-line a few decades ago, but it’s technically inferior to today’s devices. Still, how many iPads are going to be functional in 20 years? Probably not many.last_img read more

Clashes air strikes kill 52 IS militants in Iraq

first_imgIn Iraq’s western province of Anbar, hundreds of soldiers, police officers, Shia and Sunni militias launched an operation in the militant-seized town of al-Baghdadi, some 200 km northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.They retook control of part of the town, including its main police headquarters, after heavy clashes with the IS militants, Xinhua cited a provincial security source as saying. The clashes left more than 20 militants killed, the source said without giving details about the casualties of the security members. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe security forces repelled an IS attack on a neighbourhood adjacent to al-Baghdadi, which was the scene of fierce clashes two days ago, leaving at least four IS fighters killed, including two suicide bombers, the source added.On Saturday, the security forces broke the siege of the neighbourhood which is housing some 1,000 families of security personnel and government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group members. They have been trapped for about 10 days and the families have suffered from acute shortage in food and drinking water. Separately, US and partner-nation warplanes conducted air strikes on IS positions near a bridge outside the militant-seized city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, killing at least five militants and wounding seven others. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanElsewhere, warplanes of the US-led coalition on late Sunday night hit an IS convoy outside a village near the town of Daqouq, some 40 km south of Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk, destroying two vehicles and killing some 18 militants aboard, a security source said.In Iraq’s northern central province of Salahudin, heavy clashes erupted near the town of Is’haqi, some 90 km north of Baghdad, between the security forces and dozens of IS militants who attacked a military base, leaving at least five extremist militants killed.The security situation in Iraq has drastically deteriorated since June 10 last year, when bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and the IS, an Al Qaeda offshoot.last_img read more