More Youth Choose Nova Scotia

first_imgNova Scotia has had three years of positive growth in youth population after more than three decades of a trend that saw more youth leaving than coming to the province. “For the third year in a row, more young people came to Nova Scotia than left,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey. “We are pleased that this trend continues in the right direction and we will continue to monitor youth migration.” The figures are in a report by Statistics Canada. “I’m thrilled to see so many youth succeeding early in their careers,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “We continue to support programs that connect our young people to the workforce so they can live, work and thrive in Nova Scotia.” During 2017-18, 7,364 youth aged 15-34 came into the province, while 6,745 left. The under 14 age group is also a key driver of the total number of people moving between provinces. The province saw 2,587 children coming here versus 2,039 who left, for a gain of 558. Youth aged 26-35 were the biggest source of migration from other provinces with a gain of 657 people, when compared with all other 10-year age groups. Nova Scotia’s population was an estimated 959,942 as of July 1, 2018. This is a gain of 9,262 people compared to the estimate for July 1, 2017. This one per cent growth is the strongest in 34 years. For more information, visit https://novascotia.ca/finance/statistics/news.asp?id=14515 .last_img read more

Songwriter finds new calling in advocating for sexual assault survivors

first_imgWhen singer-songwriter Kinley Dowling released a song two years ago detailing her prom night rape, she didn’t set out to become an advocate for survivors of sexual assault.But Dowling said her song “Microphone” has given her a new calling in life — empowering other survivors to tell their stories, and preventing sexual assaults from happening.“I’ve done so much learning and growing and healing since first sharing my story,” Dowling, who is also known as the violinist for East Coast indie rockers Hey Rosetta!, said in an interview from P.E.I.“Speaking my truth has allowed so many other women to feel safe enough to reach out to me and share their experiences with sexual assault, many of them for the first time ever.”Dowling told The Canadian Press in 2016 that her song was allowing her “to get over it and move on” with her life, but she recently reached out to explain that her mindset has changed and her words from two years no longer hold true.She said she performed at a P.E.I. vigil commemorating the women murdered in the massacre at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989, and Michelle Jay of P.E.I.’s Advisory Council on the Status of Women shared something with her that shifted her “whole perspective” of her sexual assault.“She told me that writing the song isn’t going to help me get over and move on from being sexually assaulted because that experience stays with us,” said Dowling, who goes by the stage name KINLEY.“I’ve thought a lot about what Michelle said since then and it’s so true. It’s not something we get over — it’s something we work through. She helped me realize that writing this song was a way to empower other survivors of sexual assault to shed the shame and guilt that’s associated with it.”Now, work is underway to include Dowling’s music video for “Microphone” — recently nominated for an East Coast Music Award — in P.E.I.’s Grade 9 health curriculum.Michelle Harris-Genge, director of P.E.I.’s inter-ministerial women’s secretariat, said Dowling’s video will be an integral part of four modules that discuss sexual assault, consent, gender norms and bystander intervention. They are aiming to have the curriculum ready for this fall.“The song speaks to people. People have an emotional response to it,” said Harris-Genge, who is chair of the premier’s committee on family violence prevention.“It’s a way to help teachers or others who want to have this really challenging conversation about consent and about sexual assault.”The video starts with a monologue from Dowling, explaining how she was sexually assaulted on the night of her prom. She said she was at a field party when an older guy asked her to go for a walk.“He just started kissing me out of nowhere … and then he started taking my jeans off,” said Dowling, wearing a backwards ball cap in the black-and-white video. “I said ‘No, I’m good, thanks.’ But he didn’t stop. He kept doing it and he took my clothes off even though the whole time I was calmly saying no.“Then he laid me on the grass of the field, and he raped me.”Harris-Genge said field parties are a common thing for P.E.I. youth.“It’s a situation they could see themselves in,” she said.“Kinley is someone who youth have heard. They’ve heard her on the radio, they’ve probably heard her story and are hopefully inspired by her. To have this resource where it’s someone local, and someone they might have seen in person or on TV, I do think it makes that connection.”Jane Ledwell, executive director of P.E.I.’s Advisory Council on the Status of Women, said the song has been “transformative” for sexual assault survivors on the Island and beyond.“It’s been something that has provided an opportunity for people to articulate their own experience, to relate to someone, to see what contribution creativity and openness can make to a healing process,” said Ledwell.“This song was released before the #MeToo movement, but it captured that moment. It really prepared us in the community for being able to tell our stories, name our experiences, and frame them in ways that are meaningful and try to prevent this from happening to other people.”On Saturday night, Dowling and four friends protested outside the Hedley concert in Summerside, P.E.I. She said on Instagram they handed out more than 100 pamphlets to the band’s fans in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations that band members have steadfastly denied.“We only got some ‘lip’ from a few fans, but we just hope they have an open mind in the future. It’s not an easy thing for a survivor to tell their story. Let’s not make it any harder for them just because you like the band’s music,” she wrote Sunday on the social media site.Dowling told The Canadian Press she never imagined her song would lead her to become an advocate for sexual assault survivors, but it’s a welcomed new passion in her life — and one she plans on continuing to pursue.“I think the song has definitely given me strength that I didn’t have before. The power of music is real,” she said.“I would encourage other women to share their stories in whatever way they feel comfortable, even if it’s just telling one friend.”Dowling’s “Microphone” also earned an East Coast Music Award nomination for song of the year. The album on which the song appears — “Letters Never Sent” — picked up nominations for pop record of the year and rising star recording of the year.The ECMAs will be held in Halifax in early May.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Delta says CSeries deliveries may be delayed but not killed by duties

first_imgMONTREAL – Delta Air Lines says its deliveries of Bombardier CSeries aircraft may be delayed next year but that ultimately it won’t be forced to pay the 300 per cent preliminary duties recently announced by the U.S. Commerce Department.“We’re not going to be forced to pay tariffs or anything of the ilk,” CEO Ed Bastian said Wednesday during a conference call about its third-quarter results.He said the U.S. government’s decision is disappointing and doesn’t make a lot of sense, but that it’s still early in the process, which is triggering lots of political debate.“We intend to take the aircraft,” he told analysts. “I can’t tell you how this is going to eventually work out. There may be a delay in us taking the aircraft as we work through the issues with Bombardier, who is being a great partner in this.”Bastian added that he thinks Delta will get the planes at the agreed contractual price, which has not been disclosed.Delta signed a deal for up to 125 CS100s in 2016. The firm order for 75 aircraft had a list price of US$5.6 billion, although large orders typically secure steep discounts. Deliveries were scheduled to begin in the spring.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) declined to comment on the delivery schedule to Delta, saying it’s confidential.“Delta has been supporting Bombardier throughout the process and its CEO, Ed Bastian, reaffirmed the airline’s intention to take possession of its CSeries aircraft,” spokesman Simon Letendre wrote in an email.He noted that the Department of Commerce decisions are preliminary and only take effect if supported by the U.S. International Trade Commission.“We remain confident that the ITC will reach the right conclusion given that Boeing did not compete for the Delta order and has not been harmed,” he added.The comments from the largest CSeries customer come a day after U.S. aerospace giant Boeing launched a public relations campaign to remind Canadians of its economic contribution to the country and century long partnership starting with the world’s first international mail service.The Chicago-based company (NYSE:BA) said its multimedia efforts, which got underway on Tuesday, include traditional and digital media including television, radio and other digital platforms.Boeing Canada managing director Kim Westenskow said the company contributes about $4 billion annually to Canada’s economic growth and development. That represents almost 14 per cent of Canada’s entire aerospace economic impact.Boeing said it works with 560 Canadian suppliers that support 17,500 jobs, along with 2,000 people it employs.“Today, Boeing is the largest non-Canadian aerospace manufacturer in Canada,” Westenskow added, pointing to both commercial and military activities.In response to the trade challenge to Bombardier, the federal government has threatened to cancel the planned purchase of 18 Boeing Super Hornets to temporarily augment Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s.Bombardier Inc. last week accused the Trump administration of overreach by siding with Boeing in its bid to shut the CSeries commercial jet out of the world’s largest airline market by effectively quadrupling the price of any of the planes sold in the United States.The U.S. Commerce Department added 79.82 per cent in preliminary anti-dumping duties to 219.63 per cent in preliminary countervailing tariffs once deliveries to Delta Air Lines begin next year.Boeing said it welcomed the decision affirming its view that Bombardier sold the CSeries to Delta at prices below production cost to illegally grab market share in the single-aisle airplane market.Bombardier has repeatedly stressed that Americans will be hurt by the tariffs because more than half the content on the 100- to 150-seat CSeries is sourced by U.S. suppliers, including Pratt & Whitney engines. The program is expected to generate more than US$30 billion in business over its life and support more than 22,700 American jobs in 19 states.Meanwhile, WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) said Wednesday it has become the first commercial carrier in Canada to take delivery of the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, one of 50 scheduled for delivery in the next four years.The 174-seat aircraft is expected to officially enter service on Nov. 9 with a flight from Calgary to Toronto.Air Canada (TSX:AC) has also placed orders for 33 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 28 of the larger MAX 9s, with deliveries starting this year.last_img read more

Three Moroccan Cities to Host the 2014 2015 and 2016 World

Casablanca – Marrakech, Fez, and Casablanca are to host the 2014, 2015, and 2016 World Travel Awards Grand Finals, respectively.According to news website Breaking Travel News, Marrakech will be the first city to host the World Travel Awards Grand Final. The Southern Pearl will go international as the 2014 Final takes place at its Palais de Congres.The Kingdom’s spiritual capital, Fez, will host the 2015 World Travel Awards Grand Final. Morocco’s economic capital, Casablanca, will host the 2016 Grand Final. Tourism operators in the three Moroccan cities have shared positive speculations as to the international exposure the three consecutive WTA Grand Finals will bring the three cities.“Plans for the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2014 are now taking shape, with the Palmerais Golf Palace selected to host the exclusive event,” said World Travel Awards President, Graham Cooke, as quoted by Breaking Travel News.“Today we are also revealing that Fez will be honored with hosting rights for the 2015 Grand Final, while we will be headed to Casablanca the following year for the 2016 Grand Final,” he added.Along with Mr. Cooke, Moroccan Minister of Tourism Lahcen Haddad hailed Morocco’s potential as an incontestable candidate to other international tourist destinations.“Morocco has considerable assets, which will guarantee the World Travel Awards participants the chance to live a unique and unprecedented experience. The event will undoubtedly reward hospitality industry actors who have chosen excellence and quality. I hope many of them will apply and win,” said the Minister, quoted by the same source.“We believe in Moroccan hospitality and Moroccan ability,” affirmed Mohammed Arkobi, Chairman of Moroccan Innovate Marketing Solutions.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Amzazi Mariam Amjoun is A Source of Pride for Moroccan Schools

Rabat – The 9-year-old prodigy Mariam Amjoun is “a source of pride for Morocco and for  the Moroccan schools,” the minister said Friday.Amjoun’s dedication to reading at the international contest of the “Challenge of Arabic reading” will allow Moroccans to “regain confidence in the education system,” said Amzazi.Amjoun returned to Morocco Friday from Abu Dhabi. The young bookworm won an MAD 1.3 million in prize money. She outperformed 10.5 million participants from 40 countries.Read also: Mariam Amjoun, 9-Year-Old Moroccan, Wins Dubai’s Arab Reading Challenge Amzazi also hoped that the next reading contest will have other young Moroccan participants who will represent Morocco with dignity and honor, Maghreb Arab Press reported.During the ceremony, Amjoun said she was “very happy to win the prestigious Arabic reading contest.” She said her parents, both teachers, mainly deserve the merit award she received.King Mohammed VI also phoned Amjoun to congratulate her for winning the prize in Dubai.Amjoun said King Mohammed VI asked her about her “experience in the competition and the challenges” she faces in prestigious reading competitions.Read also: King Mohammed VI Congratulates Moroccan Kid Who Won Reading Challenge in Dubai Despite her young age, Amjoun said that she has read 200 books and participated in the challenge with 60 books.She advised Arab children to read “because reading is the ‘lighthouse of civilization.’” The Dubai  competition “is the largest-ever Arab literacy initiative encouraging students to read as many books as possible, over 50, in one academic year,” wrote Gulf News.The number of children participating this year increased by 26 percent since 2017, from 7.4 million to 10.5 million participants from 44 countries.Sheikh Mohammad launched the the Arab Reading Challenge in 2015. The challenge aims to “establish a culture of reading among the new Arab generations across the globe,” and enhance “the importance of knowledge in shaping their future as well as the future of their communities and countries.” read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 26.81 points to 15,271.52.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 8.42 points to 21,632.33.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 3.09 of a point to 2,476.92.The Nasdaq composite index was up 9.63 points to 6,394.68.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.56 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 79.40 cents US.

Deere 3rdquarter profit slips with equipment sales weakening at home and abroad

Deere 3rd-quarter profit slips with equipment sales weakening at home and abroad by The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2014 5:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MOLINE, Ill. – Deere’s profit slumped 15 per cent in the third quarter and the farming equipment maker, seeing weak sales ahead, trimmed its outlook and will cut production.Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said Wednesday that the cuts will bring production “in line with demand for our agricultural products.”With commodity prices falling, the U.S. Department of Agriculture in February predicted that farm income in 2014 would sink to levels not seen in four years.That is cutting into the spending power of farmers and hitting companies like Deere, the world’s biggest farm equipment supplier.Deere is now forecasting equipment sales will fall about 6 per cent for fiscal 2014. Its prior guidance was for a 4 per cent decline. For the fourth quarter, the company estimates equipment sales will drop approximately 8 per cent.In the U.S. and Canada, agriculture and turf sales are expected to fall approximately 10 per cent in fiscal 2014. Sales of tractors and combines in South America are expected to fall about 15 per cent, compared with a prior outlook for an approximately 10 per cent decline.Deere now anticipates sales of worldwide agriculture and turf equipment will drop about 10 per cent in 2014, lower than a prior forecast for an approximately 7 per cent decline. In the third quarter, agriculture and turf sales fell 11 per cent.For the three months ended July 31, Deere earned $850.7 million, or $2.33 per share. That topped expectations of $2.20 per share, according to a poll by FactSet. But that’s still down significantly from last year, when the Moline company earned $996.5 million, or $2.56 per share.Revenue from equipment sales fell to $8.72 billion from $9.32 billion, with equipment sales for the U.S. and Canada dropping 8 per cent. Revenue declined to $9.5 billion from $10.01 billion.“Deere’s third-quarter performance reflected moderating conditions in the global farm sector, which have negatively affected demand for farm machinery and contributed to lower sales and profits for our agricultural-equipment business,” Allen said. “At the same time, our construction and forestry and financial services divisions had higher profit, showing the benefit of a broad-based business lineup.”Construction and forestry sales rose 19 per cent during the quarter.Ryan Connors of Janney Capital Markets believes that strength in the company’s construction and forestry division limited damage to margins.Yet sluggish global conditions and geopolitical events may continue to pressure sales.Susan Karlix, manager of the company’s investor relations, pointed to declining economic growth near Russia.“Notably, Western equipment manufacturers are being impacted by the uncertainty from geopolitical issues in the region,” Karlix said.Economic growth is expected to slow in China during the second half of the year, Karlix said.There are signs, however, of a rebound in domestic markets, with housing sales improving and construction hiring on the rise.Deere & Co. now anticipates a 2014 profit of $3.1 billion, down slightly from its prior forecast of $3.3 billion.The company’s stock fell $1.36 to $85.12 in afternoon trading. read more

Football Topranked offensive tackle Nick PetitFrere signs with Ohio State

Nick Petit-Frere, the top-ranked offensive tackle in the country and the seventh-best recruit in the nation according to 247Sports Composite Rankings, announced Wednesday on ESPNU he signed with Ohio State on National Signing Day. Already the No. 2 class in the country and top in the Big Ten, Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class gained its new top recruit with Petit-Frere, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. He also is the No. 3 recruit in the state of Florida. The 6-foot-6, 272-pound offensive tackle is the third five-star recruit in the Buckeyes’ class.Petit-Frere joins four-star Max Wray as offensive tackle recruits in the class.

OffContract iPhone to Work on Verizon

first_imgSomething Verizon opted not to touch upon during its much publicized press conference today in New York–off-contract iPhones. Apple’s long-awaited smartphone will run you $199.99 for the 16GB model and $299.99 for the 32GB. As for the unlocked version–the carrier addresses the issue on its iPhone FAQ page, writing,AdChoices广告When purchasing iPhone at the 2 year promotional price a new agreement is required. However, you will also have the option to purchase iPhone at full retail price, which will not require you to sign a long-term agreement. How much will the handset run? A lot–we know that much. Unlocked GSM iPhone 4s are currently going for around $800 for the 16GB model.last_img

Internet illimité mobile lUFCQue Choisir demande un éclaircissement devant la justice

first_imgInternet illimité mobile : l’UFC-Que Choisir demande un éclaircissement devant la justiceFrance – L’UFC-Que Choisir a assigné en justice Orange et SFR, afin que les deux opérateurs revoient la signification et l’utilisation du terme “illimité” dans leurs offres Internet mobiles. L’association de défense des consommateurs estime que les opérateurs “trompent” le grand public.Orange et SFR vont devoir s’expliquer avec la justice. L’UFC-Que Choisir estime que ces deux opérateurs appliquent des pratiques commerciales “trompeuses” en stipulant que leurs offres mobiles incluent l’internet “illimité”. L’association demande à ce que le vocabulaire soit changé afin de clarifier les forfaits 3G. “Nous souhaitons un nettoyage du vocabulaire utilisé par les opérateurs, pour que le consommateur comprenne vraiment ce qu’il achète” explique un représentant du groupement de défense. L’UFC ne comprend notamment pas que l’on puisse utiliser le terme “illimité” quand l’Internet en 3G peut être bridé à partir d’un certain plafond de téléchargement. Pour les défenseurs des consommateurs, il y a un vrai décalage entre l’offre internet sur ordinateurs et sur smartphones.Le 16 septembre 2010 à 11:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Fargo Is Back to Tell Stories and Change Names

first_img If, after two seasons of Fargo, you thought you knew what to expect from this show, last night’s season premiere showed you just how wrong you were. Yes, there was small-town murder, Minnesotan accents, and poorly covered tracks, but the show’s opening moments let us know to expect something a little different. We began in East Berlin, 1988: a good 22 years before the main story takes place.Already, the season has knocked us off balance. There’s a brief scene about a man named Jacob Ungerleider. The state has mistaken him for Yuri Gurka, a man who killed his girlfriend. The problem, other than the wrong name, is that Jacob has a wife who is very much alive. She greeted the arresting officers that morning. But this is East Berlin, where the state can never be wrong. Jacob is being pressured into admitting to a crime he couldn’t possibly have committed. The interrogator tells him that his alibi is a story, and they are not here to tell stories. That’s about as chilling an introduction as this series has had. While it may connect to the main thread in 2010 eventually, for now, it provides some interesting parallels.Names have been changed. That’s part of the phrase that opens each episode of Fargo, but it also describes the events that set off the murders in this season: a case of mistaken identity. Ray Stussy, a parole officer, pays a parolee who failed a drug test to steal a stamp from his brother, Emmit. The man he hires, Maurice, is about the dumbest criminal in Minnesota. He loses the address, ends up in a different, but similarly named town, and robbing a completely unrelated Stussy.Carrie Coon as Gloria Burgle (Photo via FX)Ennis Stussy is the stepfather of Gloria Burgle, who appears to be this season badass female cop. The policewomen have been the best part of previous seasons (and the original movie), and Carrie Coon already appears to be carrying that torch just fine. When she returns to the home to find her stepfather has been murdered (his mouth and nose were taped up), she immediately goes into cop mode. The scene where she searches through the ransacked house, knowing the killer could still be in there, is underscored by Tuvan throat singing. That appeared to have rubbed a lot of people the wrong way on Twitter, but it was one of my favorite sequences of the entire episode. The music deliberately knocked the audience out of the moment, making us feel just as confused as the characters in the story. Suddenly, everything felt wrong. I feel like this is an indicator of things to come. Fargo spent two seasons setting up expectations. Now in its third, the show is going to subvert itself.Ewan McGregor is fantastic as both Emmit and Ray. Both characters are entirely different pieces, and it’s a lot of fun to watch McGregor switch between the confident, successful, possibly a little sleazy businessman, and the eternally put-upon parole officer. As always, the entire cast gives amazing performances, including Cohen Brothers veteran Michael Stuhlbarg, who plays Emmit’s partner. He previously starred in A Serious Man, which also opens with a seemingly unrelated sequence in the distant past. That movie might be worth a rewatch sometime before next week’s episode. Just in case more parallels emerge this season.Ewan McGregor as Emmit Stussy, David Thewlis as V.M. Varga, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Sy Feltz. (Photo via FX)Now, let’s talk about that death scene right at the end. Maurice threatens to blackmail Ray and his girlfriend Nikki, who have just bonded by coming in third at a bridge tournament. Maurice threatens to go to the police, and Nikki counts the seconds until he’s outside while loosening her window A/C unit. We all know what’s going to happen, but it takes an agonizingly long time. The show even managed to build suspense by having Maurice pause to light a cigarette, and get his shirt caught on the rail. All that build-up, plus the agonizingly slow fall of the air conditioner made the inevitable splat of Maurice’s head all the more shocking. Even when we knew it was going to happen, Noah Hawley pulled off the moment so well; it still came as a surprise.Finally, there’s the matter of Emmit, who took a loan from some shady individuals about a year ago. Now that his company can pay off the debt, the mysterious group doesn’t want them to. Instead, the mysterious group wants to launder money through the company. They’re in business together now, whether Emmit likes it or not. Hey, it wouldn’t be Fargo without a cruel Midwestern criminal organization. As the investigation into Ennis’s death inevitably leads Gloria back to the Stussy brothers, it’s going to be fun watching all these plot threads come together while everything around them falls apart.Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nikki Swango. (Photo via FX)“This is a true story.” Just like every other episode, the opening sequence concludes with that phrase. In the past, the word “True” has stayed on screen while the rest of the words faded away. This time, the emphasis was placed on the word “story.” That’s going to be a major theme this season. The German interrogator insisted they weren’t there to tell stories, even though that is clearly not the case. The state’s story is directly contradicted by the truth, but since it’s the state’s story, it outweigh’s the truth. The truth is that Maurice got the wrong address and killed the wrong man. Maurice’s story, that he completed a job and Ray didn’t hold up his end of the bargain, is the one that mattered. That story eventually led to Maurice’s death and will lead Gloria to Ray. Every conflict in this season boils down to two people having different accounts of a particular event. Just like in 1988 East Germany, the truth doesn’t matter. People will accept the story that’s most convenient for them. That story is what determines what happens next. Carrie Coon Joins Infinity War, A Strange Sequel and More MCU NewsFargo Leaves the End of its Story Up to Us Stay on targetlast_img read more

Sonys NextGen AIBO RoboDog Entertains CES Crowds

first_img Turns out you can teach an old robotic dog new tricks.Sony’s iconic cyborg pup AIBO entertained audiences at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.On display outside of Japan for the first time, the next-generation companion drew crowds at CES 2018, “with fans and media eager to see” the dancing, fetching, observant canine, according to CNN.Sony in November unveiled the latest version of AIBO, more than a decade after we last saw the domesticated bot. Introduced as a prototype in 1998, the first consumer model launched in 1999; new configurations were released every year until 2005.Marketed as “entertainment robots,” AIBOs (which means “pal” or “partner” in Japanese) were popular with educators and researchers, and have featured as futuristic pets in movies, music videos, and advertising campaigns.In early 2006, Sony announced plans to discontinue to the product line, gradually withdrawing customer support through 2013.But even the multinational conglomerate couldn’t resist those digitally enhanced puppy-dog eyes and that mechanical tail wag.Fun for the whole family (via Sony)Built with a “natural curiosity,” the brown-and-white pup can form an emotional bond with people, “providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion,” according to Sony.Plus, you don’t have to clean up its poop, or worry about allergies.Despite its cold, polished body and rigid extremities, AIBO is undeniably cute; the way it moves along 22 axes to shake its head or scratch its ear is oddly compelling.The robo-dog can also detect words of praise, smiles, petting, and other human interactions, and will become aware of its environment to the point where it can walk around with confidence and respond to situations.Online pre-orders of the ¥198,000 ($1,778) machine sold out in a day; early-bird buyers can expect their new pet to arrive as of next week—in Japan. There is no word on when (or if) Sony will begin shipping to other countries.“The latest generation of the beloved robotic companion … features an adorable new appearance, vibrant movements, and a responsiveness that is sure to delight,” the Sony website said. “AIBO develops its own unique personality through everyday interactions with its owners.”Plus, it comes with two fish-eye cameras (one in its nose), mapping technology, and a slew of sensors, all powered by a 64-bit quad-core CPU processor.Oh, and an exclusive “aibone” toy to “spice up your life with AIBO.”For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain last_img read more

New push coming for automatic voter registration

first_imgActivists in Clark County and across the state are preparing for a new push to enact automatic voter registration in Washington either in the upcoming legislative session or through a ballot initiative next year.If adopted, the state would automatically register voters who prove their eligibility when they interface with government offices, such as getting an enhanced driver’s license. Proponents say it not only increases voter turnout and engagement but also streamlines the process.“The idea, from our perspective, is to make voting as easy as possible,” said Alice Perry Linker, a volunteer with an informal group of that’s supporting the effort. “It’s a right that all citizens have and we want to make it easy for them.”It’s already been embraced by Oregon and California, which both adopted laws in 2015 that automatically registered eligible citizens to vote when applying for driver’s licenses or ID cards. It’s still being implemented in California, but Oregon saw over a quarter-million people registered within nine months of the law going into effect.According to numbers from the Washington Secretary of State, the percentage of the voting age population that’s registered to vote has been on the decline. In 1972, 85.6 percent were registered. In 2016, that number dropped to 76.8 percent.last_img read more

Rafa set to ring the changes for Rovers clash

first_imgNewcastle United boss Rafa Benítez is set to rotate his squad for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Blackburn Rovers.The Magpies will host Championship side at St. James’ Park with the host set to bounce back from Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United.And Benítez has hinted he will give some members of his squad the chance to secure regular football when they face Tony Mowbray’s charges.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“For us, we have to approach the game trying to win with the best team possible that we can use, using at the same time players who have not been involved,” he told the club’s website.“They have to show something, they have to work hard, and I want to keep the good atmosphere in the dressing room.“That means that players who don’t have a chance in the Premier League, some of them will have a chance now, and they have to be ready to prove that they can play. If we go through, they can play more games, so I think it’s just the right approach at the moment.”last_img read more

Fire officials stress safety as local fireworks sales begin Friday

first_imgFriday marks the beginning of firework sales for the Fourth of July holiday, and fire officials are hoping those who celebrate are responsible, respectful and civil.Tim Dawdy, battalion chief and fire marshal with Clark County Fire & Rescue, also stressed the importance of safe fireworks disposal.One Fourth of July, Dawdy said, a home in Battle Ground caught on fire after residents left a flammable container on their wooden back porch. Fire crews arrived near midnight and stopped the fire, but the home was a total loss, Dawdy.Dawdy said used fireworks should be placed in a metal container filled with water, away from the home.“Use fireworks as designed,” he said.In case of an emergency, dial 911, said Clark County Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway.Do not relight any fireworks that malfunction, Dunaway said, and make sure to light any firework at least 25 feet away from any building.In Clark County, it is illegal to possess or discharge firecrackers, salutes, chasers, skyrockets, bottle rockets, M-80s, M-1000s and homemade devices. Fines for illegal possession and use of these kinds of fireworks can reach up to $1,000, with a possible 90 days in jail.Here are the local regulations throughout the county:Vancouver• Sold: Noon to 11 p.m. June 28; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 29 to July 3; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4.• Discharged: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 to July 3; 9 a.m. to midnight July 4.Camas• Sold: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 to July 3; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 4; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 5.• Discharged: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 to July 3; 9 a.m. to midnight July 4.Washougal• Sold: noon to 11 p.m. June 28; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 29 to July 4; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 5.• Discharged: 9 a.m. to midnight July 4.Battle Ground• Sold: noon to 11 p.m. June 28; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 29 to July 4; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 5.last_img read more

AirAsia India in trouble rivals seek probe for alleged violation of FDI

first_imgAirAsia India’s aviation permit to conduct operations may be cancelled as the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) on Thursday filed a case in the Supreme Court stating that Tata-AirAsia committed a fraud.In its case, FIA said that the Tata-AirAsia agreement violated the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) rules and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy. Although the case is pending in the Delhi high court since April 2014, the FIA is seeking the Supreme Court’s directive on the matter, Zee News reported.In its plea, the federation of airlines, which constitutes airlines such as Jet Airways, IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet has said that AirAsia (when applying for license) did not disclose its brand equity agreement on the basis of which the control of the airline would remain with the foreign party (AirAsia India is a tie-up with AirAsia and Tata Group).According to the rules stipulated, a flying license is only issued when effective control rests with the Indian player and not its foreign counterpart, the FIA said. In 2014, Malaysian Airline AirAsia had set up the joint venture with the Tata Group to launch the airline in India.The news follows ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry’s claims that due to Ratan Tata’s passion for aviation, the Tata Sons board raised its capital infusion into the joint venture airline on numerous occasions. According to a report in IANS, Cyrus Mistry alleged that a fraudulent transaction to the tune of Rs 22 crore had emerged after a forensic investigation into the AirAsia deal.”Board members and trustees are also aware that in the case of AirAsia, ethical concerns have been raised with respect to certain transactions as well as the overall prevailing culture with the organisation,” Mistry said in an email statement, which he sent out to the company’s board members on Thursday.AirAsia India recorded a market share of 2.3 percent in September and a passenger load factor of 82.8 percent.last_img read more

7 BNP leaders granted bail

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra RoyThe High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bails to seven top BNP leaders including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a case filed with Hatirjheel police station, reports UNB.An HC bench of justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and justice Kashefa Hossain passed the order after the BNP leaders appeared before it with bail prayers in the case.The other leaders are BNP standing committee members Nazrul Islam Khan, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, the party’s vice-chairmen Amanullah Aman and Ruhul Kuddus Talukder.Moudud Ahmed, advocate Zainul Abedin and Mahabub Uddin Khokon stood for the BNP leaders.Advocate Zainul Abedin said the HC granted them bail for four weeks till submission of the charge-sheet of the case.The case was filed with Hatirjheel police station on charges of preventing police from discharging their duties and for “instigating” subversive activities on 1 October.last_img read more

Tamang set to meet North Bengal Varsity authorities to resolve impasses

first_imgDarjeeling: Binay Tamang, chairman, Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, will convene a meeting with the authorities of University of North Bengal and principals of various hill colleges affiliated to the university on September 8 at the Lalkothi, the GTA secretariat in Darjeeling.The meeting is aimed at finding a solution to the impasses that have cropped up, with the university having introduced the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). College authorities apprehend that the winter vacations will have to be done away with, under the CBCS. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHill college students, anticipating multiple problems, especially in winters, had appealed for intervention by both the state government and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). The students of Southfield College (formerly Loreto College, Darjeeling), recently submitted memorandums to the MLA, Darjeeling and chairman, GTA, requesting them to take up the matter with the state government. “The meeting will be attended by the Vice-Chancellor, registrar and secretary, Undergraduate Council of the University of North Bengal. The GTA aims at creating a conducive environment for students, hence the meeting has been convened to find a way out,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe GTA had written to the university for a meeting to resolve the impasse. In reply, the registrar, University of North Bengal, in a letter dated August 20, confirmed the participation of the university authorities on September 8. “The University of North Bengal has to conduct all the undergraduate examinations for its affiliated colleges, irrespective of locations of the hills and the plains. The stipulation of 90 teaching days per semester have the mandate of the UGC, which has to be followed while the undergraduate examinations are conducted,” stated the letter. The letter further stated that the university believes in deliberations and democratic practices. “The Vice-Chancellor shall certainly hear from the hill college principals to resolve the issue in the joint meeting,” added the letter. Under the CBCS system, examinations will be held every six months. Sessions will be from July to December and from January to June. The duration of each class will be for an hour, with 5 classes a day. There is no break in this system. Under the annual system, the hill colleges would break for winter recess in January and restart in mid-February. “We are anticipating curtailment of winter recess to accommodate this new system. This will cause numerous complications for students, especially girls,” stated Dipika Thapa, student representative, Southfield College.last_img read more