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first_imgInvestigators should be able to provide some answers about three homicides in northern British Columbia even though two suspects in the case are believed to be dead, says a former RCMP assistant commissioner.The manhunt for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, B.C., ended Wednesday when two bodies were found in dense brush in northern Manitoba.Mounties have said it could be difficult to determine a motive if the suspects can’t be interviewed.Peter German, who retired from the RCMP in 2012, said it will be hard, but there is already some key evidence available that speaks to motive.“At least one of the individuals seemed to be highly influenced by violent video games,” he said. “His father has spoken publicly about what he believed would happen — death, suicide, going out in a blaze of glory.“That all goes to motive.”McLeod and Schmegelsky were facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver who was found dead along a highway pullout south of Dease Lake, B.C., on July 19.They were also named as suspects in the shooting deaths of American tourist Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler. Their bodies were found four days earlier along a highway near Liard Hot Springs, B.C.Police initially treated McLeod and Schmegelsky as missing persons when their charred vehicle was found not far from Dyck’s body. The pair had told family and friends they were leaving home to find work.But investigators later deemed them to be suspects and details surfaced about their use of video games. One account showed Schmegelsky was a frequent player of a shooting game called “Russia Battlegrounds,” and both young men’s Facebook pages were connected to an account with a modified Soviet flag as its icon.RCMP also said they were investigating a photograph of Nazi paraphernalia sent to another user by Schmegelsky, who was also pictured in military fatigues brandishing an airsoft rifle and wearing a gas mask.During the manhunt, Alan Schmegelsky told The Canadian Press his son had a troubled upbringing and the father said he expected the young men wanted “to go out in a blaze of glory.”German said investigators will look at the suspects’ social media accounts, any written documents and communication with family and friends.“It’s surprising in this day and age with social media what you can find.”The tougher problem, he said, will be determining why the suspects did what they did in the sequence they did.It may also be difficult to determine why they ended up in Gillam, he said.“Did they have some sort of a plan that flowed from a video game that they end up in northern Manitoba? What was the next step for them?”The autopsies, which are being done in Winnipeg, could provide some answers about when and how they died.German said the manhunt in Manitoba will be complete once those results are available.“They will be providing support to the communities … and collecting whatever evidence may remain and forwarding that back to British Columbia,” he explained. “Then it goes back to the original investigators in British Columbia to conclude their files. They’ll have a lot of work ahead of them.“At the end of the day, they will I’m sure provide some sort of a briefing to the public and certainly to the families to inform them of what has taken place.”Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img(Clayton Tootoosis. Facebook photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA 22-year-old Cree man says he is planning to burn the Canadian flag on Canada Day to symbolize a “cleansing” of Indigenous lands.Clayton Tootoosis, from the Onion Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, said he plans to torch the Maple Leaf on the community’s sports grounds which is the site of the planned July 1 celebrations.“The burning of the flag symbolizes the cleansing of our land, the removal of the Canadian image to stop the confusion that the Canadian government has imposed on us,” he said.Tootoosis, who has contemplated running for chief of his community, said the protest is not aimed at individuals Canadians.“It’s not the people of Canada, it is just what Canada is trying to do,” said Tootoosis. “They are trying to make us forget our culture and our heritage.”Tootoosis said the government’s recent decision to rename the Indian Affairs department as Aboriginal Affairs shows Ottawa hasn’t stopped trying to erase the identities of First Nations people.“The word Aboriginal they are trying to impose on us is meant to put us all together in one box,” said Tootoosis. “We are all different; we have our own distinct culture.”He believes assimilation is even being pushed at the school-level on reserves.“Today’s First Nations schools are modern day Indian residential schools. They use the same assimilation, colonization policies as in the beginning of the Indian residential schools,” he said. “The policy is to kill the Indian in the child. We don’t decide what’s taught in our schools. That is why our children grow up confused, believing they are Canadian when in fact we are a nation within a nation, sovereign and self-governing.”Tootoosis said there is little open support in the community for his plans to set fire to the flag, but he believes fear keeps people from backing his act.“I asked some people and they said they wouldn’t, that they would be afraid of what the consequences would be,” he said.Tootoosis, however, is part of a small, but growing movement among some Indigenous youth in the province who have begun to challenge the established political leadership in their communities.Tootoosis said First Nations communities are in a “state of crisis” and the existing political leadership is failing the people.Tootoosis is connected to a group youth in the Poundmaker Cree Nation who recently challenged their band leadership and posted the results on YouTube. Tootoosis’ cousin Colby Tootoosis filmed the event that saw band leaders walk out on weeping youth.“In other communities, the youth are starting to be more vocal for change,” he said. “Here, people are afraid of it. I encounter a lot of resistance because of what I talk about and the ideas I have that scares them and they are not really willing to look at it.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The U.S.-China trade war, the Saudi crown prince’s first trip abroad since the brutal killing of a newspaper columnist and the Ukraine crisis will grab the world’s attention at this week’s G-20 summit.None of those issues is on the agenda at the two-day meeting that was meant to focus on development, infrastructure and food security. But the gathering of leaders from the world’s top industrialized and emerging nations will be eclipsed by discussions and controversy on the sidelines.“The G-20 summit features high drama on the turbulent global stage, with U.S. President Donald Trump, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin playing leading roles,” said Michael Shifter, head of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based think-tank .Here’s a look at the main issues during the two-day meeting that begins Friday:___U.S.-CHINA TRADE WARThe global economy is at stake when Trump and Xi meet at a high-stakes dinner in Buenos Aires on Saturday. Can they reach a truce on a dispute that has rattled markets? Trump promises to impose new tariffs on imports from China if they don’t. Most analysts doubt they will reach any overarching deal this weekend that would settle the conflict for good. But if the two sides agree to a cease-fire, it could buy time for more substantive talks.“Whether they shake hands and announce some kind of agreement, or whether they don’t, we don’t think that anything substantial is going to happen in the broader U.S.-China trade conflict,” Willis Sparks, director of global macro politics at Eurasia Group.“It involves a lot more complex issues that are not going to be resolved over the course of a single dinner.”___PRINCE OR PARIAH?Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is at the summit in the wake of the gruesome slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and allegations that he ordered the killing inside the country’s consulate in Turkey’s capital last month. Trump has given the prince a pass while citing exaggerated claims of Saudi military contracts and investments in the U.S., and Putin has not criticized Saudi Arabia or the prince either. But European and other leaders are likely to try to avoid a photo-op that could cause backlash at home by appearing to legitimize the man who U.S. intelligence agencies concluded ordered the killing.Human Rights Watch has accused the crown prince of war crimes in Yemen and responsibility for Kashoggi’s killing, and Argentine legal authorities are considering a request to prosecute bin Salman for alleged crimes against humanity.“A cloud of suspicion will loom over him as he tries to rebuild his shattered reputation at the G-20, and world leaders would do well to think twice before posing for pictures next to someone who may come under investigation for war crimes and torture,” Human Rights Watch said.___UKRAINETrump cancelled a meeting with Putin at the summit, citing Russia’s recent seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels and crews. Russia has said Ukraine didn’t have permission to pass between Russia’s mainland and the Crimean Peninsula, while Ukraine insists its vessels abided by maritime laws. Analysts say the question will be how much pressure will Trump and the EU put on Putin over the issue.___TOUGH TIMES FOR U.S.-EUROPE RELATIONSEurope is on weak footing at this year’s G-20. France fears Trump will block or eclipse any progress at the summit, and President Emmanuel Macron’s main task will be making sure Europe’s voice is heard and doesn’t get diluted by internal divisions.Trump recently lit into Macron over his suggestion that Europe build up its militaries because the continent can no longer depend on the U.S. Trump also criticized him over French tariffs on U.S. wine and even Macron’s approval ratings.Trump also said British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement “sounds like a great deal for the EU” that would make it more difficult for the U.K. to strike a trade deal with the U.S. The British pound fell in the wake of his comments, which were countered by May.“The Europeans know that they need to get along for the greater good of the trade relations. But the relations between Trump and the European leaders that he’s going to see in Buenos Aires are really bad,” Sparks said. “The word that comes along to me when it comes to the relation between these leaders is: Icy.”___NAFTAMexico and Canada recently reached agreement with the Trump administration on a revamped version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the deal is expected to be signed during the G-20 summit, though it won’t take effect until approved by the countries’ legislatures.“Maybe the one bright spot (at the summit) is the signing of the new NAFTA,” said Shannon O’Neil, an expert on global trade at the Council on Foreign Relations.The renegotiations, however, left a bad taste among the partners, Shifter said.While the three leaders are supposed to be at the signing ceremony, Sparks said the possibility remains that it could be left to less senior officials because Canada and Mexico are not happy Trump did not lift tariffs on steel and aluminum.“What was supposed to be an event that would mark a turning point,” Sparks said, “is looking like lower down on the bill.___LOW EXPECTATIONSEven the host country of the summit has lowered expectations.Pedro Villagra Delgado, Argentina’s lead organizer for the G-20, acknowledged last week that it might not be possible to reach a consensus on a final statement.Patricio Navia, a political science professor at New York University, said there are “way too many ongoing conflicts” and potential sources of instability at a summit that will likely be “an echo chamber for the lack of co-ordination and co-operation” seen at other forums.“It is unlikely that the G20 meeting will provide any guidance as to what will happen next,” Navia said. “In fact, the meeting will probably end up generating even more instability, precisely because there will be many confusing signals coming out of the meeting.”___Associated Press writers Angela Charlton and Peter Orsi contributed to this report.___Luis Andres Henao on Twitter: Andres Henao, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Miami – A recent study by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) entitled “The 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects” has produced estimations of the world’s population by 2050. Among the results, the Moroccan population was also reviewed. According to the UN DESA study, the population in Morocco in 2015 is 34.4 million. The prospected figure by 2050 will be 43.7 million. That is an increase of 29%. In other countries of the Maghreb region the highest population growth will be in Mauritania corresponding to 142%. Mauritania’s population will increase from to 4.1 million as of 2015, to 8 million in 2050. Algeria will witness the second highest population growth in the Maghreb region with an estimated 51% growth. Algeria’s population will reach 56.5 million in 2050 up from 39.7 as of 2015. Libya ranks 3rd with a growth of 36%. There are 6.3 million Libyans today and there will be 8.4 million in 2050, according to UN DESA. Morocco is 4th ahead of Tunisia, which will only increase in an estimated 20%, from 11.3 million as of 2015 to 13.5 million Tunisians in 2050. The study has projected the world population to reach 10 billion by 2050. Interestingly, India will become the number one demographic power in the world, outnumbering China. The strongest population growth rates will be in Niger with over 452%. On the other hand, Europe is expected to depopulate and Africa will amount to 25% of the global population. An interactive map of the study’s results may be found at Le Monde.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

By Sarah GoodmanRabat – Once again, the US President Donald Trump placed himself at odds with United States’ news outlets, this time disputing his alleged use of the slur “shithole countries” to describe developing nations during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday.High-ranking United States Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, claims that the president used the insult “repeatedly” to refer to developing nations; Donald Trump patently denies making any such remark. While discussing immigration behind closed doors, Trump allegedly maligned African nations as “shithole[s]” and openly questioned why the US allows immigration from the continent, Haiti, and El Salvador without courting more immigrants from nations like Norway.The White House issued a statement on Thursday which did not dispute the allegation.However, early on Friday Trump took to Twitter to deny saying “anything derogatory,” placing his account of events at odds with those published by National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Politico, and the Wall Street Journal, all quoting witnesses or sources briefed on the meeting shortly afterward.  “The language used by me…was tough, but this was not the language used,” retorted the US President.The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018A number of foreign governments and dignitaries have joined a growing chorus, expressing their displeasure at the president’s alleged comments. The African Union said it was “frankly alarmed” and the UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said the comments, “I’m sorry but there is no other word for this but racist.”The meeting in question took place to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children to seek temporary protection, which Trump proposes to scrap entirely. Senators Durbin and Arizona Republican Jeff Flake have drafted a bill to reform the existing program, a plan now eclipsed by a new spat between the press and the president. read more

Companies in this story: (TSX:CFF, TSX:CFP)Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Rachelle Dumoulin admits her second layoff in 12 years from a northern B.C. sawmill has soured her on the boom-and-bust industry.The 39-year-old lost her job in the remote community of Mackenzie, about 180 kilometres north of Prince George, B.C., when three local sawmills were closed in 2007-08 due to a slowdown in the U.S. housing market.She used the down time to go back to university in Ontario, but returned to Mackenzie with her husband in 2010 when the mills reopened and got a job as a labourer. They bought a house and had two children, now seven and two years old, and she started a part-time photography business.In July, owner Canfor Corp. announced the mill where she worked as a weigh-scale operator would close again. Because it’s an “indefinite curtailment,” Dumoulin said, there was no severance paid.Meanwhile, her husband, a contract log truck driver, lost his job delivering to the nearby Conifex Timber Inc. sawmill during a five-week curtailment blamed on high log costs and difficult market conditions.The good news is the Conifex shutdown ended, she said.“There’s that saying, ‘You do me wrong once, shame on you; do me wrong twice, shame on me,’” Dumoulin said in an interview.“I’m not letting that happen a third time. I need to get out of this industry.”This year’s series of mill closures and production curtailments in British Columbia have affected more than 5,900 workers at 25 mills in 22 communities, according to provincial estimates.Observers say the frustrating part is that little can be done to fix the problem.Destruction caused by wildfires and a severe mountain pine beetle infestation — both linked to global warming — have created acute shortages of wood fibre in B.C. that will take decades to replace.Meanwhile, a slowdown in U.S. housing markets means prices are depressed but the province says stumpage fees for Crown timber — adjusted quarterly — can’t be reduced arbitrarily for fear of weakening Canada’s legal fight against softwood lumber duties imposed by the U.S.Marty Gibbons, president of the United Steelworkers union local in Kamloops, B.C., estimates more than 400 of his members have lost jobs thanks to the closures of sawmills in Clearwater and Clinton, B.C.But the longtime forestry worker says there’s no comparison with previous industry slowdowns in 2008 and 2015.“This isn’t a slowdown, this is a capacity reduction,” he said. “These are not temporary layoffs, this is a correction in the industry … we just don’t have enough timber to supply the mills.”Analysts expect the industry will see a lot more bad news before there’s much good news.Researchers at FEA Canada estimate there will be 53 to 55 sawmills left in the B.C. interior by 2028, down from about 95 mills in 2007, in a report based mainly on provincial timber supply estimates.“It takes 80 years to grow a tree. So, looking out 50-60 years, it looks pretty good,” said Russ Taylor, managing director of FEA Canada.“But in the interim it’s going to stay relatively flat, for the next two or three, maybe four decades.”The lack of wood fibre is expected to spill over into closures in the oriented strandboard panel sector, where two mills were closed this year, and will eventually hit the pulp and paper industry as well, said Kevin Mason, managing director of ERA Forest Products Research.Closures through the end of the year are expected to cumulatively remove about two billion board feet per year of capacity, from recent annual output of between 10 billion and 11 billion board feet, he said.“These are difficult transitions and not a day goes by that I am not thinking about the workers and communities who are being affected by these closures and curtailments,” said B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson in an emailed statement.He said he is working to ensure support systems are in place for forestry workers, including job fairs, skills training and career counselling, support for families and economic diversification strategies.He offered a similar message in Mackenzie in mid-August, speaking at a rally organized by a new organization founded by three local women called Mackenzie Matters.Kim Guthrie, a 57-year-old notary public who chairs the group, said she fears for the future of the community she and her husband moved to about 30 years ago.“We don’t want to leave. We want to stay here,” she said.“This is our home and where our friends are. We know everybody. It’s a really tight, close-knit community.” read more

Two years after the worst locust infestation to hit North and West Africa in 15 years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned the region to raise its level of alert against a possible new invasion of the crop-devouring insects.Important desert locust infestations have recently been detected in northwest Mauritania, raising concerns of an upsurge of swarms there and in Algeria, Mali, Morocco and Senegal as well as other countries if favourable weather and ecological conditions continue, the agency said. “Locust adults are now present in areas of recent rainfall about 150 kilometres northeast of Nouakchott (the Mauritanian capital) where they are concentrating in green vegetation,” FAO added, noting that it cost affected countries, the international community and the agency itself more than $400 million to fight the 2004 infestation.“The eggs are expected to hatch in about 10 days. Surveys are currently in progress in summer breeding areas in southern and central Mauritania, northern Niger and in the southern parts of Morocco and Algeria,” it said.FAO is arranging for a helicopter that should arrive in Mauritania next week to survey larger areas once the eggs hatch. Ground teams started control operations last week and have so far treated more than 200 hectares. A military spray aircraft is also on standby. Morocco has also launched survey operations in adjacent areas in the Sahara region where so far only isolated locusts have been reported by the military. In 2004, the locust upsurge heavily damaged agriculture in several parts of West Africa, with numerous swarms invading the Sahelian countries adjacent to the Sahara from northwest Africa, devastating crops, fruit trees and vegetation. But by the summer of 2005, the infestation ended thanks to control operations and weather unfavourable to the insects.FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Agriculture Alexander Müller said the current situation is an opportunity to field test environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional pesticides, such as the use of a natural fungus called Metarhizium anisopliae, which causes locusts to stop feeding, killing them in one to three weeks.FAO expects that the current level of resources in Mauritania such as pesticides, equipment and staff will be sufficient to address the current situation, but whether external assistance will be needed depends on how the situation develops during the next two months. read more

Here is this year’s official Christmas card from The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.The photograph was taken by Hugo Burnand in the garden of Clarence House this summer.— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) December 14, 2018 The Royal family have released their annual Christmas cards, with the Cambridge family and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sharing their favourite, and very different, photographs of the year.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a glamorous black and white image showing them in a private moment at their wedding reception.With their arms around one another, they are shot from behind as they watch the spectacular fireworks over Frogmore House, Windsor.The image, by photographer Chris Allerton, has not been seen before, and captured an intimate moment for the newlyweds.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The Cambridge family shot, meanwhile, sees the Duke and Duchess in the countryside around their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall, dressed casually as their three children climb around them.Prince George, seen wearing jeans and wellies instead of his customary smart shorts, larks around with his arm around his father, while Princess Charlotte cuddles between her parents.Prince Louis, making a debut on the annual Christmas card, is held snugly by his mother, in a shot taken by Matt Porteous, a professional photographer who has worked with the family on several occasions before.The picture is a distinct contrast from the Cambridge’s 2017 offering, when the family of four, as they were then, wore coordinated ice-blue outfits for a formal shot in front of a plain background.  The Cambridges’ Christmas cardCredit:Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace It is the first official Christmas card for the Sussexes since their wedding in May, with the release of special photographs now an annual tradition among all the Royal households.It is also Prince Louis’s debut, with the baby spending his first Christmas in the bosom of his family. The Cambridges are now veterans of the card, which has captured their growing family each year since their marriage with the new additions of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and now Louis.Next year, of course, the Sussex baby will make his or her first appearance as they embark on the annual tradition of their own. The Cambridges' Christmas card The two images were released at the same time by Kensington Palace, and posted moment apart on their social media accounts.They neatly showcase the very different styles of the two growing families.  The Prince of Wales also asked the photographer to take the birthday image which marked his 60th year in 2008, and he has taken a portrait picture of the Duchess. Porteous said: “It was an honour to be asked to photograph The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family at Anmer Hall. Capturing the fun and relaxed moments between such a wonderful family was a true privilege.” A third Christmas card was released by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, with the couple sitting quietly together on a garden bench. The Duchess is wearing a cream and crepe dress by Fiona Clare in the image, the same outfit she wore for the Prince’s official 70th birthday pictures which featured the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.The heir to the throne is wearing an Anderson and Sheppard suit, shoes by Crockett and Jones and a Turnbull and Asser shirt.The message in the card reads: “Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.”The photograph was taken by Hugo Burnand, who is used to working with members of the Royal Family as he took the wedding pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials in 2011 and Prince Charles and Camilla’s big day in 2005. read more

And one person fought harder than anyone else to make this possible. Tucked away in the back of New Labour’s 1997 manifesto is a promise. It’s in a short, bullet-pointed list of other policies, and comprises just three words: “Freedom of information”. In the latest episode of the Telegraph’s Expenses podcast, the journalist and freedom of information expert Heather Brooke talks about her years-long campaign to have MPs’ expenses made public — and the effect that the 2009 scandal… No one in Westminster paid much attention to it at the time — but over the following years, this promise would slowly pass into law, and become a lever with which journalists could start to prise open government secrets. read more

first_imgYes, you read the headline right; a recent study conducted by researchers at Purdue University has shown evidence that your miserly ways of “purchasing” the free app over the $0.99 one will cost you in another way. But not in the way you might think. Play a lot of Angry Birds Free version on your phone and you’ll notice a shorter battery life than had you paid full price.Researchers Abhinav Pathak, Charlie Hu, and Ming Zhang asked a simple question, “Where is the energy spent inside my app?” They took several popularly downloaded apps for the Android and Windows Mobile operating systems, including Angry Birds, Free Chess, and The New York Times, and looked specifically at power use. They developed their own software to analyze the apps’ energy usage by breaking down power drawn for hardware and specific entities within each of the apps.The results were shocking: 65 percent to 75 percent of energy in free apps was spent specifically in advertising modules. Breaking it down in more detail with Angry Birds, the researchers found the core of the app consumes only 18 percent of the total app energy. Here’s the kicker though, rendering the ad itself takes only 1 percent of energy while a third party entity called Flurry consumes 45 percent of energy. This energy is being spent gathering your GPS location and aggregating information from the user’s phone. Further adding to the overall power drain is even after the ad has been downloaded, the 3G connection remains open for about 10 seconds.The bottom line is there are inefficiencies when it comes to third-party coding in apps that require advertisements. The smartphone market is expanding at a rapid pace, some predict that it will become a $38 billion industry by 2015, so third-party advertising services should look to make their applications more efficient. Or, if anything, you could just take the high road and go green by spending the extra $0.99 for Angry Birds.via New Scientistlast_img read more

first_img ‘Tetris Effect’ Brings Puzzle Game Psychedelia to PC’Tetris 99′ Gets Physical Release Public trash cans are there for a reason: So you won’t throw your garbage on the ground.But there is little incentive—aside from avoiding a fine, saving the government millions of dollars, and protecting the environment—for people to not litter. Until now.Design firm Sencity introduced TetraBin—the first trash can to make waste disposal fun.Described by the company as “an experience-driven, technology-augmented” litter basket, the three-sided receptacle turns your scraps into a game of Tetris.“You need to put the pieces of rubbish into the bin at the right time to be able to advance in the game,” Sencity explained.This 21st century version of trashketball (the game of free-throwing crumpled paper into the bin like a rejected NBA player) requires users to drop their food container or newspaper at the precise moment to “push” colorful blocks into place, CityLab reported.According to The Atlantic spin-off site, the street-side cans (updated since the 2015 incarnation in the video above) are interlined with sensors, which activate the LED-wrapped exterior to create a public spectacle. The bin also alerts owners of its fill levels and collects usage data.Using an online management portal, owners can customize what content appears on the screens: “Mets fans, throw garbage in the right slot; Yankees fans, throw garbage in the left slot,” TetraBin designer Ivan Chen suggested to CityLab.SencityThe main goal is to entice people to use the available trashcan, instead of lazily tossing garbage on the sidewalk or in the street.“We want to turn cities into joyful playgrounds, to motivate more positive behaviors from everyday people,” Sencity CEO Steven Bai told CityLab. When the co-founder tested the bin in Sydney, Australia, children became so enthralled; they reportedly ran around gathering litter to throw inside.Creators are also eyeing the Internet of Things, hoping to eventually connect the trashcan with other sensor-enabled objects, for what CityLab called “some yet-unclear purpose.”Sencity did not immediately respond to’s request for comment. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Former Juventus and Atalanata defender Mattia Caldara made his Milan debut in a 1-0 Europa League victory against Dudelange which he used to assure he “learns something new” every day.Caldara had been placed on the bench as he slowly got used to the new club, however, he had the full 90 minutes in the Europa League and had the following to say to Sky Sports Italia via Football Italia.“I knew this was a fundamental game for me and for the team, as we wanted to start the Europa League well.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It was a difficult match, because we couldn’t take it for granted and had everything to lose. It was crucial to keep the right attitude throughout and we emerged with the points.“It has been a real learning curve, as every training session I learn something new, such as where my teammates like to cross the ball and in my positioning.“I can’t wait to repay this glorious club for the faith it has shown in me.” read more

first_imgBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists that Jermain Defoe’s loan move to Rangers hasn’t been completedAfter just four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, Defoe looks set to leave Bournemouth for a reported 18-month loan deal.The 36-year-old will link up with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard, who now coaches Rangers in the Scottish Premiership (SPL).But Howe is adamant nothing has been confirmed as the transfer will only go ahead if it’s in Defoe’s best interests.“No deal has been finalised,” said Howe, according to the Express.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“So until that moment happens, it would be foolish of me to comment, so let’s wait and see what happens in the next few days.“Any deal which does get agreed will be in the player’s best interest and what the player wants to pursue.“From our side, I have said from day one, I love working with Jermain. The relationship we have had, how professional he has been and for the group of players. As I say, no deal has been finalised, so let’s see what happens.”Defoe has previously played for West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth and Sunderland in the Premier League and is the seventh highest scorer in the competition with 162 goals in 496 games.last_img read more

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers is playing against Manchester City on Monday, but the Wolves coach says his team is ready for the challenge.Wolverhampton Wanderers will have one of the biggest challenges of the season on Monday, as they play against Manchester City in Etihad Stadium.And for coach Nuno Espirito Santo, this doesn’t mean his team will be afraid of the Citizens.“I admire the talent they have. As a team, as a squad, as individuals; the team is full of talent, they are one of the best teams in the world,” he told the club’s official website.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…“It’s the challenge – a big team, a fantastic team – so let’s go and compete with the things that you have, realizing that you have to be very organized, very compact – all these aspects in our defensive organization that we have to maintain if we can improve.”“We will prepare for what we’re going to face on Monday. We’re going to prepare ourselves, try to give all the possibilities that we think are relevant for our game and for our players,” he added.“One of those will ‘not be afraid’, we don’t go onto the pitch scared of anything, we know that we have to compete.”“You cannot be scared or frightened of nothing, you just have to be ready for what you have in front of you,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imgCOCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – A Coconut Creek foundation has shipped out storm supplies to Jamaica as Hurricane Matthew grows stronger and heads in the island’s direction.The Food For The Poor Foundation loaded six tractor trailers packed with batteries, canned foods, mattresses and other supplies in Coconut Creek Friday afternoon.The 20-ton containers are now Jamaica-bound in case the hurricane does some damage to the Caribbean island.“We’re very worried about the poor in certain areas, especially flooding and bad housing,” said the president of Food For The Poor, Robin Mahfood. “Some people live in very terrible housing, and we’re trying our best to see what we can send them beforehand.”If you need more information on what you can donate or how you can help, head to the foundation’s website at 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe initial pitch was also a challenge. “The response from the market was, ‘You’re crazy, starting a print magazine in today’s age?” says McCafferty.The first issue of Design World debuted in October 2006 to mixed response. “While in pre-sell our mock-up looked great, we quickly found that it missed the market,” says McCafferty. The company surveyed its readers and made design changes for its next issue in December 2006.Despite the slow start, Design World, which boasts a 40,000-circ, went on a two-week run outside its core territories where it picked up major accounts for every issue of 2007. “Once those came in, the worst case was we would break even in 2007,” says McCafferty. With two issues under its belt, Design World generated $245,000 in 2006.Building Out OnlineWTWH experienced growing pains with online as well. “We didn’t want to create just another magazine Web site,” says McCafferty. “We began offering e-newsletters and online ads immediately but quickly found that simply launching a Web site doesn’t mean you will have traffic. In January 2007, we had 2,000 unique visitors and 8,000 page views. We could have sold all those page views to one person.”McCafferty hired Marshall Matheson, a former advertising client, as WTWH’s vice president of new media. Matheson had expressed his frustration as an advertiser working with publishers online. “We used his experience to build a robust back end,” says McCafferty.WTWH builds product landing pages with customizable widgets pulling feeds out of manufacturer’s sites that can tie in with relevant edit and video. “In the design engineering market, people weren’t doing that yet,” says McCafferty. “We’re perceived as the so-called ‘smart online guys.’”Still, the magazine remains a key component of the overall strategy. “We view the magazine as an aircraft carrier,” says McCafferty. “The magazine gives us the necessary media authority.”In June 2007, WTWH bought 3DCAD World Network, a series of registration-based sites, and just before the end of 2007, closed on “We overpaid on the first deal but it gave us the opportunity to say, ‘now we have 300,000 page views and we can do run of network advertising’ as opposed to just Design World,” says McCafferty. Hearst Takes a ChanceWTWH got an additional credibility boost when Hearst’s Electronic Products Magazine tapped the startup as a partner in a project called Mechatronics, which features a quarterly print product, a wiki site, blogs and e-mail newsletters. The revenue budget for the venture is around $300,000, according to McCafferty. “Design World added value in ways that absolutely helped us grow our business,” says Todd Christenson, publisher at Hearst Business Media.In 2007, the Design World franchise—including print and online—will generate about $1.8 million, according to McCafferty. In 2008, WTWH’s goal is $4 million although McCafferty believes $3.5 million is probably more realistic. The company will continue to leverage its mix of print and online products, including a new offering called Digital Manufacturing Review, which includes a quarterly print product, a wiki site and an e-newsletter. “We’re going to surprise people with a series of new Web sites in the markets we’re serving,” says McCafferty.MORE STARTUP STORIES:Glam MediaArchitectCraftInternet EvolutionScientific American Competing against established players like Reed and Penton is a daunting task for any startup (especially for one that’s just barely over a year old). But WTWH Media (which stands for “Willing To Work Harder”) has gained solid market share thanks to a sophisticated online strategy (as well as a little help from a strategic partner named Hearst).Founders Scott McCafferty and Mike Emich were both former Penton sales reps with their own independent sales rep firms. But each had the itch to get back into the publishing side. In January 2006, McCafferty and Emich started putting together a business plan. “We worked with $200,000 cash until we established a line of credit for $1 million,” says McCafferty.But getting the product off the ground wasn’t that easy. Several Penton editors initially agreed to join the startup but then backed out to stay with Penton.The Online Differencelast_img read more

first_imgThe government said that it has released a sum of Rs 237.07 crore in the last four years to 12 states under the Green India Mission for afforestation in an area of 87113.86 hectares. Creative CommonsThe Modi government gave green signal to fell at least 1.09 crore trees during 2014-2019 for various development-related works, said Babul Supriyo, the union environment minister of state, in the Lok Sabha on July 26.Supriyo, while responding to a query, said that the highest number of trees (26.9 lakh)  were uprooted in 2018-19. He added that the data doesn’t include the number of trees that were destroyed in various forest fires.”Trees are felled for various development purposes with the permission of competent authorities in accordance with the procedure laid down in various Acts. However, the Ministry does not maintain data regarding the cutting of trees due to forest fire,” said Supriyo. Between 2014-2015, 23.3 lakh trees were permitted to be uprooted, 16.9 lakh in 2015-2016, 17.01 lakh in 2016-17 and 25.5 lakh in 2017-18 were uprooted, according to the environment ministry data.The government said that it has released a sum of Rs 237.07 crore in the last four years to 12 states under the Green India Mission for afforestation in an area of 87113.86 hectares and providing alternative energy devices to 56,319 households. (Representational Image)ReutersUnder the National Afforestation Programme, however, the Modi government sanctioned an amount of Rs Rs 328.90 to treat new area of 94,828 hectares during the last four years (2015-16 to 2018-19).last_img read more

first_imgEd Potillo is the chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats. (Courtesy Photo)Ed Potillo, vice chairman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee and the chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats, is seeking to unseat Ward 7 D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander in the June 14, 2016 primary. Alexander has held the position since 2007; however Potillo is confident he can pull off the upset.“We can do this,” Potillo said at his campaign kick-off on Oct. 17 in the Southeast quadrant of Ward 7. “We can absolutely do this. If you stay with me, I will be your council member and your first line of defense.Potillo formed an exploratory committee in April. In his speech to 30 supporters, he bemoaned the ward’s political state. “Mediocrity is the current state of the ward,” he said, promising to fight to improve Ward 7 schools, help seniors age in place, and pledging to work to make public transportation user-friendly.Potillo said school houses have fallen in disrepair and neglect” and pointed out that many school-aged children aren’t educated in the ward. “Forty-four percent of school-aged children in Ward 7 go to school outside of the ward,” he said. “The answer is not closing community schools.”Potillo said he will work for strong parental engagement in each of the ward’s schools and overall, champion the interests of all Ward 7 residents. “I will take that fighting spirit to the Wilson Building,” he said, speaking of the District’s city hall. “We’ve waited long enough. I’m here to collect.”Potillo, a native of D.C., graduated from St. John’s College High School in Northwest and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is presently employed with the National Alliance of Black School Educators, as its conference and membership director. A longtime member of the Ward 7 Democrats, he was appointed in 2007 as the chairman of the Program Committee and as the organization’s chairman in 2011.Some activists in the ward question whether Potillo can continue in his role as chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats while running against Alexander, saying it is a conflict of interest to be a candidate and lead all of the ward’s Democrats.Potillo disputes that assertion. “It’s been done and it isn’t a conflict of interest,” he said. “I will stay in my position.”Ambrose Lane, the chairman of the Ward 7 Health Alliance Network and a Potillo supporter, agrees. “He doesn’t have to step down,” Lane said.  “Council member Brandon Todd was the president of the Ward 4 Democrats and he didn’t step down to run for the council seat and neither should Ed. It is not a prerequisite.“We have one of the highest disease rates in the city and she is the chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee but nothing has been done for Ward 7 residents,” he said. “How can you be the chairman of that committee and ignore the health needs of your ward?”Gloria Keaton has her concerns about Alexander, also. “I am a lifelong resident of Marshall Heights and my neighborhood is an afterthought,” Keaton said bluntly. “It seems that we are not as important as Hillcrest.”Milton Steele III, an active figure in the upscale Hillcrest neighborhood, attended Potillo’s kick-off and didn’t make a commitment to support the candidate. Nevertheless, Steele said that the ward needs a unifying political leader. “We need someone who will make Ward 7 one,” he said. “We need somebody that will bring everybody together, whether they live in Hillcrest, Penn Branch or Fairfax Village.”Alexander and J.R. Meyers, her former chief of staff believed to be part of the council member’s expected re-election effort, didn’t return the AFRO requests for comment before deadline.Former D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said he is seriously considering running for the Ward 7 council seat and had no comment for the AFRO on Potillo’s campaign. The political talk in the ward has former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown and former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray as possible challengers to Alexander, too.last_img read more

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROBuilding Bridges Across the River (BBAR) and Seeds of Change are partnering up to create a “food-focused” accelerator program to narrow the food gap in the District, especially in Wards 7 and 8. The collaboration, strengthened by a $115,000 grant from Mars, Inc., the organization behind the Seeds of Change Project, will provide food literacy programs, nutrition and farming workshops through the upcoming months at THEARC and several other locations.“What the Seeds of Change sponsorship has been able to do is not only support the producing of food, but inspire the next food producers,” said, Scott Kratz, vice president of Building Bridges Across the River, and director of the 11th Street Bridge Park.Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) and Seeds of Change have partnered to offer a “food-focused” accelerator program to narrow the food gap in D.C. (Courtesy of Lawrence Green, Time Travel Media)“This is the largest single grant that we’ve received and it allows us to do so much for the community,” Kratz said. “We’re really excited about it.”According to an article by the DC Policy Center more than three-fourths of food deserts are located in Wards 7 and 8. The program will help residents with access to fresh food and offer ways to grow, cook and learn about health foods. There are classes that will focus on composting, herbalism, canning preserving and fermenting and even bee harvesting. Many classes are at THEARC’s main campus located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue S.E. However several classes are located throughout Wards 7 and 8 including The National Children’s Center at 3400 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue S.E., and Kelly Miller Middle School located at 301 49th Street N.E.D.C. is the second U.S. city where Seeds of Change is donating grants and creating programming to address food disparities as part of a larger, country-wide initiative, the first being Chicago, according to Sara Schulte, External Communications Manager of Mars, Incorporated.“We got connected with Scott and BBAR with some other community works through Mars,” Schulte said. “We knew we wanted to get involved in the work they were doing.”“When we look for partners, we look for people who share our mission and who are also focused on providing healthier greener communities. So when we talked to Scott it was such a great fit.”Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services, according to their website. In addition, thanks to the SOC sponsorship, BBAR will also be employing an intern to learn about urban agriculture. Tatiana Bogans, 22, a D.C. resident will intern with BBAR until November.“Basically I will be working with the farmers, which includes weeding harvesting, basically keeping the farm together,” Bogans said. “I like working outdoors and I like community work so it was a good fit.”After her internship, Bogans hopes to one day attend the University of the District of Columbia and study environmental science and agriculture.“This is a really good job if you like being outside and giving back to the community,” Bogans said.  All the programming is free and open to the public. For a full list of classes and workshops please go to: read more

first_imgBag a billionaire; Skyscanner shows you where to visit the world’s super-richWe ain’t saying you’re a gold digger, but if you are, flight comparison site maps out where to find the world’s richest people.Forbes has just released its latest Top 100 Billionaires’ list and despite the worldwide recession, the super-rich are still getting richer with the number of billionaires increasing by 17% to 1,210.America has by far the biggest number of billionaires with one in three (413) of the world’s wealthiest living in the US, including seven ‘tech-geek’ billionaires from social networking site Facebook.Star of Oscar-nominated movie The Social Network, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerbergnow has an estimated wealth of $13.5billion and is joined in the list by Facebook colleagues including the world’s youngest billionaire Dustin Moskovitz, aged 26.For the first time since the 1990s, Asia has more billionaires than Europe, with 332 compared to a European total of 300, while Moscow is home to 79 billionaires, more than any other city on earth. And while the world’s richest man, telecoms magnate Carlos Slim Helu, who is worth an estimated $74billion, is Mexican, outside of the USA only 76 other people from the Americas made the list. RelatedEssential guide to 10 of the best Caribbean islandsConsidering a holiday to the paradise islands of the Caribbean? Planning a Caribbean cruise and trying to decide which beaches to hit? Whether you’re booking a family holiday, searching for a dream honeymoon or just wanting sand, sea and rum cocktails, here’s an essential guide to 10 of the best…Literary London: 9 great walks to do in London to pay homage to your favourite literary heroesApril marks Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, and many people will be paying homage to the world’s favourite bard with a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon or Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. On this milestone, take a stroll and celebrate your favourite writers in London.The 10 most popular beaches in the worldWant a deserted beach all to yourself? You’ll not love these beautiful but busy beaches! Join the gold rush!Sugar daddies (or mummies) are all very well, but if it’s real gold you’re after, go gold digging for real and visit one of these Golden destinations!1. Wat Traimit, Temple of the Golden Buddha, Bangkok, ThailandIt’s official, Buddhism is all about the bling. The Buddha in Wat Traimit claims the prestigious title of not just being the world’s biggest solid gold Buddha – but the world’s biggest solid gold statue. Weighing nearly five and a half tons and sitting at three meters in height, the statue spent two centuries encased in plaster to disguise its value when the Burmese invaded. Now visitors enjoy it in all its golden glory in one of the most visited temples in Bangkok.2. Kinkaku-ji, Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, JapanAll that glitters is not gold. But Kinkaku-ji most certainly is. As one of Japan’s most prized temples, you’d think they might take better care of it; not so, Kinkaku-ji has burned down twice (once by a mad monk) and hence the present structure is actually fairly recent, only dating from 1955. However, this three storey Japanese temple that is covered in glittering gold leaf is one of Japan’s must sees.3. Kromdraai Gold Mine, Johannesburg, South AfricaFor over 100 years, South Africa claimed the title of largest gold producer in the world (although China recently stolen the title). Even though they are now only in second place, the country is still well known for its gold mining. Take a tour to the Kromdraai Gold Mine just outside of Johannesburg and go deep into the heart of the mountain to learn about the traditional methods of mining gold ore.Notes to editors: Please credit with any use of this image. Data taken from wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more