TORONTO – In the past month, Roxanne messaged more than two dozen Ontario women on Facebook to warn them that their photos had surfaced on the image-sharing site Anon-IB.It’s something the Toronto resident has been doing on and off since she learned four years ago that her own photos had cropped up on the site — a place where users gather to share images, many of which are sexually explicit.“Part of me felt like a little bit of a creep doing this,” said Roxanne, who didn’t want her full name published out of concern her experience would affect her career in social work. “But … if I can track them down this easily, somebody with a worse motive can too.”Roxanne, 24, typically finds the women she warns by searching on Facebook for their first names, the first letter of their last name and the community they’re believed to live in — all information that accompanies the photos posted on Anon-IB, which boasts the tagline “Best Anonymous Image Board.”The site — which did not respond to a request for an interview — has sections for various countries, including Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and pages specific to cities and even universities. The level of detail can allow users to come across images of people they may actually know.The Canada forum on Anon-IB is currently 15 pages long, with threads for women at various universities and more than 30 Ontario communities.The website has rules prohibiting the posting of images of minors and a ban on the posting of “personal details like addresses, telephone numbers, social networks links, or last names.” But some users work around the rules by posting messages like, “(first name) L anyone? Surname rhymes with mammoth.”The photos of Roxanne that appeared on the site in 2013 were taken in 2011, she said. She had sent two photographs — taken in a crop top and underwear — to someone who befriended her on Facebook.Roxanne thought the person was a woman named Mary, who described herself as a queer feminist, a survivor of sexual violence and a women’s studies student. But when she began badgering Roxanne for explicit photos, Roxanne said she grew suspicious. After an internet search revealed that Mary’s profile photo appeared to be that of a pornography performer, Roxanne blocked the person.Nearly two years later, Roxanne said the photographs she sent to that person appeared in the Ontario sub-forum on Anon-IB, where users were specifically requesting “wins” — slang for nude photos — of her.Roxanne said she found out about the images only after an acquaintance pointed them out. The photos had been up for two days by that point, she said.“I (was) in shock,” she said. “Then terror and a sense of dread set in.”Roxanne tried to get her photos taken down by filling out a form on the website, but said her request was ignored.Under the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, it’s a crime to post or distribute an “intimate image” of another person without their consent.Roxanne decided to go to York regional police in Newmarket, Ont., a month after learning of her photos on Anon-IB.She knew it was unlikely they could get the images removed but she wanted to have a police record in case the matter escalated. She also wanted police to look into what she said were images of underage girls on the website.“The (officer) just looked bewildered,” she said.York regional police said they are aware of Roxanne’s case, that her file is still under investigation and no charges have been laid.Other police forces have also received the occasional complaint related to the website — RCMP in Antigonish, N.S., said they’ve been conducting an investigation related to Anon-IB since April, and police in Peterborough, Ont., said they became aware of the site after one complaint in the last two years. In both cases, no charges have been laid. Hamilton police said they had one investigation that involved the website but not a direct complaint against it.Ontario provincial police, Toronto police and Ottawa police said they have not received complaints about Anon-IB.Toronto lawyer Gil Zvulony said Roxanne’s photographs would not be considered “intimate” under the Criminal Code because they do not appear to depict any explicit sexual activity or nudity. He said women who find themselves on Anon-IB should still go to the police but noted that it’s unlikely charges would be laid if those who post the images remain anonymous on the website.Roxanne’s photos stayed on the site for about a year, she said, until it went offline briefly in 2014. When the site came back online, her images were gone.After her experience, Roxanne continued to think about what happened to her.“My coping mechanism was to go back on the website, find as many girls as I could, tip them off and go to bed,” she said.Katelyn, 23, was one of the women Roxanne messaged. She said she was 16 and 17 in most of the photos that she learned were on the site in August 2013.Katelyn said she has no idea who took photos from her Facebook and Plenty of Fish dating profile and edited them to make her shirts appear see-through, which was possible because she was wearing light-coloured tops without a bra, she said.After learning about her images, she asked the site to take them down. The photos were removed within 24 hours, she said, which is why she didn’t go to police.“I’m grateful that Roxanne reached out to me,” she said. “It’s important for women to keep mobilizing and looking out for one another.”
WASHINGTON – The rate on 30-year fixed-rate U.S. mortgages slipped to 3.93 per cent this week.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the benchmark 30-year home loan rate was down from 3.94 per cent last week and 4.16 per cent a year ago.The rate on 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages, popular with those refinancing their homes, was unchanged this week at 3.36 per cent. It was 3.37 per cent a year ago.The rate on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages rose to 3.36 per cent from 3.35 per cent last week and 3.19 per cent a year ago.On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates for the third time in 2017. “The market had already priced in the rate hike, so long-term interest rates, including mortgage rates, hardly moved,” said Len Kiefer, a Freddie Mac economist.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged at 0.5 point. The fee on 15-year home loans also remained at 0.5 point. The fee on an adjustable five-year mortgage was unchanged at 0.3 point.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest the Lok Sabha election from Varanasi, the seat he represents in Parliament, and BJP president Amit Shah will fight from Gandhinagar in place of veteran leader L K Advani as the party Thursday announced its first list of 184 candidates for the general election. BJP heavyweights such as Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari have been fielded from Lucknow and Nagpur seats respectively with the party reposing its faith in all but one Union minister from the constituency they had won in 2014. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Senior party leader J P Nadda released the list at a press conference on the auspicious day of Holi following three marathon meetings of its central election committee (CEC). Union minister and fiery leader Smriti Irani will reprise her electoral battle with Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, where she had lost to him in 2014 but was seen to have put up a spirited fight. The biggest surprise in the first list is dropping of Advani, the 91-year-old party stalwart who called the shots in the BJP for decades before Modi’s rise eclipsed him, from Gandhinagar and Shah’s decision to make his Lok Sabha poll debut from there. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Advani has been representing Gandhinagar in the Lok Sabha since 1998 and Shah was incidentally his poll manager in initial elections. The BJP believes that Shah’s candidature will signal the party president’s intent to lead from the front and also energise workers, especially in Gujarat where it is facing a resurgent Congress. It is also now unlikely that Modi will fight from the state. He had won from Vadodara in 2014 as well but resigned from there and kept Varanasi. The BJP also renominated Union ministers V K Singh, Mahesh Sharma, Kiren Rijiju, D V Sadananda Gowda, Babul Supriyo from Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Arunachal West, Bengalore North and Asansol, respectively. They had won from the same seats in 2014. The party announced names of its 28 candidates from Uttar Pradesh and dropped six incumbent MPs, including Union minster Krishna Raj from Shahjahanpur and Scheduled Caste (SC) Commission head and Agra MP Ram Shankar Katheria. Around 30 sitting parliamentarians have been denied tickets by the BJP in the first list. It has renominated former cine star Hema Malini from Mathura. It is locked in a tough battle with the SP-BSP alliance in the state and is expected to drop more sitting MPs in the days ahead as it announces names of its other nominees. UP sends the highest number of Lok Sabha MPs, 80, to the House and the BJP had won 71 of them in 2014. Nadda said the party has also finalised names of all 17 party candidates from Bihar and sent the list to the state unit which will announce it jointly with allies — JD(U) and Lok Janshakti Party. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is likely to be fielded from Patna Sahib and his ministerial colleague Giriraj Singh from Begusarai. In the first list of 184 candidates, 16 are from Maharashtra, eight from Assam, two from Arunachal Pradesh, five from Chhatisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir each, 21 from Karnataka, 13 from Kerala, 10 from Odisha, 16 from Rajasthan, five from Tamil Nadu, 10 from Telangana, five from Uttarakhand, 28 from West Bengal and two from Andhra Pradesh. The BJP has dropped former Union minister B C Khanduri from Garhwal and former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari from Nanital with Tirath Singh Rawat and Ajay Bhatt replacing them respectively. Union ministers Jitendra Singh and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will contest from Udhampur and Jaipur Rural, the seat they represent in the Lok Sabha, respectively with Baijayant Jay Panda being fielded from Kendrapara in Odisha. Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 across seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23. The polling will be held on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19 for 543 Lok Sabha seats across the country in which nearly 90 crore voters would be eligible to vote.
20 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on United States mayors to help in the worldwide fight against climate change and other energy challenges. Speaking to a meeting of the US Conference of Mayors in Baltimore yesterday, Mr. Ban said: “The world needs the mayors of the United States to do their part to address our energy and climate change challenges.”Mr. Ban told the representatives of some 1,200 American cities with a population exceeding 30,000: “Your efforts can have an outsize impact.”“You know the potential catastrophe that lies in store if present trends continue: extreme weather, market disruptions, inundated coastlines,” he said. “You also know the role of cities in climate change – for good and ill alike.” Cities consume more than two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for roughly the same percentage of global carbon dioxide emissions, he said. Lauding American cities for “already making great advances towards energy efficiency in transit, infrastructure and street lights” and producing, clean, renewable energy, he said: “The smart money is on smart cities – resilient, energy efficient, poised to profit from new, clean, green innovations that will redefine the urban landscape of 21st century.” “You have taken this challenge to heart, and you are finding it good for job creation and good for the health and happiness of your citizens,” he said. “The upgrades and efforts you are making save money and create well-paying local jobs. And they revitalize the economies of the cities where they are implemented.”These initiatives forge new industries and claim market share,” he said. “I am sure that your cities have what it takes to join this movement, and stay out front instead of having to play catch-up.”“For me the message is clear: the road to future peace and progress runs through the world’s cities and towns,” he said.
WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Tuesday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $8.10 higher $508.40; Jan. ’18 $7.60 higher $513.30; March ’18 $5.30 higher $514.80; May ’18 $5.60 higher $517.50; July ’18 $6.00 higher $519.90; Nov. ’18 $4.90 higher $484.50; Jan. ’19 unchanged $480.40; March ’19 unchanged $483.10; May ’19 unchanged $483.10; July ’19 unchanged $483.10; Nov. ’19 unchanged $483.10.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00.
DETROIT — A top United Auto Workers official reports many unresolved issues in talks with General Motors as both sides try to reach a deal to end a four-day strike.But UAW Vice-President Terry Dittes (DIT-ez) also says in a letter to members Thursday that they’ve made progress. No specifics were given.About 49,000 UAW workers have been on strike against the company since Monday in a dispute over a new four-year contract.Dittes tells workers the strike is for the right reasons: to win job security, get a bigger share of GM’s profits and to give temporary workers a path to permanent jobs.He says bargaining will continue into the weekend and beyond if no agreement is reached.GM spokesman Dan Flores says talks are continuing. He declined further comment.The Associated Press
MONUC, as the Mission is known, said Rwandan military officials indicated by letter that they intended to pull out of Kabalo, Kongolo, Nyunzu and Kalemie in the North Katanga region of the DRC.Withdrawal orders were sent to operational commanders on the ground, the Mission said, and the operation is scheduled to start Saturday.So far, 1,380 soldiers have pulled out of Kindu/Kalima and have arrived in Kigali.
One day after the Security Council voted unanimously for a cessation of hostilities in Lebanon, fighting continued today and one blue helmet was wounded when Israeli fire hit a United Nations position in the south.In a speech to last night’s Council meeting, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he would be working with Israel and Lebanon this weekend to establish “the exact date and time at which the cessation of hostilities will come into effect.” He also welcomed the resolution but said the Council should have acted much sooner.The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which under the resolution is to be expanded from some 2,000 to 15,000 troops, today reported that military situation in the south of the country “for the most part has remained unchanged in the past 24 hours” with fighting between Hizbollah and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) continuing “with same intensity” as before. One member of the Ghanaian battalion with UNIFIL was wounded early this morning when two artillery rounds from the Israeli side impacted directly inside a UNIFIL position in the area of Haris in the central sector, the Force reported.There were four other incidents of firing from the Israeli side close to UN positions in the areas causing material damage but no casualties, according to UNIFIL, which reported that Hizbollah also fired rockets from the vicinity of UN positions. As it has repeatedly in recent weeks, UNIFIL strongly protested all the incidents to the Israeli and Lebanese authorities respectively. The effort to help civilians caught in the crossfire continued to be severely hampered by Israeli military operations and overall insecurity. “UNIFIL’s freedom of movement and the ability to re-supply positions and provide humanitarian assistance were denied because of the lack of security clearance from the IDF and due to the intensive hostilities on the ground,” the mission said in a press release.A humanitarian convoy to distribute food to the villages in the western sector, and other humanitarian activities planned by UNIFIL, could not proceed in the last six days due to the denial of consent by the IDF. The IDF also still not responded to the repeated requests by UNIFIL to reopen the road between Tyre and Beirut by putting up another provisional bridge over the Litani River in a bid to facilitate the delivery of aid to beleaguered civilians in the south. UNIFIL had also been accompanying a convoy of hundreds of Lebanese security forces and civilians with prior Israeli approval out of the Force’s area of operations when, the Lebanese authorities reported, it came under Israeli air strikes and a number of people were killed and wounded.“UNIFIL conveyed this information to the IDF and asked them to immediately cease attacks on the convoy,” the Force said. “At the request of the Lebanese authorities today, UNIFIL requested the IDF to give security clearance for the convoy to proceed towards Beirut.”The Force also continued to help civilians, among other measures by sending a medical and rescue team to evacuate some two dozen people from the village of Haris to a UNIFIL position in the area of Tibnin. UNIFIL provided medical assistance to 10 of them who were wounded as a result of intensive Israeli air strikes overnight. Two who had sustained serious injuries were relocated to a UNIFIL hospital.
The Brock Paddleheads need more team members to participate in the upcoming dragon boat festival on Martindale Pond July 28.The Brock Paddleheads are hoping their plans on July 28 won’t be sunk.But they could be if the University’s dragon boat team doesn’t get a few more people to help the team row their boat to possible glory.So far, the Paddleheads are down four people to float their dragon boat at the 13th annual Dragon Boat Festival on Martindale Pond in support of Wellspring Niagara and the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.Twenty paddlers are required for the event on Saturday, July 28. The team is nearing that count but Hilary Canivet, who’s helping to organize the Paddleheads, hopes at least three more people sign up, just in case someone else bails.“If we don’t (get enough people) then we can’t participate. We’re kind of at that crunch point,” Canivet said.Here’s what to expect if you sign up: two practices followed by a full day of showing off your paddling prowess.The practices happen July 24 and 26 in the evening. Festival day includes two qualifying rounds and the finals. Canivet said the Paddleheads will participate in all three races on the pond.But those worried about the time commitment, know that Mother Nature may be on your side.“They’re trying to rush the day because it’s so hot,” Canivet said.For those who may not be up to paddling, there’s another important job on the fierce-looking dragon boat that needs filling. The Paddleheads need a drummer to keep everyone rowing in unison.Volunteers are also needed to assist the festival organizing committee during practices, which run from July 23 to 27, and with event setup. Those interested can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.Prospective paddlers can visit the Paddleheads web page to register. Canivet hopes to have a full roster by July 23 and asks that team members collect a donation of at least $30 to $40.For more information, email email@example.com.Editor’s note: The Brock Paddleheads now have a full roster of paddlers.
Dronninglund Cup is Denmark’s largest, international handball tournament for youth teams, taking place in the period 10th of July to 15th of July 2017.Thousands of young handball players from all over the world here have the chance of meeting each other in an exciting tournament (founded in 1978) with lots of sporting challenges as well as several leisure activities.To us, proximity and closeness are essential: Accommodation, provision of meals, the playing areas, sporting goods store, discotheque, the managers’ meeting event, stalls, beach handball and volley, tennis, miniature golf and golf – all are situated within a range of about one kilometer. In addition, we also have an indoor swimming pool, beach and forest just a few kilometers away –transportation free of charge!Dronninglund Cup is ideal for handball clubs that – besides handball – appreciate SOLIDARITY, WELL-BEING, COMFORT and SERVICE. Dronninglund Cup is for everyone!39 years of experience in organizing Dronninglund Cup is your guarantee that you will be part of what young handball players and their managers from all over the world are looking for.Categories:ALL STARS – NEWBoys/Girls 1988 – 1989 … – 1997Boys/Girls 19 1998 – 1999 – 2000Boys/Girls 16 2001 – 2002Boys/Girls 14 2003 – 2004Boys/Girls 12 2005 – 2006Boys/Girls 10 2007 and earlierFind out more on:http://www.dronninglundcup.com/ Droninglund Cup 2017 ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Fuchse Berlin routine win in Velenje Next Story → PSG Handball beat Montpellier in French derby
AH, THE MIRACLE of life. It’s really something isn’t it?One day you’re just a human being, enjoying your life, and the next you are in charge of the safety and wellbeing of a whole other person.Obviously, an experience like that changes a person. Suddenly your priorities are different, your lifestyle is different, and you can be damned sure your behaviours are different.Here are 13 things people with babies do.Arrive into town at 9am sharp and desperately wait for the shops to open because you just HAD TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSEFlickr/almokoLook at the clock after being up for five hours and think ‘How is it only 10AM???’Flickr/xopherlanceFeel guilty about putting nothing but photos of your kid on facebook but you really just can’t help it because they’re so DAMNED CUTEFlickr/pinprickRealise you’ve been wearing the same outfit for four days and that there is a massive baby puke stain on it that you hadn’t even noticedFlickr/_-0-_Hold entire conversations with yourself in baby talk without even realising you were doing itFlickr/bart_Pounce on the first adult to arrive into your house and beg them for news of the outside world Flickr/MyTudutThink wistfully about the days when you had time on your ownKnowing all the while that you wouldn’t swap your situation for anything.Flickr/Chewy ChuaGet really excited about going out but then once you’re there find all you can think about is going home to the babyFlickr/abdshomadGo into the baby several times while they’re sleeping to ‘check if they’re ok’ but mainly just to look at themShutterstockSpend a significant portion of each day arguing with yourself over which bit of them is your current faveFlickr/Giulia BartraMake a real effort to talk about things other than your baby but find it a real struggleFlickr/Tampa Band PhotosWonder why you occasionally have the desire to bite them because they’re so cute and squidgeyFlickr/Evil ErinWorry uncontrollably about something bad happening to themFlickr/Muriel21511 of the world’s most embarrassing parents>8 reasons you should always check your kid’s homework>11 kids who were just trying to help (PICS)>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The European Commission on Wednesday vetoed a proposed merger between Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air, saying a tie-up would have hurt competition in the Greek air transport market.A Commission statement said the merger between the two airlines would have led to higher prices for the four out of six million Greeks and European consumers travelling to and from Athens each year. The two airlines control more than 90 percent of the Greek air transport market, thus blocking the entry of new airlines in domestic flights.“The merger between Aegean and Olympic would have led to a quasi-monopoly in Greece and thus to higher prices and lower quality of service for Greeks and tourists travelling between Athens and the islands,” European Union (EU) Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said.Aegean and Olympic have proposed to hand over take-off and landing slots at Greek airports but the EU agency said the measures wouldn’t have eliminated competition concerns. The commission said a survey of airlines showed that the offer was “unlikely to entice a credible new player” to base a competing service at Athens airport.Aegean Airlines and the Marfin Investment Group (owner of Olympic Air) will carefully analyse the European Commission’s decision and after consultation with their advisers will decide on any further legal actions they will take, the two companies said in a joint statement.The merger agreement was pre-agreed by the main shareholders of the two companies in February 22, 2010. Following the Commission’s decision, the agreement is annulled.Theodore Vasilakis, chairman of Aegean Airlines said both companies presented the benefits from the proposed merger for our companies, passengers and the country’s economy and offered significant reassurances over consumers protection and facilities for the entry of new competitors in the domestic market. “Unfortunately, the EU did not approve the merger. A significant opportunity is lost for a strong representation in the European airline market. We adjust to developments and move forward.”Andreas Vgenopoulos, chairman of Marfin Investment Group, said the EU’s decision will have negative repercussions for both passengers and the country’s economy, while it would benefit the two airlines’ foreign competitors. “It is obvious that we will continue to do our best for our executives and staff, our shareholders and passengers,” he said.Greece’s two biggest airlines said in February 2010 that the deal was necessary to protect jobs, increase routes and ensure the long-term viability of both companies. Aegean and Olympic would together have 5,850 workers and a combined flight network of 106 routes, the two airlines said last year.Source: Athens News Agency, Bloomberg
Des volailles torturées par un fournisseur de McDonald’sCe week-end, le géant américain de la restauration rapide McDonald’s a annoncé qu’il coupait tout lien avec un fournisseur d’oeufs. Vendredi, une organisation de défense des animaux a publié une vidéo montrant des employés de la société en question maltraiter des volailles. La décision de McDonald’s ne s’est pas faite attendre. Vendredi, l’organisation de défense des animaux, Mercy for Animals (“Pitié pour les animaux”), a publié une vidéo choc qu’elle a filmée en s’infiltrant dans un élevage de volailles basé dans le Minnesota. Celle-ci montre les actes de cruauté commis sur les poulets par les employés de cet élevage connu sous le nom de Sparboe Egg Farms et qui approvisionne en oeufs, Cargill, l’un des fournisseurs de McDonald’s. Dès le début, on y voit les volailles être jetées et entassées dans des cages grillagées qui leur laissent très peu de place. Les becs des jeunes animaux aucunement endormis ou anesthésiés sont coupés par une lame chauffée au rouge qui cautérise en même temps. Les images montrent également des cadavres d’animaux abandonnés pendant des jours dans les cages avec les volailles vivantes qui ne sont pas soignées. Plusieurs souffrent ainsi d’infection aux yeux ou de leur peau qui les conduisent à se gratter jusqu’au sang. Pire encore : une séquence dénonce le comportement des employés pris en train de faire tournoyer une volaille vivante au bout d’une corde ou en train d’essayer de faire rentrer l’un des animaux dans sa poche de combinaison. “Malheureusement, la plupart des abus que nous avons recensés sont non seulement fréquents, mais aussi tout à fait légaux”, a observé le directeur de Mercy for Animals, Nathan Runkle cité par 7 sur 7. Selon lui, il n’existe en effet aucune loi fédérale réglementant la manière dont sont traitées les volailles dans les élevages américains et la plupart des Etats font preuve d’une grande souplesse envers les exploitations.McDonald’s cesse de s’approvisionner dans l’élevage À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuDe son côté, McDonald’s a réagi en jugeant “les comportements exposés dans cette vidéo choquants et inacceptables” et en assurant à ses clients qu’ils exigeaient de leurs fournisseurs “un traitement décent des animaux”. “Nous prenons cette responsabilité, de même que la confiance de nos clients, très au sérieux”, a ajouté le groupe qui a également affirmé avoir demandé à Cargill de cesser de s’approvisionner chez Sparboe. Quant à l’élevage incriminé, celui-ci a précisé qu’une enquête interne avait été lancée et que quatre employés avaient été licenciés. Découvrez en images la vidéo réalisée par Mercy for Animals sur MaxisciencesAttention, certaines images peuvent choquer Le 21 novembre 2011 à 16:25 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Orville and Wilbur Wright may have paved the way for aviation. But a team of researchers at MIT are adding a new twist on human-invented flight.Students of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are developing robots that can maneuver on land and in the sky.In a new paper presented in Singapore earlier this month, the group outlines a system of eight quadcopter drones that fly and drive through a “city” with terrestrial and atmospheric obstacles.“The ability to both fly and drive is useful in environments with a lot of barriers, since you can fly over ground obstacles and drive under overhead obstacles,” Ph.D. student Brandon Araki, lead author on the paper, said in a statement. “Normal drones can’t maneuver on the ground at all. A drone with wheels is much more mobile while having only a slight reduction in flying time.”This project builds on Araki’s previous work developing a “flying monkey” robot, which crawls, grasps, and flies—but can not travel autonomously.Enter independent drones. By integrating “path-planning” algorithms (ensuring the unmanned aerial vehicles don’t crash into each other) and installing motors with wheels, the robots were able to fly nearly 100 yards and drive 275 yards on their own, before the batteries ran out.Developed by Araki and CSAIL Director Daniela Rus, the program was helped along by MIT undergrads John Strang, Sarah Pohorecky, and Celine Qiu, as well as Tobias Naegeli of ETH Zurich’s Advanced Interactive Technologies Lab.Initial tests saw eight robots successfully navigate from Point A to Point B on a collision-free path.“As we begin to develop planning and control algorithms for flying cars, we are encouraged by the possibility of creating robots with these capabilities at small scale,” Rus said.“While there are obviously still big challenges to scaling up to vehicles that could actually transport humans,” she continued, “we are inspired by the potential of a future in which flying cars could offer us fast, traffic-free transportation.”In the latest step toward the futuristic utopia of The Jetsons‘ Orbit City, manufacturer PAL-V in February began sales of the Liberty Pioneer and Liberty Sport flying cars/driving planes. A month later, Intaldesign and Airbus unveiled their modular, fully electric, zero-emissions Pop-Up concept vehicle, which can be operated on the ground or in the air.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow BlowerWatch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado Peak
For senior citizens on a fixed income, a harsh winter and the subsequently higher heating bills can cause serious financial strain, but changes to a Clark Public Utilities District assistance program should make heating the home a little more comfortable.Recently the Clark Public Utilities District commissioners voted to ease eligibility restrictions of its Senior Citizen Rate Credits program.The program offers qualifying seniors a 50 percent credit on winter electric bills, up to $500, based on their bills from the previous winter.The program is designed to help seniors in need, but officials at Clark PUD said participation in the program has decreased in recent years.“We don’t capture data to explain that decrease, but we expect that raising the income threshold will increase participation and have budgeted accordingly in 2018,” utility spokeswoman Erica Erland said in an email. “The change is good and will help customers who are vulnerable and may not qualify for other forms of assistance.”In order to currently qualify, seniors must be at least 62 years old, been a utility customer for at least a year, and have an income of no more than $24,000.Once enrolled, seniors must renew every year, and re-qualify for eligibility every four years.However, as of Jan. 1 2018, the qualifying income limit will rise from $24,000 to $32,480, which is 200 percent of the federal poverty level for a household of two.
Former Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky admits it’s strange being at the club without long-time manager Arsene WengerRosicky was signed by Wenger in the summer of 2006 from German side Borussia Dortmund and spent the following decade under the guidance of the Frenchman.The former Czech Republic international left Arsenal in 2016 for a return to boyhood club Sparta Prague, where he spent the final two years of his playing career.“Is it weird to come here without Arsene Wenger? It is a little bit, I have to say,” Rosicky admitted to the Evening Standard.“He spent an unbelievable amount of time here and now has started something new for the whole club, a new era after Arsene Wenger. People have to be patient.“The club is having to adjust. That’s normal when you start after something remarkable like what Arsene did. It’s still early days, only four games. There are some positives, some negatives. We’ll see how it goes in the future.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He means a great deal, it’s impossible to avoid him here. Someone like me, who spent so much time with him, or the other guys here, we see him everywhere.“If you come here it’s not possible to not think about him.”The 37-year-old has begun taking his UEFA coaching badges at Sparta Prague and has wasted no time in seeking counsel from Wenger.“We exchanged some texts only but I haven’t seen him since he left,” said Rosicky.“I needed recommendations about some players. He helped a lot.”Rosicky scored 28 goals in 247 appearances for Arsenal.
Nebel Crowhurst has joined pharmaceutical business Roche, as the organisation’s new director of HR and communications.Crowhurst focuses on delivering business results through people experience and has a passion for transformational entrepreneurial environments.Previously, Crowhurst worked at retailer River Island, initially as the organisation’s head of talent, HR and then as head of people experience, HR.Crowhurst has also held numerous roles at Virgin Holidays, including head of learning, people and performance, HR; manager, people and performance, HR and business partner, people and performance, HR and learning.
4:05 A Samsung beta test website is providing our first look at the Galaxy Home Mini. Samsung Samsung appears to have a Galaxy Home Mini after all. While we saw the product make its way through the FCC months ago, Samsung has been quiet about its smart speaker plans in recent months. Now it appears that at least one of its devices is starting to be rolled out to consumers, with the company starting up a beta in South Korea to let interested users in its home country try out the new smart speaker. The beta test, first spotted by SamMobile, also gives us our first real look at the Home Mini, which looks a lot like the larger Galaxy Home that Samsung announced last year but still hasn’t shipped. Samsung’s SmartThings will be present on the Galaxy Home Mini. Samsung We don’t know much else about the presumed Bixby-powered smart speaker, though from the beta page it’s clear that the Home Mini will work with Samsung’s SmartThings platform for controlling smart devices in your home, with infrared for controlling your TV. Interested applicants in South Korea can apply until Sunday to try to take part in the program. It remains to be seen when Samsung might release its two smart speakers and how much they’ll cost. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… Samsung Galaxy Home Samsung’s first Bixby speaker, the Galaxy Home, revealed Preview • A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show 0 Now playing: Watch this: Smart Speakers & Displays Mobile 12 Photos Share your voice Post a comment Tags News • Samsung Galaxy Home reportedly delayed to later this year Mini Samsung
The Indian selectors announced a well-rounded squad for the upcoming World Cup. While Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik, who replaced Ambatai Rayudu and Rishabh Pant in the squad were two surprises, the rest of the squad pretty much picked themselves up.However, if we take a closer look at the squad, there are only three genuine seamers in the squad in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. While Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar can chip as seamers, what happens if one the seamers pulls up sore on the morning of the match?India short on seaming options Bhuvneshwar KumarPrasad said four other pacers will “travel with the squad”, though they have not been officially named. “Khaleel Ahmed’s name also came up for discussion. Along with him, we also discussed Navdeep Saini. So they will be in and around, and if the need arises, definitely one among them will get picked,” Prasad said after the squad was announced.As per ICC rules, all teams can make changes to their sides, without seeking permission from ICC till May 23. Although, Prasad maintained that no changes will be made to the squad except in case of injuries. Also, the chief selector informed that Karthik was included in the side solely because he is a better keeper in ODIs, and will only get a go if MS Dhoni is injured.”One of them [Pant or Karthik] will play in the XI [if] MS [Dhoni] is injured. So under such situations, in crunch matches, who is the best guy who can handle the pressure? That is the reason that went in favour of Dinesh Karthik. Pant is full of talent. There’s a lot of time for him. It’s just unfortunate that he’s missed out. Under pressure, we have seen Dinesh Karthik finishing matches. That scored for him,” Prasad said. Virat KohliRobert Cianflone/Getty ImagesHowever, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that was surprised by the axe given to Rishabh Pant. He believed that the young man was improving his keeping and was batting exceptionally well in the IPL and hence the move was surprising.”A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant’s) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement in his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers,” Gavaskar told ‘India Today’.Here is the squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami
Executive magistrates will be able to run mobile courts in the country till 10 October as the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned the matter till that day, reports BSS.”Mobile courts run by executive magistrate will remain adjourned till 10 October,” said the apex court full bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.The Appellate Division came up with the order accepting a time plea from the state.Earlier on 1 August, the apex court had allowed the state two weeks to run mobile courts by the executive magistrates.The Appellate Division on 4 July had extended for two more weeks its stay on the High Court order that declared illegal the running of mobile courts by executive magistrates.Earlier on 21 May, the apex court extended the stay for the first time till 2 July. The chamber judge of the Appellate Division on 14 May stayed the High Court order on 21 May, sending the matter to Appellate Division’s regular bench for further hearing.On 11 May, the High Court passed the initial order, pronouncing some 14 sections and sub-sections of the concerned act unconstitutional.A High Court division bench comprising justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and justice Ashish Ranjan Das passed the order, declaring absolute the rule issued earlier in this regard.The court came up with the order after holding hearing on writ petitions filed by three people who were earlier convicted by mobile courts.”The court ordered to cancel their sentences and refund Tk 1000000 realised from one of them as fine within 90-day of receiving the copy of this judgment,” Barrister Hassan MS Azim, counsel for the petitioners, told the newsmen on that day.”From now on, the government cannot run mobile courts by executive magistrates. The government has to amend the law or formulate a new law if it wants to run mobile courts,” he had added.