Closures imposed more possible as toadlet migration underway in Whistler BC

first_imgWHISTLER, B.C. — Some very small creatures are forcing some big changes in a popular section of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, B.C., as an annual migration begins to peak.The municipality has closed the Lost Lake access road, a parking lot and the events lawn, and says other closures are possible as thousands of western toadlets make their trek from the lake into the surrounding forest.The dime-sized amphibians are native to British Columbia and listed as a species of special concern.They breed in the lake where tadpoles mature, then spend most of their time in the forest, meaning as many as 40,000 of the tiny toads have to hop across beaches, trails, lawns and roads during the August migration. The municipality says busy Lost Lake beach and the beach lawn are still open but could be closed if high numbers of toads start hopping in that direction.Other areas around the lake are still open but visitors are advised to look for “active migration zone” signs and watch where they ride or step because the toadlets are tough to see and can be easily crushed underfoot.The creatures have been included in Whistler’s monitoring program since 2005 as the municipality focuses on species that offer insight into the health of area ecosystems.The municipality says western toads are an important part of the Lost Lake environment because the tadpoles feed on residue in the lake, keeping the water clean.“Monitoring the stages and development of the tadpoles throughout the summer enables (environmental technicians and volunteers) to proactively prepare for the migration and focus on public education,” the municipality says in a news release. The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement But this season he has roles in three major Toronto-shot series, including Anne With an E from CBC and Netflix, CBC’s comedy Crawford and Audience Network’s thriller Condor. And don’t forget a cameo in Drake’s Degrassi blockbuster reunion music video for “I’m Upset.”Abuzeid is not a household name, but he is having something of a breakout moment, fuelled by the fact that according to the CBC he is the first Black character to appear on the critically acclaimed series, based on the 1908 classic Anne of Green Gables books by Lucy Maud Montgomery. You’re going to see a lot more of Dalmar Abuzeid on television this fall. And that’s not a bad thing.The 27-year-old Toronto actor is known for playing the precocious Danny Van Zandt on six seasons of the Canadian series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Dalmar Abuzeid as Sebastian “Bash” Lacroix in Anne with an E. (STEVE SCOTT)last_img read more

There will be Christmas Laid off call centre workers eager to return

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — Hundreds of Cape Breton call centre workers laid off just weeks before Christmas may now have jobs to return to in the new year.“There will be Christmas — there is some hope here,” said Michelle Hillier, who worked at ServiCom Canada for five years before being forced on the unemployment line earlier this month along with more than 600 colleagues.“If the jobs are there, I’m walking right back through the doors again.”The reopening of the call centre would be a significant gain for the economy of Cape Breton, a region that struggles with perennially high unemployment.An Iowa-based businessman offered $1.5-million for the idled call centre during an auction this week that was part of bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.The Sydney, N.S., operation was abruptly closed Dec. 6 after ServiCom’s U.S. parent, JNET Communications, filed for bankruptcy protection.Anthony Marlowe of Marlowe Companies Inc. (MCI) outbid two other interested buyers and was expected to travel to the region and meet with workers Thursday.“I was thrilled to find out that somebody is buying it and we could all have our jobs back,” said Chauncey Sullivan, who worked at the call centre for almost three years.“It was such a huge loss for a small community.”She said the mass layoff was “heartbreaking” but that “Capers” — or Cape Bretoners — have pulled together to support the workers.The community has banded together to raise money for the laid off workers, with donations flooding in and the Salvation Army providing food and payments for home heating oil and electricity bills.  Most of the workers were owed about four weeks in back pay when the call centre abruptly shuttered, a liability MCI Canada said rests with ServiCom.Justin Boutilier, who worked at the call centre for more than a decade, said while it’s great for the community and the regional economy to see the call centre reopen — there’s a “flip side.” “A lot of people are owed thousands of dollars … it leaves a little bit of a sour taste,” he said.Boutilier said some laid off workers who have qualified for employment insurance may go back to school or pursue training rather than return to the call centre.Brett Murphy, who worked at the call centre for two years, said the laid off workers are struggling to pay bills.“If this happened in July, it would be a little bit easier, but people are hurting this close to Christmas,” he said. “It’s great to know that hundreds of people will get their jobs back, we just need to get through this time.”In a statement Tuesday, MCI Canada said the call centre will reopen as early as Jan. 2, 2019 under a new name: The Sydney Call Centre Inc. The company also confirmed that MCI will enter a nine-year lease for the shuttered facility.Marlowe said it was clear that the bankruptcy proceedings in the United States were unlikely to produce any money for the workers. He said his company would offer sign-on and retention bonuses, but no figures were mentioned.“We hope that this will help lessen some of the financial impacts of the closing,” he said in a statement.Marlowe’s company was in the process of buying the call centre’s assets when it was shut down by the bankruptcy proceedings.He said his company will provide new and ongoing employment for the Sydney area. Again, no numbers were mentioned.“We are in a unique position to be able to quickly bring jobs back to Sydney, provide a valuable service to customers and add talented employees and capacity to the MCI portfolio,” Marlowe said.“Expanding into a new country in less than 30 days is a big undertaking, but we have a great team and technology in place to get it done … We have every confidence that the team in Sydney will further fuel our organization’s success.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Advantage City but fixtures favour Liverpool

first_imgManchester: Manchester City have a one-point advantage over rivals Liverpool going into the final six games of the Premier League season but a tougher set of fixtures means Pep Guardiola’s side will have to be at their very best to defend their title. Liverpool’s home game with Chelsea on April 14 is their only meeting with a top-six team during the run-in and half of their games are against sides in the bottom five of the league, starting with a trip to 16th-placed Southampton on Friday. Should City, who have won their last eight games in the league, extend that run until the end of the season they will win the title again. Yet two of their fixtures stand out as absolutely crucial to deciding the outcome of what promises to be a thrilling battle. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhCity, who play four of their last six away from home, host Spurs at the Etihad on April 20, a game which comes after a two-legged Champions League quarter-final between the pair. Then the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on April 24 offers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United side the chance to ruin the ambitions of their local rivals. It is such a tight race that even a normally acceptable result, a draw at Manchester United could be enough to tip the balance in favour of Juergen Klopp’s side. Yet there have rarely been title run-ins without some surprises. There is an argument that playing against teams scrapping desperately against relegation is tougher, at this stage of the campaign, than taking on mid-table sides with little to motivate them.last_img read more

Planteating woman sues neighbours for barbecuing in backyard

This is taking the term angry vegan to a whole other level.A vegan from Perth, Australia sued her neighbours at the supreme court level because they were barbecuing meat and fish in their own backyard.According to 9 News, Cilla Carden took the lawsuit to the Supreme Court of Western Australia, believing that her neighbours are intentionally cooking meat outdoors to anger her.“It’s deliberate,” Carden told 9 News. “All I can smell is fish. I can’t enjoy my backyard.”It’s not the only complaint Carden has with her neighbours. The lawsuit also claims the homeowners’ smoking and children playing basketball are also nuisances.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.If you think the case is ridiculous, you’re not the only one. The State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia threw the case out in February, the Evening Standard reported.The supreme court has also previously rejected Carden’s case in July.Carden said she’s “a good person. I just want peace and quiet.” She plans on continuing with the lawsuit.To maybe poke fun of the vegan’s plight, thousands of people have RSVPed on Facebook for a community barbecue outside Carden’s home on Oct. 19.Close to 9,000 people have indicated interest in the event, which is aimed at mocking the woman’s case against her meat cooking neighbours. DESIGN FAIL: Topshop gets heat for selling ‘vegan’ shirt with non-friendly non-vegan recipe There’s no meat, eggs, or dairy — but don’t call them ‘vegan’ Handsome trans model, sexy lesbian model vying for ‘sexiest vegan’ crown read more

SecretaryGeneral launches Peacebuilding Fund to kickstart efforts to rebuild after conflict

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today launched a multi-million dollar Peacebuilding Fund to help war-ravaged countries rebuild state institutions after conflict, and act as a “kick-start” for longer term donor investment in recovery efforts.“The Peacebuilding Fund must help people to rebuild state institutions, and regain confidence in them after years and even decades of strife. The Fund can help countries emerging from conflict reach that crucial tipping point at which a majority of the people no longer expect conflict to be renewed,” he said in New York today.Member States have already contributed and pledged around $140 million to the Fund out of a target of $250 million but Mr. Annan highlighted in his address to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – the UN’s principal body for coordinating and advancing development policy – that the needs in many nations will be much greater than what the Fund can satisfy. “In such cases, the Fund is meant to act as a catalyst, paving the way for sustained investment in peace and recovery… it will “kick-start” critical peacebuilding interventions – such as the reintegration of demobilized soldiers – and then rely on multilateral and bilateral supporters to see that these efforts come to fruition.”The Fund is a key element in Mr. Annan’s efforts at reform of the UN which, along with the recently set-up Peacebuilding Commission, was requested by the General Assembly as a way to prevent countries emerging from war falling back into conflict.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) will manage the Fund and adhere to the “strictest standards of accountability and transparency”, Mr. Annan said, adding that a key task will be to determine precisely which activities receive the Fund’s attention and here he stressed the main role of the host Government.“Although peacebuilding is a collective effort, involving the international community, it is the Government of the country concerned that carries the main responsibility for setting priorities and ensuring that a peace process can be sustained. National ownership is the core principle of peacebuilding, and the restoration of national capacity to build peace must therefore be at the heart of our international efforts.”Day-to-day operations of the Fund will be overseen by the Peacebuilding Support Office which in turn works very closely with the Peacebuilding Commission that held its first meeting in June. The Commission will meet again tomorrow and Friday to discuss the cases of Burundi and Sierra Leone when Mr. Annan said they will “formally declare those two countries to be eligible for the Fund’s support, thereby setting in motion the disbursement process.”Stressing the Fund’s importance, Carolyn McAskie, Assistant Secretary-General in the Peacebuilding Support Office, told reporters after the launch that it was the third part of the UN’s “peacebuilding architecture,” along with the Commission and the Support Office.“The Fund will be a very lively tool for peacebuilding because one of the things that we have discovered is that the drop in resources to countries coming out of conflict is a critical element in whether or not they can maintain the path to peace.” read more

Hungary urged to halt campaign portraying refugees and migrants as invaders –

The organizations – The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Council of Europe and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights – “have joined voices to call on the Hungarian leadership to adopt the true spirit of humanity in helping those who have been forced out of their countries against their own will and choice and are currently seeking safety in Europe,” according to a joint press release. According to the UNHCR, the Hungarian Government launched a new public campaign in December portraying those fleeing war and conflict as criminals, invaders and terrorists based on their religious beliefs and places of origin. “Not the first of its kind in the country, this campaign also targets migrants and plans to run for two months through Christmas and into the New Year in 2016,” it said. “The Organizations are collectively stressing the need for the Hungarian Government to acknowledge that refugees are coming to Europe, after having endured trauma, tragedy and loss while searching for hope and dignity to start a new life far from the upheavals of war and conflict,” the joint release said.“As part of the common European system, Hungary is looked upon to contribute to the joint efforts in dealing with the continent’s largest refugee crisis since the World War II and to meet its international legal commitments in this area under both International law and the European Convention on Human Rights,” it said. read more

UN international partners underline need to ensure legitimacy and credibility of Somali

“It would be highly counterproductive if instances of abuse, rule breaking and misconduct tarnish what otherwise promises to be a remarkable achievement,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating said in a statement today. “It is essential that credible reports of violations of the rules and regulations governing this process are investigated by the Indirect Electoral Dispute Resolution Mechanism (IEDRM), and appropriate action taken to preserve the legitimacy of the process,” he added.According to the statement, UN along with a range of international partners, including African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States also called upon the members of Somalia’s National Leadership Forum (NLF) to use their authority and influence to prevent abusive and unfair electoral practices. They also congratulated the national authorities and in particular the country’s ad hoc electoral bodies for the progress achieved thus far on elections for both houses of the next federal parliament and recognized the positive role played by many traditional elders in resolving intra-clan disputes.Voting has already been held for 43 of the 54 seats in the Upper House of the Parliament and elections have also been conducted for 112 of the 275 seats in the House of the People (the lower house). The international community also underscored the important role of the IEDRM in in reviewing the many complaints it has received from registered candidates in order to assess the credibility of their grievances on an individual basis. “It is healthy that many malpractices have been exposed and rectified,” the statement noted, however, also raised concern over a number of high-profile incidents of disregard for the rules and regulations, including corruption and vote-buying, as well as harassment and intimidation of candidates, electoral college delegates, traditional elders and others. Underscoring the importance that the new parliament and the incoming federal government are elected according to the rules established by the NLF and implemented the federal and state-level electoral implementation teams, the statement added: “The actual and perceived legitimacy of the process are critical to the acceptability and credibility of parliament and the incoming federal government.” Also in the statement, the partners urged the electoral implementation teams to adhere to their respective mandates in the interest of transparency and accountability and to discharge their responsibilities accordingly. read more

Jeremy Kyle taken off air indefinitely after guest found dead a week

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been suspended indefinitely by ITV following the death of a guest just a week after filming.The flagship daytime show, famed for pitting relatives and friends against each other using DNA and lie detector tests, faced questions about its treatment and care of participants as it halted filming for the foreseeable future.All previous episodes were also wiped from its on-demand service the ITV Hub, suggesting fears of legal action.ITV said it would carry out an investigation about the relevant episode, due to the “seriousness of this event”.An ITV spokeswoman said: “Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends.”ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured.”ITV was made aware of the death on Monday. It is understood that police are not involved.The guest, named by The Sun as 63-year-old Steve Dymond, had reportedly split from his partner following an attempt to prove he was not a cheat. Steve Dymond Jeremy Kyle has yet comment on the show being pulled The sudden suspension of the show, which is the most popular offering on ITVs daytime schedule, with an average of one million viewers, generated a wealth of criticism about the format, once branded  a “human form of bear baiting” by a Manchester district judge. Jeremy Kyle has yet comment on the show being pulledCredit:PA Alan Berg condemned the programme in 2007 after guest David Staniforth, 45, became the first person convicted of assault on a British talk show after headbutting bus driver Larry Mahoney during a row on stage over an affair with his wife.“It seems to me that the whole purpose of the Jeremy Kyle show is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people who are in some kind of turmoil,” he said at the time.Critics said the show “ruthlessly exploited people” and was a “modern twist on the old fairground freak show.”One former employee revealed on Twitter: “I worked on Jeremy Kyle for six months. Can assure you, story is the tip of the iceberg.”He said the show exploited people with “serious mental health/addiction problems” and promised “aftercare” after messing up their lives, saying he had been waiting a long time for it to be investigated.Comedian Fern Brady also revealed that she had briefly worked at TV in Manchester where they filmed Jeremy Kyle.She added: “Later I worked at a halfway house for mentally ill ex-offenders. Two of our clients were on that show while under our care so that tells you how low producers were happy to go.” Mr Dymond took a lie-detector test to convince fiancee Jane Callaghan he had not been unfaithful but they split after he failed, according to The Sun. Ms Callaghan told the newspaper: “We got engaged Christmas Day 2017. He was crying, the love was real. He was the most generous and loving person.”He was quietly struggling and we didn’t know at the time. He cheated on me, I know he did. I can’t forgive but I just want him to be alive.”She praised the show’s team for their after-care efforts, telling the newspaper: “They were brilliant. They were there when he needed help. They were really persistent in offering him help.”Ms Callaghan said that just before they went on the show Mr Dymond had convinced her he had not cheated.She told The Sun the pair split up after the show, reportedly filmed on May 2, and last saw him four days later before Mr Dymond was found dead last week.She added: “I can’t see Steve taking his life without explaining it to me first. But he always said he would never love someone else.”Damian Collins, chairman of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, told the Daily Mail: “TV companies have a duty to care to the people who take part in their programmes.” Phillip Hodson, a psychotherapist, former spokesman for the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, said the show’s popularity was far from surprising.He added: “Even in the 18th century it was decided that it was not a good idea to go to the Bedlam hospital and laugh at the inpatients.“But unfortunately, there is no limit to what we want to watch in seeing how people behave in certain situations, we want to see what happens when they lose control.“But it compromises the proper therapy. It’s accusatory, adversarial and it puts people in circumstances where they are likely to lose control, which is what they want. They want blood on the walls.”He said the level of aftercare was immaterial. “It’s the before care, the on screen care, that is lacking. That is where the damage is done.”Twice married Kyle, 53, who has four children and lives with his fiancee Vicky Burton, the family’s former nanny, declined to comment at his Windsor home on Monday.The Jeremy Kyle Show, broadcast every weekday morning, replaced chat show Trisha in 2005 and is filmed at MediaCity in Salford. Steve Dymond Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Radiant and lush 2013s Pantone Color of the Year is Emerald

first_imgMoving a little bit over on the color wheel and saying goodbye to last year’s Tangerine Tango, Pantone announced that the 2013 Color of the Year is Emerald. Cited as being lively, radiant, and lush, the company feels Emerald — Pantone 17-5641 —  is a color that “enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”Emerald is the newest prominent figure in a long line of featured colors, succeeding 2012’s Tangerine Tango, which laid waste to 2011’s Honeysuckle, which shamed 2010’s Turquoise, which made an embarrassment of 2009’s Mimosa. Indeed, Pantone’s Color of the Year (COTY) has cut a large, aesthetically pleasing swath through the color wheel over the years.Though deep down we all know the Color of the Year isn’t merely chosen, but has been preordained by destiny itself, Pantone still goes through a somewhat arduous process of carefully determining the color. Employees look through the world, examining color influences in any form of media that can display colors, such as the entertainment and fashion industries, art collections, the world of technology, and even worldwide sporting events that hold a significant influence on its fans.If you have been waiting your whole life for this very moment, as we’re sure Emerald has been, Pantone has a catalogue of Pantone 17-5641 products you can purchase and prominently display in your lively, radiant, and lush home or workplace. Drink radiant coffee with this 2013 Color of the Year mug, or promote balance and harmony in your apps with this Color of the Year iPhone case.Emerald is in, folks — until, of course, it’s replaced next year.Now read: Tangerine Tango is color of the year for 2012last_img read more

3400 communes connectées à la fibre optique dici 5 ans

first_img3.400 communes connectées à la fibre optique d’ici 5 ans ?Le gouvernement a annoncé qu’une aide allait être mise à la disposition des fournisseurs d’accès à Internet afin de généraliser la connexion des foyers français au très haut débit.Depuis fin 2009, après avoir été épinglée pour son retard en matière de mise en oeuvre de l’Internet à très haut débit, la France a mis à disposition des différents acteurs du secteur la somme de 2 milliards d’euros pour soutenir le déploiement de la fibre optique en France. “Les opérateurs ont fait part de leur intention d’engager, d’ici cinq ans, ce déploiement sur le territoire de plus de 3.400 communes regroupant, avec les 148 communes constituant les zones très denses, près de 57% des ménages français”, a ainsi indiqué le gouvernement, dans un communiqué repris par Numérama. Si l’Hexagone compte bien 36.000 communes, l’Etat et les fournisseurs d’accès à internet (FAI) veulent d’abord connecter les régions les plus densément peuplées. Dans le détail, un milliard d’euros sera mis à la disposition des FAI, qui pourront obtenir un label gouvernemental en fonction de leurs engagements en matière de rapidité et de d’homogénéité du déploiement. Le fonds d’aménagement numérique des territoires (FANT) recevra quant à lui 900 millions d’euros qui serviront “aux projets des collectivités territoriales de déploiement de fibre optique”, ainsi qu'”à l’amélioration de la fourniture d’accès à Internet à haut débit par des technologies alternatives telles que la montée en débit”. Enfin, une enveloppe de 40 millions d’euros, qui pourra être portée à 100 millions, servira à “des travaux de recherche et de développement visant à préparer la nouvelle génération de satellites dédiés à l’accès très haut débit”, permettant “à terme une couverture exhaustive du territoire national”. Le 29 avril 2011 à 17:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Tempête de neige toujours 2 millions de foyers privés délectricité

first_imgTempête de neige : toujours 2 millions de foyers privés d’électricitéLundi, les autorités ont annoncé que près de deux millions d’habitants étaient toujours privés de courant sur la côte Est des Etats-Unis suite au passage d’une tempête de neige ce week-end. Les chutes de neige et les vents violents ont fait 12 morts, selon un nouveau bilan. Alors que les villes américaines retrouvaient peu à peu une activité normale aujourd’hui, le bilan s’est encore alourdi depuis dimanche. Ce week-end, la côte Est des Etats-Unis a en effet été victime de chutes de neiges et de pluies verglaçantes totalement inattendues pour la saison qui connaissait encore il y a peu des températures douces. En trois jours, les intempéries ont recouvert les villes d’un manteau de neige très épais et ont fait de nombreuses perturbations, ainsi que des victimes. D’après les derniers bilans fournis par chaque Etat à l’AFP, c’est désormais douze morts qui ont été recensés dont deux dans le Connecticut, cinq en Pennsylvanie, trois dans le Massachusetts et deux dans le New Jersey.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageAjouté à cela, lundi, près de deux millions de personnes étaient toujours privées d’électricité, parmi lesquelles quelque 400.000 foyers dans le New Jersey. Selon le gouverneur de l’Etat Chris Christie, il faudra toutefois attendre probablement jusqu’à jeudi pour que l’électricité soit rétablie pour “95%” des habitants du New Jersey. Il a également ajouté que des milliers d’arbres étaient tombés lors de cette tempête historiquement précoce, mais que les routes avaient pu être dégagées depuis.La situation était semblable dans le Connecticut avec près de 800.000 personnes privées de courant et des dizaines de milliers d’autres n’étaient plus raccordées au réseau téléphonique. En raison de la tempête, plus de 100 passagers d’un avion de la compagnie Jet Blue venant de Floride sont également restés bloqués samedi pendant près de 7 heures sur l’aéroport de Bradley, dans le Connecticut, où ils avaient été détournés en raison de la tempête. Sans eau et sans nourriture. La compagnie leur a présenté des excuses et a promis de les rembourser.Le 1 novembre 2011 à 10:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un Blackberry Curve 9320 provoque un incendie dans une chambre denfant

first_imgUn Blackberry Curve 9320 provoque un incendie dans une chambre d’enfant !En général, un cadeau apporte toujours du bonheur aux enfants. Mais pour Mason et Kian McCreath, ce Noël 2012 sera synonyme de frayeur via un cadeau: un Blackberry Curve 9320.L’histoire, rapportée par le Telegraph, se passe à proximité de Birmingham, vers Coventry. Elle fait état d’un faits divers qui aurait pu être dramatique pour la famille McCreath, engendrant malheureusement de graves séquelles pour l’un de ses enfants.Le plus petit d’entre eux, Mason, 7 ans, a été grièvement brûlé par la combustion spontanée de son cadeau de Noël, un Blackberry Curve 9320, qui a provoqué un incendie dans la chambre du petit garçon et de son frère, Kian, de quatre ans son aîné.Le plus petit, qui, d’après ses propres dires, a du mal à dormir la nuit, s’est réveillé et a eu du mal à en croire ses yeux : “je me suis réveillé, j’étais effrayé. Mes pieds, en bout de lit, étaient en feu”.Même stupéfaction chez son frère Kian, sortant de sa chambre en hurlant que son “lit est en feu”, les flammes atteignant également son matelas.Malheureusement, l’affaire ne s’arrête pas là. Car le petit Mason a été transporté d’urgence à l’hôpital de Coventry, avec des brûlures graves sur l’épiderme de ses membres inférieurs.La mère des enfants, Sarah McCreath, 39 ans, qui avait offert le smartphone à son enfant comme cadeau de Noël ne compte pas laissé l’histoire se terminer là : elle demande à ce que les BlackBerry Curve 9320 soient immédiatement retirés des étals des magasins.Ce n’est pas la première fois que les smartphones explosent ou se réduisent en cendres de manière spontanée. Le Blackberry Curve 9320 vient donc compléter tristement la liste des dispositifs incendiaires, comprenant les Samsung Galaxy S2 et S3, l’iphone 4 ou le Motorola Droid 2.RIM donne une réponse officielleUn peu plus tard dans la journée, RIM (Research In Motion), a informé les rédactions avec une déclaration officielle, face à cet incident :”RIM prend la réclamation faite très au sérieux et un membre éminent de notre équipe a rencontré la famille aujourd’hui afin d’ouvrir une enquête approfondie sur cette affaire. Pour procéder à cette enquête, nous avons besoin des produits qui ont été impliqués dans cet incident pour être mis à disposition pour un examen technique complet. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais la famille n’a pas fourni à RIM la batterie ou le chargeur pour ladite analyse et expliquant qu’ils ne parviennent pas à localiser l’appareil lui-même. Nous avons une équipe de veille et nous mènerons cette enquête comme une priorité dès que la famille aura rendu ces produits à notre disposition. RIM s’engage à ce que nos produits sont sûrs et nous investissons massivement en R & D et de tests pour nous assurer de répondre ou dépasser toutes les normes réglementaires ici au Royaume-Uni et dans le monde.”La balle est donc désormais dans le camp de la famille McCreath, qui devra donc mettre à disposition les éléments suspects à RIM pour faire avancer l’enquête.Le 5 décembre 2012 à 13:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Legislature passes levy lid tax rules for schools

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers reached a deal to lift the state’s “levy lid” in a late vote Sunday, blunting a tightening of limits on voter-approved local taxes for schools that was set to take effect this year.The district-specific tax measures — or levies — have long been used by schools to supplement state allowances for programs ranging from extracurricular activities to special education, but a state-dictated maximum had been set to decrease.Legislators in the Senate voted 25-23 Sunday to avoid much of the decrease, following a lengthy back-and-forth over where exactly to set the limit and other details. It had earlier passed the House, part of a late-night set of budget deals in the last hours of the legislative session.The state schools superintendent endorsed raising the limit, also known as the “levy lid,” and school officials said it would help avert a funding crisis.“I’m very pleased with the way the levy bill worked out,” said Gov. Jay Inslee at a press conference after the Legislature adjourned for the year.last_img read more

Monster trucks Big Noisy Impossible to resist

first_imgo What: Clark County Fair.o Hours Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.o Where: 17402 N.E. Delfel Road.o Admission: Adults, $10; seniors 62 and older, $8; kids 7-12, $7; kids 6 and younger, free.Parking, $6; C-Tran shuttle, $2 round-trip from area park-and-ride lots; children 6 and younger ride free. $1 discount on admission with a bus fare stub.o Carnival: Opens at noon; unlimited rides for $30.o Barns: Close early Sunday; animals start to leave at 5 p.m.o 99.5 The Wolf Grandstands: Monster trucks, 2 and 6:30 p.m.o Other highlights: Fair court speeches, 2 p.m.; coronation, 8 p.m.o Pets: Not permitted, except for personal service animals or those animals on exhibition or in competition.o More information: or 360-397-6180.o Online: View The Columbian’s mobile website for the Clark County Fair at: more photos from the fair at’d love to spotlight your fair photos on!Email your events photos to metrodesk@columbian.comor submit them at Pigs squealed, loudspeakers blared and horses whinnied on the last weekend of the Clark County Fair.Then a noise much louder than the usual din of the fair tore across the grounds Saturday afternoon. It sounded like a herd of elephants.Really, really angry elephants. On steroids.The monster trucks had arrived at the fair and packed the grandstands with spectators, who cherished the earsplitting noise and plumes of dust. For more than an hour, the crowd cheered the humongous vehicles as they jumped, spun and crushed.Everything about these trucks is larger than life. The tires are as tall as a man. Their unmuffled V-8 engines would drown out a low-flying fighter jet. They’re so high off the ground that a child could walk under them.The trucks have steering mechanisms on their front and rear axles, allowing them to spin in place and drive nearly sideways, which makes their movements crab-like. If crabs were the size of sheds.last_img read more

Tacoma man charged with assault after road rage incident

first_imgTACOMA — The Pierce County prosecutor says a 71-year-old Tacoma man accused of attacking and threatening a woman after rear-ending her vehicle has been charged with assault and malicious harassment.Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says William Zesbaugh apparently was angered because he thought the woman had cut him off in traffic Monday as she and a female passenger drove toward a ferry terminal.When the woman approached the other car after the collision to get insurance information, the prosecutor says the driver went to his trunk, grabbed a club-like steering wheel locking device and struck the woman twice. A ferry employee intervened to stop the attack.Lindquist says the man then told the victim and her passenger, “I can tell you’re lesbians” and “I’m gonna get you for this.”Lu-Ann Branch tells KOMO-TV the gash on her arm required 11 stitches.The man was arraigned Tuesday. It was not known late Tuesday whether he was represented by a lawyer.last_img read more

Mass Italian American Police Association Honors State Senator Bruce Tarr

first_img(EDITOR’S NOTE: State Senator Bruce Tarr represents the 1st Essex and Middlesex District, which includes Wilmington.)BOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts Italian American Police Association, a non-profit organization of men and women of Italian-American descent and heritage affiliated with law enforcement, awarded Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R- Gloucester) as the recipient of the Saint Michael the Archangel Award at their recent 50th annual awards meeting.Saint Michael, considered the patron saint of police officers, paramedics, firefighters and the military, is the namesake of the association’s service award. Senator Tarr was nominated for his outstanding commitment and dedication to public service to the people of the Commonwealth.“Senator Tarr understands that the men and women of law enforcement are expected to perform duties that are both routine and extraordinary often under difficult conditions and he has always been there to support us in our work,” said Association President Martin Gabriella. “The Senator’s outstanding efforts merit induction into the Honorable Order of Saint Michael the Archangel.”“I am honored to receive the Saint Michael award from those who keep us safe and whose contributions make our cities and towns stronger,” said Senator Tarr. “To be considered worthy of sharing in this honor with former state governors, a U.S. President, and members of the law enforcement community is humbling.”Past recipients of the Saint Michael award have included George W. Bush, Governors John Volpe, Michael Dukakis, and Paul Cellucci, Attorney General Francis Belloti and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.The associated presented Medals of Valor to two Groveland Police Department officers, Detective Steven Petrone and Officer Daniel Richmond, for performing an act of bravery in the line of duty. The pair successfully performed a daring life-saving rescue of a motorist who had crashed her vehicle through an ice covered pond in Groveland. In addition, the Marconi Award was presented to state Representative Steve Ultrino and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross was given the Law Enforcement Distinguished Community Service Award.Senator Tarr lauded the Groveland officers for their unflinching action in hazardous rescue. “The crashed vehicle was 30 feet into the water and officers Petrone and Richmond took immediate action knowingly placing themselves in immediate danger,” said Senator Tarr who represents the town of Groveland. “Their actions were heroic and they deserve to be distinguished for their valor.”Founded in 1968, the Italian American Police Association has annually chosen recipients based on their contributions to protect public safety.The Massachusetts Association of Italian American Police Officers has been at the forefront of providing support and recognition of the work of law enforcement officers of Italian American descent and heritage. Their mission includes insuring that national heritage is never an impediment to their profession.(NOTE: The above press release is from State Senator Bruce Tarr’s office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Senator Bruce Tarr’s Bill Honors World War II Era Cadet NursesIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr Recognized For His Efforts To Combat The Opioid CrisisIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr Supports Interlock Devices For First-Time OUI OffendersIn “Government”last_img read more

Amazoncom founder to make 10000 year clock

first_img( — Jeff Bezos the founder of has embarked on an interesting and unique project that, if all goes well, will last the test of time, a whole lot of time. He is looking to create a clock that is able to run for 10,000 years. $42 million has already been put towards the creation of the clock to date, all of it from Mr. Bezos private fortune. Explore further To Mr. Bezos the clock is not just about creating a timepieces that will give him the ultimate in bragging rights, even among the super rich. It is his hope that by building a clock meant to stand the ages it will alter the way that humans think about time and the way that we act, encouraging future generations to take a longer-term view. More information: and If, at first, this sounds like a bit of a strange project you have to understand why Mr. Bezos wants to make a giant clock that will keep time long after his great-great-grandchildren are dead and gone and is less than a faint memory in the collective of the web. Citation: founder to make 10,000 year clock (2011, June 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 Clocking in and out of gene expression The clock, which will be built into a mountain ridge, represents a monumental feat of engineering, since it will have to run for as long as it took to create all of human civilization. Keeping a clock operational and accurate over this epic of a time span is no small feat. The clocks accuracy will be maintained by a complex set of calculations made by the Jet Propulsion Laboratories that will calculate the suns position at noon for the next 10 millennium. This will allow the clock to automatically correct its time. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

by Michael R Sisak The Associated Press Post

first_img by Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2019 12:29 pm PDT FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2016 file photo, Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Gooding is expected to turn himself in to the New York Police Department on Thursday, June 13, 2019, after being accused of groping a woman at a midtown Manhattan nightclub Sunday, June 9. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Lawyer: Cuba Gooding Jr. will turn self in on groping charge NEW YORK — Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. will turn himself in to New York City police on Thursday to face allegations he groped a woman at a Manhattan night spot, his lawyer said.Gooding, the Oscar-winning star of “Jerry Maguire” is expected to face a charge stemming from an alleged incident over the weekend at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge, lawyer Mark Heller said.A 29-year-old woman told police Gooding grabbed her breast while he was intoxicated around 11:15 p.m. Sunday.Gooding, 51, denies the allegations.He told TMZ that he was at the bar partying with friends but didn’t touch anyone. He said there’s a video that shows “what really happened.”“I trust the system and will let the process speak for itself,” Gooding said.Gooding will surrender to the NYPD special victims unit that’s leading the investigation before going to court for an arraignment, Heller said. The lawyer expected Gooding to make a statement to the media before getting booked.Video posted on social media show Gooding at Magic Hour on Sunday night singing the Journey hit “Faithfully” and posing for pictures with fans.The bar, on the roof of the Moxy Hotel south of Times Square, features a mini-golf course and sweeping views of the Empire State Building and other Big Apple landmarks.Gooding, a Bronx native, rose to fame after starring in “Boyz N the Hood” in 1991.Six years later, he won an Oscar for his role as a professional football player in “Jerry Maguire.” His signature line, “Show me the money,” became a popular catchphrase.Gooding was nominated for an Emmy Award last year for playing O.J. Simpson in the FX series “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and recently appeared on Broadway and London’s West End as lawyer Billy Flynn in “Chicago.”__Follow Sisak at R. Sisak, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Apollon  bomb scare

first_imgThe building of the Apollon football club in Limassol was evacuated on Monday evening after a call warning that a bomb was placed in the premises.Police evacuated around 150 people in the building after 8.30pm when they received the call. A search was carried out, but no bomb was located.During the search however, police found 68 computers that were switched off, and confiscated them as evidence for an investigation concerning illegal gambling. They were in two locked rooms of the building.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more