first_imgNew Delhi: Amid clamour from the auto industry for a GST rate cut, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur on Friday asked players in the sector to also take up the matter with state finance ministers who are part of the GST Council, and assured all support from the Centre. Automobile and component manufacturers have been seeking GST cut on automobiles to 18 per cent from 28 per cent to help the sector come out of a prolonged slump that has resulted in job losses. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”You are aware that any rate cut on GST needs to be approved first by the fitment committee then by the GST Council. I request all of you to also reach out to the state finance ministers who are part of the GST Council,” Thakur said while speaking here at the annual convention of the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association. He said the finance ministry has received multiple representations from car manufacturers, dealers and many of the stakeholders regarding the GST rate cut. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Various OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) are based out of various parts of the country. The issue is whether they (the manufacturers) taking these issues with their finance ministers or not,” Thakur later said while speaking to reporters on the sidelines. He said state finance ministers should be equally aware of the challenges faced by the OEMs or the automobile manufacturers. “Our humble request is to apprise them also so that whenever this issue is discussed in the GST Council meeting, everyone should have their view point,” he added. Thakur had reminded the gathering that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has already suggested in the last meeting that the Centre was open to take it to the GST Council for deliberation, and most of the decisions were unanimous in the previous GST Council meeting. The next GST Council meeting will be held on September 20 in Goa. Thakur said the government has already come out with slew of measures to address challenges faced by the auto industry. “So, that is the priority our government is giving to this industry,” he said. “Let me assure you we stand by you at this juncture and we will be there to listen to your challenges as we know you are going to play the most important role in making India a $5-trillion economy by 2024-25,” he said. The government will consider various measures including the scrappage policy and we are working closely on that as per demand of the industry, he said. “This industry is going to do well…. (instead of) looking at this as a challenge, we will take it as an opportunity and be among the top-three countries in automobiles in the world,” he said adding that the companies “can do it… whatever decisions we have to take, we will take.”last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadians are becoming less aware of how to safely handle and prepare food to avoid food-borne illness and food poisoning, according to government-backed research.The findings from the report, which cost the government $126,449, point to an overall deterioration over the past eight years in Canadians’ confidence that they can protect themselves and their families from food-borne illness and food poisoning.A majority of seniors and pregnant women in the survey didn’t consider themselves to be at any greater risk from food poisoning, even though they are.The pollsters recommend the government gently target public awareness campaigns at those groups, among others, about how to properly handle food “without undermining the public’s confidence in agriculture or the agri-food industry, or Canada’s food safety system, which is reasonably good.”The results of the survey are based on responses from 1,201 respondents through telephone interviews, and 1,613 people through an online panel. All work was done between Dec. 14, 2017 and Jan. 18, 2018.A spokesman for Health Canada said the department will update its safe food handling advertising campaign based on the research report, as well as information from other sources.The Liberals introduced new food safety rules last month, just a few weeks after the research report was delivered to Health Canada. The regulations will come into force early next year, and will require companies to keep detailed records about the path food takes from producer to consumer.Federal officials believe that being able to trace food to its source could speed up the pace of recalls.Consultations on the regulations are open until Sept. 7.The survey provided to Health Canada in early May will now become the benchmark by which the government can measure the effects of public awareness efforts in the coming years, but also provide insight into how attitudes have changed since 2010.Each year, about one in eight Canadians — or four million people — are affected by a food-borne illness like norovirus, salmonella or listeria, leading to about 11,500 hospitalizations and some 240 deaths.Many small things can be done to avoid problems, but the survey found a broad lack of knowledge about washing reusable shopping bags, rinsing poultry before cooking, as well as properly storing, defrosting and cooking meat and seafood.More pregnant women and parents of young children in 2018 than in 2010 defrost meat or poultry at room temperature rather than in the fridge.And seniors are more likely to view food as safe to consume past the best-before date, aren’t aware of the proper temperature to leave a fridge — between 2 C and 4 C — and tend to believe frozen, breaded chicken products just need to be reheated rather than cooked through.“The results of this survey also suggest an ‘out of sight … out-of-mind’ tendency among the public with regards to safe food handling in general, food-borne illness and listeria in particular,” the report says.“In the absence of sustained messaging related to food safety, it is likely that consumer vigilance may lapse, especially with respect to specific food safety practices that have not yet become normalized or habitualized.”If the federal government wanted to increase food safety awareness with seniors — defined in the survey as anyone 60 and over — it should focus on consequences, said Wanda Morris, vice-president of advocacy with CARP, formerly known as the Canadian Association of Retired Persons. She pointed to campaigns about falls that focus on the likelihood that not preventing them could lead seniors to live in long-term care homes.She suggested food safety authorities should try “tying in an awareness campaign of ‘do you want to save a few pennies and risk long-term care or death’. And the bigger fear is long-term care. In my experience people are more concerned with long-term care than they are about dying.”last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — A Vancouver-based environment charity is readying itself to go back to court if — or they believe when — the federal government re-approves the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion next year.The Wilderness Committee returned $25,000 in participant funding to the National Energy Board last month citing the short timeline for the board’s new review on the marine impacts of the proposed expansion.Peter McCartney, climate campaigner for the committee, says the timelines are so short it underscores his belief the government is doing this just to fulfil the Federal Court of Appeal’s concerns with the original review, rather than to seriously reconsider the approval given to the project.“They’re going through the motions but they’ve already made up their mind,” he said. “I don’t know what confidence they’re trying to inspire in people to trust this review.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said many times the pipeline is going to be built. His government stepped in to buy it and build the expansion itself when political opposition left Kinder Morgan and its shareholders unwilling to continue. In an interview last week Trudeau said any decision to move forward again will be made as the review process is completed.“What’s at issue here is not just this pipeline,” he said. “It’s our capacity as a country to get our resources to market.”However, McCartney said the government’s actions suggest the Liberals are going to approve it again no matter what and he warned  they should expect another lawsuit as a result.“Absolutely there will be,” he said. “People are already talking about that.”The federal cabinet approved Trans Mountain in the fall of 2016. That approval was challenged by several environment groups and Indigenous communities who argued the original review didn’t properly consider impacts on marine life from the extra oil tankers required to carry more oil away from the marine terminal where the pipeline ends.Indigenous communities also felt their concerns had not been addressed as is required by the constitutional duty to consult them.The Federal Court of Appeal agreed and in August tore up the cabinet’s approval for the project, halting construction in its tracks.In response, the federal Liberals ordered a new round of Indigenous consultations and also asked the NEB to go back and do a more thorough look at marine impacts. There is no specific timeline for the Indigenous consultations but the government gave the NEB only until Feb. 22 to complete its work.The NEB’s original review did conclude that there would be negative impacts on marine life, including killer whales. But the board said marine impacts were outside its jurisdiction and, therefore, had no impact on its decision to approve the project.McCartney said the Feb. 22 deadline is just way too short for a thorough review. Accordingly, his organization withdrew from the review and returned the funding given to help it gather research to make its case.Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs said the fact that environment groups are already planning another lawsuit is proof of the energy industry’s contention that environmentalists don’t want proper consideration given to the project, but rather want to delay it enough to eventually kill it.  “They will just do everything to stop it.”Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, is this afternoon (2 July 2008) giving evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) during its inquiry into changes made to vehicle excise duty (VED) rates in Budget 2008. The EAC launched the inquiry to assess the role that VED can play in reducing carbon emissions from road transport. The committee also wanted to assess the acceptability of using VED in this way in the wider context of public attitudes towards green taxes. The automotive industry supports an effective and stable framework for CO2 based taxes that encourage sustainable market transformation to lower emitting models across all vehicle types. The changes announced in Budget 2008 do not give clear signals as to their environmental effectiveness but substantially raise the costs for motorists. SMMT does not believe the introduction of the first year rate of VED will have a positive impact on environmental performance or consumer behaviour. VED is a charge on ownership not on use, which undermines the principle of the tax. Average CO2 from new cars has fallen by 13% over the past decade in the UK and is set to continue falling with EU tailpipe CO2 regulation. “SMMT recognises that VED is an important signal but it is not the main driver for change,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “We fear motorists will see the first year rate as a way of raising cash rather than reducing carbon.” SMMT believes there should be a full and proper analysis of VED to measure its contribution in reducing emissions.  It is important that government has a fair and proportionate view of VED and is transparent in its aims and approach. VED should not be used as another revenue raising exercise for government, and SMMT recommends a full consultation be carried out prior to decisions being made that will affect both the motorist and the industry. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The Ohio State softball team (27-14, 6-6) made quick work of the visiting Ball State Cardinals, blasting them, 8-0, in five innings at Buckeye Field Wednesday. First-year OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly stressed the importance of playing together as a team in practice Tuesday, and the Buckeyes responded with a near-complete offensive and defensive performance. Solid fielding, timely hitting and effective pitching – the norm when sophomore Alex DiDomenico is on the rubber – aided the Buckeye victory. Freshman left fielder Cammi Prantl was the offensive catalyst for OSU, driving in four runs on two hits while DiDomenico yielded two hits and no runs in her sixth complete game shutout of the year. “I really focused on driving the gaps and hitting the middle of the ball,” Prantl said. “Coach is really pushing me to hit more with runners on the bases, and that’s what I was focusing on.” The OSU offense started off slow, but with the second turn of the lineup in the third inning, they began firing on all cylinders. Prantl started the offensive fireworks by ripping a one out, two RBI double into the left-center gap. Prantl scored later in the inning from third after a Ball State error on an OSU steal attempt at second afforded her time to advance home, bringing the Buckeyes’ lead to 3-0. In the fourth, back-to-back singles chased Ball State freshman pitcher Kelsey Schifferdecker, who suffered her third loss of the season, out of the game. After Schifferdecker’s exit, OSU plated three more runs off an RBI sacrifice fly from sophomore center fielder Taylor Watkins and another two RBI hit from Prantl, making the score 6-0. The fifth inning saw the game end on sophomore catcher Shelby Pickett’s walk off a two-run homer. College softball rules state the game is over if one team is down by eight or more runs through five innings of play. “I don’t really know what was going on in my head,” Pickett said. “Everyone told me (Ball State redshirt junior pitcher Audra Sanders) was a little quicker, but she was not as quick as she looked, so I was just waiting on one I could hit.” Both sophomore shortstop Maddy McIntyre and senior third baseman Megan Coletta said in practice Tuesday OSU had to limit the power hitting of Ball State if they wanted to win, and DiDomenico did just that, running her record to 12-6 with the win. Her teammates said it gives them confidence when they know DiDomenico is pitching. “Alex is always lights out when she starts out really well,” Prantl said. “So it’s easier for us as batters when she starts out well.” DiDomenico’s catcher knows better than anyone how run support can help her ace. “I can always count on (DiDomenico), especially catching her,” Pickett said. “She makes it easy on me and I think she brings a lot of confidence to the team. She goes so hard, so it makes us go hard trying to hit and score for her.” OSU is set to travel to Madison, Wisc., for a three-game weekend series with the Badgers, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. read more

first_imgMaddison Mills, eight, described the Duchess as being “very pretty”. “She seemed really worried that we had got cold waiting out for long to see them,” she said.Bruce Habberfield, 70, told the Duke how his father, Gordon, drove for his great-grandfather, King George VI, when he came to Calgary. “He seemed very touched,” he said.The Duchess took it in her stride when Charlene Silverfox, 43, grabbed her hands and started kissing them repeatedly.”Thank you for coming, thank you for coming, you are so beautiful,” she said.The Duchess stopped to chat to another group and told them: “Thank you for coming to see us. I know it’s so cold. We really appreciate it.” It was a cold day in Yukon, Canada, when the couple visitedCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duke and Duchess also followed in the footsteps of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh when they boarded an historic steam train on the White Pass and Yukon Route.The couple climbed through clouds of steam into the cab and took it in turns to loudly blow the whistle as they chatted to the driver.After hearing how his grandparents had travelled in the last carriage on the train, which was specially fitted out with a marble table for their 1959 visit, William gallantly helped his wife climb back down onto the tracks and they sidestepped along to the front of the engine. Fire pit in Whitehorse Carly Fredrickson, 22, from Whitehorse was among young people performing a street dance for the couple at a cultural centre in Whitehorse, the capital of Northern Territory Yukon.She said: “They were really impressed and they made jokes about how he’s a really good dancer and he wanted to get up and dance with us.”He said he has some moves and she agreed. He said he did want to get up and dance while we were performing.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walks beside a steam train in Carcross, Yukon, Canada  Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get off a steam train The couple with Doug Bell, who sent the telegram 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. They stayed at the remarkably understated Coast High Country Inn in Yukon, just £95 a night and most notable for giant carved Mountie outside and a “hops and grub” pub.The Duke and Duchess had access to a jacuzzi bath, and they are likely to have seen the Northern Lights in starry Canadian skies.Earlier in the evening, they had been greeted by Rangers and junior rangers at Whitehorse airport in freezing temperatures.While their parents were away, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were treated to a low-key trip to the Beacon’s Hill Children’s Farm, where they could visit goats, pigs, sheep, chickens and llamas.   The Victoria tourist board tweeted: “Prince George & Princess Charlotte met the cute critters @bhchildrensfarm yesterday!” The visit yesterday is understood to have been a private occasion, with staff saying they had been banned from discussing it by Royal security.  Mr Bell said how he had met the Duke’s parents 1981 during a line up at a dinner in Ottawa.”I asked your father if he’d been to Yukon and he said no, and I said we ought to do something about that so I called the Governor General and we made arrangements.”Then I got a call saying ‘They can’t go, the Princess is pregnant’.””Wow, that must have been me, or Harry,” said the Duke, later learning that it had indeed been him. The Duke and Duchess spent time around a fire pit Credit:Mark Large /PA The event, at the MacBride Museum in Whitehorse, Yukon, also saw the Duke and Duchess join a group of local schoolchildren in a story-telling session, giggling as they read a tale starring “William the moose”.They met with Mike Parkhill, author of the children’s book ‘Hide and Peek’ which is used to teach children the native language Southern Tutchone in a programme  supported by the Prince of Wales’ charity Prince’s Charities Canada.The couple then walked through the wide streets of Whitehorse to a party in their honour, pausing to admire a totem pole en route. Emmie Campbell, four, gave the Duchess a picture she had drawn of herself with the Royal.”She asked me if that was me and her and seemed to really like it,” she said. The Duke and Duchess watched a presentation by children in a ceremony in Carcross, YukonCredit:Chris Wattie /Reuters The royal couple in Carcross, Yukon The Duchess greeted well-wishers in WhitehorseCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA The Duchess, who was wearing a bright red Carolina Herrera coat, said: “Wow that’s amazing.” Mr Bell, a former Commissioner of Yukon went on to tell the couple about the time he met the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. in the early 1980s when the Prince and Princess of Wales were in Ottawa. The Duke joked: “It seems pretty much everyone has met my family here!” The Duchess wore a Hobbs coat and carried a maple leaf tartan scarf, in a nod to her hosts.In the evening, they moved to a cultural performance at Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre featuring local musicians and First Nations. The Duke boasted he was tempted to get up and join in, joking he has “moves”. The couple met Doug Bell, who sent the telegramCredit:Chris Wattie/Reuters Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the MacBride Museum Afterwards, the couple followed in the exact footsteps of the Queen, posing for photographs outside the same door she had walked through.The Duke and Duchess signed the Museum’s virtual guest book via morse code, which was transmitted into a digital message and transmitted onto Twitter.”Ah, there’s a spelling mistake,” joked William as Doug Bell, a 90 year old former radio operator with the Department of Transport, typed out the message in morse code. Mr Bell last sent a telegram in 1947.The message read: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Whitehorse, Yukon, September 2016”. The Duke and Duchess watched a presentation by children in a ceremony in Carcross, Yukon The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the MacBride Museum in Whitehorse, Canada  The Duke and Duchess sent a message from the telegraph statoinCredit:Chris Wattie /Reuters The crowds were delighted to meet the DuchessCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess was wearing a Hobbs coat on her visit to WhitehorseCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA They showed their adventurous side as they exited a steam trainCredit:James Whatling  The couple also visited a gold rush town that had played host to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1959, when they delighted residents with a visit to their telegraph station.Today, her grandson and his wife, the Duke of Cambridge, made history of a very 21st century kind, after sending a telegraph message from the very station she visited – which was swiftly converted into a tweet.The Duke and Duchess sent the first ever “telegraph to tweet” message from Whitehorse, Yukon, watched over 90-year-old engineer who recalled the Queen’s visit fondly.The message was immediately broadcast around the world thanks to translating technology, which took two weeks for the technical staff at the station to perfect. The royal couple in Carcross, YukonCredit:Tim Rooke/REX / Shutterstock The Duchess was wearing a Hobbs coat on her visit to Whitehorse Their impromptu stop came at the foot of Montana Mountain, where they were meeting young mountain bikers at the bottom of a trail.Their host in Carcross, Chief Andy Carvill, 52, said: “The Duke asked if he could go in and they got inside the train and blew the steam whistle.“I told them about the Queen’s coach and they were pleased to hear that.”The Duke said: “It was amazing, it was something we will remember forever.”After their visit to Carcross, the couple will return to Prince George and Princess Charlotte in Victoria.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent a romantic night away from their children in the Canadian wilderness, with dancing, jacuzzis and a riverside fire.The Royal couple spend the night in Whitehorse, Yukon, in the north of Canada, watching a dance performance and spending sunset around a picturesque fire pit.For the first and only time in their nine-day trip, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were left back in Victoria, British Columbia, with their nanny, giving the Duke and Duchess time to enjoy the evening together. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout at the Main Street party in Whitehorse, Canadalast_img read more

first_imgTrimble has announced the Trimble® LOADRITE® Payload Management for Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Excavators integration. “This integration will help increase productivity and efficiency for excavator operations, allowing contractors to track bucket-by-bucket payload, and monitor mass haul progress from the same Trimble Earthworks display. The versatile system can be installed on any hydraulic excavator that has Trimble Earthworks, and offers an easy transition between grade control and payload management, maximising the contractor’s investment.”The announcement was made at Trimble Dimensions. “With the introduction, Trimble will have the only aftermarket, mixed fleet solution that integrates grade control with payload management,” said Scott Crozier, General Manager for Trimble’s Civil Engineering and Construction Division. “This technology makes the Trimble Earthworks platform extensible to more applications, and more flexible than ever before.”Combining machine control and payload management on the Trimble Earthworks platform can increase the versatility and productivity of the excavator, empowering the operator to not only grade to within a given specification, but also maximise every truck haul to get the job done quicker. “The Trimble Earthworks for Excavators Grade Control Platform features intuitive, easy-to-learn software that runs on an Android operating system. Contractors can take advantage of the first integrated 3D aftermarket grade control automatics for excavators. Excavators can work semi-automatically, allowing operators to create smooth, flat or sloped surfaces more easily.”“Trimble LOADRITE onboard weighing systems ensure optimal loading to maximise every truck haul to get the job done quicker. With the ability to accurately measure the weight of each bucket and calculate the total weight loaded onto each truck, the system enables operators to increase productivity and efficiency for excavating, creating more efficient mass haul.”The LOADRITE Payload Management for Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2018 through the SITECH® distribution channel. Other LOADRITE onboard weighing products are available from local LOADRITE dealers.last_img read more

Kadetten SchaffhausenSwiss handballwacker thun Kadetten Schaffhausen destroys dissapointed Wacker Thun 35:23 (17:14) in the third match of Swiss Play Off Final. Current Swiss champion showed strength in the clash with Challenge Cup finalist. Now, Kadetten leads 2:1. Champion becomes team who win in three matches.Kadetten: Vaskevicius (1.-49./14 saves), Bläuestein (50.-60. und ein Penalty/4saves.), Bucher(1), Elezovic(3), Goepfert(3), Graubner(3), Kukucka(2), Pendic(4/1), Schelbert(2), Starczan(5/2), Stojanovic(4), Tominec(3), Ursic(4), Vrany(1);MAtch 1: Kadetten Schaffhausen – Wacker Thun 30:26 (17:12)Match 2: Wacker Thun – Kadetten Schaffhausen 34:29 (16:15) Kadetten: Vaskevicius (1.-49./14 Paraden), Bläuestein (50.-60. und ein Penalty/4P.), Bucher(1),Elezovic(3), Goepfert(3), Graubner(3), Kukucka(2), Pendic(4/1), Schelbert(2), Starczan(5/2), Stojanovic(4), Tominec(3), Ursic(4), Vrany(1); ← Previous Story Draw result for the Olympic handball tournament: Long way to Quarter-Finals! Next Story → Marco Oneto next three seasons in MKB Veszprem read more

first_imgEver woken up the day after a killer party and everyone but you knows you messed up last night? HTC CEO Peter Chou might be that guy when he wakes up, unless he intentionally showed off the new M7 smartphone just a few days before the official launch.Typically, in the days just before the launch of a major addition to a product line, you’ll find that most companies lay low now that everything is ready for the announcement. It’s not exactly wild speculation, but the invitation to the HTC press event on February 19 didn’t explicitly say what to expect from the announcement. A smartphone that everyone assumed was codenamed M7 has been talked about for a little while now, geared to be this year’s hero phone from HTC. There’s been a few leaks and blurrycam shots, but not a lot of official talk. That is, of course, until Peter Chou walked on stage during the HTC new years celebration and lead his staff in a video recorded cheer for the new phone.While it’s certainly still possible that M7 is a codename and not the actual name for the phone, seeing HTC’s CEO start a chant using the name of the phone gives it away pretty clearly. During the festive shouting, Chou also pulled out a white and black version of the phone and announced that he was conducting some tests. Immediately after this announcement he started taking photos, and shortly after that the video of this event ends. This was obviously not supposed to be a public event, so it’s highly likely that Chou wasn’t aware he was being recorded. All the same, when you are the head of a smartphone manufacturing company and you stand on a stage surrounded by people you know for a fact have Android phones with the ability to push to YouTube in seconds, an accident like this is bound to happen.As for the phone itself, rumors say this phone will have a 4.7-inch 1080p display with a 1.7Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2GB of RAM. Add in a 13MP camera in the back and a 2.1MP wide frame camera in the front and you’ve got yourself a pretty solid phone. If HTC is, in fact, about to release a beefier Droid DNA that is a little easier for most people to actually hold and use with one hand, the M7 will be a force to be reckoned with this spring.Via Engadgetlast_img read more

first_imgIbn Sina : le nouvel androïde venu d’Orient, à découvrir en imagesÉmirats arabes unis – Le laboratoire de l’université d’Al-Aïn, situé aux Émirats arabes unis, a mis au point un humanoïde parlant arabe. Les concepteurs envisagent de le développer en série afin de pallier les éventuels manques de main-d’œuvre.”C’est le premier humanoïde au monde à parler l’arabe” a affirmé à l’AFP Nikolaos Mavridis, un des chercheurs à avoir mis au point cet androïde. Ce robot est capable de réaliser plusieurs tâches par lui-même comme répondre aux questions de présentation, se connecter sur internet pour rechercher une information, reconnaître des objets ou encore afficher sur son écran des produits en vente. Ce robot intelligent possède les mêmes traits de visage et le même nom que le philosophe et scientifique musulman du XIe siècle né en Ouzbékistan, Ibn Sina. Les concepteurs sont même allés jusqu’à faire changer son visage d’expression lorsque l’humanoïde s’exprimait en arabe classique. Ibn Sina permettrait de seconder les chercheurs mais également d’être un outil ludique pour les étudiants qui apprécient de travailler avec lui. Le robot pourrait être fabriqué en série en moins de six mois afin de remplacer les réceptionnistes ou les vendeurs des centres commerciaux. Il a d’ailleurs déjà été testé une journée entière au centre commercial d’Al Aïn, une ville de l’émirat d’Abou Dabi. 200.000 dollars ont été versés par Cheikh Khalifa bin Zayid al-Nahyan, le souverain d’Abou Dhabi et président des Émirats arabes unis, pour notamment développer la technologie permettant sa mise au point et financer de nouveaux projets de recherche. Voir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/andro%efde/l-039-humanoide-des-emirats-arabes-unis_art5793.html Le 11 février 2010 à 12:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgThe Global Big Latch On will return to Vancouver’s Esther Short Park Saturday.Aimed at raising support for public breastfeeding, you can expect to see a couple dozen moms with their babies breastfeeding just north of the playground in the park around 10:30 a.m. The local event is hosted by the Clark County Breastfeeding Coalition, but will take place at registered locations around the world.“Breastfeeding should be the norm,” said Tricia Pace, who’s the treasurer of the Clark County Breastfeeding Coalition.The event is called the Big Latch On because around 10:30 a.m. the babies will be latched on, with the mothers raising their hands so they can be tallied. Last year, 17,790 total babies were latched for the event. The attendance for participants, and family and friends who showed up in support was 50,383 people. The Clark County Latch On had 27 babies latch on to 26 moms (twins), and 104 people in attendance last year.Pace explained “there have been subtle shifts that it’s much more accepted in public” to breastfeed. She said laws are changing about breastfeeding in public places such as airports. Pace also mentioned that mothers have organized nurse-ins after someone is kicked out of a public space for breastfeeding.The Global Big Latch On’s goal is to eradicate the stigma surrounding breastfeeding in public.“This is normal. This fine,” Pace said. “This is not a problem for anybody.”last_img read more

first_imgWatch Ben Caldwell recite his poem “The Wandering.”When Ben Caldwell arrived at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics almost six years ago, he was a voracious reader and a fledgling writer.He also was skeptical about poetry.Consider the skepticism replaced by passion and talent. Ben will be reading his poetry at Carnegie Hall next month.He just won a national award for his poetry from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Ben is one of two 11th-graders in the country to be named Best in Grade. The award doesn’t come with a money prize, but makes him eligible for scholarships at certain colleges.Ben, his family and his teacher are going to New York City next week for the award ceremony, held at Manhattan’s historic concert hall on June 1.Brief storiesBen started writing stories in second grade. He would take characters from existing stories and invent new adventures for them.Over the years, he slowly transitioned from using established writers’ characters to creating his own. A teacher in elementary school suggested he apply to VSAA, “because she knew I liked stories,” Ben said.last_img read more

first_imgA group of BNP leaders placing wreaths at party founder Ziaur Rahman`s grave in the city. Photo: Prothom AloThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) fears prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s comment alleging compalicity of its chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman with 21 August 21 grenade attack may influence the verdict of the case.A day after the prime minister had brought fresh allegations naming Khaleda Zia, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday expressed his party’s concern about fair judgement in such a context.Premier Hasina on Tuesday said there is no doubt that BNP, its chief Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman were involved in the brutal grenade attack on an Awami League rally on 21 August 2004.The BNP secretary general came up with his party reaction while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave in the city, marking the Eid-ul-Azha, reports UNB.”The prime minister’s comment has exposed that the government wants to completely control the judiciary. They also want to detect who are involved and who is not in advance,” he said.Protesting at the prime minister’s comment, Mirza Fakhrul said it will be impossible for the investigators and judges to work neutrally and independently to deal with the 21 August case when the prime minister, who is also the chief executive, makes such comments.”Our chairperson has already been in jail. They (govt) are again plotting to convict her in the name of so-called trial,” he claimed.Fakhrul said they are spending Eid days with ‘broken heart’ since the BNP chief is in jail.The BNP leader also alleged that the judiciary cannot work independently now due to government’s interference as “they (govt) have completely politicised the judiciary and are now trying to politicise the verdict as well.”Earlier, Fakrul along with party senior leaders and activists went to Zia’s grave around 11 am and offered Fateha there.They also off.ered a munajat seeking eternal peace of Zia’s departed soul.last_img

first_imgPolice investigate the scene of an explosion in the U.S. embassy compound in Kiev. ReutersA small blast hit the premises of the US embassy in Kiev overnight causing no casualties after an unknown assailant lobbed an explosive device, Ukrainian police said on Thursday.”Investigators found that an unknown person threw an explosive device onto the territory of the diplomatic mission,” the police said in a statement.The US embassy — located in central Kiev — confirmed that an “incident involving a small incendiary device” happened just after midnight but said diplomats were working “as normal” after no damage was caused.”At this time, we do not consider this incident a terrorist act,” the embassy wrote on Twitter.Ukraine’s foreign ministry condemned the incident, saying it could have “harmed the life and health of the diplomatic mission staff”.”Law enforcement agencies are taking all measures to investigate the crime, and additional measures are being taken to ensure the security of the diplomatic mission”, ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betsa wrote on Twitter.Ukraine has been roiled by crisis since mass protesters begun in 2013 that eventually ousted a Moscow-backed leader and pitched the country into a mammoth tug-of-war between Russia and the West.The Kremlin responded by seizing Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and backing a pro-Moscow rebellion that spiralled into a bloody conflict still rumbling on in eastern regions.last_img read more

first_imgUS Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Jerry Falwell Jr. at a campaign rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, January 31, 2016.Months before evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr.’s game-changing presidential endorsement of Donald Trump in 2016, Falwell asked Trump fixer Michael Cohen for a personal favor, Cohen said in a recorded conversation reviewed by Reuters.Falwell, president of Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian universities, said someone had come into possession of what Cohen described as racy “personal” photographs — the sort that would typically be kept “between husband and wife,” Cohen said in the taped conversation.According to a source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the person who possessed the photos destroyed them after Cohen intervened on the Falwells’ behalf.The Falwells, through a lawyer, declined to comment for this article.Cohen, who began a three-year prison sentence this week for federal campaign violations and lying to Congress, recounted his involvement in the matter in a recording made surreptitiously by comedian Tom Arnold on 25 March. Portions of the recording — in which Cohen appeared to disavow parts of his guilty plea — were first reported on 24 April by The Wall Street Journal.The Falwells enlisted Cohen’s help in 2015, according to the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the year Trump announced his presidential candidacy. At the time, Cohen was Trump’s confidant and personal lawyer, and he worked for the Trump Organization.The Falwells wanted to keep “a bunch of photographs, personal photographs” from becoming public, Cohen told Arnold. “I actually have one of the photos,” he said, without going into specifics. “It’s terrible.”Cohen would later prove successful in another matter involving Falwell, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Cohen helped persuade Falwell to issue his endorsement of Trump’s presidential candidacy at a critical moment, they said: just before the Iowa caucuses. Falwell subsequently barnstormed with Trump and vouched for the candidate’s Christian virtues.Reuters has no evidence that Falwell’s endorsement of Trump was related to Cohen’s involvement in the photo matter. The source familiar with Cohen’s thinking insisted the endorsement and the help with the photographs were separate issues.Cohen’s connection to the Falwells sheds light on the formidable alliance between Trump and a man who, through his university, is one of the most influential evangelical figures in America. Falwell’s backing helped galvanize evangelicals and persuaded many Christians concerned about Trump’s past behavior to embrace him as a repentant sinner.Falwell’s support for Trump has not wavered throughout the New York celebrity-politician’s own tribulations, including the Access Hollywood recording of Trump talking about grabbing women’s genitals and payoffs made by Cohen to hide Trump’s extramarital affairs. This past weekend, Falwell tweeted that “Trump should have 2 yrs added to his 1st term” to make up for the two years of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.Blockbuster EndorsementFalwell’s endorsement of Trump, however, did surprise some students and staff at Liberty University, the school in Lynchburg, Virginia, founded by Falwell’s father, Jerry. It was at Liberty where fellow Republican presidential candidate and major Trump rival Ted Cruz had chosen to launch his campaign the previous year. Cruz’s father was an evangelical preacher, much like Falwell’s father; Trump has been married three times and divorced twice. For years, prior to running for president, Trump boasted of his sexual exploits and supported a host of social positions, such as abortion rights, that run counter to beliefs espoused by Falwell.Although Falwell declined interview requests for this story, he has said repeatedly that he endorsed Trump because Trump was the strongest candidate, had significant experience running a business, and had the right vision for the country.The connection between Trump and Falwell goes back years. In 2012, Trump gave the convocation at Liberty University. One link between Trump and the couple appears to have been Cohen, a now-disbarred New York lawyer who formed a close bond with the Falwells.During the campaign, Cohen worked closely with Liberty University to help promote Trump’s candidacy. It was around that time that Cohen heard from the Falwells about the photographs, said the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking.The Falwells told Cohen that someone had obtained photographs that were embarrassing to them, and was demanding money, the source said. Reuters was unable to determine who made the demand. The source said Cohen flew to Florida and soon met with an attorney for the person with the photographs. Cohen spoke with the attorney, telling the lawyer that his client was committing a crime, and that law enforcement authorities would be called if the demands didn’t stop, the source said.The matter was soon resolved, the source said, and the lawyer told Cohen that all of the photographs were destroyed.Months later, in early 2016, Trump faced what seemed like an enormous challenge. The Iowa caucus was coming up, and Cohen — then deeply loyal to Trump — was concerned about how Trump would fare, the source said. Cohen felt Trump “was being slaughtered in that community,” and “didn’t want to see him embarrassed or, you know, without support,” said the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking. Cohen repeatedly reached out to Jerry Falwell, and pleaded with him to back Trump, the source said.Soon after, according to this account, Falwell made his historic announcement. “I am proud to offer my endorsement of Donald J. Trump for president of the United States,” Falwell was quoted saying in a statement issued by the Trump campaign. “He is a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROThe fallout from the disgraced Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), broadened this week after a Baltimore County police officer whose name surfaced during the trial of two of the accused city cops, resigned.Baltimore County Officer Michael Woodlon left the agency voluntarily Aug. 20, the department told the AFRO.  Baltimore County police spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson declined to elaborate further on the circumstances leading to his departure or if any allegations against Woodlon were sustained.Momodu Gondo, one of the disgraced ex-members of the disbanded Gun Trace Task Force, implicated Baltimore County Police Officer Michael Woodlon for crimes connected to the GTTF scandal. This week Woodlon resigned from the Baltimore County Police Department. (Photos: Momodu Gondo/Twitter and Baltimore County Police Vehicle: Courtesy)During the trial of two of the eight members of the disbanded elite gun unit, one of the former detectives, Momodu Gondo, testified that Woodlon had participated in several robberies with him.  The former member of the GTTF testified that he had split cash proceeds with Woodlon.Woodlon was suspended by county police on July 18 during an internal investigation after the allegations surfaced. But county police would not comment on the outcome of the investigation.  Sources told the AFRO Woodlon denied any wrongdoing.Attempts to reach Woodlon for comment were unsuccessful.Woodlon was hired by the county in 2012 and was assigned to the Woodlawn precinct.  Previously he worked as a Baltimore City police officer.The GTTF is a group of eight former Baltimore City officers who were either convicted or pleaded guilty to robbing residents, stealing and dealing drugs and filing fake overtime slips.The specialized unit wreaked havoc on the city for years, committing robberies and dealing drugs while earning overtime pay on vacation.The original charges against the officers stemmed from a series of federal wiretaps collected on former Det. Gondo in 2016.But the mysterious death of Detective Sean Suiter, who was found shot in the head in a West Baltimore alley in November, expanded the scope of the scandal when police officials revealed Suiter was set to testify in a 2010 robbery involving the ringleader of the unit, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins.Allegedly, Suiter and Jenkins, along with another officer, tried to rob Baltimore resident Umar Burley by boxing in his car in 2010.  But Burley managed to evade them, which lead to a car chase and an accident that killed the 84-year old father of a Baltimore city police officer. Jenkins later admitted another officer planted drugs after the crash to implicate Burley.Burley was recently released from prison and cleared of federal charges after serving seven years. Jenkins said that Suiter was unaware that drugs were planted.The latest chapter of the GTTF scandal has embroiled the beleaguered agency in an ongoing series of damaging revelations about the BPD.The department is currently under federal consent decree after a scathing report by the Department of Justice found the department engaged in unconstitutional and racist policing over a period of 20 years.Six of the eight members of the GTTF have been sentenced to federal prison, including the ring leader, former Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, who received 25 years.Two of the remaining members, Gondo and Jemell Rayam, have not been sentenced yet.  Gondo’s lawyer has said publicly his client is continuing to cooperate with federal prosecutors.last_img read more

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Gateley exited A+E Networks’ Lifetime about a year ago. Prior to joining Lifetime in 2015, she was partners with Tony DiSanto in the DiGa production banner, which was behind shows including MTV’s “Teen Wolf.” (In 2014, Gateley and DiSanto sold the company to the U.K.’s ITV. Last year DiSanto and financier Matthew J. Bruderman launched Allyance Media Group, encompassing DiSanto’s production company, DiGa Studios, which had previously reacquired the equity interests in DiGa formerly held by ITV.)Before DiGa, Gateley was a programming exec at MTV where she created “Laguna Beach” and co-created and executive produced its spinoffs, “The Hills” and “The City,” and shepherded other shows for the cable net including “Jersey Shore,” “16 & Pregnant,” “Teen Mom” and “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Gateley had a previous stint at Lifetime prior joining MTV in 2003.At Spotify, Gateley is reuniting with chief content officer Dawn Ostroff, who was head of programming at Lifetime from 1996-2002, and Courtney Holt, head of studios and video (with whom Gateley worked when they were both at MTV).“I am excited to be back in the music/culture world to tell loud stories with my incredible team and to help invent new executions as I always have, but, most importantly, to join at such a transformative time at Spotify on the heels of the Gimlet and Anchor acquisitions,” Gateley wrote in the post. “I also get to work with Dawn Ostroff and Courtney Holt, both former colleagues and two of the smartest people I know.” Spotify has tapped longtime TV exec Liz Gateley, most recently head of programming at Lifetime, as head of creative development focused on original podcast content.Gateley will oversee Spotify’s original content development teams in New York and Los Angeles and the company’s expansion into podcasting including in comedy, sports, YA fiction and scripted, news/documentaries and additional music formats. She announced her new role Thursday in a post on LinkedIn.Her hiring comes after Spotify earlier this month launched a big new push into podcasting, spending almost $340 million to acquire producer Gimlet Media and services platform Anchor. The streaming-audio giant said it planned to invest up to $500 million in podcasting in 2019 (including what it paid for for Gimlet and Anchor).center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Trump to face mass drag queen protest when he arrives in UKLGBTI people reveal why they’ll be protesting Trump’s visit to LondonNew Yorkers rally to protest anti-LGBTI purge in ChechnyaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/drag-queens-trans-and-queer-people-protest-trump-in-london/ We’ve got a strong drag and queer contingent in the UK,’ she said. ‘There’s so many reasons why we have to protest against Trump.’She added: ‘When I see Theresa May, in the papers today, holding that man’s hands – I’m disgusted. This is not a relationship that we want to develop.’Isaac, Matty and Hannah are three young trans and queer people.‘Being trans is hard enough in America. He doesn’t need to make it any harder,’ Matty said.Isaac added: ‘We need to make sure he knows he’s not welcome.’‘Fuck Trump!’Marilyn and Jacob are friends.‘Fuck Trump,’ Jacob said.Marilyn added: ‘I think it’s horrific what’s happening in America. Donald Trump is evil incarnate. What he is doing is fascism in its purest form. My boyfriend is a Latin American trans man living in America at the moment and he’s terrified.‘When good people stay quiet is when evil flourishes.’Very Cherry is a drag queen, who also came down from Manchester.‘I fear for the young people over there,’ they said. ‘Over there it’s supposed to be the American way, but it’s not. Over there, right now, it’s the Trump way.’They added: ‘It’s made people aware of politics in America. When Obama was in charge, we didn’t hear him tweeting on the toilet. Bush didn’t even go as far as Trump. It just shows you can buy your way into anything, even the most powerful seat in the world.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Photos by Joe MorganDrag queens, queer and trans people protest Trump in this amazing way eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Drag queens, trans and queer people are protesting President Donald Trump in London today (13 July).Over 70,000 people are expected to take to the British capital to object to the US president’s views.The main march will go from Portland Place at 2pm ending at Trafalgar Square at 5pm.Why drag queens, trans and queer people are protesting TrumpManchester drag performer Cheddar Gorgeous was one of the main organizers of the queer protest.Subsequently, she and some friends created a Facebook event inviting other drag queens and kings to participate in the wider London protests against Trump.‘There’s also a broad issue around visibility,’ they told GSN. ‘There’s a wider point to be made about an attack on diversity. Diversity is becoming a scapegoat by the Trump administration and the people who support it.‘What drag does in a very extravagant way is really show our differences, in a hope to make everyone’s lives a little bit easier. Anyone who feels different to the mainstream … anyone who feels what’s different about them is not recognized or seen.’For Trump’s first visit to the UK as president, he is being met with the largest protest ever for a POTUS.Largest protest ever for a sitting US president in LondonGay Star News was there and interviewed a few of the protestors.Dennis Queen is a parent of a 13-year-old child is from Manchester.last_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a402/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Travellers catching U.S. bound flights from more than a dozen countries now face increased security screenings following new rules issued by the Obama administration on Sunday.The U.S. Transportation Security Administration that individuals flying into the U.S. from or through nations which are “state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest” would be required to go through enhanced screening.The move follows the recent failed Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound flight by a Nigerian man. While the TSA did not single out any countries, it does list on its website Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria as state sponsors of terrorism.The Washington Post reported that Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen had been confirmed by a senior administration official as terrorism-prone nations or countries of interest to U.S. intelligence agencies.Since yesterday, travellers with passports from those ‘terror-prone’ nations or travelling from them have had to undergo enhanced screening technologies, a full-body pat down and have their carry-on bags searched before boarding their international flights into the U.S.Travellers will also have to go through full body scanners if they are departing from countries that have the equipment.The new rules, which the TSA says contributes to “effective aviation security”, have sparked debate from both sides of the fence about profiling.The Civil rights group American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee legal director Nawar Shora told the Examiner that the new rule unfairly cast suspicion on all citizens of certain nations. “I understand there needs to be additional security in light of what was attempted on Christmas Day” he said.“But this is extreme and very dangerous. All of a sudden people are labeled as related to terrorism just because of the nation they are from”Two days before the new rules took effect across the globe, a retired U.S. general appeared on Fox News Saturday supporting profiling. Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said “very serious, harsh profiling” was necessary and singled out all 18-28 year old Muslim men to be “strip searched” at airports.last_img read more