Amendments Ensure Quality Investigators

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgThe province is amending the Police Act to allow the Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) to have more flexibility to hire skilled investigators. The amendments introduced today, Dec. 2, by Justice Minister Ross Landry, will allow the investigators to be appointed by orders in council. “We want to have the best available investigators join the Serious Incident Response Team,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “This gives the director of SIRT more flexibility to do that and to ensure this vital agency is up and running as quickly as possible.” SIRT, an independent agency, will investigate serious matters such as death, serious injury, sexual assault or other public-interest concerns involving the police. SIRT will include a director, two civilian provincial investigators, seconded police officers, as required, and administrative support. Decision-making authority will reside solely with the civilian director.last_img read more


Blueberry Law Being Repealed

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgGovernment is repealing the 1928 Blueberry Associations Act. The act has not been used in many years and is no longer relevant. All matters associated with it are now dealt with through other pieces of legislation. “Last year, growers exported $123 million worth of Nova Scotia wild blueberries and government announced $1.08 million over three years to increase the amount of land for the wild blueberry growing industry, so it is important to use modern legislation to protect the crop,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. “We are cleaning up the legislation on record by removing this redundant and unused act.” The act was drafted in response to the problem of careless burning of wild blueberry fields on Crown lands. Protections against that activity are now set out in the Forest Fire Protection Regulations under the Forests Act. In addition, there are no active associations incorporated under the Blueberry Associations Act. Wild blueberries account for half the value of fruit production in Nova Scotia.last_img read more


Fair Elections Act wont affect voting in Nunavut Aglukkaq

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile critics are panning the government’s new Fair Elections Act, ministers responsible for selling it say it won’t get in the way of people’s ability to vote no matter where they live.That includes Nunavut.APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports.last_img


Video King Abdullah of Jordan in Star Treck

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

King Abdullah of Jordan appeared briefly in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Investigations” in a non-speaking role.


Marriott International 2Q earnings rise with travellers willing to spend more on

Posted On Oct 4 2019 by

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 5:25 pm MDT Hotel giant Marriott International Inc. said Wednesday that second-quarter earnings rose as business and leisure travellers continued to book hotel rooms and paid slightly more for them.Marriott, based in Bethesda, Md., earned $179 million, or 57 cents a share, in the three-month period ended June 30. That’s up from $143 million, or 42 cents per share, a year ago.A change in the company’s fiscal year meant seven extra days in the quarter this year compared to last year.Revenue rose 18 per cent to $3.26 billion.Analysts expected earnings of 57 cents per share and revenue of $3.20 billion, according to FactSet.The company’s revenue per available room — or REVPAR — was $129.59, up 4.4 per cent from the prior year. That key figure increased thanks to slightly higher occupancies and a 3 per cent gain in the rates charged to guests.“Both business and leisure transient demand were strong in the quarter, more than offsetting weak short-term group business,” Arne M. Sorenson, Marriott president and CEO, said in a statement.“As occupancy rates reach 2007 peak levels for many brands, room rates are moving higher, improving hotel profitability and incentive fees,” Sorenson said.Marriott now expects its revenue per available room to increase 4 to 6 per cent worldwide for the full year, down from its outlook last quarter for growth of 4 to 7 per cent.The company expects its annual earnings per share to be $1.92 to $2.03, slightly lower than Wall Street analysts’ estimate of $2.04. Marriott’s stock fell about 2.6 per cent in after-hours trading. It gained 18 cents to $41.57 in the regular session.Marriott doesn’t own most of the hotels in its system but makes money off either managing or franchising its 18 brands. Those include Ritz-Carlton, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Courtyard, SpringHill Suites and Renaissance.Marriott added 43 new properties, with a total of 6,203 rooms, to its worldwide lodging portfolio in the quarter. Eighteen properties, with 3,225 rooms, exited the system. As of June 30, the company was responsible for 3,847 properties and timeshare resorts globally with more than 666,000 rooms.The company’s worldwide pipeline of hotels under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development increased to nearly 850 properties with more 140,000 rooms. Marriott International 2Q earnings rise with travellers willing to spend more on hotel rooms AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


At UN North African leaders highlight progress and challenges in democratic transitions

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

The North African country has been undergoing a democratic transition process, which includes the recent holding of national elections, the first free vote in decades in Libya, where Mr. al-Qadhafi ruled for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising last year – similar to the protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – led to civil war and the end of his regime.Human rights, transitional justice, and national reconciliation are among the other issues that the country is currently dealing with; the past months have seen armed clashes between various groups, testing the reach and authority of the Government’s security apparatus and ability to impose the rule of law. The integration or demobilization of the revolutionary fighters who took part in the uprising, and the control of weapons, are other issues the country faces.In his statement to the 67th Assembly’s General Debate at UN Headquarters in New York, on Thursday, the Libyan leader apologized for the crimes carried out by Mr. al-Qadhafi, saying Libyans were determined to build a State of peace, security, good relations with their neighbours and respect for international obligations and human rights.Furthermore, he called on all States to help Libya recover funds looted by the al-Qadhafi regime to finance terrorism abroad.Referring to an anti-Islam video made in the United States and which recently led to violent reactions in various cities across the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere, President El-Magariaf expressed deep sadness over the related violence in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, in which the United States Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and others, were killed.He hailed the US diplomat as the “voice of reason and conscience” and “the messenger of peace,” vowing that the tragedy would strengthen Libya’s solidarity and unity around the aspirations and goals that he had stood for. “We will defeat the schemes of retarded terrorists who do not represent Libya, nor represent Islam,” he said assuring the US that Libya would pursue the perpetrators and bring them to justice. The Libyan Government would spare no effort to bolster protection for diplomatic and consular missions, he added, while also condemning the video.Other topics touched upon in his speech to the Assembly included the need for a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East, Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territory, an independent State of Palestine and the crisis in Syria.The Syrian crisis also featured in the speech of Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki to the General Debate on Thursday. “Dictatorship is a disease” which impacts upon freedom and gives rise to hatred and violence, he told the gathering. In early 2011, the country witnessed a popular uprising – the first of many across North Africa and the Middle East calling for democratic reforms – that removed the long-standing regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Since then, the North African nation has been engaged in democratic transition process, which included the holding of peaceful elections in October 2011 that led to the establishment of a Constituent Assembly.Describing his country’s experience, President Marzouki said Tunisia had worked under the auspices of the United Nations to establish peace and avoid confrontation. But, he noted, the freedom and democracy that people now enjoyed had come at a high cost: tens of thousands of people held as political prisoners, with hundreds of people killed and injured. Tunisia, he added, continued to confront multiple economic and social problems inherited from the regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.The President invited the United Nations to declare dictatorships a social and political “scourge,” to be eliminated by a bold programme similar to that which had eradicated polio and small pox.In that context, he said the International Criminal Court (ICC) – the first permanent international court set up to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression – only tackled crimes after they had been committed, and mechanisms to prevent dictatorships from taking root were needed. Indeed, dictatorships gave themselves a “false legality” by organizing fraudulent elections and using democratic principles to undermine democracy itself, the President said. He proposed the creation of an international constitutional court, similar to the ICC, to denounce certain constitutions, or illegal charters and elections. In his statement, like Libya’s Yousef El-Magariaf, President Marzouki also touched upon the issue of Palestine, a nuclear weapon-free Middle East, Islamophobia and the need to reduce the chasm between rich and poor. The two North African leaders are among scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more


Ukraine 200000 children forced to learn in bulletriddled classrooms

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

That’s according to the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, in a statement released on Friday.“Children are learning in schools with bullet holes in the walls and sandbags in windows, bomb shelters in the basements and shrapnel in school yards,” said UNICEF’s Ukraine Representative, Giovanna Barberis.“The education system in eastern Ukraine has been in the crossfire for more than four years. All sides of the conflict must respect international humanitarian law and ensure that schools are safe places for children to learn.”More than four years of conflict in eastern Ukraine between government forces and separatists has taken a devastating toll on the education system. At least 45 schools have been damaged or destroyed over the last 16 months; in addition to the more than 700 schools affected overall since the conflict began.The children are extremely nervous of shelling and teachers try to calm them down, but it’s hard for them – Principal Elena MihatskayaMany schools and kindergartens are located along both sides of eastern Ukraine’s so-called “contact line” that divides government and non-government-controlled areas. This means that classrooms are often close to military bases and security check points, increasing the risk that they may step on unexploded weapons of war, or be caught in crossfire.“The children are extremely nervous of shelling and teachers try to calm them down, but it’s hard for them,” said Principal Elena Mihatskaya, whose secondary school in the town of Krasnohorivka has been shut down since last May due to massive damage caused by a shell. “It’s hard for kids to cope because they are nervous and stressed.”UNICEF helps provide psychosocial support and mine-risk education to hundreds of thousands of children, youth and caregivers. The agency also supports repairs to damaged schools and kindergartens and distributes vital education supplies such as learning kits, furniture sets and sports equipment.This year, UNICEF has appealed for $23.6 million to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to children and families affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. To date, less than 15 per cent of this appeal has been met. read more


Magnus Carlsen Wins A Game And The World Chess Championship Is Up

Posted On Sep 29 2019 by

Then Karjakin pounced. He forayed dramatically into enemy territory, capturing the pawn on f7 and sacrificing his bishop at the hands of black’s king in the process. For the first time in the two weeks of the match, what could honestly be described as a cheer erupted from the crowd in the Fulton Market Building in the South Street Seaport. Karjakin was on the attack!The serious threats thereafter posed to black’s king by white’s invasion allowed Karjakin to make up for his lost bishop a few moves later, trading rooks and winning black’s knight. But the offensive wasn’t enough. Despite a one-pawn advantage, the Russian couldn’t ensnare the Norwegian king, settling for a draw. In the position shown above, the computer preferred a less direct — but incredibly complicated — variation: sliding the queen to b3 first to provide some backup before the bishop attack. That approach may have been winning for the Russian. But computers and may-haves aren’t worth a whole lot at the World Chess Championship.The game was clearly drawn for the next hour, but Karjakin kept playing, swinging his queen around the board, bothering but never truly threatening Carlsen and his king. The Russian seemed to be lording his then 1-point advantage over Carlsen. At some point, the game wasn’t really about chess. It was about the players.“I’m just happy to survive,” Carlsen said afterward. His slid his rook, in the upper right corner, south one square, to h7. It didn’t look like much to me at first, but it cost him any chance of a draw. Karjakin, whose impenetrable defenses had helped secure an unlikely lead in the match, had crumbled. The issue with rook-to-h7 is that black can no longer address his many problems at once. His pressure points are the squares b7, the pawn next to his king, and e6, another lonely pawn. Tucking one rook behind the other limits its ability to help defend these. Indeed, the pawn on e6 would fall a few moves later, while b7 became a focal point of white’s attack. (Better, according to the silicon, was leaving the rooks be and taking the knight to h6.)This game was vintage Magnus, though, grinding down an opponent and pursuing a small advantage, undeterred, for hours. Karjakin resigned on the 75th move. This spelled relief for Carlsen fans. For those without a rooting interest, there was another reason to be excited — the match was tied, and faster tiebreaker games could be in store. And perhaps the player everyone had expected when they shelled out $75 for their ticket — the Mozart of chess — had finally started composing.A simple Elo-based simulation of the rest of the match puts Carlsen’s chance of winning in 12 games at 38 percent, and Karjakin’s at 10 percent. The chance of tiebreakers is 52 percent.2This is based on their current Elo ratings and an assumption that 70 percent of games will end in a draw. Dave Rabinowitz, left, and Jay Bonin. Photograph by Misha Friedman Despite notions that Carlsen would venture something exotic the next day, handling the white pieces, to secure a badly needed win, Thursday’s Game 10 saw yet another Ruy to start — the sixth in 10 games. The Spanish priest would be proud.Karjakin had a juicy chance to force a draw early on via perpetual check, which would have put him a huge step closer to the title, but he missed the opportunity. The grandmasters fought on. Unlike in the previous day’s game, however, the heaviest artillery came off the board, when queens were traded on the 24th move. But her loyal subjects survived: Not a single pawn was captured until the 34th move. These smallest of pieces formed an intricate lattice around and through which each of the grandmasters’ knight and two rooks had to navigate. Carlsen held a small edge, according to Stockfish, as the castles and horses were picked up, put down and rearranged in a shuffle worthy of an amateur Shakespeare production. It still looked somewhat draw-ish, as the chess commentariat is quick to say, until Move 56. Karjakin (black) had this to deal with: Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the defending world chess champion and No. 1 player, had a nice Thanksgiving in New York City: He won a game of chess. In the 10th game of the best-of-12 world championship match, on the banks of the East River in lower Manhattan, after eight draws and one loss, he finally triumphed Thursday in 75 moves and six and a half hours of play. The day before, he’d parried sharp threats from his challenger, Sergey Karjakin, the Russian world No. 7, fighting to a 74-move draw. The score is now tied at 5 in this race to 6.5 points and chess immortality.1Wins are worth 1 point, draws are worth half a point for each player, and losses are worth 0 points. If the match is tied after 12 games, speedier tiebreaker games will be played Nov. 30.Wednesday continued the match’s main theme: lengthy, tense draws, with one side scratching for survival. Thursday saw the first breakthrough for the Norwegian and a sigh of relief from his fans. And away from the venue, New York chess fans — and the city’s chess elite — kept a watchful eye on the match.The two grandmasters began Wednesday’s Game 9 with another Ruy Lopez — the fifth time this opening sequence of moves had been played in the match and the untold millionth time it has been played since its eponymous Spanish priest undertook the first systematic study of the sequence in 1561. It’s a natural way to start a chess game — two knights leap into action and then a bishop provides some tension.Things proceeded largely without incident until around Move 39. Karjakin, playing white, was clinging to a small positional advantage, per the computer chess engine Stockfish. Carlsen, playing black, opened the door for him even wider. Carlsen retreated his knight, from d5 to e7, on Move 38. Karjakin contemplated the position below for more than 26 minutes, burning his time allotment down to less than a minute. He glanced occasionally at the clock but mostly stared at f7, the square occupied by a lowly black pawn near his opponent’s all-important black king. The only American chess world champion of the modern era is Bobby Fischer, who won in 1972. There were high hopes that the list would double in length this year. Two Americans — Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura — competed in March’s Candidates Tournament for the right to challenge Carlsen. Caruana, who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, fell 1 point short; Karjakin beat him in the final round to clinch the spot.Still, this championship is resonating beyond the four walls of its venue with the chesserati in the Big Apple.On a recent match off-day, I visited the Marshall Chess Club in New York’s Greenwich Village. The club, along with the outdoor tables in nearby Washington Square Park that chess hustlers call home, is the beating heart of chess in the city. A 13-year-old Fischer played the “Game of the Century” there in 1956, and a corner of the club is adorned with memorabilia from his 1972 championship match. Stanley Kubrick and Marcel Duchamp have counted themselves as members. Carlsen has played there. The club celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.I was invited to a lecture about the first games of the championship match. I arrived early, and the unmistakable thwack of chess clocks echoed in the hall as I climbed the stairs to the main room. As I turned the corner, there was Caruana, the world No. 2 and top American player, playing speed chess as a crowd of about 15 gathered tightly around his table. He was seated under a sketch of the competitors for the 1935 world championship — Alexander Alekhine and Max Euwe. Alekhine was the defending champ; Euwe was a heavy underdog. Euwe won by a point. Fabiano Caruana. Photograph by Misha Friedman When Caruana finished his session, I asked him about the other, more public chess games taking place two miles south. He had put the disappointment of the Candidates behind him, he told me, and had been following closely, staying up “very late” to analyze a recent game. “It’s a very unusual match,” he said. “I think both players are probably not at their best. There’s a lot of psychology going on. Carlsen is normally not affected psychologically, but he has some sort of barrier in this match. He’s playing moves he wouldn’t normally play.”I asked him what we can expect. “If Magnus takes it to tie-break, he’ll probably win the match,” Caruana said.Alone in a back room of the club, two men sat at a chessboard in front of large picture windows. Jay Bonin, an international master for whom the club is a de facto office, was giving a lesson to Dave Rabinowitz, a lawyer who lives nearby. They’d both been following the Carlsen-Karjakin match faithfully. Rabinowitz was following online (“with some degree of comprehension”), and Bonin had attended a couple of games. But they had their complaints. Rabinowitz seemed to long for an age of chess not too distantly past. “Chess has evolved,” he said. “You can see them being very careful, and they were not going to make any egregious mistakes. It’s different from even the way it was 50 years ago.” Bonin would have preferred a different result at the Candidates. “I would’ve been more interested if there was an American player challenging Carlsen,” he said. “I’d root for an American.” Nevertheless, Bonin, who has played many thousands of tournament games and competed against a young Caruana, craved more coverage of the match. “I look in my daily newspaper, and I hardly see anything,” he said.Here’s some more: Game 11 is Saturday afternoon, and Game 12 is Monday afternoon. I’ll be covering them here and on Twitter. read more


Robots are better than doctors at diagnosing some cancers major study finds

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

Artificial intelligence is better than doctors at diagnosing some cancers, research has shown.The international study involved machines that were trained to detect signs of skin cancer before being tested against 58 dermatologists.It comes after the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said extra funds for the NHS must be used to expand the use of artificial intelligence to diagnose patients.The computer network was taught by being shown 100,000 images of malignant melanomas and benign moles marked with a diagnosis. It was then pitted against senior doctors to diagnose 100 of the most difficult lesions.The machines correctly diagnosed the malignant cases in 95 per cent of cases – significantly more than the 87 per cent accuracy achieved by dermatologists, the study found.The artificial intelligence also misdiagnosed fewer benign moles as malignant melanoma, meaning fewer patients would be forced to endure needless surgery. Researchers from Germany, the United States and France used a form of artificial intelligence known as a deep learning convolutional neural network (CNN). This is an artificial neural network inspired by the biological processes at work when nerve cells in the brain are connected to each other and respond to what the eye sees.The CNN learns from images that it “sees” and teaches itself to improve its performance in a process called machine learning. “This would result in less unnecessary surgery.”The computer was more accurate even when compared with the most experienced doctors, the study, published in the Annals of Oncology, found.“These findings show that deep learning convolutional neural networks are capable of out-performing dermatologists, including extensively trained experts, in the task of detecting melanomas,” Prof Haenssle said.Researchers said such technology could be used to screen for skin cancer, meaning cases could be diagnosed far earlier. But they said the technology was likely to be used in conjunction with skilled doctors, rather than replacing them.Malignant melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. In the UK cases have more than doubled since the Nineties, with more than 15,000 cases annually. Four weeks later they were given the same tests, this time with clinical information about the patient, including their age, sex and position of the lesion.When doctors were given simply the images, they accurately detected 86.6 per cent of melanomas, rising to 88.9 per cent when they also had information about the patient. The artificial intelligence made a correct assessment in 95 per cent of cases based on images alone.“The CNN missed fewer melanomas, meaning it had a higher sensitivity than the dermatologists,” said Prof Haenssle. “And it misdiagnosed fewer benign moles as malignant melanoma, which means it had a higher specificity.  Prof Holger Haenssle, the study lead author, from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, said: “The CNN works like the brain of a child. To train it, we showed the CNN more than 100,000 images of malignant and benign skin cancers and moles and indicated the diagnosis for each image.“With each training image, the CNN improved its ability to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions.”Once the machines had been trained, they were tested against 58 dermatologists from 17 countries across the world.More than half the specialists had at least five years’ experience.The dermatologists were asked to first make a diagnosis of malignant melanoma or benign mole just from the dermoscopic images, and to decide if surgery was required. Show more 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


Police looking into allegations against Sir Philip Green

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

It comes after an injunction which prevented The Telegraph printing details of claims made against the billionaire which included allegations that he had groped a senior female executive and smacked her on the bottom, held another woman in a headlock and told a black male that his “problem” was that he was “still throwing spears in the jungle”. The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that it has received a report detailing allegations of sexual assault, assault and racial abuse made against the Topshop owner. All of the employers later signed non-disclosure… Police are “looking into” allegations against Sir Philip Green, Scotland Yard has confirmed as pressure grows for them to launch a full investigation. read more


FLANDERS to debut new innovative mining solutions at MINExpo

Posted On Sep 24 2019 by

first_imgFLANDERS is set to announce several newly developed products, including expanding the FREEDOM platform and the introduction of a new software platform, INVISION, at MINExpo. FLANDERS, a privately-owned and operated partner to the mining industry, says it continues to draw upon nearly 70 years of experience in serving, and most recently, automating mining operations.FLANDERS’ Chief Operating Officer, Allen Patterson shared, “These solutions are considered to be some of the most innovative breakthroughs yet.”FREEDOM is a flexible open-architecture platform that brings new life to existing equipment by replacing proprietary OEM control components. This upgrade enables the use of commercially available off-the-shelf products, improves machine monitoring and expedites troubleshooting through a common and intuitive graphical interface. The FREEDOM platform has been developed for draglines, drills, haul trucks, shovels and underground coal transporters, resulting in higher production and lower maintenance.“By listening intently to our customers, this established platform allows FLANDERS to continually develop and deliver innovative solutions addressing their ever-evolving needs.” Patterson noted. The platform includes the following systems:FREEDOM for Draglines, whether it’s an AC or DC machine, the FREEDOM control system enables the installation of third-party motors, including FLANDERS’ high-performance motors and generators, resulting in quicker cycle times and increased availability. Maintenance and machine downtime is decreased by using easy-to-replace common power modules and detailed diagnosticsFREEDOM for Drills, ARDVARC, is a superior drill control system that offers various levels of autonomy. In its most basic form, FREEDOM for Drills delivers superior data on blast hole positioning, drilling conditions and machine operation, resulting in improved fragmentation. At its most advanced level, it is a fully autonomous drilling solution, providing productivity gains up to 30%FREEDOM for Haul Trucks extends the life of an existing haul truck by completely eliminating DC motors and replacing with new AC motors and controls. These improvements provide reduced maintenance and up to 30% higher max speeds, resulting in increased productionFREEDOM for Shovels lowers cost per tonne by utilising FLANDERS’ robust motors and smart systems to deliver increased productivity up to 24%. FLANDERS’ long lasting motors decrease machine downtime and unplanned maintenance, improving reliabilityFREEDOM for Underground Coal Transporters offers increased motor reliability by utilizing FLANDERS built high-performance drives and motors, including more robust encoders increasing performance and life. Additionally, FLANDERS’ software configurable non-contact conveyor and foot switches eliminate the need for mechanical adjustmentsThe unexpected failure of a machine can create disruption, further damage to a machine and loss of production. FLANDERS’ INVISION is an inspection based predictive and preventative maintenance solution. INVISION provides intuitive insight into a machine’s health by using complex algorithms to define the remaining life of components, limit downtime, control costs and minimise safety and environmental risks, while achieving maximum productivity. By utilising the INVISION software platform, analysed data becomes actionable data, and is visible to all levels of an organisation as displayed through a colour-coded visual health presentation. Same day results allow maintenance personnel to quickly prioritise and schedule maintenance activities.last_img read more


MacBook Retina Displays have a ghosting issue Apple wont repair

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgOne of the major draws to the new range of MacBooks is that fantastic Retina Display. But it turns out there may be a flaw that ruins your viewing experience, and one that Apple isn’t willing to repair.Matthew Cleevely has been an Apple user for the past 11 years, and a few months ago dropped $3,000 (with Apple Care) on a MacBook Pro with Retina Display. He’s not happy, though, because that Retina Display is faulty due to a very noticeable ghosting issue. The problem is, Apple doesn’t regard this type of ghosting as worthy of repair.Cleevely first noticed an issue on the unlock screen when lines appeared across the display. Those lines also appeared when switching from a text document to viewing a photo. This ghosting detracted from the overall quality of the viewing experience and would definitely be annoying, so he went to see an Apple Genius in a bid to get it repaired.Apple has set tests it can carry out to determine whether specific components are faulty. In the case of a display demonstrating ghosting, they place a black and white grid on the screen for 3 minutes followed by a completely gray screen for 1 minute. If the grid pattern is visible in the gray, the display is faulty and gets repaired.The problem is, the ghosting Cleevely’s MacBook Pro is experiencing does not show up on this test and therefore he doesn’t get a free repair. Instead, he’s having to pay to replace the screen himself. It seems the ghosting isn’t apparent with black on white, but it is very apparent for different shades of gray on white as the images included here clearly show. Cleevely even carried out the Apple test himself using a grid of shades of gray, and the ghosting is obvious:This has left Cleevely out of pocket and angry at Apple for not fixing a clear problem. I’m also seeing other people pop up since he posted about this and say they have the exact same problem with their Retina Displays.Apple needs to respond to this simply by introducing another test that doesn’t just involve using black and white. If it doesn’t, depending on how widespread a problem it is, they are going to have a growing group of very angry MacBook owners, many of whom won’t be willing to pay for replacement displays.More at The n Bells bloglast_img read more


Immigration rally planned for Saturday at Esther Short Park

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_imgOn Saturday, groups nationwide will come together to demand immigrant families be kept together and no longer detained as part of the We Belong Together movement.Locally, Latinas Unidas Vancouver, One America and the National Domestic Workers Alliance are hosting a rally to demand the Trump administration review its zero-tolerance policy and reinstitute detention program alternatives for immigrants entering the U.S.The rally will take place between 8 and 10 a.m. at Esther Short Park, at Eighth and Columbia streets. Participants are asked to wear white T-shirts to show their support.A second rally addressing the immigration crisis will march from 750 Anderson St. to Esther Short Park starting at 1 p.m.last_img read more


NA Committee Tour Road Projects in NBR

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_imgBy Awa B. BahThe National Assembly Select Committee to monitor Government projects toured ongoing works on roads, bridge construction and rehabilitation projects in the North Bank and the Central River Regions respectively.The Select Committee which is mandated to perform oversight functions in monitoring Government projects across the country, comprises National Assembly members and it is headed by their Chairperson Sulayman Saho. The committee as mandated will note the progress and challenges of Government projects and make recommendations to Government.The visiting team which includes experts from the Ministry of Works, the National Roads Authority, Contractors, Engineers, Project Managers and Consultants, visited ongoing Government project works on the Essau- Kerewan road and Kerewan-Njawara road rehabilitation in the North Bank Region.Chairperson Saho and his committee said they are impressed with the level and quality of work going on at the project sites but will continue to monitor them to ensure that the objectives of the project are achieved. He promised to engage the relevant authorities in fast tracking the works. They recommended that the relevant institutions of Government be put in the picture for accountability purposes. The committee also recommended that the green vegetation of the road side be maintained to replace lost vegetation.At the Essau- Kerewan road project site, an official from the NRA said the project work to be done is a 9.6 kilometer road stretch with additional 14 sections to be repaired. The project, he said, started one year ago and should end August 2019; that the project is almost at the completion stage, and that the outstanding work left is not much. The project, the official said, costs D6.9 million and is funded from Government’s fuel levy.The Alkalos and community Leaders who were said to have been engaged, commended the timeliness of the project; that they will work with project officials to better upkeep the roads. Alkali Paneh said the roads will ease the movement of goods and services.At the Kerewan-Njawara road, the Chino-Gam Company limited and Foresight Engineering officials, led the committee on a conducted tour of the ongoing rehabilitation works. According to them, the cost of the project is $459,543.45 out of which $442,878.64 is to be spent on civil works; that the period of liability detection is six months and the supervision and design was done by City Scape Associates. The project manager told the visiting Select Committee members that the implementing agency is UNOP and that the project is funded by the European Union. He said the Kerewan-Njawara road rehabilitation project started in January 2019 and will end on 3rd September 2019 as per the contract agreement.He however noted that there are some challenges and that efforts are being made to overcome them; that some of these challenges are basalt and bitumen.last_img read more


Digicel Summer Promotion launched 10000 in giveaways

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img Related Items:digicel summer promotion, trina adams Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – In a promotion which ends on August 31st, Digicel TCI announces that there is a chance to win $10,000 with their Summer in the Fast Lane promotion. Marketing Manager, Trina Adams shared that: “There will be four weekly winners of $1,000 each in cash and one lucky winner will walk away with a year of free Digicel mobile, broadband and TV services valued at $4000.” Adams said entering is automatic for all Digicel customers when they do things like purchase their LTE featured handset, top up $20 or more, activate a postpaid LTE data plan or get LTE prepaid.” According to Digicel, winners of the summer campaign will be selected randomly each week and contacted by a marketing representative. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Parker wins $1,000 from Digicel ‘More the Merrier’ Business Leadership training investment by Digicel in TCI executives Digicel NBA Youth Jumpstart Basketball Clinic A Huge Successlast_img read more


San Diego breweries are teaming up to help Camp Fire victims

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img KUSI Newsroom November 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO- The beer company Sierra Nevada is brewing up something special for the victims of the Camp Fire.  Sierra Nevada will be brewing a special beer, Resilience Butte County Proud IPA,  and will be donating 100% of beer sales to the official relief fund.The founder, Ken Grossman, is calling on other breweries to do the same and to help those efforts, multiple malt, hop and yeast suppliers are donating ingredients.The following San Diego breweries have signed on to the cause:AleSmithBallast PointBarrel HarborBelching BeaverBenchmarkBitter BrothersBlack PlagueBurgeonCoronadoFall BrewingFourpenny HouseGreen FlashHalf Door BrewingHome Brewing Co.Karl StraussMike HessMikkeller San DiegoModern TimesPapa Marce’s CerveceriaPoor HouseRock Bottom La JollaRouleurSaint ArcherSan Diego Brewing Co.SavagewoodSecond ChanceSocieteStone Liberty StationWhite LabsResilience Butte County Proud IPA will be available in late December.To learn more, click here. Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending, Wildfires FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 7:36 PM Posted: November 28, 2018 San Diego breweries are teaming up to help Camp Fire victimslast_img read more


Green Day Announce Greatest Hits Album New Miranda Lambert Duet

Posted On Sep 12 2019 by

first_img Email Green Day Announce Greatest Hits Album, New Miranda Lambert Duet Facebook Green Day Greatest Hits With A Twist green-day-announce-greatest-hits-album-new-miranda-lambert-duet News Twitter center_img One of the new songs on the album is a duet with GRAMMY-winning country star Miranda Lambert on the song ‘”Ordinary World.” It may seem an unlikely combination, but Lambert and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong performed together at the 56th GRAMMY Awards in 2014.Exclusive Interview: Fall Out Boy Talk “Manie,” Kids Music, & Star Wars NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am ReImagined: Lindsey Stirling, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” The tongue-in-cheek title of the collection is actually a reference to a skit from “Colbert” where God proclaims his love for Green Day. Bay-area punk pioneers gather 20 of their best songs plus two new ones for ‘Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band’ collectionNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 12, 2017 – 3:09 pm Green Day’s career has taken them from the gritty makings of east bay punk to Broadway and beyond. On Nov. 17 a new collection called Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band gives fans 20 of the GRAMMY-winning band’s best plus two brand new songs.last_img read more


Sony A6400 touts improved autofocus and object tracking

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_imgThe A6400 Sony When Sony announced the A6500 APS-C mirrorless in 2016, I took it as the successor to the A6300, despite the fact that that camera had only launched about six months earlier. Why? Because the A6300 lacked one incredibly important feature — in-body image stabilization — and I figured Sony was moving quickly to rectify that. But it turns out the new A6400 is the update for the A6300, packing what sounds like high-performance autofocus (AF) and improved photo and video quality, but in pretty much the same old body, lacking in-body image stabilization and using the (deservedly) much-maligned short-lived battery.It’s slated to ship in February at $900 for the body, in a kit with a 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 lens for $1,000 or in a kit with the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens for $1,300. The new hybrid autofocus system has the same 425 phase-detection points as the A6300, but bumps the contrast-detection areas from 169 to 425. That’s important, because contrast AF is what the A6400 (like most other cameras) uses for subject tracking. In addition, Sony threw in some AI to help with object recognition, and now the company claims it handles real-time eye tracking and has improved object recogition and faster AF subject lock. Win-win-win. Animal eye tracking will come in a future firmware update. Share your voice Crutchfield Sony’s new portable wireless speakers at CES 2019 Amazon $1,148 Mentioned Above Sony a6300 (with 18-135mm lens, black) 50 Photos The first Sony 8K TVs are really, really big at CES 2019 See it Best Buy Comment Now playing: Watch this: Review • Sony A6300 review: The A6300’s best-in-class images marred by annoying operation 1center_img $1,148 $1,149 See It $1,148 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sony A6300 1:49 Cameras See It See It Tags An update to the latest image processor also boosts the features and image quality — it usually does — offering a higher maximum native sensitivity of ISO 32000 (both movie and still), an HLG Picture Profile for shooting HDR video, a 1080/120fps slo-mo speed and (finally!) an intervalometer for time-lapse.Sony also managed to upgrade the LCD, using a vertical flip-up touch screen this time. And unusually for a nonprofessional camera, the company now says its shutter life is rated for 200,000 cycles.Otherwise, the specs are similar, from the 11fps maximum continuous-shooting rate (with AE/AF) to its 24.2-megapixel resolution.It feels petty to complain, since you’ll still be getting a whole lot of camera for the money. But the lack of in-body IS, which was barely understandable three years ago, is doubly disappointing today, especially given the focus on shooting action and the camera’s prosumer orientation; OIS lenses are bulkier and more expensive than those without. As is sticking with the 360-shot NP-FW50 battery rather than giving us an improved, more efficient Z series like what debuted with the A9.The A9, by the way, is getting a big firmware update to support the new eye-tracking capabilities and more, starting in March; the A7 III and A7R III will be getting it in April.The A6500 is due for an update — likely the rumored A7000 — and you can bet it will get all the autofocus and image processor improvements and more, so the A6500’s price will probably drop from its current $1,200 level. At which point the decision of which to buy will get kind of confusing.Correction, 6:03 p.m. ET: Corrects animal eye-tracking availability. Sonylast_img read more


Arctic Climate Researchers Zoom in on Plankton

Posted On Sep 9 2019 by

first_imgResearchers collect water samples in the Chukchi Sea. (Courtesy of Amanda Kowalski/ArcticSpring.org)They’re not recognizable like polar bears or whales. But phytoplankton are a key part of life in the Arctic – and now, they’re at the center of a new research effort to predict how the region will respond to climate change.Download AudioAlmost every animal in the Arctic eats — or eats something that consumes — phytoplankton. They’re tiny specks of algae that usually blossom into big clouds out in the ocean in the springtime.But that’s not what Kevin Arrigo saw a few years back. He was in the Chukchi Sea for a research cruise funded by NASA.Arrigo: “The deeper we went into the ice, the more phytoplankton there were. They reached amazing concentrations, to the point where it was the largest bloom anybody had ever seen anywhere in the world’s oceans. And it was under three feet of ice.”Phytoplankton need two things to grow — nutrients and light.In the past, scientists have assumed that sun can’t get through thick Arctic sea ice. But as the earth warms up, the ice is thinning out. And it’s definitely easier for light to get through.Arrigo: “The thing we didn’t know was what the nutrient distributions look like — particularly before the bloom starts, early in the spring. Because nobody’s ever been in the Chukchi Sea, sampling the entire ocean from top to bottom at that time of year.”That’s what Arrigo set out to do this spring, with a team of about 40 other scientists. They examined the base of Arctic food web in the Chukchi Sea, with a grant from the National Science Foundation.That paid for a trip aboard the Coast Guard icebreaker Healy. Arrigo says it was an ideal vessel, but there were some roadblocks it couldn’t plow through.Arrigo: “We were really unlucky in that everything happened late this year. The melt ponds never formed while we were out there. The phytoplankton under the ice never developed because there was never enough ice. But we were really happy with the results because we know now that the whole region — the entire Chukchi Sea — is really prime habitat for these things to develop.”Bob Pickart is the lead physical oceanographer for this project. He says he’s coming away with hundreds of water samples from up and down the Chukchi Sea — all loaded down with nutrients.Pickart: “These nutrients –- they spur the growth of the phytoplankton. And then from there on, it just spirals right up the food chain. So it’s like the base of the ecosystem. This is what it’s all about.”Pickart says there’s a lot of work ahead to analyze the samples. His findings will be shared with other scientists on the team.Pickart: “They have to know, why are the nutrients in the water in the first place. How did they get there? Where does the water go? What’s the timing of the water? So they have to know all about the physics of the circulation on the Chukchi Shelf in order to then understand the biology.”Arrigo is a biologist, and he has his own questions — about the timing of the phytoplankton bloom.Arrigo: “Productivity has been shifting earlier and earlier, because the ice is melting earlier and earlier. But now the bloom — the productivity — is not even waiting for the ice to melt.”If it’s coming earlier than animals are used to:Arrigo: “What’s going to happen? Are they going to produce their offspring at a point when the bloom’s already happened, it’s too late, there’s no food in the water?”Arrigo says the best chance of predicting that is to understand how the phytoplankton are interacting with their environment right now.That’s why the researchers are hoping to return to the Chukchi Sea next year to gather more water samples, and a better look at the bottom of the Arctic food web.last_img read more


The Weirdest And Worst SpiderMan Fan Art

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgStay on target ‘Spider-Verse’ Creators Plan Sony Marvel TV ShowsWatch These Movies Before ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ The general consensus is that Spider-Man: Homecoming has brought back the franchise in a big way, returning Peter Parker to the awkward teenager that he was always meant to be while still keeping things feeling fresh and modern. With any character that has a half-century of history, there are always changes and different interpretations. Some stick and become canon, while others are forgotten.By everybody but fan artists, that is. The Spider-Man fan community is more than happy to memorialize clone sagas, six-armed Spideys and all the other bizarre permutations that Marvel writers have put him through while adding their own fetishistic spins to the character and his supporting cast. Here’s a gallery of Spider-Man fan art from all over the Web that pushes every envelope we could find. Excelsior!View as: One Page Slides1/171. Bitten By SpiderOne of the best things about Spider-Man: Homecoming is how it skipped over the origin story that most superhero flicks waste time with. Everybody on Earth knows that Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, even if it didn’t happen exactly like this picture.2. Butt InflationSo when you get bit by a radioactive spider it can cause unexpected mutations to your body. Case in point: apparently Peter Parker’s ass is getting those Nicki Minaj implants, which will make fighting crime a little more difficult.3. Dr. Octopus TicklingI don’t know if any of the Spider-Foes ever subjected our hero to intense, unceasing tickle torture, but if anybody were to do it it would be Dr. Octopus. Just look at that guy. You know he has hella fetish sites bookmarked on his laptop.4. Fat WerewolfSo what if Spider-Man was a werewolf? They’ve done it with Captain America, so there’s precedent. But what if he was… a fat werewolf? Don’t ever let it be said that Marvel Comics is out of ideas, true believers.5. Dead Until We’re You StandSo there’s a guy on DeviantArt (there’s always a guy on DeviantArt) with like sixteen million of these weird primitive CGI Spider-Man drawings where he joins a ninja team made of cats or something? It’s kind of hard to figure out. But there sure are a lot of them.6. Spider-MinionWhile working on this piece I accidentally got sidetracked into Minions fan art hell, and let me tell you – that’s not a place you want to visit. I think what’s going on in this masterpiece is that a Minion is hanging upside-down from a web line, but Lord only knows.7. Venom Inflates Spider-ManWe’re going to be making several stops into well-trod fetish territory with this feature, so of course inflation will be represented. Venom seems to be enjoying his enemy’s massive8. Digested By VenomThis is just a tiny part of an extended series that features Venom swallowing Spider-Man whole and slowly digesting him over time in a way designed for maximum erotic “vore” value.9. Gwen Stacy KissThe tragic death of Gwen Stacy is one of the most important moments in Peter Parker’s life, so naturally there’s fan art of the two of them making out colored with the best crayons you can buy at the 99 cent store.10. HomecomingHomecoming… that’s when you, like, come home, right? And, uh, one of your legs gets miniaturized by a shrinking ray? Pretty sure that’s how it works.11. Spidey SolesDamn, Spidey! Back at it again with the foot fetishes. I wonder if Spider-Man every uses his ability to make his hands and feet super-sticky during makeout sessions? I’m sure there’s piles of fan fiction about just that.12. An AccidentYes, I am absolutely certain that if Deadpool managed to make Spider-Man pregnant it would qualify as “an accident.” Also since when is Captain America Spider-Man’s father figure? I thought Tony Stark had that role all sewed up.13. Everybody’s PregnantThis is a cut so deep it took us serious research to figure it out – the guy in green was the alien antagonist of a special comic Marvel put out in 1976 about teen pregnancy! He was on a mission to increase the birth rate so his home planet could have child slaves.14. Spider-Man Saves TodSo this is apparently just one chapter in a massive Marvel Universe / The Land Before Time / The Fox & The Hound cross-over. Let that sink into your brain for a little while and see if you can cope with it. In this scene, “Spiderman saw Littlefoot beating Tod up and was about to throw him into a massive nitric acid pool but Spiderman uses his web to save Tod’s life and capture Littlefoot.”15. Beefy SpideyOne of the defining elements of Spider-Man’s character was that he’s not built like other comic book beefcakes, but rather is a slender high school student. Of course, that’s not enough for the fan artists of the world who want to see rippling abs and lats on every square inch of the body.16. The Lizard’s LunchGender swapping and foot fetishism? I’m seeing double the fetishes! This artist has a ton of she-Spidey getting her tootsies tormented by the whole rogue’s gallery.17. Spider-Man And John LennonAlthough I think the Fab Four were mentioned in at least a few Marvel comics, we can be certain that Spidey never posed laid out on a grand piano while John Lennon complained about a spicy meal.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more