Crown appeals sentences in case where bodies were found in burned farmhouse

first_imgCALGARY – The Crown is appealing sentences handed to two Alberta men convicted of murdering a family whose bodies were found in the charred remains of their home.Notice of the appeals, filed Monday in Calgary, claim the sentences for Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years were “demonstrably unfit.”The Crown had argued that the two men deserved the maximum of 75 years without hope of parole for what the prosecution called a contract killing of sorts.The bodies of Klaus’s father, Gordon, and sister, Monica, were found in their burned-out farmhouse in central Alberta in December 2013.His mother Sandra’s body was never found but police believe she also died in the house.In January, Justice Eric Macklin convicted both Klaus and Frank on three counts of first-degree murder, saying each had played a crucial role in executing the plan.There are provisions in the Criminal Code to have sentences served one after the other for multiple murders, but the judge said details of the case were not particularly uncommon compared with other murders and did not warrant consecutive sentences.Macklin also ruled that although their crimes were horrific, delaying parole for Klaus and Frank would be “a decision out of the ordinary.”He also suggested that the two men would have a better chance of rehabilitation if they were not “bereft of hope.”The appeals, however, argued the judge erred by refusing to give effect to Parliament’s sentencing intent. They state that allowing the men concurrent periods of parole ineligibility is “not proportionate to the gravity of the offence or the moral blameworthiness of the offender.”Klaus, meanwhile, has already filed a notice of appeal of his conviction and sentence.During the trial, court heard that Klaus was having problems with his father and offered Frank money to kill the family. Klaus had a cocaine and gambling addiction and forged cheques on his parents account, promising to pay them back.Frank told police after his arrest that he killed the family because he was scared that Klaus would shoot him if he didn’t.last_img read more

ASPCA And Animal Planet Host Premiere Screening Of Second Chance Dogs

first_imgTamron Hall, Andy Karl and Orfeh were just a few of the many attendees at last week’s special premiere screening of the ASPCA and Animal Planet documentary “Second Chance Dogs”.Tamron Hall and Matt BershadkerCredit/Copyright: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesThe screening was held in celebration of the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary. The documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of its Behavioral Rehabilitation Center where dogs rescued from cruel situations begin a remarkable journey from rescue to rehabilitation and ultimately, adoption.The screening was followed by a panel moderated by Tamron Hall that featured Kristen Collins, Senior Director of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation; Erin Wanner, Vice President of Animal Planet Production; ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker; and filmmaker Kenn Bell.Orfeh and Andy KarlCredit/Copyright: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesAdditional attendees included Eric West, Dan Churchill, Tashiana Washington, Megan Massacre, Eniko Mihalik, ASPCA President & CEO, Matt Bershadker and Meredith O’Connor.last_img read more

Kanina Sue Turtles family sues Tikinagan for 59M over her wrongful death

first_img(Barbara Suggashie, left, and her husband Clarence Suggashie hold the picture of their deceased daughter Kanina Sue Turtle who died by suicide Oct. 29, 2016. APTN file photo)Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsThe family of Kanina Sue Turtle is suing Tikinagan Child and Family Services for $5.9 million after the 15-year-old died by suicide inside a Sioux Lookout foster home the agency owned and operated in October 2016.The lawsuit alleges Kanina’s death was preventable and the result of Tikinagan’s “reckless disregard” for her wellbeing.“The Defendants conduct caused Kanina to experience severe mental suffering and injury and ultimately a wrongful death,” the claim alleges.The lawsuit was filed in a Bracebridge, Ont. courthouse Thursday by lawyer Cara Valiquette from Falls Law Group.The claim details much of what APTN News has already published since February.Kanina had been in and out the child welfare system for several years.She filmed her death inside the Tikinagan home that was still being used this past summer by the agency.An APTN investigation found Kanina was clearly suicidal, yet left alone for 45 minutes before a Tikinagan worker noticed she was gone.“(Tikinagan) failed to adequately monitor Kanina,” the claim alleges. “Its employees or agents had no or improper training, qualifications, education and experience to supervise and/or assist Indigenous children suffering from mental health issues, including Kanina.”APTN has viewed the video and previously reported a worker comes into the room and says what sounds like “Kanina, take my hand.”She then laid Kanina’s lifeless body on the floor, which isn’t visible in the video and leaves the room. She returned quickly talking on a cellphone with emergency personnel. She also appeared to try to resuscitate Kanina by pumping air into her lungs with a plastic device.But it was futile. Too much time had passed.“She’s gone,” the woman said as a baby can be heard crying from another room.Within minutes sirens are heard and paramedics arrive.“No pulse,” one of them is heard saying.Her parents, Barabara and Clarence Suggashie, told APTN they filed the lawsuit to get answers, as they have never been told why Kanina was left alone the day she died.“Every day we miss her, every day we go through sadness, especially because of the video she left behind,” said Clarence. “ She had dreams about her future, and positive goals. She thought about being a police officer.”He said Kanina just wanted to come home. The family didn’t know Kanina filmed her suicide until at least six months after her death. Police returned the iPod and the family guessed the password. The lawsuit alleges no one told them the video was on there.Several days before Kanina killed herself, she was in the hospital for self-harming according to a video she posted on her Facebook account.It’s a recording of a live video where Kanina filmed what appears to be a Tikinagan worker sitting in a chair in the hospital room as they wait to be seen by a doctor.The unidentified woman talks on a mobile phone explaining to someone she is at the hospital with Kanina and how her shift is ending soon.Turtle begins the video by showing her injuries and says very little, other than she is bored.The worker agrees it is boring and notices there is no television to watch.“So quit cutting yourself so you don’t have to come here,” the woman says on the video.Kanina then turns the camera to the woman who is looking down at her phone.“(Tikinagan) created a situation of trust and an illusion of safety which the Plaintiffs relied on, and given Kanina’s mental health issues, this trust prevented the Plaintiffs from being able to appreciate the risks of death which may be encountered when Indigenous children are residing in the care of Tikinagan,” the claim alleges.Kanina’s Facebook account gave many hints of her deteriorating mental state in the days leading up to her death.“(I don’t know) what to do anymore,” she wrote Oct. 24, 2016. “Just gunna give up on everything.”A video on her Facebook posted Oct. 27, 2016, that was recorded live, shows the bruised outline of a noose across her neck.“(Tikinagan) failed to have in place emergency medical procedures and protocols when it suspected, or ought to have suspected, that a child in its group home would attempt to inflect harm on herself,” the claim alleges.Then on Oct. 28, a day before her death, she attempted again and also filmed that.APTN has viewed that video.“I don’t know what to do anymore,” Kanina says. “I’m sorry for what … umm… I’m going to do.”The video is just over a minute when she stops recording. She didn’t say anything in the video of her death.“Kanina had been receiving limited counselling in the days leading up to her death, which did not adequately address her needs,” the claim alleges.Tikinagan didn’t immediately respond to APTN when provided an opportunity to address the lawsuit.None of the allegations have been proven in court.Kanina is buried on Poplar Hill First Nation near the Manitoba and Ontario border.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Restaurant company to deploy 2500 iPads at Toronto airport

by News Staff Posted Jun 7, 2012 11:16 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Restaurant company to deploy 2,500 iPads at Toronto airport TORONTO – Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is one of three airports to be outfitted with thousands of iPads by restaurant company OTG Management.The company says it will install 2,500 Apple tablets at the Toronto airport over the next 18 months.About 300 have already been placed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, as part of a plan to deploy 2,000 in total. Another 2,500 are destined for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.The iPads will be available to use in restaurants or waiting areas.The company says they can be used to order meals, to access the web and social networks, or launch apps and games. read more

New cars are cheaper than last year

The Commission also reported that price differences between countries are falling. In the enlarged European Union of 25 member states, prices differ, on average, just 6.4 per cent – a fall from 6.9 per cent six months ago. Figures from the European Commission car price report show that recommended retail prices in the UK have fallen by 1.2 per cent – more than all other major European markets. The report – Car price differentials within the European Union – shows UK prices falling more than in Germany, Europe’s largest market, which saw a 0.1 per cent drop. In France, prices rose 1.1 per cent with similar increases in Spain (2.2 per cent) and Italy (0.8 per cent). More details: Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) It’s the biggest month of the year for new car sales. And now buyers looking for the best new metal with an 05 registration plate can be sure they are getting a good deal. read more

Ethical investments could help in fight against superbugs says chief medical officer

Investors are being urged to put their money into companies that are developing new antibiotics and vaccines as a way of curbing the rise of superbugs.Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England and a key figure in the global fight against superbugs, told an Economist conference on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) that ethical investment was one way of tackling the problem.“Investors should not be investing in companies in the food chain that misuse antibiotics. They should be investing for corporate social responsibility in antibiotic-making companies and vaccine-making companies,” she said, adding that consumers and investors would be significant players in the fight against AMR.She said that she had met City investors to discuss the issue but it was going to take time for people to understand this as an area of ethical investment, in the same way as green investments.“We just need to get this rolling,” she said.Last year a study showed that an estimated 33,000 people died from infections that were resistant to antibiotics in 2015, out of a total of 670,000 cases in Europe.  Dame Sally told the conference that getting AMR onto the political agenda was also important.“AMR does need more political engagement – it’s not just about a discussion at the G20 or G7 [groups of the richest countries]. This needs to be translated into action,” she said. However, she highlighted the progress made in the UK  the NHS has reduced the amount of antibiotics prescribed by 7.3 per cent between 2014 and 2017. The Department of Health’s new AMR strategy requires the health service to bring this down a further 15 per cent by 2024.Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security  She said she was worried about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s imminent departure as she had played a significant role in promoting AMR. Dame Sally added that former UK prime minister David Cameron had been “strong” on the issue.Mr Cameron commissioned former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill to investigate AMR and his report has been influential in persuading people of both the economic and human costs. 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. “Such a body would stimulate more research and make it available but also give us political momentum every two to three years,” she said.She said that people were overwhelmed by the issue “because they see it as so complex because of the food chain, different interests and the intersection between the public and private sector”. Earlier this year the Department of Health launched a new AMR strategy which aims to cut the number of drug-resistant infections in the UK by 10 per cent by 2025. At the launch of the strategy health secretary Matt Hancock said antibiotic resistance was “as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare”.Dame Sally said that antibiotic resistance was similar to climate change in its complexity and the fact it was a man-made disaster.“Climate change awareness started with a few activists who got it,” she said.She called for a global body co-ordinating research on AMR similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. read more

Record breaking attendance at Trimbles 5th international user conference

first_imgTrimble opened its 5th international users conference last week with more than 2,900 registered attendees from 67 countries around the world. The Trimble Dimensions 2010 conference theme-Converge, Connect and Collaborate-provided insight into how the convergence of technologies can redefine the way professionals connect and collaborate to achieve success.Among the new products announced by Trimble Heavy and Highway division was the Trimble® MX100G GNSS+XPS Receiver, which is an integral part of the Trimble Terralite XPS System, which enables open-pit mines to maximise operational efficiency by increasing positioning coverage in areas where satellite visibility is limited due to terrain. This unique receiver tracks GPS and now GLONASS constellations as well as Trimble’s Terralite “ground satellites” for machine control and guidance applications used in mining operations that require high accuracy positioning with maximum availability.New also is the Trimble Business Center – HCE Powered by Trimble – a new release of the heavy and highway office software for data management and preparation, and material quantities takeoff. Business Center – HCE version 2.2 includes advances that make using, implementing, and learning the software both easier and more efficient.The conference explored the use of technology in a wide range of applications including surveying, engineering, construction, mapping, GIS, geospatial and mobile resource management.”We are extremely pleased with the continued and strong interest demonstrated in Trimble Dimensions,” said Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble Vice President. “It is truly a unique conference focused on how advanced technology solutions are transforming the way work is done.”Attendees had the opportunity to network with key industry leaders, build partnerships, develop new contacts, discuss opportunities and discover how to overcome obstacles in today’s competitive business environment. With more than 400 sessions across multiple specialty tracks, the conference focused on increasing productivity in the field and the office by revolutionising work processes.The conference included an off-site demonstration and training area plus a Partner Pavilion that showcased the complete suite of Trimble solutions, including products from Accubid, Applanix, Meridian Systems, Pacific Crest, QuickPen and Spectra Precision. Highlighted solutions and technologies included GNSS; total stations; field computing and data collection; 3D scanning; pre-design construction planning; 3D visualisation; aerial mapping; wireless communications; data transfer; field and office software; and smart grid applications. Other technology providers who are Trimble partners also participated to extend the conference’s range of products and applications.last_img read more

Irish charity tackling African hunger with potatoes

first_imgIT HAS LONG been a staple of Irish diets, going so far as to be synonymous with the country, but an Irish charity is trying to make potatoes something more.NGO Vita last week held a conference which featured talks on turning the humble spud into a key crop in six African countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.Thomas Caffrey Osvald of Vita says that farmers in some of the poorest regions in the world can benefit from the crops.“The goal is to provide a nutritious crop that can be used across Africa.“Compared to crops like grain which are dependent on global markets and access to water, the potato is more easily grown.“Because the potato is so bulky, it is difficult to trade internationally.”Osvald says that the potato has been grown in Africa for a number of years, but a lack of focus on the quality of seeds meant that blight was common in the countries.“In Ethiopa, they use the same seed over and over again. There is pathogen in the soil that will affect any crop.“In association with our partners, we have introduced a high-quality seed. It is adaptable to local soil and has a better chance of keeping production levels high.“By teaming up with local governments and support services, we can ensure that farmers produce more and more efficiently.”An ongoing study by Cornell University in the US says that farmers in the country are reluctant to take up the new crops. This, they found is mainly due to poor storage, something Vita aims to tackle.In 1970 Ethiopian farmers planted less than 30,000 hectares of potatoes. Today, more than 160,000 hectares are planted. Each farmer can yield between 20 and 30 tonnes per hectare.“The biggest returns wouldn’t generally be monetary. The biggest change would be that a family would have enough food to get through the year.“We were looking at cases where families might only have enough food to last eight months or so.”Vita has organised a photo exhibition to highlight sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition, the focus of World Food Day in 2013. The exhibition will run until Friday 25 October in the Irish Aid Centre on O’Connell Street.Read: Charity tells of “appalling scenes of murder” in Central African RepublicRead: Man walks the streets giving $100 to homeless peoplelast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEvery morning, brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #GAZA STRIP The UN Security Council has called for an “immediate truce” in Gaza, which was echoed by US President Barack Obama. The Palestinian death toll has exceeded 500, with yesterday being the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza in years.2. #MH17 Australia has hit out at the “shambolic” situation at the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, as bodies continue to be recovered. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council is expected to demand that pro-Russian separatists grant unrestricted access to the crash site.3. #SUN BAN A ban on the use of sunbeds by the under-18s comes into effect today, along with a ban on offering sunbeds to be used for free. The HSE will also have to carry out inspections on sunbed operators. It’s all part of a bid to curb skin cancer rates in Ireland.4. #MISSING The search is continuing for an Irish man (19) missing in the sea off Byron Bay in Australia, after the efforts were suspended overnight. He was surfing with friends when he went missing. Two others were rescued from the site.5. #LOUGH DERG A woman in her sixties died after falling into Lough Derg at around 12.30am on Sunday. She was returning to a boat with a man when she entered the water – her companion was unable to save her and contacted the emergency services.6. #THE FORCE New Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said there should be urgent and fundamental change in the “structure and culture” of the Garda Síochána, in an interview with the Irish Independent today. She also said she was determined to reform the force.7. #FARM SAFETY The first National Farm Safety Awareness Day is taking place today. Families are being asked to review safety on their farm to reduce risks. So far this year, 14 people have died as a result of farm accidents in Ireland.8. #HORRIFIC A four-year-old boy was trapped by his seatbelt during a car hijacking in South Africa, and was dragged along the road to his death. Local newspapers said that the boy’s mother was loading him and his sister into their car when three hijackers held guns to her head.9. #PERSONAL Fears about identity theft led to the Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes getting the database of civil registration records removed from the government site The Irish Times said Hawkes described the issue as “shocking”.last_img read more

Mauro Icardi downplays Real Madrid move

first_imgInter Milan captain Mauro Icardi insists he’s far from done at the club yet, despite reported interest from Real MadridThe Argentine striker has been linked with Real for the past few months, amid their struggles in front of goal.Since leaving Barcelona in 2011, Icardi has become one of Europe’s most prolific goalscorers with 117 goals in 200 Serie A matches.And Icardi has continued his fine form this season with 10 goals in 15 appearances for Inter across all competitions.Despite the talk of a move to Real though, Icardi’s sole concern lies with Inter’s 2018/19 campaign.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I don’t think this is the right time, given the results,” Icardi told Corriere dello Sport on leaving Inter.“I’ve always made my goals clear: first, to return to the Champions League with Inter, and we’ve done that.“Second, to win something with Inter. The [sporting] director [Piero Ausilio] has made a good team despite not being able to spend a lot.”Inter are third in the Serie A and in Group B of the Champions League – where they have just one game left to book a spot in the knockout stages.Icardi is contracted to Inter until June 2021.last_img read more

Four Magazine Widgets To Watch

first_imgWidgets, portable chunks of online code that can be installed and executed within any HTML-based Web page, have become ubiquitous with magazine sites over the last few years. From exercise calendars to fashion finders and investment calculators, publishers are getting creative with widgets to bolster the user experience and time spent on their sites. While a new widget is born every day—and there’s no shortage of copycats—some publishers have created original and innovative tools to engage their users. Here, Folio: takes a deep-dive into a few that are working.Celebrity Meter WidgetPublisher: Wired.comWith a need to always be ahead of the curve when it comes to cool technologies, last year created The Wired Celebrity Meter widget, culling a series of external services and APIs to arrive at an estimate of a person’s reputation or “fame status” online. Receiving thousands of page views to date, according to’s technology manager Paul Fisher, a large part of its success has stemmed from the “embed” feature, allowing users to easily embed it within any site or blog. It has also “baked-in” several default, online celebrities as widget options to be used as a point of comparison.Deep Dive Content WidgetPublisher: F+W MediaDeveloped with Impelsys’ iPublishCentral, F+W’s deep dive widget is used across the company’s eCommerce stores. “We are nearly complete with our first batch of 1,000 widgets, with a total of 3,000 book and magazine titles anticipated in 2009,” says F+W Media president Sara Domville. The same widget is used to drive traffic by appearing in blogs, social media sites, articles and promotional marketing. “We pay a per title, per month fee for each widget at a negotiated rate,” she says. While there is no revenue share for F+W, there is a cost to the publisher for the creation of the material for each widget —PDF’s and digital content must be put in the proper format and include the appropriate front and back matter of the publication. The majority of use is focused on enhancing direct-to-consumer sales in eCommerce stores. Q+A Poll CreatorPublisher: SodaHead.comSocial networking site SodaHead has created a question-and-answer widget. Users can take questions from the site and create their own polls based on those questions and put it on their own blogs or profiles. Media outlets like Technorati, The New York Post and have adopted this widget to feature SodaHead-generated polls on their sites. Scavenger Hunt WidgetPublisher:, a social network targeting new moms, created a stir with its laundry scavenger hunt widget. The game focuses on who can do the most loads of laundry the fastest with a tiny, moveable bleach bottle. Originally created as a widget for sponsor Clorox, it grew to have an unanticipated following. “We had tens of thousands of moms playing this game with each other—the brand was in the game experience,” says Laura Fortner, senior vice president of marketing and insights for “There was even a group that had thousands of members.” SIDEBARApp-tastic OptionsTest these magazine apps out now, free to download at the iTunes App Store.Epicurious’ Recipes & Shopping List: On the Go and In the KitchenPublisher: Condé NastFunction: An intelligent recipe and shopping list for users featuring 25,000 pro recipes, and a toggle between shopping and cooking formats.Intelligent InvestingPublisher: Forbes.comFunction: Investment philosophies, global economics, Steve Forbes video series and quotes.Seventeen’s Fashion FinderPublisher: HearstFunction: Aimed at teenage girls, this app enables shoppers to search for fashion products by look, item, brand, cover-star picks and price. This past August, it secured the top spot in the iPhone App Store, notching 135,000 downloads.last_img read more

CLOSING ARGUMENT Dave Robertson Asks For Your Vote On September 4

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple offered each State Rep. candidate an opportunity to issue a “closing argument” to the voters. Below is the closing argument provided by Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury):To the thousands of people I have met on this campaign “trail” (which some days feels more like a race track!),Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to listen to me, taking the time to disagree with me on issues, taking the time out of your busy schedules to take a pamphlet, a phone call, or a moment passing on the sidewalk while I spoke. Over the years here I discovered an important realization, one that was cemented even more over these past few months. Wilmington, Tewksbury, and our shared neighborhoods aren’t “just towns”; they’re homes. Now, after meeting residents who have lived here decades, or in one case only a few days, I cherish the places I grew up more than ever before. I have now heard some wild stories from across the decades, met remarkable people I would have never otherwise met, and learned to appreciate our communities even more.I’ve said it before and I’ll say it my whole life, I owe a great deal to the communities for making me who I am today. Over the past years working under Representative Miceli in the state house I have had some opportunity to return a helping hand to my fellow residents of the 19th Middlesex, paying back for all the times my coaches, teachers, and community leaders put in hours so I could live and grow. Now, I want to continue working for you so those who built our towns may live in comfort, those still working can live an even richer quality of life, and so for those growing up can choose from an even larger bundle of opportunities.Our towns are at a crossroads, and it is apparent the next few years will not just influence the development of the towns for the coming decades, but far beyond that. Route 38 is overtaxed, our seniors and first-time homebuyers are being priced not just out of town, but out of New England, and despite the red-hot residential market we have vacant commercial markets. What is needed is beyond ideas, what our towns need is action.As State Representative I would hit the ground running with my previous experience, using my expertise to allocate funding from the state budget, testifying before committees, and drafting legislation. I am blessed to have working relationships with each various department, ranging from the Department of Housing and Economic Development to the Department of Veteran Services to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. I know where Tewksbury’s Elementary School project is headed, and I know Wilmington’s urgency to stop Transrail in it’s tracks. I am fortunate to have the knowledge to bring to bare on behalf of both towns, to work everyday to improve the entire district, and to respect and care for both halves as I did serving as Chief of Staff before. I have answered that early morning phone call, arriving at work the next day to help find a detox bed for a family, a lost discharge form for a veteran, or to assist a senior member of community involved in a money scam. This was a reward beyond a paycheck, knowing I helped out a neighbor at the end of their rope with nowhere else to turn, and it was something I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to experience.I am ready to work and serve, which brings me to ask you, the reader, what I have asked so many residents so far. Will you give me the honor of serving you as your State Representative?Again, thank you everyone for the wonderful race so far, and for giving me this opportunity.Remember this coming Tuesday, “Last on the ballot, first in choice.”Sincerely yours,David A RobertsonLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”State Rep. Dave Robertson & His Colleagues Help Tewksbury Take Official Possession Of Livingston StreetIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”last_img read more

Riveting book on startup founders launched

first_imgJubilee Hills: ‘Made in Hyderabad’ a book that chronicles the inspiring journey of 25 successful start-up entrepreneurs from Hyderabad was unveiled by KT Rama Rao, the working president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and an active supporter of the entrepreneurial community, at an event at JRC Conventions and Trade Fairs here on Friday.The book launch took place amidst a sea of entrepreneurs including the founders of the 25 featured start-ups, professionals and wannabe entrepreneurs. This was claimed to be the largest congregation of start-up entrepreneurs in Telangana. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion Raj N Phani, a serial entrepreneur and the publisher of the book, said, “We have gathered here to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. I witnessed the trials and tribulations, successes and failures, joys and sorrows of the local entrepreneur community. And wanted the stories to be heard and thus felt that bringing a book on their experiences will inspire more people to join the entrepreneurial community. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us ‘Made in Hyderabad’ is an innovative initiative by a team of entrepreneurs and professionals to showcase the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Hyderabad. The 140-page book depicts the entrepreneurial journey of 25 start-up companies based out of Hyderabad and showcases the real-life stories of the founders who were armed with just their dreams and fuelled by their pure passion to achieve success. Each story brings out the perseverance and hard work that has gone in to bring their dreams to fruition.” Advertise With Us KT Rama Rao said, “Hyderabad is shaping in a very vibrant startup ecosystem, and we all know in India being an entrepreneur is a tough task and is a huge challenge. A lot of successful entrepreneurs I have met in the last couple of years tell me it’s an uphill task and is a challenge to work with the government. When we started five years ago as a new state we actually started asking ourselves a lot of questions on how can we as a new state do something different. We need indigenous formula, our own local recipes for our own problems. Today, we have become a model state with excellent government support to the startup eco system. Back in 2014, I recall there were two incubators in Hyderabad and there were roughly around 200 startups at that point of time. Today, I feel very proud to share that Hyderabad has been a city with the largest number of incubators and startups, we have 48 incubators so far and the number is still going up and each incubator has overall 3,000 plus startups running across Hyderabad.” Incidentally, KT Rama Rao penned the Foreword for the Book. Saluting the spirit of entrepreneurship, Raj N Phani announced that his second book featuring leading women entrepreneurs of Hyderabad which is still in its writing phase would be launched soon.last_img read more

Infighting leads to attack on Sajeda motorcade

first_imgSyeda Sajeda ChowdhuryThe motorcade of the Deputy Leader of the House, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury MP, came under attacks in Faridpur on Friday allegedly by a group of AL activists belonging to her party rival.Sajeda Chowdhury is also a presidium member of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party.Witnesses said the incident took place at Talmar crossing in Nagarkanda of Faridpur around 2:30pm when Nagarkanda police station officer-in-charge AFM Nasim sustained injuries.Police opened fires to bring the situation under control.Local AL leaders said Sajeda Chowdhury was coming to Saltha on a two-day tour and local party leaders and activists lined the both sides of the Dhaka-Khulna highway at Talmar crossing in Nagarkanda.At one stage, a group of AL activists belonging to Sajeda group tore posters and damaged gates of Nagarkanda AL joint general secretary Jamal Hossain Mia – a nomination seeker for the local constituency.A tense situation brewed up in the area when the news spread and a group of supporters of Jamal Hossain took position at a petrol pump near the Talmar crossing.Police and witnesses said Jamal’s supporters started pelting stones and brickbats at Sajeda’s motorcade as soon as it reached the spot.Windowpanes of the microbus of assistant superintendent of police Mohiuddin were damaged in the attack. Besides, brickbats were also pelted at the cars of Sajeda Chowdhury and her son Ayman Akbar Chowdhury.Saltha upazila parishad chairman Waheduzzaman, known as a supporter of Sajeda group, alleged that Jamal Hossain’s supporters launched the attack on Sajeda Chowdhury.He said Sajeda, however, was not injured in the attack and now staying in her home in Rasulpur of Saltha.When contacted, Jamal Hossain Mia said there were portraits of Bangabandhu and prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the damaged posters and gates and which enraged people and then they built resistance.Nagarkanda OC is undergoing treatment at the upazila health complex.last_img read more

Crash Bandicoot and Wolfenstein II Are Very Different Nintendo Switch Ports

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch The relationship between Nintendo and third-party publishers, Western third-party publishers in particular, is long and fraught. There’s a reputation that Nintendo’s systems are only good for playing Nintendo’s games, and that’s not based on nothing. Whether it’s hardware power deficits, lingering resentment over Nintendo’s dictatorial approach to licensing in the NES days, or knowing your mediocre mascot platformer just won’t sell as well on a system with actual Mario games on it, Nintendo and third parties are often frenemies as best.But the Nintendo Switch has clearly been successful enough that we’re once again in a period where third parties give it another go on a Nintendo System. And not just the indie games that have flocked to Switch online eShop but honest-to-Grodd big publisher retail releases. Outside of Dark Souls and Dragon Ball FighterZ, E3 2018 was a bit light on huge third party Switch announcements. But right after the show two exciting, surprising, and very different third party Switch ports actually came out: Crash Bandicoot The N. Sane Trilogy and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.It’s surprising because these are two franchises, for their own reasons, we just haven’t expected to see on a Nintendo system anytime soon. The first three Crash Bandicoot games were published by Sony on the original PlayStation. They were the closest thing the system had to a Mario-level mascot and even gave gamers a (sort of) 3D platformer before Super Mario 64. They were developed by Naughty Dog, who even included the first level in a little game of theirs called Uncharted 4. Later games showed up on other platforms once Activision bought the IP, but Crash Bandicoot and its first two sequels could not be more PlayStation. So seeing them on Nintendo Switch is as weird to think about as the Nintendo PlayStation.AdChoices广告Bethesda already primed us for Wolfenstein II on Switch by releasing fellow hyper-violent iD-revival first-person shooter Doom on the system last year. But it’s still a shock using Mario-colored Joy-Con to mow down Nazis in America with a machine gun or hack them to pieces with a hatchet. It’s also strange playing a sequel on a platform that doesn’t have a version of the original, especially since the plot plays a pivotal role in what is still an astonishingly thoughtful, somberly written, and legitimately mature take on “Hitler is directing propaganda movies on Venus.”Also surprising is that both Crash and Wolfenstein are ports of 2017, AAA, current-gen games, which is impressive considering you’re playing them on a much more modest portable machine. Obviously there are visual drawbacks. Wolfenstein II maintains its framerate by lowering its resolution in a way that adds almost era-appropriate grindhouse movie blur. But even as someone who has played better-looking versions of both of these games, the visuals on Switch still absolutely hold up. It’s disgusting how beautiful Vicarious Visions’ reimaginings of Crash Bandicoot’s boxy polygonal PS1 worlds are, considering how bad those games actually are removed from 90s nostalgia.If you’re wondering why I slipped in that last take there it’s because ultimately these are the same games they already were when it comes to subjective quality. Playing them on the Nintendo Switch may incidentally enhance some aspects. Awkwardly jumping through Crash Bandicoot’s barely 3D hallways works pretty well in short portable bursts. And I really enjoyed detonating a nuclear bomb in an American town that embraced fascism while taking a train running on time near the Fourth of July. But the bulk of the experience is uncharged, which is impressive in and of itself on Switch.Gameplay revolving around slaughtering Nazis as a headless freedom fighter and running around jungles as a furry animal, respectively, make Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Crash Bandicoot: The N. Sane Trilogy two very different games with different audiences. But they are now both examples of how great Nintendo Switch ports of modern third party games can be when developers, you know, make them.Buy it now!Wolfenstein II: The New ColossusCrash Bandicoot The N. Sane TrilogyNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

CERN upgrade to require removing thousands of old unused cables

first_img Citation: CERN upgrade to require removing thousands of old unused cables (2016, January 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The ATLAS detector. Credit: Maximilien Brice/CERN Anyone who has ever looked into a cable closet knows that after some time has passed, it comes to resemble a rat’s nest. The ones’ at CERN have been growing since approximately 1954 when CERN was first established. Since that time, workers have been adding new cable with each upgrade to provide for new services. Unfortunately, they were not removing old cables as they became obsolete. That has led to a situation where there is no more room for putting in the new cables required for the LHC Injectors Upgrade Project scheduled for 2019.Complicating the removal process is the difficulty in ascertaining which cables need to be removed (most of them are part of safety and control systems)—some of which wind their way through other equipment and systems areas and stretch to over half a football field in length. Pulling the wrong cable could be disastrous, because it could cause the collider to shut down, wasting valuable up-time. To handle the task, a team of 60 workers has been assembled and trained—their immediate task is to identify which cables to pull—they are comparing entries in a database of all installed cables with what they actually see in the field, and then updating the database to reflect the new reality—the team has thus far found an error rate of approximately 2 percent. The cables cannot be pulled, of course, during the time when the accelerator is in operation—that will have to wait for the annual winter maintenance shutdown (technical stop).The team reports that in some areas, some cables have already been removed, approximately 2,700 of them, but they have also identified approximately 3,000 cables in each injector which still need to come out, adding up to 9,000 in all. Because of the sheer number of cables, the team will not be able to remove them all during one technical stop, they will have work on them every year until they get the job done, which they estimate will be in 2020—just in time for the major 2019 upgrade to take place. Explore further (—As if upgrading one of the most complicated pieces of machinery in the world three years from now is not difficult enough, workers on the CERN project are also going to have to remove, according to Motherboard, approximately 9,000 old, unused cables.center_img © 2016 Nano-coating makes coaxial cables lighter This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Big Trouble in Little China announced as a Sequel not a Remake

first_imgJohn Carpenter fans around the globe are watching closely as news unravels on the fate of an alleged remake of the 1986 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. Since 2015, it has been announced that a reboot was in the making, with the main role given to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ― a wrestler-turned-actor, and star of the Fast and Furious franchise.For those unfamiliar, Big Trouble in Little China is one of the all-time classics of the 1980s comedy/action/fantasy genre. It involves a highly reluctant trucker named Jack Burton, who ends up fighting supernatural creatures in the Chinatown underworld in an effort to save his friend’s fiance from an ancient sorcerer who attempts to sacrifice her to the gods.Dwayne Johnson. Photo by Eva Rinaldi CC BY-SA 2.0It is as weird as it sounds, and even though it was a box-office flop, the film has earned a loyal cult following over the years. The movie summarized the entire decade into one hilarious, over-the-top, trashy flick, with Kurt Russell in his natural state, playing a laid-back trucker who is also handy with a gun.However, even though the next feature was repeatedly confirmed as a remake, it appears as though the creators have decided to turn it into a sequel.Kurt Russell in a 1974 publicity photo.Hiram Garcia, who will produce this next installment told Collider on August 27, 2018:“You can’t remake a classic like that, so what we’re planning to do is we’re going to continue the story. We’re going to continue the universe of Big Trouble in Little China. Everything that happened in the original exists and is standalone and I think there’s only one person that could ever play Jack Burton, so Dwayne would never try and play that character. So we are just having a lot of fun.”Apparently, this plot twist regarding the production sparked further intrigue in an already controversial project.Kurt Russell on the set of The Thing. Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty ImagesSince the director of horror classics such as The Thing and Halloween has garnered a great fan base over the years, it is understandable that the sequel to one of the most iconic movies of the 1980s has prompted a backlash from fans who believe that such an effort is unnecessary and could only spoil the original.Aware of this, the producers, headed by Dwayne Johnson himself, made several attempts to appease the audience ― some of which backfired. In the early days of pre-production, the actor claimed that he had contacted Carpenter, inviting him in on the project.John Carpenter at a signing in Chicago, 2014. Photo by GabboT CC BY-SA 2.0The famous director denied any such contact. Regarding Johnson’s previous statement, Carpenter told Screen Rant in 2016:“No. No one’s talked to me about it. Haven’t heard a thing!”Of course, this only further infuriated hardcore fans. Johnson added that Big Trouble in Little China is among his favorite movies of all time, promising to do justice to the original movie. But the audience remains more polarized than ever.Actor James Hong with a copy of Big Trouble in Little China. Photo by Carter McKendry CC BY 2.0Apart from Johnson and Garcia, who is also credited as one of the producers of the project, the creative team includes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, the screenwriters behind X-Men: First Class.Since news of the sequel surfaced, fans are getting more and more restless. Still, it appears as though everyone agrees that a continuation of the story is a better solution than a simple remake, as remakes often mistreat the original film, or simply fail to recreate the charm and magic of its predecessor.Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China Cosplay at Wizard World Chicago 2011. Photo by GabboT – 27 CC BY-SA 2.0Still, a sequel raises numerous other questions, like how will it be connected to the original, or in which timeline will the story occur? Since Johnson won’t be playing Burton, will Kurt Russell perhaps reprise his role?Read another story from us: Top Gun 2 Filming on a Real Aircraft CarrierWe hope to find all this out soon, as this intriguing project sure seems to have garnered large interest, despite the fact that the film is still in its developmental phase and a lot more could change before its release.Nikola Budanovic is a freelance journalist who has worked for various media outlets such as Vice, War History Online, The Vintage News, and Taste of Cinema. His main areas of interest are history, particularly military history, literature and film.last_img read more

WTM London DTTT host Nov 7 event aimed at solving overcrowding

first_img Share Tags: DTTT, London, WTM << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group WTM London, DTTT host Nov. 7 event aimed at solving overcrowdingcenter_img LONDON — WTM London 2018, taking place Nov. 5 – 7, will host a day-long challenge organized by The Digital Tourism Think Tank (DTTT) that puts teams against each other to solve overcrowding in some of Europe’s busiest destinations.Working with I Amsterdam, the destination challenge asks teams from start-up hubs, tech communities and innovation centres, alongside destination, industry and academia to use design thinking to come up with a solution to overcrowding in these popular tourist hotspots. The event is set to take place at WTM on Nov. 7.Applicants are invited to apply for their spot by filling out an application form and explaining why the topic is important to them.Applicants will then be sorted and arranged into teams ahead of the day to allow for additional preparation and research.On the day, the teams will listen to real-life case studies from Amsterdam before getting on with the challenge and finding a solution to: How can we overcome the challenge of overcrowding in tourism hotspots and spread the value of tourism wider?More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backSpeaking of the destination challenge and the opportunity it poses for all involved, Nick Hall, DTTT founder says: “This is a truly unique gathering of some of the brightest minds from within, and also outside, of the travel industry. For challenge participants, the opportunity is unprecedented; to pitch solutions to a hugely engaged audience of leading destination and industry professionals in the Europe Inspiration Zone.”The Challenge Host cities, as well as WTM London and DTTT experts will be on-hand throughout the day to offer guidance, feedback and advice before each team pitching to a panel of judges at the end of the day.The judges will assessing each pitch based on the strength of the solution, how realistic it is to launch, how creative the approach is and how long it is likely to last. The winning team is invited to #DTTTGlobal in Helsinki this year to pitch their winning solution to industry experts and DMO representatives from all over the world.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedWTM London, Conference and Seminar Manager, Charlotte Alderslade, said: “Ideas Arrive at WTM London and this session on overcrowding is the perfect example of how the event looks to tackle the industry’s biggest challenges and come up with solutions.”The challenge takes place all day on Nov. 7, kicking off at 8 a.m., with the final round of pitching happening 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Europe Inspiration Zone.Submissions for applications to take part in the session close on Oct. 24. Apply at Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Posted bylast_img read more