BRUSSELS- The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, in south-east Belgium.A small tourist plane carrying parachutists crashed in Belgium on Saturday, killing 11 people aboard.The plane crashed and came down ten minutes after take-off near the village of Marchovelette, 75 kilometers from south-east Belgium.Mayor of the nearby town of Fernelmont, Jean-Claude Nihoul said 10 parachutists and one pilot were killed in the plane crash.Eyewitnesses said the plane lost a wing and hit the ground. Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said he shared the sorrow with the families of the victims.
ADP survey: US businesses added 200,000 jobs this month; June hiring revised higher AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 8:32 am MDT WASHINGTON – A private survey shows U.S. businesses created a healthy 200,000 jobs this month.The payroll company ADP said Wednesday that companies hired in July at the fastest pace since December. And it revised up its estimate of the number of jobs the private sector created in June from 188,000 to 198,000.Professional and businesses services companies added 49,000 jobs this month, construction companies 22,000. But manufacturers shed 5,000.Small businesses — those with fewer than 50 employees — added 82,000 jobs.“Job growth is consistently good — solid across industries,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist with Moody’s Analytics, which compiled the jobs report for ADP.The healthy hiring suggests that the economy is handling tax cuts that took effect in January and federal spending cuts that began in March “more gracefully than I expected,” Zandi said.He noted that the drop in manufacturing jobs probably reflected cuts by defence contractors pinched by a tighter federal budget. A weak global economy has also hurt U.S. exporters.The ADP report is derived from payroll data and tracks private employment. It does not report government hiring.ADP’s survey has diverged at times from the U.S. Labor Department’s more comprehensive monthly jobs report. The department’s employment report for July will be released Friday. It’s expected to show that the economy added 183,000 jobs in July after adding 195,000 in June, according to a survey of economists by FactSet.“The picture for the US labour market seems to have improved in the past couple of months or so,” Annalisa Piazza, an economist at Newedge Strategy, said in a research note.Zandi cautioned that recent job growth has come disproportionately in lower-paying businesses such as retailers, hotels and restaurants.
RICHMOND, Va. – You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group.The Human Rights Watch report details findings from interviews with more than 140 children working on farms in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, where a majority of the country’s tobacco is grown. The group acknowledges that most of what it documented is legal under U.S. law but aims to highlight the practice and urge both governments and tobacco companies to take further steps to protect children from the hazardous harvesting of the cash crop that has built businesses, funded cities and influenced cultures.“The U.S. has failed America’s families by not meaningfully protecting child farmworkers from dangers to their health and safety, including on tobacco farms,” said Margaret Wurth, children’s rights researcher and co-author of the report. “Farming is hard work anyway, but children working on tobacco farms get so sick that they throw up, get covered by pesticides and have no real protective gear.”Children interviewed by the group in 2012 and 2013 reported vomiting, nausea and headaches while working on tobacco farms. The symptoms they reported are consistent with nicotine poisoning often called Green Tobacco Sickness, which occurs when workers absorb nicotine through their skin while handling tobacco plants.The children also said they worked long hours — often in extreme heat — without overtime pay or sufficient breaks and wore no, or inadequate, protective gear.According to the report, U.S. agriculture labour laws allow children to work longer hours at younger ages and in more hazardous conditions than children in any other industry. With their parent’s permission, children as young as 12 can be hired for unlimited hours outside of school hours on a farm of any size. And there’s no minimum age for children to work on small farms.In 2011, the Labor Department proposed changes that would have prohibited children under 16 from working on tobacco farms, but they were withdrawn in 2012.Human Rights Watch met with many of the world’s biggest cigarette makers and tobacco suppliers to discuss its findings and encourage them to adopt or strengthen policies to prevent the practices in their supply chains.The companies are concerned about child labour in their supply chains and have developed standards, including requiring growers to provide a safe work environment and adhere to child labour laws, the group said.“The conditions are inhumane and they should improve them,” said 17-year-old Erick Garcia, of Kinston, North Carolina, who has been working in tobacco field since he was 11 to help his family earn more money.Additionally, Garcia said kids should primarily focus on school and shouldn’t be in the fields: “That’s not a place for children,” he said.Republican Kentucky state Sen. Paul Hornback, who has worked in tobacco fields since he was 10 and now farms about 100 acres of tobacco in Shelby County, Kentucky, said while he adheres to federal regulations to keep his workers safe, he doesn’t believe further restrictions are needed.“People get pretty extreme about trying to protect everybody from everything,” Hornback said. “It’s hard manual labour, but there’s nothing wrong with hard manual labour.” FILE – Farm workers make their way across a field shrouded in fog as they hoe weeds from a burley tobacco crop near Warsaw, Ky., early in this Thursday, July 10, 2008 file photo. You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday May 14, 2014 by Human Rights Watch. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2014 11:32 pm MDT Report: Children as young as 7 working on US tobacco farms under often hazardous conditions
VANCOUVER – Environmental activists blockading Kinder Morgan’s oil pipeline expansion through Metro Vancouver have been targeted by the energy giant for speaking out against climate change, a defence lawyer told B.C. Supreme Court.But the protesters have a fundamental right to freely express their views within the conservation area of Burnaby Mountain, where they’ve prevented employees of subsidiary Trans Mountain from conducting survey work, said lawyer Jason Gratl.“The purpose of this lawsuit is to stop the expressive activities of my clients,” he told Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen on Friday in defence of two protesters. “The plaintiffs consider my clients to be political leaders in marshalling expression against their project.”Mia Nissen and Adam Gold are named with Simon Fraser University professors’ Stephen Collis and Lynne Quarmby, and Alan Dutton, who leads the Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion, in two legal actions launched by Kinder Morgan.Company lawyers have argued for an injunction to dismantle around-the-clock encampments at two bore hole sites and a nearby park in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver.The group, calling itself the Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain, is also the subject of a multimillion dollar civil lawsuit over claims of trespass, assault and intimidation against the workers.Pipeline builder Trans Mountain was granted approval by the National Energy Board to assess a prospective underground route for the $5.4-billion tripling of an existing crude oil passage from Alberta to B.C. for export. On Friday, the City of Burnaby asked the federal court to expedite its own appeal of the NEB’s decision.Gratl told the judge that he wasn’t asking him “to adjudicate on global climate change,” but instead recognize the “life-and-death struggle for continued existence” was crucial in the context of the drama that heightened on the mountainside in late October.The company contends activists have organized a conspiracy to harm Kinder Morgan, alleging profanity, blasting a bullhorn near workers’ ears and projecting menacing facial expressions that constitute assault. The nefarious expression argument by company lawyers swiftly prompted a social-media trend in which people posted photographs of mock snarls and bemused scowls.Court heard Gratl’s clients Nissen and Gold have a “deep and abiding interest” in climate change issues, which have been amplified because the NEB has refused to scrutinize whether the company’s actions could play a role in the global phenomenon.The lawyer proceeded to give evidence of two instances of Kinder Morgan’s damaging environmental history. He cited a 2007 accident where city crews struck the existing pipeline, causing oil to rain down upon a Burnaby, B.C., neighbourhood, and a pipeline rupture in California in 2004 that killed five workers.He then described actions by his protesting clients that stopped the Trans Mountain employees from carrying out their field studies, including profanity-laced shouting.“When my client Mia Nissen says ‘Kinder Morgan, you’ve got blood on your hands,’ that is because, my lord, Kinder Morgan does have blood on its hands,” Gratl said. “That is not coming out of nowhere, it is not hyperbolic. It is pretty accurate, even if a merciless expression of the reality.”He also referenced photo and video footage showing the accusation that Gold was directing his megaphone directly into a worker’s ears. The photo shows the tree faller donning thick hearing protection, he said.“Which in many senses is a fine metaphor for what’s going on,” Gratl said, eliciting applause from the gallery, which has been packed with supporters throughout the proceedings.“Falling on deaf ears,” quipped one man in attendance. A clear, protecting shield in the high-security courtroom stops the judge and lawyers from hearing remarks from the gallery.Gratl then announced he was asking Cullen to fully dismiss the civil suit against his clients.“If somebody brought a claim to this court that consisted of that little outtake, that would be an abuse of this court,” he said.Swearing is also not wrongful behaviour, he said, adding “the F-bomb is just not illegal.”Kinder Morgan lawyer Bill Kaplan later told court the protesters’ lawyers had “sullied” the concept of freedom of expression.“These defendants have a right to express themselves and they have a right to assemble,” he said in his reply. “This isn’t about free expression. This is about the imposition of these defendants’ view of the world on others through the engagement of tortious behaviour.”Police have made two arrests at the camp since it began in early September, a lawyer for the RCMP told the court. A man who chained himself under a vehicle will not be charged, while another man faces charges of obstructing a police officer.Cullen reserved his decision until Nov. 17. The protesters named in the suit said they would speak to their lawyer before deciding whether to return to the mountain, even as a handful of others continue the vigil.Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Court hears protesters’ outcry over climate change prompted pipeline lawsuit by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2014 1:46 pm MDT
Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) serves the ball during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerA change in mindset might alter the fortunes of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team this weekend.After dropping eight straight Big Ten matches, junior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said the Buckeyes have a new focus point going into their next match.“This new thing we want to do is (win) five points at a time, so five sets of five in each game,” she said.Freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said the new outlook can help keep the team from looking too far ahead.“Kind of keeping the game in sight, not thinking about 25 (the number of points needed to win a set) automatically,” she said. “Thinking about first to five, first to 10 (instead).”OSU is scheduled to embrace this new philosophy as the team returns to St. John Arena this weekend to host Indiana at 7 p.m. Friday before welcoming No. 14 Purdue at the same time Saturday.The Hoosiers are one of only two Big Ten teams OSU has bested this season, along with Michigan, and also represent the Buckeyes’ most recent Big Ten victory.Since beating Indiana in five sets Oct. 5 in Bloomington, Ind., OSU has not won a match. Most recently, the Buckeyes lost to then-No. 14 Michigan State Nov. 1, before dropping a 3-2 decision at No. 17 Michigan Nov. 2.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary, who tallied a career-high 31 kills against the Wolverines, said there are still positives to take from the loss.“There’s a lot we can take from that game, I think we played really well,” she said. “We battled the whole game.”Leary said the team is getting close to a breakthrough.“Our team played well, so we’re getting closer to that win that we need,” she said. “(We’ll) just work really hard this week to get that ‘W’ this weekend.”Junior setter Taylor Sherwin agreed there can be positives taken from the losses in Michigan, but added there is room for growth going forward.“We just keep growing as a team and keep staying together and fighting on the court with each other,” she said.Winner said she is excited to be back on the Buckeyes’ home court, especially coming off another road trip.“It’ll feel really good, since we were away last weekend and we need to get a win,” she said. “Having our fans behind us will be great. It’ll be nice to be back here and not have to travel.”While the team will have the home support for its matches against Indiana and Purdue, the homestand will be short-lived. The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road again next weekend for matches against No. 9 Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 15 and No. 16 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., Nov. 17.
The OSU baseball team practiced at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on March 3. before its road trip to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on Western Kentucky.Credit: Lexus Robinson / Lantern reporterFive games might not seem like a lot during a baseball season, but when a team suffers four losses with just one win, it can feel like a heavy load.After going 1-4 in its past five games, the Ohio State’s baseball team is back in Columbus, practicing indoors at Woody Hayes Athletic Center because of cold temperatures.The Buckeyes (5-4) had previously lost two games to Florida Atlantic during their visit to Florida from Feb. 20-22, and then lost two more game on Saturday, before finally pulling out a win against the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday. OSU is now set to take on Western Kentucky on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Bowling Green, Ky.Coach Greg Beals said the team realizes how important the weekend is before the Buckeyes are set to host their first home series.“This will be our third road series. We played two tough ones against very good opponents,” Beals said. “I think it’s important before we go into conference play that we can go on the road and prove that we can win a series on the road.”Beals said he is confident in the team and isn’t changing the practice routine much this week, even after the Buckeyes’ 1-4 stretch. “We just try to really emphasize fundamentals,” he said. “The pitching and the hitting are the big things. The guys are going to work on that on their own. From a coach standpoint, I try to put together a practice schedule that’s going to make sure that we are touching on the little things as well.”The Buckeyes are confident that it’s not their game they need to change in order to earn more wins, senior infielder Nick Sergakis said. “It’s not really what we have to do differently, it’s what we have to improve on and it’s just our mindset,” Sergakis said. “We’ve got to keep believing that we are the same team that we went into the season as.“We have the talent, it’s just a matter of when it shows.”First pitch in Bowling Green is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), has been awarded a study for both the above ground and underground infrastructure for Vale’s Ellensfield Coal Mine Project (ECMP) in the Moranbah region of Queensland, Australia. ECMP is being developed by Ellensfield Coal Management, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vale Australia Holdings. The ECMP involves the development of a greenfield underground longwall coal mine, producing coking coal and thermal coal for export. The site is in the northern region of the Bowen Basin, some 175 km west of Mackay.This commission follows on from SKM’s work with Vale on coal projects in Queensland and iron ore projects in Brazil, as well as on the Goro Nickel project in New Caledonia, and draws on SKM’s strengths in mine infrastructure and materials handling. More recently, SKM has provided engineering and construction advice to Vale Canada for ongoing base metal projects in Canada.“We believe we can add significant value to Vale’s Ellensfield project, through our leading knowledge and experience in both above ground and underground infrastructure across a number of commodities,” said SKM’s Queensland Mining and Metals Manager, Phil Tighe. “We have been working in coal in Queensland and NSW for the past decade, and have vast experience of surface mine operations. Our focus will be on delivering innovative solutions which have a positive impact on the economic, environmental and social aspects of the Ellensfield mine development.”The relationship with Vale Coal began in 2006 when SKM was invited to deliver studies for other projects associated with Vale in Queensland, involving infrastructure and materials handling. In 2008, SKM was invited by Vale to undertake a Value Improvement Study on expansions to the Carajas iron ore mine in Brazil. This expanded to an Umbrella Agreement to develop conceptual and basic engineering for ferrous mining projects in Brazil. This included contributing to the FEL 2 (prefeasibility) study for Vale’s S11D 90 Mt/y greenfields project in Vale’s northern Carajas System. The scope of work included engineering services for the dry beneficiation plant.A year later, SKM was invited to undertake a FEL 2 study, followed by a FEL 3 study, of a truckless mining system for Vale’s S11D iron ore deposit in Brazil.“We are delighted to be expanding and consolidating our ongoing relationship with Vale – both in coal and iron ore – in Australia and globally,” said SKM’s Vale Client Manager, Richard Dewhirst. .Ausenco’s Minerals business unit undertook the feasibility study to evaluate the development of the ECMP in 2009. The plans then included a 800 t/h coal handling and preparation plant.According to the Queensland Government’s website the proposed ECMP “would use an initial box cut to provide the entrance to an underground mine. Longwall methods would be used to extract the coal from the Leichhardt Seam of the Rangal Coal Measures. A coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) and associated truck load-out facility would be constructed on site with the capacity to process up to 5.5 Mt/y of thermal and coking coal product and reject waste.“Two separate waste areas are proposed to manage overburden, coarse rejects and dewatered fine rejects. Product coal would be transported to port via rail for export. Prior to the proposed CHPP being fully operational in 2012, all raw coal would be crushed, sized and washed using the existing Carborough Downs coal mine CHPP, and coal product transported via rail to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) for export. After 2012, product coal would be either transported to DBCT or to Abbot Point Coal Terminal via the yet to be completed Goonyella Abbot Point rail line. The ECMP would construct an 8 to 20 MW power plant and site electricity network. The mine is expected to operate for approximately 20 years.”
La CNIL fait face à une hausse des plaintes sur InternetLa Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertés (CNIL) a publié son bilan de l’année 2011, et le moins que l’on puisse dire, c’est que ses membres ont eu du travail…Le rapport bilan publié par la Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertés (CNIL) sur son activité en 2011 est très intéressant à plus d’un titre. Car il permet de se rendre compte des problèmes rencontrées sur la Toile par de nombreux internautes. Et ceux-ci sont en nette augmentation entre 2010 et 2011 puisqu’avec 5.738 plaintes enregistrées, la CNIL a enregistré un nouveau record (+19% sur deux ans), explique Lemagit.fr. Reste à déterminer quels éléments ont favorisé cette augmentation…À lire aussiUn fondateur de Pirate Bay arrêté au CambodgeIl faut d’abord rappeler que la CNIL a mis en place un système de dépôt en ligne qui facilite la démarche de plainte pour les citoyens. Mais bien entendu, la généralisation du numérique n’est pas étrangère à cette hausse. Qui plus est, la CNIL a également vu ses compétences élargies avec Loppsi 2, qui lui confère la gestion de l’ensemble des données collectées par vidéo-surveillance qu’elles soient en intérieur ou en extérieur, dans un lieu public ou privé, et non plus seulement dans des locaux privés. Autre ajout, l’obligation pour les opérateurs de communiquer à la Commission toutes les violations de données personnelles qu’ils constatent. Quant à la nature de ces plaintes, le “droit à l’oubli” arrive en tête (+42%) mais il est suivi de près par les problématiques liées aux ressources humaines (+ 59%), la sécurité des données des ressources humaines (+ 27%) et également le phising bancaire ou l’exploitation des fichiers commerciaux. Si elle a enregistré plus de plaintes, la CNIL a aussi rendu plus de décisions, 1969 en 2011, dont certaines très symboliques comme les 100.000 euros d’amende infligés en mars 2011 à Google pour les atteintes à la vie privée dans son service Street View. Et la CNIL ne prévoit pas de baisse de son activité, bien au contraire même. D’ailleurs, la Commission a proposé à ce que la protection des données personnelles soient inscrite dans la Constitution. Une mesure qui pourrait créer certaines difficultés par rapports aux lois actuelles (Lopsi, Loppsi, Davdsi, Hadopi…) mais qui aurait l’avantage d’encore plus de clarté dans le domaine. Le 13 juillet 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambert
The Columbian is hosting a live chat with Laina Harris at noon Monday. Join the chat at www.columbian.com/chatFor more stories, photos and videos about Laina Harris, visit The Columbian’s Web page dedicated to her journey: www.columbian.com/news/health/weight-loss/laina-harrisLaina Harris has been at a standstill since August.She’s changed up her diet — more calories, fewer calories. She’s tried new exercises — more intensity, less intensity. She’s drinking more water.Her scale still won’t budge.From New Year’s Day to the end of February, Harris lost just 1 pound — a letdown for the Camas woman who had, up until that point, shed 124 pounds off of her 5-foot-11-inch frame.“In my mind, I feel like I’ve kind of failed,” Harris said.“It tugs on you because you wanna see a loss,” she said. “That stupid scale. I want to throw it out the window.”At her heaviest, Harris weighed 420 pounds. Last spring, weighing 405 pounds, Harris began her weight-loss journey in earnest — adopting an exercise regime and completely making over her diet. Laina Harris goes through a 20-minute incline workout on her new treadmill in her Camas home Wednesday. Harris uses the steep incline workout and weekend hikes as preparation for an 8-mile hike on Mount St. Helens’ south side this summer.
Comments 17 Photos Black hole seen in real life for the first time The beauty of black holes (pictures) 2 Now playing: Watch this: Tags The accretion disk (red) aligns along the equatorial plane of the black hole (white center circle). Sasha Tchekhovskoy/Northwestern University/Matthew Liska/University of Amsterdam Using a supercomputer and some custom-built code, an international team of researchers has created the “most detailed” simulation of a black hole proving a long-standing theory that has puzzled astrophysicists for 45 years. The theory, first published in 1975, posited that the inner-most region of a spinning black hole would eventually align with the hole’s equatorial plane. While that may seem somewhat confusing and inconsequential, how this region is warped by the black hole can have huge effects on entire galaxies. The new research, published Wednesday in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, details a simulated solution to the theory — known as the Bardeen-Petterson effect — and solves a problem co-lead author Sasha Tchekhovskoy says has “haunted the astrophysics community for more than four decades.” When we saw the very first image of a black hole on April 10, we weren’t actually seeing the black hole. Black holes don’t emit any visible light. Rather, the incredibly strong gravity of a black hole causes debris, gas and other particles to spin around its edges forming an “accretion disk.” That’s something we can see. Not only is that helpful for cosmic detectives to find and understand black holes but these disks are also responsible for the evolution and function of a black hole. Moreover, they can tell astrophysicists more about how black holes spin and potentially the radiation the comes from them. The team, including the paper’s first author Matthew Liska, used graphical processing units (GPUs) to develop their simulation’s code. Enlarge ImageThe simulation shows two angles: a close-up (left) and a wider view (right). In the left image, you can see how the accretion disc rapidly collapses to the equatorial (horizontal) plane around the black hole (white). Sasha Tchekhovskoy/Northwestern University/Matthew Liska/University of Amsterdam “Once we created the code, we needed to find a large enough supercomputer to carry out the simulations,” says Tchekhovskoy, who co-led the research. “The National Science Foundation supercomputer, Blue Waters, was just right for the task.”Blue Waters, an immensely powerful computer operating with 1.5 petabytes of memory, is housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Illinois. “We put a black hole inside of a computer and drop gas on it,” says Tchekhovskoy. “Initially, the gas orbits around the black hole at a plane tilted relative to the black hole equator. However, over time the inner regions of the disk align with the equatorial plane, revealing the alignment. The result may not be as immediately impressive as our first view of a black hole, but it is another first. Previously, astrophysicists studying the Bardeen-Petterson effect did not have access to enough computing power to adequately account for magnetic turbulence inside the accretion. With the supercomputer, researchers were able to simulate a more realistic black hole, with magnetic fields in place. “The unique aspect of these simulations is their treatment of the magnetic fields, general relativistic effects and a cooling function at the same time,” says Rebecca Nealon, theoretical astrophysicist at the University of Leicester not associated with the study. “Their results showing the Bardeen-Petterson effect while including these is an excellent confirmation of the general picture found in previous works.”The fields are a key factor in regulating how the accretion disk bends and falls into it, according to Tchekhovskoy. Ultimately, the researchers found that even for incredibly thin accretion disks, the proposed Bardeen-Petterson effect held up — accretion disks did align to the black hole.”The alignment of the disk with the black hole equatorial plane is the new finding of this work,” explains Tchekhovskoy. “At larger radii, the disk is tilted relative to the equatorial plane of the black hole.”The next phase of the research will look at “radiation transport,” says Tchekhovskoy. Essentially, the team will be able to predict what would happen to the particles of light that are produced during this process, giving astronomers a potential way to view the phenomenon via telescope. 2:56 Share your voice Sci-Tech
Antananarivo: At least 15 people were killed and 75 suffered injuries in a stampede at the Mahamasina stadium in the Malagasy capital of Antananarivo during the Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, reported Sputnik. The scramble began as guests rushed to the stadium to win free amusements tickets. The President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina and his visiting Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame offered their condolences to the families of victims. Rajoelina has announced that the state will cover the treatment costs of the wounded, reported Xinhua. The stadium was launched in 2019 and is located in the centre of Antananarivo and serves as a venue for various sport and cultural events.
Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Stay on target I’ve long since made peace with the fact that Kanye West is a land of contradictions. Dude is smart enough to make music as brilliant as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, emotional enough to develop video games about his mother going to Heaven, and also dumb enough to support Trump. So after hearing the news that the rapper wants to make something as sci-fi #brand dystopian as Star Wars-themed housing projects, all I can do is shrug and hope his next album still slaps.According to an interview with Forbes, West revealed his plans for low-income housing visually styled after Star Wars architecture. Specifically, West and his team are modeling the aesthetic after Luke Skywalker’s desert dome hut from the A New Hope. But whereas that 1977 movie was famously shot in Tunisia, West’s construction was looking at California, which doubled as Tatooine in later films.Think this.Although it might end up more like this.While there were no actual pictures of the prefabricated homes, West shared plenty of ambitious details in the interview. The “oblong” buildings would be “dozens of feet tall” and potentially sunken into the ground with upper skylights. And all kidding aside, more artful housing for the poor is an admirable goal if it actually works.West is currently meeting with potential investors but it doesn’t sound like Disney and Lucasfilm have anything officially to do with this. So don’t expect any explicit Star Wars branding, which is probably for the best when it comes to homeless shelters.Who knows whether or not Kanye West’s Star Wars houses will ever become a reality and not just a delightfully weird thing to imagine. I’m still waiting for his Nintendo Wii album. But in the meantime if you want to live in the world of Star Wars for a couple of hours, you can visit the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge theme parks.
GNU/Linux apps for communication you didn’t know you needed by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on August 08, 2017 in Linux – Last Update: August 02, 2017 – 7 commentsOne of the things that people like to hate on about GNU/Linux is that a lot of programs and applications are not compatible with it.And it’s true, as a long-time user there have been many times I have said to myself, “Oh, I need X!” but then have found out that X is not compatible, and had to use some other alternative.Thankfully, GNU/Linux also has some AWESOME apps of it’s own! Now granted, not ALL of the apps listed in this article are exclusive to GNU/Linux, but at the very least they are definitely handy for a GNU/Linux user to have!The software we will be looking at are:PushbulletCaprineCorebirdPushbulletPushbullet is a handy program that allows users to connect your phone to your webbrowser or PC, send/receive SMS, view phone notifications etc.Something I find very annoying when writing articles or doing intensive work on my machine is when someone texts me…I’m the kind of person who simply can’t ignore a text message for too long; so I have to stop what I am doing, pick up my phone, unlock it, reply to it, put the phone down and then figure out what it was that I was doing previously…Pushbullet has allowed me to at least cut a large part of the nuisance out of my life by allowing me to simply swap windows, reply to the SMS, and get back to work.In order for Pushbullet to work, you need to download the app on your mobile device of choice (available for iOS and Android) as well as set it up on your PC. There are official web browser extensions, or you can use an unofficial desktop version that I discovered that works brilliantly, here: https://sidneys.github.io/pb-for-desktop/#downloadOnce that is done and you have the application(s) installed, simply follow the instructions on the Pushbullet website, and enjoy!Pushbullet is Free, but faces certain limitations (like 100 Messages sent through SMS/kik etc per month), a pro version is available for about $40/year.CaprineCaprine is the Facebook Messenger we wish was official, but might as well be with how flawless it seems to run and how feature packed it is! Caprine allows you to do pretty well anything you can do on Facebook Messenger in your browser or on your mobile app; from a comfortable application on your PC; even searching / sending GIF’s or Images works well!Installation of Caprine is extremely simple on GNU/Linux. Simply download the application from the website, which comes in the form of a .appimage file. Once downloaded, you’ll need to mark the file as executable either by right clicking it, and applying the “Owner – Execute” Permission from it’s properties, or via CLI with the command:chmod +x caprine-2.6.0-x86_64.AppImage #(or whatever version you download at the time of reading this)Once that is done, simply double click the file! The application will pop up a box asking if you’d like to integrate the program into your OS, by adding it to your applications menu etc, or whether you’d rather just run the .appimage file. Select what you wish, and enjoy easy Facebook Messaging on GNU/Linux!CorebirdDo you use Twitter? I rarely do, but have decided that I should probably start using it more…And in that, I discovered Corebird. Corebird is a Twitter application for GNU/Linux using Gtk+, and I have to say it’s quite lovely. Easy to navigate, a clean interface, and does exactly what you would expect from a Twitter app.Installation is pretty straightforward since Corebird is available in most distribution repositories. Simply use your package manager and install ‘corebird’, however, if it’s NOT in the repos than you can find more instructions on the GitHub page.Now you: Are there any really interesting or helpful yet lesser known social media / messaging applications you use? Let us know in the comments!SummaryArticle NameGNU/Linux apps for communication you didn’t know you neededDescriptionMike reviews the three popular communication applications Pushbullet, Caprine and Corebird which are available for GNU/Linux.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
The Man Command in GNU/Linux by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on August 05, 2017 in Linux – Last Update: July 31, 2017 – 6 commentsGNU/Linux is powerful. GNU/Linux is mighty. GNU/Linux can be confusing…One of the things that terrifies most people about GNU/Linux is the command line. Granted, most users can get away with never touching a terminal window nowadays on most modern distributions, but when a lot of people think of GNU/Linux they instantly picture a command line interface of scrolling text and gibberish code.Thankfully, learning to actually use the command line is not quite as daunting as one might assume, especially with the help of something known as the Man Pages.Have you ever heard of the acronym, “RTFM,” or “Read the freakin’ manual?” It’s commonly thrown around by GNU/Linux power users who don’t feel like helping a new user out with simple questions. Often when they refer to ‘the manual,’ they are referring to the Man Pages.But what ARE the Man Pages?Simply put, the Man Pages are documentation or a manual for various commands used in the command line environment. Many commands, programs/applications and tools have various “options” that can be utilized; the Man Pages are an absolutely invaluable tool for learning what these various options are and how to better use the command line to suit your needs.How to use the man commandThe syntax of the man command is very straightforward and easy to learn to use:man [options] (keywords)More often than not people will not even use options when they use the man command, simply just using man and then the keyword only.man nanoWhen using the man command, more often than not the output is automatically pushed through a program called “Less”, which allows you to view the output one page at a time in fullscreen. Once you have pulled up the man page for the program or application you are looking into, you can press “H” to view help text which will give you a list of hotkeys to press to navigate through “Less.”Some examples taken directly from the help page of Less are:Commands marked with * may be preceded by a number, N.Notes in parentheses indicate the behavior if N is given.A key preceded by a caret indicates the Ctrl key; thus ^K is ctrl-K.h H Display this help.q :q Q :Q ZZ Exit.e ^E j ^N CR * Forward one line (or N lines).y ^Y k ^K ^P * Backward one line (or N lines).f ^F ^V SPACE * Forward one window (or N lines).b ^B ESC-v * Backward one window (or N lines).z * Forward one window (and set window to N).w * Backward one window (and set window to N).ESC-SPACE * Forward one window, but don’t stop at end-of-file.d ^D * Forward one half-window (and set half-window to N).u ^U * Backward one half-window (and set half-window to N).ESC-) RightArrow * Left one half screen width (or N positions).ESC-( LeftArrow * Right one half screen width (or N positions).F Forward forever; like “tail -f”.ESC-F Like F but stop when search pattern is found.r ^R ^L Repaint screen.R Repaint screen, discarding buffered input.Final wordsThe Man Pages are an absolutely invaluable asset as stated before, for learning how to use a text only interface in the GNU/Linux world. If ever you are wanting to learn more, or finding trouble with running programs and applications, alwaySummaryArticle NameThe Man Command in GNU/LinuxDescriptionMike walks you through the steps of making use of the man (manual) command on GNU/Linux machines when running commands from the Terminal.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Share Tweet Submit Source: T-Mobile The forthcoming iPhone 8 won’t be released for another month or two, but if you’re scanning the market for an iPhone, T-Mobile is pushing some great deals for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are still one of the fastest smartphones around and they are definitely up there catching up with the likes of this year’s flagships. Nonetheless, if you think you’re up for it, the deal starts today and the discounts for the new iPhones are as much as $400 after a qualified iPhone trade. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the subject.T-Mobile Offering iPhone 7 And 7 Plus On Huge DiscountIf you’re up for the discounted deals on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus by T-Mobile, there are two parts of the discount. The first is pretty standard as you trade in your iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and get a $300 discount.Secondly, you can also combine the $300 trade-in discount with the ongoing $100 discount on the 256GB variant of the iPhone. This will save you a total of $400 on your next iPhone 7 or 7 Plus upgrade. This means that you now have the option available to purchase the 256GB iPhone 7 for just $449 in total which normally goes for $849. The 32GB variant on the other hand can be purchased for just $349 after the trade in program and it normally goes for $649.To grab this deal, simply trade in your eligible iPhone (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus) and get an instant store credit for the value of your trade-in. You can immediately apply that to your brand-new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus when you purchase it on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan. Then, just register on the T-Mobile Promotions Hub, and you’ll get a prepaid MasterCard® for the remainder of the $300.According to T-Mobile, the offer is valid for all color options. However, it will not be available online so you would have to get it through the store. Moreover, the offer stands for a limited time, so if you’re in the market for a new iPhone, make use of the offer as soon as possible. In addition to this, you should also note that the discount offer cannot be combined with T-Mobile’s currently ongoing Carrier Freedom offer. So don’t miss this opportunity to upgrade to the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and a great discount.This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the discount being offered y T-Mobile? Share your views in the comments.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Draft Network’s Trevor Sikkema used Super Bowl odds to lay out a draft order, where the Cardinals also land at No. 2.This is what Jeudy brings to the table:The Cardinals not only added their franchise quarterback in Kyler Murray this past draft weekend, but they also gave him some weapons in the 2019 draft with Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler at the receiver position. But the additions shouldn’t stop there. Jeudy has been one of the best receivers in college football for two years and will continue to be as long as he’s healthy.You won’t find a better route runner.“You mean “a better route runner in *college football*”, right?”No, I don’t.Finding a ready-to-go replacement if veteran Larry Fitzgerald calls it a career couldn’t work out much better.But what if Arizona isn’t drafting so high?If that’s the case, there is offensive tackle talent for the Cardinals to pick at.It’s a need considering the history of injuries to current left tackle D.J. Humphries, who is coming off a knee injury and becomes a free agent after this season. Should recent trade acquisition Marcus Gilbert not pan out as he recovers from his own injury, the need at tackle increases even more. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller ordered his mock based on odds projecting Arizona to select fifth, and there he has them drafting Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas.Andrew Thomas is a brute at left tackle and has the power and mobility to also line up at right tackle if the team can get a healthy, productive season from D.J. Humphries.DraftWire.com’s Luke Easterling also has the Cardinals picking Thomas at the No. 7 slot, while Walter Football’s Walter Cherepinsky recently replaced a pick of Thomas with that of Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little at No. 8 overall.Right tackle Marcus Gilbert is just a temporary solution, while left tackle D.J. Humphries struggles to stay healthy.Walker Little was the 25th-overall player in his recruiting class. An athletic tackle who is proficient in both pass protection and run blocking, Little could be a top-five pick in the future. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Prediction services and oddsmakers don’t expect drastic improvement for the Arizona Cardinals. They’ll be picking high yet again in 2020 after going 3-13 in 2018, leading to the selection of Kyler Murray in this year’s NFL Draft.So as multiple draft services closed the door on 2019 and opened with year-out 2020 NFL mock drafts, a few themes emerged. Arizona still needs receiver talent and still needs youth along the offensive line. If the Cardinals want to continue injecting receiver talent into their veins, they can follow the future path laid out by ESPN’s Todd McShay.In the ESPN analyst’s 2020 way-too-early NFL mock draft, McShay has the Cardinals drafting Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. It’s an aggressive move after Arizona selected three wide receivers in the 2019 draft this past weekend, but if Arizona drafts second as in McShay’s mock, it would be hard to pass up on the clear-cut No. 1 receiver in a very strong class (McShay has four wideouts going in the top-nine).Well, the Cardinals certainly don’t need a quarterback. But they could definitely use a shifty, talented receiver like Jeudy. (Quarterback Tua) Tagovailoa’s favorite target caught 68 balls for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, averaging nearly 20 yards per catch. He is very dangerous with the ball in his hands, and Kliff Kingsbury would love to have another dynamic player in his offense.Related LinksMel Kiper Jr.: All of Cardinals’ 2019 NFL draft picks will make the teamCardinals roster preps for wide receiver reset after NFL DraftCardinals specialty license plate most popular among Valley sports teamsMcShay isn’t alone in mock-making this early — and not alone in seeing a fit between Jeudy and Arizona even after the team selected Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson in the 2019 draft. 6 Comments Share Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy catches a touchdown pass in front of Clemson’s Tanner Muse during the first half the NCAA college football playoff championship game, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Paphos police on Wednesday arrested a 43-year-old woman in connection with the theft of €10,000, after reporting on Monday they were looking for her.A travel agent from Egypt who travelled to Cyprus with a group of 30 Egyptians reported to police on Monday that the group went to a hotel in Limassol after their arrival at Paphos airport.One of them noticed that a bag containing €10,000 was missing. It was believed to have been stolen at the airport.Evidence pointed to the involvement of the 43-year-old woman, a member of the group. A warrant was issued against her.When she was questioned the suspect denied any involvement in the case.Officers found some €3,000 in her possession, of which €2,000 had been declared at customs by her and her husband upon arrival in Cyprus. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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