Ubisoft historian says companys 3D Notre Dame a reminder of beauty during

first_imgMorgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — As the fire-gutted Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris faces years of reconstruction, a Montreal-made video game may provide some comfort for those longing to revisit every inch of the church, from the soaring spire and towers to the cavernous vault.Artists and historians working to create the 2014 game “Assassin’s Creed Unity” spent 14 months combing through photos, videos, and architectural plans to create a digital model so realistic that some have speculated it could help to guide the reconstruction of the 12th century cathedral.Ubisoft historian Maxime Durand said that while he doubts the company’s digital plans will be needed, he hopes the game can still help the renovation in a small way, if only by reminding people of the structure’s beauty.“I believe the architects won’t need our digital plans to rebuild the cathedral,” he said in a phone interview.“But if the reconstruction we did for the game can help to enthuse people for the reconstruction, or if it allows people to visit (virtually) while they’re waiting to go one day … that will already be our contribution.”Durand pointed out it wouldn’t be the first time that art helped inspire the refurbishment of Notre Dame.He said Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” raised awareness of the long-neglected Gothic cathedral, which led to a major restoration project and construction of the spire that toppled Monday.Hugo hoped his novel would “get people excited about the monument, and this helped in part to revitalize the monument, renovate it to how we see it in the modern day,” Durand said.Ubisoft did not respond to a question about whether it had offered its digital plans to aid the rebuilding effort. But on Wednesday, the French game-maker announced it would donate 500,000 euros, or just over $750,000, to the reconstruction effort and would allow people to download its Unity game for free on PC for one week.“Video games can enable us to explore places in ways we never could have otherwise imagined,” the company said in a statement. “We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture.”The cathedral forms the centrepiece of the game, which is set during the French Revolution. Recreating it fell mainly to artist Caroline Miousse, who worked with a team including Durand and a texture artist for 14 months.Together, they combed through photos, videos, and modern and historical architectural plans to create a 3-dimensional version of the structure that could be examined from all angles.Durand said the game’s “homage” to the cathedral is largely accurate, with a few exceptions. For example, the artists chose to include the church’s famous spire, despite the fact that it wasn’t rebuilt until decades after the period in which the game is set.Durand said that due to the upheaval of the time, the cathedral’s 18th-century interior had a darker feel than recent visitors would have experienced.“At first it was still a cathedral, but it became a state cathedral, then it was abandoned and used to store cannons and wares,” he said. After the revolution, he said thieves pillaged the interior, and it was eventually abandoned for a short time.“Nowadays, people don’t feel that oppression when they go inside the monument.”Durand said it would be “very pleasing” if Ubisoft’s work could help to rebuild the cathedral but reiterated that he doubted the mapping was needed.As evidence, he pointed out that Miousse’s realistic depiction of the cathedral was built without her having seen it in person. He said her first visit came shortly after her work on the game had been completed.“I think it’s proof they can rebuild without the help of the game, but in the meantime it’s there for people to explore,” he said.last_img read more

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Foreigner And Grammy Foundation Launch Contest For Schools To Join Band On

first_imgLegendary rock group Foreigner is in a New York state of mind, celebrating their first ever Carnegie Hall performance on October 25, 2016 by inviting area school choirs to compete for a chance to open for the band on stage at the iconic venue and to win a $5000 grant from The GRAMMY Foundation for their school’s music program.As the kick off to their 40 Year Anniversary year, playing this legendary venue is a milestone for the band that has widespread success with more than 16 Top 10 hits like “Hot Blooded,” “Cold as Ice,” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.” This Carnegie Hall performance is a validation of sorts for the wildly successful group that continues to outsell music and tours of its contemporaries, yet for which traditional benchmarks like a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Rolling Stone cover or a GRAMMY remain elusive. Foreigner’s music – recently featured in a slew of modern day usages in film and TV such as “Orange Is The New Black,” “Stranger Things,” “Bad Moms,” “Angry Birds etc – has stood the test of time, and now being performed in an acoustic presentation is wowing a new legion of fans.New York area schools can submit an a capella arrangement of any classic rock song heard on the Q104 website. Four choir finalists will be posted on the Q104 website, and listeners’ and audience votes will determine the winner. Their prize will be presented at the show.This is part of Foreigner’s long-standing partnership with The GRAMMY Foundation, by which local school choirs are invited to join the band on stage in almost every market they play. Through this program, the band has raised well into the six figures for music in school programs, and given thousands of students the once-in-a-lifetime experience to rock on stage with one of the most well known bands of all time.Foreigner’s much anticipated acoustic performance at Carnegie Hall will also mark the release of their live acoustic album, IN CONCERT: UNPLUGGED. Audiences will have an intimate experience witnessing masterful performances of such fan favorites as “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and many more. This album was recorded at a concert hosted by Edsel B. Ford at the Ford Motor Company Conference & Event Center in Detroit, MI and the band’s royalties from this album will be donated to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).Foreigner is Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, flute, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards,vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar, vocals) and Chris Frazier (drums).last_img read more

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Hunger Games prequel novel coming in 2020

NEW YORK — Suzanne Collins has a new “Hunger Games” novel coming out, a prequel set 64 years before the start of her multimillion-selling trilogy.The book, currently untitled, is to come out May 19, 2020. Collins said in a statement Monday that she wanted to explore what people perceive is necessary for survival. She set the narrative in the years after the “Dark Days,” the failed rebellion in the country of Panem. The “Hunger Games” books are set in a dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live TV.The new book takes place well before the lifetime of “Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the billion-dollar movie franchise. Scholastic spokeswoman Tracy van Straaten declined further comment on the new book’s contents or characters.Hillel Italie, The Associated Press read more

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Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Wednesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9728Brazil real 0.3947China renminbi 0.1896Euro 1.4806Hong Kong dollar 0.160104India rupee 0.01918Indonesia rupiah 0.0000920Japan yen 0.01113Malaysia ringgit 0.2960Mexico peso 0.06673N.Z. dollar 0.8846Norway krone 0.1578Peruvian new sol 0.3833Russia rouble 0.02160Saudi riyal 0.3333Singapore dollar 0.9221South Africa rand 0.09224South Korean won 0.001104Sweden krona 0.1552Switzerland franc 1.2842Taiwanese dollar 0.04132Thailand baht 0.03767Turkey lira 0.3412U.K. pound 1.6506U.S. dollar 1.2498Vietnam dong 0.000055

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Canadas main stock index down moderately loonie slightly higher

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index has given up some of the gains it made on Thursday.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 54.14 points at 16,350.39, after it rose more than 139 points Thursday. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 211.51 points at 26,166.68. The S&P 500 index was 27.66 points at 2,910.43, while the Nasdaq composite was 95.77 points at 7,943.39.The Canadian dollar traded at 75.56 cents US, up compared with Thursday’s average of 75.37 cents US.The September crude contract was up $1.72 at US$54.26 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was down 0.5 cent at US$2.12 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $5.60 at US$1,515.10 an ounce and the September copper contract was down 1.7 cents at US$2.59 a pound.Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press read more

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Iraq Annan calls attack on Red Cross crime against humanity

Mr. Annan “is deeply dismayed at the latest series of terrorist attacks which took place in Baghdad today,” and condemns them “in the strongest possible terms,” said a statement by a UN spokesperson, Marie Okabe.In reference specifically to the Red Cross bombing, Ms. Okabe said, “The Secretary-General deplores the targeting of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Baghdad. The ICRC is a universally respected humanitarian organization. Its neutrality and impartiality are the mainstays of its operations. Today’s attack on it is a crime against humanity.”Ms. Okabe said Mr. Annan had spoken with ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger to express his condolences to the families of killed and injured.Ms. Okabe added that the Secretary-General believes “all terrorist acts, from whatever quarter and whatever their justification, are morally repugnant and indefensible,” and called upon the authorities in Iraq to bring those responsible to justice. read more

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Ahead of World AIDS Day UN childrens agency urges more investment access

An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, but disparity in access to treatment is hampering progress towards reaching a global goal of reducing new infections in children by 90 per cent, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today ahead of World AIDS Day. New cases of HIV infections declined by more than 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, as a result of expanding the access of millions of pregnant women living with HIV to services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, UNICEF said in a press release. These services include lifelong HIV treatment that markedly reduces the transmission of the virus to babies and keeps their mothers alive and well. “If we can avert 1.1 million new HIV infections in children, we can protect every child from HIV – but only if we reach every child,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said. “We must close the gap, and invest more in reaching every mother, every newborn, every child and every adolescent with HIV prevention and treatment programmes that can save and improve their lives,” he added. The agency stressed that the global goal of reducing new HIV infections in children by 90 per cent between 2009 and 2015 is still out of reach. In fact, in 2013 only 67 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV in all low- and middle-income countries received the most effective antiretroviral medicines for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. Among people living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries, adults are much more likely than children to get antiretroviral therapy, UNICEF noted. In 2013, 37 per cent of adults aged 15 and older received treatment, compared with only 23 per cent of children aged 0 to 14 – or less than 1 in 4. The sharpest declines in new HIV infections among children took place between 2009 and 2013 in eight African countries: Malawi (67 per cent); Ethiopia (57 per cent); Zimbabwe (57 per cent); Botswana (57 per cent); Namibia (57 per cent); Mozambique (57 per cent); South Africa (52 per cent); and Ghana (50 per cent), according to UNICEF. In addition, the agency emphasized that AIDS mortality trends for adolescents are also of significant concern. While all other age groups have experienced a decline of nearly 40 per cent in AIDS-related deaths between 2005 and 2013, adolescents aged 10 to 19 are the only age group in which AIDS-related deaths are not decreasing. UNICEF’s Statistical Update on Children, Adolescents and AIDS provides the most recent analysis of global data on children and adolescents from birth to 19 years of age. World AIDS Day, celebrated annually on 1 December, was launched in 1988 and was the first-ever global health day. read more

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Central African Republic UN Mission condemns deadly attack on peacekeepers

“MINUSCA vigorously denounces this odious attack on peacekeepers whose presence on Central African soil has no other objective than to help the country to protect its population and to allow the Central African Republic to emerge from the cycle of violence caused by armed groups,” said a press release, referring to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR by its French acronym. Eight peacekeepers were also injured, including one Cambodian and seven Moroccan, near Bangassou, about 474 km east of the nation’s capital, Bangui, with four peacekeepers missing in action, according to MINUSCA. The Mission said it has sent a helicopter and peacekeepers to secure the site and search for those missing in action. A medevac plane evacuated the injured peacekeepers, who have arrived in Bangui and are receiving medical care. The Mission said it will do everything possible to ensure that the perpetrators of the attack –who fled into the bush – are arrested so that they can be brought to justice. MINUSCA recalled that “harming the life of a peacekeeper can be considered a war crime and subject to prosecution.” The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINUSCA, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, extended condolences to the family of the victim, his contingent and his country, while expressing his gratitude for the work and sacrifices of the peacekeepers in protecting the population in the country. AUDIO: Onyanga-Anyanga explains to UN News how during the so-called “transhumance” season, when livestock is being moved to find suitable grazing grounds, attacks like these are not uncommon. read more

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Strong Brock presence at international wine awards

Whether being celebrated as part of a top winery, earning gold and silver medals for their wines or sitting on the expert judging panel, Brock University graduates had a strong presence at this year’s InterVin International Wine Awards.For the first time, Fielding Estate Winery in Beamsville earned a spot in the InterVin Top 10, and winemaker Richie Roberts (BSc ’04) said it is an exciting honour.“In Ontario, we have a lot of vintage variation and every year is a little different, so our portfolio is always evolving,” said the Brock alumnus. “I feel like the portfolio of our wines is better than it has ever been, and I think it is reflected in the awards we won.”Brock alumna Lydia Tomek, winemaker at Burning Kiln, sits on the expert judging panel at InterVin International Wine Awards. (Photo by Jeff Kirk)In this year’s competition, Fielding Estate Winery won gold medals for its 2016 Cabernet Franc and Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc, as well as its Sparkling Rosé. Roberts and his team also scored silver medals for the winery’s 2017 Fireside Red Cabernet, 2016 Cabernet-Syrah and Traditional Method Brut.“Those gold-winning wines — cab francs and sparkling — are wines that I think Ontario does really well. I am proud of that,” said Roberts.The 37-year old St. Catharines native said that is made possible in part by the work that Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Senior Scientist Belinda Kemp does with Fizz Club — a networking group for Canadian sparkling winemakers.“That has really been instrumental in helping to improve those sparkling wines. I have gotten several ideas from the Fizz Club events that we have done,” Roberts said. “Things we have talked about in those seminars, like the final pressure in the bottle for traditional method sparkling wine, have really impacted how those wines are being made now and we are seeing the success of those changes in the awards we are winning.”Also earning a spot in the Top 10 was CedarCreek Estate Winery in Kelowna, B.C., which received the honour for the second consecutive year. CedarCreek winemaker and Brock alumnus Taylor Whelan (OEVC ’10) called the award “extremely validating.”“It is a good way to measure our success in terms of if we are making progress when it comes to the style and quality of our wines,” he said. The 2014 Platinum The Last Word — a Bordeaux-style red blend; 2014 Platinum Block Pinot Noir; and 2017 Platinum Riesling Icewine were the winery’s gold medalists. They also took home three silvers and four honour awards. Whelan has worked at wineries in Niagara, New Zealand, Australia and British Columbia and has been head winemaker at CedarCreek Estate Winery for the last three harvests. He said the strong Brock showing at InterVin is an example of the quality of the program.“It is a high-level program and we have been able to establish ourselves and begin to fill those winemaking positions,” Whelan said. “It has allowed us to compete with Australians and New Zealanders, people who are educated at some of the top schools in the world, for the winemaking positions here in Canada.” Included in the team of experts who participated in the judging process for the international competition were alumni Lydia Tomek (BSc ’04) winemaker at Burning Kiln, Emma Garner (BSc ’04) winemaker at Thirty Bench and Rob Power (BSc ’00) winemaker at Creekside.Six judging panels made up of representatives from different backgrounds in winemaking, media/education or hospitality blind tasted their way through more than 1,200 wines. “Being an international wine judge is something that I am very proud of,” said Tomek, who has been a judge for InterVin since 2012.The 37-year old from Welland, who took home a silver at this year’s competition for her 2017 Quitting Time Pinot Grigio, says it is no surprise the industry is seeing these successes from CCOVI’s oenology and viticulture graduates.“You are groomed to be thinkers and researchers and scientists,” said Tomek. “But you are also breaking down that grapevine to understand why your vines are behaving the way they are, giving you the tools to troubleshoot and experiment when out in the industry.”InterVin head judge, Christopher Waters, is a continuing education instructor at CCOVI as well as the editor of Vines magazine.For more information and a full list of the awards, visit intervin.ca read more

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Ohio State mens basketball comes up short against No 10 Virginia falls

OSU freshman guard Austin Grandstaff (3) dribbles around Virginia’s Malcom Brogdon during a game on Dec. 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 58-64. Credit: Bree Williams | Lantern Photographer With just under 30 seconds to go, Ohio State sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop hit a corner 3-pointer to cut 10th-ranked Virginia’s lead to just three points, 61-58. But after not being able to steal the ensuing inbounds pass, the Buckeyes were forced to foul, sending the Cavaliers to the free-throw line. Virginia cashed in on a pair, eventually dodging the upset bid from OSU to win 64-58. The loss drops OSU to 2-4 on the season, while also giving the Buckeyes just their fourth four-game losing streak since the turn of the century. Virginia moves to 6-1 after the victory.OSU had three players in double-figures, highlighted by forward Marc Loving’s 19 points on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting, including netting three of his six 3-point tries. The junior forward also chipped in five rebounds. Joining Loving in double figures was Bates-Diop, with 15 points, powered by him shooting 3-of-6 from deep, and sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate with a dozen. Tate added eight rebounds, five of which came in the second half. Although they might have picked up the loss, the Buckeyes churned in, arguably, their best performance of the season.“I definitely think we’ve gotten better,” Tate said. “It just seems like all our games come down to the wire. We just have to figure out a way to bring it home. We’re so close.”One of the main reasons why the Buckeyes could not bring it home was the performance of Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon. The redshirt senior guard led the way for his team, scoring 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including six 3-pointers. It seemed that as soon as OSU would close the gap, Brogdon would be there to hit a big shot to swing momentum back toward the Cavaliers. “That kid is one of the best players, honestly, I’ve seen,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “He’s so patient, he’s so smooth, he’s so efficient when he plays … when he made his first couple shots, I was so like, ‘Oh boy, here we go.’” As Matta mentioned, Brogdon got out to a hot start, scoring nine of Virginia’s first 13 points. But after being down 13-6, the Buckeyes climbed back into with an 8-2 run to make it a one-point game. The Cavaliers seized momentum back from the Scarlet and Gray from there to go up 26-17 with 2:39 left in the first half. The nine-point advantage was the game’s largest by either team, but instead of rolling over, the Buckeyes fought back to behind a personal five-point run from redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson. A key to the Buckeyes entering the locker room trailing by just two was their defense. OSU held Virginia to just 26 first-half points, a season-low, on 37 percent shooting. Freshman center Daniel Giddens was instrumental in the strong defensive showing, as any time a Cavalier player got into the paint, he was there to alter their shot. In the first half alone, he had three blocks. Because of his presence, Virginia often was passive, settling for jump shots. But for the Buckeyes, it turned out to be a double-edged sword, as the Cavaliers shot an efficient 4-of-9 from deep.“We haven’t gone against a team that is able to block shots like that yet,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said, adding, “When we’d try to go to the lane, they’d just block it.” In every one of OSU’s four losses, the game has been very close at halftime. In fact, it even led in two of the three prior to Tuesday’s matchup. However, the problem for the Buckeyes had been less-than-stellar second halves. Against Virginia, the opposite happened. Bates-Diop and Loving hit early 3-pointers to grab OSU its first lead since five minutes into the game. The cliché about basketball being a “game of runs” was definitely true in the second half, as the team’s traded runs for much of the final 20 minutes. “I just think that we were hungry for a win — everybody, coaching staff, teammates,” Tate said about finally having a strong second half. “I feel like that was the key. Everybody was locked in.” OSU’s final lead came with 13:20 left in the game, but it had multiple trips to the offensive end where it could’ve taken the lead or tied the contest. Loving hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to cut Virginia’s lead to just one point with just over eight minutes left to play. The Buckeyes forced a missed shot by the Cavaliers on the ensuing possession, give them a chance to grab the lead. Instead, freshman guard JaQuan Lyle kept up with what has been plaguing OSU all season long: turning the ball over after dribbling into traffic. In those critical moments, the young Buckeyes just continued to come up short. As for why, Matta said he was clueless. “I don’t know,” the coach said, chuckling. “That one I don’t know the answer to. You look at this team and just how few a plays away we are from turning the corner.” And against the Cavaliers, it was certainly just a few plays here and there that, had they gone the other way, perhaps OSU would be celebrating its upset. Because of just how close it was, Loving said the loss leaves him with mixed emotions. “It’s bittersweet,” he said. “It’s bitter because we lost but it feels good to know that we’re getting better each and every game to the point where we’re able to compete with top-10 teams. “We’re just taking each day in practice to get better and prepare for our next opponent.”That next opponent is a team from the same commonwealth as the Cavaliers, in the Virginia Military Institute. The Buckeyes and the Keydets are scheduled to be in action at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday inside the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Opinion NCAA makes another mistake lifting Penn State bowl ban

Joe Paterno’s statue outside of Beaver Stadium on Thursday, July 12, 2012, in State College, Pennsylvania. A news conference addressed the results of Louis Freeh’s investigation into the Jerry Sandusky scandal on Thursday at the Scranton Hilton in Scranton, Pennsylvania.Credit: Courtesy of MCTOn Monday, the NCAA announced it had lifted the postseason bowl ban against the Penn State Nittany Lions football team only two years into its four-year suspension, making the team eligible for the Big Ten Championship game and the first-ever College Football Playoff this season.The ban from bowl games was part of the July 2012 sanctions against the program after an investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that rocked State College, Pa. In addition to a four-year ban from postseason games, the NCAA stripped Penn State of all of its 112 wins from the 1998 to 2011 seasons and fined the university $60 million — both of those sanctions remain in effect.The NCAA also announced that after this season that Penn State will be allowed to award the Football Bowl Subdivision-standard 85 scholarships to students on the football team. As part of the original sanctions, Penn State was limited to 65 scholarships this year, with an increase of five per season until 2016. That sanction had already been adjusted to allow the Nittany Lions 75 scholarships this season as of September 2013.While those in the Penn State community rejoiced about the news of the reduction in sanctions, it has been reviled in other corners.Penn State is 2-0 on the season and is scheduled to open its Big Ten schedule Saturday against Rutgers in New Brunswick, N.J., at 8 p.m.Coming off of one of the worst weekends of football for the Big Ten in recent memory, the NCAA’s decision can be seen as nothing more than a money grab. Entering week three of the season, only three Big Ten teams appear on the Associated Press Top 25 poll, with none higher than Michigan State at No. 13. There is likely a legitimate fear among NCAA officials that the oldest conference in college athletics will not be represented in the inaugural playoff and that perhaps Penn State is the conference’s best hope.Penn State would have attended bowl games in 2012 and 2013 if it had been eligible.Two years ago, the conversation in football circles was whether the NCAA had been too lenient, and if the “death penalty” (suspension of the football program) was more appropriate. Today, Penn State is celebrated by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell for its strides towards integrity, disgusting praise for a university that harbored a sexual predator for over a decade. While Penn State’s football and institutional reputation has been unquestionably smeared by the punishments rendered, rewarding the school for two years of good behavior is horribly close-minded.Tone deaf as ever, Scott Paterno, Joe Paterno’s son, said that despite the reduction, the family is still pursuing a lawsuit against the NCAA, hoping to reveal the truth and have some of his father’s wins will be restored. Whether blinded by reverence or simply failing to understand logic, Scott Paterno does not seem to grasp how his father’s culpability in the scandal is deserving of punishment. He again chooses to ignore the responsibility his family, his university and the state of Pennsylvania owes to the victims.Jerry Sandusky leaves the courthouse Thursday, June 21, 2012, following the closing arguments in his sexual abuse trial, at the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.Credit: Courtesy of MCTFull restoration of Penn State’s football privileges continues the over-glorified mop-up in the years after the scandal. As American society slowly advances toward zero tolerance for domestic and heinous crimes, it was refreshing to see the NCAA take a firm stance against what happened at Penn State. While the scandal was entirely separate from on-field play, the punishment was the NCAA saying it would not allow football to supersede the university’s responsibility as an institution.At least it did until the league’s commissioners realized the potential financial loss. With 14 member schools, the Big Ten covers a lot of geography. That’s a lot of households watching bowl games and the playoffs, and a large number to lose if the Big Ten is not well-represented this year.Pennsylvania stepped up its investigation into sexual crimes after the scandal, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane said. “It shouldn’t take an embarrassment on the commonwealth to shame us into taking care of our kids.”At least she understands the responsibility no one else seems to grasp. The point of the sanctions was to punish the university’s failure to behave responsibly. While Penn State football has unquestionably changed since the scandal broke, the punishment is not supposed to be up for audible for good behavior. Again, the NCAA and the university are ignoring the victims and doing nothing to embrace their responsibility by at the very least admitting that the idea of the Nittany Lions potentially taking the field for a bowl game only three years after the scandal broke might be inappropriate. read more

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Judge tells boyfriend convicted of coercive control there are plenty more fish

Judge Martin Rudland Judge Rudland told Heavens: “I don’t know what was going on in your life. Your relationship for some time had been good but it came crashing down in a rather dreadful way and I have no doubt the drinks and drugs played their part upon your behaviour towards her.”However you have really made sound efforts to change that and I suspect you feel better for it.”Everybody is entitled to a second chance and you have used the opportunity to show the court that you can make something of yourself. I set you that task to see whether you could do that.”Rather than go back, you showed that you didn’t let the court down and you have shown you can adjust your lifestyle . If there is any further trouble you will be back before me, that’s the last thing I want and the last thing you want.”Put this behind you, put her behind you, there are lots more fishes in the sea and watch how you go.” He said: “After 2017 his behaviour worsened with her, particularly when he alleged that she had been with other men. During arguments, he began bending her fingers back so far that she thought they were going to break.”When she was asleep he would grab her finger and use it to unlock her phone as it had her fingerprint ID code. He used this to check her phone messages and go through her contacts.”He would wake her up and ask who everyone was and keep her up all night. Her work became affected and she became sleep deprived.”On one occasion she was going to sleep when he asked her a question about something on her phone, and when he didn’t get a reply he punched her in the face.”She remembers being pushed to the kitchen floor, stood on and trampled on.”In March 2017 she found messages suggesting he was seeing someone else. When he responded to her he began screeching at her, ran to the kitchen and he got hold of a knife and held it to his stomach.”She tried to calm him down but he was continuing to shout at her so she decided to leave. She was worried he would use the knife on her or himself.” Judge Martin Rudland The comment has attracted strong criticism from charities which support victims of domestic violence.Adina Claire, Acting Co-Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: “The judge’s sentencing remarks show a serious lack of understanding about the nature of coercive control. Stacey Booth, who was punched and bitten by HeavensCredit:Cavendish Press/Cavendish Press “This is not a matter of perpetrators ‘adjust[ing their] lifestyle’. We know from our work with survivors that abusers often go on to control and abuse their next partner.”Perpetrators of coercive control must be held to full account for their crimes and not told that ‘there are lots more fish in the sea’.”Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of Refuge, said: “For too long, controlling and coercive behaviour has not been treated with the seriousness that it deserves.”It is essential that the public understands that drink and drugs do not cause domestic violence.”Responsibility for violence and abuse lies solely with the perpetrator who chooses to control and intimidate his victim.”The future relationship prospects of an abuser are not the key issue here – survivor safety is.”Even now, in 2019, around two women a week are killed by their partner or ex-partner in England and Wales. Coercive and controlling behaviour is a serious crime and needs to be treated as such.” Stacey Booth, who was punched and bitten by Heavens Miss Booth ended the relationship in 2017.She said in a statement that she tried to help Heavens with his problems but he “responded with abuse both physically and mentally” and she now realises their relationship “was not normal at all”.After the hearing, she added: “The fact he’s been given a second chance is like they’ve let him get away with it. They’ve not made an example of him.”She said it could discourage other victims of domestic abuse from seeking help. A controlling boyfriend who bent his girlfriend’s fingers back and punched her in the face has been spared jail, after a judge told him to leave her alone as there are “plenty more fish in the sea”.Alexander Heavens, 24, used Stacey Booth’s thumb to unlock her iPhone while she was sleeping to hack into her messages and see if she was dating other men.Heavens then interrogated her during the night about the people she had been speaking to, leaving her sleep-deprived and struggling to cope at work.During rows, he bit her on the arm, punched her in the face and bent her fingers back so far that she thought they would break, Manchester Crown Court heard.Heavens, from Failsworth, Greater Manchester, admitted engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship and was handed a 12-month community order. A restraining order also prevents him from contacting Miss Booth.He blamed his offending on excessive drinking and cocaine use, and Judge Martin Rudland agreed to defer his sentence for six months so he could get off the drink and drugs and hold down his job in the demolition industry.During a hearing at Manchester Crown Court following the deferral, the judge told Heavens that “everyone deserves a second chance” and that he should put the relationship behind him because “there are lots more fishes in the sea”. The court previously heard that Heavens and Miss Booth had dated for six years but their relationship soured in 2016 when he began to suffer bouts of paranoia due to cocaine use.Prosecutor Rob Smith told the hearing that Heavens once “bit her and bruised her upper arm” during an argument about how much time she was spending with her family. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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New from Lightnin Compact Series – Medium Top Entering Mixer

first_imgThe New Compact Series Mixers by Lightnin offers great value, the company says. “It has the same high performance mixing performance and guarantee as you do for all our mixers, but at an affordable price.“It is important to us that we continue to design and build our own gearboxes; by doing this we can ensure that all of the loads produce mixing your product for your application can be accommodated. We are proud to own our designs.”With its simplified design the Compact series benefits from a reduced foot print when you compare the gearbox against Lightnin’s other purpose built agitator gearboxes for equal torque capacity. This reduced foot print makes the unit easier to install and reduces the weight on your support structure. Lightnin also made the design accommodate either a double or triple reduction without changing the casting, so no change of foot print for change of speed in the same gearbox size. Reduced weight and loads can help save money on support infrastructure.“Your mixing performance remains unchanged as you still have access to the key Lightnin impellers that serve your applications.”last_img read more

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African Underground Mining Services announces new contracts in Burkina Faso

first_imgAfrican Underground Mining Services (AUMS), a 50:50 joint venture between Ausdrill and Barminco, has been awarded the rollover/extension of services at Zone 55, and the commencement of works for the Bagassi South mining contract with Roxgold in Burkina Faso.The contract has a 30-month term, with an option of a 12-month extension, to supply all underground mining services for the Zone 55 (Yaramoko) and Bagassi South underground mines, including development and production activities, diamond drilling and associated services. The contract has an estimated value of $160 million and is expected to start in Q3, 2018. The project will employ approximately 300 people including 225 Burkinabe employees.AUMS’s Chief Operating Officer, Blair Sessions, said: “We are delighted to have secured this work and look forward to extending our important, highly valued relationship with Roxgold on their flagship project.”last_img read more

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Families of people who died in shipwreck at Christmas Island to sue

first_imgThis is like someone who has been saved from a fire suing the firemenThe Refugee Action Coalition claimed Morrison did not know what he was talking about.“It seems that the minister is not actually familiar with the legal case. The families are not suing the Navy or their rescuers on the day,” said spokesman Ian Rintoul.What the legal case is highlighting is the negligence of the Commonwealth and the complete lack of preparation or adequate rescue facilities or equipment on Christmas Island that could have avoided the tragedy. FAMILIES OF ASYLUM-SEEKERS killed in a shipwreck off Australia’s Christmas Island in 2010 are suing the government, arguing it breached its duty of care in a move Canberra has blasted as “shameful”.Fifty people died when a rickety fishing boat crowded with nearly 100 Iraqi, Kurdish and Iranian asylum-seekers was dashed against jagged rocks in dangerous seas at the remote Indian Ocean outpost.Human rights lawyer George Newhouse has launched legal action in the New South Wales state Supreme Court on behalf of eight families, claiming the government failed to maintain a proper lookout.“We believe that the evidence will show that the Commonwealth knew, or should have known, that there were vulnerable men, women and children that were on the high seas in a storm and took insufficient steps to look out for them,” he said in a statement.He also claimed that when authorities found out the boat was foundering, the systems in place and operational life-saving vessels to rescue them were not adequate. Source: Google MapsAt the time authorities said they were not aware the boat was approaching Christmas Island due to the predawn darkness and “extreme” weather conditions.Rescue attemptWoken by the screams of victims, locals gathered life jackets and rushed to the sheer limestone cliffs to offer help, but strong winds blew the flotation devices back onshore.The terrified group on board drifted for about an hour after losing engine power and only one man managed to leap to safety before the surging waves smashed the vessel apart on the rocks.Fifty people died and 42 were rescued by the Navy and customs and border protection officials.‘Shameful and offensive claim’Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison defended the actions of the government at the time, which was a Labour administration. The conservatives are now in power.“Frankly, I think this is a shameful and offensive claim to be making,” he told reporters.Sure, people have the right to bring cases to court — we are a free country — but they have to be accountable for the claims. If the minister was really concerned with safety of life at sea he would welcome the court case.BlameAfter an eight-month hearing coroner Alastair Hope laid the blame for the tragedy firmly on the people-smugglers who organised the trip.But he also criticised Australian authorities for the lack of adequate rescue vessels on the island.Hundreds of people have died making the perilous sea journey to Australia, although no boat has arrived in nearly six months under the government’s harsh new policies.Boats are now turned back at sea, mostly to Indonesia, while anyone arriving is sent to camps in Nauru or Papua New Guinea for processing and permanent resettlement.- © AFP, 2014Read: 50 feared dead after asylum ship sinks off Christmas Island > Read: Three charged over Christmas Island boat disaster >last_img read more

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Weather warnings issued for fourteen counties

first_img Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland 31,138 Views Short URL Jan 25th 2017, 7:59 PM http://jrnl.ie/3205128 Weather warnings issued for fourteen counties A status yellow wind warning and a separate rainfall warning have been issued. 17 Comments Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A STATUS YELLOW wind warning has been issued for 14 counties and Cork and Kerry have also been issued with a rainfall warning.The wind warning is for Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.Met Éireann says gusts of wind will reach up to 110 kilometres per hour at times, winds will be at their strongest overnight and for a time tomorrow.It came into place this morning and will be valid until tomorrow afternoon at 3pm.Meanwhile, the rainfall warning for Cork and Kerry will come into place at 6am tomorrow morning and be valid until 6am on Friday morning.Rain is expected to turn heavy later tonight and to continue through Thursday. Up to 50 mm of rain is likely over west Cork and over south and west Kerry.Read: Trump issues executive order for wall to be built along Mexican border> Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland By Cliodhna Russell Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 7:59 PMlast_img read more

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Reconnaissance faciale Klik 10 est lancée

first_imgReconnaissance faciale : Klik 1.0 est lancéeCa y est, l’application Klik est officiellement lancée. La version 1.0 de l’application peut être téléchargée.L’application de reconnaissance faciale Klik pour iPhone est officiellement lancée. Après avoir mis en circulation une version bêta de l’appli en janvier dernier, Face.com a ouvert au téléchargement cette application pour smartphones, en version 1.0 (lien non disponible).À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?La reconnaissance faciale peut s’effectuer en temps réel depuis un Phone. Ainsi, l’appareil reconnaît instantanément vos amis et il est possible de faire fonctionner l’application avec Facebook. Y a-t-il d’ailleurs un meilleur endroit que le réseau social pour évaluer le potentiel des algorithmes de Klik ? Les photos taguées avec le nom des personnes identifiées peuvent alors être partagées sur Facebook, mais aussi sur Twitter ou envoyées sur la boîte e-mail des amis identifiés. Klik permet ensuite de commenter les clichés et de géo-localiser les photos. Il est aussi possible d’utiliser des filtres pour retoucher les images. Voilà donc tout ce que permet de faire Klik 1.0. Lorsque l’on s’imagine que des mises à jours arriveront plus tard, on ne peut que saluer le travail déjà effectué sur cette première version élaborée et complète. Le 10 mai 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Réchauffement climatique la Banque mondiale craint des cataclysmes pour 2060

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : la Banque mondiale craint des “cataclysmes” pour 2060La Banque mondiale prédit un véritable cataclysme climatique si le réchauffement de la planète grimpe de 4°C d’ici 2060. Selon elle, une “cascade de catastrophes” pourrait alors frapper les pays pauvres.Alors que la conférence de Doha vient tout juste d’ouvrir ses portes au Qatar, c’est une conclusion préoccupante dont a fait part la Banque mondiale. Elle estime qu’avec un réchauffement climatique de 4°C dès 2060, une “cascade de cataclysmes” s’abattrait sur les pays pauvres qui seraient frappés par les inondations, la sécheresse ou encore la montée des océans. “Ce monde serait tellement différent de celui dans lequel nous vivons qu’il est difficile de le décrire”, prévient son président, Jim Yong Kim cité par 20minutes.fr. Le rapport publié hier par l’Institution indique même que des “décennies de développement” pourraient être réduites à néant.Selon la Banque mondiale, la communauté internationale ne parviendra jamais à tenir l’engagement pris de contenir le réchauffement du globe à +2°C. D’après son rapport, le thermomètre mondial pourrait en effet grimper de 4°C “au cours du siècle” et “dès 2060” si les gouvernements mondiaux n’agissent pas d’urgence. Ainsi, cette catastrophe climatique “peut et doit être évitée”, souligne la Banque mondiale qui pointe du doigt la responsabilité de l’homme dans le réchauffement en cours. De son côté, le secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, cité en marge du rapport, déclare que “nous, la communauté internationale, avons encore le temps d’adopter de nouvelles politiques, de modifier notre cap et de prévenir les conséquences les plus dangereuses du changement climatique”. Mais les catastrophes climatiques ne sont pas la seule préoccupation de la Banque mondiale. Elle prédit aussi une aggravation des “pénuries d’eau” en Afrique de l’Est, au Moyen-Orient ou en Asie du Sud et un “important rebond” de la mortalité infantile en Afrique sub-saharienne si rien n’est fait. De plus, certaines maladies risquent de se développer de manière exponentielle, notamment celles véhiculées par les insectes comme la malaria ou la dengue. De même, les barrières de corail, “protections naturelles contre les inondations”, pourraient ne pas résister aux retombées acides du CO2 dans l’océan. La lutte contre le réchauffement n’est pas l’ennemie de la croissance À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Selon le rapport rendu public à Washington, le changement climatique pourrait ainsi devenir “la plus grande menace à la biodiversité”. “Les plus pauvres et les plus vulnérables seront les plus durement touchés”, assure le président de la Banque mondiale, même si aucune région ne serait épargnée (à l’image des sécheresses ayant frappé cet été les Etats-Unis, l’Australie ou l’Europe de l’Est). L’Institut de recherche sur l’impact du changement climatique de Potsdam (Allemagne) à l’origine du rapport estime qu’avec “un monde à +4 °C [il n’y a] aucune certitude” que la planète puisse y faire face.Si le rapport ne propose pas de solution-miracle, il cherche surtout à faire passer un message : la lutte contre le réchauffement n’est pas l’ennemie de la croissance. “Le secteur privé doit comprendre que l’adaptation au réchauffement climatique constitue une opportunité économique”, souligne Jim Yong Kim qui estime que la Chine en a pris conscience et qui appelle d’autres à suivre son exemple. Reste à voir si cela se concrétisera au Qatar lors de la conférence environnementale de l’ONU qui semble pourtant bien mal s’annoncer.Le 26 novembre 2012 à 18:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Jacksonville officers raid mans house while hes on Facebook Live

first_imgUpon executing the search warrant, officers found crack cocaine, oxycodone pills, a handgun, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia, according to the arrest report.It wasn’t Hollings first run-in with the law. The station reports that he has been arrested four times in Duval County since 2013 on various charges, including drug possession, lewd and lascivious battery, and violation of probation.Hollings now faces a new slew of charges, including possession of a controlled substance, possession of cocaine, and possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Video: Action News Jacksonville/Fox 30While their timing appeared to be impeccable, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the raid was planned, and not due to the live video. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) — A Jacksonville man showing off his cash on Facebook Live had his video interrupted by officers raiding his home.Fox 30 reports that 22-year-old Breon Hollings was flashing money at the camera for about a minute before he suddenly stopped as he heard officers on a loudspeaker outside his home.“This is Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. We have a search warrant,” can be heard in the video, as Hollings looks out the window before running out of the room. A series of loud noises soon followed, which neighbors said were caused by officers throwing smoke grenades into the home.“It sounded like bombs going off,” one neighbor told Fox 30. “Like big bombs. Like a car wreck or something.”Officers can then be seen on camera, walking in and out of the room before the video ends.last_img read more

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