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Commons committee calls on Liberals to subject parties to privacy laws

first_imgOTTAWA – A committee of MPs is calling on the federal government to make political parties and players subject to federal privacy laws to prevent nefarious actors from manipulating Canadian elections.Political parties are only bound by internal, voluntary policies — an issue the federal privacy commissioner has identified as a loophole in the law.How parties use data has been the subject of scrutiny on Parliament Hill and in the U.K. and the U.S. in the wake of a Facebook data scandal where users’ information may have been used without authorization and manipulated for political gain.In a report released Tuesday, the House of Commons ethics and privacy committee called on the government to move quickly to regulate parties, political organizations and other players to force them to better disclose how they use personal information, including how they target Canadians with ads.Requirements could include forcing political players to show who paid for an online ad and to authenticate their identity and showing users why they were targeted — similar to measures Facebook has already enacted.The committee report says evidence heard during hearings to date has left MPs with “grave concerns” about the electoral system.“In light of what the committee heard, it believes that Canadians would have greater confidence if they knew that their political parties were not exempt from privacy legislation,” the report said.“Any legislative amendment should obviously take the special activities of political parties into account so as not to entirely prevent the use of personal information, but rather to better regulate its collection and use and the transparency surrounding the management of such information.”Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said the government was looking at ways to strengthen the reach of the privacy commissioner and updating federal privacy laws.“We can’t have a data-driven economy and we can’t have the economic potential unleashed if we don’t have the trust of Canadians,” he said.Nearly 87 million users, including 622,161 Canadians, had their information accessed by the U.K. firm Cambridge Analytica without authorization. The company allegedly used the information for political gain in the Brexit referendum, as well as in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.A Canadian company was implicated in the scandal.Executives from B.C.-based AggregateIQ testified that they had done nothing wrong when the company helped with online advertising campaigns for groups pushing for the U.K. to leave the European Union. But the committee found the testimony from the two executives was “inconsistent, full of contradictions, and conflicts with the testimony of several other reliable witnesses,” the report said.Conservatives and New Democrats on the committee used harsher words targeting AggregateIQ chief executive Zack Massingham, who didn’t appear for scheduled testimony earlier this month due to an unspecified health issue.The Tories and NDP want the House of Commons to exact some kind of parliamentary punishment for Massingham’s failure to appear at the June 12 meeting.“Allowing Mr. Massingham’s actions to stand unchallenged would set a lasting precedent that could undermine the ability of other members of Parliament and committees to gather witness testimony from witnesses on issues of national importance,” the opposition parties wrote in their dissenting report.In an emailed statement, the company’s chief operating officer, Jeff Silvester, said the company provided “clear, consistent and honest answers to all of the questions” MPs on the committee posed. Silvester said he also voluntarily attended the most recent committee meeting to answer questions.“AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates and has been co-operating fully with all of the applicable investigations,” Silvester said.last_img read more

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Jennifer Lawrence to Receive Sherry Lansing Award at Hollywood Reporter Women in

first_imgOscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and distinguished film producer-executive Amy Pascal will be honored at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast, it was announced today.The star-studded gala will take place Dec. 6 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.Academy Award-winning actress-filmmaker Angelina Jolie will deliver the keynote speech at the VIP event, where $1 million in university scholarships will be given to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds who have taken part in the Reporter’s highly competitive, eight-year-old Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program.Lawrence will become the youngest person ever to receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, given annually to a woman who has been a pioneer and philanthropic leader in her industry. Last year, the four-time Academy Award nominee (and winner for Silver Linings Playbook) donated $2 million to establish the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital in her hometown, Louisville, Kentucky. The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation also assists a wide range of charitable organizations, supporting abused and neglected youth, along with many educational and health organizations. Lawrence recently joined the board of Represent.Us, the nation’s largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign which brings together conservatives, progressives and everyone in between to work towards fixing America’s corrupt political system. She also has been outspoken on issues of gender pay disparity and privacy rights in Hollywood.Lawrence follows a long line of extraordinary Sherry Lansing Award recipients, including Barbra Streisand, Shonda Rhimes, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Halle Berry, Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters and, most recently, Tina Fey.Meryl Streep, a former Lansing Award recipient, will present Pascal with the second annual Equity in Entertainment Award, given to an individual in the showbiz community who has proved committed to providing opportunities for women and people of color. Pascal follows writer-producer Ryan Murphy, last year’s recipient. A former chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pascal is also the producer of such movies as Spider-Man: Homecoming and the upcoming Molly’s Game and The Post. Her company, Pascal Pictures, strives to create avenues for women and people of color, in front of the camera and behind it.“Both Jennifer and Amy perfectly embody the driving force behind THR’s Women in Entertainment initiative,” said Matthew Belloni, Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter. “They continue to use their voices and their talent to create opportunities for women in the industry, and I can’t think of two more deserving individuals to honor.”“Having Jennifer agree to accept the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award is a wonderful honor,” said Lansing, the former CEO of Paramount Pictures and the first woman to head a Hollywood studio. “In merely a decade, her remarkable professional achievements, her willingness to take risks, and her philanthropic generosity have inspired millions. She reminds young women all over the world that their voices are meant to be heard. The Hollywood Reporter could not have chosen a better individual to recognize.”Jolie, whose Cambodian war drama First They Killed My Father was recently selected as that country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Picture at the upcoming 90th Academy Awards, has enjoyed a year of striking achievement. In addition to continuing her humanitarian work — which includes over a decade of service as Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees — she is soon to reprise her title role in Disney’s upcoming sequel to its 2014 blockbuster Maleficent.“Angelina Jolie has dedicated her life to helping women and girls in war zones, from her girls’ school in Kenya to her primary schools in eastern Afghanistan,” said Belloni. “Her efforts to end sexual violence worldwide is unparalleled in the Hollywood community, and we’re humbled and exhilarated that she’ll be delivering our keynote speech this year.”Additionally, $1 million in university scholarships will be given to girls now taking part in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program. Among the scholarships, each of the 18 girls currently in the program will receive $10,000 to attend the university of her choice (jointly funded by Lifetime and Entertainment Industry Foundation), with two girls receiving full-ride scholarships worth more than $240,000 apiece to attend Loyola Marymount University.The Women in Entertainment breakfast, sponsored by Lifetime and Loyola Marymount University in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, coincides with the publication of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment: Power 100, the definitive guide to the leading women in film and television.last_img read more

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Warriors burn bridge demand mining company behind Mount Polley toxic spill leave

first_img(Secwepemc women, youth and men, confront an Imperial Metals employee at the Ruddock Creek Mine site in this video from 2012. YouTube)APTN National NewsAn Indigenous resistance group under the name of Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors burned a bridge connected to a proposed British Columbia zinc and lead mine owned by the mining company now trying to clean up the Mount Polley environmental disaster, APTN National News has independently confirmed.Ts’ka7 Warriors issued a statement Wednesday taking responsibility for torching a bridge at the Ruddock Creek Mine operation, of which Imperial Metals is the majority owner.“Ts’ka7 Warriors burn down Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek Mine Bridge,” said the statement. “With much discussion with Elders councils and around sacred fires and ceremonies, the Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors have acted out their collective responsibility and jurisdiction to and in the Ts’ka7 area by deactivating the Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek mine road.”APTN National News has independently confirmed the bridge burning, but the extent of the damage remains unclear.The Rudduck Creek Mine site, which sits about 155 kilometres northeast of Kamloops, B.C., is currently in an exploration and development phase. There are currently no workers at the remote mine site, which is shut for the season.Imperial Metals owns 50 per cent of the project which is a joint venture with Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. Ltd. And Itochu Corporation.An Imperial Metals official told APTN National News that company employees were travelling to the area to determine if the bridge was burned.APTN National News contacted three area RCMP detachments and none had received any reports of the bridge burning.The bridge was burned sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning and presents the opening salvo in what is expected to be escalating actions against Imperial Metals’ operations in the area, APTN National News has learned.The Warrior’s statement referred to the Aug. 4 environmental disaster at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine when the earthen tailings dam failed, spilling 24 million cubic metres of toxic tailings and water into Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake.The statement also referred to an injunction Imperial Metals obtained against the Klabona Keepers, a group of Tahltan elders, who had been blocking access roads leading to the company’s Red Chris gold and copper mine.“The absolute destruction and devastation of our Territory has never been answered for.  No reparations have been made. Instead Imperial Metals continues to force through another mine in our Territory while criminalizing the Klabona Keepers of the Tahltan Nation also exerting their jurisdictional and withholding consent from the same company,” said the Warriors’ statement. “The genocidal displacement of the Secwepemc from their Homelands through starvation, fear and assimilation by the state and industry being acted out by Imperial Metals stops now… This is a warning to Imperial Metals Corporation:  Leave our Lands and do not come back.”Imperial Metals was handed an eviction notice from the Neskonlith Indian Band on Aug. 14. The band demanded Imperial Metals immediately abandon its Rudduck Creek mining operation.“This claim area is located in the core of Secwepemc territory (Secwepemculecw), which is subject to Secwepemc Aboriginal Title. The Ruddock Creek Mining Operation is trespassing on Secwepemc Territory. It threatens some of the most important watersheds and salmon runs in Secwepemc territory, including the Adams River run, the world’s largest remaining sockeye salmon, which the Secwepemc People and Indigenous Peoples in the larger Fraser River watershed depend on for their livelihoods and economies,” said the eviction notice from Neskonlith.  “The exploration activities and water discharges from the Ruddock Creek Mining operation have already violated Secwepemc Law and Aboriginal Title and Rights and have proceeded without the consent of the Secwepemc people.” read more

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UN releases practical toolkit on how to deter sexual violence in war

“This is practical information to move from words to deeds,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström, told the UN News Centre on the sidelines of the launch of the booklet, Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence-An Analytical Inventory of Peacekeeping Practice.In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), for example, the peacekeeping mission known as MONUC has provided escorts for women to resume trading at the local markets, which has improved their sense of security and their economic development. In Kosovo, peacekeepers noted that unannounced, random foot patrols and checkpoints kept perpetrators off balance, while in Liberia night patrols have been deployed around camps for the displaced.“From the moment their boots touch the ground, tomorrow’s peacekeepers will have a reference that explains this issue [prevention of sexual violence] in operational, not theoretical, terms,” Ms. Wallström said of the plastic-covered booklet, which is designed to be easy to read.Speaking on behalf of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Major General Abhijit Guha, Deputy Military Adviser to the Under-Secretary-General, said that the nature of conflict requires changes in peacekeeping practices.“The Analytical Inventory is part of our efforts to adapt to the evolving requirements of peacekeeping and supports our new military guidelines on gender,” he said.The inventory includes a 10-item checklist of emerging elements of an effective response. Items include consultations with all segments of community, particularly women, to hear what they need and how they move; enhanced training starting with the practical and moving to the theoretical; and role modelling to help leave a legacy of security for women and girls.It also addresses potential ways to mitigate risk, such as working with civil society groups to provide fuel-efficient stoves in Somalia or Darfur to prevent women from having to walk far to collect biofuels. Such stoves would also support environmental sustainability and alleviate some related illnesses, which are part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which world leaders hope to achieve by 2015. Released by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Stop Rape Now campaign, UN Department of Peacekeeping (DPKO) and the Australian Government, the idea is for the booklet to be distributed to peacekeepers on the ground to be used for training and as an education tool.“We have to work together as a UN family to move this forward. Stopping the use of rape in conflict areas is not just a matter of time. It requires pro-active measures, political will and military responsibility,” Ms. Wallström told the UN News Centre.“Acts of sexual violence on this scale are crimes against humanity. To say they cannot be stopped makes no sense. As someone said in today’s launch – what other crime against humanity is inevitable?” she added. 30 June 2010From peacekeepers in Darfur escorting women and girls to prevent “firewood rapes” to blue helmets in Kosovo setting up an emergency hotline for at-risk communities and lone women, the United Nations launched today its first compilation of the best practices of its staff to prevent, deter and respond to the use of rape as a war tactic. read more

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Four sites join UNbacked list of globally recognized geological sites

Four geological sites of exceptional scientific and educational importance, rarity or beauty have been added to the Global Network of National Geoparks, a United Nations-backed list launched to promote greater cooperation in the management of the world’s geological heritage.The new members – selected by the Bureau of the Global Geopark Network at the three-day 11th European Geoparks Conference in Portugal this week – come from China, Indonesia, Hungary and Spain. The network, launched with the backing of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), now has 91 sites from 27 countries.To qualify, sites must not only be of scientific importance, but should also possess an effective management structure which allows for sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on sustainable tourism.The chosen sites this year include the Bakony-Balaton Geopark in Hungary, which is home to old crystalline rocks from several hundreds of millions of years ago, as well as hot springs, volcanoes and sharp cliffs, making it a significant area of geological study.The Batur Global Geopark, located in northeast Bali, also made the list. The site is centred around the Batur volcano, which is still active and forms part of a long chain of similar volcanoes in Indonesia. The area lies between two large volcanic craters that formed about 22,000 years ago and is rich in elements of macro and micro-volcanic landforms produced by the volcano across several thousands of years. In addition to the scientific value of the site, the park also showcases specific customs related to the Balinese Hindu religion.The Central Catalonia Global Geopark in Spain, also a new addition to the list, has an extensive geodiversity, including sedimentary rocks showing multiple examples of rich diverse life from past geological eras. It is also known for the abundance of marine fossil which originated from organism living in warm shallow seas which covered the region 55 million years ago. Another new site is the Sanqingshan Global Geopark in China located in the Jiangxi Province, which possesses a unique blend of granite geology, landscape and wildlife. The Geopark, provides a cultural history spanning 1,600 years, and is considered an outstanding example of harmonious co-existence of nature and people, influenced by the traditional Taoist culture. The park has inspired many painters, photographers and sculptures and is considered to be the cradle of Gan Opera, which encompasses a wide variety of vocal styles. read more

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Ohio State softball looks for silver lining after suffering sweep vs Wisconsin

The Ohio State softball team was unable to swing its momentum from a Wednesday win against Ball State into Madison, Wis., as Wisconsin swept the Buckeyes in a three-game weekend series. The Badgers used solid pitching and defense to limit the Buckeyes (27-17, 6-9), winning, 7-6, in 10 innings and again, 3-1, on Saturday, before taking Sunday’s capper, 4-2. The teams played a doubleheader on Saturday after Friday’s tilt was postponed due to inclement weather. Despite the sweep, first-year coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly was able to find positives in her team’s performance. “I thought Mel (Nichols, a redshirt junior pitcher) threw well when we called on her. We will need her down the stretch,” Schoenly said. “(Junior catcher Melissa) Rennie is really seeing the ball well. And over the last several weeks, (sophomore) Maddy McIntyre has really grown as a shortstop. She has worked really hard to increase her range and has done so.” Nichols pitched 4 1/3 innings on the weekend in her two relief appearances, yielding two hits and giving up no runs while striking out five Badger batters. Rennie went 1-7 on the weekend, with two starts at catcher, and McIntyre went 3-9 with two walks and a run scored for the series. During practice before heading to Madison, Wis., McIntyre said her goals for the series were to focus on her job and “being there for the team.” Schoenly said she thought McIntyre accomplished her personal goals, both defensively and offensively. Despite OSU’s team struggles offensively against Wisconsin, freshman left fielder Cammi Prantl was able to have a solid individual series at the plate, highlighted by her extension of a 10-game-long hitting streak. Prantl went 4-10 with two RBIs on the weekend and pushed her season average to a team-leading .365. “I couldn’t be happier for Cammi,” Schoenly said. “She is the complete offensive package, with speed and power. She is a confident kid and that helps tremendously in the box.” Wisconsin came into the weekend second in the Big Ten in stolen bases, and during practice, senior third baseman Megan Coletta said stopping Wisconsin’s speed would be a point of contention for winning the series. Schoenly said that OSU handled Wisconsin’s speed well for the most part, even if it didn’t translate to wins. With 10 games remaining in the regular season, OSU sits in eighth place in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are scheduled to face Michigan State, which sits at fifth in the conference, at Buckeye Field Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a doubleheader. Both games will be televised on Big Ten Network. read more

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Theres An 85 Percent Chance The Cubs Wont Win The World Series

That means there’s still an 85 percent chance that the Cubs won’t win it all. There are plenty of difference-making free agents that could help shift the odds back toward Chicago’s rivals before opening day, and the team still plays in the NL’s toughest division (it may be comforting for Cubs fans to know that according to SRS, the NL Central is still weaker than every AL division — or it may not). But for now, the Cubs are MLB’s best team — on paper, at least. It’s been a good week for the Chicago Cubs. On Tuesday, they swooped into the bidding on coveted second baseman Ben Zobrist and inked him to a four-year, $56 million deal. Then on Friday, news came that the Cubs had also agreed to an eight-year, $184 million contract with outfielder Jason Heyward, likely the best player on the free-agent market this winter. In conjunction with Chicago’s existing stable of young talent, the additions of Heyward and Zobrist have at least one well-known algorithm projecting them to be the best team in baseball next season.It wasn’t long ago that we wrote enthusiastically about the Cubs’ chances to snap their 108-year championship drought, only to see them swept in the NLCS. We don’t (completely) want to put the stink on them again, so we’ll be brief. FanGraphs’ depth charts call for Chicago’s roster to produce a collective 52.6 wins above replacement (WAR) in 2016. After adjusting things so that all of MLB has 2,430 total wins,181 wins per team for 30 teams. that roughly works out to a true-talent projection of 99 wins for the Cubs — a ridiculously high number.What does it mean for Chicago’s chances of breaking The Curse? According to the relationship between talent forecasts and World Series odds, which FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver and I researched for a trade-deadline article earlier this year, a team with 99-win talent will win a championship about 15 percent of the time: read more

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Football Ryan Day views himself as placeholder in Meyers absence

Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day addresses the media on Aug. 27 prior to the first game of the season against Oregon State. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorIn his first press conference as Ohio State’s acting head coach, Ryan Day wanted to talk about football. Day began by saying he was not a part of the investigation of head coach Urban Meyer: he was not interviewed and he had nothing to add. “Today I would like to talk about football and this team,” Day said. “Out of respect for everybody involved, I’m not going to speak today on the independent investigation, the report, or any speculation regarding it.”As Day takes over as acting head coach for the first three games of the 2018 season and Meyer serves his three-game suspension, the repercussions of his absence still loomed as the season opener neared. Even though he did not want to talk about the investigation, Day made clear he was not there to replace Meyer. He said his role in the first three games of the season will be to to empower the coaching staff and his players and just keep the program up and running. Day has taken on increased responsibility, not only tasked with becoming acting head coach, but guiding redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins during his first snaps as the starter as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. “There’s been times where I felt like I’ve been drinking through a fire hose, to be honest,” Day said. “The expectation of Ohio State is you win every game and I understand that. So there’s that added pressure there that you feel.”As he addressed Ohio State as interim head coach, Day used the phrase “win the moment” to define the transition he has gone through. Instead of focusing on the future and what was to come, Day got his players to focus on the present, encouraging them to use their energy on the moment.That is exactly the focus Day has on his first career game as a head coach. “I’ve been trying to focus on today, and then tomorrow we’ll focus on tomorrow and then we just go from there,” Day said. “Because there is no script, so we’ve just been working forward.” When Meyer was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 1, Day was contacted by athletic director Gene Smith, telling him he was going to be the acting head coach at Ohio State until the investigation and subsequent punishment was complete. Even with two former head coaches on Meyer’s coaching staff in defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, the message Day received from Smith after he was hired was to trust his instincts. Day had never been a head coach before. Prior to being hired as a quarterbacks coach and, eventually, promoted to offensive coordinator at Ohio State, he was a quarterbacks coach with both the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers. During this time of adjustment, he leaned on one of the former coaches that mean the most to him. “I got a text message and I get it just about every other day from one of my mentors, Chip Kelly, and he says, ‘you’re built for this,’” Day said. “That’s what he told me. And that’s the thing I keep going to every morning when I wake up, is that I’m built for this.”As a head coach, Day said he has to watch the game a bit differently, noticing the whole picture as opposed to just the quarterbacks or the offense as a whole. He said his perspective has widened over the past month by watching players on and off the field, their attitude and mentality as they go through each aspect of a specific practice. Being on staff with him for one season, Schiano, as a defensive coordinator, said he has not directly seen the work Day has done on the field.But, in Day’s time as head coach, Schiano said he’s very impressed. “I mean, he’s got the ‘it,’” Schiano said. “When you work on the other side of the ball, you really don’t get to sit in the room with him very much and game plan and do all that stuff. So our relationship was more friends than professional, we don’t do a lot together professionally. Observing him over the last whatever it is, 25 days, he’s got the ‘it.’” Day said he does not think Ohio State has missed a beat since Meyer was placed on administrative leave. He said that is due to the culture of the team, the leadership and example that the newly named captains have shown through preseason camp. That was his goal all along. When he runs onto the field on Sept. 1, in front of his Ohio State team, Day said he will not view it as his head coaching debut. Yes, his family will be in attendance, but he views himself as just a placeholder until Meyer returns. “This isn’t one of those things where I’m becoming the head coach,” Day said. “This is just something that I’m holding the place for coach until he gets back and the goal is to win the game against Oregon State.” read more

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One hipster idea too far MasterChef viewers puzzled by fad for extreme

first_imgThat prompted derision from several of those watching at home.One wrote: “Next time I burn something whilst cooking, I’m going to pretend it was deliberate and call it ‘ash’” while Jasmine Rose said on Twitter: “Feta and pineapple spring rolls and leek ash. Only on MasterChef! Eww.” Natalie's chocolate mousse, with sweet potato Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Natalie’s chocolate mousse, with sweet potato And seasoned chefs have warned that would-be cooks should concentrate on the basics before turning to experimental techniques and ingredients.Natalie used sweet potato as one of the principal ingredients in her chocolate mousse dessert, leaving the guest judges, previous MasterChef champions Peter Bayless, James Nathan and Mat Follas, complaining about the dish’s “grittiness”.In the end she made it through to the next round, but many viewers were less forgiving, leaving a string of acerbic comments on social media. Custard ravioli, served on BBC MasterChef  #MasterChefUK Who puts sweet potato in a chocolate mousse? That’s one hipster idea too far 😬— Cate Tyrrell (@catetyrrell) April 19, 2017 MasterChef viewers have grown used to the spectacle of dishes wreathed in dry ice or foam by young chefs keen to push the boundaries of their craft.But the latest passion for ‘extreme’ ingredients appears to have left a nasty taste in their mouths.When BBC MasterChef contestant Natalie Macfarlane presented the judges with a chocolate mousse made with sweet potato it did not go down at all well, with some of the programme’s viewers decrying it as “one hipster idea too far”. Custard ravioli, served on BBC MasterChef  Cate Tyrrell, the poet and children’s author, said: “Who puts sweet potato in a chocolate mousse? That’s one hipster idea too far.”Lauren Brown, from Wellington, New Zealand, wrote: “Can we agree that you probably don’t like the mousse because potato has no place in a chocolate dessert?”Now award winning chef Richard Turner, of the Hawksmoor restaurants in London and Manchester, has warned that too many young cooks are rushing to experiment with novel ingredients before mastering basic techniques.“Chefs constantly try to outdo each other with amazing new things and often they’re not focusing on cooking nice food,” he said. “It can get a bit silly. If you’re a young cook get the basics right first, with classic French or modern British, and then move on to the interesting combinations.” Natalie’s bizarre combination followed another contestant’s decision to stuff pasta ravioli with custard for a dessert, while a number of others in the current series have used ash in dishes such as ash baked celeriac and leek ash.last_img read more

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Two dead five ill after carbon monoxide leak in London

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Two men died and five people, including a child and an infant, were taken to hospital following a suspected carbon monoxide leak.The pair, thought to be aged 38 and 42, were found at a multiple occupancy house in north London on Sunday afternoon, Scotland Yard said.Two other men, a woman and two boys were also found at the property in Bacon Lane, Edgware.Neighbours spoke of their shock at the deaths, which are believed to have been caused by a faulty boiler.The occupants of the rented multi-occupancy semi-detached property are thought to have moved in just weeks ago.One neighbour, who thought they were from Eastern Europe, said: “It’s really shocking, very sad, the loss of life. It doesn’t matter how it happens, but it’s really sad.” He also said there was some renovation work carried out before the new tenants moved in.Scotland Yard said the deaths were being treated as “unexplained”.Officers discovered the two dead men when they arrived at the scene around 1.30pm, along with fire crews and paramedics.”At this early stage, police believe that there was a possible carbon monoxide leak at the address,” the force said in a statement.”Police in Harrow continue to deal alongside the Health and Safety Executive who have been informed.”A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: “We have had two males pronounced life extinct by London Ambulance Service.”Two adult males, one adult female, one male child and one male infant have also been treated on site for carbon monoxide poisoning and taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service.” Scotland Yard said the deaths are being treated as "unexplained"center_img Scotland Yard said the deaths are being treated as “unexplained”Credit: John Stillwell/PA The man, who works in the medical profession, said: “It’s a rented property. I know the owner, I’ve met him.”He was renovating just after Christmas. I don’t know what they did inside, but I think they did carpets, painting.”The windows of the house were left open on Sunday evening, while a gas engineer arrived to reconnect the gas to neighbouring houses.Another neighbour said the residents had only been living in the house for three to four weeks.last_img read more

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EHF CL Vardar wins historic Champions League derby against Metalurg

champions leagueEHF Champions LeagueEHF CLhandballmetalurgrakometrukometVardar ← Previous Story 15320 FANS WATCHED BARCELONA: Minsk set a new record! Next Story → THE SECRET OF SUCCESS: Kasper’s goalkeeper’s school For the first time ever in its history, two teams from the same city took on each other in the most elite handball league, the Champions League. Led by Timur Dibirov and Igor Karacic who scored 9 and 7 goals respectively, HC Vardar won the first game with 27:22. The advantage was already made in the first half, when Vardar left at break with 14:9, and had the largest lead in the 47th minute – 20:14. Pavel Atman was Metalurg’s best with 7 goals – but had little support from his co-players. The return match is in 10 days.In the other two games, Barcelona beat Dinamo Minsk with 35:25, while Rhein-Neckar Lowen were too strong at home against HC Zagreb and won easily 34:26. read more

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Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Mr Moonlight trial latest, Coveney in Brussels and split in UK Labour Party – it’s the evening fix. By Sean Murray Feb 18th 2019, 9:01 PM 10,752 Views Get our daily news round up: Monday 18 Feb 2019, 9:00 PM NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND A woman soaking in the February sun in Glasnevin, Dublin today Source: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ieA garda told the court he thought Bobby Ryan could have been assaulted and left to die in the tank.A Cork camogie player is to plead not guilty to assault charges.A man was attached as a paedophile-hunting group broadcasted a live “sting” on Facebook.A new report has warned that young people in the North could be “groomed into violent activity” if a hard border returns.A property developer who owed more than €1 million in unpaid taxes and penalties received 240 hours community service. The FSAI developed new a new DNA food scanning tool to clamp down on food fraud.Temperatures are set to hit the mid-teens this week.Emergency services dealt with a chemical incident in Co Clare.A Longford GP surgery was spray painted with anti-abortion graffiti overnight. Previously unknown monuments has been unearthed using Google Earth imagery. INTERNATIONAL No Comments US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, left, shakes hands with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Source: Francisco Seco AP/PA Images#SPLITTERS: Seven UK Labour MPs quit the party claiming it’s ‘institutionally anti-semitic’ and run by ‘the machine of the hard left’.#SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: Alec Baldwin has said Trump’s comments could be a “threat” to his safety after the president’s fury at a TV skit.#GEORGE MENDONSA: The sailor who kissed a woman in the iconic V-J Day Times Square photo has died aged 95.PARTING SHOTGerman actor Bruno Ganz has died aged 77 from cancer.This obituary on the Guardian delves into the life of the man perhaps best known for his portrayal of Hitler in the 2004 film Downfall.A clip of Ganz in the part, ranting and raving in his bunker, became an internet sensation, with the subtitles adjusted repeatedly to make it appear that he was fulminating on some crisis of the day – the relegation of Newcastle United, say, or the shortcomings of the latest games console or mobile phone. Share2 Tweet Email Short URLlast_img read more

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Scottish Tory leader expected to step down amid Brexit chaos

first_imgScottish Tory leader expected to step down amid Brexit chaos Ruth Davidson has been leader of the Scottish Tories since 2011. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: THE CURRENT LEADER of the Scottish Tory Party, Ruth Davidson, is expected to resign from her role, according to multiple news reports in the UK. The BBC has reported that Davidson has been hugely disappointed in Boris Johnson’s seeming willingness to pursue a no-deal Brexit. Davidson has been leader of the Scottish Tories since 2011.According to various media in the UK, Davidson is expected to announce her decision tomorrow. Davidson has been openly critical of Boris Johnson as the UK moves closer to crashing out of the EU without a deal on 31 October.  By Garreth MacNamee 20 Comments Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 7:39 PM Share7 Tweet Email center_img 25,302 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Aug 28th 2019, 7:39 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Chasse au phoque lUE dément la suspension de son embargo

first_imgChasse au phoque : l’UE dément la suspension de son embargoCanada – Jeudi, les chasseurs de phoques canadiens affirmaient avoir obtenu en justice la suspension de l’embargo interdisant l’entrée des produits dérivés du mammifère marin sur le sol européen. Mais l’Union européenne a démenti cette annonce, assurant que cette mesure entrerait bien en vigueur ce vendredi 23 août.Jeudi matin, sur son site Internet, l’organisation Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) affirmait avoir obtenu de la Cour européenne de justice (CEJ) la suspension de l’interdiction du commerce des produits issus du phoque. Une annonce rapidement démentie par la Commission européenne, qui a confirmé l’entrée en vigueur de l’embargo ce vendredi, comme prévu.Cette interdiction a été décidée en juillet 2009, et a immédiatement été contestée par des organisations d’Inuits du Canada, de Norvège et du Groenland, mais aussi par des sociétés commercialisant des produits dérivés du phoque, qui ont déposé un recours devant la CEJ. Une action en justice soutenue par le gouvernement canadien, qui a toujours plaidé en faveur des chasseurs et entend continuer à se battre contre l’embargo en se tournant vers l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC). L’État va en effet demander la mise en place d’un groupe spécial pour régler le différend.L’embargo européen contient toutefois quelques exceptions, et notamment une clause autorisant la vente à des fins non lucratives des produits provenant de la chasse traditionnelle pratiquée par les communautés inuits. Mais ces derniers considèrent cette clause comme un leurre, et entendent poursuivre leur mouvement de protestation contre un embargo qu’ils estiment “à la fois illégal et immoral”, comme l’a déclaré Mary Simon, présidente d’ITK.Le 20 août 2010 à 15:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Vancouver man 18 jailed in shooting case faces separate homeinvasion charges

first_imgAn 18-year-old man already jailed for an alleged shooting at a Vancouver apartment complex in September has been implicated in an October home invasion robbery in the Rose Village neighborhood.Mik’l Noah Sandoval appeared Monday in Clark County Superior County to face allegations of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and first-degree kidnapping. Judge Gregory Gonzales set Sandoval’s bail at $75,000 in the case.The alleged armed robbery was first made public in late December, when Vancouver police arrested 18-year-old Josiah William Rodriguez.A probable cause affidavit said “several suspects” were involved in the incident, but the affidavit filed in Sandoval’s case says five suspects wearing bandanas broke into the home.Vancouver police officers were dispatched shortly after 1 a.m. Oct. 31 to 2010 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., for a noise complaint. They spoke to two 18-year-old women who said they were just robbed at gunpoint inside their apartment. A witness at the address also told police a third 18-year-old victim was riding his bicycle down the street when he was shot at by an unknown person in a silver vehicle, according to a probable cause affidavit. The teen was uninjured.One of the victims knew two of the suspects, court records say.Nearly a month later, on Nov. 19, detectives interviewed 15-year-old Robert D. Knezevich. He said he went to the apartment, armed with a 9mm Ruger, looking for someone named “Stephan.” Knezevich said he kicked the door open and couldn’t find whom he was looking for so he took a woman’s personal belongings and left, according to the affidavit.last_img read more

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Holiday closures

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed for Memorial Day:o MAIL: No home delivery except for Express Mail. Post offices closed. The postal unit inside the Shell gas station at Fisher’s Landing, 16320 S.E. Cascade Park Drive, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.o GARBAGE: Trash and recycling collection follows the regular schedule today in Vancouver and most of Clark County. In Camas, Monday’s trash and recyclables will be picked up with Tuesday’s collections.o PUBLIC SCHOOLS: No classes.o COLLEGES: No classes at Clark College and Washington State University Vancouver.o GOVERNMENT: City, county, state and federal offices closed.o PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Closed.o BUSES: C-Tran and TriMet follow Sunday schedules Monday. C-Tran offices closed; call center open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.o PARKING: Meters in downtown Vancouver free.o DRIVER’S LICENSING: Closed.o VEHICLE LICENSING: Closed. o EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed.o LIQUOR STORES: Most state-run stores open.o BANKS: Most are closed.o FINANCIAL MARKETS: New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other markets closed.o ANIMAL SHELTER: Humane Society for Southwest Washington closed.o FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE: Visitor center and fort open.o MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.o FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.o OREGON ZOO: Open.o WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Open.o THE COLUMBIAN: Columbian offices closed. Circulation line, 360-694-2312, answered from 4:30 a.m. to noon.last_img read more

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Daimler gets goahead for open road tests of selfdriving truck

first_imgClose Nevada has given Daimler AG, the worlds biggest truck maker, the go-ahead to test its self-driving heavy freight truck for the first time on the open road in ordinary traffic, the two sides announced on Tuesday (6 May).Daimler has previously shown off its prototype autonomous truck in Europe on a closed section of German autobahn. The truck maker says self-driving, or autonomous, trucks will help freight companies save money on fuel and increase safety on the roads.In order for Daimler to get the nod from Nevada, the truck, which will be under its Freightliner brand, underwent 10,000 miles of testing. The vehicle will now undergo testing under real road conditions.Daimler, which with its Mercedes brand has been at the forefront of German efforts to counter Googles advances in driverless cars, says it sees at least as much potential for automation in freight transportation.Daimler is also not alone in pushing automation technology for heavy-duty trucks. Swedens Scania, a unit of Volkswagen, is among peers working on platooning technology that allows several trucks to travel in tight convoy with a sole human driver in the lead vehicle.Daimler has previously said its truck model still requires human oversight while freeing the driver to perform back-office tasks such as handling bookings and billing, or planning future itineraries.last_img read more

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Minor boy shot dead in Noakhali

first_img.A 10-year old boy was shot to death by a man following previous enmity with his father at Khobir Miar Bazar area of Hatia municipality in Noakhali on Sunday evening.The father also sustained bullet injury in the incident.The deceased is, Nirob, 10, a student of class V of local Rahmania Fazil Madrasa and son of Md Miraz Uddin of the upazila.Police identified the miscreant as a local named Jinnur.Miraz had a dispute with Jinnur and the fatalities occurred due to that enmity, said Hatia police station officer-in-charge Kamruzzaman Shikdar.Jinnur fired several gun shots at Miraz and his minor son all of a sudden at around 7:30pm. Both sustained bullet injuries while trying to escape, according to the police and witness.The injured were immediately rushed to the nearest Upazila Health Complex, later shifted to Noakhali General Hospital where Nirob succumbed to his injury around 12:00am on Monday, said police.A case is being processed to file in this conection.last_img read more

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The Case for Habitable Exoplanet Moons

first_img The direct detection of terrestrial planets around stars like our Sun may have to wait until the launch of dedicated satellites such as COROT and Kepler (scheduled for 2006 and 2008, respectively). In the meantime, some researchers have begun to wonder whether these extrasolar gas giants could harbor habitable moons.Our own solar system has four gas giants, and each has been blessed with an abundance of satellites. All these moons are far smaller than the Earth, but six could qualify as planets in their own right if they orbited the Sun: Jupiter’s four Galilean satellites Europa, Callisto, Ganymede, and Io; Saturn’s Titan; and Neptune’s Triton. Europa is known to have large amounts of water ice, and Titan has a thick atmosphere. If our solar system is not atypical, many of the known exoplanets probably have rich moon systems as well.Caleb Scharf, Columbia University’s Director of Astrobiology, has been exploring the conditions necessary for such moons to be habitable. His recent work investigates the conditions necessary for a moon to contain enough water to sustain biological life, at temperatures capable of supporting biological activity. Under zero-pressure conditions, water ice will sublimate (transform from solid to vapor directly) at temperatures higher than about 170 K (-103 °C). This means that water-rich protoplanets must form relatively far from the star — well outside the traditional “habitable zone” where stellar radiation raises temperatures high enough to support liquid water. Gas giants are also likely to form in these icy reaches — so the known exoplanets are highly likely to have acquired one or more icy moons early on. Icy moons may be carried into warmer regions later, as the host planet migrates inward.What happens to the water then? The answer depends mainly on the size of the moon. A moon or planet with about 10% the Earth’s mass has enough gravity to retain water vapor and other gases in a temperate atmosphere. (As a counterexample, Venus has enough gravity but is much too hot to retain water — the speed of water molecules in the atmosphere exceeds the escape velocity of the planet.) Mars-sized or larger moons may therefore be able to sustain both an atmosphere and liquid water, if their host planet is not too far from the star. More Heat Kneaded!Scharf is able to show that such moons may be habitable at greater distances than a similar planet would be, thanks to the process of tidal heating. Since gravity weakens with distance, the pull from the host planet will be slightly different on the near and far sides of a moon. If the moon’s orbit is circular this gravity differential will be constant, and the moon can adjust to it by changing its shape slightly. When a moon travels in an eccentric orbit around its planet, however, it approaches and recedes at regular intervals. The gravity differential therefore changes slightly as it orbits, resulting in a rhythmic compression of the moon’s core. In other words, the host planet will slowly knead the moon like a lump of dough. The activity can generates a lot of heat, even if the moon’s core is not molten. “You’re basically draining the spin energy of the parent planet.” Scharf explains. In the case of Jupiter, that spin energy is enormous—more than enough to sustain moderate levels of tidal heating indefinitely. To sustain the eccentricity of its moons’ orbits, the ideal exoplanet will have multiple moons in proximity (such as Jupiter’s Galilean satellites). To illustrate the potency of this process, Scharf offers the following example. “If you took Mars and put it where Europa is now, Mars would get heated by several tens of degrees [from tidal heating] at its surface. This would also probably start up its volcanic activity again.” Tidal heating can give an extra boost of energy to moons which receive too little light from the system’s star to thaw. Scharf finds that an Earth-sized moon could reach habitable temperatures about twice as far from the Sun as the Earth itself, under favorable assumptions.Most moons in the Solar system, however, are not large enough to hold an atmosphere; Ganymede is the largest, at about 0.025 (1/40) Earth masses. Scharf therefore postulates that habitable moons such as Europa are much more likely. The surface temperature of such moons must be cold enough to preserve ice even in the absence of an atmosphere, but the process of tidal heating could potentially warm the planet enough to create a warm, liquid ocean under the ice layer. Evidence of liquid water has not only been found on Europa, but also recently on Saturn’s moon Enceladus by the Cassini mission( Again, tidal heating is thought to be the culprit.In his most recent paper Scharf analyzes the properties of 74 exoplanets, those far enough from their star for satellite orbits to be stable over several billion years. He finds that between 28 and 51% of the planets in this sample are capable of harboring Europa-like moons with icy mantles and liquid water, depending on the size of the satellites and the eccentricity of their orbits. When one considers the total population of known exoplanets, the fraction falls to 15 to 27%, which is still quite favorable. Even if the planetary systems discovered so far lack Earth-like worlds, Scharf’s work makes a strong case that the moon systems of gas giants could also sustain life.Reference: Caleb A. Scharf, “The potential for tidally heated icy and temperate moons around exoplanets” 2006, to appear in Astrophysical Journal. Ben Mathiesen, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comBen Mathiesen is an astrophysicist at the Service d’Astrophysique in Saclay, France, and owner of the agency Physical Science Editing, which helps researchers around the world meet native English writing standards in their academic publications. India prepares to land rover on moon in global space race Citation: The Case for Habitable Exoplanet Moons (2006, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Artist’s impression of an exoplanet. Credit: European Southern Observatory.center_img Explore further As scientists refine their methods, exoplanets are becoming easier and easier to detect. The current count is 163 planets orbiting 97 main-sequence stars, of which only one is even remotely Earth-like. All the others are massive bodies, ranging from “tiny” Uranus-like worlds (at about 15 Earth masses) to super-Jupiters (at thousands of Earth masses). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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