Joss Stone Helps Save Birds In New Zealand

first_imgSuperstar songbird Joss Stone somehow managed to find time in her whistle stop trip to New Zealand as part of her world tour to visit an island in the Waikato river where she planted trees with Pete Bethune of Earthrace Conservation and fellow musician, Tiki Taane, that will offer a safe haven to native birds.Pete Bethune, Joss Stone and Tiki TaaneCredit/Copyright: Earthrace ConservationShe was helping a project designed to protect birds from possums, cats, rats and other predators that threaten them on the mainland. They planted Rewa Rewa, Totara and several Kahikatea, a species of tree that can grow to over 60m high. Kahikatea were largely wiped out from the area in the 19th century after being exploited to make butter boxes.Pete Bethune and Joss StoneCredit/Copyright: Earthrace ConservationOn the mainland, possums and other predators compete for the same habitat and food as birds; they also disturb nesting birds, and eat their eggs and chicks. Few possums, cats, dogs and rats can reach the island so it offers birds a much safer environment.Planting more trees will also help to stabilise the island, which suddenly began appearing near Taupiri in the 1920’s, since developing its own small but significant ecosystem.Joss, who traveled over to the island in a white Sealegs amphibious boat, said “It’s great to be able to work with Earthrace on this; the birds have so many threats so to have a sanctuary on the island is fantastic. I’d love to come back when my trees have grown a bit to see how they’ve made a difference.”The tree planting project on the island was started by Taupiri local, John Charteris, who encourages schools, groups and individuals to become involved in creating habitats that allow native birds and butterflies to thrive.last_img read more

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PM Harper admits proposed antiterror law would not have stopped Ottawa attack

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsPrime Minister Stephen Harper admitted the anti-terror bill tabled in the House of Commons Friday would not have stopped the Oct. 22, 2014, attack in Ottawa.The Ottawa attack spawned an internal federal review that led to the creation of the new anti-terror bill, yet the new powers it gives law enforcement agencies in Canada would not have been able to stop Michael Zehaf Bibeau.Bibeau was gunned down by RCMP officers and former Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers inside Centre Block on Parliament Hill. Bibeau ran onto Parliament Hill, past the RCMP security cordon, and hijacked a ministerial car after shooting Cpl. Nathan Cirillo dead at the National War Memorial.The Harper government’s press package accompanying the announcement of the new anti-terror bill mentions the Ottawa attack as an example of how “the world is a dangerous place.”Harper was asked by a reporter during a press conference in Richmond Hill, Ont., Friday if the proposed law would have been able to stop the twin October attacks in Ottawa and in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., which were committed by Canadian citizens enthralled by ISIS’ version of jihad.Harper said the new bill would likely not have been able to stop Bibeau.“In the case of the incident in Ottawa it is a little more difficult to speculate how a case like that would be handled in the future under these laws…The fellow in Ottawa, Bibeau, was not on the police radar,” said Harper.A photo of Michael Zehaf Bibeau, 32The prime minister, however, said it may have stopped the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu attack because the perpetrator was well-known to the RCMP.“There is no doubt, that specifically, some of the powers in here…a greater ability to detain those suspected of imminent terror acts, the ability to detain people like that, to respond to them more quickly, it is, I would say no doubt, that situations like St-Jean in the future, that police will have more and better tools to deal with that situation than they had in October,” said Harper.Two days before Bibeau stormed Parliament Hill, a Quebec man named Martin Couture-Rouleau rammed and killed Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent with a car in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Couture-Rouleau was shot and killed by police.University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran said it’s problematic the new anti-terror bill would not be able to stop the stated motivation for its creation, which was the Ottawa attack.“This bill was announced after Zehaf-Bibeau went postal, but it’s just a pretext because the bill has nothing to do with that incident,” said Attaran, who is an expert on law enforcement and terror issues. “Sure, Zehaf-Bibeau terrorized Parliament, but he was just a crazy man with drug problems. If (The Canadian Security Intelligence Agency) had powers to ‘disrupt’ terrorism that would not have stopped him because you can’t stop crazy.”The bill gives major new powers to CSIS by allowing the spy agency to disrupt security threats as long as it has “reasonable grounds.” Under the proposed bill, CSIS would still need to get a warrant from a court whenever it planned to launch disruption operations. The warrants would last for 120 days.The new bill would also give the agency powers to work with foreign intelligence agencies on operations targeting and diverting things like shipments of dangerous chemicals to extremists. It would also give CSIS the ability to get an “assistance order” that could, for example, force a landlord to let agents bug a tenant’s apartment. CSIS would also be able to launch cyber disruption operations for “counter-messaging” or hack radical websites and Twitter accounts.“This worries me because CSIS is so extremely paranoid,” said Attaran, who listed people like Tommy Douglas, Norman Bethune, Lester Pearson and John Diefenbaker who have come under state surveillance in the past. “What is going to happen in ‘disrupting’ irksome but honourable people today like First Nations, anti-pipeline activists or even Mennonites?”List of now-dead Canadians who were under state surveillanceDownload (PDF, Unknown)Attaran said parts of the bill that target anything that “promotes” terrorism could also impact journalism, like The Globe and Mail’s Talking to the Taliban series that featured interviews with the Taliban.“The bill says that a court can order the deletion of any information from a computer that promotes terrorist propaganda,” said Attaran. “Could this have been used to make the Globe delete its story from the Web? Yes.”Attaran also said he’s concerned about another section of the bill that seems to promote snitching.“If you ‘fear’ that someone might commit a terrorism offense you can denounce that person to a judge who has the power to lay a peace bond on that person or even jail that person for up to 12 months without a trial,” said Attaran.The Harper government weakened oversight of the spy agency when it scrapped the CSIS Inspector General position in 2012 and Attaran said he worries the agency’s new powers could lead to the same scenario that created the McDonald Commission.The commission was created in 1977 to investigate the RCMP’s disruptive and illegal operations against the FLQ. The commission’s findings led to the creation of CSIS.“We have gone full circle since the McDonald commission,” said Attaran.Harper, however, said during his press conference that these new powers for law enforcement were necessary because “a great evil has been descending on our world” and it has been “growing more powerful.” Harper called this growing evil “jihadi terrorism.” He said it was “one of the most dangerous enemies our world has ever faced.” The prime minister said “violent jihadism” sought to harm Canadians in their “cities” and “neighbourhoods.”When he was opposition leader, Harper criticized former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien for not joining the U.S. in its war on Iraq after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City and Washington DC which left nearly 3,000 dead.The Iraq war is blamed for creating the fertile ground that gave rise to ISIS after Sunni-Shiite tensions exploded following the pull-out of U.S. soldiers. The Syrian civil war next door gave beaten but hardened Islamist fighters renewed strength and they capitalized on the growing Sunni alienation from Baghdad.Western forces, including Canadian Special Forces soldiers and jets, are currently trying to reverse ISIS territorial gains in Iraq. ISIS also controls extensive territory in Syria.-with files from The Canadian Pressjbarrera@aptn.ca @JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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CPC says testing fuel

The first test had found that the fuel had a small amount of contamination and as a result a second test is to be carried out. He said that 25,000MT of Octane 90 petrol, 5000MT of Octane 95 petrol and 10,000MT of diesel were in the imported fuel consignment. Silva said that a third test will also be carried out following which a decision will be taken if to reject or approve the consignment. (Colombo Gazette) The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) says it is carrying out tests on a consignment of imported fuel after an initial test had found that it was substandard.CPC Managing Director L.E. Susantha Silva said that the fuel consignment has not yet been rejected as another test is to be carried out.

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UN CameroonNigeria commission to visit disputed peninsula area

A sub-committee of the Mixed Commission will tour the oil-rich peninsula from 13 to 20 February and meet authorities, traditional chiefs and locals before reporting back to the full Commission. The visit will follow the Commission’s eighth meeting, which opened today in Abuja, Nigeria, and runs until Thursday. The Abuja meeting is reviewing the results of a recent summit in Geneva between the Presidents of Cameroon and Nigeria and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In Geneva, Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Paul Biya of Cameroon agreed to a series of mutual confidence-building measures and to consider striking a non-aggression and friendship treaty.This week’s meeting is also expected to discuss the final report on the withdrawal and transfer of authority in the Lake Chad area, another contested region. The Commission was set up by the Secretary-General in November 2002 at the request of Mr. Obasanjo and Mr. Biya. It aims to resolve the protracted border dispute between the African nations and implement an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the case. read more

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Pensions plans gained 34 per cent in fourth quarter StatsCan says

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says employer-sponsored pension funds were worth more than $1.1 trillion at the end of December, a 3.4 per cent increase from September and up 4.6 per cent for the full year.The gain compared with an increase of 14.2 per cent in 2010 and 10.5 per cent in 2009.The value of pension fund investments in bonds at the end of the fourth quarter increased 3.6 per cent from the third quarter to $424.8 billion while investments in stocks recovered from losses in the third quarter, increasing 2.9 per cent to $338.5 billion.Smaller amounts were invested in mortgages, real-estate and other types of assets.The report included trustee-governed employer pension plans and their pension funds.Five million Canadian workers are covered by trustee-governed employer pension plans. Another million workers are covered by employer pension plans that are managed by insurance companies under contract.In the fourth quarter, 70.2 per cent of pension fund investments managed by trustees were in domestic holdings and 29.8 per cent in foreign holdings, unchanged from the previous quarter.Revenue increased 34.4 per cent to $29.2 billion in the fourth quarter due to special payments made by employers to cover pension liabilities, increased investment income and profits from the sale of securities.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version gave inaccurate figures for the gains in 2011 and the number of pension plans included in the report. Pensions plans gained 3.4 per cent in fourth quarter, StatsCan says AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2012 9:29 am MDT read more

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Mens hockey Coaching connections highlight Ohio States NCAA tournament matchup with MinnesotaDuluth

OSU hockey coach Steve Rohlik (back) talks to his team during a game against Michigan March 2, 2014 at Nationwide Arena. OSU lost, 4-3. Credit: Lantern file photoIt’s a small world after all. Well, at least the hockey world is. Friday’s first-round matchup of the NCAA tournament will be the first time the No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes and the No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs have faced off since 2013, but ties between the coaching staffs ensure that unfamiliarity will not be a factor. OSU coach Steve Rohlik was an assistant at Duluth under Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin for 10 years before joining the Buckeyes in 2010. Beginning in 2008, Duluth assistant coach Brett Larson was also on the Bulldogs’ staff along with Rohlik and Sandelin before he departed for the United States Hockey League in 2011.After a two-year stint with the Sioux City Musketeers, Larson joined Rohlik’s Buckeye staff when the latter took over as head coach in 2013. Larson served as an associate head coach at OSU for two seasons before reuniting with the Bulldogs once again in 2015.“It’s crazy that we’re meeting up in this game,” Larson said.During his 10 years with Duluth, Rohlik coached in two NCAA tournaments — highlighted by a Frozen Four appearance in 2004. According to Rohlik, the experience coaching under Sandelin helped him develop into the coach he is today.“I wouldn’t be standing here if I didn’t get the opportunity from Scott Sandelin to have a chance to go up there and learn from him and be a part of that organization and help put the program somewhat a bit where it’s at right now,” Rohlik said. Sandelin said he was happy for Rohlik and OSU when he learned they made the tournament, citing the Buckeyes’ “high-end forwards” and Rohlik’s skills as a coach as reasons for their success.“(Rohlik) worked hard, he was a good recruiter, he obviously had great knowledge of the game and I think that’s shown in some of his successes there,” Sandelin said.Rohlik’s ability to recruit and knowledge of the game as a veteran assistant had a strong impact on Larson.“I just learned so much from him about recruiting and coaching, how to handle myself as an assistant coach,” Larson said. “I was really lucky to come into that situation and be able to work with a guy like that because I learned a ton from him.”While the coaching staffs are intertwined through their pasts — Buckeye associate head coach Mark Strobel also spent time with the Bulldogs  — Larson stands out by having a connection to current players on both squads.“Obviously with coach Larson being here with me for two years, he recruited a lot of these guys, he coached a lot of these guys for two years. So I don’t think they have to watch too much video, I think they know exactly who we are,” Rohlik said. “But I think we know who they are as well, so I think it’s exciting for both sides.”Having recruited players for two teams with at-large bids is a point of pride for Larson.“I got a call from (former OSU hockey player and coach) J.B. Bittner … he said I might have set the record for having the most players recruited in one game because there’s kids on both teams,” Larson said. “I do take a little pride in that…  I feel like I helped maybe put a couple of building blocks in place for (OSU), to help move in the right direction over the last few years with some of the kids we recruited.”Despite Larson’s familiarity with the Buckeyes, Sandelin said he is not falling back on those ties while preparing for the game.“(Larson) knows some of the players, maybe he knows some of the tendencies of how they play, but that was two years ago,” he said. “We’ve got to go out and play our game and do the things we need to do.”While the coaches have exchanged congratulations after the matchup was announced, they aren’t letting friendship and old allegiances get in the way of the game. “I enjoyed my ten years (with Duluth), I’ll have that forever,” Rohlik said. “But you know when you move on, you become a part of this you do everything you can for Ohio State and that’s what I’m thinking about right now.”Larson, who said he’s followed the Buckeyes closely since returning to Duluth, feels the same. “Other than my team here in Duluth, I’m always pulling for the Buckeyes,” Larson said. “I really respect what Steve is doing there and I really like the kids that are playing there, so normally I’m a huge Buckeye fan. But not on Friday.” read more

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UPDATE Fisherman shot robbed of 7M at Cove and John

A 50-year-old fisherman is now hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after being shot and robbed of $7M in cash by two unmasked males on the Cove and John Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Friday morning.Injured is Eddie Brando of Cove and John, East Coast Demerara.According to information received, the incident occurred at around 11:50hrs as the victim and his 17-year-old daughter exited a minibus.INews understands that the Brandon and his teenage daughter went to a bank outlet located on the ECD and withdrew the large sum of cash before opting to return home in a minibus.This online publication was told that while the father and daughter were walking on the access road leading to their home, a silver grey 212 motorcar drove up along side them and the two suspects- one of whom was armed- exited.The armed bandit reportedly pointed his firearm at Brandon and ordered that he turn over the bag with cash.However, the fisherman initially refused, resulting in the perpetrator discharging several rounds at him [Brandon]. The victim was allegedly wounded on his upper left leg.At that point, the armed suspect grabbed on to the man’s bag and lashed him to the head with his [suspect’s] gun, before fleeing the scene in the waiting motorcar.Brandon was rushed to the Nabaclis Health Centre and subsequently transferred to the GPHC.Three .32 spent shells were recovered at the scene.Investigations are  ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBreaking: Man shot, robbed of $7M at Cove and JohnFebruary 9, 2018In “Crime”Minibus driver robbed, shot to his back for refusing to exit vehicleDecember 2, 2016In “Crime”Bandits shoot, rob ECD man in Finance Ministry’s compoundDecember 7, 2016In “Crime” read more

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The top ten worlds worst pollution problems report

first_imgThe Blacksmith Institute, in collaboration with Green Cross Switzerland, recently released a report titled The World’s Worst Pollution Problems. The top ten problems, detailed in this report, include, in first place, artisanal gold mining followed in second place by contaminated surface water. Then, ranked in fourth place were industrial mining activities, followed by, in sixth and seventh places; metals smelting and processing, and radioactive waste and uranium mining, respectively. There were three primary factors taken into consideration when deciding the ranking. The institute first determines the severity or toxicity of the pollutant.  More innocuous contaminants receive a lower ranking, while more dangerous substances, say mercury or lead, garner a higher ranking. Secondly, it evaluates the pathway, or how the pollutant is transferred to the population. People absorb contaminants through direct inhalation, by drinking contaminated water, by inhaling airborne dust, by bathing in contaminated water, by eating contaminated foodstuffs, or through direct skin contact. The more direct, the less diluted and therefore more dangerous the pathway, the higher the ranking the problem receives. Finally, it evaluates the population. Here, population refers to the overall number affected by the pollutant globally. Those problems affecting the most people are ranked highest in this category.This top ten is drawn from a list of 21 severe pollution problems, with the release being covered in publications such as; Time, Newsweek and Scientific American amongst others. They were compiled based on a variety of criteria. Foremost among these was the impact of pollution on human health. This report aims at giving an overview of the range of pollution threats humans face throughout the world. To view the full report visit www.worstpolluted.orglast_img read more

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Neuer speaks ahead of Liverpool match

first_imgThe Bayern Munich goalkeeper talked how his team knows the rivals, ahead of their Champions League match.Bayern Munich will visit Anfield Road tomorrow to play against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.And for Bayern’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, this is a very exciting match that he cannot wait to play on.“I’m looking forward to playing there. We heard a lot about the fans and atmosphere in the stadium,” he was quoted by The Liverpool Echo.“It will be two great games. For us, it’s very important to play Champions League.”“It’s a knockout game so it will be two finals. Everyone who watches a lot of football knows it’s a special atmosphere,” he commented.“Does it matter? Of course. I like it when fans are cheering a lot, close to the goal.”“But if you want to speak to your colleagues on the pitch it’s not that easy when it’s loud, they can’t hear you. You have to speak in a different way,” he explained.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Bayern was struggling in the German Bundesliga for most of the first part of the season, but now they are just two points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp’s former team.“I think we know Klopp and we know his style. He knows Bayern Munich as well.”“No one is in a better position. We know him, he knows us,” he recalled.“I like his style. I’ve seen him at Rome, and I’ve seen him in the Brazil team, he’s doing a great job,” Neuer added about Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson Becker.Suited and booted. Boss tha’ 👔#packmas #UCL #LFCFCB pic.twitter.com/1kMm57WTck— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 18, 2019last_img read more

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ProRussian forces storm Ukrainian base in Crimea

first_imgBELBEK AIR BASE, Crimea — Ukraine’s armed forces took what may prove to be one of their final stands Saturday in Crimea, as pro-Russian forces stormed and seized control of an air force base amid a barrage of gunfire and explosions.A tense blockade of the Belbek air base base that has endured for more than a week looked set for an inevitable culmination following the seizure of one Ukrainian-held military facility after another in recent days.It was the last major Ukrainian military facility in Crimea to fall into the hands of pro-Russian forces. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry hasn’t provided details of how many bases it still controls on the peninsula.Crimea residents voted last week to secede from Ukraine and join Russia — a process that was formalized this week with the blessing of President Vladimir Putin. The vote, which was held under condition akin to martial law under the gaze of apparently Moscow-led militia forces, has been rejected as illegitimate by the international community.The assault on the Belbek base mirrored events at other Ukrainian-held military facilities on the peninsula in recent days.In footage provided by the Ukrainian Defense ministry, a Russian-made BTR-80 armored personnel carrier could be seen smashing open a front gate at Belbek, a base across the bay from the port city of Sevastopol.last_img read more

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Walker Debate On This Years Dividend Should Be Settled

first_imgThe Senate Finance Committee has proposed paying Alaskans a $1,600 check from the oil-wealth fund this year. The House recommended the same. Walker says he supports that amount and that it should no longer be an issue as lawmakers seek to finish their work with the end of the 90-day session approaching. He took issue, however, with a Senate subcommittee’s denial of some of his public safety funding requests. Senate Finance is working on its version of the budget.center_img He says a final budget, at minimum, should provide added funding tor Alaska State Troopers to travel to rural communities, pilots to fly troopers to those communities and support staff for troopers, among other things. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker says debate over this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend should be considered settled.last_img read more

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Americana Supergroup Im With Her Required Listening

first_img “Required Listening” Billy Porter Jr. Jimmy Iovine, Scott Goldman and Allen HughesPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Scott Goldman and Dan AuerbachPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Jeff LynnePhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage Jimmy Iovine, Scott Goldman and Allen HughesPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Hear It Now: Alessia Cara | “Required Listening” Aloe BlaccPhoto: Courtesy of GRAMMY Museum Jimmy Iovine, Scott Goldman and Allen HughesPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Creative surprises born of togetherness also apply to their songwriting, and they cite the tracks “Game To Lose” and “I-89” as having snowballed after each began as just a groove. But all four discussed the unique context of the folk/Americana circuit as nurturing that kind of creativity. Watkins responded to a point made by O’Donovan that this even extends to their audiences. “I bet you 85 percent of the audience have guitars and sing songs with their friends,” Watkins says. “They’re relating to the bands on stage as people who speak the same language. It’s that commonality and that appreciation.” “Required Listening” Dan Auerbach Imagine DragonsPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins feel their trio’s coming together was natural and organic, the way folk music should bePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 4, 2018 – 5:05 pm In the latest episode of the GRAMMY Museum’s Required Listening podcast, Artistic Director Scott Goldman interviewed Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins about their folk supergroup I’m With Her. The Americana trio’s first album together, See You Around, was released in February 2018 to critical acclaim.Listen Now: “Required Listening” With I’m With HerAt the 59th GRAMMY Awards, Jarosz took home two wins; for Best Folk Album for a solo release of her’s, Undercurrent, as well as for Best American Roots Performance for the LP’s track “House Of Mercy.” Watkins’ band Nickel Creek won Best Contemporary Folk Album for This Side at the 45th GRAMMY Awards. O’Donovan’s singing with Crooked Still brought her widespread attention and a supportive community of fans, including fellow artists. As Goldman and the three women discuss in the episode, the collaborative creativity of the folk/Americana circuit of festivals meant they had been supportive friends long before collaboration became an organic next step.The women didn’t know what to expect when they began singing together, which was part of what made their collaboration fun and exciting. Responding to Watkins’ observations about singing around a single microphone, Jarosz expands that they found it “sonically unifying as a young band to be able to be that close and figure out what our blend is, what our vibe is, how the different timbres of our voices go together.” She continues, “Now I personally feel more comfortable on a multi-mic set-up having had the time put in with the one mic…It’s so special and intimate and close that way.” Johnny Mathis, Babyface | “Required Listening” Prev Next Listen: Sheryl Crow | “Required Listening” Listen: Jeff Lynne | “Required Listening” “Required Listening” On Julia Michaels’ “Issues” Jeff LynnePhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage Scott Goldman and Julia MichaelsPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Listen: Weezer | “Required Listening” Scott Goldman and Julia MichaelsPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Keith Urban and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage.com Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Erika Ender | “Required Listening” Podcast Aloe BlaccPhoto: Courtesy of GRAMMY Museum Listen: Aloe Blacc | “Required Listening” Andy Grammer and Scott Goldman Sheryl Crow and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Timothy Norris/WireImage.com “Required Listening” Spotlights ‘The Defiant Ones’ Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Hear It Now: Alessia Cara | “Required Listening” Erika Ender | “Required Listening” Podcast (L-R) Heather Parry, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Weezer and Scott Goldman (right)Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Weezer and Scott Goldman (right)Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com “Required Listening” Billy Porter Jr. Listen: Sheryl Crow | “Required Listening” “Required Listening” Spotlights ‘The Defiant Ones’ We performed Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” in bed for seriously ill kids stuck in theirs for @MyMusicRx’s #Bedstock. We challenge @adele to play from bed, too! You can make a difference by donating at https://t.co/uEMnsS1xsj! Full vid: https://t.co/IQMhPg9W0i pic.twitter.com/dgSjts6zzg— I’m With Her (@imwithherband) September 27, 2018 Billy Porter Jr. and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Listen: Justin Tranter | “Required Listening” Cold War Kids and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Billy Porter Jr. and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Listen: Jeff Lynne | “Required Listening” Weezer and Scott Goldman (right)Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com “Required Listening” Dan Auerbach Listen: Aloe Blacc | “Required Listening” Imagine DragonsPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Hear It Now: Alessia Cara | “Required Listening” I’m With Her | “Required Listening” Sheryl Crow and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Timothy Norris/WireImage.com I’m With HerPhoto: Jason Kempin/AMA/Getty Images Listen: Keith Urban | “Required Listening” “Required Listening” Podcast I’m With Her | “Required Listening” americana-supergroup-im-her-required-listening Listen: Jeff Lynne | “Required Listening” Facebook Listen: Weezer | “Required Listening” Subscribe To “Required Listening” And Listen Now At Apple MusicRead more Listen: Aloe Blacc | “Required Listening” Alessia Cara and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com https://twitter.com/imwithherband/status/1045312512265080832 Listen: Cold War Kids | “Required Listening” “Required Listening”: New GRAMMY Museum Podcast Cold War Kids and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Imagine DragonsPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Erika Ender | “Required Listening” Podcast Appreciating music in common extends to keeping entire albums on repeat during long car rides between venues. Jarosz cited Away Out On The Mountain by Tim O’Brien and the GRAMMY-winning Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend, while O’Donovan made a touching confession about her soft spot for The Sound Of Music Soundtrack. “I just want to say for the record, sometimes you just have to go dig way back deep into your subliminal early influences and figure out what it is that makes you tick,” she shared. “I think it’s Christopher Plummer for me.” For those too young to recognize the name, the actor portrayed the patriarch of the German Trapp Family Singers in the film also starring Julie Andrews.I’m With Her is currently on tour across North America, creatively connecting their fresh Americana to the genre’s deep folk roots. Diddy, Heather Parry | “Required Listening” “Required Listening” Dan Auerbach Billy Porter Jr. and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Listen: Keith Urban | “Required Listening” Aloe BlaccPhoto: Courtesy of GRAMMY Museum Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Listen: Justin Tranter | “Required Listening” Andy Grammer and Scott Goldman Listen: Sheryl Crow | “Required Listening” Americana Supergroup I’m With Her | “Required Listening” I’m With HerPhoto: Jason Kempin/AMA/Getty Images Justin Tranter and Scott Goldman “Required Listening” On Julia Michaels’ “Issues” (L-R) Heather Parry, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Justin Tranter and Scott Goldman Email Listen: Weezer | “Required Listening” I’m With Her | “Required Listening” Jeff LynnePhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage “Required Listening” On Julia Michaels’ “Issues” I’m With HerPhoto: Jason Kempin/AMA/Getty Images Scott Goldman and Julia MichaelsPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Twitter Listen: Keith Urban | “Required Listening” “Required Listening”: New GRAMMY Museum Podcast https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm0MueiAoiu I’m With Her | “Required Listening” Justin Tranter and Scott Goldman Keith Urban and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage.com “Required Listening”: New GRAMMY Museum Podcast Andy Grammer and Scott Goldman Listen: Cold War Kids | “Required Listening” Listen: Andy Grammer | “Required Listening” Listen: Cold War Kids | “Required Listening” Johnny Mathis, Babyface | “Required Listening” News Diddy, Heather Parry | “Required Listening” Diddy, Heather Parry | “Required Listening” Keith Urban and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage.com Sheryl Crow and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Timothy Norris/WireImage.com “Required Listening” Spotlights ‘The Defiant Ones’ Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Listen: Andy Grammer | “Required Listening” Alessia Cara and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com (L-R) Heather Parry, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Scott Goldman and Dan AuerbachPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Cold War Kids and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Scott Goldman and Dan AuerbachPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Johnny Mathis, Babyface | “Required Listening” Alessia Cara and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Listen: Andy Grammer | “Required Listening” Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Listen: Justin Tranter | “Required Listening” “Required Listening” Billy Porter Jr.last_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 4 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At WPI

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — The following local residents were among 1,598 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the spring 2019 semester:Zachary Abbott is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in civil engineering.Michael Gake is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in industrial engineering and professional writing.David Robie is a member of the class of 2021 majoring in aerospace engineering.Bridget Sullivan is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in mechanical engineering.The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differs from most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A-level in courses and projects.“WPI’s academic programs are rigorous and require a level of independence beyond what is required in traditional courses. WPI students go beyond the classroom to work on open-ended problems in and for communities around the world. The problems are important and the impact is real,” said dean of undergraduate studies Arthur C. Heinricher. “Some of this nation’s best and brightest students come to WPI to study engineering and science and business and the humanities. Those named to the Dean’s List have excelled in all of their work, and we are exceptionally proud of these outstanding students.”About Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI’s pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more.(NOTE: The above announcement is from WPI via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 2 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”last_img read more

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Facebook fined 23 million for violating Germanys hate speech law

first_img 0 Politics Tech Industry Post a comment Share your voice Facebook logo. James Martin/CNET German authorities said Tuesday they had fined Facebook $2.3 million for violating the country’s hate speech law, alleging that the social network under-reported complaints about illegal content. The Federal Office of Justice said in a press release that a transparency report Facebook released for the first six months of 2018 only included “a fraction of complaints about illegal content.”This creates a distorted picture in the public about the extent of illegal content and the way the social network deals with them,” the agency said in statement.The company’s report was also incomplete because it didn’t include enough information about how the social network deals with illegal complaints, the agency said. The company also allegedly gave incorrect information about the feedback it received on the complaints.Under German law, which is called the Network Enforcement Act, social media companies such as Facebook are required to publish a report every six months about how it handles complaints about illegal content. Facebook can still appeal the fine. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The fine is only a small fraction of the amount of the money Facebook makes every quarter from advertising. From January to March, Facebook raked in $15.08 billion in sales.Still, the fine from Germany highlights how Facebook has been under scrutiny from regulators following a series of scandals around privacy, security and content moderation. The US Federal Trade Commission could hit Facebook with a record-setting fine of up to $5 billion for its alleged privacy mishaps, which would be the largest fine the agency has issued against a tech company. Tags Facebooklast_img read more

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The Chevy Blazer gets turbo power for 2020

first_img 2019 Nissan Murano review: Freshened, but not fresh enough 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is a sharply dressed sport utility… 81 Photos 5:05 12 Photos 26 Photos Tags More From Roadshow Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Tags Post a comment Enlarge ImageChevy’s brand-new Blazer will soon be available with turbo power. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow The Chevrolet Blazer is adding a third engine option to its roster for the 2020 model year. According to Car and Driver, a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine will join the 2020 Blazer lineup, producing 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.”We added the [2.0-liter engine] to the Blazer to offer customers more choice,” a Chevrolet spokesperson confirmed to Roadshow via email on Friday.This new powertrain looks to fit in nicely between the Blazer’s existing engines. The 2020 Blazer will still be available with a 193-horsepower, naturally aspirated, 2.5-liter I4 on base trims, and the upper-crust RS and Premier models will continue to use Chevy’s 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6. The 2.0T engine will be offered on the Blazer’s midtier 2LT and 3LT models, where it’ll be paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the base 2.5-liter engine, which is offered exclusively with front-wheel drive, the 2.0-liter turbo-four will be available with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.Another advantage of the 2.0T engine will likely be fuel economy, though official 2020 Blazer EPA numbers are not available just yet. For reference, the 2019 Blazer is rated at 24 miles per gallon combined with its 2.5-liter engine, and either 21 or 22 mpg combined with the V6 (the former with all-wheel drive, the latter with front).The 2020 Blazer will start rolling into Chevy dealers this fall, and we expect the 2.0T models to be priced around $35,000. 69 Photos SUVs Crossovers 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Share your voice 42 Photos 52 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Car Industry More From Roadshow Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Passport review: All the SUV you really need 18 Photos Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Chevrolet 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos 68 Photos GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 49 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 0 2019 Chevy Blazer first drive: Sharp style, smooth ride Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Chevrolet Blazer looks sporty in RS trim 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 71 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Comments Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 3 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Chevrolet,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

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WATCH LIVE President Trump Announces His Decision On Paris Climate Agreement

first_img Share President Trump is expected to announce this afternoon whether the U.S. will be withdrawing from the Paris accord — the historic global agreement, reached in 2015, to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in average global temperatures.Trump is revealing his decision in the Rose Garden at the White House.During his campaign, Trump vowed to “cancel” U.S. participation in the deal. World leaders and business figures have urged him to reconsider.Barack Obama used his authority as president to join the Paris accord without a vote in Congress. That means Trump can also remove the U.S. from the accord without a vote. But it will take a while: Under the terms of the agreement, he wouldn’t actually be able to withdraw until November 2020.Leaving the underlying treaty — the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — would be faster and could be completed within a year. But that treaty was U.S. Senate-ratified. Presidents have unilaterally exited Senate-ratified treaties before, but it’s rare and controversial.Urged to stay, urged to leaveA wide chorus of voices are calling for Trump to recommit to the Paris agreement: Other world leaders and hundreds of scientists, of course, but also CEOs of major energy companies and other big U.S. corporations. Even many of Trump’s own advisers support the deal, according to The New York Times.But the accord has a number of detractors. More than 20 Republican senators have called for Trump to leave the deal. Influential Trump advisers, reportedly Steve Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, also urged him to withdraw.And then, of course, there’s the argument advanced by candidate Trump. On the campaign trail, he criticized the agreement that the U.S. formally signed onto last year. He has said the deal is “unfair” to the U.S., objecting in particular to the requirement that wealthy nations help developing countries build renewable energy sources.Trump has also signaled, more broadly, that fighting climate change is not a priority for his administration. He has denied the existence of climate change in the past and appointed as the head of the EPA a man who doesn’t accept the overwhelming scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. And he’s already overturned several Obama-era efforts to reduce emissions. A hard-fought diplomatic agreementThe Paris accord was reached in 2015 after lengthy negotiations. The deal relies on voluntary cuts in emissions by all the member nations — nearly 200 of them.The agreement also, significantly, sets a global target: to keep the rise in the average temperature no higher than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. And it calls for some $100 billion a year in funding, from developed countries toward developing countries, to support green energy sources.But the accord fell short of what some parties had hoped for. Island nations — which face an existential threat from rising sea waters — had pushed hard for a target of 1.5 degrees Celsius. (Why not even lower? Well, as of 2015, the global average temperature had already risen by 1 degree Celsius, and even with robust efforts to cut emissions, some further increase is essentially inevitable.)And the agreement relies on voluntary cuts in emissions, which is seen by some criticsas a major weakness.Still, the fact that the world managed to agree on a target was celebrated as a diplomatic achievement, one multiple world leaders have emphasized as crucial to support. After the recent G-7 meetings, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and vocally supported her commitment to action on climate change.Modi said failing to act on climate change would be “a morally criminal act.” Merkel had previously vowed to “convince the doubters” among world leaders that “protecting the climate matters to all of us.”The doubters are in the minority. Only two countries — Syria and Nicaragua — have completely rejected the deal.Several dozen countries have signed but not fully approved — including Iran, Turkey and, most significantly, Russia, which is a major emitter of greenhouse gases. But three-quarters of the countries on earth have fully committed to the accord.A pact in name, or in deed?It’s important to note that the Paris accord is only as strong as each nation’s actual reduction in emissions. That means leaving the agreement isn’t the only way to weaken it: Trump could keep the U.S. as a signatory, but continue to slash the programs that would actually make it possible to reach the target for emissions.The opposite is also true: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions could continue to go down, at least in the short term, even if Trump withdraws from the accord.As NPR’s Christopher Joyce recently reported, emissions in the U.S. have declined by about 12 percent since 2005.“The U.S. has successfully bent its greenhouse gas emissions curve,” Kate Larsen, of the economics research team Rhodium Group, told Christopher. “And we are going to continue to reduce emissions over the next 10 years, likely regardless of Trump policy.”But while the Paris accord isn’t synonymous with U.S. emissions cuts, that doesn’t mean Trump’s decision on the accord is meaningless.Economist Marc Hafstead, who’s with Resources for the Future, told Christopher that exiting the deal “could potentially have political ramifications — to the extent that our pulling out of the agreement is going to cause other countries to do less.”It would also threaten the $100 billion a year pledged to help developing countries achieve emissions cuts, as Bloomberg has reported.Meanwhile, many analysts see a U.S. departure from the deal as paving the way for China to take the lead on climate change.It’s not just a question of intangible moral leadership, or even of the potential profits from green energy that would be on the table. The Atlantic reported last year that a U.S. departure would likely result in less-transparent mechanisms for actually enforcing the Paris accord — because Chinese “faulty and unreliable energy statistics” could play a prominent role.By staying in the deal, the U.S. would keep a spot at the negotiating table — and potential influence over how the agreement is enforced. A vote to remain also would mark a beginning — not an end — of questions about how the Trump administration will affect global climate change efforts.last_img read more

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Stan Australian Streamer Inks Content Deal With Paramount

first_img Related Popular on Variety Dylan O’Brien to Star Opposite Mark Wahlberg in ‘Infinite’ (EXCLUSIVE) ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “The Great,” also produced for Hulu by MRC Television, will premiere exclusively on Stan in 2020. Starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, the drama series follows Catherine the Great and her rise to power after marrying the Emperor of Russia. Oscar-nominated Australian screenwriter Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”) is writer and showrunner.Movies covered by the supply deal include the “Mission: Impossible,” “Transformers,” and “Star Trek” franchises, in addition to library titles “Top Gun,” and “The Godfather” trilogy. “Paramount has built a fantastic slate of premium scripted television series in addition to (its) iconic box office blockbusters, legendary film franchises and library of classics,” said Mike Sneesby, CEO of Stan.Stan’s slate of original Australian content includes series “No Activity,” “Wolf Creek,” “Romper Stomper,” and “Bloom,” and movie “The Second.” Currently in production are: Vicki Madden’s “The Gloaming,” starring Emma Booth, Ewen Leslie and Aaron Pedersen; “The Other Guy: Season 2,” with Gracie Otto directing; and “The Commons,” starring Joanne Frogatt and Damon Herriman. Stan, the Australian streaming video firm owned by Nine Entertainment, has signed a content supply deal with Paramount Pictures. The multi-year agreement adds to Stan’s line up of arrangements with Hollywood suppliers that already includes MGM, Disney, and Lionsgate.Subscription video has taken off hugely in Australia, where there are now an estimated 12.3 million subscriptions, according to a new report published this week by researcher Telsyte. The country was this week confirmed as one of the first launch territories for the new Disney Plus service. Netflix is the SVoD market leader in Australia, with 4.9 million subscriptions, according Telsyte. Stan, is the second largest, having passed 1.7 million subscribers at the end of June.Paramount Television’s “Looking For Alaska” will be the first Paramount-supplied series under the new deal to launch on Stan, premiering on Oct. 19. The eight-part limited series was produced for Hulu and is based on the book of the same name by John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Paper Towns”). Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Finally Finds Backing With Paramount, Cross Creeklast_img read more

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first_img News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Siemens Acuson S2000 ultrasound system, release 2.0, is a multi-specialty platform featuring 2-D and color Doppler imaging performance and a wide breadth of applications. Applications such as Virtual Touch HD, the second generation of Acoustic Radiation Forced Impulse (ARFI) imaging, Cadence contrast pulse sequencing technology and 3-D/4-D imaging capabilities to provide insight into complex anatomy. Virtual Touch HD is not available in the United States.The Acuson S2000 Automated Breast Volume Scanner (ABVS) is the first multi-use ultrasound system that automatically, quickly and comfortably acquires full-field sonographic volumes of the breast. It takes operator dependence and variability out of breast ultrasound while also cutting acquisition time to less than 10 minutes.The Acuson X300 PE is a compact, portable imaging solution that delivers exceptional clinical performance across a wide variety of applications. It features a 17-inch, high-resolution monitor to provide a larger image display without sacrificing quality. The systems supports dual, live bi-plane prostate imaging and live bi-plane biopsy with the BP9-4 transducer.The syngo.fourSight Workplace, an image management tool for obstetrical ultrasound, provides off-system 3-D/4-D volume manipulation and 2-D image and clip review. For more information: www.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Technology | November 01, 2010 Ultrasound Systems Provide New Insight Into Complex Anatomy News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read morelast_img read more

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Air New Zealand had woman removed from plane for refusing to watch

first_img WELLINGTON — Air New Zealand has become known for its over-the-top safety videos over the years, which range from big-budget nods to ‘The Hobbit’ to hilarious survival shorts starring Bear Grylls.But as fun and eye-catching as these videos are, the airline has learned that it still can’t force passengers to watch them. Or can it?On a recent flight from Wellington to Auckland, a female passenger was allegedly removed from the plane by police for failing to watch the inflight safety video.A police spokesperson told Newshub that “the passenger will receive an infringement notice under Civil Aviation Authority rules relating to the use of a cellphone.”According to reports, the woman was seated in the exit row but ignored flight attendants’ requests to pay attention. Said one witness: “A flight attendant said very patiently ‘Can you please watch what’s happening because this is the exit row?’ The flight attendant was super kind and kept asking her, but the woman put her fingers in her ears.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedThe pilot eventually was forced to turn the plane around and return to the gate prior to takeoff, at which point the woman was escorted off the aircraft.Despite the woman’s obvious disregard for her safety and those around her, the news prompted renewed backlash against Air New Zealand’s Hollywood-esque videos. Another passenger on the flight who reportedly spoke to the Herald had some choice words for the airline:“I have to say that if watching the safety video is so crucial and you can be escorted off the plane, maybe Air New Zealand should stop making ‘Rachel Hunter ice cream ad’ safety videos. Just make a short video that is compulsory to watch and let people know if they don’t watch the video, the police will come and take them away,” said the passenger.New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is also a critic, calling the carrier’s previous safety ‘rap’ video, which was performed by Kiwi artists and set to the tune of Run DMC’s 80s hit, ‘It’s Tricky’, a “juvenile mish-mash” that trivializes safety.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“Tourists are confused. They can’t hear it. It’s a lame attempt at entertainment and it’s a type of entertainment that’s toneless. It’s cringe culture, really,” he said.The rap video caused so much controversy that Air New Zealand was forced to axe it less than six months after its debut. Air New Zealand had woman removed from plane for refusing to watch safety video Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Posted by Tags: Air New Zealand, Funnycenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

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