Manitoba premier Winnipeg mayor want cooler heads in BoeingBombardier spat

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is calling for more cooler heads and less overheated rhetoric in the burgeoning aerospace trade war centred around Boeing and Bombardier.It was a plea that was immediately rebuffed by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard who has said “not a bolt, not a part, of course not a plane of Boeing” should enter Canada until the conflict is resolved.“I will not tone down. I will tone up if I need to do it,” Couillard said Thursday at Bombardier’s assembly plant in Mirabel, north of Montreal. “I will fight for Quebec.”The Quebec premier has called on Ottawa to take a hard line against Boeing after the U.S. Department of Commerce proposed a hefty 219 per cent duty on jets manufactured by rival Bombardier.The department’s preliminary findings say Bombardier benefited from improper government subsidies, giving it an unfair advantage when selling its C-Series jets south of the border.“It’s an unacceptable attack towards an industry, a province and a country and we shall prevail,” Couillard said.Earlier in the day, Pallister said Couillard’s emotional call for a Boeing boycott is understandable, but not helpful.“That overheated rhetoric and emotional language, though understandable because of the concerns the premier has …. is not necessarily as helpful as cooler heads and a demonstration of an understanding that our trade is a very important mutual benefit to Canadian and US economies,” Pallister said Thursday after an announcement in Morden, Man.“I would always be one who promotes open trade and encourage all to remember that there are mutual benefits in our relationships.”The Manitoba capital is home to a Boeing manufacturing facility that employs 1,400 people and is the third biggest aerospace centre in the country.Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman called Couillard’s comments unhelpful.“His comments do not appear to acknowledge the reality that Quebec is not the only province affected by this dispute,” Bowman said in a statement Thursday.“While I respect that the premier of Quebec is going to stand up for jobs in Quebec, his comments are an oversimplification of the dispute and are not helpful for the Canadian aerospace sector as a whole.”This dispute goes beyond a region of the country, he said.“Cooler heads need to prevail so we can continue to collectively find ways to grow this sector, not obstruct it.”Couillard argues the US$1 billion invested by the province in Bombardier’s C-Series program was not a subsidy and Bombardier is being targeted by its larger aerospace rival even though Boeing has also benefited from decades of government assistance.Unifor president Jerry Dias, who represents Boeing workers, said both Bombardier and Boeing receive government support. This trade dispute threatens the ability of government to support the industry, Dias said.“Boeing is playing a very dangerous game, not just for Bombardier but for themselves,” he said. “This whole thing is poisoning the well water.“If we don’t fight this now, the fallout can be just brutal.”But Pallister said the Canadian and American economies are so intertwined, he’s confident the two countries will weather the storm.“We have the strongest international co-operative relationship of any two countries in the world,” he said. “We will get through this.”— By Chinta Puxley in Edmonton, with files from Steve Lambert in Winnipeg and Ross Marowits in Montreallast_img read more

India yet to decide on resolution

“India has not decided on its stand as it does not know what kind of resolution US is expected to move against Sri Lanka in UNHRC. As far as our government is concerned, the Prime Minister is watching the situation and at that time (when the issue comes), a decision will be taken,” the Press Trust of India quoted him as saying. India has not yet formulated its stand over the US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nations as it does not know what kind of resolution that country would be moving before the body, Indian minister V. Narayanasamy said today.However he said India is closely watching the situation and would take a suitable decision when the issue comes up before the body. His remarks come in the backdrop of demands by political parties in Tamil Nadu that the Centre support the resolution. read more

Proposed edible pot rules are wasteful would leave products tasteless critics

VANCOUVER — Canada’s proposed edible pot regulations would result in tasteless products wrapped in wasteful packaging, shutting out medical patients and fuelling a continued black market, critics say.The consultation period on the proposed rules ended Wednesday and Health Canada is now reviewing the responses. Jessika Villano, owner of Buddha Barn dispensary in Vancouver, says she hopes the government genuinely wants her opinion.“I don’t feel like anybody’s been listening. I feel a little bit deflated, actually,” she said.When Canada legalized weed last fall, it only allowed fresh or dried bud, oil, plants and seeds. Health Canada released its proposed regulations for edibles, extracts and topicals in December and asked for feedback.The government plans to have regulations in place for those products no later than Oct. 17 this year.Villano said she’s concerned about a number of elements of the proposed regulations. A single serving would be limited to 10 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, and each serving must be individually wrapped.The rule is more strict than regulations in Colorado or Washington, where multiple servings are allowed per package, for example in a chocolate bar demarcated into squares that each contain 10 milligrams.“I feel that Health Canada is creating an environmental nightmare,” Villano said.Long-time users who take cannabis to combat pain, stress or nausea use much higher doses, with some cancer patients using up to 650 milligrams per dose, she said. The regulations would outlaw higher-dose products and any substitute would be unattainably expensive, she said.The regulations also say the products must not be appealing to youth and the packages can’t advertise dessert or confectionery flavours. Edibles must also not “encourage over-consumption” and be shelf-stable, so no refrigeration.While there’s nothing in the rules that explicitly outlaws sweet ingredients, Villano said she’s worried the restrictions mean brownies, cookies and candies are off-limits.“They’re proposing that we sell sand,” Villano said. “I think a lot of adults would like to have cannabis sugar in their tea.”Health Canada was not able to provide a response before publication.Yannick Craigwell’s company, Treatsandtreats, sells sweet goodies containing up to 220 milligrams of THC to medical patients. His packaging isn’t colourful or bright — it’s simply a black bag with a clear window to show what’s inside and a muffin on the logo. But the proposed regulations would not allow a cut-out window nor the advertising of confectionery flavours.Craigwell said he hopes Health Canada sets up an office where companies can send their package designs for approval or disapproval, because “there’s no way to know” what’s acceptable based on the proposed regulations.He said he had no doubt the black market would persist if the proposed rules are finalized without changes.“If there’s a need, people are going to fill that need. If there’s a financial reward for filling that need, that’s the whole premise of the black market,” Craigwell said.Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth Corp., said the rules aren’t perfect, but they’re very good. His company is developing a calorie-free cannabis beverage and he doesn’t see an issue with the 10 milligram limit per serving for drinks.The one type of product where the limit might be too strict is a vape pen, which usually hold a higher dose so they can be used on multiple occasions, he said.But for the most part, the government is moving forward in a very well-regulated, incremental way, he said, adding it’s easier to increase the allowed dosage later rather than decrease it.“In the context of how governments normally work, this is astounding,” Linton said.“The government of Canada has come up with how you can drink and eat and vape cannabis and are regulating it at a federal level and are selling it through provincially controlled stores. Are you sure we’re not making all this stuff up?”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. read more

Ohio State mens basketball players react to FBIs college hoops investigation

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate addressed questions about the FBI’s ongoing fraud and bribery investigation in college basketball during Ohio State’s media day Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State is not implicated in the investigation. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorOhio State men’s basketball players said Wednesday they were aware of the ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball corruption, but made clear they hadn’t experienced anything similar to the allegations. Sophomore center Micah Potter said he had not experienced any illegal recruiting and added that former head coach Thad Matta had done things the right way while on the recruiting trail.“It’s definitely unfortunate. I’m glad they found out about it ’cause obviously it’s wrong,” Potter said. “I saw it on social media and then it’s all over ESPN. It’s unfortunate, but I’m glad it got caught.”The college basketball world was rocked Tuesday with the FBI’s announcement of a wide-ranging fraud and bribery scandal involving 10 people, including Power 5 schools, financial advisors and a top Adidas executive. The FBI has subpoenaed employees of Nike’s AAU circuit, EYBL, and documents, according to sports attorney Darren Heitner.Assistant coaches from Auburn, Arizona, Oklahoma State and USC have been charged with fraud, corruption and bribery, among other charges from the ongoing investigation. Ohio State has not been mentioned in the investigation.According to FBI documents, assistant coaches accepted cash bribes to funnel players financial advisors and agents in one scheme, and James Gatto, director of global marketing for Adidas basketball, gave six-figure payments to three individuals to steer those recruits to programs affiliated with the company.Louisville placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on unpaid administrative leave Wednesday after the FBI released evidence that an assistant coach allegedly planned to pay $100,000 to the father of an All-American recruit.Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate would not comment on the investigations because he said he did not have enough details to properly speak on the situation.“There’s always going to be rumors, but for me, personally, I never experienced or seen it with my own eyes, so there’s not really much I can say about it,” Tate said. “But obviously, if the FBI are investigating, things have happened.”The investigation is ongoing and more schools than the aforementioned four could be in hot water as the FBI continues its investigation. Sophomore Andre Wesson also said he experienced no foul play in the recruiting process. He emphasized that he had no concern with the investigations because it did not affect the team.“It’s crazy … I’m not really worried about that,” Wesson said. “I’m just worried about here and Ohio State and what we can do.” read more

Addict who murdered Pc Gordon Semple upset Crystal Meth Anonymous members with

first_imgAn addict jailed for life for murdering a police officer he met via gay dating app Grindr failed to kick his habit because he upset a Crystal Meth Anonymous group by wearing a Breaking Bad T-shirt.Stefano Brizzi, 50, admitted that he was inspired by his favourite television series as he tried to dispose of the body of Pc Gordon Semple by dissolving his flesh in an acid bath.Last month, the former Morgan Stanley IT developer was found guilty of murder by a majority of 10 to two after a jury at the Old Bailey had deliberated for more than 30 hours.Brizzi denied trying to cannibalise parts of Pc Semple, 59, by cooking and then biting into a rib found in his kitchen bin.But at his sentencing, the prosecution said an expert odontologist had since confirmed that even though Brizzi claimed not to remember it, he had in fact tried to eat human flesh. Pc Gordon Semple CCTV still of Pc Gordon Semple on April 1Credit:Central News 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. The trial had heard that Brizzi met his victim on gay dating app Grindr and arranged a “hot, dirty, sleazy session” at his flat near London’s Tate Modern gallery on April 1.According to Brizzi, Pc Semple died when a dog leash he had been wearing slipped as they played a “strangulation game”.But a pathologist concluded that while strangulation was a possible cause of death, it would have taken minutes rather than moments, as the defendant had claimed.In the days after the killing, Brizzi was caught on CCTV buying buckets, a perforated metal sheet and cleaning products from a DIY store.He then set about dismembering the body, stripping the flesh, burning some in the oven and mixing some with acid in the bath.Pc Semple’s long-term partner, Gary Meeks, reported him missing when he failed to return to their home in Dartford, Kent.Neighbours complained about the stench coming from Brizzi’s flat and eventually called police, who came across the grisly sight of “globules” of flesh floating in the bath, bags containing bones and a part of Pc Semple’s head, and pools of human fat in the oven.Brizzi, who was wearing pink underpants and sunglasses, was arrested as officers realised what they had found.The court heard there was evidence in the kitchen that Brizzi had chopped up the Inverness-born officer with a variety of utensils and may have even used chopsticks to eat morsels of cooked meat. Stefano Brizzi (second left) in the dock at the Old BaileyCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire In mitigation, Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC blamed Brizzi’s crystal meth addiction as she accepted the expert evidence.She said: “The behaviour can only be ascribed to taking of the drug crystal meth, which, as the court will know, has appalling effects on those who become addicted to it.”Brizzi had “absolutely no recollection” of it and was “utterly horrified by it”, the barrister added.In a victim impact statement read to the court, Pc Semple’s older brother, Ronald Semple, said his sibling had been regarded as a “Dixon of Dock Green character”.He said his brother first took a job at Royal Bank of Scotland but then joined the police in October 1993 and completed more than 30 years’ service.He ran several marathons and organised trips to France and elsewhere for charity.Pc Semple was a “caring and gentle person” and “much loved” by his family, who were left devastated with the news of his murder, the court heard.Mr Semple said he had met many of his brother’s colleagues at the funeral and was proud to hear the high regard in which he was held by junior and senior officers alike. Stefano Brizzi (2nd left) in the dock at the Old Baileycenter_img Stefano Brizzi, who said he murdered Mr Semple after being instructed by Satan Following his arrest, Brizzi admitted to killing and trying to dissolve the body of the policeman because “Satan told me to”.During the killing, he said he had turned away a man on his doorstep who had arrived for a sex party organised on Grindr.Brizzi said: “I was right in the middle of strangling Gordon and I said to him, ‘Look, this is not the right time now, people are falling ill and it’s a mess’.”He also told police that he had “chucked” some of Pc Semple’s body into the Thames and thrown away his police badge and belongings.A human foot was later found by a member of a London mudlark club near Bermondsey Wall. Stefano Brizzi, who said he murdered Mr Semple after being instructed by Satan CCTV still of PC Gordon Semple on April 1 The court heard that Brizzi had gone to Crystal Meth Anonymous meetings, but upset people by wearing a Breaking Bad T-shirt as the show “glorified” the drug.The group’s organiser asked him not to wear the T-shirt again. Brizzi said he did not get on with the group because of the religious overtones of the 12 steps, the court heard.Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC handed Brizzi a life sentence with a minimum of 24 years.Brizzi was also sentenced to seven years for obstructing a coroner, which will run concurrently.The judge said there were “terrible features” of the case and that Brizzi’s drug addiction had ruined his life.He told the Italian: “Regret you express now for Mr Semple’s death has to be seen against what you did over a number of days to his body.”The defendant sat in the dock with his head bowed throughout the hearing.In his home, police found a mask and dog leash with Pc Semple’s DNA on it as well as a copy of the Satanic Bible.Giving evidence, Brizzi, who has HIV, told jurors that Pc Semple died in a “state of erotic bliss”.Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC confirmed an odontologist found that Brizzi had eaten part of the body of his victim after matching a bite mark on a rib discarded in the kitchen bin with the defendant’s lower teeth.He told the court: “It would be open to my lord to sentence on the basis Mr Brizzi did indeed attempt to eat part of Pc Semple’s body.” Pc Gordon SempleCredit:Met Policelast_img read more

City worker dies after falling from seventh floor of London Stock Exchange

first_imgA City of London Police spokesman said: ”We were called to the London Stock Exchange in Paternoster Square on Tuesday, 15 August at 9.58am to a report of a man who had fallen from an upper floor in the building to the ground.”London Ambulance Service attended and the man was pronounced dead at 10.10am.”The City of London Police is currently investigating the circumstances around the death and the incident is being treated as non-suspicious. We are now working to inform the man’s next of kin.” lobby of the London Stock Exchange  A City worker has died after falling from the seventh floor of the London Stock Exchange.The man fell from a glass walkway inside the building at around 9.45am on Tuesday, landing in the front lobby.Police were called at just before 10am and the man – believed to be married and in his 40s – was pronounced dead at 10.10am.The financier is thought to have been working on the first floor, but fell from the seventh floor.His colleagues were said to be devastated, with several having been sent home. Police are trying to contact the man’s wife to inform her of the incident. One worker based at the London Stock Exchange said: “‘It’s horrifying, that’s all I can say.”A fellow staff member said: ”I came in this morning and there was a screen up in the reception lobby area and ambulances and police.”There was an internal memo saying there had been an incident. ‘The building has walkways on each floor and near the lifts there is a gap and you can see all the way up and down.” A guard outside the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday afternoon 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. Workers said that the seventh floor is full of conference rooms and no firm was based there. The man landed in the lobby of the London Stock Exchange. File pictureCredit:Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 9.56am to reports of a person fallen from a height at Paternoster Square, EC4.”We sent a number of resources to the scene, including an incident response officer, an advanced paramedic, an ambulance crew and a motorbike responder. Sadly the patient was dead at the scene.” The man fell from a glass walkway inside the building, landing in the front lobby. File pictureCredit:LEON NEAL/AFP A private ambulance outside the London Stock ExchangeCredit:JEFF GILBERT for The Telegraph A private ambulance outside the London Stock Exchange London Stock Exchange In a statement, the LSE said: “We can confirm an incident this morning where a London Stock Exchange Group colleague fell from an upper-floor balcony and died.”The emergency services were called immediately and are dealing with the incident. We will continue to offer them every support and co-operation possible.”Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of our dear colleague. We would ask that the privacy of the family of the deceased be respected at this time.” A guard outside the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday afternoonCredit:JEFF GILBERT for The Telegraphlast_img read more

Elvis Presley fan You could bid for a strand of his hair

first_imgELVIS PRESLEY WAS well-known for a great and well-groomed quiff that started a worldwide trend. Now someone can own a strand of hair that made up that quiff as one strand goes up for auction tomorrow.Not known what it will fetch, the auctioneers said it could go for between £50-£5,000.AuthenticityBut how do we know it is a hair from THE Elvis Presley? It comes with an authenticity letter, a signed document in the name of Thomas Morgan, who claims he knew Elvis.The document says that Morgan was a close friend of the singer’s hair stylist, Homer Gilleland, who died in 1995.It states that he cut his hair on a number of occasions and that they had a good relationship and was given many gifts by Elvis.The letter goes on to say that Gilleland had saved a bag of hair clippings from the years of cutting and styling Elvis’s hair.The auction is being held at Railtons Autioneers in Wooler, Northumberland tomorrow.last_img read more

Microsoft working on webbased Skype for Browsers

first_imgGoogle might be doing everything it can to turn Chrome into a full-fledged Skype competitor, but it looks like Microsoft has been planning to challenge them in the cloud all along. Based on what the Skype team is searching for in a handful of new job ads, Skype will soon offer a cross-platform communication experience to users from the comfort of their web browsers.Really, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Skype for Browsers is in the works. This is, after all, the same Microsoft that released web-based versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and lets us use them free of charge.So, what can we expect from a Skype web app? The job postings mention developing a rich user interface using HTML5 and JavaScript, as well as the fact that the app will tap into “backend services” that have been “built from the ground using [the] latest Microsoft technologies.”As is the case with the Office web apps, it’s a good bet that Skype for Browsers will work nicely with just about any standards-compliant web browser — as long as it supports desktop mode. Skype for Browsers probably won’t be unseating the Skype app on your smartphone for quite some time.Beyond the brief coding-related notes, there’s nothing else revealed in the numerous ads for developers and QA testers based in Prague and London scattered about the Microsoft Careers site. Most of them are fairly new, however, so we’ll be hearing more about Microsoft’s plans to bring Skype to the web in the coming weeks and months.More at Microsoft Careers and WPSaucelast_img read more

DIY bioprinter can use E coli ink to print

first_imgThough bioprinters — or even 3D bioprinters — exist in some sort of limited fashion, they tend to be quit expensive, and require very specialized know-how to operate. Now, a new printer from biotech hackerspace BioCurious has been made available to everyone, but there’s a catch: You have to build it yourself.The instructions to build the bioprinter, provided by computational biology researcher Patrick D’haeseleer, are available in full on Instructables, and aren’t exactly a walk in the printer-building park. Rather than creating custom hardware, D’haeseleer built the printer out of parts of an HP 5150 Inkjet printer, as well as some CD drives.Whereas a more standard 3D printer would use some kind of resin as its printing material, bioprinters tend to use live cells. Amusingly, the resolution of the Inkjet is too high, and it uses nozzles that are too small for a complex cell to fit through. So, D’haeseleer swapped out the smaller nozzles for wider ones using InkShield, going from 23 microns in diameter to 85 microns. With the bigger nozzles, a variety of cells can pass through the printer, such as human, plant, and yeast cells. It can even print using everyone’s favorite bacterium that can be found on one in six phones, E. coli, as ink:Though you’d require a hefty amount of know-how before you can actually do anything yourself with this printer, it is something that can be built from spare parts rather than the standard expensive equipment only found in a lab. D’haeseleer plans to make additions to the bioprinter, upgrading it with the capability to use scaffolding, which would create something of a 3D bioprinter.The field of bioprinting may be less populated than 3D printing, but this relatively cheap DIY printer could be just the thing to kick production into a higher gear.via Wiredlast_img read more

BAHAMAS BAMSI Joins Circle K International

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 17, 2017 – Nassau – FOR BAMSI College, fall semester 2017 will be marked by a number of firsts: it was the largest intake of new students to date, two associate degree programmes – environmental science and agribusiness – were added to the Institute’s academic portfolio, and the College became the newest chapter of Circle K International (CKI), the collegiate arm of Kiwanis International.For the special ceremony, senior members of Kiwanis Bahamas and representatives from sponsoring clubs – Kiwanis Club of Fort Montagu and Kiwanis Club of Fox Hill, East Nassau – flew to Andros on the last Friday of November to present the certificate of charter to the BAMSI club.   Dr. Raveenia Roberts-Hanna, Executive Director of the Institute, received the charter, and the officers and members, including student president Ashley Albury, were installed.The installation and mini-training session equipped the club’s members with the tools and information required to have a successful performance during their upcoming fiscal year while holding meaningful club meetings, activities and rendering altruistic service to the local community.   The Kiwanis delegation came with a wealth of knowledge to impart and left with enthusiasm for their newest service club and a huge gift of appreciation from the Institute’s farm.For BAMSI’s leadership team, encouraging a heart for service and building a connection with surrounding communities is an important component in developing a well-rounded citizenry.   Under the direction of Dr. Hanna, BAMSI College has created avenues and formed private/public sector partnerships that help students participate in community-focused activities.   As part of Circle K International, BAMSI CKI has the benefit and support of millions of members around the world as they go into the North Andros community, providing help where necessary.Press Release: BAMSIPhoto captions:Header:  Following the installation ceremony and mini-training session, the Nassau delegates received a gift from the BAMSI farm. No trip to BAMSI is complete without a sampling of fresh, Andros grown goodies!Insert 1: The BAMSI College has officially become a chapter of Circle K International (CKI), with representatives from the Fort Montague and Fox Hill chapters of Kiwanis flying into North Andros to bestow the charter certificate on the club.Insert 2: BAMSI becomes newest member of Circle K International. Pictured from left are: Kiwanis Governor Elect Melford Clarke; President of Kiwanis Club of Fox Hill, East Nassau Anithra Cartwright; Executive Director of BAMSI Dr. Raveenia Roberts-Hanna; Distinguished Lt. Governor L. Andrea Whyte, and President of Kiwanis Club of Fort Montague Shantell Spence.Accepting leadership positions within the club are students: Ashley Albury, President; Hubert Fernander, Vice President; Wayne Alcide, Treasurer; and Jerchoyae Moxey, Secretary (in absentia).last_img read more

Kompany says tomorrows match is not decisive

first_imgFor the Manchester City captain, the road to the title is still very long as his team takes on Liverpool tomorrow nightThe match of the season in the English Premier League is happening tomorrow.Liverpool will take on Manchester City, as two of the best three teams in the league define the future of the competition.And for Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany, tomorrow’s match is one of many and there is still time to decide a champion.“I’ve been long enough in the game to know how important this game is but, at the same time, to know that this is not the all-defining game – as much as people want to put it this way – because so many things can happen,” the 32-year-old was echoed by Four Four Two.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Who would have thought that we would have three difficult games in December? Nobody would have, a month back.”“So there’s nothing to say that with circumstances, injuries and everything that it can’t happen to any team in this league,” he added.“Therefore, this game – as much as we want to, need to win it – it’s not the all-defining game.”“But if we play how we can, then I will feel very confident – despite the result, whatever it is – to go into every other competition and try and win it,” he concluded.last_img read more

Elle King On SelfLove Individuality You Dont Get What You Dont Ask

first_imgThe singer/songwriter sat down with us backstage at ACL to talk about her latest single, recording her new album in Texas, what she loves to do outside of music, and much more.Your latest single, “Little bit of Lovin'” came out just yesterday. Tell us a little bit about how that song came together.It’s my favorite song with the [new] record. It has like some of the most meaning to me and I wrote it on the first night of recording, actually. I stayed up late, and the guy who runs the studio in Texas, he let me stay up late, and I was really going through a lot. Somehow this song just like came through me, and it was the first song that I really thought about, like, what message I’m putting out into the world? I was really struggling with a lot of things personally. I had no idea or concept of what like self-love was, and for some reason there was just this message that had to come through me.And I’m really glad that it did. And I had no idea that I could write a song like that… I’d never been like, “Let’s write a universal song about self-love and blah, blah, blah.” And I just probably would have laughed at an idea, a song like that. But it came through me and it was a beautiful moment and that song made me snap back into my body, you know? It’s kind of because of that song, which is how we got the title of the whole record. It’s just a special, special thing and I hope that one person can hear that and be like maybe I should think about the way I feel about myself, and I should love myself. So it’s an important song, I think.Speaking of the new album, where were you able to take this project musically that was a new place for you, considering all the success of “Ex’s & Oh’s” and Love Stuff?The special thing about “Ex’s and Oh’s” and Love Stuff was that, it really, it gave me a really magical platform. It gave me some say so on my own ideas, and I had no idea that I would be able to produce something, or make a record and have it be [my vision]. I didn’t know that I had any kind of sonic vision at all. And so, I just asked my label, “Just let me make this with my band.” And they did. You know, you don’t get what you don’t ask for right?And so to go through all of this and have people around me, you know, men surrounding a woman and listening to her ideas and having really great support and not just musically, but emotionally and everything, I made this tangible thing that was such a cathartic process that is so me in every sense of the word. And there was so much freedom in it and it was just a really incredible experience.You’ve been such an impactful artist in today’s industry and society on issues like gender equality, authenticity and self-love. “Naturally Pretty Girls” is a bold, empowering example of that. How does it feel to have had that impact on music and on culture, all stemming from trying to write a song that mattered to you personally?I never, ever, set out to be like, “I’m gonna make a difference,” and “I’m gonna do something,” but I knew that I would be a different type of person. Because there really is only one me. There’s only one of every type of person. You know? And that’s what’s beautiful and we should celebrate individuality in every sense of the word. So I never set out to do anything like that, all I did was wanna play songs and you know, it took a long time for people to listen to me. So I fought louder and I sang louder and played harder, and then this theme came up with like people being like, “I agree with you.” And like, I was singing about things, even on the first record and to now, like I sing about things that not a lot of people want to sing about.When I see people come let loose at my shows, it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing. And it’s great, and you know people should be able to do that. People should celebrate themselves and their individuality. I don’t want to sound like anybody else.Before the interview, you mentioned you went hiking earlier. What else do you like to do outside of music?Over the last like year and a half I’ve really had to find something other than music. Because, you know, music is a hobby, it’s my “jobby.” [laughs] It’s like everything, you know?… But there can come a time in it where like, “Oh well this isn’t gonna be a hit,” and I don’t want to finish writing a song. And there’s like all this pressure that I was putting on myself and so I would go out to the desert, and it was very like healing for me. And then I got really into stones and I really like rock hounding. I’m not like a physically fit person, but I like to be out in nature, so I’m really into hiking and looking for rocks. I got a rock in my pocket right now. I found a really cool agate at Pedernales Falls, and I found some really beautiful agate, feel that, it’s really soft. It’s a healing stone. It’s a grounding stone. News Elle King On Self-Love & Individuality: “You Don’t Get What You Don’t Ask For” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 7, 2018 – 2:37 pm Elle King Talks New Music, Brandi Carlile At ACL Backstage at ACL, the GRAMMY-nominated pop rocker dishes on her latest single, her upcoming album, what she does to unwind, and why she loves AustinNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 7, 2018 – 2:39 pm Roaming backstage at the Austin City Limits Festival, wearing a big cowboy hat and an even bigger smile, Elle King’s energy is contagious. It’s the same blend of confidence, character and creativity that launched her into the budding star she’s become since releasing her 2014 breakout hit “Ex’s & Oh’s,” which earned her two of her three GRAMMY nominations. With a new album, Shake The Spirit, on the way and several sizzling new singles teasing what’s next, King is primed for a full-blown gritty pop rock takeover. You’ve traveled and lived all over. What is different about Austin as a music town? And maybe specifically ACL, what sticks out to you?Well, this is my first time playing ACL, so I don’t really know anything about it yet, all I know is that like, like I’ve never played it in the past, because only the cool people played it in the past. So now I’m like, I’m playing ACL. I feel cool! But I love Austin, my music broke here, and so I owe so much to this town. I think that you have to be cool for Austin to like you. And you have to be [yourself], like keep Austin weird and everything. There’s a really big celebration of individuality here, when everything is super, super special. And so, for someone to just show up in Austin, like me, and stick out and have people kind of gravitate towards me, that was a very, very cool thing. And so I’ve always felt very at home here. And I love Austin to death, I really do.Hozier Opens Up About “Nina Cried Power,” Reveals What’s On His PlaylistRead more Email Elle King On Self-Love, Nature & New Music elle-king-self-love-individuality-you-dont-get-what-you-dont-ask Facebook Twitter last_img read more

Huawei illuminates its foldable phone in MWC 2019 teaser photo

first_img • 0 We’ve known for a while that Huawei’s planning to unveil its first foldable phone at MWC 2019, joining the minor parade led by the Samsung Galaxy X (or whatever it’s called), but this is our first peek at what Huawei’s foldable effort will look like. Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 The company posted a teaser photo (or render) on Twitter to promote its Mobile World Congress 2019 press conference, showing a silhouette of the phone illuminated by the colors coming off the screen and asking, “Are you ready to reveal the unprecedented?” While it looks cool, the shape of the hinge may augur that it won’t fold flat. But we do know that it’ll be 5G-ready, as the company announced in late January.Foldable designs let manufacturers expand a handset’s screen size while keeping the device compact enough to carry it the way we’ve become accustomed to. The radical new design is also viewed as a compelling way to encourage upgrading in a mature  market, in which we’re holding onto devices longer and phone sales are slowing, along with the lure of 5G and gaming optimization.  Of course, given the current US trade tensions with Huawei’s home country of China and the company’s legal woes here in the US, many of us may never get the chance to bend this particular model. See All Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android Now playing: Watch this: Mobile World Congress 2019 Share your voice Post a comment Mobile World Congress 2019 21 Photos Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone reading • Huawei illuminates its foldable phone in MWC 2019 teaser photo Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Come with us to explore #ConnectingTheFuture LIVE from #MWC @GSMA. Are you ready to reveal the unprecedented? #HuaweiMWC #MWC2019— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) February 1, 2019 Tags 5G Huawei Samsung Foldables, 5G and the future of the iPhone in 2019 Phones 6:02last_img read more

11 sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu One in Chandigarh and Maharashtra

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Ministry of Environment on Friday approved 13 wildlife sanctuaries, including one tiger reserve in Chhattisgarh, as eco-sensitive zones (ESZ) for scientific conservation of the ecosystem. Making the announcement on social media, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “To help scientific conservation of ecosystems and at the same time give relief to the people in the area, I have approved final Eco-Sensitive Zone notifications of 11 sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu and one in Chhattisgarh.” Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us In a series of tweets, he named all the sanctuaries brought under the notification. “I have also approved final Eco-Sensitive Zone notification in respect of Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra,” the minister tweeted. The 11 sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu are Vaduvoor Bird Sanctuary, Kanjirankulam Bird Sanctuary, Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel sanctuary, Megamalai Wildlife sanctuary, Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, Vettangudi Birds sanctuary, Kodaikanal Wildlife Sanctuary, Sakkarakottai Bird Sanctuary, Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary, Oussudu Lake Bird Sanctuary and Point Calemere Wildlife Sanctuary. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us The Achanakmar Tiger Reserve in Chhattisgarh and Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra have also been approved as ESZ, Javadekar said. “This scientific demarcation of final Eco-Sensitive Zones and 10 km from the Protected Areas will help farmers, artisans, rural people, small businesses as the uncertainty has now gone,” he tweeted. Advertise With Us The ministry had earlier said that till June 25, over 30 per cent of India’s protected area (PA) has been covered under the final ecologically sensitive zone notification. According to the ministry, out of the 651 protected areas in India, 316 have been covered under the final ESZ notification which provides for prohibition of mining, stone quarrying and crushing units located within one km of such protected areas. The ESZ notifications are issued under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and Environment (Protection) Rules 1986.last_img read more

Hero French policeman succumbs to wounds

first_imgA file photo shows gendarme (policeman). Photo: CollectedA gendarme who was shot three times after voluntarily taking the place of a hostage during a supermarket siege in south-western France on Friday has died, France announced on Saturday.Arnaud Beltrame, who once served in Iraq, had been raced to hospital fighting for his life after the siege in which he took the place of a female hostage at the Super U store in the town of Trebes, near the Pyrenees mountains.“He fell as a hero, giving up his life to halt the murderous outfit of a jihadist terrorist,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement shortly before dawn on Saturday.Friday’s attacker was identified by authorities as Redouane Lakdim, a 25-year-old Moroccan-born French national from the city of Carcassonne, not far from Trebes, a tranquil town of about 5,000 people where he struck on Friday afternoon.Lakdim was known to authorities for drug-dealing and other petty crimes, but had also been under surveillance by security services in 2016-2017 for links to the radical Salafist movement, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said on Friday.The attacker, whose rampage began when he shot at a group of police joggers and also shot the occupants of a car he stole, killed three people and injured 16 others on Friday, according to a government readout.Beltrame was part of a team of gendarmes who were among the first to arrive at the supermarket scene; most of the people in the supermarket escaped after hiding in a cold storage room and then fleeing through an emergency exit.He offered to trade places with a hostage the attacker was still holding, where after he took her place and left his mobile phone on a table, line open. When shots rang out, elite police stormed the building to kill the assailant. Police sources said Beltrame was shot three times.The 44-year-old’s death takes the number killed to four.The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Macron has said security services are checking that claim.More than 240 people have been killed in France in attacks since 2015 by assailants who either pledged allegiance to Islamic State or were inspired by the group.France is part of a group of countries whose warplanes have been bombing Islamic State strongholds in Iraq and Syria, where the group has lost substantial ground in recent months.One multiple attacks by Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in Paris while another killed close to 90 when a man ran a truck into partying crowds in the Riviera seaside city of Nice.Beltrame, who would have turned 45 in April, was a qualified parachutist who served in Iraq in 2005. He also worked as part of the elite Republican Guard that protects the presidential Elysee Place offices and residence in Paris, Macron said.Friday’s assault was the first deadly attack since October 2017, when a man stabbed two young women to death in the port city of Marseille before soldiers killed him.Several attacks over the past year or more have targetted police and soldiers deployed in big numbers to protect civilians and patrol sensitive spots such as airports and train stations.Macron said of Beltrame: “In offering himself as a hostage to the terrorist holed up in the Trebes supermarket, lieutenant colonel Beltrame saved the life of a civilian hostage, showing exceptional self-sacrifice and courage.”The news of Beltrame’s death was first announced France’s interior minister, who said in a Twitter post: “Dead for his country. France will never forget his heroism, bravery and sacrifice.”last_img read more

Firefox 58 OffMainThread painting promises performance improvements

first_imgFirefox 58: Off-Main-Thread painting promises performance improvements by Martin Brinkmann on December 05, 2017 in Firefox – 19 commentsMozilla plans to introduce Off-Main-Thread painting in the next stable version of the Firefox browser to improve the browser’s performance significantly.Basically, what Mozilla did was move rasterization to its own thread. When Firefox renders a web page, certain activities happen in the background.Three of the four, making a display list, assigning layers and rasterization, happen in the main thread, while compositing happens in a separate thread.Mozilla’s solution to improve performance records commands for rasterization in the main thread, but sends these recorded commands to the new paint thread where the rasterization happens. From there, data is sent to the compositor thread.The cost of rasterization depends on a number of factors including the display resolution. Rasterization is more expensive the higher the monitor resolution is, about ten times on a 4K screen when compared to a 1024×768 screen according to Mozilla.The effect that Off-Main-Thread painting has on Firefox’s performance is significant. Mozilla measures performance by analyzing how much time rasterization requires.In Firefox 57, rasterization that used less than 10% of the paint cycle occurred 51% of the time. Off-Main-Thread painting improved that figure to 80% in Firefox 58.Rasterization costs used 50% or more of a paint cycle 21% of the time in Firefox 57. With Off-Main-Thread painting enabled in Firefox 58, that figure dropped to just 4%.Mozilla created a benchmark to measure performance in frames per second. The benchmark simulates a heavy workload scenario by “spending 14ms of each frame spinning the CPU on JavaScript, and then forcing the browser to re-render a complex SVG pattern”.The FPS improved in the benchmark by 30% with Direct2D and by 25% with Skia in Firefox 58 when compared to Firefox 57.Mozilla plans to improve Off-Main-Thread painting further. The organization’s engineers have set their sight on parallel painting for instance, and on resolving some of the outstanding issues, for instance that Firefox does not support “rasterizing ‘mask’ layers on the paint thread” currently.You find additional — technical — information on Off-Main-Thread painting on the Mozilla GFX blog.Will users notice the improvement? It depends on their system, and what they do on the Internet.SummaryArticle NameFirefox 58: Off-Main-Thread painting promises performance improvementsDescriptionMozilla plans to introduce Off-Main-Thread painting in the next stable version of the Firefox browser to improve the browser’s performance significantly.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Startup Saent is mythbusting the benefits of multitasking

first_imgImage: PexelsWhat is Saent?In short, it’s a digital and physical tool aimed to keep distractions at bay and help you finish what you set out to do — i.e., maximize your focus and productivity. It consists of three parts: The app removes digital distractions while you work (bye Instagram, bye Facebook feed) and utilizes data to deliver insights and challenge your focus levels with games throughout the day. Then there’s the hardware, a cool little white sphere that tells people (nicely, of course) they should go away. Think of it as the office version of a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your hotel room door. The sphere also connects to your computer via Bluetooth and can be used to time how long you spend doing offline activities. These components work together to create a mythical sensation called “work-life balance.”Facts are facts: only 2-3% of the population is genetically predisposed to multitask effectively. So blame mom and dad, or just use Saent to help out. The production storySaent first launched on Indiegogo, where it met their production goal of $65,105. But the road to success hit a few snags along the way: Metz and Haines encountered two production delays before shipping out the product, and the hardware manufacturing process proved to be longer and more tiresome than the duo had expected. Since each product was made by hand, human error factored into the development equation – and even then, the creators admitted the software could have used more testing before deployment.The praiseOnce Saent did hit the market, it was a huge success. From Fast Company to Newsweek, the product received recognition for its innovation and effectiveness. Above all, Saent stands out because it gamifies something incredibly difficult to define or quantify: focus. Make the path a little clearer for yourself: pick up this Saent Productivity Solution while it’s on sale for $49.99, reduced from $79.  Feel like you’ve got too much to do and too little time to do it? Welcome to the club. For most people, it’s easy to get caught up in everything you have to balance during a typical workday. Not only are you managing a flurry of emails, but there are ongoing projects to deal with, invitation to respond to, ad-hoc requests to be finished on the fly, set deadlines to complete — and (most likely) even more than that. Multitasking is a buzzword that’s looked on favorably in most organizations. As we become more technology driven, it does become possible to do multiple things at the same time. But research shows that multitasking can crush productivity (not in a good way), and damage your brain, too. In fact, studies out of Stanford show that people who are regularly bombarded with information have difficulty paying attention, recalling important information, and switching gears to change tasks or perform a different role. And that’s dead opposite of what we think of when we seek to be nimble, adaptive, and high-functioning.In 2016, Saent Productivity Solution creators Russell Haines and Tim Metz recognized that the way we define productivity (often associated with the ability to multitask) might be doing more harm than good. So they set out to change that, instead focusing a simple mission: to help people be less distracted, more productive (as in, finishing tasks efficiently and on-time), and most importantly, end up with a more balanced state of mind. “Productivity doesn’t only have to be about doing more. It can also mean finishing earlier,” wrote co-founder Metz in his Medium series En Route to Saenthood. In a way, Saent is re-introducing a somewhat lost idea: that focus is the key to success. And instead of glancing over emails and juggling several tasks at once, there might be a better way to work.  Image: saentBy Team CommerceMashable Deals2018-01-14 13:00:00 UTCcenter_img Image: Saentlast_img read more

Supermarket owner blocks road

first_imgA supermarket owner in a Nicosia village temporary closed off the road in front of his shop on Friday as a mark of protest after the government repossessed and closed his business.Police were called to the scene in Peristerona village after the supermarket owner parked two cars in the middle of the road, blocking other vehicles.Though the protest didn’t last long, the interior ministry later issued a statement outlining why they had repossessed and closed his supermarket, which was on Turkish Cypriot property.According to the ministry, the owner was granted a building permit in 1988 for an area of 216 square meters.Over the years however, the owner has made arbitrary extensions on his own initiative that extend the space to 1,036 square meters.The ministry said his move to quintuple his property without the necessary permits led to 14 charges against him by the Nicosia district office.The owner was repeatedly warned to demolish the extensions and comply with the law to no avail, as all warning were ignored.According to the ministry’s statement, the attorney-general also weighed in on the matter on April 20 this year and in a letter said “it is unacceptable that until today the illegal constructions have neither been recovered or demolished.”The Nicosia district office has also reported the case to police as the owner has apparently breached the fence placed around the supermarket and continued operating his business.You May LikeJourneyGoGoTop 10 Best Honeymoon Destinations 2019JourneyGoGoUndoCampusPlusMost people don’t know the best college in each state. Take the test now.CampusPlusUndoObsevMan Finally Opens Present He Received 47 Years AgoObsevUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more