Canadian actress Taylor Hickson sues producers over disfiguring facial injury

first_imgTORONTO – A Canadian actress whose face was disfigured while shooting a horror film in Winnipeg is suing its producers.Taylor Hickson alleges in a lawsuit filed last week with the Court of Queen’s Bench that the Winnipeg-based Ghostland Inc. was negligent in taking reasonable steps to ensure her safety on set.The suit claims she suffered a facial injury when she crashed through a glass door while filming the indie project “Ghostland,” also known as “Incident in a Ghost Land.” Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: The 20-year-old, who lives in Kelowna, B.C., is seeking damages for lost income and future loss of income, as well as damages for mental distress and legal costs.The suit says she was performing an emotionally charged scene in December 2016 when the director asked her to place her face next to a pane of glass in a door while pounding on the glass with her fists. The suit says the glass shattered, causing Hickson to fall through the door and suffer a bad cut to her face.None of the claims have been tested in court. Hickson’s lawyer Jason Harvey says Incident Productions Inc. has yet to respond to the allegations. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Twitter The suit claims she suffered a facial injury when she crashed through a glass door while filming the indie project “Ghostland,” also known as “Incident in a Ghost Land.” (Flickr) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Urgent funding needed to avert worsening malnutrition disease in Somalia – UN

25 February 2009Without an immediate infusion of funding, the already grave malnutrition and disease levels in Somalia will worsen, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) cautioned today. Without an immediate infusion of funding, the already grave malnutrition and disease levels in Somalia will worsen, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) cautioned today.In an alert to donors, the Office highlighted the need for assistance for emergency nutrition as well as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programmes in two regions in north and central Somalia.The nutrition situation is critical in Gedo and Central regions, and has been exacerbated by limited funding and a water shortage.Both areas have reached Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates above the 15 per cent emergency threshold, topping 20 per cent in some parts.OCHA warned that more people could become vulnerable to water-borne diseases, which are responsible for 20 per cent of deaths among children under the age of five in the Horn of Africa nation. More than one-quarter of the over 200,000 acutely malnourished children are in need of immediate treatment to survive.Over $20 million is required for nutrition needs for the next four months, while $6 million is needed for WASH needs, including improving emergency water and sanitation services.Last month, a UN analysis found that more than three million people in Somalia, a third or more of the total population, will remain dependent on humanitarian assistance this year.The country, which has been riven by factional fighting and has not had a functioning central government since 1991, witnessed several encouraging developments over the past month, including the election of the country’s new President and the creation of an enlarged Parliament. read more

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Senior UN official outlines steps taken in response to Central African Republic

“There have been since the mission started last year 63 allegations of possible misconduct,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told a press briefing in New York following a four-day visit to CAR. “Out of these 63 allegations, 15 relate to possible sexual exploitation and abuse. […] Most of those cases are under investigation.” In addition to meeting with Government officials and well as average citizens during his visit to the country, Mr. Ladsous met with personnel of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) and discussed the fight against sexual exploitation and abuse, in the wake of recent allegations. He reported today that following one of the latest allegations involving a peacekeeper from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN asked the country’s authorities to send national investigators. The investigation reportedly took place and the UN is awaiting its conclusions. In the meantime, he said the suspension of payments in nine of the alleged cases “is something that has a bite.”“Fifteen cases is definitely 15 cases too much, and I had a long meeting with uniformed personnel in Bangui, I gave them a very, very, strong worded speech based, of course, on what the Secretary-General himself had said when the problem surfaced,” Mr. Ladsous stressed.A meeting will soon take place at UN Headquarters with troop- and police-contributing countries during which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will outline priorities to be achieved with their support. Mr. Ladsous said he and the Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare, submitted a list of 40 proposals to Mr. Ban ten days ago.“One very clear issue is whether we could actually name the countries concerned,” Mr. Ladsous explained. “I’m not talking of naming and shaming – shaming is something else – but naming because obviously it has to be known who is responsible, so we’ll look at that.”Meanwhile, insisting that there is no excuse for misconduct, the peacekeeping chief also highlighted the very difficult living conditions under which UN personnel are living, especially in some of CAR’s provinces. “I was appalled, even more so than on previous visits, by the conditions of our peacekeepers, the conditions they are living in, in Central Africa. Some had been deployed since the times of the African Union, 18 to 24 months. They have no opportunity to travel for rest and [recuperation] because they don’t get money. We do give the Member States welfare money, but I’m not sure in many cases the soldiers see the colour of it.”He added that the UN is looking at ways and means to offer peacekeepers “relatively cheap [rest and recuperation] trips,” but that it would be difficult as the capital, Bangui, has a very poorly served airport with only one or two flights a day.Mr. Ladsous once again reiterated that sexual abuse and exploitation is unacceptable. “It simply reflects on the United Nations, it reflects on the trust that people should feel for us and that we are, in a way, betraying,” he said. Regarding the political situation in the country, the Under-Secretary-General insisted that elections in CAR should take place this year “in good time” as the second transitional government ends on 31 December, and there would be no third one. read more

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FROM THE FIELD One teens journey from refugee camp to US school

Bertine Bahige and his two children in their home in Gillette, Wyoming getting ready for the school day. © UNHCR/Cynthia Hunter He’d been forcibly taken from his family at 13, and thrown into the horrifying world of being a child soldier, before escaping his captors.In 2004, he was one of the lucky ones to be resettled in Maryland, United States, where he landed a job taking out the trash at a fast-food restaurant. Eventually, his hard work, intelligence and enduring optimism landed him a university scholarship – way out in the Rocky Mountains.Speaking at the UN last year in support of the Global Compact on Refugees, Mr. Bahige shared the fascinating story of how he went from a child aspiring to become a doctor in the DRC, to an elementary school principal in Wyoming with a wife and two children of his own.“All refugees are asking for is an opportunity,” he said. Read the story here. read more

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Jodie Chesney man arrested in Leicester in connection with teenagers murder

Flowers at the scene in Harold Hill, RomfordCredit:HENRY NICHOLLS/REUTERS A man has been arrested in Leicester in connection with the murder of teenager Jodie Chesney, the Metropolitan Police has said.Jodie, 17, was with friends near a children’s playground in Harold Hill, east London when she was approached by two males and knifed in the back in a seemingly motiveless attack. She was pronounced dead just over an hour after officers were called to the park at 9.25pm on Friday.In a statement the force said: “A male was arrested in Leicester on Tuesday, March 5 in connection with the murder of Jodie Chesney, 17.”He remains in custody at this time. Arrangements will be made to transport the male to London in due course.”In the wake of Jodie’s death, her family have backed calls for tougher sentences on knife crime.A post-mortem examination carried out on Sunday established that the cause of Jodie’s death was trauma and haemorrhage. 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. Jodie was a Girl Scout and school friends said students at Havering College would be wearing purple next Friday in honour of Jodie and her Barking & Dagenham scout troop colours.She posted a photograph on Instagram with fellow scouts at 10 Downing Street on Remembrance Day last year, with the caption: “I’m basically famous now … this was such a good opportunity and so much fun.” People visit the area near to where 17-year-old Jodie Chesney was killed, at the Saint Neots Play Park in Harold Hill, east London read more

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Drasko Nenadic two more years in SG Flensburg

Drasko NenadicSG Flensburg German TOP team SG Flensburg will continue cooperation with the young Serbian left back Drasko Nenadic (23), finds out Balkan-Handball.com. New deal will be signed until 2016 – on two more years. Younger Nenadic (his older brother Petar plays in Wisla Plock) came to Germany last summer and after a few months became a vital part of the team.In his career he played at BM Granollers, BM Guadalajara and RK Crvena zvezda Beograd. ← Previous Story PHOTO STORY: Brazilian golden night in Serbia Next Story → Larholm goes to Holstebro – Pick Szeged wants Blazenko Lackovic!

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ROMANIA Steaua beat Dinamo Bucuresti to overtake first place

2.Turda10703281:25021 9.CSM Bucuresti10505265:26615 1.Steaua Bucuresti10712272:24422 10.Vaslui10406253:28512 5.Calarasi10613251:25019 PHOTO:Steaua Handball Facebook 6.Timisoara10523261:23017 3.Dinamo Bucuresti10703291:26521 Dinamo Bucuresti handballSteaua handball Legendary club, Steaua Bucuresti are on the way of getting back domination in Romanian handball. “Blue-red” from Romanian capital beat reigning domestic champions Dinamo Bucuresti 31:28 in derby of Round 10 to overtake the first position in Romanian Championship.Playmaker Stefan Vujic and left back Marin Vegar netted nine goals each to ensure win for their team.STANDINGS: 13.Suceava10217261:2867 11.CSM Focsani10316228:24310 8.Minaur Baia Mare10505261:26015 12.CSM Fagaras10307251:2869 4.Odorhei10622279:24620 14.Iasi100010273:3280 7.Constanta10523261:24917 ← Previous Story Orlen Wisla Plock to sign Ziga Mlakar Next Story → BOMB: Fuchse Berlin sign Stipe Mandalinic! read more

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The Greenest Homes Are Near Public Transportation

first_imgA new study from the EPA shows that one of the biggest determining factors to whether or not your home is green is location.According to the study, homes that are closest to public transportation use substantially less energy than those that aren’t. It also shows that detached homes are much less efficient when it comes to energy use than homes that share walls.AdChoices广告For example, a single family detached home located near public transportation uses 39 percent less energy, while a single family attached home shows an energy use drop of 42 percent based in a similar location.“People can do many things to reduce their energy use: install energy-efficient light bulbs, carpool or walk, or buy Energy Star appliances, among other things,” explains the EPA. “But the way in which we plan and build our communities also has a significant role to play in creating a more environmentally and economically sustainable future.“By understanding the relative share that housing type, location, and “green” (in this case, energy- or fuel-efficient) technology have in energy consumption, communities can begin to align their policies and public investments to support a more sustainable path forward.”last_img read more

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Apple refuses to give Microsoft a discount on Office for iOS sales

first_imgMicrosoft Office for iOS is expected to hit the App Store at some point in 2013. Office will be free to view documents, but if you want to start editing them on your iOS device you’ll need a subscription. Signing up for that subscription through your iOS device means Apple takes a 30 percent cut, but Microsoft isn’t happy about this and wants it changed.Microsoft believe they are entitled to a discount because Office for iOS is seen as enhancing the platform. Apple doesn’t see it the same way, and will treat Microsoft just like any other developer. If Microsoft wants to sell Office subscriptions initiated on an iOS device, they have to pay the Apple commission.Microsoft hit a similar roadblock with SkyDrive due to the fact iOS users could access a purchasing page to buy more storage space. This also incurs the 30 percent charge, but in that case Apple has been blocking the apps until the issue is resolved.With Apple unwilling to budge it’s up to Microsoft to make a decision. Do they not try and sell Office for iOS and therefore don’t offer document editing capabilities? Or do they pay the 30 percent charge? If they accept the 30 percent cut, it could be we end up paying more just to cover the lost revenue.I’m guessing Microsoft will continue to pressure Apple for a discount for as long as possible. Apple has very little incentive to cave in though, especially as Office subscription sales would be quite lucrative for them, too.via All Things Dlast_img read more

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Uzbek asylum seeker pleads guilty to terrorism over Stockholm truck attack that

first_img Stockholm in Sweden after a beer truck crashed into an upscale department store in April 2017. Share29 Tweet Email1 Short URL Feb 13th 2018, 10:09 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Fredrik Sandberg/AP http://jrnl.ie/3849352 Uzbek asylum seeker pleads guilty to terrorism over Stockholm truck attack that killed five people Rakhmat Akilov appeared in the Stockholm courtroom this morning.center_img 9,434 Views By AFP Stockholm in Sweden after a beer truck crashed into an upscale department store in April 2017. Image: Fredrik Sandberg/AP Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 10:09 AM AN UZBEK ASYLUM seeker who confessed to wanting to mow down “infidels” in an April 2017 Stockholm truck attack that killed five people pleaded guilty to terrorism charges today as his trial opened.Rakhmat Akilov appeared in the Stockholm courtroom, handcuffed amid tight security, wearing green prison clothes and with a shaved head and a beard, accompanied by his lawyer Johan Eriksson.Akilov, whose Swedish asylum application had been rejected in 2016, had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) on the eve of his assault in one of Europe’s safest cities, though the jihadist group never claimed responsibility.On the afternoon of Friday, 7 April, Akilov stole a beer delivery truck and barrelled down a bustling pedestrian shopping street, swerving wildly to hit as many people as possible.He killed five and injured 10.Rakhmat Akilov took the truck… and drove it the way the prosecutor described. He killed five people and physically injured 10,” his lawyer Johan Eriksson told the court.“The motive was to instigate fear and to get Sweden to end its participation in the coalition against the Islamic State,” he added.Akilov fled the scene and was arrested several hours later thanks to public transport video surveillance images. He confessed in police questioning.Comments have been disabled as a trial is ongoing© – AFP, 2018Read: Four people dead and 15 wounded after Stockholm truck attackRead: Woman who was injured in Stockholm truck attack dies in hospital No Comments last_img read more

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Yesterday a new America Today a new Europe Rightwing buoyant after Trumps

first_img Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 12:33 PM By Associated Press https://jrnl.ie/3198326 FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL Marine Le Pen declared today that 2017 will be the “year of the awakening of the people of continental Europe” as she joined fellow nationalist leaders in Germany at the beginning of a year of high-stakes national elections. French presidential candidate Marine le Pen struts the stage at Koblenz, symbolic of how anti-immigration candidates have been emboldened by Donald Trump. Source: Michael ProbstThe event, which was held a day after Donald Trump was sworn in as US president – following a campaign buoyed by anti-establishment and protectionist themes – was unsurprisingly celebratory.“Yesterday, a new America. Today, hello Koblenz, a new Europe!” Dutch anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders said as he opened his speech at a congress centre on the banks of the Rhine river, under heavy security.“The people of the west are awakening. They are throwing off the yoke of political correctness,” he said. “This year will be the year of the people… the year of liberation, the year of the patriotic spring.”Wilders’ anti-Islam Party of Freedom could win the largest percentage of votes in the 15 March Dutch parliamentary election, though it is shunned by rivals and highly unlikely to be able to form a coalition.Le Pen is among top contenders in France’s April-May presidential vote. In September, Frauke Petry’s four-year-old Alternative for Germany party hopes to enter the German parliament. Helpers prepare for a meeting of European nationalists in Koblenz, Germany. Source: Michael ProbstThe meeting of the Europe of Nations and Freedom group in the European Parliament also featured Matteo Salvini of Italy’s Northern League and Harald Vilimsky, the general secretary of Austria’s Freedom Party, which last year narrowly failed to win the country’s presidency.“We are experiencing the end of one world and the birth of another,” Le Pen said. “We are experiencing the return of nation-states.”The first “real blow to the old order” was last June’s British vote to leave the European Union, she said – followed closely by Trump’s election. The new US president, she said, “will not support a system of oppression” in Europe.Last year saw the awakening of Anglo-Saxon countries, she said, and “2017, I am sure, will be the year of the awakening of the people of continental Europe.” Source: Michael ProbstShe denounced the EU as “a force of sterilization,” and assailed German Chancellor Angela Merkel – whose name was booed loudly – for allowing in large numbers of migrants.“Everyone sees that this migration policy is a daily disaster,” Le Pen said.Left-wing protesters staged a sit-in outside the hall shouting slogans like “no border, no nation, stop deportation.”Not far away, demonstrators from the global AVAAZ activist group placed statues of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Josef Stalin, among others, in front of a landmark statue of German Kaiser Wilhelm.AVAAZ organizer Pascal Vollenweider said the statues of the dictators were meant to send a “strong message” to the nationalist politicians meeting that “global citizens are rejecting their old dangerous ideas.” Source: Michael Probst Jan 21st 2017, 12:33 PM ‘Yesterday, a new America. Today, a new Europe’: Right-wing buoyant after Trump’s inauguration The right-wing gathering heard that the EU was “a force of sterilization,” and booed when Angela Merkel was mentioned. Share Tweet Email1 center_img 64 Comments Short URL 16,591 Views They are not fascists in jackboots, it’s a different type of fascism, of course, but if you look at the ideas… it’s very dangerous, and we have to face it: these guys are carrying old, dangerous fascist ideas.Marcus Pretzell, Alternative for Germany’s European lawmaker and Petry’s husband, denied accreditation to German public broadcasters and several other German outlets. Public broadcaster ARD has said it was refused access for “not meeting journalistic standards in its past reporting on the party,” a claim it has rejected.Pretzell opened the congress lamenting the current state of the EU, its passport-free travel zone and the euro. He praised Trump’s opposition to trade agreements such as a planned EU-US trade deal, and said that “we have a problem with political Islam.”“Who would still want to become a member of the European Union of their own free will?” he asked.“We have to turn back some steps that have gone too far,” he said. “The solution is sitting in this room.”Read: Here’s how the world’s newspapers reacted to President Trump’s inaugurationRead: Police use tear gas in Washington DC protests during President Trump’s inauguration Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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You may soon have to input your TV licence number to watch

first_img Image: RTE By Christina Finn 22,783 Views 151 Comments Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 5:30 PM Image: RTE https://jrnl.ie/3322048 Share50 Tweet Email4 PEOPLE MAY HAVE to input a TV licence number into the RTÉ Player if they want to access programmes in the near future.The government is exploring options to increase the rate of compliance and, therefore revenue, from the TV licence. It is currently examining a system used by the BBC in the UK.Communications Minister Denis Naughten told TheJournal.ie that he is looking to replicate what happens there.“In the UK, to access the BBC you have to put in your TV licence number,” he explained.What we are looking at doing is replicating the same system that is in place in the UK here in relation to the TV licence. I think it is an innovative idea, a good idea, so that is what we are exploring.New TV licensing rules in the UK came into effect last September, making it illegal for viewers to watch catch-up shows on BBC iPlayer without paying the licence fee.However, rather than inputting their licence number, viewers are prompted to declare if they have a TV licence when they try to watch any content on the BBC iPlayer.Last year, Naughten ruled out the idea that Ireland would follow in its neighbour’s footsteps.Laptops and tablets In a bid to boost licence fee revenue, the minister recently announced that a charge could also be applied to electronic devices with screens that are bigger than 11 inches, which will include PCs, laptops and larger tablets. Smaller items such as mobile phones and standard tablets will be exempt.“We have people, one in eight people say they don’t have a TV and don’t watch TV. Many of those people are accessing content on RTÉ or TV3,” he told TheJournal.ie after he was asked if it was appropriate given how poor broadband services are in some rural areas.It is understood that any decisions on the licence fee will be made in consultation with the Oireachtas Communications Committee.“Absolutely no decision has been made on this, one way or the other,” said the minister.Licence fee enforcers The minister is also due to bring a memo to Cabinet in relation to the recruitment of television licence ‘enforcers’.The collectors will be tasked with collecting unpaid fees, which amount to around €40 million every year.The proposed legislation will remove responsibility for TV licence inspections away from An Post. The contract for the TV licence agent, which will oversee collections, will be put out for tender.Naughten has said the level of payment evasion has reached “unacceptable levels”.While the rate has fallen from 15.3% at the end of 2013 to the current rate of 13.75% it is still very high, said the minister.In a bid to boost licence fee payments, measures such as marketing campaigns, more evening and weekend inspections and the appointment of additional temporary inspectors are just some of the initiatives rolled out to improve compliance rates.However, the minister said new legislation will strengthen the overall system of collections.The plan comes just two weeks after RTÉ’s Director General Dee Forbes caused a storm by making a statement – and later retracting it – that the content provided by the national broadcaster warrants a licence fee that is double the current cost.Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, she highlighted the financial troubles faced by RTÉ since 2008, stating that the company was losing out on licence fees because of evasion, and said that job losses would be incurred as the organisation restructures.It is understood the minister never had any intention of changing the fee – it has not increased since 2008.Fianna Fáil’s communications spokesperson Timmy Dooley said he believes the government has been shortsighted in its attempt to reform the system.He said this government were too quick to shelve the idea of the broadcasting charge, which was due to replace the TV licence fee.In 2015, the then Minister for Communications, Labour’s Alex White was honest enough to admit that it was scrapped for political reasons amid a feeling that the public had ‘charge’ fatigue, be it for property or water.Dooley questioned what success the minister’s new plans will have, stating he believed the minister was being “over-cautious” and “nervous” about rolling out a new charge in the light of the reception of the water charges debacle.He said the TV licence fee, unlike that of water, is an “established fee” that some 86% of people pay. Dooley said he believed the majority of people would annoyed at the thought that around 14% of people were evading the fee.Tracker mortgage scandal: Widower charged wrong interest rate may now lose family homeExplainer: How people on tracker mortgages were shafted by financial institutions Short URL Apr 4th 2017, 5:30 PM You may soon have to input your TV licence number to watch RTÉ online Minister Denis Naughten said he is looking to replicate the UK system. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Facebook de nouvelles adresses mail apparaissent sans prévenir

first_imgFacebook : de nouvelles adresses mail apparaissent sans prévenirLes millions de membres que compte le réseau social de Mark Zuckerberg ont eu la mauvaise surprise de découvrir que leurs adresses e-mails par défaut avaient été modifiées, au profit de celles créées par Facebook. Un changement dont ils n’ont pas été informés, et qui n’a pas manqué de susciter la colère de nombreux internautes.Si comme 900 millions d’internautes, vous possédez un compte Facebook, vous ignorez peut-être encore que l’adresse mail principale liée à ce compte a été modifiée. Le réseau social de Mark Zuckerberg vient en effet de procéder à ce changement, mais a omis d’en informer ses utilisateurs…C’est désormais l’adresse Facebook des utilisateurs qui apparaît par défaut dans le profil des internautes. Une manoeuvre menée dans la plus grande discrétion, et avec laquelle le réseau social s’est attiré les foudres des internautes, qui l’accusent de vouloir ainsi imposer ses adresses afin d’offrir à sa messagerie une place au soleil aux côtés des très populaires Gmail et Yahoo! Mail. Mais Facebook n’a pas tardé à réagir aux critiques qui fusent depuis plusieurs jours sur le web. Un porte-parole du réseau social affirme au site du Figaro que les membres du réseau social “étaient prévenus depuis deux mois” de ce changement de leurs coordonnées affichées par défaut. Mais si le blog officiel de la firme a en effet annoncé en avril dernier l’arrivée prochaine de Facebook “modifications” au sein de sa messagerie, il promettait également que “les utilisateurs ayant déjà sélectionné une adresse mail ne (seraient) pas affectés”.Un manque de clarté fait “exprès” estime Graham Cluley, consultant en sécurité informatique à Sophos lui aussi cité par le Figaro. “Son objectif était de faire en sorte que les gens utilisent de plus en plus l’adresse @facebook.com, et qu’il soit de plus en plus difficile de quitter le réseau social” affirme-t-il. Cette affaire ne serait alors qu’une nouvelle tentative de la firme de Mark Zuckerberg visant à offrir à sa messagerie le succès qu’elle peine à rencontrer depuis son lancement en 2010. Une accusation dont Facebook se défend vivement. “L’intention du site n’était pas d’imposer un service aux utilisateurs, mais de leur permettre d’avoir une adresse e-mail plus cohérente vis-à-vis de leur compte Facebook” argue le porte-parole du réseau. Et de souligner que les internautes ont la possibilité de désactiver cette modification et retrouver leur ancienne adresse mail principale. Pour ce faire, ils devront se rendre dans l’onglet “à propos” de leur profil, et décoché l’option “affiché dans le journal” apparue à côté de leur adresse Facebook.Une précision qui ne suffira sans doute pas à apaiser la colère des membres de Facebook lassés de se voir régulièrement imposer par le réseau social de nouvelles options. Récemment, le lancement d’un service de géolocalisation a lui aussi suscité de vives critiques, les utilisateurs du site le jugeant intrusif.Le 28 juin 2012 à 18:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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8Bitdo Will Release an Arcade Stick for Nintendo Switch on August 20

first_img The Nintendo Switch has become a great platform for fighting games. Titles like Ultra Street Fighter II, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Samurai Showdown IV, and even Arms work wonderfully on the Pro controller. Despite that, even this controller doesn’t replicate the classic arcade feel of a proper arcade fight stick. Thankfully, our friends over at 8Bitdo are about to release an arcade stick for Nintendo’s latest (and greatest?) system.The NES30 Arcade Stick is everything a fighting game fan could ever want. It features eight 30mm sized buttons, and of course, a standard joystick. This controller is also highly customizable. Users can swap out the joysticks with Sanwa joysticks and even customize the buttons. It also features turbo functionality and joystick/d-pad modes.Like 8Bitdo’s other controllers, the NES30 Arcade Stick is wireless. Those who prefer to play wired can use the 3 meter USB cable that comes with the controller, or any USB cable of their choice. Though this arcade stick is being marketed to the Switch audience, it is compatible with many other devices. This includes Windows PCs, Android, macOS, and Steam. Considering how this controller costs $80, it’s nice to know it can be used on multiple platforms.While the NES30 Arcade Stick is decidedly on the expensive side, it will be worth every penny to fighting game aficionados. Like I said earlier, the Switch has a ton of kick-ass (pun intended) fighting games. I’m sure the selection of fighters will only continue to grow over time. Because of that, this arcade stick will be essential for those who want to play fighting games the way they were meant to be played.The NES30 Arcade Stick will be released on August 20. You can pre-order it now from Amazon. Expect a full review from us soon.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews JUSTICE LEAGUE 2017

first_img Is Justice League any good?…are you being serious right now?…yes?……for real?So it’s NOT good, is where you’re going with thi-Are you new here – as in, on the planet?…was there a reason I was supposed to be expecting it to not be good?Well, it’s a movie that was already in production when they got the bad news that its direct predecessor opened as one of the worst reviewed films of its year. This prompted the studio-wide panic and placing the rest of what was already a production slate of questionable ambition in jeopardy and setting off a “troubled production” rumor mill that’s continued to plague it to this day. Most notably that it was supposed to be TWO movies and at some point became just the one for now. Who’s director stepped down from post-production owing to a family tragedy, leading to the film being finished by another filmmaker best known for similar features in a competing series leading to still more drama involving massive reshoots and more rumors of drastic changes to tone, story and pacing as its studio attempts an in-motion course correction? Does that strike you as a recipe for “good?”So it’s NOT good?No, it’s not very good.What’s wrong with it?Everything that was wrong with every one of these movies so far except for the first 2/3rds of Wonder Woman. Weak story, bad script, ill-defined characters, actors who feel like they want to be anywhere else, a tonal clash between “dumb” and “pretentious” and some of the most hideously ugly production design this side of the Riddick movies. This is all coupled with a franchise-filmmaking production philosophy that still favors cart-before-the-horse world building over making good individual films. It’s ugly, empty, dumb as a bag of hammers and obnoxiously insistent about its owns supposed gravitas.Is it better than Batman V Superman, at least?Ironically, it’s nowhere NEAR as bad as Batman V Superman was… but it’s also a thousand times less interesting; scaling back and cutting out all the bizarre gonzo bad decisions that characterized its predecessor but keeping all the boring corporate Hollywood bad decisions. And I… guess that’s a better outcome? If Dawn of Justice was a cauldron of scalding-hot gorilla piss, then Justice League is… the same thing, but the gorilla-piss is just room-temperature? So it’s every bit as gross and unpleasant, and you shouldn’t go near it but touching it won’t physically injure you. So that’s something.But I take it there’s a downside to that?The thinking on the post-production side here clearly seems to have been that releasing a dud is preferable to risking another disaster; and that (plus what feels like a deliberate excising of ANY plot details that might have existed to set up future storylines they’re no longer planning on using) basically means that you’re watching a film where everything that wasn’t a joke, an action scene or a character striking a dramatic pose for their merchandising stills just… doesn’t exist. Functionally, Justice League is the cinematic equivalent of a cheap fiber supplement: It has no taste, no texture and it’s mainly designed to pass harmlessly through the plumbing and kind of make you feel like you saw something.How much story did they end up leaving in?There’s a magical cube with vaguely defined cosmic significance on Earth that an alien bad guy needs to conquer… I assume the Universe? So he shows up with an army of interchangeable CGI henchmen and tries to take it. In order to prevent this, a group of superheroes is assem- er… eh, “gathered” to stop him and save the world.Um… that sounds a lot like…Yes, but there’s a pretty big difference!Oh?Yes! In this one… there are THREE magic cubes.Ha-ha. Wait – isn’t the villain Steppenwolf? And isn’t he connected to all that Darkseid/New Gods business that was so much fun in the cartoons?That seems to have been the plan when this was the next step in “big story” and not the salvaged-together remnants of what no longer seems to be the DCEU’s main direction anymore, yeah. That’s probably why it feels so empty on the stakes/villain side: You can feel where all the “bigger mythology” stuff was supposed to go in the now-unexplained places between characters changing personality or gaining understanding.Is any of it good?Gal Gadot is still fun as Wonder Woman, though she’s given very little to work with here. Some of the action beats are well staged, even though they don’t mean anything. Beyond that, not much. Affleck looks like he’s literally eyeing the exit, Fisher has presence but Cyborg is a brooding bore, Flash is a whiny, annoying, weightless Millennial stereotype and Aquaman is… easily the WORST character in the entire DC franchise now – I don’t understand how a dude as large and “exuberant” as Jason Momoa can have absolutely zero screen-presence… but here we are.How are the FX?It’s also shockingly bad-looking in a lot of spots. If you’ve seen the first wave of trailers compared to the most recent, you can already tell this was originally meant to be slightly more in line with Batman V Superman’s palette and has been color-graded and retouched into a COMPLETELY different look (to be frank, it looks mainly like they’re trying to make it match the more Crayola-colored vibrancy of the last couple Marvel and X-Men movies) and the problem with that is that things like costumes, sets and props are designed around how they’re going to be shot and lit; so the level of tampering on display here has the effect of highlighting how artificial and stagey it all looks.So… about that character who died in the last one?Gonna need to throw up the spoiler-warning on that one. For now: A waste of time, effort and classic comics – utterly skippable, and a real shame. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ [SPOILER WARNING FOR THIS POINT ONWARD]Okay, so Superman comes back to life in the middle of the movie and it doesn’t mean ANYTHING. seriously, it’s not really built up that this is a thing or a plan, just – “Hey, maybe the Motherbox can ressurect the dead, let’s try this!” And then he’s back. He’s angry for a bit, then he’s not because Lois Lane shows up and they contrive to hit “pause” on this whole plotline so he won’t have to show up and save everybody easily until the VERY end. It’s a hugely disappointing way to handle it, with a complete lack of interest in what “death” or dying now means in this context – it’s like not even the other characters can bring themselves to pretend he wasn’t coming back right away. Maybe there was more there before they took the hatchet to the movie, but it just feels like so much rushing through plot-points so the DCEU can move on to whatever it’s going to morph into post-Wonder Woman.Do they ever pay off the time-traveling Flash or Batman’s weird nightmare from the last movie?Not even a little bit – I wonder if they’ll decide to pay it off different than it was meant to pay off here at some point, or just forget that it happened, honestly.Anything else spoiler-ish or of interest?There’s a flashback scene where we see unidentified characters using Green Lantern rings, but nothing comes of it. Superman and Flash have a race in the first of two post-credit scenes, which would be a nice payoff for a relationship between the two characters that never actually develops during the movie itself. “Bonus scene” #2 I won’t spoil, save to say that the brazenness with which it says “Hey, forget an entire previous movie’s worth of characterization and a ton of plot stuff we promised would pay off – instead we’re doing this even if [character] is suddenly a totally different [personality] for no reason” is almost offensively disrespectful of the audience. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Researchers Build Customizable Soft Exosuit for Rescue Workers

first_imgStay on target The field of robotics isn’t limited to humanoids and android pets: Engineers are building soft exosuits to protect rescue workers and enhance quality of life for the disabled and elderly.Harvard researchers in May unveiled their latest generation of mobile multi-joint exosuit, which can be customized based on an individual wearer’s body.The device, first presented at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, looks like something that belongs in a laboratory, not on a battlefield.But, as described in a paper published by the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, the wearable is aimed at soldiers and firefighters traversing difficult terrain.It features various components worn at the waist, thighs, and calves; an optimized mobile actuation system attaches to the bottom of a standard rucksack to apply assistive force to the user’s hip and ankle joints.The exosuit automatically tunes power delivered at the foot to match the individual’s gait.“We have updated all components in this new version of the multi-joint soft exosuit,” according to David Perry, study co-author and a staff engineer at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.“The apparel is more user-friendly, easy to put on, and accommodating to different body shapes,” he said in a statement. “The actuation is more robust, lighter, quieter, and smaller; and the control system allows us to apply forces to hips and ankles more robustly and consistently.”Funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) as part of its former Warrior Web program, the exosuit was field-tested in 12-mile-plus cross-country hikes.This version of the exosuit reduced the metabolic cost of walking by almost 15 percent compared to walking without the device.“We are now continuing to optimize the technology for specific uses in the Army, where dynamic movements are important; and we are exploring it for assisting workers in factories performing strenuous physical tasks,” study lead Conor Walsh, a professor at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), said.The team—comprised of roboticists, engineers, biomechanic experts, and apparel designers—envisions their soft exosuits helping rescue workers save energy for critical tasks.Another group from the Wyss Institute and SEAS (also piloted by Walsh) recently developed a machine-learning algorithm to help tailor soft exosuits.Harvard scientists previously built a robotic exosuit that reduces physical exertion for runners. They also created a gentle robot hand to help study underwater organisms. Find out more about the University’s work here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain last_img read more

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Flow counting down to Rio Games launches Gold Tour campaign

first_img Related Items:lime, olympics, rio, rio games Perdina wins Movado Watch set from LIME & Jai’s TCI Haye-Smith runs Olympic standard time Recommended for you The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-up Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFlow joins the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in its 100 day countdown to Rio; the hosts of the 2016 Summer Games.  Flow will broadcast the Olympic Games in HD quality and has inked deals with Golden medalist of Grenada, Kirani James; star hurdler Jaheel Hyde of Jamaica; gold medal high jumper, Lavern Spencer of St Lucia and athletics hopefuls, Kalifa St Fort of Trinidad and Tobago and Delano Williams of the Turks and Caicos.On April 22nd, a text to win campaign was launched to give winners a gold tour package to the Rio Games which run fromAugust 5–21st. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Average advertised salaries fall by 27

first_imgAverage advertised salaries decreased by 2.7% between November 2015 and November 2016, according to research by Adzuna.Its UK job market report: December 2016, which is based on online job vacancy data in the UK, found that the average advertised salary was £32,221 in November 2016, compared to £33,118 in November 2015.Sectors such as retail and social work have seen a more notable drop in average advertised salaries. The average advertised salary in the retail sector was £21,769 in November 2016, which is a 17.4% decrease from the average advertised salary recorded in November 2015.The average advertised salary for consultancy roles fell by 16.4% to £40,639, and the average advertised salary for customer service jobs decreased by 11.3% to £20,950 a year.There has been a 10.3% decrease in the average advertised salary for logistics and warehouse positions, falling to £26,870 a year in November 2016. Between November 2015 and November 2016, the average advertised salary for social work roles decreased by 9.6% to £28,618 a year.Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “The jobs market has fared well in the main [in 2016], given the unexpected events within the political climate. Despite total advertised vacancies increasing significantly, it may be too early to brand the jobs market a complete success given salary stagnation and the unpredictability that may lie ahead in the new year.“[In 2016], we witnessed the jobs market offer encouragement for jobseekers and those already in roles in a number of different ways. The ongoing rise of the gig economy, improvements to the national minimum wage, the strength of well-performing regions such as Wales and sectors such as healthcare and nursing, and charity and voluntary, outperforming the traditionally strong industries have been particular highlights and show that the composition of the jobs market continues to evolve.“2017 will certainly bring new prospects and challenges for the jobs market and the sooner Brexit plans are confirmed, the sooner businesses and individuals will be able to plan for the future with more certainty.”last_img read more

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite is set to make 10M in a month

first_img1:53 Now playing: Watch this: The 60 best iPhone games of 2019 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is available now in the US. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET Accio galleons! Harry Potter: Wizards Unite brought in $1.1 million on its launch weekend, Sensor Tower said Monday, and is predicted to make $10 million within a month. The game added 3 million players after launching Thursday. On its first day, it made $300,000.By comparison, Pokemon Go — made by the same company, Niantic, made $28 million in its first four days and $206 million within a month, mobile apps analytics firm Sensor Tower said.Most of the spending on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite came from US players, at 88%, followed by the UK, at 8%. The game has yet to launch in Japan and South Korea, but it’s already the No. 1 iPhone app by downloads across 28 other countries. Tags Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on CNET The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite augmented reality game, out now in the US, relies on your phone’s GPS. Using your phone, you move around the physical world while interacting with AR objects, beasts, points of interest and other wizards and witches on the game map.The game was first announced in 2017 and comes from WB Games San Francisco and Niantic under the Portkey Games label.  Share your voice 0 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: How to play the magical game available in nearly 150 countries Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is Pokemon Go with magic wands Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go Pokemon Go How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one Mobile Mobile Apps Virtual Reality Apps News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime Post a comment Harry Potter 60 Photos Harry Potter: Wizards Unite gameplay details revealedlast_img read more

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SCR to run 22 special trains to clear rush

first_imgVijayawada: In order to clear extra rush of passengers, the SCR will run 22 special trains on routes Kacheguda – Kakinada Town, Secunderabad – Kakinada Town and Kacheguda- Tirupati according to a press release here on Tuesday. Train No 07425 Kacheguda – Kakinada Town Special Train will depart Kacheguda at 6:45 pm on August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20 and 27 (Fridays) and arrive Kakinada Town at 5:45 am on the next day. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In the return direction, Train No 07426 Kakinada Town – Kacheguda Special Train will depart Kakinada Town at 6:10 pm on August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Saturdays) and arrive Kacheguda at 5:10 am on the next day. En route, these special trains will stop at Malkajgiri, Cherlapalli, Nalgonda, Miryalaguda, Piduguralla, Sattenapalli, Guntur, Vijayawada, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry and Samalkot stations in both the directions. These special trains will consist of AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class and Chair Car coaches. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Train No 07053 Secunderabad – Kakinada Town special train will depart Secunderabad at 9:40 pm on July 26 and arrive Kakinada Town at 8:35 am on the next day. In the return direction, Train No 07054 Kakinada Town – Secunderabad special train will depart Kakinada Town at 8.40 pm on July 28 and arrive Secunderabad at 8:25 am on the next day. Advertise With Us En route, these special trains will stop at Cherlapalli, Nalgonda, Miryalaguda, Piduguralla, Guntur, Vijayawada, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry and Samalkot stations in both the directions. These special trains will have AC II Tier, AC III Tier and Sleeper Class coaches. Train No 07429 Kacheguda – Tirupati special train will depart Kacheguda at 5:55 pm on July 26 and arrive Tirupati at 8:30 am on the next day. In the return direction, Train No 07430 Tirupati – Kacheguda special train will depart Tirupati at 5 pm on July 28 and arrive Kacheguda at 6:30 am on the next day. En route, these special trains will stop at Malkajgiri, Kazipet, Warangal, Khammam, Vijayawada, Tenali, Ongole, Nellore, Gudur, Srikalahasti and Renigunta in both the directions. These special trains will have AC II Tier, AC III Tier and Sleeper Class coaches.­last_img read more

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