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Oct
15

ON Entertainment opens North American animation studio in Montréal

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: French company ON Entertainment, an internationally recognized leader in film and animation, today announced the opening of its North American studio in Montréal. The new subsidiary, ON Animation Studio, Montréal, plans to hire 300 animation specialists over the next three years.ON intends to increase production to one feature-length animated film every two years by investing in innovative, cutting-edge technology.“Our new Montréal studio gives us a foothold in North America and provides us with the resources we need to ramp up production and extend our reach with films intended for international release,” said Thierry Pasquet, Co-founder of ON Entertainment. “Montréal is a magnet for global talent and has a rich pool of creative minds” he added. Facebook ON Entertainment’s portfolio of iconic brands includes Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince as an animated series and feature-length film, along with Peter Pan and Iron Man. Both The Little Pince and Mune: The Guardian of the Moon were produced in Montréal in partnership with a local studio.In addition to receiving funds for the project from the governments of Québec and Canada, ON Entertainment also benefited from the support and expertise of Montréal International, Greater Montréal’s investment promotion agency.The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, that ON Animation Studio, Montréal, would receive $2.44 million in financial support from the Government of Canada to open its new studio in North America.“The Government of Canada is proud to support creative and cultural industries. Enterprises such as ON Entertainment are a good example of how culture, technology and innovation come together to provide opportunities for growth and economic prosperity,” explained Minister Joly. “The arrival of this new global player is sparking world-wide recognition of Montréal’s expertise and increasing Canada’s influence on the international scene.”Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, announced a $2.44-million loan granted through Investissement Québec to help ON Animation Studio, Montréal, open its new studio.“With fast-growing, forward-thinking companies like ON Animation Studio expanding in the province, Québec can develop its animation expertise and enhance Montréal’s global reputation as a leading technology hub. That is why we are proud to support such an ambitious project, which will create 300 specialized jobs in Québec,” explained Ms. Anglade.“The new studio helps cement Montréal’s position as a global animation hub while supporting the local digital production ecosystem,” said Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal and President of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal. “The investment also confirms that Montréal is truly a smart city—a place where art and technology meet,” he added.“By opening a studio in Montréal, ON Entertainment helps enhance the value proposition of the city’s animation and special effects industry, which currently ranks fourth in the world,” said Hubert Bolduc, President and CEO of Montréal International. “Big industry players and major productions flock to Montréal because of our high-quality academic programs and rich pool of highly skilled talent,” he added.Greater Montréal is already home to close to 40 studios accounting for 3,000 jobs in the special effects and animation industry.About ON Entertainment (www.onanimationstudios.com)ON Entertainment produces world-class films by attracting top talent and securing substantial funding to create iconic brands. The Company brings together creators and partners to develop brands across multiple platforms, including film and animation, cinema and television, and merchandising.About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)Established in 1996, Montréal International is a non-profit organization funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal and the City of Montréal. Its mission is to attract foreign investment, international organizations and skilled talent to Greater Montréal.last_img read more

Oct
13

SeaDoo maker BRP Inc setting up Texas headquarters to service US

first_imgMONTREAL – The Quebec-based company that makes Sea-Doo personal watercraft is looking to accelerate U.S. sales by opening a headquarters in the Dallas area to service American dealers and customers.BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO) says about 20 employees who service the U.S. from the company’s facility in Sherbrooke, Que., will be affected, although most will likely be reassigned to other Quebec facilities.The office in Plano, Tex., will provide dealer and customer service, sales, human resources, parts, accessories and clothing for American callers.The area in Texas was chosen because it was central, has a major airport and is in the southwest area of the country where the company sees growth potential.Canadians will continue to be serviced by BRP employees in Canada.BRP’s main headquarters will remain in Valcourt, Que., where it conducts global functions such as human resources, sales, marketing, design and product development.last_img read more

Oct
12

Amnesty International Reports ‘Lack fairness’: El Khalfi

Rabat – In response to accusations of police brutality in the Jerada protests by Amnesty International, Morocco’s government spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi said that “what was published by Amnesty International concerning Jerada events lacks fairness and does not include real data.”In a publication made public on March 16, Amnesty International called on Moroccan security forces to “stop using excessive force and intimidating peaceful protests,” adding that “five police trucks drove into a crowd of protestors on 14 March,” when clashes erupted between law enforcement and demonstrators.El Khalfi added that Morocco is offering people the right to demonstrate “within the framework of the law and, similarly, the public forces have also the right to intervene in the strict respect of the law provisions.” Tensions mounted between the security forces and protesters on March 14,  resulting in the arrest of nine people. The defendants were arrested for participating in unauthorized protests, as well as for injuring law enforcement.Protests began after the death of four local miners, who were working illegally in old mine shafts. The protests have expanded to condemn the social inequalities and lack of employment in the region.Meanwhile, the government has been pledging to initiate several development projects in the eastern region for months. After a recent cabinet meeting held in Rabat on Thursday, El Khalfi said that last week’s events in the city did not deter the ongoing implementation of the “government’s commitments and measures in the areas of health, education, industry, agriculture, and energy.” Speaking about the measures taken in the region, El Khalfi said that the steps notably concern offering social security and training sessions to integrate former mine workers, as well as the demolition of abandoned mines. He added that “efforts are being made to bring justice to the population of Jerada and improve their living conditions.”Earlier this week, authorities in Jerada pledged to shut down all abandoned mines, which pose a threat to the lives of Jerada’s citizens.Secretary-general of the region’s prefecture Abderrazak El Gourji told French news agency AFP that the city of Jerada has more than 3,200 wells, 200 to 300 of which are active. “The others are abandoned and present a clear danger–they will all be closed,” he said. read more

Oct
8

The gold rush is over Dont quit your day job just for

TORONTO — Convinced you’ve got a brilliant app idea that would surely make you rich if you could just learn to code?Think again before quitting your day job, warns Matt Coombe, co-founder of the Toronto-based app development company Get Set Games.While he in no way discourages aspiring app makers from getting into coding, he warns it’s getting harder and harder to get noticed in Apple’s crowded App Store and the Google Play marketplace for Android apps.And the odds of creating the next “Flappy Bird” are probably no better than buying a lottery ticket.“I think the gold rush is over,” Coombe says during an interview at the company’s downtown loft-style office space, which features trendy reclaimed wood furniture and the requisite well-stocked staff kitchen.“In the early days it was basically if you could make a decent app and get it out on the App Store you had a very good chance for success. You wouldn’t necessarily become a millionaire overnight but you could make a decent salary for yourself.“I think those days are over because there’s so much quality out there. There’s absolutely an opportunity there, it’s still available, and people are still doing really great stuff and having a lot of success — but it’s a lot harder.”Coombe knows first hand that even if an app can stand out from the crowd and become a hit, maintaining a top chart position is extremely difficult.Get Set Games first topped the charts in 2010 with its game “Mega Jump” and recently released a sequel, which also went to No. 1.Featured status by Apple helped push “Mega Jump 2” to the top of the overall iPad app charts in both Canada and the U.S. within days of its release. It took overall top spot in 32 countries and in the arcade game category it ranked No. 1 in 100 countries.But within a couple of days the descent on the charts began and by week’s end, it had dropped dozens of positions in Canada and the U.S.“It’s very difficult to stay high on the charts in the App Store and it’s very hard to know why or how,” Coombe says.“A huge amount of the App Store is luck. We know when we got there with ”Mega Jump“ it was luck, we didn’t know the game was going to be a hit.”And yet even millions of downloads doesn’t mean a huge payday.“Mega Jump 2” is a so-called freemium game, which means it’s free to download but users can opt to pay for some add-ons that make playing a little easier.It’s very difficult to stay high on the charts in the App Store and it’s very hard to know why or how…A huge amount of the App Store is luckThe original “Mega Jump” wasn’t free when it first launched but Coombe says the development team eventually decided that adopting the freemium strategy was the best way to go.Too many users had decided that even 99 cents was too much to pay for an app. Now Coombe hopes that maybe 5% of the users who download his games will opt to pay for in-game purchases. For a game that’s massively popular, the revenue from those five out of every 100 users can add up.“There’s a couple really great things about making free apps, one is you absolutely get to reach out to the most people possible with zero barrier to entry, everyone is willing to give your game a try,” Coombe says.“That means your download numbers and people who get to know about your game and your brand is several orders of magnitude larger than a paid app. The second thing is when you have a large user base and a lot of people playing your games then you get to introduce those same people to your next games and your next games, which is obviously a fantastic way to market your whole (roster) of games.”But Coombe says he’s starting to come around to the idea of releasing games with a price tag again, partially because it seems some consumers are getting sick of the freemium concept and being nagged into paying for upgrades.“We’re definitely a freemium-based company but that’s not to say there aren’t more and more reasons becoming apparent to start really thinking about potentially making a high quality paid app. I think we’re starting to see … people are starting to yearn a bit more for paid apps that are perhaps $4.99 or $9.99 because it’s the game experience they want, they’re willing to pay up front to not be bothered with all that stuff,” he says.Coombe says it seems like a large proportion of people are willing to start paying money for apps if they feel they’ll get value from it.There’s still another challenge Get Set Games faces in the App Store, which has more than a million titles to choose from.Users who hear about “Mega Jump 2” and try searching for it by name will find it’s not the first search result, or the second. For some reason, games called “Icy Tower 2” and “Ninja Revinja” appear first.“It is disappointing when you have a specific game title — it’s a No. 1 app, it’s been downloaded millions of times — and when you type in the exact name it doesn’t show up No. 1, that is surprising,” Coombe says.“It does point at issues of discoverability on the App Store. There’s huge amounts of apps, huge amounts of games — some great, some not so great — and I think it’s going to become more and more important, if it’s not already exceptionally important, for players to be able to find the games they want faster and to allow good developers to be seen and not smothered by a lot of lower quality applications.”The Canadian Press read more

Oct
8

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 135.22 points to 15,284.36.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 139.94 points to 21,549.01.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 16.71 pointd to 2,442.24.The Nasdaq composite index climbed 50.74 points to 6,244.05.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.41 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 77.40 cents US.

Sep
22

Higher rate of Invalidity Pension to be phased out

first_imgCHANGES TO THE Invalidity Pension scheme have been announced by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform today, with the higher rate previously offered to some recipients being gradually faded out.The Invalidity Pension is a weekly payment afforded to people covered by social insurance who cannot work due to long-term illness or disability. Until now, the payment has totalled €193.50 a week for under-65s, with that payment being raised to €230.50 a week for those aged 65-66.The higher rate will now be abolished for all but those currently availing of it, Minister Brendan Howlin today announced.A spokesman for Age Action Ireland said it was unclear how many people this change would affect, due to those aged over 66 being eligible to move on to a state pension – but, by the same measure, queried how much the change could be saving the State.“I’m not sure how much money they expect to save with this,” he said. “It’s another case of hitting older people and the most vulnerable.”Read: Budget 2014: the key things to know from today’s announcementLIVEBLOG: Budget 2014 as it happensIN FULL: Michael Noonan’s Budget 2014 speechIN FULL: Brendan Howlin’s Budget 2014 speechlast_img read more

Sep
21

Rock Bands weekly releases the most prolific DLC platform of all time

first_imgHarmonix’s Rock Band, the game that popularized the plastic-instrument band a little over five years ago, is also responsible for the most prolific DLC platform in the history of video games. Somehow, Harmonix managed to have weekly releases for the game — putting out individual songs, themed song packs, and even full albums — for close to five years. Now, as we journey into the next console generation, and the plastic-instrument genre losing most of its steam, Harmonix has announced that it will cease the weekly Rock Band DLC releases.Since Rock Band’s debut, Harmonix has been able to release tracks for 275 consecutive weeks, totaling over 4,000 songs available in the catalog. Now, as Harmonix focuses on other projects, it will cease the weekly releases beginning on April 2 of this year.In an extensive FAQ detailing the announcement, Harmonix notes that it doesn’t have any other Rock Band titles currently in development, but it will continue to support the Rock Band platform. The company doesn’t have any DLC scheduled beyond the April 2 date, but said that should the right opportunity arise, it isn’t opposed to releasing something new. Harmonix did say that the run of DLC will end with what it feels is an appropriate track.Whether your love of the plastic-instrument rhythm genre has waned over the years or if you never had affection for it to begin with, Harmonix did DLC right. You never had to buy certain packs to have a complete experience, and there were already so many songs that it wouldn’t be difficult to join an online session (like if you didn’t have a popular new map pack in some shooter). Best of all — though not perfect — Harmonix was very good at eventually releasing a specific song you were dying to play.For more information regarding the cease of DLC — such as what will happen to Rock Band Network releases for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, among other things — check out Harmonix’s FAQ on the matter. Though a number of us haven’t played Rock Band in quite a while, much less purchased a new song, it was always comforting to see new releases still kicking along. At least now Harmonix can focus on getting us some other great games.last_img read more

Sep
21

That Veronica Mars movie you always wanted is up on Kickstarter

first_imgThere are two groups of young adult television audiences: People that watched Veronica Mars, and people that never saw it but had friends who watched it and wouldn’t shut up about how good it was despite its limited amount of seasons and subsequent cancellation. That audience formula is essentially the only variable when discussing what makes a cult show, and Mars was quite the cult phenomenon. Now, through the magic of Kickstarter, you can help Kristen Bell privately investigate her way back into your heart. Yes, a Veronica Mars movie is up for some crowd-sourced funding.After the show was canned, creator Rob Thomas wrote a script for a film, but Warner Bros. wasn’t having it, and decided not to pursue its development. Now, with a minimum goal of two million bucks, you’ll have your chance at more Mars. The Kickstarter campaign was only launched today, and is already nearing the halfway point of one million dollars. Both Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell are on-board, so the movie will be sure to capture the same feel of the show.The rewards for funding this project are on par with standard Kickstarter rewards. A minimum pledge of $10 will get you a copy of the shooting script of the movie, while a maximum pledge of $10,000 will net you a speaking role in the movie. Unfortunately, that pledge — limited to one backer — has already been filled. The pledger, whose identity will at least be revealed when we see him or her in the movie, will play the role of a waiter or waitress, and will speak the illustrious line of “Your check, sir.” We can only imagine that, after the movie releases, said waiter or waitress will be discovered and experience a meteoric rise to top-tier Hollywood fame.Considering the best reward is gone, you might enjoy the next tier down. For $8,000, you’ll get to name a character in the movie. The name will be said out loud at least once, but will have to be authorized by the legal department first. We assume you’ll only be allowed to offer up names that aren’t ridiculous, because this is a Hollywood film and not your 17th MMO alt. You’ll also get to be an extra in the film.For more information on the movie, if you just want to read the words “Veronica Mars movie” over and over because it can’t possibly be true, or if you’d enjoy an adorable letter to the fans (you, probably!) from Kristen Bell, head on over to the Kickstarter page and have a blast. Also, you know, give it some money if this is your TV dream come true.last_img read more

Sep
21

Notch releases an addictive typing game called Drop

first_imgMarkus Persson, or Notch as he is better known on the web, is well known for creating Minecraft. His next major project is called 0x10c, has no release date, and has already spent over a year in development. But Notch also likes to release the occasional download game that he has created either for fun or a game jam. A great example of this being Minicraft.Over the weekend saw the running of the Ludum Dare 26 competition, with the theme being minimalism. Notch intended to make a game for it, but used Twitter on Saturday to tell everyone that it wasn’t happening along with a link to a demo he had created called “trom,” which is an optical illusion made from blocks.Five hours after posting a link to that demo, Notch tweeted again saying he’d now turned it into a typing game and called it Drop. It’s a simple typing game combined with the trom demo, and it’s both very hard and quite addictive.All Drop requires you do is type the correct sequence of characters that appear on screen. As you do so, music plays and the block illusion continues in the background. It’s quite difficult, though, and unless you are a competent touch typist you won’t survive for very long.You can play Drop at drop.notch.com. Be aware that it does require you have the Unity browser plug-in installed to play it.The Ludum Dare competition continues for the rest of today with some great minimalist games appearing for you to play. My favorite so far has to be Dream Fishing by well-known indie developer Sophie Houlden, but there are already well over 1,700 entries meaning there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy.last_img read more

Sep
21

iOS 7 looks eerily similar to 2011 Windows Phone

first_imgApple unveiled iOS 7 a couple of days ago at WWDC 2013, and with it, a striking departure from a design that iOS users have come to know and love (or begrudgingly put up with). The most noticeable change is the departure from skeuomorphic designs (basically when a virtual object is made to look similar to its real-life counterpart) and over to a colorful, flat, gradient-packed theme.In iOS 6, the most widespread appearance of this skeuomorphic design ideology is all of the charcoal linen backgrounds. Other recognizable instances are how the Calendar app looks like a leather-bound calendar, or how Notes looks like a yellow legal pad. The new OS design also goes for a similar flat, simple look — complete with the skinny text — that website designs (including this one) and other OSes have been moving toward. However, designer Christopher Millar noticed something a little too similar about iOS 7: it looks just like Windows Phone.As you can see from the images above and below, the new iOS looks eerily similar to Windows Phone, circa 2011. From the new multitasking view, to the new lock screen, Apple’s new OS design admittedly looks similar to its competitor’s aesthetic choice. However, before you throw your hands up in disgust, the design choices displayed above are quite similar to a major movement in aesthetics that have hit just about everything in the tech industry, from mobile OSes to website redesigns. Large, skinny text on flat backgrounds, with flat, square icons are the new thing, and it’s not just Apple that is using the approach — the company is actually late to the party.So, while certain shots are suspiciously similar, and don’t even look like an Apple product, it’s comforting to know that Apple doesn’t always stand against the grain, resisting change in favor of its own locked-down ideals.The new iOS doesn’t yet have a release date, but will likely drop sometime this fall whenever the next iPhone hits.last_img read more

Sep
21

Analysis Slaughtneil complete historic treble but tactics could leave them vulnerable

first_img Follow us: the42.ie Short URL http://the42.ie/3106843 Share74 Tweet Email 14,519 Views Analysis: Slaughtneil complete historic treble – but tactics could leave them vulnerable Derry club have won senior football, hurling and camogie titles in Ulster this year. How far can they go? Nov 28th 2016, 3:27 PM ‘Our young players don’t know what losing is like’ – Chrissy McKaiguecenter_img Too many of Slaughtneil’s players are caught in no man’s land. A team like Corofin, who like to bypass this midfield area, could really exploit this style of play.Chrissy McKaigue’s InfluenceThere is a little doubt that Chrissy McKaigue is a massive influence on Slaughtneil team. They never really set up with a sweeper but McKaigue is an ever-present in the defence and offers something going forward as well.His decision-making, strength and pace are exemplary. Time and again, when a Slaughtneil defender looked to be in trouble, it was McKaigue who showed up and offered an easy option.Here, Slaughtneil’s number five has slipped on the 21 facing his own goal. McKaigue is first on the scene and receives the handpass.There is very little on for him with two Kilcoo men closing in fast. After attempting to use his pace on the outside, he is forced back towards his own goal.There is never a sense of panic with him and he just shrugs off Conor Laverty to win a free and ease the pressure.Again, late in the second half Slaughtneil win a short kickout but are under a bit of pressure. McKaigue is first to react and takes responsibility for possession despite having his marker within touching distance.He takes the ball heading towards his own corner with very little on, but once again he refuses to panic.He does a lovely pirouette to lose his man and applies the afterburners to break out of defence. The footwork here is magnificent but the composure to not panic is a huge strength to the Slaughtneil team.Moments later McKaigue lays a handpass off having relieved all pressure and marched his team to the 50.His pace in attack and ability to get forward mean his marker is always being asked questions. Slaughtneil’s key spell in this game was between the 25th minute and half-time where they tacked on four unanswered points; McKaigue was responsible for one of those scores.Here you can see him at the top of his own D for the kickout, with his marker in toe.He is nearly out of shot here but you can just see him start his sprint. He seems fully aware of the opportunity that is on and the space that is ahead of him.Just as the ball is about to be gathered he has stolen a couple of yards on his man. The two Slaughtneil full-forwards are so deep that there are acres of space to exploit.He takes the pass and calmly slots the ball over the bar with his fist. Stopping McKaigue’s influence will not be easy but he is a vital cog in the Slaughtneil wheel.SummarySlaughtneil’s ability to keep the ball in the second half wore Kilcoo down and at times, the Down side looked like they had run out of steam.But it wasn’t all rosy for Slaughtneil. They coughed up a couple of goal chances that would have severely changed the complexion of this game and they do look vulnerable on the counter.Still, you always felt that they had enough to go and get the scores if needed. It was probably only a late sucker punch that would have caught them.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! LARGE PARTS OF the second half of Sunday’s Ulster club football final felt like a boxing match; Slaughtneil knew they weren’t going to deliver a knockout punch but were always happy to keep Kilcoo at arm’s length.However Kilcoo had two great opportunities to find the net in the second half that would have completely upended the game and forced Slaughtneil to come out of their shell a bit more.Kilcoo’s sloppy startKilcoo made a sloppy start to the game. They fouled Chrissy McKaigue on their own 45 and there was some afters so the referee move the ball forward. This turned a very difficult shot (if Slaughtneil had even taken it on) into an easy chance.Note where the referee points to when moving the ball forward.And then where the ball is kicked from. It might seem like very little but each one of these yards matter.A free from this sort of range is almost a guaranteed point and Kilcoo put themselves in that situation with the afters.From the resulting kickout, Kilcoo cough up possession from a double-solo and then the full back commits a foul with the Slaughtneil forward heading away from goal. The TV cameras didn’t pick up the foul but the referee is in no doubt.These are two soft opportunities to concede so early in the game and in both cases they look like entirely avoidable situations. In an Ulster final, it is often these fine margins that matter.Slaughtneil facing the counterSlaughtneil like to play high up the pitch. Yes, they drop off at times but they commit men forward and this occasionally left them vulnerable at the back.From the very first kickout, we can see how committed they are.Not everyone is in shot here but you can see they are not happy to sit back and defend their 45. As the pressure comes on, Kilcoo are forced to pass it around the back without making much progress.In total eight Slaughtneil players are putting the squeeze on and it makes Kilcoo’s progress difficult.Any sort of pressing like this depends on being able to get pressure on the man on the ball. Where Kilcoo did get joy was when they got the opportunity to get their head up and could kick over the Slaughtneil midfield and half-back line who also play high.Midway through the first half, when Kilcoo got themselves back into the game, there were times when Slaughtneil couldn’t get that pressure on the ball carrier.This is a kickout from Kilcoo, and there are 10 Slaughtneil players in there (with two full-forwards out of shot to the right) — so 12 outfield players in the Kilcoo half.Kilcoo get time to turn and play a ball into the forward line where they have a 2 v 2.Although Slaughtneil have men getting back, they are running towards their own goal and it gave Ryan Johnston, who had a wonderful game, enough time and space to get the score.At the start of the second half, there was another break from Kilcoo. The full back eventually picks the ball up and with no pressure on him, has time to look up.Just as the ball gets released from inside the Kilcoo half, there are eight players between the two 65s. No Comments Monday 28 Nov 2016, 3:27 PM By Rob Carroll Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sep
21

Ireland was the fourth safest EU country for road deaths last year

first_img Image: Eamonn Farrell Jun 19th 2018, 4:33 PM Share63 Tweet Email By Paul Hosford 10,257 Views However, this bill is being seriously jeopardised by a very small cohort of politicians who are engaged in the most cynical form of filibustering. This is despite it receiving the full support of Government, most opposition parties, road safety advocates and the general public.“Meanwhile people are dying on our roads. I appeal to their humanity if not their political solidarity and ask them to please desist and allow this Bill to pass.”The ETSC says EU governments need strong political will, urgent measures and substantial investments in safe infrastructure to reduce the 500 deaths that occur on EU roads every week. 43 Comments IRELAND HAS IMPROVED from fifth to fourth in the EU’s road death rankings.The 2017 Road Safety Performance Index by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) was published today.Estonia leads the ranking with a 32% reduction in the number of road deaths between 2016 and 2017.Ireland had the fourth largest decline in road deaths amongst the EU28 countries between 2016 and 2017; a total of 157 people lost their lives on Ireland’s roads in 2017 compared to 186 in 2016.In 2017, there was a decline in road deaths across all road user groups in Ireland, except cyclists, when compared to 2016. In 2016, Ireland ranked fifth amongst EU countries in terms of road safety. Deaths on Irish roads have decreased by 26% since 2010.The ETSC report cites improved legislation, such as new drug driving laws, greater traffic law enforcement activities and road safety campaigns as having played a part in reducing the number of deaths on Irish roads.“The implementation of improved legislation, such as new drug driving laws, greater traffic law enforcement activities and road safety campaigns played a part in reducing the number of road deaths.“The Irish police, in their 2017 plan, committed to increase the number of road traffic police by 10% annually until 2020, from 681 officers in 2017 to 997 in 2020.”Transport Minister Shane Ross said:“As Minister for Transport I am committed to instigating legislation and regulations that will make Ireland’s roads safer. Recent initiatives and legislation have been key to reducing death and serious injuries on our roads. The bill I am currently taking through the Oireachtas will build on these safety initiatives by ensuring that every person caught driving above the current alcohol limit will receive a disqualification. Image: Eamonn Farrell Ireland was the fourth safest EU country for road deaths last year Ireland had the fourth largest decline in road deaths amongst the EU28 countries between 2016 and 2017. https://jrnl.ie/4079524 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 4:33 PM Short URLlast_img read more

Sep
18

Mandzukic is the soul of the Croatia team says Dalic

first_imgIn preparation for their match against Denmark, Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has described the importance of having Mario Mandzukic in their team.Dalic described Mario Mandzukic as the “soul of the team” ahead of their last-16 clash with Denmark. Having won all three of their group games, the Vatreni qualified for the knockout stages and looked extremely impressive in cruising to a 3-0 victory over Argentina.Even though Mandzukic hasn’t scored a goal yet in the tournament, Dalic is impressed with his performances and said of the Juventus forward:“Regardless of whether he scored or not, Mario represents the soul of the Croatian team.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“He pushes us. He is our first line of defence. I told him on our US tour that he was to be a forward not a winger.“He might be missing a goal but hopefully it can come against Denmark and in the later stages in the tournament. He means a lot for the whole team and we appreciate that.”Dalic stepped up the changes for their Group D finale with Iceland but Croatia still prevailed 2-1, and now head to Nizhny Novgorod for an interesting encounter with Denmark on Sunday.last_img read more

Sep
16

Indian bone found in Columbia River at Kennewick

first_imgKENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A jaw bone found in the Columbia River at Kennewick is believed to be the very old remains of an American Indian.KONA reports the Corps of Engineers plans to deliver the bone to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation.The bone with six teeth was found Monday morning by a cleanup crew on the bank of the river near a Columbia Park boat launch.Police called the Benton County coroner who sent photos to a state anthropologist. Officials determined there was no crime or missing person involved.last_img read more

Sep
16

Vancouver man arrested in undercover sting

first_imgThomas P. Harrington Police in Corvallis, Ore., arrested a Vancouver man Wednesday as part of an undercover child abuse sting. Thomas P. Harrington, 59, allegedly started a sexual conversation online with an undercover Corvallis police detective posing as a 14-year-old girl. Harrington sent multiple nude photos purportedly of himself and asked the girl to meet him, according to the Corvallis Police Department.When Harrington went to meet the 14 year old Wednesday at the Corvallis Public Library, investigators took him into custody. He was booked into the Benton County Jail on suspicion of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child and luring a minor. His bail was set at $150,000. Harrington’s is the 13th arrest made since May 2013, when the Corvallis Police Department started an initiative to uncover online child abuse.last_img read more

Sep
10

Facebook sues South Korean social media analytics company Rankwave

first_img Post a comment Internet Services Tech Industry Share your voice Angela Lang/CNET Facebook said Friday that it’s suing Rankwave, a South Korean company that analyzes social media users’ data for marketing purposes.”Facebook was investigating Rankwave’s data practices in relation to its advertising and marketing services,” Facebook’s director of platform enforcement and litigation, Jessica Romero, said in a blog post. “Rankwave failed to cooperate with our efforts to verify their compliance with our policies, which we require of all developers using our platform.”Facebook alleges in the lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court in San Mateo County, that Rankwave breached a contract with the social network and violated a California law that prohibits unfair, unlawful or fraudulent business acts. Since 2010, Rankwave operated at least 30 apps on the Facebook platform. The South Korean company used data tied to those apps to create and sell advertising and marketing tools, which is against Facebook’s rules, the suit alleges. In the court filing, Rankwave denied disobeying Facebook’s policies, but the social network says the company didn’t provide enough proof. Rankwave didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The lawsuit highlights how Facebook is trying to show the public and developers that it’s taking privacy seriously in the wake of a series of scandals. Last year, revelations surfaced that UK political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of up to 87 million Facebook users without their consent. Consumers and businesses used Rankwave’s apps. The apps had to get user permission before they could access any Facebook data.A South Korean department store, tourism organization and baseball team used a Rankwave app to analyze and track information on their Facebook Pages. A Facebook Page is a public profile created by businesses, organizations and public figures.The company also ran the “Rankwave app,” a tool that lets users calculate their “social media influencer score” based on data about how many people interacted with their Facebook posts. That app was no longer on the Facebook platform as of March 2018. Facebook started investigating Rankwave in June 2018 and discovered the company wasn’t complying with its platform policy. That’s because Rankwave allegedly used Facebook Pages data tied to its apps for its own “business purposes,” such as providing “consulting services” to advertisers and marketers. “To date, Rankwave has not participated in our investigation and we are trying to get more info from them to determine if there was any misuse of Pages data,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.The social network tried to find out this year if Rankwave was also using personal information from users to provide marketing and advertising services. Rankwave failed to answer Facebook’s questions or hand over information the social network requested, according to the lawsuit. Facebook suspended apps and accounts tied to Rankwave but didn’t share which ones. Facebook didn’t specify what type or how much user data may’ve been gathered by Rankwave.Facebook argues in the lawsuit that Rankwave’s alleged misconduct harmed the social network’s reputation, public trust and goodwill. Originally published May 10, 4:44 p.m. PT.Update, 6:07 p.m.: Includes background from lawsuit and statement from Facebook.  Facebook Tags 0last_img read more

Aug
28

uThukela workers out in force fighting burst water pipes in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite “Burst pipes have become the norm in certain areas. Workers repair a pipe and weeks later, 100m or 200m down the same road, the pipe bursts again. When is it going to end?” fumed local resident Mr van Rensburg.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A number of burst water pipes have been reported in various areas around town today (September 6).uThukela District Municipality workers are out in full force attempting to fix all leaking pipes. However, this is causing havoc for motorists, businesses and residents.Clean water was gushing out at the intersection of Progress and Centenary Road earlier today. The matter was reported to uThukela and their team shut off the water supply. However, by the time water was turned off in the area, thousands of litres had literally gone down the drain.Workers were also spotted in Forbes Street repairing a burst pipe.“This is causing inconvenience to motorists and shoppers alike, as machinery is taking up parking bays and shoppers cannot gain access to our shops,” said one business owner.The affected areas should prepare for water cuts while uThukela workers fix the pipes.last_img read more

Aug
10

Related Snakes on a Plane and top 10 animals found

first_img RelatedSnakes on a Plane and top 10 animals found on boardSnakes on a plane! From rats to bats, the top 10 animals found on board: revealed.Pet travel: flying with pets, airline policies and feesThinking of flying with pets? If you’re planning a trip with your best friend then you need to know how much it’ll cost and that your animal will be transported safely and in comfort. Here’s everything you need to know about travelling with your beloved pet, from taking your dog…7 of the weirdest travel stories of 2014Pigs on planes, windowless flights and other wacky travel stories from the last 12 months. Ever wanted to see pigs fly? Well now’s your chance.According to new rules, pot-bellied pigs could be allowed to take to the skies if owners can prove they provide ‘emotional support’.The US Department of Transport’s draft manual on equality for disabled travellers on commercial flights states that small ‘service’ animals should be permitted on flights.Sensitive hogs, miniature horses and monkeys are all considered supportive aids. Miniature horses are particularly useful for the visually impaired. But strictly no snakes or spiders will be authorised on board. No monkey business will be tolerated by airline crew and owners must provide a privy for their pet.There’s no point complaining either, if the tiny pony delays the drinks trolley because it’s blocking the aisle. Reports from Fox news suggest complaints from other passengers are not considered legitimate reasons for denying a passenger with a disability. This announcement will surely make PetAirways happy, who announced back in 2009 that they were launching a crusade to revolutionise the way our pets voyage.Wendy Ponzo, a spokesperson from the North American Potbellied Pig Association welcomed the news and praised her pet’s sixth sense at detecting when she’s unwell. However, the news has sparked fears that some flyers will attempt to cheat the system and claim they cannot travel without their special companions. Yet the manual does state that staff have the right to verify claims and ask about any training the animal has had.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Aug
10

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first_img FILE – In this May 23, 2018 file photo, porn actress Stormy Daniels speaks during a ceremony for her receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City in West Hollywood, Calif. Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club and is accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law, her attorney said early Thursday, July 12. While Daniels was performing at Sirens, a strip club in Columbus, some patrons touched her in a “non-sexual” way, her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told The Associated Press. An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act prohibits anyone who isn’t a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File) by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press Posted Jul 13, 2018 5:34 am PDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A day after arrest, Stormy Daniels dances but doesn’t touchcenter_img COLUMBUS, Ohio – Stormy Daniels danced — but she didn’t touch — at an Ohio strip club a day after her arrest at another club for interacting too closely with patrons that turned out to be undercover police officers.Prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against the porn star hours after she was accused of illegally rubbing undercover police officers’ faces against her bare breasts during her performance.Her attorney said she was “set up” in a Columbus police sting operation, calling it an “absurd use of law enforcement resources.” Police said they routinely conduct such undercover operations.The 39-year-old adult film star, who claims to have had sex with Donald Trump before he became president, was charged with three misdemeanours. She was released on $6,000 bail around daybreak Thursday.By early afternoon, prosecutors said they were dropping the case because Ohio’s law against physical contact between strippers and customers applies only to someone who “regularly” performs at a club. In Daniels’ case, it was her first appearance at Sirens in Columbus.Columbus police chief Kim Jacobs said “one element of the law was missed in error.”“A mistake was made, and I accept full responsibility,” she said.Officers were well within their area of responsibility when making the arrests, she added. But she said the officers’ motivations will be reviewed internally. Without providing details, she said unsubstantiated allegations about their motivations were circulating on social media.Daniels’ lawyer called for an investigation into the arrest, saying some of the officers had what appeared to be “very Pro-Trump” social media pages. The lawyer, Michael Avenatti, tweeted screenshots from what he claimed was the Facebook page of one officer with a pseudonym and asked people to help confirm it.Daniels considered reappearing at Sirens but later opted for a different club, Vanity Gentlemen’s Club. She performed there for about 20 minutes early Friday, baring her breasts but not physically interacting with any patrons. A host had announced: “No phones, no photography, no touching!”About 100 patrons were in the club and threw dollar bills on her as she performed, partly covering the stage.After her Sirens show, officers knocked on the door of her tour bus and took her into custody in an arrest that Avenatti said left her “traumatized and rattled.”She was booked under a 10-year-old state law known as the Community Defence Act, which says dancers at “sexually oriented” businesses are prohibited from touching customers and vice versa.Police said two other dancers were arrested along with Daniels. Prosecutors will decide whether to pursue charges against those women.Police said Daniels’ arrest was part of a long-term human trafficking investigation of adult clubs. They said they have made numerous arrests under the no-touching law but did not immediately provide a number.The police department “engages in these operations routinely,” spokesman Sgt. Dean Worthington said.Franklin County Municipal Court records show 23 similar cases this year, including the charges against Daniels, 14 last year and six the year before.Daniels has said she had sex with Trump in 2006, when he was married. Trump has denied it. Before the election, she was paid $130,000 to stay silent in a deal handled by Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. She is suing to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement.__Associated Press writers Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles and Catherine Lucey in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

Feb
28

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Mirallas played two seasons for Olympiakos (2010-2012) appearing in 52 matches. read more