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Oct
17

BC communities await marine spill compensation years after incidents

first_imgVANCOUVER – Despite “polluter pay” laws in Canada, local governments and agencies are still waiting to recover costs incurred during two significant fuel spills off British Columbia’s coast.The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Aquarium are collectively waiting on nearly $700,000 in losses related to a 2015 leak of bunker fuel, while the Heiltsuk Nation in Bella Bellla continues negotiating over $200,000 in repayments for its response to a tugboat that ran aground in 2016.Transport Canada, which oversees spill response, said in a statement that under the current regime, ship owners are strictly liable for spills — up to a limit based on the size of the vessel — and all vessels must have insurance for oil pollution damages.The government also maintains a Ship Source Oil Pollution Fund to compensate Canadians, including businesses and local governments, when costs are beyond what a ship owner covers or when the source is unknown.In the days following the 2,700-litre fuel leak in Vancouver’s English Bay, Transport Canada claimed the bulk carrier ship the MV Marathassa was the source.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said in a statement that the Canadian Coast Guard spent more than $2.4 million in its response to the leak.That money was repaid by the federal pollution fund after the government and vessel owner “were unable to come to an agreement in a timely manner,” the statement said.The City of Vancouver said it spent $500,000 on staff salaries, equipment costs and third-party groups to help in the cleanup.Spokesman Jag Sandhu said the city asked for compensation from the ship’s owner but has since filed a claim with the federal pollution fund.Peter Ross, a scientist with the Vancouver Aquarium, said roughly $180,000 was spent on environmental testing when little information was being released immediately after the fuel spill.The aquarium draws water from English Bay, Ross said, and staff were concerned that the fuel posed a risk to its wildlife.“We basically acknowledged it was going to be expensive but it was really an exceptional circumstance where we couldn’t really worry about the money at that point, we had to know whether our collection was at risk,” he said.Ross said the tests found fuel reached beaches in Porty Moody, roughly 12 kilometres away, and mussels collected in English Bay had taken up oil.Ross said the aquarium was negotiating compensation with the owners of the Marathassa and had been offered about 20 cents for every dollar spent, which he called unacceptable.“These are not damages we’re inventing out of emotional trauma or anything, these are damages associated with direct costs, direct financial outlay and liability associated with the incident,” he said.Lawyer Peter Swanson, who is representing the vessel, declined to comment on the ongoing negotiations, which he said are confidential.Alassia NewShips Management Inc., the operator of the Marathassa, also declined to comment.The Marathassa is facing 10 environment-related charges in B.C. provincial court, including allegations it violated the Fisheries Act and the Canadian Environment Protection Act. Hearings are scheduled through to May.Alassia faces similar charges, but a B.C. Court of Appeal decision earlier this year determined the Greek company has not been properly served a summons, preventing allegations from going ahead.In Bella Bella, a community of 1,600 people along B.C.’s central coast, the Heiltsuk Nation said it’s still working to recover $150,000 paid out in its response to the spill of 107,000 litres of diesel and 2,240 litres of lubricants from the Nathan E. Stewart in Oct. 2016.Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett said $100,000 went to resources such as offices, boats and staff while $50,000 went to monitoring and testing at the site.Slett said the nation was communicating with vessel owners Kirby Offshore Marine, based in Houston, but nothing had been settled.Kirby did not respond to requests for comment.Slett said the community continues to feel the effects of the spill, its commercial clam fishery remains closed and they are concerned about other affected species.“We’re doing some testing with the purpose of understanding the health of the resources and the ecosystem and the safety of consuming the resources,” she said, adding the ocean is considered the nation’s “breadbasket.”Slett said the Heiltsuk is gathering materials for a possible legal claim against the company.“We didn’t expect it would take this long and we didn’t expect that there would be issues with them paying for their own costs for a spill they were responsible for in Heiltsuk territory,” she said.Vancouver lawyer Christopher Giaschi, who specializes in maritime and transportation law, said the two cases appear to be exceptional and the legal framework is effective, with most claims involving small spills resolved within a year.Transport Canada said in a statement the new Oceans Protection Plan will strengthen the current system by allowing unlimited compensation from the federal pollution fund, amending the tax paid by industry to increase the fund when depleted, and speed up access to that money for responders and communities that need it.But Ross said the aquarium’s experience has been “demoralizing” and he hopes the incident is not reflective of the shipping industry.“What does it say about any tanker coming in and out of Vancouver?” he said. “What does it say when we have a 3,000-litre spill and the responsible party fights tooth and nail and then ends up offering one quarter of what the damages are? I don’t know. It’s absolutely beyond me.”—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the Heiltsuk Nation was owed $200,000.last_img read more

Oct
17

Toronto writers story of sexual harassment spurs others to share experiences

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto writer’s tweet relating her sexual harassment at the hands of an employer has sparked an online outpouring of similar stories, a discussion she says is the first step in tackling a culture in which such abuses are pervasive.Anne T. Donahue put out a call for such stories on Twitter in light of sexual harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, which were published Thursday in The New York Times. Among them are accusations that he sexually harassed actresses, including Ashley Judd, and former employees.Weinstein has said he is taking a leave of absence from his company and acknowledged he has behaved poorly, but has accused the Times of rushing its story to publication because of a “vendetta” against him. The Times has said it is confident in the accuracy of its reporting.“Reading that Harvey Weinstein piece, it was familiar and exhausting in that I think many of us have come to recognize patterns of abuse of power, whether in our own lives or in the lives of friends and family or even in government,” Donahue said.Donahue, a culture writer, said she decided to share her story — she was a 17-year-old co-op student at a radio station when her boss insisted on massaging her shoulders — in case it could reassure even one other person who went through something similar that they weren’t to blame.Over roughly 24 hours, her tweet was shared close to 2,500 times and drew almost as many online responses, many of them from others disclosing their own experiences of sexual harassment.Some mentioned incidents dating back to high school or earlier, others described being cornered by coworkers or bosses. Not all the stories were from women.Donahue, 32, said she wasn’t surprised by the volume of replies, but rather by their sincerity. Though there were a few dissidents, the tone was overwhelmingly supportive, she said.Having men talk about the harassment they have endured was also important, she said, noting that sexual violence affects all genders.“This was sincere, firsthand experiences and it immediately created a space in which people began to feel comfortable sharing,” she said.“Sharing can be very scary and you’re in a very vulnerable position and that shouldn’t be taken lightly,” she said. “This is what reclamation of power looks like, to an extent. It’s one step in about a thousand before we obliterate rape culture. But it’s an important step.”Still, Donahue stressed there is no shame in holding back.“You can be just as powerful and create just as much change by just reading and acknowledging,” she said.last_img read more

Oct
17

New pot impaired driving penalties could bar newcomers from Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is warning newcomers that stiffer impaired driving and cannabis-related penalties could lead to their removal from Canada.The measures are part of the sweeping package of changes taking place as Canada becomes the first G7 country to legalize recreational cannabis use.On Dec. 18, new impaired driving penalties will take effect, raising the maximum penalties for most of these offences from five years to 10. It means they will fall under the definition of serious crimes for immigration determination purposes.“The impact of these new penalties on permanent and temporary residents could be significant,” the Immigration Department advises in a statement.The Immigration Department quietly posted a statement on its website this earlier this week advising permanent and temporary of the upcoming penalty changes, noting they could be particularly affected.The posting is the first part of a multi-pronged education campaign to be rolled out in the coming weeks to ensure newcomers to Canada are informed of the impact that Canada’s new impaired driving laws could have on their ability to remain in Canada.“Our main message to permanent residents and temporary residents is — make sure you know and follow our laws, including our tough new rules for cannabis-related crimes and impaired driving. If you don’t, you could face serious legal and immigration consequences,” said Mathieu Genest, a spokesperson for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.“These penalties will have significant impacts on Canadians and non-Canadians alike.”People who work with immigrants and refugees warn the change will create barriers for newcomers.“The significance of this change from an immigration point of view is very high,” said immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman.Immigration officials could rule a person is inadmissible to Canada for “serious criminality,” even if an impaired driving offence took place in another country.Border Security Minister Bill Blair says the aim is to deter drivers from driving while high.“The penalty for impaired driving is a reflection of how serious this government and all Canadians view impaired driving. It’s a crime that takes as many as four lives a day in this country, injures tens of thousands of people,” Blair told reporters Thursday.“A maximum penalty of 14 years for those offences reflects the seriousness of the offence.”Under federal immigration law, a permanent resident or foreign national can be deemed inadmissible if they have been convicted of a Canadian offence punishable by up to 10 years in prison, or of an offence for which they have actually been sentenced to more than six months behind bars.In addition, the same rule applies to those who have committed an offence in another country that, if committed in Canada, would carry a penalty of up to 10 years.As a result, the department says, the new cannabis and impaired-driving provisions could mean:— Permanent residents might lose their status and have to leave the country;— Temporary residents — including visitors, international students and foreign workers — may not be able to enter or stay in Canada;— Refugee claimants may be ineligible to have their claim referred for a refugee hearing.Moreover, appeal rights for permanent residents and foreign nationals, including sponsored members of the family class, could also be affected, the department said.Under the changes, permanent residents convicted of impaired driving in Canada will have to worry about the prospect of deportation proceedings, Waldman said.Impaired driving is an extremely serious matter given the danger it poses, Waldman said.“But do I think people should be barred from Canada, possibly for life, over one impaired driving (offence)? No.”He cautioned it remains to be seen how strictly Canadian authorities will apply the removal provision.Although criminality could always pose challenges to entering Canada, a serious offence “makes your pathway into Canada much more complicated,” Waldman said.“Because you have to go through a whole series of extra steps and the requirements to get an exemption — a permit to allow you to come in — are more stringent.”Even now, Canada doesn’t meet its international obligations with respect to refugees, said Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, noting Canada’s broad exclusions on the basis of serious criminality.She said that adding another group who will be denied access to a refugee hearing on that basis means Canada is “increasing the risk that we’re going to send someone back to face persecution in violation of our international obligations.”last_img read more

Oct
12

Paris Digital Africa Conference Highlights Morocco’s Digital Strategy

Rabat – In light of the rapid growth of digital technologies around the world, the 3rd annual Digital Africa conference in Paris highlighted Morocco’s strategy for digital development.The conference took place earlier this week, under the theme “Digital Revolution on the Move,” reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Organized on the initiative of French news outlet, Le Point Afrique, the symposium was marked by the attendance of Chakib Benmoussa, the Moroccan ambassador to France. During the event, Benmoussa emphasized Morocco’s efforts to accelerate the digital transformation of the national economy, noting the different strategies adopted by the kingdom for the development of this sector: The Morocco Numeric plan and the Digital Morocco Plan 2020.The ambassador pointed out that Morocco adopted a draft law recently on the establishment of the Digital Development Agency (ADN), which aimed to position Morocco as a regional hub and African leader in this field. In August, Morocco’s House of Representatives unanimously adopted bill number 61-16 on the establishment of ADN.Based in Rabat, the agency will have access to Morocco’s regional annexes and will publish an annual report on the digital development in Morocco.Benmoussa stressed that digital has a special place in pragmatic cooperation, which link the kingdom with several African countries. He added that this cooperation involves both the public and private sectors.“Digital is an essential factor in accelerating the development of the continent, especially as it creates the conditions for innovation in several sectors,” said Benmoussa.Abdelmounaim Dinia, Deputy General Manager of Crédit Agricole du Maroc Bank, affirmed that “digital is the synonym of economic and social development.”He added that it is one of the many changes that enable Africa to emerge as the continent of growth. read more

Oct
12

Moroccan Author Meryem Alaoui Out of Running for 2018 Goncourt Prize

Rabat – Moroccan author Meryem Alaoui did not make the cut as one of the eight finalists for the 2018 Goncourt Prize. Nearly a month after the announcement of the 15 authors selected to be in the running for the most prestigious French literary prize, the jury has narrowed the list to eight authors.Alaoui’s novel “La verite sort de la bouche du cheval” (The Truth Comes out of the Horse’s Mouth), published by Gallimard, did not sufficiently impress the jury, chaired by Bernard Pivot. The jursy announced Tuesday, October 2, the eight novelists still in competition. “La verite sort de la bouche du cheval,” Alaoui’s first novel, tells the story of Jmiaa, a prostitute in Casablanca who lives alone with her daughter. Her life changes when she meets Chadlia, nicknamed Bouche-de-Cheval, who wants to make her first film about life in a Casablanca neighborhood and is looking for actresses.The Goncourt Prize is given in November each year by the Goncourt Academy to the author with “the best and most imaginative prose work of the year.” The winners of the prize tend to experience an immense increase in book sales.Here is the shortlist of the authors still in competition Pauline Delabroy-Allard, Tells Sarah (Editions de Minuit)David Diop, Brother of Soul (Seuil)Paul Greveillac, Masters and Slaves (Gallimard)Nicolas Mathieu, Their Children After Them (Actes Sud)Tobie Nathan, The Gospel According to Yuri (Stock)Daniel Picouly, Ninety Seconds (Albin Michel)Thomas B. Reverdy, The Winter of Discontent (Flammarion)Francois Vallejo, Waldheim Hotel (Viviane Hamy) read more

Oct
12

UN rights expert welcomes Myanmars freeing of political prisoners

Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana said he hoped the freeing of the seven “would be the first in a series of releases of other prisoners of conscience, some 2,000 of whom are currently estimated to be still detained in Myanmar,” according to a news release issued in Geneva.Among those released today is U Win Tin, who Mr. Quintana met with at Insein Prison during his four-day visit to the country last August.The other freed prisoners are Dr. May Win Myint, U Aung Soe Myint, U Khin Maung Swe, Win Htain, Dr. Than Nyein and U Thein Naing. Mr. Quintana, who took up his post in May 2007, has proposed to the Government four core human rights elements to help pave the road to democracy. One of these concerned the progressive release of all prisoners of conscience starting with the elderly, those with health limitations and long-serving prisoners.Special Rapporteurs serve in an independent and unpaid capacity and report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. 23 September 2008The independent United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Myanmar has welcomed the reported release of seven political prisoners today, calling it a positive sign of cooperation from the Government of the South-East Asian nation. read more

Oct
2

Info Session on Thursday will help nonbusiness students discover the MBA

Graduate students at the Goodman School of BusinessThree letters – MBA – can make a big difference to your career success.MBA stands for Master of Business Administration and even if you’ve never taken a business course, the MBA can help you rise to higher professional levels and earn more in your career.The Goodman School of Business and the Faculty of Graduate Studies are hosting an information session on Thursday, March 26 to provide an overview of Goodman’s MBA and explain the benefits of the program to non-business students.The information session, which includes a pizza lunch, will highlight admission requirements, the GMAT waiver policy, specializations and the application process for the full-time, part-time and co-op MBA programs.A student panel of current MBA students will also talk about their current experience as an MBA Candidate.The session runs from noon to 12:50 p.m. in AS201.Goodman’s MBA program is internationally recognized for its support of MBA candidates without a business background. Carrie Kelly, director of operations, graduate and executive programs at Goodman, is a featured expert at mba.com where she writes about why non-business students should pursue their MBA and how to get over their fears of the GMAT, a standardized admissions test.And if career success isn’t enough of an incentive, Goodman has six Dean of Graduate Studies/Dean of Business MBA Entrance Scholarships available for recent graduates of Brock’s Faculties of Applied Health Science, Humanities, Social Science, Math and Science, Education and the Goodman School of Business. The scholarships are worth up to $4,000 each and are awarded based on academic merit and student life involvement. read more

Sep
28

Ohio State softball completes perfect week vs Big Ten teams with sweep

OSU sophomore Taylor White (21) makes a catch during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State softball team swept its third Big Ten opponent of the season this weekend, taking down Rutgers (18-23, 2-7) in a three-game series.The Buckeyes (24-8-1, 9-1-1) scored at least 10 runs in each of the three matchups, and seven players hit home runs, including three each by freshman Emily Clark and redshirt junior Alex Bayne. Bayne is now three home runs away from breaking the program’s single-season home run record, which has stood at 19 since 2009.Bayne hit .615 over the three games, while Clark hit .545, and eight of the nine OSU starters hit above a .300 clip.Game 1OSU set off on a destructive path on Friday, taking the 17-8 win after a tight game through the first four innings. The Buckeyes had their third eight-run inning of the year in the fifth inning, where five players brought in runs. Five players — Bayne, senior catcher Cammi Prantl, redshirt senior first baseman Erika Leonard, sophomore outfielder Taylor White and Clark — sent balls over the fence, thus sustaining the team’s now 13-game home run streak.Freshman Katya Duvall made only her fourth appearance of the season but earned her third win on the mound, combining with junior Shelby Hursh for eight strikeouts. Duvall, one of seven California natives on the team, held the Scarlet Knights to one earned run in the final three innings of the chilly evening matchup.OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly utilized 16 members of her 22-player roster in Friday’s game, including redshirt freshman Alex Vargas, who collected her first hit and RBI of her career with the Buckeyes.Like 19 other games this season, OSU scored first on Leonard’s sixth home run the year, but Rutgers responded with senior Melanie Slowinski’s homer of her own to take the lead. Sophomore catcher Sierra Maddox later stole home to give the Scarlet Knights another run.Rutgers held the narrow lead until the top of the fourth, but solo shots by Clark and Prantl tied the game. The Scarlet Knights’ top hitter, senior Stephanie Huang, sent a long ball over the left-field fence to restore her team’s lead.If the Buckeyes’ bats had been warm in the first four innings, they caught fire in the top of the fifth, starting with redshirt junior Jess Machovina’s single to center field. Sophomore Ashley Goodwin brought in the first run of the inning after junior Anna Kirk stole second to situate herself in scoring position.Clark scored on a passed ball, and Bayne and Prantl advanced runners with singles to the outfield. White’s home run brought OSU’s lead to six, and Kirk’s deep double marked the team’s sixth hit of the inning.The Scarlet Knights timidly responded with two unearned runs in the bottom of the inning, one scored on a fielding error by McIntyre and one on a walk. The Buckeyes then lengthened their lead to 14-7 on Bayne’s 15th homer and Machovina’s 12th RBI of the year.Still, OSU was not content, adding three runs on Leonard’s and Vargas’ hits. Rutgers’ last chance in the bottom of the seventh inning produced one run on a late home run from freshman Allie Yoffee, but the Scarlet Knights fell for the 21st time this season.Game 2Inclement weather cut Saturday’s game short, forcing OSU and Rutgers to pick up play on Sunday morning, when the Buckeyes sealed an 11-9 win. On what was her 16th home run of the year, however, Bayne battled the cold and rain in the top of the third to send the Buckeyes’ lead to 4-1.In the previous inning, Clark’s blast over the fence brought the game to 2-1, after the Scarlet Knights scored first on a sacrifice bunt.Rutgers left three on in the bottom of the second inning to make way for redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre’s leadoff single and Bayne’s homer. Machovina continued her three-game hit streak with a single to bring pinch runner Cassidy Clough home.The bottom of the third, just as the Scarlet Knights were heating up, was stalled by the weather. Rutgers brought the game to 5-3 on senior Elizabeth Adams deep double before the umpires suspended the game.When the matchup resumed Sunday, Goodwin’s quick single tacked on another run to OSU’s lead, but Rutgers third baseman Jordan Whitley notched a two-run home run to make the game a tight 6-5.OSU reliever Morgan Ray, who took over for sophomore right-hander Shelby McCombs, allowed a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the sixth, but the freshman nabbed the last out with a groundout.Clark sent her second home run of the game to center field in the top of the final inning to bring in White, who recorded an RBI with a single in the previous at-bat. Sophomore Becca Gavin followed suit with a two-run shot of her own, giving the Buckeyes an 11-5 lead.For the first time this season, Gavin saw action behind the plate, allowing Prantl to take to left field, where she spent a handful of games in her previous three seasons.The Scarlet Knights attempted to shorten their deficit in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs in a late rally. Three of the runs were scored on passed balls, and the fourth was on one of Ray’s four walks of the day. Ray recorded three of her four strikeouts in the seventh inning, sending the Buckeyes to the final game of the series with the series win in hand.Game 3OSU took advantage of its 2-0 weekend lead and sunnier weather to bounce out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the final matchup. That score stood until the top of the fifth inning, when Machovina recorded her second home run of the year to take OSU’s lead to three.The Scarlet Knights went down in order in the second, third, fifth and seventh innings at the hands of junior Lena Springer and the OSU defense. Springer, a transfer from Central Florida, struck out seven in her ninth start of the year.While Springer pitched a complete game, Rutgers used three pitchers in the circle and went for six combined strikeouts.The game was a clash of defenses, as both teams struggled to move runners around the bases. The Buckeyes opened up in the sixth inning with Machovina’s home run and doubles by Kirk and Clark, expanding their lead to five.As if 16 home runs were not enough for Bayne, she drove another long ball over the left field fence in the top of the seventh inning. Prantl, Leonard, White and Clark followed with singles to give OSU two more runs. With the bases loaded, junior Aubrie Levine hit McIntyre with a pitch, bringing in White. Bayne, in her second at-bat of the inning, then snapped a quick single to the pitcher and beat out the throw to send Clark home.OSU’s offense solidified its fifth shutout of the year in the bottom of the final inning, where Rutgers put three infield groundouts into play. The Scarlet Knights suffered their second Big Ten sweep of 2016 and their seventh shutout.Up nextOSU is set to return to Buckeye Field on Wednesday in a game against Dayton, before heading to No. 1 Michigan for a major Big Ten weekend series. The matchup against the Flyers is slated to begin at 6 p.m. read more

Sep
24

Fuel cell powered mine loco to be trialled at Anglo Platinum

first_imgDiscussed in depth in our forthcoming March 2012 issue, the use of rail in underground mining is still widespread. It is also not standing still in terms of new technology. Vehicle Projects of Golden, Colorado and Anglo American Platinum in South Africa are collaborating on a project to build five fuel cell mine locomotives to be demonstrated in mid-2012 at Amplats’s Dishaba underground mine in Limpopo province, South Africa. The purpose of the innovative vehicles is to mine platinum in a more economical, energy-secure, and environmentally-benign manner. The locomotives will not require any electricity from the grid to function, and will not emit any noxious gases.Vehicle Projects, as prime contractor, is executing engineering design, fabrication, and testing of the fuel cell power plant and reversible metal hydride storage system in its state-of-the-art facility in Golden. The entire power-dense locomotive power module – fuelcells, batteries, hydride storage, cooling system, and power electronics – requires only 1 m3 of volume. Upon completion of testing of the power module (expected in March – April 2012), the unit will be shipped to Vehicle Project’s locomotive project partner Trident South Africa in Johannesburg, for integration into a Trident 10 t New Era locomotive.last_img read more

Sep
22

EHF CL 20142015 Round 1 From Plock to Zagreb

Group BSaturday:Wisla Plock – Besiktas 16Sunday:Kolding – Flensburg 16.50Alingsas – Barcelona 17.30 Group ASunday:Metalurg – PSG 19 hrsLa Rioja – Meshkov Brest 19PPD Zagreb – Kiel 19.30hrs Here are the complete schedule of the VELUX EHF Champions League – Round 1: Velux EHF Champions League ← Previous Story LNH (Round 3): Montpellier continue winning streak! Next Story → Filip Jicha – six weeks out! Group CSaturday:Celje – Vardar 20.30Chekhovskie Medvedi – Veszprem 18Rhein Neckar Löwen – Montpellier 21 Group DKadetten : Kielce 28:33 (14:15)Sunday:Dunkerque – Aalborg 15.10Pick Szeged – Motor Zaporožje 17.15 read more

Sep
20

iPad 2 une faille de sécurité découverte

first_imgiPad 2: une faille de sécurité découverteUne faille de sécurité, impliquant la housse de protection d’Apple, la “SmartCover”, a été découverte. Elle permet d’accéder à la tablette sans avoir à taper le code confidentiel.Après avoir découvert une faille de sécurité sur l’iPhone 4S concernant l’assistant vocal Siri, c’est l’iPad 2 qui se retrouve sur le banc des accusés. En effet, selon le site 9to5Mac, il est possible de faire fi du code de sécurité de la tablette en utilisant simplement la “Smart Cover”, la housse d’Apple conçue pour son ardoise star.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?La manipulation n’est pas des plus aisées, mais quand elle est connue, elle permet un accès total au contenu de l’iPad. Pour ce faire, il suffit, lorsque l’on se trouve sur l’écran d’accueil, de simuler l’extinction de l’appareil, de poser la housse (qui met en veille l’appareil instantanément) puis de la retirer. Et voilà, la dernière application utilisée s’ouvre, outrepassant le code normalement exigé, comme on peut le voir sur cette vidéo.Il est possible de désactiver cette sortie de veille automatique lorsque l’on ôte la Smart Cover dans le menu Réglages de l’appareil, mais cela en revient à supprimer la fonctionnalité qui fait tout l’intérêt de cet étui magnétique. Seule solution pour éteindre l’incendie: que la Pomme publie rapidement un correctif pour ses appareils et bouche les trous de son système qui s’expose au tout-venant.Le 21 octobre 2011 à 12:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sep
20

Apple se défend dentente sur les prix avec les éditeurs de livres

Apple se défend d’entente sur les prix avec les éditeurs de livresApple affirme ne pas avoir incité les éditeurs de livres électroniques à s’entendre sur des prix à la hausse de leurs produits pour concurrencer Amazon et sa liseuse Kindle. Pour l’instant, tout reste flou mais cela ne devrait pas tarder à changer. En effet, depuis quelques semaines, le département à la justice américain (DoJ) et la Commission européenne travaillent ensemble sur des soupçons d’entente illégale sur les prix entre Apple et les éditeurs de livres numériques. “Parce-que le marché des ebooks est en croissance très rapide, nous sommes préoccupés par le développement de pratiques qui n’existent pas pour les livres physiques, comme la collusion entre les éditeurs sur les prix”, explique d’ailleurs le commissaire européen Joaquin Almunia, cité par Actua Litté.Si la marque de Cupertino se défend et nie ces pratiques, il n’en reste pas moins que les prix fixés sont bien plus important que ceux pratiqués par Amazon avec sa liseuse Kindle, l’autre grand acteur de ce marché, jusque- là en situation de monopole. Une situation étrange effectivement, que celle de l’arrivée d’un concurrent… faisant augmenter les prix ! Joaquin Almunia demande donc à ce que tout cela soit éclairé au plus vite sous peine de voir Amazon reprendre son monopole… et les sociétés coupables d’entente s’exposer à des amendes allant jusqu’à 10 % de leurs ventes mondiales. L’affaire ne semble en tout cas pas prête de se finir… Le 14 mars 2012 à 15:00 • Emmanuel Perrin read more

Sep
19

Getting evicted A 12 punch

first_imgCharmaine Crossley and Kate Dunphy talk in hushed voices on the top floor of the Clark County Courthouse, planning what to say to keep Crossley and her family from being evicted.Dunphy, the deputy director of the Tenants Union of Washington State, advises Crossley on how best to defend herself if the judge denies her request for more time.Dove Property Management, which manages the east county home where Crossley lives, sued her for not paying her September rent. Crossley says she tried to pay but Dove wouldn’t take her housing assistance check from Share, because the nonprofit asked the company to fill out a W-9 tax form.Since she couldn’t use the money from Share, Crossley crowd-raised $3,090 to pay her September and October rent along with a late fee, and submitted that money to the Clark County Superior Court clerk earlier this month.The 40-year-old single mom furrows her eyebrows as she examines paperwork with Dunphy, who’s an advocate, not an attorney, and can’t represent her in court. Crossley is wearing heart-print scrubs because she works as a care provider and didn’t have time to change after work. She had to pick up her two children from school and hurry to make her 4 p.m. court appearance.last_img read more

Sep
17

FortisTCI Sends Crew to Dominica to Help Restore Electricity

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2017 – Providenciales –  FortisTCI (the Company) is sending a five-member crew from the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist with the restoration of electricity in Dominica, the Company announced today. It was in mid-September that Hurricane Maria, a destructive category 5 storm, wreaked havoc on the country, destroying infrastructure, demolishing homes and killing more than 25 people.The request for assistance came to FortisTCI through the Company’s membership with Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), an association of electric services, and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean region, Central and South America and globally. CARILEC is known locally as having assisted the Turks and Caicos Islands back in 2008 following Hurricane Ike, sending 40 utility workers to help rebuild the Transmission & Distribution network on Grand Turk.FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “We are thankful to be in this position. We recently completed the restoration of electricity across Turks and Caicos, and we can now extend a helping hand elsewhere in the region. It is important that we support where and when we can. Dominica needs our help right now, and I could not be more proud of the team from FortisTCI that has volunteered to go and help restore electricity to the citizens and residents there. FortisTCI is sending well wishes to everyone, and we know that our colleagues will do a superb job.”The five FortisTCI employees will depart the TCI for Dominica on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and the mission will be led by DOMLEC, Dominica’s electricity provider. The FortisTCI team will spend three weeks working as a part of the restoration efforts, joining several crews assisting from elsewhere around the Caribbean. The team is comprised of senior journeymen linemen Kavin Ewing and Aneil Lightbourne, a 3rd-year apprentice Jeffery Desir, and the Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Marcus Francis and Gregory Thomas.Press Release: FortisTCIPhoto Caption:FortisTCI volunteer crew going to Dominica to assist with electricity restoration is pictured with FortisTCI President & CEO Eddinton Powell and Senior VPs Devon Cox and Ruth Forbes. (L to R) Senior VP of Operations Devon Cox, Senior VP of Corporate Services & CFO Ruth Forbes, Linemen Supervisor Gregory Thomas, Senior Journeymen Linemen Aneil Lightbourne and Kavin Ewing, EHS Manager Marcus Francis, President & CEO Eddinton Powell. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Sep
5

After IMF nod Chinas Yuan needs more users to meet the freely

first_imgThe International Monetary Fund’s decision to add China’s yuan to its reserves basket is a triumph for Beijing, but the fund’s verdict that the currency met its “freely usable” test will have little financial impact unless Beijing recruits more users.The desire of Chinese reformers to internationalise the currency has a clear economic rationale; a yuan in wide circulation overseas would reduce China’s dependence on the dollar system and on policy set in Washington.It would also make it easier for Chinese firms to invoice and borrow offshore in yuan, reducing the risk of exchange rate fluctuations and prompting China’s inefficient state-owned banks to improve their performance or lose business.Those concerned about a potential global liquidity crisis caused by overdependence on the United States might also welcome the yuan as an alternative to the dollar, as would countries locked out of dollar capital markets by sanctions.But to serve these purposes, there needs to be a much bigger pool of yuan outside China, which requires offshore institutions, and not just in Hong Kong, to buy and hold yuan.For that, Beijing needs to liberalise the way money flows in and out of China and to grant the big foreign money managers easier access to an onshore bond market that is already attractive in terms of yield, size and credit rating.”We have been evaluating China for years and the backdrop is relatively attractive from a fundamental standpoint, but we can’t obtain the access,” said Chris Wightman, a senior portfolio manager at giant U.S. financial group Wells Fargo.”Currently the only access we can gain to that market is through the Hong Kong listings and they are very expensive from a relative value assessment. We just need to see the opening up of the local currency bonds in a meaningful way.”Some economists predict the IMF inclusion will boost demand for the yuan by more than $600 billion.Chinese media predicted entry would draw over 1 trillion yuan ($156 billion) of foreign money into China bonds, although both predictions rest on the assumption that more capital account opening is on the way.Foreign investors want Beijing to provide predictable and transparent legal and taxation treatment, and drop its penchant for pilot programs and quotas in favor of consistency.They also want to know they can freely sell their yuan assets, not just buy, a concern that grew over the summer, when Beijing stepped into its stock markets to stop a sell-off.Foreign investors are not making full use of the existing channels to buy Chinese assets that Beijing allows; quotas for the two Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor programs (QFII and RQFII) and the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect have yet to be used up.And for all the impressive trade statistics, much of the “offshore” yuan isn’t traveling the globe but bouncing to and fro across the internal border with Hong Kong, largely traded between Chinese companies.”The number one thing we would like to see changed is that the QFII and RQFII quotas are dropped, just as they dropped in July the quotas for central banks, sovereign wealth funds and supernationals,” said Hayden Briscoe, Director of Asia Pacific Fixed Income at AllianceBernstein in Hong Kong.Others have called for Beijing to address distortions in its bond market caused by state support for some issuers and patchwork regulatory oversight.It was little surprise after the summer stock interventions that index compiler MSCI said it was not ready to include yuan-denominated stocks in its indexes, citing reservations expressed by foreign institutional clients like national pension funds.Central bankers also remain to be convinced and have yet to significantly crank up their yuan reserves.”Markets in China have yet to evolve further in terms of breadth, depth and institutions,” said a foreign central banker, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding he expects any increase in the offshore yuan pool to happen slowly.”Once the currency becomes one of the currencies in the basket it is a huge responsibility on the part of the government to ensure the currency will be stable, and the economy will be open, to deserve the status,” Ji Liqun, president-designate of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) told a press conference on Tuesday.But combining openness with stability has been a struggle in 2015. As China has lowered domestic interest rates to support growth, the yuan fell and capital fled.Instead of opening the capital account to lure foreign investment, Beijing has been closing it to prevent outflows.So on the same morning China was celebrating the yuan joining the dollar, euro, yen and pound in the IMF basket, the People’s Bank of China took the time during its morning press conference to repeat that there was no basis for the yuan, already down 3% against the dollar so far this year, to decline further.Both onshore and offshore yuan declined against the dollar in subsequent trade.last_img read more

Aug
31

All the beats matched

first_imgThe story of Satyabhama, the second consort of Lord Krishna, came alive in the Capital stage as renowned Kuchipudi dancer Meenu Thakur presented The Glimpses of Bhamakalapam on 23 August at Epicentre, Gurgaon. Renowned Kathak exponent Nalini Kamalini  was the cheif guest for the evening.The artiste depicted the vanity, envy and anger of the divine damsel. She displayed tremendous energy in a break less performance that continued for an hour. Audiences were enthralled by her emotive facial expresions and scintillating feet movements. There were a number of foreign nationals who were watching an Indian classical dance performance for the first time.While intereacting with them, Thakur explained the essence of the portrayal of Satyabhama.last_img read more

Aug
29

Lenovo Legion Y530 Review

first_img USB Type-C Weight 3.9 x 2.0 inches Advertisement Operating System Company Website Ports (excluding USB) Wi-Fi Model 5011 15.6 Specifications PCIe m.2 SSD Intel Core i5-8300H Ports (excluding USB) Lenovo 802.11 AC (2 x 2) & Bluetooth 4.1 Hard Drive Type Ports (excluding USB) Combo Headphone/Mic Jack 16GB Kensington Lock Hard Drive Size Hard Drive Speed 5393 Optical Drive RAM Secondary Hard Drive Size 802.11ac lenovo.com Display Size Ports (excluding USB) 6912 USB Ports Warranty/Support 4GB Native Resolution 6184 Secondary Hard Drive Speed CPUcenter_img Windows 10 Home 3DMark Fire Strike3DMark Ice Storm UnlimitedBattery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Budget Gaming TestColor AccuracyColor GamutDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 3Geekbench 4Geekbench 4.1GTA V (1920 x 1080 on Very High)Hard Drive SpeedHitman (1920 x 1080 on Ultra with DirectX 12)Metro Last Light (high, 1080p)Middle Earth: Shadow of WarRise of the Tomb Raider (1920 x 1080 on Very High)SteamVR Performance Test Video Memory 1920 x 1080 128 GB Secondary Hard Drive Type SATA Hard Drive 1 TB A gaming laptop with an elegant design and strong performance for less than $1,000? Count us in. The Lenovo Legion Y530 is a sleek budget gaming laptop that offers great looks, a wide range of ports and a solid graphics card. Unfortunately, its display could have better colors and the mushy keyboard won’t please everyone. There’s also its comically bad webcam placement. Still, the Legion Y530 is a very good choice for casual gamers who want a sub-$1,000 laptop with a button-up design that can blend in — and even impress — no matter the setting.article continued below We recently reviewed the Legion Y740 15-inch and 17-inch, if you’re interested in upgrading to Nvidia RTX graphics. See our List of Favorite LaptopsClick on one of our top pick pages below to see which were selected as “Best in Class” by our seasoned tech editors.Best GamingGaming LaptopsFind the right mobile rig for your style of play.Best GamingBest Cheap GamingGaming Under $1000Play your favorite titles, without spending a fortune.Best under $1000#1 Gaming LaptopAlienware 13 (OLED Display)Our favorite gaming laptop right now is beautiful, powerful and portable.See it on DellOr Continue Reading Below… Design The Lenovo Legion Y530 is the Porsche of budget gaming laptops. Its minimalist design and blackout color scheme give it a suave look you’d associate with tuxedo-clad big-screen villains. It’s a refreshing departure from the garish beasts — with their flashing RGB lighting and superfluous design elements — that dominate the gaming laptop category. The Legion is made of plastic but it looks and feels premium. It has a soft-touch matte-back interior with black keyboard keys illuminated by cool white backlighting. A power button is centered above the keyboard in front of the Y530’s sturdy hinge. The Y530’s minimalist design and blackout color scheme give it a suave look you’d associate with tuxedo-clad big-screen villains. Perhaps its best design element is the narrow bezel flanking the display. It’s not a feature typical of this price range, and I was shocked to see it when I opened the Y530’s lid for the first time. Speaking of the lid, its surface is textured with slightly raised grooves that make a zip noise when you glide your fingers across them. A three-pronged LED symbol lights up a shiny black Legion logo that would otherwise blend into the background. The Legion’s two dedicated fans are visible through a grill on the bottom of the device. At 5.2 pounds and 14.4 x 10.2 x 1.0 inches, the Legion Y530 is hefty compared with other entry-level gaming laptops, but its slim bezels make for a relatively compact device. For comparison, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin weighs only 4.9 pounds but it’s 0.6 inches wider. Similarly, the HP Omen 15 is a tad lighter at 5 pounds but stretches out to 15.1 inches. The MSI GL62M 7REX weighs about the same at 5.3 pounds but has a much larger footprint at 15.1 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches. The Legion could pass for a traditional laptop if not for the ledge jutting out of its backside. It’s on the back of this stepped platform where the Legion Y530 houses some aggressively shaped vents and a wide range of ports, including a USB Type-C port, a mini DisplayPort, a USB 3.1 port, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, a power connector and a Kensington lock. Additionally, the right side of the laptop houses a single USB 3.1 port for peripherals and an LED indicator for power status. The left side contains another USB 3.1 port and a headphone/mic combo jack. Display The Legion Y530’s 15.6-inch display is sharp, but it could be more colorful. When I watched the trailer for the upcoming film Welcome to Marwen, I could see every wrinkle in Steve Carell’s tanned face. And while I had no trouble distinguishing the smallest details in Marwencol — the fascinating action-figure world created by Mark Hogancamp — colors looked dull and lifeless. The green tones in the character’s army jerseys were faded, and Carell’s blue-and-yellow plaid shirt didn’t pop off the display. When I played Middle Earth: Shadow of War, the intricate gilding was visible in Talion’s armor but the Orc-infested world looked more dark and dreary than it should have. The purple war paint on the Orc I was hunting down was too brown and its faded green skin seemed more sickly than menacing. When I played Middle Earth: Shadow of War, the intricate gilding was visible in Talion’s armor but the Orc-infested world looked more dark and dreary than it should have. The Legion’s screen didn’t hold up well in our lab tests. It was able to reproduce only 80 percent of the sRGB color spectrum, well below what the Acer Nitro 5 Spin (105 percent) and the MSI GL62M 7REX (153 percent) achieved. The HP Omen did even worse with a color-gamut score of 71 percent. The budget category average is 88 percent. MORE: Laptops with the Best Display Brightness Given its dark picture, I was expecting the Legion Y530 to have a dim panel. However, it reached a solid 266 nits of brightness. The MSI GL62M 7REX (198 nits) and the HP Omen (247 nits) fell short of that mark and the entry-level gaming category average (256 nits). The Acer Nitro 5 Spin was the brightest of these budget gaming laptops, hitting 296 nits. Keyboard and Touchpad The island-style keyboard on the Legion Y530 is great for typists, but it may disappoint gamers. Although they are comfortable to press, the Y530’s keys are quiet and soft — don’t expect the tactile feedback of a traditional gaming keyboard. The keyboard has an undersize number pad positioned above large arrow keys. I noticed a fair of flex toward the center of the keyboard when I pressed hard on the F, G or H keys. Thanks to an actuation force of 63 grams and generous key travel of 2 millimeters (at the top of our minimum recommended range of 1.5mm to 2mm), I was able to blaze through the 10fastfingers.com typing test, achieving 124 words per minute with a 95-percent accuracy rate. That’s significantly faster than my 109-wpm average and around my typical accuracy. Audio The two Harman-tuned speakers on the bottom of the Legion Y530 pump out decent sound. When I listened to The Weeknd’s “Call Out My Name,” the Canadian R&B singer’s vocals sounded crisp and clear, but the drum beats and symbol hits were weak and messy. I had the same critiques when listening to City and Colour’s “Lover Come Back.” While Dallas Green’s smooth vocals sounded hollow at times, the percussion instruments in this stripped-down indie tune were all over the place. MORE: The Best Headsets for Immersive Gaming The speakers sounded very good when I played video games. During a short Middle Earth: Shadow of War session, I heard Orcs mumbling in the background. The sound of my character unsheathing his sword sounded realistic and I could make out a soft dramatic soundtrack above the clashing of metal as I slashed away at my foes. Gaming, Graphics and VR The Lenovo Legion Y530’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of VRAM is powerful enough to play casual games, but struggles to run new titles at high resolutions. Don’t expect to play virtual-reality games, either. When I played Hitman at 1080p resolution, the Y530 just missed our 30 frames-per-second- playability threshold, averaging 29 fps. The Acer Nitro 5 Spin (31 fps) and the HP Omen 15 (32 fps) — both of which include an Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU — hit similar marks, but surpassed the golden number that denotes a smooth gaming experience. None of these laptops got anywhere near the budget gaming laptop average of 51 fps. The Lenovo Legion Y530’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of VRAM is powerful enough to play casual games, but struggles to run new titles at high resolutions. The Legion Y530 was far from playable in our Rise of the Tomb Raider (17 fps) and Metro: Last Light (16 fps) benchmarks at the same very high graphics settings. That particularly demanding game also stumped the Acer Nitro 5 Spin (17 fps) and the MSI GL62M 7REX (22 fps). During our GTA V benchmark, the Y530 hit 33 fps, ahead of the Acer Nitro 5 Spin (24 fps) and the MSI GL62M 7REX (31 fps). Middle-Earth: Shadow of War played at a smooth 35 fps, though that falls short of the budget gaming category average of 40 fps. MORE: PS4 Games: Our Staff Favorites If you intend on playing VR titles, the Y530 isn’t the laptop for you. It scored an unplayable 1.2 in our SteamVR performance test. The MSI GL62M 7REX, with the same GPU, nearly tripled that result with a score of 3.4, which is still below the entry-level category average (5.2). The Acer Nitro 5 Spin fell flat with an embarrassing 0.1 score. Performance The Lenovo Y530 with an Intel Core i5-8300H processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and a secondary 1TB 5,400-rpm HDD has enough power for business users who need to run power-intensive programs. It breezed through the heavy workload I threw at it, which included running 15 Google Chrome tabs, two of which played Twitch streams while four ran YouTube videos at 1080p. Also running in the background was the Lenovo Vantage software and an ESPN CourtCast for the Wimbledon tennis tournament. After it loaded everything without the slightest hint of lag, I fired up a World Cup livestream for good measure. Amazingly, it didn’t buckle under the pressure. The Legion Y530 also impressed in our lab testing, scoring a 13,866 in the Geekbench 4 test, which measures processor and memory performance. That score beats the MSI GL62M (13,648), the HP Omen (11,769) and the entry-level gaming category average (12,887), but falls just short of the Acer Nitro 5 Spin (14,974). In the Excel Macro Test, the Lenovo Legion Y530 took 57 seconds to match 65,000 names with their corresponding addresses. That outpaces the Acer Nitro 5 Spin (1:25), the MSI GL62M 7REX (1:00) and the budget gaming average (1:11). MORE: Laptops with the Best Overall Performance In our File Transfer Test, the Y530 duplicated a 4.97GB folder of mixed media from one hard drive to another in 44 seconds for a rate of 115 megabytes per second (MBps). That’s well short of the entry-level category average of 218.3 MBps and the rate achieved by the MSI GL62M 7REX (141.4 MBps). The Y530 did beat the Acer Nitro 5 Spin (103 MBps). Battery Life Battery life on the Legion Y530 is decent for an entry-level gaming machine. The laptop lasted 4 hours and 44 minutes of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits. That practically matches the budget gaming category average (4:43) and even beats the MSI GL62M 7REX (3:33). The Acer Nitro 5 Spin ran our test for a superior 7 hours and 8 minutes. Heat The larger, separated dual fans that make up the Legion Y530’s new thermal system do a decent job of preventing overheating, for the most part. After playing a 15-minute video at 1080p resolution, the touchpad remained at a chilly 82 degrees Fahrenheit and the area between the G and H keys warmed to only 90 degrees. Unfortunately, the underside of the laptop peaked at 97 degrees, above our 95 degree comfort threshold. The Legion Y530 got too hot for comfort during a 15-minute Middle Earth: Shadow of War gaming session at 1080p resolution. It reached a concerning 107 degrees between the G and H keys, 112 degrees on the underside and a boiling 117 degrees between the two bottom fans. Webcam The webcam on the Y530 is hopeless. Because of the laptop’s thin bezels, Lenovo was forced to drop the webcam below the display. Unlike the Dell XPS 13’s notorious “nose cam” or the Huawei MateBook X Pro’s keyboard-embedded “knuckle cam,” the Y530’s webcam doesn’t even try to look up at you. If you want your face in its frame, you need to push the lid back to at least 135 degrees. The resulting image from these poor decisions isn’t just unflattering, it’s practically useless. MORE: Highest Resolution Screens It’s a shame because the quality of the 720p camera is pretty good. I could easily make out the small white dots in my shirt. The blue color of my button-up, while a tad teal, was fairly accurate. The webcam even picked up a slight red glaze on my sunburnt skin and the individual hairs in my beard. Tragically, I still have no idea how the top half of my face looks. Software and Warranty The Lenovo Legion Y530’s version of Windows 10 Home comes with a combination of utility apps and bloatware. The LenovoUtility software is designed to support hotkeys on the keyboard. Also included is the Lenovo App Explorer, which gives you a customized collection of what it considers to be the best apps in the Windows marketplace. Of course, Lenovo also loaded its Vantage software onto the Y530. The program lets you see important information about your laptop, such as its CPU, GPU, RAM and HDD usage. It also gives you manual control over the fans with a “Cooling Boost” setting. MORE: Longest Battery Life Laptops As with most Windows 10 laptops, the Y530 comes with Microsoft’s typical bloatware, including Bubble Witch 3 Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Disney Magic Kingdoms. The Legion Y530 ships with Lenovo’s standard one-year warranty. Configurations The Legion Y530 I reviewed costs $899 and was outfitted with an Intel Core i5-8300H, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB 5400-rpm HDD, a 128GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU. The base model costs $749 but drops the SSD and has a less powerful GTX 1050 GPU. The highest-end version costs $1,099 and upgrades the processor to an Intel Core i7-8750H and doubles the memory to 16GB. Bottom Line The $899 Lenovo Legion Y530 is a very good gaming laptop for the price. Packaged in an elegant, slim design, it has solid overall performance, a compact footprint and enough gaming power to play titles at low settings. Its biggest shortcomings are a display with poor color reproduction and an embarrassingly bad webcam placement. If you’re looking for something with a bit more versatility, consider the ($899) Acer Nitro 5 Spin 2-in-1, which has a better display in a more flexible design, but with a less-powerful GPU. The $1,100 Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is a great choice for gamers who can splurge for more power and the ability to run VR games smoothly. Ultimately, if you can overlook its quirks, the Legion Y530 is one of the best gaming laptops for the price and a good value when compared with other 15-inch laptops. 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Aug
29

Watch a Harlem Globetrotter Sink a Shot from a Plane

first_imgIf you are a Harlem Globetrotter, you can replace the target with a basketball hoop.Physics SolutionNow let’s solve this problem.I’ll be straightforward with you—this is really just a projectile motion problem. Once the ball leaves the plane, there is basically just one force acting on it—the gravitational force pulling straight down. This gives the ball a vertical acceleration of 9.8 m/s2 and constant horizontal velocity. That is pretty much the definition of projectile motion. But what about air resistance? Yes, that might have a small effect, but I will leave the investigation of air resistance as a homework problem for you (at the the end). [embedded content]A couple things to notice. At each time (frame) the ball has the same x-position as the plane. Both the ball and plane are moving with the same horizontal velocity. But what about the vertical position of the plane? Why does the altitude decrease? My guess is that it doesn’t decrease—instead there is an apparent change in altitude because of the way the camera is set up. As the plane moves, its distance from the camera changes, which changes its apparent size. Since I am using the size of the basketball goal for the scale, this means the altitude will be off a little bit. Not too big of a deal though.Now for my next plot. This is both the horizontal and vertical position of the ball as a function of time.[embedded content]Fitting a linear function to the horizontal data gives a speed of 17.6 m/s (39.3 mph), which is pretty close to the Pipe Cub stall speed just like I estimated. Fitting a quadratic function to the vertical data gives a vertical acceleration of -7.78 m/s2—which isn’t quite the expected value, but I’m still pretty happy.HomeworkEnough playing around. Now it’s time for some homework. Here are some questions for you.In the video, there are some cones on the ground before the basketball goal. How far are these from the goal?What is the altitude of the plane? You can get this from the graph above. Using the altitude and speed, what is the best location to release the ball?Does air resistance matter? Calculate the approximate acceleration of the ball due to air drag—approximations required.Based on the size of the ball and basketball hoop, what is the time range that a human could let go of the ball and still score?Make a numerical model (I suggest python) for this same situtation. It would be fun to rerun with random starting values to see how often the ball “hits.” If you want, I did something like this a long time ago. https://twitter.com/Globies/status/1027222909654315013 Now for the secret to projectile motion problems. (Be sure to keep this secret safe.) For a projectile motion problem, you really have two separate kinematics problems. In the horizontal direction, you have a constant velocity problem and in the vertical direction you have a constant acceleration problem. These two motions (in the x and y-directions) are independent except for the time it takes.This means that I can take one direction (let’s say the y-direction) and solve for the time it takes to move. I can then use that same time for the x-direction and find something useful. That’s exactly what I’m going to do. There will be some math, so prepare yourselves. Also, I’m going to solve this without putting any values in (like height and stuff) until the end—that’s the physics way.Here is what I have to start with.Initial horizontal x-velocity = v0 (the object is moving with the same horizontal speed as the plane)Initial x-position = 0 (starts at the origin)Final x-position = x (just going to call it x like in the diagram)Initial vertical velocity = 0 (initial not moving in the y-direction)Initial y-position = hFinal y-position = 0 (calling the ground y = 0)So, like I said—let’s start with the y-direction and find the time the motion takes. In the y-direction, there is a constant acceleration of -g (we like to use g for the vertical acceleration). Using the kinematic equation for constant acceleration, we have:Since the final position is zero and the initial velocity is zero m/s, I can use this to solve for the time of motion. I’m skipping some of the algebraic steps—you can go back and do these for yourself.Now, with this time I can use it in the horizontal motion. I know the ball’s x-velocity and the time so that I can solve for the starting position. Remember the x-acceleration is zero m/s2.Boom. That’s it. Now let’s make some approximations and put in values for the altitude and the starting velocity. I’m going to guess that this plane is going about as slow as it can go. The stall speed of a Piper Cub is about 38 mph so I will use a starting velocity that’s a little bit faster—let’s call it 20 m/s. A standard basketball hoop is 3.05 meters—so let’s say the plane is twice this height at 6.1 meters. Putting these values into the solution above gives an horizontal distance of 22.3 meters. That is the point that you should let go of the ball.Video AnalysisBut wait! There’s more. Since the Globetrotters produced a video of the event from the side, I can also use video analysis to plot the motion of the basketball—just for fun. The basic idea is to mark the location of the ball in each frame of the video to get position and time data. For this task, I always use my favorite free software—Tracker Video Analysis.From this analysis, let me share two plots. First, this is the trajectory (vertical vs. horizontal position) for both the plane and the ball (a short time after it was dropped).center_img Oh, you think you are pretty awesome with the basketball trick shots? Well, maybe you are—but can you score with a shot from an airplane as it flies by? That’s what we have here with the Harlem Globetrotters (although it seems like Dude Perfect might have done this too).For me, this is a classic physics problem. If you open up your introductory physics textbook you will find a problem just like this. I promise it’s there. It looks something like this:A pilot needs to fly by and drop a package to a human (feel free to add your own back story). The plane flies at an altitude of 10 meters with a speed of 20 m/s. At what horizontal distance before the drop location should the package be dropped?Here is a diagram to go with the problem. More Great WIRED StoriesWant to get better at PUBG? Ask PlayerUnknown himselfHacking a brand new Mac remotely, right out of the boxThe super-secret sand that makes your phone possibleClimate change’s looming mental health crisisSilicon Valley’s playbook to help avoid ethical disastersLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storieslast_img read more

Aug
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Madison Pride disinvites Police dept from march

first_img— Amy Reid (@amyreidreports) 13 August 2018Founder of Madison Police Department Pride, Lt. Brian Chaney Austin, was disappointed with Outreach’s decision.‘There were some hearts broken, there were some tears shed, but we know there’s work that needs to be done and we want to take that on,’ Austin said.Prospect of counter-protestsOutreach had initially allowed police officers to march in plain clothes, as long as they did not use their squad cars.However, the organizers changed their minds after LGBTI groups said they would challenge the presence of police with counter-protests.‘I don’t want those who lack institutional power to be overlooked,’ Outreach board member Jill Nagler told NBC News.Outreach’s move pleased Shawna Lutzow and fiancee Johanna Heineman-Pieper. The couple had organized the Community Pride Coalition with other LGBTI groups to protest police involvement in the parade.‘We are not promoting police marching as a contingent,’ Heineman-Pieper said. She pointed out that this was different from not allowing officers to march as individuals, or from attending the event as spectators.Lutzow said that Outreach’s decision showed progress in helping people of color and marginalized groups feel included and heard in the community.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Madison County police will not march in the city’s Pride Parade this year.Organizers rescinded invites to law enforcement departments after pushback from local LGBTI groups.Members of the LGBTI community told The Outreach LGBT Community Center they would feel unsafe with police officers marching while armed and in uniform.These comments came particularly from LGBTI people of color, Outreach said.Some LGBTI groups also expressed concerns that police forces perpetuate homophobia and racism, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.In response, local firefighters dropped their invitation as a show of solidarity with their law enforcement colleagues.‘We are fully supportive of the LGBTQ community and have enthusiastically participated in Madison’s Pride Parade in the past,’ a statement by the Madison Fire Department said.‘However, we also stand in full support of our colleagues of the Madison Police Department […] In solidarity with our women and men in blue, must respectfully and regretfully decline to participate in this year’s parade.’#BREAKING Madison Fire Dept. says it won’t march in #Pride parade after organizing group doesn’t allow police to march. Here’s the department’s full statement. pic.twitter.com/2QQzXf328R GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… PixabayRainbow flag | Photo: Pixabay eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/madison-pride-disinvites-police-dept-from-march/last_img read more

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Contikis new 201718 Europe program on sale now

first_img Posted by Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Travelweek Group Contiki’s new 2017-18 Europe program on sale now TORONTO – Contiki’s full suite of Europe 2017 trips officially go on sale today, with a 10% discount for clients who book by Jan. 12, 2017. This represents a savings of up to $820, making Europe hard to resist for young Canadians.The new 2017-18 Europe program includes five brand new trips, including four itineraries in and around the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Two ‘Adriatic Unearthed’ trips (one starting in Split, the other in Rome) are 15-day journeys taking in the Amalfi Coast, Port Bar, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Ljubljana, Venice, Rome and Corfu. The shorter ‘Adriatic Horizons’ and ‘Adriatic Spirit’ trips span eight and seven days, respectively.“For our travellers, the Adriatic represents a lesser known and therefore exciting and unexplored part of Europe,” said Sheralyn Berry, Director of Sales at Contiki Holidays Canada. “Our exciting new Adriatic trips bring together iconic traveller favourites, sites of natural beauty, off the beaten track experiences and some truly stunning beaches. We’re excited to spend some time in the Adriatic next year, and to continue offering a best in class experience in the rest of Europe as well.”More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAdding to the mix of immersive and authentic experiences is Contiki’s new nine-day ‘Greek Week’ itinerary, visiting the top three hotspots favourited by guests including Athens, Mykanos and Ios. This new ‘Easy Pace’ trip focuses on two of Greece’s most iconic islands, offering clients stunning beaches, water sports and some of the best parties in the world. With Greece being a top seller with Canadian guests, this new trip will undoubtedly please those looking for a bit of relaxation, good food and lots of fun.In 2017, Contiki will operate more than 142 trips across Europe that visit 42 countries. For more information go to contiki.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Contikilast_img read more