Stars Join Forces In First USProduced Benefit Album For Gaza Relief

first_imgA diverse group of famed musicians including Peter Gabriel, The Police’s Stewart Copeland, Rick Allen of Def Leppard, System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian and Grammy Award-winning opera singer Sasha Cooke, have come together for a first-of-its-kind benefit album to deliver urgent humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.Produced by Project Peace On Earth (PPOE), the album features 26 powerful musical tracks of healing and peace.Peter Gabriel says of his decision to participate: “Although I am sure both the Palestinian and Israeli people would benefit enormously from a just and fair two-state agreement based around the ’67 borders, we have watched the Palestinians subjected to more and more suffering for far too long, especially in Gaza. Meanwhile their long held land is repeatedly stolen by force for illegal settlements. I am not and have never been anti-Israeli or anti-Semitic; I am anti-Israeli government policy, anti-injustice, anti-oppression and anti-occupation.“There is clearly a growing movement around the world willing to speak out, including my own country’s Parliament. I am happy to be one of these voices now asking the Israeli government, ‘Where is that two state solution you have so long said you wanted?’ and more simply, saying, ‘Enough.’”Serj Tankian adds that “helping to rebuild the lives of Palestinians in Gaza is a necessary and noble worldwide humanitarian prerogative that we must not shy away from. It’s the least we can do for a people that have suffered under an occupation, embargo, and invasion.”Steve Robertson, PPOE founder and Executive Producer of the album, has conducted several awareness-raising peace projects in Palestine. He says that 2 Unite All was inspired by a report he saw about a young Palestinian girl who was in a coma from the bombing. “The doctors weren’t sure if she would survive, but said if she did regain consciousness, she would learn that her mother, father and sister had all been killed,” says Robertson. “My tears wouldn’t stop and I said to myself, ’That’s enough. I have to do something now and offer some sort of healing support to the people of Gaza and this Middle East crisis.’”Robertson called on acclaimed Indian composer Ricky Kej to produce the album, and he immediately accepted. “I just knew how important it was for me, and all people, to help bring awareness and an end to the suffering of the people of the Holy Land,” Kej says.With over 2,100 people dead, more than 3,000 children injured, and over 370,000 Palestinian children in Gaza left traumatized after this summer’s assault, 2 Unite All proceeds will go directly to support the surgical and medical teams of {“Palestine Children’s Relief Fund} (PCRF) and the vital psychological counseling supported by UNRWA USA. PPOE will also lead a PTSD therapy effort with renowned psychotherapist Dr. Edward Tick and continue its peace initiatives in the Holy Land.“Our music may not be able to rebuild homes nor bring back victims of violence, but at least it can soften hearts,” says Stewart Copeland. “Hard hearts allow violence in the Holy Land and softening up allows persuasion. Even the most flinty realpolitik analysis shows that ‘Kumbaya’ is more credible than ‘They Must Go.’”Rick Allen of Def Leppard says, “Our world is finally focusing on resolving this conflict. Too many lives have been lost and too many innocent children and families remain perilously injured.” Lauren Monroe, Allen’s wife and songwriting partner, adds, “The beautiful people of Palestine require the world’s immediate medical support. Contributing a song to help bring necessary healing and resources to Gaza was the least Rick and I could do.” Allen concludes, “I’m encouraging all Def Leppard fans to buy a copy of 2 Unite All and support this cause.”The 2 Unite All album, which features cover art from renowned illustrator Greg Spalenka and was made possible with the assistance of TuneCore distribution, is available for purchase at read more

Open Door shelter in Montreal moved and so did the issues facing

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsDuring the day, the Open Door shelter is a refuge for many of Montreal’s disproportionately large Indigenous homeless population.Despite being forced to move, the shelter appears to have landed on its feet.“I try to carve every day, but sometimes we run out of stones,” says John Awa, who learned to carve soapstone from his uncle in Pond Inlet, Nunavut.Awa has spent the last 11 years in Montreal – and until recently, much of it living rough on the streets.“I actually got an apartment through the open door housing program,” he told APTN News.Even though the Open Door shelter helped get him his own place, Awa still comes here to work.At the old location, carvers were forced to work outside – now he can work here year round, inside.“This is our carving room, if you look up there is a ventilation up there,” said David Chapman, director of the shelter while giving a tour around the new space.About a week and a half ago, the shelter packed up and moved to its new location.There’s no doubt that the new amenities here are an improvement.There are showers, more than one bathroom, and a walk in fridge.“So we don’t have to deal with the issue of rotting produce anymore,” Chapman said.But as the old saying goes, location is everything.The former location was conveniently located next to Cabot Square – a long time gathering place for many of the city’s vulnerable and homeless Indigenous population.Over the past five years, the area has undergone a gentrification, with renovations, and non-stop condo construction.The Open Door’s old location, a former church, was sold and is up next on the development slate.“When you have 400 million dollar condo developments going up generally there’s some kind of planning behind that,” said Chapman.Despite being a 40 minute walk from its former location, Chapman said that about 50 per cent of its old clientele are coming to the new shelter.And so are the same problems that plagued the old site.“She woke up and he was straddling her, trying to take off her pants had her hands underneath her clothes,” recounted John Tessier, an intervention worker at the shelter who was told this story by an Inuk woman last Thursday.“She was able to fight him off, then he brutally beat her.”The Open Door said that since 2017, 19 Indigenous women have come to them with accounts of sexual assault or rape suffered on the streets.“Of those 19 cases, only one has almost made it to court,” Chapman said. “Only one,” he adds, which is expected to be heard in 2019.Chapman said a big reason for that is many women feel going through the process of speaking to police is not worth it.In February, at the Quebec Inquiry into Indigenous relations with some of the province’s public departments, Chapman testified that police need to do a better job working with vulnerable women on the streets.For one, he said he would like to see police come to the women to gather statements.“Is it all about legal purity? Really? Is that really what it’s all about? You can’t bring audio and video to a space where someone feels comfortable because you’re interested in legal purity? Really? While woman after woman is raped on the street? Get over yourself.”Chapman adds that it’s important to accommodate the women because many of them suffer from addiction problems, and are often  wary of police because they have outstanding tickets.Tessier said that although the police that responded to the recent call were sympathetic, they detained the alleged assailant briefly – and then released him.He said an investigator did not call to take a statement about the incident until four days later.“We had worked it out with station 12, the area where we were last, that if the victim was unwilling to go to the police station then we can have the detective come meet us,” he said.APTN News asked the Montreal Police for details of the case but was told it does not comment on open investigations.According to Chapman, the story has a silver lining – a donor has gifted the victim a ticket back home to her community in read more

RCMP investigating attempted abduction of construction flagger

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP are looking for the public’s help after two people allegedly tried to abduct a flagger working on Highway 29.On August 4, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., the RCMP were called about the attempted abduction.  The RCMP say a dark blue van with silver striping approached a road flagger on Highway 29 near the Szoo Road at around 9 a.m.  The van came to a stop near the lone female flagger, and a caucasian male opened the van’s rear doors.  The male exited the van and attempted to pull the woman inside.The flagger struggled with the unknown male, who eventually got back in the van and drove off toward Hudson’s Hope. The male appeared to be caucasian, and the victim did not recognize this person. The Fort St. John RCMP are asking anyone who may have been in this area at the time of this incident and may recognize this van, the suspect or have dashcam video footage to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140. Currently, Fort St John RCMP Frontline members are partnering with RCMP members from Hudson Hope, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Grande Prairie in an attempt to identify the suspect or the vehicle in this incident.RCMP members are currently canvassing neighbouring properties to speak with witnesses, or to obtain any video surveillance they may have.Traffic Services members in North District have been made aware and are currently looking for any vehicles that match the description.The van is described as;dark blue with silver stripingchrome on the front grillebarn style rear doorsThe suspect is described as;caucasian maleapproximately 5’9no accent when he spoke“We’re asking for anyone who was in the Charlie Lake area to try to remember if they saw a vehicle matching this description to call the RCMP,” says Sgt Joelle LaChance, A/Operations NCO of the Fort St John RCMP. “Your dashcam footage may be able to help us identify the suspect in this crime”.last_img read more

France: 1 out of 5 Moroccan Immigrants Never Attended School

By Amira El MasaitiRabat – One in five Moroccan immigrants in France has not attended school, according to a survey carried out by the National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) on the educational level of immigrants in the French Hexagon.Moroccans immigrating to France who have attended school or higher education there hold fewer degrees than French natives. 19% of Moroccan immigrants never attended school, which is nearly one in five, compared to 1% of those born in France. 19% of Moroccan immigrants have at least a diploma of higher education, compared with the 27% French national average. Senegalese immigrants have the same rate of higher education as that of French natives. Moroccans, Tunisians and Algerian immigrants in France come next, in front of Spanish, Italian, Serbian, Turkish and Portuguese immigrants.The best educated immigrants in France are the British (nearly 50% have a higher education diploma), the Chinese are next with 43%, followed by Belgians, Germans, Romanians and Poles, all of whom have more higher education degrees than the French.  With regards to differences in education rates between France and Morocco, 30% of Moroccan immigrants in France have been at least to primary school, compared to only 15% in Morocco. 20% of Moroccan immigrants have been to university, while only 5% of their compatriots in Morocco have reached higher education.The rate of Moroccan baccalaureate holders or persons with at least a Moroccan higher education diploma amounts to 10% for immigrants in France compared with 5% for those who remained in Morocco. “For most countries, immigrants in France are better educated than the majority of the population of their country of birth,” notes the INED study. read more

US-Morocco Trade Forum: Moroccan Official Calls on Americans to Invest in…

Rabat – The fourth annual US-Morocco Trade Forum wrapped up yesterday in Washington D.C.Moroccan and American business people from the finance and investment industry in both the public and private sectors participated in the event, sharing their experiences to find ways to boost business opportunities in both countries.“Our aim is to interface Europe Africa and America,” said the Secretary of State in charge of investments, Investment, Commerce and Digital Economy, Othman El Ferdaous, who took the stage to talk about how North Africa is relevant to the trade market, presenting impressive statistics regarding Morocco’s ability to maintain quality standards of production. The minister also discussed about Morocco’s industrial policy and the stability of the Moroccan economy, explaining the kingdom’s integration in the European market. El Ferdaous went on to issue a call for increased public and private sector exploration and trade investment in Morocco.The event was chaired by the Moroccan Ambassador in the United States, Lalla Joumala and the US-Africa Business Center President of the US Chamber of Commerce, Scott Eisner.On the sidelines of the forum, three memoranda of understanding (MoU) in the areas of energy efficiency, trade promotion, and financing of innovative project were signed between Moroccan and US partners.Organized by Morocco’s embassy in the U.S. and the U.S. Africa Business Center (USAF BC), the forum strives to identify business opportunities and potential US investments in Morocco in sectors such as energy, industry, and finance. Previous successful forums were held in Dallas, Atlanta, and Seattle. read more

Really really serious hardware vulnerability exposed in majority of computers made in

TORONTO — Technology experts warn a “really, really serious” security vulnerability could affect the majority of computers made in the last decade, but a fix being rushed to users has a downside: it may slow down your machine.Tech news website the Register reported a glitch has been identified with Intel processing chips — found in most computers, including Apple’s Macs — that could cause data to become vulnerable to hackers.While software developers have been covertly working since late last year to address the widespread issue, news of the problem began spreading beyond the development community late Tuesday. Intel’s stock dropped about four per cent on Wednesday while the company’s main competitor AMD saw its stock surge by more than five per cent.Are smart speakers spying on you? Privacy and security fears rise as devices’ popularity grows‘Everyone is hacking into everything’: Companies must focus on managing cyber-attacks, not eliminating them“This is a really, really serious problem,” said Vlado Keselj, a professor of computer science at Dalhousie University.“The good news is I think it’s really hard to exploit this vulnerability. But it could just be a matter of time before someone manages to do that.”In a statement released Wednesday, Intel attempted to downplay worries about the hardware issue, saying it believes hackers “do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.” The company also said a performance hit from a future software update “should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.”Many details about the technical issue and possible solutions are still unknown. Intel said it had originally planned to disclose more information next week, once software updates were ready, but was compelled to release the statement after the issue began making headlines.An update for the Linux operating system has already been released and has provided some clues to the extent of the problem. But Keselj noted that care was taken to strip developers’ notes and comments out of the update, which typically give some context around the changes that are found in a new software release.“These patches are visible, anyone can open them and see what’s changed but developers removed comments. Without knowing exactly what the vulnerability is, it’s probably hard to exploit it, so it’s happening under the veil of secrecy which is probably good,” Keselj said.“We don’t want somebody to be able to exploit this before updates are made.”Keselj speculated the average user might not notice a dramatic drop in their computer’s performance and even gamers may not suffer a significant slowdown. But businesses that use enterprise software for running database servers could see an appreciable change in performance, which would put pressure on Intel, Keselj said.Prof. Raphael Khoury of the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi said it’s not unusual for major software or hardware vulnerabilities to go undetected for a long time but it’s good Intel is releasing its fix before damage could be done.“Maybe the initial patch will have a substantial slowdown and then in the coming weeks they can take their time to produce a better fix,” Khoury said.“It’s better to initially suffer through this slowdown, at least we’re secure.” read more

Racism on Internet examined by experts meeting at UNs Geneva headquarters

Experts meeting at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva today begin discussions on racism and the Internet and other related issues.During their two-week session, an intergovernmental working group set up to follow-up on decisions made at the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in Durban, South Africa.Following their discussions of racism and the Internet, the participants will turn their attention to how well international standards in combating racism complement each other.The second week of the session will focus on a thematic analysis of the issue of globalization and racism. read more

Softball Ohio State opens season 31 over the weekend

OSU then-junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State softball team opened its season with three wins and a loss at the Aggie Classic in College Station, Texas, over the weekend.The Buckeyes came out hot in their season opener, scoring 10 runs on seven hits while senior pitcher Shelby Hursh struck out six batters and allowed just two hits in five shutout innings. Senior infielder Anna Kirk went two-for-two with a home run, while sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper, a transfer from the University of Akron, made her OSU debut by driving in three runs with a triple and a home run.In the second game of the weekend, the Buckeyes fell 9-1 to No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday, despite scoring the game’s first run thanks to a first-inning home run by senior right fielder Alex Bayne. The Aggies responded immediately, scoring three runs in the first two innings before putting the game out of reach with a five-run third inning.The Buckeyes responded to the loss with a 4-3 walk-off win over Lamar later in the day. Lamar held a 2-0 lead heading into the sixth inning, but OSU rallied, scoring three runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run home run from Bayne and an RBI from junior infielder Ashley Goodwin. Lamar tied the game with a run at the top of the seventh inning, but the Buckeyes got the 4-3 win in extra innings thanks to a walk-off single from Piper that scored Bayne in the bottom of the eighth.In the final game of the weekend, OSU used a late-game rally to topple Central Michigan 5-1 on Sunday. The Buckeyes managed just one run in the first seven innings of the game, but OSU exploded in extra innings, scoring four runs on RBIs from junior outfielder Bailee Sturgeon, sophomore infielder Emily Clark, Kirk and Piper. Hursh closed the game with a scoreless eighth inning.The Buckeyes head to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, next weekend for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge where they have two game against North Carolina and Louisville in a three day span. read more

Sexist advert on Amazon claims women need help assembling trampolines

Newan say that the trampoline is currently out of stock, with advise to customers that it may not become available again. Hey @amazon nice listing #everydaysexism @EverydaySexism >— Lucy Graudus (@lucygraudus) July 16, 2019 The Newan 40 inch mini bouncer is on sale for £9, but is currently out of News The controversy comes only a month after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned adverts featuring “harmful” gender stereotypes that are “likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence”.The ban covers content such as men struggling with household chores or girls being portrayed as less academic than boys. But it has only been applied to video clips and images, and not to written instructions such as those featured on the Newan advertisment.An Amazon spokesperson said the listing was by a third party seller and the wording has been removed. Amazon has become embroiled in a sexism row after a trampoline listed for sale included instructions which stated that women should not attempt to install them alone.The description on the Newan 40 inch ‘mini bouncer’, advertised for £95, claims that only men can assemble the fitness item as “the elastic rope part can be tricky”.The product is displayed with an image of a woman carrying out exercises in sportswear and is recommended to be used for workouts for adults and children.It reads: “This fitness rebounder has a relatively simple installation process, but the elastic rope part can be tricky. Not advised for child or woman to install alone, additional assistance from men is preferred.”Scores of customers took to the Amazon Q&A board to vent their anger at the company, arguing that women have the strength to install the trampoline by themselves.One customer wrote: “And why can’t a woman install this alone? Could this company be any more sexist?”Newan replied: “This is not the case. Because installing the elastic rope is more laborious, so we recommend that men install the trampoline first. If the woman can install it, it is more perfect.”It added: “This trampoline can be a bit tricky when installing elastic cord parts, it needs some strength. Although we have a matching tool, it is best to wear gloves when installing the elastic rope, so we recommend men first. If the lady can also install it, it will be even more perfect!” The Newan 40 inch mini bouncer is on sale for £9, but is currently out of stock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Problèmes de couple Votre taux de sucre pourrait être en cause

first_imgProblèmes de couple ? Votre taux de sucre pourrait être en causeSelon une nouvelle étude américaine, les époux présentant des taux de sucre bas seraient plus agressifs et davantage en colère. Une humeur qui favoriserait les tensions au sein du couple. Quiconque s’est déjà mis au régime pourra vous le confirmer : surveiller son alimentation peut être source de mauvaise humeur. Des études ont ainsi démontré que les régimes pauvres en glucides surtout avaient un impact important sur le moral et sur la régulation de l’humeur. Aujourd’hui, une nouvelle étude va plus loin en établissant un lien entre problèmes de couple et taux de sucre.Publiés dans les Comptes-rendus de l’Académie américaine des sciences, ces travaux suggèrent que des taux de sucre bas seraient une source de tensions dans le couple. “Si vous vous apprêtez à parler d’un sujet potentiellement sensible, assurez-vous que vous n’avez pas faim avant d’avoir cette discussion, parce que les personnes qui ont faim sont souvent plus en colère”, a expliqué le principal auteur de l’étude Brad Bushman, de l’Ohio State University. Expérience sur 107 couples Pour en arriver là, les chercheurs ont mené une étude pendant 21 jours auprès de 107 couples mariés. Chaque participant a dû remplir un questionnaire demandant à quel point il se sentait satisfait par son mariage. Les scientifiques ont également remis à chaque sujet une poupée vaudou représentant son conjoint ainsi que 51 aiguilles. A l’issue de chaque jour, le sujet pouvait planter le nombre d’aiguilles qu’il voulait dans la poupée, en fonction des sentiments qu’il avait ressentis dans la journée. Au cours des 21 jours de l’étude, le taux de glucose sanguin de tous les époux a été étroitement surveillé puis les données obtenues ont été combinées aux précédentes observations. Au final, les chercheurs ont constaté que les personnes ayant les taux les plus bas de glucose avaient planté deux fois plus d’aiguilles dans les poupées que les personnes montrant les plus hauts taux. Le lien entre taux de glycémie et degré de colère persistait même en prenant en compte le fait que le couple se déclare satisfait de cette union.Dans un second temps, les scientifiques ont soumis les sujets à une autre expérience au cours de laquelle ils étaient mis en compétition avec leur conjoint. L’objectif était d’appuyer le plus vite possible sur un bouton dès qu’un carré rouge apparaissait sur l’écran. Le vainqueur de chaque couple avait alors le loisir de soumettre son conjoint placé dans une autre pièce à un bruit très fort, et d’en décider l’intensité et la durée. Moins de sucre, plus de colèreÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En observant les résultats, les chercheurs ont constaté que les personnes avec les taux les plus bas de sucre avaient davantage tendance à soumettre leur partenaire à des sons plus longs et plus forts. En outre, les conjoints qui avaient planté le plus d’aiguilles sur leur poupée étaient ceux qui avaient opté pour les sons les plus longs et les plus forts. Des conclusions qui confirment un lien entre colère, agressivité et taux de sucre dans le sang, d’après les chercheurs.Le glucose est le principal carburant du cerveau, note l’étude, or, le degré de contrôle de soi nécessaire pour maîtriser la colère et des impulsions agressives requiert beaucoup d’énergie. “Le cerveau ne compte que pour 2% de notre poids mais consomme 20% de nos calories”, souligne le professeur Bushman et la colère est “l’émotion la plus difficile à contrôler”. En manque de glucose, une personne serait donc moins apte à maitriser la colère et l’agressivité, favorisant les tensions avec son conjoint.Le 15 avril 2014 à 12:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

VIDEO Watch Antique Fire Engine Parade Held In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association held its 42nd Anniversary Fire Apparatus Parade, Show, & Firematic Flea Market on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). This was the first time the event was held in Wilmington.The parade started Kitty’s Restaurant (123 Main Street) in North Reading and traveled through North Reading and Wilmington, ending at the Shriners Auditorium.Watch the parade, which lasts approximately six minutes, below, courtesy of YouTuber Firefighter_1775:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING TO THE SHRINERS: Antique Fire Engines Show On June 22In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Tree plantationprotection is everyones responsibility SP C

first_imgNirmal: Plantation and protection of saplings is everyone’s responsibility, said Superintendent of Police C Shashidhar Raju after participating indoor plantation drive under Haritha Haram at Ananthapur village under Nirmal rural police station limits on Wednesday.Participating as a chief guest, Shashidhar Raju said that scanty rains are due to deforestation. As the TRS government find out the problem for deficit rainfall, launched Haritha Haram programme to protect the environment. He urged the villagers to plant and to protect the saplings planted under Haritha Haram. It’s everyone’s responsibility to give pollution-free environment to the future generations, ensure oxygen to them, he said.Bhainsa DSP Rajesh Balla, Rural Inspector Srinivas Reddy, SI Krishna Kumar, Allola Muralidhar Reddy, Sarpanch Ashok, villagers and others were present.last_img read more

Minister confident of tracing missing teacher others

first_imgAsaduzzaman KhanHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday said detectives are working to trace those who have gone missing, reports UNB.The people who have disappeared recently include a Noth South University teacher, Mubashar Hasan, and journalist Utpal Das.The minister expressed his confidence when he was talking to reporters after attending the 4th founding anniversary of the River Police at Mirpur PSC Convention Hall.”Detectives are working to know why people are being disappeared and who are involved in such incidents,” Asaduzzam,an added.He urged all to have patience and mentioned that most of those who had gone missing earlier returned to their families safely.The recent missing incidents of Mubashar Hasan, an assistant professor of School of Humanities and Social Sciences of privately-run North South University, and Utpal Das, a senior reporter of online news portal, have sparked off a countrywide outcry.The home minister said river police have already been able to earn trust of people within a short time despite having many limitations.They have been able to reduce accidents alongside preventing crimes through controlling plying of launches, steamer, boats, trawlers, and illegal bulkhead in the rivers, he said.Among others, inspector general of police AKM Shahidul Hoque and secretary to public safety division of the home ministry Mostafa Kamal Uddin spoke as special guests while DIG of River Police Sheikh Md Maruf Hasan presided over the meeting.last_img read more

Report Says Houston Can Learn From Floodplain Buyout Programs In Other Cities

first_img X 00:00 /00:58 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Marissa CummingsA neighborhood street near the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs is seen inundated with floodwaters after Hurricane HarveyA new report says government buyouts of flood-prone homes could move faster if more local money was available.Harris County’s buyout program is the biggest in the country, the report from Rice University notes, but it relies mostly on slow-moving federal money. The report looked at how officials managed to speed up the process in Charlotte (North Carolina) in part by created new local fees. “We’re able to buy properties immediately after a flood, versus if we relied on federal funding, usually that doesn’t happen until years afterwards,” said Dave Canaan, Water & Land Resources Director for ​Mecklenburg County, home to Charlotte.Still, experts cautioned that the success of buyout programs shouldn’t be judged solely on speed.Christof Spieler, with the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium, said officials have to make sure buyouts don’t create new housing problems.“If the government is buying out your home for the appraised value of that home, if you’re living in an old home that may not be in good condition, you may not be able to afford a place to live for that amount of money,” he said.The Rice report notes that Harris County officials have committed to more local funding for buyouts since Harvey, but it cautions that those commitments might only be temporary. Sharelast_img read more

Sony sells Sony Online Entertainment and all its MMOs

first_imgIf you’re a fan of massively-multiplayer online games, then Sony Online Entertainment will be known to you. It’s the home of Planetside, Everquest, Star Wars Galaxies, DC Universe Online, H1Z1, and a host of other online games. However, it’s no longer called Sony Online Entertainment and is no longer owned by Sony.New York investment management group Columbus Nova has acquired SOE from Sony along with all its properties and renamed it Daybreak Game Company. It will now operate as an independent company with all existing games continuing to function as normal. Everquest Next and Planetside 2 will also continue to be developed. However, no longer being controlled by Sony means all the games are open to more platforms, including Xbox and mobile hardware.With an investment company in control, you can guarantee they’ll push hard to get these revenue-generating games into as many gamer hands as possible. That means new platforms should be supported quickly, as well as new features to support play across multiple platforms. We may even see some previous games that were shutdown reconsidered, or at least revamped for a relaunch in the near future.Online gaming is certainly a growth market at the moment, and Columbus Nova has seen an easy way to hit the ground running. With both PS4 and Xbox One being available in China now, you wouldn’t bet against a push for all these games to make their way East, too.last_img read more

Wooden Shigir idol found to be over twice as old as Egyptian

first_img © 2018 Explore further The Shigir Idol was discovered in an ancient peat bog by miners in Russia back in 1890. Early analysis showed that it was made entirely of larch wood and was constructed from several chunks. It remained preserved for thousands of years because of antimicrobial properties found in the peat. The idol was also covered extensively with markings, some of which depicted tiny human faces. To this day, no one knows what most of the markings depict. It was also noted that some of the original pieces of the idol had been lost—it is believed that it originally stood approximately five meters tall. In 1997, a team in Russia used radiocarbon dating to estimate the age of the icon and found it to be approximately 9,500 years old.Experts have studied the carvings on the idol over the years, and many have suggested they likely represent a form of art, possibly linked with spiritual or religious activities.Recently, the team in Germany expressed interest it taking a closer look at the idol, which is normally housed in the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum, in Russia. Arrangements were made for the idol to be shipped to Germany, where it was studied, along with other original material found in the peat bog. Using accelerator mass spectrometry, the team found the true age of the idol to be approximately 11,500 years old, placing its creation at around the time of the end of the Ice Age. That age also makes it the oldest known wood monumental sculpture ever found and more than twice the age of the Egyptian pyramids. The researchers report that they also found another face carved into the wood, bringing the total to eight. Their findings suggest that researchers looking to better understand very early human behavior perhaps need to widen their search beyond the Fertile Crescent. Citation: Wooden Shigir idol found to be over twice as old as Egyptian pyramids (2018, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Credit: Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2018.48 Journal information: Antiquity More information: Mikhail Zhilin et al. Early art in the Urals: new research on the wooden sculpture from Shigir, Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2018.48AbstractThe carved wooden object uncovered from the Shigir peat bog in the Sverdlovsk region towards the end of the nineteenth century remains one of the oldest, known examples of monumental anthropomorphic sculpture from anywhere in the world. Recent application of new analytical techniques has led to the discovery of new imagery on its surface, and has pushed the date of the piece back to the earliest Holocene. The results of these recent analyses are placed here in the context of local and extra-local traditions of comparable prehistoric art. This discussion highlights the unique nature of the find and its significance for appreciating the complex symbolic world of Early Holocene hunter-gatherers. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Rejection from ‘American Idol’ provides insights into perseverance A team of researchers in Germany has found evidence suggesting that the famous wooden Shirgir Idol is actually 11,500 years old. The team has documented their efforts and findings in a paper published on the Cambridge University Press site Antiquity. Credit: Public Domainlast_img read more

Dells Inspiron 15 7000 Packs Nvidia Graphics Into a Premium Lightweight Design

first_imgOne interesting feature is the new heating solution. Firstly, Dell worked on an Adaptive Thermal software designed to optimize cooling based on whether the laptop is being used on a desk or in your lap. On top of that, the Inspiron 15 7000’s hinge actually lifts the underside up slightly when the lid is open in order for the heat to exhaust out of hidden vents in the hinge.Dell rated the Inspiron 15 7000’s battery life to last up to 14 hours, which is rather impressive if it proves to be accurate. According to the company’s tests, the 3-Cell Battery (56 Whr) option will last 12 hours and the 6-Cell Battery (97 Whr) will hit 14 hours.OutlookGiven its specs and battery life rating, the Inspiron 15 7000 may be a solid contender for our best video editing laptops roundup, so we’re interested to see how it does when it gets through our lab. Stay tuned for the full review and benchmarks.Best Dell LaptopsComputex Preview: Project Athena, OLED Laptops, 5G and MoreDell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (2018) – Full Review PortsThree USB 3.1, one Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, headphone jack, microSD card slot The Inspiron 15 7000 will start at $999, and launch sometime in June 2019.Dell Inspiron 15 7000 price and specs Starting Price$999 Dell Inspiron 15 7000 As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. Rami Tabari, on Laptop Mag Insperon 15 7000Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0001:1601:16Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement StorageUp to 512GB SSD When you think of Dell’s premium consumer laptops, you probably don’t think about the Inspiron. But that could change with the new Inspiron 15 7000. Dell is targeting its latest entry into the Inspiron line toward prosumers, powering it with a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and a GTX 1650 GPU.center_img Rami Tabari, RAMUp to 16GB CPUUp to Core i9-9880H Weight3.52 pounds Starting at $999, the Inspiron 15 7000 will come with an Intel Core i5-9300H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 3GB of VRAM, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1080p display. However, you can configure the Inspiron 15 7000 with up to a Core i9-9880H processor, a GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of VRAM, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 4K display. The machine also has dual SSD slots.AdvertisementMORE: Best 15-inch LaptopsDesignThe Inspiron 15 7000 will be available in Abyss Black and Platinum Silver. I got to see both in person, and if you can get the Platinum Silver version, do it — it exudes premium, whereas the Abyss Black looks bland and cheap, despite being made of a magnesium alloy (aluminum versions will be available outside of North America). At the very least, the bezels are superslim on either version and the webcam is on the top bezel. What’s impressive was how light the laptop felt, coming in at 3.52 pounds and 14 x 9.4 x 0.71~0.78 inches.The Inspiron 15 7000 has a solid array of ports, including three USB 3.1 ports, one Thunderbolt 3 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a headphone jack and a microSD card slot. Some additional features are a fingerprint reader that also acts as the power button and Windows Hello integrated into the webcam.DisplayI’m excited to see the Inspiron 15 7000’s 15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 panel, which will apparently average 500 nits of brightness. The one I saw in person was a 1920 x 1080 anti-glare display that looked relatively bright and colorful in its own right.Keyboard and battery lifeI typed across the Inspiron 15 7000’s spill-resistant backlit keyboard and each key felt clicky and offered some decent travel, making for a comfortable typing experience. It also has a full-sized numpad, which enhances productivity. Author Bio GraphicsUp to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Display15.6-inch; 1080p or 4K Size14.08 x 9.4 x 0.71~0.78 incheslast_img read more

Hide Windows Store library apps

first_imgHide Windows Store library apps by Martin Brinkmann on May 18, 2016 in Windows – 6 commentsMicrosoft published a Windows Store update yesterday for Windows 10 that brings along with it a design refresh and the much requested option to remove applications from the library.My Library is a collection of all apps and games that you have installed from Windows Store on devices you own.The main idea behind the feature is to provide users with easy options to install apps or games anew on the same device, or to install them on other devices without having to find them again in store.While that is great in theory, the use of the library is diminished by the inability to remove apps or games from it.All apps, even those that you just installed to test them, are listed there and up until now, you had no option to remove them from the page.This led to listings that were difficult to manage and depending on the number of apps or games installed, difficult to navigate or even open.The recent Windows Store update, which is currently only available on devices running Insider Builds of Windows 10, is part of the Anniversary Update which Microsoft will release in July 2016 for the operating system.The library interface itself has not changed all that much. You can still open it with a click on the profile icon in the Windows Store application.My Library lists five apps and games installed on the device recently, and an option to display them all when you open the feature.The new hide apps option is listed next to all applications that are not system apps, Edge extensions and some other apps that I cannot put my finger on why they cannot be hidden. Simply click on the icon to hide the application or game from the library.Apps are hidden directly when you click on the hide apps icon and the process itself is fast and convenient because of that.You can display all applications or games that you have hidden by opening the full apps or games listing in Windows Store and selecting the show hidden apps link at the top of it.This does not open a special page that only displays hidden apps though as apps will simply become visible again so that they are displayed in the full apps listing again.This makes it quite difficult to locate a hidden application to unhide it. Microsoft will hopefully improve the process before it is launched in July to all users of the operating system.Hiding apps is a step in the right direction as it provides you with functionality to improve the manageability of the apps and games listing of the Windows Store library.I wish Microsoft would add an option to remove an application completely from an account though as it makes little sense to hide apps or games if you are certain you will never use them again on your devices.Additionally, Microsoft should consider adding a separate page for hidden apps and games instead of just displaying them again in the interface as it would improve the handling significantly as well.Last but not least, the company needs to fix the issue that you cannot hide some apps and all extensions before the update becomes available globally.SummaryArticle NameHide Windows Store library appsDescriptionMicrosoft published a Windows Store update yesterday for Windows 10 that brings along with it a design refresh and the much requested option to remove applications from the library.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technlogy NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more