Two occupants of the minivan under the age of 18 were pronounced dead at the scene, while a third youth was airlifted by STARS Air Ambulance to a hospital in Alberta.The injuries sustained by the other 8 occupants of both vehicles were unspecified, though Cpl. Saunderson did confirm that several people were taken to hospital with various injuries.The highway was closed for the remainder of Sunday evening, reopening to traffic during the overnight hours.BC RCMP traffic services spokesperson Constable Mike Halskov said that at the crash is currently being investigated by the Dawson Creek RCMP with the assistance of Peace Traffic Services, the BC Coroners Service, and a collision analyst from Fort St. John.Cst. Halskov said that speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash, and that operator error on the part of the southbound vehicle is considered a preliminary cause. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Two youth are dead and a third had to be airlifted to an Alberta hospital after two vehicles collided Sunday evening on the Alaska Highway just north of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge.According to Corporal Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP, police were called out a report of a collision on Highway 97 at Orrin Powell Road at around 5:20 p.m. Sunday.A Pontiac Montana minivan with six occupants was travelling southbound on the Alaska Highway and was attempting to make a left turn into the pulloff area just north of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge when it was t-boned by a northbound Ford pickup truck with 5 occupants.
With the global economy beginning to show signs of turning the corner, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today issued an urgent plea to ensure that those hardest hit by the financial crisis – considered by many to have started one year ago this week – are not forgotten.There are more hungry people in the world and less food aid than ever before, with the number of the world’s hungry to surpass 1 billion this year while the flow of food aid is at its lowest in two decades.“For the world’s most vulnerable, the perfect storm is hitting with a vengeance,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a statement issued in London.So far, the agency has received less than half of the $6.7 billion it needs to feed 108 million people in 74 countries, she noted. At current funding levels, WFP will be forced to cut back its life-saving activities to feed the hungry in places such as Kenya, Bangladesh and Somalia.“Donors have been extremely generous, but the fact is that the cost of food is still high, needs have gone up and this requires the world to step to the place in a bigger way,” Ms. Sheeran said.People in the United States and Europe are increasingly relying on government safety nets for food, she pointed out, but 80 per cent of the world does not have this luxury.“We urgently need an additional $3 billion to meet those needs, which is less than 0.01 per cent of what was put on the table to stabilize the world financially.” 16 September 2009With the global economy beginning to show signs of turning the corner, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today issued an urgent plea to ensure that those hardest hit by the financial crisis – considered by many to have started one year ago this week – are not forgotten.
I would not be the artist I am if it wasn’t for you. @GeorgeMichael— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) December 26, 2016 George Michael was a kind and gentle soul. #Wham— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 26, 2016 George Michael’s family says the pop star has passed away peacefully at his home in Goring, England at the age of 53. Michael’s family released a statement saying, “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”According to the singers publicist, he had not been ill and police are calling his death “unexplained but not suspicious.”Michael first rose to fame with WHAM! andthen went on to a successful solo career with hits like “Freedom” and “Faith.”Tributes from friends and fans of the singer are pouring in on Twitter. I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. RIP @GeorgeMichael pic.twitter.com/1LnZk8o82m— Elton John (@eltonofficial) December 26, 2016 I’ve loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016
In a press release, UNMAS said the explosive detection dogs regularly support UN Police (UNPOL) to conduct searches of protection of civilians sites, cargo and entry points, to detect prohibited or hazardous items, all of which are swiftly removed by UNPOL so that internally displaced people and others under the protection of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) remain safe from harm. Currently, UNMAS has six explosive detection dog teams that focus on entry point control and cargo searches in Juba. In 2015, 19,781 vehicles, 13,587 bags and 970 buildings were searched using these teams. Upon arrival, the dogs will be transferred to temporary kennels in Gumbo, Juba, where they will be acclimatized and paired with their future handlers. Once the dogs are settled they will be paired with expert handlers who will complete additional training tailored specifically to South Sudan, UNMAS said. While some of the dogs will remain in Juba to work at the UN Thom Ping Base, UN House, the protection of civilians sites and the UN airport, many will be transferred to Bentiu, Bor and Malakal. UNMAS emphasized that the dogs are working animals and have been specially trained to perform the roles they will undertake. They are safe and friendly animals and have been screened for illness and disease and received the necessary vaccinations. “The welfare of the dogs is of prime importance to UNMAS, as is the safety of the communities within which they will be working,” UNMAS said.
Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsEven as a high school wrestler at Pickerington North, Pat Eflein knew he wanted nothing to do with Kosta Karageorge on the mat.“I remember he was wrestling, like, the district finals match,” Ohio State’s redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman said Monday. “And I was like, ‘Wow, I don’t wanna wrestle that guy.’”Elflein said he was a high school freshman at the time, but six years later, he’s the Buckeyes’ starting right guard. Karageorge, on the other hand, walked on to the football team in August after wrestling for three seasons at OSU.Last Wednesday, Karageorge was reported missing by his family, and on Sunday his body was discovered near his Columbus apartment. Police said the cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and a coroner said Karageorge might have died on Friday.The players learned of their teammate’s death after practice on Sunday, and Elflein said it was hard to believe.“He was a great person, you know, it’s really shocking to hear that news,” he said. “Our prayers are with his family and with him. The kid just, every day, came out with the same attitude. No matter what the circumstance was.”Ahead of coach Urban Meyer’s Monday press conference, an OSU spokesman said the school could not comment on the ongoing investigation surrounding Karageorge’s death or the player’s medical history.During the press conference, Meyer said the loss of life was an “incredible tragedy.”While Elflein said he had only known Karageorge personally since he joined the team, some other OSU players had known him longer. Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said he met Karageorge two years ago through mutual friends, and stressed the important role he played for the team.After hearing the news of his teammate’s death, Decker said he spent Sunday night hoping it wasn’t true.“I know I was thinking about it all night, and you just kind of wake up and hope it was all a nightmare,” Decker said Monday. “Just for somebody that you’ve been with every day for months and months, just, it’s sad, it’s sad.”Decker described Karageorge as a badass, and said the wrestler-turned-defensive lineman knew that.“He’s a badass, definitely. He was a badass,” Decker said. “Heavyweight wrestler, come on the football team, strong as can be. And I think he liked that, he knew he was a badass.”Decker added that Karageorge was a “blue-collar American guy,” and said he was always positive. Decker said the two hit it off because they had a lot in common — like their interest in tattoos — and said Karageorge had talked about wanting to be a WWE wrestler.Decker said he had talked to Karageorge about joining the football team for “a significant amount of time” before the former wrestler decided to try out. He said Karageorge’s fondness for physicality likely drew him to football.“He just likes hitting people,” Decker said. “He always loved coming out to practice because he liked physical sports.”Elflein said Karageorge’s take-what-you-can mentality helped him thrive after he decided to play football this season.“We needed linemen. (Karageorge) saw an opportunity and just, that was his attitude and his mentality is to see an opportunity and go take it,” Elflein said. “And he was taking full advantage of it too while he was here.”While the physicality of the sport likely drew Karageorge to football, Elflein said his wrestling background was what allowed him to be a contributing member of the team in practice.“(Karageorge) was a good player,” Elflein said. “He was big, strong, had leverage form the wrestling background. Knew how to control his body and control other people and he gave a great look, getting me ready to go against guys from different teams.”Decker and Elflein — who both matched up across the line from Karageorge as offensive linemen — both stressed the Thomas Worthington High School product’s positive attitude.Karageorge’s position mate — senior Michael Bennett — said his late teammate always came to practice with a smile on his face, saying “how thankful he is to be a part of the football team and to be able to go practice with us.”Bennett added that Karageorge was a spark plug before practice started, and that he enjoyed some of the perks that come with being a varsity athlete at OSU.“He always loved how much free food we got and stuff like that,” Bennett said Monday during a teleconference. “And he would always just — right before practice — start yelling ‘yeah baby,’ and just be pumped up and it would make everybody else excited for practice.“Even when you just thought, ‘you know, I could be doing something better.’ He made every day enjoyable.”The positive attitude Karageorge possessed might make it that much more surprising that he might have taken his own life.Decker said he last saw Karageorge on Tuesday night, just hours before he disappeared. From what Decker could tell, everything was normal and Karageorge “seemed fine.”“It’s amazing what some people can bottle up inside,” Decker said.With his positive attitude in mind, many might ask why Karageorge went down the path he did.Multiple reports said Karageorge’s family was concerned that he could have been disoriented when he went missing because of a history of concussions. He reportedly sent his mother a text shortly before disappearing saying: “Sorry if I am an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all f—– up.”Bennett said some players were aware that Karageorge had a history of concussions, but added that never seemed to be affecting his mood.“A few of us knew that he had a lot of concussions, but we never knew that he was depressed or anything like that,” Bennett said. “I think he was the most positive out of everybody, which goes to show you can’t tell unless someone speaks up. There’s no way to notice it, and Kosta was always positive, always thankful, so appreciative of everything that football gave him and that everybody in his life gave him.”Bennett said Karageorge didn’t report his concussion symptoms, despite teammates encouraging him to sit out if he needed.Decker said he’s aware of the dangers playing football involves, especially when it comes to head injuries.“It is scary, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about things like that before,” he said. “But it’s real, and you have to realize that when you put that helmet on and go out there and play.”Elflein agreed that he’s aware of the risks, but stressed that the OSU coaching and medical staff do everything necessary to keep players safe.“Coach would always say, ‘take care of your body,’” Elflein said. “And we have different ways of taking care of your body. And you gotta make sure you stay up on all of that, if you have any signs or symptoms our medical staff is the best in the country.”Elflein said he’d never heard Karageorge talk about concussion-related issues.Concussions aside, the Buckeyes will have to move on without one of their friends and teammates. With that in mind, Elflein, Decker and Bennett all said the 2014 team is the tightest group they’d ever been around.“Without a doubt this is like the closest team that I’ve been on,” Decker said. “Closer to a family than any other team I’ve been on. It’s just sad that he — things ended up the way they did.”After the high of beating rival Michigan on Saturday was coupled with the low of learning of a teammate’s death on Sunday, the Buckeyes have a matter of days before they are set to return to the field. And when they do return to the field, a Big Ten Championship will be on the line.OSU is scheduled to play Wisconsin on Saturday in the conference title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m.Even after Karageorge’s death, Elflein stressed that the Buckeyes are looking forward to taking on the Badgers.“Definitely, yeah. Playing for a Big Ten championship, so definitely want to go play that one,” he said.Elflein added that Karageorge’s death puts football in perspective, and adds more focus to what is happening off the field. He said that makes him consider more than he might have before when thinking about the remainder of the season.“It just makes me think of Kosta and what he would want,” Elflein said. “And I already told you what kind of guy he was, and thinking about that he wouldn’t want us to go downhill from this. Kosta wants us to win that game, and beat them and win a ring. And get Kosta a ring, he deserves it because he’s put in the work to deserve that.“I just kind of think of ‘what would Kosta want?’ He wants a championship, so we’re gonna get it.”
← Previous Story SHOCK IN SPAIN: Alex Dujshebaev to miss EHF EURO 2014! Next Story → Anders Eggert still in doubt for EHF EURO 2014 In the final match of Golden League tournament will play France against Denmark. In the semi-finals battles France beat Qatar 29:23, while Denmark beat Norway 34:22 (13:15) after fantastic second half… EHF EURO 2014
PROJECT EVERGREEN, Project Stone, Project Sand. Three of the operational names give to portfolios of loans grouped together by the special liquidators of IBRC as it seeks to sell them as part of the wind-up of the nationalised bank.Project Evergreen, which is made of the the main Irish corporate loans and is valued at €2.5 billion, completed a bidding process last Friday.As part of the bidding process, Evergreen was divided into 13 separate ‘borrower connections’ and one remaining portfolio and sold as part of an open auction process.The process has now been concluded and represents the first portfolio of loans by the former Anglo Irish Bank brought to the market.The special liquidators say they received bids exceeding the independent valuations of the loans in 10 of the 13 borrower connections and for the portfolio.Contracts have been completed in a number of these with other successful bidders also contacted.The remaining three connections are expected to be transferred to NAMA and comprise about 16 per cent of the value of overall portfolio.Among the loans sold was corporate debt of broadcaster TV3 whose IBRC loans were bought TV3’s long term shareholder Doughty Hanson.A spokesperson for the special liquidators said that there was “strong market interest” in the process which was “designed to maximize value and resulted in competition among bidders”: The special liquidators are pleased with the outcome thus far which reflects the market interest that has been evident since the commencement of the special liquidation. Other portfoliosA second group of loans have already been brought to the market with ‘Project Sand’, comprising mostly mortgage loans with a value of approximately €1.8 billion, this process commenced at the start of this week.‘Project Rock & Salt’, comprising mostly commercial real estate loans written through IBRC’s UK branch and subsidiaries, valued about €7.3 billion, will commence bidding on 10 January.Irish commercial real estate loans valued at €9.3 billion and grouped under ‘Project Stone’, concluded indicative offers yesterday. A smaller portfolio of similar loans named ‘Project Pebble’ will concluded next week.Read: NAMA meets ‘major milestone’ with redemption of €500m in senior bonds >Read: High Court dismisses TD’s challenge to Anglo promissory note deal >
ROMANS DINED ON an intriguing list of food stuffs, including giraffe legs, pink flamingos, sea urchins and exotic Indonesian spices, a new study has claimed.Teams of archaeologists from the University of Cincinnati have spent more than 10 years at excavations in Pompeii, near Naples in southern Italy, finding deposits which date as far back as the fourth century.The researchers believe their discoveries in the famed city, which was buried under a volcano in 79AD, “wipe out the historic perceptions of how the Romans dined”.They now say that the lower classes did not scrounge for soup and gruel while those with wealth ate lavishly and luxuriously. However, lines can still be drawn between socioeconomic classes by examining their diets.Lead researcher Steven Ellis presented his findings at the joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and American Philological Association (APA) in Chicago earlier this month.“The traditional vision of some mass of hapless lemmings – scrounging for whatever they can pinch from the side of a street, or huddled around a bowl of gruel – needs to be replaced by a higher fare and standard of living, at least for the urbanites in Pompeii,” he said.Ellis and his team have worked on the excavation of two city blocks within a non-elite district of the city, producing a complete archaeological analysis of homes, shops and businesses at a once-forgotten area inside one of the busiest gates of Pompeii, the Porta Stabia.The area covers 10 separate building plots and a total of 20 shop fronts, most of which served food and drink. The waste that was examined included collections from drains as well as 10 latrines and cesspits, which yielded mineralised and charred food waste coming from kitchens and excrement. The discoveries in the drains was an abundance of the remains of fully-processed foods, especially grains.“The material from the drains revealed a range and quantity of materials to suggest a rather clear socio-economic distinction between the activities and consumption habits of each property, which were otherwise indistinguishable hospitality businesses,” says Ellis.Findings revealed foods that would have been inexpensive and widely available, such as grains, fruits, nuts, olives, lentils, local fish and chicken eggs, as well as minimal cuts of more expensive meat and salted fish from Spain. Waste from neighbouring drains would also turn up less of a variety of foods, revealing a socio-economic distinction between neighbors.And further down the street, there were even more upmarket items to be discovered.A drain from a central property revealed a richer variety of foods as well as imports from outside Italy, such as shellfish, sea urchin and even delicacies including the butchered leg joint of a giraffe.“That the bone represents the height of exotic food is underscored by the fact that this is thought to be the only giraffe bone ever recorded from an archaeological excavation in Roman Italy,” continued Ellis.“How part of the animal, butchered, came to be a kitchen scrap in a seemingly standard Pompeian restaurant not only speaks to long-distance trade in exotic and wild animals, but also something of the richness, variety and range of a non-elite diet.”Read: Here’s a museum that tells blind visitors: Please touch!Hidden Ireland: Ready to meet Ireland’s very first farmers?
THE DOWNING OF a Malaysia Airlines jet over rebel-held eastern Ukraine has raised questions over why the company persisted in flying in conflict-zone airspace that many other Asian carriers had abandoned months ago.The air corridor over Ukraine has always been a crowded one for flights between Europe and Asia – particularly Southeast Asia – and re-routing around the airspace would mean an increase in flight time and fuel costs.Nevertheless, a number of major Asian airlines, including South Korea’s Korean Air and Asiana, Australia’s Qantas and Taiwan’s China Airlines, said Friday that they had started avoiding the area as much as four months ago, when Russian troops moved into Crimea. Timeline: Here’s everything we know so far about the MH17 crash >Read: Irish-born woman among those killed in MH17 crash >“We stopped flying over Ukraine because of safety concerns,” Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyo-Min said.Korean Air moved its flight paths 250 kilometres (160 miles) south of Ukraine from March 3 “due to the political unrest in the region”, an official for the carrier told AFP.A Qantas spokeswoman said its London to Dubai service used to fly over Ukraine, but the route was changed “several months ago”, while Taiwan’s China Airlines diverted its flights from April 3.Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific and Pakistan International Airlines said their flight paths had changed “some time” ago.‘Safe’ flight path?Asked why Malaysia Airlines had not taken similar precautions, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai stressed that international air authorities had deemed the flight path secure.“The flight path taken by MH17 was approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization, and by the countries whose airspace the route passed through,” the minister told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.“In the hours before the incident, a number of other passenger aircraft from different carriers used the same route,” he noted. Flowers and candles brought to the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev to commemorate victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. Source: Nikita Yurenev/PA WiredBut ICAO spokesman Anthony Philbin said the UN agency, which is headquartered in Montreal, “does not establish routes” for airlines to follow.Tyler said an airline’s choice of flight route was “very similar to driving a car – if the road is open, you assume it is safe. If it’s closed, you find an alternate route”.According to the European flight safety body Eurocontrol, the doomed plane was flying at a level known as “330″, or approximately 10,000 metres or 33,000 feet.The route had been closed to level “320″ but was cleared for those flying at the Malaysian plane’s altitude.In a statement late Friday, the airline said MH17 had filed a flight plan requesting to fly at 35,000 feet which was “close to the ‘optimum’ altitude”.“However, an aircraft’s altitude in flight is determined by air traffic control on the ground. Upon entering Ukrainian airspace, MH17 was instructed by Ukrainian air traffic control to fly at 33,000ft,” it said.European and US airlines re-routed their flights as Kiev said flight MH17 was shot down in a “terrorist” attack, and a US official said intelligence analysts “strongly believe” it was downed by a surface-to-air missile.Analysts were divided on whether carriers like Malaysia Airlines had been negligent in opting to continue flying over Ukraine.“I just find it astonishing. I am absolutely flabbergasted,” said Geoff Dell, an air safety expert from the University of Central Queensland in Australia, told Sky News.“If there’s trouble spots on the globe, then you take a decision to avoid that area,” Dell told Sky News.“You don’t put your primary assets – your passengers, your crew, your airplane – at risk unnecessarily,” he added. Off-duty Ukrainian coal miners wade through a field of sunflowers as they search the crash site today. Source: Dmitry LovetskyAssessing riskMalaysia Airlines was certainly not alone in persisting with the corridor over Ukraine.A host of Asian carriers, including Singapore Airlines, Air India, Thai Airways, Air China, China Eastern Airways and Vietnam Airlines, had used the same airspace up until Thursday’s crash.And European airlines such as Lufthansa and Air France, as well as US carrier Delta, said they were only now taking the decision to avoid Ukraine entirely.Gerry Soejatman, a consultant with the Jakarta-based Whitesky Aviation chartered flight provider, said every airline had its own level of risk assessment.Flying above 30,000 feet is generally considered secure given the level of training and sophisticated weaponry required to shoot down a plane at that height, Soejatman said.“Ten years ago you’d be an idiot to fly over Iraq below 15,000 feet, but over 30,000 feet was very safe, so it’s about the level of risk.“I think this will send a message to airlines to have a closer look at conflict zones when they choose to fly over them and gain a better understanding of what equipment is on the ground,” he said.- © AFP, 2014More: One of the most crucial air routes in the world cuts through Ukrainian airspace >Follow all of our MH17 reporing here >
Do you remember all of those complaints we heard a couple of months ago about iOS 5 battery life? Things have been (mostly) quiet on that front for a while. Apple’s iOS 5.0.1 update helped some users’ handsets to last longer, but not everyone was satisfied.Fast forward to last weekend, when the iPhone 4S finally got its first jailbreak. News spread of a jailbreak tweak that was promising a dramatic improvement in battery life for all who installed it. All that was asked of you was a one-time payment of $4.99 for “beta access” to the insanelyi Cydia repo.If you think this sounds sketchy, you aren’t alone. Two trusted iOS developers, Dustin Howett and Sam Bingner, took matters into their own hands to find out if the app had any credibility. Their conclusion? It’s nothing but meaningless code designed to sell VIP memberships. They said that all the app does is replace some code in one file (if this were actually a fix, anyone with iFile or SSH access could fix it without paying a dime). After doing some testing, the developers said that they couldn’t find any possible effect that changing this code would have on battery life.Yet many users in the insanelyi forum were posting messages saying that they were seeing improved battery life after installing the tweak. Is it possible that Howett and Bingner were wrong? You never know, because battery life is a tricky spec to nail down, but it’s possible the forum users could have been experiencing a placebo effect. Another possibility is that the forum was being trolled with fake posts to promote the app.We haven’t tested the app, so it’s basically the word of two developers vs. the claims of a promotion and some users in a third-party Cydia repo. Use your own discretion, but we wouldn’t advise you to leap into this one with open arms.via iDownloadBlog
Iomega présente deux nouveaux disques durs externes NASA la veille de l’ouverture du CES de Las Vegas, la firme Iomega dévoile deux nouveaux modèles de disques dur externes NAS, ou serveurs de stockage en réseau. Le premier, le StorCenter ix2, est idéal pour les PME désireuses de partager et protéger leurs données. Destiné à un usage familial, le second, l’EZ Media and Backup Center, est parfait pour stocker chez soi son propre cloud.Le CES 2012 s’ouvrira demain à Las Vegas, mais déjà les constructeurs ont révélé les nouveautés qu’ils prévoient d’y présenter. Iomega vient ainsi de dévoiler deux nouveaux modèles de NAS, des disques durs externes connectés au réseau local.À lire aussiL’objet Geek du Weekend : le Koubachi Wi-FiLe StorCenter ix2 vise les petites et moyennes entreprises qui souhaitent rendre leurs données accessibles à leur personnel tout en assurant leur protection. Disponible en plusieurs versions allant jusqu’à 6 TB de capacité de stockage, ce nouveau modèle intègre une nouvelle mouture de l’interface Iomega Personal Cloud. Le StorCenter ix2 offre en outre des fonctions de vidéosurveillance, de sauvegarde automatisée dans le Cloud, et permet la synchronisation de dossiers entre deux NAS via Internet. Il sera disponible dès le mois de février à des prix allant de 420 dollars (330 euros) pour la version 2 TB, et 770 dollars (600 euros environ) pour 6 TB.Baptisé EZ Media and Backup Center, le second NAS dévoilé par Iomega est plutôt destiné à un usage familial. Il a pour but de rendre accessibles en streaming les photos, vidéos et musiques stockées sur le disque, et de les partager via divers périphériques. Il intègre le support pour TimeMachine et Bittorrent, avec des dossiers actifs permettant d’automatiser l’ajout de contenus sur les plate-formes sociales telles Facebook ou YouTube. Côté prix, le premier modèle, qui dispose d’un espace de 1 TB, sera vendu 220 dollars (173 euros). Il faudra compter 300 dollars (236 euros) pour 2 TB, et 400 dollars (315 euros) pour 3 TB. Le 11 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambert
Watch: Thanos (Finally) Wipes Out The SimpsonsTop Thanksgiving TV Episodes to Stream Right Now The Simpsons has been on for so long that even I’m running out of jokes/complaints about how long The Simpsons has been on. Just a few weeks ago, after the cathartic thrill of watching Thanos wipe out the yellow family past its prime, I vented about how the classic comedy show has been a tired and repetitive unfunny shell of its former self for decades. So I don’t want to do that again, if only to not be a hypocrite.But man is it hard to not dunk on modern day Simpsons, especially as a games journalist, when they’re out here in 2019 doing an episode about Bart joining an esports team. See for yourself.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>This episode, “E My Sports,” aired over this past weekend and has Bart getting into the pro gaming scene with characters like Nelson, Martin, and Krusty’s daughter for some reason. Again, having not watched the show in years I don’t know if she just became a recurring character.The game in question is a fake MOBA called Conflict of Enemies, so if you want to hear these cartoon children voiced by aging adults talk about “ganking” here’s your chance. Considering the history of fake Simpsons video games though my heart still belongs to Bonestorm and Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge.The episode seems to have gotten okay reviews for a 30th(!) season Simpsons episode. But arguably more interesting is what went on behind the scenes to make it happen. The writers collaborated with Riot Games (makers of League of Legends, a real MOBA with an equally fake-sounding name) to make sure the depiction of the culture wasn’t totally out of touch. Commentator David “Phreak” Turley also guest-starred as himself. It reminds us of the World of Warcraft episode of South Park…. from 13 years ago.So if you want to see Bart Simpson with a gross nerd mustache earn real money for playing a fake version of a bad video game, go catch a rerun of “E My Sports.” For more on The Simpsons, we’ve got plenty of content that’s frankly way better than watching the show. Check out how the Internet and Twitter have kept The Simpsons weird and good. Watch this Metal Gear Solid-themed Steamed Hams spoof or listen to our own Steamed Hams Thriller cover. Remember the nightmare that is this live-action Futurama fan film. And find out what we thought about Simpsons-creator Matt Groening’s new (and not great) Netflix cartoon Disenchantment. Stay on target
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Heads of Government adopted the following 10-Point Plan of Action to Stop Ebola There and Here:strengthen effective, coordinated measures at ports of entry to prevent Ebola from entering our Community, including harmonising travel restrictions;strengthen health systems including training, equipment, laboratories and containment, and enlist the participation of airlines in the Region in transporting specimens and response teams;create a Regional Rapid Response Team (Carib REACT) able to reach any Member State in twenty-four (24) hours to support the national response team to contain/stop an outbreak early on;launch an intensive public education campaign for citizens of the Region, visitors and those outside;organize a comprehensive resource mobilisation effort including a possible Stop Ebola There and Here (SETH) Fund, to which governments, citizens and businesses here and abroad may donate;finalise and implement the harmonised regional operational response plan by end-November, coordinated with national response plans;participate in capacity-building efforts at the global and regional levels to gain experience for our benefit;establish a Regional Coordinating Mechanism on Ebola (RCME) with CARPHA as Chair, including the CARICOM and OECS Secretariats, IMPACS, CDEMA, and inviting Cuba to participate, The RCME will report to the Lead Head of Government on Health, the Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, with the immediate responsibility to develop a comprehensive Regional Strategy to address Ebola preparedness in collaboration with PAHO/WHO;invite PAHO/WHO, the United Nations, other development partners and contributors to a meeting within one (1) month to expand the effectiveness of our collective response;review and reinforce the effectiveness of these measures as implemented, at the Intersessional Meeting of Conference in February 2015, and again at the Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government in July 2015. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Recommended for you UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Related Items:CARICOM, carpha, Dr. Denzil Douglas, Ebola, paho, Regional Coordinating Mechanism, Regional Rapid Response Team, Stop Ebola There and Here, who
UPDATE: Interstate 5 is flowing in Vancouver after work was completed about midnight.“Our contractor did a brilliant job of planning this work so they could maximize every second the interstate was closed,” Heidi Sause said this morning. She is a public information officer for the Washington State Department of Transportation.“Things went very smoothly. It was an incredible day.“Northbound was open about 11:20 p.m. and both directions were fully opened just after midnight.”ORIGINAL STORY: Washington State Department of Transportation said its goal was to reopen Interstate 5 in time for the Monday morning work commute.“But if everything goes well, it should be reopened for the Sunday drive to church,” said Allen Hendy, WSDOT project manager, standing on the empty stretch of the interstate on a sunny Saturday afternoon.In fact, it was even earlier than that. At about 11 p.m. Saturday — after The Columbian’s press time — WSDOT announced that it had opened the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 and was to open the freeway to southbound traffic by midnight.As he surveyed the construction scene along the closed section of freeway at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Hendy happily announced that work to place 12 monolithic concrete girders over the interstate was well ahead of schedule.The placement of the girders, and the closure of I-5, was one of the largest construction components of the Salmon Creek Interchange Project, a $133 million effort to remake the northern convergence of I-5 and Interstate 205.
Doug LasherClark County treasurer A weekendlong crash of Clark County’s online Property Information Center couldn’t have come at a worse time for Treasurer Doug Lasher.Property taxes are due today, and the county’s online repository of property information is an integral piece in allowing people to make their payments online. When it stopped communicating with data servers over the weekend, property taxpayers took notice. The online system lets people look up all publicly available information about properties countywide.For some, the crash made it harder to file their tax payments, Lasher said, and caused confusion. But it could have been worse. Both of the county’s third-party payment vendors — the systems that actually take the payments — were accepting money, as long as people had their account numbers. But if they needed to look them up using the Property Information Center, they were out of luck.“It’s a little frustrating,” said Lasher, who acknowledged his office was abuzz with a little more activity than usual ahead of the payment deadline. “We’re so dependent on technology right now.”Bob Pool, the county’s GIS manager, chalked the problem up to inopportune timing. The department has never had the personnel to fix server problems after business hours or over the weekend.“If it goes down, there’s no one watching it,” Pool said.The department continues to look into what went wrong.Despite the extra work fielding email and phone calls Monday, Lasher said payments had been coming in fast and furious. More of them are coming online, Lasher said, despite the system’s hiccup over the weekend. The Property Information Center went back online at around 1:30 p.m. Monday and was still working Tuesday evening.
“We are optimistic for the performance of the industry overall this year. Economic and job growth should continue to drive expansion in exhibitions,” says Allen Shaw, CEIR economist and chief economist for Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc. The tradeshow industry continued its steady recovery following the market collapse in the late 2000s, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). The CEIR Index, a composite figure that accounts for net square footage (NSF), number of exhibitors, attendance and revenue of all major U.S. tradeshows, was up 1.8 percent last year. While the growth is slightly off the projected 2.0-percent return, it marks the fourth-consecutive year of positive gains. The group is forecasting continued improvement over the next three years, as well. Projections show 2.8-percent growth this year, followed by 2.4- and 2.0-percent gains in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Market-by-market performance varied considerably in 2014. Up 5.2 percent, financial, legal and real estate shows were at the top of the industry, followed by building, construction, home and repair (5.1 percent) and food (4.4 percent). Education (-3.0 percent), machinery and finished business outputs (-1.0 percent) were at the opposite end of the spectrum.
Officials are in Anchorage Thursday two days of presentations on synthetic cannabinoids. According to new figures from the Fire Chief Dennis LeBlanc, first responders are seeing calls for spice-related emergencies remain at 9.7% across the municipality. Now, the city is pulling together a broad spectrum of experts from different fields to develop long term strategies.Download AudioAccording to officials, Anchorage is seeing less commercially packaged synthetic cannabinoids like those pictured above and sold over the counter, and more that’s sold in street form, like joints and loose plant matter in baggies. Photo: Daysha Eaton.Nearly 100 people from law enforcement, public health, social services, and representatives from Alaska’s two senators are camped out in a conference room at the Police Training Center to teach each other about Spice. It’s part of a push by the Anchorage Police Department and partner groups to better coordinate a response to what officials have characterized as a health crisis.Though the explosion in spice-related emergency calls has diminished from a dramatic peak in October, Anchorage has seen more than 800 calls for service in the last six months, according to APD Sergeant Jack Carson. It appears, Carson told the group, that Spice is part of a new normal on city streets.“I don’t see in any way that this drug is going away any time soon,” Carson said. “We gotta learn how to live with it, how to regulate it, and how to deal with it as a community. That is not going to just be done by the Anchorage Police Department. It’s gotta be done by the whole community.”Carson spent an hour running conference attendees through the alarming stats on Spice, as well as the complex legal and financial background that give it a tricky enforcement profile.But the biggest new development in the city’s Spice woes is the partnership between law enforcement and public health officials, who often have very different perspectives on drug and addiction issues. Dr. Michael Cooper is with the state’s section of epidemiology, and made the case for collaboration with a slide that read “An emergency is a bad time to start exchanging business cards.”“You don’t want to start meeting your partners in the field in the midst of a crisis,” Cooper said.As for concrete policy solutions, few new options have emerged. Several months ago, the Anchorage Assembly passed legislation criminalizing the sale and manufacture of synthetic cannabinoids, which gives law enforcement new investigative powers to build criminal cases. Officials within the mayor’s administration, however, have said a comprehensive solution will need to involve housing, services, and treatment for addiction issues.“Housing First has been shown to reduce substance use at a significant rate,” wrote Nancy Burke, the municipality’s homelessness coordinator, in an email.According to Nora Morse, special assistant to the mayor, members of the administration have looked into using Title 47, the state’s rule governing involuntary commitment, as a potential tool. But an adjustment to the code was deemed an ineffective recourse for combating Spice abuse.On new policy recommendations, the administration says it is open to suggestions.“If you tell me what to do, I will go do it,” Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said during brief remarks Thursday morning. The Synthetic Cannabinoids Working Group conference lasts through Friday afternoon.
(Graphic by tropicaltidbits.com)Alaska is likely to stay warm this month, while much of the Lower 48 experiences a cold snap. It’s a flip-flop of the expected weather pattern that’s not uncommon, especially in winter.Brian Brettschneider, with our Ask a Climatologist segment, says the culprit is a feature of the jet stream called a Rossby wave.Brettschneider says the jet stream moves around the planet from west to east, but it doesn’t necessarily take the direct route.Listen nowInterview Transcript:Brian: It waves up and it waves down, kind of like a river meandering. We call these waves Rossby waves and there are generally about five of these waves traveling around the globe. But where ever it goes up in one place, it has to come back down somewhere else. It’s kind of like squeezing a balloon. When you squeeze a balloon in the middle, there’s a reaction, it bulges out on other sides of the balloon. So where these waves move northward, like what’s happening now near Alaska, it’s dragging lots warm air from the subtropics. So we feel that as warm. But if you do the math, the average distance between these peaks and troughs is about two to four thousand miles. If you move east two to four thousand miles, you’re talking about the central part of North America. So the jet stream is now racing south over there and it’s pulling in cold air from the north.Annie: Is this more likely to happen in the winter?Brian: We definitely see this in much larger magnitude in the winter. In winter, we have much bigger temperature gradients between lower and higher latitudes and that creates a stronger jet stream and it’s able to move north and south a much greater area and then either draw in warm air from much farther south or cold air from much farther north.Annie: And what about climate change? Is climate change making this phenomenon more noticeable or worse?Brian: We need to be careful. Whenever we have a warm spell, it can be convenient to say, oh this is global warming. Or when we have a cold spell, we can say what global warming? So you have to remember that global warming, climate change, is like this background noise, so our warm spells are a little bit warmer and our cold spells are also a little bit warmer. As the earth warms, the temperature gradient decreases a little bit, so it gets warmer at higher latitudes, much warmer, and it gets somewhat warmer at lower latitudes. So the temperature gradient is a little bit less, the jet stream is a little bit weaker, and is susceptible, perhaps, to greater waviness. It can be a little bit paradoxical, that in the lower 48 they can have more frequent cold outbreaks, but perhaps not as intense as before or not as long lived as before. We do still get warm and cold, it’s just a little bit less intense than it would be in a pre-warming environment.
New Delhi, March 28 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 125.60 points up to stand at 22,339.97. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 54.15 points up to stand at 6,695.90. Adani Power and Union Bank were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.63% and 9.31% along with Oriental Bank and NHPC with an increase of 8.99% and 7.76% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include South Indian Bank and Bharti Infratel with a decrease of 4.48% and 3.19% along with Aurobindo Pharma and Sun TV Network with a decrease of 2.12% and 1.84% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 21.58 points at 13,133.0 while the banking sector is up 189.96 points at 14,604.11 and the realty sector is up 23.39 points at 1,428.69. The Indian currency is up 0.60% at Rs 59.95 per dollar.
Milan and Misha KordestaniPR HandoutStartup founders are the risk takers, the ones who aren’t afraid of failure in the pursuit of reaching their dreams. Creating something new needs attention to detail, good knowledge of the subject and determination to make it stand out, apart from various other factors.Independent record label Guin Records made it big with the release of their debut album Uncharted. The album consists of various hip-hop artists and also consists of their individual tracks. The vibe of the album is completely different from others. The label has got the ability to give artists a unique platform on a large scale. This also proves that the founders of Guin records, the Kordestani siblings definitely like to think outside the box.Milan Kordestani (19) and Misha Kordestani (21) of Guin Records are amongst the youngest record label executives in America. Not many people are acquainted with the fact that the origin of Guin Records happened inside Milan Kordestani’s college dorm room. As a young entrepreneur, Milan is excited to create and be a part of growing industries at a young age, bringing new perspectives to the table.Both Milan and Misha are well aware of the history of hip-hop and also with the kind of impact their label works to create. However, their journey as the proud business owners has not been an easy ride. Being young and inside the business comes with its own challenges. However, when it comes to creating a successful label, Milan and Misha have done everything right, bringing in as many experienced industry personnel that they can, to ensure the label’s success.From coming up with the ethos for an independent record label, Milan’s journey to create this label has been a rollercoaster ride. In the initial days, Milan approached various SoundCloud and YouTube rappers and asked them about their interest in being a part of the Uncharted album. While Misha kept advising him on various matters, things started solidifying, and they quickly became the duo they are known as today. Their joint efforts and out of the box approach started turning heads and bringing in interest from industry heads who wanted to collaborate to bring the mission of Guin to life.Since then, the Kordestani siblings have collaborated with many artists creating cultural impacts in their communities. Their major focus has been on creating music that is impactful. Both Milan and Misha are excited about working with influential artists in the future and making Guin Records a large entity.Milan keeps a strong opinion about the impact of technology on music. He believes that as various streaming platforms have given budding artists their own space and sales, their fandom still remains flickering. While the streaming platforms offer quite less to the artists, they help bring their music to a world panorama.With more playlists and streaming platforms, there is a reduction in album sales. This also brings in the uncertainty about what the future of technology will bring for the artists. Milan believes that artists shape our culture and they should be getting the rewards of the hard work they deserve.Milan Kordestani has got a piece of valuable advice for the coming of age entrepreneurs. He believes that one, especially when new to an industry, should never stop asking questions and learning. He states that “Continuing to be a student in all aspects of my life allows me to improve myself and the work I do daily. I think the moment someone thinks they know everything, they enter a state of ignorance, or they become ‘dated’ within their field.”