Ontario First Nation in battle with feds over use of funds

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Serpent River First Nation in Ontario has opened a new water treatment plant.It’s good news for the community of about 600.But as APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports the community was also looking for fire protection and then Aboriginal Affairs got involved.last_img

Red Cross funds study into how Fort McMurray wildfire affected First Nation

first_imgThe Canadian PressMelanie Dene still remembers the harrowing ordeal of driving through fiery hell during the evacuation of Fort McMurray six months ago with her two young daughters.The chaos of traffic-choked roads, the thick smoke from the massive northern Alberta wildfire and flames so hot that her car stalled _ its engine on fire _ are all still fresh in her mind.“It was scary and I was like ‘Oh my God,” she said. “I just started praying and telling my girls that it was going to be OK.“There was just fire dropping everywhere. I just can’t get that image out of my head. My first thought was we are going to die.”Dene and her family lost their home and all of their belongings in the fire but made it out safely. They now live in Edmonton.She and others are now the subject of a research study into how the wildfire affected First Nation and Metis communities in and around the Fort McMurray region.The Canadian Red Cross is funding research, which involves talking to people whose homes were destroyed in the city, who faced food shortages in outlying communities and those who can no longer hunt, trap or pick berries because of the charred terrain.The study involves five First Nations that make up the Athabasca Tribal Council along with the Wood Buffalo, Willow Lake and Chard Metis communities and other organizations.Maggie Farrington, CEO of the tribal council, said they hope to learn how to help communities recover from the fire and be better prepared for future disasters. The council estimates about 10,000 Indigenous people live in the region, including some who lost homes in some of the hardest hit city neighbourhoods.The $500,000 study is being conducted by a consulting firm and will include asking people to share what happened to them during the fire.“There is a healing element in telling stories,” Farrington said. “At some point their stories will contribute to a larger dialogue to help build a resiliency that we really hope will be the ultimate result of this research.”The report is to be completed in 18 months and its findings are to be shared with governments.Farrington said Indigenous people are determined to bounce back from the wildfire, including eight of her staff who lost homes in the blaze.The tribal council building survived, but the flames scorched the teepee lodge polls the organization uses for ceremonies. Staff simply scraped off the charred areas so they can be used again.Before May 3, Dene always thought of fire as a source of warmth, not as something mean and destructive. She said it took time before she could even look at a campfire, but finally came to terms with her fear.During a birthday celebration for one of her daughters she made a point of looking directly into the flames in a fireplace.“It was really hard for me. I was terrified. But I did it,” she said.“It has been six months and I still feel that we are still experiencing the trauma.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Its Camp Day at Tim Hortons

first_imgIt’s Camp Day at Tim Hortons, and that means 100 per cent of the money from coffee sales will go towards helping thousands of kids go camping.The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation has seven camps across Canada and the United States which allow kids from low-income families enjoy the camp experience.Tim Hortons is also hoping people will encourage others to give by using the hashtag #CampDay and by mentioning @TimHortons on Twitter and Instagram.Last year, a record-breaking $13.7-million was raised.last_img read more

Council wont increase the tax rate in 2019

first_imgJoy said, “What is curious is why did BC Assesment increase the property values in the first place and then so quickly revert it back.”Although Commercial buildings were the highest number of rates that changed, Council did not want to punish everyone for a discrepancy that came from B.C. Assessment. Mayor Lori Ackerman said B.C. Assessment may catch on, as Council shared other businesses have the right to file against their property values as well.According to City Staff, in January, each year the BC Assessment Authority provides Local Governments with their projected assessments. Those numbers are used to determine what the annual LEVY will be. The levy is the number of tax dollars the city collects as well as the number used to balance the budget.BC Assessment final numbers are provided to municipalities at the end of the first quarter of the year. Local governments then finalize their budgets — the year. Local governments then finalize their budgets.To watch the Council’s decision, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN – Counc has decided to transfer funds from the City’s tax stabilization reserve rather than increase property taxes.Council agreed unanimously that City staff increase the 2019 Return on Investment Income by $350,000 and transfer $251,514 from the Tax Stabilization Reserve to cover a budget shortfall of $601,514.David Joy, General Manager of corporate services said he received a final report from the B.C. Assessment Office last week.  Assessment appeals doubled from 99 in 2018 to 171 in 2019. The appeals saw the total assessed value of properties drop by $37,249,546 from January.last_img read more

NEATs Lets Go Outside Program

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – NEAT has recently announced the newest addition to their Wildling family of programming called ‘Let’s Go Outside’.Let’s Go Outside is geared towards children 6 years of age and younger and their families and/or caregivers.NEAT shares, Let’s Go Outside is a hands-on exploration of nature, which is led by Wildling Leaders, and will lead parent/caregiver and child(ren) into the heart of the forest to go on scavenger hunts, play games, create nature-themed art and crafts, sing songs and let your imagination soar. Upcoming events are being held on;Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amFriday, July 31st, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amWednesday, July 31st, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amWith more dates throughout AugustParent & Child Wednesdays ($5/Adult) and Childcare Provider Fridays ($10/Childcare Group)At the end of each session, parents, guardians and childcare providers will leave with a pamphlet of activities, crafts, songs and book lists to add to your “toolbox” of ideas that will keep you and your little one(s) busy for days!In order to participate, you must pre-register.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Jabra launches new soft neckband earbuds in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Denmark-based Jabra, a subsidiary of GN Netcom that makes in-ear and on-ear audio wearables, on Thursday launched its Evolve 65e soft neckband earbuds in India with up to 13 hours of battery life for Rs 20,320 (excluding GST). The Jabra Evolve 65e features Skype for business certification that ensures users enjoy crystal-clear call and music quality. The earbuds also support eight hours of talk time. “Enterprises are constantly seeking new ways to enable their employees to be productive wherever they are, making UC one of the most important mobile technologies today. But if mobile workers are to use professional headsets, they will expect the same wearing-styles and form-factors, great comfort and range of features that they get from their consumer devices,” Holger Reisinger, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Jabra, said in a statement. The device would be available starting May at authorised Jabra channel partners and resellers. The Jabra Evolve 65e sports Skype for Business and UC-certification, courtesy its four-microphone system. With two in the microphone box capturing voice and one in each earbud, the device uses DSP algorithm to find the optimum voice-to-noise ratio for clarity.last_img read more

Jeff Bezos unveils new Moon-lander from Blue Origin

first_imgWashington: Speaking about his plans of getting to the moon by 2024, Amazon and US-based aerospace company Blue Origin Founder, Jeff Bezos unveiled a new Moon-lander called “Blue Moon” along with a smaller rover at the Walter E. Washington Convention Centre here. “Today, our founder shared our vision to go to space to benefit Earth. We must return to the Moon-this time to stay. We’re ready to support @NASA in getting there by 2024 with #bluemoon,” Blue Origin said in a tweet on Thursday. The Moon-lander “Blue Moon” was in development for three years. In the near future, Bezos envisions creating enormous space colonies in close proximity to Earth, as a way of expanding humanity to a trillion people, CNET reported. Bezos revealed that the larger variant of the lander would not only be able to get people on the Moon, but also be able to carry the rover to shoot off small satellites and execute scientific missions. Apart from Bezos’ Blue Origin, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic are also working on the future of space tourism with larger rockets for orbital space travel. Sharing a screenshot of Bezos’ announcement, Musk took to Twitter and wrote: “Oh stop teasing, Jeff.”last_img read more

Rabat urges Tehran to respect Moroccan sovereignty to resume diplomatic relations

first_imgRabat – Rabat urges Tehran to respect Moroccan sovereignty in order to resume diplomatic relations.In response to Iran‘s request to resume diplomatic relations between the two countries, Morocco called on Iran to respect Morocco’s sovereignty and refrain from intervening in its internal affairs again.Minister of Foreign Affairs Salah Eddine Mezouar received a phone call from the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Javad Zarif in order to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Moroccan Foreign Minister highlighted the reasons that led to the severance of diplomatic ties between Tehran and Rabat in 2009, while Zarif confirmed Iran’s keenness to resume relations with Morocco.The Iranian News Agency MAHR reported Wednesday that the assistant of the Iranian minister stated that Zarif and Mezouar agreed on the need to resume diplomatic relations between Morocco and Iran, adding that the embassies of the two countries would open soon.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Worry About Johnny Manziels Weight Not His Height

“If you’re 6-5, 230, run a certain time, there’s like 35 guys I can compare you to that have been successful in this league. If you’re 5-11, there’s two, unless you go back to Fran Tarkenton: Doug Flutie and Russell Wilson. That’s not real good odds to me. You still might make it, but history says no. Just because you’re 5-11 doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. Johnny has magic.” — Bruce Arians, head coach of the Arizona Cardinals“I feel like I play like I’m 10 feet tall.” — Johnny ManzielAt the NFL scouting combine in February, wildly popular Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel officially measured in at 71¾ inches and 207 pounds. His diminutive stature was such a hot topic prior to the 2014 NFL draft that the media couldn’t resist the puns: “Johnny Manziel Comes Up Short At NFL Combine “(CBS Cleveland); “The Long and Short of Johnny Manziel” (ESPN Cleveland); “Will Johnny Manziel Measure Up for the Browns?” (CantonRep.com).Ultimately, the Cleveland Browns selected Manziel with the 22nd pick in the first round. With several QB-starved teams near the top of the draft (including the Browns, who passed up two earlier chances to draft Manziel, first by trading out of the fourth pick and then by selecting Justin Gilbert with the eighth), most expected him to go higher.We don’t know why Manziel went where he did, but we do know that he is undersized for his position. And historically NFL teams’ approach to undersized QBs has been not to draft them — if they’re short. My research suggests this strategy is insufficiently nuanced: If height matters at all, NFL teams have already accounted for that and then some. Being too light-weight, on the other hand, appears to be a stronger predictor of performance (or lack thereof), and NFL teams seem not to have accounted for it enough.For a QB of Manziel’s height, being drafted even late in the first round is incredibly rare. From the 1967 merger through 2013, NFL teams selected 209 quarterbacks in the first three rounds of the draft, yet just five of them were 72 inches (6 feet) or shorter. Of those five, only Michael Vick (listed as 6 feet) was selected in the first round. For comparison: Since 1987, NBA teams have drafted five players 6 feet or shorter in just the first 10 picks of the first round.If we looked at those five quarterbacks alone, drafting short QBs would look like a pretty good bet. They have a combined career Approximate Value (AV)1I’m not in love with this metric — or really any QB rating metrics — but it sums well, and for testing league-wide hypotheses, virtually any reasonable metric will do. of 260 — greater than the combined AV (210) of all 12 QBs listed as 78 inches (6 feet 6 inches) and taller.This comparison is for amusement purposes only: It’s a tiny sample, and both of these groups include a number of active players with a lot of productive years ahead of them. But it hints at bigger issues with how the NFL accounts for height.Many media pre-draft scouting reports don’t distinguish between height and weight, frequently referring to a player’s “size” or “bulk” instead. But when it comes to size metrics, the NFL appears to be much more forgiving of light quarterbacks than short ones. The average weight for a 71- to 72-inch quarterback is 202 pounds, yet 27 quarterbacks this weight or below have been drafted in the first three rounds over the same time period (1967-2013), which saw only five QBs of that height taken.To examine whether this particular reluctance to draft short QBs (while being willing to draft light ones) makes any sense, I classified the broader pool of drafted quarterbacks (limiting to those selected in the top seven rounds) based on how they compared to Manziel’s weight and height. From there I compared each group’s average AV per season to see whether any of the groups performed better than the others.Looking at the right column, we see that short QBs have done slightly better on average than non-short QBs (3.0 average AV per season versus 2.4). But even with seven rounds of draft picks this number is still pretty small: Just 29 short QBs are included in this comparison (so the results are not statistically significant).But the weight columns show a stark divide between quarterbacks on either side of Manziel (2.7 average AV per season versus 1.6 overall). There’s a broader sample, too: 107 players weighed in at 207 pounds or less, compared to 311 who were heavier.Based on that, it seems that drafting a quarterback of Manziel’s weight is a more dangerous proposition than drafting one of his height. But that’s a pretty crude binary analysis. Because the NFL draft market is fairly efficient, if there were a relationship between height or weight and career potential, we’d probably expect it to be priced into each quarterback’s draft position (or whether a quarterback gets drafted at all).So let’s expand the investigation to include each quarterback’s draft position. Then, rather than splitting the players into groups, let’s look at the overall correlations between height, weight and pick2Technically these correlations use the logarithm of each player’s pick, as do all the regressions in this article. and a few different QB metrics — Approximate Value, yards per game and yards per attempt.3If you’re wondering why I’m not using more complicated efficiency metrics like Passer Rating, ESPN’s QBR, or Brian Burke’s Win Percentage Added, it’s because I think they all correspond much too strongly with the style and quality of a QB’s team and offense — at least for these purposes. If you’re making finely grained comparisons, you may be willing to accept that cost in exchange for those metrics’ higher precision, but for evaluating the long-run impacts of hundreds of QBs, I prefer to use broader measures. Mostly what I want to know is how likely these players were to have long, productive careers. (For this comparison, I’ve filtered out QBs drafted later than 2008.)That grouping of bars on the left shows us that height is at least a little correlated to Approximate Value, yards per game and yards per attempt — but it correlates much better with the QB’s draft position. Weight, on the other hand, correlates to our QB metrics much more, and, importantly, it correlates with draft position less.In other words, height appears to tell us less than weight does, and what it does tell us we’re more likely to have already known.While correlations alone don’t tell us what’s causing what, so far this is a pretty poor showing for height as a predictor of quarterback performance. But there are still a lot of possibilities, so to get a better sense of which variables are doing what work, I created regression models that use height, weight and draft pick to predict a variety of metrics, and then compared how important each variable was to each model.Those regressions produced “t-values,” basic measures of the predictive reliability of each variable.4It’s the weight you should put on the variable divided by its average error. In this case we’re looking for a minimum value of 2.0.5This is about the cutoff for “statistical significance,” meaning that the correspondence seen in the data would happen less than 5 percent of the time by chance. This is about the minimum amount of confidence you need in a variable to make using it worth your while. Not only is height not a good predictor when combined with weight and pick location, it’s a slightly negative one (though to be a statistically significant negative predictor, we’d want to see values below -2.0). This doesn’t mean that height is bad, it just means that — whatever value it may have — NFL teams are likely overvaluing it.Weight, however, is a highly significant predictor for these metrics.6As it is for most metrics to varying degrees, though it does tend to do best on per-game and per-year bases. Since draft location is included as input for this regression, this strongly suggests that NFL teams have not been sufficiently pricing weight into their selections.There are a number of possible reasons for this. My guess would be that it has something to do with the physicality of the NFL game, and that teams may become enamored with a QB’s skill or accuracy and undervalue his strength or durability. But figuring out exactly why weight is so predictive is a whole different investigation, and one which may be too complicated for the amount of data available.7This is basically the main challenge with every NFL-related problem. So instead of diving deeper, let’s simplify.The thing we really care about is whether a QB has a minimally successful career. To test this, I’ve set the “successful career” cutoff at about 32 AV, which sets apart more or less the top 100 drafted QBs since 1967.8Note that it doesn’t really matter exactly where we draw the line so much as that we draw a line at all: Anything will do for a barometer. Basically, our “successful” cutoff is going to be all the good QBs you’ve heard of, down to about the likes of Joey Harrington, Rick Mirer, Vince Young, Byron Leftwich or (going further back) Steve Spurrier. While the worst of the “successful” quarterbacks may sound pretty bad to you (Tim Couch, Browns fans?), nearly two-thirds of quarterbacks selected 22nd overall (Manziel’s draft position) will likely be even worse.We can predict the baseline likelihood of a QB being “successful” or not by using a logistic regression9A regression that predicts binary outcomes like wins/losses, good/bad, etc. with just his draft position.10In case you’re interested, the Excel formula for this is =1/(1+EXP(-(1.1536-0.40511*[logpick]))), where [logpick] is the logarithm of the QB’s draft position in base 2 (or log([pick],2)). I’ve grouped QBs by rounding their weight to the nearest 5 pounds, then calculated how many of that group should have had “successful” careers based on each of their draft positions, and then compared that to the number of them who actually did. Once that was done, I plotted how each group succeeded relative to our expectations.The red line shows how much more or less likely a QB of a given weight is to be successful than we would expect based on his draft position alone.11In Excel, this formula is: =((1/(1+EXP(-(-7.814506+0.031653*[weight]))))-0.272723209)/0.272723209. Manziel is listed as 207 pounds. From the model, we’d expect about 19 percent fewer 207-pound QBs to be successful than we would expect based on their draft position.The odds of being “successful” for a QB taken 22nd overall are approximately 34 percent. The odds of a 207-pound quarterback selected 22nd overall being successful are around 27 percent (81 percent of 34 percent). In draft-pick terms, that’s about the same as an average-weighted quarterback drafted 38th overall — a substantial but certainly not damning drop. We can make that same kind of calculation for each draft position.On the other hand, Manziel was projected to go higher in the draft. It’s possible that he was unfairly dinged for his height, but not dinged enough for his weight.If the Browns had selected Manziel with the eighth pick, my model’s size-weight adjustment (which is basically a weight adjustment, since height didn’t meet the threshold for inclusion), would make him about as likely to be successful as a No. 16 pick. That would match up pretty well with the Browns’ actual draft day decisions: to pass on Manziel with the eighth pick, but then to trade up to take him with the 22nd. read more

Sarri unconcerned by Chelsea defeat

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri dismissed the significance of their defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night due to the fact that their rivals were better prepared for the encounterThe Blues had a promising start at Dublin with Antonio Rudiger giving the club a sixth-minute lead over their London rivals when his header found the back of the net.But, following Alvaro Morata’s penalty-miss, Chelsea’s early dominance began to gradually decline with Arsenal grabbing a very late equaliser through Alexandre Lacazette in the third-minute of injury time to force a penalty shoot-out.After the first 11 penalties were all taken perfectly, Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s miss proved to be decisive with Arsenal leaving Ireland with a 6-5 win.However, due to Chelsea’s late start in their pre-season preparations, Sarri was still “really happy” with his new side.“We had our first training on 16 July,” he told the club website.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We were late compared to Arsenal’s physical condition. We did very well in the first half. We made a mistake in the last minute, but I’m really happy with the performance.”As for Morata’s penalty-miss, Sarri suggested that the birth of his twins on Saturday might have had an impact.“I don’t know if he is not confident. Maybe he was tired. The last three days for him were very intense, so maybe this match he was a bit tired. I am not worried about Morata,” he said.Next up for Chelsea is the Community Shield against Manchester City on Sunday.“The starting XI today is very near to the starting XI in the Community Shield,” added Sarri.last_img read more

Weekly Names Deputy Governor as Person of the Year

first_img Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA #MagneticNewsMedia#DGPersonoftheyear Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#DGPersonoftheyear, #MagneticNewsMediacenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 13, 2017 –  Deputy Governor Anya Williams is the Turks and Caicos Weekly News Person of the year.   The article which features the Grand Turk native as scholar, an icon and a diplomat praises her for juggling a demanding job which gives her responsibility for some 1,700 civil servants and her personal life as a wife and mother of three with, and I quote, “dignity, distinction and integrity”.DG Anya Williams at the age of 36, holds the top position of any woman in the TCI and this year marks her 14th year in TCIG.   Part her of childhood was spent in Canada, her parents are Dennis and Deborah Swann and among her educational accolades is a Masters Degree from Florida International University in Accounting, and Associate’s Degree in Law, English and Accounting; the Deputy Governor completed her time at university in the top 10% with a 3.9GPA.Hon Anya Williams called the accolade by the TC Weekly News an honor and privilege. Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

71 of Websites May Be Under Reporting Traffic

first_imgThis story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline.Are you sure your Web page tags are in order? BPA Worldwide says that in a recent survey involving 900 site audits, 71 percent of them had not tagged every page for accurate traffic counting. When a site had missing tags, on average, 11 percent of the pages were not being counted. Often sites are so large that the owners simply miss pages or add templates with tags that don’t apply to older pages.For the rest of the story, click here.last_img read more

Celebrating the badass women of Marvel for International Womens Day

first_img Comments Black Widow takes out a room of men — while tied to a chair. Gamora wins an electric sword fight with her sister Nebula. Okoye points a spear at her own husband after he charges her down on a rhino. The women of Marvel, needless to say, are fearless.  CBS Interactive, which CNET is part of, is celebrating the March 8 release of Captain Marvel, and all of International Women’s Month, by highlighting the powerful women of Marvel movies and shows. We’re focusing not only on the incredible women of the MCU, but also on Marvel comics and their impact on pop culture. Multiple CBS sites have come together to produce this special report on the women of the Marvel universe. CNET has a mega-bracket showdown of powerful women; Entertainment Tonight is profiling prominent women behind and in front of the camera; and TV Guide will look ahead at the future of Marvel’s strong characters on the small screen.  Highlighting the scope of talented women who work at CBS Interactive, women throughout the company wrote, edited and produced every article, gallery and video in this collection — from our long-running compendium of Marvel movies to our roundtable of women talking about more strong ladies and our Q&A with Danai Gurira, Black Panther’s General Okoye, for CNET Magazine.  Women of the MCU making magic  Captain Marvel may be taking the lead right now, but many other women have been key to making magic happen in the Marvel universe. CNET’s Patricia Puentes talked to costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who just won an Oscar for costume design for Black Panther. Entertainment Tonight looks at the women of Wakanda, aka all the women behind Black Panther, making Oscar history. And there’ll be much, much more Marvel flying your way.  More on iDaily: Can you name all 25 of these Marvel women? Tags Now playing: Watch this: How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 3:04 Powerful women of the Marvel universe Captain Marvel sets the stage Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, the 21st MCU movie now open around the world. For anyone unfamiliar with Captain Marvel’s backstory, check out GameSpot’s comic book history of Captain Marvel. CNET’s Patricia Puentes called the film “two hours of pure female empowerment packaged with all the visual power you’d expect from a Marvel blockbuster.”Additionally, Entertainment Tonight’s Meredith B. Kile reviewed Captain Marvel, noting that its “origin-story-in-reverse structure allows Captain Marvel to do away with many of the more overdone origin story tropes.” As the film opens, GameSpot will feature more explainers, spoilers, and breakdowns of how Captain Marvel (and those post-credits scenes!) will tie into Avengers: Endgame.  More from GameSpot: How the Skrulls change everything and Why everyone’s talking about Goose the cat 4 Becoming a Marvel woman through cosplay, and getting paid for it 15 Photos 26 Photos Share your voice International Women’s Month The first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States all the way back in 1909, many years before we’d celebrate Women’s History Month. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8 to be National Women’s History Week, and by 1987, Congress had passed a statute designating March as Women’s History Month. We continue to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. Did we mention one or 100 times that’s the day Captain Marvel, the first female-led film in the entire MCU, comes out?  Since the ’90s, the United Nations has focused on an annual theme for International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.” That’s why it feels appropriate for us to look to the women of Marvel who’ve been working in innovative ways, both on screen and off screen, to get more seats at the franchise’s proverbial table.  More on Entertainment Tonight: Women of Wakanda: The Female Forces Behind ‘Black Panther’s Historic Oscar Push TV and Movies Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Marvellast_img read more

VW will invest 26B in Argo AI and let Ford use its

first_img VW’s adorable I.D. Buzz charms us on the California coast 0 Enlarge ImageOne big happy family. Ford Volkswagen and Ford first announced their partnership at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but it was limited to midsize pickup trucks and commercial vans. Various reports about investments and platform sharing followed, but nothing was confirmed by either automaker — until now.Ford and Volkswagen announced on Friday that the two will deepen their partnerships. Specifically, the two will leverage their strengths in electric vehicles and autonomy, giving the two automakers more solid footing in both arenas.VW will invest $2.6 billion in Argo AI. $1 billion will come from funding, while the remaining $1.6 billion will come in the form of VW’s Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID) company, which has more than 200 employees and has been responsible for self-driving-car development for the VW Group. VW will also purchase some Argo AI shares from Ford over three years, bringing the AV subsidiary’s total valuation to some $7 billion.AID’s headquarters in Munich will become Argo AI’s European headquarters, with CEO Karlheinz Wurm staying on to head efforts on the other side of the pond. It appears AID’s current employees will all stay on board, as well. Argo AI already has a HQ in Pittsburgh and other facilities in California, Michigan and New Jersey. Argo AI’s goal is the same — developing hardware and software for self-driving vehicles that can be manufactured and deployed at scale.Ford also gets something out of this partnership. Volkswagen will officially open up use of its MEB scalable electric-vehicle platform, which Ford will use for an all-new EV model that’s aimed to go on sale in 2023. The two automakers will also look at other ways to work together on electric vehicles, but it didn’t go into much detail there. Ford hopes to deliver more than 600,000 MEB-based EVs for Europe over six years. There’s no word yet on whether these vehicles will come to the US.The OEMs also shared some more details on their already-announced truck and van collaborations. Ford will engineer and build a midsize pickup for both companies for Europe, Africa, South America and other markets. Ford will also engineer and build a large commercial van for both automakers for Europe. Meanwhile, VW will develop and build a city van for both automakers for Europe. Sorry, US buyers, it doesn’t appear this part of the partnership affects us in any way. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Check out the VW ID 3’s clever camouflage Preview • Volkswagen I.D. Buzz: Driving this concept gets us smiling Car Industry Autonomous Vehicles Electric Cars More about 2022 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz 10 Photos Volkswagen Ford null More From Roadshow 3:28 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ford Volkswagenlast_img read more

Use these apps to make your home awesome

first_img Comment iOS 12 Amazon Nanoleaf Canvas decorates your smart home in living color Tags Mobile Software Mobile Apps Phones 1center_img Now playing: Watch this: 2:38 Accents on a fireplace can be a the perfect addition in any room. The Washington Post/Getty Images As soon as my husband and I got the keys to our first house, my mind was overflowing with ideas. I was already planning how to arrange what little furniture we had, color schemes and where to find the best accent pieces to make the rooms cozy. Once I’d got past my delusion that unpacking was going to be easy, I soon found that decorating the house was a lot more challenging than expected. Technology can give an assist these days, thankfully. If you’re overwhelmed with the task of making your house a better living space, these apps could help you channel your inner interior designer.AmazonYou can find almost anything on Amazon (download for iOS or Android). Simply search “home decor,” for example, to begin your interior design journey. Browse through furniture, kitchen and dining room items, bedding, wall art and more. The prices can be pretty reasonable, and if you’re willing to subscribe to Prime, you’ll get free shipping and your items delivered sooner. When you find something you like, you can either add it to your cart (and save for later) or add it to a public list that others can see and give you feedback. You can make multiple lists and easily switch between them in the app with a few taps.Interior Design 4 Tim Graham/Getty Images One of my favorite features in the Amazon app is the augmented reality (AR) feature that’s available on some furniture items. The app uses your phone’s camera to show you exactly what a bookshelf or rug would look like in your home. Other items have a View in 360 feature that allows you to rotate a piece of furniture in the app. Unfortunately, not every item can be viewed in 360 or AR.Home Depot or Lowe’sIf you’re renovating or remodeling a room, you might spend more time looking at appliances, power tools, ceiling fans, cabinets and flooring than checking out wall art. Home improvement superstores such as Home Depot (download for iOS or Android) and Lowe’s (download for iOS or Android) both have apps to help guide you.With the Lowe’s app, you can search and view products in AR or 360, like Amazon’s app. Home Depot’s app has voice and image search features to help you track down what you need quickly, even if you’re unfamiliar with it. Additionally, if you get stuck, you can live chat with a Home Depot product expert in the app.Both apps include store layouts so you know where your item is (and where you are!) by store, aisle and bay number. Anything you order from either store’s app can be picked up in-store or delivered to your house.Interior Design 2 Heritage Images / Getty Images Palette Cam and Color HarmonyOne piece of advice my mother gave me when I moved into my house was to not pick out furniture based on the color the walls were already painted. Paint is cheaper than furniture, she said. Finding the right color scheme for your room is, well, an art form. Fortunately, the Palette Cam (download for iOS) and Color Harmony (download for Android) apps help tell the difference between “eggshell” and “ivory.”Both apps let you make color palettes– from pictures, real life or your imagination– and translates the color into HEX or RGB so you can buy the perfect shade for any project.MichaelsDesigning can quickly get expensive. Thankfully, Michaels’ app (download for iOS or Android) can knock down your final total when checking out at the store or online. The Michaels app has weekly ads and coupons that you can use at checkout, a rewards program, exclusive offers, early sale alerts and more to help you stay on budget.You can also browse products (to see if they’re available and where they are in the store) and project ideas for crafters of any skill level. Interior Design 3 Rick Madonik/Getty Images PinterestPinterest (download for iOS or Android) is one of my favorite apps to get decorating ideas. The app also has tons of DIY crafts and decoration ideas. You can grab some inspiration from other people’s projects and photos or find a step-by-step tutorial.If you search “home decor,” you’ll find ways to organize your bathroom, arrange photos on the wall, make your entryway welcoming and more. Across the top of the screen, Pinterest gives you other suggestions to narrow down your searches. You can check out, “on a budget,” “apartment,” “rustic,” “DIY” and more. Wayfair Wayfair’s jingle gets stuck in my head all the time. It’s easy to fall down the store’s rabbit hole of bookshelves, rugs, pillows, tables and more in all styles. Shop by department or you can get inspired with curated collections of room ideas. You can explore everything available online or on Wayfair’s app (download for iOS or Android). There are sales every day that you can access in the toolbar at the bottom of the app’s home screen. Wayfair offers free shipping if you spend over $49 and, with an account, you can save any items you like. Before you buy anything, see what it’ll look like in your space by tapping View in Room 3D. The tool uses AR to project an item through your phone’s camera and tells you its dimensions. Interior Design 5 The Washington Post/Getty Images Room PlannerThe Room Planner app (download for iOS or Android) is a great way to visualize your dream home. Create the layout of your room or home down to exact dimensions in 2D and continue your designs in 3D.The app includes architectural objects like furniture and fixtures that you can drag and drop into your digital home. To truly visualize the space, Room Planner includes countertop colors, floor designs like wood or tile, and wall colors. Whether you’re starting a room from scratch or you’re deciding how to rearrange your furniture, Room Planner is handy.Bright Nest Once your home is finished, you want to make sure it stays in tip-top shape. Regular home maintenance can play second fiddle to our daily tasks and stresses. The Bright Nest app (download for iOS or Android) reminds you of anything that might need a routine fix.The app is packed with homeowner maintenance tips and tricks about sump pumps, testing smoke detectors, inspecting fireplaces and checking for mold. Read up on ways to clean your microwave with lemons or ways to decorate an unfinished basement.  Share your voicelast_img read more

Bird or bunny Internet optical illusion sends viewers down a rabbit hole

first_img The optical illusion came to life, it’s official, someone has a magic pen!!! pic.twitter.com/EDX84LTzT8— Keisha Renee (@Broadwaybandit5) August 20, 2019 Post a comment Forget the blue/black (or was it white/gold?) optical illusion dress. The Yanny or Laurel debate is so last year. Now we want to know: Is the animal being petted in this Twitter video a fuzzy black bunny, or a sleek raven? Share your voice Quintana himself is enjoying the public response.”I’m surprised to see how popular the tweet has been. I only expected that psychological scientists would be interested, but it’s gone much further than my community,” he told me. “It seems about two-thirds of people are insisting it’s a bird, and the remainder are either insisting it’s a rabbit or can’t decide.”Now that we’ve got the bird-bunny controversy straightened out, there are plenty of other confusing animals out there to identify. 0 Yanny or Laurel this: Viral illusions freak out the internet Many social-media users figured out the solution on their own. “That is not a rabbit, it is indeed a corvid,” wrote one, indicating the nictitating membrane Quintana also noted.  Not sure if rubbing left looking rabbit on the nose oran upward looking bird on the head (ears=beak) pic.twitter.com/RxTMwWD7za— ꜱᴡᴀᴘɴɪʟ ಠ_ಠ ʙʜᴀᴛɪᴀ (@synbiocs) August 18, 2019 Daniel Quintana, a senior researcher in biological psychiatry at the University of Oslo in Norway, posted the video to Twitter on Sunday. As of Tuesday, the clip had been viewed 1.7 million times on Twitter, retweeted more than 8,000 times, and liked 33,000 times. More optical illusions Random ok so I posted this on your fb too, but gotta make sure people appreciate it here too haha pic.twitter.com/zFl1uEvmDi— Dani Crain (@DCrainium) August 18, 2019center_img That is not a rabbit, it is indeed a Corvid. Notice the nictitating membrane when it blinks. Instead of moving up and down, it sweeps across the eye horizontally like a windscreen wiper and is translucent.— Greta GG (@GretaGarbolini) August 19, 2019 pic.twitter.com/69qPk87yss— Brainoscience (@brainoscience) August 18, 2019 Give yourself a hand if you can make sense of this optical illusion Wolf optical illusion shows internet a howling good time Gaze at ‘ghost ship,’ the latest optical illusion haunting the Internet Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose pic.twitter.com/aYOZGAY6kP— Dan Quintana 🐰 (@dsquintana) August 18, 2019 18 Photos pic.twitter.com/IeWEPVE5bW— ShadowSpade (@ShadowSpadeXIV) August 19, 2019 “Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose,” a cheeky Quintana wrote. And then the controversy erupted. Because… the animal being petted does look quite a bit like a soft, fluffy black bunny rabbit, except perhaps for some unusually sharp looking ears.Move your attention to the ears, and… hey, are they ears after all? They might be the major giveaway that this is no bunny, but instead a bird, and the “ears” are its open beak.Quintana told me that’s not his original video. He spotted the clip on a tweet sent by photo service Imgur on Saturday and shared it to his own feed. A representative for Imgur didn’t immediately respond to queries about the origin of the video.”The static bird/rabbit illusion is well-known within psychology and philosophy, so when I saw a video, I thought it would be interesting to share it, ” Quintana told me in an email.Quntana himself was never fooled by the feathers-or-fur dilemma.”I thought it was fairly clear that the video was of a bird… as you can see the translucent nictitating membrane sweep across the eye horizontally (rabbits don’t have membranes like this) and the positioning of the ‘ears’ are a little strange,” he said.But he intentionally captioned the video to send readers falling down a rabbit hole.”I made the rabbit comment to prime readers into thinking it was actually a rabbit, to give it a fighting chance at least,” he said. “When you only see the beak in your peripheral vision, it really seems like they’re ears. Without this misleading cue, I thought most people would have seen a bird.”As for the bird itself, Quintana says, “I’m pretty confident this is a white-necked raven, but I’m not a corvid expert so I can’t say this with 100 percent certainty.” (Corvid is the bird family that includes crows and ravens.)Social-media users had fun with the confusion. Was it Duck Season, or Rabbit Season? One Twitter user summed it up nicely, writing, “Not sure if rubbing left looking rabbit on the nose or an upward looking bird on the head (ears=beak).” Tags Snailed it! Here’s my rabbit pic.twitter.com/KuSGNOAAQR— Stan O’Connor (@TourguideStan) August 18, 2019 Twitterlast_img read more

East meets West pairing tea and chocolate

first_imgEast meets West pairing tea and chocolate625 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00East meets West pairing tea and chocolate625 viewsBusinessPairing Chinese tea with luxurious chocolates at this Hong Kong workshop. The latest take on having a tea party, as East meets West in a region fast becoming choko-obsessed. Chinese consumption ofVentuno Web Player 4.50Pairing Chinese tea with luxurious chocolates at this Hong Kong workshop. The latest take on having a tea party, as East meets West in a region fast becoming choko-obsessed. Chinese consumption oflast_img read more

Nazmul Huda gets bail in bribery case

first_imgNazmul Huda. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to former minister Nazmul Huda in a graft case, reports UNB.A four-member bench led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order accepting his leave-to-appeal petition.On 8 November last year, the High Court commuted former communications minister Nazmul Huda’s seven years’ imprisonment to four years in the graft case and ordered him to surrender before the court.He surrendered before the court on 6 January and the court sent him to jail.Later, he filed a leave-to appeal petition and another petition seeking bail.Lawyers AF Hasan Arif, Monsurul Haque Chowdhury and Sigma Huda stood for Nazmul Huda and Khushid Alam Khan for the Anti-Corruption Commission.On 27 August, 2007, a Special Judge’s Court sentenced the former BNP minister to seven years’ imprisonment while his wife to three years’ imprisonment in the case filed by the ACC.However, the High Court on 20 March, 2011 acquitted them from the charge and later the Appellate Division on 1 December, 2014 scrapped the HC verdict and asked for hearing the petition again.ACC deputy director Shariful Islam filed the case against Nazmul Huda and his wife Sigma Huda on 21 March, 2007 on charge of taking Tk 24 million as bribe from a person named Mir Jaher Hossain.last_img read more

We Feel Like Home Displaced Puerto Ricans Celebrate Traditional Christmas Parranda

first_imgRyan Caron King for NPRA musical group playing traditional Puerto Rican bomba music performs at a parranda in Hartford, Conn.Merely Torres-Garcia has been living in a hotel room in Hartford, Conn., with her husband and two kids after losing part of her house in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria. She said spending the Christmas season in the northeastern cold has been hard for her family. But on Saturday night, in the noisy atrium of Hartford City Hall, it felt a little bit like Christmas on the island.“My kids are happy. We feel like home in here right now,” she said.Torres-Garcia was at a Christmas celebration called a parranda, where members of Hartford’s Puerto Rican community greeted families displaced by the storm with a musical parade and a hot meal.A traditional Puerto Rican parranda features carolers traveling from one house to the next — sharing food, drinks and singing Christmas songs late into the night. Saturday’s celebration happened inside to avoid the cold weather outdoors. But Torres-Garcia said the parranda made her proud to be Puerto Rican.“It’s part of us, what we are,” Torres-Garcia said. “We are loud. And we like to dance. We like to sing, we like to do all of that stuff. And that only means — Puerto Rico.”Carmen Cotto grew up in Hartford, and had recently moved to the island before the hurricane flooded her house. She said the event started the Christmas season for families who have focused more on recovering from the hurricane. She said that many Puerto Ricans start celebrating right after Thanksgiving.“Christmas hasn’t really started for many. And this was like our kickoff for Christmas,” Cotto said.Cotto’s father Angel Luis also came to live in Hartford temporarily after the storm. He said he enjoyed the night’s festivities — but he wants to go home as soon as he can.“It’s different, different, different,” he said. “It’s nice over here, but it’s no place like Puerto Rico.”Luis said he was sad during the parranda as he thought about all the people still suffering on the island. But he said at the same time, he was also happy — because this was the first time they had gotten to celebrate since the storm.NPR’s Isabel Dobrin produced this story for the Web. Copyright 2017 WNPR News. To see more, visit WNPR News. Sharelast_img read more

3D virtual birth simulator may help avoid complicated births

first_img Citation: 3D virtual birth simulator may help avoid complicated births (2013, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-3d-virtual-birth-simulator-complicated.html Explore further More information: medicalxpress.com/news/2013-11 … birth-simulator.html Researchers pioneer first patient-specific 3-D virtual birth simulator © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img 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. The team prepared their presentation last month for the International Conference on E-Health and Bioengineering in Romania, which took place from November 21 to November 23. Dr Rudy Lapeer, from the university’s school of computing sciences, said, ‘We are creating a forward-engineered simulation of childbirth using 3D graphics to simulate the sequence of movements as a baby descends through the pelvis during labor.” The study is titled, “Towards a Forward Engineered Simulation of the Cardinal Movements of Human Childbirth’.” The authors are Zelimkhan Gerikhanov, Vilius Audinis and Rudy Lapeer.The user inputs the patient’s relevant anatomical data –size and shape of the pelvis, the baby’s head and torso, for example. The simulation software will see ultrasound data used to re-create a geometric model of a baby’s skull and body in 3D graphics as well as the mother’s body and pelvis. This will make the medical team more aware of scenarios that can take place during birth. For example, one would see if the baby’s shoulders could get stuck during childbirth. According to the university release, “Programmers are also taking into account the force from the mother pushing during labor and are even modeling a ‘virtual’ midwife’s hands which can interact with the baby’s head.”Lapeer said, “We hope that this could help to avoid complicated births altogether by guiding people in the medical profession to advise on caesarean sections where necessary.” Lapeer has cited his general research interests as “mainly in medical visualization, surgical navigation and simulation, physics simulation and biomechanics.” He also described what he and his team have done in the specific area of human childbirth mechanics. “We have studied fetal head moulding using finite element analysis and more recently investigated the effect of forceps delivery on the fetal head and the biomechanics of shoulder dystocia.” (Phys.org) —University of East Anglia last month announced that UEA researchers have pioneered a patient-specific 3D virtual birth simulator. The research’ aim is a virtual birthing simulator that can help doctors and midwives prepare for unusual or dangerous births. “Patient-specific” is the key aspect of their work, as the program takes into account the mother’s body shape and the position of the baby to predict what might take place during the birth event.last_img read more