Human error led to sinking of Taiwanese research vessel

first_imgThe sinking of Taiwan’s Ocean Researcher V last fall resulted from human error, the head of the country’s Maritime and Port Bureau told local press this week. The 10 October accident claimed the lives of two researchers and rendered the dedicated marine research ship a total loss.Barely a day into a cruise to study atmospheric pollution, Ocean Researcher V headed back to port because of bad weather. The ship drifted off course, struck two submerged reefs, and sank near the Penghu Islands, about 260 kilometers southwest of Taipei in the Taiwan Strait. Most of the 27 researchers and students and 18 crew were rescued. But Shih-Chieh Hsu, the cruise’s chief scientist, and Yi-Chun Lin, an engineering assistant, drowned.Wen-chung Chi, director-general of the Maritime and Port Bureau, said that a review of the ship’s voyage data recorder and other evidence indicated that the crew should have been alerted that the ship had drifted off course. A comprehensive report on the accident is due to be released next week.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The 2700-ton, 72.6-meter-long ship had been in service under the Taiwan Ocean Research Institute (TORI) in Kaohsiung for less than 2 years. The availability of the well-equipped, ocean-going vessel had led to an expansion of Taiwan’s marine research programs and international collaborations. TORI Director Hui-Ling Lin tells ScienceInsider that the agency will have a similar ship built to replace Ocean Researcher V; construction “will be initiated as soon as we receive the settlement of the insurance claim,” she says.To bridge the gap, TORI plans to acquire a new, smaller vessel for temporary use. The agency has designs on a half-built ship that’s now in the shipyard, Lin says: “The original design has to be changed in order to install instruments.”last_img read more

Cavaliers deal two, drop two as roster takes shape

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Richard Jefferson #34 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 25, 2017 in Independence, Ohio. AFPNew York, United States — The Cleveland Cavaliers trimmed their roster Saturday ahead of the upcoming NBA season, trading forward Richard Jefferson and guard Kay Felder to Atlanta while releasing center Kendrick Perkins and guard Isaac Hamilton.The Hawks, who released Felder and Jefferson to save $3.8 million in combined salary, also received second-round picks in the 2019 and 2020 NBA Draft from Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Welcome, Matt Perkins, 32, helped Boston win the 2008 NBA crown and played in three pre-season contests for the Cavs. Hamilton had only been signed on Wednesday.The Cavaliers open the NBA’s 72nd season at home Tuesday against Boston. /cbb Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Atlanta sent the Cavaliers the draft rights to 22-year-old Greek forward Dimitrios Agravanis, who has played the past four years for Olympiacos of Greece, and Ukrainian guard Sergiy Gladyr, who has played the past two seasons for Monaco.The Cavaliers also sent the Hawks $3 million but will save $12.8 million in luxury tax payments by making the deal, ESPN reported.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“These situations and decisions are some of the toughest to be in and have to make,” said Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman. “Certainly, both RJ and Kay are two guys we also wanted to have with us this season.”Jefferson, 37, averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds last season in his 16th NBA campaign. Felder, 22, averaged 4.0 points and 1.4 assists in his first NBA season.last_img read more

Navjot Singh Sidhu turns 55: A look at his journey from a cricketer to politician

first_imgNavjot Singh Sidhu is known for his one-liners, verses, laughter and an ability to speak non-stop.He is a former Indian cricketer. He has been one of the top cricket commentators and appeared regularly on comedy shows. Today, he celebrates his 55th birthday.Let’s take a look at some lesser known facts about him on his 55th birthday:Navjot Singh Sidhu’s International cricket career lasted from 1983 until 1999In his international debut, in 1983, he struggled with his performance and managed to score only 19 runs against West Indies in a Test cricketHe was selected for the 1987 Cricket World Cup where he scored 73 on his One-Day International debut. He then scored half-centuries in four of the five matches which he batted inOn the field, he used to clean the pitch, furnish it with waterTo improve his performance, he never went to parties, movies or followed any other despicable habitHis first ODI century came against Pakistan in Sharjah in 1989His 134 against England in 1993 was his highest ODI score. He also calls it one of his best scoresAccording to Sidhu, an article criticising his performance changed his cricketing life. The article was named ‘Sidhu: The Strokeless Wonder’. After that, he started taking his cricket career seriouslyAfter his terrific performance in the 1987 World Cup, the same columnist gave in another article which was titled ‘Sidhu: From Strokeless Wonder To A Palm-Grove Hitter’He announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in December 1999. In his 18 year career, Sidhu played over 50 Test matches and over 100 ODIs scoring over 7,000 international runsFor his prolific batting performances, he was given the nickname ‘Sixer Sidhu’. He was also named ‘Jonty Singh’ after the well-known Jonty RhodesSidhu started his career as a commentator for the program Takeshi’s castle sport in 2001Sidhu’s famous one-liners came to be known as ‘Siddhuism’Sidhu won on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket from the Amritsar seat in the Indian general elections, 2004.advertisementAlso read: MS Dhoni turns 36: Know how well-educated your favourite Indian skipper and his teammates are!Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Texas Fans Think Big 12 Refs Are Racist Because NOW There’s Something Wrong with This Conference

first_imgThis is as rich as it gets. The mighty Scipio Tex of Barking Carnival (and I mean mighty not in jest because Scipio is as good a sportswriter as a sports blog deserves to have) wrote a piece on Saturday night about how the Big 12 has a big problem and that problem might be that its referees are racist (that post, lest you think this is me projecting one Texas fan’s thoughts upon all Texas fans, has over 1,200 comments).It also might be that its refs were cajoled from their $10 blackjack tables out west and handed a couple of striped shirts and a whistle. Or it might just be that Boone Pickens slipped a thick envelope underneath the little officials room door a couple of hours prior to kickoff on Saturday (he has donated $100 million to a pair of UT health care institutions, you know).AdChoices广告Here’s how the piece climaxes and then ends.Beyond the realm of pure fiction, all subjective calls went against Texas. Not many. Or an important one. All. This is what I like to call a pattern. We just watched a fixed football game. The first I’ve ever seen or can recall in all of my years. What’s the Big 12 going to do? Nothing, that’s what.That’s pretty rich, isn’t it?The Big 12, which had a rocket launcher held to its temple a few years ago by Texas until it was given its $15 million/year network and, in doing so, stripped half of the rest of the teams (including Oklahoma State) of the ability to make a healthy amount of dough on third-tier rights, now has a bias problem after three whiffed calls in a crap game in mid-September.[Jennifer Lawrence thumbs up emoji]Look, you’ll get no argument from me that OSU was given a gift on Saturday in Austin. It’s a game it somehow both should have won by three touchdowns and lost by two. But to invoke Tim Donaghy and make it only like the 11th least-plausible reason behind the loss is the height of Texas fans’ inability to handle its new (probably temporary) spot in the college football kingdom.This is what it feels like to suck, Texas. Every call goes against you. Every ball bounces the other way. Every mistake is exacerbated. I know you’re not used to trading the Range Rover for a Taurus and having to get a 9-5 job that pays less than you used to pay the live-in nanny, but this is how the rest of us have always lived. Time to deal with it.Or maybe not.Texas fans don’t enjoy success as much as they pat it on the head and tuck it away in a little suitcase of aristocracy that they consider to be the God-given right of having been delivered into the 40 acres from birth (and whisked away by three midwifes and a wet nurse immediately, of course).Conference titles are barely a reason to maybe whip out the crystal shot glasses and pour the above average bourbon. National titles are slid in as talking points for the next Capulet Masquerade.So how do you expect them to handle going 1-3 for the first time since 1956?I guess this is what fans of the rest of the teams in the league have to get used to. Texas is like the fat kid at recess who chortles when he sits on smaller children but weeps uncontrollable alligator tears when a 1st grader cuts him in the lunch line. It’s a cold world.Every person who’s ever written a blog post about referees starts with some version of “I don’t normally complain about the refs, but …” The one I liked above is not exempt.Yeah, you got a couple of bad calls and and one indefensible holding penalty late in the game that cost you one of your four wins this season. That’s a bitter taste, isn’t it? The rest of us know it well.I’m guessing one of the zebras was suspended from midfield by an invisible zipline and tilted a pocket-sized mirror just right so your punter couldn’t see the snap, too, right?I’m guessing a Big 12 VP slithered down to Oklahoma State’s locker room at halftime and slid Glenn Spencer a notebook with every play Texas was planning to run in the second half of the game (which, come to think of it, would have taken about 90 seconds to sit down and draw up).I do love that there was a college football game played in which the headsets on the Oklahoma State sidelines worked only intermittently and not at all for most of the time — a situation that made Spencer say “I have never coached a game like that in my life” — but that wasn’t the conspiracy that was bemoaned afterwards.The question is, if you’re Texas, how do you recover from devastation like this? It’s one thing for Baylor or Texas Tech to be on the receiving end of a blunt blow to the middle of the face from their own conference because they’re used to it. In Austin? Not so much. The gifts have always flowed.Might be time to take your ball failing network and go home play Notre Dame 12 times a year.[1. Actually, judging from the first week of the season, that might be a bad idea.] At least then, your self-aggrandizing could fall on ears that are used to hearing it. Somehow, you’d both claim to have finished 11-1.You could rid yourself of this woeful excuse for a conference and everything that comes with being the ugly stepchild moniker that has so inappropriately been delivered to you. Honestly, this is how children act. I have a couple of them. Authority is to be praised — whether it’s worthy of it or not — until said authority turns on you. Big 12 refs suck. We get it. All refs suck. We get that too. They don’t only suck because you’re the offended party.On the other hand, I do feel bad for Texas, I guess.Now they’re going to miss a bowl game by three wins instead of just two. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Community Leaders Work Together on Safer Workplaces

first_imgCommunity leaders are coming together to continue to make Nova Scotia the safest place to work in the country. As part of the workplace safety strategy, the province and the Workers’ Compensation Board are encouraging community leaders to commit to making workplaces safer. “We need to work together, as community leaders, if we want to really improve our workplace safety,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “Some great work has been done to date, but we know encouraging leaders to get involved in safety is how we can start to see significant changes.” Ms. Regan joined Workers’ Compensation Board CEO Stuart MacLean and board of directors chair Elaine Sibson, to host about 170 public and private sector leaders at a Leadership Matters conference in Halifax, today, Nov. 7, to discuss how community leaders can get more involved. “Safety champions must emerge from all sectors around the province if we want to be the safest place to work in Canada,” said Mr. MacLean. “Having these pivotal leaders on board will help make the difference our province needs.” Many businesses across the province have leaders who are already proving the value of safety champions in the workplace. “At all times, the safety of our employees is a top priority,” said Robert Patzelt, senior vice president, corporate development with Scotia Investments Limited. “We’ve learned that when leadership at all levels keeps workplace safety top of mind, you move from control through compliance to a shared commitment that sticks and results in better safe work practices.” One of the strategy’s four goals is to have visible leadership commitment to workplace safety. Nova Scotians are making this happen by rewarding workers and employers for safe work practices, and creating more opportunities for workers and employers to lead safety excellence. For a copy of the new strategy, visit http://novascotia.ca/lae/documents/WorkplaceSafetyStrategy.pdf .last_img read more

Health spending in Canada forecast to hit 242 billion this year says

first_imgTORONTO – A boost in economic conditions across the country has contributed to a slight uptick in health spending across Canada, according to a new report released Tuesday.Figures from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) projected that health spending would reach $6,604 per capita by the end of 2017, representing an increase of $200 per person over 2016 levels.Health care costs have been rising at an annual average pace of 3.2 per cent since 2010, and CIHI said the projected 2017 spike of nearly four per cent may be signalling an era of increased government spending on all areas from hospitals to prescription drugs.Chris Kuchciak, manager of the CIHI’s Health Expenditures Department, said the growth rates Canada witnessed in recent years had marked a return to relative austerity compared to the previous decade when spending rates were rising between six and seven per cent each year. And that period had come after a period of fiscal restraint in the mid 1990s, he said.Kuchciak said the 2017 increase may mark the beginning of a fresh cycle.“What we’ll be monitoring in the future is are we going to see now more sustained, higher rates of growth,” he said. “Will history be repeating itself?”Kuchciak said some of the previous modest increases were barely able to keep pace with rising inflation and population numbers.In 2017, however, total health spending across Canada is forecast to rise to $242 billion and equal 11.5 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product, the report said.Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta are projected to lead the way with provincial per-capita expenses totalling $7,378 and $7,329 respectively.Kuchciak said Atlantic provinces typically have higher populations of seniors, which tend to drive up overall spending. He attributed Alberta’s rates to years of economic prosperity in which the province was able to sustain high wages for its doctors.On the other end of the spectrum are Ontario, with expected per-capita rates of $6,367, and British Columbia, with an estimated $6,321 per capita.The 2017 forecast said the breakdown of how health-care dollars will be spent has not changed much over the past 20 years.Hospitals once again are expected to consume 28.3 per cent of health budgets across the country, followed by drugs at 16.4 per cent and physician services at 15.4 per cent. Kuchciak said these three areas have not shifted significantly since 1997.All three, however, have experienced growth since 2016. Drug spending is expected to rise the fastest by an estimated 5.2 per cent this year.The report, which did not include the cost of drugs dispensed in hospitals or funded through cancer agencies, found that those with drug costs of $10,000 or more accounted for about a third of overall drug spending last year despite only making up two per cent of the population.Physician spending growth is forecast to increase 4.4 per cent in 2017 and spending on hospitals is estimated to rise by 2.9 per cent.On an international basis, the report found Canada’s health spending has historically been on par with several other comparable countries.Kuchciak conceded that Canada’s 2015 health costs of $5,681 per person was well above the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development average of $4,826 that year. He said, however, that Canada was on par with some other providers of universal health care at that time. France spent just four dollars less than Canada per capita that year, while Australia’s health budget was just $50 less than Canada’s per capita. No comparative data more recent than 2015 was available.At that time, Kuchciak said health care costs in the U.S. were nearly double those in Canada at $11,916.Jason Sutherland, an associate professor with the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, said the CIHI’s latest numbers clearly demonstrate that faults in Canada’s health system are unlikely to be caused by lack of funding.He said Canada’s spending levels consistently rank between third and sixth place among OECD countries excluding the “outlier” of the U.S.“We are not cheapskates in terms of our spending. We are among the most profligate spenders on health care there are,” Sutherland said. “I think the question is what value we wring out of that spending.”Sutherland said costs will inevitably rise given the increasing price of new drug therapies as well as the growing demands of an aging population. The focus for health-care providers and policy-makers, he said, should be on cutting back on elective procedures or treatments with little to no known benefits.Earlier this year, the CIHI teamed up with a coalition of clinicians to push back on that phenomenon.The “Choosing Wisely” campaign is fuelled by a CIHI report that estimated up to 30 per cent of low-risk patients are undergoing needless medical tests. The campaign urges patients to reconsider the old adage that early testing is always best and to think more critically about what could actually make a difference to a treatment regime.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version carried incorrect projected provincial per-capita expenses for Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador.last_img read more

Jean Vanier Catholic hero to developmentally disabled dies

first_imgPARIS — Jean Vanier, a respected Canadian religious figure whose charity work helped improve conditions for the developmentally disabled in multiple countries over the past half-century, has died at 90.A charity he founded, L’Arche, said Vanier died Tuesday in Paris after suffering from thyroid cancer.Pope Francis was informed of Vanier’s death and is praying for him and the community, according to Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti.Vanier worked as a Canadian navy officer and professor before turning to charity work. A visit to a psychiatric facility prompted him to found L’Arche in 1964 as a community for those with developmental disabilities. The charity now has facilities in 38 countries that are home to thousands of people.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rachel Platten To Perform At We Are LA Music Festival

first_imgChart-topping singer Rachel Platten will headline the We Are LA Family Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.The daylong celebration will feature educational family activities representing major cities and cultures in Southern California.With the inspirational “Fight Song” selling over two million copies in the U.S. and riding high on iTunes and radio charts, Platten joins a lineup of family-friendly music acts that include Ozokidz, presented by Ozomatli, Lisa Loeb, Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band, and Rhythm Child. Magician and comedian Justin Willman – the host of Cupcake Wars – will also mesmerize audiences.The collaborative day of music, food and entertainment will benefit seven local non-profit groups fighting for rights and resources for the youth of Los Angeles.Attendees can also play soccer with the LA Galaxy Foundation, toss footballs with Ameri-I-Can, explore with Kidspace Children’s Museum, kayak and fish with the National Park Service, face-paint with Hollywood makeup artists, visit with animals from STAR Eco Station and many more.All net proceeds from the festival will benefit Los Angeles children’s charities, including Ameri-I-Can, CASA of Los Angeles, Happy Trails for Kids, Junior Achievement of Southern California, Richstone Family Center and the LA Galaxy Foundation.To purchase tickets please visit www.wearela.org. For more information, email Charissa Gonzales at charissa@weareLA.org.last_img read more

Daily Planet takes holidays to a new level with HighTech Toys Week

first_img Twitter It’s beginning to look a lot like…“High-Tech Toys Week”! Santa’s helpers, better known as the team behind Discovery’s daily sci-tech series DAILY PLANET, are hard at work preparing for every tech toy-lover’s favourite week of the year, “High-Tech Toys Week”. Airing exclusively on Discovery beginning Monday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, DAILY PLANET explores a week full of boundless innovation and imagination.From a life-size Transformer car to vertical air hockey, viewers are invited to join co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin as they fill Santa’s sleigh with the season’s most exciting, outlandish, and coveted high-tech toys from around the world.“High-Tech Toys Week” was the second most-watched theme week on DAILY PLANET during the 2015/16 broadcast year, trailing only “Future-Tech Week”. DAILY PLANET, the world’s only nightly science broadcast reaches more than 1.3 million viewers each week and continues to win the 7 p.m. ET timeslot among Canadian entertainment specialty channels during the 2016/17 broadcast year among all key adult demographics. “Teal Highspeed Drone”George Matus was 11 years old when he flew his first drone and was immediately blown away. By 16, Matus was competing as a professional drone racer and acting as a test pilot for new aircraft. Today, Matus is the CEO of his own drone and software company, Teal. After years of flying, crashing, rebuilding, and modifying dozens of versions of drones, Matus has completed his dream drone, the Teal. The highly impressive unmanned aircraft flies at more than 120 kilometres per hour, can operate in wind speeds of 64 kilometres per hour, and has a built-in camera, GPS, and autonomous capabilities. From gaming and augmented reality to security applications and agriculture, Matus wants to make this drone do anything the imagination can conjure. Testing diffferent flight propellers and evaluating for speed, noise, and handling, Matus and the Teal team join DAILY PLANET as they race to get to market “the world’s fastest production drone in its class.”“Climball”What is the result when pinball, air hockey, wall climbing, and a splash of augmented reality mix together? Climball – a high-tech, fast-paced game combining  augmented reality technology with rock climbing. The physically engaging game tracks the players’ movements while they compete to volley a virtual ball. DAILY PLANET climbs on board to get a closer look at the tech behind the newest way to get into shape.“The PancakeBot” Marking the very first food printer of its kind, the $300 PancakeBot  is the brainchild of Miguel Valenzuela, a civil engineer, inventor, and father living in Norway. A container of batter is attached to PancakeBot’s mechanical printing arm where underneath sits a flat, heated griddle that acts as its canvas. Users can turn almost anything into a yummy breakfast treat – a child’s drawing, a product image, a team’s logo, or even a favorite piece of artwork. DAILY PLANET meets with Valenzuela, who spills the batter on PancakeBot’s food printing technology.“Amphibious Helicopter”Novelty car builder Jeff Bloch, also known as SpeedyCop, is the master of developing crazy, homemade cars. He’s built a fighter jet car, an upside down Camaro, and even a car that stretches out like an accordion – all capable of racing at 24 Hours of LeMons, a series of endurance races held on paved courses across the U.S. This year, Bloch recycled a damaged helicopter from the Vietnam War and transformed it into a mighty machine that can race on land and in water, making the gadget an entirely amphibious helicopter. Although it can’t take flight just yet, it has some truly astounding capabilities! DAILY PLANET meets Bloch to discuss how he intends to take these off-the-wall vehicles from the junkyard to the racetrack.“Carr-E”Many city drivers have experienced the congestion of downtown roadways during rush hour – the impatience, the frustration, and the worry. Well, Ford Motor Company is hoping to prevent commuter frustration with the “Last Mile Mobility Challenge”. One of this year’s finalists is Kilian Vas, a Ford engineer who has designed and built the Carr-E. An easily transported, segway-like vehicle, the Carr-E can propel motorist through all types of traffic. Carr-E’s ultrasonic sensors and built-in GPS allow it to navigate through busy streets, avoiding any obstacle thrown in its path. DAILY PLANET meets with Vas to test out the four-wheel, electric pedestrian assistant that could potentially be the next big breakthrough in urban commuting.Subscribers can catch up on past episodes on demand on the Discovery GO app and at Discovery.ca. Live streaming of DAILY PLANET is also available on Discovery GO. Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “High-Tech Toys Week” include:“Transformer Car” The BMW can now shapeshift from a car into huge robot, thanks to a prototype designed by Turkish company, Letrons. The Antiomon is a real-life, nearly five-metre tall Transformer with driving capabilities. A total of five working models were developed by a team of 12 engineers, with each featuring a 35,000 hydraulic cylinder system that allows for quick and effective transformations. DAILY PLANET meets with the development team to discuss the Antiomon’s price tag in advance of its consumer debut.last_img read more

Canada Post says normal delivery times restored for most of the country

first_imgOTTAWA — Three weeks after striking postal workers were forced back to work, Canada Post says it’s caught up on most parcel delivery backlogs that had been created by rotating walkouts.The Crown corporation says its normal holiday delivery service guarantees have been restored across most of the country, except Vancouver.The federal government legislated an end to job action by postal workers on Nov. 27 after Canada Post complained that a backlog of parcels was reaching historic levels ahead of the crucial holiday shopping period.At the time, Canada Post warned the backlog could take until the end of January to clear up.Canada Post said it delivered about four million packages between last Friday and yesterday, and will likely be able to deliver items ordered online in time for Christmas.But it also depends on where the parcels are coming from as Canada Post expects some shipments from outside Canada might only be delivered in early January.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccan Donates MAD 12 Million to Build Schools in Casablanca Region

Rabat – The Directorate of the Ministry of Education in Settat, the Casablanca-Settat regional prefecture, and Najiya Nadir signed two partnership agreements on Friday after Nadir donated MAD 12 million to build a number of schools in the region.Thanks to Nadir’s donations, a high school will be built in Oulad Fares, a small town and rural commune in Settat Province. Nadir said that the purpose behind her initiative was to contribute to quality education in the country, especially in rural areas, noting the problems that children face when schools are too far for them, especially for rural girls who may become exposed to sexual abuse. “When schools are 15 or 20 kilometers from the children, they start to face challenges such as exposure to drug use or rape,” said Nadir.Read Also: A Modern-Day Fatima al-Fihriya: The Woman Who Founded Oujda’s ENCGNadir emphasized the importance of building schools, commenting on the large number of mosques that continue to be built in the country compared to the small number of schools in rural areas.“Although one can pray at home, you can find many mosques in one area, aligned to each other,” Nadir argued, stating that it is not the case for schools that are much needed.Nadir said that her initiative was also inspired by King Mohammed VI’s calls to improve and expand access to education. read more

New UN treaty signatures and ratifications reach fouryear high

29 September 2009Sixty-four countries took 103 treaty actions at this year’s General Assembly General Debate – the highest participation in four years – in what has become an annual United Nations event to muster support for a whole raft of conventions ranging from protecting human rights to fighting terrorism to fighting climate change. “2009 was a very good year in terms of progress towards a universal participation to international treaties,” UN Legal Counsel Patricia O’Brien said today. “My hope is that the support to international law will continue to grow during next year’s Treaty Event.” There were 57 signatures and 43 ratifications, accessions and acceptances, two objections and one withdrawal of a reservation, with this year’s participation representing an increase of 20 States compared to 2008.The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which opened for signature during this year’s Treaty Event, received the widest support with 29 signatures.Ms. O’Brien expressed special appreciation for the overwhelming support obtained by this treaty, saying it “will put economic, social and cultural rights on a more equal footing to civil and political rights than was the case before.” The Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea, which opened to signature last Wednesday in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, received 19 signatures. Human rights treaties that received additional parties included the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. New members also signed on to the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the Convention against Corruption, the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court, the International Tropical Timber Agreement, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. read more

Netflix adds My List a new feature that lets you bookmark movies

TORONTO — Canadian Netflix users are finally getting access to a feature many have been requesting since the video streaming service first launched here in 2010: the ability to build a list of movies and TV shows to watch later.Now the question is, will they use it?On Wednesday, Netflix began rolling out My List, which replaces a similar feature called Instant Queue that was previously available in the U.S.A select number of users in Canada, the U.S. and Netflix’s other markets had been testing My List for nearly two years. The long testing period was meant to refine My List as much as possible, given that users liked the idea of Instant Queue but didn’t really use it very much, according to Netflix’s director of product innovation Michael Spiegelman.Users would populate their queues with tons of titles but didn’t get around to watching most of them.“What happened is a lot of the titles on the list would become quite stale and you’d end up looking at the same things again and again at the front of the list and as a result, it wasn’t that useful to people and they’d tend to automatically scan by and start looking for other things,” Spiegelman said.“They wouldn’t go to it first as a place to play titles, they wouldn’t think of it as kind of their go-to location to find something to watch.”So Netflix took its time to ensure that My List was actually being used by the testers before releasing it widely. Spiegelman said they wanted to see how features are used over the long term.“We would launch it, test it, see what happens, be able to make adjustments, retest those, see what happens, and then we’re testing and refining things on the algorithm level — which feeds the personalization — as well as the interface level,” he said.Netflix thinks My List — which can store up to 500 films and TV titles for later viewing — will be more popular than Instant Queue because it now sorts and highlights bookmarked titles based on a user’s viewing history and the service’s recommendation engine.“We sort the list using that personalization technology and promote the titles to the top of the list that we think will be most relevant to you,” Spiegelman said.“That kind of adds a lot more dynamism and freshness and personalization to the list than we had before.”On Netflix.com, My List will also highlight titles that are set to expire soon from the streaming service (that feature may be available on Netflix’s other platforms eventually).While My List is now available for some users, Netflix says it may take a couple of weeks until the feature is fully rolled out. read more

Time July edition banned

The cover of the July edition of the Time magazine carries a picture of a Myanmar monk with the words ‘The face of Buddhist terror’.Buddhist monks in Myanmar have been accused attacking Rohingya Muslims in which several people have been reportedly killed. Sri Lanka and Myanmar have strong diplomatic ties especially since both countries are Buddhist nations.In February this year the Sri Lankan navy rescued 32 Myanmar nationals who were stranded at sea after escaping violence targeting the Muslims.Those rescued had claimed that nearly 100 others were also with them but had gone missing and were believed to have drowned. (Colombo Gazette) “Under local laws if there is any publication imported with content which can hurt the sentiments or create tensions among Sri Lankans then such publications can be blocked from being circulated in the market,” he said. Customs department spokesman Leslie Gamini said that the magazines had been seized as the cover had content which could harm the sentiments of Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The government has banned the distribution of the latest edition of the internationally acclaimed Time magazine over some of its content.The Sri Lanka customs department said that 4000 copies of the July edition of magazine had been seized at the Colombo port. read more

UN treaty signing event garners actions on terrorism human rights accords

Twelve Heads of State and Government and 56 Foreign Ministers participated in the annual treaty-signing event, held from 10 to 16 November on the fringes of the UN General Assembly’s annual high-level debate. Seventy-eight countries either signed or deposited their instruments of ratification or accession to 41 treaties. The highest number of treaty actions related to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, which received 47 signatures and eight ratifications or accessions. The accord currently has 119 signatories and 13 parties and will enter into force the day after the deposit of the 22nd instrument of ratification with the United Nations.“These actions have been a clear expression of the will of the international community to support rule of law in international relations and, in particular, to combat terrorism in all its forms,” said Hans Corell, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the UN’s Legal Counsel. “It is important to remember that the actions undertaken were in addition to the measures already taken by those States that had already signed or become parties to these treaties.” Other related treaties include the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, which received 13 ratifications or accessions; the International Convention against the Taking of Hostages, which garnered five ratifications or accessions; and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents, which gained three ratifications or accessions. All three treaties have already entered into force. Meanwhile, two other accords received the necessary number of ratifications to enter into force: the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks.A number of actions were also undertaken with regard to the International Criminal Court, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty and human rights treaties dealing with children, women and migrant workers. read more

At General Assembly European leaders pledge support for UN efforts to resolve

Speaking first, King Felipe VI of Spain pledged his continent’s generous contributions to other regions of the world and his own country’s unconditional support for UN values.“I can assure you that the international community, represented today in this General Assembly, can continue to count on Spain’s support and its active participation in the unwavering protection of the values and interests of a humanity in peace, evermore prosperous and just,” he told the leaders of 193 nations on the opening day of the 69th General Debate. “Spain upholds a United Nations that is not only stronger but above all, more united: more united against fanaticism, intolerance and barbarism. More united in fighting against poverty, hunger and marginalization.More united so that education and health reach all. More united, Mr. President, in firmly defending the dignity of all human beings.”Noting Spain’s transformation over nearly 40 years from dictatorship to a democracy based on the rule of law, protecting all citizens in its political, geographic, cultural and linguistic diversity, the king said the world can always count on his country’s firm commitment to promoting and defending democratic values.Turning to the Middle East where some societies “suffer the scourge of an intolerable barbarism, a criminal and atrocious violence that threatens all societies and our human civilization,” he stressed that the world can count on Spain to confront, all together and respecting international law, those who aim to destroy with intolerance, violence or sectarianism the values and principles that underlie our United Nations.”Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stressed the UN’s “indispensable role” in setting new long-term goals for sustainable development worldwide. President Serzh Sargsyan of of Armenia, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak“I strongly believe that through the new ‘Post-2015’ development agenda we will continue our efforts seeking solutions and responding to challenges of global nature stemming from the Millennium Development Goals,” he said referring to the new roadmap that is to fill out and replace the eight MDGs set for the first 15 years of the new millennium. Armenia, General Debate, 69th SessionMr. Sargsyan devoted most of his speech to issues of specific Armenian concern, including a pressing call to Turkey to “demonstrate the courage and face its own history by recognizing the Armenian Genocide, thus relieving the next generations of this heavy burden of the past. “Alas instead, we continue to hear ambiguous and ulterior messages, in which the victim and the slaughterer are equalized, and the history is falsified,” he said referring to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Armenian nearly 100 years ago at the time of the First World War and noting the threats now facing tens of thousands of Armenians at the hands of Islamist extremists in Syria.He also blamed the “bellicose declarations and various threats” by neighbouring Azerbaijan for a failure to reach a settlement in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, saying it had flouted UN Security Council resolutions by continuing military hostilities.Citing the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and Iraq which violated core UN rules and values, President Sauli Niinisto of Finland said the grim state of international relations should be seen as “a call to redouble our diplomatic efforts.” President Sauli Niinistö of Finland addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak“We must act with determination and we must act now,” he declared. “Unfortunately, the UN Security Council has not been able to uphold its responsibilities neither in Ukraine nor in Syria. We need to reform the Security Council. Finland supports the efforts to restrict the use of veto.”Threats or actual vetoes, the sole prerogative of the five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States – have blocked Council action on both issues.He noted that the General Assembly, whose resolution lack the legally binding force of the Council’s adopted a resolution on Ukraine, but said it should have been “even stronger, condemning Russia’s actions” and charting a way towards restoring peace. “De-escalation in Ukraine cannot happen without Russia’s active steps,” he warned. “Russia should control its border and prevent the flow of arms and fighters, and thereby contribute to stabilization of the situation in Eastern Ukraine. There can be only a political solution to the crisis.”Likewise the Syrian crisis can only be solved by political means and he pledged Finland’s continuing support for the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to resolve the issue. read more

Video of first Town Hall now available

The first of two Brock University Town Halls was held Wednesday, Feb. 13.The Town Halls provide an opportunity for Brock employees and senior administration to discuss the University’s new Strategic Plan, along with the budgetary implications emerging from the Ontario government’s Jan. 17 announcement.Video of Wednesday’s first Town Hall can be found online by going to this link and logging in with your employee username and password.A second Town Hall, postponed because of Tuesday’s weather closure, will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 in Thistle 247 at 2:30 p.m.Brock President Gervan Fearon encouraged all Brock employees to attend in an earlier message. Anyone with comments or suggestions is encouraged to email president@brocku.ca read more

Ogle Airport to be briefly closed Friday for Emergency Exercise

The Eugene F. Correia International Airport at Ogle, East Coast of Demerara will be briefly closed on Friday (March 15, 2019) for a ‘Full Scale Emergency Exercise’.The Airport will be closed between 10:00 and 11:00 hrs for this purpose, a press statement noted.The Full Scale Emergency Exercise is conducted to test the readiness and capacity of the Airport to respond to accidents or any incidents which might occur at the facility.These Exercises are mandatory and are conducted every two years in accordance with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).The Exercise will be facilitated by Captain Jack Mc Govern, Fireman/Captain from Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA. Captain Mc Govern has been actively involved on each occasion in training for these exercises since 2006.Friday’s Emergency Exercise will simulate an event in which an ATR72 Aircraft, a type used by LIAT and Caribbean Airlines, overruns the runway on landing and catches on fire at the end of the runway.The Emergency Exercise is designed to test the response from the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Airport Security and first responders such as the Guyana Fire Service, Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Police Force, ambulance and medical services, as well as major hospitals in the city, including Georgetown Public Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Woodlands Hospital. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCJIA to conduct full-scale simulation exerciseNovember 24, 2015In “Business”CJIA to test its emergency responseOctober 25, 2013In “Local News”CJIA conducts simulation emergency response; awaits evaluation reportNovember 6, 2013In “Local News” read more

Pomeroon boat mishap Body of missing captain recovered

The body of Kendol Rodriguez who allegedly drowned following a boat mishap on Sunday in the Upper Pomeroon River, Region Two was earlier today found floating in the vicinity of Siriki and Jacklow Villages.On Sunday, Rodriguez who hailed from Kabakaburi Village, Upper Pomeroon, was transporting 42-year-old Joseph Thomas, a sawman of the same village, when the boat mishap occurred.However, Thomas was the only one to be rescued by a boat that was passing in the area shortly after the accident.Reports are that on Saturday night, Thomas and Rodriguez had attended a wedding celebration and had been consuming alcohol there for hours.Around 02:00h on Sunday, the duo left the wedding house to return to their homes via a 15-horsepower boat owned by Rodriguez.However, according to Thomas, they were in the vicinity of Siriki village when Rodriguez “suddenly began to swerve from left to right” and this resulted in the boat capsizing and both men falling into the river.The sawman told the Police that he managed to hold on to a side of the overturned vessel, but did not see what happened to Rodriguez.Shortly after, a boat that was in the area at the same time rendered assistance to Thomas and reportedly conducted a search for Rodriguez. However, the search proved futile.According to the Police, it was around 09:00h on Sunday, some seven hours after the mishap took place, that Thomas made a report about the incident.Thomas remains in Police custody, where he is said to be assisting with the investigation into this matter. The body of Rodriguez is at the Onderneeming Mortuary awaiting an autopsy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of missing teen pulled from Pomeroon RiverAugust 5, 2019In “Crime”1 feared dead after boat capsizes in Pomeroon RiverJuly 29, 2019In “Crime”Pensioner killed in Pomeroon boat mishap dies from fracture spine-PMAugust 24, 2018In “latest news” read more