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Divers following uncovered debris in Labrador plane crash search RCMPDivers following uncovered debris in Labrador plane crash search RCMP

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — More than two weeks into the search in Labrador for a downed float plane and its missing passengers, the RCMP says divers have been able to focus their search area after more debris was found Thursday.Divers have been searching Mistastin Lake, about 100 kilometres southwest of Nain, seeking three missing men and the plane that crashed there on July 15.Seven men, including the pilot, were on board the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver that had been travelling from Three Rivers Lodge to Mistastin Lake, for a fishing trip from which they never returned. Four bodies have been recovered.Cpl. Jolene Garland of the RCMP says divers are hopeful that focusing the search around the area where the debris was found underwater could bring them closer to the plane and the missing men.Garland says evidence suggests divers may be in the right area, though no additional bodies have been found since July 24, when that of a 50-year-old fishing guide from Newfoundland and Labrador was recovered.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said last week that Canadian Armed Forces personnel were joining the recovery efforts. The cause of the crash is still unknown.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Frontier oilsands mine inks participation agreement with Mikisew CreeFrontier oilsands mine inks participation agreement with Mikisew Cree

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – The company proposing the $20.6-billion Frontier Oil Sands Mine says it has achieved its target of signing deals with all of the Indigenous groups who live near the northern Alberta megaproject.Doug Brown, director of public affairs for Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd., says it has successfully concluded negotiations with the Mikisew Cree First Nation of Fort Chipewyan, a small community near the project site north of Fort McMurray.The news of a 14th deal being signed emerged as joint federal-provincial review hearings for the project began Tuesday in Fort McMurray.It was confirmed by Melody Lepine, director of government and industry relations for the Mikisew Cree, who added her community will continue to take part in the five-week hearing to ensure its voice is heard by government and regulators on environmental and other matters.Brown says the “participation agreement” will support engagement between the company and the First Nation and sets out a framework for co-operation in environmental stewardship, community-based monitoring and economic opportunities.If it’s approved and sanctioned, Frontier would be built in two phases and would have a mine life of 41 years, delivering over $70 billion in taxes and royalties to all levels of government over that period, the company says.“The company is actually being very supportive on a number of our recommendations to the provincial and federal governments in terms of should the project be approved, conditions on the approval, recommendations of what Alberta and Canada should be doing to address concerns,” said Lepine.“An example is the development of the biodiversity stewardship area, which would be a buffer just north of the Frontier project and a protected area just south of Wood Buffalo National Park.”The hearings are being held before a joint review panel of the Alberta Energy Regulator and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.last_img read more

Prince William goes back to collegePrince William goes back to college

first_imgBritain’s Prince William is to become a full-time student of agricultural management for 10 weeks as he forges a life after the military, the royal family announced on Monday.William will learn about the issues facing rural communities and the farming industry in Britain during the course, which begins next week at the prestigious Cambridge University.The course will help the 31-year-old prince in his future role running the Duchy of Cornwall, a portfolio of land, property and investments he will inherit when his father, Prince Charles, becomes king. A royal spokesman said William was “very much looking forward to it”.William, who is second in line to the throne, gave up his operational career with the Royal Air Force in September after completing a three-year stint as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.He will follow a course run by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), an institution within Cambridge University’s School of Technology. His father is the School’s patron.The Duke will have 18 to 20 hours of lectures, seminars and meetings a week.He is expected to live in Cambridge part of the time during his studies, but will still carry out royal engagements over the coming months.The royal spokesman said the “programme of seminars, lectures and meetings will draw on the strengths of academics across the university.”The course will end in mid-March, before Williams heads to Australia and New Zealand with his wife Kate for a visit in April. The couple’s son, Prince George, is expected to join them.last_img read more

EU grants Morocco 60 mln euros to support Pillar II ofEU grants Morocco 60 mln euros to support Pillar II of

Meknes – Morocco and the European Union (EU) signed, on Friday in Meknes, a letter of intent under which the EU will grant Morocco a donation of 60 million euros to support the Pillar II of the Moroccan Green Plan (PMV). This new donation, by virtue of the letter of intent which was signed by Agriculture minister Aziz Akhannouch and director general for agriculture and rural development at the European Commission Jerzy Bogdan Plewa, will be paid over four years starting from 2014.It will contribute to improving the income of small farmers by taking into consideration the preservation of natural resources through supporting the implementation of the Pillar II of the Moroccan Green Plan. The donation aims also to achieve, in the four targeted areas (Fez-Boulemane, Meknes-Tafilalet, the eastern region and Souss-Massa-Draa), the goals of developing the agriculture-related matters as laid in the Pillar II of the PMV, promoting economic and social participation and increasing the ministry’s operational capacities for a better PMV follow-up.The program implementation will span 72 months divided into two phases. The first phase of operational implementation will last 48 months and the second is a closing phase of two years.In 2010, the EU have donated 70 mln euros to fund the program dubbed PAPSA, “program for supporting the agricultural sectoral policy”, said Akhannouch at the signing ceremony held on the sidelines of the 9th International Agriculture Show in Morocco (SIAM). read more

Hirak FGD Proposes General Amnesty for Sentenced ActivistsHirak FGD Proposes General Amnesty for Sentenced Activists

Rabat- MPs Omar Balafrej and Mustapha Chennaoui of the Federation of the Democratic Left (FGD) party have introduced a draft law relating to a general amnesty for Hirak Al Hoceima activists in Parliament. The proposal, tabled Friday, is based on Article 71 of the Moroccan Constitution, which stipulates that a general amnesty can be requested by Parliament. On June 26, 54 activists in the Hirak Rif movement were given prison sentences ranging from 1 to 20 years for their involvement in the demonstrations that shook Al Hoceima province from 2016-2017. In accordance with his habit of keeping his followers updated with most of his Parliament activities, Balafrej published the draft law on his Facebook account.“We have submitted this proposal since it is part of our responsibilities to ask for a general amnesty relating to all social movements of the past two years,” said Balafrej.In Article 1 of the draft law, the FGD demands “the issue of a general amnesty for all acts related to protests that occurred in Morocco from October 28, 2016 to June 28, 2018”.The two MPs also called on the state to “compensate all the parties affected by these events,” according to Article 5.“All pronounced sentences shall be repealed and amnesty is considered an acquittal,” says Article 6.Along the same lines, a petition was launched on June 27 on Avaaz.org under the name “Petition to ask the Parliament to issue a law for a general amnesty for Hirak Al Rif’s detainees,” with a profile photo and a hashtag in Arabic meaning “Just arrest us all.”The petition reached more than 6,800 signatures so far and has been shared more than 4,700 times through Facebook, Twitter, and email.“In accordance with the Dahir n° 1-16-107 framing the right of petition, we, Moroccan citizens, demand from the Moroccan Parliament a general amnesty law for citizens condemned in the lawsuits of Hirak Al Rif, in accordance with the provisions of the Article 71 of the Constitution,” says the petition.Balafrej responded to the Avaaz petition, saying to H24info that he was “happy that citizens are asking MPs to make an effort, so we as Parliamentarians have done it. Now, we call on citizens to vote next time because many people who sign such petitions do not vote. In order to move forward, it is essential that citizens assume their responsibility by choosing Parliamentarians who can pass brave laws.” read more

Saudi Arabia at War with Americas Rising Muslim PoliticiansSaudi Arabia at War with Americas Rising Muslim Politicians

Rabat – The historic election of two Muslim women to the US Congress caused waves of celebration in the Muslim World. But while Muslim voices within and without the US congratulated the newly elected congresswomen, Riyadh begged to disagree. Still failing to leave behind the apparently unyielding shadow of Jamal Khashoggi, Riyadh is now facing another accusation: the kingdom does not relish the prospect of Muslim Americans whose voice matters in America’s highest places.According to a damning article published by Foreign Policy on December 11, Saudi Arabia is using conservative American outlets and a host of Saudi-funded media to discredit Somali-American Ilhan Omar, one of the now famous minority politicians who made history in the recent US midterm elections. Read Also: Former Adviser Accuses Saudi Arabia of ‘Approving Assassination’ of ArafatWhile US-based Riyadh-affiliated media accuse Omar of turning the American Congress into an “Islamic republic,” pro-Riyadh Mideast-based outlets suspect her of being a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer. The “organized attacks,” the “fake news” and “conspiracy theories” aiming to discredit Omar and a number of rising Muslim politicians come “specifically from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,” according to the Foreign Policy article.It continued: “Academics, media outlets, and commentators close to Persian Gulf us senatesgovernments have repeatedly accused Omar, Rashida Tlaib (another newly elected Muslim congresswoman), and Abdul El-Sayed (who made a failed bid to become governor of Michigan) of being secret members of the Muslim Brotherhood who are hostile to the governments of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”Using the “Anti-Trump” card, the reported accusations from UAE and Saudi Arabia-affiliated corporations seek to convince the Trump administration and conservative Americans that the newly elected Muslim American congresswomen are dangerous for the US. The congresswomen stand accused of conspiring with the Democratic Party, which they represent, to introduce political Islam in the US.But why would Saudi Arabia and the UAE, two predominantly Muslim countries, conspire against and defame America’s rising Muslim politicians?According to Foreign Policy, there are mainly two reasons why the rise of America’s “history-making” Muslim congresswomen irked the two Gulf States.One reason is that the politicians in question have been critical of a number of Saudi policies and positions on both Muslim and global affairs. Their past criticism of a number of Riyadh’s deeds and policies was construed as hostility to the oil-rich Arabian  Gulf kingdoms.Just hours within Omar’s election, Faisal al-Shammeri, a cultural advisor at the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the US, said to Foreign Affairs: “She will be hostile to the Gulf and a supporter of the political Islam represented in the Brotherhood in the Middle East.”Another reason Saudi Arabia and its allies feel threatened by prominent US Muslim politicians is that their stories are a source of inspiration for the Middle East’s democracy-hungry youth.read Also: Saudi Arabia Receives Recordings of Khashoggi’s MurderBy defying the odds of the congressional election, their rise to prominence is a symbolic but telling rebuttal of the argument that Muslim nations are not ready for “Western-style democracy.”While elites in the Persian Gulf and other predominantly Muslim countries continue to hide behind “Muslim tradition” to shun any prospect of democratic reforms that give space to youth and status-quo-questioning voices, politicians such as Omar uproot the “democracy is not for Arabs” narrative. “People would not have access to power in their countries but they would if they leave; this destroys the argument by Sisi or bin Salman,” El Sayed, an Egyptian-American, told Foreign Policy.The suggestion, the article concluded, is that the democracy-supporting and “independent” Muslims in the West may use their platform to impact change in their regions and countries of origin.While Saudi Arabia has not responded to the accusations, the kingdom’s resort to the Muslim Brotherhood card to discredit critics is not news to Mideast observers. Knowing that the controversial Islamist group is negatively seen by many Western governments, including the US, Riyadh has traditionally painted dissidents as Brotherhood supporters.Most recently, when the global backlash over Jamal Khashoggi’s murder started reaching worrying proportion and damaging the reputation of the hitherto idolized and revered Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh started speaking of the slain journalist as “a dangerous Islamist.”    But Saudi Arabia’s effort to discredit Khashoggi proved monumentally unsuccessful. While MBS is still facing global isolation, US-based Time Magazine named Khashoggi—along with other journalists whose audacious reporting put them in harm’s way in their countries—as 2018’s persons of the year. read more

UN chief applauds French Government for antideath penalty initiativeUN chief applauds French Government for antideath penalty initiative

In a video message for the French Foreign Ministry’s meeting on the death penalty, Mr. Ban applauded the French plan and expressed hope that it would help reinforce the emerging consensus on abolition. “The message for abolition is heard across legal systems, traditions, customs and religious backgrounds. It is heard in all regions,” the Secretary-General stated. According to the French Government, the aim of the campaign is to step up the action taken in recent years to raise awareness of the abolition of the death penalty ahead of the upcoming fifth World Congress against the Death Penalty, to be held in June 2013 in Madrid, Spain. France is a strong opponent of capital punishment and abolished the death penalty in 1981. In addition, some 150 States have either abolished the death penalty or have instituted a moratorium, either in law or in practice. Moreover, in 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted its first ever resolution calling for a worldwide moratorium on its use. Mr. Ban emphasized that the application of capital punishment invariably entails cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and is rarely meted out across society in an equitable manner. “Application of the death penalty tends to be discriminatory,” he said. “The poor, the powerless and persons belonging to minority communities are executed in disproportionate numbers,” he added. The overall global trend on the use of the death penalty has seen the number of executions worldwide decline. Nevertheless, there has been a recent spate of executions in Gambia as well as in Iraq, where 96 people have had their death sentences carried out since the beginning of 2012. During the month of August alone, 26 people have reportedly been executed by the Iraqi authorities, including 21 in a single day. “People around the world have long demanded an end to the death penalty,” the Secretary-General stated. “The United Nations stands with you in doing all that we can to end the death penalty.” read more

Security Council stresses need of sustainable solutions for millions displaced in DarfurSecurity Council stresses need of sustainable solutions for millions displaced in Darfur

“The Security Council reiterates its demand that all parties to the conflict in Darfur create the conditions conducive to allowing the voluntary, informed, safe, dignified and sustainable return of refugees and internally displaced persons,” said the 15-member body in a Presidential Statement it adopted Wednesday.The Council also voiced concern that improvements in the security situation has not translated into a commensurate reduction in the level of human rights violations and abuses, such as sexual and gender-based violence, and serious violations against children, perpetrated with impunity.Further, the Council also said that six years after the adoption of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, the people of Darfur had yet to fully benefit from it.In that context, the UN body reiterated its support for the Doha Document as a viable framework for the peace process, and welcomed the signing of an African Union (AU) High-Level Implementation Panel road map by the Government and armed movements and urged them to make immediate progress on its implementation.Turning to the AU-UN Mission In Darfur (UNAMID), the Council said it was “still too early to reach conclusions on the full impact of [the Mission’s] reconfiguration” and requested that UNAMID and the UN country team closely monitor the reconfiguration’s impact on the ground and to promptly report back on any adverse effects.With phase two of UNAMID’s reconfiguration due to begin on 31 January, the Council said it supported a recommendation by the Chairperson of the AU Commission and the Secretary-General for a review – prior to the renewal of UNAMID’s mandate in June – that would consider a new mission concept with adjusted priorities reflective of trends and the situation on the ground. read more

Toronto Maple Leafs name Brock alumnus assistant GMToronto Maple Leafs name Brock alumnus assistant GM

The Toronto Maple Leafs hired Brock University alumnus Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager.The Toronto Maple Leafs shook up their head office Tuesday, letting go of two longtime executives and hiring Brock University alumnus Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager.The 28-year-old (BSM ’07) was considered a rising star after three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League‘s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.“The chance to work for the Toronto Maple Leafs is like a dream come true,” Dubas said in a release. “I’m truly excited to begin helping this team win and learn from men like (president) Brendan Shanahan and (general manager) Dave Nonis.Dubas is the latest in a line of Sport Management grads who have found success after Brock. Andrew Tinnish (BRLS ’99; BSM ’01) holds the same assistant GM position with the Toronto Blue Jays.Sport Management Associate Professor Craig Hyatt — who taught Dubas in his third year — called Dubas’ hiring a tremendous accomplishment for the department, which isn’t quite 20 years old.Brendan Shanahan (right) and Kyle Dubas answer questions from the media. Source: Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs)“Our early alums are in the ranks of middle management,” Hyatt said. “(Dubas) and Tinnish are really the first wave of grads becoming upper management in some very big league organizations. It’s only a matter of time before all of our grads out there in five, 10 years in middle management positions are knocking on that door and getting through in professional and amateur sport industry upper management positions. It’s showing maturation of the program.”Sport Management has continued to grow in popularity and has close to 600 undergrads and about 12 graduate students enrolled.“It shows students there is hope that with a lot of dedication and hard work and paying your dues, you can make it as upper management in the Canadian sport industry,” Hyatt said.During his time at Brock, Dubas was a scout for the Greyhounds, the team his grandfather coached to a championship in the 1960s, and at 20 he became the youngest-ever National Hockey League player agent.His attention to modern analytics is a growing trend in the NHL, and it was one aspect that intrigued and impressed new Leafs president Shanahan.“Kyle is a young executive that has made a strong name for himself in hockey with a progressive style, work ethic and maturation beyond his years,” Shanahan said. “He has a fresh approach that we feel will benefit our club for years to come.”Dubas will work alongside veteran GM Dave Nonis, filling one of the positions that opened after the departure of Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle.“We’re excited about the addition of an up-and-coming hockey executive in Kyle,” Nonis said. “He is an innovative thinker that will bring enthusiasm and impressive abilities to our club. His work ethic, character and demonstrated leadership in Sault Ste. Marie make for a valuable combination that will certainly have a positive impact on our organization in many ways.” read more

Bank of Mum not Dad research shows mothers are more likely toBank of Mum not Dad research shows mothers are more likely to

first_imgRepainting Fathers are more likely to pass on DIY knowledgeCredit:Alamy  Nationwide surveyed 2,000 people. Young adults are increasingly having to rely on parents and other family members to help them out financially as the cost of renting and buying property becomes increasingly unaffordable. Research last year found that one in 12 properties bought in the UK is partly funded by a gift from family or a friend. For first-time buyers, the proportion needing help with their deposit is even higher, at 17 per cent, according to the study by conveyancer My Home Move.  When looking for cash, it might be best to ask mum firstCredit:Alamy  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Around one in seven (15 per cent) of mothers still wash or iron clothes for adult offspring, unlike fathers, one per cent of whom said they would do the same. But fathers are more likely to pass on their DIY expertise (11 per cent) than mothers (four per cent).Larry Banda, Nationwide’s Director of Financial Planning said: “It’s encouraging to see appreciation of the financial skills passed down by mums featuring so prominently. “Careful budgeting and organisation of finances can make a huge difference to both wealth and wellbeing – and learning to prepare for a rainy day, as well as bigger purchases to come, can make the difference toward achieving your goals in adulthood.” Pound coins The Bank of Mum and Dad has been replaced with the Bank of Mum, according to a new survey that suggests that mothers are more generous with handouts. One in six mothers (17 per cent) will their grown-up children cash to help them out, compared with only one in ten (9 per cent) fathers.The research by Nationwide Building Society also found a similar proportion ofmothers (16 per cent) will still cook and bake for their sons and daughters once they reach adulthood. The figure for fathers is just two per cent.last_img read more

Haslum HK wins fifth Norwegian championshipHaslum HK wins fifth Norwegian championship

4.FyllingenBergen221228634–59526 3.Drammen221309719–66026 5.Runar221129669–65124 2.Elverum221615671–57533 11.HK Herulf Moss224315634–72211 6.ØIF Arendal221039571–57923 ← Previous Story Rutenka’s body-check or Karabatic’s acting? Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 23): Leon wins “third place” battle – Hombrados 26 saves! 7.Nøtterøy22859566–57821 9.Viking Håndball229211688–69720 8.BSK/NIF229211628–63520 1.Haslum HK221633725–61535 Drammen HKElverum HKErlend MamelundHaslum HKNorwegian handball league 12.Sandefjord Håndball222119555–7125 10.Follo229211599–64020 Norwegian Haslum HK wins the fifth championship title in a row after the biggest star Erlend Mamelund and his team-mates beat Elverum 30:28 in decisive match of the last Round 22. As champion, Haslum played in the EHF CL Qualification in Israel, but lost in the Final against Macedonian, HC Metalurg.Third place in Norway 2011/2012 won Drammen.FINAL LEAGUE TABLE read more

WWCH 2013 PREDICTION Golden Norway Balkan teams for a medalWWCH 2013 PREDICTION Golden Norway Balkan teams for a medal

Handball-Planet TEAM will try to give you a good warm-up before the upcoming Women’s World’s Championship 2013 in Serbia as for the other big handball events which have been played in the last few years.NORWAY – FAVORITE NO.1The golden way of Norwegian handball could be extended in Belgrade’s “Kombank Arena”. Thorir Hergeirsson’s girls are defending champions from Brasil 2011. They know how to play big matches and certainly, they are ready to give revenge to Montenegrian girls, who will be under bigger pressure than before fantastic EHF EURO 2012 at the same place last December.HOST TEAM WANT A MEDALSerbian head-coach Sasa Boskovic proclaimed the goal for the WWCH 2013 on home soil – GOLD. Ambitions of the Serbian girls are based on fourth place at the EHF EURO 2012 last year and two thrillers in which they were defeated in semi-finals against Montenergo and bronze battle match with Hungary. It’s more realistic to see them in the semi-finals and maybe even in the final as we know that Montenegro and Norway will meet in the semis if they win their Preliminary Groups…MONTENEGRO – BACK TO THE GOLDEN CITY OF BELGRADEDragan Adzic’s girls have won silver at Olympic Games in London and Gold at EHF EURO 2012 in Belgrade in the last 16 months. It’s normally that Bulatovic, Radicevic and other world class girls want to win “all” in Serbian again. On the way to the final, they could be stopped from only one team – Norway.FRANCETwo times WCh finalist have a much better results than at EHF EURO events. Why, it is still unknown, but there is no doubt that new head-coach Alain Portes brought some new energy after Krumbholz’s time and huge dissapoitment in 2012, when the French girls missed semi-finals in London and Belgrade. In “projected” 1/4 final with Hungary, Pineau and other girls are small favorites…HUNGARYHungarian team is the first favorite to win the Group in Novi Sad, where they will have the biggest support in the hall. Tomori and Gorbicz are leading one experienced generation who break all the barriers last year with bronze medal at EHF EURO 2012. They are ready to repeat that success and find their place among TOP 4. Some projection speaking about possible clash with France at 1/4 Final. Of course, if everything goes according “plans”…BRASIL, ROMANIA, SPAIN, NETHERLANDS, DENMARK, GERMANY…These teams are strong enough to secure their place among TOP 8, but it will be interesting to see, are they capable to make a step higher.  Brasil as the new “handball force” will meet Serbia at the Preliminary Group and that match in the “hot” “Čair” hall in Nis in front of 5.000 could be decisive for the rest of the competition.KOREA, ANGOLA, CZECH REPUBLIC, POLAND…They are “seen” to be eliminated at the first knock-out stage after the Preliminary Group matches.TOTAL OUTSIDERS (AUSTRALIA, PARAGUAY AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)In the group of teams who will act the “flower” in the world’s handball garden are Australia, Paraguay and Dominican Republic…At the end, Handball-Planet.com will try to give a prediction:1. Norway2. Serbia3. Montenegro4. France5 -8.Hungary, Brasil, Spain and Romania9.-16.Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Korea, Poland, Angola and Czech Republic serbia 2013WWCH 2013 ← Previous Story VOICE OF JURY: Duvnjak is the best! Next Story → EHF CUP TOP 16: Group A and D are most unpredictable read more

MIT Remotely Operates Robots with Oculus Rift VRMIT Remotely Operates Robots with Oculus Rift VR

first_imgStay on target Not everyone is as lucky as me: Some jobs require workers to wear a uniform and leave their house every day.But what if manufacturing tasks, like maneuvering machinery, could be completed remotely?Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a virtual-reality system that lets folks tele-operate a robot using an Oculus Rift headset.Simply strap on the VR device and be transported from your living room to a control room.The newfangled system, according to MIT, falls somewhere between the two traditional approaches to using VR for tele-operation:A “direct” design limits the user’s viewpoint to only that of the robot, and a delayed signal may cause nausea and headaches.A “cyber-physical” configuration separates the robot from the user (who interacts with a virtual copy of the droid), but requires more data and specialized spaces.CSAIL, however, claims to have solved these problems.By mimicking the “homunculus model of the mind”—basically the premise of Pixar’s Inside Out—researchers can place a human “inside” a robot, where they can see through its eyes and control its actions.A pair of Oculus Touch controllers make it easy to manipulate the machine’s hand grippers to pick up, move, and retrieve items.Watch the video below to see a tele-operated robot complete tasks like stacking blocks, picking up screws, and stapling a wire.“A system like this could eventually help humans supervise robots from a distance,” CSAIL postdoctoral associate Jeffrey Lipton, lead author on a paper about the system, said in a statement. “By tele-operating robots from home, blue-collar workers would be able to telecommute and benefit from the IT revolution just as white-collar workers do now.”As you can see, the process appears quite slow (though users with gaming experience reportedly had less trouble navigating the system). Still, when tested against other systems, CSAIL’s technology managed to move 57 percent faster. And it can do so from hundreds of miles away.Currently limited to the MIT lab, this system will eventually become more scalable, with many users, different types of robots, and increased compatibility.While the team used Rethink Robotics’ humanoid Baxter and an Oculus Rift, the platform will work with other bots, and is compatible with the HTC Vive VR headset.Lipton co-wrote the paper with CSAIL director Daniela Rus and researcher Aidan Fay; they presented their findings at this week’s IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) in Vancouver.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower last_img read more

Great Horned Owl Found Completely Covered in Oil in CaliforniaGreat Horned Owl Found Completely Covered in Oil in California

first_imgStay on target “This was a total accident, as these fields are wildlife-proofed, but the force of him trying to attack his prey must have compromised the cover on the pit and he fell in,” the organization wrote in a Facebook comment.The rescue organization treated the owl and washed him with warm water and Dawn dishwashing liquid soap, according to a Facebook post.In an update, the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network said the owl is “alive, alert, and angry” and is being transported to the International Bird Rescue in Los Angeles, where he will undergo treatment and further oil washing.The oil-covered owl was washed with warm water and Dawn dishwashing liquid. (Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network)Oil washing is said to be a laborious process. It can also be extremely stressful for animals, so workers have to be very careful and give the owl time to rest between cleanings.Dawn dish soap is a commonly used cleaning solution for washing oil-covered birds, as it is considered powerful enought to effectively remove oil from birds’ feathers, while remaining gentle on their feathers, skin and eyes, according to the International Bird Rescue.The Great Horned Owl is named for its large, conspicuous ear tufts, which resemble horns perched atop its head, according to the Owl Research Institute. An apex predatory of the sky, it has long, sharp talons and strong feet that allow them to grip their prey with up to 28 pounds of of force.Earlier this month, Colorado wildlife officials enlisted the help of firefighters to help rescue a great horned owl ensnared in abandoned fishing line.More on Geek.com:Bunny Found in River With Rope and Anchor Ties to Its NeckTruck Driver Rescues Albino Fawn in CaliforniaKitten Encased in Spray Foam Rescued by Garbage Collector in Oregon A great horned owl is recovering after it was found completely covered in oil in southern California.The juvenile male owl was found in the oil pit in Dulah in Ventura County on Monday, according to the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. They believe the owl may have tried to catch a rat on the covered oil pit and fell.center_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

Vancouver Public Schools announces administrative changesVancouver Public Schools announces administrative changes

first_imgVancouver Public Schools on Tuesday announced administrative changes at schools and district offices for the 2017-2018 school year.At Chinook Elementary School, Principal Joe Lapidus will retire at the end of this school year. Patrick Conners, the principal at Washington Elementary School, will take over as principal at Chinook in August.At Washington Elementary School, Kirsten Copeland will take Conners’ place as principal. Copeland is the current associate principal at Hazel Dell and Minnehaha elementary schools.At Hazel Dell and Minnehaha, Marjorie McCluer will replace Copeland in the half-time associate positions. McCluer is currently a full-time associate principal at Discovery Middle School. Her spot has not yet been filled.Lee Gunter, a counselor and administrative intern at Minnehaha, will become a half-time associate principal at Truman Elementary School.Patrice Woods, half-time associate principal and teacher at Truman Elementary School, will become associate principal at Hudson’s Bay High School. Associate Principal Kevin Bryant is resigning due to family reasons.At Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School, Anna Supplee will be associate principal. She is a special education mentor teacher who has been completing her administrative internship at Truman Elementary School.last_img read more

Pochettino – We are happy to play at WembleyPochettino – We are happy to play at Wembley

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says it’s a “gift” for his team to play at Wembley after their extended stay at the stadium.The North London club has had issues with their new stadium, meaning they have to play at Wembley longer than they anticipated, and Pochettino has praised the England national stadium and says it’s an ‘honor’ to be playing there.“Everyone who is there is entitled to give their opinion. If you ask me, I am so, so happy to play at Wembley,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.“When I was born in Argentina and heard about England for the first time, it was with all the problems with the Falklands – it was very sad news when I heard it for the first time when I was in Argentina in my hometown.“Then when I arrived in Europe and when I played the World Cup against England (in 1998), and then after when I arrived at Southampton six years ago, I changed my mind completely in the way I see this country.“For me, it’s an honor to be here and a pleasure to be here. I have discovered amazing people and an amazing country – very close to us.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We are always comparing Argentina with Spain and Italy, but we have more [similarities] with English people than maybe Spain or Italy.“When you, like we, love football, always you hear about Wembley. It was always a dream to play at Wembley. I played with the national team in 2000 at the old Wembley. It was a dream come true.“Now every week or two weeks we have the possibility to play at Wembley. For me, it’s a gift.“When I take the north circular when I look and see the [arch], I say thank you because every game I play at Wembley is a gift.“We always say, one game more, how lucky we are. For me, it’s the best place in the world to play football, and of course, after that will be shared with our new stadium as the best place to play.“Of course, the disappointment from our fans, I understand. But for me, I take it as a positive to play there and a gift that I want to enjoy every time I’m there.”last_img read more

Unalaskans suspect Coast Guard crew of tagging WWII bunkerUnalaskans suspect Coast Guard crew of tagging WWII bunker

first_imgDmitri Dane of Unalaska photographed the graffitied bunker in March. U.S. Coast Guard officials say they can’t confirm whether crew members of the cutter Morgenthau are responsible. (Photo courtesy Dmitri Dane/Aleutian Islands Photography)#722LIFE. MORGENTHUGS.That statement has been splashed across the side of a World War II bunker in Unalaska, leaving some residents outraged on social media.Listen nowOn a rare sunny day in March, Dmitri Dane hiked up the back side of Mount Ballyhoo, where military structures from World War II still look out over the Bering Sea.“It’s amazing,” Dane said. “You can see the mountain range, you can see Hog Island, and the bunkers are on the very edge of the cliff.”As a landscape photographer, Dane said it’s one of the best views in Unalaska. But as he walked out to the bunker on the farthest bluff, he came across something not so beautiful.“I was very surprised to see the bunker at the very end had a lot of graffiti on there,” Dane said.Tagging isn’t unusual on the island, even for historic structures like bunkers and barracks. But these big black letters were spray-painted on the outside of the bunker — not hidden inside like most graffiti.Dane snapped a photo of the tag, posted it on Facebook, and watched as the comments poured in.“I got a lot of angry people,” Dane said. “Not at me, but a lot of them were angry toward the supposed people who wrote it on there.”No one’s really sure who tagged the bunker, but the graffiti provides some clues.“It felt like a punch in the gut when you see it has a U.S. Coast Guard tag on it,” Carlin Enlow said. She’s the director of the Unalaska Convention and Visitors Bureau.Enlow saw the photo online and drew the same conclusion as a lot of commenters — that the bunker was defaced by crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, designated number 722.For years, the cutter has stopped in Unalaska on patrol in the Bering Sea, protecting marine resources and helping with search and rescue.For Enlow, that mission makes the tag even harder to stomach.“It’s a group of people who are supposed to serve and protect us,” Enlow said. “All these questions come to mind. Obviously, why? Why would you do that?”The Morgenthau’s commanding officer looked into the matter after KUCB requested comment.The extent of the Coast Guard’s investigation is unclear, but officials say there’s “no information available” to confirm if crew members are responsible.In the past, the landowning company has given Coast Guard crews permission to paint the names and numbers of their vessels on blast shields decorating the side of Mount Ballyhoo, where the military stashed munitions during the war.Ounalashka Corporation CEO Chris Salts said the native corporation has always had a good relationship with the Coast Guard, and he’s not up in arms over this new piece of graffiti. But he said the corporation will pay to have the bunker cleaned this summer to preserve the area’s historical integrity.Meanwhile, the Coast Guard announced Monday that the Morgenthau is being decommissioned after nearly 50 years of service.The State Department is taking control of the cutter and may grant it to a friendly foreign government under the Foreign Assistance Act.Officials say other vessels will take over the Morgenthau’s mission in the Bering Sea.last_img read more

BNPs decision on whether to contest Gazipur polls after consultation FakhrulBNPs decision on whether to contest Gazipur polls after consultation Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday night said the election in Gazipur city involves a lot of strategies that may have wide-ranging implications in national politics.Blaming the Awami League for rigging the Khulna city polls, the BNP leader said his party will take a decision on whether to continue its participation in the Gazipur city polls.”The ruling party had resorted to new tactics in Khulna polls as the polls atmosphere was apparently peaceful, but it was deeply flawed inside the centres,” he said while talking to reporters at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.Mirza Fakhrul expressed his views that BNP-backed mayoral candidate Nazrul Islam Manju was sure to win by more than 100,000 votes, had the election been held in free and fair manner.The BNP leader also said that his party had not taken any decision on whether it would at all take part in any future local government elections under the Awami League regime.The Gazipur City Corporation election was scheduled to be held on 15 May until the High Court stayed the election process. The Supreme Court later cleared the process, giving the election commission to hold the ballot by 28 June, which is the date for voting now.Meanwhile, UNB reports, the BNP secretary general hoped that their party chairperson Khaleda Zia would be freed from jail before Eid-ul-Fitr.”We believe our madam (Khaleda) will surely come out of jail before the eid,” he said.Earlier in the day, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to convicted BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Her lawyers, however, said the BNP chief is not going to be freed from jail now as she has been shown arrested in some other cases.last_img read more

Within Launches WebVR Site to Stream VR Experiences to Any DeviceWithin Launches WebVR Site to Stream VR Experiences to Any Device

first_img Popular on Variety Los Angeles-based cinematic virtual reality (VR) startup Within launched a new website Wednesday that makes it possible to experience VR on any device — be it a full-fledged headset, a Cardboard viewer, or even a mobile phone or PC desktop.Within’s new site makes use of an emerging technology called WebVR that plays VR experiences directly in supported browsers, without the need to download any additional software. Headset users can navigate the website directly while in VR, with the help of their respective hand controllers and tracking tools.Anyone who doesn’t have a VR headset yet can access it with a traditional web browser, and simply pan around in a video the old-fashioned way. “We aim to make it as easy as possible for fans to discover and share truly great VR experiences,” said Within’s content launch manager Jon Rittenberg in a statement. Some of the content available on the site includes the Obama White House doc “The People’s House” from Felix & Paul Studios, the animated short “Asteroids” from Baobab Studios and the pioneering short film “Evolution of Verse” from Within’s own CEO Chris Milk.Within cooperated for the creation of the site with Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, which has been a key player in the development of the WebVR standard. In addition to developing the technical underpinnings of running VR experiences on the web, the browser maker has also been busy developing its own WebVR applications and demos, including a social WebVR platform called Hubs.WebVR is still in its infancy, as most VR producers have thus far focused on building native apps for the various VR headsets available to consumers. Some of the early adopters of the technology have included VR porn studios, whose subscription services have been barred from distributing content via the app stores of the major headset makers.But as the number of available headsets grows, there are also some benefits to mainstream publishers for building WebVR websites, as they offer the promise of reaching the widest audience possible. “We’re excited to see such big platforms making a bet on WebVR,” said Mozilla’s mixed reality director Lars Bergstrom about Within’s new site. “As new devices reach more people, we expect the WebVR specification will continue to grow and evolve.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Grub experimentation could promote weight lossGrub experimentation could promote weight loss

first_imgBeing a little experimental with one’s eating habits could prove to be a surefire recipe to losing weight rather than sticking to healthy food on a daily basis, suggests a new research.Counterintuitive as it may sound, researchers have found that adventurous eaters, known as “foodies”, weigh less and may be healthier than their less-adventurous counterparts.The study, involving over 500 women across the US, showed that those who had eaten the widest variety of uncommon foods—including seitan, beef tongue, Kimchi, rabbit, and polenta—also rated themselves as healthier eaters, more physically active and more concerned with the healthiness of their food when compared with less-adventurous eaters. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“These findings are important to dieters because they show that promoting adventurous eating may provide a way for people—especially women—to lose or maintain weight without feeling restricted by a strict diet,” said study co-author Brian Wansink, author of the book “Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life”.“They also reported being much more likely to have friends over for dinner,” said lead author Lara Latimer from the University of Texas.The article was published in the journal Obesity.last_img read more