Deaths of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky ruled suicides

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The bodies of two men found in northern Manitoba last week have been confirmed as B.C. murder suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, and police say the pair took their own lives.B.C. RCMP confirms the two murder suspects died of self-inflicted gunshots and two firearms were found with their bodies. Investigators are still working to confirm if the guns were used in the deaths.The bodies were found in dense brush approximately eight kilometres from where a burnt-out stolen RAV4 was located outside Gillam, Man.The autopsies have been completed and it appears Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky died as a result of “suicides by gunfire.” This is according to @BCRCMP. Their bodies were found in the dense bush close to the Nelson River near Gillam, Manitoba. Details on @NEWS1130.— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) August 12, 2019Police believe McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, 18, were dead for several days before they were found. However, the exact time and date of their deaths are not known. It is believed they were alive for several days after they were last seen on July 22 and the manhunt ramped up around Gillam.McLeod and Schmegelsky were charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia botany lecturer Leonard Dyck whose body was found on July 19 just south of Dease Lake. They were also suspects in the deaths of tourist couple Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese, whose bodies were found July 15 south of Liard Hot Springs.Investigators are continuing their assessment of all evidence found in Manitoba as well as findings from northern B.C. in order to determine what happened to all three victims.The RCMP says its review will be completed over the next few weeks and families will be updated before the information is released to the public.last_img read more

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Daimler CEO Zetsche to step down early succeeded by insider

first_imgFRANKFURT – Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, who unwound a troubled merger with Chrysler Corporation and led the German automaker to a string of record profits, will hand off next year to Ola Kallenius, a longtime insider who heads vehicle development for the Mercedes-Benz brand.The Stuttgart-based company said Wednesday that the change will take place in May and that Zetsche, 65, would be nominated to become head of the board in 2021 after the term expires for the current chairman, Manfred Bischoff.Zetsche’s latest three-year contract was to end in December 2019 and Kallenius had figured prominently in speculation about who would succeed him.Chairman Bischoff said that by nominating Zetsche early for the top board of directors post, “we are ensuring continuity for the sustained success of Daimler AG.”“In Ola Kallenius, we are appointing a recognized, internationally experienced and successful Daimler executive,” he said.The 49-year-old Kallenius, who was born in Vastervik, Sweden and still holds a Swedish passport, has headed group research and vehicle development for the key Mercedes-Benz luxury car division since the start of 2017. He worked as a manager in corporate controlling in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the 1990s.He is now slated to take over Zetsche’s dual mandate as both head of the entire company and the Mercedes division. The company also makes trucks and buses and provides financial services.Kallenius’ job is to be filled by Markus Schaefer, head of production and supply chain executive at Mercedes.Zetsche became CEO of what was then DaimlerChrysler AG in 2006. A smooth public speaker, he appeared for a time in U.S. television commercials as “Dr. Z,” ending his explanations of how German technology helped Chrysler brand vehicles with a cheery “auf wiedersehen.”Asked what Zetsche would do after Kallenius takes over, a company spokesman said only that Zetsche remains under contract until the end of 2019. He is also slated to take over as board chairman of travel group TUI on Oct. 1.His legacy includes leading Daimler out of its troubled 1998 merger with Chrysler, and subsequently racking up consecutive years of record sales and profits.The company also faces several headwinds, however. It is under scrutiny by the U.S. Justice Department and German authorities in connection with possible diesel emissions violations. And it issued a profit warning in June citing the U.S.-China trade dispute, which will hit some of its cars made in the U.S. and imported into China with new import taxes.The company is moving toward a strategic overhaul that would split Daimler into three divisions.last_img read more

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Highlights of the 201920 British Columbia budget

The Canadian Press VICTORIA — Highlights of British Columbia’s 2019-20 budget presented Tuesday:— A new Child Opportunity Benefit will replace an existing tax program for families next year, providing families with one child under the age of 18 with as much as $1,600, more than double what the old benefit provided.— Interest is immediately eliminated on all new and existing student loans from the provincial govenrment, which means an average student would save $2,300 in interest, based on a combined federal and provincial loan of $28,000 being repaid over 10 years.— A first-time revenue sharing agreement will provide First Nations with $3 billion over 25 years from provincial gaming revenue, with every Aboriginal government eligible for between $250,000 and $2 million annually.— Support payments for foster and adoptive parents, as well as extended family members caring for childrean, are being increased at a cost of $85 million.— Social assistance payments are going up by $50 a month, on top of the $100 monthly increase that was previously announced.— Another 200 modular homes will be built for homeless people, bringing the total across the province to 2,200.— The Clean BC climate plan will see $902 million spent to cut greenhouse gas emissions and offer incentives to help people retrofit their homes and purchase electric vehicles.— A surplus of $274 million is projected for 2019-20, $287 million in 2020-21 and $585 million in 2021-22.— The government expects to bring in $59 billion in revenue in 2019-20 and spend $58.3 billion.— Economic growth is forecast to hit 2.4 per cent in 2019 and between two and 2.3 per cent next year. read more

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu professor to visit Gaza on UNbacked mission

The High Level Fact-Finding Mission to the area was established by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in November 2006 following an Israeli attack that resulted in 19 people, including 7 children, being killed.For the two-day mission from 27-28 May, Archbishop Tutu and Professor Chinkin will enter Gaza from Egypt. They are scheduled to hold a range of meetings in Gaza, including with survivors and witnesses of the attack on 8 November 2006.The mission will submit a final report to the September session of the HRC.Last June, the mission submitted a report to the Council in which is said that “significant” human rights violations occurred there and called for an independent probe by national authorities.The report noted that “it is clear that significant human rights violations resulted in Beit Hanoun from the activities of the Israel Defence Force (IDF) on and around 8 November,” and that those events must be investigated by an independent, impartial and transparent process, preferably at the national level. 27 May 2008An independent United Nations fact-finding mission – by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Professor Christine Chinkin of the London School of Economics – will visit Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. read more

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Shasheendra to contest Parliament election

Shasheendra Rajapaksa also claimed that only a fraction of the SLFP members who are supporting the former President were present at Madamulana yesterday.“The fact that many were not there does not mean they are not supporting him,” Rajapaksa added. He also said that Mahinda Rajapaksa will announce soon under which party and from which district he will contest the August 17 election. Shasheendra Rajapaksa said that all those supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa are keen to protect the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Former Uva Province Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa says he will be contesting the upcoming Parliament elections.Rajapaksa, who was among those present at Madamulana yesterday to extend support to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, told the Colombo Gazette that he will be contesting from the Monaragala district. Shasheendra Rajapaksa claimed that over 85 former Parliamentarians are backing Mahinda Rajapaksa and that number is expected to grow as election day draws near. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Overcost Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject will likely go ahead CEO

Over-cost Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject will likely go ahead: CEO by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted May 13, 2016 8:26 am MDT Last Updated May 13, 2016 at 1:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Workers move rebar at the construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.The new head of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown corporation Nalcor Energy says the troubled Muskrat Falls hydro project will likely go ahead. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Muskrat Falls hydro project will likely go ahead despite soaring costs and delays but changes are coming, says the new head of Newfoundland and Labrador Crown corporation Nalcor Energy.“Substantial progress has been made, other commitments have been put in place — it’s very unlikely it will be cancelled,” Stan Marshall said Friday during a conference call to update Nalcor finances.“It’s very likely that there will be delays beyond our control.”Still, Marshall said he’s keeping “all options open” as he assesses cost and schedule overruns for a full status update he hopes to deliver in late June.He said that report will include “what I see as necessary changes at the very senior management level” to better control the sprawling work site near Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador.The province has already spent almost $4.8 billion building the dam and power house on the lower Churchill River — the largest publicly funded project in its history.Other adjustments could include replacing the major construction contractor, Astaldi Canada, Marshall said.“We have an issue with them. We will hold discussions with them, and hopefully those can be resolved.”Cost projections for the province have soared to about $7.7 billion from $6.2 billion, with first power delayed several months until 2018 or later.The joint venture between Nalcor and Nova Scotia utility company Emera (TSX:EMA) will bring power to the island of Newfoundland and on to Nova Scotia using subsea cables and overland transmission lines.Emera is building the underwater Maritime Link for an estimated $1.6 billion.A recent interim report by EY — formerly Ernst and Young — found problems with oversight and said Nalcor’s cost and timeline forecasts last September were “not reasonable.”Former Nalcor president and CEO Ed Martin said April 20 he was voluntarily resigning to spend more time with his family. The entire board that had served with him also quit, saying it had lost the government’s confidence.The governing Liberals, who won power last fall after 12 years of Progressive Conservative rule, named Marshall as Martin’s replacement on April 21. Marshall, the former president and CEO of Fortis Inc., came out of retirement to accept the job.Premier Dwight Ball has repeatedly promised a full public airing of Muskrat Falls costs and risks.Former premier Danny Williams announced the project just before quitting politics in 2010. He said it would unleash the province’s potential as a renewable energy powerhouse while bypassing transmission hurdles through Quebec.“Quebec will no longer determine the fate of Newfoundland and Labrador and one of the most attractive, clean energy projects in North America,” he said at the time.His drive to skirt Quebec and bring power through Nova Scotia using subsea cables was fuelled by the famously lopsided Churchill Falls deal.The 1969 agreement to ship power from Labrador to Quebec for sale has reaped more than $22 billion in profits for Quebec, versus about $1 billion for Newfoundland and Labrador. Quebec has steadfastly refused to renegotiate original terms, which did not reflect rising energy values and do not expire until 2041.Williams and three successive Tory premiers sold the Muskrat Falls project as the cheapest option to fill Newfoundland and Labrador’s growing energy needs.Former prime minister Stephen Harper signed off in November 2012 on a federal loan guarantee to save the province and Nova Scotia more than $1 billion in borrowing costs.Harper at the time shrugged off Quebec critics who called it an unfair subsidy. He also called it a low-risk investment even though the project had not been endorsed by an independent regulator.Energy consultant Tom Adams said Muskrat Falls from the get-go made little sense to many sector observers. There was the high cost of resulting power, the risk of cost bloat for a province of just 527,000 people, and the deluded notions of surplus power profits, he said Friday from Toronto.“It floored people. This project has had a credibility problem from the beginning.“That view was not shared by the movers and shakers that held the reins of power in Newfoundland and Labrador at the time,” Adams said. “But I think that’s a reflection of the insular character of the governance that allowed this thing to happen in the first place.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter. read more

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Myanmar Ban phones election victor pledging continued UN support for democratic reform

He warmly noted that her dedication and perseverance in the path of democratic transformation was finally bearing fruit, highlighting the elections as a defining moment in the reform process that has opened up real potential for Myanmar to thrive as an inclusive, harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy, according to a UN readout on the call. Mr. Ban stressed that cooperation and inclusive dialogue involving all stakeholders, including those representing ethnic groups, religious minorities as well as civil society, was essential.He underlined that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal to her supporters for a calm and peaceful electoral process as well as for a dignified acceptance of its results, is evidence of her vision and statesmanship. As a friend of Myanmar, he said the UN would continue to support democratic reform efforts and remain a steady partner as it faces its future challenges.Mr. Ban had already issued a statement last week acknowledging the courage and vision of President Thein Sein “whose leadership in the reform process has helped achieve progress to this defining stage.”The UN has long been involved in Myanmar’s transition after more than 50 years of military rule, appointing a Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the issue. In 2007 Mr. Ban set up the “Group of Friends of the Secretary-General on Myanmar,” a consultative forum of 14 countries to assist him in his efforts to spur change in the South-East Asian nation.Over the years, he has welcomed the release of political prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself. In 2010 he voiced concern over the decision to dissolve 10 political parties, including the NLD, ahead of the previous elections that November. read more

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Trying to Measure the LeBron Effect on Game Attendance

LeBron James may not show up for the Miami Heat next year, but whichever team he ends up with is likely to see a huge economic bump. James puts people in the seats.After reports leaked Tuesday that James would exercise his early-termination option in his contract with the Heat, some speculated that he’ll actually stay in South Beach next season. But teams are itching to clear cap space in the hopes of signing the NBA forward.We know plenty about James’s value on the court, but to get some sense of his economic value, we looked at how attendance changed before and while he was on the Cavaliers and Heat. As a baseline, the average NBA team’s attendance is about 90 percent capacity over the course of the season, but that varies wildly depending on a team’s winning percentage. (It also presumably fluctuates throughout a season.) I looked at NBA teams’ winning percentage and home-game attendance from the 2001-02 season through the 2013-14 season, and found that a team that wins 80 percent of its games — roughly 66 games in a season, probably the best record in the league — should average 100 percent capacity. Comparatively, a team that wins only 20 percent of its games will, on average, sell 80 percent of its tickets.It’s easy to see why winning fills arenas. Wins excite fans, give them hope for a potential championship, and (hopefully) are a display of entertaining basketball. James helps do that better than nearly anybody. Even controlling for success, a “LeBron Effect” materialized in the data. The teams he’s played for — the 2004 through 2010 Cavs and the 2011 though 2014 Heat — have home-attendance averages of 98.0 percent capacity, well above what their records would predict. Nearly all of James’s teams have sold tickets at higher rates than we’d expect for how well they performed. Note how for every season but one, his teams are above the line in the chart below.(Attendance here is measured by capacity, or the percentage of available seats sold. Sometimes capacity percentages rise above 100 percent because of imperfect stadium data, whether standing-room-only tickets are counted, etc.)Interestingly, James sells out even more so on the road, perhaps because he’s more of a novelty when traveling. Over the past six seasons — his last two with the Cavs and all four with the Heat — James’s teams away capacity has averaged 99.5 percent. (Because of imperfect data on away game attendance capacity, only the past six seasons were analyzed.) It’s no surprise that the relationship between a team’s winning percentage and its draw while traveling is much weaker — that is, the curve is flatter. But adjusting for how good the Cavs or Heat were in a given season, those teams with James on them sold out the house. Look how far above the line James teams are now:This analysis does not account for ticket prices, merchandise sales or any of the other revenue channels for James’s teams, so it’s just the beginning of the conversation about his economic worth. But wherever he ends up, two things are likely to continue: His team will sell out the home stadium, and his opponents’ box offices will be sad to see him go. read more

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Royce White NBA Must Address Flying Other Mental Health

Royce White has a severe fear of flying, which has prevented the talented rookie forward of the Houston Rockets from getting his NBA career off the ground. More significantly, White said his playing career will stay grounded until the NBA creates a protocol for teams to treat players with mental defects.Because the Rockets have no formal game plan on how to work with White’s anxiety disorder, he said the chances are “very high” he will never play in the league. He and the team are at a stalemate on how to handle his delicate situation, leaving White on the sideline.“The reality is that it is not Houston’s fault,” White said on SiriusXM’s “Off the Dribble” show. “As much as we always want to try and blame one side or the other, they’ve been thrown into a position now where they’re forced to make things up as they go, because a protocol has not been put in place for mental health up until this point.”The Rockets are trying to accommodate the No. 16 pick in June’s NBA draft. They and White have consulted mental health experts for a plan that would allow White to travel to road games via bus or car.In the meantime, the Rockets have asked White to play for their D-League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but the player has refused. His frustrations with the situation mounts, but he insists he would like to be a Rocket.“I don’t really think going to another team is something that would be better,” White, 21, said on the SiriusXM show. “And it’s not something that I want to do. I want to play for Houston. I love the city of Houston. Since I’ve been here, the fans have been nothing but supportive — that I’ve met in person. Twitter has been different. The fans that I’ve met in person have been supportive.“The community here is great. I have a lot of friends that work in the organization, in the building, that aren’t even related to practice or the game, so to speak. So I have no intention or desire to play for another team.”Besides, his concerns would exist with any other team.“There’s no mental health protocol here, for not only the Rockets but the entire league, really,” he said. “I expressed that that’s really unsafe if you think about it. So, basically, I’m fighting to have that rectified. I just don’t think it is OK or responsible or even logical to have GMs or any front office personnel have executive authority in medical situations.” read more

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Cycling must be made more attractive to BME audience commissioner announces as

Cycling must be made more attractive to a BME audience, according to the capital’s first walking and cycling commissioner. Will Norman has voiced concerns over the lack of diversity among cyclists, arguing that many schemes which are encouraging people to take up the hobby are being perceived as a way to get “middle-aged men cycling faster around the city”.Mr Norman, whose job it is to deliver on London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s pledge to make walking and cycling safer in the capital, said he was now considering setting diversity targets for London’s cycling population to ensure a greater level of diversity. Speaking to The Independent Mr Norman said: “There is a problem with cycling and the way it is perceived of getting middle-aged men cycling faster around the city, which is not the objective at all.“It touches on something which is a real challenge for London cycling, which is diversity.” Despite efforts to make cycling safer in the capital, the mayor was recently criticised after the latest death of a cyclist who was hit by a lorry on a busy roundabout in Greenwich, southeast London.The London Cycling Campaign have since called on Mr Khan and Mr Norman to “hurry up” fixing the most dangerous cycling routes.Mr Norman responded saying: “As outlined in our Strategic Cycle Analysis we have ambitions to make this route safer for cyclists. “We’ll continue to work with the council – who are responsible for the road – to make this a reality.”So far Mr Khan has promised an average of £169m annually for cycling schemes over the next five years. That compares with an average yearly spend of £91m promised during the previous Conservative mayoralty. Cycling in London 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. So far the mayor’s office has unveiled a number of projects it says will begin to address a lack of diversity. These include cycle training courses, grants for community groups who do not typically cycle and promoting electric bikes and expanding existing cycle routes.Mr Norman explained that despite growing numbers of cyclists, increased diversity had not been seen, adding: “Even when we have seen the growth in the number of cyclists, we haven’t seen that diversity. Cycling in London Discussing the efforts being made to encourage more people to cycle, Duncan Dollimore, road safety and legal campaigns officer at Cycling UK, backed the move, saying authorities should be “focusing on the barriers that deter people from cycling rather than existing cyclists”. “There are a number of reasons for that. One is that safety is paramount for getting different people from different walks of life cycling: older people, younger people, those from different backgrounds.”The number of cyclists in London has continued to rise and now accounts for 2 percent of all journeys, however the city falls well short of others on the continent, with cycling accounting for 3 percent of travel in Paris and 13 percent in Berlin. read more

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Keynote de Facebook Avec le Graph Search le réseau social soffre un

first_imgKeynote de Facebook : Avec le Graph Search, le réseau social s’offre un moteur de rechercheAprès avoir convoqué la presse ce mardi pour dévoiler “une innovation majeure”, Mark Zuckerberg a dévoilé le Graph Search, un moteur de recherche interne qui pourrait embêter de nombreux acteurs du web.Pas de Facebook Phone, ni de refonte du site, mais un nouveau moteur de recherche appelé Graph Search. Mardi, Mark Zuckerberg a dévoilé lors d’une conférence de presse à Menlo Park “l’innovation majeure” annoncée depuis quelques jours. La fonctionnalité n’est pour le moment accessible en bêta qu’aux utilisateurs de la version anglophone du réseau social et aucune date n’a été dévoilée pour la France.Un moteur de recherche pour naviguer plus facilement sur le réseau socialGraph Search a pour fonction de rechercher uniquement les contenus qui ont été partagés par l’utilisateur. Ainsi, ce dernier pourra “chercher des amis qui vivent à Palo Alto et qui aiment Game of Thrones ou encore quels sont les restaurants mexicains à Palo Alto dans lesquels mes amis sont allés”, explique Mark Zuckerberg. On peut également avoir des recherches telles que : “Mes collègues qui vivent à San Francisco”, “Mes amis qui aiment l’escrime”, “Mes amis qui aiment Star Wars”. Il se présente sous forme de barre en haut de chaque page et donnera le relais à… Bing, le moteur de recherche de Microsoft déjà présent pour les traductions, pour les recherches impossibles à trouver sur Facebook telles que : “Quel temps fait-il?”.Avec Graph Search, Mark Zuckerberg tente de créer une mémoire à Facebook et de faire en sorte que les utilisateurs n’aient plus à quitter le réseau social pour trouver une information. Il les pousse également à remplir plus précisément leurs fiches pour qu’ils puissent être trouvés plus facilement par leurs amis. En clair, avec le Graph Search, vous ne trouverez pas les derniers résultats sportifs, mais qui, parmi vos amis, est supporteur de votre club préféré.Qu’en est-il de la vie privée ?À lire aussiFacebook “manipule” les émotions de milliers d’utilisateurs pour une expérience psychologiqueCette innovation pourrait faire mal à de nombreux acteurs du web, tels que les sites de recommandation, comme les sites de rencontre. En effet, avec Graph Search, vous pourrez retrouver vos amis via leurs centres d’intérêt : musique, cinéma, évènements culturels, etc. De nombreux internautes devraient toutefois être attentifs au respect de la vie privée. Facebook a d’ailleurs pris les devants en jouant la transparence avec une vidéo explicative. A noter que vous pourrez peut-être tester Graph Search en vous inscrivant à cette adresse (lien non disponible). Disponible en bêta, le réseau social permettra en effet à certains utilisateurs de découvrir cette innovation. Le 15 janvier 2013 à 21:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Save America by Punching Nazis With Your Phone

first_img Normally I would’ve saved this for a Game of the Year post, but we just chose a game of the year for this week, and this game is too important to wait until next week. Besides, the greatness of this game transcends a mere joke award. Punch-A-Nazi!! is the game we all need to play to make sure America stays a good egg in the world. Fortunately, all you need to play it is a mobile phone and a Web browser.As the title hints, Punch-A-Nazi!! is a Web game parody of the classic NES boxing game Punch-Out!! But instead of punching a collection of harmless ethnic stereotypes, you get to punch a trio of actually harmful (not furred) Third Reich racists.Your first foe is Richard Spencer, modern Nazi and a man famous for getting punched in the face in real life on camera while explaining a cartoon frog meme co-opted by white supremacists. Next up is Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative troll who used gamers’ fear of women to trick them into thinking he cared at all about the medium. The big Nazi bad, appropriately enough, is Adolf Hitler. If you need someone to tell you why he’s bad, then you’re already a lost cause.Pressing a button to knock out these dopes would’ve been satisfying enough, but Punch-A-Nazi!! uses the miracle of modern motion-control technology to make Nazi-punching as realistic as legally possible. Visit the site on both a Web browser and your mobile phone. Sync the two using a room code à la the Jackbox Party Pack. Now you can channel your inner (pre-Nazi) Captain America by punching your phone at the screen to turn fascists into bloodier and bloodier pulps. You have to time your punch, too, so there’s actually some skill involved in virtually performing this patriotic duty.If you’re hungry for more digital alt-right-beating action, check out Pepe Punch-Out!! That game at least lets you first use your words against monsters before inevitably throwing hands.Punch-A-Nazi!! comes courtesy of comedy video company Super Deluxe. Super Deluxe’s cathartic election coverage, a series of news clips re-edited into surreal nightmares by brilliant former Tim and Eric collaborator Vic Berger, is the best depiction of the Hell America now finds itself in. But instead of making me laugh and then weep, Punch-A-Nazi!! makes me and laugh and then stand up in cheer. It can do the same for you. Solid Gold ‘America’ Toilet Stolen From UK PalaceMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Chelsea join race for Nicolo Barella

first_imgChelsea have joined the race to sign Nicolo Barella from CagliariCagliari are believed to be a seeking a fee in the region of €50million for Italy international midfielder, according to reports by Gianluca DiMarzio.The president of Cagliari, Tommasi Giulini, who had previously ruled out the sale of Barella during the January transfer window, believes €50million is the start negotiation fee for Barella and would prefer an outright payment.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Reports in Italy suggest Napoli remain the team most interested in the 21-year-old, but any deal taking the player to Naples will have to include some of the club’s players whilst Milan and Juventus are believed to be monitoring the player’s situation.Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has already signed Jorginho from Napoli last summer but remains keen to add another midfielder to his squad, and Barella is understood to be the former Napoli boss’ first choice.last_img read more

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The Naked I perform live

first_imgThe Naked I perform live! KUSI Newsroom, June 7, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The band, The Naked I, perform live on KUSI.For more information, visit www.thenakediband.com. KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 7, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

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Samsung Electronics shares crash 7 on Galaxy Note 7 recall woes

first_imgThe shares of Samsung Electronics fell more than six per cent on Monday to a two-month low on the Korean Stock Exchange as analysts feared that the impact of the Galaxy Note 7 recall could be much more than anticipated.The Samsung stock fall, along with renewed fears of North Korea planning another nuclear test dragged the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (Kospi) to fall about 1.9 per cent during intraday trading, the lowest since Aug. 5, according to Reuters.The stock closed at 1,465,000 Korean won, down 6.98 per cent over its previous closing on the Korean Stock Exchange ($1=1,110.0000 won). The Kospi ended at 1,991.48, down 2.28 per cent.The fallout of the battery fiasco is also being seen as reflecting in the company’s fourth quarter results.”Some said initially the Galaxy Note 7 could be the best smartphone ever, but now it’s possible that the phone will go down as the worst ever,” IBK Securities analyst Lee Seung-woo was quoted as saying by the agency.The incident is bound to hit the flagship device’s sales even after the course correction initiated by the company, according to another analyst. “Even if Samsung puts Note 7s with new batteries in the market, it won’t sell as well as it had initially,” HMC Investment analyst Greg Roh told Reuters.”The whole situation over Samsung is becoming more serious and complicated as more state authorities around the world are advising nationals to stop using the Note 7,” Hwang Min-Sung, an analyst at Samsung Securities, told AFP.Last Saturday, Samsung had issued a statement on globally recalling the Galaxy Note 7 as a precautionary measure after concerns over its battery.”Our number one priority is the safety of our customers. We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note7s and exchange them as soon as possible,” DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, said in the statement.”We are expediting replacement devices so that they can be provided through the exchange program as conveniently as possible and in compliance with related regulations,” he added.The company has identified the affected inventory, and stopped sales and shipments of those devices.last_img read more

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Houston Residents Mourn Tragic Death Of Josue Flores

first_img 00:00 /01:14 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share – / 5Residents of Houston’s north side, and even from other parts of town, were deeply affected by the tragic death of Josue Flores, the 11-year-old boy who was stabbed while walking home from school last week.On Monday morning, a group of women gathered in front of a memorial in honor of Josue at the spot on Fulton Street where he was killed.The memorial displayed crosses, flowers and candles, but also other things like stuffed animals and balloons that remind the public that Josue was just a boy.“I brought my 12-year-old son just to see how the community is coming together. But not only to see, because he walks home from school when he gets off the bus, and just to show him how anything can happen fast, anything, so fast,” said Magaly Sanchez, one of the women who visited the memorial, who lives in the Spring area.At the funeral home where the family was having a wake Monday, Juan Flores, Josue’s father, emphasized that he is grateful for all the support he and his family have received from the community.But Flores also underscored he is still worried because his son’s killer hasn’t been arrested yet and the attacker might target others.“I think it’s a highly dangerous person because the crime that person committed, with that viciousness, with that anger. What happened… That’s very difficult to understand,” Flores said.Residents of the north side area are worried because police haven’t made an arrest. Authorities dismissed murder charges against a man arrested last week. HPD investigators said evidence proved the man was in Pearland when the crime was committed.Some residents think the man that killed Josue is homeless and have pointed to an area shelter run by the Salvation Army as a reason for the lack of security they are feeling.The Salvation Army said in a statement that, starting this week, the shelter is changing its policy.Men who have stayed overnight will no longer be required to leave during the day and, unless they have a job or a scheduled appointment, they will remain at the shelter and will be connected to assistance programs and services.last_img read more

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Rices New Moody Center For The Arts Names First Artist In Residence

first_img 00:00 /01:22 X Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. North façade of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, TX.The doors don’t officially open to the public until early next year, but Rice University’s new Moody Center for the Arts has already named its first artist in residence.Mona Hatoum is a Beirut-born artist based in London and is set to take her post at Rice this spring. The center’s Executive Director Alison Weaver says she chose Hatoum for several reasons, one being the subject matter of her art.“Her work really touches on issues such as power dynamics, gender, issues around Middle Eastern politics and women in the Middle East,” Weaver says.The residency will be in partnership with Houston’s Menil Collection, where Hatoum will exhibit her work in October 2017. It’s one example of what Weaver hopes will be many such collaborations in the future. Even though the Moody Center is defined as a home for the arts, Weaver says it’s actually going to be open to all departments at Rice.“So it’s equally welcoming to computer science and engineering as it is to the visual arts and arts history,” she explains. “And we hope to collaborate with our colleagues at the Shepherd School of Music and the School of Architecture.”The $30 million, 50,000-square-foot building sits on the southwest side of campus near University Boulevard and is set to open to the public on February 24th of next year. Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

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Study of monotreme and marsupial brains suggests hemispheres communicated before development of

first_img Citation: Study of monotreme and marsupial brains suggests hemispheres communicated before development of corpus callosum (2018, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-monotreme-marsupial-brains-hemispheres-corpus.html A team of researchers with The University of Queensland has found evidence suggesting that mammalian brain hemispheres had a means of communicating long before the development of the corpus callosum. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes mammalian brain studies they conducted using MRIs and what they found. © 2018 Phys.org New research links brain structure with hallucinations and musical aptitude Explore further More information: Rodrigo Suárez el al., “A pan-mammalian map of interhemispheric brain connections predates the evolution of the corpus callosum,” PNAS (2018). www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1808262115AbstractThe brain of mammals differs from that of all other vertebrates, in having a six-layered neocortex that is extensively interconnected within and between hemispheres. Interhemispheric connections are conveyed through the anterior commissure in egg-laying monotremes and marsupials, whereas eutherians evolved a separate commissural tract, the corpus callosum. Although the pattern of interhemispheric connectivity via the corpus callosum is broadly shared across eutherian species, it is not known whether this pattern arose as a consequence of callosal evolution or instead corresponds to a more ancient feature of mammalian brain organization. Here we show that, despite cortical axons using an ancestral commissural route, monotremes and marsupials share features of interhemispheric connectivity with eutherians that likely predate the origin of the corpus callosum. Based on ex vivo magnetic resonance imaging and tractography, we found that connections through the anterior commissure in both fat-tailed dunnarts (Marsupialia) and duck-billed platypus (Monotremata) are spatially segregated according to cortical area topography. Moreover, cell-resolution retrograde and anterograde interhemispheric circuit mapping in dunnarts revealed several features shared with callosal circuits of eutherians. These include the layered organization of commissural neurons and terminals, a broad map of connections between similar (homotopic) regions of each hemisphere, and regions connected to different areas (heterotopic), including hyperconnected hubs along the medial and lateral borders of the cortex, such as the cingulate/motor cortex and claustrum/insula. We therefore propose that an interhemispheric connectome originated in early mammalian ancestors, predating the evolution of the corpus callosum. Because these features have been conserved throughout mammalian evolution, they likely represent key aspects of neocortical organizationcenter_img The corpus callosum is the largest mass of white matter in the human brain. Its purpose is to serve as a bridge between the two hemispheres, allowing fast, smooth communications between the two. All placental mammals have a corpus callosum, but for some reason, the other two main groups of mammals do not. Instead of a corpus callosum, marsupials (pouched mammals) and monotremes (egg laying mammals) have a simple network of nerve fibers that connect their brain hemispheres. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if the nerve fiber networks once occurred in placentals prior to the evolution of the corpus callosum. To learn more about that possibility, the researchers studied the nerve fiber network of a fat-tailed dunnart (a marsupial) and a platypus (a monotreme) using MRI scans.The researchers found patterns in the scans reminiscent of the corpus callosum in both the marsupial and monotreme brains. The patterns included long range connections between hemispheres, which, the researchers noted, suggests similar functions. They claim this is possible evidence showing that the corpus callosum did not evolve independently, but is due to the continued evolution of the nerve fiber networks that all three types of mammals once shared.The researchers also suggest their findings indicate that mammalian brains require very specific types of connections in order to facilitate proper communication between hemispheres—the types of connections found in both nerve fiber networks and the corpus callosum. The study also shows the likelihood that nerve fiber networks developed approximately 80 million years before the development of the corpus callosum. The team concludes by pointing out that their findings could prove valuable for research in other areas, such as studies of people with abnormal brain connectivity problems. White matter fiber architecture of the brain. Credit: Human Connectome Project. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

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Bodh Gaya blast Explosives supplier arrested from Bandel

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested Hajibulla, who supplied explosive materials to Jamat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activists to carry out terror activities outside Bodh Gaya. He used to function as JMB’s sleeper cell.The 57-year-old explosive supplier, Hajibulla, was arrested on Monday morning from near ticket counter at Bandel Station in Hooghly.Acting on a tip off, a team comprising senior officers of the city police’s STF conducted a raid at Bandel Railway Station. Hajibulla is a resident of Elizabad Village near Samserganj in Murshidabad. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice had information that he had come to meet some of his friends in Hooghly and had plans to head towards Kolkata from Bandel station.But he got arrested before he could manage to board the train from Bandel station.Investigation revealed that he had helped the JMB activists in procuring explosives that the latter used to make bombs and planted it outside Bodh Gaya.He had twice supplied explosive materials to the JMB activists and at the same time he also went to Bodh Gaya once to carry out reccee of the place. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe STF initiated a case in this connection under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on charges of criminal conspiracy (120B IPC), waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the Government of India (121 IPC), conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section (121A IPC), concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war (123 IPC) and sections 4 and 5 of the Explosive Act.It may be recalled that on February 23, the STF had arrested JMB activist Noor Mohammad from Dhulian in Murshidabad for his involvement in the Bodh Gaya incident. So far, the STF has arrested four JMB activists from Murshidabad, who are involved with the bomb recovery incident outside Bodh Gaya. The two top activists of JMB – Jamirul Sheikh and Paigamber Sheikh – who were arrested earlier are also residents of Murshidabad and they had chalked out a plan to attack Dalai Lama. Jamirul is a resident of Samserganj while Paigamber is from Kakuria. A police officer said Hajibulla is closely related to Jamirul.They suspect that it could be Hajibulla who had supplied the same to the duo. Source said that officers of the NIA will question Hajibulla on the entire episode of the Bodh Gaya incident and about the JMB activities who were directly involved with the incident.last_img read more

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How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty 38

first_imgA Juul is not a cigarette. It’s much easier than that. Through devilishly slick product design I’ll discuss here, the startup has massively lowered the barrier to getting hooked on nicotine. Juul has dismantled every deterrent to taking a puff.The result is both a new $38 billion valuation thanks to a $12.8 billion investment from Marlboro Cigarettes-maker Altria this week, and an explosion in popularity of vaping amongst teenagers and the rest of the population. Game recognize game, and Altria’s game is nicotine addiction. It knows it’s been one-upped by Juul’s tactics, so it’s hedged its own success by handing the startup over a tenth of the public corporation’s market cap in cash.Juul argues it can help people switch from obviously dangerous smoking to supposedly healthier vaping. But in reality, the tiny aluminum device helps people switch from nothing to vaping…which can lead some to start smoking the real thing. A study found it causes more people to pick up cigarettes than put them down.Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesHow fast has Juul swept the nation? Nielsen says it controls 75 percent of the U.S. e-cigarette market up from 27 percent in September last year. In the year since then, the CDC says the percentage of high school students who’ve used an e-cigarette in the last 30 days has grown 75 percent. That’s 3 million teens or roughly 20 percent of all high school kids. CNBC reports that Juul 2018 revenue could be around $1.5 billion.The health consequences aside, Juul makes it radically simple to pick up a lifelong vice. Parents, regulators, and potential vapers need to understand why Juul works so well if they’ll have any hope of suppressing its temptations.ShareableIt’s tough to try a cigarette for the first time. The heat and smoke burn your throat. The taste is harsh and overwhelming. The smell coats your fingers and clothes, marking you as smoker. There’s pressure to smoke a whole one lest you waste the tobacco. Even if you want to try a friend’s, they have to ignite one first. And unlike bigger box mod vaporizers where you customize the temperature and e-juice, Juul doesn’t make you look like some dorky hardcore vapelord.Juul is much more gentle on your throat. The taste is more mild and can be masked with flavors. The vapor doesn’t stain you with a smell as quickly. You can try just a single puff from a friend’s at a bar or during a smoking break with no pressure to inhale more. The elegant, discrete form factor doesn’t brand you as a serious vape users. It’s casual. Yet the public gesture and clouds people exhale are still eye catching enough to trigger the questions, “What’s that? Can I try?” There’s a whole other article to be written about how Juul memes and Instagram Stories that glamorized the nicotine dispensers contributed to the device’s spread.And perhaps most insidiously, vaping seems healthier. A lifetime of anti-smoking ads and warning labels drilled the dangers into our heads. But how much harm could a little vapor do?A friend who had never smoked tells me they burn through a full Juul pod per day now. Someone got him to try a single puff at a nightclub. Soon he was asking for drag off of strangers’ Juuls. Then he bought one and never looked back. He’d been around cigarettes at parties his whole life but never got into them. Juul made it too effortless to resist.ConcealableLighting up a cigarette is a garish activity prohibited in many places. Not so with discretely sipping from a Juul.Cigarettes often aren’t allowed to be smoked inside. Hiding it is no easy feat and can get you kicked out. You need to have a lighter and play with fire to get one started. They can get crushed or damp in your pocket. The burning tip makes them unruly in tight quarters, and the bud or falling ash can damage clothing and make a mess. You smoke a cigarette because you really want to smoke a cigarette.Public establishments are still figuring out how to handle Juuls and other vaporizers. Many places that ban smoking don’t explicitly do the same for vaping. The less stinky vapor and more discrete motion makes it easy to hide. Beyond airplanes, you could probably play dumb and say you didn’t know the rules if you did get caught. The metal stick is hard to break. You won’t singe anyone. There’s no mess, need for an ashtray, or holes in your jackets or couches.As long as your battery is charged, there’s no need for extra equipment and you won’t draw attention like with a lighter. Battery life is a major concern for heavy Juulers that smokers don’t have worry about, but I know people who now carry a giant portable charger just to keep their Juul alive. But there’s also a network effect that’s developing. Similar to iPhone cords, Juuls are becoming common enough that you can often conveniently borrow a battery stick or charger from another user. And again, the modular ability to take as few or as many puffs as you want lets you absent-mindedly Juul at any moment. At your desk, on the dance floor, as you drive, or even in bed. A friend’s nieces and nephews say that they see fellow teens Juul in class by concealing it in the cuff of their sleeve. No kid would be so brazen as to try smoke in cigarette in the middle of a math lesson.DistributableGillette pioneered the brilliant razor and blade business model. Buy the sometimes-discounted razor, and you’re compelled to keep buying the expensive proprietary blades. Dollar Shave Club leveled up the strategy by offering a subscription that delivers the consumable blades to your door. Juul combines both with a product that’s physically addictive.When you finish a pack of cigarettes, you could be done smoking. There’s nothing left. But with Juul you’ve still got the $35 battery pack when you finish vaping a pod. There’s a sunk cost fallacy goading you to keep buying the pods to get the most out of your investment and stay locked into the Juul ecosystem.(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)One of Juul’s sole virality disadvantages compared to cigarettes is that they’re not as ubiquitously available. Some stores that sells cigs just don’t carry them yet. But more and more shops are picking them up, which will continue with Altria’s help. And Juul offers an “auto-ship” delivery option that knocks $2 off the $16 pack of four pods so you don’t even have to think about buying more. Catch the urge to quit? Well you’ve got pods on the way so you might as well use them. Whether due to regulation or a lack of innovation, I couldn’t find subscription delivery options for traditional cigarettes.And for minors that want to buy Juuls or Juul pods illegally, their tiny size makes them easy to smuggle and resell. A recent South Park episode featured warring syndicates of fourth-graders selling Juul pods to even younger kids.DishonorableJuul co-founder James Monsees told the San Jose Mercury News that “The first phase is proving the value and creating a product that makes cigarettes obsolete.” But notice he didn’t say Juul wants to make nicotine obsolete or reduce the number of people addicted to it.Juul co-founder James MonseesIf Juul actually cared about fighting addiction, it’d offer a regimen for weaning yourself off of nicotine. Yet it doesn’t sell low-dose or no-dose pods that could help people quit entirely. In the US it only sells 5% and 3% nicotine versions. It does make 1.7% pods for foreign markets like Israel where that’s the maximum legal strengths, though refuses to sell them in the States. Along with taking over $12 billion from one of the largest cigarette companies, that makes the mission statement ring hollow.Juul is the death stick business as usual, but strengthened by the product design and virality typically reserved for Apple and Facebook.last_img read more

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