Lindhouts mother says accused kidnapper feared he was being set up

first_imgOTTAWA – Amanda Lindhout’s mother says one of her daughter’s alleged Somalian abductors feared “he was being set up” for a double-cross as arrangements for a ransom payment were being finalized.Lorinda Stewart told an Ontario court Thursday that talks with Ali Omar Ader in early November 2009 did not go well because Ader suddenly became “angry and afraid.”Lindhout was a freelance journalist from Red Deer, Alta., when she and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were grabbed by masked men near Mogadishu in August 2008 while working on a story. Both were released in late November 2009.Ader, 40, has pleaded not guilty in Ontario Superior Court to a criminal charge of hostage-taking for his alleged role.He was arrested by the RCMP in Ottawa in June 2015. It emerged during pre-trial motions last spring that the Mounties had lured Ader to Canada through an elaborate scheme to sign a purported book-publishing deal.The Crown says Ader admitted to undercover investigators on two occasions that he was the negotiator in the kidnapping and that he was paid $10,000.Ader took notes on a yellow legal pad in the prisoner’s box as Stewart testified Thursday.Stewart told of how she flew to Nairobi, Kenya, to help arrange for release of her daughter and Brennan after many months of often distressing long-distance calls.In a recording of a phone call with Ader played in court, Stewart demands to speak with the pair before any money is transferred to Somalia.“We don’t even know if they’re alive,” says Stewart, who was joined on the call by Brennan’s sister.“The money will not be in your hands until we speak to Amanda and Nigel.“If you let us speak to them tonight, you will have it tomorrow morning.”At one point, the captors were demanding $2.5 million US, but the families assembled less than $700,000 US after months of desperately trying to raise funds.The plan was to electronically transfer the ransom funds from Sydney, Australia, to Mogadishu through a money-transfer service.The phone recording indicates Ader was nervous, asking how he could trust the families to pay.“How can we trust you?” Stewart shot back.An initial attempt to pay the ransom did not work out, but a second effort succeeded.During the 15-month ordeal, Stewart was thrust into the role of negotiator, sometimes taking calls from Ader in the middle of the night due to the time difference.Trevor Brown, an Ottawa-based lawyer for Ader, called the circumstances “surreal” during his cross-examination of Stewart.“You found yourself in a position you never thought you’d be in.”Brown painted Stewart’s series of conversations as something of a confusing web due to Ader’s heavy accent and limited English, the difficulty of hearing properly on overseas phone links and the fact that people working at the request of Brennan’s family were also in touch with Ader.Brown suggested it was impossible to know what role Ader was actually playing.Stewart acknowledged receiving a follow-up phone message from Ader in January 2010, as well as later contact through Facebook.Ader said he wanted to help Lindhout, apologized to Stewart for speaking badly to her and claimed he was “playing two sides” in the negotiations in order to save her daughter, Brown told the court.Stewart said she didn’t necessarily believe Ader. “I didn’t trust him.”Lindhout testified last week she was repeatedly sexually assaulted and beaten while captive. She was moved frequently, spending time in about a dozen different places, often in filthy conditions. In one, rats were “crawling all over my body,” she told the court.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Halsey To Be Honored By Endometriosis Foundation Of America

first_imgThe Endometriosis Foundation of America will honour Halsey at its 9th annual Blossom Ball next week.The glamorous Cipriani 42nd Street will be in full bloom for the black-tie affair. Honorable guests from the medical, research, charity and entertainment worlds will mix and mingle as the Foundation recognizes their two honorees, singer Halsey and endometriosis activist and researcher Lone Hummelshøj. The Blossom Ball will be informative, educational and fun — a cocktail hour will be followed by a multi-course sit-down dinner with a lively afterparty to follow.The Honorary Committee includes Lena Dunham, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Padma Lakshmi.Halsey has been incredibly open about her own battle with endometriosis, paving the way for so many women to understand their own experience with this chronic pain. Her inspiring message following surgery was a bright light for us all: “If you suffer from chronic pain or a debilitating disease please know that I have found time to live a crazy, wild, rewarding life AND balance my treatment and I hope so much in my heart that you can too”.To find out more about this event, click here.last_img read more

New Brunswick election will offer preview of 2019 federal battle

first_imgFREDERICTON – A telegenic, social media-savvy Liberal leader known for big deficits is pitted against an austerity-minded rookie Tory leader just beginning to make an impression on voters.In what can be seen as a preview of the next federal contest, a New Brunswick election is now just three months away.Liberal Premier Brian Gallant is a champion of gender equality whose new wife makes frequent appearances on his Twitter feed.Since taking power in 2014, Gallant has also become known as a big spender, vowing to spend record amounts in health care and education, and an extra $150 million per year for six years on infrastructure.Gallant is seeking a second term in a province that has developed a penchant for tossing governments aside after just one mandate.His main opponent in the Sept. 24 vote: Blaine Higgs, who became Progressive Conservative leader in October 2016.Higgs was finance minister under former premier David Alward, and Gallant is trying to tie the new Tory leader to the ousted Tory government.“We had, under the Blaine Higgs Conservatives, four years of freeze and even cuts into health care and education investments, and that retracted and shrunk our economy,” Gallant said.But Higgs, a former Irving Oil Ltd. executive, said a Tory government with him as premier would be different, and based on getting results.“It isn’t about cutting. It’s about spending and getting results. If we’re spending money and not getting results, we’ll stop spending that money. And if we can put that money into some other area and get results, that’s where we’ll place it,” he said.The province’s finances are becoming the dominant issue early in the campaign run-up.Kim MacPherson, the province’s auditor general, warned this month that Liberal spending has come at a cost — with the province running its 11th consecutive deficit and a net debt on track to hit $14.4 billion by the end of March 2019.The government announced in January it would delay a return to balanced budgets until 2021-2022.Gallant said his government needs to continue spending to fuel the economy.“We need to grow the economy in a way that we are helping those that are struggling — families that are going to difficult times, and those that are in vulnerable situations,” he said.“Since we’ve been the government we’ve increased the investments in education and early childhood development by 15.9 per cent. We’ve increased our investments in health care by 9.8 per cent. I think it demonstrates that we have education and health care as two of our priorities as a government, but it also demonstrates that we are taking a completely different approach from Blaine Higgs and the Conservatives,” Gallant said.Higgs is critical of the Liberal record, suggesting deficit spending has made little difference in the province.“We’re tied for last with Newfoundland in economic growth. We’re 7th or 8th in education. Our health wait times are the longest in the country in overall wait times. And we even got voted worst road by CAA. What do we have to show for all this money that we’re spending?” he said.The only other party with a legislature seat are the Greens, and leader David Coon said New Brunswickers don’t feel well served.Despite sitting on the Public Accounts committee, Coon said he doesn’t know where all the money is going.Coon said the use of government money to entice large companies to New Brunswick isn’t working.“We need to be able to build our local economy up with a mind to the kind of transformation we really need in this province,” he said.For her part, NDP Leader Jennifer McKenzie is campaigning on a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.“You can’t pay your bills and buy food at the end of the day on $11 an hour. So people are holding down two and three jobs sometimes,” she said.McKenzie is running in the same Saint John riding where Elizabeth Weir was the NDP member until 2005 — the last time the party had a seat in the legislature.Language is again the main issue for Kris Austin, leader of the People’s Alliance. New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual province in Canada, but Austin has concerns with how it is implemented.Ambulance New Brunswick has kept some ambulances out of service because of a shortage of bilingual paramedics.“If you look at an area like Charlotte County (south of Saint John) where there is less than a four per cent francophone population, why do we have this ridiculous threshold of requiring bilingual paramedics in that area?” Austin said.Austin, who lost a Fredericton-area seat by just 26 votes in the 2014 election, said a translation service can be used when needed.Currently in the legislature, the Liberals have 24 seats, the Progressive Conservatives 22, the Greens one, former Liberal speaker Chris Collins is sitting as an independent, and there is one vacancy.last_img read more

Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper came up with the idea of requesting data about the government’s food assistance program.They thought the information about the $65-billion dollar-a year program, previously known as food stamps, could lead to a series of stories and help them identify possible fraud.Officials eventually sent back some information about the hundreds of thousands of stores nationwide where program participants could use their benefits. But the government withheld information about how much each store received annually from the program.Trying to get that data has taken the paper more than eight years.On Monday, the Supreme Court will take up the case that pits the paper against the government and a supermarket trade association.Jessica Gresko, The Associated Press read more

Sudanese authorities release detained staff member with UNAU force

20 July 2011An employee with the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in Darfur (UNAMID) has been released today from detention, almost three months after he was arrested by Sudanese security forces. Idriss Abdelrahman, a national staff member, was released this afternoon in the South Darfur state capital of Nyala, according to a press release issued by the peacekeeping force.Prosecutors informed UNAMID yesterday that charges against Mr. Abdelrahman – who was arrested on 27 April – had been dropped because of a lack of evidence.UNAMID had repeatedly pressed for the release of Mr. Abdelrahman, noting that his arrest contravened the Status of Forces Agreement between the mission and the Sudanese Government.UN staff have functional immunity, which gives them protection from charges that may be levelled against them for activities related to their official duties.Another national staff member, Hawa Abdalla Mohamed, was released last week, two months after she was arrested at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Darfur.The Darfur region in western Sudan has been beset by fighting and large-scale displacement since 2003, when rebels took up arms against Government forces and allied militiamen. UNAMID has been in place since the start of 2008. read more

Kurunegala doctor challenges arrest

The doctor attached to the Kurunegala hospital who was accused of carrying out illegal surgical operations on women, filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition in the Supreme Court today.Filed by his lawyer, Dr. Seigu Siyabdeen Mohammed Safi has sought the intervention of the court to dismiss the allegations against him and order his release from detention. Dr. Seigu Siyabdeen Mohammed Safi has filed the petition against seven people, including the Kurunegala Police, the Director of the CID, Acting IGP, the Defence Secretary and Attorney General. The doctor was initially arrested over suspicions arising with regards to his assets. However, later he was accused of illegally sterilizing several women during operations he had conducted, preventing them from being able to give birth again. (Colombo Gazette)Download (PDF, 442KB) read more

New UN envoy for Somalia arrives in Kenya

The new Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, François Lonseny Fall, was scheduled to arrive today in Nairobi, Kenya, to head the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), which is mandated to spearhead reconciliation talks in the post-conflict Horn of Africa country.Mr. Fall will start on a round of talks with Somalia’s Nairobi-based Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and other leaders involved in the Somali peace process.The UN was asked by the TFG, regional Governments and donor countries to take the lead in implementing agreements reached at the Somali National Reconciliation Conference, including respecting a formula for clan participation in the Government and transparency in choosing political candidates.The Conference was held under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) – Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.It ended in October 2004 with Col. Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed being sworn in as the President of Somalia after having been elected by the members of the Transitional Federal Parliament in October. With the TFG as the first central government since 1991, when President Siad Barre was toppled, Somalia has endured the longest period of state collapse in recent history.Mr. Annan’s last quarterly report in February to the Security Council expressed misgivings over the security situation in Somalia. read more

Pearson Airport labour dispute leads to problems at YYC

Courtesy: Wikipedia by News Staff Posted Jul 3, 2015 5:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pearson Airport labour dispute leads to problems at YYC A Friday morning labour dispute at Pearson International Airport is having a domino effect across the country including here in Calgary.Many workers facing job losses because of the expiration of a fueling contract later this year did not go into work Friday, leading to cancellations and delays.Those spilled over to Calgary, where there have been over a dozen cancellations and multiple delays including flights to Ontario, B.C. and Alberta.WestJet spokesperson Robert Palmer said his airline alone has had over two dozen cancellations and delays of up to two hours.“You may be traveling from Vancouver to Calgary, but earlier on in the day the aircraft that you were going to fly on may have touched Toronto and so if it was delayed in Toronto, then that can have a cascading effect down the line,” he said, adding contingency plans are in place.“We are doing our best to source fuel from other places, we are doing what’s called tech stops, which is refueling stops in cities other than Toronto so that we try to avoid the problem in entirely,” he said.Palmer added however it is a difficult situation.“It is awkward and we certainly apologize to our guests for the inconvenience but right now the way things are, the situation is very dynamic, it’s changing hourly,” he said.For the latest information on flights, visit read more

Sherman says 49ers handled Foster situation best they could

TAMPA, Fla. — The San Francisco 49ers remained supportive of Reuben Foster until the linebacker gave the team no choice but to sever ties with him.That was the prevailing sentiment in the locker room after Sunday’s 27-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.“It’s what they had to do. I think the organization has handled the situation as best they could,” cornerback Richard Sherman said of the swift decision to release Foster following his arrest on a domestic violence charge hours before the game.“They’ve been patient and understanding of the type of person Reuben is and what kind of heart he has,” Sherman added. “But you understand the decision the organization has to make after repeated offences.”Foster was arrested at the team hotel in Tampa and jailed overnight following an incident involving the second-year linebacker and a companion police identified as the same woman who accused Foster of hitting her in February, but later recanted the allegations.General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan said in April after charges from the earlier case were eventually dropped that the team had a zero-tolerance policy.“I care about Reuben, but nobody is bigger than the team,” Shanahan said, adding Foster had broken trust.“Our No. 1 rule is you got to protect the team, and he has put us in a bad light too much,” the coach added. “Hopefully this will fix him and he can be successful somewhere else.”Sherman said players attended team meetings Saturday night and went to bed not knowing anything had happened.“A lot of people woke up to the news. It’s just sad. You hate to see it. He worked hard and he’s grown as a guy,” Sherman said, reiterating he felt Foster had shown signs of making progress in the right direction before Saturday.“When you grow up under the circumstances that he grew up … you don’t have parents and you move home to home … you just make the best of what you got, and that’s what he tried to do,” Sherman said.“He got himself to Alabama, got himself to the NFL. It’s tough to develop the skills that you need to kind of make your way in the world, and he was trying,” Sherman added. “He was working hard. He knew his deficiencies and knew what he had to do. It’s just unfortunate this situation keeps coming up”Quarterback Nick Mullens said once the news began to spread, the 49ers took precautions to not let Foster’s situation become a distraction against the Bucs.“I don’t think it was,” Mullens said.Shanahan agreed.“I definitely addressed the elephant in the room when I saw (the players),” the coach said. “But no, it didn’t affect the game at all.”___More AP NFL: and Goodall, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State synchronized swimming aims to win honor memory of former Buckeye

Members of the OSU synchronized swimming team compete in the U.S. Collegiate National Championships on March 28 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes clinched their 29th national title in program history.Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State synchronized swimming team is continuing its quest for a second consecutive national championship and 30th overall on Saturday by competing in the Jessica Beck Memorial, its final home meet of the season.The Buckeyes, who finished first out of four teams in their season-opening meet, the OSU Invitational, are set to host another three opponents at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion: Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Wright State.After starting the 2016 season on a good note, the Buckeyes are hoping to keep their successful ways going. The team has previously been successful in the Jessica Beck Memorial, winning nine consecutive times.The Buckeyes have several members of their 2015 national champion squad competing, including junior Emma Baranski.Baranski had a major contribution to the Buckeyes’ win in their first meet this season by sealing a victory in both a solo routine and a duet alongside teammate, Monica Velazquez-Stiak.“Team unity is a large contributing factor to the success of the team,” Baranski said. “Before we swim, we come together and do a big team cheer. Throughout the entire meet, whether you are swimming a duet, a trio or a solo, you are staying with your team.”Along with the unity of the team, Baranski said the team’s general hard work is key in its ability to win.“Before competition, we train even harder,” Baranski said. “We push ourselves every day because we are striving for perfection.”OSU coach Holly Vargo-Brown stressed the importance of that conditioning, saying all the unity in the world can only get you so far if you’re not up for the task at hand physically.“At this point of the season, it’s really a competition against yourself,” Vargo-Brown said. “Are you going to remember what you are supposed to be doing? Are you going to be there for your teammates?“We are just making sure that we are doing the work that we have prepared for.”Baranski emphasized the importance of home meets and how the energy of the crowd benefits the team.“Synchronized swimming isn’t a popular sport around the country, but at Ohio State we have so many fans,” Baranski said.“There is so much support and it is absolutely amazing.”Unfortunately for the team, Saturday’s meet marks just its second and final one in Columbus this season. As a result, the team’s two seniors, Amrian Johnson and Julia Toro, are set to be honored before the meet as part of the traditional senior day festivities.While winning is a goal, there is a deeper meaning going into the weekend’s event, which began in 2007 to honor Jessica Beck, a former OSU synchronized swimmer who died in September 2005. Beck, who was a 21-year-old senior at the time of her death, passed away in her sleep. The cause was later found to be acute cardiac arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat. “I think when we swim at this meet it is not just about winning,” Baranski said. “It is about being a part of something bigger than ourselves and the opportunity that we have to swim together every single day.”The Jessica Beck Memorial is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. read more

Les Anonymous menacés par… des hackers anonymes

first_imgLes Anonymous menacés par… des hackers anonymesLa nuit dernière, des hactivistes ont piraté le site de BFM TV pour faire passer leur message : leur « projet Voxel » promet de livrer « l’identité des chefs du groupe Anonymous » ce 25 décembre.À 22h hier soir, ne renvoyait plus vers le site de Bfm Tv, mais vers une page youtube (lien non disponible) sans aucun rapport. BFMTV communique, sur Twitter, par le biais de Geoffrey La Rocca (lien non disponible)« Le site fait actuellement l’objet d’une attaque. Nos services techniques sont mobilisés pour rétablir la situation. »À l’origine de ce phishing (hammeçonnage), le « Projet Voxel ». Ce groupe s’est présenté comme des hackers las de voir leur image salie par les médias et des groupes comme Anonymous. Ils ont choisi BFM TV, première chaine d’informations française, pour faire passer leur message.« Il est de notre devoir de protéger les citoyens, les entreprises ainsi que l’Etat français. Nous menons une guerre sans merci contre les Anons et nous dévoilerons leurs réels identités aux services de renseignements français. Nous prêtons serment de surveiller les entreprises françaises et les infrastructures critiques contre toute tentative d’intrusion. »À lire aussiFacebook : Le nouveau bug ne serait pas du aux AnonymousÀ 8h00 ce matin, le message a été affiné : « Le 25 Décembre, malheureusement, la fête ne sera pas pour tout le monde. Marre des pseudos hackers. Marre de voir le terme hacker être détourné par les médias. Nous vous offrirons le plus beau des cadeaux : Les identités de certains chefs des Anonymous et d’autres groupes de script-kiddies. Nous nous sommes déjà infiltré au sein de ce groupe, et personne ne se doute de qui nous sommes réellement. Nous ne sommes et ne serons jamais des Anonymous. » On note que les fautes d’orthographe sont moins nombreuses qu’à l’origine…Alors, menace sérieuse ou plaisantins cherchant à se faire un coup de pub ? En tout cas les rivalités entre hackers sont tout sauf confidentielles…Le 14 novembre 2011 à 17:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WaterResistant iPhone Saves Tourists Lives After Boat Overturns

first_img These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems We don’t think about the importance of water-resistant iPhones, but a tourist’s scary boat experience will leave you incredibly thankful for them.On Saturday, Rachel Neal shared her story on The Today Show, and explained how her water-resistant iPhone saved her and her friends’ lives after their boat capsized in Japan, BGR reported. Neal said she used her iPhone to call a local emergency number and have the coast guard rescue them.One woman says her iPhone saved her life when she and seven others on vacation in Japan got shipwrecked and lost in the middle of the ocean. @DylanDreyerNBC is in the Orange Room with more.— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 15, 2018Neal and her buddies were exploring an island off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, but their marine adventure turned deadly after their boat overturned. Neal told The Today Show audience that she always carries a “go bag” with her at all times, and the iPhones that belonged to her and her friends were stored inside it. Once they jumped overboard, they tried to call for help with their iPhones. Even though one phone was already damaged, Neal’s water-resistant iPhone was thankfully still working.When the coast guard came to rescue the group, Neal’s smartphone was used to record footage of them being pulled out of the water. No one knows exactly which iPhone model Neal had, however, all iPhone models from the iPhone 7 and up are water-resistant, so they could have worked in this situation.Following the incident, Neal wrote a note to Apple and thanked them for making the high-quality iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook who’s not on Twitter often, also retweeted The Today Show clip and wrote, “Remarkable story — we are glad you’re all safe.”Remarkable story — we are glad you’re all safe.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 15, 2018More on ID or Touch iD on Future iPhones and Apple Watches? Why Not Both? Vitaminwater Will Give You $100,000 to Ditch Your Phone for a YearApple Reveals Most Popular iPhone Apps and Games of 2018 Stay on targetlast_img read more

House Passes its Fiscal 2020 NDAA Legislation Republicans Vote En Bloc to

first_imgThe Democrat-led House advanced its $733 billion version of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, the House Armed Services Committee announced in a press release Friday.The mandatory annual defense policy bill, which is usually a bipartisan legislative measure, passed 220-197 with no Republicans supporting it. In the past, the House NDAA has traditionally earned more than 300 of the lower chamber’s 435 available votes, according to a Roll Call report.The measure includes a number of progressive provisions Democratic leaders added to gain majority support for its final passage. The bill’s approval sets up likely contentious negotiations with the GOP-led Senate, which last week passed its $750 billion version of the FY 2020 NDAA.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that though the bill includes bipartisan priorities like a military pay raise and improvements to DOD modernization programs, other attached amendments made the measure too difficult to support, Military Times reported.House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) countered that Republicans seemed opposed to any measure Democrats brought to the floor for a vote, according to the report.The legislation will now go to conference committee negotiations where House and Senate lawmakers will reconcile their versions in hopes of continuing the NDAA’s 58-year streak of passage into law.DOD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton, U.S. Navy ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Delhi government rapped for opposing technology to combat

first_imgNew Delhi: “Don’t you want our children to live in good quality air?” the Supreme Court asked on Monday, pulling up the Delhi government for its opposition to the use of remote sensing technology to help identify polluting vehicles. In the last hearing on the matter in July, a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta had asked the Centre and the Delhi Transport Department to respond to the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) report. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us An EPCA report filed in the apex court said it held a meeting on July 16 with all stakeholders or government agencies, including the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and the Delhi Transport Department. The meeting focussed on the implementation of remote sensing devices to monitor pollution emitted by vehicles, which is referred as on-road emissions monitoring. This technology would also capture the images of the number plates of the vehicles breaching the emission norms. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Senior advocate Aparajita Singh, who is assisting the apex court as amicus curiae in the matter, informed the court that the implementation of this technology was very crucial to monitor polluting vehicles. “The remote sensing technology would help in checking the emission of particulate matter (PM) along with other hazardous gases like nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulphur oxides (SOx)… Advertise With Us “The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has already agreed on this matter,” Singh argued. The court asked the Delhi government counsel to identify the ground for opposing the implementation of the technology but could not get a convincing reply. The top court on Monday has given the green signal to this technology and asked the Delhi government to implement it. The apex court also alerted the Delhi government to stick to its responsibility for the people in the city, and should offer full cooperation on the matter. The matter has been fixed for further hearing in two months. The Delhi government, citing the shortcoming of this technology, said: “Out of the 1,76,667 vehicles of whose emission data was validly captured and studied using Remote Sensing Device, only 1,262 were 2/3 wheelers, even though the 2/3 wheelers comprise about 68 per cent of the registered vehicular population in Delhi.” The government also informed the court it was considering purchase of only one or two machines and not five machines as suggested by the EPCA, citing insufficient experience in the implementation of the technology. This response from the government did not go down well with the court. The amicus had earlier informed the apex court that the technology was already implemented successfully in Kolkata. She told the court that an agency which was tasked by the top court to test the technology had scanned 1.76 lakh vehicles and concluded that this technology was useful. The amicus had requested the top court to ask the Delhi Transport Department and MoRTH to respond to its report on the implementation of the technology. In contrast to the Delhi government, MoRTH submitted an affidavit indicating its response on EPCA’s report. According to the report, MoRTH shall be required to frame rules under the Central Motor Vehicle Act. These rules will define the scope of the remote sensing programme to enforce and monitor on-road emissions. According to the EPCA report, this technology will co-exist with the ongoing pollution under control (PUC) programme, which adopts physical verification of emissions of the vehicles. Moreover, this remote sensing technology can scan thousands of vehicle every day. The report had pinned the implementation of the programme in the city by the Delhi government and recommended the Transport Department to publish a global tender for the procurement of this technology. Detailing on the role of MoRTH, the report said it can frame rules regarding the usage of this technology for PUC, which includes penalties to enforce strict pollution norms. The apex court was apprised on this technology during the hearing of matter connected with rising levels of air pollution in the city.last_img read more

Super Mario Bros get serious in hilarious indieesque SXSW trailer

first_imgThe Interactive part of the South by Southwest’s festival may be over, but we’re in the midst of the film section now. The film series, which runs from March 11 to March 19, offers a unique venue for filmmakers to show their work, and listen to world-class speakers discuss the latest filmmaking trends. According to SXSW, the “truly diverse program … includes provocative documentaries, subversive comedies, DIY narratives, genre standouts and more.” The “and more” area is where we find an extremely funny film about our dear friend Mario.SXSW airs shorts, called “bumpers” between some of its screenings, and “Mario,” by Joe Nicolosi, shows a twist on Mario’s classic struggles, complete will all the cliches you’d expect to find in an artsy, indie movie. The quick 2-minute-long video is more like a movie trailer. It shows Mario dealing with drug abuse with his mushroom dependency, a broken heart after losing Peach to Bowser, and arguing with his brother Luigi about missing work. Yes, they’re still plumbers, not hipsters who work in a coffee shop or sell screen prints.Seeing Bowser portrayed as an “yuppie” telling Mario that his princess is in another castle is pretty hilarious. We also see Mario being a creepy stalker and surprising Peach at night in her bedroom. When she asks who’s there, Mario responds with puffy red eyes, “It’s me, Mario.” There’s a nice Mario Kart reference in between Luigi telling his brother to stay off the mushrooms, and the shot of the little Power-Star pills Mario holds in his hand that will make him invincible. There’s even a nod to Fear and Loathing while Mario’s tripping and sees people in a bar with turtle heads. And let’s not forget the Mario’s Missing reference that comes from Peach’s concerned voice.Check out the video below and let us know what you think.last_img read more

Power grid upgrades may cause blackouts warns Braesss paradox

first_img , Physical Review Letters Citation: Power grid upgrades may cause blackouts, warns Braess’s paradox (2012, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The underlying mechanism of the phenomenon for power grids is somewhat different than it is for traffic networks. In traffic networks, Braess’s paradox arises due to a suboptimal Nash equilibrium, in which no driver can benefit by changing their strategy while the other drivers keep theirs unchanged. As a result, the individual “selfish” strategy of each driver prevents everyone from reaching their destination sooner. In the power grid scenario, on the other hand, the paradox originates due to what the researchers call “geometric frustration.” Adding a new link creates new cycles, along which all phase differences must add up to multiples of 2π to make all the phases well-defined. When a new link doesn’t satisfy this condition, it doesn’t synchronize with the other oscillators and the grid loses its phase-locked steady state. Witthaut explained the underlying mechanism using an analogy of a motor and generator:”Consider an electric motor powered by a generator,” he said. “Both rotate with 50 or 60 Hz with a fixed difference between their rotation angles. That means: The angle or phase of the generator will always be slightly larger than that of the motor. Just like two analog clocks, one going slow by a fixed time. This phase difference determines the power flow between the generator and motor and vice versa. The transmission line thus gives rise to a constraint for the phase difference of the generator and motor.”Now consider a complex network of generators and motors. A stable operation of the power grid corresponds to a synchronous state of the generators and motors: They rotate with exactly the same frequency and fixed phase differences. Building a new transmission line introduces new possible pathways to distribute the electric power, reducing the ohmic losses, which is a desired effect. But at the same time, the new transmission line introduces a new constraint for the phases of the generators/motors it connects. In certain situations this constraint is too much – the power grid cannot satisfy all the constraints and becomes unstable.”A similar phenomenon is known in the physics of magnets, where it is called geometric frustration. Anti-ferromagnetic interactions tend to make all nearby magnetic moments anti-parallel, thus also introducing constraints for the alignment of the magnetic moments. In a ‘frustrated’ magnet, the geometry is such that all these constraints cannot be satisfied simultaneously – just as in an oscillator network subject to Braess’s paradox.”Geometric frustration occurs in most, but not all, complex networks. The researchers found that geometric frustration is more likely to occur in new power lines that are located in regions of a network where many of the existing power lines are already heavily loaded. Overloaded lines are, in general, more likely to lose synchrony and cause a power outage. By closely studying a network’s topological features, it should be possible to predict the effects of adding a new link at a certain location, and avoid potentially costly power outages.The results of this study can be viewed together with the findings of another recent study the researchers collaborated on, which demonstrated that decentralized power generation supports self-organized synchronization. This is because decentralization decreases the risk of heavily loaded lines. The finding is good news for the transition to distributed renewable energy sources, which are decentralized by nature.”In a second article published in Physical Review Letters, we have analyzed how structure affects synchronization in a complex power grid,” Timme said. “In particular, we have studied how replacing a few large, centralized power plants with many small distributed sources affects the stability of the grid. We have found three major effects: First, synchronization is easier to realize in a distributed power grid. More precisely, one needs less transmission capacity to ensure a stable synchronous operation. Second, a distributed grid is more vulnerable to dynamic perturbations, i.e., fluctuations of the power consumption. However, third, it is more robust to structural perturbations, in particular the breakdown of single transmission lines.” (—In order to meet increasing energy demands, power companies have the option of adding new power lines to the existing grid. But in a new study, researchers have found that, contrary to common intuition, adding certain new power lines may cause power outages across the grid due to desynchronization. This finding is an example of Braess’s paradox, which was originally discovered in traffic networks to show that adding a road to a congested traffic network may counterintuitively increase overall driving time. This study is the first time that Braess’s paradox has been found in oscillator networks. More information: Dirk Witthaut and Marc Timme. “Braess’s paradox in oscillator networks, desynchronization and power outage.” New Journal of Physics 14 083036 (2012). Rohden, et al. “Self-Organized Synchronization in Decentralized Power Grids.” Physical Review Letters 109, 064101 (2012). Solar and wind energy may stabilise the power grid In this power grid model, the dashed lines represent potential new links at arbitrarily chosen locations. Two of these links (dashed red) are potentially subject to Braess’s paradox and could destabilize grid operation. Braess’s paradox can be caused by a nonlocal collective effect in which links in a nearby region are prone to overload. Credit: Witthaut and Timme. ©2012 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaftcenter_img Journal information: New Journal of Physics Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of 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. Dirk Witthaut and Marc Timme from the Network Dynamics Group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) and the University of Göttingen, both in Göttingen, Germany, have published a paper on Braess’s paradox in electric power grids in a recent issue of the New Journal of Physics.”Given the change of our energy supply from large, centralized power plants to many distributed sources of renewable energy, an extension of the power grid is inevitable,” Timme told “However, upgrading the grid in an effective way is a complex task with lots of unexpected challenges. In our paper, we show that building new transmission lines does not automatically improve the performance of the grid. Instead, some possible lines can actually destabilize it. This finding is of technical as well as economic interest: building such an inappropriate line would actually have enormous costs, but reduce grid performance and stability.”The key problem with adding certain lines is desynchronization. As the researchers explain, synchronization is essential in many networks such as electric power grids in order to ensure stability. In a power grid, synchronization means that every piece of equipment that generates or consumes power must oscillate at the same frequency (50 Hz in Europe; 60 Hz in the US). If the phase-locked synchronization is destroyed, the grid becomes unstable and power outages can occur.At first glance, it would seem that adding new transmission lines to the grid should maintain the synchronization and stability of the network. And, on average, the researchers indeed found that additional links do maintain stable operation. However, they also found that certain specific additional links can decrease the total grid capacity, which can decrease or even destroy synchronization in the entire grid. By the same token, removing certain links may increase stability, just like removing certain roads can counterintuitively decrease vehicle congestion. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Female dragonflies found to fake death to avoid male advances

first_img Explore further (—A biologist with the University of Zurich has discovered a species of dragonfly whose females play dead to avoid copulating with other males once her eggs have already been fertilized. In his paper published in the journal Ecology, Rassim Khelifa recalls his first experience with a female mooreland hawker dragonfly playing dead, and what he found after further study of the species. Journal information: Ecology Citation: Female dragonflies found to fake death to avoid male advances (2017, May 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2017 More information: Rassim Khelifa. Faking death to avoid male coercion: extreme sexual conflict resolution in a dragonfly, Ecology (2017). DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1781center_img Male choosiness emerges when females have multiple partners Credit: CC0 Public Domain As Khelifa describes it, he was out collecting larvae in the Swiss Alps one day, when he happened to notice one dragonfly chasing another—suddenly, the one being chased simply stopped flying and crashed to the ground, belly up. The pursuer, he notes, paused for a moment, then moved on. As Khelifa approached the dragonfly on the ground he noted it was female and then was surprised when she suddenly awoke, turned over and flew away.Intrigued, and suspecting the behavior was intentional, Khelifa initiated a study of the species in their native environment, watching 31 male/female pursuits over time. He reports that the females tried the fake death routine 27 times, and that it worked 21 times. He notes further that in each of the fake death attempts, the female had just left her eggs, or was on her way to tend to them again.After noting the fake death behavior, Khelifa reports that it makes sense for the female hawker, because unlike other species of dragonfly, the males do not quit attempting to mate once finding success, nor do males assist in protecting the eggs. He notes also that with the hawker species, the males have the ability to pull sperm from prior males out of the female reproductive tract with their penises, and perhaps even worse, can cause damage if he mates with a female that has already laid her eggs.Khelifa also notes that the females tended to hide among dense vegetation when searching for food, likely another means for warding off ardent male pursuers. He points out that the feigned death behavior is the first observed in a dragonfly, but suggests it likely occurs with other species with females that go it alone after laying their eggs. 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.last_img read more

Alienwares m15 and m17 Pack RTX MaxQ Core i9 into Slim Designs

first_imgAlienware m15Alienware m17 Rami Tabari,  17.3-inch: 1920 x 1080, 60Hz, 300 nits3840 x 2160, 60Hz, 400 nits2560 x 1440, 120Hz, 400 nits RAM8GB, 16GB, 32GB by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Display15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, 300 nits: 60Hz or 144Hz3840 x 2160: 60Hz, 300 nits or 60Hz, HDR-400, 500 nits These sexy powerhouses will pack up to an overclockable Core i9-8950HK processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of VRAM, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD (or dual 1TB SSDs).The new Alienware m15 and m17 look seemingly identical to the 2018 m15, which isn’t bad by any means, as they still sport a sleek and sexy design that measure just 0.7 inches thin on the front. At launch, you’ll have the choice between two stylish colors: Epic Silver and Nebula Red.They also have the same ports as their predecessor, which includes a power jack, three USB 3.0 ports, one Thunderbolt 3 port, an RJ45 port, the Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port, an HDMI 2.0, a mini DisplayPort, a wedge-shaped lock slot and a headphone jack. GraphicsGTX 1050Ti (4GB), RTX 2060 (6GB), RTX 2070 Max-Q (6GB), RTX 2080 Max-Q (8GB) Weight4.78 pounds5.79 pounds Starting Price$1,579$1,649 Size14.3 x 10.8 x 0.71~0.83 inches16.1 x 11.52 x 0.73~0.91 inches Rami Tabari, on As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. The Alienware m15 can now be outfitted with up to a 3840 x 2160, 60Hz, HDR-400 panel that averages 500 nits of brightness and has a 1200:1 contrast ratio, while the m17 gets options up to a 3840 x 2160, 60Hz screen that emits 400 nits and covers 100 percent of the sRGB spectrum. Although the m15 may come out to be brighter, the m17 has more natural looking bezels due to the way they stretch along the 17.3-inch panel.Alienware claims that both laptops will have 1.4 millimeters of key travel, which is quite an improvement from the 1.1 mm that the previous generation had. However, we do typically prefer key travel between the 1.5 to 2.0 mm range. The keyboard also features anti-ghosting technology and four-zone, AlienFX RGB backlighting.MORE: Best Dell and Alienware LaptopsWhile Alienware hasn’t rated the battery life for the new m15 and m17, we’re anticipating it will land somewhere around the 6 hour mark, like their predecessor. However, we won’t know for sure until we get these babies through our lab.Stay tuned for more CES 2019 coverage, as well as our full review and benchmarks of the new m15 and m17.Which GPU is Right For YouWhich Laptop CPU is Right for You?The Best Gaming Laptops The Alienware m15 and the newest member to the slim series, the m17, will be overhauled and join 2019 with all new RTX Max-Q GPUs and an overclockable 8th Gen Core i9 processor.The new Alienware m15 and m17 will be available January 29, 2019 and start at $1,579 and $1,649, respectively.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Alienware m15 and m17: Specs and Price Author Bio StorageUp to 1TB SSD or up to dual 1TB SSDs CPUIntel Core i5-8300H, Core i7-8750H, Core i9-8950HK PortsDC-in, three USB 3.0, one Thunderbolt 3, RJ45, Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port, one HDMI 2.0, one mini DisplayPort, wedge-shaped lock slot and headphone jacklast_img read more

Germanys Lufthansa and Dubaibased Etihad enter code share agreement

first_img Friday, December 16, 2016 Posted by BERLIN — German airline Lufthansa is launching a code-sharing agreement with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad — a key financial backer of troubled rival Air Berlin, from which Lufthansa will lease 38 aircraft for two of its subsidiaries.Lufthansa said Friday that its LH code will be placed on Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt and Munich starting in January. Etihad will use its EY code on Lufthansa flights between Frankfurt, Rio de Janeiro and Bogota.In a separate agreement, Lufthansa’s Eurowings and Austrian Airlines units are to lease 38 planes from Air Berlin in a six-year deal set to start in February.Etihad owns a 29 per cent stake in Air Berlin after stepping in to support the heavily indebted airline. The Canadian Press Germany’s Lufthansa and Dubai-based Etihad enter code share agreementcenter_img Tags: Etihad Airways, Lufthansa Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Rican lawmakers go to battle against President Solís reversal of labor

first_imgA group of 21 lawmakers from five parties on Friday morning filed a complaint with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, challenging the constitutionality ofPresident Luis Guillermo Solís’ decision to lift a veto on a bill proposing reforms to the country’s Labor Procedures Law.Solís on Dec. 12 ordered the reversal of the veto by former president Laura Chinchilla in 2012, arguing that the period for its discussion and approval by the Legislative Assembly was about to expire.Lawmakers from the previous legislature passed the bill in September 2013, but Chinchilla in October refrained from signing it into law. She then vetoed it, saying the bill “would create a loophole for legalizing strikes in essential services without restraint, and that would be unconstitutional.”Interpretations of the bill describe essential services as public health care, public security and transportation.The latest complaint by lawmakers was signed by members of the National Liberation Party, the Social Christian Unity Party, the Libertarian Movement Party, the National Restoration Party and the Christian Democratic Alliance.“There is a strong conflict of jurisdiction here. The bill was under review by the Legislative Assembly and therefore its discussion corresponded to lawmakers. President Solís decided to lift the veto when we were in the middle of a legislative process,” the National Restoration Party’s Fabricio Alvarado said at a press conference on Friday.Solís on Thursday signed an executive decree reiterating his administration’s pledge to maintain essential services and establish protocols to guarantee that these and other public services are not interrupted by labor disputes.The Christian Democratic Alliance’s Mario Redondo said the president’s decree makes no sense, and he called it a “legal platypus.”“President Solís’ action constitutes an interference by the executive branch of the legislative branch. He’s in a huge mess and now he doesn’t know how to get out of it,” Redondo said.The National Liberation Party’s top legislator, Juan Luis Jiménez, confirmed that all 18 members of his party supported the Sala IV complaint.Solís’ decision has been widely criticized by business groups and private-sector chambers, which say the reform in its current drafting would hurt the country’s competitiveness and affect foreign investment by creating the possibility of strikes in the private sector. The bill also would forbid employers from sanctioning striking workers, they argue. Facebook Comments Related posts:For Solís, next key issue is striking workers in essential public services President Solís lifts veto on Labor Procedures Bill, promises to ban strikes in essential public services Costa Rica’s Solís denies secret agreement with unions on Monday’s strike Workers’ unions to demonstrate against raise in Social Security ratelast_img read more