Larissa Burnouf APTN National NewsLast July, more than 200,000 litres of oil leaked into the North Saskatchewan River from a ruptured pipeline belonging to Husky Energy.The spill has since been cleaned up and communities along the river have been given the go ahead to use the river as a drinking source once again.But several kilometres from the spill site, a First Nation is finding oil on their email@example.com
New Delhi: India’s first east coast LNG import terminal at Ennore in Tamil Nadu will help state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) fast-track its city gas distribution plans, said Wood Mackenzie. The 5 million tonne per annum (MTPA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and regasification terminal, built by IOC at a cost of Rs 5,150 crore, was commissioned earlier this week.”IOC has already secured captive customers for 2 MTPA of capacity. The Ennore terminal will also help fast-track IOC’s city gas distribution plan, as gas from the terminal will be supplied to consumers around Chennai and Madurai,” Wood Mackenzie’s senior analyst Kaushik Chatterjee said in a report. India plans to double its LNG import and regasification capacity to 56.5 MTPA by 2025 to meet the energy needs of a fast-growing economy. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIn order to supply natural gas to various consumers, IOC is laying a 1244-km pipeline for evacuation of gas from Ennore terminal. The pipeline from the terminal will go up to Madurai, Trichy and Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and branch out to Bengaluru via Hosur in Karnataka. Imported gas at the terminal will meet fuel requirement of Chennai Petroleum Corp, Madras Fertilisers, Tamil Nadu Petroproducts and Manali Petrochemicals. Ennore LNG terminal is part of India’s plan to raise the share of natural gas in the country’s energy basket to 15 per cent by 2030 from current 6.2 per cent. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”In the longer term, Ennore could become integrated with India’s national gas network via a pipeline to Vijayawada or Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. “Historically, delays in intra-state pipeline construction have impeded gas and LNG usage in India. The pipeline connecting the Kochi regasification terminal in Kerala to Mangalore in Karnataka is a glaring example,” Chatterjee said. IOC, he said, has additional plans to connect remaining refineries to gas pipelines, which will likely at least double its gas demand. IOC has signed a 0.7 MTPA contract with Mitsubishi for 20 years, with supply coming from Cameron LNG in the US. “We believe the commissioning of Ennore may also lead IOC to source more LNG directly rather than via Petronet LNG Ltd,” he said. India has four LNG import and regasification terminals on the west coast — 15 MTPA Dahej plant in Gujarat operated by Petronet LNG , Shell’s 5 MTPA Hazira terminal in the same state, GAIL’s 1.2 MTPA plant at Dabhol in Maharashtra and Petronet’s 5 MTPA terminal at Kochi in Kerala. “Indian regas capacity had constrained imports in recent years. Both Dahej and Hazira operated at maximum levels through much of 2018,” the consultancy said.
Rabat – The President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa, unveiled a set of required procedures for Morocco’s fans wishing to travel to Abidjan to cheer on their squad during its upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire.Lekjaa revealed these procedures in a statement given to the Moroccan sports channel Arriayadia on Friday.Arryadia posted Lekjaa’s statements on their official Twitter account on Friday as well. Pour ceux intéressés par le voyage à Abidjan pour soutenir l’équipe nationale ??précision du Président de la FRMF M. Lakjaa. pic.twitter.com/1f7tk0F0pB— Arryadia (@arryadiatv) October 20, 2017Lekjaa announced the arrangement made between FRMF and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) to reduce the price of round-trip tickets to Abdijan from a cost of generally MAD 10,930 to only MAD 2000. This arrangement was made after the federation sent a request to the state owned airline to reduce the price in order to allow more fans to travel to watch the game. Lekjaa, who is also the 3rd vice president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), added that fans will be given a ticket to attend the match on the day of the flight.He continued that Morocco’s Ministry of Health will provide people who have flights with a range of vaccines before leaving the country. These vaccines are recommended by the ministry in order to protect fans from various diseases, including yellow fever and Meningitis. The ministry will also provide the Atlas Lions supporters with a set of safety guidelines before their travels.The Moroccan football squad is only 1 point away from booking a ticket to the World Cup for the first time in 20 years. The team will face Cote d’Ivoire on November 11.
The President’s Surgite Award is awarded to current students to recognize those who have been outstanding in one or more of the following areas: leadership, advancing the University’s reputation, contribution to life at Brock or valuable service to the University or broader community.This is the second in a series of three stories featuring the graduate student recipients of the 2015 awards: Scott Behie, PhD student in Biotechnology; Julian Petrachenko, Master’s student in Applied Health Sciences; and Jason Ribeiro, graduate of Master’s of Education.***Julian PetrachenkoMaster’s student in Applied Health SciencesHometown: Welland, OntarioGraduate award highlights: 2015 President’s Surgite Award, 2014 finalist Three Minute Thesis ContestStudying at Brock has been a charm for Julian Petrachenko – literally.For the past three years, Petrachenko has served as the program developer, co-ordinator and graduate student facilitator for the Confident Healthy Active Role Models (CHARM) program.As a service-learning opportunity, CHARM has taken a central focus in Petrachenko’s master’s studies in Applied Health Sciences.“At its core, the CHARM program is an adapted physical activity and life skills development program that works with youth who are underserved in Niagara’s typical educational environments,” explains Petrachenko. “The youth attend weekly modified physical activity sessions that blend body expressive and art expressive activities to better meet the needs of the individual while providing meaningful opportunities for physical activity.”His role has been to work with undergraduate students on a weekly basis to plan, develop and implement the CHARM program run at the Brock University campus.“One of the most exciting CHARM developments has been the integration of Brock alumni and local Niagara community artists to co-create and facilitate a variety of the body expressive and art expressive workshops facilitated through the CHARM program,” says Petrachenko. “For example, last term our sessions gave youth a chance to develop personal skills by participating in drumming circles, beat boxing, guerilla theatre, fencing, martial arts and Tai Chi.”Petrachenko says his leadership attitudes are a product of his graduate studies experiences and, in particular, the outstanding mentorship he’s received from of his supervisor Prof. Maureen Connolly.“In my ongoing experience growing as an artist, researcher and educator, I feel effective leadership is strongly related to how well individuals in leadership roles can respectfully accommodate diverse learning styles and skill sets while genuinely collaborating and co-creating authentic learning experiences with the communities, groups, and individuals that animate their projects,” he says.While he’s in the midst of finishing his master’s thesis with plans to graduate this fall, Petrachenko doesn’t expect his charmed academic life to run out anytime soon.“I’ve been completely re-energized and inspired by the variety of positive feedback and support the CHARM program and research project has received in this past year,” Petrachenko says. “It has been a privilege to share this research at various conferences and presentation engagements in Canada and the U.S. It will be an even greater honour to pursue this cutting-edge research at the doctoral level.”If you’re a Niagara artist or one of Brock’s alumni who is interested in collaborating with the CHARM program please contact Julian Petrachenko at firstname.lastname@example.org.The series continues next week with a profile on Jason Ribeiro. Julian Petrachenko is one of three President’s Surgite Award winners.
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has welcomed government’s announcement that it will retain the existing frequency of the MOT test and encourage garages to subscribe to industry codes of practice. The decision ensures that road safety, consistency of service, quality assurance and consumer confidence in the automotive service and repair industry will be maintained and enhanced.The key outcomes of the review include:Retaining the existing test frequency.Working with industry codes of practice to raise standards.Tightening regulation in the second-hand vehicle market.“Industry welcomes the decision by government to retain the existing MOT test regime, supporting the need to keep road safety a top priority,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Government will encourage garages to take up industry codes of practice to ensure a consistent and high quality approach to testing, thereby building consumer confidence and satisfaction. Industry will continue to work with the OFT-backed consumer protection scheme, Motor Codes, to play its part in improving standards across the service and repair sector.”Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, said, “Our garages are crucial to ensuring that Britain’s roads continue to be among the safest in the world. Most are doing good work but the latest data shows that there is room for improvement.“I want each motorist to be confident that a visit to the garage ends with their car repaired to a high standard by reputable mechanics rather than uncertainty about cost and the quality of service.The MOT test plays a crucial role in maintaining the standards of vehicles on UK roads. In the UK, new cars complete an MOT test three years after purchase and annually thereafter. Last year there was an 8% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on UK roads and thanks to stringent vehicle testing, the UK has some of the safest roads in Europe.SMMT and its members are committed to maintaining the integrity and consistency of the MOT test regime while improving customer satisfaction across the industry. Working with Motor Codes, the OFT-approved self-regulatory industry body, the industry is working to help motorists identify trustworthy and reputable garages, for all service and repair requirements, based on independent consumer feedback accessible through a postcode-based garage finder at www.motorcodes.co.uk.As a result of the MOT evaluation, the key decisions made by government include:Retaining the existing rules on MOT test frequency; with an initial test three years from first registration and every year thereafter.Encouraging the take up of industry codes of practice, such as the OFT-approved schemes run by Motor Codes, and expand them to include MOT testing.Helping motorists to spot ‘clocked’ second hand vehicles, by changing MOT certificates so that they carry the last three years’ mileage information as well as the mileage on the day of the test.Arranging ‘mystery shopper’ tests to help improve performance in addition to those already carried out by VOSA.
Rhein-Neckar Lowen were the favorites at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim against TBV Lemgo, but the team had no easy job. TBV Lemgo proved to be a tough nut to crack, and they even had the lead for the second quarter of the match. It was all decided after the 56th minute in which RN Lowen scored two goals, and conceded none, making it 34:32 in their favor, and managed to keep this slight lead until the end, when the final score of 35:34 was settled. Captain Gensheimer scored 11 goals, while du Rietz contributed 10. Timm Schneider was Lemgo’s best with 8 goals.THW Kiel had a relatively easy game away at Bergischer HC, and won with 32:20, still being on level points with RN Lowen, but on second place.Bundesliga: Bergischer 20:32 THW Kiel, Erlangen 22:20 HSG Wetzlar, Minden 22:31 Flensburg, RN Lowen 35:34 TBV Lemgo, Bietigheim 24:32 Lubbecke. dkb hbldu rietzhandballHandball Bundesligarhein-neckar loewenrn lowenrukometTHW Kieltimm schneiderUwe Gensheimer ← Previous Story “Great” idea WHC Vardar: Make a bet, and get free tickets?! Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 9): Barcelona wins derby against La Rioja
Very recently, researches uncovered a rather serious security flaw affecting around 99 percent of all Android devices. Issues with the way authentication tokens are stored and transmitted on Android versions older than 2.3.4 (which is the overwhelming majority of users at the moment) made it possible for cybercriminals to intercept those tokens on unsecured wireless connections. By impersonating a familiar hotspot, an attacker merely needs to sit back and wait for unsuspecting Android users to connect and log in to affected services.Today, however, it was announced that Google was moving quickly to address the flaw, and, since the company is implementing a server-side fix, no action by end users is required. It’s believed that tokens served after the change will be encrypted before being sent to and stored on an Android device. The patch will begin rolling out today and should shore things up with Google Docs and Google Calendar, but it’s not totally eradicating the problem as reported by some outlets.The Picasa vulnerability is still present in Android 2.3.4 and it remains unpatched for the time being. Google has told ComputerWorld’s JR Raphael that engineers are still investigating that particular issue, but no timetable was given for a possible fix.AdChoices广告To prevent any stored authentication data on your device from being exposed to an attacker, make sure you’re only connecting to encrypted wireless access points or using your phone’s 3G or 4G data connection. Connecting to an open access point is never a good idea, and that’s especially true for those of you with an Android device — at least until the authentication token issue is totally locked down.
There’s no such thing as a perfect gadget. Sure, there are some obvious things that can be avoided, but at the end of the day it is impossible to account for every variable. When you find that sweet spot, where it seems like you’ve gotten a really great device, you start to see the odd little ways it can be improved. Unfortunately, certain solutions can create other problems. A perfect example of this would be some of the changes made in the 2012 line of MacBook Pros.We take our laptops with us everywhere these days, and the great thing about the new MacBooks is that they actually have the battery life to survive a weekend excursion with light use. Unfortunately, it has been discovered that the keyboard on the new MacBook Pro with Retina display Best Price at Amazon specifically is a little soft. When you type on the keyboard, you can feel that the individual keys give very easily. It’s really nice if you are sitting somewhere typing, especially given how little noise it makes. If the MacBook Pro is in a bag or a case and is jostled the right way, however, the machine will wake up inside the bag. This happens when the machine is hibernating as well as being completely off. The right amount of force in the right direction will cause the keys to press on their own and wake the machine up.Many owners of new MacBooks are not huge fans of the new MagSafe adapter, either. In previous versions of the MacBook, I think the power adapter was implemented flawlessly. I wish everything I used had a magnetic power adapter, and I can only imagine how many gadgets would have been saved from my clumsiness if they did. The new MacBooks have a slightly different adapter though, and while it is still magnetic, there are many who feel it has a much weaker connection than previous models. It manages to maintain a connection when sat on a desk, but sing it in your lap is going to cause some issues. Any time you move the laptop with any kind of force, the power adapter disconnects. It’s incredibly frustrating.The new MacBook Pro accomplishes a lot of amazing things in its own right. Thinner, lighter, and incredibly more powerful machines were the result of untold hours of research and development. Subtle changes needed to be made all over in order to accomplish those feats, and there were unforseen consequences to those changes. I don’t think that wiggly keys or a weak power adapter is a deterrent for anyone seriously considering a MacBook Pro with Retina display, but issues like this could easily lead to the decision to leave the laptop at home.via Mac Performance Guide
In recent developments for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, the Athens government has made a desirable offer; to loan, on a recurring and long-term basis, rare archaeological treasures from Greek museums in exchange for the return of the Marbles from the British Museum.The request has been made as a symbolic act in the fight against anti-democratic forces that appear to be on the rise and seeking “the dissolution of Europe”.“The reunification of the Parthenon Marbles will be a symbolic act that will highlight the fight against the forces that undermine the values and foundations of the European case against those seeking the dissolution of Europe,” said Lydia Koniordou, the Greek Minister of Culture and Sport. “The Parthenon monument represents a symbol of Western civilisation. It is the emblem of democracy, dialogue and freedom of thought.”Greece has a number of art works dating back to antiquity, including the ‘golden mask of Agamemnon’ and the statue of Zeus/Poseidon, which if loaned to Britain would likely draw great interest.In an official statement the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures (IARPS) said the Greek government had clearly made the offer in the “true spirit of compromise”. “Greece and its supporters will not rest until all the known surviving sculptural elements from the Parthenon are reunited in the Acropolis Museum in full view of the monument which they once adorned,” the IARPS said.Andrew George, chairman of the British Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, said agreeing to return the sculptures on these terms would only help the UK to rebuild its reputation in the region following the controversial Brexit vote.“Britain has nothing to lose but a deeply damaged reputation – having clung on for over 200 years to such important artefacts which were stolen from the Greeks when they could do nothing to stop it – and has much to gain at the very time Britain’s reputation needs enhancing amongst those countries it wants to do a deal with,” Mr George said.The Marbles were taken from Greece more than 200 years ago by Lord Elgin, when the country was still part of the Ottoman Empire, where they once adorned the Parthenon temple built by the world’s first democracy some 2,500 years ago. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
LA CENTER — The La Center School District will put a bond issue up for vote during a special election on Feb. 13. The district is seeking applications from citizens interested in being appointed to a committee to write the pro/con statements for the Clark County online voters’ guide.Those interested should send their name, address, phone number and which position they represent to Superintendent Dave Holmes at the La Center School District, P.O. Box 1840, La Center, WA 98629 or via email to email@example.com by Monday. The board will take action on the appointments at its Tuesday meeting.
In its efforts to advance aerospace innovation, Boeing on Tuesday launched an engineering and technology centre in Bengaluru.Countries rushing to amass fighter jets will fire global defense sector growth in 2017-18The Boeing India Engineering and Technology Centre (BIETC) will undertake “high quality technology-driven work” and engage in the development of software tools for airlines and airports to improve their operations and reduce costs, automation for more efficient next-generation manufacturing, systems, infrastructure and analytics.According to Boeing, the centre will leverage a “talent pool of employees” to boost productivity and long-term competitiveness to support the global aerospace giant’s engineering growth in strong international markets such as India.”When we look for regions of competitiveness for the company around the world, we look at building cost, capability and market access advantages,” Pratyush Kumar, president of Boeing India, said in a statement.Additionally, Boeing said on Monday that its satellite built for ABS entered into commercial service, providing enhanced satellite services including direct-to-home television services on January 21 to customers in Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, South Asia and South East Asia.This satellite, ABS-2A, joins ABS-3A as Boeing’s second all-electric propulsion 702 satellite for ABS. Boeing is the first satellite manufacturer to build and deliver all-electric propulsion satellites.”ABS-2A is the latest high-capacity satellite providing expansion and continuity of satellite services at ABS’ prime gateway over the Indian Ocean region. It is located with ABS-2 at our premium neighbourhood at 75°E optimised for video services for growing television community access and direct-to-home businesses,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS.
Representational imageCustoms officials recovered 40 gold bars weighing 4.6kg from a flight of US Bangla Airlines at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Sunday, reports UNB.Director general of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) Moinul Khan said a customs team conducted a raid on the aircraft, which landed at the airport from Kolkata, around 2:30pm and recovered a black packet wrapped in scotch tape in an abandoned condition beneath a seat.Later, 40 gold bars worth Tk 20.50 million were found opening the packet.
HPM ArchiveA sign near the San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund Site. X 00:00 /02:43 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share The Environmental Protection Agency says it has found damage to the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site following Tropical Storm Harvey.The agency is ordering the parties responsible for the site to take immediate action to “address damage to the protective cap and high-levels of underlying waste material found at one of the samples on site.”The site, which holds waste from a former paper mill decades ago, sits just off I-10 in eastern Harris County near Channelview. The site has been known to include the highly toxic chemical pollutant dioxin. The EPA faced criticism in the days following Harvey for not immediately inspecting Superfund sites on the ground after the storm hit.What does the EPA’s finding mean for surrounding residents, and what are the potential long-term implications? Houston Matters talks with Victor Flatt, environmental law professor at the University of Houston Law Center.What The Finding Means: Flatt says the finding means those responsible for the Superfund site are not in compliance with their post-closure order for site. He says, anytime remediation is done at a hazardous site, the EPA will issue an order saying what’s supposed to happen there over time. The responsibility falls back on those private companies who are responsible for such sites to follow the cleanup procedures in the order.Symptomatic Of Bigger IssuesFlatt says issues like this have been concerning him, and that, in the last 15-20 years, the EPA has been less aggressive with its cleanup plans. This illustrates a bigger problem with how the EPA handles sites like this, he says.What Are The Implications?Flatt says damage at the site could lead to exposure and could require more expensive procedures to deal with that exposure. If containment is breached, that means potentially toxic substances are getting into the groundwater and soil. Anyone who comes into contact with that is going to be exposed to those chemicals. Other sites the EPA says it has stopped monitoring could have leaks as well. Some private organizations have attempted to do that testing. There are numerous roadblocks to determine what else might have happened at other sites in relation to Harvey.
Fairs have been always a fascinating outing for children during vacations and weekends. What more can be a better gift to a child on children’s day than a to treat him with a trip to a huge area full of exhibitors from various parts of the country and the world displaying and selling their irresistible products and services? President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday declared the 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan open. “I declare India International Trade Fair open, and wish all of you the very best,” said President Mukherjee. The trade fair is being organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) on the theme of ‘Digital India’. Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “I am happy to note that the present government is focusing greater attention on renewable energy sectors.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPresident Mukherjee said on the inaugural occasion that the India International Trade Fair was a mega projection of the New India that was fast taking shape. It showcases the vision of a glorious tomorrow, a spirit of excellence and achievement and unparalleled investment opportunity through the prism of the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The fair symbolises India’s commitment towards bringing the benefits of economic reform to its people from all walks of society, especially the under-privileged,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Apart from economic dimensions, I believe that a fair such as IITF provides an excellent opportunity to introspect on challenges, integrate minds and prepare strategies for the mammoth task of nation building. As India strives to become a manufacturing hub in diverse sectors, it needs to increase its energy resources without compromising on the environmental aspects. Factors such as demography, development and urbanisation exert tremendous pressure on availability of resources. Large-scale utilisation of resources impacts adversely on the environment. Industry, therefore, needs to adopt eco-friendly measures and technologies,” said President Pranab Mukherjee. He was confident that the fair would reinforce Indian brands – brands that can, in the first instance, compete and win against the dominant international players in Indian market before venturing overseas.To counter problems of currency due to the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, ITPO has organised for mobile ATMs and cashless purchases. The authorities have promised to set up several ATMs for the convenience of the visitors.Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of IT and Law inaugurated the digital pavilion theme at the trade fair. He said, “Digital India in simple term means enlightening India and empowering India. Indian IT companies are present in 200 cities of 80 countries around the world. I’m proud of the Indian IT companies.” Digitising or country will offer benefits and ease in business and daily work of people’s lives just the way people are now buying e-tickets, applying for passport and even selling and buying products. In her key note address, Nirmala Sitharaman Minister of State for Commerce and Industry complimented ITPO for holding this edition of the fair with improved logistics and stature. She said the event serves India’s industrial progress as well as projects the country as a worthy global trade and investment destination under ‘Make in India’ campaign.The fair also provides a glimpse with updated information on various missions, schemes and initiatives, launched by the Government such as- Swachh Bharat Campaign, Clean Ganga Mission, Jan Dhan Yojana, Skill India, Adhar, 175 Solar Mission, Farmer Corp Insurance, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation(AMRUT), Start up and Stand up Campaign, Smart Cities and Model Villages. These programmes will be demonstrated prominently in the display profile of the pavilions of the States and Union Territories as well as standalone pavilions.This year’s ‘Partner States’ are Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand and ‘Focus State’ is Haryana, while the ‘Partner Country’ is South Korea and Belarus is the ‘Focus Country’. The fair will be open for business visitors from November 14 to 18, and for regular visitors from November 19-27 at the following Ticket prices for working days: Adult Rs 60 and Child Rs 40; and for Saturday/Sunday/Holiday, Adult Rs120 and Child Rs 60. School children are also allowed on business days with the advance purchase of tickets applicable for general days. There will be free entry for senior citizens (60 years and above) and differently-abled persons on presentation of valid age/physical handicapped document with photo thereon from all gates from November 19-27.
Advertisement Standing on the ground looking into the blinding sun of the solar eclipse is okay, but it’s amateur hour compared to how the pros do it.A passenger on a commercial plane released a mid-flight video of the eclipse, and the results are stunning.You can go look through a cereal box or just watch this and not risk frying your retinas.solar eclipse view from plane. #SolarEclispe2017 pic.twitter.com/ejG5dp1T7d— . (@nfesjay) August 21, 2017
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 31, 2014 There is perhaps no celebrity businesswoman more broadly berated than Kim Kardashian, but the sex tape starlet-turned-multimedia mogul can’t seem to make a bad business move.And while much has been said about her latest chart-topping venture, a mobile app entitled Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the numbers don’t lie.The game, in which players create a cartoon avatar and climb the fame ladder from the E-list to the A-list by negotiating various industry players and taking on different jobs, has been called “disturbing” by Stephen Colbert and “capitalism stripped of its remaining niceties and applied to the unique vapidity of Hollywood social life” by The Atlantic.Related: Kim Kardashian: Burger King’s Newest Franchisee?Fair enough. But in its latest earnings call, the game’s maker, Glu Mobile, said that the app had catapulted revenues to an all-time high, reports The New York Times.Not only did it earn $1.6 million within its first five days in the app store (while free, players can purchase add-ons including energy, clothes and hairstyles), but analysts estimate that the game is on track to make over $200 million a year. Kardashian herself is rumored to take home a 45 percent cut of all sales.Due in large part to Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, “We now expect to generate more revenue in the second half of 2014 than we did for the entirety of 2013,” said Glu’s CEO, Niccolo de Masi. The company’s other best-selling games include Deer Hunter 2014 and Eternity Warriors 3.Related: Can Video Games in the Office Make Employees More Productive?De Masi added that, while the narrative of the game as it stands is infinite, the company is eyeing different localized versions and updates that will correlate with developments in Kardashian’s own life.While seething response amid astronomic sales may weave a counterintuitive tale, this isn’t Kardashian’s first winning foray into tech — making it harder and harder to disparage her oft-mimicked shrewdness as a commercial force.In 2009, Kardashian co-founded ShoeDazzle, a subscription-based accessories e-tailer that raised $60 million in venture capital and was eventually acquired by JustFab.Related: What King Digital’s ‘Crushed’ IPO Means for Private Mobile-Game Makers Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Register Now »
Project Alias is an open-source, ‘teachable’ parasite that gives users increased control over their smart home assistants in terms of customization and privacy. It also trains the smart home devices to accept custom wake-up names while disturbing their built-in microphone, by simply downloading an app. Once trained, Alias can take control over your home assistant by activating it for you. Tellart designer Bjørn Karmann and Topp designer Tore Knudsen are the brilliant minds behind this experimental project. Knudsen says, “This [fungus] is a vital part of the rain forest, since whenever a species gets too dominant or powerful it has higher chances of getting infected, thus keeping the diversity in balance” He further added, “We wanted to take that as an analogy and show how DIY and open source can be used to create ‘viruses’ for big tech companies.” The hardware part of Project Alias is a plug-powered microphone/speaker unit that sits on top of a user’s smart speaker of choice. It’s powered by a pretty typical Raspberry Pi chipset. Input and output logic of Alias Both Amazon and Google have a poor track record of storing past conversations in the cloud. However, Project Alias promises of privacy. According to FastCompany the smart home assistants “aren’t meant to listen in to your private conversations, but by nature, the devices must always be listening to a little to be listening at just the right time–and they can always mishear any word as a wake word.” Knudsen says, “If somebody would be ready to invest, we would be ready for collaboration. But initially, we made this project with a goal to encourage people to take action and show how things could be different . . . [to] ask what kind of ‘smart’ we actually want in the future.” To know more about Project Alias in detail, head over to Bjørn Karmann’s website or GitHub. Here’s a short video on the working of Project Alias Read Next Google’s secret Operating System ‘Fuchsia’ will run Android Applications: 9to5Google Report US government privately advised by top Amazon executive on web portal worth billions to the Amazon; The Guardian reports France to levy digital services tax on big tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon in the new year
Comments Share “You are the scum of this world, why would I stand up for you?” he barked at the Swiss judge, who did not react and continued reading the judgment while Seselj remained seated.It was the third time Seselj had been convicted of contempt since turning himself in to the U.N. court in 2003 to face charges of using hate-laced speeches to incite Serb atrocities in the Balkan wars of the early 1990s.Prosecutors have demanded a 28-year sentence for Seselj in the main case against him. Seselj denies wrongdoing.Trechsel called Seselj’s refusal to remove the identities of witnesses from his website a “flagrant disregard” of court orders that amounted to “a direct attack upon the judicial authority of the tribunal.”The two-year sentence is largely symboilic as Seselj already has spent nine years in jail in The Hague before and during his long-running trial and his sentence.He was first convicted of contempt in 2009 and sentenced to 15 months, then again last year, when he received an 18-month sentence.The judges in his third case said the previous convictions counted as an “aggravating factor,” in their sentencing _ meaning it made them consider a harsher punishment. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal sentenced Serb ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj to two years imprisonment Thursday for refusing to remove information from his website that revealed the identities of witnesses who had been granted anonymity by the court.Seselj, who revels in expressing his contempt for the U.N. court, remained defiant, refusing to stand up when Presiding Judge Stefan Trechsel read out his sentence. The maximum sentence for contempt at the tribunal is seven years and a fine of up to (EURO)100,000 ($125,000).Seselj’s trial was slated to start in 2006 but was held up when he staged a hunger strike to support his demand to act as his own defense attorney. It finally got under way in 2007 and lasted nearly five years, in part because of delays prompted by allegations of witness intimidation. While the trial itself has finished, the judges have not yet delivered their verdict.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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