Taroudante- Dutch Anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders intends to show cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) on TV during the holy month of Ramadan. Dutch Anti-Islam Politician Geert Wilders announced on Wednesday that he will display cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on television airtime allocated to his political party.The far right politician revealed his plan to dedicate television airtime allocated to his party to display controversial images of the prophet, in an effort to support those “who use the pen and not the sword,” he said. In a move expressly intended to offend Muslims around the world, the anti-Islamic politician aimed at provoking Muslims again, despite the harsh criticism he has received for his “racist and Islamophobic” acts. He has been living under round-the-clock protection since 2004 because of death threats.While no date has been set yet for the broadcasting of the cartoons, the anti-Islam lawmaker, whose Freedom Party holds 12 of the 150 seats in parliament’s lower house, and whose previous request to display the cartoons inside the parliament was turned down, vowed to show the cartoons on TV soon.The announcement came a month after Wilders took part in cartoon depictions of the prophet in a contest in Garland, Texas,Wilders is currently facing prosecution for hate speech over a chant raised last year by his supporters who shouted: “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” in answer to his question about whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands.Edited by Elisabeth Myers Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
The Hamilton Bulldogs have traded defenceman Nicolas Mattinen to the Oshawa Generals.“Nicolas was an integral part of our 2018 OHL Championship,” said Bulldogs President and General Manager Steve Staios.“He is a tremendous young man who has a very bright future.”Mattinen was a part of the Bulldogs 2018 OHL Championship team and contributed seven points in the playoffsThe Bulldogs will receive left-winger Eric Henderson, a second-round pick in 2020 and a third-round pick in 2022 in return.Henderson is from Kingsville, Ontario and has 11 goals and 19 assists in 40 games with the Generals this season.
LONDON — The U.K.’s energy regulator says it has launched an investigation into a widespread electricity outage on Aug. 9 that left a hospital without power and rail passengers stranded for hours during the busy evening commute.The announcement Tuesday came as the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets released a preliminary report on the outage, which showed it began with a lightning strike on the transmission network north of London. Almost simultaneously, two power stations reduced supplies to the national electricity grid, triggering automatic disconnections that left 1.1 million customers without power for up to 50 minutes.Ofgem says the investigation will look at whether National Grid, which operates the transmission system, had sufficient back-up supplies to manage the loss of generation and whether generating stations complied with their obligations.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2014 8:02 am MDT Canadians are increasingly Googling on their smartphones as they shop: report TORONTO – Most Canadians will be armed with their smartphones while shopping this holiday season and likely won’t pull the trigger on purchases without launching a few quick searches first, suggests new research released Thursday.In an online survey of nearly 1,000 Canadians conducted last month, a majority of consumers said they planned to rely on their digital devices while shopping even more than they did last year, according to a report prepared by Tapped Mobile, App Promo and BrandSpark International.About 72 per cent of moms aged 25 to 54; 77 per cent of male consumers aged 25 to 54; and 79 per cent of young consumers aged 18 to 29 said they already use a smartphone or tablet as a shopping tool in stores.The respondents said they most frequently pulled out their phone to compare prices, to search for coupons, or look up product reviews.“Most consumers won’t leave home without their phone,” said Jed Schneiderman, president of Tapped Mobile, a mobile advertising company.“Mobile is effectively the new sales clerk, consumers are using their phones to do a lot of research on devices. They’re using their phones to gather information in order to help them make better decisions.”Schneiderman said retailers need to make sure their websites load well on phones and tablets because a subpar experience could mean lost sales.“They need to understand that people will be price checking, they’ll be looking for coupons, and ratings, and reviews and so on. So websites need to be optimized for mobile, search needs to be optimized for the phone, consumers need to be able to discover information about retailers on their phone,” he said.The survey results suggest consumers are still lukewarm on mobile payments and aren’t eager to use their phones to pay for purchases instead of using credit cards or cash.Only 10 per cent of the respondents said they had already paid for a purchase in store with a mobile app.Of the moms surveyed, only 24 per cent said they’d feel comfortable using their phone to make payments in store, while the male and young consumers were split.“Mobile payments is very new and perhaps not well understood,” Schneiderman said.“It’s got a long way to go and I think it’s still too early to predict how it will evolve and who will find the payments race.”The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.
In a statement released on Tuesday, at the conclusion of the high-level Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue, in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, the FAO stated that building resilience is one of the agency’s priorities in Africa, and is key to meeting the challenge of feeding over two billion by 2050.Small-scale food producers and their families, says the UN agency, are particularly vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change, but they have always been innovators: “What they need are policies that protect them and increase their resilience to climate change”, Helen Semedo, FAO’s Deputy Director-General, told the conference. “They need access to information, technology, and investment, and they should be brought to the conversation on innovation”. According to the latest FAO data, hunger is on the rise in almost all parts of Africa, and the continent has the highest prevalence of undernourishment in the world, at almost 20 percent.The situation, which is attributed mainly to conflict and climate change, is particularly acute in Eastern nations, where almost one-third of the population struggles to find enough to eat. On Monday, participants – who heard that adaptation to climate risks is possible if there is immediate and bold action taken to build resilience – endorsed a commitment to do more to help African countries to improve their food security.The aim of the Leadership Dialogue is to engage governments and key development partners, and bring about unified action for Africa’s agriculture and food systems in response to climate change.The two-day event was hosted by the Government of Rwanda, in partnership with the FAO, the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Bank.
Tennis is played and followed in most nations worldwide. But professional players aren’t making much money. Fewer than 1,000 pro players break even at the sport. Far fewer make a decent living.The opportunities to make good money are dwindling. More players are competing for prizes that are growing slowly, especially at the game’s lowest levels. Earlier this month, the ATP World Tour, which runs the most lucrative pro men’s events, announced it was increasing prize money significantly over the next four years. But the most exclusive tournaments will get the biggest boosts. After adjusting for inflation1Which I did using the U.S. Consumer Price Index, since U.S. dollars are the standard currency in tennis, prize money on the ATP’s Challenger Tour — the equivalent of baseball’s AAA minor league — has fallen by 25 percent in the last six years.Soon after the ATP’s announcement, the International Tennis Federation released results of its analysis of the pro game’s financials. Among the sobering findings: Only 336 men and 253 women made more than they spent playing tennis last year.2That doesn’t count sponsorship money and appearance fees, but it also doesn’t count coaching expenses.In every pro sport, many compete for few lucrative slots. Tennis’s economics are particularly brutal. Players are individual contractors who have to cover their own transportation, equipment, coaching and — at some events — accommodation and food. Almost all of them have to supplement their winnings with sponsorships, support from their national federations or their families, odd jobs or all of the above.The best 104 men and 104 women get safe passage to the four Grand Slam tournaments each year.3Each Grand Slam tournament has spots for 128 men and 128 women in its singles draws. Typically 104 men enter singles directly based on their ranking, while the rest of the slots go to players who qualify in a pre-tournament playoff, or who get a wild-card slot from organizers. Women’s draws are constructed similarly, though most majors allot four fewer qualifying slots for women, and four more direct-entry positions. They’re the players who have a chance to make a lot of money playing tennis. Lose your first match at each one last year, and you would still earn roughly $130,000. The rest of the players in the world are fighting for much smaller purses. The ITF estimates that the 4,978 men who won some prize money last year but weren’t in the top 1 percent earned, on average, a little over $13,000. The bottom 99 percent of the 2,650 women who earned prize money averaged about $22,600.If you’re the 350th best man in the world at baseball, basketball, American football, ice hockey or soccer, you’re earning more than $500,000 each year, expenses paid. If you’re the 350th best man in tennis, you’re probably either falling into debt or getting help from a sponsor or parent. Tennis looks better financially for women than for men, relative to other sports, yet it’s likely that fewer than 200 women are earning a living from tennis prize money.Tennis’s problem is that its fan base is wide but not deep. It has fans in countries around the world, but rarely enough to support a major tournament with sellouts and big TV ratings in any single market.The ITF is considering how to divide the revenue among players in a way that’s best for the game. The nonprofit body is studying the sport’s economics to make sure that players who are good enough to break through don’t quit the game before doing so — and to hasten the departure of those who aren’t good enough. The ITF’s data shows it takes about a year longer now than it did in 2000 for a player to go from his or her first ranking to reaching the Top 100, which is another year during which promising players might get discouraged and drop their rackets.“The last thing I’d want is for an exceptionally talented player to have to leave the game after a year or two, before they realize their potential,” Kris Dent, the ITF’s director of pro tennis, said in a telephone interview. “That’s something that drives what we’re doing, first and foremost.”The ITF enlisted outside researchers in Australia and the U.K. for its study. It surveyed 7,605 players worldwide, three-quarters of them active professional players. Just 6 percent of women and 5 percent of men who responded said their prize money in their most recent year of professional play covered their expenses. More than half of men and women said they had to cut costs to a level they deemed unacceptable for hotels and the number and quality of tournaments they played.The life most pro players lead is far from glamorous. They are concerned more with having enough balls and a good court to play on, than with paparazzi and endorsements. Players were asked in the survey where they’d be OK with cuts. Balls and facility maintenance were lowest on their list. In a recent post on Facebook, 22-year-old Tomás Buchhass of Argentina lamented “courts in a pitiful state which are a hazard to the physical well-being of the players” at a Chilean ITF event. And a photo of a shredded net on a practice court at a Tunisian ITF event made the rounds on Twitter last month.4An ITF spokesman confirmed the photo is genuine and added, “It is essential that tournament conditions meet the minimum standards expected by the ITF. Where complaints about an unacceptable site are upheld following investigation, as they were on this particular occasion, we will not approve the site for any future Circuit tournaments unless we are entirely satisfied that steps have been taken to ensure no repetition.”In one of the least surprising findings of modern polling history, nearly all players said prize money should increase. (Just who were the 12 percent of men and 21 percent of women who disagreed, the ITF couldn’t say.)Dent agrees with players, to a point. He’d like to see less hardship for young players. For instance, he wants the lowest-level tournaments to cover players’ food and hotel costs in the form of a per diem; this year fewer than 4 percent of ITF pro events covered all players’ hospitality costs. That would help encourage players to travel to more tournaments. More prize money would help, too, but big increases aren’t realistic for most events. Below the top rungs of the men’s and women’s tours, there is little to no income coming from sponsorships, ticket sales or broadcast rights, Dent said. National federations, sometimes with grants from the ITF or the Grand Slams, generally cover costs, and aren’t likely to pay for big prize-money increases.Many different bodies run the sport. Each of the four Grand Slams is run by the host nation’s tennis federation. The ATP runs the men’s tour, the WTA the women’s tour. For the men, the ATP handles the highest minor-league level, of Challengers, while the ITF runs the lowest-level pro tournaments, called Futures. For women, the ITF runs all events below tour level.The ITF runs the least lucrative tournaments, so it doesn’t have much leeway to increase prize money at those. Dent wants to shrink the player pool so there is more money for each player. “We need to look at how we reward players who are progressing, but start to make it harder for players who aren’t,” he said.Tennis isn’t likely to start forcing players to earn tour cards, as golf does. But Dent repeatedly cited golf as an example of a sport that properly “signposts” steps on aspiring pros’ journeys. Tennis, he said, needs to a better job of that. The point of Futures and Challengers isn’t to award enough money for players to live on, but to identify the best emerging talents and bestow ranking points so they can qualify for bigger, more lucrative tournaments. Toughening playing-down rules, which prevent players from competing at events below their level, are a way for the ITF to ensure that prize money and ranking points at entry-level events get divvied up among emerging stars, not established veterans.Dent also envisions adding yet a lower level of competition — development events that cash-strapped national federations can support so that local players can afford to play without heavy travel costs. The events would have smaller draws and use officials with less experience than is required at current ITF events — while not skimping on costs for courts and balls.“Already a number of developing nations, particularly in Africa, find it difficult to host events at the prize-money level we have,” Dent said. Nearly half of men’s prize money at ITF events, and more than half of ITF women’s prize money, was distributed at European events this year.The pool of money for aspiring players could be growing soon. In March, the ITF Board will consider the idea of the development tour and other potential changes — including increases to prize money and hospitality — in light of the research. The ATP likely will increase prize money and hospitality spending at Challenger tournaments next year, too, according to a spokesman — which would reverse recent stagnation and decline.The big money, though, remains at the top of the game — and the gap likely will widen. The ATP’s recently announced prize-money increases are biggest for the 500- and 1,000-level tournaments, which are the most exclusive ones, with increases of 50 percent and 54 percent, respectively, in 2018 compared to this year, after adjusting for projected inflation. The 250-level events, one notch up from Challengers, will increase prize money by just 6 percent.
Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. Neil, Kyle and Chris are previewing the NBA playoffs in a special two-for-one edition of the podcast. On Friday’s show (April 13, 2018), they break down the first-round matchups in the Eastern Conference, where the Toronto Raptors are embarking on their journey as the No. 1 seed while the Cleveland Cavaliers are the betting favorites. (For The Lab’s discussion of the Western Conference, check out the April 12 show.)Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Neil wrote a preview of the playoffs’ sleepers, favorites and best first-round matchups. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner
14 Comments IN A DARING nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite an attempt to tame the kingdom’s “Sin City”.She is bullish because she, like tens of thousands of others in the industry, have no plans to give up their jobs. And there are no signs the hordes of foreign sex tourists are abating.Two hours east of Bangkok, Pattaya’s bawdy reputation hails from the Vietnam War era when American soldiers partied in their downtime.Today, it spins money off its no-holds-barred reputation and its most successful sex workers earn anywhere between 70-150,000 baht (€2-4,400) a month, as much as ten times the national average wage.“I make good money here, for me and my family,” May told AFP as she touted for clients near ‘Walking Street’ – a mile-long drag festooned with bars and clubs pouring out loud dance music.But concerns about the impact on Thailand’s reputation have spurred authorities to act, while frequent reports of underage sex workers, drug abuse and mafia operations further muddy Pattaya’s name. Source: Shutterstock/View ApartProstitutionMay, who is transgender, said the strip has felt more subdued in recent weeks as police and soldiers conduct frequent patrols as part of a clean-up ordered by the censorious ruling class.Police Lieutenant Colonel Sulasak Kalokwilas is one of those tasked with what many might deem the ultimate Sisyphean task: weaning Pattaya off sex.“We are suppressing obscene and dirty shows. We’re trying to make those bars disappear,” he explained.As he spoke, lines of women stood behind him in revealing outfits enticing punters into bars with names like Taboo and G-Spot as well as Fahrenheit – a nightspot boasting “The Hottest Girls in Pattaya”.“The ladyboys and women working there, they are not involved in the sex trade,” said Pattaya’s police chief Colonel Apichai Kroppeth, echoing the kind of Thai police rhetoric commonly divorced from reality.“They work as waitresses, sit and chat with customers, some dance in shows,” he said.Bar fines, short-timesFor many residents of the city the latest moral outrage fits a familiar pattern: negative overseas headlines prompt authorities to launch high-visibility, yet limited, crackdowns on an industry that pays the bills for everyone.“You’re expecting the poachers to be the gamekeepers?” said one westerner who has made Pattaya his home, when asked if the latest clean-up will work.The sex trade is a cash cow for the bar owners, girls, massage parlours, hotels, taxis, mafia and, many have long alleged, the cops charged with policing.Thais call it “pon prayote”, says British journalist Andrew Drummond who reported on crime in Thailand for two decades. Apr 23rd 2017, 3:30 PM A small “bar fine”, usually around 500 baht (€13), secures private “short time” away from the bar where any deal struck for sex is purely between the punter and sex worker.While authorities have vowed to shutter the trade, there is little discussion on what happens to the sex workers, who often support large families with their earnings.There are no exact numbers, but a 2014 UNAIDS report suggested some 140,000 females are employed by sex work across Thailand. Tens of thousands are thought to operate in Pattaya alone.‘Par for the course’Tourism officials are optimistic for change, citing the increasing number of families coming to the town’s resorts and its popularity for sports, such as jet-skiing and golf.“In terms of facilities I think we are already there,” said Suladda Sarutilavan, Pattaya’s director of tourism.Last year some 12 million tourists, 70% foreigners, visited a city which now boasts over 100,000 rooms across 2,000 hotels, from cheap backpackers to swanky golf courses and family apartments.While not everyone who comes is a sex tourist, she admits the city’s seedy image and crime headlines are a problem.“It makes us feel a little bit uncomfortable,” she said.Two recent killings have renewed the spotlight on the city’s reputation as a bolthole for foreign criminals.In January, British businessman Tony Kenway was gunned down as he left the gym, a hit police linked to “boiler room” scams.In 2015, an Australian former Hells Angel was kidnapped in broad daylight and murdered.Foreigners who have made Pattaya home lament the killings, but say they fail to tell the wider picture of a largely safe, affordable city.“Every night I went out in Coventry there was always one or two fights. I feel completely safe here,” said Briton Bryan Flowers, who moved to Pattaya a decade ago and now owns a dozen bars.Others argue fancy hotels, malls and golf courses can flourish in step with the town’s party reputation.“It’s why a lot of people come here,” Simon Peatfield, another Brit who owns restaurants and sports bars, said.There’s only so much golf you can play.- © AFP 2017Read: These brown bears now live in the lap of luxury after a life of horrendous abuse >Read: One ‘diet drink’ a day could increase risk of dementia and strokes – seven-year study > 27,107 Views Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3348605 Share Tweet Email4 Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 3:30 PM It means everyone benefits… it brings in massive amounts of money and simply couldn’t happen without police connivance. Thailand’s tourism body has been trying to cultivate a more family-friendly reputation. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesApichai insisted there was “no bribery for sure” in his force.Prostitution is illegal in conservative Thailand. Yet it remains ubiquitous for local and foreign customers alike.Businesses use a well-worn loophole to avoid prosecution, hiring sex workers inside the bars merely to entertain and talk to patrons. ‘We are suppressing obscene and dirty shows’: Thai police say they’re cleaning up Pattaya Pattaya is home to tens of thousands of sex workers. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP
Un satellite pour étudier la foudreEntre peur et fascination, la foudre ne laisse pas indifférent. Afin de mieux comprendre comment celle-ci se crée, le Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) se lance dans la conception d’un satellite destiné à l’observation des phénomènes énergétiques issus d’épisodes orageux. Lancée en 2007 par le CNES, TARANIS est la toute première mission consacrée à comprendre les phénomènes qui régissent la foudre dans les hautes couches de l’atmosphère terrestre. Aujourd’hui, l’équipe de projet œuvre à la conception d’un satellite capable, à 700 kilomètres d’altitude, d’observer des éclairs quelque peu particuliers. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAOn les appelle “elfes”, “sprites” ou encore “blue jets”. Ils se caractérisent non seulement par leur brièveté mais aussi par l’intensité des rayonnements qu’ils émettent. Particulièrement présents dans la ceinture intertropicale, ces impressionnants phénomènes se génèrent au-dessus des plus gros orages entre 20 et 100 kilomètres d’altitude. Ils se propagent par la suite vers la haute atmosphère.L’engin spatial, en cours de conception, est pensé pour caractériser les échanges d’énergie engendrés par un éclair entre les zones orageuses et différentes couches de l’atmosphère. Ces phénomènes lumineux transitoires, découverts il y a une vingtaine d’années restent à l’heure actuelle un mystère. La mission vise à étudier les mécanismes physiques à l’origine de ces transferts d’énergie. Les résultats pourraient également mettre en évidence l’impact de la foudre sur l’environnement de la Terre.Selon l’équipe de projet, le système sera certainement prêt au lancement pour la fin 2014.Le lancement du satellite devrait avoir lieu depuis le port spatial européen de Kourou, en Guyane française. Il sera placé sur une orbite polaire pour une durée de deux ans. Le 3 mars 2011 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrin
John Garrett Smith did not intend to record himself on his cellphone as he threatened to kill his wife, but a judge used the voice mail to convict him of attempted murder. Now his conviction has been overturned after the Washington Court of Appeals ruled that using the recording violates the state’s privacy act.The ruling was made public Tuesday after the higher court reviewed the Vancouver man’s case.Smith, 48, has been serving a 12-year sentence for convictions of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault — each carried sentencing enhancements. The energy entrepreneur was found guilty by Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis following a three-day bench trial in December 2014.Smith, who goes by his middle name of Garrett, attacked his wife during a drunken argument June 2, 2013, inside their home overlooking the Columbia River.The case initially appeared to be a severe domestic assault in which Smith repeatedly punched his wife, Sheryl Smith, in the face and strangled her.However, the voice mail accidentally left on Garrett Smith’s cellphone prompted the prosecution to pursue an attempted murder charge. In the recording, Smith told his wife, “I will kill you.”
Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk insists he’s focused on the Reds trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City after their 5-1 win over Arsenal.City’s 3-1 win at Southampton means they now trail league leaders, Liverpool, by seven points ahead of their January 3 showdown at the Etihad.After having previously ignored the looming league clash against the champions, Van Dijk now says all of Liverpool’s focus is on the clash against Pep Guardiola’s men.He said, according to Goal: “We were almost perfect, we conceded the goal and that was the only thing. But it was an important win.”“After this we can now focus on the City game. Before we didn’t do that.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Arsenal had been playing pretty well this season so we had to stay focused on them, not think about City.”“We have finished 2018 now pretty well and hopefully we can keep that going.”“City is a game that we want to win. It will be very hard, very tough, but for them as well.”“It’s going be a good match, but it is not a decisive game or something like that. We are not going to treat it different to any other.”“We will be prepared for a very tough game.”
Brazilian midfielder Arthur, revealed that he is praying hard to get Neymar back as an FC Barcelona player in the not so distant future.It was just recently revealed that Neymar is desperately pushing forward the plan of making his shocking return to FC Barcelona from PSG, he is not the only one doing everything in his power to do it as compatriot Arthur is also praying for this to happen.The former Palmeiras midfielder has Neymar as a very good friend, and recently revealed that he would love it if both players could share a dressing room at club level.Arthur Melo is considered one of the biggest revelations at FC Barcelona this season, his contribution to the squad could be one of the most alluring factors that could pull Neymar back to the Catalan club.But the midfielder understands how busy the PSG star’s life is, he knows that getting him back on the Barcelona train will be very difficult.“I personally am praying for him to come because he is a superstar, it is indisputable,” Arthur told Mundo Deportivo.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I think that the more great players the team has, the better.”“Personally, I’m doing a lot of work to get him back, but he has his life, he knows what he’s doing and I do not know how deep those negotiations are, if there are options for him to come or not.”“But he is a personal friend and a professional that I admire a lot and would be very happy if he could come back here,” he added.Arthur: I’m praying Neymar comes to Barcelona 🙏 pic.twitter.com/nnR0yOgIR1— Goal Singapore (@Goal_SG) December 26, 2018
It’s now really winter steelhead season, although still three weeks to a month before the peak of the hatchery fish return. Steelhead were checked last weekend in the Cowlitz, Kalama and Washougal.Streamflows have dropped along with the temperature. The East Fork of the Lewis River was at 7,000 cubic feet per second on Monday and down to 1,310 on Wednesday night.The Washougal was at 15,000 cubic feet per second on Monday at Hathaway Park and 1,700 on Wednesday night.Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Mid-Columbia — John Day river arm, nine boats with one steelhead kept and one wild steelhead released. (ODFW)Cowlitz — Twenty-seven boat rods with five steelhead and two adult coho kept plus two adult coho released; 85 bank rods with three steelhead, one adult coho and one jack coho kept plus three cutthroat trout and one legal sturgeon released. (WDFW)Kalama — Forty-eight bank rods with one steelhead kept plus one steelhead, one adult coho and one adult chinook released; six boaters with one steelhead kept. (WDFW)Lewis — Nine bank rods with no catch; two boaters with no catch. (WDFW)North Fork Lewis — Twenty-three bank rods with one adult chinook kept and one adult chinook released; 19 boaters with eight adult chinook and one adult coho kept plus two adult chinook and two adult coho released. (WDFW)Washougal — Fifty-four bank rods with five steelhead and one adult coho kept; 29 boaters with four steelhead kept. (WDFW)Klineline Pond — Ninety-five anglers with 120 trout. The trout were caught mainly in the swimming area on either Power Bait or Rapala plugs. (WDFW)Battle Ground Lake — Forty-four rods with 66 trout. (WDFW)Kress Lake — Fifty-one anglers with 77 trout. (WDFW)Merwin Reservoir — Two trollers with three kokanee and one landlocked chinook.
Bill Detwiler/TechRepublic The Pencil is mightier than the finger. I’m referring, of course, to Apple’s fancy Pencil stylus, which lets you do some pretty amazing things on compatible iPads.It normally sells for $100, which is bananas, but today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Apple Pencil (1st-generation) for $59.99 — the lowest price I’ve seen. The catch: It’s available for in-store pickup only.See it at Best BuyRecently I’ve been watching my college-age daughter — who spent some of her hard-earned money on a new iPad and the Pencil — create some amazing art. (The must-have app: ProCreate.) I honestly hadn’t thought much of the Pencil until I saw firsthand what could be done with it.If you don’t have a compatible iPad, Amazon continues to offer the current-gen iPad 9.7 (32GB) for $249, which is $80 less than what Apple charges.See it at AmazonOh, and if you want an even less-expensive stylus option, Amazon also has the Logitech Crayon on sale for $50. Many say it’s more comfortable to hold than the Pencil, but it doesn’t have the same pressure-sensitivity feature: It can produce different line weights depending on how you angle the tip, but it can’t make your strokes fatter or thinner depending on how hard you push.See it at AmazonNow that there’s a 2nd-gen Apple Pencil, my guess is Best Buy is clearing out inventory. Which is great, because while $60 is still crazy-expensive for a plastic pen, it’s way better than $100. See how the Apple Pencil works with the new iPad Share your voice Comments See it Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $249 Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone The Cheapskate $329 Now playing: Watch this: CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 4 $249 See All See It $249 Amazon 1:14 Tags Apple Apple reading • Get an Apple Pencil for $60, today only (save $40) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It • Apple iPad Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Best Buy Mobile Mobile Accessories Tablets Amazon Best Buy Logitech Apple
Matt Lee, one of the patients featured in Diagnosis, a new series from Netflix and The New York Times, undergoes a tilt table test to try to explain his sudden heart failures. Netflix For years, Angel Parker, a nurse in her mid-20s, experienced daily bouts of excruciating pain that started in her legs and shot up her back. As a high school athlete, she became so debilitated she had to cut most physical activity — and suffered the consequences when she dared to go on an occasional light hike. Tests for lupus and multiple sclerosis came back negative. No one could figure out what was wrong, and Parker’s discouraged parents fell into deep debt as they sought answers to what was causing their daughter’s agonizing and vexing symptoms. In the engrossing new documentary series Diagnosis, from Netflix and The New York Times, Parker finally gets an answer. The seven-part show, streaming now, is based on Diagnosis, the long-running New York Times Magazine column by Dr. Lisa Sanders that follows patients searching for a name, and hopefully a cure, for their maladies. In effect, Diagnosis aims to answer a simple yet sometimes deceptively complex question: “Doctor, what’s wrong with me?” Angel Parker and her boyfriend Mac Lockett have spent a lot of time in doctors’ offices and hospitals. Netflix For Parker, the answer finally comes via Marta, a researcher in an Italian pediatric hospital specializing in metabolic diseases. She reads Sanders’ column and reaches out to the doctor with some hunches. Parker travels to Italy for a comprehensive genetic analysis, and two months later, scientists there deliver remarkable news to her and her boyfriend Mac over video chat. They’re 100 percent sure Parker has Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase Deficiency, a rare enzyme deficiency that causes muscle pain and weakness, among other symptoms but can be easily managed through lifestyle changes. “It’s crazy what the internet can do,” Parker says through joyful tears in the episode that follows her story. “It just took one person from Italy and now I am a completely different person. There’s no more wondering. There’s no more mystery.” This is exactly the sort of outcome Sanders, a professor of internal medicine at Yale University, hoped for when she decided to combine crowdsourcing, social media and medical expertise by inviting readers to ponder the cases she writes about and send in videos detailing their theories and personal experiences with similar ailments. Each episode tells the story of how crowdsourcing led to insights that had previously eluded doctors. It’s so amazing to be able to present a story and have it heard quite literally around the world. Dr. Lisa Sanders Tags Share your voice Originally published Aug. 8. 50 Photos 3 2019 TV shows you can’t miss The show starts streaming as the US gears up for the 2020 election, with health care access a central topic of discussion among candidates. Diagnosis producers say they never expressly intended to highlight any shortcomings in the American health care system, but they do hope the series fuels the conversation.”We’re not out to slam the traditional medical establishment,” says co-producer Jonathan Chinn, “but we wanted to outline the fact that crowdsourcing could be an enhancement to it.”Diagnosis isn’t the only show getting in on the conversation about democratizing health care. TNT is airing a weekly TV broadcast called Chasing the Cure, hosted by Ann Curry, that aims to help people with misdiagnosed illnesses find answers by interacting live with a group of doctors. On a companion site, people can browse case files and try to help solve spotlighted medical mysteries. Playing detectiveSanders has been intrigued by medical mysteries since early in medical school, when she had a realization about illness. “There’s not one answer, but a dozen answers,” she says. “This is not the multiplication tables. This is Sherlock Holmes. This is detective work.” Sanders’ Diagnosis column inspired the Fox TV show House, which starred Hugh Laurie as a misanthropic but brilliant diagnostician who could unravel virtually any medical mystery. She later consulted on the hit show. Diagnosis episodes unfold like a real-life House, and it’s impossible not to root for the subjects as they search for long-sought answers and find comfort and community connecting with others who empathize with their experiences. Subjects like Willy Reyes, a fun-loving 46-year-old Gulf War vet who describes suffering a seizure that left him with hearing and memory loss and mood swings. Or 6-year-old Kamiyah Morgan, who experiences temporary paralysis hundreds of times a day, causing her to lose motor control for up to 30 seconds at a time. Though it’s ultimately doctors who order the tests and make the final diagnosis, the premise in this uplifting show is that the physicians have a far better chance of diagnosing rare conditions if a wider net is cast. And what’s wider than the internet? “The doctor is not the only person who’s involved in the issue. The family is, the friends, the friends of friends who hear about it,” says Sanders, who appears on the show as a medical expert. “So doctors aren’t the only ones who have this experience to draw from.” Not all patients in the series find answers. Real life isn’t an episode of House, after all, and some medical mysteries remain unsolved. “We know more every year, but we have so much more to know,” Sanders says. “Of the people who don’t get a diagnosis right away, some tiny fragment are just going to have something that just hasn’t been discovered yet.” Comments The cases featured in the series came to Sanders via friends, colleagues and producers of the show. The team behind the show wasn’t sure what to expect, but responses to Sander’s crowdsourcing call outpaced all projections, ranging from hundreds per case to more than 1,600. Sanders and her team spent many hours poring over the responses “one at a time; there’s no other way to do it, ” looking for the ones that appeared to hold promising information. “It’s so amazing to be able to present a story and have it heard quite literally around the world — and have people talk back,” Sanders says. “And that’s really so much this moment in time. 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Reuters fileThe Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) on Wednesday said the travel agents providing online ticketing and other services will be liable to deduct 1 percent tax at source (TCS) under the GST regime.The e- commerce operator is allowed to collect 1 percent of the net value of taxable supplies.CBEC confirmed, “We have categorised an e-commerce operator as someone who works for or manages the electronic platform for e-commerce.”CBEC in its latest set of frequently asked questions (FAQs), said the TCS requirement would not apply to someone selling own products through a website.It added, “Online travel agents providing services through digital or electronic platform will fall under the category of ECO (e- commerce operator) liable to deduct TCS under Section 52 of the CGST Act, 2017.”The CBEC said every e-commerce operator is liable to collect taxes on behalf of supplier and the tax has to be collected during the month in which the amount was collected from the recipient.Besides, every e-commerce operator will be required to furnish an electronic statement within 10 days of the next month giving details of outward supplies of goods or services, including supplies returned through it and the amount collected as TCS during the month.It further said, “In cases where someone is selling their own products through a website, there is no requirement to collect tax at the source… These transactions will be liable to GST at the prevailing rates.”These details would then be matched with the corresponding details of outward supplies furnished by the supplier and in the case of discrepancy, the tax department will communicate the same to both the persons.
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition hidden secret inside box revealed Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:59Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … OnePlus logoIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus, the Chinese smartphone manufacturing giant will be anyway foraying into the smart TV vertical this year. But the speculation of its release was finally clarified by the listing of OnePlus TV on Bluetooth SIG trying to certify its product before the launch.According to an announcement made by its CEO Pete Lau in September last year, the company has plans to launch its smart TV within a year. OnePlus is stepping into the sales of electronics from smartphone manufacturing to diverse product portfolio.According to an unconfirmed report by mysmartprice, OnePlus has plans of launching a range of smart TVs by September end and most probably the expected date for the launch will be September 26. The report adds that the Chinese manufacturers will be using panels from TPV Display Technologies for the TVs. There are also claims that OnePlus will launch an OLED TV at a higher price margin. Pete Lau, its -OnePlusThe Bluetooth SIG documents claimed to authenticate the launch states that the company will release its products in China, India and the US. The documents also revealed that the company will release TVs with four size variants of 43-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch.The TVs are expected to host the latest Bluetooth 5.0 providing a unique Android TV experience that would combine customised user interface and apps. Considering Pete Lau’s announcement to provide competing solutions, the TVs are expected to sandwich some AI enhancements and operating systems in its board clubbed with a premium design and a 4K HDR screen. However, the clear motive of OnePlus to enter the TV manufacturing was to redefine the standards of vision and transfer the Android experience from the hands to the large screen just through advanced Bluetooth connectivity.According to Pete Lau, the predominant TVs are not offering a well-integrated internet experience and that is what OnePlus aims to perfect through their innovation. The company intends to provide substance and style to the TVs to produce great picture quality, immersive audio, and elegant designing. The company also has plans to integrate the TVs with AI-powered voice Assistant.OnePlus is expected to go for the online Sales of the TVs by partnering with Amazon in India.
Writers the world over spend their days converting scientific jargon into prose that most anyone can understand. They do so because the results of scientific efforts are interesting to a wide range of people – they want to know what’s going on. Unfortunately, many people who might be interested in learning of such work, might not be able to make sense of what is presented in a scientific journal (or gain access to it without paying for it), due to the word choices used by their authors. To make the science more easily understood, such writers must use less jargon and more easily relatable analogies. Some might wonder why scientists and academics don’t simply write their papers in ways that everyone can understand in the first place – the answer is that to do so would lengthen the paper to the extent that it would become unwieldy and it would take far longer to write, taking more time that would be better spent doing research.The Up-Goer Five editor challenges such thinking, however, by causing those who use it to think about what they wish to convey in ways they likely never thought of before. It forces expression to come from a word driven approach, to one that is idea driven, which, when put down in words, often sounds like the way ideas are expressed to children. That’s not coincidental – children have a very limited perspective and background, so new information has to be given in a context that they are capable of understanding, and that generally means using a reasonably small vocabulary.The Up-Goer Five text editor isn’t likely to change the ways of the world, of course, but it might just offer some people an opportunity to consider how they express themselves in a more profound way, and to perhaps cause them to gain some insight into how they communicate with others in general. © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Geneticist Theo Sanderson has written a simple text editor that allows a writer to use only words from a list of the 1000 (“ten hundred” since “thousand” isn’t on the list) most commonly used words in the English language, to describe things. He calls it the Up-Goer Five Text Editor, in honor of a comic created by xkcd, to describe a Saturn V rocket, using only the most common 1000 words in the English language. Sanderson has made the editor available online for free, which intrigued bloggers, Chris Rowan and Anne Jefferson to the extent that they’ve set up a Tumblr blogger page called “Ten Hundred Words of Science,” where they display the results of a challenge they’ve issued to scientists to describe what they do for a living using Sanderson’s text editor. The results are thought provoking, interesting and quite often humorous. Texting affects ability to interpret words 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. Someone describes parliamentary democracy. Credit: upgoer5 Citation: ‘Up-Goer Five’ text editor restricts writers to 1000 most commonly used words (2013, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-up-goer-text-editor-restricts-writers.html Explore further
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will develop infrastructure of its two existing dog pounds located at Dhapa and Entally so that they are capable of sterilising 1,000 animals on a daily basis. The decision comes in the wake of increasing dog population in the city.”We will be having five floors at these pounds. The operation will be carried out on the ground floor which has OT facilities. The rest of the floors will be utilised so that the animals can rest after the operation. They will be in the pound for seven to 10 days and then they will be dropped at the same place from where they have been picked up. We will also recruit around 30 contractual veterinary doctors for this purpose,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said on Thursday. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe sterilisation and vaccination of dogs have assumed significance after a section of the people have raised concern over their rising population. 16 puppies were allegedly beaten to death at NRS Hospital recently. The Mayor held a meeting with Director General (Civil) and Director General (Health) on Wednesday and gave necessary instructions to fast track the process of facelift of its two existing dog pounds. “The dog population in the city is presently 1.5 lakh and it is an area of grave concern for the state government,” Hakim added. He added that the Detailed Project Report (DPR) has already been prepared and it will take another two to three months for developing the infrastructure. A senior official of the KMC’s Health department said presently only 25 dogs can be sterilised in a day. Hakim assured that funds will not be a constraint for the exercise and maintained that the state government has already allocated Rs 3 crore for it.
Related posts:Costa Rica seeks $6 million in environmental damages from Nicaragua in border dispute Costa Rica begins mitigation of Nicaragua’s canal work in disputed area Nicaragua claims ‘cleaning’ of the Río San Juan follows world court order Nicaragua’s Pastora calls Costa Rica’s latest accusations ‘a bunch of lies’ aimed at boosting President Solís’ image Costa Rica’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Eduardo Ulibarri, delivered an impassioned speech before the U.N. General Assembly Thursday morning in defense of the sovereignty of smaller nations, before voting to support a resolution denouncing the recent annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday adopted a non-binding resolution backed by the United States and European Union declaring Crimea’s breakaway referendum illegitimate and refusing to recognize Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. Costa Rica and Nicaragua, however, embroiled in their own border disputes, found themselves on opposite sides of the resolution. “The resolution before us is of universal importance but its relevance is amplified for the states that, because of their small size and limited resources, can only count on the force of international law to protect our sovereignty, defend our integrity, reinforce our security and strengthen our peace,” Ulibarri said.“[Costa Rica] does not have the means to defend itself against external aggression. Our weapon is international law. We see in this resolution a way to reaffirm it and defend it. If we do not stand up against these implications of such serious events, we will create conditions for more — and perhaps worse — future violations,” Costa Rica’s representative said.NATO and Western powers voted overwhelmingly in favor, and in Latin America, Costa Rica joined Chile, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Panama and Honduras with a “yes” vote.Costa Rica’s support for Ukraine’s resolution is not necessarily just one of international solidarity. The resolution resonates for the coffee-producing country’s ongoing border disputes with Nicaragua, observed Carlos Cascante, a professor of international relations at Costa Rica’s National University.Costa Rica currently has several pending land and maritime border disputes with its northern neighbor, Nicaragua, at the International Court of Justice at The Hague.“If Costa Rica did not vote in favor of the resolution, everything that they’ve defended about territorial integrity, international law, territorial sovereignty, which has been the legal foundation Costa Rica has presented in regards to its problem with Nicaragua, would have little weight,” Cascante told The Tico Times.“The facts are different but the principle is the same: You can’t annex the territory of another state by violent means,” the international relations expert said, referencing the alleged invasion of the Costa Rican territory Isla Portillos, also known as Isla Calero, by Nicaraguan forces in 2010.President Laura Chinchilla called for stronger precautionary measures to ensure more countries abide by the world court’s rulings during her September 2013 address to the U.N. General Assembly.The non-binding measure passed with a comfortable majority in the 193-member body, with 100 votes in favor and 11 votes against. But 58 abstained and more than 20 did not vote.Meanwhile, Nicaragua threw its lot in with Russia, voting against the resolution. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia planned to expand its permanent military presence to Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, among other countries, reported RIA Novosti in February.The 11 countries that voted against the text were Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Russia, Nicaragua, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. March 27th vote in the United Nations General Assembly, collected from The New York Times. Corey Kane/The Tico TimesAFP contributed to this report. Facebook Comments