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No question of CBI probe into Rafale deal Centre tells SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has told the Supreme Court that there was no question of either registration of an FIR or investigation by CBI in the Rafale fighter jets deal as the apex court had already concluded that there was no reason for intervention by it on the “sensitive issue”.The Centre, which sought dismissal of petitions seeking review of the December 14 last year verdict which gave a clean chit to the government on procurement of 36 fighter jets from French firm Dassault, said CAG report “belied” the main arguments of petitioners regarding alleged “exorbitant price” of the jets. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCIn its 39-page written submissions filed in the top court, the Centre has said that petitioners and former union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist advocate Prashant Bhushan have not made out any ground which would justify review of the “well reasoned” December 14 judgement last year. “Especially, once this court had come to the conclusion that on all the three aspects i.e., the decision making process, pricing and Indian offset partner, there is no reason for intervention by this court on the sensitive issue of purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts by the Indian Government, there is no question of either registration of FIR much less any investigation by the CBI,” the government said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsA three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on May 10 reserved its verdict on the pleas seeking review of the December 14 judgement in the Rafale case. The apex court, in its December 14 verdict, had said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets and dismissed the petitions seeking an investigation into alleged irregularities in the Rs 58,000 crore deal. Besides Sinha, Shourie and Bhushan, review petitions have also been filed by AAP lawmaker Sanjay Singh and lawyer Vineet Dhandha. In its written submissions, the Centre has said in the garb of seeking review of the verdict and placing reliance on “some press reports and some incomplete internal file noting(s), copies of which were obtained unauthorisedly and illegally”, the petitioners cannot seek to re-open the whole matter since scope of review petition is extremely limited. “The review petition, it is therefore, submitted is an attempt to get a fishing and roving enquiry ordered, which this court has specifically declined to go into based on perceptions of individuals,” it said. The Centre also said the petitioners have not disclosed any new evidence in the review petition “except that they have now based their case on some unauthorisedly accessed documents copied from the secret files of the Ministry of Defence.” It said files and documents were made available to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) who took about two years to complete its study and finalise its report. “The report of the CAG does not support the main argument of petitioners which has been perpetually repeated before this court that the cost of each aircraft under 36 Rafale contract is Rs 1,000 crore higher than what it would have been under the MMRCA bid,” the Centre said.last_img read more

Celebrating Blockchain

first_imgTechnology is always going to attract investors and developers. That said, India should actively promote technological conclaves so that Modi’s flagship ‘Make in India’ gets the boost it lacked in his first term. Technological conclaves for one aid in attracting a pool of investors to a platform populated by developers and techno-enthusiasts. A similar event in the form of India Dapp Fest 2019 is being held in Bengaluru by Blockchained India – a network of this fintech’s champions – from June 11-15. Boasting a huge one-of-its-kind in Asia gathering, this fest is set to attract techno-enthusiasts, technocrats as well as investors who will experience a showcase of the wide spectrum of applications that utilise this new technology. In a massive upgrade from the India Blockchain Week in September 2017 which had a dismal footfall, India Dapp fest envisages huge participation both from foreign as well as the native audience. In two years, Blockchain has grown making a global presence whereby research papers suggest how it could be a revolution in the banking systems across the world. But here our curiosity piques as to what exactly is Blockchain and why is it making such ruckus in the techno-world. Simply put, blockchain is a vast networked database. However, unlike usual systems, blockchain does not have central authority with the records shared among the members of the network. Classic decentralisation of data one may say. Blockchain allows users to collaborate on the same file through different source points with everything saved for later use. The fact that it lacks a central mainframe is beneficial for several industries and a developed blockchain framework could be part of companies in the near future. Hence, the Blockchain fest happening in the silicon valley of India – a hub for startups – is a great platform for potential developers to interact with like-minded people and develop partnerships and projects leading to successful applications that can be absorbed by the corporate sector in future. Expert surveys already rate blockchain as a technology worth a lot. According to Gartner, by 2030, the annual business value generated by blockchain will be more than US$3 trillion. It goes without saying that new technology is always attracting people for what it brings to the table and in blockchain’s context, a lot is on the table which needs investment and development. In the fast-progressing world which is slowly embracing IoT and 5G, the internet has outgrown its former definition. Blockchain is another innovation which will greatly utilise internet and fifth generation services providing sectors with a novel data system. Opportunities are galore and so is the scope of development. All it needs is like-minded people discussing parallels before cohesively developing the next big thing. Conclaves like India Dapp Fest bring up the opportunity for small developers to go global and it is also a medium for expert interaction and learning which is highly beneficial if one looks at the skill gap present amongst our graduates who are largely unemployed even as the culture of entrepreneurship and startups has hit the nation for some time now. Promoting such conclaves should be in the best interest of government since it serves a flurry of purposes for the mass.last_img read more

On Maestro Michie Mee and mix tapes Torontos hiphop archive takes shape

first_imgAs he looks around at the upscale recording studio he marvels at a little-known fact. Until recently, the university had no idea that former student Ron Nelson became the “godfather” of Toronto hip hop while sitting in a much more modest chair in a Ryerson community radio station. Mark Campbell is sitting in a bright pink chair in the Allan Slaight Radio Institute at Ryerson, recounting his younger days as a member of an east-end hip-hop sound crew and later, a DJ on a community radio station. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Campbell, 38, began documenting Toronto’s vibrant hip-hop scene in 2009 after discovering during research for a book that little had been written about it. Advertisement He has organized live events so that artists and industry insiders can tell their stories and share memorabilia. The historical material is being compiled online in the Northside Hip Hop Archive, a website that hosts a collection of audio, images and accounts — beginning in the late ’80s — that is funded by a number of partners including Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. “Ryerson had no idea that one of the first hip-hop shows in Canada came out of Jorgenson Hall in the basement. That was Ron Nelson’s show,” says Campbell, an adjunct professor at the RTA School of Media. “That should be part of Canada’s pride across the world.” Advertisement Campbell is also the lead developer of a new think tank in the faculty of communication and design at Ryerson, where he will develop strategies and partnerships to promote Canadian culture. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

TMX leaves door open for clearing trades of pot stocks with US

first_imgTORONTO – The company which owns and operates Canada’s only platform used to finalize stock trades says it is leaving the door open to clearing trades of issuers with marijuana-related activities in the U.S., where pot remains illegal under federal law, for certain exchanges.In August, the Globe and Mail reported that TMX Group Inc.-owned subsidiary and clearinghouse Canadian Depository for Securities Ltd. was contemplating a ban on clearing cannabis stocks with U.S. exposure.TMX reiterated in a news release Friday that there is no ban on clearing securities of cannabis companies with U.S. interests, but discussions about how to handle those trades continue with exchanges and the Canadian Securities Administrators, the umbrella organization for Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators.However, TMX added that any “solution will be founded on each exchange’s role in applying listing requirements, including exchange rules related to issuers’ compliance with applicable laws.”This leaves the door open for trades of cannabis companies with U.S. assets to continue on the Canadian Securities Exchange, where roughly a dozen of the listed marijuana-based companies have U.S. holdings.Friday’s comment comes after TMX, which also operates the Toronto Stock Exchange, last month issued a staff notice warning that listed cannabis firms with U.S. exposure could face delisting from the TSX. While some states have legalized marijuana to varying degrees, it remains illegal under U.S. federal law to cultivate, distribute or possess the drug south of the border, the TMX also noted in October.The CSA, however, said last month that pot companies must tell investors about certain risks when they invest south of the border, in line with the CSE’s approach.TMX spokesman Shane Quinn said Friday that discussions with the CSA and exchanges on how to handle these trades were taking longer than initially hoped, and it was important to provide an update to the market.“That’s something we wanted to clarify,” he said. “That the solution will be founded on each exchange’s role in applying the listing requirements, and that is in line with the CSA’s announcement.”TMX’s commentary was welcomed by Ottawa-based cannabis investment firm CannaRoyalty Corp.“This is a positive development for CannaRoyalty and for any issuer with U.S. marijuana-related activities traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”),” said Marc Lustig, CannaRoyalty CEO, in a statement Friday. “The CSE has repeatedly expressed support for issuers with U.S. cannabis assets and as expected, TMX has confirmed it will base any rules regarding the clearing of these issuers on the rules of individual exchanges.“We expect this guidance to continue to remove any persisting rumours regarding the Canadian regulators’ view of issuers with U.S. cannabis assets.”Beacon Securities analyst Vahan Ajamian says TMX’s release was short on details but highlighted how various exchanges have had differences in applying listing requirements.“We continue to believe the status quo that has existed for the last 12 months — where U.S. operators trade on the CSE, and most Canadian operators on the TSX or TSX Venture — will continue indefinitely,” he said.last_img read more

Oklahoma drops some claims against opioid manufacturers

OKLAHOMA CITY — A week after reaching a $270 million settlement with the maker of OxyContin, Oklahoma’s attorney general has dismissed some claims against other drugmakers in a lawsuit alleging they helped create the nation’s deadly opioid crisis.A motion filed by Attorney General Mike Hunter’s office Thursday dismisses claims of fraud and deceit, unjust enrichment and violations of the state’s Medicaid laws against several drugmakers. A statement from Hunter’s office says dismissing the claims does not reduce the amount of damages the state is seeking.The motion says Hunter will continue to pursue allegations that the drugmakers created a public nuisance.Sabrina Strong, an attorney for Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries, which are among the companies being sued, says in a statement that dismissal of the claims shows they were groundless.Hunter’s office settled allegations against drugmaker Purdue Pharma on March 26.The Associated Press read more

HTC One M8 review New smartphone rivals Apple Samsung but lacks a

And while the HTC One M8 is a very capable high-end smartphone that ably matches up against the big-name front-runners, it too lacks a game-changing selling feature that really sets it apart.Since just about every top tier smartphone nowadays is built with very similar hardware, tech companies have to go beyond a device’s nitty gritty specifications in marketing their devices.And so the first thing HTC highlights in its guide for reviewers and journalists is the phone’s design, notably its “wrap-around, high quality, all-metal frame.” It’s certainly a slick phone with excellent build quality and has a very sharp five-inch display that won’t disappoint.Next is the so-called Duo Camera feature, which uses two lenses on the back of the phone to give shutterbugs some interesting creative tools to work with. After taking a photo, users can play with the depth of field and choose to blur out the background of shots, or make something in the background the focus and blur everything else. It works surprisingly well considering it’s a technique more typically used on DSLR cameras. Some of the built-in Instagram-like filters are also quite good.But it’s a shame that quick snapshots taken with the HTC One M8 sometimes disappoint. It’s not impossible to coax good results out of the phone’s camera but compared to my experience with the iPhone 5S, it wasn’t quite as reliable in producing a good shot on the first attempt. That said, consumers who are upgrading from a three-year-old phone will likely find the HTC One M8 is miles better at snapping photos and high definition video. It just isn’t top of its class.Diane Bondareff/Invision for HTC/AP Images TORONTO — For some longtime smartphone users, Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy phones are starting to feel a little boring.Sure, the newest models are always packed with a good number of incremental upgrades that keep the devices top of mind for most buyers.But it’s been a while since the tech giants have released a new killer feature that’s really taken the world by storm.HTC is hoping that represents an opening for its new smartphone, the HTC One M8, which is officially available through Bell, Rogers and Telus next week.Problem is, it’s a crowded battleground for HTC, which is also competing with the likes of BlackBerry, LG, Microsoft, Motorola and Sony.AP Photo/Mark Lennihan HTC also highlights the device’s BoomSound speakers, which face the user and are placed just above and below the screen. The speakers are plenty loud, sound fairly rich with good bass, and work well when no other external speakers are available. But they’re still just phone speakers, albeit very good ones.All smartphone makers seem to be struggling to come up with the next great breakthrough that truly wows jaded tech addicts.The buzziest feature of Apple’s latest iPhone 5S is a fingerprint reader, which many users quickly found didn’t work consistently.Samsung has shaken up the smartphone market by pushing forward the “phablet” concept with its oversized Note and Mega phone-tablet hybrids. But none of the newer software features packed into its Galaxy phones have really stood out.It’s admirable that HTC is putting some heat on its much bigger rivals by engineering strong products, like the HTC One M8, which are just about as good as anything else on the market.But in the end, they too haven’t solved the boring problem.The HTC One M8 will be available for about $230 on a two-year contract or $700 outright.The Canadian Press read more

Brock hosts public talk about its namesake and Queenston Heights

Jonathon Riley. Source: Royal ArmouriesAn acclaimed British author and military commander whose latest book chronicles the generalship of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock will deliver a free public lecture at Brock this week.The Department of History will present a talk by Lt.-Gen. Jonathon Riley, “Isaac Brock and the Battle of Queenston Heights,” this Friday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Thistle 256.Riley was appointed Director-General and Master of the Armouries in April 2009, responsible for the Royal Armouries collection of arms, armour and artillery on display at the Tower of London and other major museums in the U.K.He served 36 years in the British army, latterly as Deputy Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.Before that, he held military commands on operations in the Balkans as a battalion and brigade commander, in Sierra Leone as Joint Task Force Commander, and in Iraq as Divisional Commander.Riley has an MA and PhD in history. He has published nine books, the two most recent being Decisive Battles: From Yorktown to Operation Desert Storm (2010), and A Matter of Honour: The Life, Campaigns and Generalship of Isaac Brock (2011). read more

REDress event highlights pain resilience of Indigenous women and girls

In Ojibway, Mashkawizii means “she has inner strength.”That strength was harnessed during a powerful event held at Brock University last week to draw attention to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.The REDress Project’s second annual initiative saw flowing red gowns hung outside around Brock University’s main campus and Rodman Hall Art Centre, as well as inside at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.Members of the women’s drum group from the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre accompanied the speakers at the REDress event.Each dress was meant to represent the spirit of a missing or murdered Indigenous female.The Feb. 14 event culminated in presentations in Thistle Complex by local Indigenous women who shared messages of pain, resilience and hope.Following a smudging ceremony, Robyn Bourgeois, an Indigenous scholar and Assistant Professor in the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, welcomed guests and introduced speakers Eileen and Sheena Joseph, Lyn Trudeau and Leona Skye — all “people who have felt this trauma personally,” Bourgeois said.Eileen Joseph shared the story of her daughter, Shelly, who was murdered. The tragedy left Eileen to raise her then infant granddaughter, Sheena.Years later, Eileen and Sheena have, with quiet determination, learned to support one another as well as fellow survivors.Addressing the crowd through tears at the event, Sheena, now a mother herself, offered love to those in attendance who themselves were suffering.“I have enough to share,” she said.Brock PhD student and instructor Lyn Trudeau presented her response to a recent stage production of Pig Girl about the Robert Pickton murders, a play she called “obscene” and “disrespectful.” Originally written and produced by a non-Indigenous team, it has since been re-imagined and presented by Indigenous players.A self-described advocate and survivor of human trafficking, artist Leona Skye was once numbered among Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Her name was removed from the list only two years ago when “they realized I’d been found,” she said.She spoke not only about the abuse she suffered since she was a young child, but also of the compassion she eventually felt for her “first pimp,” her father who had himself been abused in the residential school system.In her talk, Trudeau quoted a Cheyenne proverb: “A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished; no matter how brave its warriors or how strong their weapons.”This year’s REDress event called Hearts of our Nations was a testament to the strength and resilience of Indigenous women in Canada.“We’re still here,” said Bourgeois. “This is the largest gathering of Indigenous women on campus.”The event was punctuated by song from the women’s drum group from the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre.  The REDress project, founded by Métis artist Jamie Black, aims to focus attention on the issue of gender- and race-based violence in Canada.Support for this year’s event was provided by the Student Justice Centre, Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, Women’s Campus Safety Fund/Human Rights and Equity Office, Sexual Violence Prevention Committee, Department of English Language and Literature, Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Brock, Master in Social Justice and Equity Studies program, Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation at Brock, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and Rodman Hall Art Centre. Organizers also wish to thank the many support staff across the University who helped with this event. read more

Alpacas strut their stuff after being shorn to look like poodles and

first_imgThe hairdos The hairdosCredit:SWNS The mum-of-three, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, sketched some wacky designs before turning her ideas into a reality using clippers.She fashioned one alpaca like a poodle, gave others a mohawk and a stripey coat and even styled one to make it look like a dinosaur. The jazzy alpacas The jazzy alpacasCredit:SWNScenter_img Alpacas are sheared annually to stop their fleeces getting too long and causing them distress, but this year Helen went for something slightly more unusual.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A herd of alpacas has been given hilarious hairdos – including one styled to look like a poodle and another like a dinosaurHelen Kendall Smith, 53, cut ten of the 30-strong flock’s locks to celebrate her tenth year of breeding the animals.last_img read more

Jailbreakfree pirate iOS App Store discovered operating in China

first_imgApple retains tight control over what apps are allowed in its App Store, but you can bypass those restrictions by jailbreaking your device. However, in China a pirate App Store has been discovered that has happily been providing iPhones and iPads with apps since June 2012, and without your device requiring a jailbreak to use them.No one, including Apple, seems to have noticed the unofficial store because it is limited to China and only available in Chinese. What’s more surprising is how it is managing to distribute apparently approved apps just like the official App Store.The store is called KuaiYong (translated it means “use quickly”), and manages to provide apps by taking advantage of seemingly unlimited enterprise licensing IDs that allow corporations to bulk install apps as and when they need to without further approval from Apple.Recently KuaiYong has expanded its operations to include browser access to the store. But visiting it isn’t easy because the domain used,, is location limited. If you try and access it outside of China it will most likely just return an error. Even then, if you decide you want one of the listed apps you first need to install the KuaiYong software on your PC before gaining access.As to why KuaiYong exists, apparently its because users in China don’t know about or understand iTunes well enough as a system, so this is an alternative and everything offered seems to be for free. That accounts for why it boasts over 5 million users .Apple is sure to take notice now that web access to the store has gone live, and will no doubt attempt to take it down as well as revoke the bulk licenses being used. However, there’s another problem brewing for Apple. KuaiYong is planning to launch an English-language alternative to iTunes in the coming months. It will be limited to Windows users, but again, everything will be free to download, including the inevitable malware that makes its way into some of those apps.last_img read more

Calls for more garda patrols as woman attacked in south Dublin estate

first_img 28 Comments The entrance to the Bayview estate in Killiney, south Dublin. Monday 30 Jan 2017, 11:00 PM The entrance to the Bayview estate in Killiney, south Dublin. Image: Google Maps Calls for more garda patrols as woman attacked in south Dublin estate The woman managed to strike her attacker a number of times before he fled. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Google Mapscenter_img 96,114 Views Jan 30th 2017, 11:00 PM By Garreth MacNamee Share2576 Tweet Email5 Short URL Updated: 23.00A WOMAN HAS been attacked in a housing estate in south Dublin this evening.Gardaí are investigating after the woman, who is in her 40s, was the victim of an assault in the Bayview estate in Killiney at around 5.45pm.Officers said they have yet to arrest anyone in relation to the incident. The woman managed to fight back against the man and struck him a number of times. She then contacted gardaí where she reported the crime. She suffered minor injuries.The attack comes just two weeks after a female American tourist was assaulted by a man on the Killiney Road, three kilometres from where this evening’s assault occurred.Officers confirmed to that they are investigating the incident. Anyone with any information is being urged to contact their local garda station or call the confidential line on 1800 666 111.An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Cormac Devlin said he was appalled that “another random attack has taken place in the Killiney area in a matter of weeks”.He added: “In light of it, I will be requesting local gardaí to initiate more garda patrols in the area and on mountain bikes, if necessary plus I’m requesting the council’s Public Lighting Section to carry out a review of all lighting within the Bayview estate to ensure the public’s safety.”Read: All five London Premier League clubs linked to sex abuse probe >Read: Quebec mosque shooting: Two men arrested but just one is a “suspect” >last_img read more

New intelligence unit to assess threats to State security will be set

first_imgNew intelligence unit to assess threats to State security will be set up by the end of the year Varadkar says Ireland is as prepared as any other country for a terror attack. By Christina Finn A NEW intelligence unit to assess threats to State will be set up by the end of the year, according to the Taoiseach, who said Ireland is “as prepared as any country can be” for a terror attack.Setting up the new Strategic Threat Analysis Centre was one the proposals made by the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. Last year, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan moved to immediately establish threat assessment body. The new centre will co-ordinate security and intelligence at central government level.In light of the increase of terror attacks internationally, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said:“We have seen horrendous terrorist attacks occur across the water in Britain, France, America and now in New Zealand. You know, countries can only be so prepared for acts of appalling violence that are carried out by individuals or small groups.“But among the things we are doing for example in light of the recommendations from the O’Toole Commission is putting together a strategic threat assessment centre, essentially a coordinating body which will be under the aegis of my department and that will coordinate the work of the gardai intelligence, of defence intelligence and also the cyber security unit,” he said.Varadkar said the government is doing a few things to bring together and coordinate intelligence and national security.He said the new centre should be set up this year.“We should have the national security coordinator appointed and the office set up I say… certainly this year.” Share24 Tweet Email2 Image: Eamonn Farrell 28 Comments Short URL Monday 18 Mar 2019, 8:15 AM Image: Eamonn Farrell Mar 18th 2019, 8:16 AM 21,703 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article last_img read more

Nos ancêtres auraient perdu leur pelage pour être actifs de jour

first_imgNos ancêtres auraient perdu leur pelage pour être actifs de jourDes chercheurs écossais ont modélisé l’échauffement d’un corps humain actif en fonction de l’épaisseur de poils qu’il porte, et conclu que les premiers homininés bipèdes ont perdu peu à peu leur fourrure pour pouvoir se déplacer et chercher leur nourriture dans un environnement ouvert et ensoleillé.La position debout, selon certaines théories, aurait permis à nos lointains ancêtres de lutter contre la chaleur. La perte du pelage ne serait survenue qu’ensuite, incidemment. Mais de récentes modélisations de la température que doit supporter le corps d’un homininé en activité, en fonction de l’importance de son pelage (en allant du modèle simien au modèle humain) suggèrent plutôt le contraire : l’abandon d’une fourrure trop fournie constitue le cœur de cette adaptation à la chaleur, pour des homininés devenus des bipèdes en mouvement à travers la savane, à la recherche de leur pitance.À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutes”Les modèles précédents étaient basés sur la situation d’un individu debout, immobile sous la lumière directe du soleil. Nous avons étendu cette approche pour considérer le cas d’un homininé en train de marcher. Notre modèle prédictif suggère que la station debout a probablement évolué pour d’autres raisons que la régulation thermique. Plus particulièrement, nous pensons que la perte progressive du pelage a d’abord permis à des individus d’être actifs dans des environnements chauds et ouverts durant le crépuscule et l’aube, sans ‘surchauffe’”, explique Graeme Ruxton de l’Université de Glasgow cité par le Daily Mail. Le spécialiste qui a dirigé l’étude publiée dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, poursuit : “Puis, tandis qu’au cours de l’évolution, la perte de poils augmentait, ainsi que la capacité de sudation, la fraction de jour durant laquelle ils pouvaient rester actifs dans de tels environnements s’est étendue”.Le 16 décembre 2011 à 10:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Best DropMix Songs Weve Remixed So Far

first_img Geek Plays: Dropmix… Again4 New Gadgets You Should’ve Bought in 2017 If it weren’t for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, DropMix would honestly be my frontrunner for Game of the Year so far. I’ve gushed about how Harmonix/Hasbro’s card-based music mashup miracle machine expertly captures the peculiar artistic satisfaction of remixing songs that I love so much.But words simply aren’t enough to convey the joy of DropMix’s creativity. You have to hear it for yourself. Fortunately, now that the game and its companion app are officially released, players can export their hit bootleg singles (properly credited to the original artists) for anyone to listen to. Here in the Geek office we’ve been carefully cultivating DropMix remixes for weeks, and we’re now proud to present our finished album.Take a listen!Salt-N-Pepa-N-DisguiseTesting some DropMix exporting— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 27, 2017Songs used: “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, “Pony” by Ginuwine, “The Transformers Theme,” “Push It,” by Salt-N-PepaI really just wanted to try out the Transformers card here, but I think it fits in perfectly as part of a sparkly spacey 1980s sex anthem, especially in the full loop.I’m SorryI’m sorry— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 27, 2017Songs used: “Bangarang” by Skrillex, “Heartbeat” by Childish Gambino, “All The Small Things” by Blink 182Wild cards can play multiple parts of a song at once, so with them you don’t need to fill the board to get a complete sounding mix. In fact, sometimes restraint is better.Disturb My SunshineWorking on a really great soundtrack for Hell— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 27, 2017Songs used: “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake, “Steal My Sunshine” by Len, “Down With the Sickness” by Disturbed, “The Doctor Who Theme,” “La Mordidita” by Ricky MartinI wish that even when used as bass and drums the trademark Disturbed barking came through here, but overall this is a really good hit single for a soundtrack to Hell.Doctor HoovesDoctor Hooves— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 28, 2017Songs used: “Pony” by Ginuwine, “The Doctor Who Theme,” “Temperature” by Sean Paul, “All Frazzled” by Charm Syndicate, “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAOThe naming joke here is that “Pony” and the Doctor Who theme go really good together, but no joke, they go really good together. Plus the bass horns of “All Frazzled” can instantly make anything sound more dramatic.Call Me VenonaCall Me Verona— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 28, 2017Songs used: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, “Strychnine Baby” by Warlords of the Old West, “Beatboxer” by Davis Franklin, “Atomic Handbrake” by Bullwheel, “Fermionic” by The Venona ProjectThis fast and cool percussion-heavy instrumental is maybe my legit favorite combination, so only it was worthy of CRJ’s vocals. I also like the combo of a huge pop hit and more obscure electronica.There’s Nothing InsideThere’s Nothing Inside— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 28, 2017Songs used: “Kids” by MGMT, “La Mordidita” by Ricky Martin, “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae JepsenWhat I love about this mix is that every aspect of it is recognizable. Sometimes parts can get buried in a crowded mix but if you’re familiar with any one of these songs, even the drums, you can tell they are here.My IntentionsMy Intentions— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 28, 2017Songs used: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, “Find You” by Nightfeels, “Ms. Jackson” by Outkast, “Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest, “Genghis Khan” by Miike SnowAlong with combining songs, you can also adjust the tempo and pitch of your mix, and I did that here to get the exact melancholy mood I was looking for.Tricky Swing!Swing!— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) September 28, 2017Songs used: “It’s Tricky” by Run-D.M.C., “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce, “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand, “Chandelier” by Sia, “Larry’s Place Part II” by BignumsThere’s just something about Sia’s vocals that tend to get warped into some hilariously unrecognizable new sound when played in DropMix. But all things considered, this is a pretty successful experiment. Plus, most hip-hop songs are like two cards in one since they usually sample something else, “My Sharona” in this case.But that’s just what we’ve come up with. I implore you to check out DropMix and share your own amazing, awful, ironic, incredible, inexplicably ska remixes with the world.Buy DropMixLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

At ComicCon Pennyworth serves up secret societies and a smidge of torture

first_img Tags More Comic-Con 2019 The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 In a room surrounded by bars, with what looks like an electric chair in the middle, a constable asks me if I know anything about the Raven Society. I don’t. Secret societies aren’t really my thing. But I’m told if you download the Epix app, you earn admission to this mysterious organization. He says if I’m lying there will be consequences. Another one says, “Either way there will be consequences.”Ain’t that the truth. “As a side note, it’s also a photo opportunity,” the first one adds. I watch as groups of people pretend like they’ve just been torturing each other and having a ball doing it. Having flown through Chicago Midway Airport last week, I’ve had my fill of torture. As one group exits and another takes its place, I zip out to the exit, past a red phone booth and back into 2019 San Diego. Comic-Con Pennyworth’s world is posh but dangerous.  Erin Carson/CNET The tray of utensils — the kind that would come in handy if you were trying to extract information from someone — was the first clue I wasn’t just hanging around a yet another dimly lit, posh-looking bar. The tray were sitting by a cot, in a dark little room hidden behind a bookcase housing books, pictures and an assortment of decorative knick-knacks, all meant to evoke 1960s London. img-2544 Erin Carson/CNET Or at least, a certain part of 1960s London. This isn’t exactly Carnaby Street. I’m out at San Diego Comic-Con and this interactive experience mixing booze and intrigue is a promotion for Pennyworth, a show from DC Comics, airing son on Epix. Pennyworth tells the backstory of Alfred Pennyworth. Alfred, best known as Bruce Wayne’s childhood caretaker, butler and confidant, is portrayed in the show as a young man and former British SAS soldier, who creates a security company with Bruce’s dad, Thomas. Pennyworth, which premieres on July 28, isn’t the first show to dig into the pre-Batman world. Fox’s Gotham, which ended in April after five seasons, followed Jim Gordon, who goes on to become Gotham’s police commissioner, as well as Bruce Wayne as a boy and a middle-aged Alfred. At SDCC, Batman is an even more distant figure. There’s talk of secret societies called the Raven Society and the No Name Society. Constables are looking for information on them, and attendees are poking around the plush furniture, black jack table, post card station and, you know, torture dungeon.  Post a commentcenter_img 0 Stan Lee sang to me: 10 crazy Comic-Con moments I’ll never forget Comic-Con at 50: From hotel basement to massive cultural blowout First-time SDCC cosplay is terrifying, complicated and exhilarating 62 Photos Share your voice TV and Movieslast_img read more

Moose Creek residents advised on ground water contaminants

first_imgEielson Airforce Base is updating residents around Moose Creek about perfluorinated compounds or PFCs in ground water. In 2015 testing revealed contamination from firefighting foam and it is still wrestling with solutions.Listen NowIt’s been several years since the Air Force discovered PFC tainted water on Eielson Air Force Base and in the nearby community of Moose Creek. Gary Fink with the Air Force’s Civil Engineer Center said two particular compounds pose potential risk.“The contaminants of concern are PFOS and PFOA,” Fink said. “And so far there’s been 169 residents that have exceeded the EPA health advisory.”Fink said the Air Force initially offered bottled water to affected homes, and to date, it has either installed water holding tanks or filtration systems for 159 homes. He said testing has identified the edge of the 6.5-mile plume and it currently seems stable. But that could change. Fink said the Air Force is looking at various long term solutions.“Either hooking up to an existing distribution system like North Pole or installing tanks on every house,” Fink said. “There’s several options we’re looking at.”Eric Breitenberger is a program manager with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. He generally gives the Air Force high marks for its response in getting safe drinking water to Moose Creek residents. But he said PFCs are an emerging contaminant, meaning there are a lot of unknowns associated with them, including how long they stick around in the environment.“These materials are very stable, that’s why they’re used in firefighting foam applications because they don’t readily degrade,” Breitenberger said. “But we don’t have a lot of information on how long they’ll persist in ground water. Initial indications are that it’ll probably be several decades, and perhaps longer.”Brietenberger said PFCs pose a significant national problem. The meeting is Dec. 1, from 6-7 p.m. at the Moose Creek Fire Stationlast_img read more

French Oil Giant Total Loses CEO to Plane Crash

first_imgChristophe de Margerie, the chief executive officer (CEO) of French oil giant Total, died in a plane accident in Moscow on Tuesday, an official said.De Margerie and three crew members were killed when the plane they were on collided with a snow-clearing machine at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport, Xinhua quoted an airport spokeswoman as saying.”A plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine. Three crew members and a passenger died. I can confirm that the passenger was Total’s head de Margerie,” said spokeswoman Elena Krylova.The collision occurred during the takeoff of the Dassault Falcon business jet bound for Paris with de Margerie on board on Monday midnight Moscow time, according to the airport.Total has also confirmed the death of its CEO in the plane crash in a statement, but said the accident had left a total of five people dead.As one of the most recognisable figures among the world’s top oil executives, de Margerie, 63, was on a list of attendees at a Russian government meeting on foreign investment in Gorki near Moscow Monday.Total is the fourth largest by market value of the western world’s top oil companies behind Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron, and also one of the top foreign investors in Russia, which accounted for about 9 percent of Total’s oil and gas output in 2013.last_img read more

Authorities Explosive Device Found At Beaumont Starbucks

Authorities Explosive Device Found At Beaumont Starbucks

first_imgwikimedia commonsPolice in a Southeast Texas city say what’s believed to be a “legitimate explosive device” was found outside a Starbucks there.Beaumont police say that a Starbucks employee found the package outside early Thursday morning and then moved it into the coffee shop. Police say that while trying to open the package, the employee noticed a note and then took it back outside and notified law enforcement.Police did not say what the note said.Several law enforcement agencies responded, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Police say the device was later rendered safe by bomb technicians.Police say the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force will lead the ongoing investigation. Sharelast_img

Dooms singleplayer campaign offers over 13 hours of gameplay

first_imgIn recent years the largest first-person shooter franchises have been putting a growing emphasis on multiplayer gaming. I’m talking about Battlefield and Call of Duty games in particular, which don’t get close to double-digit single-player experiences. For last-gen hardware, the latest releases didn’t even get a single-player campaign. So I’m very happy to hear that id Software is going to provide a healthy chunk of single-player action in the new Doom.How healthy? Over 13 hours for the single-player campaign.The source of this information is the official Doom Twitter account, which was asked the question. The response is based on how long it is taking “folk playing at the office” to complete it. 13 hours is the average, but it depends on the difficulty level. I’d also suggest that’s on the low side, because the people at id will have been playing the game for months and know it very well by now..@Unreal389 The difficulty level plays a factor, but folks playing at the office average 13+ hours in the campaign— DOOM (@DOOM) February 11, 2016Of course, multiplayer is not being ignored. id is promising both classic and all-new game modes, and then we have Doom SnapMap–the easy-to-use level editor allowing anyone to create their very own levels and gameplay scenarios to share with others.Doom launches on May 13 and can be pre-ordered in either Standard or Collector’s Editions. You also get a Demon Multiplayer Pack as a pre-order bonus, including a unique armor set, 6 metallic paint colors for use on armor or weapons, 3 id logo patterns, and 6 Hack Modules. We’ve already covered what’s included in the Collector’s Edition.last_img read more

The White Star Lines First Titanic Sailed in 1854 – And Met

The White Star Lines First Titanic Sailed in 1854 – And Met

first_imgThe Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, more familiarly known as the White Star Line, built transatlantic ships in England from 1845 to 1934. In 1854, one of their ships, the largest ship in the world at the time, sailed from Liverpool heading for Australia on its maiden voyage carrying cargo and 652 souls. The ship sank about five miles from Dublin Bay after running aground, and 380 people were lost. Wait! Wasn’t the Titanic going to New York with over 1,000 people on board? While the story is similar, this was the RMS Tayleur, built in 1853, almost 60 years before the Titanic.The Original RMS TitanicAccording to, the Tayleur was a fully rigged iron sailing ship with three decks, 230 feet long with a water displacement of 1,750 tons. It carried 4,000 tons of cargo, 71 crew members and 650 passengers. Most of the passengers were young families who had brought their life savings to start a new life in Australia. The captain was 27-year-old John Noble, who had been sailing for most of his life. The Tayleur was the pride of the White Star Line as it was, at the time, the largest and fastest merchant ship to sail British waters.RMS TayleurThe problems with the ship that ultimately lead to her demise were that the three sail masts were too far apart, which unbalanced the ship. The rudder was much too small for a ship of that size causing difficulty in changing direction, and, finally, the three compasses on board didn’t work properly because of the iron hull.The crew had only 15 men who were experienced sailors and many could not speak English. The captain showed concern for the problems, but the White Star Line pushed him to set sail for public relations purposes. With misgivings, Noble set sail on January 19, 1854, headed for Melbourne, Australia.White Star Line routes and steamer fleet, 1923They soon found themselves in the Irish Sea battling a storm with gale force winds and heavy fog. With no working compasses, Noble thought he was traveling south but was, in fact, traveling west toward Ireland. The crew didn’t know how to pull in the sails, and passengers with experience had to help.RMS TayleurThe new ropes kept getting stuck, and one sail had been ripped. Noble got no sleep that night worrying about the storm and stayed on deck. The experienced passengers tried to tell Noble that they thought the ship was heading west, but he refused to listen to them. On the morning of January 21st, one of the sailors had spotted land and called out with the ship less than a mile from the black rocks on Lambay Island, a few miles from Dublin Bay.Lambay Island. Photo by Joseph Mischyshyn CC BY-SA 2.0Although the captain tried to turn the ship, the small rudder was useless. He called for the two anchors to be dropped, but the chains broke. As a Hail Mary, Noble attempted to bring the ship onto the rocks sideways to allow passengers to get off onto the rocks. The strong waves pushed the ship in and out, and it struck the rocks multiple times until it started to sink.Related Video: Top 10 Famous Shipwrecks in HistoryThere were not enough lifeboats on board, and, even if there were, they would not have been useful in the stormy seas. The crew panicked and were more concerned with saving themselves than helping passengers. Many passengers rushed up on deck and were swept off the ship by the high waves.Most of those that attempted to jump onto the rocks were killed when they landed. Several attempts were made to fashion a type of bridge to the rocks, but so many people trying to get on at one time caused every effort to fail, dropping people into the sea.Men pushed women and children out of the way to save themselves. Soon the waves that washed onto shore were full of dead bodies mutilated by hitting the rocks again and again, many of them children. Noble was the last to leave the ship when he was waist deep in water.Dinner service recovered from the TayleurThe inquiries that followed attempted to blame the captain, just as they did with the Titanic. The History Vault tells us, not only had Noble gone without sleep for two days because of the incompetence of his crew, but, before the first launch, he had fallen 25 feet into the hold, most probably giving him a traumatic brain injury causing questionable decisions. The White Star Line was eventually blamed for equipping the ship with faulty instruments and rushing the departure date.Read another story from us: The RMS Olympic – Titanic’s Twin Ship which had a Dramatic Fate of its OwnAuthor Gill Hoffs has done extensive research on the wreck and published a book, RMS Tayleur: The Lost Story of the ‘Victorian Titanic’ in 2015. She goes into extensive detail regarding the shipwreck, the aftermath, a cover up, and how it affected the White Star Line and British society.last_img read more