OTTAWA – The meeting Wednesday had the look of a feel-good visit between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and honorary Canadian citizen Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar, also known as Burma.But a major international human rights watchdog and groups representing Burmese refugees in Canada called on Trudeau to push Suu Kyi to allow an independent international investigation into allegations of widespread human rights abuses against the Muslim ethnic Rohingya minority in the western state of Rakhine.Suu Kyi’s government has so far resisted those calls, which came from a special UN commission chaired by former secretary general Kofi Annan.Farida Deif, Canada director for Human Rights Watch, urged Trudeau to use the meeting with Suu Kyi on Parliament Hill to specifically push her to accept the UN call.“The prime minister should make clear that Myanmar’s full co-operation with this independent and impartial investigation is expected by Myanmar’s international donors and friends,” said Deif.Trudeau made no mention of the Rohingya situation during a brief public photo-op with Suu Kyi as the two exchanged pleasantries in his office. But during their meeting, Trudeau encouraged her to work with the UN, said his spokesman.“We have some way to go before we become a working, democratic, federal nation such as yours, but I’m sure we’ll get there,” Suu Kyi told Trudeau.She is a one-time political prisoner, democracy champion and Nobel Laureate who won a landslide election victory in late 2015.While Trudeau’s office said he did raise the investigation during the meeting, he didn’t attach any strings. His office said Canada was giving Myanmar an additional $8.8 million in humanitarian assistance to promote “peace and stability” programs, including human rights.Deif said Canada should view the Rohingya situation as “an important test of the Myanmar government’s commitment to uphold the rule of law and to work constructively with the international community to establish the facts, identify perpetrators and deter future human rights abuses by all sides.”Trudeau’s spokesman said the prime minister planned to use the meeting to “advocate for further reforms in Myanmar, especially those that support ethnic and religious minorities, women, and young people — including the situation of the Rohingya.”The prime minister also offered Suu Kyi Canada’s condolences for the loss of a military plane from Myanmar, which disappeared Wednesday while carrying more than 100 passengers and crew.The Karen Community of Canada, which represents ethnic Karen refugees, also urged Trudeau to press for an independent UN investigation in Myanmar.The group said in an open letter to Trudeau it didn’t want the visit to be a “feel-good celebration” that will ignore “human rights abuses in Burma’s ethnic areas, which Aung San Suu Kyi’s government has done virtually nothing to alleviate.”The Rohingya situation has dulled much of the lustre of Suu Kyi’s successful entry into democratic politics in what was once one of South Asia’s most repressive military regimes. She spent 15 years in detention in Myanmar before her National League for Democracy won the election after five decades of military rule in her poor, but resource-rich country.Former Conservative foreign affairs minister John Baird travelled to Myanmar in 2012 to present Suu Kyi with honorary Canadian citizenship and support her and the democratic reforms that were taking root then.Canada has since re-established diplomatic relations with Myanmar and wants to forge new business links with a country the World Bank has described as possessing “fertile lands, significant untapped agricultural potential and a rich endowment of natural resources.”But in its letter to Trudeau, the Karen community urged the government to reign in its enthusiasm for exploiting opportunities in Myanmar’s oil and gas sector because that has human rights implications.
Earlier on Friday, the hospital had reported that the woman’s condition had taken a turn for the worse. It said that her family had been informed and were by her side.T.C.A. Raghavan, the Indian High Commissioner to Singapore, said after her death that the family had expressed a desire for her body to be flown back to India. Moments later, the woman’s body was loaded into a van and driven away.Talking to reporters earlier on Saturday, Raghavan declined to comment on reports in India accusing the government of sending her to Singapore to minimize the possible backlash in the event of her death. The Indian gang rape victim whose assault in New Delhi triggered nationwide protests died of her injuries on Saturday in a Singapore hospital, potentially threatening fresh protests in India where her case is a rallying point for women’s rights.The 23-year-old medical student, severely beaten, raped and thrown out of a moving bus in New Delhi two weeks ago, had been flown to Singapore in a critical condition by the Indian government on Thursday for specialist treatment. “We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4:45 a.m. on Dec 29, 2012 (3:45 p.m. ET Friday). Her family and officials from the High Commission(embassy) of India were by her side,” Mount Elizabeth Hospital Chief Executive Officer Kelvin Loh said in a statement. The case has received blanket coverage on cable television news channels. The woman has not been identified but some Indian media have called her “Amanat”, an Urdu word meaning “treasure”.“We are saddened to learn that she has succumbed to her injuries, and would like to extend our deepest condolences to her family during this time of bereavement,” Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government has been battling criticism that it was tone-deaf to the outcry and heavy handed in its response to the protests in the Indian capital.“It is deeply saddening and just beyond words. The police and government definitely have to do something more,” said Sharanya Ramachandran, an Indian national working as an engineer in Singapore.“They should bring in very severe punishment for such cases. They should start recognizing that it is a big crime.” Most rapes and other sex crimes in India go unreported and offenders are rarely punished, women’s rights activists say. But the brutality of the December 16 assault sparked public outrage and calls for better policing and harsher punishment for rapists. Some Indian medical experts had questioned the decision to airlift the woman to Singapore, calling it a risky maneuver given the seriousness of her injuries. They had said she was already receiving the best possible care in India. “SIGNIFICANT BRAIN INJURY”The Singapore hospital said earlier that the woman had suffered “significant brain injury” and was surviving against the odds. She had already undergone three abdominal operations before being flown to Singapore.Protests over the lack of safety for women erupted across India after the attack, culminating last weekend in pitched battles between police and protesters in the heart of New Delhi.New Delhi has been on edge since the weekend clashes. Hundreds of policemen have been deployed on the streets of the capital and streets leading to the main protest site, the India Gate war memorial, have been shut for long periods, severely disrupting traffic in the city of 16 million.Commentators and sociologists say the rape has tapped into a deep well of frustration that many Indians feel over what they see as weak governance and poor leadership on social and economic issues.Many protesters have complained that Singh’s government has done little to curb the abuse of women in the country of 1.2 billion. A global poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in June found that India was the worst place to be a woman because of high rates of infanticide, child marriage and slavery.New Delhi has the highest number of sex crimes among India’s major cities, with a rape reported on average every 18 hours, according to police figures. Government data show the number of reported rape cases in the country rose by nearly 17 percent between 2007 and 2011. (Reuters)
Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan took a lengthy pause before describing how he felt about the sixth-ranked Buckeyes’ opening round exit against No. 5 Missouri at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals over the weekend. “It was embarrassing,” he said. “That’s how I’d put it. It was an embarrassment across the board, at every weight class.” OSU, which suffered a 28-6 beating from the Tigers, was only able to collect two wins from redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber and his brother, sophomore Hunter Stieber, at 133 and 141 pounds respectively. “They matched up with us pretty well,” Hunter Stieber said. “Most of the matches we lost were in a couple points of each other and one wrong move kind of changed the match and kind of out-gritted us in a lot of those positions.” The Buckeyes started the match off in a hole, quickly going down 6-0 after 125-pound senior Nikko Triggas was pinned by No. 1-ranked junior Alan Waters in 3:52. Consecutive wins by the undefeated Stieber brothers evened the score at six, but everything fell apart after that. Missouri would go on to win the final seven bouts. Despite the Tigers’ landslide victory, many of the matches were won by a narrow margin. Sophomore Cam Tessari lost a close 4-2 decision to No. 11-ranked sophomore Drake Houdashelt at 149 pounds. In the next match, redshirt sophomore Josh Demas at 157 pounds had a 2-1 lead with 27 seconds left before No. 15 junior Kyle Bradley was able to tie the score with an escape in the final seconds of regulation and force overtime. He would go on to best Demas in sudden victory with a 4-2 win. The next two matches were decided by a single point each as OSU freshman Mark Martin fell to No. 15 junior Zach Toal 1-0 in the 165-pound weight class, and redshirt junior Nick Heflin suffered a 4-3 defeat to No. 8-ranked senior Todd Porter at 174 pounds. Redshirt senior C.J. Magrum and sophomore Andrew Campolattano followed with back-to-back 5-0 losses at 184 and 197 pounds. Missouri senior and No. 3-ranked Dom Bradley dominated the final match en route to a 12-4 victory against redshirt sophomore Kosta Karageorge, who was filling in for injured redshirt junior Peter Capone. “We just never got rolling off the beginning,” said 141-pound redshirt junior Ian Paddock. “When it rain it pours. No one really stepped up and we lost all the close positions in every match. All of that adds up. That’s why we lost.” Ryan said a major concern for his team going forward is its discipline on and off the mats, yet he feels that they can correct it in time for the Big Ten Championships. “We’re much better than we showed,” he said. “A week ago, we wrestled the No. 1 team in the country into six wins to four. We’re still optimistic. Hopefully the sting is bad enough of doing things the wrong way that we start doing things the right way. But it’s inexcusable to wrestle that way this time of the year.” But in order to become the Big Ten champions, Ryan said his team has to start thinking of themselves as a unit, not as individuals. “We have to be a team, care about each other,” he said. “When you want to shove something in your face, think about somebody other than yourself. When you want to stay up late, think about somebody other than yourself. When you want to be lazy in practice and not push yourself, think about somebody other than yourself. We have to be a team. We need that ‘Why?’ factor. Why are we doing this? That has to come into play, and right now the ‘Why?’ factor is in question for me with some people.” OSU will have a chance to bounce back when it travels to Champaign, Ill., for the 2013 Big Ten Championships March 9-10.
Former OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott breaks a tackle at Michigan on Nov. 28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott has been selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Overall, Elliott is the fourth overall pick of this year’s draft.“Zeke,” as many OSU faithful have called the 232-pound running back, is the third running back taken in the first round of the draft in the last four years. Also, Elliott is the second Big Ten running back taken in the first round in the last two drafts, along with Melvin Gordon.Elliott rounded out his career with the Scarlet and Gray with 3,961 yards and 43 touchdowns, while averaging 6.7 yards per carry on his way to becoming Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. The 2015 Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year also earned unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honors, along with being awarded second-team All-American status.Elliott made his debut for the Buckeyes during his freshman year, appearing in seven games, where he picked up 232 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass in his rookie campaign.After earning the starting job in his sophomore season, Elliott exploded for over 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 18 rushing touchdowns. The former high school track star powered the Buckeyes for much of the season, with memorable performances in the College Football Playoff series to help OSU to its first title in 13 years.A three-game tear by Elliott to round out the 2014 season raised his draft stock, when he picked up 696 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns, including a 246-yard performance against Oregon in the national championship.In the following season, his draft stock was further solidified with another solid year of production, picking up 1,821 yards and 23 touchdowns. Elliott stated he would be leaving for the NFL draft in an emotional interview following a loss to Michigan State, which caused some stir about his character.The combination of speed and power possessed by the St. Louis native caused multiple teams to scout Elliott. Ultimately, the Cowboys were the ones to pull the trigger.With question marks at running back through the 2015-16 season, including former Cowboy running back Joseph Randle leaving the team mid-season, Elliott will compete with Darren McFadden for the starting job behind the NFL’s best offensive line.
A social care green paper, set to be released this autumn, is due to set out the Government’s plan for reforming the sector. It was originally supposed to be released before the summer recess. Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK, said: “The safety net for older people living at home has worn dangerously thin after years of underfunding and an absence of workforce planning across both health and care – this is why the numbers of older people whose emergency admissions to hospital could have been avoided are rising so fast.”Councils warned of a “crisis in adult social care”. Cllr Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said: “With people living longer, increases in costs and decreases in funding, the system is at breaking point and is ramping up pressures on unpaid carers who are the backbone of the care system.”A department of health and social care spokesman said: “Patients should only be admitted to hospital when absolutely necessary, and we expect the NHS to work closely with local authorities and ensure people have a care plan in place when they are discharged.”The Government has committed to a long term plan with a sustainable multi-year settlement for the NHS to help manage growing patient demand.”Health and social care are two sides of the same coin and reforms must be aligned – that’s why our forthcoming Green Paper will be published in the autumn alongside the NHS plan.” Many of those who do have loved ones to care for them rely on elderly relatives who may have health problems of their own. One case study highlighted by the charity involved a 67-year-old woman who has been a carer for 40 years, first for her parents and more recently for a younger sister who has Alzheimer’s disease. In another case a 73-year-old woman has been the sole carer for her 75-year-old husband since he had a stroke and brain haemorrhage four years earlier. She cancelled previous at-home care because it was “unreliable and lacking in continuity”.Its report also highlights the problem of older people stuck in hospital and unable to go home, putting more strain on the healthcare system. Care not being in place was the main reason there were delays for older people leaving hospital in England last year, according to figures released by the NHS. Almost 1,000 elderly people a day are being admitted to hospital needlessly amid a crisis in social care, Age UK has found.Analysis of NHS figures by the charity found that there were 341,074 avoidable emergency admissions for people aged 65 and over during the year to April 2017.The number has risen by 107 per cent since 2003 for those aged 65 to 69, and by 119 per cent for older people aged 75-79. Among the general population of England, the number has risen by 63 per cent. The figures relate to admissions because of conditions such as ear, nose or throat infections, kidney and urinary tract infections, and angina, for which hospitalisation could potentially have been avoided had the person been better looked after. Many older people rely on family and friends to help them in the absence of reliable social care, the charity warned. One in three over-65s live alone, and one in ten have no children, and these figures are expected to rise as younger generations, who are less likely to have married or had children, reach retirement age. 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.
Bang & Olufsen is well known for premium audio products from ear buds to sound systems. Their latest iPad dock is one expensive accessory, considering it will set you back nearly $730—that’s $230 more than what the third-generation iPad costs.The Beoplay A3 iPad Speaker is a 2.75-pound, pyramid-shaped dock that frames the iPad with three 0.5-inch tweeters and a 2-inch woofer. Its size and weight make it more likely to be a stay-at-home system, rather than an about town one. But, if you do decide to take it on the road it has an estimated run time of about 5 hours.It has a frequency rang of 60 to 15,000Hz and is constructed from an aluminum frame covered by black polycarbonate ABS plastic. Thanks to its rubber collars it offers a snug fit for the second generation as well as original iPad, too. However, Bang & Olufsen has yet to confirm whether it will (or won’t) fit the slightly thicker, new iPad model. I’d be very surprised if they’d overlooked the current model, though.The way the Beoplay A3 is designed, you can orient the iPad and the sound system one of several ways. The dock will be able to sense the change in orientation and activate the proper speakers to provide you with the best possible sound output.There is currently no word on a release date, however, you can sign up on the Bang & Olufsen website to notify you when it does become available.At $730 though, I doubt that many people will be lining up for a purchase.via Ubergizmo
Share218 Tweet Email3 Image: Iwaan Baan/Grafton Architects Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 8:28 AM “Seen from across the ravine it is as bold and as pure a statement of the symbiosis between architecture and engineering as could be imagined; a piece of geology imposed on its pivotal site, mirroring the organic curve of the landscape and accommodating itself in the city.To its close neighbours, it is a series of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs and grottos, a modern-day Machu Picchu.The worst examples of brutalist style are frequently criticised for shutting off buildings from their immediate environment, and for their chiefly concrete structure, but a new breed of brutalist buildings seeks to update the genre in a more sympathetic style.Grafton Architects won the World Building of the Year Award in 2008 for a university building in Milan, and were also behind the redesign of the Department of Finance building in Dublin 2. Grafton Architecture’s Department of Finance building in Dublin 2. Source: Grafton ArchitectsIn a joint statement, Grafton Architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara said:For Grafton Architects, we found that the educational aspirations of the client together with the unique climatic conditions of Lima gave us the opportunity to ‘invent’ a new vertical campus for their new University of Engineering.“We would like to acknowledge the important role played by our local architects in Lima, Shell Arquitectos. We would like to thank UTEC for their belief in architecture and in us and for giving us the wonderful opportunity to work on this special project.”The Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) was built in the Barranco district of Lima.In Dublin city centre, several examples of brutalist architecture are about to undergo demolition or extensive renovation, including Hawkins House, the ESB building on Fitzwilliam Street and many other buildings in Dublin 2.Brutalism refers to a peculiarly concrete strain of modernist architecture which sprang up across Europe following the Second World War.The term derives from the French word for “raw”, and was initially an outward expression of moral seriousness in contrast to the supposed frivolity of earlier styles.Read: Raw sewage is being pumped out in 43 areas across the country, says EPARead: Women hesitant to take folic acid because it ‘indicates they are actively trying to get pregnant’ By Darragh Peter Murphy AT A TIME when controversial brutalist architecture is due to be torn down across Dublin city centre, two female Irish architects have scooped a prestigious architecture prize with a building in the brutalist style in Peru.Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects won the first-ever RIBA International Prize for designing the new Engineering University in the Peruvian capital of Lima.Brutalist architecture refers to large, block-like buildings built in the decades after the Second World War. Examples in Dublin include Hawkins House, Apollo House, O’Connell Street House and College House.The prize, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects, was chosen by a panel chaired by renowned architect Lord Richard Rogers.Dublin’s Grafton Architects were praised by the jury for creating an entirely new way of thinking about public buildings. The university campus won praise as a “modern day Machu Picchu”.Speaking about the building, the RIBA jury said:“UTEC is an exceptional example of civil architecture – a building designed with people at its heart. The new Engineering University building in Lima Source: RIBA“Grafton Architects have created a new way to think about a university campus, with a distinctive ‘vertical campus’ structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage,” the RIBA statement added. Two Irish architects have scooped a world prize for a brutalist university building Grafton Architects, led by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, won the first-ever RIBA International Prize for their project in Lima, Peru. https://jrnl.ie/3099001 40 Comments The new University of Engineering in Lima, Peru. Short URL 34,818 Views Sitting on the border of two residential districts in Lima, in sections UTEC perches tantalisingly on the edge of a ravine. Nov 24th 2016, 8:28 AM The new University of Engineering in Lima, Peru. Image: Iwaan Baan/Grafton Architects Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Salmonellose : des produits charcutiers mis en causeFrance – Les magasins Intermarché, Ecomarché, Netto et Relais des Mousquetaires rappellent des saucisses sèches de la marque Lou Montagnard. Certaines sont susceptibles de contenir une variante de bactéries du genre Salmonella.Près d’une centaine de personnes ont été touchées par la salmonellose depuis mi-mars. A la suite d’une enquête, l’Institut de veille sanitaire a pu remonter jusqu’à la saucisse sèche Lou Montagnard, commercialisée par les enseignes Mousquetaires. À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Les lots concernés sont les suivants : n° 040020900, 040021600, 040021601, 040022201, 040030100, 040030201, 040030300, 040030801, 040030803, 040032500, 040032502, 040032900, 040040600 et 040040601. Les acheteurs concernés peuvent retourner leur produit au magasin, il leur sera remboursé. Ceux qui l’ont consommé doivent aller consulter leur médecin généraliste. Les symptômes d’une salmonellose sont ceux d’une gastroentérite : diarrhée, vomissements, fièvre. Une attention particulière doit impérativement être apportée aux personnes fragiles (enfants, femmes enceintes, personnes immunodéprimées ou âgées, personnes souffrant de maladies de l’estomac). Chez elles, les conséquences de cette toxi-infection alimentaire peuvent être plus graves. Le 9 juin 2010 à 15:31 • Emmanuel Perrin
President Trump endorses Diane Harkey for the 49th Congressional district Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter August 21, 2018 Posted: August 21, 2018 Mike McKinnon III 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsWASHINGTON (KUSI) – Monday evening, President Trump tweeted out his official endorsement of Diane Harkey. Harkey is running to replace incumbent Republican Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District. Mike McKinnon III,
Sen. Sullivan posted on social media following the incident: “Thank you to all those who have reached out following today’s tragic train collision outside Charlottesville, VA I was on board, but was not injured. My thoughts & prayers are with the victims and their families. My sincere appreciation also goes out to our first responders.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Sullivan-not-injured-.mp3VmJennifer-on-Sullivan-not-injured-.mp300:00RPd The driver of the truck was killed, President Donald Trump said Wednesday afternoon. Six patients were transported to UVA Medical Center, with one in critical condition. One of those six has been discharged, while the remaining four were being evaluated. The accident occurred just outside of Charlottesville, on Wednesday. The train departed about two hours prior from Washington’s Union Station, and was traveling to Greenbriar Resorts. The train held a large number of Republican politicians, and was headed to a retreat in West Virginia. Amtrak said in a statement that the train came into contact with a vehicle that was on the tracks at 11:20 a.m. ET in Crozet, Virginia, outside Charlottesville. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) confirmed that he was onboard the train in Virginia that collided into a garbage truck, resulting in one fatality yesterday morning. Photo courtesy of ABC News U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Congressman Don young (R-AK) were not onboard.
Amid raging boardroom battle between ousted chairman Cyrus Mistry and Tata Group companies, the country’s two largest bourses — National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) — have written to some listed firms of Tata Group for a secretarial audit by their audit committees.The exchanges would like to see whether these companies have adequate compliance with various norms or not, according to Mint. “The audit committees will check disclosures made by these firms to see whether they are adequate (or not),” the report said, quoting unnamed sources.Secretarial audit, which was introduced in Companies Act 2013, is a process to check compliance of the company with various laws. It gives comfort to regulators, stakeholders and management regarding effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.Reports had earlier suggested that Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had asked exchanges to tell listed Tata Group firms to conduct an audit after allegations regarding violations of corporate governance standards were raised by Cyrus P. Mistry, the ousted chairman of Tata Group. Meanwhile, the market regulator is itself examining whether the Tata companies have violated any provisions of the Sebi Act relating to listing and insider trading rules, the report said.NSE has already written to Indian Hotels, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Power and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd. seeking clarifications after Mistry’s letter to Tata Sons board was made public.Tata Sons board ousted Mistry as Tata Group chairman on October 24 and appointed Ratan Tata as its interim chairman. Since then, ugly fights have ensued between the former chairman and group companies over issues of control in various firms.
Share Photo via APJob fair in Dallas, 2014.The Texas jobless rate improved to 4 percent during June to mirror the nationwide figure.The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced last month’s statewide jobless figure compares to 4.1 percent in May. The U.S. unemployment rate in May had reached an 18-year low at 3.8 percent before rising during June.TWC officials say the Midland area had the lowest jobless rate in Texas last month at 2.4 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state’s highest jobless rate during June at 7.2 percent.The Texas economy added 27,200 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in June, which marked 24 consecutive months of employment growth.Commission officials say over the year, Texas added 359,500 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.9 percent.
The blame for the poor quality of Batman: Arkham Knight on the PC has shifted over the days since its launch. Warner Bros. and Rocksteady Studios were initial targets. Then we discovered that the PC version had been outsourced to Iron Galaxy Studios, so it’s their fault, right? Well, the blame has come full circle, and looks to be landing at the feet of publisher Warner Bros. and staying there.The publisher always has the final say in whether a game ships or not, so Warner was always going to take some of the blame in this. However, people working on the development team for Arkham Knight have come forward (anonymously to protect their jobs) to explain this debacle really is all on Warner Bros.Two sources have spoken to Kotaku, one from the game production side, the other being a quality assurance tester who worked on the game for years. Apparently the game was full of performance bugs and problems months ago. If you loaded up a PC build from 12 months ago, it would play pretty much exactly the same as the launch build everyone struggled with and Warner later pulled from sale.So why did Warner Bros. choose to ship the game in this state? Because someone decided it was good enough. While that seems ludicrous, it is just the last in a long line of big mistakes made during the development of the title across all platforms.The development of Arkham Knight was not easy, and Rocksteady is thought to have struggled with developing an open world game on the latest generation of console hardware. That’s why they focused on the console versions, but the testing team remained shared across all platforms, meaning the PC version only ended up getting around 10% of the testing resources. Warner also refused to use external companies for stress testing as they were so concerned about the story leaking.Another big mistake: Warner Bros. used 720p as the definitive resolution for the game, and therefore all performance and bug testing was focused on running at 720p. PC gamers will run at higher resolutions than that, especially those early adopters who picked the game up on launch day. So it’s no surprise they found a buggy game that struggled to run even on high-end hardware.The game suffered delays because of Rocksteady’s troubles with the console versions. The PC game was in a terrible state because it didn’t get the testing it needed and even the testing it did get was focused on running smoothly at a console-friendly screen resolution. Warner ultimately knew this, but chose to do nothing about it. Doing something about it would have meant delaying the launch of the PC version or spending more during development, they chose to do neither and instead just crossed their fingers and shipped a broken game.Batman: Arkham Knight may or may no re-launch before the end of 2015 on PC. It really all depends on how serious Warner Bros. is about fixing the issues and just how many issues they have found, or are still finding.
Forty-two photographs by six French lensemen that provide the onlookers an opportunity to delve into the role of waste workers across the world are currently on display at Mandi House Metro Station here. These photographs constitute the show titled “The City of Waste,” which is part of the larger “Urban Societies and Waste” project and will entice the passengers on one of the capital’s most crowded Metro stations till June 30. Conceptualised and organised by Rémi de Bercegol and Christine Ithurbide, the exhibition that aims to understand the role of waste workers in societies across the world, also presents photographs by Melanie Rateau, Adeline Pierrat, Pascal Garret and Benedicte Florin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFrom Paris to Cairo and Mexico to Delhi, the photographs on display document the conditions waste workers live and work in – open landfills, waste containers and public spaces from where they collect waste, as well as garbage dumps, warehouse, factories, markets and recycling workshops, where waste is reclassified and transformed into a profitable resource. They not only show the clothes that protect their bodies – sometimes rags and even plastic bags – but also the gloves and uniforms worn by those whose work is better recognised. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe techniques and tools they use – baskets, hooks, chariots and carts, among others – the materials they extract and transform – plastic, cardboard, metal, glass and fabric – also reveals the diversity of the practices and the ingenuity the recyclers bring to their work.”Waste represents a serious challenge for contemporary societies as it puts into question the unsustainability of our lifestyles which generate increasing quantities of refuse. Given the contamination associated with it and the disorder it evokes, garbage has long been concealed from view,” said Rémi de Bercegol. He further highlighted that today waste is the object of reclassification processes that serve to extract the recoverable material before it is permanently scrapped. “Thanks to its composition -–plastics, metals, paper, etc. – waste constitutes a valuable resource,” he added. Contrary to the common representation of waste workers often shown in deleterious working and living conditions, this exhibition aims to portray the world of “the city of waste” in a different light, wherein waste workers are freed from the stigma attached to waste. These photographs were first displayed in Paris as part of the “La mise en image du rebut” (The Image of Waste) exhibition that later travelled to numerous cities. “The City of Waste” is an adaptation of this exhibition presented for the first time in India. The project is a part of Habitat Photosphere, India Habitat Centre’s year-long photography festival on sustainable development, curated by Alka Pande. Mandi House Metro station is fast emerging as hotspot for arts in public spaces.
Local resident Sonja Timm makes wooden frames and creates her own birthday / wedding invitations, as well as goody bags, boxes and party buckets.Using old, dry wood, a beautiful frame can be made.This unusual hobby is also a source of income for Sonja, who was born and raised in Ladysmith.As the daughter of Annamarie Koen from the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL), she says she is definitely an animal lover just like her mom. Sonja is happily married and has been blessed with two handsome young sons named Devyn and Damyn.She works full-time, but still manages to balance her life and indulge in her hobby as well.Her hobby started when she was still at school, creating her own birthday invitations and accessories.Her friends and family are intrigued by her talent and believe that one day it could amount to something “big”.Sonja tells the Ladysmith Gazette that she believes in the mantra: “Do what you love and you will love what you do”. So, not surprisingly, when Sonja is busy with her frames, invitations and goody bags, she feels fulfilled, motivated and productive.“It doesn’t feel like work because I love and enjoy it so much. I wouldn’t trade this hobby for anything; it really is my passion and gives me hours of fun where I feel I am truly accomplishing something,” says Sonja with a big smile.If you’re interested in her handiwork, you can contact Sonja on 084-407-8024.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook andTwitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: British Airways, Security, Technology Friday, September 7, 2018 LONDON — Hackers obtained the credit card details of some 380,000 British Airways travellers during a two-week data breach this summer that leaves the customers vulnerable to financial fraud, the airline says.BA chief executive Alex Cruz said Friday that enough data was stolen to allow criminals to use credit card information for illicit purposes, and that police are investigating.“We know that the information that has been stolen is name, address, email address, credit card information; that would be credit card number, expiration date and the three-letter code in the back of the credit card,” he told the BBC.He added that no passport data had been obtained in what he called a “very sophisticated, malicious criminal attack,” but that British Airways is “100 per cent committed” to compensating customers.The airline serves four Canadian cities – Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver – but a spokeswoman told The Canadian Press that the airline isn’t breaking down the breach by country.British Airways assured customers that it would reimburse them for losses directly because of the breach but advised them to contact their credit card suppliers if they made a booking or change to their booking through BA’s website or mobile app between 22:58 BST on Aug. 21 (5.58 p.m. Eastern Time) and 21:45 BST (4.45 p.m. ET) on Sept. 5.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThat time period overlapped a two-day period when Air Canada detected unusual login activity on its mobile app between Aug. 22 and Aug. 24. The airline said last week that about 20,000 customers may have had personal information compromised before all 1.7 million accounts were locked down.Air Canada has said credit card data was encrypted and protected from a breach but Aeroplan numbers, passport numbers, birth dates, nationalities and countries of residence could have been accessed if users saved them in their account profile.Consumer advice website MoneySavingExpert says customers should monitor bank and credit card statements closely for signs of possible fraudulent activity.It also warns of possible “phishing scams” in which hackers would try to trick affected consumers into revealing personal information like pincodes or banking passwords.Some angry travellers complained to Britain’s Press Association that they had already noted bogus activity on credit cards that had been used to make British Airways bookings during the time when the breach was undetected.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThe hack once again puts the spotlight on the strength of the IT systems at major companies as they expand their digital services.British Airways experienced an IT-related crisis in May last year when roughly 75,000 passengers were stranded after the airline cancelled more than 700 flights over three days because of system problems.In the U.S., Delta Airlines said in April that payment-card information for several hundred thousand customers could have been exposed by a malware breach months earlier. The same breach also hit Sears Holdings Corp., which operates Kmart stores.British Airways revealed the new hack Thursday evening and began notifying customers.“British Airways is communicating with affected customers and we advise any customers who believe they may have been affected by this incident to contact their banks or credit card providers and follow their recommended advice,” the company said in its statement. The hack was not discovered until Sept. 5 and has now been resolved, officials said.Britain’s National Crime Agency says it is investigating.Shares in BA’s parent company, IAG, were down 3 per cent on Friday. By: The Canadian Press British Airways travellers’ credit card details hacked
Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall BERLIN (AP) — A prominent member of Germany’s main center-left party is questioning whether it has any chance of unseating Chancellor Angela Merkel in the country’s next election, and even whether it needs a candidate for the top job.The Social Democrats have supplied three of Germany’s eight post-World War II chancellors but are currently the junior partners in a “grand coalition” of Germany’s biggest parties led by Merkel’s conservative Union bloc. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Quick workouts for men Comments Share Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories The Social Democrats have pushed through popular policies such as a national minimum wage. However, opinion polls have barely moved since 2013 elections: they show the Social Democrats trailing the popular Merkel’s conservatives by 15 points or more.Merkel is widely expected to seek a fourth term in 2017 though she hasn’t yet said whether she will. Her Social Democratic vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, is considered a likely challenger but polls regularly show that Germans would prefer Merkel as chancellor by a wide margin.“She is doing an excellent job, she is a good chancellor — a chancellor Germans clearly like,” Schleswig-Holstein state governor Torsten Albig, a Social Democrat, said in an interview with NDR television broadcast Thursday“It is difficult to win an election against this chancellor,” he said, and argued that simply participating in a government could be a legitimate election aim.“We need a strong candidate for that who leads us into a government — whether the title ‘chancellor candidate’ is right or not, we will see,” Albig said.A deputy party leader quickly rejected those comments. Ralf Stegner wrote on Twitter that he agrees with Albig on most questions — but “not as far as Chancellor Merkel is concerned!” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility
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