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first_imgThe Canadian Press VICTORIA — A grieving Vancouver Island politician says her brother was the pilot of a charter float plane that crashed on a remote island on B.C.’s central coast, killing himself and three others.Saanich Coun. Nathalie Chambers says her older brother, Al McBain, was the pilot of the Seair Seaplanes Cessna 208 that had nine people aboard on Friday when it crashed on Addenbroke Island.Chambers says her brother was a lifelong adventurer who loved nature, could fix any engine and had flying in his blood.She says their late father Maj. John Harold McBain had been a pilot for the Comox 442 Rescue Squadron that was dispatched after the crash to investigate and rescue the five others who were injured. Through tears, Chambers says it was strangely fitting that the rescue squadron her father was once part of was sent to find her brother.Chambers says she doesn’t know why the crash occurred but has learned the weather in the area was extremely poor.last_img read more

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first_imgUSC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education today invited middle and high school students attending public, private or home schools in the U.S. and Canada to take up its IWitness Video Challenge.Steven Spielberg, who founded the Institute nearly 20 years ago following his work on Schindler’s List, made the announcement.The contest challenges secondary school students to act on the legacy of Schindler’s List and do something positive in their community that exemplifies the movie’s message that one person can make a difference. Students will be guided in their community service projects by the testimonies they watch in IWitness, the Institute’s free educational website. IWitness brings the human stories of its Visual History Archive to teachers and their students via engaging multimedia-learning activities.As part of the IWitness Video Challenge activity, students will be asked to create a one-to four-minute video essay with an easy-to-use video-editing tool on the IWitness website, allowing them to link their voices to those in the archive who inspired them to act.“It was my goal when I established the Shoah Foundation that future generations would learn from the incredible life stories preserved in the Visual History Archive,” said Spielberg. “I’ve seen how students connect with survivors through watching their testimony, and the impact it has on them. They experience a kind of learning that is profound and personal. And they take that with them into their lives.”The challenge was announced in conjunction with the Schindler’s List 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray release. Universal Studios Home Entertainment, under the supervision of Steven Spielberg, meticulously restored the original 35mm film negative to create an unparalleled, high definition Blu-ray experience. Exposing the film to an entirely new generation, the Schindler’s List 20th Anniversary Limited Edition will be released on March 5, 2013 and include the USC Shoah Foundation Story with Steven Spielberg as well as the documentary “Voices from the List” featuring testimonies from Holocaust survivors.IWitness, which the American Association of School Librarians has named as a top website for teaching and learning, provides students with guided exploration to full-life histories and testimonies of nearly 1,300 survivors and other witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides. Students watch testimonies and use them in individual or group multimedia projects; teachers can assign activities as classwork or homework, and can even custom-build their own lessons and activities. The testimonies are searchable by more than 9,000 keywords, enabling students to pinpoint exact moments of interest within each testimony. The built-in IWitness video editor gives students the ability to construct video essays, editing testimony clips together with footage from other sources as well as photos and maps, voiceover audio, music, and text.Stephen D. Smith , Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation, believes that IWitness will transform learning for students now and in the future. “By integrating testimony-based education with the development of media literacy, digital citizenship, and other 21st-century competencies, IWitness can help students understand the power of their words and actions and prepare them to be global citizens who add value to society.”Teachers interested in signing up their students in the IWitness Video Challenge must do so by June 30, 2013 and video essays must be submitted by October 31, 2013. USC Shoah Foundation will fly the IWitness Video Challenge winning student, a guardian/parent and teacher to Los Angeles in March 2014 to screen the video essay as part of the Institute’s 20th anniversary activities.For more information about the IWitness Video Challenge, visit iwitness.usc.edu.last_img read more

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran, officials said Sunday.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday that the administration will not renew sanctions waivers for the five countries when they expire on May 2, three U.S. officials said. The others are China and India.It was not immediately clear if any of the five would be given additional time to wind down their purchases or if they would be subject to U.S. sanctions on May 3 if they do not immediately halt imports of Iranian oil.The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of Pompeo’s announcement.The decision not to extend the waivers, which was first reported by The Washington Post, was finalized on Friday by President Donald Trump, according to the officials. They said it is intended to further ramp up pressure on Iran by strangling the revenue it gets from oil exports.The administration granted eight oil sanctions waivers when it re-imposed sanctions on Iran after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. They were granted in part to give those countries more time to find alternate energy sources but also to prevent a shock to global oil markets from the sudden removal of Iranian crude.U.S. officials now say they do not expect any significant reduction in the supply of oil given production increases by other countries, including the U.S. itself and Saudi Arabia.Since November, three of the eight — Italy, Greece and Taiwan — have stopped importing oil from Iran. The other five, however, have not, and have lobbied for their waivers to be extended.NATO ally Turkey has made perhaps the most public case for an extension, with senior officials telling their U.S. counterparts that Iranian oil is critical to meeting their country’s energy needs. They have also made the case that as a neighbour of Iran, Turkey cannot be expected to completely close its economy to Iranian goods.Matthew Lee, The Associated Press read more

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is surging as Washington moves closer to avoiding a default on the U.S. government’s debt.The market is on track for its biggest gain since January.The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 230 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 15,034 as of noon Thursday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 27 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 1,684 and the Nasdaq composite rose 70 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 3,748.House Republicans said they would advance legislation to temporarily extend the government’s borrowing authority so it can continue to pay its bills on time. The prospect of an unprecedented default on the U.S. government’s debt and a partial shutdown of the government has been dragging the stock market lower for three weeks. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 10, 2013 10:06 am MDT Stock market surges as Washington moves closer to avoiding a US government debt default AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Good Luck AL Central Cleveland Is Ready For Another World Series Run

3Minnesota Twins7874777676.1 EXPECTED NUMBER OF WINS RANKTEAMPECOTAFANGRAPHSDAVENPORTWESTGATEAVERAGE 1Cleveland Indians9291939492.5 How forecasters view the AL Central 4Kansas City Royals7175717572.9 In honor of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, which starts April 2, FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about what’s ahead. Today, we focus on the American League West with Deadspin editor-in-chief Tim Marchman and FiveThirtyEight baseball columnist Rob Arthur. The transcript below has been edited. Based on projected wins or over/under win totals. Data gathered on March 23, 2017.Sources: Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Las Vegas Review-Journal 5Chicago White Sox7669716971.1 2Detroit Tigers7981838481.6 neil (Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight senior sportswriter): Welcome! Let’s start with the Indians. They finally won this division after a failed bid as the favorite in 2015 and used that as a springboard to come about as close to a world championship as a team can get without winning it.Now the projections are really high on them again. According to FanGraphs, they’re as big a division favorite (88 percent) as the Cubs! Is that too much? Or are they that far ahead?rob: The Indians are impressive, but that playoff prediction is as much about the mediocrity of the rest of the AL Central as it is the Indians’ own talent level. Their closest divisional competitor, the Tigers, grade out as barely above average, so by comparison Cleveland is a heavy favorite.tmarchman: Yeah, I think this has as much to do with the state of the Central as anything else. There are realistic scenarios where the Indians don’t win the division, but they probably involve multiple injuries to key players and another team playing over their head — and even there, Cleveland versus whatever team that is would probably be a push.rob: The Indians had some injury troubles last year — their starting rotation was depleted by October. With Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar back in the picture for a few more starts each, they should have one of the best overall staffs in all of baseball (again). And while there may be some regression to the mean for a couple of their position players (Tyler Naquin comes to mind), they added Edwin Encarnacion over the offseason, and they could also get some production out of Michael Brantley.neil: Yeah, despite all those injuries, they were super good at preventing runs last year. And a lot of that was a sick bullpen — but is there a worry that their ’pen might not repeat such a great season? They were second in WPA through a mix of great peripherals and clutch pitching, but bullpens are also notoriously volatile. (Of course, they also get a full season of Andrew Miller.)rob: Bullpens are absurdly difficult to predict. (OK, all of baseball is difficult to predict, but bullpens are a special challenge.) Nevertheless, I feel comfortable saying that their bullpen will be at least decent. They have the fantastic 1-2 combo of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, both about as consistently excellent as relievers tend to be. And I think Terry Francona showed that he can use his relief staff in a novel, smart way last season.tmarchman: The Indians also haven’t worked their relievers all that hard over the last couple of years. They were 11th in the AL in IP last year and 14th the year before that. Day to day, this isn’t really the team you might remember from last October, trying to nurse a lead along into the fifth. This is where starting out so far ahead of the division really helps: If you’re opening the season thinking more about getting Miller and Allen enough work than about maximizing their use over six months, that’s pretty nice.neil: That’s a good luxury to have, and it suggests there’s a good chance Cleveland’s run prevention is still on lock. The lineup, on the other hand, wasn’t a strength last year — it ranked 12th in the AL in OPS+. Is adding Encarnacion and getting Brantley back enough to improve that offense? Or does it matter?rob: If you go by raw runs scored, they were quite a bit better than that (fifth best in baseball). Some of that difference comes from excellent baserunning, and some is probably sequencing. But that’s all a long-winded preamble to saying it doesn’t much matter. As long as their pitching staff is as good as it projects to be, their offense doesn’t need to be amazing for them to win ballgames. It will likely improve this season, but is doesn’t really need to.tmarchman: The offense almost has to improve, right? Cleveland catchers hit .185/.244/.320 last year. Their primary left fielder had a 78 OPS+. Juan Uribe got 259 plate appearances and hit like one of the catchers.rob: Yikes, that catcher line.tmarchman: I don’t know that I’d mess with the catching situation, given how well the pitchers did, but good God.rob: I mean, their catchers’ BABIP was .221. The next-lowest group of catchers by BABIP was at .247.neil: All right, let’s move on to the rest of this division, starting with Detroit. They were the fourth-oldest team in MLB, had only 83 Pythagorean wins last year, yet they didn’t really make any huge changes from last year, aside from dealing away Cameron Maybin. Seems like a lot of indicators are pointing down for the Tigers.tmarchman: It certainly feels like the kind of team that could just implode.rob: Yeah, if I had to bet on one team to be significantly worse than its projection, it might be the Tigers. They are old, they are mediocre and if they are going to be competitive in the long term, they need to reorganize their talent somehow. I’m not saying they need to go for a full, three-plus-season rebuild — that would be heartbreaking, with Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander still productive. But they might need to give up on competing for a year or two in order to be serious contenders again before their current core falls apart.tmarchman: I don’t think there’s really any sophisticated analysis that needs to be brought to bear here. Verlander and Cabrera were 33 last year and Ian Kinsler was 34, all of them played about as well as you could reasonably expect, if not better, and the team was … just OK.Kinsler might actually be the most interesting player on the team, in some ways. He’s been better than Cabrera over the last three years by WAR (though that’s buoyed by some really favorable defensive ratings), at an age when you really wouldn’t have expected a ton — considering Kinsler in his prime was a decent-hitting but not overwhelming second baseman. He’s starting to creep up on Hall of Fame-type numbers.neil: Dare I say it, Kinsler has been one of the most underrated players of his generation.rob: Detroit could have three past-their-prime Hall of Famers in Kinsler, Cabrera and Verlander. Watching that triumvirate navigate their twilight years might be the most compelling thing about the Tigers right now.But their bullpen is, as ever, a question mark (if not an outright weakness). In the unlikely event they make the playoffs, the relief corps will haunt them (as it has, over and over and over). And they can’t do much to fix it, without a strong farm system or many tradeable assets.neil: Right, that was something I wanted to ask about — doesn’t it seem like they’re in a precarious place on the success cycle? They have the stars, but the rest of the roster isn’t very good. They have the third-highest projected payroll in MLB this year, and the sixth-worst farm system, according to Baseball America. They’re kind of a team caught in between contending and rebuilding.tmarchman: I think that’s understating it, they seem like a nuclear wasteland waiting to happen.neil: OK, so from a franchise trending downward to one I think is headed up, let’s shift to the Minnesota Twins. They have a new, SABR-savvy management with GM Thad Levine. Is this the start of a new era for a franchise that had resisted outwardly embracing analytics under former GM Terry Ryan?tmarchman: I guess I’m waiting to see with the Twins. Not only did the Twins resist analytics for a long time, they famously resisted the idea of trying to hit for power for a long time, which you may or may not think has long-lasting residual effects.Without going back and checking what I said last year, I’m pretty sure it was some version of what I’ll say here: Their direction seems pretty contingent on whether center fielder Byron Buxton and third baseman Miguel Sano break out. It’s hardly like they’re running out of time, but it’s a little hard to peg what the team is without knowing what they have in those two. Buxton — for anyone who wants to read anything into it — did hit nine home runs in September and now says a light went on. Certainly possible, though I suppose we’ll see.rob: I agree with Tim, but I will also say that getting rid of Ryan was a huge step for the Twins’ long-term contention. I don’t know that they will be competitive any time soon, but they will no longer have to contend with an organizational philosophy that effectively hamstrings them. They are finally free to pursue pitchers who strike people out, and to better integrate sabermetrics into their decision making process.tmarchman: There’s something incredibly impressive about the nice run they had. When you’re not only resistant to analytics but actively don’t want hitters hitting the ball too hard or pitchers striking people out — and still do well — well, it’s an achievement!But that they were still dining out on it all this time later means it was probably time for a change.rob: Agreed. As we enter a new era where every team seems to have or at least be building a functional analytics department, I’m kind of sad to see the last few front offices who resisted leave. It was nice to have a whole different way to build a team that could coexist and compete with what we think of as the state of the art.neil: Either way, the prognostications above call for about a 15- to 20-win improvement on last year’s terrible 59-103 record. Granted, they won 83 games in 2015 and also undershot Pythagoras by seven wins last year, so they were probably a true 66-win team that got unlucky.But do we think third place is a realistic mark of progress in 2017? (Also note that Minny has the No. 1 pick in June’s draft, which is another source of long-term optimism no matter what happens this season.)tmarchman: I could see them finishing anywhere from second to last place, but whatever it is, I don’t think the finish itself tells much as a measure of progress. If I told you right now that they’ll finish .500 on the back of pretty strong seasons from pitchers Ervin Santana and Phil Hughes, I doubt you’d say that necessarily means much long term. You’d want to know how the prospects did — and, for that matter, you might want to know why those two were still on the team after the trade deadline.neil: OK, now let’s talk about the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals. After an 81-81 season in 2016, is the party over for K.C.? Last year, they looked at times like they’d contend for another World Series, flame out completely and everything in between.rob: The Royals are so frustrating. I was all ready last season to buy into the idea that they had discovered some secret advantage (in regards to defense, or injuries, or chemistry or something), and then they landed somewhere between mediocre (by W-L) and bad (by Pythagorean record).There are two problems for Kansas City, in my opinion: One is that, even with a secret advantage that adds 5-10 wins to their final performance, the Royals aren’t likely to be anything better than average. And the second is that sabermetric advantages tend to be ephemeral, as other teams rapidly catch up to whatever magic they developed. Because K.C. is a small-market team, it will have to keep coming up with new and fresh edges in order to keep its head above .500.tmarchman: I’m with Rob here. If you were being optimistic you could just set last year’s record as their baseline, and say, “Hey, fewer injuries, Alex Gordon plays like Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer has a nice contract year … that all adds up, they should be in it.” But I just don’t see where they have all that many good players.neil: It also seems like all the things that made up “Royals Devil Magic” were still good — but a little bit less great than before, and there wasn’t much else to make up for it. They were still one of the best fielding teams, but not as dominant as in 2015. Ditto the bullpen, their contact rate and even their speed score and weighted runs from steals.tmarchman: To take FanGraphs’ projections, they have four players projected to be above average, and none projected to be worth more than 2.9 WAR. There are certainly things those projections don’t capture, but that’s an awful lot to make up for.rob: Their best player last season was Jarrod Dyson at 3.1 WAR, most of it defensive. And he’s gone now. In 2015, when everything was clicking and going well, a lot of their players drastically outperformed their projections. And maybe that can happen again, but it’s hard to pin your hopes every year on the projections simultaneously getting five players wrong.I am intrigued by the addition of Jorge Soler, though. I always thought he was a couple of tweaks away from being a great player with the Cubs, and if I had to pick one person on the team to blow past their projection (only 0.6 WAR), it would be him.neil: Finally, we have Tim’s favorite team — the Chicago White Sox. And at last, they appear to be rebuilding in earnest, after hovering in that mid-70s no man’s land for wins over the past few seasons.The Sox made some big trades for prospects this offseason: They swapped ace Chris Sale for infielder Yoan Moncada (Baseball America’s No. 2-ranked prospect) and starter Michael Kopech. They also dealt outfielder Adam Eaton — seems like they sold high there — for two more pitching prospects. This appears to be a good rebuild, no?tmarchman: I’m cranky about it. I don’t think much of the prospects they got, and I think that a Hall of Fame-caliber pitcher on a reasonable contract (Sale) and an All-Star outfielder on a ridiculous one (Eaton) are players you want to keep around, if they’re young.On the other hand … after talking about all these teams that are just kind of stuck in the mud, yes, it’s a relief to get to one that has a clear, obvious direction.rob: I, too, am a little skeptical of the rebuild, not just as an evaluator but as a Chicago-based fan (nothing beat going to see a Chris Sale start for cheap). Like Tim, I’m a little lower on the prospects they got back than the consensus seems to be. I’ve seen Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski fleece many a team in similar trades, and if I were the White Sox, I’d be wary. But as far as the general direction of the team, it had to happen, there was no other way, and now there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon that they could one day be great.neil: At the very least, they’re fifth in Baseball America’s farm-system rankings now, which is the highest they’ve been in a long time.rob: And this coming year of horrible baseball will likely improve that system’s position as they start to get high draft picks coming in.tmarchman: I think one big problem here goes to something that analytically inclined types can’t always predict well, which is player development. The White Sox can definitely develop pitchers, but they just aren’t good at doing anything with hitters like Moncada. Are you really better off going for talent over polish if you have no real record of turning that talent into production?rob: Right, they have a terrible record for developing position players. So it’s fair to wonder if they’ll be able to turn these guys into viable major leaguers.neil: Given the rebuild, is there anything to really watch out for on the field this year? Do those 71 wins by the projectors seem about right? Or is it yet another AL Central case where the record is kinda irrelevant?tmarchman: The record’s not relevant, but I think performance is. The question isn’t just, say, whether 2013 first-rounder Tim Anderson will develop a better grasp of the strike zone and lock down shortstop long term, but whether new manager Rick Renteria is the right guy to bring the kids along.rob: I think one player to watch closely will be starter Jose Quintana. In addition to the fact that he is woefully underappreciated and fun, he might get traded midseason so that the Sox can add a few more good players to the farm. Watch the contenders to see if any of them have major rotation holes and good prospects to give up.tmarchman: Overall, this really, really feels like a return to the good ol’ days in the Central — a bunch of teams that are horror shows in various ways, and the Indians taking the summer to figure out if they’ll need to trade for, say, a left-handed pinch-hitter who’s good against screwballs to get a tactical advantage in the playoffs.Now that I said that, the Royals are going to scamper to the division, of course. read more

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first_imgPolice tasered a blind man at a train station on Thursday evening after mistaking his walking stick for a gun.Officers from Greater Manchester Police were called to a platform at Levenshulme Station after receiving a call that a middle-aged man had been seen holding a firearm.Arriving at the scene, officers tasered the man with a 50,000 volt stun gun, after he failed to respond to police calls to drop what they believed to be a weapon.In fact, the 43-year-old was blind and had been holding his cane, folded up, as he waited on the platform for a train home.The man is believed to have collapsed before then being detained by officers. A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed that the man had been detained before officers realised that the weapon was in fact a folding cane.He added that the man was later released and the incident has been referred to the Force’s professional standards branch to investigate, addingSuperintendent Steve Howard, of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “Officers responded quickly to the incident to ensure the safety of the community of Levenshulme.”It has been established that there was no threat and inquiries are ongoing to fully understand the circumstances of the incident.”In line with standard procedure on occasions such as this, a referral has been made to GMP’s Professional Standards Branch.”Allan Hogarth, Amnesty International’s head of policy and Government affairs, said: “This is another extremely disturbing incident of a Taser apparently being misused.“The Taser is a potentially lethal weapon which should be used only in a strictly limited set of circumstances, namely a threat to life or the risk of very serious injury. “With growing numbers of police officers armed with Tasers, this incident shows again that they should be getting the same level of training as firearms officers.“We’re calling for police officers to undergo rigorous training which takes into account how to respond to people in vulnerable groups, including the visually impaired.“Amnesty remains concerned that police officers are still likely to cause serious harm using Tasers without appropriate training.” A local convenience store worker, Tasawar Dar, said he saw heavily armed police arrive at the scene at around 7pm on Thursday.He added that another witness had claimed that officers had issued instructions at the man at gunpoint.“I heard the police and they shouted ‘lie down on the ground’ and there was the bark of dog as well,” he told reporters.“I saw a guy sitting on the stairs of the station and a police office came into the shop asking for a can of coke. They went out and gave it to the guy.“A friend of mine said he saw them pointing the gun at the man as well. They left about half an hour later and then an ambulance came.”center_img 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.last_img read more

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first_imgDes cratères de la planète rouge photographiés par Mars ExpressLes cratères sont la résultante d’impacts d’astéroïdes, de comètes ou encore de météorites venus percuter de plein fouet la surface d’une planète, et deviennent avec le temps les empreintes d’une histoire qui s’écrit chaque jour. Stigmatisant la surface de la planète qu’ils ont violemment frappé, les cratères permettent aux géologues de découvrir et d’étudier l’évolution et les transformations que connait une planète. Mars, qui n’est pas épargnée en matière de collisions spatiales, se dévoile peu à peu…Lorsqu’une comète ou un astéroïde entre en collision avec une planète, cela génère un cratère à piédestal, qui se caractérise par un trou important dont les alentours sont recouverts de la roche projetée hors du cratère lors de l’impact. Cette roche pulvérisée et amoncelée forme alors une sorte de piédestal autour du lieu du choc. Se créent alors, avec le temps et l’érosion, des falaises abruptes, souvent riches en eau et en glace.Des exemples très concrets de ce type de phénomènes sont visibles sur l’hémisphère nord de la planète Mars, au niveau de la zone Arabia Terra, qui s’étend d’est en ouest à travers 4.500 kilomètres. Cette région, riche en cratères, fait partie des hautes terres de la planète rouge. Elle est caractérisée par la forte présence de collines, de vallées et surtout d’anciens cratères. Et durant des millions d’années, la surface de Mars a ainsi connu de grandes évolutions causées par les écoulements de lave ou encore, l’érosion profonde et inéluctable du sol par le vent. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALes cratères sont ainsi une résultante d’un impact et leur évolution permet aux géologues de faire un “état des lieux” du processus évolutif de la surface de la planète. Par exemple, dans les régions de l’est de la planète rouge, certaines terres s’élèvent jusqu’à 4 kilomètres au-dessus des parties les plus basses du nord-ouest.Les cratères, qui eux aussi connaissent une évolution et des transformations, permettent donc d’en apprendre un peu plus sur les bouleversements et les changements qui ont mené Mars vers une variété de paysages que l’on peut aujourd’hui contempler et étudier, grâce à l’instrument HRSC (High Resolution Stereo Camera), implanté sur la sonde spatiale Mars Express de l’ESA.Découvrez ces cratères martiens en images sur Maxisciences. Le 8 février 2011 à 16:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_img Pinterest First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Videos Articles Videos Articles New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next Google+ Brock Lesnar Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy?center_img Now Playing Up Next When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Triple H Following RAW on Monday night, WWE has announced a triple threat match featuring Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar for the main event of WWE Fastlane on 2/21 in Cleveland. The winner will move on to face Triple H in the main event of WrestleMania 32 on 4/3 in Dallas for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.WWE: Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Brock LesnarRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 45.61%0:01Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Rusev Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Winslast_img read more

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Triple H to undergo surgery on Tuesday morning Videos after RAW taping

first_img Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football WhatsApp WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Google+ Twitter Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteDuration 0:00/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Paul “Triple H” Levesque revealed on Twitter that he will be undergoing surgery on Tuesday morning, including a nasty photo of the result of his injury at Crown Jewel.As confirmed by WWE, Triple H suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the main event of Crown Jewel last Friday live on the WWE Network from Saudi Arabia.The injury, which took place when Triple H was whipped into the corner and took a bump over the ropes early in the match, did not prevent him from finishing the match.Surgery in the AM……makes you stronger. pic.twitter.com/7jB0YS4Ykf— Triple H (@TripleH) November 6, 2018Videos after RAW taping in ManchesterWWE posted these interviews after RAW on Monday night in Manchester. Facebook Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Clark County Courthouse was evacuated following a bomb threat 0n the afternoon of Nov. 15 as other news outlets reported threats at county courthouses around the state.A call came into the Superior Court Clerk’s office around 3:20 p.m., stating that there were explosive devices in the courthouse, set to go off in 20 minutes.“The guy said, ‘This is not a bomb threat; this is a bomb promise,’ ” said Sgt. Shane Gardner with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.A short while later, deputies stationed at the courthouse at 1200 Franklin St. pulled the fire alarm to quickly evacuate the building. They did not locate any explosive device.–Patty HastingsCLEVELAND — An ex-convict pleaded guilty Thursday to making more than 100 telephone bomb threats to courthouses and other public buildings in five states, and a judge promptly sentenced him to 51 months in prison.last_img read more

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Children with autism participate in surf camp in Sunny Isles Beach

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of children with autism got to spend one perfect day surfing Miami’s waves for Autism Awareness Month.The nonprofit called Surfers Healing hosted a surfing camp in Sunny Isles Beach, Saturday morning.More than 150 kids with autism got to stand up on the board and feel what it is like to be a surfer.“For us as parents, we really look at this as just shining on their ability to be a kid and have a good time, and that’s what’s most important,” said Jason Mizrachi, whose son has autism.“It’s just a great day for families to really have a nice day. No one’s judged, and it’s also a great day to let them realize that you can really push the bar with their kids,” said Surfers Healing Coordinator Moshe Banin. “A lot of kids, we fight to get onto the board, and all of them come back happy.”Besides surfing the waves, the kids also danced to live music.Families from across Florida traveled to Sunny Isles Beach to participate in the event. last_img read more

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first_imgTuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the Sockeye wildfire, which drove Willow residents from their homes and claimed 55 residences.Download AudioThe Sockeye Fire which devastated Willow in 2015 (Photo courtesy of the Mat-Su Borough)Defendants in a case now pending in state courts will face trial, according to the outcome of a pre-trial hearing held on Friday.Attorneys for Greg Imig and Amy DeWitt say they will not accept a plea bargain offered by the state.   Palmer district attorney Roman Kalytiak said two weeks ago that the state was attempting to negotiate to avoid a month long trial.The state has charged Imig and DeWitt with criminally negligent burning and reckless endangerment, among other charges.  All the charges against the couple are misdemeanors, and do not carry jail time.DA Kalytiak said restitution for the fire is a sticking point in the plea deal. The state wants to go to trial by July, but attorneys for the defendants say they want to wait until October.last_img read more

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first_imgEmployees cross an overpass at the Indian headquarters of iGateReutersIn the last few days, Indian IT giants have been in the limelight, thanks to reports of massive job cuts that have hit the sector. While some of these firms have said that the reports of such huge layoffs are unfounded and that some employees were let go on the basis of performance, the move looks like it has more to do with the slow growth in the IT sector. Automation could be another reason.The firms have been battling issues such as tougher visa norms, a sluggish global economy and the rising popularity of digital services. For instance, Cognizant was said to be sacking its employees in India to ramp up its hiring process in the United States, its home country.This step was seen as a way to appease the Donald Trump administration, which has expressed displeasure over US firms outsourcing jobs to other countries, as well as addressing the charges against it taking up a major share of the H-1B visas offered.While Cognizant president Rajiv Mehta told the Economic Times that the company had no layoff plans, he did say that CTS planned to ramp up hiring in the US. Additionally, he attributed the shift to “clients’ need for co-innovation and co-location.” Cognizant is fairly aggressive in its acquisition strategy as it plans to strengthen various domains.WikiMedia CommonsNot just CTS, other IT giants like Infosys, Capgemini, Wipro and Tech Mahindra have all released statements saying that the reports of layoffs are unfounded, citing how each year employees are evaluated and non-performers are let go.Though the companies may not be laying off employees in such big numbers, they seem to be adopting other cost optimisation measures to deal with the sluggish economy. While Infosys has deferred its yearly salary hike until July – the wait for senior employees could be longer – Tech Mahindra has suspended the appraisal of the senior employees.”They have delayed the salary hike. They are also raising the cost of parking in the campus and facilities fees. So even if you get a hike, you will end up giving most of it back to the company,” an Infosys employee told the daily.Meanwhile, Cognizant may also let go of its senior employees through a voluntary retirement scheme. The firm has reportedly given its senior employees an option to accept a six or nine months’ severance package, whichever is applicable.”We are offering a voluntary separation incentive to some eligible leaders, representing a very small percentage of our total workforce. It is related to our overall company strategy to accelerate our shift to digital and to deliver high-quality, sustainable growth,” a Cognizant spokesperson told ET. Hiring and headcount details based on company filings.Quarterly results and statements.Apart from laying off its employees, IT giants are also hiring lesser number of employees each year and automation could be one of the reasons. Most of the companies now rely on digital services.”With automation, the number of people we are hiring in the past will not be the same. It will slow down a little bit. We are also looking at hiring very differential kind of people,” Indian Express quoted Krishnamurthy Shankar, executive vice-president, group head, human resource development, Infosys, as saying.Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and chief executive officer of PeopleStrong, noted that the job cuts due to automation may not show a drastic impact right away, but it will be visible by around 2020. “The change has started, with companies introducing bots for customer service, managing warehouses, etc.,” he told LiveMint.last_img read more

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US needs to focus on Bangladesh to counter China Analysis

first_imgUS secretary of state Mike Pompeo meets with Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on 28 September 2018. — Photo: US state departmentBangladesh may not be a major destination for US exports and has not caught president Donald Trump’s eye for “stealing” American jobs, according to an article that appeared in a number of outlets.But, the article insists, Bangladesh’s success in striding toward economic prosperity, containing the spread of terrorism, and protecting Rohingya refugees from untold atrocities should inspire US policymakers to recalibrate their Bangladesh policy.“Bangladesh is one of those countries that should receive attention from Washington but typically do not,” writes Arafat Kabir in the article published among others by The Wall Street Journal and The Diplomat.However, the author has pointed out some changes. Last month, he mentioned, the US House foreign affairs committee called upon secretary of state Mike Pompeo to demonstrate America’s “continued commitment to and respect for democratic institutions [in Asia], beginning with Bangladesh.”Representative Eliot Engel, the committee chairman, penned the letter along with five colleagues in which he expressed dismay at the “negative trajectory of democracy” in a country that used to be known for its fragile but boisterous democracy, added the article.Quoting Eliot Engel, it explained, Bangladesh’s 30 December elections point to concerning trend of consolidation of power by the ruling Awami League and raise fears of a de facto one-party state.“If Americans are fed up with their own growing partisanship, they should find some solace by looking at Bangladesh,” reads the article.Referring to Dhaka’s policy of giving shelter to one million Rohingyas who fled Myanmar atrocities, the author maintained that the United States cannot but take a greater interest in Bangladesh.Emphasising long-term strategies to be devised by the United States being the single largest market for Bangladesh exports, to boost bilateral trade, the author recommended more incentives from Washington, such as duty-free access to Bangladeshi products.“Unlike some of its neighbours, Bangladesh has yet to capitulate to what amounts to be China’s checkbook diplomacy,” the article said adding that the US should increase investment in Bangladesh. “…doing so would provide Washington with the opportunity to not only gain a stronger foothold but also counter China’s omnipresence in South Asia.”It pointed out that given Bangladesh’s record in fighting and vulnerability to international terrorism and the country’s geostrategic location, it is imperative for Washington to beef up security cooperation with Bangladesh, a point that Davidson echoed in his deposition.The article titled ‘Time for the US to Stop Ignoring Bangladesh’ said Washington should ramp up political efforts so that Myanmar feels compelled to put an end to the ongoing Rohingya crisis.“Reaping long-term gains becomes easier when two democracies invest in a relationship that is based on mutual trust and respect for international institutions, open markets, and human rights,” wrote the author.Therefore, he suggested, the Trump administration should encourage Bangladesh to stick to democratic principles and institutions as part of its increased engagement.last_img read more

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A common strand of culture and tradition

first_imgThe second edition of Dastkar’s Asia Bazaar was organised in the Capital in association with Delhi tourism that started off on 5 September at Nature Bazaar Venue. The bazaar featured craftspeople and crafts organisations from Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Maldives, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and their Indian counterparts to share and showcase talents, techniques and products. The event that ended up on 14 September brought together the common strands of centuries-old cultural and craft heritage. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The venture provides an opportunity for visiting delegates, customers and participants from across the borders, to learn about each others’ cultures and traditions and understand the variations of their skills being practiced in other countries. It also gives artisans an avenue to study fashion trends from across borders. It creates a bridge where they can interact and expand their ties with neighboring countries beyond business and can gauge market feedback.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year the bazaar included – Kilim woolen rugs from Afghanistan, hand-woven dhurries by traditional weavers from Telangana and Uttar Pradesh, craftswomen from Gujarat embroidering Kutchi and suf meeting their counterparts from Sind and Afghanistan, Kanthaand sujni embroidery linking India and Pakistan, weaving traditions from Nepal meeting those from Kotpad, Odisha, Kutch and Gujarat. Asia Bazaar also brought the nomadic carpets, felted wool home accessories and urbane silk Ikats and brocades craftspeople from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kirgizstan, to complement the hand-knotted rugs and crewel embroidery from Kashmir, and applique from Gujarat and Karnataka. It also featured folk paintings from Madhya Pradesh,West Bengal and Rajasthan.last_img read more

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Firefox 57 release overview

first_imgFirefox 57 release overview by Martin Brinkmann on November 13, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 272 commentsMozilla plans to release Firefox 57.0 to the stable channel on November 14, 2017. The new version of the web browser is a major release as it introduces big changes to the browser’s performance, interface, and add-on compatibility.In short: the new version of Firefox is a lot faster than previous versions, replaces the Australis interface introduced in Firefox 29 with the new Photon interface, and drops support for the legacy add-on system to focus on WebExtensions.Executive SummaryFirefox 57.0 comes with a design refresh called Photon.Legacy add-ons and themes are not compatible anymore.Performance improvements thanks to Project Quantum.. Mozilla states that Firefox 57 is two times as fast as Firefox 52.0.Firefox 57.0 download and updateFirefox 57.0 will be released on November 14, 2017 to the browser’s stable channel. Existing Firefox users will have the browser updated automatically on the day, provided that automatic updates is enabled.Firefox users can run manual checks for updates in the browser with a click on Menu > Help > About Firefox.The release is already on Mozilla’s FTP server, but it is best to wait for the public release announcement by Mozilla. Mozilla will update the download links as well on November 14.Direct download links for Firefox installation files:Firefox Stable downloadFirefox Beta downloadNightly downloadFirefox ESR downloadFirefox unbranded builds informationFirefox 57.0 ChangesFirefox 57 is probably the most important release for Mozilla in a long, long time. The organization removed the old add-ons system from Firefox, refreshed the interface, and integrated some parts of Project Quantum in the browser.Photon designFirefox 57.0 comes with a modified interface, the first major refresh of Firefox’s design since the release of the controversial Australis interface in Firefox 29.0.Photon is more than just an interface overhaul however as it is part of the Mozilla Quantum project. This means that Photon is not just a new paint for Firefox, but something deeper that took factors such as speed and responsiveness into account.As far as the interface is concerned, Firefox 57.0 introduces changes to the New Tab page, the Firefox menu, themes, and customization options.Firefox’s theme has changed; if you used a previous version of the browser you will immediately notice the changes. Version 57.0 of the browser comes with a light and dark theme that you can switch between, and options to change the theme’s density to touch or compact modes. Compact uses a little bit less of space, touch is optimized for devices with touch capabilities.The Firefox menu is still at its default location, but it is not made up of icons anymore but of text links (with icons instead). The menu is fixed, meaning that you cannot add or remove items from it anymore.Customize options are still provided though as you can see on the screenshots above. You can still drag and drop many interface elements around, or remove them entirely from the browser UI. New items can be placed on the main toolbar or a new “>>” menu designed for items that you don’t want placed on the toolbar but in reach anyway.When you navigate to a site you will notice the new “…” menu that is placed inside the address bar. This is the new Page Actions menu that lists options to interact with the page directly.You find options to bookmark the page, or save it to pocket, and options to copy or email the link, send the tab to a connected device, or take a screenshot there.Mozilla added dupes of the first two options inside the address bar as well. A right-click on the entry, e.g. “save page to Pocket” displays options to add or remove the icon from that spot.The New Tab Page and Start Page of Firefox 57 is based on Activity Stream now. Activity Stream was launched as a Test Pilot experiment before Mozilla implemented the functionality in the browser.The page features a search, top sites, highlights, Pocket recommendations (only select countries) and snippets that Mozilla displays. Firefox users can customize the New Tab page with a click on the cogwheel icon to display or hide any of the elements (removing all leaves a blank page).Users who want more control can install the New Tab Override extension by Sören Hentzschel.Photon is more than just the visuals that you see on the screenshots.Mozilla tweaked animations, icons and many other things to improve the responsiveness of the browser.QuantumThe second big change in Firefox 57 is that parts of Firefox’s new web engine Quantum are implemented in the browser. Mozilla stated earlier that Quantum made Firefox twice as fast for some operations when compared to the recent Firefox 52.0. That’s an impressive gain.Quantum makes use of technology that modern processors offer. It supports parallelism and other features, and uses these to make Firefox faster.Quantum CSS, also known as Stylo, is the first major Quantum component that Mozilla integrated into Firefox.Without going into too many details, Quantum CSS uses parallel computing and other improvements to make the handling of CSS in Firefox a lot faster.Mozilla revealed in September that Firefox engineers removed a total of 468 issues related to speed, bottlenecks for instance, in the preceding months.You can check out this overview on Mozilla Hacks for details on that, and this article on Quantum in general on the same site.Quantum makes the browser more stable at the same time, as Quantum Compositor was moved to its own process thanks to the previous integration of Electrolysis (multi-process Firefox).In short: Firefox feels a lot snappier and faster.Changes to the Firefox add-on systemFirefox 57 does not support legacy add-ons or themes anymore. Firefox users who ran those in previous versions of the browser will notice that these have been disabled during the update to Firefox 57.So, if you have updated to Firefox you may notice that some of your add-ons have been disabled, and that is the reason why.Add-ons and themes that have been disabled are listed under legacy extensions on about:addons. Options to remove them and to use the new “find a replacement” feature are provided.There is no guarantee that a replacement is available however. The Classic Theme Restorer extension for instance cannot have a replacement as WebExtensions cannot replicate its functionality.In short: Firefox 57 supports only WebExtensions. Plenty of popular extensions have been ported, but there is an equally large number of popular extensions that have not yet. Some will never be ported for one reason or another (because of developer disinterest, a lack of APIs or because they are abandoned by their developer).Mozilla plans to support legacy add-ons throughout the lifetime of Firefox ESR 52. The Firefox ESR 59 release won’t support legacy add-ons anymore, and Mozilla noted already that there won’t be a switch to enable legacy support again.New Permissions in PreferencesYou find (some) permission controls in the preference in Firefox 57. You can control location, camera, microphone and notifications directly there.Load about:preferences#privacy and scroll down to the permissions section. A click on settings displays all sites that requested access to the linked feature, e.g. location. You can remove select websites or all websites from the listing at any time.There is still some work to be done in this regard though, as controls lack options that Firefox’s classic permissions system offered (removed by Mozilla).Other Firefox 57.0 changesThe Share button has been removed in Firefox 57. You can install the Firefox add-on Share Backported to bring it back.The autoscroll feature of Firefox uses asynchronous scrolling in Firefox 57. This should improve the smoothness of the scrolling of this mode.The Linux security sandbox is set to a higher (more restrictive) level in Firefox 57.0. It blocks file system reads and writes on Linux systems. Firefox users on Linux who run into issues after the upgrade to the new version can modify the sandbox level accordingly (see known issues below for instructions).Pressing the middle-mouse button in the content area on Unix systems does not navigate to URLs anymore by default.Support for AMD VP9 hardware video decoder that improves video playback with lower power consumption.Tracking Protection is now available as an option for all sites. It was previously only available for sites in private browsing mode.Firefox 57 ships without visible search bar in the interface. You can enable it under about:preferences#search on new installations. Old installations should not be affected by this.Firefox 57.0 IssuesFirefox 57.0 has three unresolved issues that may affect users of the browser:Firefox users who operate screen readers are advised to use Firefox ESR until performance issues are resolved.Firefox may crash on Windows and Linux systems with Intel Broadwell-U processors. Mozilla suggests that Windows users make sure the most recent updates are installed, and that Linux users should make sure the distribution package for Intel microcode is installed.Firefox for Windows users who use the browser over Remote Desktop Connections (RDP) may have no audio as it may have been disabled due to security restrictions. Mozilla’s support page suggests changing the level of the Firefox sandbox to 2.Load about:config?filter=security.sandbox.content.level in the browser’s address bar.Double-click on the preference and set its value to 2.Older versions of the Japanese Input Method Editor ATOK IME may cause crashes, and are disabled because of that on 64-bit versions of Firefox on Windows. Mozilla suggests to upgrade to a newer version or another IME.Developer ChangesVisual refresh of DevTools themes.New and re-designed Console panel (written in React and Reduct), allows  to inspect objects in context now.The rel=”preload” attribute has been disabled again.New -screenshot flag for the headless mode of Firefox.resource:// URIs don’t leak information anymore.Lots of Quantum CSS, WebExtensions changes. Consult the resource section below for links to the information.Social API is completely removed.Legacy add-ons maximum compatibility is set to 56.*. Developers cannot upload legacy add-ons with a higher maximum compatibility.Firefox 57.0 for AndroidOnly supports WebExtensions. Legacy add-on support dropped.Features performance improvements for faster page load times and better stability.New Tab page updated.Video decoding shuts down automatically when the playing tab is sent to the background. Will resume automatically when brought back to the foreground. Audio continues to play.Tracking protection outside of private browsing supported.Private mode automatically enabled on compatible keyboards when in private browsing mode.Long URLs can be scrolled now in the address bar.Added wo locale.Security updates / fixesWill be added once they are published. They are out.CVE-2017-7793: Use-after-free with Fetch APICVE-2017-7817: Firefox for Android address bar spoofing through fullscreen modeCVE-2017-7818: Use-after-free during ARIA array manipulationCVE-2017-7819: Use-after-free while resizing images in design modeCVE-2017-7824: Buffer overflow when drawing and validating elements with ANGLECVE-2017-7805: Use-after-free in TLS 1.2 generating handshake hashesCVE-2017-7812: Drag and drop of malicious page content to the tab bar can open locally stored filesCVE-2017-7814: Blob and data URLs bypass phishing and malware protection warningsCVE-2017-7813: Integer truncation in the JavaScript parserCVE-2017-7825: OS X fonts render some Tibetan and Arabic unicode characters as spacesCVE-2017-7815: Spoofing attack with modal dialogs on non-e10s installationsCVE-2017-7816: WebExtensions can load about: URLs in extension UICVE-2017-7821: WebExtensions can download and open non-executable files without user interactionCVE-2017-7823: CSP sandbox directive did not create a unique originCVE-2017-7822: WebCrypto allows AES-GCM with 0-length IVCVE-2017-7820: Xray wrapper bypass with new tab and web consoleCVE-2017-7811: Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 56CVE-2017-7810: Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 56 and Firefox ESR 52.4Firefox 57.0.1Mozilla released Firefox 57.0.1 on November 29, 2017. It is a security and bug fix release that addresses the following issues:Addressed an issue with pref.js profile paths having non-ascii characters.Fixed a Google Maps crash on OS X devices with Intel HD Graphics 3000 video adapters.Block RealPlayer Free client library injection as it was causing performance problems.Addressed video color distortion issues on AMD devices on sites like YouTube and other video sites.Security fixes.Firefox 57.0.2Firefox 57.0.2 was released on December 7, 2017 to the stable channel of the web browser. The release fixes two issues in the browser:A crash issue on start that is caused by old versions of G Data Endpoint Security.A WebGL and D3D9 in Windows.Firefox 57.0.3We covered the Firefox 57.0.3 release here.Firefox 57.0.4We covered the Firefox 57.0.4 release here. Additional information / sourcesFirefox 57 release notesFirefox 57.0.1 release notesFirefox 57.0.2. release notesFirefox 57.0.3. release notesFirefox 57.0.4. release notesFirefox 57 Android release notesAdd-on compatibility for Firefox 57Firefox 57 for DevelopersSite compatibility for Firefox 57Firefox Security AdvisoriesFirefox Release ScheduleNow Read: The state of Mozilla FirefoxSummaryArticle NameFirefox 57 release overviewDescriptionA detailed look at Firefox 57.0, a major new release of the web browser by Mozilla that drops legacy add-ons, introduces Quantum and Photon.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Update 3 people injured in crash near Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Three people were reported injured in the crash that took place on the R600 near Waffle Hut on Sunday (June 25).There were no fatalities and it is still unknown how the accident occurred.Read more: 2 vehicles crash near LadysmithPolice, towing personnel and emergency services were on scene.last_img read more

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first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban representatives have held unprecedented meetings with a large delegation of Afghan women in Norway’s capital this week, an apparently incremental step in efforts to end a bitter 14-year war that has killed thousands, officials said Friday.Though striking, it remains unclear whether such meetings can bridge the chasm between rhetoric and reality as insurgents continue to threaten and kill women seeking education and employment as a constitutional right in Afghanistan. “They come out with great rhetoric which some people are willing to accept because they want to see a ‘changed’ Taliban in terms of a victory after so many years of war,” she said. But she also noted the Taliban use of vague language, terms such as “principles of Islam” when referring to women’s rights.The Islamic militant group, during its 1996-2001 rule in Afghanistan, banned women and girls from education and work, and ruled they could not go outside unless wearing an enveloping burka and accompanied by a male relative.In modern-day Afghanistan, prominent women are regularly targeted by the insurgents, and some have been killed in attacks or shot dead in the street. Women health workers, policewomen, female soldiers, women who run their own businesses — they all have stories to tell, stories of family members kidnapped, homes bombed, suicide bombings or fatal street shootings.Barakzai, who survived a November attempt on her life, said it was her outspokenness on women’s issues that riled her attackers. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Her fellow lawmaker, Koofi, has said in the past that she has fled her home to escape threats against her and her family. The Taliban representatives to the talks were Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, a former senior official of the Taliban regime, and Mohammad Zahid Ahmadzada, who was a junior diplomat in that regime, one of the Afghan officials said.He said that along with Barakzai and Koofi, other women lawmakers at the Oslo talks included Nilofar Ibrahimi, Farkhunda Naderi and Suraya Dalil. The women members of the High Peace Council who travelled to Norway were Siddiqa Balkhi, Gulalai Noor Safi and Awa Alam Nuristani. The head of the Afghan Women’s Education Council, Hasina Safi, also participated, he said. None of the women could be immediately reached for comment.___Associated Press writers Karl Ritter in Stockholm and Amir Shah in Kabul, Afghanistan, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Afghan officials told The Associated Press that the talks took place on June 3 and 4 as part of a long-term Norwegian initiative for Afghan peace. Norway’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Frode Andersen said the meetings would conclude on Friday.At least five female lawmakers, including prominent women’s rights advocates Fawzia Koofi and Shukria Barakzai, took part, attending as “independent representatives” from parliament, one of the Afghan officials said.“They are not part of any (Afghan) government initiative, and were invited to an unofficial meeting, not as official delegates,” he said.At least three of the women are members of the government’s High Peace Council negotiating body, and one is a women’s education activist, the other Afghan officials said.The Taliban position on women’s rights is mired in an extreme interpretation of Islam.Their recent statements have been perceived as a softening of opposition to women learning and working, though Heather Barr, a senior researcher on women’s rights at Human Rights Watch, said actions continue to speak louder than words and that there is a “massive disconnect between what the Taliban” say and what they do. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies President Ashraf Ghani and his often outspoken wife Rula have said there will be no roll-back of hard-won constitutional protections for Afghan women as part of any peace deal.Nevertheless, rights to equality and protection from violence are widely regarded as vulnerable to demands from Taliban and other extremist groups. Those concerns spiked in 2013 when some conservative lawmakers seized upon an attempt by Koofi to have parliament ratify the Elimination of Violence Against Women act, decreed by former President Hamid Karzai. Efforts to remove some protections ultimately failed, but women’s groups were shaken.In their statement on Friday, the Taliban said that the “Afghan government should include the Taliban when making policy. Both sides should be ready for an Islamic system and anyone who does not want this has no role” in Afghanistan.The Oslo meeting is the most recent in a series hosted by the Norwegian government and comes a month after another round of informal talks in the Gulf state of Qatar. The meetings are seen as ice-breakers, attempts to build trust between the warring sides, and a step on a long road toward ending to the war. Formal peace talks are seen by diplomats and other observers as being years away. How men can have a healthy 2019 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 0 Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipes Barr said Taliban participation displays the group’s need to be seen as “a legitimate political force rather than a group of terrorists.”Unlike the Islamic State group fighting in Iraq and Syria and which has made no overtures to governments as it cuts an uncompromisingly extremist stance across the Middle East, the Taliban are “playing hard to get, but not impossible to get, even though every sign is that they are winning on the battlefield,” she saidGhani’s office said all Afghan citizens have the right to “work for peace where and whenever they want.”“We appreciate these are non-government talks, they are not representing the government of Afghanistan,” the office said in a statement.Ghani has prioritized bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table and ending their insurgency, which has battled Kabul for 14 years, since being ousted from power by a U.S.-led invasion in December 2001.In the meantime, each side is fighting for supremacy on the battlefield, as the Taliban’s summer offensive has spread across the country and Afghan forces are taking huge casualties — fighting for the first time alone following the departure last year of most international combat troops. Top Stories At least nine prominent Afghan women, including five lawmakers and high-profile rights advocates, travelled to Oslo for the talks with Taliban men — members of a failed regime notorious for its brutalization of women.The talks are not likely to have been a meeting of the minds — at least two of the women participants have survived assassination attacks by militants and most of the women at the Oslo meetings are likely to have experienced threats and harassment by men.While the meetings were informal, they signal a potential for the Taliban to shift on hard-line positions to facilitate an eventual dialogue with the Afghan government. They also highlight fears among Afghan women about just what the Kabul administration might be prepared to sacrifice to end the war, once a formal dialogue begins.The talks were part of the Norwegian government efforts to broker peace in Afghanistan. Both Taliban members and Afghan officials confirmed the talks but offered little details, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the nature of the meetings.“This meeting with the opposition is not a formal peace dialogue,” the Taliban said in a statement distributed to media.last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With the NFL Draft exactly one month away, expect a flood of mock drafts from around the internet in the next 30 days.ESPN’s Todd McShay released his fourth mock draft Monday (Insider access required), and he has the Arizona Cardinals taking Kentucky edge rusher Alvin “Bud” Dupree with the 24th pick of the first round.This is something of a luxury pick, as the Cardinals have done a nice job of plugging holes in free agency and don’t have many glaring needs. This is a good spot for Dupree to land, as he’s a raw player right now and would benefit from the veteran leadership of guys like Sean Weatherspoon and LaMarr Woodley. He’d be able to serve as a rotational pass-rusher to help keep guys fresh and do what he does best, which is get up the field and disrupt. There seems to be an emphasis in Arizona on adding more team speed, and Dupree definitely fits the bill: He ran a 4.56 40 with a 1.60 split at 6-4, 269 pounds, and his explosiveness jumps off the tape. I also considered RB Melvin Gordon or a cornerback for the Cardinals here.In McShay’s mock, Dupree is the fifth OLB/DE off the board behind Florida’s Dante Fowler, Nebraska’s Randy Gregory, Missouri’s Shane Ray and Clemson’s Vic Beasley. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In 2014, Dupree was Kentucky’s second-leading tackler with 74 on the season. He also registered 12.5 tackles for loss and a team-leading 7.5 sacks.McShay’s last mock draft, released Feb. 26, had the Cardinals selecting Virginia outside linebacker Eli Harold at no. 24.Check out all the latest projections in Arizona Sports’ Mock Draft Tracker.center_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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