Punjab Assembly passes Bill seeking life sentence for sacrilege of religious texts

first_imgRetrograde move: On Punjab’s proposed law on sacrilege Punjab state Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed Bills for an amendment to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) to make sacrilege of all religious texts punishable with life imprisonment.The Indian Penal Code (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018, which was passed has inserted Section 295AA to the IPC to provide that, “whoever causes injury, damage or sacrilege to Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Srimad Bhagwad Gita, Holy Quran and Holy Bible with the intention to hurt the religious feelings of the people, shall be punished with imprisonment for life.”Also Read  The Bill further states ”In the Indian Penal Code, 1860, in its application to the state of Punjab, in section 295, for the words ”two years”, the words ”ten years” shall be substituted.Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh in the statement said that in the recent past there have been attempts to disturb peace and communal harmony in the State by committing sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Srimad Bhagwad Gita and Holy Quran. The government is determined not to allow such incidents and ensure deterrent action against all those who commit such sacrilege. The proposed Indian Penal Code (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018, aim to achieve this objective by providing punishment of life imprisonment for such acts of sacrileges.The Code of Criminal Procedure (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018 provides to insert section 295AA ”injuring, causing any damage or sacrilege to Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Srimad Bhagwad Gita, Holy Quran and Holy Bible with an intention to hurt the religious feeling of the people.”The amendments would need the assent of the President. Under the existing Section 295A, punishment is for a maximum of three years imprisonment with or without fine.last_img read more

Stunner wives and girlfriends in F1 gracing India

first_imgIsabell ReissIsabell Reiss, 27Reiss was an economics student when she started dating Toyota racer Timo Glock. The leggy blonde was a contestant in Germany’s Next Top Model and makes good use of her time striking poses for shutterbugs.Nicole ScherzingerNicole Scherzinger, 34The former lead singer of Pussycat Dolls met Lewis Hamilton,Isabell ReissIsabell Reiss, 27Reiss was an economics student when she started dating Toyota racer Timo Glock. The leggy blonde was a contestant in Germany’s Next Top Model and makes good use of her time striking poses for shutterbugs.Nicole ScherzingerNicole Scherzinger, 34The former lead singer of Pussycat Dolls met Lewis Hamilton at the MTV Europe Awards in 2007. She recently slammed accusations of her link-up with Chris Brown after the Internet went viral with a blurry picture of her and the American rapper.Jenni DahlmanJenni Dahlman, 31The former Miss Scandinavia 2001 gave up a career as a model in 2005 to become Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen’s wife. The couple has been living in Switzerland ever since. Dahlman, a former Finnish model, is a show jumping rider and the owner seven horses.Jessica MichibataJessica Michibata, 27The Japanese-Argentine fashion model has been dating British driver Jenson Button for three years. A brand ambassador for TAG Heuer, Michibata can often be seen in the McLaren pit. After travelling worldwide with her beau, she recently returned to her home country to support him at the Japanese Grand Prix on October 7.Winner takes allClick here to Enlargelast_img read more

JLR launches Range Rover Velar priced up to Rs 1.38 crore

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 7 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover today launched its latest SUV model, Range Rover Velar in India priced between Rs 78.83 lakh and Rs 1.38 crore (ex- showroom Delhi).The company will start deliveries of the model by end of January 2018. It expects the Range Rover Velar to be one of its main volume drivers in the SUV segment.”The Velar fills a gap in our Range Rover portfolio between Evoque and Discovery Sport. This is a product which will help us tremendously in the market and we expect this to be one of our mainstays in SUV segment,” Jaguar Land Rover India President & MD Rohit Suri told PTI.The new model will be available in three engine options of 2-litre petrol, 2-litre diesel and 3-litre diesel.The 2-litre engine variant in both petrol and diesel options are priced between Rs 78.83 lakh and Rs 91.86 lakh; while the 3-litre diesel variant is tagged at a price ranging from Rs 1.1-1.38 crore (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).Suri said the model will be fully imported and the company has received almost “100 per cent pre-bookings for up to March next year”.”The response we have got for the Range Rover Velar has been tremendous,” he said without disclosing the booking numbers.So far in the April-September period this fiscal, JLR sales have grown 45 per cent over the year-ago period, he said, adding the company expected to carry forward the sales momentum on the back of new products and network expansion.JLRs SUV portfolio in India includes Discovery Sport (starting price Rs 42 lakh); Range Rover Evoque (Rs 44.44�lakh); Discovery (Rs 71.38�lakh); Range Rover Sport (Rs 93.82 lakh) and Range Rover (Rs 1.66 crore). PTI RKL ANUadvertisementlast_img read more

PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth to lead India at Sudirman Cup

first_img Next Indo Asian News Agency New DelhiApril 30, 2019UPDATED: April 30, 2019 21:26 IST PV Sindhu will lead India at the Sudirman Cup. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSudirman Cup will begin from May 19 in Nanning, ChinaIndia are seeded eighth at the 2019 Sudirman CupIndia has reached the quaterfinals of the tournament in the last editionAce Indian shuttler PV Sindhu, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and world number 8 men’s singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth will lead the Indian team at the 2019 Sudirman Cup mixed team championship, scheduled to be played in Nanning, China from May 19-26.In the last edition at Gold Coast, Australia, India had reached the quarterfinals and have been seeded eighth in this edition. They have been grouped with hosts China and Malaysia in Group D and will need to finish in the top two in the league stage to reach the knockout stage.India had defeated Malaysia in the mixed team format to win the Commonwealth Games gold in Gold Coast last year and the absence of former world number one Lee Chong Wei should come as good news to the Indian contingent.The 13-member Indian contingent also comprises of in-form Sameer Verma and will see the return of doubles star Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who was out of action due to an injury along with Chirag Shetty.India squad:Men: Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Manu Atri, B Sumeeth Reddy and Pranaav Jerry ChopraWomen: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponnappa, N Sikki Reddy, Poorvisha S Ram and J MeghanaAlso Read | Saina Nehwal eyes second title of season at New Zealand OpenAlso Read | Lakshya Sen enters main draw of New Zealand OpenAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Saina NehwalFollow PV SindhuFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Surdiman CupFollow London Olympics PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth to lead India at Sudirman CupIndia are grouped along hosts China and Malaysia in Group D and will need to finish in the top two in the league stage to reach the knockout stage of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship.advertisementlast_img read more

New Program Provides Opportunities for New Research Graduates

first_imgA new provincial program will help recent graduates with advanced degrees start their careers with Nova Scotia businesses. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis launched the Innovate to Opportunity program today, Feb. 15, at the Innovacorp Enterprise Centre in Halifax. “We all want more young people living and working in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “This program means more opportunities for youth who can help companies experience the exponential growth that can come through innovation.” The program provides three-year funding for small- and medium-sized enterprises to hire recent master’s and PhD graduates who will help their employers become more innovative and increase exports. They must have graduated from a recognized university within the previous year. The recent graduate can be from anywhere, but must live in Nova Scotia to participate. “The investments we make in innovation are fueling our growth, and the grads we’ve hired are driving a lot of that innovation,” said James Craig, chief technology officer of Rimot in Dartmouth, which hired a recent computer science graduate with a master’s degree. “These graduates are at the pinnacle of their education and offer fresh ideas and new ways of thinking. “This program will help us put jobs in place for new grads that we may have not been able to afford before, and give us the opportunity to develop and retain new talent.” The incentive for the Innovation Stream of the program is a 35 per cent contribution from the province of the new graduate’s annual salary in the first year, 20 per cent in the second and 12.5 per cent in the third. To qualify for this stream at least 25 per cent of the new graduate’s time will be focused on innovation-related activities such as applied research, product and/or service development, or process improvements. The incentive for the Advanced Innovation Stream of the program is a 50 per cent contribution from the province in year one, 25 per cent in year two and 12.5 per cent in year three. To qualify for this stream, at least 75 per cent of the new graduate’s time must be spent on research or innovation-focused activities. The work should be directly related to the export development or growth plans of the company. “I’m grateful to have found employment in my field here in Nova Scotia,” said Walter Thekkekara Adbe, a new employee and computer scientist with Rimot. “There is great talent coming out of local graduate programs and this initiative will encourage science and technology companies to retain that talent within Nova Scotia.” Innovate to Opportunity applies to salaries between $60,000 and $100,000 a year. A diversity bonus of an additional 10 per cent in the first and second years is also available in both streams. The program has a budget of $1.7 million.Eligible companies are selected based on their potential to become exporters or to significantly improve existing export performance. For more information, visit, https://novascotia.ca/programs/innovate-to-opportunity .last_img read more

Homebuyers escaping high housing costs by relocating to secondary cities

TORONTO — Danielle Bacci’s favourite part of her move to near Windsor, Ont., is the lack of traffic along her 15-minute commute to work in nearby Leamington.The 26-year-old bank employee and her partner left Toronto and bypassed the suburbs of the GTA for the affordability of Kingsville, Ont.“We decided if we’re going to go somewhere far we wanted to kind of go somewhere dramatically far where we would change our jobs and everything because we didn’t want to keep with our jobs and have a longer commute just for lower housing costs,” she said.Bacci is among the growing number of first-time homebuyers relocating long distances to escape the high cost of big-city housing.Kingsville’s 360-kilometre distance from Toronto allowed Bacci and boyfriend Andre Portovedo to put their savings towards a house instead of a one-bedroom condo.“Here we got a 1,500 square-foot semi-detached house for less than what the condo cost,” she said in an interview.While some friends have relocated to Hamilton or Barrie, others are renting in Toronto to save for the required large down payment.Being the first in their circle to move to Windsor area has sparked some interest among friends and family.“I think us moving put Kingsville on the map for some of our friends and I know Andre’s parents are thinking of maybe moving out here, especially because their house would get them probably three houses out here,” she said.The move to towns near secondary municipalities — called exurbs — that are beyond reasonable commuting distances from large urban centres, has been gaining in popularity, says Phil Soper, CEO of Royal LePage.“If they choose community and lifestyle over ‘urban excitement’ and access to certain jobs, many of them are skipping the suburbs right now and going farther afield,” he said in an interview.Eight of the 10 fastest appreciating Canadian exurbs are in Ontario, led by areas surrounding Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge, Kingston, Niagara/St. Catharines, Hamilton, Belleville/Trenton and Guelph, he said.In British Columbia, exurbs have grown in the Hope Valley and Kamloops regions outside of Vancouver.Canada is a suburban nation with three-quarters of its population living in the suburbs in 2016, said a Queen’s University report based on a review of that year’s census.Auto dependent suburbs grew 17 per cent between 2006 and 2016 and exurbs grew by 20 per cent.Businesses are also accommodating this migration by opening offices and using technology that allows knowledge workers to locate just about anywhere, said Soper.Establishing roots in a new hub comes as a recent survey found that a majority of buyers in the country’s three largest real estate markets worry that their down payment won’t stretch far enough.Two-thirds of Torontonians say they feel the anxiety, along with 58 per cent of Vancouverites and 60 per cent of Montrealers, according to the poll released by residential mortgage insurer Genworth Canada in collaboration with Royal LePage.High housing costs are also prompting more adult children to live at home, delaying downsizing by their parents.Faced with high costs to relocate in the city, these baby boomers are also looking to follow their offspring to these secondary cities, he said.“This is actually a very good thing because we’ve got housing shortages in our big cities like Vancouver and Toronto and it will provide something of a safety valve.”Millennials are responding to the lure of lower prices, says Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president of ReMax.“They’re looking for whatever they can afford and the good news is a majority of millennials still see home ownership as a good investment and they’re doing what they can to get into the market and start building equity,” he said.“So if they can find work in another city where they can afford to buy they’ll do it.”Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press read more

Top UN envoy calls for national reforms in DR Congo

In a keynote address to a major civil society gathering yesterday in the capital, Kinshasa, Alan Doss offered UN support for the reforms, without which, he said, the fight against poverty would be hampered. Mr. Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUC), asked the participants to come up with a workable strategy.“Your ideas to consolidate peace, to end impunity, ensure the democratic electoral processes, and support reforms in institutions and governance practices will be critical,” he said.In a related development, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York that MONUC peacekeepers had deployed over the weekend to a village near the north-eastern town of Dungu where the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) killed one person, wounded 20 others, and burned some 20 huts. Last Friday in the Bukavu area, a peacekeeping patrol exchanged fire with a group of Rwandan rebels after the rebels attacked a bus at a roadblock, she said. Meanwhile, MONUC also reported that it is providing logistical assistance to Congolese judicial authorities in the trial of Mai Mai militiamen charged with mass rapes and torture.The trial opened two days ago in a regional court in Province Orientale. The mission says it provided helicopters to help get judicial personnel to the remote area, some 290 miles from the provincial hub of Kisangani. UN human rights experts will also be monitoring the proceedings, MONUC said. Thirty-four Mai Mai fighters are on trial for a spree of sexual violence, including the alleged rape of more than 135 women and children in July 2007. 26 May 2009The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has called for swift implementation of “reforms of the state services” to fight poverty and corruption. read more

At Asias largest film festival new etiquette replaces Mute your phone

At Asia’s largest film festival, new etiquette replaces ‘Mute your phone’ BUSAN, South Korea – Kakao Talk, a popular mobile messaging app in South Korea, must have annoyed its share of moviegoers.Asia’s largest film festival is trying to ensure that message-addicted smartphone users don’t look at the chat app during screenings.The 20th Busan International Film Festival is showing a short clip before every movie with instructions not to check Kakao Talk messages because the glowing screen can disturb others.The clip, which also lists other points of movie etiquette, was made by Kakao Friends, a festival sponsor that makes merchandising items with emoticon characters from Kakao Talk.The new cinema etiquette is a glimpse into a future in which phone calls are eschewed in favour of sending messages and emoticons, especially among young people.However, the festival message is only in Korean. In English, it simply asks audiences to turn off their phones.In Asia, mobile messenger apps are so popular that they not only have taken over phone calls and text messages but are also widely used for other daily tasks such as taxi hailing and sending money. Many Korean smartphone users belong to multiple chat groups in Kakao Talk and are constantly exchanging messages with colleagues, friends and families.The 10-day film festival runs until Saturday. by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Oct 5, 2015 6:23 am MDT Last Updated Oct 5, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Recent floods damage supply routes vital infrastructure in Somalia UN relief wing

“There is need to urgently repair main lifeline roads, bridges and airstrips. This will ensure supplies can reach the markets to stabilize the escalating food prices and enable humanitarian partners and aid supplies to reach those most in need of assistance,” stressed the latest humanitarian update issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which warns that even as the rains have slowed, the risk of flooding remains high. Despite the worsening road situation, OCHA and relief partners are ramping up efforts to reach people in the flood-hit areas. For example, emergency relief and food such as high energy biscuits and cooked meals are being delivered to those displaced in South Central Somalia.Moreover, water-borne diseases, such as Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) and cholera, have spiked in more than 2/3 of the South Central regions as a result of current rains and flash floods. Chlorine and hygiene kits, as well as essential drugs are either already distributed or being delivered to the outbreak-affected communities. Some water wells in affected locations will also be chlorinated for disinfection, according to OCHA.“Disaster risk reduction therefore becomes an important element in protecting against secondary hazards and supporting durable solutions,” report also mentioned, while underscoring the significance of avoiding longer-term disruption of life caused by shorter-term displacement due to flooding or drought.About 60,000 people have been internally displaced in South Central Somalia due to floods since the beginning of the rainy season, with Middle Shabelle accounting for the highest number, with more than 11,000 people displaced, mostly in Jowhar, Mahaday and Balcad districts. read more

Security Council deplores maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea

In a press statement, the members of the Council expressed “grave concern” at the proliferation of, and endangerment of lives by, the smuggling of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, including off the coast of Libya. “The members of the Security Council expressed their concern at the implications for regional stability posed by transnational organized crime and illicit activities such as human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants and condemned and deplored the said acts which undermine further the process of stabilization of Libya and endanger the lives of people,” the statement said. Extending its “deepest condolences” to all those affected by the tragedy, the Council underlined the need bring the perpetrators of the acts to justice. The Council also called for the full implementation of resolution 2240 (2015), which is intended to disrupt the organized criminal enterprises engaged in migrant smuggling and prevent the loss of life. Expressing its strong support to countries in the region affected by the smuggling of migrants, the Council emphasized the need to improve coordination of efforts in order to strengthen an effective multilateral response to this common challenge, and in order to protect vulnerable migrants from being victimized by human traffickers. The Council also urged all Member States, including countries of origin, destination and transit, to cooperate with one another and with relevant international and regional organizations, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in addressing illicit migration flows, and dismantling smuggling networks in the region. In addition, the Council reemphasized that migrants, including asylum-seekers and regardless of their migration status, should be treated with humanity and dignity and that their rights should be fully respected. In this regard, the Council urged all States to comply with their obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and refugee law. Earlier this week, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that as many as 500 people had lost their lives when an overcrowded boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy. The 41 survivors of the incident – which could be one of the worst involving refugees and migrants in the past 12 months – include 37 men, 3 women and a 3-year-old child who were rescued by a merchant ship and taken to Kalamata, in the Peloponnese peninsula of Greece, on 16 April, UNHCR said. Those rescued include 23 Somalis, 11 Ethiopians, 6 Egyptians and a Sudanese. The survivors told UNHCR staff that they had been part of a group of between 100 and 200 people who departed last week from a locality near Tobruk in Libya on a 30-metre-long boat. read more

Ohio State field hockey struggles against No 7 Albany in 31 loss

Senior forward Peanut Johnson (3) surveys the field during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won, 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorFollowing their 5-0 season-opening shutout victory over St. Louis on Friday, the Ohio State field hockey team (1-1) was dealt its first loss of the season by No. 7 Albany on Sunday by a score of 3-1, wrapping up the opening weekend.The first half of the game was controlled by Albany junior midfielder Paula Heuser, the reigning national player of the year, who scored two goals before the halftime buzzer. Despite the Buckeyes’ slow start, they came out with a different fire during the the second half, totaling 13 second-half shots compared to Albany’s five. “We were stuck trying to build the ball up out of the back, and we were very hesitant,” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said of the initial game play. “But once we started to play very fast, be more aggressive and take some chances, it gave people freedom to move.”The single goal for OSU was scored by sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey through a tip-in off a shot by senior center back Emma Royce early in the second half. “Regardless of what happened with goals, if they went our way or theirs … we were just going to give this relentless effort and keep going after every ball, whereas I think they just got a bit complacent,” Royce said of the Buckeyes’ high-energy second half. The team’s positive mindset and determination to get after the ball is what drives them to their success on the field, Humphrey said.“We looked at what we had against our opponents and we made a different game plan, and we worked together and kept a positive attitude,” Humphrey said. “We need to keep that energy and intensity that we just played with because we know that’s the standard we’re able to (perform) at.”OSU sophomore goalkeeper Liz Tamburro turned in a strong defensive performance in the cage against an offensively imposing opponent. Tamburro stopped five shots in the first half alone and followed with three in the second for a total of eight saves. “Liz in goalie did a nice job,” Wilkinson said. “(Albany) is very scrappy in front of the goal, so she had great composure and defense.”Looking forward to practice for the next week, Wilkinson said the team plans to focus on coverage of each other as well as continuing to play fast and working on support of the ball.The Buckeyes are scheduled to step back on the field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to face off against Wake Forest on Friday and then Missouri State on Saturday. read more

Apple Offering up 10000 to 10 Billionth Downloader

first_imgWhat would you do with a $10,000 iTunes gift card? That’s a lot of Ke$ha singles and fart apps. Apple is giving away just that to the luck person who downloads the 10 billionth app from its App Store. The company is well on track to hit that milestone–as of this morning, around 9.76 billion apps had been downloaded. Giving away a boatload of free downloads is likely only helping the counter spin away.There are some rules of course–users are limited to 25 downloads a day, automated software will disqualify you, and you’ve got to agree to let you name and image be used for Apple promotion.last_img

Exminister offer to return Siemens cash at trials start

first_imgFormer Transport and Communications Minister Tasos Mantelis has offered to returned 230,000 euros he received from Siemens in return for a more lenient sentence in his bribery trial, which began Tuesday.Mantelis asked to make use of a recent law that allows defendants to hand over money earned from corrupt activities so their sentences can be reduced. A 20-year-old jail term, for instance, can be brought down to three years under the legislation. However, the rules are not meant to apply to serving or former officials so the court will have to decide whether Mantelis receive a more lenient sentence.He is standing trial with four others – his best man Giorgos Tsougranis, tax official Antonia Markou, former Siemens executive Ilias Georgiou and ex-aide Aristides Mantas. The money was allegedly paid to the former minister after Siemens secured the so-called 8002 contract to digitize OTE telecom’s network in 1997.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Paris lance son opération de recyclage des sapins de Noël

first_imgParis lance son opération de recyclage des sapins de NoëlComme chaque année depuis 2006, Paris invite ses habitants à ne pas se débarrasser n’importe comment de leurs sapins de Noël. Pour que les arbres ne finissent pas à la poubelle après avoir illuminé les maisons et appartements parisiens, la ville propose de les recycler. Les sapins collectés deviendront en effet des paillages pour les parcs et jardins de Paris.Nombre d’entre eux font déjà triste mine. Leurs branches s’affaissent sous le poids des boules de Noël, et leurs aiguilles jonchent le sol des salons qu’ils ont égayé pendant un mois. Dans quelques jours, les Parisiens se débarrasseront de leurs sapins, et la mairie les invite à leur offrir une seconde vie plutôt que de les déposer à la poubelle.  À lire aussiQue faire de son sapin après les fêtes de Noël ?Depuis quatre ans, du 27 décembre au 23 janvier, Paris appelle ses habitants à recycler leurs arbres de Noël, en les déposant dans l’un des 95 points de collectes mis à leur disposition aux quatre coins de la ville, dans ses parcs et ses jardins auxquels ils seront très utiles. Les sapins seront en effet taillés pour être transformés en paillage. Broyés, les arbres deviendront un excellent compost à répandre aux pieds des arbustes et des massifs de fleurs des jardins parisiens. Comme l’explique la direction des espaces verts de la ville, les copeaux permettront de maintenir l’humidité aux pieds des arbres l’été, et ainsi de l’imiter l’arrosage. En outre, le paillage offre à la terre une meilleure régénération.La collecte réalisée après les fêtes de fin d’année de 2009 a permis à la ville de transformer quelque 27.150 sapins, contre 15.000 en 2008, en 500 mètres cubes de paillage. Chaque année depuis 2006, le nombre d’arbres collectés augmente, et Paris espère battre cette fois encore un record de participation. Le 30 décembre 2010 à 17:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sony dégaine une caméra 4K pour 8000 dollars

first_imgSony dégaine une caméra 4K pour 8.000 dollarsLa marque japonaise va lancer en juin une caméra idéale pour petites productions cinématographiques et pour un prix plutôt modique.Avec la Sony NEX-FS100, la firme nippone avait déjà frappé un grand coup dans le cœur des cinéastes en herbe pas assez fortunés pour s’offrir du matériel de premier ordre. Et bien ces derniers seront d’autant plus ravis avec la grande sœur de celle-ci, la FS700. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon les rumeurs relayées par Engadget, il s’agira d’un appareil 4K Super 35 mm (11,6 millions de pixels) pour un prix hyper raisonnable pour ce type de matériel : 8.000 dollars (environ 6.000 euros).A partir de juin, il sera possible de l’acquérir elle et ses merveilles technologiques, comme son enregistreur 3G HD-SDI et ses 3 filtres internes ND. Elle pourra ainsi filmer en Super Slow Motion à 120 images par seconde dans un délai de 16 secondes ou en 240 images/secondes dans un délai de 8 secondes. Gageons que la concurrence ne manquera pas de réagir à cette annonce, et c’est tant mieux… Le 2 avril 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is Endless Epic Annoying Anime

first_imgStay on target First off, how impressive is it that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 even came out this year? Revealed in January, the epic Japanese role-playing game closes off a fantastic debut year for Nintendo Switch that also included an epic Zelda game and an epic Mario game. Plus, this came only two years after Monolith Soft’s Xenoblade Chronicles X, which released five years after the first Xenoblade Chronicles. That’s quite the turnaround for a game this huge.And make no mistake, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is huge. Sheer scale is the biggest, best thing the game has going for it, and it comes in a variety of forms. The game is full of massive worlds to explore. There are lots of things to encounter in those worlds. And there is an overwhelming amount of mechanics for interacting with those things.This is all very good, great even. But despite playing for dozens and dozens of hours, I could never fully enjoy Xenoblade Chronicles 2 without reservations. It’s an aesthetic preference, but for me the game is constantly brought down by its insistence on being an obnoxious anime.Let’s start with what works. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has a legitimately intriguing premise. In the world of Alrest living beings are forced to reside on continent-sized creatures called Titans (who sometimes sound like Winnie the Pooh). The countries on each Titan have their own culture and political squabbles with other nations. The Titans travel through a sea of clouds, with working-class salvagers diving beneath them to retrieve relics from the old world. It’s a bit like Xenoblade Chronicles 1 crossed with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. And with Titans dying, the shrinking amount of livable space has some dreaming of returning to the paradise Elysium. Oh, and there’s a month called “Amathatober,” which is just great.Embark on a journey to these Titans and explore the vast, open, and varied environments on their backs. Traveling lush, natural, alien worlds is something of a hallmark for the Xenoblade series. Like Final Fantasy, the plots are all self-contained and the Moogle-like Nopon are the only recurring characters. But the wanderlust, set to heavenly music, helps the series feel consistent. I miss the freedom of Xenoblade Chronicles X’s giant robots, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild spoiled every game where you can’t climb every surface, but I think Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has them both beat in terms of just how gorgeous these multilayered vistas are.Titans aren’t just for gawking at, though. Within the twisted treetops and weird stomach caverns are tons and tons of deep systems for players to engage with steadily introduced throughout the opening hours. Manage a guild of mercenaries and send them on missions you obtain. Develop various towns you visit to gain access to new items. Sleep at an inn to level up faster with bonus XP for a delayed, satisfying power boost. Cook meals for temporary stat bonuses. Pay attention to the tide patterns of the freaking clouds to reach new areas of the map.And then there’s the combat, the activity you’ll probably do the most in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. This game’s justification for keeping “blade” in the title comes from the fact that in this world special people called “Drivers” fight using powers granted to them by humanoid partner weapons called “Blades.” Blades come in different shapes like swords, hammers, or guns, and they offer an array of elemental attacks called “Arts.”Each Driver in your party can swap between several blades during a fight, and you can improve them through equipped items or by just spending more time with them. Blades can even unlock new paths on the map. Gather and awaken new Blades rare and common by playing the story and through random loot drops. It’s a fiddly but cool system that makes your party feel dynamic, adaptable, and bigger than it actually is.The fights themselves use the single-player MMO-type gameplay Xenoblade has always featured. Characters attack automatically if they stand still so it’s up to players to control the complex crowd chaos by managing aggro and cooldowns of various Arts. Moving to, say, pick up a health vial halts the attack, so you need to be strategic. You also may want to opt for the accented English voice-over, even though Japanese is available as well, just to easily understand helpful repeated audio cues like incoming ally attacks.Against lower-level enemies, the game basically plays itself. But against tougher challenges like bosses or unique monsters like “Sniping Brent” you need to wrap your head around ideas like elemental chains, toppling and launching opponents, big team attacks, sealing off enemy spells, and other various deeper combat options. If you can understand and purposefully trigger it, you’ll rack up a ton of damage following a level four “Smash Volcano.” The game easily lasts over 70 hours, and it may take you that much time to fully master the combat. I liked it!In fact, I liked a lot about the experience of playing Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It’s only when I had to look at the characters or pay attention to their stories did the game begin to fall apart. In theory the art style is actually an improvement from previous games. Colors are livelier, faces are expressive instead of dead-eyed and doll-like, there’s an almost cel-shaded sheen I really dug, and as I mentioned earlier the environments have never looked better.Too bad that’s all wasted on characters that seemed like they were designed on a dare to prove Hayao Miyazaki’s famous truth “anime was a mistake.” In terms of insufferability, they really run the gamut. You have the stupid diving parachute pants of main character Rex. You have “so dumb it’s kind of cool” like Morag’s super serious train conductor army lady outfit. You have the flat-out gross designs of all the hyper-sexualized (but not in a good Bayonetta way), hyper young-looking female Blades, including main legendary blade Pyra and her massive glowing metallic chest. And then you have the villainous group Torna designed by popular Japanese Rob Liefeld Tetsuya Nomura, who the game specially credits as if that were a good thing.It’s not just the designs though. Too often Xenoblade Chronicles 2 pulls me out out the endless epic fantasy to become just another annoying anime. Cutscenes are frequent and drag. They all last like three times as long as necessary and sometimes feature action that would’ve been way better if I could play through it. Their length also makes it sometimes awkward to play the game portability on Nintendo Switch, unlike the open-world gameplay itself which is perfect for the handheld device.And the scenes themselves are just full of the most grating writing and lazy tropes. After vowing to defeat my foes with the “power of friendship” I then ogled my harem of female party members (including a cat girl of course) dipping into a hot spring or discussing the value of being a maid. Previous Xenoblade games were never afraid to put the “J” in “JRPG,” but their tones were never this bad.I dunk on anime a lot, and sometimes even I think I’m just exaggerated my opinions for comedy. But Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s sabotaging of its own cool ideas with just some of the most generic and gross anime filler “fan service” honestly hurt the game for me. While trekking across Alrest’s sprawling, beautiful Titans, skillfully defeating hordes of monsters through carefully planned Arts and loadouts, I felt like I could play and marvel at this game forever. But whenever I had to watch one of these many cutscenes, or even worse rewatch them after losing due to difficulty spikes and repeated grinding, I just wanted to shut it all down faster than I could hit the skip button.Xenoblade Chronicles 2 should satisfy its niche, and then some. And if you’ve already played through all of the other excellent games the Nintendo Switch has offered this year, this will certainly give you plenty to chew through this holiday.But as for my take? Wikipedia describes “Tsundere” as “a Japanese term for a character development process that describes a person who is initially cold and even hostile towards another person before gradually showing a warmer side over time.” So what’s the opposite of that?Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch last_img read more

Woman Charged With Attempting To Smuggle Drugs Into Wildwood

first_imgOn December 31, the Alaska State Troopers responded to Wildwood Correctional Center for report of an inmate bringing controlled substances into the facility. Vinberg had self remanded on a $25 warrant the day before. The drugs were found on her person while doing a routine search. Troopers contacted Diane Vinberg who admitted to bringing in Suboxone and other unidentified pills. Vinberg was charged with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 4 and Promoting Contraband 1 and was remanded without bail. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A woman was charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into Wildwood Correction Facility.last_img

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of June 16 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of June 16, 2019:Full-Time Guidance Counselor at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Warehouse Stockroom Associate at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Senior Software Engineer at SymboticFull-Time Software Engineer (Systems) at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Safety Manager at Crystal WarehouseFull-Time & Part-Time Crew Member at Dunkin DonutsFull-Time Embedded Engineer at AerotekFull-Time Commercial Insurance Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Continuous Improvement Analyst at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Toddler Teacher at Tender Learning CentreFull-Time Sanitation (Food Manufacturing) at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Service Technician at Cochrane VentilationFull-Time Package Handler (Warehouse) at FedEx GroundPart-Time Customer Service Representative at Lapels Dry CleaningFull-Time Software Engineering Manager at World Travel HoldingsPart-Time Housekeeper for Wilmington HomeFull-Time Special Education Teacher (STRIDES Program) at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time Quality/Engineering Assistant at United Tool & Machine Corp.Full-Time Customer Service at The Serur AgenciesFull-Time/Part-Time Retail Staff at GameStopFull-Time Retail Management at GameStopFull-Time Product Associate at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time/Part-Time Customer Service Representative at SpeedwayPart-Time Food Service Specialist at SpeedwayPart-Time Assistant Manager at SpeedwayFull-Time Member Care Specialist at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Entry Level Lettershop Inserter & Inkjet Operator at Kirkwood PrintingPart-Time Envelope Jet Press Operator at Kirkwood PrintingFull-Time Quality & Continuous Improvement Manager at Smyth CompaniesFull-Time QA Data Analyst at HP HoodFull-Time Assembly Operator at KochFull-Time Data Steward at Heilind ElectronicsFull-Time Total Rewards Specialist at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time SMB Direct Sales at ComcastFull-Time Accounts Receivable Specialist at Roessel JoyFull-Time Inside Sales Support/Customer Service at AltroPart-Time Server for Glendale Dining ServicesFull-Time Cook for Glendale Dining ServicesFull-Time Office Manager at KA ExpressFull-Time Account Sales Manager at Red BullFull-Time Client Partner Mobile Solutions at VerizonFull-Time Maintenance Technician at DSMFull-Time Accounts Receivable Representative at ViantPart-Time Show Room Assistant at Brooks BargainFull-Time Bench Worker at TecometFull-Time Mechanical Inspector at TecometFull-Time & Part-Time Delivery Driver at Keystone Automotive IndustriesFull-Time Inside Sales Support at AltroFull-Time Credit & Collections Specialist at Osram SylvaniaFull-Time Sample Coordinator at Charles River LabsFull-Time Shipper & Receiver at AllCoat TechnologyFull-Time Lab Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Maintenance Manager at Lincoln Property CompanyFull-Time PIT Crew Tech at Smyth CompaniesFull-Time Press Helper at Smyth CompaniesPart-Time Member Services Representative at Planet FitnessFull-Time Business Account Executive at ComcastFull-Time Customer Service Specialist at Parts4Heating(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Collision With Ferry Likely Killed Whale

first_imgFederal authorities believe the death of a whale near Kodiak in July was likely due to a collision with the state ferry Kennicott.Download AudioThere were questions around the time of the incident about whether the animal was already dead when the ship struck it. Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said that doesn’t appear to be the case. She says the whale was freshly dead when examined.A necropsy found the cause of death to be a fractured skull due to a ship strike.She says there were no findings in the report that the animal was injured before the collision.Speegle says charges will not be pursued in the case, because the ship strike was unintentional and there was no evidence of a violation.last_img

Venezuelas Maduro eyes second term

first_imgVenezuela`s president Nicolas Maduro smiles to the media after a meeting with former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela on 18 May 2018. Photo: ReutersVenezuelans, reeling under a devastating economic crisis, vote Sunday in an election boycotted by the opposition and condemned by much of the international community but expected to hand deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro a new mandate.Maduro, the political heir to the late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez, has presided over an implosion of once wealthy oil producer Venezuela’s economy since taking office in 2013.Hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages, rising crime and broken water, power and transportation networks have sparked growing discontent and violent unrest among Venezuelans.However, the 55-year-old former bus driver is favourite to win ahead of his main rival Henri Falcon, a former army officer and state governor who has failed to gain the endorsement of the main opposition leaders, and an evangelical candidate, Javier Bertucci.Maduro, with a tight grip on the electoral and military authorities, faces a bitterly divided opposition which has called for a boycott.”Low enthusiasm will likely reduce voter turnout and enable Maduro to control the outcome without major social backlash,” said analyst Risa Grais-Targow of Eurasia Group.Teresa Paredes, 56-year-old housewife, said that “for the first time in my life I am not going to vote because we are living a dog’s life, without medicines, without food.”Alvaro Toroa, 64-year-old retiree from the opposition stronghold of eastern Caracas, said he cast his ballot because “this has to be ended. Falcon is able to bring disaffected Chavists and the opposition.”Aware of the popular mood, Maduro Saturday promised an “economic revolution” if re-elected.”We are defending… the right to a just and prosperous future,” he said on Twitter.Falcon promised to dollarize the economy, return companies expropriated by Chavez and allow humanitarian aid, something rejected by Maduro.”Our struggle has been aimed at a peaceful and electoral path,” he said on Twitter.Some 20.5 million people are eligible to vote in a one-round election to choose a president for a six-year term that will begin in January 2019.Presidential elections are traditionally held in December, but they were moved up this year by the country’s all-powerful Constituent Assembly, catching the divided and weakened opposition off-guard.The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) opposition coalition, increasingly pinning its hopes for change on outside pressure forcing the socialists to remove Maduro, has won support from the US, EU and 14 countries of the Lima Group who have called for the vote to be postponed.The powers accuse Maduro of undermining democracy, usurping the power of the opposition-dominated legislature by replacing it with his Constituent Assembly, and cracking down on the opposition. Protests in 2017, still fresh in the collective memory, left around 125 dead.The MUD’s most popular leaders have been sidelined or detained, the boycott their only remaining weapon.Washington has dismissed the vote as a “sham” to keep Maduro in power, and has slapped sanctions on Caracas in a push to isolate his regime.Despite holding the world’s largest oil reserves, the country faces ruin, with the IMF citing a drop of 45.0 per cent in GDP since Maduro took over in 2013.The crippled oil industry lacks investment and its assets are increasingly prey to debt settlements as the country defaults.And worse, the US threatens an oil embargo on top of the sanctions that have hit Venezuela’s efforts to renegotiate its debt.”The most likely scenario is greater international isolation and economic deterioration,” said Diego Moya-Ocampos of IHS Markit analysts.”The key factors will be the economy and the army,” said analyst Michael Shifter. “The country is a powder keg and something could provoke unrest that would be difficult to contain.”last_img