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first_imgLast week we learned that a fan named Michael Vincent Bramley (M.V.B.) pitched a PG-13 concept to Ryan Reynolds about Deadpool 2 on Twitter a year ago. The pitch is exactly the route they are taking with the film. For a little refresher, here’s the pitch:@VancityReynolds If Marvel forces you to make a PG-13 Deadpool, just copy the framing device from The Princess Bride and have Deadpool censoring it for Fred Savage as a bedtime story. A kidnapped adult Fred Savage. There, I fixed it.— M.V.B. (@MVBramley) December 7, 2017Reynolds has since reached out to Bramley in private, and it looks like he’s willing to believe that the whole thing was just an insane coincidence. According to a recent tweet from Bramley, Reynolds was “just as confused” as he was about the whole thing..@VancityReynolds and I had a brief talk and I believe he was as confused as I was. It seems like this may all just have been a big, insane coincidence and I’m happy to leave it at that. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie in December! #deadpool #onceuponadeadpool— M.V.B. (@MVBramley) November 22, 2018I’ve gotta say, I love this guy’s attitude toward the whole thing. He’s being very cool and level-headed about it, which is a rare thing these days. A lot of people, especially on Twitter, are looking for an excuse to lash out and be a bunch of assholes, but Bramley’s got class.However, if you read the replies to the tweet above, a lot of people believe there is more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye. A lot of people think this is just too big to be chalked up to a coincidence.I just hope that Reynolds at least offered him tickets to the premiere, and he’s just not publicizing it, which seems like the proper thing to do in this situation.What do you think? Could this really be just a crazy coincidence?By Joey Paur | Geek Tyrant Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Facebook This very sweet 2007 comedy stars Tom Cavanagh as a closeted gay retired hockey player who, along with his sports lawyer partner (Ben Shenkman), unexpectedly become legal guardians to Scot (Noah Bernett), a proudly femme young boy who teaches his adoptive parents a few things about loving themselves. Directed by Laurie Lynd, the film notably gained press attention when it came out because the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs both fully approved the use of their logos in the film, making Breakfast With Scot the first LGBTQ-themed film to be endorsed by a professional sports league. Watch it here. Queeries is a weekly column by CBC Arts producer Peter Knegt that queries LGBTQ art, culture and/or identity through a personal lens. It won the 2019 Digital Publishing Award for best digital column in Canada.While I am certainly one to vouch for LGBTQ-related viewing all year round, Pride Month seems just as good a time as any to alert you to some of the great queer content streaming on-demand — for free! — on CBC Gem, including a few brand new titles being added this month. A mix of movies and TV, narratives and documentaries, feature-length and short form, here are 10 options that stood out in particular (though there are also many more where that came from, and they’ll still be there after June 30th), in alphabetical order:BREAKFAST WITH SCOTT Clockwise from top left: The Gospel According To Andre, Guidance, Schitt’s Creek, My Prairie Home, I Killed My Mother and Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes. (Courtesy) Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Ontario launching public awareness campaign on cannabis legalizationOntario launching public awareness campaign on cannabis legalization

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario is launching a public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of using recreational cannabis and promote social responsibility ahead of the legalization of marijuana next week.Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said the ads will emphasize the province’s rules around the sale and consumption of pot, as well as measures to protect children and the community.“Our message will remain clear,” Mulroney said Tuesday during a speech at Toronto’s Empire Club. “We will plainly tell Ontarians how our children, communities and roads will be protected, and how we will work to combat criminals.”Mulroney said the advertisements will run next week in traditional media as well as on digital and social channels to reach a younger audience.“It should go without saying that these ads do not promote cannabis use or the cannabis market,” she said. “(The ads) will focus on social responsibility, including the serious health and addiction risks of short- and long-term cannabis use.”Last month the Progressive Conservatives announced they were moving to a private retail sale model, shifting away from the previous Liberal government’s plan to sell pot in publicly owned shops. Under the Liberal plan the province would have had 200 pot stores by 2020.The Tories estimate their plan will see between 500 to 1,000 shops licensed a short time after legalization with no cap placed on licences.Mulroney said the Liberal plan would have failed because there would not have been enough stores open after legalization.“If I could be frank, we concluded that such a system was incapable of seriously competing with the illegal market and in turn would leave our communities more vulnerable and susceptible to the underground market,” she said.The provincial government has said it would sell recreational cannabis online when it is legalized on Oct. 17, with private retail stores set to be in place by April next year.The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will regulate the marketplace, and will have the power to grant — and potentially revoke — licences as well as enforce provincial rules on cannabis sales. On Tuesday, Mulroney emphasized the agency will focus on enforcement and emphasized the presence of the agency’s embedded provincial police unit during her remarks.“Nobody in Ontario has the right to a cannabis retail licence,” she said. “The AGCO’s due-diligence process will be strictly applied and thoroughly enforced, and the role of the public commentary in this process is real.”The Opposition New Democrats said the government’s ad campaign was coming far too late.“The government has known about the Oct. 17 date for quite a while,” said NDP legislator Peter Tabuns. “I think what we’re going to have now is a very rushed process.”last_img read more

Karannagoda makes statement to CID on missing youthKarannagoda makes statement to CID on missing youth

Former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda appeared before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today to make a statement over the disappearance of some youth in 2008 – 2009.Karannagoda was questioned over a group of Tamil and Muslim youth who went missing during that period. Last year the CID questioned former navy spokesman D K P Dassanayake over allegations that some officers in the Navy were involved in the disappearance of several youth. (Colombo Gazette)

Annan responds to Eritrean allegations about UN missionAnnan responds to Eritrean allegations about UN mission

“The Secretary-General is dismayed at the recent public attacks made by the Eritrean authorities against the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and its staff, as well as the restrictions imposed on its operations,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York.UNMEE had investigated each allegation made against its staff, had taken action and had shared the outcomes, where appropriate, with the Government of Eritrea, Mr. Annan’s spokesman said.”However, the tone and scope of the recent unfortunate statements made by the Eritrean authorities can seriously impact on the effectiveness of the Mission in the performance of its mandated tasks, and could also endanger the security of its personnel,” Mr. Eckhard said.The Eritrean Commission for Coordination with the Peacekeeping Mission alleged earlier this month that an UNMEE helicopter transported a “fugitive wanted for security reasons” from Senafe, Eritrea, in the Temporary Security Zone, to Adigrat in Ethiopia. UNMEE said it was investigating the charge.Because UNMEE had taken no action to “clean up its activities” it had become a danger to the peace and stability of the people and Government of Eritrea, the Commission said.The Secretary-General hoped that both parties, and in particular the Government of Eritrea, would allow UNMEE the indispensable freedom of movement and the necessary cooperation to carry out the mandate given it by the Algiers Agreements of December 2000 and the relevant Security Council resolutions, Mr. Eckhard said. read more

Malnutrition mounts in eastern and southern Africa as El Niño takes holdMalnutrition mounts in eastern and southern Africa as El Niño takes hold

The situation is being aggravated by rising food prices, which are forcing families to implement drastic coping mechanisms such as skipping meals and selling off assets, resulting in almost 1 million children being in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition in the region, said Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, in a press release today. “The El Niño weather phenomenon will wane, but the cost to children – many who were already living hand-to-mouth – will be felt for years to come,” she emphasized. “Governments are responding with available resources, but this is an unprecedented situation. Children’s survival is dependent on action taken today,” she added. According to UNICEF, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and most provinces in South Africa have declared a state of disaster in the face of growing resource shortages. In Ethiopia, the number of people in need of food assistance is expected to increase from more than 10 million to 18 million by the end of the year. Releasing its latest briefing on the impact of El Niño on children in the region, UNICEF noted that, in Ethiopia, two seasons of failed rains mean that nearly 6 million children currently require food assistance, with school absenteeism increasing as children are forced to walk greater distances in search of water. In Somalia, more than two thirds of those in urgent need of assistance are displaced populations, while in Kenya, El Niño-related heavy rains and floods are aggravating cholera outbreaks. Meanwhile, in Lesotho, one quarter of the population is affected. This aggravates grave circumstances for a country in which 34 per cent of children are orphans, 57 per cent of people live below the poverty line, and almost one in four adults live with HIV/AIDS. In Zimbabwe, an estimated 2.8 million people are facing food and nutrition insecurity. The drought situation has resulted in reduced water yields from the few functioning boreholes exacerbating the risk to water-borne diseases, especially diarrhoea and cholera. The agency also noted that Malawi is facing the worst food crisis in nine years, with 2.8 million people (more than 15 per cent of the population) at risk of hunger. Cases of severe acute malnutrition have increased by 100 per cent from December 2015 to January 2016. In Angola, an estimated 1.4 million people are affected by extreme weather conditions and 800,000 people are facing food insecurity, mainly in the semi-arid southern provinces. The UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has estimated that it will take affected communities approximately two years to recover from El Niño-exacerbated drought, if agricultural conditions improve in the latter half of this year. UNICEF also stressed that its humanitarian appeals are less than 15 per cent funded across El Niño-impacted countries in southern Africa. read more

Mens hockey Wisconsin solved Ohio States defense this week leading to BuckeyesMens hockey Wisconsin solved Ohio States defense this week leading to Buckeyes

Ohio State senior forward Nick Schilkey takes a shot on net against Wisconsin in a Big Ten tournament semifinal in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on March 17. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiDETROIT — Less than a week ago, the Ohio State men’s hockey team was heading into a crucial away series at Wisconsin. Two losses meant the Buckeyes would probably have to win the Big Ten tournament to make the NCAA tournament. A split would keep the Buckeyes where they were — just outside the top 16 teams that make the tournament. But a series sweep meant OSU would be in excellent position for an at-large bid into the tournament.OSU outscored the Badgers 8-2 in that series, pulling off two huge road victories. On Friday at Joe Louis Arena in the Big Ten tournament semifinal, Wisconsin replicated OSU’s urgency from the week prior, which resulted in a physical 2-1 victory over the Buckeyes.“Last week, we were a little bit on our heels for the first time all year, as far as waiting to see how the game was going to be played.” Wisconsin coach Tony Granato said. “We played solid defensively and try to wear them down with forechecking and a lot of offensive zone shifts. The other plan was to stay out of the penalty box.”One could tell Wisconsin was playing with its season on the line on Friday, exemplified in its defense. The Wisconsin forwards pressured OSU to make long passes from its defensive zone and had active sticks along the boards against a team that has struggled all season to clear pucks from its own zone.“We tried to stretch it out too many times. We didn’t try to exploit their (defense) in their zone as much as we could’ve,” Schilkey said. “Just couldn’t get enough going offensively.”At Wisconsin, OSU’s transition-style offense systematically works better because the Badgers play on an Olympic-style rink, which is bigger than the NHL-regulated size the two teams played on at Joe Louis Arena. Speedster forwards such as senior Nick Schilkey and sophomore Mason Jobst, the conference’s scoring co-champion, didn’t have as much room to operate on the offensive end.“They like to throw guys up the ice and get into foot races,” said Wisconsin sophomore forward Luke Kunin. “I thought our forwards did a good job of keeping them back and staying in the middle, and our D did a good job of keeping them on the outside.”Jobst had four points last weekend against Wisconsin. On Friday, he had three shots and one assist on a powerplay. But except for one shot in the third period, Jobst wasn’t a major threat to Wisconsin freshman goaltender Jack Berry who was spectacular in net for the Badgers.“We tried to play defense last week” Granato said. “This week, we played defense by playing good offense. When it was in our end, we blocked those shots when we needed to, but we got it out quick.”The Buckeyes have relied on its offense for the entire season, and why shouldn’t they? Their powerplay ranks first in the nation, scoring on an absurd 32 percent of its chances, and the offense as a whole is ranked third in the nation with nearly four goals a game. Schilkey, Jobst and senior forward David Gust are the three leading goal scorers on a team that has seven players with double-digit goals.The penalty kill, which was fourth worst in the country before the game, has been OSU’s Achilles’ heel. But Friday, they were 3 for 3 — without counting senior defenseman Josh Healey’s five-minute major and game misconduct in the final minutes.One would think with the penalty kill taking care of business, OSU’s offense would find a way to get over the hump. But not on Friday. Not against a team that is fighting for an NCAA tournament bid.“Really throughout the whole game I thought when they pushed, we pushed harder,” Kunin said.The Badgers were sitting at No. 18 in the PairWise rankings. Now, they are just on the outside at No. 17, while the Buckeyes remain at No. 13.Now, it’s not like Wisconsin hadn’t had success against OSU this season. The Badgers swept OSU in January — one in Columbus and one at Madison Square Garden in New York. OSU coach Steve Rohlik said that Wisconsin attitude he saw in late January was present on Friday when it mattered most.“It was a playoff-type hockey game,” he said. “The score is going to be down and there’s going to be a chance either way. That’s how the game went tonight and that’s what I expected.” read more

Shatter Ireland would consider sending more soldiers to Syrian borderShatter Ireland would consider sending more soldiers to Syrian border

first_imgOf course there’s been some incidents within the vicinity of the border involving some of the different groupings who are engaged in the conflict.He added that he had “already had some discussions” in Lebanon about the situation in Golan and that he will receive a briefing from the UN perspective while in Israel.Importance of tensions in Syria not spilling over into neighbouring LebanonNoting the importance of tensions in Syria not spilling over into neighbouring Lebanon or the wider Middle East, the minister said: “There are a wide range of issues of concern arising out of this conflict … and this is part of the reason I am here from an Irish government perspective – to make an assessment of where things are and get up-to-date briefings from all the different sides.”Shatter has previously signed off on Irish participation in a UN mission to Syria since the conflict started. Six Irish peacekeepers joined the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) last summer.Commencing in April, UNSMIS was charged with monitoring the cessation of violence by both the rebels and the regime in the Middle Eastern state. Its initial 90-day mandate was extended for a further 30 days, but the mission was finally terminated on 19 August when fighting became too intense for the force to proceed with its sanctioned role.Irish troops to MaliMore recently, the minister committed to sending Irish troops to Mali, where French-led forces entered in January to restore centralised control of the African state after rebels seized its north last April.Eight Irish soldiers are set to join the EU Training Mission in Mali (EUTM-Mali), which will be responsible for offering military training and advice to the Malian Armed Forces.Ireland presently has approximately 400 peacekeepers deployed with a joint Irish-Finnish UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) battalion in south Lebanon. Shatter presented UN medals to members of the battalion while in Lebanon on Sunday.Niamh Fleming-Farrell is a Beirut-based journalist.Bombs, Skype and no tea: What Christmas is like for the Irish troops in Lebanon> A UNITED NATIONS request for a larger international military presence on the Syria-Israel border is something the Irish government would give “serious consideration,” Defence and Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said.Speaking in Beirut on Sunday at the outset of a week-long official tour to Lebanon and Israel, Shatter commented that current UN observer mission in the Golan Heights “may have to be beefed up, if that border becomes a focus of tension”.He added: “If the United Nations sought further deployments on the Israel-Syrian border in the Golan Heights area, obviously that’s something to which we would give serious consideration.”The United National Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has been mandated to maintain a ceasefire between Israel and Syria in Golan since 1974.According to the Irish Defence Forces website, Ireland presently has a small number of troops deployed in Golan through its 14-soldier commitment to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) which supports UNDOF in the area.The zone has become increasingly unpredictableFor much of the past four decades a relative calm has prevailed in the Golan Heights, but two years into the uprising in Syria and with violent civil conflict raging, the zone has become increasingly unpredictable.Last week 21 Filipino peacekeepers were abducted in the area by rebels from the little-known Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade fighting Syria president Bashar Assad and held for four days. They were freed Saturday. The precise reason for their capture remains unclear.Meanwhile, Israel has recently increased military presence on its side of the UNDOF patrolled area, and Jerusalem has reportedly considered building a buffer zone within Syria in an effort to address the underlying perceived threat from Syrian unrest within Israel.Asked if in light of security concerns there was any reconsideration of Ireland’s deployment in the Golan Heights, Shatter said: “No – we’re playing a role in that mission.”However, the minister did acknowledge the changing circumstances in the area:last_img read more

Russia requests that Crimean officials release captured Ukraine navy chiefRussia requests that Crimean officials release captured Ukraine navy chief

first_imgUKRAINE HAS ANNOUNCED plans to drop out of a key post-Soviet alliance and slap entry visas on Russians, while also preparing for a possible Crimean withdrawal following the Kremlin’s absorption of the peninsula.Meanwhile, Russia has requested that commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s navy be be released, having earlier been detained by Crimean officials.Kiev’s first firm response to Russia’s claim to the strategic Black Sea peninsula came as a deadline expired on an ultimatum set by the acting president for Crimea’s separatist leaders to release the captured head of the Ukrainian navy or face “an adequate response”“Gravest threat”The spiralling crisis prompted the White House to warn Russia it was “creating a dangerous situation” and the NATO commander to call the Kremlin’s seizure of Crimea “the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War”.“Our major concern right now is whether he (President Vladimir Putin) will go beyond Crimea, whether Russia will intervene in the eastern parts. . .” of Ukraine, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said during an event in Washington.Denouncing the moves in the Crimean peninsula as “military aggression,” Rasmussen said Russia’s actions were part of a long-running pattern across the region to block nations from forging ties with the West.“Wake-up call”“This is a wake-up call,” he said, “For the Euro-Atlantic community. For NATO. And for all those committed to a Europe whole, free and at peace.”US officials have said they are reviewing a request from Kiev for military support, including arms, ammunition and non-lethal equipment.So far Washington has only agreed to provide military rations to Ukraine.Pro-Russian forces had earlier seized two Crimean navy bases and detained Ukraine’s naval chief as Moscow tightened its grip on the flashpoint peninsula despite Western warnings that its “annexation” would not go unpunished.Black SeaDozens of Ukrainian soldiers filed out of Ukraine’s main navy headquarters in the historic Black Sea port city of Sevastopol after it was stormed by hundreds of pro-Kremlin protesters and masked Russian troops.The local prosecutor’s office said Ukraine’s navy commander Sergiy Gayduk — appointed after his predecessor switched allegiance in favour of Crimea’s pro-Kremlin authorities at the start of the month — had been detained on suspicion of “ordering Ukrainian military units… to open fire on peaceful civilians”.Crimean self-defense forces member walks in the Ukrainian navy headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea. (Andrew Lubimov/AP/Press Association Images)Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said he had “asked the leaders of the Crimean Republic to release the commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s naval forces… and not to prevent his departure for Ukraine,” according to a statement.Gayduk’s capture delivered a huge blow to efforts by the new team of untested pro-Western leaders in Kiev to impose some authority in their crisis-hit country in the face of an increasingly assertive Kremlin.- © AFP, 2014Read: Vladimir Putin has begun the process of taking Crimea into the Russian Federation > “Putin’s Mein Kampf”: How the world reacted >last_img read more

Googles next move could be home security as it eyes up WiFiGoogles next move could be home security as it eyes up WiFi

first_imgGOOGLE COULD BE taking another step into the smart home market with the latest target being a WiFi camera company that streams live footage of what’s happening in your home.Dropcam develops cameras that saves its footage to the cloud, allowing users to check the recordings or view a live stream anywhere.According to the Information, it’s not clear what stage the talks are at or whether any progress has been made with them.The company is being looked at by Google’s Nest division, the smart thermostat company that Google acquired in January for $3.2 billion, and an expansion into home security would give Google’s a stronger foothold in the smart home market.Earlier this month, Dropcam revealed it would make people-detection software available to customers in early August and waterproof tabs which allows it to detect motion in areas you wouldn’t be able to place a camera.A standard Dropcam camera costs $149 (€109), and allows you to streams footage to your phone and computer. The company has raised more than $47 million since it was founded in 2009.Recent months has seen more companies focus their attention on the internet of things and developing services for smart items.Apple is said to be launching its own ‘smart home’ program at its developer conference next week, while Microsoft announced its own internet of things offering for businesses at its own developer conference BUILD back in April.Read: European smartphone competition heats up as new makers challenge major brands >Read: What you need to know about saving on the cloud >last_img read more

Wii U discs will store 25GB of dataWii U discs will store 25GB of data

first_imgOne of Nintendo‘s chief game designers let slip to Kotaku that the discs that will hold Wii U titles will be beefier than your average DVD. They are more like a Blu-ray disc, even though the drive won’t be a Blu-ray drive. They’ll be 25GB discs, and proprietary to Nintendo. That means not only did Nintendo release a new console yesterday, but they also invented a new optical storage technology just to go with it.This will also put Nintendo on par with Sony: the PlayStation 3 uses Blu-ray discs for games, and those discs are single-layer and capable of storing up to 25GB. There are precious few details about what Nintendo’s new storage technology looks like, or what kind of drive will be inside the new Wii U console.AdChoices广告Everything we know about the console so far indicates that the drive will be a “single self-loading media bay,” according to Nintendo’s spec, which will use “proprietary high-density optical discs,” as well as standard Wii game discs. Now we know the proprietary format will be 25GB discs that fit into the same space as a standard DVD. We don’t know if the drive will also be capable of playing standard DVDs, although we can’t imagine it wouldn’t be.We also don’t know whether the new drive format will be single or dual layer – if the drives are dual-layer, we could be looking at a revival of the now defunct HD-DVD format which could fit 30GB on a dual layer, although that seems unlikely. Even so, prior to E3 we would have thought it was unlikely that Nintendo would create a new optical disc format instead of adopting a market standard like Blu-Ray, even if it’s tied to Sony.The real question is going to be how long will it take someone to be able to read those discs in a device that’s not a Nintendo Wii U, or how long it takes someone to create a utility that will allow Wii U games to be stored on external storage for quick access? We already know the Wii U will support external storage attached to its USB ports. Depending on the speed of that drive, we could be looking at long disc read times if there’s no way to cache the information.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

Lost in all the controversy its been a magnificent week for IrishLost in all the controversy its been a magnificent week for Irish

first_img Ireland’s Neil Farrugia celebrates with his mother, Mary Farugia, after the U21 game. Image: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO 21,336 Views Share39 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The lads are in great form,” boss Tom Mohan said after qualification was secured. “It’s a fantastic achievement by everyone to qualify, knowing how difficult it is to qualify for a Finals. The last couple of years have been so close, but it’s great such a relief to get through.“It’s testament to the work being done at underage level. Some of the lads went to two U17 Finals with Colin O’Brien in the past two years too.”There has been much doom and gloom in recent years, and plenty of it justifiable, with Ireland struggling to produce the number of top-quality players they did in the past.Nevertheless, while the players in question still have a very long way to go in the game, recent results have afforded more scope for optimism and suggest that the new format in which the national underage leagues are being prioritised appears to be paying off to a degree. The future, it seems, is looking brighter for Irish football than it has been for some time.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: IT HAS BEEN overshadowed by the Football Association of Ireland-John Delaney controversy, and to an extent, the senior team’s exploits, but it really has been a magnificent few days for Ireland at underage level.On Sunday, the U21s got their Euro 2021 campaign off to a winning start, with a comfortable 3-0 win over a Luxembourg side that has caused problems for France and Bulgaria among others in the recent past.With Italy, Sweden, Iceland and Armenia also in the group, the Irish team will undoubtedly face stiffer tests as they bid to qualify for the first time ever at that level.But there was plenty to be positive about at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday. Despite a frustrating opening half hour, the hosts grew increasingly dominant and were well worth their victory in the end.Adam Idah, Jayson Molumby, Neil Farrugia and Connor Ronan were among the standout players whose performances suggested they had the potential to progress to senior level, while the team managed to play the type of attractive football for which new manager Stephen Kenny is renowned.More impressive still were the U19s. At the weekend, they became the first team to qualify for Euro 2019, which begins on 14 July, aside from hosts Armenia.They were also the only team in Europe to retain a 100% record in qualifying, winning six out of six while scoring 18 and conceding just three along the way. Having topped the group in the qualifying round ahead of Netherlands, Bosnia and Faroe Islands, they also progressed from the elite round at the expense of Romania, Russia and Azerbaijan.The achievement was all the more impressive, given that key players such as Idah, Conor Coventry and Lee O’Connor were missing this week having been fast-tracked to the U21s, while highly-rated Tottenham youngster Troy Parrott was injured (and would have played for the U21s if fit).It is a first appearance at the annual tournament for the Ireland U19s since 2011, when youngsters including Matt Doherty, Jeff Hendrick and John Egan emerged as the team reached the semi-finals before losing 5-0 to a Spain side that included Alvaro Morata, Gerard Deulofeu and Dani Carvajal among others. Moreover, it is their third appearance in total, having made the inaugural tournament in 2002 (it was reclassified from an U18 tournament before then). There will be just seven sides joining the Boys in Green in the summer — Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Norway, Czech Republic and Armenia.Many of the current crop of U19 starlets were also involved in last year’s equivalent U17 tournament. On that occasion, the Boys in Green got all the way to the quarter-final stage, before suffering a controversial penalty shootout loss to the Netherlands. Ireland’s Neil Farrugia celebrates with his mother, Mary Farugia, after the U21 game. Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 4:50 PM 27 Comments center_img By Paul Fennessy Lost in all the controversy, it’s been a magnificent week for Irish underage football The U19s recently qualified for a major tournament for the first time since 2011. Image: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO Subscribe Short URL Mar 27th 2019, 4:50 PM last_img read more

Future MacBooks Could Have Contextaware E Ink KeyboardsFuture MacBooks Could Have Contextaware E Ink Keyboards

first_img E-Paper Keys Allow This Keyboard to Adapt to Any TaskAlienware, VR Parties in L.A. Stay on target There’s been talk that Apple plans to add a slick OLED strip of touch-sensitive controls to upcoming MacBooks. Now sources claim that they may get a killer keyboard upgrade, too.What kind of an upgrade, you ask? According to both 9to5Mac and TrustedReviews, Apple is toying with the idea of replacing all those boring old static plastic keys with a full spread of tiny E Ink displays. And it’s about more than just allowing Apple to source a single keyboard for every MacBook regardless of which country it’s going to be sold in.Yes, it’s neat that such a keyboard would allow, for example, Canadians to switch quickly back and forth between full English and French layouts — instead of having to slog on with a bilingual keyboard. The really cool part, though, is that these keyboards could be context-aware.As soon as you fire up an app — say, Final Cut Pro or  Photoshop — your MacBook could transform its keyboard to make commonly-used commands more accessible. Need to bang a boatload of numbers into an Excel sheet? No problem, just flick a software switch and light up a numeric keypad.There’s already a company making keyboards like this. No, not Art. Lebedev. Those Optimus keyboards are very cool and all, but they’re a little too pricey even for the $2499 MacBook Pro. It’s actually Sonder Designs, and a company spokesperson has acknowledged that they have indeed held discussions with Apple.That’s Sonder’s desktop keyboard there, and it’s up for pre-order at $199. Remove the healthy markup for retail and factor in the massive number Apple would be ordering if they go this way, and it’s probably not a terribly big cost to work into a higher-end MacBook Pro.last_img read more

Smart Macaroni and Cheese Fights Dumb Climate ChangeSmart Macaroni and Cheese Fights Dumb Climate Change

first_imgStay on target It’s easy to feel terrified about climate change, mostly because thinking about the Earth’s rising temperatures and how that will decimate life on this planet is terrifying. But it’s also terrifying because it can make you feel helpless. Yeah you can be guilted into taking fewer showers or eating less meat, but the impact of single person can make is basically non-existent compared to the massive carbon emissions of unfeeling corporations enabled by uncaring governments.That’s why it’s so encouraging to see larger-scale business take genuine steps to make their practices more environmentally friendly. It briefly stops the terror. Take for example this new macaroni and cheese made with anti-climate change “regenerative agriculture” farming techniques. Finally, a good use for cheese!Annie’s homegrown elbow pasta and cheddar is the brain (and brawn) child of Montana farmer Nate Powell-Palm. On Powell-Palm’s farm they use several advanced eco-farm strats (I like to think that’s what they are called) to grow crops in ways that help the Earth instead of hurting it. Different crops like wheat and peas, along with livestock and their precious manure, are rotated in a way that helps the soil stay healthy with varied nutrients. This makes it easier to grow stuff all the time, and by making sure something is always growing the soil can maintain more carbon and nitrogen instead of spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.So why don’t we just do all farming like this? Well it takes a lot of effort. This macaroni from Annie’s is one of the larger scale attempts but even it is being produced on a limited run. They’re only making as much as the farm will allow, and the food market at large doesn’t have that kind of patience. Capitalism, baby!However, it takes small experiments to make big ones a success. Annie’s is already owned by food giant General Mills. Perhaps with time General Mills will start incorporating more of these environmentally friendly regenerative agriculture techniques into general production. Annie’s also makes bunny cookies the same way, but imagine if every box of Cheerios, Lucky Charms, or even Count Chocula was made thanks to a farm like Powell-Palm’s.Like we said, Annie’s macaroni and cheese is only being made in small batches. So if you don’t already live in Montana, the carbon you’ll emit driving there will probably do more harm than the macaroni does good. But just knowing this exist is as good a reason as any to be slightly less terrified of the harm humanity is doing to this one planet we call home.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel last_img read more

42 view mental health as a key employee wellbeing challenge42 view mental health as a key employee wellbeing challenge

first_imgAround two-fifths (42%) of employer respondents cite mental health as a key workplace health and wellbeing challenge over the next five years, according to research by Barnett Waddingham.Its UK workplace wellbeing index, which surveyed 145 organisations with more than 250 employees, also found that 53% of respondents currently have an employee wellbeing strategy in place, 18% are in the process of developing a wellbeing strategy, and 14% intend to build a wellbeing strategy in the future.The research also found:32% of respondents cite a lack of resources as the biggest barrier to employee wellbeing, and 18% of respondents feel expense is the biggest barrier. Other barriers to employee wellbeing include a lack of expertise (14%), and a lack of board-level buy in (13%).58% of respondents believe that the ageing workforce will be a key employee health and wellbeing challenge over the next five years, 28% cite changing workforce demographics, and 21% think that increased home and flexible-working will present a challenge to workplace health and wellbeing.71% of respondents perceive employee wellbeing to be very important.45% of respondents rank employee wellbeing levels within their organisation as moderate, 37% report wellbeing levels to be high, and 12% rank employee wellbeing levels within their organisation as low.94% of respondents offer flexible working to some or all of their staff, and 80% offer benefits to support carers, such as childcare vouchers or eldercare leave.73% of respondents offer bikes-for-work schemes, and 53% offer gym membership as a benefit.67% of respondents provide private medical insurance to some or all of their staff, 45% offer access to a health cash plan, and 23% of respondents offer cancer screening to staff.72% of respondents provide access to an employee assistance programme (EAP), 62% offer counselling support, 42% run wellbeing seminars, and 21% provide debt management services.Laura Matthews (pictured), wellbeing consultant at Barnett Waddingham, said: “Wellbeing strategies need to take in to account the wants and needs of the employees to be effective for an organisation. Implementing a wellbeing strategy doesn’t necessarily need to be a costly exercise. It could be as simple as analysing what [an organisation] currently [has], bringing it together holistically and ensuring it is effectively communicated.“Wellbeing is certainly on the agenda and in order to break down the barriers [organisations] need to understand what is important to their employees, and use data to implement bespoke strategies that are right for their workplace. With the right approach for each employer, wellbeing levels will rise and there will be a return on investment.”last_img read more

Anchorage nonprofit to study local option data in BethelAnchorage nonprofit to study local option data in Bethel

first_imgThe AC Quickstop halted liquor stores after the ABC Board refused to renew its license in May. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK)When the AC Quickstop liquor store opened two years ago, local emergency services, law enforcement and social services saw a sharp rise in alcohol-related incidents — mostly public intoxication.Listen nowThe Bethel City Council opposed the liquor store’s license renewal, and the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board chose not to renew it in May. Alcohol sales have been limited ever since, but they could be shut down entirely in October, when Bethel residents vote whether or not to allow alcohol sales.Meanwhile, a small non-profit in Anchorage thinks that Bethel can fill in key informational gaps about how rural Alaska deals with alcohol, specifically local option. Tiffany Hall, Executive Director of Recover Alaska, says that the group found little to no numbers about local option.Just this past year, Recover Alaska tried to help push a massive bill through the Legislature that was six years in the making: Senate Bill 76. It would have revised alcohol regulations in Alaska.The bill died in the state House at the last minute after clearing the Senate. Its sponsor, Senator Peter Micciche, withdrew it after stakeholders couldn’t agree on a House amendment.While that bill addressed a lot of issues with Alaska’s alcohol regulations, it didn’t address local option. Hall blames the lack of input and the group’s location in Anchorage.Hall chose Bethel for a kind of case study about local option. Bethel’s history with the regulation dates back to 1960, when a proposal to allow liquor sales failed by 25 votes. And the town has toggled between allowing liquor sales in various capacities since then.Hall says that she reached out to the Bethel ONC tribe and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation a year ago about gathering data from Bethel and the surrounding communities so that she could gather data about local option.It took a while, but Hall finally visited Bethel last week at the behest of those two organizations. She says that Recover Alaska is also working with the Institute for Circumpolar Health and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.But Hall says finding the data will be a challenge.“In some cases that will mean electronic cases, and other cases that means boxes of handwritten paper,” Hall said.Hall also plans to talk to villages in the Y-K Delta, but doesn’t expect to find many records there because of sparse resources.“So we’ll just be trying to have a conversation, and getting qualitative data where possible,” Hall said.Hall says that Recover Alaska could have its initial findings as soon as this December. But, she says, it will take a lot of time to gather all the data the group needs. And once they are done, Hall says that they still have to figure out who gets the data.“We are not exactly sure how we plan to roll that out,” Hall said.Meanwhile, the group is reaching out to local stakeholders, like the Tundra Women’s Coalition and Search and Rescue, for any information and insight they have on the town’s local option history.last_img read more

Rangers rescue Denali climber hurt in snowboarding fallRangers rescue Denali climber hurt in snowboarding fall

first_imgDenali (National Park Service photo) The injured climber was expected to survive, but Gualtieri was unable to comment on their medical status once off the mountain or the extent of the injuries. That was Wednesday at a spot called Windy Corner, at an elevation of about 13,500 feet. The climbers reported the accident immediately and had good communications with the Park Service with an InReach satellite messaging device, as well as a satellite phone, Gualtieri said. Park Service spokesperson Maureen Gualtieri says the climber, whom the Park Service did not name, was part of a two-person team, both descending on snowboards. “They were at, you know, arguably one of the windiest spots on Denali, at least at middle elevation, so I’m sure that four days felt longer than it was on paper,” Gualtieri said. But the Park Service could not get a helicopter to the injured climber for four days due to bad weather, starting with high winds, then a storm.center_img She said the two-person group was one of the first to climb on Denali for the summer mountaineering season, which is still in its early stages. “And it’s a pretty icy year,” Gualtieri said. “One of them lost control and fell, suffered some traumatic injuries and could not proceed down hill without extreme pain. And they were worried about internal injuries, so they stayed put.” The National Park Service rescued a climber Sunday on Denali who had been injured in a fall days earlier while snowboarding down the mountain, the tallest in North America. Rangers made it to the climbers Saturday with supplies in case the bad weather continued, Gualtieri said. It broke Sunday, though, when the Park Service’s helicopter was able to reach them, she said. They hauled the climbers, one at a time, down the mountain in what’s known as a “screamer suit,” on a line below the helicopter, Gualtieri said.last_img read more

SpaceX to launch 60 satellites to offer internet from spaceSpaceX to launch 60 satellites to offer internet from space

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:15Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:14?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Watch SpaceX Launch Its Final Falcon 9 Rocket Of The Year The Monday launch was delayed by rain and heavy cloud coverSpaceXElon Musk-led SpaceX is all set to blastoff of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first 60 satellites for his new Starlink internet service. The Starlink project is an ambitious project by the billionaire entrepreneur which plans provide the internet from space. The project is expected to be completed by 2027 and will consist which is nearly 12,000 satellites – six times the number of all operational spacecraft now in orbit. The objective is to blanket the Earth with high-speed, low-latency, and affordable internet access.It is to be noted that the Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX postponed a planned Wednesday night launch due to excessive winds over the Florida launch site. The launch is now scheduled for 2.30 am GMT Friday, (8 am IST) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, US. Just before the blastoff was postponed due to high-velocity winds, Musk praised the “fundamental goodness” of his ambitions to expand internet connectivity globally but he said that the success of the mission is far from guaranteed. Elon Musk, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Inc., speaks at an unveiling eventRobyn Beck-Pool/Getty ImagesHe further added that the SpaceX is expected to generate about $3 billion per year. With this Starlink becomes a critical element in generating cash for SpaceX which has highly ambitious plans to develop new spacecraft capable of flying paying customers to the moon and eventually trying to colonize Mars. Musk, who is also the chief executive officer of automaker Tesla Inc, also said, “We think this is a key stepping stone on the way towards establishing a self-sustaining city on Mars and a base on the moon.” Elon Musk is not the only entrepreneur who is planning to build data networks in space. SpaceX is facing a tough fight from Airbus SE-backed OneWeb which launched its own clutch of satellites in February. Moreover, LeoSat Enterprises and Canada’s Telesat are also working to build data networks. The race to become the leading company in space race has resulted in Elon Musk taking radical steps, frustrated with the snail-paced development of Starlink satellites, he fired at least seven members of the program’s senior management team at a campus in Redmond, Washington,However, some of the communication experts have questioned the whole idea of providing fast internet through space. The problem traditionally has been that these services don’t offer a way to upload data quickly due to latency rate in such communications.last_img read more

District Bids Emotional Goodbye to Marion BarryDistrict Bids Emotional Goodbye to Marion Barry

first_imgThousands of District residents from all walks of life as well as members of Congress and leaders of national organizations took time out of their lives to thank Marion Barry for his nearly 40 years of public service to the nation’s capital in three distinct events from Dec. 4-8.Barry, who died at the United Medical Center on Nov. 23 at the age of 78, was remembered as a strong champion of Black businesses, senior citizens and young people. Residents had the chance to celebrate his life at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest on Dec. 4, the Temple of Praise church on Dec. 5 and at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Dec. 6.“There has been no one like him in the District of Columbia and there will likely be no one like him ever again,” Jim Vance, an anchorman for News Channel 4 said on a special edition of “Reporter’s Roundtable” on Dec. 7.Barry’s body was in a casket with a bouquet of red roses and a kente cloth draped over it in the first floor foyer of the Wilson Building on Dec. 4.The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a two-time presidential candidate, was joined by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D),) present and former D.C. Council members, U.S. Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and John Lewis (D-Ga.), and members of the Barry family, at a ceremony at the Wilson Building. After the ceremony, people were allowed in the building to greet council members who were available and stand in front of the casket to reflect on Barry in a personal manner.“I am here to share a special moment with my friend,” Willie Jolley, one of the nation’s leading motivational speakers, said. “Marion Barry stood for courage and tenacity. That’s what made him a superstar.”Outside the Wilson Building, vendors were selling t-shirts, buttons and posters with Barry’s likeness on them. Floyd Myers Sr., a retired police officer and real estate entrepreneur, said that Barry would not have had any problem with what the vendors were doing.“Barry was all about helping Black people get into business,” Myers said. “He was responsible for shaping the District of Columbia for what it is now. I use to guard him as a member of his police detail and he taught me a lot of things about how this city runs and how to do business in this city.”Barry’s son, Christopher, could be seen shaking hands with people visiting his father’s casket. His stepsister, Lalanya Masters, said that Barry’s family was pleased with the outpouring of affection for the late mayor and council member.“This is a wonderful reflection on him,” she said. “It is poetic justice that my stepfather passed away just when things are taking place in Ferguson, [Mo.] and the death of Eric Garner.”On Dec. 5, Barry’s casket was put into a car and driven through Ward 6 via Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. to Ward 8. D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) and her staff joined thousands of people standing along the street to observe the car carrying Barry and she blew a kiss to it.When Barry’s car got on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, S.E., people stepped from the sidewalk to the street to touch it. Cora Masters Barry and Christopher got out of the car to greet the residents.Longtime Ward 8 advisory neighborhood commissioner Mary Cuthbert remembered her friend.“Marion Barry called this meeting and we are in order,” Cuthbert, who is the chairman of her commission, said. “There are two items on the agenda, to say thank you and farewell.”During the eulogy, Temple of Praise Bishop Glen Staples said Barry was “one of the nation’s greatest civil rights leaders.”On Dec. 6, thousands of people filled the convention center to listen to speakers praise the late mayor. Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan thanked Barry for his support of the successful 1995 Million Man March that took place on the National Mall.“The Million Man March could never have happened in any other city at any other time than in Washington, D.C. at the time of Marion Barry,” said Farrakhan.There were video tributes by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and civil rights leader Julian Bond. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and Gray made remarks and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, in his speech, said that Barry gave him his first real job.“And every time I would see him, he would remind me of that,” Baker said.Gray was joined, as he spoke, by former D.C. Mayors Sharon Pratt and Anthony Williams and Newark, N.J. Mayor Ras Baraka. Former D.C. Council Chairman Sterling Tucker and Mendelson spoke along with Bowser and former D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis on what Barry meant to the city and the council.R. Donahue Peebles, who is considered one of the wealthiest African Americans in the country, said that Barry made the District “the mecca of African-American entrepreneurship.”“Barry created the Black middle class in Washington,” Peebles said. “If it were not for him, I would not be the nation’s largest African-American real estate developer.”“People would do terrible things to him and he would forgive,” Cora Barry said. “He was not fake. He had a pure heart.”Social media provided another avenue for grievers to express their gratitude for Barry. The late mayor’s twitter account was transformed into a forum for remembrance.Barry’s public relations team constantly tweeted about various memorial services, retweeting reflective posts and quotes along with the coverage of his official funeral service.After the five-hour memorial, a processional took Barry’s body to the Congressional Cemetery, where he is interned.Auburn Mann contributed to this articlelast_img read more

Debit card fraud Middleaged man arrested from KansaDebit card fraud Middleaged man arrested from Kansa

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested a middle-aged man from Kanksa in West Burdwan on charges of duping his colleagues by using their credit or debit cards without their knowledge.For the past few months, officials of a private healthcare unit noticed that money was getting deducted from their bank accounts. But initially it did not draw attention as they failed to realise it immediately after the money got deducted from their bank accounts. During investigation, police have found out that the arrested persons had opted a unique modus operandi while using debit cards of his colleagues for shopping and even didn’t get caught. He used to wait for the times when his colleagues left their wallets or mobile phones on the desk. Taking the opportunity of the situation, he used to take out the debit card from the wallet and keep away the mobile phone so that they do not get to see balance alert messages. He used to buy goods using the debit card and the mobile phone was needed to enter the one time password (OTP). He also used to delete the messages from the mobile phones. Later, he used to keep the mobile phones at such a place in the office itself that its actual owner used to think that he had kept there by mistake and used to carry on with his work without suspecting anyone. Police initiated a probe after two three employees found that their money got deducted from their bank accounts.While investigating into the cases, police have suspected that someone from the same workplace was behind the incidents and finally the middl-eaged man was arrested.last_img read more