Looters prey on Quebec schooner awaiting salvage on a Cuban beach owner

first_imgMONTREAL — The owner of the last surviving St. Lawrence River schooner, beached in Cuba after running aground more than two months ago, says looters made off with thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the ship last week.The Grosse-Ile, the last seaworthy vessel of its kind and an important piece of Quebec’s maritime heritage, has been grounded since Jan. 27, and salvage efforts have been repeatedly thwarted by Cuban authorities, said the ship’s owner, Didier Epars.For two weeks, everything has been in place to remove the schooner from the beach, but for reasons that remain unclear, Cuban authorities have delayed issuing a permit for a tug from the Cayman Islands requisitioned by Epars’ insurer.The delay allowed thieves to strip the two-masted schooner last week of GPS antennas, an outboard motor for a dinghy and valuable rigging for the sails.Since he and his son, fearing for their lives, deliberately ran aground in a storm, the schooner has been looted several times, but Epars said the Cuban army refused to allow him to camp on the beach to watch over the ship.His son has since left Cuba, but Epars remains “in custody” — albeit at a holiday resort run by the Cuban military. The Maria La Gorda resort is close to his ship, which he monitors from a distance when he can. There is a military base next to the resort, which is in a national park in a remote part of Cuba.The shipwrecked skipper wonders where the looters have come from, since the national park is uninhabited and the nearest village, El Cayuco, is inland 45 kilometres from Maria La Gorda.Epars said it is clear that the theft required the use of boats, and the only boats nearby are those of the army, recently relaunched after undergoing repairs for about two weeks.The looting is all the more discouraging as Epars had hoped the Grosse-Ile would have been refloated weeks ago. On March 23, he was told the salvage would take place the following Tuesday, March 26, but the necessary permit has still not been provided.Epars’ insurance broker, the British firm Concept Special Risks, is also questioning the delay.In an email to The Canadian Press last week, company representative Mark Thomas said a Cuban salvage company, also run by the military, is responsible for obtaining the permit. Thomas said the process has been bogged down by requests for information from the Cubans.“A lot of the information doesn’t seem relevant, but they insist,” Thomas said.Built in 1951, the Grosse-Ile was used to provision the island east of Quebec City after which it was named. Epars bought it in 1992, but it needed to be almost entirely rebuilt. It took him 20 years to get the necessary permits to take on passengers, and in 2015 the schooner returned to the water, sailing between Quebec City and Montreal.Quebec Minister of International Relations Nadine Girault said in an interview that her office is closely monitoring the situation in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy in Cuba. “We offered our support to the embassy, but our hands are a little tied on it, because it is really under federal jurisdiction,” she said.The Cuban embassy in Ottawa did not return a call from The Canadian Press.Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stomach issues signal future mental problems

first_imgChildren who face adversities – such as parental separation – are more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms which may lead to mental health issues in later life, a study has found. The study, published in the journal Development and Psychopathology, found that gastrointestinal symptoms in children may have an impact on the brain and behaviour as they grow to maturity. “One common reason children show up at doctors’ offices is intestinal complaints,” said Nim Tottenham, a professor at Columbia University in the US. “Our findings indicate that gastrointestinal symptoms in young children could be a red flag to primary care physicians for future emotional health problems,” said Tottenham. Scientists have long noted the strong connection between the gut and brain. Previous research has demonstrated that a history of trauma or abuse has been reported in up to half of adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), at a prevalence twice that of patients without IBS. “The role of trauma in increasing vulnerability to both gastrointestinal and mental health symptoms is well established in adults but rarely studied in childhood,” said Bridget Callaghan, a post-doctoral research fellow at Columbia. Animal studies have demonstrated that adversity-induced changes in the gut microbiome influence neurological development, but no human studies have done so. “Our study is among the first to link disruption of a child’s gastrointestinal microbiome triggered by early-life adversity with brain activity in regions associated with emotional health.” The researchers focused on development in children who experienced extreme psychosocial deprivation due to institutional care before international adoption. Separation of a child from a parent is known to be a powerful predictor of mental health issues in humans. That experience, when modelled in rodents, induces fear and anxiety, hinders neurodevelopment and alters microbial communities across the lifespan. The researchers drew upon data from 115 children adopted from orphanages or foster care on or before approximately they were two years old, and from 229 children raised by a biological caregiver. The children with past caregiving disruptions showed higher levels of symptoms that included stomach aches, constipation, vomiting and nausea. From that sample of adoptees, the researchers then selected eight participants, ages seven to 13, from the adversity exposed group and another eight who’d been in the group raised by their biological parents. The children with a history of early caregiving disruptions had distinctly different gut microbiomes from those raised with biological caregivers from birth. Brain scans of all the children also showed that brain activity patterns were correlated with certain bacteria. “It is too early to say anything conclusive, but our study indicates that adversity-associated changes in the gut microbiome are related to brain function, including differences in the regions of the brain associated with emotional processing,” said Tottenham.last_img read more

Morocco Bringing People Closer to Nature for World Environment Day

Rabat – Morocco is celebrating World Environment Day under the theme “Bringing people closer to nature” amid a tense global environmental climate, on June 5. In a statement, the State Secretariat for Sustainable Development explained that this year’s World Day, organized under the title “Bringing People Closer to Nature,” is an opportunity to draw the attention of various actors and the general public to Environmental issues and to renew their commitments in its favor. It will also provide an update on Morocco’s actions and the programs implemented for its preservation.In this context, the secretary of state has prepared a rich program that includes awareness-raising and educational activities, scientific meetings and field visits showing achievements in the field of environment and sustainable development. Partnership agreements are also on the menu, as the secretary of state will proceed to sign partnership conventions with the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research and the National Broadcasting Corporation (SNRT). World Environment Day was promulgated in 1972 by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). This international celebration regularly raises essential questions regarding environmental protection and its consequences for the quality of life for people and the survival of our planet. Discussion topics include the fight against the destruction of the ozone layer, deforestation, desertification and drought, as well as the preservation of quality of water supplies. This year’s host country, Canada, will be at the center of celebrations which will take place around the world.Since its launch in 1972, several thousand events have been organized around the world, from neighborhood cleaning operations to actions against wildlife crime and the planting of new forests. This year’s theme, “Bringing People Closer to Nature,” invites us to leave our homes, go back to nature, appreciate its beauty and reflect on how we are part of the nature on which we depend. Billions of people living in rural areas spend each day working while “connected to nature” and are fully aware of their dependence on natural water supply and livelihoods in the form of fertile soils. These farmers are among the first to suffer when ecosystems are threatened by pollution, climate change or overexploitation.This year, the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreements for financial reasons, shook the world and left a gruesome mark on the environmental community. Refusing to honour USD 3 billion worth of aid to a crucial world and human problem is not the first, nor will it likely be the last time Donald Trump will create controversy over his political and diplomatic decisions. read more

General Assembly President meets with Chinese minister during Asian visit

“They underlined the need to strengthen multilateralism, with the United Nations at its core, to address effectively the global challenges confronting the international community,” Jean-Victor Nkolo, spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly, told journalists in New York about today’s meeting.Dr. Treki and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a high-level plenary meeting in September in New York to stress the importance of increasing efforts to achieve the internationally agreed upon Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 target year.In addition, Dr. Treki told Mr. Yang that he plans to hold General Assembly thematic debates on disarmament, peacekeeping, dialogue among civilizations, and the Middle East peace process.“Both sides emphasized the urgent need for a just and lasting settlement of the question of Palestine and a comprehensive peace in the Middle East and the enhanced role that the United Nations should play in that regard,” Mr. Nkolo said.He added that the Chinese minister also expressed his country’s support for development and peace in Africa, including the issue of piracy off the coast of Somalia. The Security Council yesterday raised the possibility of special international tribunals to deal with piracy and requested that the UN Secretary-General present a report within three months on possible options for prosecuting and imprisoning suspects in connection with piracy and armed robbery at sea near the Horn of Africa.Dr. Treki and Mr. Yang also discussed efforts to reform and strengthen the UN, including the ongoing debate over the composition of the Security Council. Later in the day, Dr. Treki visited with prominent Chinese scholars and researches at the China Institute of International Studies.He will attend the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo before continuing his tour of Asia with stops in India and Pakistan. 28 April 2010General Assembly President Ali Treki spotlighted the United Nations’ priorities today as he continued his visit to China by discussing development topics and peace and security in the Middle East and Africa with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. read more

Senior UN official in Eastern Europe to highlight poverty reduction programmes

7 September 2010The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is visiting Montenegro and Moldova to highlight the two countries’ poverty reduction and social development efforts ahead of the UN summit to review global progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is visiting Montenegro and Moldova to highlight the two countries’ poverty reduction and social development efforts ahead of the UN summit to review global progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).In Montenegro, Helen Clark, the UNDP Administrator, will meet with President Filip Vujanovic and Prime Minister Milo Ðukanovic, and other senior officials to discuss the country’s implementation of the projects designed to spur achievement of the MDGs, the eight global benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty.The goals and targets, which have a 2015 deadline, are designed to address the problems of income poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation.Ms. Clark will also travel to northern Montenegro to highlight the development of sustainable tourism in that region.In Moldova, Ms. Clark will meet with the Speaker of the Parliament and Acting President Mihai Ghimpu, as well as Prime Minister Vladimir Filat and other senior officials. She will help launch Moldova’s new MDG campaign to accelerate progress towards the goals.She will also participate in a post-disaster assessment of the needs of those affected by floods and visit the offices of the country’s electoral commission.The high-level summit on the MDGs later this month will bring together nearly 150 world leaders at UN Headquarters in New York and is aimed at providing the political impetus needed to tackle the remaining gaps in efforts to facilitate achievement of the goals. read more

Enbridge restores smaller natural gas pipeline in BC after main line blast

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The company that shut down its main natural gas pipeline through British Columbia following an explosion and fire Tuesday night says it has restarted a smaller line running beside the damaged pipe.Enbridge says it has received National Energy Board approval Wednesday night to restart its 76-centimetre line, which was shut down as a precaution because it is in the same path as the 91-centimetre line that ruptured and exploded near Prince George.The Calgary-based energy supplier says the line was carefully checked before permission was received to restart it at about 80 per cent of normal capacity.Fortis BC, the company that depends on the Enbridge line for about 85 per cent of the gas it delivers to its one million customers, says in an online notice that gas is now flowing, but customers are still asked to cut back.It says restoring flow in the smaller line is a positive step, but until the damaged larger line is repaired, a shortage of natural gas continues.In response to the call for conservation, the B.C. Institute of Technology has tweeted that heat is off on the north side of its Burnaby campus until further notice, while the University of B.C. has told researchers and other non-essential users to immediately stop using natural gas.The UBC bulletin says although gas use should still be restricted, “UBC buildings that use natural gas for heating, hot water and cooking are no longer expected to be impacted.”In an earlier news release, Enbridge said it is working with other companies to find alternate supplies of gas to meet demand.Investigators are still searching for a cause of the blast just outside Prince George.It damaged the company’s primary natural gas pipeline linking the Fort Nelson area to Vancouver and south to another 750,000 customers in the northwest United States.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:FTS) (TSX:ENB) read more

Potter Jackson highlight newcomer contributors in Ohio State 8567 win over Walsh

OSU freshman center Micah Potter and senior forward Marc Loving watch as the ball falls through the net during the Buckeyes exhibition match-up against Walsh on Nov. 6. The Buckeyes won 85-67. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team took the court on Sunday in its annual exhibition game. This was Buckeye Nation’s first look at a team trying to get back to the NCAA tournament after missing the tournament last year for the first time in seven years. OSU coach Thad Matta played all four of his freshmen in a first half filled with unnecessary fouls and sloppy offensive play.However, in the second half, OSU used a 12-2 run near the 12-minute mark, and 44 points in the paint to roll to an 85-67 victory over Division II opponent Walsh.“We couldn’t get a run going because of the fouls. We weren’t as smart as we needed to be in terms of our defense,” Matta said. “The first half was really an odd — there was no flow to the game on both sides … that’s something we have to do a much, much better job of.”When the starting lineups were announced, many could have guessed the starters from point guard to power forward. But freshman Micah Potter earned the surprise start at center over redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson.The freshman from Mentor, Ohio, who played his final season of prep basketball at Montverde Academy in Florida, played 16 minutes, scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds. Potter also showed no hesitation in his ability to step outside of the arc and try a few threes. He converted one of three attempts from three-point territory.“Coach Matta’s big thing this past week in practice, and also before the game, was to play hard,” Potter said. “I think we can all play hard and do things better. We did a decent job in the second half. Definitely had some good energy, giving some confidence going to Navy on Friday.”Behind sophomore starting point guard JaQuan Lyle — who was the game’s leading scorer with 14 points — was sophomore junior-college transfer point guard C.J. Jackson. On Thursday, junior forward Keita Bates-Diop said Jackson’s IQ of the game and his intensity separate him from many other backup point guards. Against Walsh, Jackson played 16 minutes and assisted on six field goals without turning the ball over.Jackson had one stretch of play where he threw a crisp alley-oop pass to senior forward Marc Loving, stole the inbound pass and scored, then he got an offensive rebound and scored another layup. Jackson also had a breakaway opportunity squandered where he missed a wide-open dunk.“My legs deactivated on that, honestly,” Jackson said with a laugh. “All that matters is that we got the win. It’s not like it’s going to happen again.”Matta couldn’t confirm Potter would be the team’s starting center when the season kicks off against Navy on Friday, but credited Potter and Jackson with earning their playing time due to effort in practice.“(C.J.) and Micah have probably been the two most consistent players in terms of every single day you know what you’re going to get from those two guys,” Matta said. “Freshman, sophomore whatever … we got to look at a guy like C.J. Jackson and how he played and that’s got to become more guys doing that … Does he know the system great? No, but is he out there playing? Yeah.”Junior captain forward Jae’Sean Tate returned to the court for the first time since late February, when he was ruled out for the season with a right shoulder injury. He underwent surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder a few days later.The game started with Tate running the floor, beating his man off the dribble from the top of the key and finishing with his left hand off of the glass. Later, at the 15-minute mark of the second half, Tate intercepted a pass from out of bounds and finished with a dunk.As was the case last year, the Buckeyes’ success will largely be dictated by Tate’s success. He played 21 minutes and scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting with four rebounds and four assists.“No question. He’s been as good as he can possibly be,” Matta said. “He’s getting in better shape. He might be tired sometimes, but no, there’s been no issues with (the shoulder).With four coaching changes, a class of four new players and three transfers in the offseason, OSU showed signs of youth, but the Buckeyes also displayed a quick pace to its offense throughout much of the first half. OSU returned its top six leading scorers from a season ago, five of which were the top scorers on Sunday — Loving was tied as the sixth leading scorer with six points.Lyle led the team with 14 points, and redshirt junior guard Kam Williams and Bates-Diop followed with 13 and 12 points, respectively. A storyline that Matta hopes can continue leading up to the opening tip on Friday at 9 p.m. in Annapolis. read more

Le Jailbreak pour iPhone 4S et iPad 2 est disponible

first_imgLe Jailbreak pour iPhone 4S et iPad 2 est disponibleSi le Jailbreak pour iPhone 4 et iPad était disponible depuis un moment, et ceci même sous iOS 5, on l’attendait encore pour l’iPhone 4S et l’iPad 2. C’est désormais chose faite.Les possesseurs d’iPhone 4S et d’iPad 2 vont pouvoir se ruer sur le magasin d’applications Apple. Les deux appareils ne disposaient en effet pas encore de Jailbreak, un problème dû à la présence de la puce A5. Mais avec Absinthe, cela est désormais possible. Rappelons que cette méthode, qui permet de d’éliminer les restrictions mises en place par Apple dans l’obtention des applications, n’est pas autorisée par la marque à la pomme et qu’elle constitue une raison pour faire sauter la garantie des appareils débloqués, même si une simple restauration permet de la faire disparaître. Le site ipadou propose ainsi un tutorat complet pour installer ce Jailbreak. Rappelons néanmoins que comme toute opération non autorisée par Apple, elle peut endommager votre appareil en cas de mauvaise manipulation. Il faudra juste vérifier que votre version d’iTunes est bien la dernière et vous pourrez alors vous lancer.Le 23 janvier 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver’s nLight soared in first day of trading

first_imgIf Day 1 was any indication, nLight’s future as a publicly traded company looks pretty bright.The Vancouver laser manufacturer landed on the ticker of the Nasdaq Exchange on Thursday, selling for $16 per share. By market close at 4 p.m. Eastern, share prices had climbed to $26.95, a one-day gain of 68 percent.With 5.4 million shares on sale, and another 27.6 million shares not yet for sale, nLight looks to be valued at more than $880 million. It remains to be seen whether the first-day excitement and share price will ebb over the coming weeks.Founder and CEO Scott Keeney told The Columbian on Thursday that the company will end up raising more than $100 million, among the largest initial public offerings in the region’s history.“I think that’s something everybody in the region should take great pride in,” he said. “It’s certainly not just me or our team. It’s the community. We should all celebrate in this success.”last_img read more

Morning Press: Cowlitz County deputy killed; PDX preparing for takeoff; Moulton Falls bridge update

first_imgWhat kind of weather is headed our way this week? Check our local weather coverage.Here are some of the top stories of the weekend:Cowlitz County deputy killed while investigating disabled vehicleLONGVIEW — The Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputy shot in the line of duty Saturday night has died, and a manhunt for the “suspect or suspects” is ongoing, according to Clark County investigators. Sheriff’s officials Sunday afternoon identified the fallen deputy as Justin DeRosier, 29.Authorities previously said they had found a person of interest in the shooting, but they announced Sunday afternoon that at least one suspect is still being pursued. They did not disclose any names.Manhunt for ‘suspect or suspects’ is ongoing, investigators sayUPDATE: Suspect in Cowlitz County deputy’s fatal shooting killedPortland International Airport preparing for takeoffPORTLAND — Last decade, Portland International Airport suffered two gut punches, first the 9/11 terrorist attacks and then the economic meltdown that became known as the Great Recession.The airport has recovered nicely. With today’s burly economy, the airport is now building a series of improvements, PDXNext, that represent a $2 billion investment in the airport’s future.PDX’s $2 billion in projects are a running start toward serving the passengers of the futureFord GT finds its place in supercar stableWith its sleek styling, rumbling motor and glowing taillights, Ron Wade’s ruby red Ford GT looked like it was ready to rocket to another galaxy, not merely sit idling for gawkers.last_img read more

Sand dumped along Miami Beach amid shore expansion efforts

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An ongoing project aims to implement a sandy solution to an eroding problem on Miami Beach.Nearly 300,000 tons of sand were dumped along the South Florida coast, this week, in an effort to keep it from washing away. The project helps to expand the shore from 46th to 54th streets by more than 200 feet.The widening provides more protection in the event of a hurricane while also creating more space for beachgoers to sunbathe.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ambler Man Faces Attempted Murder Charges for Shooting at VPO

first_imgAerial view of Ambler and the Kobuk River in the summer. (Courtesy of the National Park Service via UAF Gates of the Arctic Research Portal)An Ambler man is facing attempted murder charges after Alaska State Troopers say he tried to shoot a village police officer through the door of his home.According to a dispatch from Troopers, it all happened around 1:15 Saturday afternoon. That’s when Troopers say 34-year-old Harry Morena was “intoxicated and belligerent” using a VHF radio.Ambler Village Police Office Jeffery Metlon went to Morena’s home and knocked on the door. That’s when the officer says he heard Morena yell, “one shot, one kill” before shooting through his front door at the officer.The VPO was uninjured and backed away—as Troopers say Morena shot at least two more times though the door and walls of his home.A concerned friend then tried to contact Morena through the VHF. Officers investigating the shooting say the friend asked to meet with Morena but only if he promised not to shoot him. Morena allegedly told the friend he, “only wanted to kill the VPO.”Troopers say the friend then met Morena in the street and convinced him to surrender his weapon.Morena was arrested, and when Troopers arrived to investigate, a search warrant for his home later found evidence of a home-brew alcohol operation.Troopers say Morena’s deaf and blind mother was also found in the home, oblivious to the gunfire Troopers say unfolded around her.Morena was taken to the Kotzebue regional jail. He faces charges of second-degree attempted murder, two charges of second-degree assault, and several charges related to home-brewing alcohol.Ambler is a community of about 260 people in the Northwest Arctic Borough, about 280 miles northeast of Nome.last_img read more

94pc women face sexual harassment on transport Study

first_imgRapeNinety-four per cent women commuting on public transport in the country have experienced sexual harassment in verbal, physical and other forms, reports UNB quoting a study of development organisation BRAC.The findings of the study titled ‘Roads free from sexual harassment and crash for women’ were disseminated at a programme at the National Press Club in the capital on Tuesday, marking the International Women’s Day that falls on Thursday.A somewhat surprising revelation of the study is that males belonging to relatively older age group of 41-60 years have been identified as the major perpetrators who are responsible for 66 per cent of such incidents.The study also mentioned factors, including lax implementation of law, excessive crowd in buses and weak or no monitoring (such as absence of closed-circuit cameras) as the major causes behind the sexual harassment in roads and public transport, especially in buses.Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, professor Simeen Mahmud, Fahmida Saadia Rahman and Kabita Chowdhury conducted the research.The research was conducted during a three-month period between April and June, 2017 where a total of 415 women participated in Gazipur, Dhaka and Birulia of Savar upazila in Dhaka district.According to the research, 35 per cent respondents using public transport said they faced sexual harassment from males belonging to the age group of 19-35 years. Around 59 per cent faced such harassment from the males who are 26-40 years old.The forms of sexual harassment experienced by the respondents include deliberate touching of victim’s body with chest and other parts, pinching, standing too close to the victim and pushing, touching victim’s hair, putting hand on their shoulder, touching private parts of the victim.Asked what women do when they are victim of such harassments, 81 per cent women said they kept silent while 79 per cent said they moved away from the place of harassment.It was observed in the study that the present education system in which male and female children attend institutions separately restricts the scope for learning gender equality lessons as well as building the attitude and habit of treating both the sexes equally and with respect. To help children develop such an attitude, adequate training and counselling of teachers and counsellors are essential, it noted.Syed Saad Andaleeb said the pervasive nature of sexual harassment on roads and transport calls for a much larger study that will reflect the nationwide scenario in this regard.Speakers at the event also observed that although commendable progress has been made in the country in terms of women’s education and professional engagement, the feeling of insecurity among women is pervasive.To address the existing issues, they demanded stricter implementation of laws apart from the initiatives to raise public awareness.last_img read more

WATCH Students Rallying Around The Country Talk With PBS Newshour

first_img Share PBS Newshour  interviewed students who took part in rallies around the country, got perspectives from a teacher and examined the darker side of the response to the school shooting in Parkland.Here is their conversation: last_img

Batter up Googles July 4th Doodle Is BBQThemed Baseball Game

first_img Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantLGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google Stay on target Google’s Independence Day Doodle combines two of America’s favorite past times: baseball and eating.To celebrate the 1776 Declaration of Independence—when the 13 colonies became united, independent states, free from British rule—Google launched an interactive game of backyard BBQ baseball.The digital competition sends you up to bat as classic summertime snacks: hot dogs, popcorn, pizza, corn on the cob, ice cream, watermelon, etc.AdChoices广告Early vintage player card sketches by artist Matt Cruickshank (via Google)“Looks like H-Dog’s on a roll! Lettuce hope he can help his team ketchup!” Google wrote in a punny post. “Will Power Pop hit a pop fly? Can Wild Slice slice one into left field? Could Cobbra bat as well as Ty Cob?“With a lineup like this, things are bound to get a little nuts,” the company quipped. (The pitcher is a peanut whose hat changes color depending on which type of pitch it throws.)Step up to the plate, wait for the right moment, and click to hit a single, double, or triple; a home run earns you fireworks and applause. Strikes and runs are recorded on a screen at the back of the stadium, where fellow foodie fans cheer you on.Led by Jessica Yu, this week’s festive Doodle was created by Jacob Howcroft, David Lu, Megan Valentine, Matt Cruickshank, and Vishnu Ganti, with cartoonish sound effects by Silas Hite.That’s not all Google has up its sleeve this July 4.Google search Easter egg offers a bang for July 4th (via Stephanie Mlot)Try searching for words related to Independence Day—”fireworks,” “fireworks near me,” “Fourth of July”—to set off a pyrotechnic display on the results page.As CNET noted, queries for Spanish terms like “cuatro de Julio” (“Fourth of July”) or “fuegos artificiales” (“fireworks”) provide the same colorful show.More on Geek.com:Google’s Earth Day Doodle Celebrates the Beauty of Our PlanetGoogle Doodle Celebrates International Women’s DayGoogle Doodle Honors ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwinlast_img read more

HarleyDavidsons First Electric Motorcycle Arrives in August for 30K

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. After years of talk, Harley-Davidson is finally ready to put its LiveWire electric motorcycle up for sale — and not surprisingly, it’ll cost you. The green two-wheeler is now available for pre-order ahead of its August debut for a hefty $29,799. That’s a lot to shell out, but Harley is betting that performance and connectivity will seal the deal.The motor tucked between your legs can take the LiveWire to 60MPH in a brisk 3.5 seconds (complete with a “futuristic” sound), while an H-D Connect service uses LTE to help you remotely check on the status of your bike, get service reminders and find out whether someone is trying to mess with your ride. If someone manages to steal the motorcycle, you can track its whereabouts through GPS.There’s one main catch if the LiveWire is within your budget: the range. Harley estimates that you’ll get 110 miles of urban riding on a charge. That’s certainly enough for many commutes, but a veteran like Zero Motorcycles has bikes that can handle up to 163 miles in the city in their standard form. You’re paying for the LiveWire’s power, technology and its all-business looks.  2 min read January 8, 2019 This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Polish officials resign over eavesdropping scandal

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipes Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories The interior minister at the time, Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz, lost his job over the scandal and then-Prime Minister Donald Tusk suggested foreign intelligence services were involved, but there were no major repercussions at the time.Sikorski on Wednesday said he was resigning in the interest of the party, and argued that it was the only political force in Poland capable of preserving the nation’s international standing. With a fast-growing economy, Poland is a major player in eastern Europe and a significant voice in the European Union. The scandal could potentially affect that position.Many political analysts say that the entire case could undermine the ruling party’s chances in the fall elections. Some say that the resignations came too late and were too few for electoral success.An investigation into the illegal recordings is still underway and a visibly angry Kopacz said that this week’s leak of the classified files was its only known result so far.Kopacz has indicated she wants Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet, who is overseeing the investigation, to be fired. She said the probe is slow-going and that she doesn’t accept his report on why the classified files from the investigation were leaked. Seremet can only be removed by the president. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories center_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help One man has been charged over the latest leak.The four ministers who resigned are Health Minister Bartosz Arlukowicz, Sports Minister Andrzej Biernat, Treasury Minister Wlodzimierz Karpinski, and Jacek Cichocki, minister in charge of security.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The party is under pressure after a surprise defeat last month in the presidential election of the incumbent — a former party member — which exposed growing dissatisfaction with Civic Platform policies.Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz accepted Wednesday’s resignations, her spokeswoman Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska told The Associated Press. Kopacz will probably name replacements for the four ministers on Monday.“As long as I am the prime minister, I will not allow for political games over the tapes during the electoral period,” Kopacz said in announcing the resignations. “Today, on behalf of Civic Platform, I extend my heartfelt apologies” to party supporters who for the past year “listened to the tapes with disgust, irritation.”The resignations were prompted by the illegal publication this week on Facebook of files from the still ongoing probe into the eavesdropping that raised questions about security procedures during sensitive investigations and about data protection. The publication released personal data and addresses of officials who were questioned in the probe to the public.Sikorski, who was then the foreign minister, the four government ministers and others were secretly taped during private meetings in Warsaw restaurants in 2013 and 2014. The tapes were leaked to a weekly magazine and published, and Poles were angered that politicians, lobbyists and business people were debating political stratagems and deals while dining over baby lobster, paid for with taxpayers’ money. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Four Polish government ministers and the parliamentary speaker resigned on Wednesday amid a revived 2014 scandal over secret recordings made of them and other officials.In an unexpected political shake-up, the ministers of health, sports, the treasury and security, and parliamentary speaker Radek Sikorski, said they were stepping down for the good of the ruling Civil Platform party just four months before a general election. Four junior government officials also resigned in a major crisis for the pro-business party, which has been in power for almost eight years.last_img read more

Expedia data reveals increase in US travel to Australia

first_imgLatest data from the Expedia group, one of the world’s leading online travel companies, has revealed a noticeable increase in demand from US travellers heading to Australia.This demand is likely being influenced by the decline of the value of the Australian dollar (AUD), and US travellers taking advantage of the continued strength of the US dollar.The Expedia data from the second quarter of 2015 reveals a rise in demand from the US, with an increase of over 70 per cent compared with  the same period in 2014.This increase could be set to continue with searches by US travellers for December 2015 stays at Australian hotels up 70%*.Economists predict the Australian dollar is expected to remain under pressure against the US dollar until the end of 2016.^As a result, domestic operators expect a strong influx of foreign travellers heading to Australia, in particular from the US.David Hamblin, senior director of Market Management, Asia Pacific, for the Expedia group, offers Australian hotel operators the following advice to respond to current trends in the fluctuating foreign exchange rate:Domestic travellers have shorter booking windows. Be sure to have up-to-the-minute room availability and keep your inventory up to date.Understand the length of stay and booking windows for those key international markets you want to attract. Expedia can provide this data and insight to partners to help them hit the sweet spot for certain travellers by creating packages specifically tailored to them.Be mobile ready. Booking via mobile devices is extremely popular with international and domestic travellers – one in five of all the Expedia group’s transactions is now made via mobile. Having a presence on mobile means you can offer tailored deals for nearby, last-minute travellers.Ensure you understand local payment customs and accept local currencies – although US travellers might be happy to pay the cost of their room upfront on a credit card, not all nationalities do.Consider having a variety of refundable and non-refundable rates, as well as package rates, to attract a range of travellers. If a traveller has booked their flight – which is often non-refundable – they will be happy to give up the right to refund their hotel room to save a few bucks.Be the King of Content. Having high-resolution photos, good reviews and accurate location information will help ensure you get chosen more often. Expedia has a Content Score which provides hoteliers with real-time feedback on their content so they know which areas to improve to maximise conversion.*Search data used is Expedia group data showing searches made by US travellers in June and July 2015 for stays in Australian hotels during December 2015.^Source: Australian Financial Review ExpediaSource = Expedialast_img read more

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