Wedding with a twist Tornado throws wrench in couples wedding plans

first_imgOTTAWA – Joshua McEvoy says he started to get nervous when the power didn’t return in Ottawa after a tornado tore through the city’s Dunrobin neighbourhood on Friday.McEvoy, a PhD student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., was getting married in Ottawa on Saturday and had no idea if the venue would still be able to host his wedding.Adding to his worry was the news that his uncle had been injured in the tornado when a barn collapsed on him.McEvoy says he soon found out that his uncle is in the ICU but in stable condition.And, he says the venue said they would go ahead with the wedding as planned on Saturday evening.McEvoy says there’s nothing more romantic than a candlelight wedding.last_img

Canadians mostly happy with grocers despite breadprice fixing scheme survey

first_imgTORONTO – A new survey suggests Canadians still have a strong relationship with their grocer — with only about a third of respondents saying their view of their favoured retailer has worsened following revelations of an alleged industry-wide bread price-fixing scandal.The annual online survey by Argyle Public Relationships and Leger Research found 47 per cent of respondents said their views about their grocer didn’t change following allegations that at least seven Canadian grocers and bakery wholesalers co-ordinated the price of bread and related products for more than a decade.Nine per cent said the revelations significantly worsened their view, while 13 per cent said it improved their opinion of their retailer.Survey respondents over 45 years of age, as well as those who shop at Sobeys, Freshco or Loblaws were the most concerned.The annual relationships index found Canadians’ relationship with grocers is stronger than with brands in any other category surveyed since 2016, including banks and airlines.Grocery retailers scored between 68 and 74 out of 100 possible points in a public relations index that averages public ratings of how the brand respondents know best performs on six items, including trust, satisfaction and concern for people.Three Loblaw Companies Ltd. banners — No Frills, Loblaws and the Real Canadian Superstore — received the lowest scores of the 10 grocery retailers included in the survey, despite offering customers a $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture in light of the company’s participation in the alleged price-fixing scheme.Their competitors’ banners, including Sobeys and Metro, outperformed them slightly with scores of 72 and above.More than 1,500 Canadians were surveyed online between January 22 and 25, and February 12 and 15 for this edition of the index.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:MRU)last_img read more

Bass Pro Shops pulls Trail of Tears rifle amid complaints

first_imgTULSA, Okla. — Bass Pro Shops pulled a used 1978 Winchester rifle commemorating the Cherokee Trail of Tears from one of its Arkansas store’s shelves and apologized to the tribe after a photo of the gun led to calls to boycott the outdoor gear chain.A customer in Rogers, Arkansas, posted photos of the rifle on Twitter, leading to accusations that Bass Pro was profiting from the tragic forced relocation of the Cherokee Nation that began in 1838. More than 4,000 Cherokee died during the more than 1,000-mile walk to what is now Oklahoma in what is known as the Trail of Tears.The company’s communications director, Jack Wlezien, told The Tulsa World that the rifle was acquired from a trade-in and is not part of the store’s standard stock.“It’s a niche product that came in on a trade,” Wlezien said. “As you can imagine, there are a wide range of firearms traded on a regular basis, and there wasn’t much deep consideration about the individual gun from a merchandising standpoint by our (sales) associate, but now we are taking steps to be sure we’re dealing with it appropriately.”Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. applauded the company’s decision to remove the rifle and “for using the incident as a teaching moment.”“The story of the Trail of Tears is one of survival and the ability to adapt and survive in unimaginable circumstances,” he said. “We hope in today’s environment companies will reach out to Native tribes to better understand our history.”The Tulsa World reported that according to the website, a .30-30 or .22-calibre Winchester Model 1894 “Cherokee Carbine” that matches the image of the Bass Pro Shops rifle was one of dozens of Winchester rifles manufactured from 1964 to 2006 that annually commemorated people and historic events, including Bat Masterson, John Wayne and the purchase of Alaska from Russia.___Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

first_imgiTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending November 25, 2018:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Crazy Rich Asians2. Mission: Impossible – Fallout3. Incredibles 24. The Meg5. Peppermint6. Mile 227. A Quiet Place8. Deadpool 29. Elf (2003)10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. The Clovehitch Killer2. The Dawn Wall3. Juliet, Naked4. Time Trap5. Eighth Grade6. The Children Act7. First Reformed8. Ex Machina9. Three Identical Strangers10. The Death of Stalin__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img

Fire breaks out at Vikas Bhawan in central Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A fire broke out on the sixth floor of Vikas Bhawan near ITO in central Delhi on Monday, Delhi Fire Service (DFS) said. The DFS received a call about the fire at around 12.10 PM. Five fire tenders were rushed to spot and the blaze was brought under control, Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer said. A technical snag in one of the air conditioners led to the fire, he said adding no injury or casualty has been reported.last_img

Pramod Sawant to face floor test today

first_imgPanaji: The new BJP-led government in Goa will face the floor test in the state Assembly on Wednesday to prove its majority just a day after Speaker Pramod Sawant was sworn in as chief minister with an unprecedented two deputies past midnight capping a frenetic day of political wrangling.The government claims majority with the support of 21 MLAs–12 from the BJP, three each of allies Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independents. The strength of the 40-member House has been reduced to 36 following the death of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and BJP MLA Francis D’Souza and resignations of two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte. The Congress, which is the single largest party with 14 MLAs, had also staked claim to form the government. There is also an NCP legislator in the House. Governor Mridula Sinha has convened a special session of the Assembly at 11.30 am Wednesday to enable the chief Minister to prove his majority in the House, an official said. After multiple postponements of the oath ceremony on Monday, Sawant, a two-time MLA from Sankhalim in North Goa, was sworn in at the Raj Bhavan at 1.50 am. An ayurveda practitioner, Sawant is a dedicated RSS worker. Reflecting a generational shift in the BJP, Sawant, 45, was administered the oath of office and secrecy along with 11 other ministers including those from the MGP and the GFP. He succeeded Parrikar, who died on Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer for over an year. Interestingly, all the ministers who were part of the Parrikar Cabinet were sworn in by the Governor. As per the power-sharing arrangement reached by the BJP with allies, an MLA each from the two smaller parties backing the saffron party — GFP chief Vijai Sardesai and MGP’s Sudin Dhavalikar — were made deputy chief minister. It is for the first time that a tiny state like Goa has two deputy chief ministers. Besides Sawant, Sardesai and Dhavalikar, the others who were sworn in were Mauvin Godinho, Vishwajit Rane, Milind Naik and Nilesh Cabral(all BJP), Palekar and Jayesh Salgaonkar(both GFP), Manohar Ajgaonkar(MGP) and Independent MLAs Rohan Khaunte and Govind Gawade. BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Nitin Gadkari played a critical behind-the-scene role in ensuring that the party retained power in Goa, sources familiar with the developments said.last_img read more

More Jason Bourne adventures heading to bookstores

NEW YORK — Two of Robert Ludlum’s blockbuster creations, the maverick-spy Jason Bourne and the top secret Treadstone program, will soon be at work againPutnam announced Wednesday that it had a four-book deal with the late author’s estate for two thrillers each in the Bourne and Treadstone series. “Robert Ludlum’s The Treadstone Resurrection,” written by Joshua Hood, comes out Sept. 17. “Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Conspiracy,” by Brian Freeman, is scheduled for next year. Details on the other two books were not immediately available.Ludlum, who died in 2001, sold hundreds of millions of books with such bestsellers as “The Bourne Identity” and “The Bourne Supremacy,” both of which became films starring Matt Damon. In 2004, St. Martin’s Press continued the Bourne novels with “The Bourne Legacy,” by Eric Van Lustbader.The Associated Press read more

How does a Central American migrant caravan form

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — “When does the next caravan leave?” ”Can I go? I’m from Guatemala.” ”What papers do I need for my kids?”The questions pile up on the phones of hundreds of Central Americans, all with the same goal: Get as many details as possible before leaving their country.Costly phone calls with relatives and friends in the United States to work out the route or find the best smuggler are a thing of the past for many Central Americans. Now would-be migrants create chat groups and organize using social media to leave in caravans.Increasingly they’re organized over Facebook and WhatsApp as they try to join together in large groups they hope will make the trip safer, and without having to hide from authorities.Maria Verza And Marcos Aleman, The Associated Press

UNbacked forum to address legal barriers in AsiaPacifics battle against AIDS

Across the region, legislation and law enforcement often lag behind national HIV policies, a situation that undermines the reach and effectiveness of HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes, according to UNAIDS.For example, 19 countries still criminalize same-sex relations and 29 countries criminalize some aspects of sex work. Many countries in the region enforce compulsory detention for people who use drugs and in some cases mete out the death penalty for narcotics-related offences.“In the Asia-Pacific region, and across the world, there are too many examples of countries with laws, policies and practices that punish, rather than protect, people in need of HIV services,” said Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS.“Where the law does not advance justice, it stalls progress. Advancing human rights and gender equity would not only be a triumph for the AIDS response, but for human development as a whole,” said Mr. Sidibé.The Executive Director will be among the participants in the Commission’s dialogue in Bangkok, where policymakers and community advocates will join experts from the Global Commission on HIV and the Law for the first in a series of regional dialogue meetings to be held across the world.The Global Commission on HIV and the Law is an independent body comprising some of the world’s most respected leaders in the areas of law, human rights and HIV/AIDS issues.Participants will discuss and debate examples of restrictive and enabling legal and social environments faced by key populations in the Asia-Pacific region, including people living with HIV.“The law and its application can have a profound impact on the lives of people, especially those who are marginalized and disempowered,” said Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).“The law is a powerful instrument to challenge stigma, promote public health, and protect human rights. We have much to learn from the positive and negative experiences in this region on the interactions between the law, legislative reform, law enforcement practices, and public health responses,” she added.Speaking for the Commission, Michael Kirby, commissioner and co-chair of its technical advisory group said: “The effectiveness of the HIV response will depend not just on the scale up of HIV prevention, treatment and care, but on whether the legal and social environment support or hinder programmes for those who are most vulnerable.”The regional dialogue, hosted by the Global Commission, is jointly organized by UNDP and UNAIDS in partnership with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). 16 February 2011Some 150 participants are gathering in Bangkok on Thursday to examine barriers to progress in the AIDS response in Asia and the Pacific, where most countries still maintain laws and practices that curtail the rights of people living with the disease and those at a higher risk of HIV infection, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said today. read more

All eyes on March as February new car market stabilises

2003439,365438,075 February UK registrations fell 1.4 per cent to 75,996 units Year-to-date registrations were down 9.7 per cent at 233,359 units Diesel penetration continues to climb, 38 per cent of February market SeptemberMarch 2002432,661423,727 2001443,265408,024 New car registrations ‘So far this year the market has suffered from two things; firstly a surge in demand for diesel cars distorting the market at the end of 2005 and secondly weaker consumer confidence’, said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘However, we believe March will present a more accurate barometer of performance for the year. While times are still tough, the plate-change is shifting the car market spike from September to March. Competitive deals like zero per cent finance and free insurance should also help drive customers to showrooms throughout March.’ 2005417,052442,939 2004430,763466,954 Full details can be downloaded below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Rick Lewis and Ohio State lacrosse set sights on matchup with Rutgers

Rick Lewis and the Buckeyes are set to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, his fathers former team on Saturday.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern photographerRick Lewis took the lacrosse field in Piscataway, N.J., 29 years ago to lead the defense for Rutgers in the 1986 NCAA tournament. Now his son, Rick Lewis Jr., prepares to step onto that same field, as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team looks to bring home a win this weekend in the Buckeyes’ final regular-season matchup of the inaugural Big Ten lacrosse season.“I’ve always looked up to my dad,” Lewis Jr. said. “So it’ll be really special to have my last regular season game … where he played his first.”Now a senior midfielder and captain for OSU, Lewis Jr. grew up with a lacrosse stick in his hand, receiving his first one from his dad’s friends at the hospital just hours after he was born. From there, his dad became his coach and the rest is history, Lewis Jr. said.The midfielder grew up playing in Cumming, Ga., earning All-American honors at St. Pius X Catholic High School, and also spent time playing in leagues in New Jersey, making him no stranger to Rutgers territory.“I know a lot of those guys,” Lewis Jr. said. “With the team in New Jersey, I was actually coached by my dad’s college roommate. I even lived at his house for the summer.”And while his old summer coach might be supporting Rutgers this weekend, Lewis Jr. said his dad will be on OSU’s side.“He’s rooting for the Buckeyes, definitely wearing scarlet and gray,” Lewis Jr. said.For the Lewis family, Saturday’s matchup might be “a fun rivalry game,” but for OSU, the stakes are high to bring home a final conference win for the regular season. And while Rutgers has already lost its chance at an NCAA tournament berth, OSU coach Nick Myers said he expects the Scarlet Knights to be ready to win.“These are two tough teams that are both hungry for a final Big Ten win,” Myers said. “It’ll be a battle.”OSU is coming off its only home loss this season, a 10-9 overtime heartbreaker against Maryland on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Terrapins locked up at least a share of the Big Ten title, and a win would have done the same for the Buckeyes. But instead of dwelling on the disappointment, the team used the loss as motivation through practices this week, Myers said.“It was the closure we needed,” he said. “We looked at what we did well, and the situations throughout the game where we need to improve. We’re focused on how to be successful against a formidable team this weekend.”Senior midfielder Christopher May said OSU focused on its efforts at the face-off X in particular, hoping to secure regular possession to kick-start the offense against Rutgers.“Maryland had a super talented faceoff unit. They communicated well and were good at causing loose balls, so we took that as a learning experience,” May said. “Rutgers likes to create offense off the faceoff. We’re going to try to limit the transition and put ourselves in a better position to win this game.”The loss against Maryland dropped OSU to No. 2 in the Big Ten. Even if the Terrapins lose against Johns Hopkins this weekend, the Buckeyes would share the No. 1 spot heading into the conference tournament, but would fall short because of the tiebreaker, as long as they win against Rutgers on Saturday.“We come out every game (at) full speed. They’re a very dangerous team so we’re preparing and ready to go,” Lewis Jr. said. “We’re focused on playing a full 60 minutes. If we do that, we can play with anybody in the country.”The game against Rutgers marks the end of the inaugural Big Ten regular season, one that, regardless of record, has been an honor for the team, Myers said.“It’s been everything we could’ve hoped it would be,” he said.Saturday’s game is set for noon in Piscataway, N.J. read more

First migraine drug in 20 years can half number of attacks study

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The World Health Organisation rates migraine as one of the top 10 causes of disability, costing the UK economy £2.25 billion per year in lost work days, yet there are currently few treatments. The NHS recommends darkness, or taking over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.Sufferers may also be prescribed triptans which halt discomfort by relieving swelling and narrowing blood vessels or beta blockers such as propranolol as a preventative measure, but they can leave patients feeling fatigued and are not always effective.   Yet there are currently no drugs to specifically prevent migraine from happening.The new treatment is an antibody designed to block the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor in the brain, which plays a crucial role in sparking a migraine.CGRP is a neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger, which instructs the brain to activate sensory nerves in the head and neck.Previous research found that CGRP is present in unusually high levels during a migraine attack, which is thought to cause overstimulation.The latest trial involved 955 patients who received a monthly injection of the drug, or placebo, over 24 weeks.On average patients injected with Erenumab experienced three fewer migraine days each month compared to their usual average of eight days. For 50 per cent of patients their number of attacks was cut in half.Patients treated with the drug also reported improved physical health and ability to participate in daily activities over the six month trial period as well.Novartis, the company which makes the drug, has now applied for a license from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and is expecting a decision next year. If approved the treatment would then go before the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) who would decide if it represents value for money for the NHS.“Migraine is too often trivialised as just a headache when, in reality, it can be a debilitating, chronic condition that can destroy lives” said Simon Evans, Chief Executive of the charity Migraine Action.“The effects can last for hours – even days in many cases. An option that can prevent migraine and that is well tolerated is therefore sorely needed and we hope that this marks the start of real change in how this condition is treated and perceived.”The trial results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.   Migraine is too often trivialised as just a headache when, in reality, it can be a debilitating, chronic condition that can destroy livesSimon Evans, Migraine Actioncenter_img Migraine sufferers have been offered new hope after trials showed a designer drug cuts the number of attacks in half. The once-a-month injection, which can be delivered at home, blocks brain molecules linked to migraine, and is the first new preventative therapy in 20 years.Around 8.5 million people in Britain suffer migraines, and there are 200,000 attacks every day in the UK. Symptoms can be so severe that lying in a darkened room is the only relief for  the throbbing pain and nausea.However the new drug, called Erenumab, appears to slash in half the number of days lost to the condition for many patients, a breakthrough which charities said marked ‘the start of a real change’ for sufferers.  Dr Peter Goadsby, Professor of Neurology at King’s College London, who led the Phase III clinical trial, said: “It clearly shows that blocking this pathway can reduce the impact of migraine.“The results represent a real transition for migraine patients from poorly understood, repurposed treatments, to a specific migraine-designed therapy.“It represents an incredibly important step forward for migraine understanding and migraine treatment.”Migraine usually involves severe head pain and often brings symptoms including nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light or sound. It affects one in every five women and around one in every 15 men. Around half of all sufferers have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that it may be genetic.last_img read more

Geek Answers How does bioluminescence work

first_imgIt doesn’t matter how cagey or hyperactive the guest, anyone within eyeshot of the Deep Seas episode of Planet Earth will sit down, shut up, and watch in awe. Partly this is because of the enormous teeth on the predatory fish, partly the odd, space ship-like shapes of the jellies, but mostly it’s the light show.Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, life lights up like a fireworks display. It’s not just the depths of the abyss, however. Sandy beaches often glow by night thanks to bioluminescent bacteria, as do the skies above them with buzzing fireflies. Their strategies for creating this light are as varied as their reasons for doing so, but they all have one thing in common: though it might be beautiful to human eyes, bioluminescence is a deeply practical process.As mentioned, bioluminescence is found most commonly in and around the ocean. Whole areas of ocean water, as much as 10,000 square kilometers, can glow with the cumulative effects of bioluminescent bacteria. Deep below this “milky seas effect” fish, jellies, and even insects produce a dizzying array of colors and patterns. This is primarily true for one reason: there’s less light underwater than at the surface, making bioluminescence both more necessary and more useful.There’s no terrain to block light anywhere on the ocean floor, and since there are no surrounding objects or details to act as points of reference, moving patterns of light can be uniquely disorienting to both predators and prey. It’s no coincidence that most luminescent marine species emit light in the same narrow blue-green slice of the spectrum as sunlight filtered through sea water, keeping signaling from being too obvious from too far away.The milky seas effect can even be visible from space.Still, there are any number of reasons to create light. Fireflies use an enzyme called luciferase to create their characteristic light shows and advertise their position and virility to potential mates. On the other hand, plankton are thought to light up when disturbed so that when small fish begin to eat them their light can attract larger fish to come devour the attackers. Many jellies use complex, almost extra-terrestrial light shows to dazzle predators before going dark and darting for the safety of pitch black water. Others, like the angler-fish, use a bioluminescent body portion to lure prey close enough to eat.And, of course, some animals glow in order to see. Some are looking for general illumination but others have more specific goals, like fish that emit red light. Many deep-sea fish are reddish in color to take advantage of the fact that red light is weak and gets filtered out of sunlight before it reaches their depths. By emitting red light, these fish can render such camouflage useless. Often, a species’ eyes will be tailored specifically to its own emission spectrum, providing a nice way of communicating over long distances without alerting every animal in the vicinity.Fireflies use a well-understood chemical reaction controlled by their production of the enzyme Luciferase.Whatever their reasons for doing so, different life forms have developed broadly similar strategies for creating light. In general, the organism creates one or more chemicals, usually an enzyme that catalyzes a light-producing reaction. On land this is almost always an oxygen-dependent process, and in all cases it consumes a significant amount of the animal’s energy. Often this comes in the form of ATP or other general fuel molecules, stealing from the body’s overall energy pool to light the night, or the deep. Others make use of symbiotic relationships with luminescent bacteria, which have themselves only evolved to glow because it makes them useful to their hosts.Bioluminescence is one of the most visually amazing aspects of nature. It has inspired ghost stories about fox fire and sightings of underwater aliens, teased at the imagination of artists since the beginning of time. From fungi to octopi, it’s a major feature of life, and one we’ve only really just begun to appreciate.last_img read more

Four dead around 40 injured Heres whats known about todays terror attack

first_imgAssistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley tonight confirmed that the attacker was known to police. Police, he said, suspect ‘Islamist-related terrorism’ is behind the attack.Injured Source: least 20 people were injured as the car mowed down pedestrians on the iconic bridge.These included three police officers returning from a commendation ceremony. A woman was later taken alive from the River Thames having either been sent in by the impact or jumped in to avoid the 4×4.Three French school children were also hurt, officials in Paris said.A junior doctor quoted by local media said they were treating “catastrophic injuries”.PM safe Source: Minister Theresa May was sped away in a silver Jaguar by her security detail.She said this evening that her thoughts are with those killed and injured.“The thoughts of the PM and the government are with those killed and injured in this appalling incident, and with their families,” a spokesman said.The parliament was suspended and locked down, but will sit as normal tomorrow. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “There’s a lot of people who feel very, very shaken up.”May will tonight chair a high-level Cobra meeting as police say that a counter terrorism investigation gets underway.Read: Live: Four people, including police officer, killed in London attack Short URL Mar 22nd 2017, 10:30 PM PC Keith Palmer. He was 48— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) March 22, 2017 A forensic tent is seen near St Thomas’ Hospital in London. 120 Comments POLICE IN LONDON are treating as terrorism the attack which left three people and an attacker dead at the British parliament.The dead include a police officer tasked with guarding the Houses of Parliament. The police officer has been named as 48-year-old husband and father Keith Palmer.Around another 40 people are injured.The terror started this afternoon when a car mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings outside the Houses of Parliament, where a man leapt out with a knife and stabbed a police officer.What we knowFour people, including a police officer and a man believed to be the attacker, have diedThe attacker was shot by police within the gates of parliament after stabbing a policemanAt least 20 people were injured on Westminster Bridge after a 4×4 drove at pedestriansThe incident is being treated as terrorismThe House of Commons chamber is locked downPrime Minister Theresa May is safeIn video shown on television reports, four gunshots are then heard.“At least one man, armed with a knife, continued the attack and tried to enter parliament,” Britain’s top counter-terror official Mark Rowley told reporters.Rowley said the four victims included the police officer and two people who died on the bridge.“We are treating this as a terrorist incident,” police said in a statement. Image: Lauren Hurley/AP By Paul Hosford Four dead, around 40 injured: Here’s what’s known about today’s terror attack in London The dead include a police officer tasked with guarding the Houses of Parliament. Share516 Tweet Email2 87,899 Views Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 10:30 PM A forensic tent is seen near St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Image: Lauren Hurley/AP Source: Chris Ship/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Steven Piliotis and Tina Zafiropoulos are changing influencer marketing

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram is the brainchild of two Greek Australian entrepreneurs, civil engineer Steven Piliotis and director of Sydney Public Relations agency Tina Zafiropoulos. Even though they come from different professional backgrounds, they agree that the online tech space and the endless potential that remains untapped on the internet is their passion.The two combined their knowledge and creativity and recentlylaunched a digital platform that aims to revolutionise how marketeers and clients approach talent.Essentially tapping into influencer marketing and PR, Phlanx does away with talent and model agencies and commissions, empowering both the client and the influencer.Instagrammers, Facebook personalities, bloggers and YouTubers, not to mention professionals can be approached directly by labels or apply for jobs that would until recently be given to whomever an agent would decide was suitable. Meanwhile, to minimise fraud, Phlanx also offers social media engagement calculators and documentation for businesses to avoid being duped into paying ridiculous amounts of fees for fake following and legal advice respectively. Neos Kosmos contacted Tina and she helped shed some light onto this new social media-based marketing reality.How has this first year been for, did you achieve your initial goals? The first year skyrocketed to 90,000 monthly visits, and the last quarter has seen a monthly growth rate of 100 per cent. We never launched with numeric goals in mind, however, initially we wanted to create a community platform that connected a directory of influencers straight to small-medium sized business owners.We are very passionate about the marketing space and we swiftly began to add features that made an all-inclusive platform with a social media engagement calculator, a contract generator and a collaboration portal – with more to come!Were you planning on hitting the UK and US markets this soon? How does this translate into numbers? Expanding into the US and UK markets began swiftly after our developers made it [the website] internationally friendly including currency conversions and sorting by locations. Our sign-ups are sitting at 50 per cent Australian and we’ve captured 35 per cent of the US, 10 per cent EU and five per cent of the UK market. How many members does the platform have? Can we break this down to businesses and influencers? Since inception the platform has acquired 861 members. The majority of our members are small or medium-sized business owners, and industry professionals such as marketers and PR employees.How do you choose your influencers? Is anyone able to join? We select our influencers based on particular categories including: business, lifestyle, health and wellness, entertainment, and creatives and the like. We have a myriad of micro-influencers on the directory who have become a go-to for business owners looking for purely contra arrangements (product/service in exchange for promotion on their social platforms). We have medium sized influencers (between 20 thousand – two million) and celebrity influencers well above the two million mark. Business owners browse the directory and can contact whichever influencers they think will suit a campaign. The engagement calculator on the platform tests how good their engagement is – that is, the ratio of followers, likes and comments. In your opinion, what is it that makes so popular within such a short timeframe? There are so many PR and marketing agencies out there that run campaigns for brands, however we found a gap in the small and medium-sized businesses who simply did not know where to start and could not afford an agency. Our members absolutely love that they can log in for $35 per month, run an influencer campaign, test their Instagram engagement or simply cross-collaborate with other business owners on a project. How does your entrepreneurial model differ from other platforms of this kind? Other platforms in our space either take a percentage of sales or charge $100 – $5000 monthly for this service. We never thought about this business from a profitability standpoint, we thought about it from the point of view that we wanted even the smallest business owner to have this platform accessible. As a result, we were able to make the platform approachable and create a happy community of members.Where do you see in the next two years? in the next two years will continue as an all-inclusive platform with a myriad more features added in order to bring immense value to business owners. Our vision for the brand is to be the one-stop-shop for marketing needs, and an addition to any marketing or PR professional’s tools.last_img read more

La géolocalisation doit être encadrée selon des experts de lUE

first_imgLa géolocalisation doit être encadrée selon des experts de l’UELes experts qui conseillent la Commission européenne ont indiqué que les fonctions de géolocalisation des différents appareils portables ne devraient être activées qu’avec l’autorisation de leur propriétaire.Aujourd’hui, de nombreux appareils portables tels que les smartphones ou les tablettes tactiles permettent de localiser leur utilisateur. Au départ, cette fonction sert au propriétaire à s’orienter dans une ville, avoir des informations sur la météo, les horaires des séances de cinéma dans les salles à proximité  où toutes sortes d’informations qui nécessitent un système de géolocalisation. Mais ce système peut être à double tranchant car il permet également d’espionner une personne en suivant ses déplacements à la trace. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?C’est la raison pour laquelle le “comité article 29”, qui réunit les organismes nationaux de protection des données des 27 pays de l’Union européenne, a rédigé un texte proposant que ces données de localisation ne soient activées que si le propriétaire donne préalablement son consentement éclairé. “Par défaut, les services de localisation doivent être désactivés”, estiment les experts. Selon eux, ce serait au propriétaire lui-même d’activer ces services et de donner l’autorisation à l’usage des données.Ils indiquent également que cette autorisation devrait être renouvelée “au moins une fois pas an” et facile à annuler, “sans conséquence négative pour l’utilisation de leur appareil”. Enfin, ils concluent en précisant que les données enregistrées “doivent être effacées après une période justifiée”, rapporte l’AFP.Cet avis pourrait être utilisé par la Commission européenne qui doit prochainement aborder la question de la géolocalisation. En effet, il s’agira de réviser la directive européenne sur la protection des données qui date de 1995 et qui est désormais obsolète étant donné l’explosion d’Internet et des nouvelles technologies.Le 19 mai 2011 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

James Cook Biographie voyages découvertes ce quil faut savoir sur lexplorateur

first_imgJames Cook : Biographie, voyages, découvertes, ce qu’il faut savoir sur l’explorateurJames Cook était un navigateur, cartographe et explorateur britannique. Devenu capitaine de la Royal Navy, il est connu en tant que premier Européen à débarquer sur la côte Est de l’Australie. James Cook est le premier navigateur à avoir cartographié la Nouvelle-Zélande et la Terre-Neuve.Biographie :Naissance : 7 Novembre 1728Mort : 14 Février 1779 Après avoir passé la plus grande partie de son enfance à la ferme de son père dont il aidait la gestion, il décide vers l’âge de 17 ans d’affirmer son indépendance et devint employé chez William Sanderson, une épicerie – mercerie à Staithes, un village de pêcheurs. Un an plus tard, Cook s’engage pour 7 années avec les Quakers John & Henri Walker, dans la marine marchande, sur leur flotte où il travaillera au cabotage, entre la Tyne et Londres. Cook profite de ses années de commerce du charbon en mer afin d’étudier les mathématiques, la trigonométrie, la navigation et l’astronomie. Il monte rapidement en grade et devient second au commandement du Friendship en 1755. Une année plus tard, il s’engage dans la Marine royale alors que la Grande-Bretagne est en préparation à la future guerre de Sept Ans. Cook est alors recruté en tant que « mousse » à bord du HMS Eagle (bateau de guerre), sous le commandement du capitaine Hugh Palliser, mais devient rapidement second maître d’équipage. Deux années plus tard, James Cook réussit son examen de Maîtrise, lui permettant d’accéder aux commandes d’un navire de la flotte royale. En 1758, au cours de la guerre, Cook se montre particulièrement doué pour la cartographie et topographie lors du siège de la ville de Québec, de part son étude du fleuve Saint-Laurent qui permettra au général James Wolfe d’établir une stratégie gagnante, et d’attaquer les plaines d’Abraham en 1759. En 1762, alors que la guerre est presque terminée, Cook épouse Elisabeth Batts alors âgée de 21 ans. Le couple aura donné naissance à six enfants, dont un seul, l’aîné, est parvenu à l’âge adulte. Il mourra néanmoins à 31 ans. Les années suivantes, Cook ayant été rappelé pour poursuivre ses relevés cartographiques à Terre-Neuve, il y passa ses étés pendant cinq ans, et ses hivers en Angleterre afin de terminer ses cartes. En 1768, après l’obtention de son premier commandement, il quitte le Canada et part mener sa première expédition. Le premier voyage de James Cook dure trois années (1768-1771) et débute à bord du HMB Endeavour, où il se verra chargé par la Royal Society d’explorer l’océan Pacifique sud. Le 13 avril 1769, Cook débarque à Tahiti où il fera construire un observatoire en prévision du transit de Vénus, ayant pour but principal de mesurer la distance séparant cette dernière du Soleil. Le manque de précision des résultats obtenus a marqué l’arrêt de ces observations. James Cook poursuit sa mission et part à la recherche d’un continent austral hypothétique qu’il ne trouvera pas, conformément à ses doutes concernant l’existence de cette terre. Avec l’aide d’un Tahitien nommé Tupaia, il atteignit cette même année la Nouvelle-Zélande en tant que Second Européen à y avoir débarqué. Il cartographie l’intégralité des côtes du pays, et nomme un détroit séparant l’île du Sud de l’île du Nord après lui: le détroit de Cook. Le navigateur change de cap pour l’ouest en direction de la Tasmanie (appelée à l’époque Terre de Van Diemen, après le nom du gouverneur général des Indes néerlandaises). Cook y découvrit la côte sud-est du continent australien, qu’il nomma Point Hicks. James Cook mit environ une année pour explorer le territoire allant de Botany Bay (Sydney) à Cooktown. Cook reprend son expédition, toujours à bord de l’Endeavour, et s’engage dans le détroit de Torres. Sa traversée permit au navigateur de prouver que l’Australie et la Nouvelle-Guinée sont deux territoires distincts. Il débarque sur l’île de la Possession le 22 août 1770, où il revendique la totalité du territoire côtier qu’il vient d’explorer, pour le compte de la Couronne Britannique. Il accoste par la suite à Batavia pour effectuer quelques réparations, capitale des Indes néerlandaises, mais également foyer de malaria. Sur la route du retour au pays, la maladie fut la cause de décès de plusieurs membres de son équipage, qui jusqu’ici avait échappé au scorbut grâce à des précautions alimentaires anticipées de James Cook. Le 12 Juin 1771, James Cook et son équipage sont de retour en Grande-Bretagne. Dès son retour, le navigateur est promu Capitaine de frégate (commander) et se voit chargé d’une seconde expédition (1772-1775) par les membres de la Royal Society, persuadés qu’il existe un continent austral plus grand que les estimations de Cook sur la taille de l’Australie. La mission « Terra Australis Incognita » débute en 1772, et fut dotée de deux navires : Resolution, commandé par Cook, et Adventure, par Tobias Furneaux (officier de la Marine Royale, et premier homme à avoir effectué le tour du monde dans les deux sens), équipés d’un chronomètre capable de calculer précisément la longitude. L’expédition descend très au Sud, jusqu’au cercle polaire Antarctique, en Janvier 1773. Sur sa route, Cook découvre la Géorgie du Sud et les îles Sandwich du Sud. Les conditions météorologiques de l’Antarctique perturbent le voyage et les deux bateaux se perdent de vue. Furneaux décide de retourner vers la Nouvelle-Zélande où il perdit une dizaine d’hommes de son équipage dans une bataille contre les Maori, et repart pour la Grande-Bretagne. De son côté, notre navigateur continue d’explorer la zone Antarctique pour remonter vers l’île de Pâques, les îles Marquises, la Nouvelle-Calédonie et les îles Sandwich. James Cook renomma au passage l’Archipel des Grandes Cyclades (de Bougainville) pour les Nouvelles-Zébrides. Le 19 mars 1775, James Cook se rendit au Cap de Bonne espérance pour y effectuer quelques réparations, avant de rentrer en Angleterre en passant par St Hélène et les Açores. Il conclut son rapport d’expédition sur la non-existence de la terre australe. A son retour, l’explorateur est promu captain (officier supérieur de la Marine Royale), devient membre de la Royal Society se voit décerner la médaille Copley (la plus ancienne et la plus prestigieuse récompense de la Royal Society), et se fait qualifier du « plus grand navigateur d’Europe » par le Parlement. Pour sa dernière expédition (1776-1779), James Cook commande de nouveau le Resolution, et Charles Clerke (navigateur britannique, fidèle aux deux premières expéditions) s’est vu confié le commandement du Discovery.À lire aussiVus de loin, ces célèbres monuments sont moins merveilleux qu’on ne pense Il fit une première escale de réapprovisionnement à Ténérife (une des îles constituant l’archipel des Canaries), puis change de cap direction Tahiti afin d’y ramener Omai (un tohunga ayant participé à la deuxième expédition de Cook). L’exploration commence aux îles Kerguelen, qu’il avait cherché en vain lors de son premier voyage. Il y accoste le jour de Noël 1776, mais ces terres, désertiques, n’ont retenu le navigateur que peu de temps. Deuxième escale en Nouvelle-Zélande, permettant à Omai de retrouver sa terre, puis l’explorateur met le cap au nord, où il découvrira la veille de Noël 1777 l’île Christmas (en Equateur) et devient le premier européen à accoster aux îles Hawaï en 1778. Il se dirige par la suite vers le Détroit de Béring qui se révéla infranchissable malgré plusieurs tentatives, de part les glaces qui obstruaient le passage même en plein mois d’août. Redescente sur Hawaï pour les deux navires, où l’équipage reçoit un très bon accueil. Cook devient la personnification du dieu de la paix Lono de part son arrivée concordant avec la saison de Makahiki ( censée correspondre à son règne ) ainsi que son statut de chef d’exploration. L’explorateur y reste environ un mois puis reprend sa route mais se voit très rapidement contraint de rebrousser chemin pour effectuer des réparations aux navires. Il décide de retourner à Hawaï où l’atmosphère s’avéra cette fois conflictuelle. La saison de Lono étant terminée pour laisser place à celle du dieu de la guerre Ku, les Hawaïens voient le retour de Cook comme un déséquilibre du monde. Après des vols et bagarres à répétition, un conflit éclate entre les indigènes et les Britanniques le 14 février 1779. Cook s’interposant entre les deux camps se fait battre à mort par les habitants de l’île, qui par la même, voulaient prouver la non immortalité de l’explorateur et donc leur erreur de jugement sur sa divinité. Plusieurs hypothèses sont alors émises, certaines indiquant l’immolation du corps par les prêtres de l’île, d’autres tendent vers un épisode de cannibalisme… L’équipage aurait récupéré quelques restes pour les inhumer en mer dans le rituel des honneurs militaires avant de reprendre la route vers l’Angleterre, en passant de nouveau par le détroit de Béring, une ultime tentative, en vain.Discovery et Resolution accostent en Grande-Bretagne le 4 octobre 1780.À lire aussi La biographie d’HérodoteLa biographie de Vasco de GamaLa biographie de Christophe ColombLa biographie de Mike HornLe 12 mars 2018 à 15:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark dispatchers quickly find missing 79yearold

first_imgDispatchers found a missing 79-year-old woman within about 10 minutes of the 911 call Sunday afternoon, thanks to some detective work of their own.The husband of Gladys Pierce called 911 at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday after his wife, who has dementia, had not returned to their Hazel Dell home after going for a walk, Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Craig Randall said.While deputies gathered information, dispatchers called C-Tran. A bus driver with the agency remembered having a passenger that matched Pierce’s description and told dispatchers that she was dropped off in downtown Vancouver at West 13th and Washington streets, Randall said.Dispatchers then remembered a medical call about an elderly woman who had fallen on the sidewalk in downtown Vancouver and learned that Pierce was the woman who had fallen, Randall said. She was found at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Hospital staff did not have information about her condition.Randall said that dispatchers took it upon themselves to do some digging and deserve credit for connecting several dots to find Pierce quickly.“They put it all together and resolved it right away,” Randall said.last_img read more

Dhaka very concerned over Chinas Brahmaputra dams Ali tells Indian media

first_imgIndia’s The Times of India has reported that Bangladesh said it is ‘very concerned’ about possible diversion of water of the Brahmaputra river by China.The Times published the report on Thursday quoting the Bangladesh high commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali.Reportedly expressing Bangladesh’s readiness to participate in a joint water basin management, the diplomat was quoted to have said the prime ministers of the two countries had extensive discussions on the issue.”On the Brahmaputra basin, we are very concerned about diversion of water and Bangladesh is prepared to join a joint basin management concept where we will discuss the points of water as it flows from the point of origin to the point of exit in the sea,” the newspaper quoted Muazzem Ali as saying.”And naturally, we will be very happy to fully cooperate with all regional joint agencies,” he reportedly told reporters at an interaction organised at the Indian Women Press Corps in New Delhi.He is said to have maintained that Bangladesh believes in joint river basin management both in the Ganges and the Brahmaputra.Originating in Tibet and flowing across China and India, the Brahmaputra enters Bangladesh and meets the Ganges (Padma) before draining into the Bay of Bengal.The Times reported that the Bangladesh high commissioner also sought to assuage India’s concern amid reports of Bangladesh’s growing proximity with China.Another newspaper, Tribune India, used an analogy define Dhaka’s relations with New Delhi and Beijing and quoted Muazzem Ali as saying, “If his brother does not have money to offer to him to purchase a car, he would go seek a loan from the bank. But the bank manager does not become a brother.””We have trade and economic relations with China but we do not want to get into a debt trap. China has offered us line of credit. But it is not for free,” he was quoted to have said.He reportedly added that unlike in Sri Lanka or Myanmar, Bangladesh did not hand over the deep sea port in Chittagong to Beijing rather it is being built as a consortium by India, China and European Union.last_img read more

HPD Releases New Video of Suspect Moments After Murder of Houston Cardiologist

first_imgUPDATE #7: Still pictures of the shooting suspect taken from the surveillance video. Anyone with information on his identity is urged to contact HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600 or @CrimeStopHOU at 713-222-TIPS. #hounews— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 30, 2018 The Houston Police Department  says new video it posted on Twitter shows the suspect cycling in an “area neighborhood immediately following the shooting” of  Dr. Mark Hausknecht.In addition, HPD released three images captured from the footage and is urging any person that has information on the suspect’s identity to contact the Homicide Division at 713-308-3600. People can also contact Crime Stoppers at  713-222-TIPS.HPD Chief Art Acevedo said last week there is a “high probability” Dr. Hausknecht was “targeted.”UPDATE #6: Additional surveillance video released of the suspect in an area neighborhood immediately following the doctor’s shooting. No other details at this time. Anyone w/ information urged to contact HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600 or @CrimeStopHOU at 713-222-TIPS. #hounews— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 30, 2018 Sharelast_img read more