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CJI has sent proposal to increase retirement age of HC judges Prasad

first_imgNew Delhi: The Chief Justice of India (CJI) has sent a proposal to increase the retirement age of high court judges to reduce pendency of cases, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday told Rajya Sabha.The minister, however, did not respond in either yes or no to a question on “whether the government is considering to raise the retirement age of high court judges”. In a written reply, Prasad said CJI Ranjan Gogoi has sent the proposal to ensure continued availability of more experienced judges for a longer tenure to improve the vacancy position and reduce the pendency of cases. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!A constitutional amendment bill moved by the UPA government in the Lok Sabha to increase the retirement age of high court judges from 62 to 65 years had lapsed as it never came up for discussion or voting. Prasad said as on July 1, there are 403 vacancies in the 25 high courts. He said initiation of proposal for appointment of judges in the high courts vests with the chief justice of high court. As per the Memorandum of Procedure, the chief justice of high court is required to Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedinitiate the proposals for filling up of vacancies of judges in the high court six months prior to the occurrence of vacancies “but this timeline is rarely adhered to”, the Law minister said. “Appointment of judges in the high courts is a continuous collaborative process between the Executive and the Judiciary, as it requires consultation and approval from various constitutional authorities both at the state and the Centre-level. Hence, the timeline for filling up of the vacancies cannot be indicated. “While every effort is made to fill up the existing vacancies expeditiously, vacancies do keep on arising on account of retirement, resignation or elevation of Judges and increase in judge strength,” he said.last_img read more

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Davie gets 71M contract from feds to refit 53yearold coast guard icebreaker

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is awarding Davie Shipyards a contract worth more than $7.1 million to refit the Canadian Coast Guard’s largest icebreaker.The refit of the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent is the latest contract awarded to Davie amid complaints from the Quebec shipyard about a lack of work.Davie is leasing a converted civilian ship to the navy as a temporary supply vessel and has been pressing the government to accept a second such vessel for around $500 million.It also wants to be included in the government’s multibillion-dollar shipbuilding strategy, through which Ottawa is contracting rival shipyards in Halifax and Vancouver to build dozens of new ships.The government has said the navy does not need another interim supply ship and has instead been handing Davie maintenance and refit contracts for existing coast-guard and naval vessels.It is also buying three second-hand icebreakers from Davie, which the shipyard has started to convert for the coast guard and which will likely remain in service for the next 15 to 20 years.The contract announced Tuesday is being awarded without a competition and will see Davie put the Louis St-Laurent in drydock.“Canadians from coast to coast to coast rely on the Canadian Coast Guard to protect their coastlines and their livelihoods,” Public Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough said in a statement. “This contract will ensure the men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard are properly equipped to do their important work, while also helping sustain good middle-class jobs at the Davie Shipyard.”Recent briefing notes obtained by The Canadian Press through access-to-information law indicate Davie is the only shipyard big enough to drydock the icebreaker.First launched in 1966, the 53-year-old vessel was once supposed to be decommissioned in 2000 but has since undergone several rounds of upgrades and refits to keep it in the water.Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver has been tapped to build its replacement, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker, but the project has experienced numerous delays and its delivery date is up in the air.It wasn’t immediately clear how many jobs the latest contract will create at Davie, which says it has been forced to lay off hundreds of workers over the past few years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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No more Methadone in Yukons prisons

first_imgAPTN National NewsPrisoners at the Whitehorse correctional centre are being cut off Methadone.Methadone is used to treat drug addictions and is commonly used in other prisons in Canada.But in the Yukon it’s now being called a health risk.APTN’s Shirley Mclean has more.last_img

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Pattinson doesn’t like to do similar roles

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Robert Pattinson doesn’t like to play the same characters over and over again as he judges his performance and it makes him feel “really self-conscious”. “I feel like as soon as I repeat myself even a little bit, I suddenly get really self-conscious. If you are pushing something out into the unknown a little bit, you can’t judge yourself, because you don’t really know what you’re doing. “Even with a voice I can’t really do it more than once, because then I think, ‘Oh, this is my acting voice.’ That’s why I can’t even do anything in my normal accent, because it doesn’t feel like I’m working,” he told Little White Lies magazine. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe 32-year-old actor felt pigeonholed at the start of his career, reports femalefirst.co.uk. He said: “When I first started … if you’re tall and have floppy hair and a posh accent, they’re like ‘Period dramas!’ And then you’re exclusively in the period dramas box. “I was like, ‘No! I don’t want to do period dramas!’ I’ve done a couple, and as soon as I put on the high Edwardian collar, I’m like, ‘Ughhh’. Your costume is out-acting you at all times.”last_img read more

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UN refugee agency calls for humane treatment for Uzbeks deported from Ukraine

“We are extremely concerned over their fate and insist that they be treated humanely and in full accordance with international standards,” said Ron Redmond, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The forced deportations were also of great concern to the agency. “UNHCR deplores the actions of Ukrainian authorities in forcing the 11 asylum seekers back to their home country on Tuesday night, in contravention of Ukraine’s international obligations,” Mr. Redmond said.He reiterated the importance of the principle known as “non-refoulement,” under which no refugee or asylum-seeker whose case has not yet been properly assessed, can be forcibly returned to their country of origin.Refoulement is a violation of the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, to which Ukraine is a signatory, and is also contrary to international customary law, he said.He added that the agency is urgently seeking information on – and access to – the Uzbeks, as well as seeking clarification from the Ukrainian authorities.Details of the situation are still emerging, according to UNHCR, which said that on 7 February, it learned that the asylum seekers had been arrested in two different locations in Crimea by unidentified Ukrainian law-enforcement authorities.The agency said that the Ukrainian authorities confirmed the asylum seekers had been taken to a detention facility in Simferopol after the authorities received requests for their extradition from the Prosecutor’s Office of Uzbekistan, alleging involvement in the civilian protests in Andijan on 13 May 2005, which ended violently. read more

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Strong start in ratings for the real fall television season – football

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 1:46 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Strong start in ratings for the real fall television season – football San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Television’s fall season is already in full swing — the football season.Fresh entertainment programming doesn’t begin until next week, after the Emmy Awards. Football is so dominant now that 11 of the 20 most-watched prime-time programs last week were either games or shows about the games. The top non-football event in the rankings, CBS’ “60 Minutes,” is there in large measure because it comes directly after an NFL game.The Thursday night kickoff game to the NFL season, between Pittsburgh and New England, was seen by 27.4 million people. Only one other game — in 2010 between Minnesota and New Orleans — had more viewers in the 14 years that the NFL has done this season opening game.Similarly, the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game was seen by 26.8 million, second only to a 2012 Pittsburgh-Denver for the most-watched first Sunday night game in the 10 years NBC has been televising them, the Nielsen company said.In an oddly compelling competition on Sunday night, AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” narrowly beat ABC’s coverage of the annual “Miss America” pageant, 7.2 million to 7.1 million viewers.Thanks to the two prime-time NFL games, NBC trounced the competition with an average of 11.3 million viewers last week. CBS had 5.9 million viewers, ABC had 4.3 million, Univision had 2.4 million, Fox had 2.1 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.1 million and the CW had 1.05 million.ESPN was the most popular cable network in prime time, averaging 3.69 million viewers last week. Fox News Channel had 1.7 million, USA had 1.62 million, the Disney Channel had 1.55 million and HGTV had 1.43 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.2 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.8 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.3 million viewers.For the week of Sept. 7-13, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Pittsburgh at New England, NBC, 27.4 million; NFL Football: N.Y. Giants at Dallas, NBC, 26.77 million; “NFL Pregame Show” (Thursday), NBC, 20.99 million; “NFL Pregame Show” (Sunday), NBC, 20.03 million; “Football Night in America” (Sunday, 7:57 p.m.), NBC, 14.89 million; “NFL Today Post-Game Show,” CBS, 14.31 million. “NFL Opening Kickoff Show,” NBC, 12.56 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.46 million; College Football: Ohio St. vs. Virginia Tech, ESPN, 10.59 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.53 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com read more

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Sluggish start a distant memory for Ohio State hockey team

Consistency and composure have been key for the resurgence of the men’s hockey team.Through their first 20 games, the Buckeyes fell short of lofty pre-season expectations, and the team stumbled into winter break searching for answers. But given a chance to recharge the batteries, the Buckeyes returned to practice with a renewed vigor.“I want to think we’re not the same team we were in the first half [of the season],” coach John Markell said. “So far we’re proving that. We’re being the team we can be.” Markell credits some of the Buckeyes’ first half struggles to injuries.“People think we didn’t sustain big injuries. We did,” Markell explained. “We are finally dressing the team we thought we had and that team is starting to play up to their capabilities.”Having a healthy squad has brought stability, experience and composure, which has led to instant results. Since the Buckeyes have returned from their midseason break, they have won three of their four conference games and four of five overall. This after a first half in which the team won only five of 14 conference games.“I feel like we’re setting a pace that is pretty good,” assistant captain Sergio Somma said. “We’re playing more consistent than we were before the break and we feel pretty good about that.”The Buckeyes will need to remain consistent as they host No. 10 Ferris State this weekend. It is the second straight week the Buckeyes will face a Top 10 opponent. The team just returned home from visiting then No. 10 Michigan State.Ferris swept the Buckeyes in the teams’ first series this year in Big Rapids, Mich. “In their building, they had momentum,” Markell said. “The crowd got into it and our guys got a little intimidated. Our emotions got the best of us.”The Buckeyes had built a 4-1 lead in the second game of the series but were unable to hold on. “We took a couple of bad penalties at the wrong time,” Markell said. Those penalties allowed Ferris State to get back into the game and eventually win 6-5 in overtime.The Buckeyes’ increased composure has helped them to avoid similar penalties and allowed the team to remain poised in tough situations. One such situation emerged last Saturday, when the Buckeyes were in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes surrendered a game-tying goal with just 10 minutes remaining in the third period. Somma said despite losing the lead, the team was able to remain calm and continue to play its game.“We felt like we were playing well and working hard, and if we kept playing the bounces would go our way,” Somma said. The bounces did go the Buckeyes’ way as they went on to score two goals in the final 1:07 to win 4-2.Afterward, players said their ability to not lose focus after Michigan State tied them was key in earning the victory. “We did a lot better job controlling our emotions,” Markell said. The Buckeyes’ ability to keep their emotions in check is something they obviously lacked the first time they met Ferris State.“After the first half of the year, the guys are doing a better job of playing for each other,” Markell said. “The finer points of the game are where we seem to be coming together. But that will be tested this weekend, and we hope the good parts of our game will test Ferris State.”The Buckeyes face off with Ferris State Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Exsoldier jailed for raping and killing schoolgirl Janet Commins in 1976

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. Janet Commins Hough, from Flint, was cleared of the alternative charge of murder.Passing sentence Mr Justice Clive Lewis told him: “You have shown no remorse whatsoever for what you did to that young girl.”You must have thought you had avoided responsibility for your crimes.”This offence involved a particularly vulnerable victim, a 15-year-old girl, forcibly raped and buggered.”You held her face down, she was unable to breathe and she died.” Janet ComminsCredit:Universal News (Europe) Stephen Hough (right) arriving at Llandudno Magistrates' Courtcenter_img Stephen Hough (right) arriving at Llandudno Magistrates’ CourtCredit:Andrew Price But a billion-to-one match of Hough’s DNA with samples found at the crime scene was uncovered after his DNA was taken by police last year.Hough denied even knowing Janet but was convicted last week by a jury at Mold Crown Court of rape, buggery and manslaughter following a three-week trial. A former soldier who raped and killed a schoolgirl has been jailed for 12 years, four decades after an innocent man went to prison for the crime.Stephen Hough, 58, hid his guilt while Noel Jones was jailed for killing Janet Commins, 15, in Flint, North Wales, in 1976.last_img read more

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Apple le mystère de la nouvelle tablette dévoilé aujourdhui

first_imgApple : le mystère de la nouvelle tablette dévoilé aujourd’huiCe soir à 19 heures (heure française), le directeur général d’Apple, Steve Jobs, présentera la nouvelle invention du géant américain. Le mystère entretenu autour de la vraie nature de l’appareil sera enfin levé pour la plus grande joie des inconditionnels de la marque à la pomme.Deux ans après la sortie de l’iPhone, l’iSlate a déjà considérablement fait jaser. Des photos factices révélant un iSlate parfaitement crédible ont provoqué le buzz sur internet. La curiosité des passionnés est à son comble : la stratégie marketing Apple, qui consiste en une habile culture du secret, fonctionne encore une fois à merveille. À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette AppleL’appareil serait doté d’un écran tactile et multipoints de 10 à 11 pouces, d’un appareil photo et d’une caméra disposant d’une reconnaissance faciale. L’iSlate serait donc capable de s’adapter à l’utilisateur identifié. La tablette, mi-baladeur, mi-ordinateur, se connecterait à internet grâce au Wi-Fi ou au réseau de téléphonie mobile 3G. Grâce à elle, les utilisateurs pourraient jouer, bouquiner en ligne, ou encore visionner des films.Son prix devrait osciller entre 600 et 1000 dollars (environ 425 à 710 euros) même si, comme pour l’iPhone, il sera susceptible de baisser en cas d’abonnement avec un opérateur.Avis aux impatients : plus que quelques heures avant de découvrir cette mystérieuse tablette.Le 27 janvier 2010 à 13:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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ST On Your Friends is SelfExplanatory

first_img For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Previously on Game of the Year, we talked about the Flash gaming website/internet art collective Newgrounds. We lamented the loss of the crass but creative youthful energy that crackled throughout the site in the early 2000s. So we’re always excited to recognize that style surface in new games. I don’t know if S#!T On Your Friends was directly inspired by Newgrounds, but a game about *extreme Triumph the Insult Comic Dog voice* poop-based local multiplayer combat would have been right at home on the site, making it a Game of the Year.Don’t let the title and its CBS-style half-assed censorship fool you. In S#!T On Your Friends, you shit on your friends. But instead of being some Human Centipede-esque exercise in shared misery, SOYF wants you to literally weaponize your waste against others to achieve the relative dignity of victory in pursuit of this gastrointestinal goal.The result is a quick and dynamic competitive local multiplayer game, a genre we’ve been glad to see return with indie hits like Towerfall and Nidhogg and Samurai Gunn. Players fly their regular, fiber-loving characters around the Smash Bros.-style open stages trying to drop their droppings on each other. Actually, that’s not quite accurate. Poop functions more like bullets players can aim. In fact, the only direction it seems you can’t really fire out of is your behind, which might be the funniest part of the game’s design. Food power-ups change how your bodily projectiles behave, like bullet-expanding bread and explosive broccoli.The standard game mode has players whittling down each other’s’ health bars one bathroom blast at a time. But a handful of other clever modes give the admittedly one-note premise a little more replay value. One-hit kills makes matches as tense as looking for a toilet when you really need one. But my favorite is a mode is one in which each successful hit increases the weight of your opponent, making it harder for them to jump, avoid obstacles, and stay ahead of the scrolling stage pushing them to their disgusting doom.Still, S#!T On Your Friends’ main selling point is right in the name, the scatological glee of aggressive virtual pooping. Loading screens are filled with fecal facts. The game’s art style, with happy and innocent Kirby-esque cartoon designs and bright pastel colors and poppy music, humorously contrast with the dirty subject matter of pooping on your pals.Again, it’s totally something that would have made complete sense as a free game on Newgrounds in 2003, even though it’s a $10 game on Steam in 2017. It’s in the same family of adorably gross games like Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac. Isaac himself is even a playable character, alongside real-life human man Greg Miller of Kinda Funny smiling and running around on all fours for some disturbing reason.If I’m going to play a game about doing obscene things to my friends, I’ll probably play Mount Your Friends. And if I’m going to play a game about shitting, I’ll probably play Don’t Shit Your Pants. But S#!T On Your Friends cleanly combines the two for a pleasant enough multiplayer diversion. It delivers on the promise of the name, which is Game of the Year-worthy.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!View as: One Page Slides1/51. S#!T On Your Friends is about pooping on your pals, really.2. Navigate colorful levels to land more stinky shots than your opponent.3. Choose between characters that are as cheery as they are regular. 4. Play as guest characters like Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller.5. There are multiple game modes, but the core gastrointestinal goal remains the same. It’s right in the name.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Luysters girlfriend in court for allegedly violating nocontact order

first_imgAndrea Sibley, the girlfriend of triple-homicide suspect Brent Luyster, was back in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday after allegedly violating a no-contact order. Her defense attorney is seeking clarification on the order.Sibley, 28, was sentenced to a year of community custody in September 2016 for rendering criminal assistance to Luyster, whom she picked up and drove away with after he allegedly shot four people July 15, 2016, at a rural home southeast of Woodland. Three of the victims — Joseph Mark Lamar, 38, Zachary David Thompson, 36, and Janell Renee Knight, 43 — were killed.Sibley was arrested by Department of Corrections officers and booked into the Clark County Jail on Sept. 14. She reportedly stopped at a local convenience store to purchase gas and a soda. A family member of one of the shooting victims is a cashier at the store, court records state.As part of her sentence, Sibley was ordered not to have contact with any family of the shooting victims and is prohibited from coming within 1,000 feet of their home, workplace and school, according to court documents.Her community supervision is slated to end Saturday, however, so there’s not enough time for DOC to schedule a violation hearing, DOC spokesman Jeremy Barclay said. Sibley will remain in custody until Saturday, he said, and will then be released from the jail and her period of supervision.last_img read more

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DRIVER APPRENTICE STILL MISSING FOR 46 DAYS

first_imgBy Mustapha JallowMalang Sarjo and his 18 year old nephew, Lamin Sarjo, are still not seen or heard from by their family since their reported arrest by the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) on 9 May 2016.Mr. Sarjo, the driver of a commercial ‘gele gele’ van, and the nephew who is his apprentice, are said to be held at Janjangbureh prison, according to the family.Amie Badjie, the wife of the missing driver, is still expressing her frustration and concern about the whereabouts of her husband.On 21 June, 2016, she told this medium that as at now she and her young family are suffering because the one who used to provide fish money for them has been abducted.“We heard that they are being held at the Janjangbureh prison but this is yet to be confirmed as no official has informed us about their arrest and place of detention. All what I can say is that since he was hired by the supporters of UDP, they have not returned home,” the wife disclosed.However, it was earlier revealed by Mr. Sarjo’s wife that the commercial vehicle of her husband was hired by the UDP supporters to transport them from Kombo to Banjul, adding that it was upon their return from Banjul when the two (Malang and Lamin) were arrested together with the supporters.“My husband is just a driver whose vehicle was only hired to transport people and he has no involvement in any political activities. His absence is being seriously felt now especially as we commence the fasting month of Ramadan with no one to provide fish money for our meals to break our fast in the evening,” she saidThe wife is still calling on the authorities to release her husband as he is the sole breadwinner in the family  who also supports the education of their children such as school fees, lunch money, etc.last_img read more

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26yearold man shot to death in Chollas Creek

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 26-year-old man shot to death in Chollas Creek August 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 26-year-old man was fatally wounded in the Chollas Creek neighborhood of San Diego, a police lieutenant said today.The victim and the suspect were involved in a fight near the intersection of University Avenue and 52nd Street that continued toward the 4000 block of 52nd Street, where the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the 26-year-old man, San Diego Police Lt. Matthew Dobbs said.The suspect was last seen running west on University Avenue, Dobbs said.Police were dispatched to the scene about 2:30 p.m. Friday and paramedics rushed the shooting victim to an area hospital where he died from his injuries, Dobbs said.The department’s homicide unit asked anyone with information regarding the shooting death to call them at 619-531-2293. Posted: August 3, 2019last_img read more

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Prominent Democratic Activist Community Leader Marie Sweeney Endorses

first_imgDear Editor,As a nearly fifty year resident of the town and a very concerned and active citizen, I write today to express my endorsement and support of Mark Kratman in his bid for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District.His commitment to the Town of Tewksbury is clear as seen through his unfailing and unflagging presence at meetings, hearings, citizen gatherings, and all manner of community activities and events. He has listened and he cares. As a member of the board of Selectmen, he has been available 24-7. As a State Representative, Mark would continue his advocacy for the community. Seniors, veterans, working families along with health care, housing, education, small businesses are among his concerns. As a longtime legislative liaison, he knows how the legislature works and he understands the challenges. Mark won’t need to get up to speed rather he’ll be ready – as they say – “on day one.”Constituents and colleagues respect his work ethic and his civic ethics. Mark’s breadth of experience, knowledge of the district and understanding of the needs and priorities make him the best choice on your Primary ballot. Please vote for Mark Kratman for the Democratic nomination for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District.Sincerely,Marie SweeneyTewksburyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wilmington & Tewksbury Will Be Well Served With Kratman As State RepIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tewksbury Selectmen Chair Jay Kelly Endorses Mark Kratman For State RepIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No One Works Harder For Tewksbury Residents Than Kratman, Ready To Do The Same For WilmingtonIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

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Lexus LS 500h heads to CES as Toyotas new selfdriving research car

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Lexus LS 500h is Toyota’s latest autonomous research platform Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Toyota says P4 has greater computing power and the capability for faster learning. It can process sensor inputs faster, and therefore react more quickly to the outside world. The Lexus’ hybrid battery now serves as the main power source for the computer, which is situated in the trunk, arranged vertically against the rear seat. This means there’s actual usable trunk space, unlike with the P3 car.Toyota’s Prototype Development Center in York Township, Michigan, will transform stock Lexus LS 500h sedans into P4 test cars beginning this spring. Following the initial car’s debut at CES next week, it will be on display at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in mid-January. 0 Sedans Luxury cars Tags 4 Photoscenter_img CES 2019 Lexus Toyota 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice More From Roadshow The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is getting a brand-new autonomous driving development car, and we’ll see it firsthand at CES next week. Called TRI-P4, the new Lexus LS 500h-based development vehicle will join TRI’s autonomous test fleet this spring.TRI-P4 promises to be a huge upgrade over Toyota’s Platform 3.0 test vehicle, which introduced a number of updates at CES 2018, but was still based on a two-generations-old Lexus LS 600hL. The P4 car “benefits from Lexus’ new generation of chassis and steering control technology, which provides greater agility and allows for more responsive and smoother maneuvers during automated driving,” according to a Toyota statement released Thursday. Toyota’s autonomous research and development focuses on two systems, called Guardian and Chauffeur. Guardian is designed “to amplify human performance behind the wheel, not replace it,” Ryan Eustice, TRI’s senior vice president of automated driving, said in a statement. Chauffeur development, meanwhile, “is focused on full autonomy, where the human is essentially removed from the driving equation, either completely in all environments, or within a restricted driving domain,” Eustice said.The P4 car fits two additional cameras as well as a pair of imaging sensors mounted at the front and rear. The car’s radar system has been optimized to improve the field of view, specifically for close-range imaging. Toyota says the lidar system carries over from the Platform 3.0 car, though it’s been modified to fit into the new LS 500h’s design.Speaking of which, the P4’s design was handled by CALTY Design Research, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. CES Products Lexus Toyota Self-driving carslast_img read more

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Media exaggerates floods extent Anisul

first_imgWater resources minister Anisul Islam Mahmud at a public rally organised by ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) in Bhola. Photo: Prothom Alo Water resources minister Anisul Islam Mahmud on Tuesday accused the local media of exaggerating the extent of the floods, saying that the country’s northern region has not been affected by the floods as much as the media is portraying.Also a leader of Ershad-led Jatiya Party, Anisul made the accusation at a public rally organised by ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) in Bhola sadar upazila (sub-district).The water resources minister inspected river erosion in the area.Addressing the rally, Anisul said, “Please come with me to the North Bengal, I will show you that there was no flood water inside the dam. But the video footages and photographs being aired and published on television and in the newspapers are the pictures of different char [islands] areas.”He went on to say, “And we’ve kept those areas as reservoirs to conserve flood water, because the water must be diverted in a certain direction when rivers swell and if you block the waters, the water will erode the river banks.”He said there should not be any habitats in the area. “But as our population is high, people build their habitats in such areas. And the media is publishing those pictures more.”The minister claimed that the current government has achieved the ability for river training.last_img read more

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Law minister to fight if any journo implicated in digital law

first_imgLaw minister Anisul Huq. Prothom Alo File PhotoLaw minister Anisul Huq has said journalistic pursuit will not be considered as spying, even under the provision of the just-proposed digital security law.In a ‘Meet the press’ programme on Tuesday, he insisted that the job of the journalists is “to collect information for publishing reports, but not hand them over to the enemies of government or foreign countries”.However, Anisul Huq, a lawyer by profession, told the newsmen that he himself would fight free of cost for journalists if any of them is implicated under the said law for publishing objective reports.The law is widely criticised by various groups including journalists, at home and abroad, who argued that it will further curtail freedom of expression in the country.Anisul Huq expressed his views that section 32 of the draft act, which is complementary to another controversial law on ICT, will not act as any obstacle to practice of journalism.The minister spoke in detail of various aspects of the proposed law and addressed queries from journalists at the programme, organised by Law Reporters’ Forum at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU).The cabinet, on 30 January, approved the draft Digital Security Act, 2018.It has kept provision for 14 years of imprisonment and section 32 of it says if any person captures, preserves or sends any sensitive or secret information of any government, semi-government, autonomous and statutory body through any kind of digital device, computer, computer network, and/or digital network, then it will be an offence of digital spying.last_img read more

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Pakistan train collision kills 11 injures 78

first_imgPakistan train collision kills 11, injures 78Residents and rescue workers gather near the site after a passenger train collided with a cargo train in Sadiqabad, Pakistan 11 July, 2019. Photo: AFPAt least 11 people were killed and nearly 80 injured when two trains collided in central Pakistan early Thursday, officials said.The incident took place in Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province when a passenger train coming from the eastern city of Lahore rammed into a goods train that had stopped at a crossing, a senior government official said.A senior Pakistan Railways official gave AFP the toll, adding: “We fear the death toll will rise as rescue teams are still cutting (through) the wreckage.”Earlier, local police officer Omar Salamat told TV channel Geo News that dozens had been taken to nearby hospitals.”The condition of three to four passengers is critical,” he said.Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where the railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment.TV footage from the site showed the heavily damaged train engine and carriages, as emergency workers and local people used metal-cutting tools and heavy cranes.Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, the country’s minister for railways told TV channel Aaj that an investigation had been launched to determine the causes of the incident.Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted his condolences, adding: “Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards.”Also on Thursday at least nine passengers were killed and 22 injured when a speeding bus overturned near the capital Islamabad, a police official said, while a landslide in the northwestern Swat valley killed six people, all from one family.last_img read more

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MCU News Sebastian Stan Happy Hes Not Cap a Possible Title Leak

first_imgStay on target James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News We’ve been watching Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan play Captain America and Bucky Barnes since 2011. On screen, they’ve always felt like the perfect people to play these roles. Chris Evans has that earnest 1940s eagerness Steve Rodgers needs, and Stan has that protective aura and brooding vulnerability that makes him a perfect Winter Soldier. There is a world, however where things didn’t turn out that way. Now, it’s hard to imagine Stan playing anyone other than Bucky, but he originally had a different role in mind.In an interview with CNBC’s Make It, Stan said he initially went out for the role of Captain America. Can’t see it? Well, neither could Marvel. Stan says he was told he “wasn’t right for the part,” which… yeah, fair. Sorry, as great an actor as Stan is, and as fun as he is in these movies, he just isn’t Steve Rodgers. Besides, if he had gotten the part, we would have needed to wait until Avengers: Infinity War to see him rock that stubble. That’s not the only reason Stan says it worked out, though. In the interview, he describes Bucky as a “much better role.” And that’s not him rationalizing either. Without having to play the boy scout all the time, his role in the MCU gives him a much greater range. Also, he still has five movies in the pipeline, whereas Cap… well, he has one.Still, ending up with a better role doesn’t mean the initial rejection was any less hard. But Stan says that’s just part of being an actor, and he offered up some advice for dealing with it. “Try not to take things personally, learn how to face rejection, no matter what you do, stay obsessed with it,” he said.On the other hand, if Stan were Captain America, that would mean a lot more of those trademark MCU shots lingering on his abs, which would certainly make some fans I know happy. Still, everything clearly worked out for the best. If Stan had been cast as Cap, we would be denied the best big screen boyfriends in superhero media.Via ScreenRant, Hero XRemember this leaked Avengers 4 concept art that may or may not be legit but looks pretty plausible? Marvel Cosmic Editor in Chief Jeremy Conrad claims the art was made for the CineEurope convention in Spain, where Disney has a big presentation next Wednesday. That’s not an official confirmation, but it sounds pretty legit. Conrad, according to Express, told everyone that an even bigger leak is on the way in the coming days. That tweet was soon deleted. What could that be? At this point, one of the biggest MCU mysteries is the title of Avengers 4. Marvel fans on Reddit are speculating that’s exactly what’s coming.It is strange that a movie is less than a year away and we still have no idea what it’s called. But its title is said to be a spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel Boss Kevin Feige has also said the whole secret title thing blew it all out of proportion, and we probably shouldn’t be treating it like a giant reveal. Which would be much easier to do if they would stop treating it with all this secrecy.So what’s it going to be? Avengers: Secret Wars? Avengers Reassemble? End of Avengers? …Neon Genesis Avengers? Hey, why not get even weirder with this whole thing? No idea when the title is supposed to leak, but we’ll keep an eye out over the next ten days.Charlie Cox, Mike Colter and Krysten Ritter in The Defenders (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Netflix)Over on the TV side of things, fans have been wondering about the future of the Marvel Netflix shows. Now that Disney has planned to end its partnership with Netflix in favor of its own streaming service, what will happen to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Punisher, and… *sigh* Iron Fist? Jeph Loeb provided some clarity in an AMA on Reddit.When asked if there are planned endings for these characters, or if they’ll just continue on indefinitely, Loeb said, “That’s really up to Netflix. We love telling those stories! Check out Luke Cage 2 on June 22nd!” It’s good to know that Netflix will still retain control over these shows. It also means that they aren’t likely to jump ship to whatever Disney’s streaming service is going to be. That’s probably for the best. These shows feel like Netflix shows. Though they ostensibly take place in the MCU, they’re much darker and more violent than anything Marvel’s put in theaters. As far as how long they’ll go, that too is up to Netflix. Loeb has no problem keeping the Marvel Netflix train rolling, though. “That’s a Netflix question. We’ll take whatever they want!” he said.The second season of Luke Cage comes out later this month, and it’s looking good already. Let’s hope Netflix keeps asking for more seasons. Well, for most of these shows.via MarvelThat’s not the only bit of TV news that came out of Loeb’s Reddit AMA, either. He teased that a series we all thought was pretty much over could make its return. Inhumans was met with terrible reviews and low ratings, all of which it deserved. It was a poorly-paced, confusing show with some of the cheapest production values ever attached to a Marvel product. It was worth watching just to see how much of a trainwreck it was going to be. That is to say, yes, it was bad, but they really went for it. Loeb said he hopes we still haven’t seen the last of these characters.When asked if they’ll ever be brought back despite the show’s cancellation, Loeb said “Hope so. Great cast and for what’s it worth, still think is a fun show.” So there are at least some people at Marvel that don’t want to completely forget the Inhumans exist.Really, the only one I care about is Lockjaw. Such a good boy deserves so much more than one season of a bad TV show. Lockjaw needs to be on the big screen. That’s… pretty much it. OK, Medusa can come too. She was cool. Though it was super lame of that show to cut her hair in the first episode so they wouldn’t have to animate it. What a waste. Here’s hoping whatever form the Inhumans come back in has a higher CGI budget.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Analysis of bones found in Romania offer evidence of human and Neanderthal

first_img(Phys.org)—DNA testing of a human mandible fossil found in Romania has revealed a genome with 4.8 to 11.3 percent Neanderthal DNA—its original owner died approximately 40,000 years ago, Palaeogenomicist Qiaomei Fu reported to audience members at a Biology of Genomes meeting in New York last week. She noted also that she and her research team found long Neanderthal sequences. The high percentage suggests, she added, that the human had a Neanderthal in its family tree going back just four to six generations. The finding by the team provides strong evidence that humans and Neanderthals continued breeding in Europe, long after their initial co-mingling in the Middle East (after humans began migrating out of Africa.) Last year, Fu and her team published a paper describing DNA analysis of a human bone fragment found in an unknown place in Siberia. Dated at 45,000 years old, the team found evidence of Neanderthal DNA, but more importantly, because it was remarkably well preserved, the relic served to strengthen a slower mutation rate than many in the field were embracing. In this new effort, Fu and her team also found that the jawbone (which still had some teeth in it) had visible Neanderthal traits, such as enlarged wisdom teeth. The jawbone was found in a cave accessible only by diving through a watery corridor back in 2002, and has been an object of study ever since. The high percentage of Neanderthal DNA is in sharp contrast to modern out-of-Africa humans, which typically have approximately one to four percent Neanderthal genes.This latest finding, along with the bone found in Siberia and others in Europe has eroded the belief that human interbreeding with Neanderthals occurred only in the Middle East. It now seems possible that humans and Neanderthals were living in the same geographic areas over the course of five thousand years, which would of course explain why their DNA appears in every person not directly descended from people in Africa, on the planet. What is still a mystery, though, is what happened to the Neanderthal? Why did they disappear even as humans continued on? Eerily, this new evidence suggests that the two were interbreeding very nearly right up to the time when the Neanderthals ceased to exist. Genetic testing shows Neanderthals less diverse than modern humans A Neanderthal skeleton, left, compared with a modern human skeleton. Credit: American Museum of Natural History © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Analysis of bones found in Romania offer evidence of human and Neanderthal interbreeding in Europe (2015, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-analysis-bones-romania-evidence-human.html More information: Fu, Q., An early modern human with a recent Neandertal ancestor, talk: meetings.cshl.edu/abstracts/ge … ome2015_absstat.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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