Sport Development Webinar Series

first_imgOn Thursday, 20 June the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is hosting another free webinar in its recent series on the sporting industry.Titled ‘Getting Your House in Order – Organisational Development Models that Work’, the webinar will look at how sports organisations can thrive in what is an increasingly complex business environment.The webinars are available to anyone, however participants must register to confirm their attendance.The webinars are run by sporting industry professionals of whom attendees will have the chance to ask questions. Registered participants will also have access to all webinar material following the event.In order to register for this webinar or view the upcoming webinars in the series visit: LinksWebinar Serieslast_img read more

Hog Roast For A Cause in New Orleans

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know If you’re anything like us, you probably don’t need much past the words “pig” and “roast” to get your attention. When you add the words “New Orleans,” “Competition,”  “Beer” and then garnish it with some live music and a worthy philanthropic cause, then our attention actually starts to smoke with the ferocity of a, well…traditional Southern hog roast. Such is how we’re feeling about the 5th annual New Orleans Hogs for the Cause Hog Roast that’s happening March 22nd and 23rd at City Park in New Orleans.It’s one of the most buzzed about and fastest growing events of its kind in the South. even called it one of the best BBQ events in the country. “We went to school at University of South Carolina and would look forward more to our pre game pig roasts before football games than the actual event,” founders Becker Hall and Rene Louapre told us as they took a break from prepping for the event. “This whole thing started out with us wanting to recreate that experience,” which is how things were meant to go when their friends were invited to the first Hogs for the Cause back in 2009—actually more like a kegger replete with roasting pigs “down by the river” in New Orleans. But just before the event, Hall and Louapre had met Ben Sarrat Jr, a 4 year old who had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and immediately turned the roast into Hogs for the Cause, a fundraiser to help Ben’s family manage the day to day bills that insurance costs had made nearly impossible to keep up with.Hogs for the Cause did so well that when they decided to go for seconds the next year, 2,500 people turned up and $30,000 was raised. Unfortunately, Bed Sarrat passed away before the second event, but the idea to help families struggling to pay for their children’s pediatric cancer lived on. “We work with local hospitals who vet families who need support past what insurance is able to do and donate the money directly. You get to know the families pretty intimately; they’re very receptive to relationships. We go to the hospital and meet with the family, sit around and chat. It’s something we stay involved in all year long,” they say about how they decide to allot the bounty. Last year over 12,000 people showed up and $300,000 was raised. This year it’s gotten so big that it has turned into a two night event, legends like the Rebirth Brass Band are playing, and they’ve had to move it to New Orleans City Park.“The competition isn’t officially sanctioned so the teams can cook the pigs anyway they want as long as smoke is involved,” explained the founders.  Also, it’s one of the few competitions where attendees can actually help themselves to the cooking. “They pay the entry fee [$15 online/$20 at the gate] and they give donations to the teams that they want to try,” say Hall and Louapre.. “There’s also the Boss Hog ticket [$250 online/$300 at the gate, both with $150 tax deductible receipt] that gives you unlimited food and open bar.”This year the event starts on a Friday night with the first ever “Hogtail” competition—think hog roast but with alcohol. “Teams all submit cocktail recipes. We pick the six  best and whichever sells the most wins.”If you’re interested in heading to Hogs for the Cause 2013, here are some hotel specials:Book a General Room at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel for $159/night + taxes. Use code: hfchfcaBook a Deluxe at Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel for $189 per night + taxes. Use code: hoghogaFor more information check out their website at Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

Get the Skin and Hair of your Dreams with these Japanese Grooming Products

first_img How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Not only are the Japanese known for their amazing swords and knives; robots and tech; and killer, minimalist fashion — they are also famous for having the best-looking skin in the world. Especially when it comes to men. Because, let’s face it, in America (and the West in general), most men are happy enough to wash their face, apply some moisturizer, and maybe add some sunscreen (if we remember). Japanese men tend to be more hands-on when it comes to taking care their hair and their skin, and their devotion to the manly mug leads to more grooming products for men.In Japan, you would be remiss if you didn’t take at least one lap around a pharmacy, convenience store, or department store to see what kinds of male-focused commodities they have. From simple charcoal soaps  to expensive creams that took teams of scientists and years to perfect, there’s something for every guy. Check out our favorite Japanese grooming products for men:ProductsMorihata Binchotan Charcoal Face Soap, $31These days it’s hard to hit up a skincare section of a store without seeing something with charcoal in it — and that’s mainly because of the Japanese. These guys are the OG charcoal-enthusiasts, and Morihata’s Binchotan collection provides multiple options to anyone interested in purifying their skin. We love this charcoal face soap for its oil absorbing properties and super clean feeling (as well as these charcoal toothbrushes for their sleek, minimalist design aesthetic).Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream, $25For guys with seriously dry skin, Yu-Be is the moisturizer for you. Created in 1957 by a Japanese pharmacist, Yu-Be is a plant glycerin-based lotion that has been relieving chapped hands, elbows, and knees since before most of you were born. We liked how quickly this moisturizer absorbs and how long it lasts.Shodai Face Wash and Moisturizer, $20-24Using onsen water and hiba (Japanese cypress) oil, Shodai‘s face wash has a light, woody scent and cleanses without over-drying, which is extra important during harsher winter months. Shodai’s moisturizer uses these same ingredients — plus green tea and sake — which gives it that same same fragrance and a light hydration that won’t leave your skin oil-laden.BrandsShiseido MenFounded in 1897, Shiseido is one of Japan’s top grooming and cosmetic brands. Backed by top scientific research, Shiseido aims to bring unparalleled quality to the men’s skincare market. With products focused on shaving, cleansing, toning, and anti-aging, Shiseido can provide you a full arsenal of Japanese grooming gear, including (and this is not a joke) an abdomen toning gel, which is said to tighten loose skin around the belly.DHC MenDHC, which stands for “Daigaku Honyaku Center,” began its life as a an educational translation company that, in the 1980s, switched its focus to skincare products after the owner came across an olive oil of unparalleled quality in Spain. From then on, DHC combined its extensive research with olive oil and other Asian botanicals to bring to market a well-rounded range of goods. We’re particularly fond of DHC’s white soap, a fragrance-free bar formulated for sensitive skin.AccessoriesScalp Cleansing BrushThe Japanese are masters of creating useful products you never knew you needed, and the scalp cleansing brush by Lion Pro Tec falls into that category. The brush is used in combination with shampoo to gently massage and exfoliate deep around your hair follicles, removing excess oil and dead skin. This prevents dandruff and reduces oil. It also just feels damned good.Kamisori Straight RazorFor shaving, many Japanese barbers still turn to the traditional straight razor: the kamisori. While it may appear unwieldy at first (it helps to know that you hold it at the base of the blade, not the wooden “handle”), the kamisori is the best way to get the closest shave possible, especially when it’s made in a country famed for its knives and other blades.Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Manual’s larger Journey to Japan travel guide. Over the course of a month, our writers had the pleasure of experiencing Japan in all its forms, from high-rise bars in Tokyo to traditional tea ceremonies in Kyoto. We hope this series will not only inform, but inspire you to take your own trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy Editors’ Recommendations How to Grow and Maintain Stubblelast_img read more

Smaller Ports Offer Equal or Better Liner Connectivity

first_imgzoom Smaller ports can equal or better the liner connectivity of larger ones at times, a new global container port connectivity index from shipping consultancy Drewry shows.Among the top 20 global ports, which use this new methodology, Shanghai has the highest index figure, being directly connected by services to all world regions, and having the highest number of mainline services calling per week with 168 in total. As the world’s largest container port, it is not surprising that Shanghai tops the table.Given the scale of the container port industry in Asia, and the extent of major gateway and hub ports, Drewry said that it is also not surprising that nine of the top ten ports are in Asia.The tenth place is occupied by the North European port of Rotterdam, but with a connectivity index score of only around one-third that of Shanghai.The regular index of port connectivity was launched in order to rank and monitor how well connected the world’s container ports are, without taking into account vessel size. Hence, even though a large port with the same range of shipping services, but with larger ships, is likely to generate more port volume overall, its connectivity index may be no better than a smaller port with the same range of liner services.Taking a regional focus, and using North America as an example, the top four slots are all taken by East Coast ports, with Savannah in first place by virtue of having the best combination of mainline service calls per week and world regions directly served.Los Angeles, the largest port in the North American region, is only sixth in the table, while Long Beach, the second largest, is not in the top 10 at all. This is because ports concentrated on one or two trade routes will not score as highly as those with a wider range of regions served directly.Similarly, in the UK, London Gateway scores higher than Felixstowe and Southampton, even though it only has around a quarter of the throughput of Felixstowe and less than half of Southampton.With this new analysis, which focuses on the number of mainline services calling at each port per week and the number of world regions with which each port is directly connected, Drewry will track the ports gaining or losing the most connectivity each quarter, and seek to explain why and what the implications are.“For shippers, port connectivity is as important as port size or scale. Having the widest possible range of direct services is a significant competitive advantage for all ports,” Drewry concluded.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_img -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sedgiwich Bridge Sedgiwich Bridge, near the intersection of the Archibald Brook Road and the Higginsville Road, will be closed until Sunday, Sept. 30, for replacement. Traffic will be routed through the site over a one-lane temporary bridge controlled with traffic lights starting early to mid July. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190last_img

500 kilometre run one message on suicide

first_imgAPTN National NewsMany experts say suicide has become an epidemic among young people in Indigenous communities.Now, a Vancouver Island youth is determined to help heal the grief and hopelessness that affects so many of her peers.As APTN’s Tina House reports, the young woman has hit the road running with her message.last_img

Crucial Brexit talks between May and Labour leader Corbyn end without deal

first_imgLondon: Britain’s Opposition Labour Party ended the crucial cross-party Brexit talks with Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday without striking a deal, saying negotiations have “gone as far as they can”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to May to declare an end to the negotiation process, blaming the “weakness and instability” of her government as a leadership contest gets underway within the ruling Conservative Party. The development came a day after Prime Minister May was forced to set a June timeline for her exit from Downing Street. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”I have written to Theresa May to say that talks on finding a compromise agreement for leaving the European Union have gone as far as they can,” Corbyn tweeted. “The government’s growing weakness and instability means there cannot be confidence in its ability to deliver,” he said. Britain’s exit from the 28-member European Union had been due to take place on March 29 – but after MPs voted down the deal May had negotiated with the bloc three times, the EU gave the UK an extension until October 31. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”The increasing weakness and instability of your government means there cannot be confidence in securing whatever might be agreed between us,” Corbyn wrote. “As you have been setting out your decision to stand down and Cabinet ministers are competing to succeed you, the position of the government has become ever more unstable and its authority eroded,” he noted. Stressing that his party had conducted the exercise in “good faith” and that some constructive effort had gone into finding a possible consensus, there has been growing concern within the Opposition ranks about the government’s ability to deliver on any compromise agreement. The Labour Party has been in favour of a form of a common customs arrangement with the European Union (EU) that keeps the UK aligned with its European neighbours on trade tariffs post-Brexit. Some Labour MPs have also insisted they would not back a deal with the government unless it includes another referendum. Both scenarios have caused anger among Brexit-backing Conservatives, who claim a customs union would stop the UK negotiating its own trade deals around the world and who believe another public vote is undemocratic. In his letter to the British Prime Minister, Corbyn noted: “Not infrequently, proposals by your negotiating team have been publicly contradicted by statements from other members of the Cabinet. “In recent days we have heard senior Cabinet ministers reject any form of customs union, regardless of proposals made by government negotiators.” The Labour leader is equally clear about the party’s opposition to May’s unchanged Withdrawal Agreement, which is set for a fourth House of Commons vote in the week beginning June 3.last_img read more

Ontario asks court to throw out Teslas application over electric vehicle rebates

TORONTO — Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has asked the province’s Superior Court to throw out a petition from the Canadian arm of Tesla Inc. that claims the U.S. company has been treated unfairly in the government’s cancellation of an electric vehicle rebate program.The provincial government’s ministry of transportation said in a response filed Tuesday that there is no merit to the electric car maker’s application for judicial review, arguing the decision is government policy that does not fall within the court’s jurisdiction.“While framed as a judicial review of an ostensibly administrative decision, the application is essentially an attack on a core policy decision made by Ontario’s cabinet,” it said in the court filing.“Such a decision is not reviewable by the court and is not a basis to quash the decision.”Elon Musk vs Doug Ford: Tesla files lawsuit against Ontario government over electric vehicle rebate programEnd of Ontario electric vehicle rebate program expected to hit salesIn July, the government announced the cancellation of the rebate program but said that incentives would be honoured for vehicles ordered through a dealership if they are delivered and registered by Sept. 10.Tesla sells vehicles directly to customers rather than through a dealership, making its vehicles ineligible for the incentives under the new rules.Tesla Motors of Canada said in its application that the decision by Premier Doug Ford’s government to halt the program left hundreds of its customers no longer eligible for rebates they expected to get when they ordered their vehicles.It claims Tesla was also left out of a program that allows purchasers of other brands to receive rebates during a transition period and that the government has given it no reason for its exclusion.Tesla said the government’s decision has “already inflicted substantial harm” on the company in the form of lost sales and potential damage to its reputation because it leaves the impression that Tesla “may be singled out for future arbitrary treatment.”It asked the Ontario Superior Court to quash the government’s move.However, the government’s response said the decision to revoke the rebate program was made for “valid public reasons.”The government said it decided to include only independently owned franchised dealerships in the transition funding in order to minimize negative impacts to small- or medium-sized businesses, and that such dealerships may have vehicle inventory or made orders with manufacturers that could not be returned.“Tesla Canada is effectively asking this court to make a declaratory order at the behest of its customers to provide them a grant from public funds.” read more

As third victim of West Bank arson attack dies UN envoy urges

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Reham Dawabsha on the eve of her 27th birthday,” said the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, in a statement.He said that despite the excellent medical care at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Ms. Dawabsha sadly succumbed to her wounds. “Reham is the third victim of the 31 July terrorist attack in Douma village which killed her husband and infant son, and wounded her four-year old son Ahmed,” underscored Mr. Mladenov, adding that his Office’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and especially with little Ahmed, “now orphaned due to this heinous act.”The young Palestinian woman was severely injured in an arson attack in the West Bank which was strongly condemned by Mr. Mladenov, the UN Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said at the time: “Continued failures to effectively address impunity for repeated acts of settler violence have led to another horrific incident involving the death of an innocent life. This must end.”In his statement today, Mr. Mladenov reiterated and strengthened his earlier call for justice, and noted that while acknowledging the wide condemnations issued at the time of the incident by Israeli and Palestinian leaders, “I am nevertheless concerned by the lack of progress in identifying and prosecuting the perpetrators of this outrage.”“The tragedy of the Dawabsha family serves as a shocking example of the destructive nature of extremism. It is incumbent upon political, religious and community leaders to speak out and to act decisively against those who incite and perpetrate hatred on all sides,” he declared.He also emphasized that the UN is determined to work with all parties to create the conditions which would enable a return to meaningful negotiations to finally resolve this conflict and bring sustainable peace to the people of Israel and Palestine. read more

UN chief urges governments to shield more civilians from violence in conflict

António Guterres made the appeal during a Security Council meeting on Tuesday, where he presented a report outlining three ways governments can step up action.He noted that last year, more than 26,000 civilians were killed or injured in six countries affected by conflict: Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen.“The most effective way to protect civilians is to prevent conflicts and to end them,” Mr. Guterres told the Council.  “This is why conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding are, and will remain, the highest priorities for the whole United Nations system.” Civilians in Iraq have endured more than three decades of war, insecurity and violence, veteran human rights defender, Hanaa Edwar, reminded ambassadors.She urged the Council to give more support to recovery efforts there, such as those underway in the city of Mosul, the last stronghold of the extremist group, ISIL, or Daesh.Ms. Edwaar said all Iraqi civilians must have access to accountability, which she stressed “should not be limited to some people and some types of violations.”She reported that families of Daesh fighters have been badly treated in camps.  Meanwhile, women who had been forced to marry extremists, as well as their children, have been stigmatized.“The successful elections following the liberation of areas under the control of Daesh offer us a chance to move forward to building inclusive peace and justice,” she said.  “In this effort, the rights of all women to full participation should be respected.” UN Photo/Loey FelipeHanaa Edwar, Secretary-General of the Iraqi Al-Amal Association, addresses the Security Council meeting on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeYves Daccord, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), addresses the Security Council meeting on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The Secretary-General’s report first calls on governments to develop national policy frameworks to offer more protection for civilians caught up in fighting. Countries are also asked to support efforts by the UN and others to engage with non-state armed groups to develop practical codes of conduct for them, and action plans that address civilian protection.Mr. Guterres said 17 groups have already signed action plans with the UN on ending child recruitment, adding that “we need more of these initiatives.” Also briefing the Council, Yves Daccord, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), echoed another concern expressed by the UN chief: attacks against medical facilities and personnel.He said that in the two years since the Council adopted a resolution on this subject, the ICRC has recorded more than 1,200 incidents in 16 countries, with health workers killed, hospitals bombed or looted, and medical supplies destroyed or prevented from crossing front lines.“The gap between words and actions is rather dramatic,” he charged.  “And it is imperative that all states, not only parties to conflicts, uphold international commitments and make the protection of healthcare a national priority.” Finally, he urged countries to ensure accountability for serious violations to end what he called “the climate of impunity.”Steps include conducting credible national investigations and giving full support to the work of the International Criminal Court, which prosecutes individuals charged with atrocities such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.The Secretary-General’s speech highlighted numerous ways lives have been upended by war, such as being subjected to rape and other human rights violations, or enduring the horrors of bombing and shelling in densely populated areas. UN Photo/Loey FelipeSecretary-General António Guterres addressing the UN Security Council open debate on ‘protection of civilians in armed conflict.’ Jacek Czaputowicz (right), Foreign Affairs Minister of Poland, chairs the meeting. read more

Mens Hockey Penn State defeats No 11 Ohio State in shootout on

Ohio State junior forward Dakota Joshua and Penn State sophomore forward Nikita Pavlychev face off during their game on Dec. 1. The teams tied at five, but the Nittany Lions won the shootout 1-0. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternA six-goal third period highlighted a fast-paced offensive show between No. 11 Ohio State (8-3-4, 3-3-1-0 Big Ten) and Penn State (8-7-2, 3-4-1-1 Big Ten) Friday night at the Schottenstein Center. The game ended in a 5-5 tie, with Penn State getting the 1-0 shootout win.A goal by Penn State junior forward Andrew Sturtz with less than a second to go in the game forced overtime for the Nittany Lions after Ohio State came back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period.“We had total control of the puck, and we just tried to play the clock instead of continuing to try and play the game there at the end,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “The kid got the puck to the net and that’s what hockey is.”The Buckeyes battled back in the third, starting off the comeback with a one-timer by junior forward Dakota Joshua off a pass from sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski. Laczynski would score less than a minute later on the power play to tie the game at three.“Whenever you’re down, you have to keep morale up, and I thought we did a good job of that in-between periods,” Laczynski said.Junior forward Brendon Kearney found the back of the net for Ohio State with 11 minutes to play in the period to give Ohio State its first lead of the game, a 4-3 advantage. Senior forward Christian Lampasso and freshman forward Austin Pooley had assists on the play, giving each member of Ohio State’s fourth line two points on the night.“It’s just doing things simple,” Kearney said about his line’s success. “Not trying to force any plays, and being smart with the puck and good things seem to happen.”The scoring was far from complete. Penn State knotted up the score, this time on a shot by senior defenseman Trevor Hamilton. Hamilton then had a chance to take the lead shortly after on the power play, but his shot hit the post, and the score remained 4-4.The Nittany Lions called a timeout with 4:33 to go in the period, and just eight seconds later, Ohio State took the lead on a shot in front of the goal by junior forward Freddy Gerard off assists from Laczynski and senior forward Matthew Weis.Ohio State had chances to clear the puck in the final seconds, but it stayed in its defensive zone for much of the final minute. And in the final seconds, the failed chances cost the Buckeyes. Sturtz scored with 0.7 seconds remaining on a shot from the point that somehow trickled past goalie Sean Romeo. After a long review confirming the goal, the score was tied at five and the game went to overtime.Though overtime featured no goals, both teams had ample chances to secure the full three points in the Big Ten standings. Laczynski hit the cross bar on a chance in front of the net and Penn State failed to take advantage of a power play, so the game went to a shootout.The game eventually went to a shootout tied at five. Ohio State led Penn State in shots 48-36.Sturtz was the lone scorer for either team in the shootout. The win earned Penn State two points in the Big Ten standings. Ohio State gained one point in the Big Ten, and the matchup shows up as a tie in the record books for both teams.The first period featured rushes up and down the ice from both teams, but it was the Nittany Lions who struck first on a goal by sophomore Kris Myllari. The Buckeyes evened the score before the first period was over on a goal by Lampasso. Pooley and Kearney earned the assists on the play.The Nittany Lions scored two goals in the second period, the first of which was due to a costly turnover by Ohio State redshirt defenseman Wyatt Ege. Romeo made a save, but then Ege batted the puck into his own net with his glove, giving freshman forward Alex Limoges the tally, and giving Penn State the 2-1 lead.“We have to correct a lot of our puck turnovers,” Rohlik said. “You can’t give good teams like that golden opportunities like we did tonight.Junior defenseman Kevin Kerr doubled the lead later in the period, and the Nittany Lions had a 3-1 advantage entering the third period, which they eventually gave up.Ohio State and Penn State will have a rematch at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

The Pirate Bay le site de partage piraté

first_imgThe Pirate Bay : le site de partage piratéArgentine – Un hacker argentin se vante d’être entré dans les données des utilisateurs du site The Pirate Bay. Un moyen de montrer que personne n’est en sécurité sur Internet. Ce n’est pas l’arroseur arrosé mais presque. Un hacker argentin affirme avoir accès aux données, mails et adresses des utilisateurs du site de téléchargement illégal The Pirate Bay. Néanmoins Ch Russo a signifié qu’il ne jouerait pas avec ces données : “Les ayant-droits des fichiers disponibles sur le site seraient sûrement intéressés par ces informations mais nous ne souhaitons pas les vendre. Nous voulions plutôt informer les gens que leurs données ne sont peut-être pas si bien protégées.” De son côté, le site The Pirate Bay est fermé, officiellement pour raison de “maintenance”.Le 9 juillet 2010 à 14:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Quand Microsoft vous fait parler une langue étrangère

first_imgQuand Microsoft vous fait parler une langue étrangère… Les équipes de Microsoft Research sont actuellement en train de développer un outil de traduction révolutionnaire. Chez Microsoft, les outils de traduction se suivent et ne se ressemblent pas forcément. En 2007, Microsoft avait développé Windows Live Translator. En 2010, l’équipe de Microsoft Research proposait Translating Telephone qui permettait de traduire des phrases dans une conversation par VoIP. Et en 2011, Conversation Translator traduisait la messagerie instantanée Microsoft Lync.Et cette année, Microsoft planche sur un nouveau projet. La firme de Redmond projetterait de concevoir un logiciel capable de répliquer la voix et de l’utiliser pour traduire un message dans une langue étrangère rapporte le site Clubic. Conçu par le programme Microsoft Research Asia, le logiciel aurait même déjà plusieurs mises en application possibles, mais l’équipe n’a encore évoqué aucune adaptation pour le grand public.Le scientifique Frank Soong explique que le système pourrait s’avérer très utile, notamment à l’étranger et permettrait ainsi de lever de nombreuses barrières linguistiques. Il affirme que “pour un voyageur ne parlant qu’une seule langue, nous serons capables de lui fournir un service de reconnaissance vocale, suivie par une traduction en différentes langues, mais toujours dans sa propre voix”, rapporte le site Begeek.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La voix est mixée, pour pouvoir reproduire, le plus fidèlement possible, les expressions du locuteur lorsqu’il s’exprime dans sa langue maternelle. Le logiciel serait également capable de reproduire de reproduire en 3D le visage du locuteur et de l’animer en fonction de ce qu’il dit grâce à la technologie Photo-Real Talking Head.De même, ce dispositif de traduction pourrait encourager les étudiants à apprendre de plus en plus de langues étrangères.Le logiciel supporterait actuellement 26 langues et nécessiterait environ une heure de formation.Le 12 mars 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La Xbox 720 en phase de production

first_imgLa Xbox 720 en phase de production ?Selon des rumeurs circulant sur le net, la Xbox 720 serait actuellement en production aux Etats-Unis. Mais il s’agirait plutôt de premiers modèles conçus pour des kits de développement.Si Microsoft France a lui-même admis que 2012 ne sera pas l’année de la nouvelle Xbox, le cycle de la future Xbox 3 ou Xbox 720 semble tout de même bien avancer. C’est du moins ce que suggèrent les rumeurs qui circulent depuis quelques jours sur la Toile. Comme l’explique le site IGN, des sources internes ont révélé que la console serait actuellement en phase d’assemblage à l’usine de fabrication Flextronics située à Austin au Texas. Une usine qui s’est occupée de l’assemblage de la dernière Xbox mais aussi du modèle précédent. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Toutefois, ne nous réjouissons pas trop vite. Il ne s’agit bien évidemment pas d’une production à grande échelle. Il s’agirait plutôt des premiers modèles de Kits de développement, des modèles fabriqués pour procéder à des essais matériels et destinés à des développeurs partenaires de Microsoft. La livraison des premiers kits pourraient ainsi se faire à la fin du printemps 2012 pour entamer les tests au cours des mois suivants.Alors que de nombreuses rumeurs ont déjà fait leur apparition sur les capacités potentielles de la future console, Microsoft a démenti que la Xbox 720 ou Xbox 3 serait présentée à l’E3 de 2013. Néanmoins, le plus grand salon international du jeu vidéo pourrait tout de même permettre au géant américain de faire une démonstration technologique à défaut d’annoncer le lancement de la console, comme le souligne le site Un calendrier qui pourrait permettre une sortie en 2014. Mais comme d’habitude, Microsoft n’a confirmé ou infirmé aucune de ses hypothèses. La prudence reste donc une nouvelle fois de mise…Le 8 mai 2012 à 16:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Oil prices fall on US crude stocks build fears over China demand

first_imgOil prices fell early on Wednesday as an unexpected build in U.S. crude stocks weighed on markets, along with concerns that Chinese crude demand could falter as Beijing clamps down on alleged tax evasion in the oil industry.International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were trading at $49.57 a barrel at 0054 GMT, down 39 cents, or 0.8 percent, from their last close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 46 cents, or 1 percent, at $47.64 a barrel.Robust Chinese crude demand growth has been driven by independent refiners, also know as teapots, who began to import crude last June after obtaining government crude import quotas and licences.But Beijing’s crackdown on alleged tax evasion in the oil industry, targeting the teapots, threatens to put a lid on Chinese demand.”The question now is whether the teapots will start cutting runs,” a Singapore-based trader said, adding that falling Chinese demand would be a double whammy for the oversupplied crude market.Reinforcing concerns about market oversupply, U.S. crude stocks surprisingly rose last week, even though gasoline inventories fell sharply and distillate stocks drew, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday.”We are seeing a little reaction on the API data which has posted higher inventories,” said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.Crude prices had risen on Tuesday after Reuters reported that Iran was sending positive signals that it could support joint action to prop up the oil market. But analysts and traders remain sceptical that producers will come to an agreement at a meeting in Algeria next month as various OPEC members continue to have individual agendas to push.Iraq’s prime minister said on Tuesday the country had not yet reached its full oil market share, suggesting his government would not restrain crude output as part of any possible OPEC agreement to lift prices.”I really can’t see the sense for Saudi, in particular, to actually have some meaningful constraint on production because there is quite a lot of capacity of U.S. shale to come on quite quickly,” Spooner said, adding that he could see prices drifting closer to $45 a barrel over the next few days.last_img read more

Arnab Goswamis announcment of his new venture Republic steals thunder from appointment

first_imgJournalist Arnab Goswami, who resigned as the editor-in-chief of Times Now, disclosed about his new venture on Friday and it turns out that his new news channel will be called ‘Republic’ and is expected to be launched on January 26, 2017.Speaking at the 10th anniversary of IEEMA (Indian Electronic Equipment Manufacturers’ Association), the apex body for the power equipment industry, Goswami said Republic will be launched on January 26, according to the Business Standard.The host of the popular show Newshour that he anchored on Times Now also said that the new channel will be a global media venture that will be parallel to the BBC and CNN. “My venture is called ‘Republic’; I seek the support of the people of India,” Goswami was quoted saying by News Minute.News Minute also reported that the venture would be located in Mumbai. They also added that contrary to speculation, all investors in ‘Republic’ are reported to be Indians. The venture will be partly backed by a media owner based out of Bengaluru, a major TV distribution network and an influential advertising and media buying group.Meanwhile, former NewsX editor-in-chief Rahul Shivshankar has reportedly succeeded Goswami to be the new editor-in-chief of Times Now. First Day at @TimesNow today. Look forward to your continuing support and tweets— Rahul Shivshankar (@RShivshankar) December 15, 2016While Rahul Shivshankar is yet to host his first show on Newshour as the new anchor, Arnab’s latest announcement about his new venture rattled and dominated Twitter-sphere again. Here are some of the best and most hilarious Tweets from Twitter: 11.59 pm -Goodnight Msg.12.41 am -Sarcasm On Right Wing.Someone’s Having A Sleepless Night Hearing Abt. #ArnabGoswami’s Channel #Republic— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) December 15, 2016Reactions of Arnab Goswami’s fans after they heard he is finally coming with his own channel Republic..— Paresh Rawal fan (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) December 15, 2016NDTV staff on hearing the launch of #Republic of #ArnabGoswami— AshDubey_ (@AshDubey_) December 15, 2016#ArnabGoswami Returns !.— PhD in Bak*****!! (@Atheist_Krishna) December 15, 2016Robert Vadra called us Banana Republic…#ArnabGoswami snatched Republic….”NOW VADRA LEFT WITH BANANA ONLY”#Republic— Mahesh Vikram Hegde (@mvmeet) December 15, 2016last_img read more

Dhaka Tokyo discuss quick Rohingya return

first_imgTaro Kono, the Japanese foreign minister. Photo: CollectedJapan has highly praised Bangladesh’s efforts and generous support in hosting Rohingyas from Myanmar, and both the countries have agreed on the importance of their safe and dignified return at the earliest possible time.The issue came up for discussion during a bilateral meeting between foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Tokyo on Monday.Japan will support Bangladesh to promote mutual bilateral interests as well to realise the development goals of Bangladesh, said the Japanese foreign minister.AH Mahmood Ali is now on a three-day official trip to Japan at the invitation of the Japanese oreign minister, said the foreign ministry here.During the official talks, the two foreign ministers discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations between the two countries and reiterated their commitment to further promote comprehensive partnership and strengthen the traditionally close ties between the two countries.Kono reassured Ali of Japan’s continued support to Bangladesh’s development efforts.Earlier, the foreign minister met JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka and exchanged views to strengthen mutual development cooperation between the two countries.Kitaoka lauded the economic development taking place in Bangladesh and spoke highly of the prudent leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.He informed the foreign minister that JICA’s development assistance will continue to realise the development goals of Bangladesh.Foreign Minister Ali also met the deputy prime minister and finance minister Taro Aso and former foreign minister Fumio Kishida separately and exchanged views to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.last_img read more

Apparent Terrorist Attack Thwarted By Feds at National Harbor

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comNational Harbor may have been the target of a terrorist plot that was thwarted by authorities.  Federal officials have charged Rondell Henry, 28, of Germantown, who allegedly planned to drive a truck into a crowd at the popular recreational and tourist destination in Oxon Hill.Federal prosecutors say Henry plotted to drive a stolen U-Haul truck into pedestrians after being inspired by the Islamic State and planned to use the truck as a weapon against “disbelievers,” according to numerous reports.   Henry was apparently trying to follow the script of previous attacks in Nice, France and New York City.Rondell Henry, 28, was allegedly planning to drive a truck into a crowd at the National Harbor for a terrorist attack. (Courtesy Photo)The tragic French incident took place when a man in a large truck drove into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in 2016, killing 86 people and injuring hundreds.  New York City’s fatal attack in 2017 left eight dead and 12 injured when a 29-year-old man from Uzbekistan in Central Asia rented a pickup truck and drove down a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center in Manhattan.Federal prosecutors claim Henry was inspired by attacks like these after watching videos of them online and “harbored hatred for those who do not practice the Muslim faith.”In late March Henry was the subject of an intense missing persons investigation in Montgomery County after abruptly leaving his job in Germantown then disappearing.  The press release acknowledged his family was “concerned for Henry’s physical and emotional welfare.”According to the prosecutor’s charges, the same day that he went incognito, Henry allegedly stole a rented U-Haul van in Alexandria and left his car behind. He allegedly recognized that his car was not large enough to cause the level of damage that he wanted, so he then drove around the area looking for a larger vehicle to steal.The prosecutorial allegations assert Henry drove the van to Dulles International Airport in Virginia and attempted to find a way through security around 5 a.m. March 27.   Henry was looking to kill pedestrians “in a way designed for maximum publicity.”  After spending two hours at the airport trying to get past security, he decided to take the van to National Harbor.There, according to prosecutors, he parked the van and walked around to observe how he would execute the attack.  Henry allegedly changed his plans to drive into pedestrians when saw the small crowd before he broke into a boat to hide in overnight while waiting for larger crowds.However, on the morning of March 28, police found the stolen U-Haul parked at National Harbor. Prince George’s police officers saw Henry jumping over a security fence and arrested him recognizing he was something more than a random trespasser.Prince George’s County police chief Hank Stawinski said that the arresting officers were able to establish that this case was more than just a stolen vehicle and that Henry represented a broader threat to the community.Henry was charged with transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines. He appeared at a detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt April 9. A motion to detain Henry ahead of his trial was  filed arguing that he is a flight risk and danger to the community. If convicted, Henry could face up to 10 years in prison.For almost two decades authorities have worried about international terrorists attacks inside the United States.  Concerns are mounting that the most dangerous terror threats to the U.S. are people living around the nation, with a variety of extremist views.“It’s about going beyond what’s apparent and asking ‘is there more going on here than we’re aware of?” Stawinski said.last_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About Riverdale and SDCC

first_img A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Riverdale will have a panel at San Diego Comic Con this Saturday, July 22nd from 11:00 am to 11:45 am over at Ballroom 20. We at want you to be all caught up on the latest Riverdale news ahead of this panel that’s sure to be full of surprises!First and most importantly, Riverdale is coming back for a second season. The catch? It’s moving from Thursdays at 9:00 pm to Wednesdays at 8:00 pm so if you tune in at the season one time don’t be alarmed if you’re confronted with a bunch of capes having overly emotional morality debates.See you at comicon. #WBSDCC @TVGuideMagazine @warnerbrostv— KJ Apa (@kj_apa) July 12, 2017The first episode of season two will be airing on October 11th; just days after New York Comic Con. That’s good news for all you Twin Peaks fans that will be itching for some more small town weirdness after Twin Peaks: The Return wraps up. These kids may have solved a mystery a full season faster than Agent Cooper, but they’ll never love coffee or cherry pie quite as much as he does.Although Riverdale is coming back, that doesn’t mean the original gang will all be here. Actor Ross Butler will not be returning as Reggie Mantle in October. The actor Charles Melton who’s made appearances on shows including Glee and American Horror Story will be continuing Reggie’s legacy. Us geeks have survived recasting from first to second seasons of shows we’ve loved in the past, so I’m approaching this with optimism and wish Charles Melton the best.#Riverdale Season Two… Not yet, but coming VERY soon!— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) June 17, 2017In a win for LGBT fans, Kevin Keller (portrayed by actor Casey Cott) will be made into a regular on Riverdale instead of a recurring character. While not the only LGBT character we’ve seen pop up in the show, Kevin Keller’s legacy in the comics and having him as a regular is great move that we can all celebrate.Now that you’re all caught up on Riverdale news you’re ready for the San Diego Comic Con panel this Saturday. Go and see KJ Apa, Lili Reinhardt, the aforementioned Casey Cott, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter, and many more as they roll out new details, answer your questions, and give a special presentation. Every Riverdale fan is going to want to keep their eyes on this one. Check back with to get all the updates!View as: One Page Slides1/51. Luke Perry as Fred Andrews and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)2. Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Molly Ringwald as Mary Andrews (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)3. Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)4. Riverdale goes old school. Camila Mendes, KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse. (Photo via The CW)5. Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW) Stay on targetlast_img read more

Accentuating art of photography

first_imgIn an attempt to promote sustainable development with the theme of ‘Panchatattava’, India Habitat Centre conducted Habitat Photosphere awards 2016. The event is a part of the year-long photography festival Habitat Photosphere, curated and conceptualised by the art historian Dr Alka Pande. Four applicants were selected among hundreds of applicants namely Harikrishna Katragadda, Monica Tiwari, Shraddha Borawake and K R Sunil. The winners were announced on Saturday at the India Habitat Centre (IHC) in the national Capital.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The jury comprised of eminent photographers – Bandeep Singh, Parthiv Shah, Aditya Arya and Prabir Purkayastha – judged the participants on the basis of innovation of idea, craft, technical skill compounded with relevance to the theme. They went through a rigorous procedure of debating and discussing each application to select the final four winners. Each winner will be awarded a monetary grant of Rs 2 lakh to create a body of work on the theme of sustainable development.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe works of these four awardees will be exhibited in a month-long exhibition at the India Habitat Centre in December 2016. Each of the four photographers will be mentored through the next eight months by Aditya Arya, Bandeep Singh, Prabir Purkayastha and Parthiv Shah. For the exhibition, Harikrishna Katragadda plans to travel to the cities and towns along the Ganges, which have high concentration of leather and metal industries, and the burning ghaats of Benaras. He said, “I am interested in portraits of people, animals and various life forms affected by pollution. The aim is to present the photographic image of the landscape it represents.” Monica Tiwari aims to document the lifestyle changes caused due to migration. “My project aims to focus on the challenging, uncertain, and heartbreaking journeys undertaken by the parents who migrate, and especially focusing on the children and the elderly who are left behind in their native lands”, said Monica. Shraddha Borawake will be working towards an installation-based project while K R Sunil aims to document the fast-disappearing ponds in various parts of Kerala.last_img read more