Equine Therapy to Combat PTSD

first_imgEmail Address First Name Last Name Equine therapy has become a unique practice in helping service member and veterans who may be experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition, research has shown improvements within the family structure through this therapeutic approach to combating PTSD.Horses are prey animals responding to new and potentially dangerous situations with a flight or fight response, most often flight. Due to their natural instincts and intuitiveness, horses can sense the anxiety, frustration, and stress of someone approaching them. They are considered mirrors to your current emotional state, meaning approaching a horse in a calm and relaxed manner; the horse will remain calm and relaxed. However, if a horse is approached by someone that is tense and unsure the horse becomes tense and unsure, then responds by their natural instinct of either flight or fight.Horses pay attention to our body language, and react accordingly. One of the strategies for helping service members with PTSD through the use of horses is to help them understand the way they are approaching others and relate their experience back to themselves. Another method is for individuals to learn through the use of therapy horses how to recognize their current emotions and change them. In order to approach the horse, the person has to calm themselves and relax so that the horse will follow suit. Although in the exercise the service member’s goal is to approach, ride, or take care of the horse. They can then apply these goals from the exercises in other areas of their life.Watch and listen as veterans provide testimonials on the use of equine therapy to heal their invisible wounds at the Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, VA. Subscribe to our mailing list for monthly eNewsletterscenter_img This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published March 18, 2016.last_img read more

Go for Gold coach says Jerwin Gaco injury ‘nothing serious’

first_imgPBA IMAGESGo for Gold coach Charles Tiu allayed fears over Jerwin Gaco’s injury, saying that the 37-year-old bruiser is already up and about after going down late in the fourth quarter.“It’s nothing serious,” said Tiu fter the Scratchers fell to Akari-Adamson, 92-98, Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He should be back next game. Nothing serious,” he said.Gaco has been averaging 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in his stint in his three games for Go for Gold. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Pumaren sees PBA potential in Espeleta Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Gaco hit the deck with 1:35 remaining in the game after he collided with Falcons big man Papi Sarr.The veteran forward took time to get up as he held his right thigh as he made his way back to the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGaco’s injury complicated Go for Gold’s belated rally, where it cut what was once a 25-point deficit to as low as six, 86-80, as the ex-pro’s presence was badly missed in the clutch with Clement Leutcheu already fouling out with 4:11 left to play.Tiu, though, expects Gaco to be ready for the Scratchers’ next game against Perpetual next Tuesday. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

World Wrestling Champion Sushil Kumar returns home to a hero welcome

first_imgIndia’s first World Wrestling Champion Sushil Kumar returned home to a hero’s welcome late on Monday night. Many people, including friends and family members of the new poster boy of Indian wrestling, gathered at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport to welcome him. They started celebrating as soon as Kumar came out of the airport. The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist claimed India’s maiden gold medal in the wrestling championship in Moscow on Sunday overpowering home favourite Alan Gogaev in the 66 kg freestyle category. The exciting 3-1 victory in the title bout also made Sushil the first Indian grappler to bag Olympic and World championship medals both. After his gold medal-winning feat at the World Wrestling Championship, Kumar has now set his sights on next month’s Commonwealth Games where he believes India can produce about 15 champions.last_img read more

Gambhir, Laxman fit for NZ Test opener: Dhoni

first_imgThe Indian team’s injury crisis seems to be finally ending with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday announcing the return of first-choice batsmen Gautam Gambhir and V V S Laxman for the opening cricket Test against New Zealand starting here tomorrow.Their return has forced the team to drop Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara but Dhoni feels the move would not be a de-motivating factor for the duo.”As far as Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara are concerned, they replaced Gautam Gambhir and V V S Laxman. And when you have players like that, when they come back into the team they will find a place in the final eleven. I don’t think it’s very de-motivating (for Vijay and Pujara),” Dhoni said at the pre-match media conference in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.Vijay utilised the opportunity he got in Gambhir’s absence and slammed his maiden Test hundred (139) and also put on a crucial triple century stand with Sachin Tendulkar to help India recover from a poor start and win over Australia in their previous Test at Bangalore last month.Pujara too played in an attacking fashion to score a dazzling 72 in the same game when India chased a tricky 200-plus fourth innings target and achieved it with plenty to spare to complete a 2-0 whitewash over Australia.Dhoni said both the youngsters knew they will have to sit out with the main players back and available for selection in the final eleven for the clash at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera.advertisement”What’s important is they have also realized the fact once these players are back they will be in the playing eleven and they will have to miss out the game. At the same time it’s good that they got the chance to play at the international level.”Good thing is that Vijay has always done well whenever he’s played for the Indian team. And Pujara also, in the last game he batted really well in the second innings,” the India skipper said.He also advised the duo to utilise the free time away from action to work on their strengths and iron out any weaknesses.”They can work on their strengths as well as their weaknesses, which they think will affect them in performing very well. It’s a good exposure and I don’t think it’s de-motivating they won’t be playing in this game,” he added.For Dhoni, it was not the inconsistent displays of the seamers bowling in tandem with spearhead Zaheer Khan which is the worrying factor, but the injuries that have forced the team to constantly shuffle the pace pack.”For me the major concern is about injuries because we have important series coming up. After this series we are going to South Africa and the World Cup is also coming up. If you see the last few series we have played, we have missed key players, especially the bowlers.”(Abhimanyu) Mithun played a game and then missed out. Ishant (Sharma) was in and out and (Shantakumaran) Sreesanth came to Sri Lanka and he was out. That’s also the reason if you see the playing eleven you have Zaheer on one side and the other side the bowlers you see a constant change in them as most of the times they are either not fit or not 100 per cent fit,” Dhoni said.Dhoni said a team can gamble with a less than 100 per cent batsman by playing him, but can’t take the same risk with the bowlers’ fitness.”When it comes to fast bowlers it’s a very demanding job.With a batsman even if he is 70 to 80 per cent fit you can gamble and play him. When it comes to a fast bowler it gets very difficult especially when you play two fast bowlers and two spinners, which means if you miss one bowler in the middle of a Test match it becomes difficult to bowl those 90 overs (in a day). So the major concern is the injuries and hopefully no people would get injured at least till the World Cup,” he said.Dhoni hoped the wicket would be turning and he, after losing a few tosses, would win it on Thursday.But he also pointed out that the team has grown in confidence after chasing well on the last two occasions against Australia on wickets of uneven bounce due to the track’s wear and tear after India lost the toss.”Hopefully it will be a turner. Actually it looks like it has less grass compared to the last Sri Lanka game we played and a lot less than the South Africa game we played. It looks like a normal Indian track”.advertisement”Certainly it’s important to win the toss. I have lost quite a few tosses. In India it’s considered that the fourth innings is the toughest to score runs, which means the batsmen have to bat cautiously. Even if they are set, one odd delivery can get you out.”You can get a low bouncing delivery or a bit more bounce than the other delivery. It (batting well in the fourth innings) definitely adds to the confidence of the batting unit as a whole.”But at the same time in India you always want to bat first and push the opposition to bat last. Which means they have to counter that extra bounce and turn when it comes to the spin attack. And a bit more reverse swing when it comes to seam bowling,” he added.He expressed hope that Sachin Tendulkar would complete his 50th Test century in the match. Dhoni also expects out-of-form Rahul Dravid to regain his touch and score many runs.”Hopefully he will get the milestone here and we will certainly celebrate. We are always prepared for celebrations. I don’t think it’s very difficult to arrange for a celebration in India especially with the kind of reputations cricketers have got and the adulations we get, (but) what is important is to concentrate on the game.About Dravid, Dhoni said that a great player like the Bangalore stalwart would go on and score big once he gets set.”Not really (about his recent drought of runs). He’s a great player. He’s always bounced back from situations like these. We are not worried too much about it. Once he sets in he gets a big score. He’s looking very good in the nets and expecting good runs from him,” the India captain said.Dravid had a poor Test series in Sri Lanka where his highest score was 44 and he mustered only 95 runs in three Tests. His performance against Australia in the last series was a lot better with 77 in the opening Test at Mohali his highest in four innings, but still way below his best run in the recent past.Dhoni also welcomed the decision of former captain Anil Kumble and ex-India pacer Javagal Srinath to contest the Karnataka State Cricket Association’s elections as he felt those who have played for India would show a lot of understanding about the problems of cricketers.”Cricketers coming back into the mainstream of administration is good because they are the ones who have seen everything. Senior cricketers have seen Indian cricket change.As you play for your first class teams, at times you don’t get (train) reservation and you have to travel without reservation to play the games.”At the same time they have seen 5 star facilities and the problem areas which are around cricketers. It’s definitely a good sign as in this way they can give much more to cricket and society. They understand the problems much better. But it doesn’t mean the administrators right now are not understanding the problems,” he said.advertisementThe Indian captain cautioned against taking the New Zealand team lightly on the basis of their poor display in the recent ODI series in Bangladesh where they were thrashed 0-4 by the minnows.”Biggest mistake is if you take any side lightly. I think they are a good side. They have got good international Players who have performed almost everywhere they have played. We are not thinking about Whatever happened in Bangladesh. We need to do well. We won’t take them lightly,” he said.The Indian stumper also brushed aside reports in the media that Harbhajan Singh, who practised hard on Tuesday and Wednesday, had suffered a finger injury.”There are no issues on the fitness front as of now. All players are fit and available for selection,” he declared.Dhoni maintained the team members were focusing on the game at hand and not concentrating about the team’s number one ranking in Tests.”I think winning the game is closer to our hearts than the number one ranking. When you win the game the ratings take care of themselves. I don’t think many players in this side or the support staff are bothered too much about the ranking. But what we are bothered about is how we do on the field, whether we have prepared well for the game and planned well for the opposition and accordingly put 100 per cent on the field,” he said.”Even if the opposition on that day scores more runs than your side it?s still ok as at times at international levels you can still be outplayed. You have to accept the fact,” he added.last_img read more

World Rugby’s Sydney meetings will struggle to resolve anything

first_imgThe need for clubs to be involved in any change is highlighted by a reason the friendly format is failing – the drift of players from the south to the north. It may prove easier to decide what future Novembers and Julys will look like than to resolve a key question: how should the proceeds from more competitive fixtures be shared?At the moment the match hosts receive all the gate receipts, broadcasting income, commercial deals, apart from a fourth international where the visiting union receives a fee. One reason the All Blacks’ appearances in England and Wales this decade have become less frequent is because of the New Zealand union’s £3m demand.The southern hemisphere nations have long lobbied for income from tier one matches, including Lions tours, to be pooled and shared out. It would raise the turnover of all four and help them retain players. However the European unions, which attract bigger crowds, have consistently refused to entertain the idea.A friendly revamp with a competitive element would resurrect the issue, especially if there were an overall title sponsor. Europe has found that its greater financial muscle has weakened the international game to the point where to carry on and change nothing would be to redden balance sheets here. Read more Share on Pinterest World Rugby’s Bill Beaumont and Agustin Pichot, chairman and vice-chairman respectively, are leading the push for reform, with the latter the more voluble after declaring that international rugby was heading for the scrapheap unless there was a fundamental overhaul.At its urging, World Rugby is setting up a professional game committee, made up of tier one and two nations, and is establishing a professional game forum that will meet every year. It will be made up of delegates from unions, clubs and players’ associations and it fulfils a promise made last year in San Francisco to take a collaborative approach to the issues.There will be major changes made to the international calendar and making the November and July windows competitive will add to the load on players.While there would still be three weekends in each month governed by World Rugby’s regulation on player release, coaches would want two weeks of preparation time. That would make 10 weeks in all which, added to the nine weeks players spend with their countries during the Six Nations, would mean the Test game took up half a season in the non-World Cup years between 2020 and 2032.Leagues in Europe are attracting the interest of private equity companies who see untapped income in commercial rights. But maximising potential would mean clubs having their leading players for longer than they do now. There does not look to be any scope for a club competition between the best in the hemispheres. Warren Gatland ‘bricking’ himself over attempts to go out on a high with Wales Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp A new tournament – and that word should be used in the loosest sense because whatever is devised will not be an all-inclusive version of the Six Nations or Rugby Championship – would offer value to backers because it had no past.The Six Nations continues to look for a new title sponsor two years after RBS gave notice. On the surface, it should be easy to sell: it is the sport’s most popular tournament outside the World Cup, playing to packed houses, it is on terrestrial TV and generates large audiences, it is steeped in tradition and its popularity is not defined by the quality of rugby produced.Yet, little more than four months before the start of the 2019 championship, they have still been unable to command the price they want. The uncertainty over Brexit is a factor but, as RBS found, the Six Nations, like the FA Cup, does not lend itself to a sponsor’s name in the title and backers expect a return.The point of the Sydney summit, and Pichot’s outburst this month, was to underline the primacy of international rugby, but at a period of flux it is not that simple. If there is a way out, clubs and unions have to walk along the same path, not on parallel lines.• This is an extract from our weekly rugby union email, the Breakdown. To subscribe just visit this page and follow the instructions. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Read more Share on LinkedIncenter_img features Joe Marler rocks England’s World Cup plans with international retirement Support The Guardian The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. More than 75% of the income generated globally by rugby union comes from the international game. It is the reason why those who run the sport, World Rugby, are this week gathered in Sydney pondering how to reinvigorate all the Test rugby that takes place between World Cups.Friendly matches, which make up 56% of Test fixtures, are losing their allure. Teams arrive on tour at the end of long, arduous seasons, often below strength and not at their most motivated. New Zealand remain a draw but Australia and South Africa, who have lost dozens of players to clubs in Europe and Japan, have mutated from vaunted to vulnerable.The series of World Rugby committee meetings this week will resolve nothing. Much has been made this week of a plan to establish a 12-strong League of Nations competition in November, played over five weeks. But it is one of a number of ideas that are being considered before the governing body’s meeting in November. What is eventually decided will look a lot different: a commitment made last year was for more fixtures between tier one and two countries. Share via Email Topics Share on Facebook Rugby union The Breakdown Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Le secteur privé soutient la NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgIl est désormais beaucoup plus facile de promouvoir la Nouvelle-Écosse comme étant la meilleure région pour investir, travailler, vivre, s’éduquer et visiter grâce au soutien de 25 entreprises de la province. Le premier ministre provincial Rodney MacDonald a accueilli aujourd’hui, 17 mai, plusieurs nouveaux membres au sein de l’équipe responsable de l’initiative Come to life. Ces membres, lesquels comprennent des entreprises, des associations, des institutions scolaires et la capitale de la province, se sont engagés à soutenir cette initiative, laquelle a été mise en place pour faire connaître la Nouvelle-Écosse et favoriser la croissance économique de cette province. « Ces organismes, institutions et entreprises font partie de nos meilleurs ambassadeurs. Ils ont choisi la Nouvelle-Écosse comme port d’attache et connaissent une vraie réussite. Ils se joignent aujourd’hui à l’équipe de la charte pour favoriser la prospérité, créer des emplois et multiplier les perspectives, » a déclaré le premier ministre. Les nouveaux membres ont signé la charte au cours d’une cérémonie organisée dans le World Trade and Convention Centre d’Halifax. Ces membres sont les suivants : Université Acadia, Antigonish Regional Development Authority, Chambre de commerce d’Antigonish, Black Business Initiative, Bluenose Coast, BioNova, Nova Scotia Community Business Development Corporations, Coastal Communities Network, Colchester Regional Development Agency, Université Dalhousie, Destination Halifax, Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia, Grand Pré Winery, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, Marché des fermiers d’Halifax, The Hawk 101.5, HB Studios, Isle Madame Confections Inc., MedMira, Oak Island Resort, Strait Area Chamber of Commerce, Taste of Nova Scotia, WearWell Garments, ZedEvents, xwave. « Nous sommes très heureux de pouvoir nous joindre à cette initiative, » a déclaré Hermes Chan, président et PDG de MedMira, « notre technologie d’essai rapide est de plus en plus connue dans le monde entier. Les personnes avec qui nous traitons nous demandent souvent pourquoi nous avons choisi de nous installer en Nouvelle-Écosse. » « Pour MedMira, la réponse est simple : la communauté scientifique et universitaire est très importante, ainsi que les possibilités de collaboration avec celle-ci; l’expertise de la N.-É. et ses capacités dans le domaine de la santé sont parmi les meilleures au monde, et le gouvernement est très actif et soutient les industries de la province. » La réputation de la Nouvelle-Écosse en ce qui concerne l’éducation s’améliore de jour en jour. Grâce au soutien d’institutions comme les Universités Acadia, Dalhousie et Saint Mary’s ce message peut être communiqué au niveau national et international. « L’Université Acadia attire des étudiants de plus de 60 pays, » a déclaré Gail Dinter-Gottlieb, directrice de cette université. « La qualité de vie que l’on trouve en Nouvelle-Écosse, alliée aux perspectives économiques qui s’offrent aux jeunes, facilite le recrutement des meilleurs étudiants dans le monde entier. L’un des rôles les plus importants que l’Université Acadia peut jouer est d’offrir à la province des jeunes gens bien formés et ambitieux qui permettront de préserver la réputation de la N.-É. comme étant l’un des meilleurs endroits au monde pour vivre, travailler et se divertir. » « Ces institutions forment l’élite de demain. Nous devons donc veiller à ce que les Néo-Écossais et le monde entier soient informés sur la qualité de nos écoles, » a déclaré M. MacDonald, premier ministre provincial; « nous devons également nous assurer que nos étudiants soient informés sur les perspectives qui s’offrent à eux, ici, en N.-É., et qu’ils puissent faire profiter à la province de leurs connaissances et de leur savoir-faire. » Grâce à ces nouveaux membres, l’initiative Come to life comprend désormais 49 membres. La charte qui a été mis en place officialise l’engagement du public, et du secteur privé, pour promouvoir la Nouvelle-Écosse et sa richesse. En tant que membre de la charte, chaque organisme et entreprise consent à promouvoir et soutenir cette initiative. Les premiers membres de la charte sont les suivants : Brain Repair Centre, Credit Union Atlantic, Acadian Seaplants, Université Saint Mary’s, Eassons Transport Ltd., Michelin, Oxford Frozen Foods, Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Canada – Division de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Glenora Inn and Distillery, Cape Breton Partnership, C-Vision, EastLink Television, Aéroport international d’Halifax, Greater Halifax Partnership, EduNova, International Language Institute, High Liner Foods Incorporated, Scotia Slate, Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association, Credit Union Central, Atlantic Superstore, Heritage Gas, Alexander Keith’s, et RCR Hospitality Group. Pour en savoir plus, veuillez visiter le site suivant : www.novascotialife.com .last_img read more

Duped women go after charming alleged con manEverything he said was a

first_imgIt started with a chance encounter in a coffee shop. He was charming and attractive, and everything he said mirrored her life.The relationship developed into a romance but the seduction ended months later in apparent deception, an elaborate scheme by an alleged serial con man to whom she lost thousands of dollars.“Everything he said to me was a lie,” says Andrea Speranza, an athletic 49-year-old with long brown hair. “I couldn’t understand how he could make love to me with the sole purpose of ripping me off.”She has since found multiple alleged victims of Marcel Andre Vautour, a man with a criminal record, warrants for his arrest and several aliases.His suspected victims say he targets busy career women between the ages of 45 and 50, leaving a trail of broken hearts and empty bank accounts across the country.The Canadian Press has spoken with three women across the country who say they fell victim to his romantic schemes, and one man who was promised a job and ended up losing tens of thousands of dollars. Each alleged victim has positively identified photos of the same person.Vautour did not respond to requests for comment by phone, email or social media. None of the new allegations against him have been proven in court.Speranza says she’s sharing her story to prevent more people from falling victim to his alleged scams.“I want to stop him from hurting more people,” Speranza says. “I’m going to catch a criminal.”Originally from Ontario, Speranza had a hardscrabble childhood.Despite her hard upbringing, she graduated from university and moved to Nova Scotia, where she became a firefighter and one of the first female captains in Halifax.Speranza has dedicated her life to helping others, running an award-winning camp that educates girls about emergency services careers.When she met a man who called himself March Hebert last summer, they seemed like kindred spirits.He told her a story about his difficult family life, saying his parents struggled with addictions. But he turned his life around, worked on offshore oil rigs, and purchased hundreds of acres in rural Nova Scotia to build a youth-at-risk facility.“It was almost like everything about my life he was saying back to me,” Speranza says.She says she now realizes it wasn’t a chance encounter. He targeted her, she says, using a well-honed script and asking pointed questions to develop a plan.It started off very casually — she wasn’t looking for a relationship. But she was attracted to his desire to help youth and to give back to the community.The five-foot-eight, 185-pound man with green eyes and a disarming smile eventually persuaded her to hang out. They went hiking and kayaking, and attended charity events.He told her she was beautiful. She made him a better person. She was the best thing that ever happened to him. He was falling hard and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.“Everything was just perfect,” she says. “He was super accommodating and helpful and complimentary. Nothing I could say or do was wrong.”Speranza now believes he targeted her to invest in his apparently fabricated youth-at-risk facility. When she instead offered to help him apply for grants, she believes he implemented an exit strategy.He said he suffered from Crohn’s disease and one day he called her to say he’d been hospitalized.She recalls him saying he was OK, but his wallet had been stolen. He needed money to buy costly medication. Then he had to go to Toronto to get his dog from his ex, and borrowed money for a train ticket and hotel room. He promised to pay her back.She gave him $5,000.“He ghosted me after that,” Speranza says, adding that he never repaid her. “I pride myself on good decisions. But I had no inkling whatsoever.”She filed a police report and encouraged another alleged victim she met, Jean-Baptiste Joachin, to do the same.The French citizen had met Vautour at a hostel in Quebec City and had travelled with him to Halifax, where he was promised a job on an offshore rig.Joachin allegedly paid Vautour thousands of dollars for training courses. He also opened up Canadian bank accounts and credit cards, which Vautour had access to.By the time Vautour skipped town last fall, Joachin had lost $30,000.“He completely blindsided me,” Joachin said. “Everything he told me was bullshit.”Halifax police spokesman John MacLeod confirmed the force has received two complaints of fraud based on case file numbers provided to The Canadian Press by Speranza and Joachin. But he said one incident had been closed while the second was deemed a civil matter.Meanwhile, Speranza has discovered more alleged victims in other provinces through social media. They exchanged photos of the fraudster to confirm his identity, and have shared information about their cases.Together, they’ve pieced together a string of allegations against Vautour across the country.The Canadian Press has contacted police forces, court houses and justice departments in several provinces and has confirmed he’s a wanted man with a criminal past.Documents obtained from Quebec’s Justice Department show Vautour pleaded guilty in 2005 to unauthorized use of credit card data and received a suspended sentence of one year’s probation.In 2015, Quebec courts issued an arrest warrant for Vautour for fraud.Victoria Law Courts confirmed a warrant for the arrest of Vautour was issued in 2001, and executed in 2009. He pleaded guilty in August 2009 to obtaining by false pretence and served a six-month conditional sentence in the community, followed by two and half years of probation.Meanwhile, West Kelowna RCMP said they are aware of a recent incident and have a police file open on the matter. But spokesman Jesse O’Donaghey said specific details are not released until charges are laid by Crown counsel.The Winnipeg Police Service confirmed Vautour is currently the subject of two arrest warrants. Const. Rob Carver said the charges pending from 1998 include possession of goods obtained by crime over $5,000 and personation.Records from the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick indicate Vautour was charged in 1996 with stealing a Volkswagen Jetta in Dieppe.Despite efforts by law enforcement, some alleged victims have launched their own investigations — even hiring a private investigator.They’ve tracked down more than 20 phone numbers, 10 email addresses and multiple physical addresses used by Vautour in Canada and overseas.The alleged victims have even narrowed down his method.They say he told them all variations on a theme: He had a successful career either working on offshore rigs, as a remotely operated underwater vehicle operator, or running companies.He claimed he made it big investing in precious metals, cryptocurrency and cannabis, the alleged victims say. He said he owned a white convertible Porsche, a Ford F-350 truck, a baby blue Aston Martin. He even had pictures to show off his upscale possessions.“He had money and was well-travelled,” says Jodi McMullin, a woman from the Okanagan area of B.C. who met him on a dating site in January 2018.The whirlwind romance moved quickly, and they began planning a future together.He told her he had been working in Vietnam and wanted to stay with her in Canada. But he had tax issues, and needed help cashing a business cheque.The businesswoman offered to help him out. When she had doubts, he was always ready with an explanation.“Every time I questioned him on something, he had a response right away,” she says. “There was never any hesitation.”She provided him with her bank account number, and he deposited a cheque and then pressured her to transfer him the money, she says.McMullin acquiesced and then left for a wedding in the U.S. When she returned, the cheque — which she later learned was a fake purchased online — bounced, she says.“He ended up stealing just over $45,000 from me,” she says. “My trust is shot. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about it.”Speranza is determined to bring the man she knew as March to justice, launching www.stopthemarchmadness.com in the hopes of preventing romance fraud and encouraging more potential victims to come forward with anecdotes, stories and possible charges against Vautour.“This man ruins people’s lives and I am in the business of saving people’s lives,” the firefighter says. “I have to stop him.”Brett Bundale, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Guillaume Laurin, Patrice Laliberté and Julie Groleau pose for a photo in Montreal on Monday, November 19, 2018. The three comprise the upstart filmmaking team selected to make the first Netflix original feature film out of Quebec. It’s the latest product of a pledge by the streaming service giant to spend $500 million over five years on Canadian productions. (Christopher Reynolds/Canadian Press) “It was a very desperate time. If this project didn’t work, I would have quit for good,” he said.Ten months later he found himself meeting with a Netflix representative in a downtown Toronto hotel lobby.Netflix is a particularly puzzling and difficult company in terms of adapting Canadian policy to actually capturing this new business model.– Rosalie Wyonch, C.D. Howe Institute“At some point we asked, ‘So, do we know when we might have a green light or not?’ And she just extended her hand,” Laliberté recalled, smiling.“She said, ‘If it wasn’t 11 a.m. we’d be popping champagne.”’Laliberté, an upstart director with no full-length credits to his name, is part of the small film-making team selected to make the first Netflix original feature film out of Quebec. It’s the latest development of a pledge by the global television powerhouse to spend $500 million over five years on Canadian productions, a number Netflix recently said it will exceed.Boon, or bust?Welcomed by some as a boon to a subsidy-dependent film industry, the announcement in September 2017 was not without controversy, particularly in Quebec.Then-federal heritage minister Melanie Joly drew criticism for opting not to require the California-based company to charge sales tax on its subscriptions, as its domestic competitors are required to do.Netflix also sidestepped the rules that apply to the country’s broadcasting companies, landing outside regulations to funnel a portion of their revenues to the creation of Canadian programming.It did agree to shell out $25 million on a strategy to develop the francophone and cultural minority market, but avoided any contractual obligations to do so.“Netflix is a particularly puzzling and difficult company in terms of adapting Canadian policy to actually capturing this new business mode,” said Rosalie Wyonch, a policy analyst at the C.D. Howe Institute.Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission regulations require broadcasters to air a certain percentage of Canadian content. Netflix, however, doesn’t control the amount of content that gets streamed — its subscribers determine that daily.Whether Netflix should pay into the Canadian Media Fund, as the country’s cable and satellite distributors are required to do, is similarly fuzzy, Wyonch said, since the company has claimed it would not have access to the fruits of that fund.Ottawa launched an expert panel last June to review broadcasting and telecommunications laws, with an eye to including Netflix in cultural funding requirements. An interim report is due in June 2019.Current rules also allow streaming services that do not maintain a physical presence in Canada to avoid collecting or remitting federal or provincial sales taxes.The European Union, Australia and Japan have all levelled the playing field among foreign and domestic digital service providers, taxing them similarly. Quebec is on track to do likewise in January, slapping a provincial sales tax on any purchases from Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and other online services based abroad.“The key question is, would this movie have been made anyway, without the no-tax deal with Ottawa?” Wyonch said. “Netflix is a global company. French is not exactly a small language.”Netflix produces films and television shows in more than 20 countries, dubbing and subtitling them as part of a content budget of between $12 billion and $13 billion, Wyonch said. That beats HBO’s expenditures several times over.‘Refreshing’ alternativeHelene Messier, head of an association that represents 150 independent Quebec production companies in film, television and online, called the Quebec announcement “excellent news,” with a qualifier.“I hope it’s an indication of many more contributions. I think that we won’t know until a few years from now,” she said. “But I think that they understand our market and what our creative people have to offer.”For Laliberté and the six-year-old Couronne Nord — a Montreal production house whose name refers to the off-island suburbs where he and his two-colleagues grew up — the arrival of Netflix offers a “really refreshing” alternative to the go-to sources of funding in Quebec, primarily the SODEC funding agency and Telefilm Canada.“It’s a game-changer in Montreal,” said Guillaume Laurin, the film’s 28-year-old content producer.“Private funding doesn’t exist; it’s not in the cultural mindset. And the market is so small. It’s not like in the United States, where everything is privately funded.”The filmmakers aim to evoke the province’s “nordicite,” roughly translated as “northernness.”“We’re living six months a year in this, and it’s rarely appearing on screen,” Laliberté said. “For me, since college it was a dream to make films in a winter landscape.”Laliberté, creatively inspired by the nationalist rhetoric and “end-of-the-world” conspiracy theories mushrooming on social media, said he hopes to draw on work by directors from Terrence Malick to Stanley Kubrick to evoke the paranoid mindset and militaristic lifestyle of a survivalist camp.“With climate change or with economic situations, people start to have fear…fear of the other,” said Laliberté, who won the Toronto International Film Festival award for best Canadian short film with “Overpass” in 2015.“It’s not a chill, Netflix film,” he said, joking that the working title is just that: “Netflix film.”By Christopher Reynolds | The Canadian Press A year ago, Patrice Laliberté was on the verge of abandoning his film career and starting down a more stable path.“I was going to work in video games or something else, I didn’t know. I was thinking, ‘How am I going to even pay for Christmas presents?’”With a fistful of dollars from a commercial, the 32-year-old Montrealer decided to give film directing a final go, hunkering down to tweak a script about a group of survivalists in the frigid Quebec outback.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Odisha has become centre of unemployment: Rahul

first_imgBhubaneswar: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that Odisha has become the centre of unemployment while attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for failing to provide jobs to youth in the state. “Odisha has become the centre of unemployment as most of its youths are migrating to other states in search of jobs,” Gandhi said while addressing party workers in Bargarh district. He said that there were 1.5 lakh government posts, 30,000 school teacher posts and 5,000 medical staff posts vacant in the state. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Gandhi assured that the Congress will fill up the vacancies once the party comes to power in the state. The Congress President also raised the chit fund and mining scam issues to target the state’s Biju Janata Dal government. “Rs 5,000 crore was looted from the people by the chit fund companies and Naveen Patnaik handed over Rs 50,000 crore to his friends through the mining scam. I want to assure you that whoever looted public money, we will take action and provide justice.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Citing examples of loan waiver and raising minimum support prices (MSP) on paddy in Chhattisgarh, Gandhi said his party not only made promises but also kept them. “The Chief Minister had promised to set up cold storages and provide irrigation facilities but farmers here continue to commit suicide. Similarly, the Prime Minister also raised farmers’ issues in all his speeches but unconcerned about waiving off farm loans,” he said. Terming the Goods and Service Tax (GST) as “Gabbar Singh Tax”, Gnadhi said it will be a simple tax after Congress forms the government at the Centre.last_img read more

UN official calls for calm in southern Sudan after outbreak of violence

12 December 2008The top United Nation official in Sudan today called for calm following yesterday’s fatal incident involving Sudanese military battalions and police units in the Abyei area, which was beset by conflict earlier this year. Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, asked all parties and residents of the area to offer their full support to the Abyei administration in restoring law and order after the incident, which led to one death and several injuries among the units that integrate members of the Sudanese military and the former southern rebels known as the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).The so-called joint integrated units (JIUs) and joint integrated police unit (JIPUs) were established under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the country’s decades-long civil war.Deadly fighting broke out in May in Abyei, an oil-rich area in central Sudan whose status was not fully resolved under the CPA, leading to a peace agreement the following month aimed at restoring stability to the region and spurring civilians who had fled as a result of the violence to start to return.Mr. Qazi strongly urged the parties to take all necessary measures to avoid any further outbreaks of violence, and to ensure that the incident does not impede the peaceful implementation of the Abyei road map, according to a press release from the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). read more

Canadian Tire signs deal to buy sportswear maker Helly Hansen for 985

TORONTO — Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. has signed a deal to buy Helly Hansen, a maker of sportswear and workwear based in Norway, for $985 million.Under the deal for the company controlled by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Canadian Tire also assume $50 million in debt.The retailer said outdoor and workwear are core products in its stores and it has had a long history with Helly Hansen as one of its largest customers.“For more than 10 years, Helly Hansen has been an exceptional fit with CTC and this acquisition will strengthen our assortment across all of our banners,” Canadian Tire chief executive Stephen Wetmore said in a statement.“With our capabilities and Helly Hansen’s trusted global brand and management team, we see tremendous opportunity for CTC and Helly Hansen, in Canada and internationally.”Helly Hansen CEO Paul Stoneham and the management team, based in Norway, are expected to continue to lead the business.“CTC provides us with the ideal platform to further accelerate our growth trajectory and also strengthen our Canadian presence. This is a great opportunity for Helly Hansen and our team,” Stoneham said.“As a Canadian, I am particularly proud to say that Canadian Tire is the new home for Helly Hansen.”The deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, was announced as Canadian Tire reported its first-quarter profit slipped compared with a year ago due to one-time accelerated depreciation charge.Canadian Tire reported a profit attributable to shareholders of $78 million or $1.18 per share for the quarter, down from $87.5 million or $1.24 per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $2.81 billion, up from $2.72 billion in the same quarter last year.Consolidated same store sales were up 5.2 per cent in the quarter as Canadian Tire gained 5.8 per cent, Mark’s added 3.4 per cent and FGL, which includes the Sport Chek banner, gained 3.9 per cent. read more

Whos To Blame For The Nationals Implosion

Yunel Escobar2.320.3 Ian Desmond1.52.8-1.3 How Takedown on the Nationals’ collapseSubscribe to the full podcast on iTunes. We also can’t dismiss the impact of chemistry, even if it can’t yet be measured in any rigorous way. Sabermetricians are normally hesitant to entertain such explanations, but there’s some evidence that things were getting tense in the Nationals’ clubhouse. There was a midseason trade for a notorious veteran (closer Jonathan Papelbon), which preceded a stretch of poor performance. Over and above correlation, however, Papelbon has blown several saves and literally tried to choke the team’s best player in the dugout.A similarly undetermined factor is the team’s coaching, in particular manager Matt Williams. Anecdotally, Williams has seen a number of poor strategic decisions cost his team wins, but we lack a definitive stat to measure managerial performance, even at a basic level.Even in a worst-case scenario, the Nationals should have had enough talent to qualify for a wild card spot. Instead, they’ll be watching the Mets compete for the World Series, and they don’t have any one person to blame. Whether by bad luck, injuries, mismanagement or poor chemistry, the Nationals let a chance at contention slip through their fingers in an unparalleled breakdown. NAMEWARPROJECTED WARDIFFERENCE Where to begin with the Washington Nationals? How does a team that was projected to win 95 games finish so far from the playoffs? How does a team with Max Scherzer and two of the best young players in baseball, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, muddle their way through the second half of the season? How does a team allow an inside-the-park grand slam? How does a team watch its imported closer attack its best player and then send the closer back onto the field to finish the game?The Nationals were a consensus pick to win the National League East, both by experts and by statistical analysis. Only 27 other teams since 2003 have had a better win-total projection than the Nationals’ 90.8 this year, according to my calculations.1To calculate this, I used a measure of preseason team strength that my FiveThirtyEight colleague Neil Paine built from a combination of Vegas odds, regressed Pythagorean records from the two prior years, and PECOTA projections. The Dodgers were the only team with a better projected win total than the Nats this season. When you consider that baseball currently lives in an era of unprecedented parity,2In an earlier article, Neil and I found that the spread in team strengths was growing smaller over time, possibly related to the change in playoff structure. the Nationals’ dominance becomes even more pronounced: The Nationals, who were projected to be 1.81 standard deviations better than average, were supposed to be a juggernaut at a time when such teams have become extinct.And yet on Saturday, the Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention. If you examine only teams with preseason win projections as high as the Nationals’ since 2003, just two teams have imploded as much: the 2009 Chicago Cubs and the 2004 New York Mets.3Since this season has not concluded yet, I used the FanGraphs projected full season standings for the actual win totals for the 2015 Nationals and Dodgers. The Nationals are forecast to win 83 games. After adjusting for the smaller spread in team talent in recent years, no team has been projected so high and fallen so far as these 2015 Nationals. But we don’t know exactly why it happened. The breakdown came in a weak division,4All the teams in the NL East combined scored two fewer runs than their opponent per game, easily the worst of any division in the game. and over the second half of the season, the Nationals had the second-easiest schedule in baseball and still managed to run a sub-.500 record.Don’t blame the pitchers, though. The Nationals built a formidable rotation and an adequate bullpen that tallied 20.0 wins above replacement, good for sixth in all of baseball. (All WAR stats in this piece were current as of Monday.) One could argue that even this excellent performance is underwhelming, given preseason hopes. But at least for the starting rotation, the pitching has matched the projections almost exactly.5Using the projection system Steamer, the top five starters were predicted to achieve 15.7 WAR and have managed to get 16.4. Wilson Ramos0.52.8-2.3 Danny Espinosa2.20.31.9 Jayson Werth02.8-2.8 Michael Taylor1-0.11.1 Clint Robinson0.100.1 Anthony Rendon0.93.9-3 Bryce Harper9.74.15.6 Ryan Zimmerman0.63-2.4 Blame the hitters instead. The Nationals’ position players have accrued 19.0 WAR, placing them 15th in MLB, sandwiched between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays. Of this total, more than half has been provided by likely-MVP Harper alone. Arguably the most disappointing years belong to second baseman Anthony Rendon (0.9 WAR), shortstop Ian Desmond (1.5), and outfielder Jayson Werth (0). The trio was predicted to produce almost one Bryce Harper’s worth of value (9.5 WAR) but have thus far combined for only 2.4 wins. Close the deficit between their projections and actual production, and it would be like adding another MVP candidate to the team. read more

Perth Mint joins push to promote heart of gold

first_imgAustralia’s oldest gold refinery has united with the gold industry’s newest association to promote the critical role the precious metal sector plays in the Western Australian economy. Perth Mint Chief Operating Officer David Woodford said The Perth Mint is proud to partner with the Gold Industry Group representing the interests of gold producers, explorers, prospectors and suppliers to the trade. “We welcome this opportunity to partner with the Gold Industry Group to further the understanding of the broader gold industry, the drivers of demand for physical gold, and the forces shaping the current market.“Refining gold since 1899, The Perth Mint is one of the world’s leading precious metals businesses and is a reminder of the State’s golden beginnings and the continuing importance of gold,” Woodford said.Gold Industry Group Chairman Norman Moore said he was delighted to welcome The Perth Mint as a major partner. “We are looking forward to working with The Perth Mint to strengthen our efforts to build a united voice for the gold industry in Western Australia. Together, we can really make a difference to promote the significant social and economic contribution the sector makes and ensure the long term sustainability of the industry.”The Perth Mint will be presenting on behalf of the Gold Industry Group at the 2015 Precious Metals Symposium in Sydney on Tuesday, October 27 at 12.15 pm (EST).WA’s gold mines produce more than 70% of Australia’s gold, and the industry directly employs more than 20,000 Western Australians. In 2014 gold was the second most valuable mineral in Western Australia with production sales of A$8.7 billion accounting for 85% of all mineral sales. Gold is our third largest export industry, totalling A$13 billion in exports last year.More than 70% of Australian gold royalties are paid to the Government of Western Australia and in 2014 more than A$300 million in state royalties and taxes were paid.The Gold Industry Group is a single commodity, member-based, independent industry body governed by a Board of Directors. It represents the interests of gold producers, explorers, prospectors and suppliers in Australia to achieve a united voice for the gold industry.The focus is on promoting gold’s importance and its significant contribution to the community and economy; championing gold-related educational and community initiatives; and promoting gold as an investment and asset class.Members of the Gold Industry Group include Gold Fields, Doray Minerals, Norton Gold Fields, Ramelius Resources, Gold Road Resources, ABC Refinery and Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry. www.goldindustrygroup.com.aulast_img read more

New GAA championship proposals wont be voted on until after 2014 Congress

first_imgTHE FRC’S INNOVATIVE proposals to restructure the GAA’s provincial championships will not be voted on until after the 2014 Congress.GAA President Liam O’Neill confirmed yesterday that the proposals will be discussed at January’s Central Council meeting but they will not be on the agenda for next year’s Congress – which takes place in February.“We have a Central Council meeting in January and decide what the process is from there. An Coiste Bainistí will be made aware of it immediately, our meeting is next Friday.“We’ll decide, depending on what the initial reaction to it is where it’ll go. But it won’t be going to Congress 2014. I’m not saying when but it’ll be after Congress 2014.“If we decide to go with a Special Congress and that is the feeling we’ll do that but they’re only the possibilities. It certainly won’t be discussed at Congress 2014.”ProvincesFRC chairman Eugene McGee believes the proposals are dependent on the support of the provincial councils. Yet citing the example of his native county Longford, he does not think it would be ‘a seismic change’ for them to move to Connacht.“A lot will depend on the provinces, if all the provinces don’t buy into it then it is going to be very difficult.“For Longford or Westmeath to play in Connacht isn’t a seismic change. They never played there but that’s not the point. The Shannon divides Longford and Roscommon. Athlone is part a Connacht town – you only have to look at the influence of Buccaneers Rugby Club, they are more influential in Connacht terms.“We don’t know how the Connacht counties will look on this. They may say ‘we are grand the way we are, we don’t want more competition’ so there are a lot of hurdles to be passed. But, in my view, it would certainly leave the Connacht championship much more interesting.”9 things we learned from today’s Football Review Committee reportFootball review committee proposes each province starts with eight teams in championshiplast_img read more

The iPhone X Cant Have My Memoji Face

first_imgStay on target At WWDC 2018 Apple revealed iOS 12 to its trusted developers and the rest of the world. And it sounds pretty promising. Instead of wowing us with gimmicky new features, iOS 12 is meant to improve overall performance of the operating system on a variety of devices. The new features are more expected and welcome than mind-blowing. There’s better photo organization, Siri shortcuts, stats for app usage, upgraded augmented reality, and 32-person rooms for FaceTime.But the most striking new iOS 12 feature is Memoji. Building on last year’s Animoji animated animal emoji, Memoji lets you create a cartoon avatar of your own face you can then animate using the iPhone X’s advanced face-tracking. I’m sure there’s a lot of cute and ironic fun to be had here, but Apple Memoji is asking me to give it a digital version of my face, and as I’ve said before, the iPhone X can’t have my face.Haunted by the ghost of the company’s founder in a theater named after him, Apple revealed not only the marginally improved iPhone 8 and 8 Plus but also the brand new iPhone X, the tech giant’s vision for what a true next-generation iPhone looks like one decade later. I don’t want one.No, it’s not just because the iPhone X costs $1,000, although that wealth would be put to better use redistributed to the poor. No, it’s not just because it doesn’t have a headphone jack, although that’s still unacceptable. And it’s not just because Apple pulled a Windows and skipped from 8 to 10. If anything that’s the coolest thing about the smartphone.The biggest reason I’m immediately turned off by the iPhone X is the feature that, aside from the bezel-free screen, Apple spent the most time boasting about: FaceID facial recognition technology. I’ve enjoyed plenty of Apple products, including my current properly sized iPhone SE. I’ve given a lot to my iPhone including my money, my time, and responsibility for my relationships. But no, Apple, the iPhone X can’t have my face.Granted, the tech behind FaceID is certainly impressive. As suggested by rumors we’ve previously reported, the upgraded front-facing cameras on iPhone X create and store a 3D map of your facial geometry. Despite some on-stage blunders, Apple promises the camera works accurately in a variety of lighting conditions and isn’t stumped by things like hats and scarves and the natural physical ravages of age. With your face data, you can then securely perform a variety of actions like making a payment or unlocking your phone just by staring into its abyss.I don’t ever want to do that. As a tech journalist, I spend a lot of time worrying about my own dependence on technology. So one of the hard lines I draw is refusing to let technology on me or in me. It’s why I’m not a huge fan of wearables like the new Apple Watch also revealed at this press conference. I don’t want to quantify my own body. It weirds me out.However, that doesn’t mean I don’t understand the appeal of other, non-face related ways in which Apple products turn your physical being into hard data. If the commercial shown at the press conference was any clue, lots of folks are benefiting from the Apple Watch’s health-tracking features. Meanwhile, despite my fingerprint paranoia, TouchID (now removed along with the physical home button in favor of FaceID) was a really secure way for you and only you to unlock your device.But even for folks who don’t mind handing over their mugs, is FaceID a truly better option? Apple claims FaceID is exponentially more secure for anyone without an identical twin, able to withstand tricks like face pictures and detailed masks. But will that just make it tougher for legitimate users? And what about different skin tones or people who sustained serious facial injuries? What if I’m wearing an antifa mask? I bet some organizations would love to crack those hidden identities. I can’t think of anything more dystopian than a fight over the right to privacy over a person’s actual unique face. But at least it’s more empathetic than Anomolisa.And if FaceID does work perfectly, that might honestly be the creepier scenario. Along with the security functionality, Apple spent a long time dragging us to Hell with another use of face data called Animoji. Clearly developed during a time when people thought The Emoji Movie would be a big deal, Animoji analyses your face muscles and uses your expressions to puppeteer some 3D versions of classic emojis like the chicken and the poop. Eat your motion-captured chimp heart out, Andy Serkis. Now you can send your friends annoying voice messages spoken through an animated cartoon fox head like a cyber furry or something out of The Futurological Congress. Nope!I don’t mean to sound like a Luddite. I love technology. At the show Apple also demonstrated its advanced smartphone augmented reality ARKit tools, which are a slightly less invasive and much more entertaining way of harvesting real-world visual data around you for virtual fun. And I thought it was just as cool here as it was back on the Nintendo 3DS or HoloLens.But scanning a room for AR isn’t the same as scanning my face for data mining. It’s hard to think of anything more personal to me and my sense of self than literally my specific recognizable handsome Black face. And in the wake of things like the Equifax breach, I just don’t want increasingly granular details of my face available to huge interconnected companies. They already have enough.If you buy one 4K-capable X-branded super-computer this fall, save your face, skip the iPhone X and honestly get an Xbox One X for half the price instead. Or pick up a copy of XXX for your ex. With tech like this, the iPhone X makes me want to take my Face/Off.Buy iPhone XVerizonT-MobileAT&TSprintLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week last_img read more

Chinese carmaker NIO stops traffic for over an hour in Beijing

first_img 49 Photos Tags Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Car Industry Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 12 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle (Hat tip to Autoblog for finding the SCMP story.) Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Nio Eve concept previews an attractive autonomous future Post a comment 52 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 68 Photos Comments 0 69 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness More From Roadshow Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  81 Photos 71 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Enlarge ImageNIO’s been on a roll lately, but this spot of bad press won’t do it any favors in downtown Beijing. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Having your car break down in traffic is always a serious bummer, but if you’re an automaker it has to be way worse, and yet that’s what reportedly happened to Chinese EV startup NIO during a recent test drive in Beijing.According to a report published last week by the South China Morning Post, an unspecified NIO concept car was doing a development drive in downtown Beijing when the car’s driver managed to initiate an over-the-air software update that made the vehicle essentially undrivable until it completed.It’s not clear what made the driver confirm the update, which he presumably did as NIO has stated that the update wouldn’t have happened automatically, but the car was stalled for over an hour while the update downloaded and installed itself. This was in the middle of one of the busiest districts in China’s capital city.Representatives from NIO attempted to explain what happened on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, but mostly just threw the driver under the proverbial bus and reminded us that you should be parked when you initiate an update.Still, despite this minor setback, NIO seems to be powering forward in its drive its drive to become one of the world’s biggest electric vehicle manufacturers, having already launched several production models in China and given an excellent showing at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.NIO didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Share your voice Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Electric Cars Concept Cars,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 12 Photos 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 4 26 Photos 18 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 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House Passes Bill About Municipal Role In Marijuana Regs

first_imgAlaska lawmakers took a step toward clarifying who will regulate the budding marijuana industry.Download AudioThe House passed a bill on Thursday that would help define a municipality’s role in regulating marijuana businesses, add marijuana clubs to the list of regulated marijuana businesses, and allow a municipality to develop some criminal penalties for marijuana.The bill would also enable established villages to prohibit marijuana businesses through an election or ordinance.The bill also clarifies some components of personal use: it would reiterate the ban on public consumption, and set a maximum household limit of 24 marijuana plants if there are three or more residents.An amendment proposed by Rep. Bob Lynn that would have lowered the household limit failed.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

Maharashtra Woman poisons her two children commits suicide

first_imgPalghar: A 30-year-old woman allegedly poisoned her two minor daughters before committing suicide in Palghar district of Maharashtra, police said Monday. While one of the daughters died, the other one was battling for life at a hospital following the incident that took place at Kharonda village on Saturday, an official at Jawahar police station said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Ruksana Dandva, a widow, had four daughters and was apparently suffering from depression after her husband committed suicide by hanging himself a month back, he said. On Saturday, when two of her elder daughters went to school, the woman gave some poison-laced food to the other two children and then herself consumed it, he said. While the woman and her three-year-old daughter Deepali died, the other child, aged eight months, survived and was undergoing treatment at a local hospital where her condition was reported to be critical, the official said. The two other children were kept under the care of their grandparents, he said. A case was registered in connection with the incident, he added.last_img read more