“Camera Tossing” Fad Gets Serious With Nikon Patent

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Multimedia#photography What Nikon Has In MindIn Nikon’s camera toss patent, a velocity sensor and accelerometer would be used to make snapping the picture more precise. Using speed and positioning, the accelerometer should be able to determine when and at what point in the thrown arc the best photo can be captured.Nikon’s patent also addresses the issue of protecting the camera in case you miss it on the way down – incorporating a collapsible lens and an impact resistant frame. Nikon Rumors has a Web-translated version of the patent with diagrams in Japanese that show the gist of how the technology would work.If you’re itching to throw a camera into the air, you may have to risk your current camera for a while. Although Nikon’s patent has been published, there’s no news yet on whether or how soon you’ll be able to catch an actual camera that uses the technology. Among a certain class of shutterbugs, there’s a whole new genre called “camera toss” photography. Nikon knows about the phenomenon, apparently, because last week a patent from the company was published that shows how it’s planning to build this feature into a new kind of camera.What Is Camera Tossing?Camera toss photography, or kinetic photography, is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. You set the timer, toss your camera into the air and hope for the best.It may sound accidental, but done properly, the results can be impressive. So impressive, that the fad has taken on a life of its own. There are several camera toss groups on Flickr, including one with almost 9,000 members. Countless websites, even Wired, have tutorials on camera tossing techniques.That matters, because there are many different “tossing” techniques that can result in different kinds of photos.First, keep in mind that height isn’t the objective. It’s more about arc, rotation and light. The more the camera rotates, the more variation you’ll have and the photo could take on a more abstract look.If you’re able to keep the lens focused on a certain point (say, on you) you could get a neat picture of the ground rotating around the subject.The higher the throw the more ground you cover, the more chaotic the throw, the more erratic the image.Check out these photos from the Camera Tossing Flickr group pool for more examples of the technique can accomplish. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Image credits: Alin S.(top), JohnPaul Golaski (middle) and David Hull (bottom). christina ortiz Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba in New Delhi: Delhi Beat Mumbai 40-24

first_imgHowever, Delhi put up a champion’s performance once they got into the groove. Naveen turned up the heat and was once again the star of the show with his eighth straight Super 10. With this win, Delhi strengthen their position on top of the table with 44 points. This was Delhi’s third straight win at home and they have smashed the home team hinx and how. In the head-to-head battle between Naveen and Atrachali, Naveen came out on top with four raid points while Atrachali got just one tackle point.On the defensive side for Delhi, Ravinder Pahal was the top performance with a massive eight tackle points. For Mumbai, Sandeep Narwal was the best defender with a High 5.Arjun Deshwal with seven raid points was the top raider for U Mumba. Mumba currently occupy the sixth place in the table with 29 points.last_img read more

Chopper issue: CPI seeks probe into political angle

first_imgHyderabad, Apr 28 (PTI) The CPI today said a thorough probe should be conducted into the VVIP chopper scam if it has any political involvement but felt creating ruckus in the Rajya Sabha will not serve any purpose, though it suits the ruling BJP to obfuscate other issues like Uttarkhand.Alleging that BJP does not appear to be serious about inquiry, CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy today said the ruling party had taken up this issue in the Rajya Sabha as Congress is troubling it in the Lok Sabha on Uttarakhand issue.”The person, through whom the allegations on Augusta Westland are said to have come, says he has nothing to do with it and that his father has died. He said it is not true that they met Sonia Gandhi. He has also said he would cooperate with the inquiry”, Reddy said here.”There is a possibility of serious allegations on this. If political involvement is there, there should be a comprehensive investigation,” Reddy said.”It would be better if a comprehensive investigation, either by Supreme Court judge or something else, is conducted. Creating some ruckus in Rajya Sabha would not be useful,” he said.BJP and Congress are engaged in a face-off over allegations of bribery in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal during the UPA regime, with Sonia Gandhi being the target of the ruling partys attack.Reports from Italy, based on a court judgement citing notes from middlemen that around Rs 120 crore were paid to some political leaders in the deal, provided ammunition to the BJP to confront the Congress in parliament and outside. PTI SJR GK NM RCJadvertisementlast_img read more

Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for Bangladesh vs Afghanistan

first_imgDream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for Bangladesh vs AfghanistanDream11 Prediction: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Captain and Vice Captain Prediction: What should your Dream XI squad look like when a struggling Afghanistan take on an in-form Bangladesh in Southampton? Know about both the teams and their squadadvertisement Next India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 11:27 IST Bangladesh will hope to beat Afghanistan and stay alive in the race of semi-finals of World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)Bangladesh cricket team face a spirited Afghanistan cricket team in a must-win ICC World Cup 2019 clash at the Hampshire Bowl on Monday.With 5 points in 6 matches, Bangladesh are at the sixth spot in ICC World Cup 2019 Points Table while Afghanistan is at the bottom.Bangladesh will have to win their remaining three matches and expect results of other matches to benefit them.Bangladesh have batted pretty well so far in the tournament. Shakib-al-Hasan is in the form of his life as he has scored two centuries in World Cup 2019Afghanistan has lost all six games so far but gave India a run for their money in a thrilling match. They were also good as a batting unit against England where it used all 50 overs for the first time this tournament.Afghanistan take a lot of confidence from the fact that they restricted the famed Indian batting unit to 224 for 8. Gulbadin Naib will expect his spinners to weave their magic once again against an in-form Bangladesh batting line-up on Monday.Dream XI Fantasy Tips: Bangladesh vs AfghanistanBatsmenMushfiqur Rahim can be picked as a batsman as he has made handy contributions with 142 runs from 4 matches. Players like Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar can also make the cut.Hashmatullah Shahidi has been their best batsman so far with 165 runs so he would be a good pick from the other side.BowlersMustafizur Rehman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mehidy Hasan can be picked from Bangladesh. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rehman were pretty good against India and they can turn the tables against Bangladesh also.advertisementAll-roundersShakib Al Hasan, who seems to be the Most Valuable Player right now at the World Cup, should be your first pick. Mohammad Nabi, with his big-hitting skills, can be another all-rounder in your XI today.Wicket-keeperMushfiqur Rahim? Why not Litton Das who played a stroke-filled knock against West Indies?Dream XI Team for Bangladesh vs AfghanistanTamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mohammed Nabi, Mustafizur Rehman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rashid Khan (Vice-captain), Mujeeb Ur Rehman.Squads:Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu JayedAfghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (Captain), Ikram Ali Khil, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur RahmanAlso Read | Tumko lekar doobenge: Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib jokes ahead of Bangladesh clashAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Dream XI PredictionFollow Bangladesh vs Afghanistanlast_img read more

Premier Encourages Nova Scotians to Have Energy Efficient Holiday

first_imgThe province is encouraging Nova Scotians to save money and conserve energy by using energy efficient LED lights over the holiday season. Premier Darrell Dexter will attend the inaugural Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Cole Harbour on Saturday, Nov. 26, where representatives from Nova Scotia Power and Efficiency Nova Scotia will be on hand to swap traditional holiday lights for the newer, more energy efficient LED lights. “The holidays are a joyous time of year for families everywhere, but for many it can also be a very expensive time,” said Premier Dexter. “Heating and decorating our homes during the winter months can add up quickly. Using energy efficient LED lights on the Christmas tree and outside is a quick and easy way for Nova Scotians to conserve energy and cut back on energy costs. “I want to thank Nova Scotia Power and Efficiency Nova Scotia for once again offering the LED Holiday Light Exchange, which makes it even easier to enjoy a more energy efficient holiday season.” Participants in the Cole Harbour area are asked to bring two sets of traditional holiday lights to Rona, 1000 Cole Harbour Rd., between 4:30 and 5 p.m. on Saturday. For every two sets of lights turned in, participants will receive one free set of LED lights, which use 90 per cent less energy than traditional bulbs and last at least 10 times longer. “The exchanges are an easy and fun way to make the switch to energy efficient lighting during the holiday season,” said Robin McAdam, executive vice-president of strategic business and customer services for Nova Scotia Power. “We’re excited to bring this energy-saving program to Nova Scotians for the seventh season.” Roughly 156,000 people have taken part in the LED Holiday Light Exchange since it began in 2005. The program has saved enough electricity to power more than 100 average households and has also helped remove 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from the environment. “Switching to LEDs is one of the easiest ways to save energy over the holidays,” said Allan Crandlemire, CEO of Efficiency Nova Scotia. “For a household that uses 10 sets of incandescent bulbs, they would pay about $41 to run those lights during the season. If that same household switched to LEDs, they’d spend only 41 cents.” For more information on LED Holiday Light Exchange events across Nova Scotia visit. www.holidaylightexchange.ca .last_img read more

Soldier killed in Pak firing in Poonch

first_imgSrinagar: An Indian soldier was killed on Tuesday after Pakistan again resorted to unprovoked shelling on Indian posts in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, triggering a fierce response from the Indian side. According to Defence Ministry officials, Pakistan violated ceasefire at 11 a.m. by firing small arms and shelling mortars in the Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of the Valley. He said in the exchange of fire in Mendhar Sector, Naik Ravi Ranjan Kumar Singh was killed. The official said that Singh (36) was a resident of Rohtas in Bihar and is survived by his wife. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The official said Indian Army responded strongly and effectively. “Heavy damage to Pakistan army posts and casualties to Pakistan soldiers have been inflicted by our troops,” he said. On Monday, after a lull of less than 24 hours, Pakistan violated the ceasefire near the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, the Indian Army hit a Pakistani military post opposite Rajouri after Pakistani firing killed an Indian soldier. Army sources said an increase in shelling could be part of Pakistan’s efforts to sneak in militants into Jammu and Kashmir. Ceasefire violations have witnessed a spike after a sudden dip in the first two weeks of August. The number of ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir have been the highest in July this year.last_img read more

Montreal to chop 4000 ash trees on Mount Royal sickened by emerald

first_imgMONTREAL – The City of Montreal will chop down 4,000 ash trees on picturesque Mount Royal because they have been attacked by an invasive strain of beetle from Asia.“This isn’t a decision we’re making lightly, cutting trees on Mount Royal, 4,000 is a lot,” Coun. Luc Ferrandez, the executive committee member responsible for parks, said Wednesday.“It isn’t good news, but the way we’re responding is good.”Natural Resources Canada says the emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees in southwestern Ontario, Michigan and surrounding states and “poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas in both countries.”The beetle was first detected in Canada and the United States in 2002 and spread east quickly to regions where ash trees were prevalent.In Montreal, officials awarded a contract to have the trees felled in the next year as they are deemed too far gone to receive the required insecticide treatment.Ferrandez said the cutting won’t leave any visual effect on the landscape and that the city will plant 40,000 replacement trees, mainly red oaks and maples.Jim Fyles, director of the Morgan Arboretum and Molson Nature Reserve at McGill University, says 4,000 is still but a small percentage of the mountain’s entire forest canopy of more than 100,000 trees of various types.“We have the emerald ash borer that is working its way through Montreal and lots of trees have been cut in the last five years,” said Fyles.“Likely those trees (identified by the city) will die between now and five years from now or 10 years from now and, in that situation, it’s prudent to be proactive about it.”Montreal and other communities have invested in a treatment, required every two years, at a heavy cost, depending on tree size.Scientists with the Canadian Forest Service, which is part of Natural Resources Canada, have estimated that costs to Canadian communities for treatment, removal and replacement of affected trees could be $2 billion over a 30-year period. There would also be other environmental impacts.The beetle has also been identified in 21 U.S. states and Fyles said some of those jurisdictions have lost all of their ash trees.“We’re more or less at the northern edge of where the emerald ash borer is now,” he said, adding it hasn’t moved as quickly as he thought it might.It’s hard to say how long the species will survive but, without ash trees, they starve and don’t move on to other types of trees.“Eventually, the whole thing will stabilize a bit because the treated ones will be healthy and untreated ones will be dead, but that’s how it’s unfolding now,” Fyles said.last_img read more

Amazon says new NYC home wont tap Opportunity Zone break

NEW YORK — Amazon will not take advantage of a federal program offering massive tax breaks when it builds its headquarters in New York City.The internet giant told the City Council this week that it will not directly benefit from the Opportunity Zone program offering big cuts on federal capital gains taxes as a way to spur development in downtrodden areas.Parts of Amazon’s new headquarters site in the Long Island City neighbourhood were designated as one of 8,700 low-income zones around the country that qualify for the incentives.While Amazon doesn’t intend to tap the tax breaks, developers and investment funds associated with headquarters could still do so.Critics of the Opportunity Zone program say many zones are in a gentrifying area that would have attracted private investment without the tax breaks.Bernard Condon, The Associated Press read more

UN refugee agency provides aid for 5000 displaced Somalis

The distribution of plastic sheeting for shelter, blankets, jerry cans and kitchen utensils started last Sunday and was completed on Tuesday morning, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a news release.The 5,000 people from 1,000 families who received supplies during this distribution round are among the estimated 4,000 displaced families living in settlements in and around Baidoa.Some of the internally displaced people (IDP) targeted during the distribution arrived recently in Baidoa from Mogadishu and other areas of south and central Somalia which have been affected by fighting, UNHCR said.“We completed the distribution successfully this morning, but were still not able to meet all the needs. Some families are still without shelter material, while many of the IDP sites lack health services, water and sanitation,” said a UNHCR official in Baidoa.“People depend on rainfall for farming activities. But this time the rains were not good, which means that people cannot work on their farms. They depend wholly on their farms and now they have no alternative,” the official explained.Meanwhile, UNHCR said its operations in the town of Galkayo remain severely curtailed after threats forced the evacuation in early August of staff working for international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including partners of the refugee agency.The agency also said it is finalizing plans for the repatriation in October of a last group of some 2,000 Somali refugees living in camps in Djibouti. Earlier this week, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to extend the African Union-led mission in Somalia by six months while approving continued contingency planning for a possible United Nations peacekeeping operation in the country, which has not had a functioning government since 1991. 22 August 2007The United Nations refugee agency has provided basic supplies to some 5,000 displaced people living in makeshift shelters in the southern Somalia town of Baidoa, a market area and seat of the country’s interim parliament, while cautioning that more assistance is necessary. read more

UN contributes 7 million for victims of deadly Chinese quake – Ban

16 May 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that up to $7 million will be released from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support United Nations relief efforts in the aftermath of Monday’s massive earthquake in China that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that up to $7 million will be released from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support United Nations relief efforts in the aftermath of Monday’s massive earthquake in China that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said that the grant will be used by UN agencies, funds and programmes to assist with urgent relief efforts. “The United Nations stands ready to provide further support, as required, to the Government of China in its efforts to respond to the humanitarian needs caused by the disaster,” he added. According to media reports, some 22,000 people have lost their lives in the devastating tremors, reaching about 7.9 on the Richter scale, whose epicentre was in Sichuan province, which has a total population of some 90 million. According to Elizabeth Byrs of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), this is the worst earthquake to strike the country since quake in 1976 around the city of Tangshan, which killed 240,000 people. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, she said that over 100,000 people have been injured by the 12 May earthquake, and although 13,400 people have been rescued, more than 12,000 others remain trapped under the rubble. Furthermore, nearly one million houses were either destroyed or sustained heavy damage. Some of the hardest-hit areas are in mountainous regions, which are extremely difficult for rescue crews to access, Ms. Byrs noted. China has welcomed global assistance, having identified tents and body bags, along with medicine, ready-to-eat meals, blankets, clothes, flashlights, among other supplies, as the most urgently-needed supplies. She also said that the country’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has confirmed that the destruction of two facilities in the quake has resulted in sulphuric acid and liquid ammonia leaks. OCHA and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have offered their assistance to curb potential environmental damage. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced that it will purchase 1.6 million packages of ready-to-eat noodles – enough to feed 118,000 people for one week – for survivors. “This is a symbol of our solidarity with the people of China,” said the agency’s Executive Director Josette Sheeran. “We stand ready to help in any way.” For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that it was responding to a request from the Chinese Government for specific supplies, such as tents, blankets and school kits, which will arrive within the next 48 hours. UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman voiced concern in a statement yesterday over schoolchildren who “were prominent victims of the quake, which struck during school hours and resulted in the collapse of a number of school buildings.” The agency’s China bureau estimated that 12 million school-age children lived in Sichuan province, with 2 million of them in the worst-affected area. Meanwhile, the UN agency tasked with minimizing the threat posed by natural disasters stressed today that collapsed buildings are the leading killer in earthquakes, as Monday’s earthquake as well as the 2005 quake in Pakistan and others have shown. “We know how to make buildings more resistant to earthquakes, but this knowledge is still not yet well disseminated among decision-makers who enforce building codes for houses, schools and hospitals” said Salvano Briceño, Director of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). read more

List of Transat AT suitors grows longer as another Quebec businessman expresses

MONTREAL — The list of Quebec players interested in acquiring Transat AT is getting longer with the addition of a group led by the head of financial services company FNC Capital, The Canadian Press has learned.Dominik Pigeon, whose firm specializes in management buyouts, has confirmed his group’s interest in the tour operator.“I have a great interest in the company, they know it,” Pigeon said in an interview. “Our goal is not just to buy it, but to grow it, and to support the management team in place.” Quebecor eyes Transat acquisition, doubles dividend after earnings triple Air Canada or Germany’s TUI Group could emerge as possible buyer of Transat, analysts say Transat AT shares spike 40% after talks with multiple suitors on possible sale of company revealed The group is supported by BCF Business Law, which did not respond to questions.Pigeon, who has worked for institutions such as Desjardins Group, Export Development Canada and BNP Paribas, did not want to reveal the identity of his partners, but confirmed that he was not alone.According to a source familiar with the file, who requested anonymity because he is not allowed to speak publicly, it is a “Quebec financial solution” with local institutional actors and the support of Quebec Inc.On its website, FNC Capital says it raises funds for “lending and investing with the management team to buy control of their business” in transactions generally priced between $5 million and $200 million.In addition to Pigeon, Vincent Chiara, president of real estate developer Groupe Mach, has confirmed that he has submitted an offer for the parent company of Air Transat, while the president and CEO of Quebecor, Pierre Karl Peladeau, confirmed he’s requested a financial analysis of the company for a personal investment.Despite disappointing results in 2018 — including an adjusted loss of $24.5 million — Transat AT is continuing efforts to build a network of hotels at sun destinations in the hope of better positioning to compete against rivals such as Air Canada Rouge, WestJet Vacations and Sunwing.Jean-Marc Eustache, 71, has been in charge of the company since it was created in 1987. His successor will be chief operating officer Annick Guerard.Transat’s shares gained 57 cents or 6.14 per cent to $9.86 in Friday trading, giving the company a $371.6-million market capitalization, up about $150 million since confirmation of talks surrounding a potential sale. read more

Vancouver mayor says more robust review needed of Trans Mountain

by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2016 11:05 am MDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver is the latest group to launch a court challenge aimed at quashing the National Energy Board’s recommended approval of the $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The city said in its court application that the energy board’s recommendation to approve the expansion of the oil pipeline, subject to 157 conditions, is invalid and unlawful.The board excluded oral cross-examination, provided inadequate information sharing and failed to properly consult communities along the pipeline and tanker route, the city contends.Mayor Gregor Robertson said the board ignored key pieces of evidence showing the potential for “real and catastrophic” damage from a spill, and the impact of an expanded pipeline on greenhouse gas emissions, both locally and abroad.“There’s obviously a need for a much more robust review,” Robertson said in an interview. “I also believe that the Kinder Morgan proposal is wrong and if the appropriate scientific evidence and community feedback is considered, it will be rejected.”He said the recent efforts of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to enhance the Trans Mountain review were helpful, but the process, which was streamlined to meet time limits set by the previous Conservative government, was too flawed.The Squamish Nation, the Living Oceans Society and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation filed their own applications for judicial review in the Federal Court of Appeal last week.The National Energy Board said it could not comment specifically on the city’s application.Trans Mountain spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said the company is currently reviewing the legal challenges and will respond through the court.The project would triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs from near Edmonton to Metro Vancouver. It would increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet seven-fold.The energy board issued its recommendation last month and the federal government is expected to make its decision in December.The federal government has convened a ministerial panel that will conduct additional consultation. Environment and Climate Change Canada also assessed the upstream impacts and found these emissions could be between 20 and 25 megatonnes annually.“A lot of the objections are over the processes that were implemented by the National Energy Board, which is why the government announced a ministerial panel that will take a number of months to listen to those people who feel they were not heard properly,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr Carr told reporters in Ottawa.The federal government announced on Monday it would undertake a sweeping public consultation to review the way major resource projects are assessed and approved.Chris Tollefson, a University of Victoria law professor who represented B.C. Nature and Nature Canada in the Trans Mountain hearings, said the legal challenges could force the federal government to delay its decision on the project.“I think there’s a good possibility that the government will take a close look at these lawsuits and the claims that are being made, and it may, based on that, send some homework back to the NEB.”Enbridge’s (TSX:ENB) Northern Gateway pipeline project faced a series of similar court challenges after the federal cabinet approved the project in 2014.Eight First Nations, four environmental groups and one labour union launched the challenges, which were heard together at the Federal Court of Appeal last fall. The court has yet to release a decision.— With files from Bruce Cheadle in OttawaNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the National Energy Board heard from 35 aboriginal groups when in fact there were 73 indigenous participants. Vancouver mayor says ‘more robust review’ needed of Trans Mountain read more

Migrantbashing has dangerously become the norm in Europe – UN rights expert

“Europe has always been a strong advocate of human rights in Europe and elsewhere,” said François Crépeau, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, in a statement.“In its struggle to maintain control of its borders however, it is being tested on its adherence to human rights. Through slowly stripping away the rights of asylum-seekers and migrants, Europe is creating a scary new ‘normal,’” he added.Mr. Crépeau called on the leaders of the 28-nation bloc gathering on 18 and 19 February to halt the continuous regression of the human rights of migrants as Europe struggles to deal with its migrant crisis. In his appeal, the Special Rapporteur reiterated the key messages of his 2015 report on the management of the external borders of the EU and its impact on the human rights of migrants.“European countries must offer safe and regular channels for mobility. It is the only way that European countries will regain full control of their borders,” he stressed, noting that the operationalisation of the NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] military operation recently announced by European leaders raises many questions. “What will NATO do that Frontex [European Union border coordination agency] didn’t do? When intercepting a migrant boat, what will the procedure be? Will they embark migrants on their navy ships as the Italians did in Mare Nostrum? If they do, where will they disembark them? To what authority will they transfer them? How will simple pushbacks be prevented? How will they treat the migrants on board? How will they identify protection needs? And how will we know what NATO forces are doing? What civilian oversight mechanisms will be in place to ensure the protection of the rights of the migrants during the operation?” he asked. Mr. Crépeau said fighting the smugglers is a red herring: “as long as persons in need of mobility are not provided with official mobility solutions, unofficial channels will be provided by opportunistic smuggling rings.”He underlined that he has repeatedly insisted that overreliance on securitisation of borders will not work, as people will continue to come because they need to survive, and smugglers will continue to adapt, prosper and exploit the migrants as long as their business model is not effectively destroyed. “The only way to actually eliminate smuggling is to take over their market by offering regular, safe and cheap mobility solutions, with all the identity and security checks that efficient visa procedures can provide,” he said.“It is appalling to see how the discussion concerning migrants has been lowered to the smallest common dominator, feeding off fear and xenophobia and making migrants fair game for all types of verbal or physical abuse. Migrant-bashing has dangerously become the norm and the standard is so low now that to have a meaningful and serene discussion about rights, diversity and integration is often impossible,” Mr. Crépeau warned. Concluding his statement, the Special Rapporteur said Europe must reclaim its role “as a moral and political leader of human rights in this debate of fear, stereotyping, racism and xenophobia.”“I continue to urge European political leaders to show moral and political leadership in fighting much more vigorously racism, xenophobia and hate crime, by consolidating our common human rights culture and strengthening its institutions at all levels, and in celebrating the diversity of cultures and religions as an enrichment for everyone, citizens and foreigners alike.” read more

British commercial vehicle production down 312 in July

British commercial vehicle (CV) production declined -31.2% in July, the fourth successive month of negative growth, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Production for both home and overseas markets fell, by -16.8% and -39.8% respectively, as model changeovers continued to affect factory output.Just over 5,000 commercial vehicles rolled off production lines last month, some 2,290 fewer units than in the same month in 2018, with the fall driven primarily by the reduction in exports. In the year to date, despite a 6.5% increase in production for domestic buyers, overseas demand has driven output and, with orders down by nearly 10,000 units, it means year-on-year overall volumes have fallen -18.1% since January.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The relatively small volumes involved in UK commercial vehicle manufacturing make it particularly susceptible to model changes and fluctuating fleet cycles.However, for the sector to take advantage of the currently buoyant domestic van market and grow overseas orders, which still account for the majority of production, we need to maintain competitive trading conditions to encourage future investment.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK commercial vehicle manufacturing output declines -31.2% in July.Production for home and overseas markets falls -16.8% and -39.8% respectively.Model changeovers continue to affect overall performance, down -18.1% in the year to date. read more

Harris has 27 and Nuggets edge Blazers 113112

PORTLAND, Ore. — Gary Harris, who had missed Denver’s last two games with a sore left ankle, scored 27 points and the Nuggets won their fifth straight game by edging the Portland Trail Blazers 113-112 on Friday night.Paul Millsap added 22 points for the Nuggets, who led by as many as 17 points but nearly squandered it in the frantic final minutes.CJ McCollum had 33 points, but missed a short jumper at the final buzzer as the Blazers came up just short. Jusuf Nurkic added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which has lost four of its last five games.The Blazers started to chip away at Denver’s lead late in the third quarter. McCollum’s jumper got Portland within 98-97 with 6:04 left but Monte Morris answered with a 3-pointer for the Nuggets and the Blazers couldn’t get any closer until Nurkic’s basket with 1:30 left counted on a goaltending call to close the gap to 108-106.McCollum added step-back jumper to tie it at 108 with less than a minute left.Jamal Murray made a pair of free throws for Denver before McCollum came through again with a layup to re-tie it with 37.1 seconds left — but Harris nailed a corner 3-pointer to put the Nuggets in front 113-110.McCollum dunked on the other end and Murray was called out of bounds after the inbound to give Portland back the ball. After a review, the call was overturned.The game clock was re-set to 6.9 seconds and Murray was again called out of bounds on the inbound, but McCollum’s jumper at the buzzer was off to end it.It was the first of a five-game road trip for the Nuggets, who were coming off of a 117-85 victory at home over the L.A. Lakers.Harris hit a 3-pointer that capped a 14-2 run that put the Nuggets in front 28-17 late in the first quarter. Denver led by as many as 14 points in the opening period.Meyers Leonard had an emphatic dunk over Mason Plumlee as Portland struggled to close the gap. McCollum got the Blazers within single digits with a layup that made it 53-45, but Harris’ layup and free throw extended Denver’s lead again.Millsap had 16 first-half points and the Nuggets went into the break with a 68-53 lead. Portland was hurt by 10 turnovers.Nurkic had a tip-in that got Portland within 79-72 with just over five minutes left in the third. Damian Lillard’s 3-pointer closed the gap to 88-85, but Trey Lyles answered with his own long 3 for Denver.The Trail Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 115-112 victory over Orlando on Wednesday. Lillard had 41 points in the game, including a franchise-record 10 3-pointers. But against the Nuggets he was cold at the start, and had just five first-half points and finished with 15.TIP INS:Nuggets: It was the first of four games between the two teams this season. Denver won last year’s series 3-1. … The Nuggets held opponents under 100 points in each of the previous three games.Trail Blazers: Nurkic played for the Nuggets for more than two seasons before he was traded to Portland in early 2017. … Portland has lost four straight to the Nuggets.UP NEXTThe Nuggets visit Toronto on Monday.The Trail Blazers visit San Antonio on Sunday.Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press read more

A massive and unprecedented intrusion AP slams US governments snooping

first_img‘No conceivable right to know’He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters.“These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said.The government would not say why it sought the records. Officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have provided information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot.The story disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an Al Qaeda plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.Prosecutors have sought phone records from reporters before, but the seizure of records from such a wide array of AP offices, including general AP switchboards numbers and an office-wide shared fax line, is unusual.Read: Irish journalist Declan Walsh ordered to leave PakistanRead: Pressure grows on Obama to free hunger strikers – or put them on trial THE US JUSTICE Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Connecticut, and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of the calls.In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown, but more than a hundred journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation.last_img read more

12 amazing photos caused by the wind

first_imgCan’t see the image?  Try refreshing the page.  Via ImgurThis would simply have been a boring holiday snapCan’t see the image?  Try refreshing the page.  Via ImgurWe would never have seen what Chewbacca looks like with his head out a car windowCan’t see the image?  Try refreshing the page.  Via ImgurWe might not have seen this moustache in this shapeRetronautThis dog would never have known what it’s like to be without sightCan’t see the image?  Try refreshing the page.  Via ImgurWe would never have fully appreciated the length of this basset hound’s earsCan’t see the image?  Try refreshing the page.  Via ImgurThis may not have happened.  We have to assume the wind played a role in thisCan’t see the image?  Try refreshing the page.  Via Imgur8 reasons wind is the most frustrating weather of all>12 gorgeous moments which will make you feel good about marriage> IF YOU ARE someone who walks or cycles to work, you will undoubtedly have experienced some pretty strong wind this morning.It’s the kind of wind that makes you feel like you could actually be blown away, Wicked Witch of the West style. Clearly the wind makes getting around a bit tricky if you don’t have a car, but it can also result in some pretty magical moments.Without the wind, we would never have had these beauties.This dog’s face flapping in the windCan’t see the image?  Try refreshing the page.  Via ImgurThe wind and the ice combining to form something beautifulCan’t see the image?  Try refreshing the page.  Via ImgurThis squirrel’s shocked expression Can’t see the image?  Try refreshing the page.  Via ImgurAnd this one Can’t see the image?  Try refreshing the page.  Via ImgurWithout the wind, this dogs ears would never have looked like handlebarsCan’t see the image?  Try refreshing the page.  Via ImgurSame for this guylast_img read more

Apple changes its direction as iPhone Sim card plans thwarted

first_imgWhilst in America the iPhone is stuck on AT&T contracts for at least another 2 years, if the rumored 5 year contract length the company had with Apple holds true (supposedly set to run out in 2012), the European market does not have such problems, with companies like Vodafone, O2, Orange and Tesco all offering the iPhone on various contracts.Mind you when it comes to having the flexibility to change contracts at a drop at a hat you are still bound by the original contract terms, so it’s difficult to swap to a different carrier when you want to. Apple decided to resolve the problem by creating a special sim card (using the mobile SIM card maker Gemalto as their manufacturer) which could bypass operators.More specifically, according to the Telegraph Apple wanted to exclude specific operators, such as Vodafone and O2, from the sale process so they could build a more direct relationship with customers. However, it now seems that Apple has given up on its plan after operators warned that they would refuse to continue subsidising the cost of the expensive phones.Currently mobile operators pay Apple £375 (around the $600 mark) for the phone which they then pass onto consumers running on 24-month contracts. Despite this Apple is still pushing ahead with the new SIM card in iPad devices because the tablet is not subsidised by mobile operators. Integrated-SIM versions of the iPad are said to be rolling out in the run-up to Christmas or early in the New Year.As reported last week a new version of the iPad has been announced which will no doubt feature one of these new sims – watch this space for more news.Read more at The Telegraphlast_img read more

Fixed rate mortgage war heats up

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Banks and other lenders are battling hard for mortgage market share with big rate cuts on fixed rated-rate mortgages. HSBC has cut rates on new two-year fixed loans to 4.59 per cent. Westpac is cutting 0.1 percentage points from its two and three-year fixed loans, taking them to 4.99 per cent per annum. The other three big banks, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank and NAB, also have two-year fixed rates currently set at 4.99 per cent. Fixed rate mortgages are now more popular than they have been at any time in the last five years. Source: Fairfax Medialast_img