Une sculpture tout à fait unique a été érigée sur le terrain des Commons d’Halifax à côté de l’ovale Emera pour remercier l’ensemble de la population qui a fait des Jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax des Jeux parmi les plus réussis de l’histoire. Avec ses lacets de chaussures et de patins stylisés, Lacets représente des courbes aériennes qui suggèrent l’apesanteur et évoquent le sentiment de liberté que les gens ressentent quand ils empruntent l’ovale. « Les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, en particulier ceux qui vivent dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, ont complètement embrassé l’esprit des Jeux du Canada, a déclaré le président des jeux, Jean-Paul Deveau. Et le meilleur exemple de ça, c’est l’ovale. C’est avec fierté que nous offrons cette sculpture à la collectivité au nom des athlètes, des entraîneurs, des bénévoles et du personnel des Jeux de 2011. » Ilan Sandler est l’auteur du design de la sculpture qui a été fabriquée avec son équipe à Dartmouth. La sculpture se trouve du côté sud de l’ovale. Que ce soit en patins à glace, en patins à roulettes ou à pied, les gens ont tendance à faire des courbes elliptiques quand ils circulent sur l’ovale. Les arches de la sculpture invitent les gens à découvrir sa forme en se tenant debout sous la structure ou en s’assoyant sur les bancs qui ressemblent aussi à des lacets. « Je ne peux pas penser à une meilleure façon de célébrer l’héritage sportif et culturel des Jeux que d’avoir cette oeuvre d’art ici, a déclaré le ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du patrimoine, Leonard Preyra. Au cours des prochaines années, sa présence réjouira les gens qui utilisent ou viennent voir l’ovale. » C’est avec plaisir que le maire, Mike Savage, a accepté la sculpture au nom des résidents de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. « Le souvenir des jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax restera vivant dans notre collectivité grâce à cette oeuvre d’art qui souligne le travail énorme accompli par les milliers de participants, de bénévoles, de partenaires et de spectateurs qui ont contribué à faire des Jeux un tel succès. » Les lacets seront illuminés le soir pour mettre en valeur la forme de l’oeuvre. L’ovale a été construit en décembre 2010 pour les épreuves de patinage de vitesse longue piste. Ouvert au public avant les Jeux, il est vite devenu une attraction pour les gens venant de partout dans la province. La Municipalité régionale d’Halifax a décidé d’en faire une installation permanente après les Jeux en 2011. Environ 130 000 personnes y viennent chaque année.
Police forces in Canada are joining colleagues worldwide in issuing warnings about a disturbing online challenge that encourages participants to complete dangerous and violent tasks.Police in Sudbury, Ont., and Gatineau, Que., say parents should be warning their children not to engage in the so-called “Momo Challenge.”“We are concerned about it,” said a spokeswoman for Gatineau police.The challenge involves users receiving an invitation on social messaging platforms, including WhatsApp and Snapchat, to message an account called “Momo.” That account may then send disturbing images and instructions for various tasks, as well as threats about what will happen if they aren’t carried out.Gatineau police said they recommend users not respond to requests to begin the challenge.“Block all accounts that are trying to reach them with a ‘momo challenge’ account,” she said, adding to report the account if it’s on Facebook. “We don’t have the power to shut down the profile.”If anyone commits illegal activity because of the challenge, they could face criminal charges, police said.Police in Sudbury said the account may threaten to access personal photos and information about a user or warn of a “curse” from “Momo.”“We’re asking parents to have a conversation with their children and teens about the risks associated with engaging with any online challenges,” a Sudbury police spokeswoman said.The Canada Safety Council says such challenges are preying on users’ gullibility and fears of the unknown.“(The challenge) is obviously preying on people’s fears and concerns and general desire to respond to media, and that’s all very alarming,” said Wayne MacKay, a law professor at Dalhousie University. MacKay drafted Canada’s first cyberbullying law in 2015 and has since encouraged Nova Scotia’s legislators to create tougher regulations on cyber safety.He said youth may participate in the challenge as they want to become a part of a viral trend. He said they may think “this is something fun to do … maybe it’s just kind of a joke,” when really, it’s dangerous.Younger people, and the public in general, are not educated enough on the personal risks that exist online, MacKay said. Parents should monitor children’s online activity and block suspicious accounts, he added.“We need better supports and maybe platforms need to provide people with better guidance,” MacKay said. “We’re much more vulnerable than we think we are.”Police worldwide have warned social media users about the challenge, including authorities in India and Argentina. An image linked to the “momo” accounts that’s circled social media is that of a doll with long black hair, large eyes and a sinister-looking smile. The doll was first posted to Instagram around 2016.Lewis Smith of the Canada Safety Council, an independent organization that works on safety education, said the “Momo Challenge” reminded him of an episode of the Netflix hit “Black Mirror.”“Black Mirror” episodes portray a dark side to technological advances, like social media. “I wonder if (the challenge) was somewhat inspired by it,” Smith said.“It’s a tricky subject, you want a parent to be aware of a child’s activity online … but it walks a fine line between being observant, and being overbearing,” Smith said, adding if you over-monitor, your child may work harder to hide their activity. “The best thing a parent can do is be present, let their child know that if they have anything they want to talk about, a parent is willing to discuss this.”“They might be participating in this, because it’s what everyone else is doing,” he said, noting that young children might not understand the risks. “That kind of behaviour might lead to criminal action.”Smith recommends parents document evidence, prevent further contact and call police.“There’s no reason to get any deeper than you already are,” he said.
HALIFAX – The family doctor of a young woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by British sailors testified Wednesday that the complainant was shaking and upset when she examined her hours after the alleged incident.“She told me … that she was gang raped, and began to cry,” the Halifax physician told Nova Scotia Supreme Court.She testified she has been the woman’s family doctor her whole life, but their relationship evolved after the complainant lost a parent.The doctor said she messaged the young woman on April 9, 2015 — the day she went to 12 Wing Shearwater to watch the Royal Navy hockey team play a game — because it was a tough anniversary for the complainant.At 3:30 a.m. the next day, the woman texted the doctor saying she needed to see her urgently, but she did not receive the message until later that morning, when she told the complainant to come into the office.The doctor said she was “dumbstruck” when the complainant came into the examination room and told her what happened.Darren Smalley, 38, is charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a sexual assault involving one or more people at Shearwater’s barracks.The case once involved four accused, but charges against two other sailors were dropped, while charges against another man were stayed earlier in the trial because of illness.The doctor said the young woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, was trembling.They discussed reporting the incident to police, but the complainant said she just wanted to move forward and “not let them take anything more from her life.”She said she examined the woman for sexually transmitted infections, and said she observed bruises in different areas on her body.Later that day, the complainant told her she was having second thoughts about not reporting the incident and raised concerns about HIV infection.“She’s a very tough girl,” the doctor said of the complainant.The doctor said she consulted with other doctors and phoned the complainant to tell her to go to the hospital emergency room. She met her there, and they waited a number of hours for her to see a sexual assault nurse.Eventually, military police arrived at the hospital.After her exam with the sexual assault nurse, they all went to a military police office, where the complainant was interviewed by investigators. She said she waited in a boardroom with the woman’s friend.She testified she didn’t try to influence the complainant on whether to go to the police.The doctor said after the sexual assault, their relationship evolved further, and she found her another family doctor.She said she has been a mentor-of-sorts to the complainant, and they would sometimes describe each other as “faux daughter” and “faux mother.”The trial also heard Wednesday from the nurse who examined the complainant at the hospital.Paula Nickerson, who was a sexual assault nurse at the time, said she received a call to go to the hospital around 11 p.m. on April 10, 2015.She said the complainant was “calm” throughout the hours-long examination, which included taking swabs of her mouth, back and other areas of her body.“There were periods of her being tearful, but (she was) mostly calm,” Nickerson said.The nurse said photos were also taken of bruising on three areas of her body, and they had difficulty capturing the bruising accurately in the photos because of the lighting in the examination room.The British sailors were in the Halifax area participating in a naval hockey tournament.The complainant was at the barracks on the night in question because her friend had invited her on a double date after meeting a British sailor on Tinder.Nickerson’s testimony will continue Thursday.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
Justin Trudeau was glaringly absent when the first National Leaders’ debate hosted by Citytv and Maclean’s got underway on Thursday night, but within minutes the Liberal Leader was the centre of attention.Trudeau may have declined his invitation to the debate at the CityNews building near Yonge and Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, but it quickly became clear that he wouldn’t evade stinging criticism from his political rivals.The state of the economy was the first topic up for discussion and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer didn’t waste any time pinning the country’s fiscal woes on Trudeau.Ignoring Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s somewhat tepid defence of a costly guaranteed livable income plan, Scheer quickly attacked his absent, and more significant rival.“Justin Trudeau promised that the budget would balance itself this year, instead we see massive deficits as far as the eyes can see, years into the future,” Scheer sneered.“That puts a huge strain on our social services like health care and education.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh piled onto the Trudeau bashing, while making sure he didn’t give Scheer a pass.“Governments in Ottawa whether they have been Conservative, or particularly with Mr. Trudeau … have always made decisions that seem to make life easier for the richest and hardest for everyone else and we’ve got to change that.”“He (Scheer) would certainly cut taxes, he would cut taxes for the wealthy and he would cut services for families and that’s exactly what Conservatives do.”Trudeau wasn’t the only non-present politician to wade into the discussion.Singh made sure to align Scheer with Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford, whose early tenure has been marked by controversy and dismal poll numbers.“We’ve seen it here in Ontario, Mr. Ford promised to cut taxes, he did — he cut taxes for the wealthiest, and then he cut services for families, autism funding, education funding, all the thing that families rely on,” Singh said.Scheer denied it while craftily swaying the conservation back to Trudeau.“I have made a firm commitment that under a Conservative government I will ensure that funding for health care and social services continue to increase.”“We can see that Justin Trudeau is trying to do Canada what Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals did to Ontario when they ran massive deficits that put strains on our public services and led to higher taxes.”May suggested finding money by “increasing taxes on the wealthy (and) eliminating loopholes that overwhelmingly only benefit the top one per cent.”“We don’t tax Google or Facebook,” she noted. “They take billions out of this economy.”Stench of SNC-LavalinJustin Trudeau’s shadow, and biggest scandal, hovered over the debate.Scheer accused Trudeau, who was found guilty of violating the Conflict of Interest Act, of trying to obstruct an RCMP probe into the SNC Lavalin affair.“He is the only Prime Minister that has ever been convicted of breaking the law and he lied about it, and now we find out that the RCMP is looking into this case with a view to possible obstruction of justice charges and he is obstructing their attempts to get the truth.”“I want to use this opportunity to call on Justin Trudeau to do the right thing and waive full cabinet privilege and cabinet confidence to allow people to testify to the RCMP so we can get to the bottom of this issue.”Singh quickly interjected, insinuating that both the Conservatives and Liberals are vulnerable to corporate influence.“Whether we have Mr. Trudeau in government, a Liberal government, or Mr. Scheer in government, at the end of the day both these parties continue to make it easier for the rich to get ahead. That’s their priority, so it wouldn’t have been much different. The PMOs office, if it was Mr. Scheer’s office, would have got the call directly from SNC, all the wealthiest corporations know to donate to either Conservatives or they donate to the Liberals because they know it’s either of those parties that have their back.”Scheer quickly fired back, alleging that Singh met with SNC Lavalin on May 10, 2018.“That’s not true and you know it, Singh barked.May then provided a rare moment of levity, quipping: “I think I’m so incorruptible, SNC Lavalin never asked to meet me.”“He’s scared”: Scheer mocks TrudeauLast week Trudeau said he would only participate in debates organized by the Leaders’ Debates Commission.Both Scheer and Singh derided Trudeau upon their arrival at the debate.“I’m exciting that we are going to have an opportunity to talk about our priorities and our plans,” Scheer said. “I just wish that Justin Trudeau had taken the time to show up, it’s obvious that he’s afraid of his record but we’ll carry on without him.”Singh’s rebuke was even more searing.“We’ve got to hold Mr. Trudeau to account,” he said after stepping off his campaign bus. “He’s let down people a lot in the four years, and he’s not here to defend his track record. His track record is pretty abysmal when it comes to things like climate crisis, Indigenous rights, when it comes to fighting for health care, the housing crisis, we want to make sure we hold him to account.”May was the only one to avoid the topic of Trudeau upon her arrival. Instead she put the focus on her party’s climate action plan, dubbed Mission Possible.“I’m just looking forward to having a chance to put forward our ideas, our positive vision for the country,” May stressed “Our approach, Mission Possible, is the most ambitious plan of any party and the only one consistent with the science.”“We want Canadians brought together like a family because that’s what we are.”Watch the full two-hour debate below. Look back at some key moments below: LiveInfoLiveInfoSep 135:26 PMThe three party leaders faced off on the #firstdebate of the election campaign, attacking a prime minister who wasn’t there to defend his record. Who fought hard but fell short and who won the night? Our political panel weighs in. https://t.co/F52MayKm1k #elxn43 #cdnpoli— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 135:00 PMThree of Canada’s federal party leaders wasted no time trading blows in a fiery #firstdebate hosted by @CityNews and @macleans. https://t.co/IaC1wOU7RD #elxn43 #cdnpoli— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 1311:42 AMThe three party leaders faced off on the #firstdebate of the election campaign, attacking a prime minister who wasn’t there to defend his record. Who fought hard but fell short and who won the night? Our political panel weighs in. https://t.co/F52Maz1XpU #elxn43 #cdnpoli— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 1311:40 AMAs the three leaders debated at Citytv in Toronto, one question that was on many peoples minds was where was Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau? https://t.co/ivcFEqLJNk #elxn43 #cdnpoli #firstdebate— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 1311:38 AMThree of Canada’s federal party leaders wasted no time trading blows in a fiery #firstdebate hosted by @CityNews and @macleans. https://t.co/IaC1wOCx05 #elxn43 #cdnpoli— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 1311:04 AMMissed the @macleans and Citytv National Leaders Debate? Watch Elizabeth May, Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh debate here: https://t.co/Dl2mcvLxGV #firstdebate #Canpoli #Elxn43— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 1310:23 AMThe question people were asking the most during the Citytv and Maclean’s National Leaders Debate was: Where is Justin Trudeau? https://t.co/yncjvhXsh5 #FirstDebate #CDNpoli #elxn43— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 1310:08 AMNDP Leader Jagmeet Singh brought up Ontario Premier Doug Ford during the #firstdebate but Andrew Scheer won’t mention him. I asked Ford’s cabinet what they make of the snub from the Federal conservative Leader. #Elexn43 #onpoli https://t.co/ESC56LnI3g— Richard Southern (@richard680news) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:50 AMFinal pitches…May: we need to come together for our futureScheer: who do you trust to make your life more affordable?Singh: who is going to fight for you? NDP not in it for the wealthy#firstdebate #cdnpoli #elxn42— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:50 AMElizabeth May says if you want to know what Andrew Scheer’s foreign policy is just look at Donald Trump. May said Trump is the ventriloquist and Scheer is Charlie McCarthy #firstdebate— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:34 AMWe are following the #firstdebate live in our newsroom. Watch a snippet of our @Stu_McGinn and @Stall680news break-down what debate leaders have to say on the #economy #elxn19 https://t.co/pUV2aEY8WA— 680 NEWS Toronto (@680NEWS) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:31 AMAndrew Scheer asked if he is still pro-Brexit. Says he is always in favour of countries determining their own path and says it’s up to the British people. To note, Scheer tweeted in the past that he was pro Brexit “before it was cool” #firstdebate #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:30 AMConservative Andrew Scheer advocates for a stronger approach with China by pulling public funding for Chinese companies #firstdebate #elxn43— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:30 AMOn China, May says Kovrig and Spavor need to be our priority right now, not trade. Says anyone who says there is a simple answer to this is talking out of their hat #firstdebate— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201901SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:13 AMNow time for “who would you support” in a minority government.May says under the current climate targets she wouldn’t support any of the other parties. But she thinks that could change with negotiation.Singh says he would not support Scheer— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:12 AMTrudeau’s rally started late, ensuring that it would overlap with the start of the Citytv – Maclean’s National Leaders debate, where a podium remains open for him. https://t.co/5lWITxU3yO #FirstDebate #elxn43 #CDNpoli— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:08 AMScheer brings up the SNC-Lavalin affair, calls on Trudeau to waive cabinet privilege to allow people to testify and May calls for an inquiry outside of the RCMP investigation. Meanwhile, Singh said he believes Scheer would have done the same thing the Trudeau did. #FirstDebate pic.twitter.com/ctrXnu03hD— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:04 AMWhat matters most to you in this election?— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE1 COMMENTS 1JoLo18 hours agoThe environment and climate change have to be the #1 if our children are to survive. 12REPLYREPLY2 repliesView all 2 repliesnormal18 hours agoThe FAKE “climate change” Lies peddled by the marxist-Liberals has just been an excuse to brainwash low IQ voters that if you let Trudeau steal more of your paycheque, he will make all the bad weather go away. Burning fossil fuels has nothing to do with the weather.00REPLYRT18 hours agoClimate change is a hoax..We were to have been flooded inland West and East Coasts by now,no snow to be in Canada by now and several degree’s warmer..It never happened as it wont…21REPLYSep 138:43 AMAfter round one of the debate on the economy, a couple of chiefs wonder how the government can afford pharmacare when it can’t fulfill its treaty duties. #firstdebate #cdnpoli #elxn43 pic.twitter.com/M3O1vumWUq— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) September 13, 201900SHARE2 COMMENTS 2JoLo18 hours agoCan’t or won’t?00REPLYREPLYCanada is True Norht18 hours agoIs Cormac McSweeny sober now or is he still mixing his comments with his affliction to Whiskey, hope he stays sober for the rest of the campaign reporting00REPLYREPLYSep 138:40 AMSingh and May are going after Scheer hard on Indigenous issues. Scheer suggests one indigenous community should not be able to block a project of national interest #firstdebate— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201910SHARE COMMENTS Show More PostsAdd Arena.im to your site
The Imperial, New Delhi partnered with WWF-India to celebrate Earth Hour across the hotel on March 30, and carry forward the pledge to give up on water, plastic and energy wastage while creating a buzz about the importance of greener practices to save our planet. Besides minimising electricity usage in alignment with the #SwitchOff initiative to conserve energy, the hotel also followed ‘Dine in Dark’ concept, where they switched off lights in Nostalgia, their classic European restaurant from 8:30-9:30 pm. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTo spread awareness about the importance of saving depleting resources, and importance of individual participation to save the planet Imperial undertook activities like switching off facade lights, switching off swimming pool ambient lights, to name a few. A floral installation art was also set up highlighting the theme for being champions for nature, alongwith ‘Earth Hour’ posters for maximum outreach. Expressing his views, Vijay Wanchoo Senior Executive VP and GM, The Imperial New Delhi said, “We take pride in joining hands with WWF- India again this year to participate in one of the largest global campaigns that supports the conservation of the planet.”
Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, discussed child health and climate change with President Amadou Toumani Toure and other officials in the landlocked country, where over half the population lives below the poverty line. “One in five children in Mali do not survive to see their fifth birthday. Most of these children are dying from preventable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria, often exacerbated by under nutrition. In Mali, 32 per cent of children under 5 years old are under weight.”As part of her 5 to 8 November visit, Ms. Veneman visited Timbuktu which has been severely impacted by climate change. Situated in the Sahel region of northern Mali, the city’s branches of the Niger River have dried up due to drought and much of the land is now arid and unable to yield crops.She praised a food-for-work programme in Timbuktu, supported by the World Food Programme (WFP), where women grow vegetables and rice on land that has been reclaimed from the advancing desert. The women are also planting trees as part of a reforestation programme.“These women are empowered to produce needed food while adapting to the impact of climate change,” said Ms. Veneman. “As the Copenhagen climate change summit approaches, it is important to recognize that climate change is adversely affecting the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”Countries will meet next month in the Danish capital to agree on a new climate change agreement that would enter into effect after the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions expires in 2012.The Executive Director and President Toure also launched a month of activities commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 10 November 2009The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said greater attention should be paid to the negative impact of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, especially children, as she toured the West African nation of Mali.
BROWSE Bianca Andreescu | Hsieh Su-Wei | tennis Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu is heading to her first WTA Tour event final.The 18-year-old cruised past 28th-ranked Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan on Saturday 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals at the ASB Classic.Andreescu, who has performed numerous upsets at the tune-up event for the Australian Open on her way to the final, needed only one hour 21 minutes to down Su-Wei.The Mississauga, Ont., native will face Julia Goerges in the final after the German toppled Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova 6-1 7-6(6) in the other semi.Goerges is the defending champion and ousted Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., earlier in the week on her way back to the championship match. She’s ranked 14th in the world.Andreescu started the week ranked No. 152 in the world but has knocked out former world No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams at the ASB Classic with back-to-back upsets.The 37-year-old Williams, who turned pro six years before Andreescu was born, is ranked 39th in the world. Wozniacki, meanwhile, is the world No. 3 and the reigning Australian Open champion.“I guess Auckland just brings the best out of me,” Andreescu said. “I don’t know what’s going on really.”“I think it’s really important to me to just stay in the present moment and I think I’ve been doing that this whole week and I’m beyond grateful right now.”The US$250,000 WTA Tour event is a warmup for the first Grand Slam of the season. Andreescu had to earn her way into the event by winning the qualifiers.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIllegal airstrip construction: Accused businessman granted $1M bailJanuary 2, 2018In “Court”Lethem businessman remanded to prison over illegal airstripDecember 18, 2017In “Court”GGMC employee’s murder to linked to execution of businessman, shooting of Ex – policemanFebruary 28, 2015In “Crime” A 57-year-old hotelier is accused of contracting a hit-man to kill a businessman from Lethem, Region Nine.Mark Grimmond, the owner of Rocky’s Hotel, Light Street, Georgetown, was today hauled before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after his alleged hit-man spilled the details about a murder contract.Grimmond, of Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), and the alleged hit-man, Chatterpaul Singh, of Cummingsburg Georgetown, were not required to plea to the charge which alleged that on April 1, 2019, they conspired to kill Dwayne Grant.Reports are that Grant received information that Grimmond and Singh were plotting to kill him. Police reportedly arrested Singh, who was found with a firearm in his possession.Reports are that Singh confessed to the police that he was contracted by the hotelier to carry out the execution.Grimmond was subsequently apprehended.Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that the police have obtained telephone conversations between both accused.He further informed that the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) advised that the charge be instituted against the duo.Singh and Grimmond were represented by Attorney-at-Law Bernard DaSliva. They were remanded to prison and their next court appearance is slated for June 18.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSenior Policeman charged with sexual assault; granted bailNovember 17, 2015In “Crime”T&T cricketer, footballer in court on three chargesMarch 30, 2016In “latest news”Prison Officer remanded for alleged assault of CopOctober 16, 2017In “Court” Guyanese cricketer, Christopher Barnwell was earlier today slapped with an assault charge when appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.The 32-year-old cricketer appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs and pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on March 23, 2019, he assaulted Police officer, Trevor Ben at Thomas Lands, Georgetown during a cricket match.Christopher BarnwellBased on reports received, the two men were engaged in a heated argument which escalated into a scuffle. It was at this time, Barnwell allegedly pushed Ben to the ground.Persons intervened and the matter was reported to the Police. After an investigation, the assault charge was instituted against the cricketer.He was granted bail in the sum of $30,000 and the matter was adjourned for August 19.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGTT’s Mobile Money service now available to Digicel usersOctober 30, 2015In “Business”UG, GTT sign MoU for students to pay fees via MMG appJuly 15, 2017In “Business”GT&T accuses Digicel of preventing customers from accessing Mobile Money ServiceDecember 1, 2015In “Business” The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) is urging customers to pay their bills on time, reminding that prompt payment can positively impact their credit score.“GT&T encourages all customers to pay their bills on time so that their credit score can be maintained in good standing,” said PR & Corporate Communications Manager, Jasmin Harris.GTT explained that prompt payments can be done by way of the MMG platform which is facilitated by Mobile Money Guyana (‘MMG’).Harris noted that it is important for citizens to know their credit score as it helps them to understand how their payment behavior can influence what credit facilities they are able to access from financial institutions.Customers desirous of receiving information on their credit score can access this online at www.creditinfo.gy – either by obtaining a free copy of their credit report or pay for it by MMG, or at the Creditinfo Guyana offices on New Market Street, Georgetown.Creditinfo Guyana Inc. was established in July of 2013 to provide credit information to financial institutions and other lending agencies. The company maintains a database comprising a factual record of an individual’s credit history. The Credit Bureau, facilitated by Creditinfo Inc., has collaborated with entities such as banks and various utility companies to make it easier for persons and businesses to borrow.
Booyco Electronics has teamed up with Mernok Elektronik and Selectronic to bring new generation technology to its proximity detection systems (PDS).The collaboration with the two firms will speed up development of future technologies, according to Anton Lourens (pictured), Managing Director of Booyco Electronics.Booyco Electronics claims to have pioneered the use of PDS in South Africa and today has around 5,000 of its PDS units in the field, which have delivered over a million hours of service to date.Lourens said: “The experience we have gathered in the field with our existing technology has informed the direction of more recent technology, and this collaboration agreement allows quicker development and rollout of technology.”South Africa-based Mernok Elektronik’s strength lies in its in-house design and engineering capability, according to Founder and Managing Director, Schalk Janse van Rensburg.“This expertise, which we have been developing for over 10 years, drives our research and development efforts,” he said. “The result is a world-class product range developed for the specific needs of the South African mining sector.”With an extensive branch footprint developed over the past 13 years, Booyco Electronics will ensure the new generation technology is within reach of customers and is constantly supported, the company said. Booyco’s service facilities are manned by trained field technicians, capable of both installing and supporting this hi-tech equipment, according to the company.“Our proven levels of field support will ensure that the technology benefits of the latest PDS design are translated into bottom-line and safety benefits for our mining customers,” Lourens said.The collaboration also recognises the value of greater localisation in the mining supply chain, in line with the requirements of the South Africa Mining Charter. “Together, these two South African companies are able to further enhance their respective contributions to local economic development by promoting the country’s technology advancement and skills growth,” Booyco said.Lourens highlighted that regulatory compliance has been an important factor in driving the application of PDS in mining. All products are therefore certified in terms of South Africa Department of Mineral Resources requirements.
X-ray fluorescence (XRF) ore sorting technology has found another fan after Fireweed Zinc reported positive results from preconcentration test work at its Macmillan Pass zinc project in the Yukon of Canada.Samples from Macmillan Pass’ Boundary Zone, a discrete bulk-tonnage, exploration target 15 km northwest of the Jason zinc-lead-silver deposit, were put through XRF, X-ray transmission, electromagnetic and dense media separation sorting tests by Canada’s Sacré-Davey Engineering at the University of British Columbia, with XRF showing the most promising results, Fireweed said.The principal results of the 436 rock samples tested in the XRF trials included the potential to upgrade the feed grade from 2.5% Zn to 5% Zn and a rejection rate of 70-50%, with zinc recoveries ranging from 80-85%.Fireweed pointed out that the analysis in the study assumed that 25% of the feed had fines (-12 mm) which cannot be processed in the ore sorter. As a result of this, the fines would bypass the sorter and combine with the ore sorter product, with the final grade of 5% Zn achieved after combining the ore sorter product with the fines assumed to have a grade of 2.5% Zn.XRF sorting is currently used at over 50 operations across the world, including Hecla Mining’s San Sebastian mine, in Mexico, and Anglo American’s Mogalakwena mine, in South Africa, according to Fireweed.Typically, it uses an XRF sensor to distinguish and measure surface metal abundances on rock pieces moving on an enclosed conveyor belt unit. The XRF readings for each individual rock are then analysed by high speed software to distinguish and flag rocks with metal values above and below a set threshold.At the end of the conveyor belt, focused high pressure air jets or mechanical levers then separate the designated higher-grade rock pieces for processing and reject low grade and waste pieces. The amenability to ore sorting depends on the material characteristics of a deposit.Fireweed said: “The Boundary Zone samples responded positively to XRF testing because zinc values on the surfaces of individual rock pieces correlate closely with the overall zinc assays of those rocks.”Fireweed Zinc CEO, Brandon Macdonald, said the ore sorting results imply there is potential to improve the economics of the Macmillan Pass project.He continued: “These results suggest that we may be able to reject 50% to 70% of low-grade and waste rock at low cost near a potential open-pit operation at Boundary with less than 15% loss of zinc mineralisation before material is transported to a central processing plant at Tom.”Macdonald said the company has now moved the drill to Boundary to both confirm and step out from historic holes, as well as obtain a 2 t sample to confirm these ore sorting results may be obtained on a larger scale.“If the larger test is successful, we can then incorporate the benefits of an XRF ore sorting system at Boundary into a revised preliminary economic assessment economic study along with upgraded information from recent drilling at Tom, Jason and End Zones.”A 2018 preliminary economic assessment at Macmillan Pass showed that a 4,900 t/d operation could be constructed for an initial capital C$404 million ($305.9 million) using starter-pits on the Tom West and Jason Main zones.This plan would result in average yearly contained-metal production of 85,000 t of zinc, 48,000 t of lead and 2 Moz of silver over an 18-year life, with an after-tax net present value (8% discount) of C$448 million generated.
During parts of yesterday and today video streaming service Netflix was unavailable to users. According to a record of Twitter complaints, some subscribers were unable to access the service as of last night and the outage persisted for some time, though things seem to be better now, at least based on our own testing (through the website and app). Twitter searches seem to confirm that the service is operational.As of this time there has been no official explanation posted on Netflix’s blog.This comes shortly after a number of Sony movies were removed from Netflix’s Starz Play streaming. That happened on Friday (and still persists), due to a contract dispute between Sony and Starz. And some people are still angry about the recent changes to the Netflix user interface, a change that generated over 5000 comments on the company’s blog.At this time netflix.com is routing people to movies.netflix.com, where they will see their standard home page where streaming, browsing, queue controls, and other standard operations all are functional. This fix came through around 12:30am this morning.Given the recent hacks to PSN and other sites/services some people immediately assumed that Netflix had been hacked. As of this time there is no evidence of that.In the past Netflix has refunded customers who were affected by the site’s downtime. Outages have generally been brief so refunds have been small (for example a 3% refund on a monthly bill), but it’s something that users have greatly appreciated.Once the company releases an official statement on this outage we’ll learn more about what happened.via gigaom
Lytro, l’appareil photo sans mise au pointLe Lytro, annoncé au printemps dernier a enfin été dévoilé. Son design particulier peut dérouter mais il propose une véritable révolution dans la photographie.Il était attendu depuis son annonce au printemps dernier car il proposait un bouleversement dans le monde de la photographie. Aujourd’hui, le Lytro est une réalité. Il a été révélé il y a quelques jours et surprend autant par sa conception que par ses prives de vue.Son design tout d’abord, très original à la forme d’un tube carré faisant 41 millimètres de hauteur et de largeur et de 112 millimètres de longueur, et décliné en plusieurs couleurs. A une extrémité, l’objectif de prises de vues f/2 et pourvu d’un zoom optique 8x, à l’autre un petit écran 1,2 pouces tactile pour composer au mieux son image.Mais la vraie révolution se situe dans la prise de vue. L’appareil capte tous les champs de lumière de la scène où se situe la prise de vue. Une série de micro-lentilles est positionnée entre la lentille principale et le capteur d’images de manière à pouvoir mesurer la totalité du champ lumineux ainsi que ses directions. Une autre partie du processus est obtenue par l’algorithme de restitution développé par Lytro. L’appareil peut même restituer des images en 3D pour les écrans compatiblesÀ lire aussiOlympus dévoile le Tough TG-1 pour des photos en conditions extrêmesLa finalisation de la photo se fait sur ordinateur, via un logiciel spécifique, pour l’heure uniquement disponible sur Mac (mais une version Windows est en développement). Pour effectuer la mise au point sur la zone choisie de l’image, il suffit de cliquer dans la photo et le logiciel fait le reste puis de les enregistrer ou de les partager sur les réseaux sociaux. Le procédé est modifiable à tout moment et constitue la plus grande innovation qu’a connue la photographie depuis le 19e siècle. L’appareil sera disponible en deux versions, 8 et 16 Go (350 et 750 photos en tout), pour un prix de respectivement 399 et 499 dollars. Mais si sa sortie n’est prévue qu’au début de l’année 2012, il bénéficie déjà de sites dédiés et d’un blog d’utilisateurs.Découvrez dès aujourd’hui Lytro en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 20 octobre 2011 à 16:12 • Maxime Lambert
Microsoft lance son réseau socialLe géant américain a officiellement lancé Socl (prononcez “social” en anglais), un nouveau réseau social concurrent de Facebook et Google +.Avec Socl, Microsoft rentre lui aussi dans la bataille des réseaux sociaux, largement dominée par Facebook. Disponible jusque-là en bêta test, il a officiellement été lancé dimanche 20 mai. Il s’agit d’un outil comparable avec ce qui est fait du côté de Facebook ou encore Google + même s’il met également en avant toutes les requêtes de ses membres, offrant par exemple la possibilité de suivre un sujet particulier et d’y découvrir toutes les recherches liées, explique Commentcamarche.net.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pensé à l’origine comme un outil de recherches pour les étudiants, Socl mutualise les recherches et permet d’explorer n’importe quel sujet, par le biais d’articles ou de documents multimédias relatifs ou via toutes les recherches effectuées à son sujet. Pour y accéder, il faut juste au préalable disposer d’un compte Windows Live ou Facebook à partir de cette adresse.Le 22 mai 2012 à 10:50 • Maxime Lambert
Post a comment Laika spends anywhere from six months to a year designing the internal components of a puppet’s head — like eye rigs and mechanisms that hold the ears — to give animators as much control as possible. “They’re kind of like really fancy Mr. Potato Heads,” McLean says. In stop-motion filmmaking, animators carefully pose objects, take a still photo, move them ever so slightly, and take another still photo, repeating those steps. When all those images are shown in succession, the objects appear to move independently. Laika’s 3D-printed replacement animation flips the usual stop-motion process on its head, McLean says. Normally, animators draw out a scene, get the body movement and the timing just right — known as blocking — and only at the end add the facial animation. For Missing Link, the director and animators chose expressions for each performance months before shooting. On set, the animators decided how to position the puppets’ bodies, costumes, hair, and even eyeballs and eyelids. But they had a box of 3D-printed faces ready, and they essentially followed a spreadsheet outlining which expressions to use for each frame. Laika 3D-printed over 106,000 faces in color for Missing Link. Anne Dujmovic/CNET Laika used a commercial 3D printer from Stratasys, which it started testing while still in beta, and Fraunhofer’s Cuttlefish software to produce over 106,000 faces in color for Missing Link. This was a huge leap from Coraline a decade earlier, when color wasn’t an option. Instead, the 20,000 faces printed for that film had to be hand-painted.In the years since, the studio tinkered with finding the right formula to print in color without trading precision and accuracy. For Missing Link, Laika was able to produce 3D-printed faces that “no one else in the world had the sophistication to do,” McLean says. No neck, no problemBuilding a believable Link — the lonely Sasquatch at the heart of the story — was a challenge from the beginning, according to John Craney, puppet fabrication supervisor. “What’s the worst-case scenario when you’re asked to fabricate a puppet?” asks Craney, standing in front of a naked Link. Turns out it looks a lot like the movie’s star: a husky character shaped like an avocado, over a foot tall and covered in fur. But that’s also what made it exciting, Craney says. 2019 sci-fi and geeky movies to freak out about 23 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Missing Link: Step inside Laika’s epic Bigfoot adventure 0 A handful of 10-inch posable puppets in tailored costumes — some in checked three-piece suits, others in floor-length gowns — are lined up on a shelf, like a collection of Victorian-era action figures.But what lies beneath those serene puppets is the stuff of nightmares.”I’m going to take this wonderful puppet and rip his face off,” says Brian McLean, director of rapid prototype at stop-motion animation studio Laika. The now faceless puppet, a character in family adventure Missing Link, shows off circuitlike innards that make it look more like an android from TV’s Westworld.A Sir Lionel Frost puppet from Missing Link, minus his face. Anne Dujmovic/CNET Following Laika’s acclaimed stop motion movies Kubo and the Two Strings and Coraline, the endlessly charming Missing Link is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital now. We went behind the scenes to find out how Laika has made its puppets more lifelike than ever — which starts with replacing the puppets’ faces, sometimes up to 24 times for one second of film. The technique, called replacement animation, involves taking a picture of the puppet wearing one face and then swapping in another with a slightly different expression. The studio, based outside Portland, Oregon, has used the technique since its first film, 2009’s Oscar-nominated Coraline, fusing it with 3D-printing tech to produce faces that pop on and off. But it’s come a long way since then. Director and writer Chris Butler describes Missing Link as “Indiana Jones meets Sherlock Holmes and Around the World in 80 Days — with monsters in it.” Set in the Victorian era, the movie follows Bigfoot, aka Mr. Link (voiced by Zach Galifianakis), as he travels with adventurer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) across the globe in a search for the valley of Shangri-La and long-lost family. “I think stop motion is often seen as a medium that makes creepy short stories,” says Butler, referring back to how The Nightmare Before Christmas has defined the genre. “It does that really well, but that shouldn’t be all it does. So I was trying to tell a story that was big and bright and bold and colorful.””This was the first time our facial animation was bespoke,” says Butler, who also co-wrote Kubo and the Two Strings and wrote and co-directed ParaNorman. He and the animators painstakingly planned the puppets’ exact facial expressions for more nuanced performances.”It’s another level of acting really,” he says. The facial expressions were so subtle at times that in at least one case, the visual effects team cleaned up what it thought was a mistake: a scene where a character’s lips stick together as if his mouth is dry. “I was like ‘Put it back, put it back,'” Butler says with a laugh.To add to a puppet’s humanlike performance, animators do something even more disturbing than popping off faces, McLean says. They stab a character’s eyeballs and lids with an X-Acto blade to move them, giving its expression more subtlety. He happily demonstrates exactly how on a nearby, faceless Lionel. They’re kind of like really fancy Mr. Potato Heads. Brian McLean, Laika’s director of rapid prototype Creating a stage-ready puppet takes about nine months on average. That includes building a character’s intricate, skeletal insides — its armature — which give it a humanlike range of movement. Link’s armature contains over 250 components, says Craney, proudly pointing out the swivel in its forearms. Link also has a foam interior similar to a mattress, and a built-in belly mover to add to his jaunty character.All those details are what help bring out the performance from within, Craney says. “I’m looking at structure underneath, so there’s depth to these characters.” Another challenge was getting Link’s body and head to move together in a natural way because he’s got no neck. His facial animation needed to drive the fur around his head and the rest of his body, McLean says. It took about a year to come up with the answer: a 3D-printed plastic ring with magnets that attached to the lower part of the puppet’s head and sat underneath the face. The ring, known as a driver, worked together with Link’s cowl to push and pull the fur into shapes to complement his facial expressions. Making hybrid movies In Laika movies, the stop-motion puppets are the stars, but over the years digital visual effects have played an ever-growing supporting role. As well as computer-generated effects like smoke and water, Missing Link features CG characters when the story calls for, say, a long line of imposing Yeti guards or a digital extension of handmade sets such as a Himalayan ice bridge. This combination of digital and practical effects goes back to Laika’s second movie — ParaNorman, about a boy who can talk to the dead — when the studio started making what it calls hybrid films.”When we brought technology into the mix, we wanted to do so in a way that was ultimately respectful, and honor the art of stop-motion animation,” says Steve Emerson, visual effects supervisor. Originally published April 12, 5 a.m. PT. Update, 2:35 p.m. PT: Adds video Inside the Magic of Laika; Update, Aug. 9: Adds home release details. Share your voice Tags The visual effects team is involved from the beginning, working alongside puppet makers to ensure the characters they create digitally have the same limitations the real ones do. “In the end, hopefully … you can’t really tell what’s digital and what’s not,” Emerson says.In post-production, the team also does cosmetic work — for example, cleaning up the line created between a puppet’s eyelids and face mask to give characters more of a humanlike quality. “We’re trying to get audiences to connect and empathize with 10-inch inanimate objects that are being pushed through space by human hands,” Emerson says. “So, [we do] whatever we can do to help you forget that you’re looking at a puppet.” Laika is already deep into work on its sixth film, but it’s not sharing any details yet. Meanwhile, two other stop-motion movies are preparing to get underway in the Portland area. One is Wendell and Wild, directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline). The movie centers on two demon brothers who go up against a nun and a couple of goth teens, with voices by Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key. The other is Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro’s take on Pinocchio, set during the rise of fascism in Italy. More fuel for your nightmares.”There is something inherently magical about stop motion,” says Chris Butler. “It’s an inanimate object coming to life. There’s something about CG animation where you know that what you’re watching is artificial, whereas stop motion is real light on real objects. It’s like when you’re a kid and you play with toys, and you imagine them coming to life.” 2:15 TV and Movies
Road accident A bus carrying pilgrims from a temple in southern India on Tuesday veered off the road and plunged into a valley killing 43 people, an official said.“We have pulled out the bodies and we are taking them to the hospital for autopsy,” B Rajesham, a senior administrative official told AFP.Passengers who survived the accident in Telangana state are being treated for injuries.
United States. National Transportation Safety Board. (1979). Special investigation report: survival in hazardous materials transportation accidents. Washington: National Transportation Safety Board .Photo shows the cloud of ammonia gas under a Houston freeway interchange on May 11 1976Shelter-in-place is an often-heard warning in Houston, meaning to stay inside because it’s safer than trying to flee from poisonous fumes coming from a leaking pipeline, or a chemical plant that’s exploded.It has been a catch phrase for decades. Its roots can be traced to an accident on a Houston freeway on May 11th, 1976. Viewers of CBS News would have seen a report filed by reporter Judd Macilvain, who worked at the network’s Houston affiliate, KHOU-TV.“The accident occurred when a tanker truck loaded with liquid ammonia plunged off an elevated ramp onto a freeway below… Some persons were killed by the impact of the accident. Others were overcome by ammonia gas,” Macilvain said in his report.It turned a freeway into a horrible scene of death and injury. And it happened right outside the office window of Mike Read.Dave FehlingIn 1976, Mike Read was an editor at the Houston Post and could see the cloud heading for their officesRead now lives in Sugar Land. In 1976, he was an editor at the Houston Post, a daily paper now defunct. But the building is still there, right at the intersection of Highway 59 and the 610 Loop near the Galleria shopping mall. Right where the tanker plunged off a ramp and split open.“A little after 11 o’clock the whole building shook,” Read said.Read and dozens of Post employees ran to the windows and realized that while the accident was over on the freeway, a toxic threat was now heading their way.“There’s a large white cloud beginning to form under the freeway interchange,” Read remembered. “It was rolling across the ground.”It was cloud of ammonia gas. Quick-thinking building engineers shutoff the air conditioning. Employees headed to the top floor.Dave FehlingThe building that in 1976 housed the offices of the Houston Post.“We didn’t consider it sheltering-in-place, nobody called it that back then. We just considered it not going out into a toxic gas cloud,” said Read. It took only minutes for the ammonia cloud to pass across the building. Afterward, how were Mike Read and his fellow Post employees?“The only injuries that came from the Post were from people who had left the building. Nobody that stayed in the building was injured or suffered any ill effects at all,” Read said.The ammonia accident was a key development in what eventually became known as shelter-in-place. In 1979, The National Transportation Safety Board released a report on the accident that said people on the freeway, who tried to flee, would have been better off staying in their cars with the air conditioners off and the windows rolled up. As it was, many motorists left their cars as the cloud enveloped them. The ammonia gas killed four motorists and caused moderate to severe injuries to 78 others, some with lung damage that left them suffering for months. Other case studies of chemical releases, including a 1987 leak at an oil refinery in Texas City, provided more examples of how people who stayed indoors survived just fine, compared to people who evacuated and ended up suffering injuries. So the phrase shelter-in-place picked up traction.“It’s probably the prime example we have of the effectiveness of sheltering-in-place, it does work,” said Dave Dodrill.Dodrill worked for the National Institute of Chemical Studies, helping educate community groups about what to do in emergencies.“They want to know: What I should do? How long should I stay in the shelter? Is it effective?— Things like that,” Dodrill told News 88.7.He says he’d tell people, look what happened at the Houston Post building on that day in May 1976.But shelter-in-place is not without its detractors. Critics called it “an industry scam” to make the public feel safer, according to a report done by Texas A&M chemical engineers. But that report concluded that shelter-in-place was a viable option, especially for short term chemical releases.Forty years ago at the Houston Post, they may not have had a name for it, but Mike Read, the editor, said sheltering-in place worked.“I don’t know if it was instinct or intelligence at that time, but it was certainly the right decision at the right moment,” he said. Dave FehlingThe IH 610/SH 59 interchange as it looks today To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /03:40 X Share
KIMMEL AND CRUZ: SHUTTERSTOCKLate-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel (left) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (right) will play a one-on-one basketball game for charity on Saturday in HoustonThe NBA season ended last week when the Golden State Warriors claimed their second straight championship. But there’s still one very important basketball game to be played.A late-night talk show host and a senator from Texas will settle their beef this weekend on the court.It all started when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted a picture of himself courtside for Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. His beloved Houston Rockets were hosting the Golden State Warriors for the right to advance to the NBA Finals.The Rockets lost, which prompted talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to mock the senator on Twitter, saying he looked like a “blobfish.”Minutes before tipoff…. @HoustonRockets #ClutchCity GO ROCKETS!!!! pic.twitter.com/0ri7pCfhJV— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 29, 2018Cruz – a basketball benchwarmer in high school – said in an interview with KERA he wasn’t taking the loss lying down.“And so I sent out a tweet. I said, ‘Alright, big guy, you talk a good game,” Cruz said. “You have besmirched my support for the Houston Rockets. Let’s settle this man-to-man: One-on-one, hoops.”On a broadcast of his nightly talk show, Kimmel said he was in.“So, I immediately went online and Googled ‘how to guard a blobfish.’ And then I went on Twitter and said, ‘I like this idea. I’ll accept on one condition: We both wear very short shorts. Which would be great, right?”A few ground rules in advance of my one-on-one basketball game with Senator @TedCruz… pic.twitter.com/eStOlVqaIP— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) June 7, 2018Wrong, said Cruz.“I laughed out loud and I tweeted back, I said, ‘Listen, as Borat demonstrated conclusively, nobody wants to see that,” Cruz said. “‘You dress yourself, I’ll dress myself.’ He then came back again and said, ‘Crop tops?’ To which I said, ‘Knock yourself out.’”So it’s settled. The late-night host and the junior senator from Texas will square off Saturday afternoon on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston. It’s like LeBron vs. Steph, minus the skill.As a promo from Kimmel’s show describes the matchup: “It’s American vs. Canadian. Baller vs. blobfish. Kimmel vs. Cruz. The Blobfish Basketball Classic!”Cruz isn’t guaranteeing victory. But he can make one promise.“Under no circumstances will Kimmel dunk on me,” Cruz said. “If he goes up to dunk, I’ll pull his shorts to the ground rather than let him get to the rim.”We’ll get a look at just how short those shorts are on Saturday.If Cruz wins, Kimmel will donate to Houston-based education nonprofit Generation One. And if Kimmel wins, Cruz will write a check to the Texas Children’s Hospital.Am working hard to get ready for the big game on Saturday. @jimmykimmel — are you scared yet? I’m playing better than ever. #unstoppable #KimmelvsCruz pic.twitter.com/XklHueCjpO— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 14, 2018 Share
Samsung seems to have a few more headsets under wraps, if new remarks from the company’s director of developer relations for XR and gaming Farshid Fallah are any indication. At this week’s Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, Calif., Fallah said that Samsung had plans to release “multiple AR and VR products” over the coming months.Fallah made these remarks during a panel that outlined Samsung’s AR and VR strategy Thursday afternoon, which largely focused on augmented reality features coming to the company’s new Galaxy S10 handset. The S10 comes with an advanced depth sensor as well as a feature called Bixby Vision, which allows users to identify objects, and even shop for them, simply by capturing them with the phone’s camera.Fallah started the presentation with a look back at Samsung’s early VR efforts, which publicly began with the launch of the original Gear VR headset back in 2015. “Gear VR was a good entry point,” he said, adding: “But things have moved on since then.” In addition to its mobile VR efforts, Samsung has since released two versions of a high-end VR headset powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform. The company has also been exploring head-mounted augmented reality, and even introduced an experimental augmented reality headset at its developer conference last year.That headset, which isn’t being sold as a product to consumers, is based on the same software developer kit that the company originally built for the Gear VR. On Thursday, Fallah suggested that the Gear brand may live on for AR and VR in some fashion. “We have other plans for Gear,” he said, without elaborating further. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15