MOSCOW — Russia’s Defence Ministry says it has received 30 Soviet WW II-era T-34 battle tanks from Laos — a move reflecting the national veneration of the weapon.The ministry said Wednesday the tanks are fully combat-ready and will be used in military parades and for making World War II movies.The T-34 played a key role in defeating the Nazis and became a widely revered symbol of the nation’s heroism and suffering. A film describing feats of a T-34 crew has topped the national box office this month.The ministry said more than 58,000 T-34s were built between 1940 and 1946, making it the world’s most widely produced tank, but only several of them have remained in working condition in Russia. The T-34 was widely exported and used in numerous conflicts.The Associated Press
Dhaka: Jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death as her health has massively deteriorated over the last week due to unhealthy environment, according to her Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Demanding the immediate release of the 73-year-old three-time former prime minister, the BNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar said that due to the loneliness and lack of proper treatment, Zia is suffering from various ailments including heart disease. She is lodged in a 200-year-old prison in Dhaka since February last year, serving a 10-year jail term in two graft cases. “Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death. Keeping Khaleda in jail, depriving her of bail, is contrary to the Constitution and human rights, since her conviction in any of the case had not been finally disposed off by the Supreme Court,” Sircar was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. The former parliament speaker asked the government to allow her to receive proper treatment at a hospital of her choice. “The government had assured it would make proper arrangement for Khaleda Zia’s treatment, but not enough initiatives were taken yet. “It is a bad sign that they are not letting Zia out for treatment, even in this worsening condition,” Sircar said, adding that she is at a serious risk of sudden cardiac arrest. He also claimed that the cases against Zia are “politically motivated”. BNP Vice Chairman and one of Zia’s personal physicians AZM Zahid Hossain, said: “Zia is suffering from high blood sugar… and always needs to be on insulin. She has a sore tongue, which is not healing due to the high blood sugar. Her left shoulder and elbow joint have become insensitive. “According to her doctors, Zia is a special care patient. It is important to ensure all the facilities needed for her personal care”. The committee claimed that the government has decided to hold trials of the pending cases against her at Dhaka Central Jail in order to prevent her release from jail.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Facebook Inc. unveiled updates to the Groups feature of its main social network, doubling down on a successful but controversial part of the big blue app — and another sign that Facebook is moving toward more private, intimate communication.The changes, announced Tuesday at the company’s annual F8 conference in San Jose, California, make Groups a bigger part of the Facebook user experience. A new design for the Facebook mobile app highlights the Groups that users have joined, and now shows a personalized feed of activity across all the groups people are part of in a special tab.Facebook has been pushing more aggressively into groups for the past two years as people shy away from posting things publicly and look for more intimate ways to connect with friends and family. Fast-growing meme and community groups have been a recent bright spot for Facebook amid a series of privacy scandals, and the company is also shifting its focus to deal with its own projections that people are spending less time on its namesake site. Instagram to remove number of likes on photos and videos in Canada Mark Zuckerberg just got $4.5-billion richer thanks to blockbuster Facebook earnings Facebook slammed for breaching Canadian privacy laws — and then refusing to fix it “There are tens of millions of active groups on Facebook,” the company said in a statement. “When people find the right one, it often becomes the most meaningful part of how they use Facebook. And today, more than 400 million people on Facebook belong to a group that they find meaningful.”Groups, which can be public or private on the social network, can be used to help keep long-distance friends in touch, connect people with similar interests or passions, and organize events. Facebook is also making it easier to discover new Groups based on users’ interests, and will recommend relevant groups to people when they are in other parts of the app, like Marketplace, the Gaming tab and its Watch video service. People will also be able to share content directly to their Groups from the share button on the main News Feed, the same way they do with friends and family, Facebook said.The company is even rolling out specific features for different types of groups. For example, members in health-related groups can ask the group admin to post on their behalf to better protect their privacy. Facebook is also adding more chat features for groups focused on gaming.The growth of groups makes it more urgent for Facebook to reckon with the spammers, manipulators and hackers that exploit them to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories, among other things. In special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. election, several Facebook groups were cited as tools to support President Donald Trump’s campaign or oppose Hillary Clinton’s. More recently, Facebook groups have been blamed for amplifying anger and spreading misinformation during violent protests in France. On WhatsApp, an encrypted Facebook messaging service, private groups have been used to spread dangerous misinformation that has led to physical violence and even deaths.Fast-growing meme and community groups have been a recent bright spot for Facebook amid a series of privacy scandals. In March, Zuckerberg said Facebook is undertaking a massive overhaul to focus on private, ephemeral and encrypted communication, saying that more people want to interact privately or in more intimate groups — rather than the open-sharing model he built the company around. The company also aims to integrate Facebook’s different online properties, allowing users to send messages between WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.Facebook will unveil a slew of other new features on Tuesday. The company’s Dating service is getting a new feature called Secret Crush that lets people “express interest in” up to nine of their Facebook friends. If one of these users has opted into Facebook Dating, they will get a notification saying someone has a crush on them. If that person adds the original admirer to their Secret Crush list, Facebook makes a match — digitally, at least. Facebook Dating, which was announced at last year’s F8, is still free to users.Menlo Park, California-based Facebook is also trying to facilitate non-romantic relationships. A “Meet New Friends” feature will make recommendations based on some shared connection — like living in the same city or working at the same company. It’s opt-in, so users will only see other people who are open to meeting new friends, and vice versa, the company said. It will also be integrated into Facebook Groups.The social network’s e-commerce service, called Marketplace, also got an upgrade. People who sell goods on Marketplace will soon be able to take payment directly through Facebook, including shipping costs, the company said. Today, people who sell goods have to arrange payment outside of Facebook, though they can do so via Facebook’s messaging app, Messenger.PayPal Holdings Inc. will process payments for purchases made directly inside Marketplace, according to a company spokesperson. That’s the same payments partner Facebook’s Instagram is using to process in-app purchases. Facebook also says it is considering charging sellers a fee for facilitating these deals.“We are evaluating a selling fee that is in line with competitive platforms to help cover payment processing and programs such as purchase protection,” a spokesperson said.Bloomberg.com
On Tricia Davis’s first day of work at a coal mine in B.C.’s Elk Valley, she says she spotted a heart and a penis scrawled on some dusty equipment.And on a bus ride home one day from the Teck Coal Ltd. operation, Davis — who started there as a truck driver in June 2017 — says two male co-workers insinuated she was working as a prostitute.They allegedly told her: “Oh look it’s your corner, that’s where you belong.”“I waited for two years to finally have the opportunity to work at Teck and have never been so humiliated in my life,” Davis, who quit that job, said in a complaint filed to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.Teck later investigated her allegations, but concluded she “mischaracterized” what happened, the Tribunal wrote in a December decision that denied the mining company’s request to dismiss her complaint. Davis could not be reached for comment, but a Teck spokesman said the company has reached a confidential settlement and has since taken steps to address the concerns raised in the complaint.Her experience is indicative of the challenges women continue to face in Canadian workplaces — particularly in industries like mining that remain male-dominated.But the lack of diversity in the ranks of Canadian companies extends far beyond specific industries and remains a problem in the country’s most powerful and influential firms.The Canadian Press asked all firms included in the TSX 60 index as of Jan 1. 2019 to share data on how many women and employees who identify as visible minorities, as defined in the Employment Equity Act, worked at their companies in 2017.Among the companies who responded, some said women comprise as little as eight per cent of the workforce, while many others refused to disclose.What’s more, many of the firms on the TSX 60 won’t say — or aren’t even tracking — how many of their employees identify as visible minorities.These publicly listed companies are not required by law to disclose such information, but advocates have long called for transparency and for companies to — at minimum — track data and to measure progress, in a bid to facilitate change.One-quarter, or 15 firms, did not provide or otherwise publicly disclose figures for gender representation.Nearly 60 per cent, or 35 companies, did not provide or publicly release the representation of visible minorities in their ranks and more than 23 per cent, or 14 companies, said they were not tracking the metric at all.Among the 42 companies included on the index that did share specific or percentage data on gender diversity in their workforce, 34 indicated that less than 50 per cent of their workforce was female — less than the national average.In two cases, the percentage of women employees was in the single digits.Paulette Senior, president of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, called the number of companies unwilling to share or track the level of diversity “surprising and disappointing” because she believes the lack of disclosure suggests many of the companies are not interested in ensuring their workforce is reflective of society.“Transparency is a very brave thing to do… and it takes courage to actually want to know the truth because once you know it, it means that something probably needs to be done about it,” Senior said.The Canadian Press analysis showed that the banks — which mostly provided Canada-specific data and were at the higher end of the representation spectrum — seem to have made the most concerted efforts towards equality, while mining, engineering and rail companies continued to struggle to attract and retain women.Susan Lomas, a geologist and founder of the Me Too Mining advocacy group, said she believes the lack of progress in her industry is attributable to its inflexible nature, which requires workers to spend weeks at a time at remote sites and little time at home, making parenting difficult.“Some women are walking away from those sites and some men too,” Lomas said.Women accounted for 50.9 per cent of the Canadian population, but comprised 48 per cent of the country’s workforce in the 2016 census. That’s an increase from 45 per cent in 1991.But the gulf between industries is wide.Among the companies that provided information to The Canadian Press, the firm with the lowest female representation was Canadian National Railway Co., at 8.6 per cent. In the broader transportation and warehousing industry in Canada, roughly 24.5 per cent of all workers are female, according to 2018 Statistics Canada data.A CN rail spokesman said that in 2018, 17 per cent of its workforce in Canada were visible minorities, persons with disabilities or aboriginals. The Montreal-headquartered transportation company says that five out of 12 of its board members are women, and it is a signatory to the Catalyst Accord and a member of the 30% Club, both of which have a mandate to increase female board representation.Linda Hasenfratz, chief executive of Canadian autoparts maker Linamar, said some industries and roles are less attractive because of the physical nature of the job and reaching parity in the ranks would be difficult.Hasenfratz, one of the few female CEOs of a TSX-listed company, said women make up roughly 20 per cent of the Guelph-based company’s workforce, but the proportion among management and the upper ranks is larger.However, she expects the workforce representation of women overall to grow as companies incorporate automation and roles become less physically demanding.“Businesses will evolve and this will naturally change as there is more automation taking on some of these more physical roles… I think you’ll find 10 years from now, it will be dramatically different,” she said in an interview.Among the companies who disclosed their diversity data, National Bank of Canada had the highest proportion of women at 60.7 per cent of their Canadian workforce.In the upper executive ranks of Canada’s companies, however, the imbalance remains stark.An analysis by The Canadian Press last year revealed that none of the country’s TSX 60 companies were headed by a woman and two-thirds did not include a single female among their top earners during that fiscal year.The needle is moving even slower for other underrepresented groups such as visible minorities.Canada’s Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.”More than one-fifth of Canadians are visible minorities, at roughly 7.7 million people or 22.3 per cent of the country’s population in the 2016 census. That’s almost a five-fold increase from 1981, when visible minorities made up 4.7 per cent of the population.However, the labour force participation rate among visible minorities is 66.5 per cent. Visible minority women had a participation rate of 61.9 per cent, while the rate for men was 71.5 per cent.Measuring diversity is crucial for making progress, said Mona Malone, the Bank of Montreal’s chief human resources officer.“I believe very much what gets measured gets done, but also what gets measured gets focused on and you can build understanding, towards either progress or barrier,” she said.The bank, whose workforce in Canada is comprised of 56 per cent women, tracks various representation metrics that are reviewed against their goals on a quarterly basis.“The actual business leaders are held accountable for progress around diversity representation, the same way they are held accountable for their P and L (profit and loss) business results,” Malone said.The sluggish progress on diversity metrics suggests a stronger government approach may be necessary, said independent Ontario senator Ratna Omidvar.She was one of six members that backed a proposed bill amendment that would force public companies in Canada to set internal company diversity targets for the board and senior management.The Senate voted against the amendment last March.Omidvar said the amendment’s failure stemmed from a broader feeling in the business community that firms, if left to flourish without regulation but given guidance, will improve on these metrics and “a tide will lift all boats.”“Well, it hasn’t exactly happened has it? … So I would say, that does not work.”Armina Ligaya and Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press
“When the Iranian government refuses to even acknowledge the full extent of executions which have occurred, it shows a callous disregard for both human dignity and international human rights law,” Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, stressed in a press release issued earlier today.According to a UN human rights report released last year, the new Islamic Penal Code that entered into force in 2013 now omits references to apostasy, witchcraft and heresy, but continues to allow for juvenile executions and retains the death penalty for activities that do not constitute most serious crimes in line with the safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty such as adultery, repeated alcohol use, and drug possession and trafficking.Iran has witnessed a surge in executions over the past two years.At least 852 individuals were executed between July 2013 and June 2014 – the last reporting period for which data is available – representing an “alarming” increase in the number of executions in relation to the already-high rates of previous years, according to UN estimates. In addition, more than 340 persons, including at least six political prisoners and seven women, were reportedly executed since January 2015. “We are alarmed by the recent surge in the number of executions, which has occurred despite serious questions about fair trial standards,” added Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. “Many of the prisoners executed during this period were charged with drug-related offences, which do not involve intentional killing and hence do not meet the threshold of the ‘most serious crimes’.”Both experts drew particular attention to continued reports of public executions, noting that 15 such executions were known to have already occurred in 2015. Public executions, they said, had “a dehumanising effect on both the victim and those who witness the execution” and ultimately reinforced the “already cruel, inhuman and degrading nature of the death penalty.” Mr. Shaheed and Mr. Heyns urged the Iranian Government to establish an immediate moratorium on the death penalty throughout Iran with a view to abolishing the practice altogether.
The motor industry today welcomed new government measures designed to combat the growing problem of scrap vehicles abandoned by owners at the roadside.New rules announced by Transport Minister Stephen Byers MP will reduce the time that authorities have to wait before picking up vehicles dumped by the roadside, and will also target owners who deliberately abandon their cars leaving tax payers to foot the bill.The motor industry supports the proposal to introduce reforms to the vehicle registration system that will make procedures for transferring ownership more secure. This will ensure that irresponsible owners who abandon their vehicles will be made accountable.The announcement comes as the government considers how best to introduce the European End of Life Vehicle Directive that will define the process of vehicle recycling and disposal.Commenting on the announcement, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Modern vehicles are green products in every sense and it is essential that drivers behave responsibly when disposing of them. Manufacturers design and build vehicles to be recycled in a straightforward manner and there is no excuse for owners who choose to dump their vehicles by the roadside.’He continued, ‘Dumping vehicles is as socially unacceptable as throwing televisions, washing machines and cookers on the verge. The government is to be applauded for taking an active lead in addressing the problem, and we look forward to a close partnership developing the complete solution to address recycling and disposal in the sensible introduction of End of Life Vehicle legislation.’Note to editors: Over two million vehicles are dismantled each year with more than 80 per cent of the material recovered and recycled. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Ohio State self-defense instructor Mark Karman (right) and Ohio State Navy ROTC member Scott Wostiac (left) aboard the USS Enterprise. Credit: Courtesy of Mark Karman.Imagine being an Ohio State fan thousands of miles away from Columbus while deployed and stationed on a military base. Now imagine your deployment is during the biggest college football rivalry game of the year. What do you do? How do you manage to watch the game? Who do you watch it with?For some military members affiliated with Ohio State, this scenario is all too real. Yet, those members of the armed forces are resilient in their effort to watch their beloved Buckeyes take on Michigan. From watch parties to finding Ohio State sports bars in foreign cities, the strategies of finding a way to watch the biggest game in college football seemingly never end while overseas.Ohio State self-defense instructor and lieutenant colonel Mark Karman’s experience watching the game differed depending where he was located, but the process of finding Buckeye and Wolverine fans was always the same.“You knew who was from Michigan because it would come out naturally,” Karman said.During his deployment in Africa and Iraq, Karman said he needed people to pick up his watch shifts in order to see the game. He also said watch parties often formed among Ohio State and Michigan military members. There was always some sort of food set-up, like chips and dip or other leftovers scrounged up from dinner before the game started. Each team’s fans would watch in a separate room, just close enough where they could hear the other group cheering and yelling. When Karman was stationed in South Korea, the experience vastly differed. On the night of the game, he and other Buckeye fans in his squadron were led into town to watch the game at a local bar. As they entered the bar, it didn’t take long to realize this bar was unlike any other in South Korea. Hundreds of Ohio State fans packed the small sports bar, anxiously waiting for kickoff at 2 a.m. Korea Standard Time. Karman said it was unlike anything he had seen before overseas, and the atmosphere was “electric.” When asked if the time zone difference played a factor, Karman shrugged it off and said that those determined to watch the game found a way no matter the time zone. The game was always watchable via the Armed Forces Network (AFN), a service network that offers ESPN and other channels streamed to troops anywhere. Ohio State strength and conditioning instructor and retired staff sergeant Jason Sturgill remembered dedicating the entire month of November to the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry during his time stationed at Guantanamo Bay for the military police. Sturgill said his military unit was from Ohio and there were always a few units from Michigan that made their presence known. From flying flags outside tents to repping school colors while off-duty, everyone on base knew who was from Ohio and who was from Michigan. Though he was not able to watch the game, Sturgill said his unit would usually watch the game from inside this huge tent on base that would fit between 500 and 1,000 people. On the day of the game, the tent was filled with both Ohio State and Michigan fans. Sometimes the rowdiness of the fans forced the game to be viewed in separate tents. Sturgill said his time at Guantanamo Bay was filled with small pranks and bets between the schools’ followers. He recalled how the flags of each school often flew over their respective tents leading up to the game.“We would steal [Michigan’s] flag the night before, and give it back the next day,” Sturgill said. One popular bet among the two groups was that the losing school’s unit would fly the winning school’s flag after the game.Sturgill also said another bet from the Michigan units was a push-up wager. The unit supporting the losing team would have to do the same amount of push-ups the winning team scored during the game.“So if Michigan scored 48 points on us and won, the Ohio guys had to do 48 push-ups,” Sturgill said.Karman and Sturgill said the overall tone of the rivalry overseas between the two schools was a friendly rivalry. They stressed how, even though there was animosity between the schools, everyone stationed overseas was there for the same reason: to serve and protect the United States and the rest of the world. Of course the rivalry can get intense at times, but sometimes fans have to take a step back from the feud in order to accomplish something greater. Ohio State fans usually don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, but they sure do give a damn about the whole military and its time and sacrifice.
VIETNAM’S AVIATION AUTHORITY has suspended the crew of a plane operated by budget airline VietJet Air after a flight bound for the tourist hub of Da Lat landed at another airport more than 100 kilometres away.The scheduled flight VJ 8575 carrying 200 passengers landed at Cam Ranh airport near the coastal city of Nha Trang — another popular tourist destination — on Thursday night, instead of the Central Highlands town of Da Lat around 130 kilometres to the southwest.The incident occurred “because of the flight coordinators and crew members of VietJet Air, who did not correctly follow flight procedures”, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) in an online statement.The body said it decided “to temporarily suspend the licences” of the crew as well as other staff involved while an investigation was under way. It did not specify how many employees of the airline or airports involved had been suspended.The CAAV also said that “appropriate measures” towards the airline would be taken at a later stage.Passengers on the misdirected plane were transferred to another VietJet Air flight later on Thursday. Source: Google MapsVietJet Air was not immediately available for comment.The low-cost carrier, Vietnam’s first private airline which launched in 2011, currently serves 11 cities in Vietnam plus Bangkok and Singapore.It has already cornered around 25 percent of the domestic market — taking customers from Vietnam Airlines and low-cost carrier Jetstar, according to state media.The airline shot to prominence locally when it was fined for staging a racy in-flight bikini dance in 2012 to celebrate the launch of flights to Nha Trang.- © AFP, 2014Read: Think your morning commute is bad? Crossing the road in Vietnam is utter madness > Read: 6 ways Ryanair’s fully allocated seating will change your life >
The Federation of Pontian Associations of Australia held their annual event Synapantema, last week with special guest of honour, Greek actor and orator Lazos Terzas. Synapantema’s three-day program was filled with traditional Pontian music and food. On the Saturday, Mr Terzas, together with historian Dr Panayiotis Diamandis presented an insight into Pontic language, history and its connection to both ancient and Byzantine Greece. The presentation was done in both Greek and English and proved to be a success with all generations of Pontians present. The highlight of the event was the combined performances of Victoria’s Pontic Cultural and Educational Association “Akrites Tou Pontou” and NSW’s Pontic Cultural and Educational Association “Aitents” having been introduced by Mr Terzas with the lauded Pontic poem Pontos Astro Foteinon. The traditional Pontic version of the Ancient Greek dance “Pyrrichios” was danced by the combined boys of the group to huge applause and honour to their ancestors. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Pétrole : les travaux de forage ont débuté au large de la GuyaneLa compagnie pétrolière Shell a confirmé mardi l’initiation des travaux de forage d’un puits au large de la Guyane dont elle détient une partie des parts. L’excavation est la deuxième de la sorte située dans la même région. Les travaux de forage au large de la Guyane ont débuté. Une porte-parole de Shell France, société pétrolière anglo-néerlandaise a en effet confirmé la nouvelle à l’AFP ce mardi. “Comme prévu par Shell France le 23 juin, le navire de forage Stena Drillmax ICE a débuté le 6 juillet ses opérations sur le GM-ES-2” a ainsi expliqué la petite compagnie britannique Northern Petroleum partenaire du projet, précisant qu’il s’agit du deuxième permis de Guyane Maritime. Ce forage doit en fait servir à confirmer la découverte des sources de pétrole mises en évidence l’an passé à une profondeur proche de 6.000 mètres. Néanmoins, il s’ancre dans un plus vaste projet incluant les travaux de trois autres puits : un juste après à quelques kilomètres de distance puis deux autres en 2013. Les débuts des travaux laissent à penser que le gisement représente environ 300 millions de barils de brut. Shell, opérateur du permis depuis février, détient 45% des parts contre 27,5% pour la société britannique Tullow Oil, 25% pour Total et 2,5% pour Northern Petroleum et Wessex.Mais les travaux des géants pétroliers ont d’ores et déjà attiré les foudres et l’inquiétude des écologistes. Ceux-ci ont récemment déposé des recours à Cayenne contre les arrêtés autorisant les forages. En juin dernier, l’ex-ministre de l’Ecologie Nicole Bricq avait même annoncé vouloir “remettre à plat” tous les permis d’exploration pétrolière avant que des parlementaires guyanais n’autorisent finalement la compagnie à reprendre son projet. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si elle n’a pas suspendu les permis, la nouvelle ministre Delphine Batho a elle confirmé que le code minier français, que certains jugent trop peu exigeant financièrement et écologiquement pour les compagnies, ferait l’objet d’un projet de loi de réforme d’ici la fin de l’année. Une décision qui lui a d’ores et déjà valu plusieurs critiques de la part des écologistes. 5 milliards d’amende pour Shell au Nigeria Parallèlement, la société Shell vient de se voir infliger une “amende administrative” de 5 milliards de dollars par le Nigeria pour une fuite de pétrole survenue en décembre 2011 sur une installation offshore du groupe anglo-néerlandais. De son côté, le groupe pétrolier a précisé mardi à l’AFP qu’il contestait la légitimité de cette amende compte tenu du fait que le groupe était rapidement intervenu pour contenir la fuite.”Nous ne pensons pas qu’une telle amende repose sur une base légale, ni que SNEPCO (la filiale locale de Shell au Nigeria) ait commis une infraction justifiant une telle amende. SNEPCO a fait face à l’incident avec professionnalisme et a agi avec le consentement des autorités compétentes à tout instant pour éviter que l’incident ait un impact environnemental”, a ainsi estimé un porte parole de Shell, Tony Okonedo. Le 18 juillet 2012 à 09:51 • Maxime Lambert
Stephanie Legg spent her lunch break Wednesday grabbing some recently picked berries, local goat cheese and fresh roasted nuts. She doesn’t typically do much shopping at farmers markets, but when a market pops up on your doorstep, it’s hard to pass it up.The new Franklin Street Farmers Market debuted Wednesday afternoon in the plaza outside the Clark County Public Service Center — right next door to Legg’s office at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.“I love it,” she said. “It’s a great idea.”About a dozen vendors offering a variety of local goods — including fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, coffee, hot sauces, cheeses, milk, eggs and meat — set up stands at the new farmers market. All of the vendors are familiar to local market shoppers — they all take part in the Vancouver and Salmon Creek farmers markets — and nearly all are located in Clark County.The market will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through August. And, if all goes well, organizers will bring the market back next year, said Jordan Boldt, Vancouver Farmers Market executive director.The Franklin Street market is a collaboration between the Vancouver market, the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market and Clark County. The Vancouver market had a long-term vision of adding a midweek, lunchtime market, but making that plan a reality was likely still a few years out, Boldt said.
Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Be afraid, be very afraid: Researchers at Kyoto University and the University of Electro-Communications developed a mechanized snake that can climb ladders.And I am pretty sure this is the final sign of the impending robot apocalypse.In a 2.5-minute video (below), released last year by Kyoto University’s Matsuno Lab, a plasticized serpent noisily wraps itself around each rung, swiftly ascending then descending—with no human assistance.The abomination creation was presented at the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, held early this month in Madrid.“We [devised] a novel gait for the snake using a gait design method that configures the target form of the snake robot by connecting simple shapes,” the group wrote in a paper, as reported by the website Future Timeline.“The climbing motion is executed via shift control and the corresponding motion required to catch the next step on the ladder,” according to the paper’s abstract. “In addition, we developed a snake robot that has a smooth exterior body surface through construction of pectinate-shaped parts of the links.”The pectinate muscles are parallel ridges in the walls of the human heart’s atria.“We demonstrated the effectiveness of both the proposed gait and the design of the snake robot experimentally,” researchers said.As terrifying as it would be to encounter this slithering cyborg in a dark corner of your garage or deep in the forest, the unnamed robot could come in handy during search-and-rescue or disaster recovery missions—able to navigate small spaces and rough terrain that humanoids can’t handle.Even humanoids like Boston Dynamics’ parkour-esque Atlas bot, which made headlines last week for effortlessly traversing a set of steps more than half its own height.Brush up on the seven super advanced robots that may take over the world and have a laugh watching these 11 hysterical robot fails. Then read more about the latest droid news here.
The exhibition will commence from 24 October and will continue till 15 November. IGNCA is arranging the exhibition in collaboration with eight other institutions which are All India Radio, Doordarshan, NaadSaagar Archives, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Archive of Indian Music, Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University and Rupayan Sansthan. The exhibition will consist of selective materials brought together from the archives of all the nine institutions.
Innovative Australian travel company Chimu Adventures today announced it is investing more than AU$5 million to transform a magnificent 1920s mansion in the buzzing Barranco District of Lima, Peru, into what it believes will be the city’s hottest boutique hotel.It’s a logical step for Chimu, which over the past decade has evolved into the market-leading South American and Antarctic tour operator with 70 staff.Chimu Adventures co-founder Greg Carter“We’re very excited and believe it’s an excellent business opportunity that ties in perfectly with our retail and wholesale operations, said co-founder Greg Carter, who founded Chimu in 2007 with travel buddy Chad Carey.“The simple fact is that there’s a shortage of good hotels in Lima, especially for travellers who want to stay in non-chain properties with modern facilities and a sense of place, which is the market we are targeting.“To our knowledge we’re the first Australian company to develop a hotel in South America.”Tourism to Peru is on a roll with visitor numbers more than doubling in the past decade, reaching an all-time high of 4.22 million in 2015, an increase of 9.3% over 2014, and momentum is continuing through this year.Adding to the allure, Lima’s reputation as the food and culture capital of South America continues to grow with the well-known eateries Central (#4), Astrid y Gaston (#14) and Maido (#44) all featuring in San Pellegrino’s top 50 restaurant awards for 2015.“There’s a lot happening in Lima at the moment – there’s a really good feel about the place – and when the opportunity came up to lease this amazing mansion and transform it into a hotel, we absolutely jumped at it,” said Mr Carter.“Its prime location in the heart of Barranco, just 200m from the beach on Saenz Pena, one of the area’s best streets, was also a major attraction. “Barranco is a fantastic place – really buzzy, with lots of great restaurants, cafes and galleries,” he said.Preliminary work has begun on the project which is scheduled for completion by November.When complete, the former beach retreat of a wealthy Lima family will feature 17 stylish guest rooms, beautiful public areas, a restaurant and rooftop bar with views of the South Pacific.“We want it to become a part of the community reflecting the best aspects of Lima and Peru,” Mr Carter said. Chimu AdventuresSource = Chimu Adventures
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