Yediyurappa inducts 17 Ministers in first Cabinet expansion

first_imgBengaluru: More than three weeks after he was sworn in as the Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday expanded his ministry by inducting 17 ministers into his Cabinet. This is the first Cabinet expansion after he assumed office on July 26 and proved his government’s majority on the floor of the Assembly on July 29. The new Ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan here. They include former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, two former deputy Chief Ministers — K S Eshwarappa and R Ashoka, independent MLA H Nagesh and Laxman Sangappa Savadi, who is not a member of the Assembly or Council, and MLC Kota Srinivas Poojari. Others sworn in were: Govind M Karajol, Ashwath Narayan C N, B Sreeramulu, S Suresh Kumar, V Somanna, C T Ravi, Basavaraj Bommai, J C Madhu Swamy, C C Patil, Prabhu Chauhan and Shashikala Jolle Annasaheb, who is the only woman Cabinet Minister. Karnataka can have a maximum of 34 Ministers, including the Chief Minister.last_img read more

Another BC salmon farm owner applies for injunction against protestors

first_img(Karissa Glendale, left, and Molina Dawson outside BC Supreme Court. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Laurie Hamelin APTN News SaturdayA second salmon farm owner in British Columbia has applied for an Injunction against anti-fish farm protestors.Cermaq Canada’s application came at the end of an already long day of injunction proceedings with Marine Harvest Canada, one of the world’s largest Atlantic Salmon fish farm companies.Marine Harvest served Molina Dawson and Karissa Glendale who were occupying their Midsummer facility on Nov. 11, among others.Thursday’s hearing at B.C’s Supreme Court in Vancouver comes after a one-month adjournment, giving defendants time to prepare their response.If either injunction is approved, police can begin arresting protestors who breach it.APTN News contacted Cermaq Canada requesting details of its application, but the company did not respond.We can confirm that Dawson and Glendale were served at the courthouse, but two other protestors mentioned by Cermaq’s lawyer were not yet identified.“Cermaq can’t find who they’re serving or what their location is so surprisingly they announced that their solution is to find and serve them via Facebook,” said Glendale. “We don’t know exactly who they are, we have had a lot of supporters come stand with us.“Activists from all over BC have come out to show their support in a variety of ways.”(Activists and Supporters outside BC Supreme Court. Photo by Rob Smith/APTN Investigates)Matthew Nefstead, the lawyer for the defendants, said this isn’t new.“Historically, substituted service was done through an ad in the newspaper.”Information on Cermaq’s website said that on two different occasions earlier this month, activists boarded their Burdwood salmon farm, harassing employees and stressing fish, by launching a diver and kayaks into a pen.On Cermaq Canadas website, a notice was posted from David Kiemele, Cermaq Canada’s managing director.“This group is clearly not interested in constructive discussion or peaceful demonstration,” the statement said. “They deliberately ignore the practices, policies and procedures we have in place to protect our people and our salmon.”But Dawson, from Musgamagw Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w Nation, said she has every right to be there and is there to protect wild salmon.“Karissa and I have been boarding Cermaq owned farms peacefully, handing out statements,” she said. “The statements basically say that we’ve been asking this company and this industry to leave for the last 30 years.“We are trying to make it very clear that we don’t want them here.”A collective of First Nations in BC’s Broughton Archipelago, including Kwakwaka’wakw territories of the Mama̱liliḵa̱la, ʼNa̱mǥis, Ławitʼsis, Da̱ʼnaxdaʼx̱w, Maʼa̱mtagila, and the four tribes of the Musgamagw Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w, say these fish farms are operating without their consent.They believe that open-net salmon farms affect wild salmon.“We have the right as Indigenous people to be monitoring and protecting our land and waters. Peacefully occupying or boarding these farms is necessary in order to protect our culture,” said Dawson.Marine Harvest Canada, the owner of three fish farms that have been occupied by First Nations at different points since August, said they finally filed an injunction application after failed attempts to talk with protest organizers.“We have sought this injunction after many months of activist activity and numerous failed attempts to begin dialogue – many who do not reside in the region, said Vincent Ernest, Marine Harvest Canada’s managing director.“Our staff must be able to work in a safe environment, and free of harassment and intimidation.”During the hearing, Roy Millen, the lawyer for Marine Harvest, told the court about issues of harassment and intimidation to staff, concerns of safety for everyone, and like Cermaq, activists entering a farm site and sending a scuba diver down into a fish pen.“They have accused us of a lot of things, and I’m not surprised”, said Glendale. “They are trying to find reasons to make us look much worse than we are.”Although activists and supporters left the courthouse feeling a bit disheartened, Dawson is adamant First Nations are not giving up.“We are certainly not quitting because we can’t quit, our livelihoods and our futures, our siblings and nieces futures are in danger here so whether the Injunction is granted or not, we’ll definitely still be making our voices heard, however that looks.”A verdict is expected in the next several days.lhamelin@aptn.calast_img read more

Millionaire property developer stalked women by showering them with unsolicited luxury gifts

first_imgMiss McAdam told how Bryson “constantly contacted” Miss Nelson by phone, text and WhatsApp when their three-month relationship ended.She said: “She [Miss Nelson] returned all the gifts he had given her but on the 10th and 11th September, 2016, the accused deposited £1000 each day to her bank account and left a bag with an iPhone and cream donuts on her front door.”The matter was then reported to the police.”Mr Bryson, from Strathaven, has admitted stalking the women at various locations between February and October this year.Sentence on Bryson was deferred until next month but he has been banned from contacting women online in the meantime.Defence advocate Gordon Jackson QC said: “He is not a danger just a pest to these women.”He entered into a relationship, became very committed to the relationship and lavished gifts which seem to be OTT at that stage of the relationship.”He found it difficult once matters were brought to a conclusion.”Sheriff Marie Smart bailed Bryson but warned him he could spend time behind bars.She said: “You must not by any means contact these two complainers or any other women online.”If there is any contact you will ultimately be arrested and returned to custody.” Heather Munro was lavished with expensive gifts Heather Munro was lavished with expensive giftsCredit:PRESSTEAM A millionaire property developer stalked women he met on dating websites by showering them with unsolicited luxury gifts and deposited £1,000 a day into one of their bank accounts, a court heard.David Bryson, 41, began relationships with Heather Munro, 46, and Ciara Nelson, 32, after contacting them through social media and dating websites.Both women were lavished with expensive gifts including a horse for Miss Munro and a £6,500 Rolex watch and a £20,000 Mini Cooper for Miss Nelson.Bryson, who is the director of the Burnhead building group in Lanarkshire, began seeing Miss Munro in September last year after his marriage broke down.They dated for several months but after she tried to end the relationship, Mr Bryson became increasingly possessive and abusive towards her, branding her a “b***h, a cow and a waste of time” and threatening suicide. Depute fiscal Wendy McAdam told Hamilton Sheriff Court that Bryson began plaguing Miss Munro after she tried to end their relationship.She said: “During the relationship he gave her a number of expensive gifts including a Louis Vuitton handbag and purse as well as a horse.”He offered to buy her a house in an attempt to get her back. She tried to block his number but he would use other numbers to contact her.”Eventually she got the courage to contact the police in February.”Mr Bryson then began seeing Miss Nelson after meeting her through the dating site Plenty of Fish.He gave her a Rolex watch, bought her a £35,000 engagement ring, a £20,000 Mini Cooper with a £6000 personalised number plate, and also took her on a two week luxury holiday to Tenerife.However last month she told him she wanted to end the relationship because he was constantly calling her at work and police were called again. He is not a danger just a pest to these women. He entered into a relationship, became very committed to the relationship and lavished gifts which seem to be OTT at that stage of the relationship. He found it difficult once matters were brought to a conclusionGordon Jackson QC Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

SEHA Round 2 No winner in Zagreb – Lovcen beat Tatran

8.Meshkov Brest100127 : 340 1.Nexe220052 : 456 9.Borac M:TEL200238 : 510 C.O ZagrebLovcen CetinjeSEHA leagueTatran PresovVardar 2.Croatia osiguranje211060 : 424 7.Tatran Prešov100129 : 300 3.Vardar Pro211059 : 524 5.Izviđač Mi grupa110031 : 273 4.Metalurg110031 : 193 10.Sloga200243 : 670 In derby match of SEHA Round 2, C.O Zagreb save only the point against current champion Vardar Skopje 25:25 (15:11). Macedonian vice-champion had 25:23 in Zagreb, but at the end, there were no winner in “Dom Sportova”.CO ZAGREB: Kelentrić (3+1), Ivić (4+1); Skoko, Marić 3, Stepančić 6, Matulić 2, Matić 1, Šprem 2, Špiler 2, Batinović, Horvat 4 (3), J. Valčić, Sršen 2, T. Valčić 3, Mandalinić, Kaleb.VARDAR: Martinović (1), Milić (6), Čanevski; Ojlevski, Markovski 1, Stoilov 1, Pribak 5, Kukovski, Raković 5, Petrić 2, Jovčevski 2, Marković 4 (1), Lazarov 1, Karačić 4, Rajković, Abutović, Čanevski.SLOGA DOBOJ – NEXE 26:32LOVĆEN CETINJE – TATRAN PRESOV 30:29Lovćen: Daskalovski (16 SAVES and two 7m), Abramović, Lipovina, Jovetić 3, Popović,I. Radović, Marković 11, S. Vujović, Pejović, Drašković, Radović 2, L. Vujović, Perišić 4, Nikolić 3, Lasica 1, Grbović 6.Tatran: Verkić (12 saves),  Krupa, Rabek 8, Maruška,Hrstka 3, Urban, Krok, Krištopans 3, Sabol 1, Radčenko, Tumidalski 2, Čip 4, Guzi, Pejović 1, Antl 6, Petro 1METALURG – BORAC BL 31:19 (17:10) 6.Lovćen210157 : 603 ← Previous Story Slovenian NLB 1. League: Easy victories for Gorenje, Celje and Koper Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 3): Atletico Madrid wins, fifth team to have “3 from 3” wins read more

Clackamas County deputies shoot kill armed man

first_imgCOLTON, Ore. — The Clackamas County sheriff’s office says deputies shot and killed a man who charged at them with a hatchet.KGW reports that the man was shot in Colton, about 35 miles south of Portland, on Sunday.The sheriff’s office says deputies responded on Sunday morning after receiving a 911 call about a stabbing. A sheriff’s spokesman says the stabbing report turned out to be false and no stabbing victims were found at the home.Deputies say the man did not listen to their commands to drop the weapon.His name has not been released.last_img

South Florida biker crosses continent to raise money for charity

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida motorcyclist is getting ready to cruise across the Continent.Chester’s Fort Lauderdale Harley Davidson is sending one employee on a ride from Sunrise, Florida to Anchorage, Alaska to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County .The dealership hosted a special send-off party, Sunday, to benefit kids in the program.“We’re trying to bring up the awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters and get those people who are out there, who have the time, to join up with these kids and be their big brother, be their big sister and nurture them through things, and mentor them through things in life that we have but we take for granted,” said Marketing Manager, Joel Freiberg.The dedicated biker will be covering more than 9,000 miles, 14 States and two Canadian Provinces. For each mile he rides, $10 will be donated to the non-profit organization.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Volunteers needed to help Broward Schools United Way feed 500 students

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Hurricane Irma caused destruction across South Florida and is the reason many are without essentials, such as meals, water and ice.For students in South Florida, the United Way and Broward County Schools have made it a priority to feed several students after Irma cancelled classes all week long.A United Way spokesperson said they will begin distributing lunch at noon, but asks that volunteers who wish to help to arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.Five hundred students are expected to be fed in each school below:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

4 hospitalized after stabbing outside Miami sports bar

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person responsible for a stabbing outside of a sports bar in Miami that sent four people to the hospital.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the incident in front of Asturias Liquor & Lounge near Northwest 47th Avenue and West Flagler Street, at around 2 a.m., Sunday.Paramedics transported the victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown conditions.Detectives are attempting to determine what led up to the stabbing.If you have any information on this stabbing or the subject’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 800-346-8477 or click here. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmingtons New Police Chief Joe Desmond PART 1

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently caught up with Wilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond, who was appointed to the position on Monday, July 15. Question #1: You grew up in Wilmington. You’ve been on the force for more than 30 years. Can you describe what it’s like to now be Chief?Chief: “It’s been quite a journey. I started July 2 of 1988. It doesn’t seem so long ago as things do move quickly. I never envisioned myself becoming chief. I was never one of those people who had an ambition to be the leader of the department. I always wanted to be involved and extend my responsibilities as best I could, but I never saw myself here. It’s an honor and I’m looking forward to it.”Question #2: You told the Town Crier: “We’ve always had a department that has had a very good reputation in the community and that’s responsive to the community’s needs.” How do you plan on continuing to maintain this reputation and responsiveness? Will the public see any noticeable changes now with you at the helm?Chief: “Being responsive to the community’s needs is one of the most important things that we can do. I try to stress to [my staff] that our reputation doesn’t happen by accident. You get a good reputation by being responsive to the community’s needs and being professional. My goal is to keep that going and improve on it in any area that we can.”“I don’t think you’ll see any major changes right away. The best, longest lasting change you can make is change that happens slowly. Our biggest priority right now is staffing issues with Deputy Chief Richter going to Kittery and the Chief Begonis going to the private sector. We had two retirements last year and two more coming up, so the amount of time it takes to hire people, train them at the academy and get them road trained and ready to go is a big turnaround. One of my biggest issues will be getting up to staffing levels. Once you get there, you can begin to broaden out a bit.”Question #3: What are your thoughts on the new Police Explorers Program your department is starting? Chief: “One of the ways we always look to improve is outreach to the community. We’re a reactive profession in a way. We wait until someone calls us and then come and try to solve their problem. We’re looking for ways to be proactive. We think the Explorers program is a nice way of doing that. Officers Dan Furbush and Mike Cabral are spearheading this. We hope to be starting in October. We’ve got some good early feedback. They’re looking for 20 participants. We’re looking forward to it. It’s a way of making the younger generation have a positive response to this profession. For some reason, we’re not getting the type and number of recruits we used to get. Not as many people are taking the civil service test. For whatever reason, this job doesn’t have the appeal that it used to have. A program like this can be almost like a farm system, where we instill that this is a good profession. We hope some of these kids who participate will grow up and someday join our ranks.”Question #4: Your department is holding its National Night Out event at Rotary Park this coming Tuesday, August 6. What are your thoughts on the event and what are you trying to accomplish with it? Chief: “I agree with [former Chief Begonis] that National Night Out is one of the best nights of the year for the department and I want to carry on what he did with it. Because of the Cummings Foundation’s generosity, we were able to hold the event, although most of what you see is volunteers. All the agencies are doing this on their own free time. Red Heat Tavern donates all the food. The evening provides a relaxed atmosphere where citizens can come out and meet people in law enforcement in a nice setting, not a stressful setting or in positions of authority. There’s also an educational aspect to it too — citizens can learn more about what we do. And, for those wondering, yes, we have the helicopter back for this year’s event, weather-permitting, which is always a crowd favorite.”Question #5: Lt. Brian Pupa was recently appointed Deputy Chief of Police. What are your thoughts on his promotion? Chief: “Once I was promoted to permanent chief, the issue of filling the deputy chief came up. The two candidates at the top of the list were Lt. Dan Murray and Lt. Brian Pupa. There was no way I could lose. I’m very much looking forward to working with Brian. His civil service rank is Deputy Chief, but I really want to view this as Chief and Chief 1A. I have that much confidence in him and value and trust his opinion that much. It’s going to be great and I’m excited about it.”Look for 5 more questions with Chief Desmond tomorrow on Wilmington Apple.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond & Deputy Police Chief Brian Pupa Sworn InIn “Police Log”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 2)In “5 Quick Questions”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

Homer residents respond to proposed drilling

first_imgDozens of Homer residents attended the public hearing to learn more about the proposal to lease portions of Cook Inlet for oil and gas drilling.Listen nowJeanne Parker testifies at the Cook Inlet Lease Sale public hearing in Homer on August 17.(Photo by Shahla Farzan, KBBI – Homer)Many who testified voiced their concerns about the environmental impacts of drilling in Cook Inlet. Homer resident Carla Stanley was one of them.“We all know that Kachemak Bay is a critical habitat area. And those words mean a lot to me. Critical habitat,” Stanley said.The proposed lease sale encompasses 224 separate blocks of the outer continental shelf in upper Cook Inlet. That’s just over one million acres.If approved, the lease sale would occur in June 2017. Interested companies would then bid on rights to explore, develop and eventually extract oil and natural gas.Before such a lease sale can take place, by law, it must go through an environmental analysis, which includes public testimony. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM for short, is in charge of the process.Over the last several weeks, BOEM officials have held hearings in Anchorage, Homer and Kenai to get feedback on the draft Environmental Impact Statement.Although the proposed drilling area is to the north of Kachemak Bay, residents are concerned it could impact the entire marine ecosystem. After all, some residents, like Robert Archibald remember problems with past drilling.“I came up to Alaska in 1965 on a supply boat for oil companies in Cook Inlet. I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. I was the supply boat for the George Ferris. That was ugly,” Archibald said.Although it happened over forty years ago, the George Ferris oil spill remains firmly entrenched in the minds of many Kenai Peninsula residents.In May 1976, the jacked-up rig became stuck in the mud near the Homer Spit. It eventually tipped over, spilling oil into Kachemak Bay. The spill became a catalyst for the state of Alaska to buy back oil leases sold in the bay.Archibald also expressed concerns over the extensive infrastructure that would accompany drilling operations in Cook Inlet.“It’s not just going to be a platform, it’s going to be the infrastructure to go with it. You’re talking pipelines, you’re talking ships, you’re talking tanker traffic,” Archibald said.Deborah Limacher, 40-year Homer resident and commercial fisherman, also remembers cleaning up messes left by energy companies.“I’ve lived through the oil spill in Cook Inlet in 1987,” Limachar said. “I worked with Exxon to clean the tarballs that travelled up into the inlet in the 1989 Exxon oil spill.”Mark Storzer, BOEM’s Regional Supervisor, says that he realizes residents are concerned about a large spill like that of the Exxon Valdez.“That’s a catastrophic event. The likelihood of that happening is very small, but obviously it is very impacting when it does happen,” Storzer said.According to BOEM’s Environmental Impact Statement, the likelihood of a large oil spill in Cook Inlet over a forty year period is 22%. A “large” spill here is defined as 1,000 barrels or more.John Callahan is a spokesman for BOEM. He says that the term “large” is misleading.“When you talk to someone about a ‘large’ oil spill, they’re going to imagine something like the Exxon Valdez, which spilled something like 260,000 – 900,000 barrels of oil,” Callahan said.But for the majority of residents who testified at the public hearing in Homer, an oil spill of any size is cause for concern.Dora Coen said she’s also worried about impacts of drilling on wildlife.“They’ve only considered some species, but there are thousands of species in Cook Inlet and the Bay… and they don’t have a voice. So, on behalf of every living creature, I say no,” Coen said.The public hearing took place on August 17 at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer.The Environmental Impact Statement for the Cook Inlet Lease sale can be found online at www.boem.gov/ak244. Comments on the proposal can also be submitted here.The 45-day public comment period ends this Tuesday, September 6.last_img read more

30 villages flooded in Netrakona

first_imgThe water of the Someshwari River has been flowing 150 centimetres over the danger mark due to the incessant rainfall for the last couple of days and onrush of water from the upstream, leaving more than 30 villages in Durgapur upazila of Netrakona inundated.Residents of those areas have been passing measurable lives as roads have gone under water, reports news agency UNB.All educational institutions of the affected areas have been submerged while several fisheries have washed away by the floodwaters.Durgapur upazila agriculture officer Omar Faruk said around 500 hectares of paddy field will be damaged if the water level increases.The district administration has already taken all necessary initiatives to combat the flood situation, said upazila nirbahi officer M Mamunur Rashid.last_img

Doctor Who Season 11 Directors Writers Revealed

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster The BBC this week announced a full list of writers and directors for Doctor Who‘s upcoming season—premiering “this fall.”Helmed by master-of-surprise Chris Chibnall, the 11th series features fresh faces in front of and behind the cameras.A quick IMDb search suggests that none of the nine new hires have been involved with the long-running show (save for Jamie Childs, who directed Jodie Whittaker’s reveal as the Thirteenth Doctor).“We have a team of writers who’ve been working quietly and secretly for a long time now, crafting characters, worlds, and stories to excite and move you,” Chibnall boasted. “A set of directors who stood those scripts up on their feet, bringing those ideas, visuals, and emotions into existence with bravura and fun.”WritersFormer Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman has “always loved Doctor Who,” she said in a statement. “Getting the chance to write for this series has definitely been a dream come true.”Craft BAFTA-nominated Ed Hime said writing for season 11 “comes down to the adventure really, and telling emotionally engaging stories to bring everyone along with you.”Playwright and screenwriter Vinay Patel grew up watching Star Trek and Quantum Leap on the edge of my dad’s bed, and I loved how they managed to capture the imagination of a kid like me as well as acting as a moral compass,” he said. “I never imagined that I’d get to write for Doctor Who—I was pretty thrilled.”Pete McTighe‘s entire television career “has quite literally been an elaborate plan to get to write Doctor Who—and no one is more shocked than me that it paid off,” he joked. “I’ve been having the time of my life working with Chris, and writing for Jodie and the new team, and can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been up to.”Screen International Star of Tomorrow Joy Wilkinson “loved the show and felt like it might be a good fit for me, but I knew it was really hard to get onto,” she said. “So quite frankly I’m still pinching myself to be here!”DirectorsSallie Aprahamian‘s memories of Doctor Who date back to William Hartnell: “I watched the First Doctor from behind the sofa through my fingers, frightened and exhilarated,” she said. “I was really delighted, as a fan and as a director, to be invited to work on the first female Doctor’s series. What a brilliant time to be on the show!”Jamie Childs, who directed last year’s beautiful forest-y unveiling of the Thirteenth Doctor, returns for the opening episode. “We tend to avoid making many shows in Britain that really allow the audience to properly escape, and Doctor Who has been doing that for decades,” he said in a statement. “So yes, sign me up—I’ve always wanted to be a part of that! There really aren’t many shows made over here that allow the viewer to travel to another universe.”Jennifer Perrott may have dropped a hint for her fifth-episode plot: “Space travel has become more a part of modern life and this has opened the door for more human stories to be told amidst the escapist fantasy of saving the world from alien invasion. The aliens are now as emotionally complex as the humans, and I was really excited by that.”Gotham and Black Lightning director Mark Tonderai signed on to Doctor Who because of Chris Chibnall. “I’m a huge fan of his and I like the way he sees the world,” he explained. “[Chibnall] has this ability to entertain and also deliver truths—questions, too—about who we are. And he does it all with a hint of a smile.”Frankly, that’s one of the reasons I’m so excited about the next season, too.The Broadchurch creator—who appeared on TV in 1986 to represent the Doctor Who Appreciation Society—penned half a dozen episodes of the show, and wrote eight episodes of spin-off Torchwood.“Hailing from a range of backgrounds, tastes, and styles, here’s what unites them: They are awesome people as well as brilliant at their job. (It matters!),” Chibnall said of the series’ new lineup. “They love Doctor Who. And they’ve all worked above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to bring audiences something special, later this year.”Before Team TARDIS return, catch up on all things Doctor Who here—including SDCC’s first look at season 11, and our favorite underrated villains of the past 15 years. And don’t forget you can watch all things Who here on Amazon. center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

MSI shows voicecontrolled motherboard approach at IDF

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Micro-Star International (MSI) revealed voice control via motherboard at the Intel Developer Conference. The MSI demo showed how its add-on PCIe x1 card can add voice control to selected Sandy Bridge motherboards that feature the JDLED3 connector. MSI voice software that is part of this approach is called Voice Genie. The Voice Genie software can be used to set up reliable recognition of the user’s voice and can set up the actual voice commands to perform tasks. Micro-Star International (MSI) and Freescale Semiconductor Demo Ultra-Wideband Technology in Entertainment PC © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: MSI shows voice-controlled motherboard approach at IDF (2011, September 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-msi-voice-controlled-motherboard-approach-idf.html The software tracks the user’s voice patterns so that control functions can be set in motion. The result of the MSI voice-activated-motherboard approach is that a user can instruct the PC to turn on or turn off just by saying certain words.Theo Valich of Bright Side of News provided one example of an MSI voice-control setup, if using the MSI Big Bang motherboard: To get the PC up and running, the user says ‘MSI Big Bang Power On,’ and to shut it down the user goes into reverse, to say ‘Power Off MSI Big Bang’ but one can always customixze the commands. The only restriction in coming up with a customized instruction is to keep the reverse structure of phrasings for your “on” and “off” (Big Bang…On, Power Off…Bang).The price for the add-on and a release date were not yet available, though MSI said the voice-control module would be more than affordable. MSI has actually been working on its voice-activated motherboard technology for several years, according to reports. MSI, a leading motherboard and graphics card manufacturer, is not the first to innovate voice-command functions for PCs. Microsoft has done substantial work with speech recognition. Windows carries speech recognition and there is much talk about how Windows 8 will recognize various speech commands. Tellme, the speech technology corps at Microsoft, is working with other Microsoft teams to push the advancement of speech recognition further. Nonetheless, what is special about the MSI approach is that is takes voice control beyond the operating system. In addition to the voice control demo, MSI unveiled a lineup of new motherboards at the IDF event.The three newcomers are based on the X79 chipset.last_img read more

VIDEO Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters talked about winning Super Bowls while

first_imgHere’s the full episode on their first day with the Rams: The Rams new lockdown corner duo of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters are ready for a new start on the West Coast and during an Uber ride together to visit the Rams facility for the first time they made it clear they came to win Super Bowls.While cruising to their first day of work in a clip from Behind the Grind, Peters said he wants to win titles like Talib and Talib was excited to reunite with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and pick up where they left off in Denver.If the locker room doesn’t implode, the Rams are going to be scary as hell. Hide your chains.Let’s Ride with newly acquired CBs @AqibTalib21 + @marcuspeters on their first official day as #LARams.Watch episode two of “Behind the Grind” 📺 » https://t.co/n7AGbnwt1u pic.twitter.com/wcCvA3WLWT— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 30, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

Why is our hotel different Melia Braco Village Jamaica explains why

first_imgTags: Jamaica << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, September 9, 2016 “Why is our hotel different?” Melia Braco Village Jamaica explains why Michael Smith center_img Posted by TORONTO — “The star rating [in Jamaica] is an absolute farce,” said Dimitris Kosvogiannis, General Manager, Meliá Braco Village Jamaica, at an industry event last night in Toronto.“In Jamaica there is no institutionalized star rating. If you build a hotel and can count to five, you can have a five star hotel,” he added. With no true rating system in place, one must wonder how one particular hotel can be distinguished from another. Kosvogiannis advised agents to “know the particulars of the hotel and what makes it a five-star hotel when selling it.”Noting that “every Jamaican hotel has sun, beach and Jamaican people,” Kosvogiannis went on to proudly list the reasons why Meliá Braco Village Jamaica should be considered a “true” five-star property and how it differs from other resorts on the island.The first major point of difference he listed is that it’s the only all-inclusive in Jamaica to have a private beach, creating what he described as “not isolated, exclusive.” The beach is the central point of the resort, is situated within 100 metres from the lobby and features direct access to 90% of rooms.The hotel spent $24 million on refurbishments when it was relaunched under the Meliá brand. With 232 rooms, the total cost comes to over $100,000 per room – the same average as a brand new resort. Featuring a colonial feel, the resort also offers a market square and is the only all-inclusive in Jamaica to be comprised entirely of villas.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJService is a major part of the hotel; the staff count is 400 at maximum capacity, creating a nearly 1:1 client-to-staff ratio. This allows for extra personalized touches for guests, like being walked to their room after check-in, all the while being told about resort features along the way.Another high point of the resort is cuisine. According to Kosvogiannis, “We have the highest food and beverage budget per guest on the island. The average budget for all-inclusives in Jamaica is $18-26 per day, ours is $30.” He wants guests to have an à la carte dining experience with four restaurants featuring capacity for 80 people each. What this means is guests shouldn’t have to wait to be seated. He also touted the premium liquor in all the bars.For clients seeking more luxury, Meliá Braco Village Jamaica also has 52 suites as part of the resort’s premium room category, THE LEVEL. Guests of THE LEVEL enjoy added perks like transfers from the airport, private check-in, guaranteed beachfront suite and a service level where any request is allowed. Guests who have stayed at THE LEVEL were in attendance at last night’s event, saying that “’you get a little more than yes.”More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionFor children, there is an activity park featuring a climbing wall, trampolines, paintball and laser tag. Other services include babysitting and a kids club that caters to children 5-12.For the MICE market, the resort can hold a wedding anywhere on the resort, including at the chapel. There’s currently a small meeting room, but the resort is in the process of building a $5 million conference centre on site.The presentation last night focused on the resort’s approach to not cutting corners and providing an experience that will bring clients back to the resort. It seems to be working, with reviews for the resort beating out a lot of the more tenured properties on the island.Meliá has continued this approach with their hiring in Canada. Phillip Rose, Regional Director for Canada for the Jamaica Tourist Board, called the Canada team “rock stars” last night. Fronting the team is Angella Gray-Bennett, Director of Sales & Marketing. Gray-Bennett has 13 years experience selling Jamaica in Canada as the former sales director for Riu Hotels & Resorts.Melia Braco Village Jamaica is currently offering a promotion on their agent portal where guests can book four nights and receive one free. Visit melia.com/travelagents for more information.Photos from the event are courtesy of Melia Braco Village Jamaica: Sharelast_img read more

January to May fiscal surplus rises to €1139m Cystat says

first_imgThe government generated a fiscal surplus of €113.9m on a cash basis in the first five months of the year, compared to a €24.6m surplus in the respective period of 2016, the statistical service said.The increased fiscal surplus in January to May was mainly on a €205m increase in revenue, to almost €2.7bn, which offset a €26m rise in spending, to over €2.5bn, compared to the respective period of 2016, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Friday.The increase in revenue was mainly on a €120m rise in indirect taxes, to almost €1.1bn, including a €85m increase in value added tax revenue, to €647.8m, Cystat said.Social security contributions rose by €43m, to €473.1m, reflecting an improvement on the labour market, non-tax revenue by €60m, to €426.8m, and grants by €3m, to €20.7m. Direct tax revenue dropped by €20m, to €694.1m.The increase in spending mainly represented a €42m rise in expenditure for goods and services, to €142.8m, and current transfers, to €588.3m, in the first five months of the year. It was followed by €18m in wages and salaries, to €672.1m, and €10m in pensions, to €223.7m, Cystat said. Subsidies dropped by €31m, to €35.2m, social security payments fell by €16m, to €591.2m, also reflecting the overall drop in unemployment.Interest payments on the consolidated general government debt which rose by €270.9m in a year, to €19.3bn last month, fell by €1m, to €175.2m, Cystat said. The primary surplus in January to May which excludes interest payments to public debt rose to €288.7bn, compared to €194.2m, in the respective period of 2016.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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