Edmonton mayor tells UN conference cities can fight climate change alone

first_imgEDMONTON – Cities can do a lot to fight climate change on their own even if the levels of government they answer to aren’t interested, the mayor of Alberta’s capital told an international conference on Monday.Don Iveson said when President Donald Trump announced his intention last June to pull the United States from the Paris climate accord, more than 90 American mayors stated their cities would still work to meet the targets.“Today, that number is 400 American mayors,” Iveson told the cities and climate change conference in Edmonton.The meeting is sponsored by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which compiles worldwide science on the evidence for and impacts of global warning. The event has attracted hundreds of delegates from around the world.Iveson said Canadian municipalities have influence over half of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions.It’s not just North American cities that are involved. Iveson pointed to the C40 climate advocacy group that includes more than 90 of the world’s largest cities totalling 650 million people and generating about one-quarter of the world’s economy.“This is all about bottom-up action,” he said.C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, well-being and economic opportunities of urban citizens.Jonathan Koehn, sustainability director for the city of Boulder, Colo., said there are ways to work within senior jurisdictions that aren’t sympathetic to fighting climate change.“The most insidious force we face is resignation, the numb acceptance that we can’t change a thing,” he said.Rather than doing things such as encouraging homes and businesses to consume less power, Boulder has focused on making sure the electricity it provides is greenhouse gas neutral, Koehn said. Energy efficiency isn’t enough.“We’ve got to address our supply side,” said Koehn.Most of any country’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, so urban design is another big climate change lever that cities can pull, he said.“Historically, we have treated pedestrians as second-class citizens.”Efficient and affordable mass transit is another tool cities can use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, he said.Koehn added that cities can also have a powerful advocacy voice.“If we are talking about behaviour change, that goes hand in hand with advocacy.”Cities can work to change the attitudes of senior levels of government, he said. In Colorado, 16 communities belong to the Colorado Communities for Climate Action.“We’re not shying away from talking about climate. We’re not going to call it something that it’s not. Our sole purpose is to focus on policy reform at the state level.“Cities are recognizing that we do have a role and a responsibility. We, in fact, can be the catalyst for change — an extraordinary shift in the notion that cities are beholden to state governments.”— Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

MODEL WITH DOWNS SYNDROME MAKES STRIDES WORLDWIDE

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook “When she walked that first catwalk every single person in the audience appreciated her,” Stuart said. “It truly was the first time she was accepted.”Madeline’s drive has not let up this year. She just finished strutting down the runway for seven designers during the 2018 New York Fashion Week and is continuing the fashion circuit to walk for seven more designers during 2018 London Fashion Week.The fashion world more recently has embraced nontraditional models who are not typically white and thin. From top magazines to designers, more women of different races, sizes and abilities are being hired for runway and print work.“I must say, I think things are getting a lot better, especially for Madeline,” Stuart said.Like most models, Madeline starts off her day with a healthy breakfast then proceeds to her outfit fittings, gets her strawberry blonde hair and make-up done and prepares for her next runway appearance. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Madeline Stuart | Source: @madelinesmodelling Twitter NEW YORK, United States — Rosanne Stuart recalls attending an annual fashion parade with her daughter, Madeline, in their hometown of Brisbane, Australia, in 2015. In the midst of the high-energy glamour on the runway, Madeline, who has limited speech, turned to her mother and firmly announced that she would like to be a model.Stuart, 46, who described her daughter as the kind of tomboy who would slip on a pair leggings and “throw football with the guys,” said that it was not something she had expected from Madeline, but she immediately supported her.More than four years later, Madeline, now 21, is the first person with Down’s syndrome to ever stride down a runway as a model during New York Fashion Week. With more than 60 catwalks under her belt in cities including London, Paris and Dubai, Madeline’s disability has not appeared to be a hindrance. Advertisementlast_img read more

LA prosecutors decline sex abuse charges against Les Moonves

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Prosecutors in Southern California declined to pursue sexual abuse claims against CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves because the statute of limitations has expired, according to documents.The unidentified woman, who worked in the television industry, went to Los Angeles police in February to report three alleged incidents, two in 1988 and one from 1986.The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office was considering three possible criminal charges including two misdemeanours, battery and indecent exposure, and a felony, forced oral copulation, according to a charge evaluation worksheet.The document stated the woman disclosed at least one of the alleged incidents to a friend a year before filing the police report.“The applicable statutes of limitation have expired as to all three incidents,” the worksheet said.CBS declined to comment Tuesday.In an article last week in The New Yorker, six women — four of whom spoke on the record — alleged sexual harassment or misconduct by Moonves between the 1980s and late 2000s.Four of the women described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings, it says, while two said that Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers.Moonves acknowledged making advances that may have made women uncomfortable but said he never misused his position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.The incident reviewed by prosecutors was not mentioned in The New Yorker piece written by Ronan Farrow, who tweeted Tuesday that the incidents reviewed by prosecutors were not included in his piece.CBS said Monday that it was hiring outside counsel to investigate claims made in the article by Farrow, who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning story last year for the same magazine uncovering many of the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey WeinsteinMoonves has been a towering figure in television for decades, credited with turning around a network that had been mired for years at the bottom ratings.The CBS chief is the latest media giant to become embroiled in sexual misconduct allegations since the downfall of Weinstein in October triggered the #MeToo social media movement.Moonves was the No. 2 highest paid CEO of a major public company in 2017, according to an analysis by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. He made $68.4 million last year, behind only chip maker Broadcom’s CEO.Before joining CBS, he was president of Warner Bros. Television, where he oversaw the development of hit TV shows “Friends” and “ER.”Moonves, who is married to TV personality and CBS producer Julie Chen, was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2013.last_img read more

After floods and eruption in Guatemala thousands need food aid – UN

21 September 2010Some 330,000 Guatemalans will need food aid over the coming months, just to be able to subsist, according to a new United Nations study. “It is a challenge for the country and the international community that we must confront,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) representative Willem van Milink said yesterday of the small Central American nation, which has recently been swept by torrential rains, floods, deadly landslides and a volcanic eruption.The study, carried out in August by the WFP, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) together with Government and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, found that 235,000 people need emergency food aid and a further 95,000, who are engaged in subsistence agriculture, require supplementary food aid.Earlier this year Tropical Storm Agatha left a swath of destruction across the country, particularly in road communications, infrastructure, food security and livelihoods. The crisis was compounded by the eruption of Pacaya volcano. read more

Bristol University to offer lower grades to disadvantaged teenagers

first_imgBristol University hopes to boost diversity by offering disadvantaged teenagers places for lower grades.Courses that may typically require top grades at A-level will be offered to “high potential” pupils from local schools with grades as low as C.The “Bristol scholars”, who will be drawn from both state and independent schools in the city, will have “overcome educational or domestic disadvantage” such as being the first in their family to attend university, receiving Free School Meals, living in care or being a young carer.The initiative, which was launched by Education Secretary Justine Greening, is thought to be the first of its kind.Launching the scheme at St Bede’s Catholic College in Bristol, Ms Greening said: “‎I was the first in my family to have the opportunity to go on to university, and getting my degree opened doors to the type of future I knew I wanted for myself. Pupils from Bristol receiving A-level resultsCredit:Matt Cardy For every local school, there will be up to five places for disadvantaged pupils, based on head teachers’ assessments of “potential” rather than exam grades.In addition to a lower offer, the University will offer academic and pastoral support and  financial support for those whose household income is below £25,000. Figures released by Ucas this week showed that  groups such as working class white boys are still far behind in university entry rates.Many universities already make “contextual” offers to students which can be up to two grades lower than usual if they come from lower performing schools.Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, said this was an “innovative” way to improve diversity, adding: “But there is still a long way to go before everyone who has the potential to go to university has equal chance to do so.” “This Government wants to widen access to a great education so that all young people can go as far as their talents will take them.”Professor Hugh Brady, Bristol University’s Vice-Chancellor said: “These are bold measures designed to address a problem that is seen across the education sector.“We’re confident that, in time, we will achieve a more diverse student community at the University of Bristol; this will be a change which will benefit everyone, and something we hope other universities will consider replicating.”Of the 44 students who applied to the pilot scheme, 39 will be offered places to start their courses in 2017. The university aims to have a cohort of 100 Bristol scholars every year starting from 2018, which is part of a wider expansion in student numbers. Many universities already make “contextual” offers to students center_img Many universities already make “contextual” offers to students  Pupils from Bristol receiving A-level results 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

EHF CL 20102011 Round 9 Awakened Kadetten one step to TOP 16

← Previous Story Wenta without Szmal against Slovenia Next Story → Regional (Ex-Yu) “S” League with Kielce, Wisla and Tatran! Aleksandar StojanovićKadetten handballSwiss handball Swiss champion, Kadetten Schaffhausen won second match in a row in the EHF Champions League. After Pick Szeged, TOP Swiss team beated also a favorite, Russians, Chehovski Medvedi 32:29 (15:16) and just theory can’t take them out of the TOP 16 phase, what will be the biggest success of Swiss team so far.  The man of the match was Serbian right back, Aleksandar Stojanović (6), who finally get some more minutes on the court this season.–  Winterthur. – 1030 spectators  –Kadetten Schaffhausen: Gustavsson/Quadrelli (two 7-meters); Kukucka (3), Goepfert (1), Graubner (3), Patrail (4/1), Filip (3), Starczan (4), Jurca (4), Stojanovic (6), Bucher (2), Ursic (2).Chehovski Medvedi: Grams; Filippow (4/2), Aslanjan, Kowalew (6/3), Tschenojwanow (5), Schelmenko (2), Harbok (6), Rastworzew (3), Kamanin, Dibirow (2), Starych (1), Iwanow.Score: 1:0, 1:4, 3:4, 3:5, 6:5, 6:7, 8:7, 8:8, 10:8, 14:12, 14:15, 15:16; 16:17, 18:17, 18:19, 19:20, 22:20, 22:22 (45.), 26:22 (49.), 26:23, 28:23, 31:26, 31:28, 32:29.Standing:1. Chehovski medvedi* 9-132. Valladolid* 8-113. Kadetten Schaffhausen 9-94. Pick Szeged 8-85. Dinamo Minsk 8-56. AaB Handbold 8-4photo:www.20min.ch read more

Berlusconi wants new government to confront EUs austerity agenda

first_imgFORMER ITALIAN prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose party is set to join a new governing coalition taking shape today, has said the new government should “confront” Europe over austerity and the 3-per-cent deficit ceiling.“We could think about confronting Europe, explaining that the limit of 3 per cent on the deficit and the fiscal compact are correct but not when you are already in recession,” Berlusconi told the Corriere della Sera in an interview.“Would there be a stand-off with the European Union? Not necessarily. I don’t see a common leadership on this and I think even Brussels is becoming convinced that there has been too much austerity,” Berlusconi said.The 76-year-old billionaire tycoon said he wanted to be the new finance minister – but admitted this was unlikely and suggested that a leading member of his People of Freedom party, Renato Brunetta, should take the post instead.Brunetta has been sharply critical of Germany’s role in Europe and has argued against the budget austerity implemented by former European commissioner Mario Monti’s outgoing government, including an unpopular property tax.Monti replaced Berlusconi after the scandal-tainted premier was ousted by a rebellion within his ranks and a wave of panic on the financial markets.Berlusconi attacked technocrat Monti saying: “He terrorised by fixing terrible targets. Now we need a political government that can re-start the economy. If they really wanted to do things well they would call on me.”Moderate leftist Enrico Letta, a Europhile who has also called for an easing of austerity and urgent attention to social issues, has been invited to form a government and is currently scrambling to put together a cabinet and end weeks of political uncertainty in one of Europe’s biggest economies.- © AFP, 2013Read: Italy’s next PM drives to nomination meeting in his own Fiat minivanlast_img read more

How to use AirPlay

first_imgAirPlay is an Apple feature that many iOS users don’t know a lot about. For starters, it requires an Apple TV set-top-box, a gadget that isn’t nearly as popular as other Apple products. Additionally, the best parts of AirPlay only showed up late last year with the release of iOS 5. It’s relatively new territory, and thus often confuses people. The good news is that it’s not difficult to use and it’s an excellent way to get more out of your iDevices.AirPlay has its origins in an old Apple feature called AirTunes. In the days of AirTunes (2004-2010), the only thing that you could stream was music from a computer running iTunes. That changed at the Fall iPod event in 2010 (which could very well end up being the last iPod event), when Steve Jobs rebranded the feature as AirPlay. With the name change came new functionality, including the ability to stream photos and videos from iOS devices.So what’s this AirPlay thing all about? More importantly, how do you set it up?How to use AirPlayFor basic AirPlay media streaming, things couldn’t be easier. You need to have an iOS device (like an iPad), an Apple TV set-top-box, and a WiFi connection. When all of that is setup, an AirPlay icon will show up in any of the following apps: Videos, Music (called iPod on pre-iOS 5 iPhones), Photos, or YouTube.Once you select that icon, you’ll see a menu that lets you select your recipient device. If you have an Airport Express device, you can stream audio to it, otherwise select your Apple TV. After selecting, anything you play will be streamed to your TV.How to use AirPlay MirroringStreaming some Ray Charles or a YouTube cat video is fine, but the real fun starts when you introduce AirPlay mirroring. It lets you mirror, in real-time, your iOS device’s display onto your TV’s display.The big caveat here is that you will need one of Apple’s newest iOS devices (like the iPhone 4S or iPad 2) and the latest (2nd generation) Apple TV. If you have all of that, simply activate AirPlay mirroring by double-tapping your iOS device’s home button, and swiping the multitasking switcher over to the right (where the music controls are). There you’ll find the AirPlay icon — just tap it and select your Apple TV. At that point, anything that you do on your iPad will be displayed right on your TV.It’s an exciting, but limited technology today. Expect to see more from it, and similar streaming technologies, in the future!last_img read more

Early Tipp goals power them past Cork to seal AllIreland hurling glory

first_img 52 Comments https://the42.ie/4779877 Reports from Gaelic Grounds Subs23. Seán Hayes (Kiladangan) for O’Connor (36)21. Kian O’Kelly (Kilruane MacDonaghs) for Ormond (48)22. Joe Fogarty (Moneygall) for Bowe (52)24. Cathal Bourke (Clonoulty-Rossmore) for Ryan (58)17. Michael Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields) for Connolly (63)Cork1. Ger Collins (Ballinhassig)3. James Keating (Kildorrery)(captain)4. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)6. Sean O’Leary Hayes (Midleton)5. Ger Millerick (Fr O’Neills)2. Conor O’Callaghan (Dromtarrife)7. Robert Downey (Glen Rovers)8. Ryan Walsh (Kanturk)12. Daire Connery (Na Piarsaigh)22. Simon Kennefick (Glen Rovers)9. Tommy O’Connell (Midleton)11. Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)13. Brian Turnbull (Douglas)14. Shane O’Regan (Watergrasshill)10. Sean Twomey (Courcey Rovers)Subs23. Evan Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh) for Kennefick (half-time)18. Jamie Copps (Ballyhea) for Keating (40)21. Barry Murphy (Castlelyons) for Connery (40)15. Padraig Power (Blarney) for Walsh (53)Referee: Liam Gordon (Galway) Saturday 24 Aug 2019, 7:32 PM Aug 24th 2019, 7:32 PM Early Tipp goals power them past Cork to seal All-Ireland hurling glory 18,652 was the attendance at the Gaelic Grounds for today’s U20 decider. By Fintan O’Toolecenter_img 35,115 Views Tipperary 5-17Cork 1-18IT WAS ALREADY a hurling week to savour for Tipperary, this evening in Limerick simply rounded it off in style for them.More All-Ireland silverware for their trophy cabinet, a double to replicate the feat they achieved at the start of the decade and evidence that points to a bunch of bright prospects capable of stepping up in the future. Cork’s Brian Turnbull with Tipperary’s Craig Morgan. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOThere was only a point separating Tipperary and Cork at the close of a thrilling Munster final last month, the gap had widened considerably when the teams renewed acquaintances here in the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U20 decider.The story of the game can be neatly packaged in the events of the opening eight minutes. Cork had four points on the board in that time frame. Tipperary matched that total in the number of goals they registered. That essentially settled this one.It was a whirlwind opening, Tipperary rained deliveries down towards the Ennis Road side of the ground and overwhelmed the Cork rearguard. They set the tone after a mere 19 seconds, Conor Bowe popping a pass through for Billy Seymour to drill home the first goal.Three more followed. Sparkling work by Jake Morris paved the way for Andrew Ormond to net in the 5th minute, Seymour raised another green flag moments later and Jerome Cahill completed the blitz by dashing through for a fine finish. Tipperary’s early blast of goals powered them in front. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOCork goalkeeper Ger Collins had seen wave of attacks roll his way but he did superbly to deny Tipperary a fifth goal inside the opening quarter when repelling a snapshot from Bowe. The Ballinhassig man also did well to repel Cahill when he sought a second goal after the interval.It was damage limitation stuff for Cork. Seymour notched 2-5 overall with Morris contributing 0-8, the pair were the chief architects all evening in cutting loose up front. Cork managed to stop the rot before the interval to cut the deficit but they still trailed 4-9 to 0-10.Their task looked considerable entering the second half and the boost of an early goal never arrived as Tipperary’s rearguard spearheaded by captain Craig Morgan and Paddy Cadell held firm.Cork did manage to eventually find a route to the net, Sean Twomey spraying in a pass for Tommy O’Connell in the 46th minute and he darted inside before unleashing a bullet to the far corner. Driven on by Robert Downey, Ger Millerick and Sean O’Leary-Hayes – a trio whose influence grew in the closing period – Cork did generate a sequence of attacks.They got sight of goal on a couple more occasions but Tipperary goalkeeper Aaron Browne blocked a drive from Sheehan and Twomey drilled another inches wide. Pointed frees by Brian Turnbull were a primary source of scores for Cork and Tipperary had built up a sufficient buffer.The champions added the finishing touches to their evening’s work. Seymour landing an exquisite sideline cut, substitute Cathal Bourke charging through for a fifth goal and Morris popping over a late free. Cork concluded with 14 men, a sombre evening for them completed by O’Connell being shown a second yellow.Their large and vociferous support spilled onto the pitch at the finish. It’s been a week for them to relish.Scorers for Tipperary: Billy Seymour 2-5 (0-1 sideline), Jake Morris 0-8 (0-3f, 0-1 ’65), Andrew Ormond 1-2, Jerome Cahill 1-1, Cathal Bourke 1-0, Conor Bowe 0-1.Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 0-8 (0-7f), Tommy O’Connell 1-2 (0-2 ’65), Ryan Walsh, Daire Connery (0-1f) 0-2 each, Conor O’Callaghan, Robert Downey, Shane O’Regan, Brian Roche 0-1 each. Tipperary1. Aaron Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)4. Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs)(captain)3. Eoghan Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs)6. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens)5. Niall Heffernan (Golden-Kilfeacle)2. Conor McCarthy (Nenagh Éire Óg)7. Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill)8. Ciarán Connolly (Loughmore-Castleiney)12. Johnny Ryan (Arravale Rovers)10. Gearóid O’Connor (Moyne-Templetuohy)9. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)11. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg)13. Andrew Ormond (JK Brackens)14. Billy Seymour (Kiladanagn)15. Conor Bowe (Moyne-Templetuohy) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Fintan O’Toole Short URL Share16 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

North and West multicultural councils meet

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The first meeting of the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s (VMC) North and West Metropolitan Regional Advisory Council (RAC) took place in Coburg on Tuesday.Mr Chin Tan, Chairperson of the VMC, and Mr Craig Ondarchie MLC for Northern Metropolitan spoke at the launch. The RAC advised the VMC on local multicultural, settlement and citizenship issues. It also advocated on behalf of diverse communities, assisting the VMC to promote the benefits of diversity and boost direct links with local multicultural communities. The Chair of the North and West Metropolitan RAC is VMC Commissioner Ms Jenny Matic said: “It is a privilege and pleasure to be part of the North and West Metropolitan Regional Advisory Council, which will provide a great opportunity for community members to discuss local issues facing diverse communities and champion the region’s multicultural interests”.Highlighting the significance of the RACs, the chairperson of the VMC, Mr Chin Tan, said: “The inaugural North and West Metropolitan RAC meeting is an important milestone for the region. The members who have generously volunteered their time can now proceed with the important work of advising the VMC on local multicultural issues”.last_img read more

Simeone braced for difficult match against Sporting

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is braced for a challenging time against Sporting Lisbon for the return leg of their Europa League tieThe two sides previously met at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano last week for the first leg with Atletico capitalising on two mistakes from the visitors to seal a 2-0 win.Heading into the second leg at Sporting’s Estadio Jose Alvalade, Simeone acknowledges the challenge that the Portuguese side will pose for them.“We’re going to face a team that will give it their all and will count on the support of their fans,” said the Argentine, according to the club website.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“We’ll have to seize control of the match.”The Atletico coach revealed his admiration for his counterpart Jorge Jesus and knows the kind threat the Sporting coach can give his side.“[Jesus] is an important and intelligent coach. He’s going to do everything he can to try and turn this tie around,” said Simeone.The 47 year-old knows that Atletico were fortunate in the first leg: “They’re a very competitive team. They suffered an early goal in the Wanda Metropolitano and in the end of the match, they had chances to score,” he continued. “It’ll be a tough and intense match.”last_img read more

The Exorcist Returns to the Rance House

first_img 7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were GreatThe 11 Scariest Religious Horror Movies Stay on target It’s been two weeks since the attempted exorcism of Casey Rance and two weeks since The Exorcist revealed its big twist. This week, we got to see how both events have affected the Rance family and the priests. We start with a clip from an old 1970s talk show where young Regan, who we now know is Angela, is being interviewed. Her mother, an actress, is cashing in on the possession to sell a book. We learn exactly why Regan decided to change her name and run away. The host mentions that the story of the possession will follow Regan wherever she goes. She doesn’t like that idea so much.Fast forward to the present and Angela is mad that Henry lets her mother into the house. Kat is sitting on the couch with her newfound grandmother, and the conversation is a little awkward. Chris, Angela’s mother, says she saw her daughter on the news, learned her granddaughter was missing and ran to help. She says she hopes the possession isn’t as bad as the one she experienced. (Considering the movie got an R rating in the ’70s and this has a TV-14 rating now, we already know it’s not going to be.) Angela doesn’t want her mother staying with her, but Henry insists and asks to have her sleep in Kat’s room.The search for Casey continues, with the church organizing a volunteer effort to comb the area. Angela speaks with Fathers Tomas and Marcus and learns that Casey will be trying to integrate with the rest of the demons. Once that happens, her soul will be destroyed, and there will be no getting her back. Marcus leaves to hunt for Casey, telling Tomas that he has too much to lose to make a good exorcist.The organs are prepared for the ritual. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)That night, a press conference about the search is interrupted by a protester who asks why there hasn’t been this much attention on the murders just down the street. She reads off the names of the people who were killed. As each name is read, we cut to each organ that was harvested from them. The ritual to summon a demon is beginning.Tomas meets with Maria again, who encourages him to attend the papal dinner that night, hosted by the Friars of the Ascension. There’s definitely something sketchy going on there, as Father Marcus’s supernatural tour guide friends have noticed that the landscaping company on all the vans seen around town has been out of business for years. Despite that, they’ve not only been able to maintain a fleet of vans to drive around Chicago, but they’ve also donated a large sum of money to the Friars of the Ascension.As you might have guessed, the Friars aren’t on the side of good. At the dinner, we see they count very powerful members of Chicago society among their ranks. The police commissioner, the head of the Teamsters union and a few high-ranking church officials are at the dinner. Once the Friars are all together, the priest asks why Tomas hasn’t come. Maria says he’s proving to be a tough one to crack. They get down to business and perform the ritual of vicari pulvari to summon a demon. Yes, they are the ones that committed the murders and harvested the organs. Each person begs the demon to possess them, and it chooses the police commissioner, much to Maria’s dismay.Casey (Hannah Kasulka) appears behind her mother. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Angela is manning the phones at the church when she gets a call from the demon. He tells her he’ll gladly tell her where Casey is if she really wants him to. The demon says Casey is right behind her. Angela turns around and sees her daughter with half her face missing and covered in maggots. It’s definitely one of the most effective scares this week. It turns out to be a dream. She jolts awake at her phone station. Meanwhile, Father Tomas overhears that someone had called to complain about a pack of wild dogs. Since animals going insane is a sign that a demon may be near, he texts the information to Father Marcus.Later, at the Rance house, Angela finds her mother giving an interview to a local paper and accuses her of using Casey’s disappearance to boost her career. Before she can kick her mother out of her house, Angela gets a phone call from the police. They think they’ve found Casey. They ask her to come down to the morgue to identify a body. The entire family rushes to the morgue only to find out it wasn’t her. Well, that was pointless, but hey you gotta fill up your 44 minutes somehow I guess.Marcus’s search is much more successful. He investigates a tunnel where a bunch of homeless people are living and finds Casey climbing along one of the walls. She escapes down the tunnel, and Marcus gives chase. He catches up with her at the lake, where she’s killed and is in the process of eating a swan. He holds her under the water and baptizes her in the lake. For a second it looks like she may have drowned, but she wakes up. She’s herself for now, but that won’t last long. She tells Marcus the demon is coming back and begs him to help.This was not a particularly scary episode, but the story has become interesting enough that I don’t care. The mystery of what exactly was up with the Friars carried me through the episode and Angela/Regan’s mother being in the picture gives her something grounded to struggle with. It makes her more sympathetic and gives us a reason to root for her. But, as has been the case most of the season, the most exciting part of the episode is what happens at the very end. They’ve found Casey and the exorcism will begin for real… next week.last_img read more

2018 is the year of graph databases Heres why

first_imgWith the explosion of data, businesses are looking to innovate as they connect their operations to a whole host of different technologies. The need for consistency across all data elements is now stronger than ever. That’s where graph databases come in handy. Because they allow for a high level of flexibility when it comes to representing your data and also while handling complex interactions within different elements, graph databases are considered by many to be the next big trend in databases. In this article, we dive deep into the current graph database scene, and list out 3 top reasons why graph databases will continue to soar in terms of popularity in 2018. What are graph databases, anyway? Simply put, graph databases are databases that follow the graph model. What is a graph model, then? In mathematical terms, a graph is simply a collection of nodes, with different nodes connected by edges. Each node contains some information about the graph, while edges denote the connection between the nodes. How are graph databases different from the relational databases, you might ask? Well, the key difference between the two is the fact that graph data models allow for more flexible and fine-grained relationships between data objects, as compared to relational models. There are some more differences between the graph data model and the relational data model, which you should read through for more information. Often, you will see that graph databases are without a schema. This allows for a very flexible data model, much like the document or key/value store database models. A unique feature of the graph databases, however, is that they also support relationships between the data objects like a relational database. This is useful because it allows for a more flexible and faster database, which can be invaluable to your project which demands a quicker response time. Image courtesy DB-Engines The rise in popularity of the graph database models over the last 5 years has been stunning, but not exactly surprising. If we were to drill down the 3 key factors that have propelled the popularity of graph databases to a whole new level, what would they be? Let’s find out. Major players entering the graph database market About a decade ago, the graph database family included just Neo4j and a couple of other less-popular graph databases. More recently, however, all the major players in the industry such as Oracle (Oracle Spatial and Graph), Microsoft (Graph Engine), SAP (SAP Hana as a graph store) and IBM (Compose for JanusGraph) have come up with graph offerings of their own. The most recent entrant to the graph database market is Amazon, with Amazon Neptune announced just last year. According to Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, graph databases are becoming a part of the growing trend of multi-model databases. Per Jassy, these databases are finding increased adoption on the cloud as they support a myriad of useful data processing methods. The traditional over-reliance on relational databases is slowly breaking down, he says. Rise of the Cypher Query Language With graph databases slowly getting mainstream recognition and adoption, the major companies have identified the need for a standard query language for all graph databases. Similar to SQL, Cypher has emerged as a standard and is a widely-adopted alternative to write efficient and easy to understand graph queries. As of today, the Cypher Query Language is used in popular graph databases such as Neo4j, SAP Hana, Redis graph and so on. The OpenCypher project, the project that develops and maintains Cypher, has also released Cypher for popular Big Data frameworks like Apache Spark. Cypher’s popularity has risen tremendously over the last few years. The primary reason for this is the fact that like SQL, Cypher’s declarative nature allows users to state the actions they want performed on their graph data without explicitly specifying them. Finding critical real-world applications Graph databases were in the news as early as 2016, when the Panama paper leaks were revealed with the help of Neo4j and Linkurious, a data visualization software. In more recent times, graph databases have also found increased applications in online recommendation engines, as well as for performing tasks that include fraud detection and managing social media. Facebook’s search app also uses graph technology to map social relationships. Graph databases are also finding applications in virtual assistants to drive conversations – eBay’s virtual shopping assistant is an example. Even NASA uses the knowledge graph architecture to find critical data. What next for graph databases? With growing adoption of graph databases, we expect graph-based platforms to soon become the foundational elements of many corporate tech stacks. The next focus area for these databases will be practical implementations such as graph analytics and building graph-based applications. The rising number of graph databases would also mean more competition, and that is a good thing – competition will bring more innovation, and enable incorporation of more cutting-edge features. With a healthy and steadily growing community of developers, data scientists and even business analysts, this evolution may be on the cards, sooner than we might expect. Read Next Amazon Neptune: A graph database service for your applications When, why and how to use Graph analytics for your big datalast_img read more

Hong Kong is part of a multidestination itinerary and they know it

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, February 23, 2018 Michael Smith Tags: Hong Kong, Trend Watch TORONTO — The Hong Kong Tourism Board celebrated the Year of the Dog at Susur Lee’s Luckee last night with plenty of good news, like the 58.4 million visitor arrivals in 2017. That includes 370,000 arrivals from Canada.The HKTB is looking to keep up the forward momentum with its ‘Best of All, It’s in Hong Kong’ campaign which encourages visitors to discover Hong Kong like a local.“We have identified various experiences to feature under the best campaign,” says Michael Lim, Director-Canada, Central & South America, Hong Kong Tourism Board.Susur Lee shows how to make his famous slawFor Canadians visiting Hong Kong, those experiences are culture, dining, attractions, Chinese festivals and the great outdoors, he adds.The city is also seeing new hotels with an additional 34 hotels being developed by the end of the year, taking the capacity to over 85,000 rooms.There’s also a new initiative to promote Hong Kong neighbourhoods with the launch of Old Town Central, positioned as a melting pot of arts, culture and entertainment.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaPart of the Old Town Central messaging includes five themed walking routes for clients looking to explore the neighbourhoods at their own pace. The next neighbourhood is Sham Shui Po and will be launched in late March. Sham Shui Po is home to multiple historic sites, characteristic architecture, religious buildings, local diners, hawker stalls, shopping malls and bazaars.In other news, the famous ‘A Symphony of Lights’ light and sound show, performed daily at Victoria Harbour, has gotten a refresh, with a new edition making its debut in December 2017 with even more dazzling elements and a new soundtrack performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.The most revealing statistic from last night’s reception was the destination’s popularity as part of a multi-destination trip for clients.“Over 90% of Canadian visitors [to Hong Kong] are on a multi-destination itinerary,” said Lim. “We’ll be leveraging on this to accelerate our co-ops with China, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam. New multi-destination itineraries will be developed with our airlines and tour operator partners.”With 14 direct flights daily from Canada to Hong Kong, the destination is definitely a hub to Asia for Canadians. This is how the tourism board is looking to leverage itself with other destinations:More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaChinaWorking with the China National Tourist Office, they are focused on ensuring Hong Kong is included on the itinerary when consumers are thinking of visiting the rest of China. They will be continuing a digital campaign with the micro-site china-hongkong.ca.ThailandAnother partner is the Tourism Authority of Thailand, with two campaigns. The first is a 20-page feature in Fashion Magazine’s summer issue and a hub on fashionmagazine.com. They will also be working with OTA Travelzoo on an eight-week campaign.TaiwanHaving seen success working with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau on B2B initiatives, they will continue to work with the destination through the website 2storiesonetrip.com, offering various packages from tour operators.VietnamThey feel the destination is gaining interest this year and will be working on new initiatives this year and exploring various tactical opportunities with trade partners.For more information, go to partnernet.hktb.com.center_img Posted by Share Hong Kong is part of a multi-destination itinerary and they know itlast_img read more

We had a good meeting he was a good dude Washi

first_img“We had a good meeting; he was a good dude,” Washington said. “Got a lot to understand about what’s going on.”Washington, 26, made the Pro Bowl last season after racking up 134 total tackles to go along with nine sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. One of the best young linebackers in the NFL, his offseason was marred by the suspension as well as an arrest on domestic violence charges.His next court date is scheduled for Oct. 9, and whether or not that will lead to him missing more games remains to be seen. In the meantime, Washington, who missed practice Tuesday to go to the Big Apple, will just keep working to get his career back on track.Saying the meeting was worthwhile if only to allow the league executive see what kind of person he was off the field, all the linebacker can do is move forward. “I’m going to keep my head up, put a smile on my face and be ready to play.” – / 31 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Daryl Washington was hoping for a better result of a trip to New York to meet with NFL executives about his four-game suspension.“I thought it was a good interview in New York but I didn’t get the news I wanted to here,” the linebacker said Thursday. “I think that’s just motivation for me to come back stronger (after) these four games.”Washington, who was suspended for a quarter of the regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy back in April, wanted to talk with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the matter, but instead met with the league’s Vice President for Law and Labor Policy, Dr. Adolpho Birch. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Really dirty play here by Michael Wilhoite, throwing down @LarryFitzgerald after the whistle. pic.twitter.com/sLfOtnpnmp— Corey Cohen (@CoreyECohen) October 7, 2016Wilhoite must have not gotten the message … don’t disrespect Fitz. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   There’s a lot for Arizona Cardinals fans to be angry about this season. One San Francisco 49ers defender only added fuel to the fire.Five minutes into the first quarter in a scoreless game, the Cardinals had the ball and were flagged for a false start.It was a tad late of a call, so Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton threw the ball anyways. Many whistles ensued before Larry Fitzgerald caught the ball and continued right when it hit his hands. Apparently the whistles didn’t mean anything to linebacker Michael Wilhoite. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

No progress in red lake search for third body Update 4

first_imgInvestigations at the red lake in Mitsero finished on Wednesday after failing to show any indication of the third body that suspected serial killer Nikos Metaxas told authorities he dumped there.After a break at midday, more examinations were conducted by authorities and squads at the scene, using sonar. The northern and western parts of the lake were examined for the third suitcase which is believed to contain the body.Earlier in the day, a heavy object had been removed from the red lake in Mitsero, but was determined to be merely three large pieces of sponge tied around a piece of wood and wrapped in doormats. Two state pathologists and the bomb squad were called to the scene to examine the object found near the bank of the lake, but left shortly after.Of the seven murders of female foreign nationals – five women and two children aged 6 and 8 – that the 35-year-old confessed to the police to have murdered, five bodies have so far been found, with police still searching for six-year-old Sierra Graze Seucalliuc and one more body, probably that of Marricar Valdez Arguiola, 30.Arguiola is believed to be located in a third suitcase dumped in the red lake in Mitsero, for which search crews continued efforts on Wednesday.Two of the suitcases containing victims Metaxas had dumped in the red lake were retrieved by the authorities, the first on April 28 and the second on May 5.The first contained the body of an adult woman, possibly Livia Florentina Bunea, 36, from Romania. Reports claim that the second contained the body of a child, which if true would be Bunea’s eight-year-old daughter, Elena Natalia.On Tuesday, reports said that the diver pulled two objects which are not related to the case out of the red lake, as the lake seems to have been used as a dumping ground by many.Police are reportedly in contact with the British experts that assisted local authorities with the ongoing investigations last week, and might use a ground penetrating radar to check areas in the lake covered with mud.Meanwhile, the sonar technology was put to use on Wednesday at Memi lake in the Xyliatos area, where six-year-old Seucalliuc is believed to have been dumped.She went missing last May along with her mother, Mary Rose Tiburcio, 39, from the Philippines, whose body was the first that was retrieved by authorities from a shaft at the Mitsero mine on April 14.    You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Glardon honors local heroes in 911 memorial

first_img Tags: Glardon, Sept. 11 10Sep Rep. Glardon honors local heroes in 9/11 memorial Categories: Featured news,Newscenter_img State Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso, with special guest Owosso Public Safety Chief Kevin Lenkart, took part in the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 memorial service today.The ceremony marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and honored military members and service members. House representatives invited guests to join them in honoring the victims and heroes of 9/11, and men and woman serving today.The names of 14 first responders and service members from Michigan who died in the line of duty during the past year were read during the ceremony.Among those honored on the day was Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman, who was killed this week. Rodeman had recently moved to Owosso.last_img read more

Rep Theis announces 2016 coffee hours

first_img State Rep. Lana Theis invites residents to join her for her monthly coffee hours.“As your state representative, I want to continue to be as receptive and available as possible,” said Rep. Theis, R-Brighton. “Accessibility and responsiveness are extremely important and I am eager to meet with citizens in the community to answer any questions or concerns they may have.”All coffee hours will be held at Two Brothers Coffee, 423 West Main St. in Brighton at the following times:Thursday, Jan. 285:30-7:30 p.m.Monday, Feb. 227-9 a.m.Friday, March 255:30-7:30 p.m.Monday, April 257-9 a.m.Tuesday, May 175:30-7:30 p.m.Friday, June 247-9 a.m.Thursday, July 215:30-7:30 p.m.Friday, Aug. 267-9 a.m.Tuesday, Sept. 205:30-7:30 p.m.Monday, Oct. 177-9 a.m.Tuesday, Nov. 295:30-7:30 p.m.Monday, Dec. 197-9 a.m. 12Jan Rep. Theis announces 2016 coffee hours Categories: Theis Newscenter_img Coffee hours as well as other information can always be found at www.RepLanaTheis.com. Those unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Theis by email at LanaTheis@house.mi.gov or by phone at (517) 373-1784.###last_img read more