Humboldt Broncos families upset by Alberta trucking regulation review

first_imgEDMONTON — Several families affected by the deadly Humboldt Broncos hockey bus crash say they are upset by an Alberta review of trucking regulations.Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba implemented mandatory training for truck and bus drivers after the crash in April 2018.Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver has confirmed in a Facebook post that the province is taking another look at the rules for school bus drivers and farmers.Families of the 16 people who died and 13 who were injured took to social media to criticize the review.They have called the review disgusting and say a two-tiered system is ridiculous.Toby Boulet, whose son Logan was killed in the Broncos crash, says the same rules need to apply to commercial and farm truck drivers.“I will speak face to face with anyone who believes a load of grain has more value than my son’s life,” the Lethbridge dad said on Twitter.McIver was not made available for an interview, but he said in the Facebook post late Tuesday that the province hasn’t made any changes.“No decisions have been made or will be made until we hear from all interested parties about the best way to proceed,” said the posting. “Our top priority at Alberta Transportation is the safety and security of drivers and families on Alberta’s highways.“Let me reassure you that we will not make any changes that compromise safety on our roads.” Premier Jason Kenney made similar comments in Calgary on Tuesday, although both he and McIver suggested the rules for school bus drivers and farmers could be relaxed.“If a farmer is simply taking their grain truck to the local elevator or perhaps to a regional terminal, and they have a perfect driving record and they’re just driving their own product, I think some consideration might be given there, because they’re not professional truckers in that case. They’re not full-time truckers,” Kenney said. “This is a complex issue.”Boulet and the other Alberta-based families involved in the Broncos crash say there’s nothing complex about it.Shelby Hunter, whose brother Logan Hunter was killed, called it a terrible idea.“As families, we are after change and I believe one day we will live in a world where driver regulations are much stricter,” she wrote on Twitter. “Breaks my heart to know how many people’s lives are at risk on these roads!”The Straschnitzki family in Airdrie, Alta., has also criticized the potential move in interviews and on social media.“Typical govt,” wrote Tom Straschnitzki on Twitter. “Come visit all 29 of us and explain why they would do this. Hope it never happens to any of their kids or spouses or relatives.“If it did, betcha changes would happen sooner than later.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.— With files from Lauren Krugel in CalgaryColette Derworiz, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Fatal shooting of Colten Boushie a freak accident defence

first_imgThe Canadian Press BATTLEFORD, Sask. – A defence lawyer says an Indigenous teen who died in a shooting on a Saskatchewan farm was the victim of a freak accident.Gerald Stanley’s lawyer is making his opening arguments before a jury hearing the man’s second-degree murder trial.Scott Spencer told jurors that 22-year-old Colten Boushie’s death wasn’t justified, but they must put themselves in Stanley’s shoes.He said the Stanley family was facing intruders on their farm near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016 which created a panic situation.Spencer suggested it wasn’t unreasonable for warning shots to be fired to scare off the intruders and called the fatal shooting a “freak accident in the course of an unimaginably scary situation.”Boushie was sitting in the driver’s seat of a grey Ford Escape when he was shot.“This is not a justified death. It is never right to take somebody’s life. But that’s not what this case is all about,” Spencer told court in Battleford, Sask., on Monday.“For farm people, your yard is your castle. We have a family. They were working on their ranch. That’s what the day started like for Gerry and his family. What happened is they faced essentially (an) intruder.”Court has heard an SUV with a flat tire carrying five people drove onto the Stanley farm. The driver testified the group had been drinking during the day and tried to break into a truck on a neighbouring farm, but went to the Stanley farm in search of help with the tire.Stanley’s son has testified that on the day of the shooting, he and his father heard an ATV start and thought it was being stolen. The pair ran toward the SUV and threw a hammer at the windshield as the driver tried to leave the farm.Sheldon Stanley said he went into the house to get his truck keys and heard two gunshots. He said he heard a third when he came back out. He told court he saw his father, looking sick, with a gun in his hand saying, “It just went off.”“You have to view it from Gerry’s perspective and what he faced. The fear, the unknown. When you’re in a situation where you have intruders and you don’t have the luxury of being able to wait for police assistance. This case comes down to what’s reasonable,” Spencer said.“It’s not a self defence. What can you do to protect yourself in those circumstances? You can’t use lethal force but is it reasonable to deal with the circumstance to protect you and your family?”Spencer suggested Stanley’s gun misfired.“The reality is the gun just went off. If they would have just stopped … stopped stealing … just walked away he wouldn’t have had to go over there.” said Spencer, who added that Stanley will take the stand to explain what happened.The Crown wrapped up its case last week.last_img read more

Qualcomm and Progressive jump while Wave Life Sciences drops

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:Qualcomm Corp., up $13.27 to $70.45The mobile chip maker settled a long-running financial dispute with iPhone maker Apple.Johnson & Johnson, up $1.50 to $138.02The maker of Tylenol and psoriasis drug Stelara reported higher prescription drug sales and it beat profit forecasts.Wave Life Sciences Ltd., down $9.55 to $24.47The drug developer reported that some patients in an early study of a potential muscular dystrophy drug experienced some severe side effects.Scientific Games Corp., up $1.68 to $22.57The maker of betting machines and technology is partnering with Wynn Resorts to help develop digital sports betting and gaming.JB Hunt Transport Services Inc., down $5.22 to $100.28The trucking and logistics company’s first quarter profit and revenue fell short of Wall Street forecasts.Progressive Corp., up $5 to $77.26The insurer’s first-quarter profit surged past Wall Street profit forecasts on higher premiums.Omnicom Group Inc., up $4.35 to $81.25The advertising company beat first quarter forecasts for a key profit measure and reported higher spending by clients.BlackRock Inc., up $14.68 to $466.54The investment firm’s first quarter profit surged past Wall Street forecasts as a rebounding market helped to increase assets..The Associated Press read more

Obsidian Energy settles with US Securities Commission over fraud charges

CALGARY — Obsidian Energy Ltd. says it has reached a US$8.5-million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud-related charges filed earlier this year.The SEC had alleged the company and three executives participated in a “multi-year accounting fraud” where hundreds of millions of dollars were moved from operating expense accounts to capital expenditure accounts to improve the appearance of its operating metrics.Under the settlement, the company (TSX:OBE) neither admits nor denies the allegations, but will pay US$8.5 million to resolve the issue stemming from when the company was called Penn West. The SEC lawsuit would continue against the executives.The charges, announced in June, came a day after the company officially changed it name to Obsidian, vowing to distance itself from its debt-burdened and scandal-tainted past.The SEC charges involved accounting issues that led to the company reporting in September 2014 that it would restate its financial statements from 2012 to the first quarter of 2014.Last year, Penn West paid $53 million to settle class action lawsuits related to the issue. read more

Members needed for CFBU board

The Brock University Student Radio Board is accepting nominations for various positions for its upcoming annual term commencing in July 2011.The composition of the board includes two student auxiliary (voting) members, one student at large, one faculty, two community members, one Brock University Students Union representative and one Brock University Student Advisory Council representative. The faculty candidate must be a resident of the Niagara Region. There is no specific requirement that the candidate be full-time faculty.Candidates should support the station goals and be familiar with, or open to, working with an organization based on collective principals. For information, contact read more

Womens soccer Ohio State picks up pair of victories over weekend

In the 52nd minute, OSU senior forward Nichelle Prince was fed a ball through Purdue’s defense to face off 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper, ultimately resulting in a score for the Olympian.  This upped the Buckeye’s lead to 3-0.  Two minutes later in the 54th, Prince’s shot again found the back of the net, making it a 4-0 lead.  Strong defense continued throughout the game, but ultimately could not be perfect, as Purdue senior midfielder Milaro Gianna snapped the shutout, scoring Purdue’s only goal of the day.OSU prevailed with a 4-1 victory in the end. The Buckeyes hit the road Thursday, first traveling to College Park, Maryland to face off against the 4-9-1 (1-5-0 Big Ten play) Terrapins.  OSU began with a powerful and quick attack, where senior forward Lindsay Agnew scored the first goal in the first minute to propel the Buckeyes to the lead.  Less than a minute later, junior midfielder Emma Firenze netted her first goal of the season, doubling the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-0. Quick goal-scoring was a common theme on the weekend, as the Buckeyes had a fiery start again versus the Boilermakers, with a goal in the eighth minute by Edwards.  This marked her third goal within the two weekend matches.  Near the end of the first half, senior midfielder Nicole Miyashiro assisted a goal by redshirt senior forward Morgan Wolcott to put the Buckeyes up 2-0. OSU’s shots doubled that of Purdue’s at the end of the first half, with 10 shots to five.   The Buckeyes improved to 9-4-2 on the season (3-2-2 Big Ten play), recording a total of eight goals in two games while maintaining strong defensive play, only conceding one goal.  OSU’s next game is against the Indiana Hoosiers at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Thursday. OSU senior defender Nicole Miyashiro battles a Northwestern defender for the ball on Oct. 1, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Aaron Tomich | Lantern reporterA week of practice that constantly emphasized finishing offensive attacks led to a frenzy of goal-scoring this weekend for the Ohio State women’s soccer team.   OSU entered the second half versus Maryland having nine shots against 5.  Agnew created multiple scoring opportunities, including two crosses connecting with junior forward Sammy Edwards, both resulting in goals.  This put the Buckeyes up 4-0 after 58 minutes.  The Buckeye defense held strong, closing the game with a shutout over Maryland, earning the team’s eighth win on the season. Sunday, OSU made its way to West Lafayette, Indiana, to play the 3-10-1 (1-6-0 Big Ten play) Purdue Boilermakers.   read more

Revealed in the Telegraph the mystery of the Sherlock baby name

first_imgMonday’s Daily Telegraph births column includes a message from the characters of the show, revealing the name to be Rosamund Mary Watson.The tidbit is the latest in a string of hints for Sherlock fans, who have embarked on their annual examination of available clues for this year’s series. Martin Freeman plays Dr John Watson from the new series of SherlockCredit:BBC The four-part drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will air in early January, with episode titles and a few key pictures already revealed.A statement released today reads: “Congratulations!  Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, appears in a publicity still for the new seriesCredit:BBC Telegraph birth annoucement Martin Freeman plays Dr John Watson from the new series of Sherlockcenter_img Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, appears in a publicity still for the new series It has been leaving fans guessing for months.But the mystery of the Sherlock baby name has finally been revealed, after an announcement was placed in The Telegraph’s births, marriages and deaths register.The new infant character, the child of Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington’s characters John and Mary Watson, will join the show for the New Year’s Day episode. “To John and Mary Watson on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter, Rosamund Mary Watson.”From your friends, Mrs. Hudson, Molly and Sherlock, although he hasn’t helped us with this at all as he’s always on his phone.”The final line is also a hint towards the plot of the new series, which includes a villain played by Toby Jones, a mystery involving six smashed busts of Margaret Thatcher, and the rumoured appearance of a third Holmes brother. 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

NHS will offer free insomnia app to millions of poor sleepers

One group was prescribed a six week course of Sleepio, while a control group was given standard advice about how to tackle sleeping problems – such as having a regular bedtime routine and avoiding alcohol.The new programme is funded by a grant from the UK’s Innovation Agency to Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), part of the NHS.  The app costs £200 a year for private subscribers.Dr Michael Mulholland, Buckinghamshire GP and clinical lead for the Oxford AHSN roll out said: “In my role as a GP I  see the impact of insomnia on people’s’ lives everyday. “Sleepio offers a real opportunity to transform lives for the better and to reduce reliance on sleeping tablets. This collaboration will explore the potential of digital innovations to improve people’s lives. ” Around one in five adults are estimated to suffer from chronic sleeplessness at some stage of their lives – and around half of those end up sleep-deprived as a result.Treatment is dominated by medication, with 12 million prescriptions for insomnia written last year, but such pills can have unpleasant or harmful side-effects. The NHS is to offer free therapy via smartphones to millions of insomniacs.Under the programme being piloted across the South East, patients will be able to download an app which has been dubbed “a digital sleeping pill”.The strategy is the first NHS roll-out of “direct access” digital medicine – meaning that the health service is funding the app which anyone living in the area can download.The approach uses cognitive behavioural therapy techniques and sleep tracking to help those with persistant insomnia find their best sleeping patterns, and to overcome the “racing mind” that can prevent a good night’s sleep.It comes as research led by Oxford University found that almost three quarters of those following the programme saw an improvement in their well-being, largely a result of reduced insomnia.The study of 1,700 adults, mostly female, with an average age of 40, found than on average, “sleep-related quality of life” was boosted by almost a fifth, six months after starting the six-week programme.The research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, found those following the programme saw a fall in depression, anxiety, and fatigue symptoms, as well as seeing a productivity boost at work.The Sleepio app, which can be accessed via smartphone or web, will be offered in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire this month before being rolled out across other parts of the South East next year. The one-year study involved 1,700 adults with sleeping problems, 78 per cent of whom were female. 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. But GPs are increasingly being encouraged to recommend psychological approaches, including online therapies.Study lead author Colin Espie, Oxford University Professor of Sleep Medicine, said the research showed that online therapy – which involves sleep tracking, weekly advice sessions and techniques to calm the mind – is an effective treatment for insomnia.“Sleep ranks with air, water and food as one of the essentials of life, yet 10 per cent  to 12 per cent of the population don’t get enough of it due to insomnia,” said Prof Espie.“Furthermore, most people who seek help with insomnia do so because of its negative impact on their daytime quality of life.Our study suggests that this new form of ‘digital medicine’ could be a powerful way to help millions of people not just sleep better, but achieve better mental and physical well-being as a result,” said Prof Espie, who is chief medical officer of the company Big Health, which makes Sleepio. read more

Russian NT goalkeeper Igor Levshin to SC DHfK Leipzig

One of the best Russian player at WCH 2013, Igor Levshin (38) will help 2. German Bundesliga member SC DHfK Leipzig to stay in the League this season. Team from Leipzig is currently 15th on the League table, two place above the “red line”. After bankrupt of Post Schwerin, experienced Russian goalkeeper had to find a new team for the second part of the season. Good matches at WCH 2013 helped him a lot. He was a hero in the most important clash against Brazil in TOP 16 phase. In that match he was shot three times in a head, one Brazilian player got red card, but Levshin stayed on his legs. Experienced Igor is over a decade in Germany. He played for Stralsunder for seven years (2002-2009) after Slovenian experience with Celje PL (1999-2002). Igor LevshinSC DHfK Leipzig ← Previous Story HP fans: “Domagoj Duvnjak is our MVP” Next Story → Polish race going further – Wisla wins in Szczecin read more

Left kneecap injury to keep Felipe Borges out for three months

← Previous Story Clubs queuing up for Niklas Landin Next Story → JEAN BRIHAULT – “The leader of innovation” felipe borgesmahbMontpellier Just days before the resuming of the club handball season in France, Montpellier received some bad news, as their left winger Felipe Borges will have to undergo surgey on his left kneecap, which will keep him out of the court for at least three months. He will be missing the French Final Four in the League Cup in Chambery, and is expected to come back end of April. read more

Fujitsu develops locationbased push and pull for disposable apps

first_imgIf you own a smartphone, chances are you’ve got a bevvy of go-to mobile apps installed. There are loads of great apps out there, helping us perform all kinds of different tasks. But as nice as app stores are, they’re so tediously manual. You’ve got to search or browse through pages of apps to find the right one, and while there are lots of discovery options available, too, sometimes it would be nice if the right app just appeared on your phone.Imagine, for example, that you’re heading out to a ball game at Yankee Stadium. Wouldn’t it be cool if someone, somewhere could push an app that let you browse player statistics and check pitcher-batter match-ups to your phone (with your permission, of course)? As an added bonus, maybe the app would even silently remove itself once your phone’s GPS has left the building.AdChoices广告Fujitsu thinks this kind of “disposable app” system is feasible, and they’re currently developing the idea into an actual deployable platform that could serve programs to laptops, tablets, and smartphones. While it might seem like an odd idea at first blush, think about how apps like this would work at places like hotels, zoos, theme parks, galleries, or museums, where paper information guides are still distributed by the truckload. By eliminating the sometimes off-putting discovery process, visitors would be given instant access to relevant information right on their phones — boosting convenience and reducing waste at the same time.The system could also be a nice fit in enterprise settings, where apps could be designed to disappear when users leave a specific area — say, a presentation app that works only while in the conference room. It’s a bit like those silly electronic cigarettes that glow to let you know another smoker is nearby, but, you know… useful.More at TechCrunchlast_img read more

Deux cargaisons de déchets illicites découvertes dans le port de Strasbourg

first_imgDeux cargaisons de déchets illicites découvertes dans le port de StrasbourgJeudi, dans le port autonome de Strasbourg, les gendarmes ont découvert deux conteneurs remplis de déchets illicites. Saisies grâce à une opération coup de poing menée contre les trafics de déchets toxiques, ces cargaisons étaient en partance pour l’Afrique.Des militaires de la gendarmerie des voies navigables, de l’Office central de lutte contre les atteintes à l’environnement et à la santé publique (OCLASEP) ainsi que des hommes de la Cellule nationale nucléaire radiologique biologique et chimique (CNNRBC) ont mené jeudi une opération coup de poing dans le port autonome de Strasbourg. Deux cargaisons aux contenus illicites ont ainsi été découvertes, sur les cinq containers qui ont été examinés. En partance pour l’Afrique, elles étaient remplies de pneus usagés destinés au Cameroun, et de pièces détachées de voitures en vrac, censées rejoindre le Maroc.À lire aussiPour lutter contre la pollution plastique, ces Français vont se lancer dans une incroyable expédition”En envoyant ces déchets dans les pays émergents, les expéditeurs économisent le coût du retraitement”, a expliqué Jean-Thierry Daumont, commandant en second de la région de gendarmerie cité par Sciences et Avenir. Créé en 2004 pour lutter contre le trafic de déchets toxiques, l’OCLASEP mène ce genre d’opération deux à trois fois par an. De tels transferts illégaux de déchets peuvent être punis de deux ans de prison, voire sept en cas de trafic en bande organisée, ainsi que d’une amende pouvant s’élever jusqu’à 75.000 euros.Suite à la découverte des deux cargaisons illégales, une enquête est en cours pour déterminer “si ça a été fait sciemment ou non. Le but de l’opération est de remonter des filières organisées de trafic illicite de déchets”, a indiqué sur Europe 1 le capitaine Nicolas Kunkel, de la compagnie de gendarmerie fluviale du Rhin.Le 15 avril 2011 à 15:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office awarded $216K FEMA grant

first_imgThe Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office was awarded a federal grant to support a program aimed at reducing the frequency and severity of residential fires.The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing the fire marshal’s office with $216,000 for fire prevention and safety.Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said the money will help fund the Project HomeSafe campaign, described as a door-to-door education and outreach initiative.“Most home fires are preventable,” Scarpelli said in a written statement. “Project HomeSafe is a community outreach effort to reduce the top three causes of residential fires in Vancouver: cooking, smoking and candles.”About three-quarters of structure fires in the city are residential, according to Scarpelli.“There’s a lot of regulation that protects things like commercial buildings. So, (residences) are one of the last areas we can really reduce loss of life and property, and prevent injury,” she said in an interview.Fire safety in homes largely falls on the occupants to educate themselves, and lately, there’s been an uptick in fires ignited by discarded cigarettes. Making people aware of that trend and other issues, such as leaving your cooking unattended, will help reduce the number of incidents, Scarpelli said.But in order to educate, fire officials need to effectively communicate. That’s why the reading materials handed out to residents have been translated to Spanish, Vietnamese and Russian.last_img read more

Beyoncé Adele Make Rolling Stones Top 21st Century Songs List

first_img Facebook News Rolling Stone’s Top 21st Century Song List Is In beyonc%C3%A9-adele-make-rolling-stones-top-21st-century-songs-list Twitter Beyoncé, Adele Make Rolling Stone’s Top 21st Century Songs List Email Missy Elliott, M.I.A., Lorde, Kelly Clarkson, and Britney Spears also have entries on the first list celebrating the songs of the century Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 29, 2018 – 5:04 pm Rolling Stone loves publishing lists and we are here for it. There’s the “100 Greatest Songwriters,” “The 50 Greatest Concerts of the Last 50 Years” and now, behold: “The 100 Greatest Songs of the Century — So Far.”We’re only 18 years into the 21st century, so it may seem like an odd time to curate a list commemorating a century’s worth of songs, since we still have decades to go before we reach the turn of the next century. Yet given the sheer volume of music already released, it seems rather prudent to get to work now.To curate the list, Rolling Stone let artists, producers, critics, and industry experts weigh in on their top picks before culling the information into one inclusive list. The result captures a wide range of genres and a diverse group of artists. But we’ll cut to the chase. Here’s the short version so you don’t have to scroll.Topping the list — so far — is “Crazy In Love” by the incomparable Beyoncé, featuring Jay-Z. Currently in the midst of a joint tour as the Carters, their ranking at the top of the list should not surprise anyone who’s seen them live. The single also earned two wins at the 46th GRAMMY Awards for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best R&B Song.Rounding out the Top 5 are M.I.A.’s GRAMMY-nominated “Paper Planes” at No. 2, the White Stripes’ GRAMMY-winning “Seven Nation Army” at No. 3, Outkast’s GRAMMY-winning “Hey Ya!” at No. 4, and Jay-Z’s GRAMMY-winning “99 Problems” at No. 5. Having fun? I am. Let’s keep going. Yeah Yeah Yeahs notch No. 6 with “Maps,” Kanye West with Pusha T takes No. 7 with “Runaway,” Adele lands at No. 8 with “Rolling In The Deep,” Lorde locks in No. 9 with “Royals,” and the Strokes’ “Last Night” wraps up the Top 10.Other artists featured on the list span Missy Elliott and Kendrick Lamar to Kelly Clarkson and Britney Spears as well as Haim, Cardi B, the Flaming Lips, Grimes, Sia, Lana Del Rey, Daddy Yankee, and Kylie Minogue. If you’ve been counting along, exactly 76 additional songs round out the list. (I dare you to check the math on that, though artists such as Beyoncé rightly have multiple entries on the list, so you may get me on a technicality.)So did your favorite song make the list? What do you think is in store for the next 18.49 years?Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

iOS 13 public beta download How to get Apples latest OS right

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/2:55Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:53?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … 5 Highlights From 2019 Apple Event Closecenter_img Ever since Apple announced iOS 13, iPhone and iPad users have been eager to try it out before the public release. The latest software was available as a developer beta, allowing developers who pay $99 annually to download and install iOS 13. But the latest announcement puts the masses at ease and iOS 13 public beta has been released for anyone with an iPhone or iPad to try out Apple’s latest OS.Apple iOS 13 public beta is live, complete with new features such as the dark mode, improved Face ID, Memoji stickers, smart photo organisation, Indian English accent for Siri, app download sizes reduced by 50 percent and app updates reduced by 60 percent and more. The full release of the beta software is expected to be rolled out with the latest iPhone 11 series in September. But iPhone users won’t have to wait so long in order to test out the early builds of the software.As the name suggests, iOS 13 public beta is still in the development stage and requires fine-tuning before a commercial release. There’s a good chance that those who download and install iOS 13 right now will experience some bugs, which can be reported to Apple so it can be improved upon. iOS 13 – Dark modeAppleHere’s everything you need to know about downloading iOS 13 public beta on your iOS device.iOS 13 public beta – Supported devicesiPhone XS MaxiPhone XSiPhone XRiPhone XiPhone 8 PlusiPhone 8iPhone 7iPhone 7 PlusiPhone 6siPhone 6s PlusiPhone SEiPod Touch (7th gen)If you own one of the abovementioned iPhone, you can certainly go ahead with the iOS 13 beta installation. In order to do so, follow the steps below:Step 1: Make sure you have backed up all data on your iPhoneStep 2: Go to using Safari browser on your iPhoneStep 3: Sign in with your Apple ID and password and agree to the T&CsStep 4: Select iOS tap and click on “Enrol your Devices”Step 5: Click on “Download Profile” at the bottom of the page, authorise the downloadStep 6: Go to iPhone Settings, tap on your profile to initiate the installationStep 7: Wait patiently until the iPhone restartsStep 8: Once restarted, go to Settings > General > Software Update and install iOS 13 public beta over-the-airWith successful installation, you’ll receive all future beta updates from Apple over-the-air. But going back to the stable version of the current iOS will require you to wipe the iPhone clean and start the setup process again. iOS 13 – MemojisAppleNote: As mentioned above, this is a beta update and bound to be buggy. It is not recommended you download iOS 13 public beta on your primary device. Users who’ve tested the early build have complained about Watch losing connection with the iPhone, irregularities in dark mode execution, random UI freezes, apps crashing, unexpected reboots and Face ID malfunction in iPad and more. If you’re not confident about the beta software, it’s best to stay clear and wait for more stable builds in the near future or best yet get the public release in September.last_img read more

Infosys exboard member writes open letter to Narayana Murthy for blowing tech

first_imgInfosys co-founder N R Narayana MurthyREUTERS/Bobby YipInfosys co-founder Narayana Murthy has been accused on several fronts since Vishal Sikka resigned from his position citing baseless, malicious and increasingly personal attacks.An ex-board member has now written an open letter to Murthy accusing him of hurting Infosys’ morale with his constant attacks.Here is the full text of the letter:Dear Mr Murthy,I have known and admired you for over two decades, been an independent director of Infosys for 15 years, and still serve as a board member of Infosys BPO. Unfortunately, I am obliged to write this formal and public letter to you.Formal, because the events that have occurred involving you, your supporters and Infosys — starting from November 2016 and culminating in Vishal Sikka’s resignation on August 18 — need a formal response. And public, because it is no longer a private matter between you and the board of the company.I, and each ex-independent director that I’ve known, held you in high regard when you invited us to join in your vision of reinventing India’s boardrooms and building a thriving institution that would survive us all. Today, each of us is deeply upset by your public conduct, and of your two ex-Infoscion supporters.Your actions have de facto created a crisis that has forced the exit of a CEO, led to a stupendous 9.6 per cent drop in the share price, and a loss in market capitalisation of over Rs 22,600 crore in one trading day, and initiated the process of class-action suits in the US. Despite my friendship with you and the tradition that most directors strive to follow where board matters remain within the board, I have finally decided to come out in the open.Let me broadly recapitulate the events. In October-November 2016, you and some other ex-directors of Infosys, including I, were disturbed by the board agreeing to a huge severance pay to its ex-CFO, Rajiv Bansal. This had never occurred before, not even to executive directors who left the company. You sent a letter to the Infosys board to that effect — one where I played a minor role in redrafting.The board responded, admittedly belatedly, by freezing Bansal’s remuneration to what was actually paid out, which was 70 per cent less than what it had agreed to. It also asked David Kennedy, the legal counsel, to resign at his pre-contracted, pre-joining severance pay.You also wanted the chairman and two other directors to quit, and the board to induct another independent director from your list. After discussions with you, the board appointed an ex-Infoscion, D N Prahlad. For the record, I sit with Prahlad on the Infosys BPO board and respect his fiduciary qualities.It didn’t end there. Following a whistle-blower complaint in February, you started publicly pressurising the company’s board to conduct a legal-cum-forensic investigation on the $200 million acquisition of the Israeli software firm, Panaya, and then to disclose the entire report on the company’s website. An investigation was done by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a reputed US law firm, for which you, too, were interviewed.The Panaya report absolved the management of wrongdoings, and its basic conclusions were disseminated to the public. My first question: would you have posted the full report if you were running Infosys? You wouldn’t, as you didn’t in instances that needed detailed investigation.You then wanted a co-chairman who met with your approval. Here, too, the board complied by elevating Ravi Venkatesan. By accommodating you, it created a fiduciary eccentricity of three different people at the top: a chair, a co-chair and a managing director and CEO.Why did the board agree to so many of your demands, all played out in public fora? A generous interpretation is that it respected you and wanted to arrive at a middle ground. But it appears that you have not played your part, and have publicly leveraged your lionised position to constantly shift that middle ground for extracting more concessions.Truth be told, the board was collectively timid. So, here’s my next question: if you were at the helm, and a person representing a small proportion of Infosys’ share capital did what you have done, how would you have reacted? You would have blasted him out of the water with no quarters given.It didn’t end there. You and your two colleagues in this war complained about Sikka’s pay, though it was performance-linked and backloaded.You praised U B Pravin Rao, but criticised his pay as well. The list is too long to accommodate here.What does this mean for Infosys? The company was lagging behind industry when Vishal took over. It is now in the top quartile. Per-capita revenue has grown for six successive quarters. In an extremely difficult competitive milieu, Infosys had started increasing its margins while undertaking a profound change in business from leveraging labour costs to offering all-inclusive solutions to clients. Vishal’s task was far from complete when you entered the fray. And now, thanks to you, he is leaving.How can Infosys strengthen employee morale under these circumstances? How can it find a worthwhile replacement for Vishal with you sniping at the wings? How can it get away from this sapping, deleterious war that has got it lower valuation and titters from the competition? How can it focus on doing business if you are readying to rearm your weapons?You will claim that it is all for corporate governance. But why don’t I, your corporate governance disciple, believe this anymore? Nor does any other ex-independent director that I have spoken to, each of whom you respect.Enough is enough. You have drawn first blood. Do not mortally wound the organisation by persisting in your actions. Let Infosys get on with its business, heal itself from the injuries that you have inflicted and again grow shareholder value. Learn to walk away, as you had promised when handing the reins to Vishal. The corporate governance halo that was conferred upon you is shrinking. Let it not disappear.I have respected you more than many others in the corporate world. So, pardon me for this missive. How I wish it weren’t needed.last_img read more

Harvey Causes Chemical Companies To Release 1 Million Pounds Of Extra Air

first_imgSatellite view of the Arkema SA chemical plant in Crosby, Texas.Oil refineries and chemical plants across the Texas Gulf Coast released more than 1 million pounds of dangerous air pollutants in the week after Harvey struck, according to public regulatory filings aggregated by the Center for Biological Diversity.While attention has zeroed in on the crisis at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, other facilities — oil refineries, chemical plants and shale drilling sites — have been reporting flaring, leaks and chemical discharges triggered by Harvey.Emissions have already exceeded permitted levels, after floating rooftops sank on oil storage tanks, chemical storage tanks overflowed with rainwater, and broken valves and shutdown procedures triggered flaring at refineries.The chemicals released in the week after Harvey made landfall, including benzene, 1,3-butadiene, hexane, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, toluene and xylene.All seven chemicals are toxic air pollutants documented to harm human health; several cause cancer. Other emissions would bring the total to more than 5 million pounds, the Center for Biological Diversity said.“Our general concern is the fact that these are relatively unseen environmental threats that don’t normally get recognized,” said Elena Craft, a toxicologist at the Environmental Defense Fund.Further damage and emissions across the region could be uncovered in the coming weeks as floodwaters recede, and chemical safety experts warned that restarting plants could carry as many dangers as the shutdowns.“We are not out of the woods yet, not the entire industry,” said M. Sam Mannan, a professor of chemical engineering at Texas A&M University and director of an institute that studies safety procedures in chemical factories.In addition, winding rivers overflowed and washed over some of the waste pits and drilling pads at shale gas and shale oil drilling sites in the Eagle Ford play in Central Texas, according to satellite imagery collected by Sky Truth, a nonprofit group that monitors the environment. The extent of the damage was not clear.“It’s unsafe and unacceptable for the petroleum industry to be releasing these massive quantities of air pollutants when storms hit,” said Shaye Wolf, climate science director of the Center for Biological Diversity. She added that the companies could do more to limit flaring and leaks. “That shouldn’t be common industry practice,” she said.Companies have two weeks to submit filings to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality so those figures could increase substantially. But the filings so far give a good picture of some of the problems.The most common problem in oil refineries has been floating rooftops on storage tanks. Because petroleum is flammable, open space in a tank would collect dangerous vapors. So the oil industry storage tanks have round lid-like rooftops that rise and fall with the level of liquid in the tanks. With heavy rains, many were damaged and sank from the weight, leaving crude oil or petroleum products in the open air emitting fumes. In some cases, they have caused spills too.Rooftops sank at four tanks at the Pasadena products terminal of Phillips 66. Three sank at the Pasadena terminal of Kinder Morgan, a pipeline company. Two were damaged at Shell’s Deer Park refinery. One each sank at Valero Energy Partners’ Houston terminal, Marathon’s Texas City plant and ExxonMobil’s Baytown refinery.Shell said one leaky tank, discovered during cleanup operations, allowed oil to run out into a surrounding berm. “The leak has been isolated, and we’re in the process of cleaning it up,” said Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon, who added that there was “no offsite impact.”Flooding has posed other challenges. For a week, BASF, the second largest producer of chemical products in North America, has been struggling to contain rainfall at its Beaumont Agro plant, according to BASF’s filings with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The plant produces pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.The company started trucking waste water off the site the week before landfall in an attempt to maximize water storage capacity. Then, unable to contain contaminated storm water and process waste water, the company shut down operations on Aug. 27 and brought in temporary water storage capacity. Nonetheless, the tanks overflowed, spilling chemicals into a diked containment area. The containment area then overflowed to the surrounding ground.Roberto Nelson, BASF’s senior manager for community relations, said a test of leaking waste water on Aug. 29 “indicated there were trace amounts of nonhazardous process chemicals in the discharge water.” He added that the overflow stopped on Aug. 31.At ExxonMobil’s Beaumont oil refinery, oil flowed over a 10-foot levee and spilled onto a nearby county road, due to the rising Neches River, an ExxonMobil spokeswoman told the local newspaper, the Beaumont Enterprise. A different spokeswoman, Suann Guthrie said the company was “closely monitoring” and “taking steps” to contain two sheens.Oil and chemical companies have also been flaring large amounts of gases, beyond levels ordinarily permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency or TCEQ.On Sept. 2, the TPC Group said in a TCEQ filing that it was working to control the source of gases being flared at its Port Neches facility. It has already emitted an estimated 1,000 pounds of carbon monoxide and 1,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides, well beyond the state’s permitted levels. Nitrogen dioxide is an air pollutant by itself and reacts in the atmosphere to form ozone. It also contributes to breathing problems and acid rain.Huntsman Petrochemical on Sept. 2 reported it had flared an estimated 1,000 pounds of methyl tert-butyl ether, used as an oxygenate in gasoline and regulated in California. The flaring exceeded the Texas limit of 0.04 pounds an hour for the plant.Total said in a filing Friday that its petrochemical refinery in Port Arthur had no power and over a 48-hour period had flared half a dozen chemicals, emitting sulfur dioxide in one flare that was 50 times greater than the regulatory limit.“A facility that shuts down may employ flaring of excess gasses that cannot be processed,” Cal Dooley, president of the American Chemistry Council, said in a statement Thursday. “Flaring is an approved way to safely relieve pressure during a unit shutdown and is considered an industry ‘best practice.’ These controlled releases are done with the permission of state and federal regulatory authorities.”Texas is the nation’s largest producer of chemicals, with $129 billion in shipments and 79,000 employees, according to Dooley’s group.The Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday reassured residents about health concerns. Yet the city of Houston registered up to 15,000 parts per billion of smog-forming volatile organic compounds in and around the Valero refinery in east Houston’s Manchester neighborhood, as well as at other refineries in the region. These concentrations are at least 10 times higher than health officials deem safe, the nonprofit group EDF said in a statement.The EDF’s Craft said “EPA said inaccurately and inappropriately that residents should not be concerned about the air quality around Houston.” The Houston area was under alert for ground-level ozone, a lung-damaging air pollutant, for the fourth day in a row, according to the EPA’s Air Now Web site.Mannan, the chemical engineer at Texas A&M, last year wrote a study ranking Houston-area facilities by their potential to cause harm to the public during a disaster. He said restarting production at dozens of waterlogged plants poses enormous risks for workers and the public.“Additional events could happen because, if you think about it, a lot of these tanks got submerged in water and a tremendous amount of force is created in 40 feet of water. It can move the tanks around or deform them,” he said.“Every piece of equipment, every tank, has been battered by the flooding,” Mannan said. “You have to go through and check every piece of equipment. A lot of hard work is still left, and a lot of potential for incidents is still there.”The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board on Friday issued a “safety alert” urging oil and chemical facilities to take special precautions when restarting after Harvey.“Restarting a refinery poses a significant safety risk,” said CSB chair Vanessa Allen Sutherland.Aaron C. Davis contributed to this article.Disclosure: The Environmental Defense Fund, Texas A&M University andExxonMobil have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune Donors and sponsors is available here. Sharelast_img read more

Visions Christian School of Etiquette and Dance

first_imgVisions Christian School of Etiquette and Dance is a local non-profit organization specializing in teaching young girls the art of liturgical dance and ministry, is hosting its annual Christmas Dance Recital, 6 p.m., Dec. 13, at Parkville High School 2600 Putty Hill Ave. Parkville, Md. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. There will be vendors available for Christmas shopping.For more information, contact Deborah Stewart-Akles at 410-668-6868 or visit www.vcsed.comlast_img

18yearold found dead at home after school denies promotion

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of an 18-year-old girl whose body was found inside her house in Habibpur area of Ranaghat in Nadia.According to a preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim, Sweta Sahu might have committed suicide by consuming poison. She was declared brought dead after being taken to a private nursing home in the district. She was a student of XI from Brajabala Girls’ High School in Nadia.The victim’s family members alleged that she suffered from mental depression as she was not promoted to class XII Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsafter she failed to appear for Geography practical examination. They also alleged that the school headmistress rebuked her. The school authorities called her on her cell phone on the day of practical examination but she did not answer. According to the school authorities, neither the student nor her family members informed the school about her not appearing for the examination.A few days ago, the girl and her family members went to the school headmistress and urged her to allow Sweta to the next class. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe headmistress did not, however, agree to promote her to the next class. The family members told police that the victim went into depression after the school authorities denied her promotion. She went into her room on Saturday evening and consumed poison. Her family members found her lying still in her bed. She was immediately rushed to a private nursing home at Ranaghat, where the doctors pronounced her brought dead. Following the incident, the girl’s family members lodged a complaint against the school headmistress at Ranaghat police station. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard.The school authorities have, however, expressed their grief over her death. They also claimed that they tried to contact the victim and her family members but none responded. She was not promoted to class as she did not appear the examination, school authorities claimed.last_img read more