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first_img Login/Register With: The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work published on CBC Books.Four finalists will win $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.You may submit original, unpublished poetry or a collection of poems up to 600 words in length. Advertisement A team of readers from across Canada will read the entries and determine the longlist. The shortlist and winner will be decided by the 2018 jury.CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsSovereignty has always been a highly contentious issue in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake outside Montreal.And now a bridge is raising concerns about whether Kahnawake is losing its sovereignty.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

7 September 2010The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm over worsening security in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, where fighting between forces of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and armed Islamists has killed more than 230 civilians and wounded at least 400 others during the past two weeks. An estimated 23,000 people were displaced by the clashes pitting Government forces against Al-Shabaab insurgents during the same period, according to Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “So far this year over 200,000 civilians are estimated to have fled their homes,” she told reporters in Geneva.“People who have been able to reach northern Somalia and neighbouring countries are mostly arriving on foot and by small buses and travelling without shelter. They tell our staff that the streets of Mogadishu are completely deserted and that people are too afraid to leave their houses,” Ms. Fleming added. “In these dangerous and difficult conditions, aid distributions are becoming rare and those who venture out are risking their lives,” she said.Those fleeing were reportedly giving away their possessions in exchange for seats in vehicles going out of the city, according to UNHCR, which said the refugees faced further security risks en route to the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland in the northeast, and to neighbouring Ethiopia and Kenya.Some 7,300 Somalia have reached Yemen by boat this year, where they have spoken of going through numerous checkpoints manned by armed groups before reaching the towns and villages along country’s Gulf of Aden coast to board boats that smuggled them to Yemen.A total of 37,000 Somali refugees have entered Kenya so far this year, down by roughly a third in comparison to the first eight months of 2009, according to Ms. Fleming. However, UNHCR registered 6,500 new Somali refugees in Kenya in August, the highest monthly total since June last year.Those who make it to the Kenyan border and register at the Dadaab complex of refugee camps have said that that many people were staying in makeshift camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia because they feared being forcibly recruited and mistreated by militias. Further more, many cannot afford to pay for transport to the border and heavy rainfall has made some roads impassable.Ethiopia is the only country in the region showing a continuing increase in the number arriving Somali refugees. More than 20,000 have sought safety there this year, bringing the total Somali refugee population in that country to almost 76,000.Overall, almost 68,000 Somalis have fled this year to countries in the region. As of the end of August, there were more than 614,000 Somali refugees outside the country and at least 1.4 million IDPs inside the country.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, today begun a three-day visit to Kenya to review a green-energy initiative at the Kakuma refugee camp in the country’s northwest and assess progress on the expansion of the overcrowded Dadaab camps near the Somali border.In Kakuma, Mr. Guterres will view a pilot project that aims to deliver electricity to camp residents, schools, hospitals and other community services, while introducing solar and wind-powered energy.The project, being implemented by the Clinton Global Initiative, UNHCR and the Portuguese energy company EDP, is the first of its kind in a refugee camp in the world. If successful, UNHCR will consider replicating the model throughout Africa and elsewhere for the benefit of refugees and displaced persons.Tomorrow, Mr. Guterres will visit Dadaab to evaluate progress on the extension of the Ifo section of the camps. The first phase of the expansion will allow the transfer of 40,000 refugees from the most congested areas of the camps.Dadaab was established in the 1990s to host 90,000 refugees. It is now home to nearly 300,000 mostly Somali refugees. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Federal deficit for past year $1.3-billion higher than estimated in budget by News Staff Posted Oct 5, 2012 11:35 am MDT OTTAWA – Ottawa says the federal deficit for fiscal 2011-12 has come in $1.3-billion higher than estimated. The government’s final accounting on its finances shows the shortfall for the fiscal year ended March 30 was $26.2-billion, up from the $24.9-billion deficit it estimated. That is still an improvement over the previous year’s $33.4-billion deficit and Ottawa continues to expect that this year’s shortfall will drop to $21.1-billion. Four months into the current fiscal year, Ottawa’s deficit stands at $3-billion, well on pace to meet that target. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty cast the report in a positive light, saying it reflects the country’s sound economic and fiscal fundamentals. read more

Tulane (6-6, AAC) vs Louisiana (7-6, Sun Belt), Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. ESTLOCATION: Orlando, FloridaTOP PLAYERSTulane: WR Darnell Mooney, 987 yards receiving, eight touchdownsLouisiana: RB Trey Ragas, 1,141 yards rushing, eight touchdownsNOTABLETulane: The Green Wave became bowl eligible for the first time since 2013 after a successful two-point conversion with 1:27 left helped them beat Navy 29-28 in the regular-season finals.Louisiana: The Ragin’ Cajuns had their three-game winning streak snapped with a 30-19 loss to Appalachian State in Saturday’s Sun Belt title game.LAST TIMETulane 41, Louisiana 39 (4 OTs). (Sept. 24, 2016)BOWL HISTORYTulane: 11th bowl appearance, first appearance in the Cure Bowl.Louisiana: Sixth bowl appearance, first appearance in the Cure Bowl.___More AP college football: and Associated Press read more

Ohio State recruit Chris Carter’s attorney doesn’t think there’s a case against the three-star recruit, he told The Lantern on Thursday. “As a criminal defense attorney,” said Harvey Bruner, Carter’s lawyer, “I don’t believe there’s anything.” Bruner said a Cleveland policeman told him charges would not be filed against Carter, who was released from jail Wednesday afternoon after being arrested Tuesday on suspicion of misdemeanor sexual imposition. The case is still under investigation, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Thursday. Bruner said he expects the investigation to be completed Friday. Carter, from John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland, was held on suspicion of fondling as many as eight girls while pretending to measure them for junior ROTC uniforms, The Plain Dealer reported Wednesday. Carter, 18, is a member of his high school’s JROTC, Bruner said. Carter did not sign a letter of intent on National Signing Day, Wednesday. The university cannot comment on recruits who did not sign a letter of intent, team spokeswoman Shelly Poe said. Bruner has not talked to Carter since the time of his release, but Bruner said Carter would sign with the Buckeyes. “I know that for a fact,” he said. Carter is a 6-foot-4, 325-pound lineman and a three-star recruit, according to Carter was held in jail overnight Tuesday. A 15-year-old girl told officers that Carter took her out of her classroom and into another room, and told her he needed to measure her for a uniform, according to a police report. read more

first_imgSCIENTISTS AT NUI Galway have discovered a deep-sea world half a mile below the sea’s surface off the Irish coast.The underwater canyon system, which could be two centuries old, was found on a vertical rock face about 150 metres high which was densely covered in corals and bivalves (a type of mollusc).“It is really unusual to see so many conspicuous animals so close together at these depths,” said Mark Johnson, Professor of  marine environment at NUIG.The team of researchers explored the canyon using a remotely-controlled vehicle which allowed them to investigate the large rock face.Going by the size of the bivalves, which the scientists said were “remarkably large”, the team estimated that the habitat could be more than 200 years old. “We are probably seeing an exceptionally long-lived and stable community,” said Johnson.The researchers were especially interested in how sufficient food got to the site given how large it was, particularly as bivalves and corals rely on particles derived from surface waters for their food.“We found evidence for an internal wave caused by the shape of the canyon, which could be delivering food to the foot of the wall,” said oceanographer Dr Martin White.Zoologist Dr Louise Allcock, who led the team, said that the habitat could be vulnerable to damage because of its age and fragile structure.“We need to established where else it occurs and what measures are needed to protect it,” she said.It has been estimated that just 5 to 7 per cent of the ocean floor has been discovered, mainly because it is so difficult to get to it. Remote-operated-vehicles have made many of these habitats accessible for the first time.Read: Underwater wi-fi could soon become a reality > Read: ‘Pioneering’ Irish professor named Researcher of the Year > Read: Top scientists meet to discuss how a cure for AIDS can become a reality >last_img read more

first_imgJUST WHEN WE thought we might be in for a dry spell, more rain is sweeping across the country with AA Roadwatch urging motorists to exercise care when driving due to spot flooding.Spot flooding has been reported in Gneeveguilla and Rathmore, as well as Kenmare. There are further reports of surface water on N22 Killarney/ Macroom Road, particularly between Glenflesk and Killarney.Flooding is also reported in Castlegregory.Severe flooding is reported on the N72 Killarney/ Killorglin Road between Fossa and Beaufort Bridge.Met Eireann said today is proving to be very wet in many places.They said tonight’s showers will turn heavy and prolonged, especially in Atlantic coastal counties, and there could be a chance of some hail and thunder also. Don’t put the washing out just yet then, you’re saying?How’s it looking where you are – any flooding to report?Read: Clare coast worst hit by storms with repair works to cost over €23m>Read: Here they are, the best wave photos of the week>last_img read more

first_img Visitors and medical personnel enter a transport plane carrying Otto Warmbier. Image: John Minchillo 11 Comments By AFP AN AMERICAN STUDENT who fell into a coma while imprisoned in a North Korean labor camp returned to the United States last night after Pyongyang allowed him to be flown home.A military airplane carrying Otto Warmbier landed in his hometown of Cincinnati shortly before 10.20pm local time last night CBS News reported.The release of Warmbier, 18 months into a 15-year sentence, came as US President Donald Trump invited South Korea’s new leader Moon Jae-In to Washington for talks on the escalating standoff over the North’s nuclear program.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said earlier in the day that his agency had “secured” the 22-year-old’s release in talks with North Korea and is pushing for three more Americans to be freed. It was not immediately clear if he had made any concessions.The news surfaced after the flamboyant retired NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman — a former contestant on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality show — flew to Pyongyang to resume his quixotic quest to broker detente between his US homeland and Kim Jong-Un’s authoritarian regime.But State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the visit “had nothing to do with the release”.Warmbier’s parents Fred and Cindy announced his release in a statement to CNN.“Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016,” they said. “We learned of this only one week ago.”“We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime” in North Korea, they added.On arriving in Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport, Warmbier was transferred to a waiting ambulance that rushed him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for urgent treatment, Fox News reported.Political pawnWarmbier’s parents were told their son had contracted botulism and was given a sleeping pill soon after his trial in March last year and never woke.The New York Times reported a senior US official as saying the authorities recently received intelligence indicating Warmbier was repeatedly beaten while in custody.US officials refused to comment on his condition, but former ambassador and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said he had spoken with the family.“Otto has been in a coma for over a year now and urgently needs proper medical care in the United States,” said Richardson, who has previously served as a special envoy to North Korea and still works on prisoner issues.“We received a call from Cindy and Fred Warmbier early today to update us on Otto’s condition. In no uncertain terms, North Korea must explain the causes of his coma.”Tillerson told US senators at the start of a budget hearing that the State Department had no comment on Warmbier’s condition “out of respect for him and his family.”- © AFP 2017Read: Thousands of US troops could be headed for Afghanistan after Trump decision Short URL Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 11:49 AM 17,905 Views center_img Image: John Minchillo Visitors and medical personnel enter a transport plane carrying Otto Warmbier. Share Tweet Email1 Jun 14th 2017, 11:49 AM US student who fell into coma while imprisoned in North Korea returned home The State Department says Dennis Rodman’s visit “had nothing to do with the release”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgMaladie du charbon : pas de procès après l’envoi des lettres empoisonnéesÉtats-Unis – Le procès des lettres empoisonnées envoyées au lendemain du 11 septembre 2001 n’aura finalement pas lieu, et pour cause : le seul accusé s’est suicidé depuis les faits.  Juste après les attentats du 11 septembre qui avaient mis les États-Unis dans un état de panique générale, cinq personnes reçurent une lettre empoisonnée à la maladie du charbon. Ces envois provoquèrent cinq décès, et dix-sept personnes tombèrent malades. La menace d’une arme bactériologique se profila alors. Commanditaire : Ben Laden. Le FBI mena une enquête sans précédent : 10.000 personnes furent interrogées et 1.000 furent suspectées. À lire aussiÉpidémie de rougeole : New York déclare l’état d’urgence sanitaire et rend la vaccination obligatoireLes messages accompagnant la lettre rendaient évidente la culpabilité d’Al-Qaïda : “Mort aux États-Unis, mort à Israël, Allah est grand”. De quoi semer la confusion.Mais au bout de huit ans et demi d’enquête, le FBI pense avoir trouvé le coupable : Bruce Ivins, un scientifique travaillant sur un vaccin contre cette maladie. Ses recherches allaient être abandonnés et selon la thèse privilégiée aujourd’hui, l’envoi de ces lettres empoisonnées aurait provoqué un regain d’intérêt pour la vaccination. Toute cette mise en scène aurait eu pour but d’empêcher la carrière du scientifique de prendre fin. Une carrière entièrement consacrée à la recherche d’un vaccin contre la maladie du charbon. Un coupable donc, mais pas de procès pour autant : Bruce Ivins s’est suicidé le 29 juillet 2008. L’opinion reste partagée. Selon Paul Kemp, l’avocat de Bruce Ivins : “Tout ce qu’ils ont confirmé est qu’ils le soupçonnaient après avoir découvert qu’il avait des problèmes psychologiques. Cela ne remplace pas les preuves”.Le 22 février 2010 à 11:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgUn satellite menace de priver les Américains de télévisionÉtats-Unis-  Victime d’une tempête solaire, le satellite Galaxy-15 a cessé de communiquer avec la Terre depuis le 5 avril dernier. Il risque aujourd’hui d’entrer en collision avec deux autres satellites qui, détruits, priveraient une partie des Américains de télévision.Comme l’a annoncé la chaîne BBC, les satellites de télécommunications SES-1 et AMC-11 devront effectuer des manœuvres en orbite pour éviter d’entrer en collision avec le Galaxy-15. Si ce dernier venait à trop s’approcher des satellites, il pourrait brouiller leurs communications avec la Terre. À lire aussiQue se passerait-il si une éruption solaire massive atteignait la Terre ?La position du satellite AMC-11 sera modifiée afin qu’il puisse laisser passer Galaxy 15. Le SES-1 remplacera alors le premier pour assurer certaines de ses fonctions pendant la manœuvre. “Nos satellites effectuent assez souvent des petites manœuvres, mais jamais aussi complexes et pour une telle occasion. Autant que je sache, personne ne l’a jamais fait. Nous devons permettre aux Américains de continuer à regarder la télévision, ils aiment ça et c’est important”, a déclaré le directeur technique de la société SES World Skies Alan Young.Galaxy-15 appartient au groupe de satellites Intelsat, et ses équipements de communication encore opérationnels pourraient brouiller les émissions du AMC-11, ce qui priverait une partie des États-Unis de télévision.Le 27 mai 2010 à 17:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgEnlarge ImageBefore the fall.  WWE Extreme Rules 2019 was a surprisingly good show. Following high-profile events on Saturday from both AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling (wrestling fans: sign up to New Japan World for the G1. Trust me), WWE capped the weekend off with Extreme Rules, a Philadelphia-based pay-per-view that aired on the WWE Network. WWE is currently in the throes of bad ratings and a couple of back-to-back poor shows, but this one was somewhere in between good and great.There were disappointments. Samoa Joe vs. Kofi Kingston and AJ Styles vs. Ricochet should have both been better matches, particularly the latter. But these flaws were evened out elsewhere. The main event mixed-tag match was far better than previous matches from Baron Corbin and Seth Rollins. And we got a Brock Lesnar cash in, which is either great or terrible depending on your feelings on The Beast. (I am very much pro-Beast, for the record.) Maybe most importantly, there really was nothing bad on the show. Perhaps the best match of the night was on the undercard: Aleister Black vs. Cesaro. If you’re a WWE Network subscriber and don’t have the time to watch the whole show, that one is worth going out of your way for. As noted, the main event was also a pleasant surprise. Below are the full results, recaps and match ratings for the night, from end to beginning. Brock Lesnar cashes inscreen-shot-2019-07-15-at-12-54-58-pm WWE After the main event, Brock Lesnar’s music hits. He German Suplexes Rollins twice, and then officially cashes in. One F5 and Brock wins the Universal Championship for the third time.Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey EvansLacey Evans had the name “Seth” embroidered on the top of her tights, which resulted in a few discomfortingly gratuitous butt shots. The pay off was this match starting with Becky Lynch literally kicking Evans’ ass. Corbin and Rollins wrestle, and eventually Evans comes in with a Kendo Stick. Rollins catches the stick, and Evans pulls him in all seductive like. But then Becky cuts that off by hitting Lacey in the back with a Kendo Stick. The two then do tandem offense, pummeling their respective opponents with Kendo Sticks, and a sliding dropkick-suicide dive combo. Corbin and Rollins end up in the ring. Rollins goes for a dive, but Corbin counters with a chair shot.  The two go back and forth, and Cesaro puts Black in a hold. Black fights out and hits another springboard moonsault. Black goes for a double-knee slam, but Cesaro catches him, throws him up and hits an uppercut. Amazing spot.  Do. Not. Touch. The Man’s. Man….unless you want to feel the sting of a kendo stick indefinitely.@BeckyLynchWWE @WWERollins @LaceyEvansWWE @BaronCorbinWWE #WinnersTakeAll #ExtremeRules— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019 How do like THIS, ya nasties?!#ExtremeRules #WinnersTakeAll @LaceyEvansWWE— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 15, 2019 Share your voice Elias and McIntyre put Undertaker on the announcer’s table, and Shane hits the flying elbow from the top rope through the table. Elias and McIntyre bring Undertaker into the ring, and position him in the corner. Shane hits a Coast to Coast dropkick. Greatest hits of Shane, here.Reigns hits Elias with a Superman Punch, but McIntyre takes him out with a Russian Leg Sweep. In the ring, Undertaker sits up to a petrified Shane and hits a Chokeslam on him. McIntyre pops up behind Undertaker, but Reigns hits a spear on McIntyre. Undertaker Tombstones Shane and gets the 1-2-3. Reigns gives the ring to Undertaker, and Cole tells us to breathe him in because we don’t know how many more times we’ll get to experience The Undertaker. Rating: 3.5 stars. Undertaker clearly wanted to prove, after the disastrous Saudi Arabia match with Goldberg, that he’s still got something. He did well here, didn’t botch anything and never looked noticeably slow. The match was also helped by a hot crowd.  WWE This is SICKENING!@SamoaJoe brings new levels of 😱 to his #WWETitle Match against @TrueKofi! #ExtremeRules— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019 Styles goes for a Phenomenal Forearm but Ricochet dodges, but Styles manages to faceplant Ricochet. He goes for a Styles Clash, but Ricochet counters into a Hurricanrana pin attempt for a 2-count. The two exchange strikes and the crowd wakes up with a big dueling chant.The two counter with the same moves: Ricochet hits a Pele Kick, Styles hits a Pele kick. Richochet hits a brainbuster, Styles hits a brainbuster. After some back and forth, Ricochet manages a shooting star press. He gets a two count after AJ sticks his foot under the rope. Anderson tried to interfere but Ricochet catches him with a kick, but Gallows strips him off the top rope and AJ hits an avalanche Styles Clash to win the US title.Rating: 3.5 stars. So many incredible sequences, and everything was smooth and snug. But much of it was hurt by the crowd who, outside of two dueling chants, was flat. Hard to see this one as anything other than a disappointment. The New Day wins the SmackDown Tag Team ChampionshipsDaniel Bryan and Rowan take on Big E and Xavier Woods and Heavy Machinery. Lotta men in this here match. Two wrestlers in at a time, meaning the third team needs a wrestler from another team to tag them into the match. OK.The match starts with Bryan and Woods going back and forth, ending with Woods getting a solid forearm strike in. Tucker, from Heavy Machinery, manages to tag himself in, sending Bryan out. Tucker and Woods go back and forth before Rowan tags himself in, sending Tucker out. Rowan tags in Bryan, who puts Woods in a submission. The ref tells him to break the hold, but Bryan yells that it’s no DQ. Daniel Bryan is one of us. But he tags Rowan back in. Woods gets in some offense and tags in Otis while Rowan tags in Bryan. Otis runs wild on Bryan. Oh yeah! He then does the worm, as in the breakdancing move, into an elbow drop. Fantastic. Tucker tags in, while Big E tags Bryan. Big E, who by the way has the best Twitter game of anyone in WWE, hits a belly-to-belly suplex on Tucker, but Otis tags himself in. They hit a suplex/cross body tandem move. Rowan comes in, slams Tucker and hits a roundhouse kick on Otis. Rowan and Bryan tag team Woods on the outside. Rowan gets back in the ring, but is sent out by Big E. Big E then spears Bryan through the ropes.  4 Dash Wilder tags in Dawson, who cuts Jey off from Jimmy Uso. Jey eventually makes the tag, but The Revival distract the ref, who missed the tag and doesn’t let Jimmy in. The Revival hit a backbreaker-elbow drop combo on Jey. After countering a superplex, Jey tags in Jimmy for the hot tag. Dual Samoan Drops on Wilder and Dawson. Wilder cuts him off, though, and hits a sit-down Powerbomb. Wilder tags in Dawson, and the two try to double team Jimmy, but Jimmy hits a corkscrew moonsault on both. The Usos hit a tandem Samoan Drop on Dawson for a 2-count. After some action, Dawson hits a superplex on Jey Uso and Dash follows with a top-rope splash, but Jimmy breaks up the pinfall with a top-rope crash of his own. Awesome spot. Jey Uso hits a superkick on Dawson that sounded like a gunshot, and follows with one on Dash. Jey hits the ropes for a plancha but gets leg dragged by Dawson, and The Revival hits a Shatter Machine for the 3 count.Rating: 3.5 stars. Terrific wrestling, but held back by a crowd that was only semi into it. screen-shot-2019-07-15-at-10-00-50-am#AndStill WWE The Undertaker and Roman Reigns defeat Drey McIntyre and Shane McMahonThe main show is kicking off with one of the card’s biggest matches, featuring a rare appearance by The Undertaker. Shane is out first, and makes the announcer introduce him as “the best in the world”. Did you know Chris Jericho invented that? McIntyre, who looks like he’s made of solid stone, follows. Reigns gets a decent reaction, followed by a huge pop for The Undertaker. screen-shot-2019-07-15-at-9-15-12-amUndertaker gets a big reaction from the crowd.  WWE Reigns and McIntyre start. Michael Cole explains this is a no-holds-barred match, meaning no disqualifications, but the wrestlers still need to tag each other in and out. OK. McIntyre tags in Shane, the crowd boos. Reigns, after a few exchanges, tags in Undertaker. The crowd cheers. After some punches in the corner, Undertaker goes for Old School and crowd chants that he’s still got it. We will see, Philadelphia, we will see.After some action, Reigns finds himself in the ring being pummeled by Shane, and the McIntyre tags in and puts Reigns in an armhold. Reigns comes back with a Samoan Drop, and Undertaker gets the hot tag. He hits Snake Eyes and a big boot on Shane and clears the ring of both Shane and McIntyre. Undertaker takes apart the announcer’s table and sets up Shane for a Last Ride. Elias comes out of nowhere and breaks his guitar over Undertaker’s back. Reigns fights him off, but eats a Claymore Kick from McIntyre. McIntyre then hits another Claymore on Undertaker. McIntyre looking like a killer.  HE CAME TO PLAY TONIGHT.#ExtremeRules @KingRicochet— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 15, 2019 2-FOR-1 SPECIAL! 👏👏👏👏👏, @itsBayleyWWE. #ExtremeRules— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019 The scary thing is this feels like it’s just getting STARTED.#ExtremeRules #LastManStanding @BraunStrowman @fightbobby— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019 The hometown hero got it done.@DrewGulak is STILL your @WWE #CruiserweightChampion! #ExtremeRules— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019 These chaps make their way back to the crowd. Strowman employs ye’ ol’ shoulder ram, but moments later Lashley drives Strowman through the barricade. Lashley is a freak. Lashley does a Strowman-esque shoulder ram to Strowman through the German announce table, and then dunks the table over Strowman for a 9-count. Strowman stumbles into the crowd, and Lashley follows him by leaping right over the barricade. Strowman catches him and chucks him into the international announcer area. Bad time for non-English announce teams right now. They brawl some more and get a light “this is awesome” chant.They ascend the stairs, and Lashley actually throws a “fan” into Strowman (definitely a plant). Strowman bats him away and hits Lashley with a chair. Strowman hits a Powerslam off a ledge through…a strange… box… thing? Braun Strowman is the last man standing.Rating: 3 stars. Some cool spots, but a lot of average brawling and an underwhelming finish. Crowd liked it, though. screen-shot-2019-07-15-at-11-04-06-amYour winner.  WWE Bayley beats both Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross  If Cross and Bliss win, they become co-SmackDown Tag Team Champions. The story here is that Bliss is just using Cross, but Cross, I guess a loveable idiot, is the only one who doesn’t realize? Cross begins with Bayley, but Bliss is quickly tagged in. Bliss then tags in Cross, who has a few exchanges with Bayley. The two wrestle outside the ring, but as Bayley stands on the apron to re-enter she’s shoved by Bliss and hits her head on the ring stairs. Bliss and Cross work over Bayley. Cross traps Bayley in the ring apron, and Bliss hits her with a sliding drop kick. Bayley, still stuck, gets a hard slap from Bliss. Another hard slap from Bliss in the corner. Bliss traps Bayley in a tree of woe and hits her with forearms. Back in the middle of the ring, she does some flippy knee drops on Bayley. They exchange strikes and Bliss hits Bayley with a kick. Lots of leg slaps here. Bayley hits a clothesline on Bliss and a suicide dive on Cross to start a comeback. 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠#ExtremeRules @KingRicochet— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019 Absolutely ABSURD.#ExtremeRules @WWECesaro— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019 Cross tags herself in, but Bayley gets the advantage and body slams Cross onto Bliss. Bayley gets a leglock on Cross and a crossface on Bliss at the same time for a creative spot. Cross eventually regains the advantage after distraction from Bliss, and hits a Tornado DDT. Bliss gets tagged in and goes for a Twisted Bliss but Bayley gets her knees up. Cross tags in and also jumps from the top rope but gets a knee to the chin from Bayley. Bayley gets a top-rope elbow to beat both Cross and Bliss clean. Rating: 3.25 stars. Everyone worked hard here and there were no botched spots or boring stretches. Bayley beating both Cross and Bliss clean is a huge headscratcher, though, as it kills both Cross’ presumed eventual babyface turn.Aleister Black defeats CesaroIt’s the Striking Man from Amsterdam against the Swiss Superman. This could be a great match. Black goes for his Black Mass roundhouse kick straight away, but Cesaro ducks. Black hits him with a leg kick in the corner, and Cesaro counters with a snug European Uppercut. (In Europe, do they just call that an Uppercut?”) Cesaro taunts Black with Black’s own sit-down taunt, but Black makes him pay with a flurry of strikes and a springboard moonsault. Aleister Black is super good. screen-shot-2019-07-15-at-10-06-12-amThe Striking Man from Amsterdam. WWE Black dominates Cesaro, and hits a head kick that, once again, went off like a gun shot. These guys love a good leg slap and I’m all for it. Cesaro fights back and does a spectacular springboard European Uppercut. Cesaro, too, is super good.  Comments The crowd comes in with a loud dueling chant — except it’s not for the wrestlers. One side is chanting “we want Lesnar” (to cash in his Money in the Bank contract), and the other side chants “no we don’t!”Corbin and Rollins work around two chairs setup in the middle of the ring, while Becky takes a chair to Evans on the outside. Now the legal women, Lynch hits an exploder suplex onto two chairs. She sets up a chair atop Evans and does a top-rope leg drop. Corbin comes to protect Evans, but Rollins passes him a chair and Lynch kicks it into his face. The distraction allows Evans to take control. She hits a beautiful springboard moonsault for a 2-count. center_img TIME TO FLY, UCE.#ExtremeRules @WWEUsos— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 14, 2019 That was a lot of work put into that Nikki/Alexa/Bayley storyline for Bayley just to win clean. #ExtremeRules— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) July 15, 2019 .@WWEAleister just might REGRET asking for this fight right about now… #ExtremeRules @WWECesaro— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 15, 2019 ⬇️ Herein lies proof that all 👀 NEED to be on the #SmackDown Tag Team Division! ⬇️ #ExtremeRules@WWEDanielBryan @ERICKROWAN @otiswwe @tuckerwwe @WWEBigE @XavierWoodsPhD— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2019 Preshow resultsExtreme Rules’s hour-long preshow had two matches, one of which crowned a new champion. Here are the quick results.Shinsuke Nakamura wins the Intercontinental Championship from Finn Balor: Nakamura pinned Balor after a Kinshasa knee.  This is how you do it.Congratulations, @ShinsukeN! #ExtremeRules #ICTitle— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 14, 2019 Black hits a series of kicks on Cesaro, and Cesaro goes for another springboard uppercut but Black counters with a mid-air knee strike. Cesaro starts selling his left leg, after Black has kicked it throughout the match. Black does a leglock takedown, but Cesaro counters it into a sharpshooter and transitions into a crossface. Black counters into a pinfall attempt for a 2-count and then hits a knee to Cesaro’s face. Crowd chants that this is awesome. Sure is, Philly. Black hits a few uppercuts on Cesaro, but Cesaro counters with a flurry of uppercuts of his own. Great intensity. Cesaro goes for a Neutralizer, but Black counters and hits a Black Mass for the win.Rating: 4 stars. These two beat the crap out of each other. The crowd was into it because the action was outstanding, but the match was hurt by the crowd not really being invested in either character. Still, absolutely fantastic wrestling. screen-shot-2019-07-15-at-10-21-41-amBlack. Mass. WWE The Revival retains WWE Raw Tag Team TitlesAfter a bad comedy promo with Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins, The Revival are out to defend their Raw Tag Team Championships. The Usos cut a dual promo in their entrance welcoming us to the Uso Penitentiary. The Usos are great.After back and forth action, with tags in and out for both teams, The Usos end up doing an over-the-top-rope dive on The Revival. The Revival double team Jey Uso on the outside, and The Revival tag in and out to work him over. No flips from them so far. Just fists. (And slams.)  The world of pro wrestling: explained Now playing: Watch this: Drew Gulak retains the Cruiswerweight Championship: Gulak pinned Tony Nese with a Cyclone Clash. 3:45 “Pardon Our Appearance” — WWE’s 2019 #ExtremeRules— Brandon Stroud (@MrBrandonStroud) July 15, 2019 TV and Movies Tags Evans goes for a Women’s Right knockout punch, but Becky counters into a Disarmer attempt. Evans counters for a roll up, and Lynch tags in Rollins. Lynch and Rollins set up two tables next to each other outside the ring. It takes them a while, though, so Evans and Corbin are able to take back control. Corbin and Evans hit Rollins with a barrage of Kendo Stick strikes. Lynch comes in, and she and Rollins are hit with stereo chokeslams. The two continue to double team Rollins, sending him outside the ring. They try to double suplex him through a table, but Lynch interrupts and reverses the suplex. Becky and Rollins then set Evans and Corbin up on the two tables, and both hit top-rope splashes to crash through both tables. Cool spot. Rollins goes for the Curbstomp, but Corbin counters with a Deep Six. He pins Seth, but Lynch breaks up the count. Lynch sends Evans out of the ring, and Corbin hits her with an End of Days. WWE doesn’t ever really do man-on-woman violence, so this got the crowd. It also go Seth Rollins, who, visibly incensed, demolished Corbin with a Kendo Stick, a chair and then three Curbstomps. Great finish. Rating: 4 stars. I thought this match would be lacklustre, given Seth and Baron’s previous bouts, but it was actually filled with creative spots and great action. The finish was also terrific, and made Seth look invincible. Funny how that worked out, though…Kofi Kingston retains the WWE ChampionshipButter your pancakes, its WWE Championship time. The two exchange strikes, with Joe performing a sweet leg sweep. He slaps Kofi on the back, and Kofi returns with a chest slap. Looks like these two are going to work snug. A shoulder ram from Joe proves this. screen-shot-2019-07-15-at-12-09-09-pmKofi v. Joe WWE You wouldn’t like @WWEDanielBryan when he’s…mildly displeased. #ExtremeRules— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 15, 2019 Massive #CoastToCoasts, chilling #Chokeslams, and… WHAT IS @IAmEliasWWE DOING HERE?!It’s #NoHoldsBarred for the teams of The #Undertaker & @WWERomanReigns and @shanemcmahon & @DMcIntyreWWE! #ExtremeRules— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019 Then, with four men on the outside, Otis goes for a suicide dive — but stops at the last minute, steps through the ropes and cross bodies onto the tag teams. Tucker then does the same, but from the top rope. They send Big E in and hit their Compactor tandem move, but Woods breaks up the pinfall attempt. He’s promptly dispatched by Heavy Machinery, and Rowan comes in to take on Otis and Tucker but is hit with a tag team barrage. It ends with Big E double powerbombing Otis and Tucker from the top rope, and then a superplex on Rowan.  Bryan, however, got a sneaky tag and locks the LaBelle Lock on Big E. Big E goes to grab the rope, but Bryan takes that arm and puts him in an armlock. Big E goes to put his foot on the rope, but Bryan grabs it for a leg hold. Awesome spot, but Big E makes the ropes.Bryan hits Yes Kicks on Big E, but Big E hulks up and returns with a clothesline. He and Woods hit the Midnight Hour on Bryan for the three count. Bryan has lost two titles this year to The New Day.Rating: 3.5 stars. Great action, Heavy Machinery shined and… Daniel Bryan, a huge star who has been confusingly booked as an everyday midcarder, got pinned. Can’t have it all. screen-shot-2019-07-15-at-11-31-35-amSix time champs! WWE Braun Strowman beats Bobby LashleyThese two big fellows start brawling immediately, before the bell can even ring. Strowman beats down Lashley, who retreats to the outside of the ring. Strowman follows him, though, for his patented running shoulder ram. Strowman runs around the ring to build momentum for another shoulder ram, but Lashley counters with a big spear.Between this and Lashley’s suicide spear to Finn Balor at WrestleMania, we need to start an official Lashley vs. Reigns spear competition. Lashley gets the “steel” steps and rams them into Strowman. Lashley hits him with the steps again, and Strowman tumbles into the crowd. Lashley follows him, and bashes him in the back with a chair. The two stumble into the merchandise stands of the arena. They brawl, and Strowman eventually suplexes Lashley into a merch stand. The announcers play up Strowman’s condition, after he suffered an apocryphal spleen injury on Raw a few weeks ago. The story from SmackDown a few weeks ago was Kofi wouldn’t shake Joe’s hand. That plays into this match, as Joe bends Kofi’s fingers and then puts his hand in between the ring stairs and steps on them. Back in the ring, Joe slaps Kofi and Kofi gives him the finger. He fights back, hitting a cross body from the top rope. Joe regains control with a wicked powerslam.Kofi gets an SOS DDT and then goes for the Trouble in Paradise Kick, but Joe counters into a Coquina Clutch attempt. He slams Kofi and then does a back senton. Kofi kicks Joe in the face, Joe hits the ropes and Kofi gets a Trouble in Paradise. Rating: 3 stars. Just as this match was getting good, it’s over. Good, but another disappointment. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin OwensZiggler slaps Owens. Ziggler eats a stunner. 1-2-3.Owens grabs the mic and cuts an explosive promo on Shane McMahon. He puts over The Undertaker tombstoning McMahon, and says Shane can kiss his ass and go straight to hell. We feel you, Kev. AJ Styles vs. RicochetPaul Heyman comes out and says Brock Lesnar is here and will cash in on either the WWE or Universal Champion. But, he asked, is he telling the truth, or is he being Paul Heyman? Deep thoughts from Paul E. Dangerously here. Up next is the United States Championship match, which could/should be the best of the night.screen-shot-2019-07-15-at-11-37-44-amThe ______ Club.  WWE Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, who entered with AJ Styles, attack Ricochet before the match starts. The bell rings, and Cole reminds us that this is a match contested under normal rules. Nothing extreme here, fans.Styles advantage is immediately neutralized, as Ricochet gets the advantage early on. Rolling flip into dropkick, shooting star flip from the apron to the outside. No fists, just flips. A distraction from Gallows allows AJ to get back on top. After some heat, Ricochet takes control with a backflip-enziguri combo. He gets a big knee to AJ’s face and then takes out Gallows and Anderson with a springboard moonsault. Style goes for a reverse DDT, but Ricochet counters into a Northern Lights Suplex, powerslam combo. Styles counters a springboard move into an Ushigoroshi. Styles spikes Ricochet with a beautiful body slam-reverse DDT transition. Other than one brief dueling chant, the crowd has been quiet for this one. last_img read more

first_imgThe reason why fitness models and influencers have so much power over their followers is pretty simple- relatability. It was believed that only famous bodybuilders could achieve their dream bodies by working out the hardest and eating the healthiest food there is. Influencers shattered this misconception, making fitness possible, attainable and sustainable for everyone.The very idea, that “if they can, so can I” helps people identify with influencers and as a result follow them and their routine. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, fitness model and social media influencer Emmanuel Fredenrich has used relatability to his greatest advantage. He started his first internet business just at the young age of 14. He dropped out of high school at the age of 18, after starting a 7-figure health supplement company. He went on to become a fitness influencer after helping over 100,000 customers achieve their health goals with his products. His success was definitely not an overnight doing and he worked his way up to gain over 210k followers on Instagram.His workout routines, motivational videos, meal plans and photoshoots motivate fitness enthusiast and aspiring models to tread the path he is walking. Many people take him as an inspiration to achieve the body of their dreams. A man with many qualities, he helps other businesses build their brands and grow their revenue using the same online branding strategies he used to grow his own business and personal brand. Unlike many fitness influencers, his aim is not only self-promotion but to grow a community of like-minded fitness enthusiasts by helping them make healthy and well-informed decisions related to working out and following a nutritious diet.He is a master in marketing himself and has helped many fitness brands grow through his unique branding and marketing strategies. He consistently produces content on his social media pages to attract followers. He posts fitness content on Instagram and motivational videos or vlogs on his Facebook and stories. Several brands and fitness product companies have collaborated with him to reach out to their target audience and reach their business goals.Social media influencers make it easy for people to reach their goals by simply making them believe that what seems impossible, is possible when done consistently and correctly. Fredenrich ‘s hard work and never give up attitude has motivated people to get back on their feet and take charge of their own body and how it looks.With a highly impressive social media presence on both Instagram and Facebook, he splits his time between managing his social media accounts, running his supplement business and helping clients looking for marketing help. His accounts are not simply filled with workout videos but it offers a glimpse to his larger than life persona. He likes to introduce his followers to the new food he tries out, the beautiful places he travels to and the amazing friends and family.The popularity of fitness models and influencers is made it clear that influencer marketing is effective and here to stay. Social media influencers are showing no signs of decline.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

first_imgFakhrul Islam Alamgir. File Photo Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said devising a “road-map” without building a “road” to election will not be fruitful.The BNP leader used the metaphor of road to denote congenial atmosphere for holding free and fair election that his party has been demanding for quite a number of years.Speaking at a seminar on the BNP’s ‘Vision 2030’ in the capital, Mirza Fakhrul said the ‘road to election’ is now in a bad shape and it needs to be repaired first in order to ensure that all parties join the electoral process.The BNP’s women wing, Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal organised the seminar at Naya Paltan Bhasani Bhaban auditorium.“Who will join the elections? Isn’t it the political parties? You want to take the political parties to the elections, but the question is where the road is,” said Fakhrul in reference to the election commission’s just-announced roadmap for the 11th parliamentary polls.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Sunday unveiled the roadmap for the next general elections.“You [the EC] are drawing map whereas there is no road indeed. You’ve destroyed the road by digging it, creating lots of potholes on it. You are making all the arrangements so that the opposition parties can’t join the polls,” Fakhrul said indicating the currently uneven field for the political parties other than the rulers.He went on saying, “We want to clearly tell you, the EC: ‘Create a congenial atmosphere for election first, build a road to the election’. Only then, devising a roadmap for the general elections will be justified.”He said the BNP wants to restore rights of all, to ensure all democratic rights.The BNP secretary general said the people will not go to polling stations if the 5 January 2014-like unilateral election is held again.UNB adds: Fakhrul said arranging a fair and credible election through talks is the only way for the Awami League to avoid public wrath for its misdeeds, misrule and repressive acts. “If the government doesn’t take steps for holding an acceptable and fair election, the country’s people won’t allow them even to flee.”Fakhrul said Awami League does not want the BNP to join the election and a fair election to be held as it knows it very well that the party will not be able to return to power with the people’s vote.Referring to law enforcers alleged intervention in a meeting of some political party leader at Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab) president ASM Abdur Rab’s Uttara residence, he said the Awami League thinks only it, not any other party, has the right to hold rallies and meetings anywhere in the country. “It can’t be a democratic attitude.”The BNP leader said the ruling party men are getting richer by plundering thousands of crores of public money while the poor are becoming poorer gradually.He called upon all to wake up to force the government to hold a fair and participatory election and restore the people’s all rights.last_img read more

first_imgA damaged road after an earthquake near Mandi district, north-west of Papua New Guinea’s capital city of Port Moresby. AFP file photoAt least 67 people were killed by an earthquake that devastated Papua New Guinea’s remote highlands last week, the Red Cross said Monday, with thousands more homeless and without food and clean water.The recovery effort has been slow as aid workers grapple with blocked roads and power outages to reach cut-off villages after the 7.5-magnitude quake struck on February 26 in the Pacific nation’s mountainous interior.Terrified locals in the Southern Highlands, Western, Enga and Hela provinces have also been hit by strong aftershocks, including two 6.0-magnitude tremors early Monday.Compounding the fallout was an announcement Monday that the impoverished country’s biggest-ever development-the PNG LNG project operated by US energy giant ExxonMobil-would be offline for up to eight weeks as the quake-hit facilities are repaired.“The death toll reported by the National Disaster Centre and disaster management teams on Friday is 67,” the PNG country head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Udaya Regmi told AFP from the capital Port Moresby.“Around 143,000 people are affected and 17,000 people have been generally displaced because their homes are either fully or partially damaged and not in a condition to live in.”No official government death toll has been released.Regmi added that water and sanitation were major concerns for local communities, with relief workers unable to get bigger food trucks through to some areas because of damage to roads by landslides.Logistical challengeRelief efforts are slowly being expanded, with millions of dollars in aid pledged by the government, ExxonMobil and the Australian energy producers, Oil Search and Santos, which are involved in the gas project.The Australian and New Zealand defence forces have began delivering aid, while the China Red Cross and Beijing have pledged financial assistance, according to the PNG Post-Courier.Oil Search managing director Peter Botten, who travelled to the Highlands to survey the damage, said the impact “has been enormous, with many deaths in the region as well as the destruction of houses, schools, roads and bridges”.“Many communities are without basic necessities, such as food, clean water, shelter and medical support.”A week after the quake, the rescue effort is still a logistical challenge due to the remoteness of the regions affected, but CARE International’s PNG programme director Anna Bryan said aid agencies were hoping to fly in relief supplies soon.“Just to put it into perspective, the provinces are already amongst the most remote in the country and on a good day when you do have road access, it’s a two-day drive at the shortest from the nearest coastal port,” she told AFP.Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said last week the shutdown of the gas plant would have a “huge impact” on the economy, which is heavily dependent on its natural resources.ExxonMobil PNG managing director Andrew Barry said production at the US$19 billion project would be restored as quickly as possible, adding that it was an “unprecedented event for the country” and the firm.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress delegation that met Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain on Monday, complained that the Central Forces have joined hands with BJP supporters and are deliberately creating disturbance and confusion in the polling booths. They also alleged that instances of the same have occurred at Asansol and Ghatal.”We have complained to the Deputy Election Commissioner that the Central Forces in the state are acting at the behest of the BJP. The force personnel along with BJP supporters are trying to create disturbance inside polling booths. Our party supporters and the state police have restrained themselves during the sixth phase of elections that ensured peaceful voting process,” Trinamool MP Derek O’ Brien said after meeting Jain at Bengal Chamber. O’ Brien was accompanied by senior Trinamool leaders Subrata Bakshi and Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSpeaking about the 100 percent deployment of Central Forces for Bengal elections, O’ Brien said: “It is for the people to see the percentage of Central Forces deployed for elections in other parts of the country. We have no objection to Central Forces being deployed and will extend full cooperation. But the BJP cadres are trying to influence the voters by using the Central Forces.” He further alleged that Trinamool Congress has respect for all agencies, but not the Central government. “The decision of note ban was taken by Expiry Babu (Narendra Modi) without consulting the Reserve Bank of India,” the MP said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateVeteran Trinamool leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay told reporters that the BJP candidates are entering polling booths along with Central Forces and the people of Bengal have been vocal against this in a number of places during the ongoing elections. “We have informed the Commission that RSS cadres clad in police uniform are trying to influence voters in an attempt to mar the peaceful voting atmosphere in the state,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgOn Sunday, it was reported that Google is working on a new VR headset that’s far more advanced than Cardboard and closer to Samsung’s Gear VR. But Google’s upcoming virtual reality plans are in fact even bigger than that, according to The Wall Street Journal.The company is said to be working on a stand-alone VR product – one that wouldn’t need to be tethered to a smartphone or PC to function.The unannounced device “Will include a screen, high-powered processors and outward-facing cameras” according to the Journal’s sources.It is being designed to provide a “Middle ground” experience; so while it may not be as powerful or capable as the Oculus or HTC Vive, it’ll offer the convenience of untethered operation.This would be in addition to Google’s rumored Gear VR competitor, which will be introduced alongside a new version of Android that makes VR a core part of the operating system.The Financial Times described it as Nexus-style VR headset which will be a reference point for other manufacturers as they move to embrace Android’s deeper focus on virtual reality.Both publications have suggested this product will debut at I/O 2016 later this year.The stand-alone device has a less certain release timeframe; one Journal source said it could arrive this year, with another cautioning it remains early in development and could be scrapped entirely.Movidius, a startup based in San Mateo, California, is rumored to be supplying technology that will help Google track a user’s head movements.As it moves forward with its bolder VR plans, Google faces a wave of competition from Oculus, Samsung, Sony, and HTC. Each company will have a virtual reality product on store shelves this year.Source – TheVerge.comImage Credits – Testedlast_img read more

first_imgIn April, the Mozilla IoT team relaunched Project Things as “WebThings” with its two components: WebThings Gateway and WebThings Framework. WebThings is an open-source implementation of W3C’s Web of Things standard for monitoring and controlling connected devices on the web. On Friday, the team announced the release of WebThings Gateway 0.9 and the availability of its first experimental builds for Turris Omnia. This release is also the first version of WebThings Gateway to support the new Raspberry Pi 4. Along with that, they have also released WebThings framework 0.12. W3C’s Web of Things standard The Internet of Things ( IoT) has a lot of potential, but it suffers from a lack of interoperability across platforms. The Web of Things aims to solve this by building a decentralized IoT using the web as its application layer. It provides mechanisms to formally describe IoT interfaces to enable IoT devices and services interact with each other, independent of their underlying implementation. To connect real-world things to the web, each thing is assigned a URI to make them linkable and discoverable. It is currently under the process of standardization at the W3C. Updates in WebThings Gateway 0.9 and WebThings Framework 0.12 WebThings Gateway is a software distribution for smart home gateways that allows users to monitor and control their smart home devices over the web, without a middleman. Among the protocols it supports are HomeKit, ZigBee, Thread, MQTT, Weave, AMQP. Among the languages it supports are JS ( Node.js), Python, Rust, Java, and C++. The experimental builds of WebThings Gateway 0.9 are based on OpenWrt, a Linux operating system for embedded devices. They come with a new first-time setup for configuring the gateway as a router and Wi-Fi access point itself instead of connecting to an existing Wi-Fi network. Source: Mozilla However, Mozilla noted that the router configurations are still pretty basic and are not yet ready to replace your existing wireless router. “This is just our first step along the path to creating a full software distribution for wireless routers,” reads the announcement. We can expect support for other wireless routers and router developer brands in the near future. This version ships with a new type of add-on called notifier add-ons. In previous gateway versions, push notifications were the only way for notifying users of any event. But, this mechanism is not supported by all browsers and is also not considered to be the most convenient way of notifying users. As a solution, Mozilla came up with notifier add-ons using which you can create a set of outlets. These outlets will act as an output for a defined rule. For instance, you can set up a rule to get an SMS or an email whenever any motion is detected in your home. You can also configure a notifier with a title, a message, and a priority level. Source: Mozilla The WebThings Gateway 0.9 and WebThings Framework 0.12 bring a few changes to Thing Descriptions as well to make it more aligned with the latest W3C drafts. A Thing Description provides a vocabulary to describe physical devices connected to the web in a machine-readable format with a default JSON encoding. The “name” is now changed to “title” and there are experimental new properties of the Thing Descriptions exposed by the gateway. To know more check out Mozilla’s official announcement. To get started, head over to its GitHub repository. Read Next Mozilla introduces Pyodide, a Python data science stack compiled to WebAssembly Mozilla developers have built BugBug which uses machine learning to triage Firefox bugs Mozilla re-launches Project Things as WebThings, an open platform for monitoring and controlling deviceslast_img read more

first_imgSource = CBS Travel Asia Sasimol Ussamarn Vice President Business Analysis & Strategic PlanningCBS Travel Asia unleashes digital preferred partners brochureIt is no surprise that CBS Travel Asia continue to lead the way in tourism initiatives and in particular for Thailand.This week has seen the release of a high end designed catalogue featuring 158 partner hotels across the kingdom, made available to travel partners across the globe, the Thailand Destination Guide.Ms Sasimol Ussamarn, Vice President Business Analysis & Strategic Planning, says, this is the future of partnerships. In the past the partnerships existed but in a different format, at CBS Travel Asia, we have maintained those relationships over many decades and now apply technology to everyone’s benefit. Our hotel partners love the opportunity as they are constantly seeking out new and improved distribution opportunities which are highly visible and cost effective.To view and secure your very own copy of the Thailand Destination Guide and learn more about the CBS Travel Asia preferred hotel partners, please CLICK HERE About CBS Travel AsiaCBS Travel Asia was established in 1999 and is now one of Thailand’s most respected leading destination management companies. This outstanding achievement in such a short period of time is a direct result of the vision of the company’s CEO, Mr Chaladol Ussamarn, whose deep understanding of Asian tourism is rooted in over 35 years of hands-on operational experience.Of these 35 years, 29 years were spent with a leading Swiss / Thai tour company where he worked his way up to a senior executive level prior to branching out on his own with the opening of CBS Travel Asia as an independent company. With constant growth, today CBS Travel Asia has over 100 employees with many branches across Thailand (Phuket, Samui, Pattaya etc.) and headquarters in Bangkok.Our slogan Because We Can assures that our company is able to fulfill all your client’s needs with quality services, provided and supervised by highly qualified and experienced Thai and European managers who fully understand the needs and idiosyncrasies of the many nationalities that the company handles on a daily basis.last_img read more

first_imgJapan Airlines (JAL) and Travelport Worldwide agreed to form a joint venture to take ownership of Travelport Japan KK and JAL’s 100% owned subsidiary, Axess International Network, Inc. Under the unified Travelport Axess brand, the joint venture will operate a Global Distribution System (GDS) tailored to the needs of the Japanese travel industry.The proposed joint venture, which will operate under the brand name Travelport Axess, will combine Axess’ expertise in Japan and Travelport’s global technology leadership. Travelport Axess will continue to offer travel agents services through Axess’ GDS platform, ‘Axess’, and enable access to Travelport’s GDS platforms, ‘Apollo’ and ‘Galileo’. The proposed joint venture will provide online, mobile and corporate travel propositions including global booking and expense management tools as well as access to New Distribution Capability (NDC) content, offering Japanese travel agencies and their customers the best of locally developed products with best in class global connectivity and capabilities.For Travelport, this joint venture will strengthen its position in Japan’s growing international travel industry. Travelport Axess will benefit from a team of Japan-based service agents and product specialists uniquely able to deliver products tailored to customer needs. Through combining the strengths of the two companies, Travelport Axess aims to build a strong position and plans to become the leading GDS provider in Japan.Japan Airlines’ Yoriyuki Kashiwagi, General Manager, International Passenger Sales said, “We believe that the future of travel will be transformed by technological innovation. I am confident that Travelport Axess, will be able to help Japanese travel agents to respond to growing global demands by offering services based on state-of-the-art technology.Gordon Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Travelport commented, “This announcement and our ongoing partnership with Japan Airlines is a significant advance in the provision of state-of-the-art technology for the Japanese travel industry. We are very excited about the growth opportunities it presents for our mutual travel agency customers.”Stephen Shurrock, Travelport’s Chief Commercial Officer added, “Through a forward-thinking combination of Axess’ local expertise and Travelport’s API-based commerce platform technology we’ll bring greater choice and exceptional performance to our Japanese customers and travellers.”Under the planned agreement, Travelport will hold a majority stake in Travelport Axess, with JAL controlling the remaining stake and playing an active role in the joint venture. Following the signing of a definitive agreement between Travelport and JAL, the new joint venture is expected to be formed on June 1, 2019. Initially, Travelport Japan and Axess will continue to operate independently, with a gradual programme of integration to combine the two organisations commencing later this year.last_img read more