Film Nova Scotia Welcomes Judy Steele to Board

first_imgJudy Steele, community leader and Emera Energy’s vice-president of finance, has been appointed to the board of directors of Film Nova Scotia. Ms. Steele is a chartered accountant and has worked with several non-profit organizations, including the Pier 21 Society, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Halifax Metro United Way. “Film Nova Scotia and the local film industry will benefit from the experience and knowledge that Ms. Steele will bring to the board of directors,” said Bonnie Kirby, the chair of Film Nova Scotia’s board of directors. “We are pleased to welcome her aboard.” Ms. Steele joins the board for a three-year term. The board includes representatives from across the province with diverse backgrounds. “Film Nova Scotia is pleased that a respected individual like Ms. Steele has expressed her commitment to Nova’s Scotia’s film industry by agreeing to join the board,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and chief executive officer of Film Nova Scotia. “We have an exciting and vibrant industry and we are confident that Ms. Steele will enjoy her term with the board.” Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown agency reporting to the minister of Economic and Rural Development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industries. The provincial film industry is the fourth largest in Canada, regularly exceeding $100 million in economic activity annually.last_img read more

US AbbVie to acquire Irish Botoxmaker Allergan for 63 bn

first_imgChicago: The specialty drug company AbbVie will spend $63 billion to acquire Allergan, the maker of Botox and other cosmetic treatments. The two pharmaceutical companies have little in common, save for a desire to reinvigorate growth that has sputtered. Shares of AbbVie are down 16 per cent over the past year and shares of Allergan are down 24 per cent. “This is a transformational transaction for both companies and achieves unique and complementary strategic objectives,” said AbbVie CEO and Chairman Richard Gonzalez in a prepared statement Tuesday. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The combination of AbbVie and Allergan increases our ability to continue to deliver on our mission to patients and shareholders.” The maker of the global blockbuster immune disorder treatment Humira will pay $120.30 in cash and a portion of AbbVie stock for each Allergan share. That amounts to $188.24 per share, or a 45 per cent premium to Allergan’s closing price Monday. AbbVie is facing the expiration of patent protection for Humira, which brought in a staggering $20 billion in sales last year. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIndustry analysts had been anticipating a move by AbbVie to offset the introduction of generics to an extremely valuable pipeline for the company. “We are unsurprised by the timing and the target of the deal given (AbbVie’s) Humira patent cliff,” wrote Citi analyst Andrew Baum. Shares of Allergan Plc, based in Dublin, Ireland, soared 31.2 per cent in premarket trading Tuesday. AbbVie shareholders will own 83 per cent of the specialty drug company combination after the deal’s completion, while Allergan shareholders will have a 17 per cent stake. Gonzalez will remain chairman and CEO at AbbVie. Two members of Allergan’s board, including chairman and CEO Brent Saunders, will join AbbVie’s board once the deal closes.last_img read more

Treat all citizens whether rich or poor with dignity Bombay HC

first_imgMumbai: The State must treat all citizens, whether rich or poor, with dignity, the Bombay High Court said on Tuesday while pulling up the Maharashtra government for forcing nearly 15,000 families to stay in the chemical pollution-affected Mahul area of Mumbai.A bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre also referred to the Biblical story of Noah and his ark, saying, “When the floods came, Noah didn’t leave even a single animal behind, but took them all on his boat.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Similarly,you must take care of the interest of all your citizens, whether poor or rich,” it said. The bench was hearing an application filed by some residents affected by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)’s demolition drive. The litigants said the civic body was refusing to compensate them towards rent for an alternative place of residence. Around 15,000 families, or 60,000 people, were affected when the BMC demolished all encroachments and illegal constructions along the Tansa water pipeline in the city last year. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt decided to shift them to alternative accommodations in Mahul near suburban Chembur. However, the Mahul area, which is surrounded by three refineries and a chemical factory, was declared unfit for human habitation by the National Green Tribunal in 2015 and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay this year. These people refused to shift to Mahul and subsequently approached the high court. In April this year, another bench of HC said the state could not force citizens to live in a polluted area. It directed the state to pay Rs 15,000 towards monthly rent to those families which did not wish to stay in Mahul. Around 200 of the 15,000 affected families have shifted to Mahul so far. On Tuesday, the BMC claimed before the high court that it has not paid the rent amount to the petitioners since the HC order on the issue had been stayed by the Supreme Court. However, after verification of records, the court realised that while the state’s appeal was pending in the apex court, no stay was granted on the HC’s rent amount order. “You must treat all citizens, whether rich or poor, with dignity. You can manage five crore people in Kumbh mela but you are unable to accommodate 60,000 people in this case,” the bench said. It will hear the matter in detail next week.last_img read more

Alberta to bring in legislation to protect students who join gaystraight clubs

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s education minister says he will be introduce legislation to make it illegal to out students who join gay-straight alliances.On Twitter, David Eggen says the government believes all students deserve to feel safe and welcome at all schools.He says no student who belongs to a gay-straight alliance — intended to foster understanding and give LGBTQ students a haven from bullying — should be outed.His comments come as the issue creates a rift among leadership candidates for the new United Conservative Party.Former federal cabinet minister and leadership candidate Jason Kenney has said schools should tell parents in some circumstances when their child joins an alliance.Leadership rival Brian Jean has said gay-straight alliances should be left as a peer group for students.Under a law passed by the Progressive Conservatives in 2015, all schools must set up a gay-straight alliance if students ask for one.last_img read more

Wildlife advocate questions decision to kill pigeons pooping on Saskatoon bridge

first_imgSASKATOON — Crews tasked with cleaning a Saskatchewan bridge are in for a dirty job.The City of Saskatoon says that over the last 50 years one of its bridges has accumulated nearly 350 tonnes of pigeon poop — which is roughly equal to 230 cars parked on the bridge.It says the feces adds unnecessary weight and the pigeon droppings contain uric acid which can damage concrete.The facelift also means the extermination of about 1,500 members of the feathered flock that makes the Sid Buckwold Bridge home.The city says relocating or displacing the birds is not recommended because they are likely to fly back or move into other private properties or civic spaces.A local wildlife advocate is disappointed and questions why alternatives can’t be found that would allow the birds to live.“In Saskatchewan, a very, very, very common response is if it pisses you off, shoot it,” says Jan Shadick, volunteer director of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.Shadick blames Saskatoon’s approach on a regional attitude towards so-called pesky wildlife.“Everybody’s getting really mad at the pigeons, but if you didn’t clean your house for 50 years, I’m going to guess it would probably be condemned.”In emails to The Canadian Press, a city spokesman says the bridge was designed with more than 30 cavities underneath, which make the structure rather cosy for pigeons to nest, but are difficult to reach.“The challenge has always been access to these areas. They are essentially inaccessible over the river and the most efficient plan was to wait until the bridge rehab project,” Mark Rogstad wrote.Clearing out the pigeons and their poop was set to begin this week. The city says once finished, it will take steps to deter the birds from renesting.Canadian cities take different approaches to dealing with pigeons.On other bridges in Saskatoon, the city uses mesh and barriers to prevent roosting and utilizes falcons around its waste-water treatment plant and landfill.Regina and Vancouver rely on pigeon spikes, protective netting or cages to keep pigeons off their facilities.Toronto and Calgary do not practise pigeon control.A spokeswoman for the city of Ottawa says there’s no bylaw for regulating wild animals on private property, but the city recommends that people animal-proof their homes.Shadick says she supports non-lethal ways to manage wildlife and believes if Saskatoon wants to be seen as an environmentally friendly, forward-thinking city it should rethink its plan.“The pigeons are simply doing what they do,” she says.“They’re living. They’re eating. They’re procreating. They’re being pigeons. They’re being birds.”— By Stephanie Taylor in ReginaThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program To Open At Childhaven

first_imgThe Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation announced a $100,000 donation founding the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program at Childhaven on July 20, Chris Cornell’s birthday.“Chris and I always shared a strong belief in the healing and inspiring power of music,” said Vicky Cornell in a statement. “Through Childhaven’s establishment of this program, we are able to keep the promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world’s most vulnerable children.”Founded in 1909, Childhaven is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides healing care to abused, neglected and chemically affected babies, toddlers and preschoolers.Find out more here.last_img

Hope nations take real action to maintain peace in space

first_imgBeijing: The Chinese military on Thursday said it hopes all countries can take “real actions” to maintain lasting peace and stability in the outer space, a day after India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite missile by shooting down a live satellite. The test made India the fourth country in the world after the US, Russia and China to acquire the strategic capability to shoot down enemy satellites. Commenting on the development, Chinese Defence Ministry Spokesman Sr. Col Wu Qian told a media briefing: “We have read the related reports”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We hope all the countries can take real actions to protect lasting peace and stability in the outer space,” he said without referring to India. Soon after the test, China reacted guardedly and expressed hope that all countries will uphold peace and tranquillity in the outer space. The Chinese Foreign Ministry, in a written response to a question from PTI, said: “We have noticed reports and hope that each country will uphold peace and tranquillity in outer space”. China conducted such a test in January 2007 when its anti-satellite missile destroyed a defunct weather satellite. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KPrime Minister Modi said in New Delhi that the action was not directed against any country and the satellite was a pre-determined target orbiting at an altitude of 300 km. He said India did not breach any international laws or treaties by testing the anti-satellite missile. Mission Shakti, which was led by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, was aimed at strengthening India’s overall security, Modi said in his address that comes a fortnight before the start of the general election. In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement that India has no intention of entering into an arms race in outer space.last_img read more

Petition against Northern polls

The Northern Provincial Council elections are scheduled to take place on September 21. (Colombo Gazette) He cites one of the reasons as being that several Sinhalese and Muslim families originally from the North have yet to be resettled in their homes. Liyanage also said that parts of the North which was under LTTE control are still heavily mined and so elections cannot be held under those conditions.The Sinhala Jathika Peramuna is also seeking a Mandamus from court, Liyanage added. A petition has been filed in the Appeals Court seeking an interim injunction against the Northern Provincial Council elections.The petition has been filed by the Sinhala Jathika Peramuna and cites the Elections Commissioner and Returning officers of the North as respondents. Secretary of the Sinhala Jathika Peramuna, Jayantha Liyanage says the conditions in the North are not conducive to hold a free and fair election. read more

Secretary of Thawheed Jamath arrested remanded

The Secretary of the Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamath, Abdul Razik was arrested and remanded till November 29.Razik was arrested on the charges of inciting religious disharmony by speaking against other religions in an offensive manner during a protest campaign held in Maligawatte on November 3. The Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamaath (SLTJ) recently protested against the Government’s decision to amend the controversial Muslim Personal Law in order to comply with international conventions on women and children rights. SLTJ charged that the government is changing the law accepting the conditions set by the European Union to grant the GSP+ facility back. (Colombo Gazette)

Yemen maternal and newborn health on the brink of total collapse UNICEF

According to UNICEF, one woman and six newborns die every two hours from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. The years of intense fighting in the country have contributed to limited access to crucial healthcare, with only three out of 10 births taking place in regular health facilities. The results are part of a series compiled by the agency, Childbirth and parenting in a war zone, released this week. Addressing the grim statistics, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said that “bringing life into the world in Yemen, can all too often turn into a tragedy for entire families”. Yemen was already the poorest country in the Middle East and one of the world’s most impoverished even before the war between the Saudi-led Government coalition and Houthi rebels, escalated early in 2015. The maternal mortality rate has risen sharply since then, from five maternal deaths a day in 2013, to 12 a day last year. “Decades of underdevelopment and years of intense fighting have left essential public services, including crucial healthcare for mothers and babies, on the brink of total collapse”, Ms. Fore added. With mothers and babies amongst the most highly vulnerable in Yemen, one in 37 new-born babies die in the first month of life and one out of every 260 women dies in pregnancy or childbirth, according to a UNICEF press release issued on Friday. Recalling that access to quality ante- and post-natal health services is key to newborn and maternal survival, the agency warned that only 51 per cent of all health facilities are fully functional, and even these face severe shortages in medicines, equipment, and staff, putting lives at risk. Home births on the rise as services collapseAccording to accounts by women interviewed in an ongoing qualitative study on health services in Sana’a, Taiz and Aden, home births are also on the rise. Women reported that because families are getting poorer by the day, an increasing number of women are opting to have their babies at home, and only seek medical care if they experience complications. UNICEF/FuadInfants born prematurely receive treatment in Alsabeen Hospital, Sana’a, Yemen. Here, a UNICEF staff member (left) visits the hospital. Children born since the conflict escalated in Yemen face huge challenges in their physical, cognitive and social development. (2018)In a country profoundly affected by humanitarian crisis, delivery of routine primary healthcare services has also been overshadowed by the urgency of responding to the cholera epidemic and the chronic starvation threat, leaving pregnant women and newborns with limited access to a broader range of maternal and child health services.  “Antenatal care and skilled health attendance at delivery are essential to the survival of both mothers and babies,” Ms. Fore added. “As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we renew our call for all children – in Yemen and elsewhere – to enjoy their full rights to health, education, protection and peace.” The agency is calling on all parties to the conflict and the international community to focus resources on the poor, marginalized and internally displaced communities and to protect the health care system in the country, with specific attention to primary healthcare. read more

Google runs out of 16GB Nexus 7 tablets

first_imgIt seems as though Google and Asus have underestimated just how popular the 16GB version of their Nexus 7 tablet would be less than a month after launch.Google has now been forced to stop further units from being ordered through the Google Play store. Instead of an “Add to Cart” button, you now have a “Coming Soon” message and the option to be emailed when there is stock again.Anyone who managed to get their order in earlier this week should still receive a Nexus 7 without much delay. It seems Google made the switch to a coming soon status as soon as stock ran out rather than allowing orders for tablets that would take a while to manufacture.The mistake Google has apparently made is to think someone opting to buy through the Google Play store would be more inclined to choose the 8GB model. The reason? They are more aware and eager to use the cloud, and therefore don’t require the extra storage space. But everyone always wants more storage if they can get it, right?If you’re desperate for a Nexus 7 they are still available online, although you’ll have to settle for the 8GB version. Other retailers may also have stock of the 16GB model, but with Google halting online sales they are sure to get snapped up quickly.It’s worth thinking about what you are going to use the tablet for, though. If web surfing, movie streaming, and checking your email will be the primary uses, then 8GB is going to be more than enough. It’s only if you start downloading lots of apps and creating lots of data that the storage limit may become an issue.Read more at Google Play, via The Guardianlast_img read more

Modders remake GTA 3 to improve graphics

first_imgFor all those who were disappointed at the release of Grand Theft Auto 3 on the PSN only being a port and not a HD remake, a group of modders are creating Grand Theft Auto Rage Classic.This mod aims to convert the entire GTA3 game into GTA4, including GTA3‘s cars, traffic, and weapons, all of which have been graphically updated. It’s a direct port, using the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE). Not everything looked great when ported over, so changes had to be made.It isn’t the only time a team has tried to port GTA3 into GTA4, back in 2011 another team on the GTA forums announced they were trying to smarten up GTA3‘s graphics. However it seems their project was less successful and so another team, on June 6 this year announced their project, much to the dismay of the first team’s leader.GTA3 Rage Classic looks great, the new trailer shows how polished GTA3‘s graphics look and the team have achieved a lot in such a short space of time. One of their members has decided to quit the project so if you want to play this mod, you’ll be waiting a little while longer yet but it’s definitely a project to keep your eye on. Alternatively, if you’re a modder who wants to help, team leader Garju67 is looking for people to help him on this project so message him on the forums if you’re interested.For now, enjoy the latest trailer above and an early gameplay video from the beta below.See the project at GTA Forumslast_img read more

Tempête Xynthia 51 morts 8 disparus et des dégâts impressionnants en images

first_imgTempête Xynthia : 51 morts, 8 disparus et des dégâts impressionnants en imagesFrance – La troisième journée de recherche des victimes de la tempête Xynthia a commencé aujourd’hui. On est toujours sans nouvelle de huit personnes, et le bilan s’est encore alourdi après la découverte, lundi soir, d’un 51e corps sans vie.Le drame et la désolation règnent en Vendée et en Charente-Maritime, les deux départements les plus touchés par la tempête Xynthia, comptant respectivement trente-trois et onze morts. Le Journal Officiel a reconnu aujourd’hui le phénomène comme relevant de la catastrophe naturelle. Nicolas Sarkozy s’est rendu lundi midi à Aiguillon-sur-Mer : il a exprimé son soutien aux sinistrés et a également annoncé le déblocage de 3 millions d’euros d’aides pour les victimes de la catastrophe. De son côté, le ministre du Budget Eric Woerth a affirmé que “les cotisations de l’année 2010 de taxe d’habitation et de taxe foncière sur les propriétés bâties seront remises en totalité, sur demande du contribuable, lorsque les locaux ont été détruits ou ont subi des dégâts tels, qu’après expertise, ils sont voués à la démolition”. 70.000 foyers étaient toujours privés d’électricité lundi soir à 19h d’après ERDF, filiale du groupe EDF. Ce matin, 63.000 clients de France Télécom et 13.000 de SFR étaient encore privés de téléphone fixe ou d’Internet haut débit. 400 antennes relais du groupe Orange n’étaient pas alimentées en électricité contre 250 pour SFR, soit environ 125.000 abonnés. Bouygues Telecom est le groupe de télécommunication qui s’en sort le mieux avec “moins de 100.000 clients” touchés lundi. L’alerte orange est maintenue par Météo France jusqu’à mercredi matin, avec un risque de pluies et d’inondations dans le Morbihan en raison du niveau élevé de certains cours d’eau. La hausse du niveau des eaux et l’affaissement de digues dans certaines régions de l’ouest de la France pourraient retarder la réalimentation électrique prévue mercredi soir, malgré les travaux de pompage entrepris lundi. Découvrez des images inédites de La Rochelle après le passage de Xynthia : 2 mars 2010 à 16:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un Nil de méthane découvert sur la surface de Titan

first_imgUn Nil de méthane découvert sur la surface de TitanLa sonde Cassini a pris une image radar du plus grand fleuve extra-terrestre connu. Situé sur Titan, un des satellites de Saturne, il mesure environ 400 kilomètres de long et est composé essentiellement de méthane. Il se jette dans la Kraken Mare.On n’espère pas y trouver des crocodiles mais la découverte reste passionnante. La Nasa a annoncé mercredi avoir trouvé la petite sœur du Nil sur Titan, le fameux satellite de Saturne. Long de 400 km, contre environ 6500 km pour la version terrestre, cette rivière d’hydrocarbures liquides rappelle le grand fleuve africain par sa forme. Il s’agit de la plus grande rivière extraterrestre connue à ce jour.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreSitué au pôle nord de Titan, ce fleuve se jette dans la Kraken Mare, une véritable mer d’hydrocarbures alimentée par d’autres rivières plus petites et où l’on distingue nettement plusieurs îles le long des côtes. Cette mer a une taille comprise entre celle de la Méditerranée et celle de la mer Caspienne. L’image radar de la découverte, prise le 26 septembre par la sonde Cassini, peut-paraitre bien grisonnante mais il s’agit pourtant bien d’une image en haute résolution. Le cycle du méthane “Même s’il y a des méandres cours et localisés, la forme relativement rectiligne de la vallée de la rivière suggère qu’elle suit le tracé d’au moins une faille, d’une manière similaire à celle des autres grandes rivières que l’on retrouve au sud de la même mer de Titan, décrit Jani Radebaugh de l’équipe Radar de Cassini. De telles failles, des fractures dans la roche mère de Titan, n’impliquent pas forcement une tectonique des plaques comme sur la Terre, mais peuvent tout de même mener à l’ouverture de bassins et peut-être à la formation de mers géantes.” “Titan est le seul endroit que nous avons trouvé en dehors de la Terre où il y a du liquide en mouvement continu à la surface, explique Steve Wall chef adjoint de l’équipe Radar du Jet Propulsion Laboratory de la NASA à Pasadena, Californie. Cette image nous livre un aperçu d’un monde en mouvement. La pluie tombe et les rivières l’achemine jusqu’à des lacs et des mers où l’évaporation fait recommencer le cycle encore et encore. Sur Terre, ce liquide c’est l’eau, sur Titan c’est du méthane, mais dans les deux cas il affecte presque tout ce qui se passe à la surface.”Le 16 décembre 2012 à 12:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Keurig Is Working On An Instant Beer And Cocktail Machine

first_imgConsumers may have given Keurig’s last instant beverage machine the Kold shoulder, but the company isn’t ready to give up on it just yet. They’ve got a plan B… and the B stands for beer.Keurig Green Mountain has struck up a deal with brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (PDF link). They’ll each be contributing employees to a team that will work on creating “a new system for the adult beverage category.”Unlike other systems that have been developed, the goal isn’t to produce a countertop brewing machine that’s practically a Keurig for beer. They want an actual Keurig for beer. Pop in a pod. Press a button. Enjoy your frosty, freshly-dispensed beer.A regular Keurig can brew more than just coffee, of course, and InBev sells plenty of beverages that aren’t beer. It’s no surprise, then, that they want their device to be able to dispense all kinds of grown-up drinks: cider, liquor, cocktails — you name it.A machine like this might be closer to becoming a reality than you think. Keurig already sells cocktail mixers for the Kold… and instant beer is already a thing that exists.That’s thanks to inventive folks like the crew at Pat’s Backcountry Beverages. They currently offer three different beers that ship in small packets that you prep for consumption by placing them in a special bottle with an activator and adding water.Pat’s system is aimed at those who need to travel light (backpackers, campers, etc.), but it’s easy enough to see the benefits of their system for a massive brewer like InBev. It’s a lot easier and cheaper to package and ship beverages in a concentrated form.As cool as this machine sounds, Keurig might face the same struggle they did with the Kold. They just weren’t able to convince people that the promise of freshly-crafted soft drinks wasn’t a big improvement over being able to crack open one that’s already made.The pricey pods might have had something to do with consumers’ reaction to the Kold, too. If you can find any now, they’re selling for two to three bucks for a soft drink? Seriously?last_img read more

TRS praises PM HM for scrapping special status to Jammu

first_imgKhammam: TRS party floor leader in Lok Sabha and Khammam MP Nama Nageswara Rao on Tuesday congratulated the Prime Minster Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Sha for taking at decision to scrap special status to Jammu and Kashmir. He was participating in the debate in the House on abrogation of Article 370. Nageswara Rao said the Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) party was extending its full support to the Union government on the issue. He termed the decision as historical. He said the government decision was rectification of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s mistake. He also welcomed the decision of the Home Minster for the development of the Kashmir in coming five years. He also hoped that Kashmir would progress in all respects.last_img

Canadian hacker kid busted for creating Runescape malware

first_imgIt’s science fair time in Canada, but one elven-year-old’s ambitious little project won’t be landing him any blue ribbons. No, his computer programming project has instead landed him in hot water with law enforcement officials. The minor — whose name can’t be released — decided to create and distribute malware that masquerades as a gold harvesting hack for the popular MMORPG Runescape.Unsuspecting users fired up the app expecting to deposit piles of ill-gotten gold in their accounts, but that’s not what actually happened, of course. The username and password blanks never connected to the Runescape server. Instead, they forwarded the credentials to the malware’s pre-teen creator.While his creation might have shown a bit of malicious moxie, this Canadian cyber criminal child didn’t devote enough time to covering his tracks. Authorities were able to track him down with fairly minimal effort thanks to the fact that he’d included an easily traceable email address in the application’s code. Investigators quickly pinpointed his home town and were even able to link the boy to an iPhone that had been recently purchased by his parents. He won’t be using it too much after the court hands down his probation.It’s probably not fair to refer to this particular chap as a hacker, really, since it appears that the Runescape gold tool was little more than a hastily thrown-together .NET application that emailed data to an address that wasn’t even obfuscated. No, this is more clearly the work of an opportunist who either knew just enough to be dangerous or learned that something like this was possible on Google and figured he’d see how many greedy little Runescape fish took the bait.last_img read more

SelfHealing Sunlight Helps Scratches on Cars Electronics and Furniture Disappear

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — There are few things in life that are more annoying than having your iPod’s beautiful face marred by scratches. But what if those scratches could “heal” themselves? New technology developed at the University of Southern Mississippi could lead to just that situation. And it would work on more than just your handheld music device: Scratches on furniture and cars could disappear as well. It isn’t magic, though. In order to protect your merchandise from scratches, it would be necessary to coat them with a special polyurethane treatment. The coating is clear, and its special properties are derived from chitosan. Chitosan is the material that makes the exoskeletons of such creatures as crustaceans and insects hard. The chitosan is combined with oxetane. Oxetane is ring-shaped — and unstable. This becomes important for the healing of scratches. When something scratches the coating, the oxetane ring is broken. The reactive ends of the broken rings are eager to re-bond to something. The ultraviolet rays of the sun act as an activation mechanism for the chitosan. The chitosan binds the molecule fragments together, closing the ring again and helping the scratch to “heal”. The scratch appears to have disappeared, leaving the surface smooth once more. The process takes about half an hour in natural sunlight.This new advance is significant because creating non-living coatings that can repair themselves is tricky work. From expandable gel to nanoparticles, the quest for a coating that heals its own scratches has come up short. The latest attempt, though, seems a little more promising. It combines natural sunlight with a substance that occurs naturally in nature. Bio-mimicry continues to provide interesting answers to perplexing problems of science and technology, and the use of chitosan as part of a self-healing polymer is another example.The coating isn’t quite ready for commercial use, however. There is no answer to what happens when a second scratch is made over the position of the first scratch. And what happens if you have intersecting scratches? Nevertheless, there is tremendous potential for this coating.© 2009 Explore further Citation: Self-Healing: Sunlight Helps Scratches on Cars, Electronics and Furniture Disappear (2009, April 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ‘Crabby’ compound that skewers bacteria could prevent medical implant infections Will the iPod be able to heal itself of scratches? Image source: Goldmund100 via Wikimedia Commonslast_img read more

Car hire company fined for overpriced repair costs

first_imgSource = ETB News: NJ According to the Court, BAJV and Mr Ayers had engaged in “unconscionable conduct” as well as made “false and misleading representations”, by charging customers for hire vehicle damaged based on inflated estimated repair costs and then failing to refund customers the overcharged amount once repairs were complete. “[They must] ensure that they have adequate systems in place to refund any overcharged amounts,” Ms Rickard added. A former Europcar franchisee, BAJV, has received a $200,000 fine for overcharging customers for hire vehicle repair costs and failing to refund overcharged customers. The case, put forth by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), was closed in Federal Court this week, with the Court determining that in addition to the company’s charge, BAJV director Brendan Ayers would also pay a $40,000 civil pecuniary penalty for being knowingly concerned in the conduct. Following the determination, ACCC acting chair Delia Rickard said regarding these types of charges, hire car companies need to “behave honestly” because most consumers would have limited knowledge of the cost of vehicle repairs. Former Tasmanian branch ordered to pay AU$200,000.last_img read more

Home Price Gains Slow to 14Month Low

first_img In its latest Home Price Index, CoreLogic reported that home prices continue to rise across the nation, with more increases to come in 2015.The company reported that home prices, including distressed sales, increased 10.5 percent in April from the previous year.The company projects home prices will continue to increase by 1.0 percent month-over-month in May. Furthermore, national home prices are expected to rise by 6.3 percent from April 2014 to April 2015.”The weakness in home sales that began a few months ago is clearly signaling a slowdown in price appreciation. The 10.5 percent increase in April, compared to a year earlier, was the slowest rate of appreciation in 14 months,” said Sam Khater, deputy chief economist for CoreLogic.April marks the 26th consecutive month of year-over-year home price gains.Excluding distressed sales, CoreLogic found that home prices increased by 8.3 percent year-over-year.Despite the modest April gains, home prices across the nation remain 14.3 percent below their August 2006 peak.”Home prices are continuing to rise as we head into the summer months. The purchase market continues to suffer from a dearth of inventory which we expect will continue to drive prices up over the year,” said CoreLogic president and CEO Anand Nallathambi.Excluding distressed sales, all 50 states and the District of Columbia showed year-over-year home price appreciation in April. The company found that 23 states and the District of Columbia are at or within 10 percent of their peak.Including distressed sales, the five states registering the largest year-over-year home price appreciation in April were California (15.6 percent), Nevada (14.8 percent), Hawaii (14.1 percent), Oregon (11.8 percent), and Michigan (11.3 percent).States remaining the furthest from peak values in April include: Nevada (-38.6 percent), Florida (-34.5 percent), Arizona (-29.5 percent), Rhode Island (-28.8 percent), and West Virginia (-24.2 percent). June 3, 2014 418 Views CoreLogic Home Prices 2014-06-03 Colin Robins Home Price Gains Slow to 14-Month Lowcenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more