This holiday season, Charitybuzz and Prizeo are the go-to sites for incredible experiences that give back, from traveling to the location of your favorite film and remaking your favorite scene, to owning the Fiat Pope Francis drove during his 2015 visit to Philadelphia, to participating in the World’s Biggest Hug.Charitybuzz brings its online community of bidders exclusive experiences, rare memorabilia, luxury travel, unmatched access to leaders across industries and other auction lots, all to benefit its cause partners.For the holiday season this year, Charitybuzz is featuring incredible auction lots such as golf with Graeme McDowell at his home course, supporting youth programs; a private, at-home performance by Academy-Award-nominated composer Philip Glass, benefiting Tibet House; the ultimate Monaco Grand Prix VIP experience – including a yacht party – to provide energy solutions in Africa; and a meeting with legendary hit-maker Clive Davis during which he’ll listen to your music, to support cancer research; and hundreds more.“We’re focused on raising funds for great causes year-round, but the holiday season is always special for Charitybuzz,” said Charitybuzz General Manager Ben Erwin. “During this time of year, we want to offer select opportunities to bidders who care about making meaningful contributions, while also highlighting the amazing work our non-profit partners are doing.”Charitybuzz sister company, Prizeo, is also featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences this holiday season. Prizeo democratizes giving by offering the chance to win incredible prizes by donating through a sweepstakes format. It’s currently running its 6th campaign in partnership with Lin-Manuel Miranda – for a donation as little as $10, fans are entered to win a trip to London to attend the opening night of Hamilton and meet Lin-Manuel. This Hamilton campaign benefits two organizations working on the front lines of climate change: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and 10:10 in the UK.In addition to the Hamilton London campaign, Prizeo is also offering the ultimate Philadelphia New Year’s Eve experience with Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz, benefiting his foundation; a night out with the legendary Dallas Cowboys ‘Triplets’ to support United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; an all-access VIP experience from the NFL for Super Bowl LII that benefits United Way Worldwide; and the opportunity to get involved with the World’s Biggest Hug.Together as part of Charity Network, Prizeo and Charitybuzz have raised more than a quarter of a billion dollars for 4,000+ nonprofits.Go to CharityBuzz here, or visit Prizeo here.
VANCOUVER – Jennifer Twiner McCarron remembers when daycare staff took bets on when her daughter would finally stop wearing sparkly princess dresses.So the CEO of Vancouver’s Thunderbird Entertainment and its subsidiary Atomic Cartoons could definitely relate to the co-authors of “Princesses Wear Pants,” NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie and parent educator Allison Oppenheim.Both had young daughters who also went through a princess phase. While they worried about their girls aspiring to be princesses, they also wanted to let them embrace what they enjoyed, Twiner McCarron said.“The moral for the book for them started from: It’s OK to embrace your pink and sparkly side and be feminine, but it’s also more important what you do than what you look like,” she said.“That’s the part about wearing your pants. It’s OK to be a princess, but sometimes you’ve got to put your pants on and get things done.”Atomic Cartoons is now producing a “Princesses Wear Pants” animated series that follows the adventures of courageous go-getter — and occasional trouser-wearer — Princess Penelope Pineapple. Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films is among the executive producers.It’s the latest achievement for Atomic Cartoons, which Twiner McCarron has helmed since 2016 and helped grow to 450 staff from 20. She recently also became CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment, which produced “Blade Runner 2049” and “Kim’s Convenience.”The theme of “Princesses Wear Pants” resonated with her as a female leader in an industry where men still dominate in top positions. She’s an active member of Women in Animation, which aims to increase female representation in the business.She advises young women: “If a new door of responsibility opens, just try and walk through it. What’s the worst thing that could happen? It doesn’t work out? That’s OK, you pick yourself up and you do something else.”Atomic Cartoons is based in a sprawling mural-covered building in east Vancouver. The city is a “hotspot” for visual effects and animation, said Twiner McCarron, sitting in her tiny office adorned with Halloween decorations.Vancouver is a world leader with about 60 visual effects and animation studios. And Netflix and other streaming services have boosted demand for content, helping British Columbia become Canada’s top spot for film and TV production last year, according to figures from the Canadian Media Producers Association.“There’s so much of a need for content because people also consume it so quickly,” said Twiner McCarron. “Before, as it applies to animation, you were vying for those five primetime spots on Saturday morning, so it was much more competitive.”Now, she said, children’s programming has not only become more ubiquitous, it’s also gotten faster-paced. Disney’s “Bambi,” a favourite of hers when she was growing up, nearly put her kids to sleep, she said.“The cutting is a lot faster. We used to do a 22-minute show and 325 shots seemed like a lot. Now we’ll do a 22-minute show with 500 shots,” she said, adding that episodes lasting seven or 11 minutes are becoming common too.While Vancouver’s industry is booming, the city has a well-documented downside: wildly unaffordable housing. Atomic Cartoons is set to open its next office in Ottawa, a more attractive locale to young employees who want to lay down roots and start families.“Where do young people want to be and thrive? Vancouver’s hard, as we all know,” Twiner McCarron said. “It’s an expensive city. Ottawa has art, culture, politics, it’s the capital of Canada, great schools and it’s affordable still.”Looking ahead, the CEO plans to continue to find great books to transform into shows. She often chats with librarians to find out what kids are reading, and recently inked a deal to turn Max Brallier’s “Eerie Elementary” into a live-action show.She aims to create content that makes the world a better place — even in small ways.“What’s the value of my work? We are essentially helping parents cook dinner quietly,” she said with a laugh. “But at least they can put some stuff on that’s quality and … has good values and messaging.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.
The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today ordered the release of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, after ruling that the Congolese rebel militia leader accused of recruiting child soldiers could not receive a fair trial. The Court had suspended proceedings against Mr. Lubanga on 16 June, after finding that prosecutors had failed to disclose more than 200 documents to the defence that have the potential to prove his innocence.According to the judges, the release is the “logical consequence” of the stay on the proceedings, “as it is at present impossible to secure a fair trial for the accused.”However, since an appeal may be filed within five days, the order granting release will not be enforced until the expiry of the five day time-limit.Mr. Lubanga, the founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots in the Ituri region of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has been charged with a series of war crimes, including conscripting and enlisting child soldiers into the military wing of his group and then using them to participate in hostilities between September 2002 and August 2003.His trial was due to have been the first to be held by the ICC. 3 July 2008The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today ordered the release of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, after ruling that the Congolese rebel militia leader accused of recruiting child soldiers could not receive a fair trial.
In a press statement after receiving a briefing from Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Alain Le Roy, the 15-member body acknowledged that Sudan is in a critical period as it prepares for the historic referenda, the final stage of a January 2005 peace accord that ended two decades of civil war between the south and the central Government.“The members of the Security Council called for the parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) to take urgent action to facilitate peaceful and on-time referenda that reflect the will of the Sudanese people, to respect their results, and to resolve key remaining post-referenda issues,” the statement said.Inhabitants of southern Sudan will vote on 9 January on whether to secede from Sudan or remain united with the rest of the country. On the same day, residents of Abyei area in the centre of the country will vote separately on whether to retain Abyei’s special administrative status in the north or become part of southern Sudan. 15 September 2010The Security Council today called on all parties to take urgent action to ensure that next January’s referenda to determine whether southern Sudan remains part of Africa’s largest country or becomes an independent nation are peaceful and held on time.
Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 24, 2017 2:36 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,128.69, down 54.44 points):Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 14 cents, or 5.41 per cent, to $2.73 on 4.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 0.65 per cent, to $12.42 on 4.2 million shares.Tembec Inc. (TSX:TMB). Forest Products. Oil and gas. Up 40 cents, or 9.39 per cent, to $4.66 on 3.4 million shares.Calfrac Well Services Ltd. (TSX:CFW). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.62 per cent, to $3.19 on 3.22 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down $1.00, or 4.93 per cent, to $19.29 on 3.18 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.21 per cent, to $9.32 on 3.03 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Norbord Inc. (TSX:OSB). Forest products. Up 70 cents, or 1.70 per cent, to $41.77 on 107,890 shares. The company says its oriented strand board mill in 100 Mile House, B.C., resumed production over the weekend. Norbord restarted after an evacuation order for 100 Mile House and nearby communities was lifted.
“We cannot deliver in any way, shape or form, to meet the needs of this population, without the mobilization of the resources that we require,” John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told journalists in Geneva following a five-day visit to the impoverished country, which has seen a total collapse of its infrastructure in a year-long conflict. “We understand the reasons that are been given, but we cannot accept them,” he said, noting that over-stretched donors explain that they just do not have the means to meet all the humanitarian appeals across the world, which now total over $12.9 billion. The $247-million Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for the Central African Republic was launched last month.“There have to be solutions found where the global escalation of humanitarian needs is matched with the corresponding increase in funding,” Mr. Ging stressed, calling for donors to move CAR up the priority list. “It has languished at the bottom…for far too long.” Thousands of people in CAR are estimated to have been killed and 2.2 million, about half the population, need humanitarian aid in a conflict which erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks a year ago, and has recently taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias, known as anti-balaka (anti-machete) take up arms.But Mr. Ging said representing the conflict as “inter-communal with a religious basis” does not reflect the facts. “From what I experienced, what I witnessed, and in the discussions that I had, the communities are not in conflict with each other. There are people from each of the communities who are conducting atrocities against people from the other communities, and they are doing it in the name of their communities; but they are not representing their communities. “Ordinary people from both communities are living in fear, and that fear is being expressed by them having to flee their homes in the face of atrocities being committed and live in these camps for the internally displaced, or flee in the countryside into the forests. Both communities want nothing more than security, peace, and an environment in which they can return home and rebuild their lives. This was the consistent message from everybody that I met.”But he also warned that these embers could be stoked into all-out ethnic or religious violence. “We are all very concerned about the possibility of this conflict, initiated and incited by extremely violent people who have an agenda to try to convert this into an inter-ethnic, inter-religious conflict and are seeking to spark the flames of such a conflict,” he said. “The communities are resisting that but they are in fear. And the incitement is that they need to defend themselves. We have seen that, heard that, in too many previous tragedies and we cannot allow it to happen in this case,” he added, stressing the need for a very large scale international engagement beyond the humanitarian side, which he called “a tragedy – a mega-tragedy” to also include the political, security and development.“What we have today in CAR is a country on a map, territory marked out but we don’t have the infrastructure of a state any longer. Politically the country has collapsed; the public service institutions (health care, education, social services) have collapsed. This results in the first instance in a very tragic situation for the population, in terms of their humanitarian status.“Compounding this is the collapse of the security infrastructure of the State. The army and the police force have also disintegrated. This has left the population with a massive protection crisis.”Last week, transitional President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, who came to power after Séléka fighters drove then-President François Bozizé out of the country in March, resigned, and Mr. Ging said this has opened a new opportunity.“But the people, as they communicated to me, want to see action that they can build their confidence around, and so far, they are hopeful, but sceptical,” he added. “It will very much depend on the coming days in terms of the generation of a more positive dynamic among communities who are overtaken by a sense of mortal fear, fear for their lives, as they wait to see who will be appointed in the new leadership position and as to whether there is going to be positive change or not. We must understand that there is first and foremost a dynamic of fear in the population.”He noted that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has so far “very impressively” mustered basic food for 300,000 people, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has provided shelter for 20,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bangui, the capital, where there are 500,000 IDPs in, and non-governmental partners are mobilizing medical assistance. “We are only appealing for money for the very basics, to feed people, to provide basic medical care, clean water, the basic for shelter and so on,” he concluded. “That is what the $247 million is to deliver. Yet we have only $15.5 million so far.”
In statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, he congratulated the Ivorian people and leadership for the peaceful environment in which the elections were held.“As Côte d’Ivoire awaits the final results, the Secretary-General encourages all political leaders and national stakeholders to maintain the peaceful atmosphere that prevailed on election day and to refrain from any statements that may lead to violence or unrest,” the statement added.The UN chief also reiterated his call on national stakeholders to resolve peacefully any disputes that may arise through established legal procedures.
“UNICEF’s top priority during the harsh winter months in Jordan is to ensure that vulnerable families are able to keep their children warm, healthy and active, and continue to attend schools and learning programmes,” said the UNICEF Representative, Robert Jenkins in a news release issued by WFP. According to the news release, this is the second year that UNICEF and WFP partner to provide support to vulnerable Syrian children during the winter, which includes a one-time cash grant from UNICEF that will provide 20 Jordanian Dinars each to a total of 51,851 children under the age of 18 in the two camps. The assistance will be delivered through electronic food vouchers (e-cards) provided by WFP to Syrian families to buy food every month and the money can be used to buy winter clothes, such as boots, gloves, trousers, coats and scarves at WFP-contracted supermarkets in the camps until mid-January 2016, said the news release. The UN agencies said that families in the camps being informed through SMS, posters, flyers and awareness sessions with camp community leaders that the UNICEF cash assistance is for the winter needs of their children. “Our partnership with WFP is highly significant, as it enables us to use their cost efficient e-cards to provide support to every child in the two camps this winter,” said Mr. Jenkins speaking about the UNICEF-WFP partnership. Echoing the thoughts, WFP Jordan Country Director Mageed Yahia said that WFP is “very excited to partner with UNICEF again” especially during this crucial time. “This collaboration demonstrates our solid commitment to the wellbeing of the children we support and brings to life WFP’s vision for stronger inter-agency partnership in Jordan,” said Mr. Yahia. UNICEF said that it is reaching over 150,000 vulnerable children this winter in camps and host communities in Jordan with cash assistance and in-kind winter clothing in partnership with UNHCR, WFP and NGO partners. According to WFP, through its e-card programme, the UN agency provides monthly food assistance to 523,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in camps and communities in Jordan. The 2015-2016 winterization programme has been made possible through the generous support from the governments of Canada, European Commission’s Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States, according to the news release.
According to the study Child Abuse & Neglect, published by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), official records in many countries only capture a small fraction of the actual number of children living in residential care and children in privately owned centres are often not counted. “It is critical that governments keep more accurate and comprehensive listings of all existing residential care facilities, as well as regularly undertake thorough counts of children living in these facilities in order to help strengthen official records,” said Claudia Cappa, Statistics Specialist at UNICEF and co-author of the study. “That way we will be able to measure the breadth of the problem and work with governments to respond effectively.” In residential care, such as institutions or orphanages, children who are already vulnerable due to family separation are at increased risk of violence, abuse and long-term damage to their cognitive, social and emotional development, said Cornelius Williams, Associate Director of Child Protection at UNICEF. Research shows some of the key risk factors that result in children being placed in residential care include family breakdown, health issues, poor or unequal provision of social services, disability and poverty. Governments are urged to reduce the number of children living in residential care by preventing family separation where possible, and by seeking homes for children in family-based care such as foster homes. Stronger investment in community-based family support programmes is also needed, UNICEF said. UNICEF’s new estimate is based on data from 140 countries. Central and Eastern Europe was found to have the highest rate worldwide, with 666 children per 100,000 living in residential care, over 5 times the global average of 120 children. Industrialized countries have the second-highest rate with 192 children, followed by East Asia and the Pacific region at 153.
They play a key role in keeping family farms running, yet the work women do in the farming industry is often ignored or under appreciated.In her recently released book, a Brock University researcher says that although the work of farm women has vastly changed over the past few decades, women are still not viewed as “farmers” and have long played a silent role in agriculture.The Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry employs more than 2.2 million people, yet only 27.5 per cent of Canadian farm operators are female, according to Statistics Canada.That same percentage of less than 30 per cent of female farmers is matched in Niagara, where the agri-business sector generates an estimated $2.7 billion annually in economic impact.Wendee Kubik, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock, examined the changing nature of farm women’s work in her recent book, Women in Agriculture Worldwide: Key issues and practical approaches, which she co-edited with her former PhD student and now Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Regina, Amber Fletcher.“We argue that the work of farm women has changed in relationship to the dramatic changes facing agricultural producers, such as industrial agricultural production, climate change, privatization of market relations, globalization and the aging farm population,” says Kubik, a member of both the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and Social Justice and Equity Studies program at Brock University.The book focuses on farm women in 13 countries and confirms previous research showing:Farm women are doing more work than they are credited forThey are working long hours both on and off the farm while maintaining the household and engaging in community workWhile women have always had a key role in farming, their contributions are sometimes hard to quantify, causing them to become almost invisibleKubik and Fletcher also identified problems farm women are currently facing around the world such as:Lack of access to resources and infrastructureLack of household decision-making powerGender biases in policymaking and leadership“Recognizing women in agriculture means recognizing how current structures and systems — whether formal or informal — continue to disadvantage farm women in relation to farm men,” Kubik says.The goal of the research is to highlight the work farm women do and bring awareness to their important contributions. Another goal is to identify and develop policies that provide safety, eliminate poverty and empower women.“One of the main things farm women can do is give themselves credit for their work and proudly call themselves farmers,” she says. “Family farming is a joint effort and all the work that women do, be it on or off the farm, contributes to the viability of the farm.”She encourages women to take on leadership roles in farming organizations and advises the industry to provide more gender-specific programming, eliminate certain barriers to entry and adopt a more egalitarian relationship between men and women in farm households.Agriculture has become more globalized and shifted towards large scale, intensified production worldwide, but many farm women are resisting these trends and pushing for environmentally sustainable food.“I see women as the key to food sustainability and food security around the world, particularly as we are impacted by climate change,” says Kubik. “By recognizing and integrating the knowledge of women farmers from around the globe, we can ensure that food production is healthy, sustainable and available to all.”Kubik, Fletcher and June Corman, Associate Professor of Sociology at Brock University, recently received funding to continue their research on women in organic farming in Ontario and Saskatchewan and will be presenting some of their findings at the European Society for Rural Sociology Congress in Poland this summer.
The weekend the No. 25 Ohio State men’s track and field teams have been training for all season is finally here.The Buckeyes are set to make their way to Geneva, Ohio, to compete in the conference championship indoor meet this weekend.Coach Ed Beathea has been trying to keep normalcy in practice this week as his team prepares for the big race.“What we’re saying and what we’re trying to do this week is keep everything normal,” Beathea said. “We’re trying to keep them in their routine and keep them out of their heads.”Beathea expects his team to come out of the meet having had a “productive weekend.” He said he hopes to have his team place within the top five finishers overall. The Buckeyes are set to compete against other top-ranked teams in No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 7 Penn State, and No. 21 Nebraska, as well as the rest of the conference.“We know that at this point we don’t have enough depth to say we are going to win the championship,” he said. “We set realistic expectations of what we can get out of the weekend.”Senior Demoye Bogle and redshirt-freshman Donovan Robertson, who both compete in sprints and hurdles, have set different expectations for themselves for the meet.Bogle has the No. 3 overall seed in the 60-meter hurdles and Robertson has the No. 5 overall seed this weekend.“Getting first and letting nothing but the color scarlet and gray be in front of you,” Bogle said. “That’s a mentality the team needs to go in there with.”Robertson said he would like to see his teammates give their all, and hopes the enthusiastic support from the crowd will boost the team morale.“We’re projected to go sixth (out of 11 teams),” Robertson said. “I definitely think we can do better than that.”Another runner setting high expectations for himself this weekend is junior sprinter and hurdler Timothy Faust. He is looking to defend his title as the indoor 200-meter dash Big Ten Champion.Beathea is only focused on the strengths of his team and what they put forth at the meet. He said he would like to see him team place well but thinks this weekend, regardless of the results, will be a nice segue to the outdoor season.“I want these guys to run this weekend as if it is their last chance to run ever,” Beathea said. “We want to go out and be fierce competitors every time. That is what I am looking for and hoping to see.”The races are slated to begin Friday at 10 a.m. and continue through Saturday at the SPIRE Institute.
The best Turkish player, Yeliz Ozel (30) signed one-year contract with finalist of Women’s Champions League, Romanian, Oltchim Valcea. Sounds interesting that one of the best European players at external position spent just three seasons abroad. She played for Kometal Skopje in period from 2004 to 2007 and then went to home country Champion, Mili Piango.– I wish to win the Champions League Oltchim. That is such a beautiful dream for any player . ” Yeliz said to Romanian Press. ← Previous Story Demetrio Lozano in CAI Aragon! Next Story → Robert Hedin until 2014 at Norwegian bench
WORLDFour homeless men warm themselves on a steam grate by the Federal Trade Commission, blocks from the Capitol, in Washington. Pic: AP#INDIA At least 13 people died in a building collapse in the coastal village of Goa.#SCHUMACHER Michael Schumacher is in a ‘critical but stable‘ condition in hospital.#ANTARCTIC The Chinese ship sent to rescue people from another ship in the Antarctic is now stuck in ice itself.#IRAQ The city of Fallujah fell to Al-Qaeda-linked militants, security sources said.#RIP Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers died at the age of 74.INNOVATIONLooking for new apps for the new year? Here are five worth downloading this week.The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will give us a great look at what gadgets we can expect over the next few years. Here are some of the trends we can look forward to. [The Guardian]PARTING SHOTPic: EbayGot any old 1986 calendars lying around the house? Well, you might be interested to know that the 2014 calendar dates are the exact same as 1986′s… if you’re the frugal type, you’ll enjoy this one. [Daily Mail] NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…This incredible photograph was taken by photographer George Karbus. It shows waves battering the seafront at Lahinch. Pic: George KarbusIRELANDTwo more men were charged in relation to the death of Dale Creighton, while a further two were arrested.The Government was called on to provide emergency funding to help in the storm clean-up.The Doolin Coast Guard station was ruined by the recent storm weather – while the volunteers were out working.The Limerick City of Culture board realise there are lessons to be learned, one of its members said. Meanwhile, its Facebook page was hacked.A man aged 60 was tied up and locked in a bedroom by masked burglars in Co Down.Unity on the left could have prevented the bank guarantee, SIPTU’s general president Jack O’Connor said.More than 3,000 horses were seized over welfare concerns in 2013.The Taoiseach and Jobs Minister began their ‘ambitious’ trade mission in the Gulf today.The bad weather is set to continue – high tides and strong winds are expected into next week.
DARPA is well-known for setting difficult challenges that take teams of clever people to figure out. But usually they involve creating some form of intelligent robot or a craft capable of hypersonic flight. The research agency’s new challenge is a little different.DARPA is focused on developing new technology and solutions for use by the military, so when a problem comes up that needs solving for the troops, chances are DARPA gets given the task. Its latest challenge is all about documentation, or more specifically reconstructing important documents that have been destroyed.Whenever troops manage to secure an area in hostile territory, they inevitably search for any intelligence that has been left behind. In a lot of cases documentation has been ripped up or shredded so it can’t be read. What DARPA wants to do is figure out a way of reconstructing those shredded pieces into the original documents.Such a task is not easy, especially when multiple documents have been shredded together. So DARPA has decided to throw the challenge open to anyone and is calling on individuals who like “solving complex puzzles” to come forward with ideas. In particular, they expect computer scientists and puzzle enthusiasts to be of most help.This isn’t going to be a thankless task. If you manage to solve the problem DARPA will happily hand you a check for $50,000.The challenge is running until December 5th. Five documents have been shredded in different ways, with each document containing a progressively harder puzzle that needs to be solved. Solve all five and you win the cash prize, but only if your method of doing so is deemed the best way.Here’s an example of the first and simplest shredded document puzzle:It’s likely DARPA don’t actually think there’s a complete solution to this problem, but someone will hopefully get close and at least provide ideas that are useful for both reconstructing documents as well as securing those that need to be shredded and remain secure.Read more at the DARPA Shredder Challenge
Fujitsu is likely to be a little upset and frustrated at CES today. That’s because the company thought it could walk away from CES 2012 having claimed the title of world’s thinnest Android smartphone, but Huawei seems to have beaten it by a mere 0.02mm.Fujitsu’s Arrows ES sports a 4-inch display and is only 6.7mm thick. However, Huawei has turned up to CES this year with the Ascend P1 S, which sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display and enjoys a thickness of just 6.68mm. It’s not just how thin the P1 S is that makes it impressive. That large display needs a fast processor to power the 960 x 540 resolution, and Huawei doesn’t disappoint. At its heart the phone uses a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The phones runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and manages to pack in an 8MP camera with face recognition. You won’t be feeling much weight in your pocket either, as the P1 S only weighs 130 grams.The Ascend P1 S is expected to become available in April with a price point around $400. With that spec and price, it looks to be a fantastic bargain of a smartphone, we just need to know how well it performs and what the battery life is like. For those who like the look of the P1 S, but want to ensure they aren’t running to the charger every few hours, Huawei is also launching the Ascend P1. It’s basically the same phone, but measures 7.69mm thick so as to fit in a larger battery. Read more at Android Police and GreyReview
However, he said that if the jury were satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt as to the identification of colour, clothing and height, they were at liberty to act on it.After the verdicts were returned James Dwyer SC, prosecuting, asked the court to direct a victim impact statement in relation to Woodcock.The court adjourned sentencing on the two charges on which Watson was found guilty until 7 March and Justice White remanded the defendant in custody until that date.The judge expressed his condolences to O’Connor’s family for their loss saying that the event had happened a long time ago. “He [O’Connor] was a peacemaker on the night, trying to resolve an issue which caused great tragedy,” said Justice White.Addressing the O’Connor family, he said they had acted “very dignified” throughout the trial.Lawlor asked the court to order a governor’s report from Cloverhill Prison.‘He didn’t blink, he just died’During the trial Philip Woodcock, an apprentice electrician, testified that he lived in Grattan Wood apartment complex on Hole in the Wall Road in Donaghmede with his partner and their child.In his evidence, Woodcock said he heard music and a lot of noise coming from the next-door apartment on the night, which belonged to his neighbour Louise Kinsella.Woodcock said he went downstairs and took the fuse out in order to cut the power in the building so the noisy people would leave and then drove to the local garage. The witness said his partner rang him when he was in the garage and told him that the party was getting louder.Woodcock said he picked up four friends – Graham Hogan, Jonathan Gunnery, Richard Grant and Warren O’Connor – before returning to his apartment complex. Woodcock said he “banged” on Ms Kinsella’s door and when it opened he saw three men with “big kitchen knives”. Woodcock testified that a man wearing a Russell Athletic hoodie hit him with the top of his head. Woodcock punched this man and he fell to the ground.Watson and his two friends later went down to the carpark in the complex and got into a black Honda Civic car. Woodcock and his group got into a Ford Focus, the court heard.Woodcock said the Honda Civic tried to overtake the Ford Focus on the main road and then “rammed” into the driver’s side of the car a few times. “I lost control of the car, we both collided and both cars cut out,” he said. The witness said he ran towards the Honda Civic car and started to hit the driver before the man in the Russell Athletic hoodie ran up behind him with a kitchen knife in his hand. Woodcock said he caught this man with a punch at the same time as the man stabbed him in the left shoulder. Woodcock said Warren O’Connor was face down on the ground so he drove his car down the road and saw he had been stabbed. “We were all talking to him, telling him we loved him. We tried to make him blink but he didn’t blink, he just died,” Woodcock said.The witness broke down as he described how O’Connor still had part of the knife inside him. “Half an inch of the knife was sticking out of his body, the handle was gone,” he sobbed.Amy Kinsella, the sister of Louise Kinsella, gave evidence that she was at a “mellow” party in her sister’s apartment on the night and Watson was there. The witness said Watson was wearing a white hoodie with writing on it and Woodcock had punched him.In his evidence, Gary Foy said he lived in Newgrove Estate, Donaghmede, which faced onto Hole in the Wall Road and was watching television on the night with his window open.Foy testified that he heard a man wearing a white hoodie say “get that into you” and saw him make a stabbing motion towards another man’s chest during a row. Susan Ford gave evidence that she and her husband were on Hole in the Wall Road when she saw two men shouting at each other. A few seconds later she heard footsteps behind her and one of the men grabbed onto the railings saying “I’ve been stabbed, I’ve been stabbed” before he “fell forward”.The statement of former Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Khalid Jaber, was read into the record during the trial and he said O’Connor’s cause of death was a penetrating stab wound to the lower anterior of the left side of the neck. The blade of a stainless-steel kitchen knife, which measured 22.5cms in length was found “partially impaled” in O’Connor’s neck when the post-mortem was carried out and its handle was not recovered, Dr Jaber said. A DUBLIN MAN who was charged with the murder of a former soldier nine years ago has today been acquitted by a jury at the Central Criminal Court.Justice Michael White said the deceased had been “a peacemaker” on the night, trying to resolve an issue which had ended in tragedy.Gary Watson (35), with an address at Millbrook Avenue, Kilbarrack, Dublin 13, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Warren O’Connor (24) at Hole in the Wall Road, Donaghmede, Dublin 13 on 16 January 2010.O’Connor died from a single stab wound to the neck and the knife’s blade was found “partially impaled” in his body when his post-mortem was conducted.However, Watson was today found guilty by unanimous verdicts of assaulting Philip Woodcock (34) causing him harm as well as the production of a knife on the same occasion. The defendant had also denied these charges.The jury of seven men and five women took four hours and 11 minutes to come to their verdicts.Members of O’Connor’s family wept when the verdicts were announced by the court registrar.‘Get that into you’ Following today’s verdicts, Justice White thanked the jury for their time and said they had discharged “a very public function” in what was a “very difficult and tragic trial”. He exempted them from jury service for a period of 15 years.The two-week trial heard that a fight ensued between two groups of men after Woodcock removed a fuse and cut power to his neighbour’s apartment so an allegedly ”noisy house party” would end and the occupants would leave.The trial also heard that one group – which included Woodcock and the deceased Warren O’Connor – left Grattan Wood apartment complex in a Ford Focus car on the night before it was rammed by another group – which included Watson – driving a black Honda Civic car.Gary Foy gave evidence that he looked out his bedroom window on the night when he heard shouting coming from Hole in the Wall Road. Foy said he heard a man wearing a white hoodie say “get that into you” and saw him make a stabbing motion towards another man’s chest during a row. Woodcock testified that one of the men in his neighbour’s apartment was wearing a Russell Athletic hoodie on the night and had head-butted him. The witness also gave evidence that the man in the Russell Athletic hoodie later stabbed him in the shoulder on Hole in the Wall Road. After the attack, Mr Woodcock saw Mr O’Connor laying face down on the ground. He had been fatally stabbed. No forensic evidenceAmy Kinsella gave evidence that she was at a party in her sister’s apartment with Watson on the night and he was wearing a white hoodie with writing on the chest. Garda Damien Carroll testified that he recovered a black-handled knife from a building near Grattan Wood apartment complex in Donaghmede as well as three knives from a black Honda Civic car. No fingerprints belonging to Watson were found on these knives, said Garda Carroll. Furthermore, the court heard that Watson’s fingerprints were not found on the blade which was removed from O’Connor’s body.In her closing speech, defence counsel Anne-Marie Lawlor SC said the case “stands and falls” on Foy’s evidence. Lawlor said that in order to convict her client, the jury had to be sure that what Foy said “was enough” as there was “nothing else” in the case. She explained that there was no forensic evidence nor CCTV footage of Mr O’Connor’s “actual death”. “No one says Gary Watson killed Mr O’Connor, he [Gary Foy] says a man in a white hoodie stabbed the deceased,” she argued. In charging the jury, Justice White said they had been asked by the prosecution to rely on the identification evidence of Foy. He asked them to “be especially cautious” as there have been a number of incidents in the past where people have made positive identifications that had proved to be erroneous. Monday 18 Feb 2019, 1:19 PM No Comments Feb 18th 2019, 1:19 PM Man acquitted of Warren O’Connor’s murder The former soldier died from a single stab wound to the neck in 2010. 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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Indonesian police did not search accused drug trafficker Michael Sacatides’ bag for fingerprints, his defence lawyer is claiming.Erwin Siregar told the Denpasar District Court, on Wednesday, that the four plastic bags containing 1.7 kg of crystal methamphetamine found in Sacatides’ suitcase at Bali’s international airport were not dusted for prints, according to reports in The Australian.Mr Sacatides, 43, a kickboxing instructor who was living in Thailand appeared at his second hearing on Wednesday following his October 1 arrest. Since his arrest he has denied that the drugs, worth an estimated AUD$392,000, belonged to him.Mr Sacatides faces a sentence ranging from five years jail to the death penalty if convicted.Mr Siregar told the court that Mr Sacatides had borrowed the bag from his Indian business partner Akaleshi Tripathi, known as ‘Peter’, in Bangkok and that his client knew nothing of the drugs inside.“Michael borrowed the bag because he knows Peter for two and half years and Peter offered the bag because Michael didn’t have one. When he got the bag it was empty. He put his personal belongings in it,” Mr Siregar said, adding “Michael is not a user (of drugs), he’s educated, he has a good salary and has no economic reason to bring the drugs”.Mr Sacatides previously told investigators he borrowed the bag on September, 30, 2010 around 10am Bangkok time at Peter’s apartment building, located at Sei 16 Sukhumvit, Bangkok. He said a security officer from the building gave him the bag.Mr Sacatides described Peter as “Indian, thin, around 167 cm tall, black skin and short straight black hair.”Mr Sacatides’ confiscated mobile phone remains in police custody, Mr Siregar said.“Maybe the police are thinking the drug syndicate will call the telephone but nothing because he [Mr Sacatides] is a good man. There is no criminal report even in Thailand or in Australia”.Mr Siregar, whose legal fees are being funded by Australian legal aid formerly represented marijuana trafficker Schapelle Corby after her arrest. He said he hopes his client will get the minimum sentence.Prior to his arrest Mr Sacatides had arrived in Bali on a flight from Bangkok, where he had been working for 22 months. He was planning to spend four days in Bali, having travelled there once previously. He told police that he travelled to Bali to renew his visa on October 1 last year.At the end of the hearing Mr Sacatides simply said “the accusation from the prosecution is not true”.The hearing will resume on January 11 when prosecutor Agung Atmaja will reply to the objections.
Fairbanks city police Chief Randall Aragon is on administrative leave again. A week after outgoing Mayor John Eberhart returned Aragon to duty, newly sworn in Mayor Jim Matherly reversed the order Tuesday and put the chief back on paid leave. Matherly said the decision is because an independent investigation into whether or not a private security business operated by the chief constitutes a conflict of interest, is still pending.Listen Now ”It’s my responsibility to see the report, present it to the council and then decide what the next action should be,” Matherly said. “But I wanted to send a message that whether you’re the chief or somebody else in city hall, you need to be held to the same standard of at least getting in the report and then finalizing it that way.”Chief Aragon was first placed on leave in mid-September, when allegations were initially leveled. In bringing the chief back last week, former Mayor Eberhart cited several reasons, including an internal city investigation that found nothing requiring corrective or disciplinary action. Deputy Chief Brad Johnson has resumed the role of acting chief.