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Canadas best in comedy compete for a spot in SiriusXMs Top Comic

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Beginning at 10 am ET today through 11:59 pm ET on August 17, Canadians can view the audition videos of the 18 semi-finalists and vote daily for the funniest comics at siriusxm.ca/topcomic. The six comics who receive the greatest number of public votes – and laughs – will advance to the Finale, along with two additional comics selected by an esteemed panel of industry judges to compete live on stage for the coveted title of SiriusXM’s Top Comic, a grand prize of $25,000and more.Canadians can vote daily starting today through August 17 at siriusxm.ca/topcomic LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The 2018 SiriusXM Top Comic semi-finalists are:Kyle Brownrigg (Hometown—Ottawa, ON)Sophie Buddle (Hometown—Ottawa, ON)Cara Connors (Hometown—Toronto, ON)Mark DeBonis (Hometown— Scarborough, ON)Dave Harris (Hometown—New Westminster, BC)Gilson Lubin (Hometown—Toronto, ON)Brittany Lyseng (Hometown—Calgary, AB)Roman Mancini (Hometown—Ottawa, ON)Chanty Marostica (Hometown—Winnipeg, MB)Ashley Moffatt (Hometown—Hamilton, ON)Myles Morrison (Hometown—Saskatoon, SK)Efthimios Nasiopoulos (Hometown—Toronto, ON)Tim Nutt (Hometown—Vancouver, BC)Alex Pavone (Hometown—Woodbridge, ON)Keith Pedro (Hometown—Toronto, ON)Nick Reynoldson (Hometown—Scarborough, ON)Shirley Whalen (Hometown—Fort McMurray, AB)Ryan Williams (Hometown—Kamloops, BC)Finalists will be announced later this summer.“It’s no secret that Canada is home to some of the world’s funniest people, which made it a real challenge to pick just 18 from our recent auditions,” said Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs. “We’re excited to continue to shine a light on our incredible homegrown comedic talent, and let the country have a hand in choosing our finalists from this hilarious group.”SiriusXM recently selected 60 of the nation’s best comics to take part in public auditions held over six nights in Torontoand Calgary. The comics each had six minutes to impress the crowd and a panel of industry judges, who chose three comics from each night to continue on in the competition as semi-finalists.For the first time in the competition’s history, the two runners-up will each receive cash prizes of $2,500. In addition to $25,000, the grand prize winner will receive international exposure with a guaranteed spot to perform at JFL Sydney(Australia), as well as at JFL42 (Toronto), JFL NorthWest (Vancouver), and at Just For Laughs Montreal on a JFL TV taping airing on a Bell property in their 2019/20 broadcast season. Tickets for the Finale are on sale now at jfl42.com/act/siriusxm-top-comic.Top Comic is part of SiriusXM Canada’s ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Last year, Gavin Mattsof New Westminster, BC took home the title and grand prize, with Sterling Scott of Edmonton, AB and Graham Chittenden of Brantford, ON placing as runners-up. Previous winners include Chris Robinson, Faisal Butt, Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews, Matt O’Brien and Brian Stollery.Canada Laughs (ch. 168) features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch and more, putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all Sirius and XM subscribers in Canada and across the U.S. and joins SiriusXM’s hilarious comedy lineup, including Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio, Comedy Central Radio, SiriusXM Comedy Greats, Raw Dog Comedy, Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup, Laugh USA and more.About SiriusXM CanadaSiriusXM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.About JFL42Established in 2012 and now in its seventh year, JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy Festival in Toronto created by Group Just For Laughs. Developed with a mandate to celebrate the most hilarious, innovative, riveting and relevant comedy experiences in the world with Toronto audiences, JFL42’s unique interactive pass-based ticketing and reservation system makes it the first comedy festival of its kind. In addition to JFL42, Just For Laughs has produced the world’s most prestigious comedy festival in Montreal for the past 35 years and in recent years has launched festivals in Sydney, Vancouver, and London, England. Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO, July 27, 2018 – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today revealed the 18 semi-finalists for the 9th annual SiriusXM Top Comic competition, a nationwide search for Canada’s best in comedy. Canadians will hold the fate of the semi-finalists in their hands by choosing which comics will move on in the competition, where they’ll battle it out joke-for-joke live on stage at the SiriusXM Top Comic Finale. The Finale, featuring headlining comedian Nikki Glaser, takes place September 27, 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as part of JFL42 in association with SiriusXM Canada in Toronto. Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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The Latest WikiLeaks Assange apologizes for bailjumping

LONDON — The Latest on the sentencing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (all times local):11:35 a.m.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has apologized unreservedly for skipping bail seven years ago and holing up in the Ecuadorian embassy.In a letter read by attorney Mark Summers, Assange says he found himself “struggling with terrifying circumstances” and did what he thought best.Assange sought asylum in the South American country’s London embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations.The secret spiller faces up to a year in prison when he is sentenced at London’s Southwark Crown Court. Summers told a courtroom packed with journalists and WikiLeaks supporters on Wednesday that Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy because “he was living with overwhelming fear of being rendered to the U.S.”___9 a.m.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is set to be sentenced for jumping British bail seven years ago and holing up in the Ecuadorian embassy.Assange faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday at London’s Southwark Crown Court. A judge at an earlier hearing said the 47-year-old hacker’s offence “merits the maximum sentence.”The Australian secret-spiller sought asylum in the South American country’s London embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations. He faces a separate legal fight against a U.S. extradition request. American authorities have charged him with conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer system.Assange was arrested last month after Ecuador revoked his political asylum.The Associated Press read more

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UN restarts stalled repatriation of Sudanese refugees from western Ethiopia

26 February 2008The United Nations refugee agency has resumed its repatriation of Sudanese from a camp in western Ethiopia after the operation had been halted for nearly two months because of bureaucratic problems. A convoy of vehicles carrying 605 people left Ethiopia’s Bonga camp for Sudan’s Blue Nile state at the weekend, expecting to reach their destination by today, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported. Almost two thirds of the group were aged under 18.UNHCR hopes this convoy – the first of its kind since 29 December – will lead to the resumption of regular repatriations from Bonga to neighbouring Sudan, where the long-running north-south civil war ended in early 2005.Cosmas Chanda, UNHCR’s deputy representative in Ethiopia, said that the agency plans to close Bonga – currently home to about 5,000 refugees – and another nearby camp, Dimma, which houses over 2,600.The plan is to conduct weekly convoys from Bonga and also start convoys of returns from Dimma and the other two camps in the area, Sherkole and Fugnido.Returnees receive a repatriation package of blankets, jerry cans, sleeping mats, a water filter and a sanitary kit for females. When they pass the Ethiopian-Sudanese border crossing at Kurmuk, they will also receive plastic sheets, mosquito nets, buckets, kitchen utensils and soap.In addition, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) distribute three months of food, seeds and agricultural tools to the returnees once they reach their destination in Sudan. read more

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Newlyelected officials must work constructively for Iraqis Ban says

23 February 2009Calling recent polls in Iraq “an important turning point” for the strife-torn country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges the newly-elected provincial officials to work together to improve the lives of Iraqis, in a report released today. Calling recent polls in Iraq “an important turning point” for the strife-torn country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges the newly-elected provincial officials to work together to improve the lives of Iraqis, in a report released today.“I was delighted that millions of Iraqi people exercised their right to vote in an environment largely free of violence,” Mr. Ban says in a report to the Security Council that outlines developments since 6 November 2008 and activities of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), and which follows his 6 February visit to the country.“The onus is now on those who will take their seats in the governorate councils to engage in constructive political dialogue so that the benefits of the improved security situation can be turned into actions designed to deliver tangible benefits and essential services to the people of Iraq,” he adds.There was a 51 per cent turnout rate for the 31 January polls which took place in 6,471 polling centres across the country, and in which some 14,467 candidates vied for posts in 14 of 19 provincial, or governorate, councils.During his visit to Baghdad, Mr. Ban writes, everyone he encountered strongly praised the role of UNAMI in providing logistic, strategic, and organizational support for what he called “well prepared elections.” In the coming months, he says, political attention is likely to shift towards disputed internal boundaries and the status of the city of Kirkuk, and he expects UNAMI to play a key role in helping the parties reach consensus on those as-yet unresolved issues. The UN is also committed to supporting the Government to meet social and economic challenges as Iraqis increasingly look to both national and provincial institutions to provide the rewards of recovery, including jobs, clean water and streets, reliable electricity, better schools and adequate health care.For those reasons, the Secretary-General welcomes the expansion of the UN presence since 2007, adding offices in Basrah, Kirkuk, Najaf, Ramada and Mosul, and he calls on Member States to continue supporting its efforts. The Government decided to allocate $25 million towards the construction of a UNAMI integrated headquarters in Baghdad, he says, noting that a number of Iraqi leaders requested the mission and UN organizations to continue to increase their activities throughout the country.However, Mr. Ban stresses that the November rocket attack which killed two staff members and injured 15 underscores the continuing threats to the Organization, asserting that: “It is for this reason that staff security must remain a priority.”The fact that threats of violence during most key political events were not realized can be interpreted as a sign that militia and insurgent leaders are losing influence, or that their capability and resources are being depleted, he says.The discovery of new, large weapons caches demonstrates, however, that they intend to maintain some degree of military capability that could be unleashed in some point in time, the report adds.In addition, Mr. Ban warns the new security agreement between the Governments of Iraq and the United States is being put in place and the gradual reduction of the multinational forces could begin to have an impact on the logistical and security resources available to support UN operations over the next six months.For that reason, meetings were held with the Minister of Defence and US military officials to discuss UNAMI security in the Green Zone and the possibility of security provided by Iraqi defence forces. read more

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UN opens refugee camp in Ethiopia as violence continues in troubled Sudanese

7 October 2011The United Nations refugee agency has opened a new camp in western Ethiopia as hostilities in Sudan’s Blue Nile state continue to drive thousands to flee the country. The United Nations refugee agency has opened a new camp in western Ethiopia as hostilities in Sudan’s Blue Nile state continue to drive thousands to flee the country.Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters today at a press briefing in Geneva that 533 refugees had already been moved to the new camp, located in the town of Tongo, from the border areas of Kurmuk, Bamza and Almahal.Over the past month more than 27,500 people have fled Blue Nile to Ethiopia and South Sudan, amid fighting between the Sudanese army and rebels with the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N). Mr. Edwards noted that while refugees had previously been mostly women and children, more men were arriving at the camps, bringing belongings such as livestock with them to help make a living in Ethiopia.“At the beginning of the influx, the new arrivals were mainly women, children and the elderly – generally in good health. Men were staying behind to look after properties. Recently, however, UNHCR staff at the border points have seen larger numbers of men arriving, and more injuries. “We had recent cases involving a young man who had sustained bullet wounds, and a woman injured by shrapnel. Another man had lost his legs in a bomb explosion. All three were taken to the UNHCR health centre in Sherkole camp for treatment,” he said.The new camp has a capacity for 3,000 people and has the possibility of being expanded if necessary. The other main camp in the area, at Sherkole, reached its full capacity on Tuesday, already holding 8,702 people.UNHCR is currently working with Ethiopia and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to speed up the moving of refugees to safer locations. Mr. Edwards said that UNHCR is planning to move around 400 refugees daily from the border to Tongo, where the agency and its partners are providing water and sanitation, food, shelter and immunization for children. read more

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UN experts urge India to restore internet and social media services in

In a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression and Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders stressed that the scope of the restrictions also undermined “the Government’s stated aim of preventing dissemination of information that could lead to violence.”“The internet and telecommunications bans have the character of collective punishment [and] fail to meet the standards required under international human rights law to limit freedom of expression,” said Mr. Kaye in the news release.“Denying such access disrupts the free exchange of ideas and the ability of individuals to connect with one another and associate peacefully on matters of shared concern,” added Mr. Forst.The ban was imposed on 17 April following widespread student demonstrations.According to information from the media and individuals in Kashmir, the Government blocked access to 22 websites and applications, including the messaging service WhatsApp, and social media Facebook and Twitter, noted the news release.Denying such access disrupts the free exchange of ideas and the ability of individuals to connect with one another and associate peacefully on matters of shared concern     – Special Rapporetur Michel Forst3G and 4G internet data services for mobile phones and other devices have also been suspended.The news release also noted that since 2012, there have been an estimated 31 reported cases of social media and internet bans in the Indian state and such developments seemed to be a worrying pattern aimed at curbing protests and social unrest in the region.“We call on the Indian authorities to guarantee freedom of expression in Jammu and Kashmir and to seek a solution for the social and political conflicts of the region through an open, transparent and democratic dialogue,” the experts said.Further in the release, the human rights experts also recalled the concerns raised by the UN Human Rights Council – the central inter-governmental body within the UN system responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe – over online disruptions and the call upon UN Member States to avoid such shutdowns.Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Millions of young lives at risk says UN labour chief calling for

“Many suffer lifelong physical and psychological consequences. Their very lives can be at risk”, said International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder in his message for the Day, calling for urgent global action to end common dangers associated with child labour.About 73 million children are involved in doing hazardous work – almost half of the 152 million children aged 5 to 17 across the world, who are still forced into child labour.“These children are toiling in mines and fields, factories and homes, exposed to pesticides and other toxic substances, carrying heavy loads or working long hours”, he said.The World Day, which was first marked under the auspices of the ILO in 2002, draws attention to the global extent of child labour and the efforts needed to eliminate it.The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by world leaders in 2015, include a renewed global commitment to ending child labour.Although the overall number of children in hazardous work has decreased in recent years, progress has been limited to older children.Between 2012 and 2016, according to ILO, the number of children aged 5 to 11, doing dangerous work in contravention international treaties, increased.“This is unacceptable”, Mr. Ryder said.Agriculture accounts for most of child labour Nearly three out of every four children made to work, are in the agriculture sector, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).After years of steady decline, child labour on farms and in the fields, has started to rise again, driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters.This worrisome trend, not only threatens the wellbeing of millions of children, but also undermines efforts to end global hunger and poverty, FAO warned.“Children who work long hours are likely to continue to swell the ranks of the hungry and poor”, said FAO Deputy Director-General Daniel Gustafson. “As their families depend on their work, this deprives the children of the opportunity to go to school, which in turn prevents them from getting decent jobs and income in the future”.ILO’s conventions on child labour, namely the Minimum Age Convention of 1973 and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention of 1999, require governments to establish a national list of hazardous work, prohibited for children.These treaties have been ratified by 171 and 181 ILO member States respectively, reflecting a near global commitment to end child labour in all its forms. read more

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Environmental Audit Committee report on Air Quality

The Environmental Audit Committee has published its report on Air Quality. The report calls on government to:Prioritise action across central Government by putting improving air quality in the Defra Business Plan, and set up a Cabinet Office lead Ministerial Group to oversee delivery of a new cross government air quality strategy;Engage with local authority leaders clearly to set out the risks of failing to act to improve air quality, and join up thinking across local authority departments so they all contribute to solving this problem;Establish a national framework of low emissions zones to help local authorities reduce pollution from traffic;Ensure that thinking on air quality is central to public health reforms that will transfer public health functions to local authorities;Launch a public awareness campaign to drive air quality up the political agenda and inform people about the positive action they could take to reduce emissions and their exposure to these.DOWNLOAD REPORTClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Happening Now Scenes from 52nd Independence Flag Raising Ceremony

H.E. David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger arrive at Durban Park for the 52nd Independence Flag Raising Ceremony at Durban Park. Theme- Celebrating our People and our Patrimony..(DPI photos) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related

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DKB BUNDESLIGA Lions storm in Flensburg

5.Hamburg161015468:42421 13.Lemgo15528410:45112 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten143011381:4276 15.TVB Stuttgart161411413:4836 4.MT Melsungen161123462:40724 6.Fuchse Berlin15834434:39519 1.Rhein-Neckar161501458:35230 7.HSG Wetzlar15915398:39019 12.Hannover-Burgdorf15546402:42114 9.SC Magdeburg15726418:42016 18.N-Lübbecke150213387:4572 8.Goppingen15807391:36716 10.Gummersbach15726408:41216 2.Flensburg-H.161213477:39725 16.Bergischer152112373:4315 FlensburgRhein Neckar Lowen Rhein Neckar Lowen made an important step towards DKB Bundesliga title with a away win in Flensburg – 32:25 (18:10). Amazing night by Uwe Gensheimer and his team-mates led “Lions” to spectacular success against Ljubo Vranjes team.SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 25:32 (10:18)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (bis 19.), Møller (9/1 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (3/3), Glandorf (6), Mogensen, Svan (3), Wanne, Toft Hansen (2), Lauge (8), Mahé (3), RadivojevicRhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren (10/1 saves), Ristovski () – Schmid (5/1), Gensheimer (9/4), Baena (2), Groetzki (3), Guardiola, Ekdahl du Rietz (5), Kneer, Mensah Larsen (1), Petersson (4), Pekeler (3)STANDINGS: 17.Eisenach152112398:4925 3.Kiel151203450:38524 ← Previous Story Nenad Kljajić is new-old Saudi Arabia head-coach! Next Story → VIDEO: Rune “the Rod of God” sends message to Raul! 11.Leipzig15627398:41514 read more

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Dylan Farrow describes alleged sexual abuse by Woody Allen

first_imgDYLAN FARROW, WHO was adopted by Woody Allen and Mia Farrow as a child, has renewed allegations that the film director sexually abused her when she was 7 years old.In an open letter published in The New York Times today, the 28-year-old wrote publicly about what happened for the first time since the allegation surfaced in 1993.Allen was questioned but never prosecuted over the case and has denied any wrongdoing.In the letter, Dylan Farrow writes that Allen had brought her into the attic in their house, told her to play with her brother’s electric train set, and then sexually assaulted her.“For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like,” she wrote.She says that the director would take her away from her mother and siblings to be alone with him and would place his head in her naked lap.Farrow says that what happened in the attic was a tipping point.“These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal. I thought this was how fathers doted on their daughters.“But what he did to me in the attic felt different. I couldn’t keep the secret anymore”.Farrow is strongly critical of the film industry for protecting and celebrating Allen in the face of the allegations, describing the director as a “living testament” to the way society fails survivors of sexual assault.“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?” the letter says.There has been renewed focus on Allen after he was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes last month. Ronan Farrow, who is the son of Allen and Mia Farrow, was publicly critical of the celebration of Allen’s career.(@RonanFarrow/Twitter) Allen and Mia Farrow split up in 1992, soon after revelations that he had begun a relationship with her 22-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, who he has since married.The letter comes ahead of the Academy Awards, where Allen’s film Blue Jasmine has been nominated for three awards.The New York Times reports that Allen declined to comment.Read: Public inquiry into historical child abuse in NI begins today > Column: Have we become numb to the figures on clerical child abuse? >last_img read more

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Jennifer Aniston debated whether to invite Brad Pitt to her birthday bash

first_imgBrad Pitt was spotted at Jennifer Aniston’s star-studded 50th birthday bash. A source told People magazine that “every single person who Jen loves attended” and she wanted the party to be a celebration of her life.She had “debated back and forth with friends” if she should invite Pitt and she was so happy when he accepted her invitation.Brad showed up with his long hair slicked back underneath a hat and made a casual entrance. He and Jennifer hugged and chatted for a while, however she couldn’t spend too much personal time with her ex-husband as there were many other guests that she had to attend to.The Pitt-Aniston divorce had shocked many people in 2005, and was sealed when Pitt entered a long-term relationship with Angelina Jolie. Aniston and Pitt had remained friendly but weren’t especially close.Other guests included George and Amal Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, Ellen DeGeneres, Barbra Streisand, Kate Hudson, Demi Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom and another of Jennifer’s exes, John Mayer.The party took place at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Alerte Météo France orange de la neige encore à prévoir dans le

first_imgAlerte Météo France orange : de la neige encore à prévoir dans le Limousin et près des PyrénéesLundi, Météo France a maintenu en vigilance orange à la neige les départements situés près des Pyrénées. Deux autres départements ont été ajoutés à la liste : la Creuse et la Haute-Vienne où les chutes de neige devraient se maintenir dans la journée.Le froid est revenu sur l’Hexagone en fin de semaine dernière et a ramené la neige pendant tout le week-end. Samedi et dimanche, les flocons sont tombés dans plusieurs régions et d’importantes couches de neige étaient encore enregistrées lundi matin. Ainsi, Météo France a maintenu l’alerte qu’il avait émise dans le sud du pays et l’a étendue à deux autres départements. À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de largeAujourd’hui, c’est donc neuf départements qui sont placés en alerte orange à la neige et au verglas : la Haute-Vienne, la Creuse, le Gers, le Tarn, les Pyrénées-Atlantiques, la Haute-Garonne, l’Aude, l’Ariège et les Hautes-Pyrénées. Sur ces départements, les cumuls de neige en plaine sont encore hétérogènes mais atteignent par place 1 à 3 centimètres. Ils sont de l’ordre de 2 à 5 cm vers le piémont des Pyrénées. Néanmoins, les chutes de neige devraient reprendre de façon plus continue au cours de la journée tandis que les températures restent négatives ce matin sur une bonne partie de l’Hexagone.  Selon Météo France, on attend sur l’ensemble de l’épisode des hauteurs de neige en plaine allant de 3 à 8 cm et de 10 à 20 cm au dessus de 500 mètres. Il y a également un risque important de verglas capable de rendre difficiles les conditions de circulation. Lundi, Météo France conseille donc aux automobilistes d’être particulièrement vigilants et de respecter les restrictions de circulation s’il y en a. Il recommande également de prévoir un équipement minimum au cas où les automobilistes seraient obligés d’attendre plusieurs heures sur la route à bord de leur véhicule. L’alerte est maintenue jusqu’à mardi 26 février, 6H. Le 25 février 2013 à 10:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Une tombe remplie de cinquante momies découverte dans la Vallée des Rois

first_imgUne tombe remplie de cinquante momies découverte dans la Vallée des RoisDes fouilles archéologiques ont révélé la présence d’une cinquantaine de momies dans une tombe de la Vallée des Rois en Egypte. Certaines appartenaient à des membres inconnus de familles royales de la 18e dynastie.Sans surprise, tout le monde n’avait pas le droit à sa propre pyramide en l’Egypte Antique. Il existait pourtant d’autres solutions pour inhumer les proches des pharaons. Une équipe d’archéologues de l’université de Bâle a ainsi découvert une tombe qui contient les restes d’au moins 50 corps momifiés, dont certains appartenaient à des enfants de deux souverains. Ces fouilles archéologiques ont commencé en 2009.Cette tombe, sobrement baptisée KV 40, reposait discrètement dans une dépression de la Vallée des Rois, située sur la rive occidentale du Nil. Son entrée était connue mais elle n’avait pas encore été fouillée de manière intensive malgré le passage de pillards et d’archéologues du XIXe siècle. Les chercheurs modernes ont commencé par dégager le puits d’accès de six mètres de long, avant d’aboutir sur cinq chambres funéraires où le mobilier et les corps abondaient.Sur la cinquantaine de corps, une trentaine a pu être identifiée grâce aux inscriptions présentes sur des céramiques ainsi que des hiéroglyphes. Plusieurs défunts sont des princes et des princesses, membres des familles des pharaons Thoutmôsis IV et Amenhotep III. Ils régnèrent au XIVe siècle avant Jésus-Christ, pendant la 18e dynastie.Des membres inconnus des familles royalesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?De nombreux défunts étaient jusqu’alors inconnus dans la généalogie des pharaons : huit princesses, quatre princes et plusieurs étrangères. On y retrouve quelques enfants, mais surtout des adultes. Les lieux ont également été réutilisés par des familles de prêtres au IXe siècle avant Jésus-Christ, alors que la vallée ne faisait plus office de nécropole officielle.”Nous avons découvert  un nombre remarquable de nouveau-nés et d’enfants embaumés avec soin, ils sont d’habitude été enterrés de manière beaucoup plus simple, affirme l’égyptologue Susanne Bickel. Nous pensons que les familles des membres de la cour royale ont été enterrées dans cette tombe sur une période de plusieurs décennies”.Environ les deux tiers des tombes de la Vallée des Rois ne sont pas royales, poursuit-elle. “Comme ces tombes ne possèdent pas d’inscriptions et ont été lourdement pillées, nous avons été jusque-là réduits à spéculer sur la nature de ceux qui y était enterré”. Pour en savoir davantage, les archéologues comptent poursuivre leurs fouilles et leur étude de la tombe découverte.  Le 30 avril 2014 à 18:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Paige reveals she is undergoing physical therapy, Xavier Woods talks New Day, Rusev and…

first_img I agree. She may be done as a main eventer Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Google+ Many WWE Stars Want To Go To AEW Xavier Woods Triple H Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next January 23, 2017 at 9:58 pm Steven Herrera 72mike72 Lana lost her accent The Miz Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns That’s Her Real Accent Shes From Gainesville FloridaPlus The Russian Voice Is A Gimmick & Too Serious 5 COMMENTS Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jeffery Adam Phillips January 24, 2017 at 4:53 am Videos Articles Twitter Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:08Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listcenter_img WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Paige to undergo a second neck surgery, pulled from SummerSlam weekend appearances Pinterest 72mike72 January 23, 2017 at 8:01 pm Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Videos Articles Paige might need more than just PHYSICAL therapy in the near future if she stays with Del Rio… Paige reveals she is undergoing physical therapyWWE star Paige, who has been out of action since last June, tweeted on Monday that she is currently undergoing physical therapy after undergoing surgery on her neck recently.Physical therapy started today. He already said I was stronger than I should be at this point. Feeling great! — PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) January 23, 2017Xavier Woods talks New DayBrian Fritz of Sporting News passed along this interview with WWE star Xavier Woods talking about The New Day breaking the tag team record in WWE.Rusev and Lana in ClevelandStephen Parsons passed along this clip of WWE stars Rusev and Lana on Cleveland 19 News on Monday morning promote RAW tonight. January 23, 2017 at 8:12 pm Paige undergoes successful neck surgery; King of the Ring semi-finals and finals locations January 24, 2017 at 10:22 am Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WhatsApp IKILLU Man she’s really attached to Del Rio. Wonder what’s gonna happen once Paige goes back out on the road full time. Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Trial begins in 2012 shooting near Vancouver Lake

first_imgJust before repeatedly shooting Freddie Landstrom near Vancouver Lake Park, Pedro “Junior” Godinez Jr. forced him to his knees and made the sign of the cross, according to a Clark County prosecutor.Godinez, 20, of Vancouver then shot the Beaverton, Ore., man five times with a .25-caliber handgun early Nov. 28, 2012, according to Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino. Landstrom was struck in the head, chest, arm, clavicle (collarbone) and hand“Why won’t you die?” Godinez said, according to Gasperino.Gasperino described the scene during opening arguments Tuesday in Godinez’s attempted murder trial in Clark County Superior Court. The trial is expected to continue during the next several days in Judge Barbara Johnson’s courtroom.A jury of 12 has been asked to decide whether Godinez committed first-degree attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery.Gasperino said Landstrom’s account of the attack, along with other evidence to be presented at the trial, will show that Godinez was trying to murder Landstrom.However, Godinez’ defense attorney, Chuck Buckley, told the jury that the state lacks proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Godinez was the assailant in the robbery and shooting. He also questioned whether the assailant intended to murder Landstrom. Landstrom’s story about what occurred was inconsistent, Buckley said.last_img read more

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LOOP An Interactive Art Installation With A Fairy Tale Ending

first_imgMaggie Martin/Houston Public MediaVisitors to the George R. Brown Convention Center downtown might notice some big, circular devices on the plaza at Avenida Houston. They’re part of an art installation, aptly called LOOP, which is described as a cross between a music box, a zoetrope (an early form of hand-cranked animation), and a railway handcar.And, while some artwork is to be seen and not touched, that’s not the case with this exhibit. Visitors sit inside the devices, and using a little elbow grease to crank a metal bar, they can watch images of a fairy tale scene come alive all around them.“The faster you pump, the faster it goes around,” Christine West, the cultural programs manager with Houston First, told Houston Matters. “And you also start to hear some music or sounds that are associated with the piece.”At night, there are lights that blink as part of the animation and also on the loop’s exterior. “They’re fun during the day, but at night they really are dynamic,” West said.– / 3The stories are all based off fairy tales, including Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Alice in Wonderland.West said, so far, LOOP has appealed to a wide range of ages.“They’re very durable so families climb on them; we’ve had as many as three or four children in at one time,” West said. “But also young and old, I mean who doesn’t remember being told a fairy tale. Or, even remember from the past century how movies used to be made.”LOOP has been traveling around the U.S., with Houston as its fifth stop. It will be on display downtown through Jan. 6.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin visits the installation and learns more from Christine West, cultural programs manager with Houston First. Sharelast_img read more

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Big Box Retailers Discount Wii to 170

first_imgVirtually every major retailer has just discounted the price of the Wii console, lending more credence to rumors of an impending official cut to $150.Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, and others, along with online stores like Amazon, have all discounted the price of the system. Last week, reports surfaced that Nintendo was planning to slash the official MSRP to $150, ahead of a rumored Wii 2 announcement at E3 in June.It seems this move is for retailers to get as much money as possible from existing inventory before they have to lower their pricing to the new impulse-buy price point. So even though $170 is certainly a good deal, it might be wise to wait until next month, since this all but confirms those pending price drop rumors.Via Cnetlast_img

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Study shows bees use visual rate of expansion of ground for perfect

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Honeybees use visual cues to land safely on vertical surfaces. Credit: Emily Baird, Lund University Explore further More information: A universal strategy for visually guided landing, PNAS, Published online before print October 28, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1314311110AbstractLanding is a challenging aspect of flight because, to land safely, speed must be decreased to a value close to zero at touchdown. The mechanisms by which animals achieve this remain unclear. When landing on horizontal surfaces, honey bees control their speed by holding constant the rate of front-to-back image motion (optic flow) generated by the surface as they reduce altitude. As inclination increases, however, this simple pattern of optic flow becomes increasingly complex. How do honey bees control speed when landing on surfaces that have different orientations? To answer this, we analyze the trajectories of honey bees landing on a vertical surface that produces various patterns of motion. We find that landing honey bees control their speed by holding the rate of expansion of the image constant. We then test and confirm this hypothesis rigorously by analyzing landings when the apparent rate of expansion generated by the surface is manipulated artificially. This strategy ensures that speed is reduced, gradually and automatically, as the surface is approached. We then develop a mathematical model of this strategy and show that it can effectively be used to guide smooth landings on surfaces of any orientation, including horizontal surfaces. This biological strategy for guiding landings does not require knowledge about either the distance to the surface or the speed at which it is approached. The simplicity and generality of this landing strategy suggests that it is likely to be exploited by other flying animals and makes it ideal for implementation in the guidance systems of flying robots.Press release Swedish team hope to create buzz in fight against bee deaths When humans try to teach robots how to land they use all sorts of sophisticated technology, most of which is geared towards measuring how far away the ground is, how fast the vehicle is traveling and in which direction. The team working on this new effort at the Australian National University found that bees use a far simpler approach—they note how fast the target appears to be expanding as they move towards it, and adjust their speed accordingly.The idea is that as an object moves closer to the ground, the ground and everything on it appears to expand. If that same object moves at a constant rate, the ground seems to expand at an accelerating rate. On the other hand, if the object adjusts its speed so that the object appears to expand at a constant rate, the object will slow, resulting in zero speed at the touchdown point. And that, the researchers found, is exactly how bees land so well despite having very little brains. The researchers discovered this by filming bees as they flew and landed in their lab, and then analyzed their flight behavior. They also added a spinning spiral disk as a backdrop. If a spiral is drawn and then spun in one direction, and then approached, it appears as if the surface is expanding faster than it really is—spun the other way, it appears as if the surface is expanding slower than it really is. As the bees approached the spiral to land, they adjusted their speed and either came in too slow or too fast, proving they were using visual expansion information to control their landings.The researchers believe their findings should prove helpful for those programming drones or other robotic craft to land on their own—allowing for an inexpensive way to land without broadcasting radar signals to others in the vicinity.center_img © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —An international team of researchers has found that bees use a simple visual technique when landing, either horizontally or vertically. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they filmed bees landing in their lab and in studying the tape discovered how it is they manage to land nearly perfectly every time. Citation: Study shows bees use visual rate of expansion of ground for perfect landings (2013, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-bees-visual-expansion-ground.html 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.last_img read more

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Japan announces plans to send probe to Martian moon

first_img © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Japan announces plans to send probe to Martian moon (2015, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-japan-probe-martian-moon.html Japan’s space agency JAXA has announced its intention to send a spacecraft to one of Mar’s moons, collect a sample from its surface and then return to Earth to allow for analyzing the sample. If successful, it would be the first human-made craft to land on one of Mar’s moons. Japan planning moon mission: space agency Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)center_img Explore further As spacecraft technology has improved, mission objectives have intensified, from simple probes that travel through space sending back data, to sophisticated craft that are able to land on other celestial bodies and then come home—JAXA successfully landed a craft (Hayabusa) on an asteroid, collected samples and returned them to Earth in a mission running from 2003 to 2011. Also the European Space Agency landed the probe Rosetta on a comet just last year. Plans for the new Japanese mission have not been finalized yet, as it appears they are still in the making. The project also still needs funds approved by the government—approximately $241 million. The target would be either Phobos or Deimos, the two moons that orbit the red planet. JAXA is looking at a preliminary date of 2022 for launch. Such a mission is not without risk, Russia announced the same goals, built a probe and set it atop a rocket, but the craft never even made it out into space—it crashed shortly after launch back in 2011, marking a setback for the Russian space program.If JAXA succeeds in its mission, it is believed samples brought back from either moon could help explain its origin (some scientists believe both moons, because they are so tiny, are actually asteroids captured by Mar’s gravity) and perhaps help answer questions surrounding the disappearance of water from Mars’ surface. It could also help manned mission plans for Mars, some of which have called for first landing humans on one of the moons, and using it as a stepping stone—because it has less gravity it would be a lot easier to land on a moon than another planet—shuttling between Phobos or Deimos seems to be a lot safer option. Just last week, NASA announced plans to build a base on tiny Phobos—at just ten miles across, it is rather like a deserted island in the sea of space. 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.last_img read more

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