Missing Alberta plane with four people on board found in US no

first_imgCALGARY – A plane from southern Alberta with four people on board that was reported missing in the United States has been found with no survivors.John Kaupp says his brother, father and two family friends left Alberta on Wednesday in a Piper Lance and were forced to land in Grand Junction, Colo., because of bad weather.The plane then took off on Thursday morning for Albuquerque, but did not arrive at its destination.On Friday afternoon, search and rescue officials detected a signal from an emergency transmitter in an area near the Colorado-Utah state line.Later in the day the Kaupp family posted a message on social media that the aircraft had been found with no survivors.Jamie Metzger, the daughter of Bill Kaupp, one of the men on board, said family and friends were contacted by RCMP and sheriffs in the U.S.“We are heartbroken,” she said. “We have lost four amazing men.”Metzger said they were waiting to hear more details.The Kaupp family thanked friends and family for their condolences and best wishes.“In the future I will talk about how great the four people that we lost were to everyone that knew them, but for now we are going to grieve,” the family said in a post on Facebook.Media reports say the others on board included Clint Kaupp, Tim Mueller and Ron Mckenzie. (CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

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NETFLIX CANADA USERS TOLD TO BEWARE OF PHISHING SCAM

first_imgNetflix Canada is warning subscribers to be wary of a scam.The company says on its website that some Canadian users are receiving “suspicious” texts and emails asking for their login details.The fake messages tell subscribers their Netflix access has been suspended due to a payment issue and direct them to a fake Netflix website that asks for their credit card information. Advertisement Unlike many scams, the fake Netflix website appears very similar to the real company’s web page. There are images from some of Netflix’s most popular series, including The Crown.Netflix recommends users avoid clicking the link sent in the email or text, and reporting the message through the help section of their official website. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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NBC wins ratings week narrows seasons gap with CBS

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Powered by football and “The Voice,” NBC won a second consecutive weekly ratings contest and narrowed the gap with front-runner CBS among total viewers for the TV season so far.For the year to date, NBC has climbed within 902,000 viewers of CBS, the narrowest gap in 15 years, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday. Longtime leader CBS has drawn 9.9 million viewers compared to NBC’s 9 million.Networks usually tout their showing among advertiser-favoured young adults ages 18 to 49, but staying competitive among all viewers is important as broadcasters divvy up the pie with expanding cable and streaming outlets.NBC’s Thanksgiving week winners included NFL games, the sophomore drama “This Is Us” and two helpings of talent show “The Voice.”Viewers also sampled holiday cheer, with ABC’s “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” the highest-ranked entry with 6.68 million viewers.For the week of Nov. 20 to 26, NBC averaged 8.6 million viewers in prime time. CBS had 6.96 million, ABC had 5.37 million, Fox had 2.96 million, Univision had 1.43 million, CW had 1.31 million, ION Television had 1.28 million and Telemundo had 1.19 million.ESPN was the most-watched cable network, averaging 3.23 million viewers in prime time and posting cable’s No. 1 show with the NFL contest between the Seahawks and the Falcons.Hallmark, buoyed by its slate of holiday movies, was close behind with 3.11 million, while Fox News Channel had 1.72 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” remained the evening news champion, averaging 8.56 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.08 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.42 million.For the week of Nov 20-26, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Sunday Night Football: Green Bay at Pittsburgh, NBC, 18.95 million; NFL Thursday Night Football: New York at Washington, NBC, 16.91 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 13.32 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 12.54 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12.23 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.13 million; “Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 11.44 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 11.43 million; NFL Football: Atlanta at Seattle, ESPN, 10.82 million; “Dancing With the Stars” (Monday), ABC, 10.15 million.ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more

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Kangana Ranaut exits Anurag Basus Imali

first_imgMumbai: Actor Kangana Ranaut has opted out of filmmaker Anurag Basu’s next “Imali” as she wants to focus more on her directorial venture. The project, which will also feature Rajkummar Rao, would have marked her third collaboration with Basu after her debut “Gangster” and “Life in a Metro”. The actor said “Imali” was supposed to go on floors in November 2018 but she had to direct and reshoot “Manikarnika”, so the film was pushed. “Anurag and I have spoken about it. I feel extremely bad because ‘Imali’ was giving me an opportunity to work with my mentor again, but I’m on the verge of announcing my own film in a few weeks from now. That has taken a lot of my time and I have conveyed it to Anurag, who understood my situation,” she said in a statement. The actor said her focus right now is on her next directorial. “We will work together at some point. ‘Imali’ is a beautiful love story and we can do that later. But right now, my focus is on my next directorial venture.” Kangana is currently working on three films — “Mental Hai Kya”, “Panga” and the recently announced Jayalalithaa biopic.last_img read more

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Tiran meets MR on Fonseka

Alles told the media (Audio below) that there are some outstanding issues which need to be sorted regarding Fonseka’s release and those issues were discussed with the President today. Democratic National Alliance (DNA) parliamentarian Tiran Alles met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning to discuss the release of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka.The DNA MP later met Fonseka at the Nawaloka hospital where he is receiving treatment. Alles had returned to the country yesterday following a private visit to the UK.President Mahinda Rajapaksa had on Monday said that Fonseka will be released soon. “We will release him soon,” he told The Hindu newspaper on the sidelines of a function organised to launch a book.Alles had been liaisoning with the President over the past many months. He had been a close associate from the time the former General ran for office during the last Presidential elections. (Colombo Gazette) “Once those minor issues are sorted I’m confident we will be able to secure General Fonseka’s release soon,” Alles said. read more

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Former DIG Vass Gunawardena granted bail

Former DIG Vass Gunawardena and four others, who were in remand over a murder case, were granted bail by the Colombo High Court today.Gunwardena was in remand in connection with the abduction and murder of millionaire businessman Mohammed Shiyam. Gunawardena will however remain in remand in connection to another case. (Colombo Gazette)

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Im not afraid to make GTA transit a major part of election

I’m not afraid to make GTA transit a major part of election campaign: Wynne by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 10:50 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne says she’s not afraid to fight an election and make transit infrastructure — as well as the politically toxic taxes and levies that would likely go with it — a major part of her platform.“I’m prepared to go to an election at any point and have the importance of infrastructure be a central part of my campaign,” she said Tuesday in Belleville, Ont.Infrastructure means different things in different parts of the province, from municipal roads and bridges to building public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Wynne said.But everyone has a vested interest in finding new ways to fund those improvements, she said.“We have to build transit in order to be able to grow the economy, and growing the economy in the GTHA is integral to growing the economy across the province,” Wynne said.“So I’m quite prepared to say that it is necessary for us to build transit going forward, it’s necessary to do it in an incremental way and we need revenue streams in order to do that.”Metrolinx, the provincial transportation agency, has laid out 11 ways to help pay for transit improvements in the Toronto-Hamilton region, including a hike in the sales tax, tolls on 400-series highways and a half-cent-a-litre tax on gasoline.That means everyone in Ontario could end up paying for those projects, even if they don’t use the system.Other options include a hike in property taxes, a new payroll tax, parking levies, a new charge for every kilometre a vehicle travels and allowing drivers to pay to use high-occupancy vehicle lanes even if they have no passengers.All the revenues would be dedicated to public transit projects, with 25 per cent carved out for municipalities in the area to spend on local transit and transportation projects, the agency said.Metrolinx, which released the short list Tuesday, will make its final recommendations to the Ontario government by June.About $2 billion a year is needed to fund public transit improvements in the area, said Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig.The proposed measures may be unpopular with voters, but Ontario can’t afford to wait any longer, he said. People want action and governments must respond.“Going forward with a slow approach in dealing with our congestion challenge isn’t going to be a sustainable path for us,” McCuaig said.“People are impatient for results. They want to see these kinds of issues dealt with.”People are willing to pay more to build transit, Wynne said during an earlier stop in Peterborough.“If the question is, ‘Do we want to have the right infrastructure in place … so that goods and people can move around the GTHA?’ The answer is yes. Everyone wants that,” she said.Not Toronto’s tax-allergic mayor. Rob Ford reacted the way many drivers likely did when they heard the recommendations: pretending to vomit.“People aren’t ready for new taxes yet, they just aren’t,” he said. “So I can’t support any of these new taxes.”Ford’s reaction is “unfortunate,” Wynne said.“I think this is a very important conversation because the reality is, there’s not a mayor or councillor in the GTHA — or, I would suggest, in any urban centre around Ontario — who doesn’t believe that we need more dollars for infrastructure and transit.”But municipalities outside the Toronto region aren’t exactly thrilled with the idea of paying for its transit projects either, according to Allan O’Dette, president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.“I’ve heard that,” he said. “I’ve heard that comment from many.”There’s also a “concern” between the 416 and 905 areas about who pays, he said.Transportation Minister Glen Murray said the government will wait for the final report before making any decisions about raising taxes or levies.Although the federal government administers the harmonized sales tax, there is the possibility of collecting a regional sales tax, rather than spreading out the tax burden across the province, he said.“I would think that if there is revenue being generated from outside the GTHA, then I think in reasonable equity, you would see that money going into the communities outside the GTHA,” Murray said in an interview.Opposition Leader Tim Hudak left the door open to new tolls, taxes or levies if the Progressive Conservatives form the next government.“Here’s the bottom line: any kind of new tolls or taxes should be your last resort, not your first instinct, and we need to be very, very cautious about Liberal politicians who look all too eager to grab more money,” he said.No matter what measures are implemented — whether it be road tolls or a new tax — they will likely be permanent, though they may need to be recalibrated periodically, said McCuaig.“The need for investment doesn’t stop at the next-wave projects,” he said. read more

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UN SecretaryGeneral shocked and saddened by deadly Nigeria bus bombing

More than 70 people have reportedly been killed in the bombing, which took place as commuters were about to board buses and taxis to go to work in the capital. Over 100 people are said to be injured in the attack.“The Secretary-General is shocked and saddened by the many lives lost today,” his spokesperson said in a statement, adding the United Nations chief’s condolences to the bereaved families and to those injured. “The Secretary-General strongly condemns all indiscriminate killings and acts of violent extremism,” the statement added. “The perpetrators of this attack, and those responsible for the continuing brutal attacks in the northeast of the country, must be brought to justice.”Later in the day, the members of the Security Council also strongly condemned the multiple terrorist attacks committed by Boko Haram that occurred in Nigeria on 13 and 14 April, causing numerous deaths and injuries.In a statement issued in New York, the Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.The members of the 15-nation body underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Nigerian authorities in this regard. read more

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TT State lawyers blunder in Dana Seetahal murder case

(Trinidad Guardian) Prosecutors have made another blunder in the case again 10 men charged with the murder of former Independent Senator Dana Seetahal, SC.Dana SeetahalThe latest mistake occurred in the State’s appeal over a decision by Senior Magistrate Indrani Cedeno to dismiss gang charges against the group and two of their acquaintances in 2016, due to an administrative error by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Hours before the appeal was due to be heard yesterday, special prosecutor Travers Sinanan and Assistant DPP Angelica Teelucksingh-Ramoutar informed the court’s registry that their office had filed the notice of appeal late.While it had 14 days to appeal Cedeno’s ruling, given on May 27, 2016, it filed the appeal on June 13 that year.During yesterday’s hearing, Sinanan and Teelucksingh-Ramoutar applied to have the appeal withdrawn, but were given a lifeline as Appellate Judges Alice Yorke-Soo Hon and Rajendra Narine suggested they file an application to have the deadline extended retroactively.Once that application is filed it will be determined by one Appellate Judge. Provided that the State succeeds in its application, the appeal will then be heard by Yorke-Soo Hon and Narine.Seetahal was shot dead in her SUV while driving along Hamilton Holder Street, Woodbrook, on May 4, 2014.Reputed gang-leader Rajaee Ali, his brothers Ishmael and Hamid Ali; Devaughn Cummings, Ricardo Stewart, Earl Richards, Stephan Cummings, Kevin Parkinson, Leston Gonzales; Roger Boucher and Gareth Wiseman were initially charged with the crime. They, along with Rajaee’s wife Stacy Griffith, Deon Peters and David Ector, were also charged under the Anti-Gang Act for being members of a gang.In 2016, the DDP’s Office applied to amend the gang charges due to an administrative error made when they were laid on the group.The DPP’s Office had admitted to filing the charges indictably (heard and determined by a High Court Judge and jury) as opposed to summarily (heard and determined by a magistrate) as prescribed by the legislation. Cedeno dismissed the charges as she ruled the time for making the amendment had expired.Peters and Ector were set free, while Griffith remained in custody on an unrelated gang offence that was not affected by the blunder.In December last year, the murder charge was discontinued against Stephan Cummings, who was instead charged with conspiring to murder Seetahal. Ector was murdered last week.While the State mulls over its appeal, the preliminary inquiry into the murder charge has hit a snag.Evidential hearings of the inquiry have been put on hold as Cedeno is considering an application calling on her to recuse herself from the case. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDana Seetahal’s murderer shot dead by policeAugust 22, 2014In “Crime”Cops to charge 6 with Dana Seetahal’s murderFebruary 24, 2015In “Crime”Appeal Court throws out Bisram’s request for DPP to withdraw murder caseJuly 31, 2018In “Court” read more

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Vardar and Metalurg organised friendly match for the end of the war

After many problems in the previous seasons, two biggest Macedonian teams, RK Vardar Pro and RK Metalurg has organised a friendly match in Skopje. This fact is more important than the winner, which was vice-champion, Vardar Skopje 24:23 after three 20 minutes periods,which help coaches Vujovic and Cervar to try all the possible solutions before the official start of the season.RK Vardar PRO – RK Metalurg 24:23 (8:5, 8:8, 8:10)RK Vardar PRO: Milić, Čanevski, Martinović, Ojleski 2, Markoski 1, Stoilov 1, Dimitrovski 1, Nedanovski 1, Pribak 3, Raković 4, Petrić 6, Jovčevski 1, Marković 2, Lazarov, Karačić 2, Abutović i Dačević. Sedmerci: 3/4. bez isključenjaRK Metalurg: Stanić, Angelov, Mitrevski, Dimovski 3, Naumovski, Georgievski, Kozlina 5, Manaskov 3, Mirkulovski 3, Markoski, Z.Mojsoski 1, Doder 1, N.Mojsovski 6, Stoilov, Batinović 1, Jonovski, Alušovski i Vučičević. Sedmerci: 5/5. bez isključenja ← Previous Story Germans open new Olympic cycle – Heuberger invites 4 newcomers against Serbia! Next Story → Nenad Kljajic leads Saudi Arabia at WCh 2013 in Spain! handball warMacedonian handballRK MetalurgRK VardarSkopje read more

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Team Tvis Holstebro and Copenhagen win Danish Super Cup 2018

← Previous Story DKB BUNDESLIGA 18/19 START: Four host – four visitors’ wins Next Story → TOP 100 handball transfers before season 2018/2019 Copenhagen handboldDanish handballhandballTeam Tvis Holstebro Team Tvis Holstebro and thw women’s team of Copenhagen won Danish Super Cup trophies last night. The reigning champions Skjern Handbold had a bad season’s intro as they lost another trophy after surprising defeat in Danish Cup against Skanderborg…TT Holstebro beat Skjern 26:23, while Copenhagen were better in clash with Team Esbjerg 30:26.TTH – Skjern 26-23 (10-11)TTH:  Magnus Bramming 9, Kasper Emil Kildelund 5, Jonas Porup 3, Lars Mousing 3, Peter Balling 3, Jac Karlsson 2, Kay Evert Smits 1Skjern:  Anders Eggert 8, Bjarte Myrhol 6, Thomas Mogensen 3, Sebastian Augustinussen 3, Eivind Tangen 1, Jesper Konradsson 1, Christoffer Cichosz 1Esbjerg – Copenhagen 26-30 (12-16)Esbjerg : Vilde Mortensen Ingstad 6, Line Jørgensen 4, Sanna Charlotte Solberg 3, Annette Jensen 3, Estavana Polman 3, Clara Monti Danielsson 3, Kristine Breistøl 1, Marit Røsberg Jacobsen 1, Emma Nielsen 1, Kristina Liscevic 1Copenhagen : Kelly Dulfer 5, Jenny Alm 5, Debbie Bont 4, Mia Rej 3, Thea Dark 3, Hanna Blomstrand 3, Mai Kragballe 2, Linn Blohm 2, Maria Lykkegaard 2PHOTO: TT Holstebro read more

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The technology sector is open for business but theres a shortage of

first_imgWe are seeing a worldwide increase in demand for ICT Skills. While we cannot create a supply of highly skilled ICT professionals overnight, through the development and ongoing implementation of the joint Government-Industry ICT Action Plan, Ireland has been to the fore in taking measures to build the pipeline of high level ICT graduates.Peter Davitt, FIT CEO, said they have been “increasingly concerned at the growing skill shortages in the sector while recognising an increasing and untapped opportunity to create a talent pipeline comprising of those job seekers with transferable skills from declining sectors”.Read: Samsung has tested wireless internet that could download a movie in one second>Read: Siri and Google Now on the meaning of life> A SURVEY OF some of the major multinationals and representative SMEs shows that Ireland has a major skills shortage in the information and communcations technology (ICT).The survey, carried out by Fastrack to IT (FIT), an initiative led by the technology industry in Ireland that provides those at risk of long-term unemployment with marketable technical skills, estimates that there are in excess of 4,500 immediate job vacancies in the IT sector in Ireland. These are not being filled due to the severely limited supply of suitably skilled applicants, says the report.The opportunity is thereFIT states that survey “provides a picture of an industry which has the potential to create significant additional employment opportunities”. They believe that many of these vacancies are at the intermediate skills level and people could be upskilled through programmes that would only take between 6 – 24 months to complete.The skills audit states that there is a “sense of urgency among employers” who want to see that shortages addressed so as to “prevent reallocation of particular technology jobs to other global destinations in order to meet corporate imperatives”.Areas with particular vacancies are:1.      Mobile Technologies/Development Platform2.      Games Development3.      Web Development/Technologies4.      Cloud Computing/Virtualisation5.      Platform Administration6.      Digital/Creative Media7.      Networking/PC Maintenance8.      CRM9.      Programming Technologies10.   Project Management11.   Contact Centre SupportSpeaking today at the launch of the survey, the Minister for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon said:last_img read more

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Google Docs for Android adds offline viewing tablet tweaks

first_imgJust over a year ago, Google introduced an HTML5-powered offline mode for Google Docs on the web. Now, they’ve finally brought the same functionality to Android smartphones and tablets with the release of version 1.0.43 of the Google Docs app.It’s important to note that only basic offline support has been added. You can tap the thumb tack icon to grab an offline copy of any document, and you can view it within the Docs app while your phone or tablet lacks a wireless connection. Offline editing capabilities have not been added.Google’s release post about this addition caused some confusion, apparently, with a note about updates to your offline documents being synced whenever a connection is restored. What that means is that if you edit a document via the Google Docs web interface and you have an offline copy of it on your Android device, the Android app will pull down a fresh copy whenever you edit the online version from somewhere else.If full offline editing kung fu had been rolled into Docs for Android, it seems likely that Google would have made more of a to-do about its arrival than a single blog post and a 5-item list in the “what’s new” section of the Docs page on the Android Market. A major feature addition like that would also probably warrant a version bump, too.Also arriving in the update is a tweaked tablet mode that supports higher resolutions and enables swiping to page through documents and spreadsheets — which Google says makes for an easier, more natural reading experience on Android slabs. More at Google Docslast_img read more

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La version 11 dOpera disponible en bêta

first_imgLa version 11 d’Opera disponible en bêtaLa version 11 du navigateur Opera est désormais disponible en bêta. Cette mouture offre quelques nouveautés.Opera 11 arrive aujourd’hui sur la Toile et beaucoup de nouveautés entrent dans cette mise à jour. La version bêta permet au navigateur de s’adapter plus facilement au HTML 5 et une amélioration de sa rapidité. De plus, la barre d’adresse se veut intelligente et propose les sites avec seulement le début des lettres tapées par l’utilisateur. Mais la grande nouveauté de cette mouture est l’apparition du Stub Stacking. Il est désormais possible de regrouper plusieurs onglets en un seul grâce au glisser/déposer. Fini donc les recherches interminables avec des pages sur toute la largeur de l’écran. Enfin, cent trente extensions de toutes sortes sont disponibles.Le 24 novembre 2010 à 11:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Internet Gutter Grounded videos

first_imgThe internet is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other. In this new ongoing series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.Grounded VideosDid you ever get grounded when you were a kid? It was probably pretty humiliating. Watching all your friends go out and have fun while you were stuck inside can be an effective punishment. But it’s not something you’d structure your whole life around, right?Welcome to grounded videos, a bizarre YouTube subculture of people cranking out ineptly animated clips of famous cartoon characters breaking the rules and getting punished for it.This isn’t some tiny niche thing – a YouTube search for “caillou grounded” gets almost a quarter of a million results. Grounded videos can be over half an hour long, or as short as a minute. And they’re also weird as hell.The majority of grounded videos are made with a free program called GoAnimate, which was first released in 2008. Originally intended for business use, the software has become popular among junior high school students, who can use the simple drag and drop interface and text-to-speech functionality to make animated cartoons.A Little Bald French BoyThere are plenty of GoAnimate subcultures on YouTube, but none quite as huge and terrifying as grounded videos. Every day sees at least 50 unique new clips updated to the service from a variety of users.Grounded videos follow a very specific narrative arc. The main character is introduced, they break some kind of rule, and then a parent or authority figure tells them they’re grounded. That’s typically it – sometimes there’s an apology or redemption at the end, but usually not. A good majority of them star Caillou, the bald Canadian educational cartoon character.The quirks of GoAnimate give grounded videos a lot of their weirdness. The speech synthesizer doesn’t understand big numbers, so characters often get grounded for “one two three four five four one one one six zero zero days.” Onomatopoeic sounds for laughing or crying are read literally, so Caillou responds to grounding by going “WAWAWAWAWAWAWA.” And the limited facial expressions and body movements means you’ll see the default “dancing” animation for all kinds of emotions.They can also be pretty emotionally intense, like “Caillou Disrespects 9/11 And Get’s Grounded BIG TIME!!!!”The First GroundingThe father of the grounding video movement is a kid named Adamkleinschmidt2003. He released the first known grounding video in July of 2011, “Brian Gets In Trouble At School.” Although the characters are generic GoAnimate figures, the basic plot structure is there: Brian talks back to his teacher, gets expelled, goes home, and gets “no TV, dessert, or free time for two weeks.”As you’d infer from Kleinschmidt’s username, he was born in 2003, making him 13 years old as of this writing (and eight when he released that first video). He’s a particularly industrious tween, with hundreds of videos on his channel.Kleinschmidt’s main muse is Dora the Explorer, who stars in dozens of videos like “Dora Makes Fun Of People At The Hospital.” He also introduces a bizarre narrative throughline to his videos, where an earthquake ravages Dora’s town and horribly injures her friends and family.Other PunishmentsHe’s not the only grounded video maker, though, by a long shot. Dozens of other users – mostly pre-teens – have hopped on the bandwagon with their own takes on the concept. Clips star Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Little Bill, and many others.Other popular characters include Arthur (who, because GoAnimate doesn’t have animal characters, is a Caillou copy with red glasses). “Matt The GoAnimator,” a prolific grounded video maker, cast him in the feature-length “Arthur Gets Grounded: The Movie,” which runs for a staggering one hour and 38 minutes! But as we’ve covered before, the Internet Gutter already loves Arthur.Looking ForwardSo what does the future of grounded videos hold? In addition to famous cartoon characters, there’s been an upswing in videos where other YouTube creators get grounded – even creators of other “gets grounded” videos. That’s pretty meta for kids who haven’t even gone through puberty yet.Interestingly enough, many GoAnimate users are now moving on from the service for the higher-quality Plotagon, which allows them to use 3D models with more control over camera angles. The basic narratives haven’t changed a bit, as we can see here in “Caillou Kills His Parents / Grounded.”Grounded videos have seen five years of steady growth, carving out a bizarre little niche on YouTube with content that ranges from the hilarious to the incoherent and disturbing. What will the tweens responsible for these videos do with their lives once GoAnimate isn’t cutting it anymore? That’s a subject for another column, I think.last_img read more

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Hyundai Unveils Walking Car That Could Be Future of Disaster Response

first_img 2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar Stay on target It looks straight out of Star Wars or could be mistaken for a Transformer, but Hyundai’s “walking car” concept, unveiled at CES 2019, could be the future of disaster assistance and emergency response.Called the “Elevate,” Hyundai’s Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) features wheels with robotic legs that allow users to drive, walk, or even climb over the most treacherous terrain.“When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field. They have to go the rest of the way by foot. Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete,” said John Suh, Hyundai vice president and head of Hyundai CRADLE.But the technology used for Elevate can go well beyond emergency situations. Suh said people living with disabilities that don’t have access to an ADA ramp could hail an autonomous Hyundai Elevate that could walk up straight to their front door. “The possibilities are endless,” said Suh.According to Hyundai, the Elevate concept is based on a modular EV platform with the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations. The robotic leg architecture has five degrees of freedom plus wheel hub propulsion motors and is enabled by electric actuator technology.The design is capable of both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits, allowing it to move in any direction.The Hyundai Elevate in ‘Drive Mode.’ (Photo Credit: Hyundai Motor Company)The legs of the Elevate also fold up into a stowed drive-mode, where power to the joints is cut, and the use of an integrated passive suspension system maximizes battery efficiency, so the Elevate can drive at highway speeds just like any other vehicle.But the Elevate can also do what no other vehicle can — climb a 5ft wall, step over a 5ft gap,  or walk over diverse terrain, making it ideal for search-and-rescue missions or emergency response situations following natural disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes.“Imagine a car stranded in a snow ditch just 10 feet off the highway being able to walk or climb over the treacherous terrain, back to the road potentially saving its injured passengers – this is the future of vehicular mobility,” said David Byron, design manager at Sundberg-Ferar, which collaborated with Hyundai on the Elevate concept.According to Suh, the Elevate has been three years in the making. And while it’s unclear whether the Hyundai actually intends to put this futuristic machine into production, here’s hoping it becomes a reality before the Apocalypse arrives.More on Geek.com:Harley-Davidson’s Electric Motorcycle Is Now Available for PreorderThis $1,000 Robot Can Fold Your Laundry in MinutesThis Smart Toilet Adds Alexa to Your Bathroom Routinelast_img read more

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UPDATED UBM Resurrects BYTE Brand

first_imgUBM TechWeb is reinventing a vintage brand with the relaunch of BYTE, one of the original major publications on computer technology launched in 1975; it will now be transformed into a digital tablet magazine with an interactive website.The brand’s content will now target consumers and IT professionals. While the topics approached in the renewed editorial coverage differ from the theme of the original BYTE, familiar writers will still be generating bylines—original BYTE columnists and contributors have been reinstated in the 2011 version.“The official position of BYTE is all about the consumerization of IT,” says David Berlind, UBM chief content officer for the title–he helped reintroduce the idea of its revival. “If you think back over the last three to five years, the most significant advances to come to business and enterprises has not come from an IT department but the consumer tech world. It’s a significant movement.”While the revival is new, UBM TechWeb has owned the property since the mid 1990s, closing down the title as the new century approached and letting the brand name sit on the shelf until the time was right. Originally owned by McGraw Hill before UBM, in its heyday BYTE competed with publications like PC Week, PC Magazine, Information Week and Windows Magazine. “They all aspired to be like BYTE,” says Berlind. “For a long period of time it was the go-to publication for anyone who was very technical and wanted extreme depth in a variety of technical areas, specifically related to computing. We’re not going to be so broad based as the old BYTE was.”UPDATE: According to former BYTE editor Paul Schindler, in May of 1998 CMP, now UBM, bought BYTE magazine from McGraw Hill and abruptly closed it at the end of the same month. The website, though broken and never update, drew 600,000 page views a month, says Schindler, along with bundles of angry emails.In March of 1999 CMP revived BYTE as a Web-only BYTE.com. Schindler was the editor and was succeeded by Daniel Dern, who acted as executive editor.In April 2001, BYTE.com became a division of Dr. Dobbs Journal website, and Schindler shifted to another division. In October 2001 Dern was laid off as executive editor.It is not clear when the BYTE.com site officially went dark and was put on the shelf–Berlind will be releasing more history as it becomes available. In 2011, however, Berlind says the group started seeing a growing popularity on business sites for consumer technology devices and services, prompting the company to take service. “If you looked at our traffic we started to see a real interest in consumer technology that we really hadn’t seen before,” he says. “Every time we wrote about something more consumer related our business audience would jump all over it so we thought now would be a good time for us to carve out a special site that’s dedicated to the category.”Gina Smith, an industry author, journalist and network TV correspondent, will act as editor-in-chief. The new audience for BYTE is people who actively engage in IT services—people, as Berlind says, that have a BYOT (bring your own technology) attitude that’s independent of their corporate IT departments. Another part of the audience would be individuals working in an IT department who may have concerns about corporate computer security.“If you took your iPhone and connected it to your corporate email servers and the company standard was to connect with a BlackBerry,” problems could arise, Berlind says. “If you lost a BlackBerry the IT department could access it remotely and wipe it out, protecting any potential company secrets or intellectual property that would be on that BlackBerry’s email. With an iPhone, they can’t do that—security is a really big issue.”BYTE will also tackle other challenges IT professionals are facing and how to grapple with these new trends. While the topics will differ from that of the original BYTE, the CCO says, “We want to offer the level of technical detail that it was known for and we’re going to try and stay true to that heritage.”The heritage will most definitely come through—the founding editor of BYTE, Jerry Pournelle, originally wrote a column in BYTE called “Chaos Manor.” He will return to write the same column for the new magazine. Other original writers will also be reinstated.BYTE editorial coverage will be accessible through commentaries, slideshows, Web casts, BYTE TV, BYTE Radio podcasts and discussed on the interactive discussion forum, Team BYTE. Berlind says it’s still to early to tell what the iPad edition and Web site’s reach will be.There are no plans to bring it back in print.This is the second brand revival for UBM. The company’s Everything Channel recently relaunched Comdex as a virtual event. Comdex’s last physical event was in 2003.Berlind says that this is not a larger strategy to revived shelved brand names.“When there’s a brand sitting there with a huge amount of equity [someone may say] let’s use that for this particular effort,” he says. “I don’t know of any specific strategy to hunt through our portfolio and look for dormant brands with brand equity and relaunch them. It’s based on market need—if we see a rising need for information based on a particular market it’s good for business to go and address that need if it’s in our wheelhouse. The consumerization of IT—that was definitely in our wheelhouse. It just felt right.”last_img read more

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Bus hits stationary truck 3 killed

first_imgRoad Accident logoThree people were killed as a bus hit a stationary truck in Mymensingh’s Bhaluka upazila on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.Two of the deceased were identified as Tofayel Ahmmed, 25, from Sadar upazila and Faruk Ahmmed, from Ishwarganj upazila.Rakibul Hasan, in-charge of Bhaluka fire service, said the accident took place around 7:30am when the driver of Mymensingh-bound bus ‘Soukhin Paribahan’ lost control over the steering and hit the truck, leaving the passengers dead on the spot and five others injured.The injured were admitted to Bhaluka Upazila Health Complex.last_img read more

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Redskins Reel Off Impressive Two Training Camp Fights in Three Plays On

first_img The second fight of the day came two plays later between tight end Jeremy Sprinkle and linebacker Montae Nicholson. If any of the games this year come down to fighting, Washington should be in good shape,FIGHT! Jeremy Sprinkle is blocking Monte Nicholson on a run play. Nicholson tries to pull away but Sprinkle holds on. Nicholson gets mad and throws him to the ground. As they stand back up, Sprinkle double leg takedown on Nicholson #Redskins pic.twitter.com/xf9oNv00vp— Paul Conner (@P_ConnerJr) July 30, 2019 Advertisement NFL training camps are in full swing, which – like every year – means hot tempers and training camp fights. The Redskins are currently lapping the league in the fight department after two melee’s broke out in the course of three plays during yesterday’s drill’s.The first involved offensive lineman Tyler Catalina and defensive lineman JoJo Wicker, who went at it after going at each other for one too many reps in the murderous summer heat. Catalina throws Wicker to the ground and ultimately gets laid out by nose tackle Tim Settle. Catalina was cut later in the afternoon, but it was reportedly not because of the fight. Ok sure.FIRST FIGHT! JoJo Wicker gets under Tyler Catalina’s pads & drives him. Tyler snaps him down. JoJo gets up and pushes him & they exchange punches. Settle comes out of nowhere & floors Catalina. Holcomb/JHC try to help him up but Flanagan pushes them cause they play defense. pic.twitter.com/uLEgKXXQ7d— Paul Conner (@P_ConnerJr) July 30, 2019last_img read more

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