APTN National NewsHighlighting Indigenous arts and culture has been a big part of the 2015 Pan Am games in Toronto.On Tuesday, the Aboriginal pavilion unveiled an art exhibit curators hope will give visitors a look at what it means to be Indigenous while at the same time tackling stereotypes.APTN’s Delaney Windigo firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow @delaneywindigo
TORONTO — An association representing 70 per cent of Tim Hortons franchisees is threatening its parent company with legal action after a computer virus caused intermittent cash register outages.A letter obtained by the Canadian Press from a lawyer representing the Great White North Franchise Association to Tim Hortons parent company Restaurant Brands Inc. said if RBI refuses to meet with franchisees by Friday to discuss “deficient IT practices” and “future IT protocols” they will take the matter to court.The two-page letter, sent Monday, said the recent virus, which Tim Hortons has yet to entirely resolve, has caused “partial and complete store closures, franchisees paying employees not to work and lost sales and product spoilages.”Here’s why Ontario’s Tim Hortons customers are too hyped up over the wage situationRestaurant Brands jumps as company downplays impact of Tims’ franchisee fightKathleen Wynne to Tim Hortons franchisees: Stop using employees as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fightThe letter asked for compensation for the losses and answers to a lengthy list of questions about how the outage happened, what steps might have been taken to avoid it, what will be done to ward off future attacks and whether sales data were compromised.In a statement to the Canadian Press, Tim Hortons said Tuesday that it was working with an external vendor to address a virus causing intermittent cash register outages.It stressed no consumer data or credit card information had been compromised and said the issue has “almost entirely been resolved.” It claimed “a very small number of restaurants” are still being impacted.GWNFA’s letter called the incident “a failure” and noted that it comes “on the heels of the public relations debacle” from January when two Cobourg, Ont. franchises owned by Ron Joyce Jr. and Jeri Horton-Joyce, the children of the company’s billionaire co-founders, moved to offset the province’s minimum wage hike by cutting paid breaks and forcing workers to cover a bigger share of their benefits.The wage hike forced companies to pay workers at least $14 an hour, up from the previous minimum wage of $11.60 an hour. The rate will jump again to $15 in 2019.Days after the hike came into effect, hundreds rallied outside Tim Hortons locations chanting “hold the sugar, hold the cream, Tim Hortons don’t be mean” to protest Joyce Jr. and Horton Joyce’s actions, while others vowed to boycott the brand.The outcry from the incident coupled with the recent hack “is causing tremendous downward pressure on the value the Tim Hortons brand,” GWNFA’s letter said.In mid-February the company recorded a fifth consecutive quarter of sluggish sales, and comparable sales at Tim Hortons restaurants around the world slipped 0.1 per cent for the 2017 financial year.
In a press statement released following their meeting, the Secretary-General and the Foreign Ministers of China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States said they had agreed that “Iraqi non-compliance with the relevant Security Council resolutions is a serious matter and that Iraq must comply.”The statement added that the Ministers had begun consultations on how the Security Council could deal with the issue to ensure the implementation of its resolutions.Turning to the fight against terrorism, the Ministers and Mr. Annan reaffirmed the UN’s key role in meeting current challenges and emphasized the need to strengthen global efforts to combat the scourge, especially through the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee.The statement also welcomed the dramatic changes taking place in Afghanistan, underscoring the “urgent need” for the international community to assist in restoring the country.Concerning the situation in the Middle East, the statement reiterated the group’s determination to promote a “just, comprehensive and lasting settlement” based on Security Council resolutions, the Madrid terms of reference, and the principle of land for peace. The Ministers and the Secretary-General “strongly support the goal of achieving a final Israeli-Palestinian settlement, and remain committed to implementing the vision of two States, Israel and an independent, viable and democratic Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.”Unequivocally condemning all acts of violence and terrorism, the group voiced increasing concern at the mounting humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian areas and, “while recognizing Israel’s legitimate security concerns, call on Israel to take the immediate measures necessary to alleviate humanitarian sufferings of the Palestinian people.”Regarding Africa, the statement stressed the importance of bringing lasting peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and welcomed the developing political dialogue in the region. They commended the commitments taken by the Government of Angola and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) to restore peaceful and secure conditions in the country. On the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, the Ministers “welcomed the pledge by African leaders to the people of Africa to promote peace, security and development and to consolidate democracy and sound economic management.”In addition to the Secretary-General, Foreign Ministers Tang Jiaxuan of China, Dominique de Villepin of France, Igor Ivanov of the Russian Federation, Jack Straw of the United Kingdom, and Colin Powell of the United States took part in the meeting.
Each year, meningitis sweeps across sub-Saharan Africa, sometimes igniting outbreaks involving 100,000 people or more, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Vaccination is the only effective public health weapon to contain these outbreaks, especially after a strain, W135, for which no affordable vaccine existed, emerged two years ago.Working with GlaxoSmithKline and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a vaccine for the new strain was developed in record time. It is being made available to WHO at €1 (euro) per dose, but due to production constraints, funds to purchase the necessary six million doses must be found within days.“This is an urgent health situation which forces quick action,” said WHO’s Assistant Director-General in charge of Communicable Diseases, Anarfi Asamoa-Baah. “But if we can do it, we can ease suffering, save lives and bring hope to tens of thousands of people who live in the direct path of this disease.”The 350 million people who live in the “meningitis belt” stretching from Ethiopia to Senegal are particularly vulnerable, WHO said. The W135 threat exploded in Burkina Faso last year, striking more than 13,000 people and killing more than 1,500 of them. At least 10 per cent of those infected die and many others are left permanently disabled.
In a release issued today, the UN said the theme will be “After Baghdad: UN Workers Under The Gun”, and the summit – to be held at UN Headquarters – would examine possible solutions to the continuing dangers faced by UN staff in the field.The release added that the summit would also look at the Ahtisaari report, which criticized the UN’s security management system in the wake of the Baghdad attack, and the accountability of UN officials.After a series of presentations from the principal heads of UN bodies and relevant UN departments, the meeting will have a plenary session followed by a panel discussion. General Assembly president Julian R. Hunte of St. Lucia will give the opening address.
Back at the end of March Microsoft made a rather surprising announcement: it had found an extra gigabyte of space on the DVDs Xbox 360 games ship on. That extra 1GB comes from an area of the disc reserved for anti-piracy solutions and DVD-Audio. As Microsoft doesn’t require such areas, it decided to remove them and free the space for more game data.While such a move will help developers out, it also means all Xbox 360s need a firmware update to support the new discs. The only issue for Microsoft is that some consoles won’t like the update and will stop working and won’t read discs anymore.Luckily, there’s only a very small percentage of consoles affected, and Microsoft has stated it intends to replace those machines free of charge. It is, after all, a problem it caused. Don’t fret yet, however, as the update that may break your machine has only been released to Xbox Live beta testers. Microsoft won’t release it officially until May 19, and you may not get it in your area of the world until as late as May 30th.Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any way to tell if your machine is affected other than to apply the update and see if it happens. You will know, as a “disc unreadable” message will appear instead of your game loading after that. The only information we do have is that anyone with a bricked machine will be getting a 250GB Slim model as a replacement as well as a 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold.The one user we know this has happened to, named Avery Penn, received an email from Microsoft as shown below:His Xbox was a 60GB Pro manufactured in 2009. Apparently Microsoft can detect which consoles have been affected by the update over Xbox Live, and that triggers the email being sent out. If you are really lucky, you may have an old machine that experiences this problem and Microsoft will send you a shiny new machine.Read more at Kotaku, via NowGamer
Une nouvelle source de lumière voit le jour Des physiciens de l’université de Bonn ont mis au point une nouvelle source de lumière. Proche du laser, elle pourrait permettre, à terme, de fabriquer des puces informatiques encore plus performantes. Avec du temps et beaucoup de créativité, Jan Klärs, Julian Schmitt, Frank Vewinger et le Professeur Martin Weitz, de l’université de Bonn sont parvenus à créer une espèce de “superphoton”. Une nouvelle lumière en somme, selon leur étude publiée dans la revue Nature. Les physiciens pensaient que cela était impossible mais ils ont réussi à fabriquer un “condensat de Bose-Einstein” avec des photons. Ils se forment lorsque certaines particules se refroidissent. Une manipulation délicate car les photons ont tendance à disparaître lorsqu’on les refroidit. À lire aussiUn internaute fabrique un impressionnant sabre « laser » enflamméLe principe consiste à utiliser des miroirs sur lesquels sont projetés des faisceaux lumineux. Les photons qui les composent entrent en collision avec des molécules de colorant dissoutes qui, peu à peu finissent par refroidir la lumière. Les photons atteignent ainsi une température identique à celle de la pièce où ils se trouvent sans qu’il y ait de déperdition énergétique. Les physiciens ont alors augmenté le nombre de photons en stimulant au laser leur solution de colorant. C’est comme ça qu’une phénoménale concentration de corpuscules lumineux est apparue, une sorte de “superphoton”. Proche du laser, ce condensat offre la particularité de pouvoir produire des ondes courtes (comme les UV), chose impossible avec un laser classique. Ce nouveau laser offre tout un éventail de possibilités. Les puces informatiques, par exemple, sont taillées au laser. Si la longueur est très courte, la gravure sera plus fine. Théoriquement, il deviendrait même possible de placer sur la même surface de silicium (base des puces électroniques) des circuits encore plus complexe. Cela donnerait alors naissance à des puces high-tech d’une nouvelle génération.Pour Martin Weitz, cette nouvelle lumière pourrait être exploitée directement à partir de la lumière solaire. Si un système permettait cela, des cellules photovoltaïques beaucoup plus petites pourraient voir également le jour. Le 26 novembre 2010 à 19:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
R.I.P. lunar cotton seed: The first-ever plant to grow on the moon has most likely died from temperature issues.On Thursday, Chinese scientists confirmed that they remotely turned off power and ended the biological experiment following temperature complications, CNN reported.China’s Chang’e 4 has concluded its biological experiment on the moon, according to the China National Space Administration. The organisms carried by the probe will gradually decompose in a totally enclosed canister, and will not affect the lunar environment, said the CNSA. pic.twitter.com/ThRsHxoCLY— People’s Daily, China (@PDChina) January 18, 2019Earlier this week, China announced that it successfully sprouted the cotton seed on the Chang’e 4 lunar lander, marking a major milestone for greenery in space. This tiny seed, which was located in a self-contained biosphere on the lander, was supposed to help scientists determine if more plants could be cultivated on the moon’s surface.Unfortunately though, this goal was cut short: Xie Gengxin, a Chongqing University professor who created the experiment, told CNN that the biosphere’s temperature became too erratic, causing the seed and other organisms, including fruit fly eggs, to die from extreme cold or heat. It’s unknown what caused the temperature problem, since the experiment was set to last up to 100 days.“Though we have two temperature controlling plates, the temperature was still above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) around 10.30 a.m. on the moon,” Gengxin told CNN. “As everybody knows, many plants can’t sprout with (that) temperature.”Despite these issues, Chang’e 4’s other mission initiatives are running smoothly, including conducting low-frequency radio astronomical observation, surveying moon landforms, and studying the far side of the moon with high-resolution photography.More on Geek.com:China Sprouts First-Ever Plants on the Moon’s SurfaceChina Reveals Detailed Photo of the Far Side of the MoonCosmonauts Could Be Growing More Veggies in Space Stay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface
Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Recommended for you Related Items:cacique, henry the conch, Intercaribbean Airways, lyndon gardiner, magazine, melbourne penn, premier rufus ewing, provo air center, trevor sadler Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Jun 2015 – A new inflight delight was unveiled by InterCaribbean Airways last night; the new magazine Cacique can today be found in all seat back pockets in the fleet of aircraft of this TCI-based company which connects as many as six Caribbean nations. In a debut ceremony at the new Provo Air Center FBO, General Manager Trevor Sadler said the magazine will showcase the leaders, from sites to happenings to individuals, as the name of the publication was inspired by the Taino Indians.“As we move along, how the magazine represents the islands. We don’t want to be just your average reading experience; we want to find exciting things to talk about when you go to visit the countries which we fly to…”Henry the Conch, the TCIs Tourism Ambassador is the first to appear on this first edition as an ‘environmental hero’. Melbourne Penn, Henry’s creator said now that the country has attained #1 in the world with Provo as the choice island destination, it is time to become #1 in the world for cleanliness. Business, aviation, guests and tourism executives gathered for the debut, including Premier Rufus Ewing. “The magazine is like the airline, first class.” Founder of Air Turks and Caicos, now InterCaribbean Airways, Lyndon Gardiner was thrilled at the accomplishment as the magazine features articles and advertising from the various islands ICA serves. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood died recently and Roy Hodgson remembered his time working together with himPeter Hill-Wood, Arsenal chairman, recently died and Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson remembered his time working together.“I met him and knew him when he was chairman of Arsenal and he always treated me with enormous courtesy, I used to enjoy the hospitality I got at Arsenal even before I became England manager,” Hodgson told the club’s official website.“Strangely enough, there’s a restaurant I sometimes frequent which I know he used to go to very often and only two weeks ago I was in that restaurant and Peter was there.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s especially sad to hear of his passing today because two weeks ago, speaking to him, I had no suspicion that we were going to lose him so quickly afterward,” he added.“I think it’s a sad loss for Arsenal Football Club because we’re talking about one of the gentlemen of the game and someone who, with his father before him, really put Arsenal as a football club right in the very, very top echelons not just in terms of their playing but also in the way that they conducted themselves.”“They were always a beacon of light in terms of their conduct. My condolences to his family who I also had the chance to meet,” he concluded.
A possible subject of a police investigation fired two rounds early Thursday at the door of a Vancouver apartment that SWAT officers armed with a warrant were preparing to enter.Members of the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team knocked on the door of a unit located at 2011 Brandt Road at about 5:50 a.m. The warrant was related to an investigation by the Vancouver Police Department and other agencies. Kim Kapp, a police spokeswoman, declined to provide details on the nature of the investigation.Outside the apartment, SWAT members shouted, “Police with a search warrant,” according to a press release. Multiple gunshots were heard inside the apartment. At least two rounds struck the door area.Police entered and made contact with four subjects. A handgun and spent casings were recovered.One suspect was taken into custody. Clarence Leon Carhee, 28, of Vancouver was booked in the Clark County Jail on two counts of suspicion of first-degree assault. There were no injuries reported.
The Women and Equalities Committee launched an inquiry on 4 November to inform government strategy on reducing the gender pay gap.The inquiry focuses on how effective government policies to reduce the pay gap will be for women over 40. It will examine whether changes to these proposals could help reduce the gender pay gap for this group more quickly or effectively, as well as asking what more could be done to improve the position of women aged 40 and over in terms of recruitment, retention, promotion and training.Maria Miller, chair of The Women and Equalities Committee, said: “The gender pay gap is mainly a problem for women over 40, and currently hits women in their 50s even harder. However, the measures already announced by the government don’t target this group.“Our inquiry aims to fill this gap in government thinking…[it] will make recommendations that will tackle the gender pay gap where it hits the hardest.”Government policies to address the gender pay gap include mandatory reporting of the difference between the average pay of male and female staff for organisations with 250 or more employees.This was recently extended to include large employers in the public sector, as well as private and voluntary sector organisations.The pay reporting requirements will also have to include bonus information by gender.
Vikarabad: Priyanka Verghese, OSD (Officer on Special Duty) of Chief Minister’s Office, directed the officials of all departments to plant more saplings than given target. She conducted a review meeting on Haritha Haram, here at conference hall in the collectorate on Tuesday.Speaking on the occasion, she asked the officials to plant saplings on either side of the roads in Vikarabad. She suggested them to plant one tree for each three metres in 50 km of town limits and provides tree guards to protect them. She told them to send a team of officials to observe avenue plantation in Gajwel and Siddipet. Even in rural areas also planting should be done along 720 km stretch in two sides of the road, she said. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking about the Tandur town, she told the officials to remove the stones spilled on the roads and plant the saplings. As the saplings of palm tree are very small in the nurseries, she suggested the excise department to choose alternative arrangements. She wished that return to see the green Vikarabad. District Collector Ayesha Masrat Khanam, Joint Collector Arunakumari, DRDO Johnson, DFO Venumadhav, Excise officer Varaprasad, Tandur RDO Venumahdava Rao, municipal commissioners of Vikarabad and Parigi Bhogeshwarlu, Teji Reddy were present.
Listen 00:00 /01:02 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: United States Coast Guard, PA2 James DillardHeavy industry on the Houston Ship ChannelA Washington, D.C.-based environmental group has sued the Environmental Protection agency over what it calls “weak” air permits at Houston-area refineries.The Environmental Integrity Project claims Texas is issuing permits that allow illegal amounts of air pollution and are “nearly impossible to enforce.” The group argues the EPA should block the permits.“Our goal here isn’t to shut down plants, or to establish new requirements,” says Gabriel Clark-Leach, an attorney for the group suing. “It’s just to get documents that clearly say what sources have to do, in a way that allows for enforcement of the requirements in the permits.”The group objects to air permits for Houston-area refineries and a power plant near Dallas. The lawsuits are an effort to force the EPA to respond to those objections.Leach says they would settle the case if that happens, but with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in charge, it might not.“Our understanding is that Pruitt has directed EPA and [the Department of Justice] not to settle these kinds of cases, so we may be forced to litigate,” he says.The group is also criticizing the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for being lax on enforcing pollution laws. TCEQ and the EPA both say they don’t comment on pending litigation. X Share
Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesCelebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters Stay on target Update: As rumored, at WWDC we learned that iTunes as we currently know it is going away. Instead, the admittedly overstuffed app is being split into three new services as part of the next Mac OS Catalina. Expect new dedicated apps for Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV that should be even more fleshed out since they don’t need to co-exist in the same program anymore.Way back in 2001, before the Apple Watch and iPad and iPhone, it was the iPod that truly marked Apple’s rebirth. Free from the baggage of the floundering Mac platform, the stylish and convenient music player brought a level a mainstream awareness and coolness Apple never had but certainly does now. And key to the success of the iPhone was iTunes, an online music store way easier than buying CDs but way less illegal than Napster.But while the legacy of iTunes will always loom large, it’s actual days may be numbered. Multiple sites are now reporting that according Apple industry insiders, iTunes will shut down at the end of this fiscal year on March 31, 2019.AdChoices广告Now don’t freak out just yet. One piece of this rumor that remains constant is that existing users won’t lose anything. You can keep listening to all the music you’ve already purchased on whatever devices (even a HomePod) you’ve already purchased. You can keep watching videos. And you can keep uploading files so you can keep listening when you’re offline.However, after this shut down, Apple would stop adding new items to iTunes. You also wouldn’t be able to buy any new songs through iTunes. A big hint that this is true is that Apple has stopped letting bands apply for the featured spot on iTunes. An even bigger hint is that Apple executive and Beats By Dre co-conspirator Jimmy Iovine has literally said iTunes will shut down. He just didn’t commit to this March 2019 deadline.But just because Apple is giving up on iTunes doesn’t mean it’s giving up on music. Far from it. Theoretically, the reason for this shut down would be to free up resources and improve Apple’s streaming Spotify competitor Apple Music. The loss of iTunes may hurt some on a nostalgic level (or not considering how many folks actually can’t stand the program and only put up with it because it’s Apple) but streaming is clearly the future of listening to music with modern tech.We should also mention that other rumors suggest March 31, 2019 will only be the day Apple announces the iTunes shutdown, not the day of shutdown itself. That would give users plenty of time to prepare and pour one out. But regardless of when it happens, it seems like soon we won’t have old iTunes to kick around anymore.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The “First Lady of American Cinema” Lillian Gish has had her name removed from a university theater and it’s not sitting well with many movie buffs. More than 50 film industry leaders ranging from Martin Scorsese to Helen Mirren to James Earl Jones are protesting the decision of Ohio’s Bowling Green State University to remove the name of actress Lillian Gish from a campus theater because she appeared in the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation. The letter accuses the university of making “a scapegoat in a broader political debate.” Lillian Gish is considered a pioneer of film acting. Her career spanned 75 years, beginning in 1912 in silent film shorts. The Whales of August in 1987 was her last film. She was called the First Lady of American Cinema, and for more than 40 years, the theater at Bowling Green has honored Ohio-born actresses Dorothy and Lillian Gish with its name.Lillian Gish in 1917That changed after students said they were upset that Lillian Gish appeared in The Birth of a Nation in 1915, a D.W. Griffith 3-hour silent movie that includes the Ku Klux Klan in what many claim to be a positive light.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsDoroth and Lillian Gish (right) with D.W. Griffiths in 1922In February, Bowling Green State University President Rodney Rogers released a statement on the building name hours before welcoming Black Lives Matter movement co-founder Opal Tometi, the leading key speaker for the university’s third annual “Beyond The Dream” series celebrating diversity and inclusion, according to the Toledo Blade. In his statement, Rogers said the administration was approached by Black Student Union leaders regarding “the propriety of the naming” of the theater.Posters for The Birth of a Nation (1915)A subsequent task force released a report finding the Gish name and associated Birth of a Nation displays “contribute to an intimidating, even hostile, educational environment.” Now prominent film artists, historians, actors and directors are petitioning Bowling Green State to restore the theater’s name.The petition, created by The Whales of August producer Mike Kaplan, calls the removal of the Gish sisters’ names “unfortunate and unjust,” according to a story in USA Today. Dorothy Gish, Lillian’s sister and the theater’s other namesake, was an actor as well, but did not act in The Birth of a Nation. The Gish sisters were born in Springfield, Ohio.Lillian Gish in 1922While the letter acknowledges the racism of The Birth of a Nation, Kaplan writes that “Lillian was no racist,” and notes that she went on to star in more inclusive films. The letter also argues that Lillian Gish’s contributions to film outweigh her starring role in the controversial film. However, the college had already made the point that while Gish was perhaps not a racist she still had to pay a price for her association with the film.Lillian Gish in 1983In its report, the college said that while the Gish sisters “do not appear to have been advocates for racist or exclusionary practices or perspectives,” the content and historical impact of an actor’s work should be taken into account, said the Toledo Blade. “The task force also stated it could not find documentation that Lillian Gish ever denounced the themes of the film or distanced herself from the director or his views.”Rogers reportedly praised the careful consideration of the task force of students, faculty, and staff, chaired by College of Arts and Sciences Dean Ray Craig.Check out Lillian Gish in The Birth of a Nation here:The film industry leaders said, “For a university to dishonor her by singling out just one film, however offensive it is, is unfortunate and unjust. Doing so makes her a scapegoat in a broader political debate. A university should be a bastion of free speech. This is a supreme ‘teachable moment’ if it can be handled with a more nuanced sense of history,” the letter states in part.Among those signing the letter calling for the restoration of the Gish Theater name are James Earl Jones, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese, George Stevens Jr., Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph McBride, Malcolm McDowell, Lauren Hutton, Larry Jackson, and Joe Dante.Related Article: 33 images of the gorgeous Lillian Gish, the “First Lady of American Cinema”In response, Bowling Green State has said it will not reverse its decision to remove the theater’s name, and that its duty to the best interest of an inclusive environment “outweighs the University’s small part in honoring the Gish sisters’ legacy.”Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com
Scherer couldn’t be reached for comment for this story, but we’re guessing if he were, he would say, “You’re welcome.” Everyone who grew up in the snow dreaded receiving the marching orders from their parents to shovel the driveway. Shoveling snow meant you could kiss your afternoon goodbye while toiling away in a scene reminiscent of the Echo base on Hoth in Empire Strikes Back. Every kid hates it, and with good reason.One ingenious kid from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin figured out an innovative way to knock out his shovel duty, and, in the process, make life easier for the snowbound youth across the world.A video was posted online of 13 -year old Tanner Scherer using his hoverboard to effortlessly carve up his snowy driveway like a Zamboni after the second period of a Blackhawks game.It’s nice to see someone come up with a practical application for one of the most obnoxious and annoying inventions of the 2000’s. It’s the first we’ve seen. Advertisement
The vehicle industry as a whole is slowly but surely moving towards an all electric future, which means batteries are going to become an ever-more important component of vehicles. So you may be surprised to hear that Nissan is exiting the EV battery manufacturing business.Nissan and NEC partnered back in 2007 to form the electric vehicle battery manufacturing subsidiary called Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), in which Nissan held a 51 percent stake. But this week, Nissan announced it would be selling AESC to the Chinese investment firm GSR Capital.The decision to leave the battery industry was actually made last year by Nissan in part to save money, but it has taken until now to work out the details and do a deal. Nissan will first acquire the 49 percent minority stake NEC holds in AESC before then selling the company to GSR for an undisclosed sum.According to CNET, Nissan is viewing this as a positive move with Hiroto Saikawa, president and CEO of Nissan, stating, “This is a win-win for AESC and Nissan. It enables AESC to utilize GSR’s wide networks and proactive investment to expand its customer base and further increase its competitiveness.” He went on to say the sale allows Nissan to, “deepen our focus on designing and producing market-leading electric vehicles.”AESC counts as the second largest EV battery maker behind Panasonic. That doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon and AESC employees will be glad to hear no one is expected to lose their job or have to move facilities. For now, everything will remain the same.This looks to be an issue about scale. With EV batteries becoming increasingly important and in demand, manufacturing needs to scale up in order to meet that demand and keep costs reasonable. I suspect Nissan didn’t want to take that on, or felt it couldn’t remain competitive, and so chose to rely on sourcing batteries in future from a company it will no longer have control over. Will the company end up regretting that decision? August 9, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Register Now »
Go back to the enewsletterTea time just got a whole lot sweeter, as The Peninsula New York brings a taste of Paris to New York City through a limited-edition collaboration with Ladurée Paris this autumn. Enhancing The Peninsula’s legendary Afternoon Tea, guests can indulge in an imaginative afternoon complete with Ladurée Paris’ iconic macarons, colourful confections and various treats while enjoying a variety of premium teas in Gotham Lounge. This is also the first co-branded afternoon tea collaboration for Ladurée Paris.As part of The Peninsula New York’s 30th Anniversary celebration, the hotel has been introducing a selection of 30 curated experiences for guests to partake in throughout the year. The partnership between The Peninsula New York and Ladurée Paris has been created with the sophisticated and modern traveller in mind, allowing guests to continue to join us in our monumental year-long celebration as we continue to provide our visitors and guests the ultimate in pure luxury.The collaboration includes a combination of eight savoury and sweet treats, including a Blinis au Saumon sandwich with lemon crème fraiche, caviar and fill, a Foie Gras macaron with raspberry, fig and mascarpone, strawberry-vanilla profiteroles, a petit bacon, egg, chicken, lettuce and tomato club sandwich and more. The offering also includes three pistachio, raspberry and vanilla macarons from Ladurée Paris.In honor of the collaboration, Ladurée Paris has also created a custom, bespoke Peninsula Page hat pastry available for guests to enjoy, paying homage to the iconic Peninsula pageboy that welcomes guests to the 10 Peninsula hotels across the world.The limited-edition Ladurée Paris Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula New York is available from now until 23 November 2018 between 2:30pm to 5pm for US$70 per person.Visit www.peninsula.com.Go back to the enewsletter
A father of three fell to his death in Larnaca on Monday morning.According to police, the accident happened at 8.15am on Tirnavos street, Larnaca.Giorgos Giorgiou, 42, an employee of the electricity authority, was in a lifting cage pruning trees which were in the way of electrical cables when it fell to the ground from a height of four metres.It appears to have been separated from the aerial lift to which it was attached.The employee hit his head on the asphalt and though he was immediately taken to Larnaca hospital which is close by it was only for the doctors to confirm his death.The conditions under which the fatal accident occurred are under investigation.Head of the Larnaca labour inspection department Yiannis Pissis said the cause of the accident would be discovered.Giorgiou is survived by three children aged 18, 14 and 6. You May LikeQuizly(Quiz) Only 7% Of People Can Identify These Board Games By Their Game Pieces. Can You?QuizlyUndo4mylikes.comMost Beautiful Cat Breeds in the World4mylikes.comUndoStairliftThe Cost of Stairlifts in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouStairliftUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoby Taboolaby Taboola