School buses cancelled in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – School buses in Dawson Creek have been cancelled.Buses will not be running in School District 59 near Dawson Creek due to the extreme cold.  Buses are still running in Chetwynd.  Schools are still open in the South Peace.In School District 60 today is a non-instructional day.last_img

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Toronto stock market lower as Dow Jones cruises past 23000 record

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index lost ground Wednesday while U.S. stock markets hit new records with the Dow Jones sailing past the 23,000 mark.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 160.16 points to 23,157.60. The S&P 500 index added 1.90 points to 2,561.26 and the Nasdaq composite index eked out 0.56 of point to 6,624.22.“In the last few weeks, or more recently, U.S. equity markets are climbing higher obviously on renewed hope for tax reform in the U.S. and strong economic tailwinds as well,” said Candice Bangsund, vice-president and portfolio manager at Fiera Capital.Technology stocks and financial companies led gainers on Wall Street as investors weighed the latest batch of company earning news. IBM surged on strong quarterly results and is on track to post its biggest one-day gain since 2009.North of the border, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 34.74 points to 15,782.16, with base metals, gold, materials and energy leading key decliners.“The Canadian equity market is really a play not on the domestic economy but on global growth — so commodities, higher interest rates,” said Bangsund.“Between commodities and financials you’ve got two-thirds of the benchmark right there. In our view the TSX is going to catch up to the U.S. equity market, particularly if commodity prices rise and interest rates continue to rise as we expect.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80.09 cents US, up 0.40 of a cent — its first upward movement in three consecutive trading sessions.Bangsund attributed the loonie’s strengthening to Tuesday’s announcement that NAFTA talks are being extended into 2018 from its year-end deadline after tensions at the negotiating table exploded into public view.“That’s caused a little bit of relief, particularly on the currency side,” she said. “I think that the markets are interpreting that the threat of an imminent collapse in the agreement or dismantling of NAFTA altogether has been diffused.”In commodities news, the December crude contract was up 15 cents to US$52.26 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 11 cents at US$2.85 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$3.20 to US$1,283.00 an ounce and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$3.18 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

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Sri Lanka tops ICC T20 rankings

Sri Lanka goes into today’s Twenty 20 world cup match against England as the number one T20 team in the world.The latest ICC rankings has Sri Lanka at number one this week with 1120 points from 9 matches while South Africa, who were on top last week, have dropped to number 2 with 1461 points from 12 matches. England are third in the rankings followed by Pakistan, India, Australia and the West Indies.Sri Lanka is at number 5 in the ODI rankings and at number 6 in the Test rankings.

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Sidewalk Labs latest pitch to win over skeptical Toronto Help for housing

Alphabet Inc.’s digital city on Toronto’s waterfront will be made out of wood, heated by geothermal wells and offer a swathe of affordable housing as it seeks to win over a skeptical public concerned about privacy issues at the development.Sidewalk Labs LLC, the urban innovation unit of Google parent Alphabet says about 40 per cent of the 2,500 residential units on the 4.9-hectare (12-acre) development dubbed “Quayside,” will be below-market housing, including 20 per cent affordable. Just over half will be purpose-built rental.“Toronto is effectively in a state of housing gridlock. People feel stuck where they are, they’re unable to get into the market, whether its owning homes or even just renting,” Jesse Shapins, director of public realm at Sidewalk, said in media briefing Thursday. “We’re making an unprecedented commitment here to below-market housing. Our approach here ensures a truly mixed-income community and we hope this can be a model for really tackling the housing challenges in Toronto today.”Sidewalk Labs urged to scrub ‘treasure trove’ of personal details from its Toronto smart cityOntario’s former privacy commissioner resigns from Sidewalk Labs over concerns personal data won’t be protectedSidewalk Labs CEO says company is listening and learning on smart city proposalSidewalk’s proposal comes amid an immigration and economic boom in the city that’s sent rents soaring and driven the vacancy rate for condos rentals to 1.1 per cent and for purpose-built rentals to 0.5 per cent. At the same time, Sidewalk’s project has been entrenched in controversy over concerns about how data collected from smartphones, sensors and the like will be controlled and protected.Sidewalk didn’t release any further plans for data on Thursday. The company has proposed that an independent civic data trust be created to oversee the control of the information and advocated for an independent body to set privacy rules for the development.The company plans to use mass timber to construct all of its buildings which will likely be 30 stories or lower and be a mix of residential, commercial spaces with lower floors for retail, arts or community areas. Proponents of mass timber or engineered wood say the product is as strong and fire-resistant as those made from steel or concrete, and Sidewalk said its use in the development could spark a new industry in Canada.Energy in buildings will be managed by an AI-powered system that would result in 20 per cent less energy use while the project is targeting a 75 per cent to 85 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases with heat recovery and geothermal technology.More than 9,000 jobs will be created in the province as a result of the building construction process in Quayside, which will likely be home to 3,900 jobs with a focus on technology and urban innovation. Sidewalk Labs plans to test out technologies related to autonomous vehicles in Quayside to prepare for a future of driverless cars.The plans have yet to be approved by the project’s stakeholders, which includes Waterfront Toronto, the government organization overseeing the project, Alphabet Inc. and the City of Toronto. Sidewalk Labs will bring its proposals forward for approval next spring.Dan Doctoroff, the chief executive officer of Sidewalk Labs, was CEO of Bloomberg LP and deputy mayor of New York City under Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg’s founder.Bloomberg.com read more

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Canopy Growth and convenience store chain CoucheTard partner on London Ont pot

LONDON, Ont. — Cannabis company Canopy Growth Corp. says it’s teaming up with Quebec retail giant Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. to support a privately run pot shop in London, Ont.In a news release Thursday, Canopy says the two companies plan to form a multi-year strategic partnership involving a new cannabis outlet set to open in the city in April.Currently, the only place to buy legal recreational weed in Ontario is through a government-run online outlet, the Ontario Cannabis Store, but private brick-and-mortar shops are set to open April 1.The provincial agency responsible for regulating those stores, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, held a lottery last month to choose the entities that could apply for the initial 25 retail licences.Canopy and Couche-Tard say they have entered into a trademark licence agreement with one of the winners of that lottery to open a store under Canopy’s Tweed brand.The companies say the lottery winner will continue to have “full ownership and control over the London store.” read more

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Annans letter to Security Council details reasons for disbanding Jenin team

The letter, which had been provided to the Council on Wednesday and came out as an official document today, details discussions held between senior UN and Israeli officials aimed at clarifying key points, as well as subsequent conversations between Mr. Annan and senior Israeli officials. “Throughout this process, the UN has made every effort to accommodate the concerns of the Government of Israel, within the mandate given to me by the Security Council,” Mr. Annan writes, referring to Council resolution 1405, adopted 12 days ago.The team, he stresses, was planning to develop information about recent events in Jenin for use solely in its report to the Secretary-General. “In my view, the team would have conducted its assignment in the field in a professional and fair manner and produced an accurate, thorough, balanced and credible report.”The team could not achieve this without Israeli cooperation, Mr. Annan points out, adding that time was also a factor. “With the situation in the Jenin refugee camp changing by the day, it will become more and more difficult to establish with any confidence or accuracy the ‘recent events’ that took place there,” he observes.The Secretary-General notes that following the 30 April statement by Israel’s Security Cabinet – which had been reviewed against the backdrop of various other public and private statements by senior Israeli officials – he “was drawn reluctantly to the conclusion that, while continuing to express its concerns to the UN mainly in the form of procedural issues, Israel had developed concerns about resolution 1405 that were fundamental in nature.” “For these reasons, it is my intention to disband the fact-finding team tomorrow,” the Secretary-General says. “I regret being unable to provide the information requested by the Council in resolution 1405, and especially that the long shadow cast by recent events in the Jenin refugee camp will remain in the absence of a fact-finding exercise.” read more

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First Nations challenges of Northern Gateway pipeline to be heard in court

by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2015 3:30 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email First Nations’ challenges of Northern Gateway pipeline to be heard in court VANCOUVER – Multiple legal challenges aimed at overturning the federal government’s approval of the Enbridge (TSX:ENB) Northern Gateway pipeline will be heard starting Thursday.The challenges are expected to bring new scrutiny to the government’s environmental approval process and its responsibility to consult with aboriginal groups.Eight First Nations, four environmental groups and one labour union launched the legal actions, which will be heard at the Federal Court of Appeal over six days in Vancouver.Their arguments include that the federal panel that reviewed the project didn’t adequately consider threats to wildlife and oceans and excluded key issues of concern to First Nations.“There was no consultation,” said Terry Teegee, a tribal chief with the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, which represents two communities that have filed litigation.“We didn’t participate in the Joint Review Panel process because it didn’t address the issues that we wanted, in terms of the cumulative impacts of the project as well as our title and rights.”The government accepted the panel’s recommendations and in June 2014 approved the $7-billion project that would carry bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to British Columbia’s coast. There were 209 conditions attached to the acceptance.Canada’s Attorney General, Northern Gateway Pipelines L Partnership and the National Energy Board are named as respondents to the challenges.Three organizations — Amnesty International, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and British Columbia’s Attorney General — will make arguments as interveners.The federal government declined to comment ahead of the hearings.Speaking for Northern Gateway, Ivan Giesbrecht said the company recognizes traditional aboriginal land use rights and believes First Nations should share in ownership and benefits.“Our ongoing priority is to continue to build trust, engage in respectful dialogues and build meaningful partnerships with First Nations and Metis communities,” he said.“We know we have more work to do in this regard and we are committed to doing this work.”Giesbrecht said the Joint Review Panel’s examination of the Northern Gateway project was among the most exhaustive in Canadian history, spanning 180 days of hearings.But Karen Wristen of the Living Oceans Society, among the groups that filed challenges, said the panel appeared to ignore crucial evidence submitted by interveners.Her organization’s evidence indicated spilled bitumen would sink beneath the ocean’s surface, making it impossible to recover using conventional technology. The panel’s report, however, found the environment would recover within months or years — a conclusion that Wristen said there’s no evidence to support.She said she hopes the hearings draw attention to Canada’s “suffering” environmental assessment process.“I think environmental assessment in this country is in deep, deep trouble at the moment,” she said. “It’s not providing the kind of in-depth scientific review that the government would have us believe it is.”Pete Erickson, a hereditary chief with the Nak’azdli First Nation, said Enbridge was given days to present its case to the panel while he got 10 minutes to speak for his people.He said a 2014 Supreme Court decision that gave land title to the Tsilhqot’in sets a precedent that requires the government to not only consult with First Nations, but seek their approval.“We’ve said that under no circumstances is the pipeline ever going to be allowed in the current presentation,” he said. “We’ve decided that there’s no way we can allow it and I believe that the court will recognize that we have the right to say that.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. read more

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Softball Ohio State downs Wright State 141 in home opener

OSU softball players during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 25 Ohio State softball team (19-7) played in Columbus on Wednesday for the first time this season after a 25-game road stretch and gave the home fans something to cheer about, downing Wright State 14-1 in five innings.“Words can’t explain how excited I was since I woke up this morning, knowing today was the home opener,” said sophomore first baseman Alex Vargas.Wright State took a quick 1-0 lead in the first after a wild pitch from OSU junior pitcher Morgan Ray scored Macey Gunther, but it was all Buckeyes from that point, thanks to a huge first inning highlighted by a grand slam from senior right fielder Alex Bayne.“We were ready to perform for (our fans),” Vargas said. “For us to keep our composure — especially on a big day like this — and perform, hit and score run after run after run, I think that just shows that we care to do well for our fans.”The Buckeyes scored nine runs on five hits in the first, forcing two pitching changes in the inning. Sophomore second baseman Emily Clark hit a two-RBI double while senior third baseman Anna Kirk, sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper and junior first baseman Ashley Goodman each had an RBI, giving OSU a 9-1 lead.“We were spraying the ball around the field, so it wasn’t like we were doing one thing,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Emily Clark hitting the ball down the corner (to right field) and then (Alex) Bayne hitting a ball down left field — it’s just nice to see them hitting the ball where it’s pitched not trying to do too much and everyone chipping in.”The Buckeye lead grew in the third as OSU pushed across five insurance runs. Piper hit a two-RBI single while Clark hit a three-run home run to left center field to extend OSU’s lead to 14-1 after three innings.The big lead allowed the Buckeyes to empty their bench a bit in the later innings. OSU made six substitutions in the field, allowing some bench players to participate in the home opener, which meant just as much to the starters as it did the substitutes, Kovach Schoenly said.“The starters work side by side on the field with them in practice every day so they know how hard they work and it means a lot to them to see their teammates have success,” she said. “I don’t think there’s one starter that wouldn’t hand their bat over to give someone else a chance to be a part of it.”The Buckeyes return to Big Ten action on Friday when they begin a three-game home series with Rutgers (8-21) as they look to improve upon their 3-0 conference record. read more

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Rise of the autonomous machines – August 21

first_imgCRCMining has announced an exciting mining automation event hosted by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) in Brisbane. Australia’s resource industry is being transformed by the increasing use of automation technologies that target productivity improvement through better control of mining processes. Included in this transformation are several strikingly bold initiatives to deploy autonomous mining machines into core production activities. Four eminent speakers will describe the challenges and opportunities the rise of automation in mining presents to the Australian mining industry.Australian research organisations, technology enterprises, and mining companies are at the nexus of a fascinating global innovation story that connects research, development and technology implementation in a way that stands to profoundly change the mining industry over the next 20 years.Professor Ross McAree, will examine Six challenges of mining automation. Whilst mining automation technologies have great potential, there’s no guarantee they will be able to deliver all that they promise. Several key challenges must be overcome. A key element to success will be the way collaboration is organised across the innovation spectrum from university-based research where key knowledge is generated through to the equipment manufacturers and technology providers who supply products to the industry and then to those responsible for site implementation and sustainment of these technologies. Specific case studies drawn from projects completed at the University Queensland and CRCMining will be used to identify six key challenges and suggest how these might be addressed.Change management issues associated with introducing new technologies in the mining industry will be presented by John McGagh. In 2007 Rio Tinto embarked upon a program to investigate the introduction of Autonomous Haulage Systems into the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Pilbara facilities. Rio Tinto recently announced the cumulative movement of 200 Mt of material by operating autonomous fleets successfully implemented in a number of operations. Implementing advanced technologies within the confines of an operating mine demands a focus on safety and rigorous change management. McGagh will reflect on the journey to date.Andrew Ransley will focus on Australia’s leading role in mining automation and technology. The concept of an autonomous truck is not recent. Caterpillar began exploring and testing the concept back in the 1980s although it was admittedly a proof of concept. In 1996 it demonstrated the first autonomous truck at MinEXPO in Las Vegas but it suffered two challenges:1. Lack of appropriate business drivers and recognition of the NEED for autonomy2. Maturity in acceptance and expert use of many of the allied technology systems required to control and give an autonomous truck operational contextIn recent years these challenges have been consigned to history, with both the right business drivers and the right technologies now existing, and Australia is leading the demand for mining automation. The impact of the last mining boom in driving up wages and costs combined with increasing scrutiny on safety has made the Pilbara the world’s testing ground for robotic trucks. The new generation trucks are not remote controlled but truly autonomous, with seven safety layers of protection allowing them to operate alongside manned vehicles.Finally Automation of shiploading: the virtual environment approach is the subject chosen by Dr Russ Morrison. This talk will detail:The significance of bulk exports by sea for Australia, the world’s largest seaborne exporter of coal and iron ore. $ value to AustraliaThe motivation for automation of shiploading. Increasing shortage of skilled labour for 365-day 24/7 manning of the increasing number of shiploaders at remote places. But also safety and efficiencyThe shiploading process. The massive bulk ports, the ships and the loadersThe core requirement: automation equates to removing the operator, requiring innovative sensors and appropriate intelligence to replace innate human capabilitiesThe technical challenges. Control and monitoring of hold filling, collision avoidance during loading and re-location between hatchesThe virtual environment approach: the critical enabling technology. Creation of a virtual shiploading environment and its use for control, monitoring and collision avoidancelast_img read more

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Cummins launches Power Hub in Gauteng South Africa

first_imgCummins has officially launched its new “Power Hub” in the Waterfall Logistics Precinct in Waterfall City, Gauteng, South Africa.The new premises strategically consolidates and solidifies various business premises in support of the company’s position as Africa’s preferred power solutions provider, Cummins said.The 15,355 m² facility, a ZAR350 million ($24 million) investment, houses the Cummins Southern Africa Regional Headquarters, the Master Rebuild Centre (MRC), Africa Learning Centre and Gauteng Operations.The launch, this week, heralds the completion of a three-year project that culminated in the creation of a world-class sales and service facility, Cummins said.“The new premises are geared to ensure ease of business dealings for customers and support of the Cummins vision of exceeding customer expectations whilst improving operational efficiencies in a collaborative manner,” the company said.Racheal Njoroge, Managing Director of Southern Africa for Cummins, said: “We are extremely excited to officially launch our new state-of-the-art facilities. The architectural layout has been optimally and uniquely designed, adopting the Cummins Smart Office Concept (CSO) to create a space that enhances internal collaboration, encourages engagement and thereby accelerates a solution-orientated approach.”The company has relocated from the Kelvin and Longmeadow offices to the Waterfall Logistics Precinct, positioning it “at the epicentre of Gauteng’s most dynamic and strategically located business hub”, Cummins said.The central hub, providing power solutions for customers across the Southern Africa region, brings together a host of Cummins technically advanced expertise from mining, power systems, automotive and technical training.Additionally, the facility provides the latest cutting-edge technology to meet industry needs: a 3,500 hp AVL Dyno Test Cell that will trial some of Cummins largest engines to full power; a precision-driven spray booth large enough to accommodate the most powerful Cummins engines’ paint applications and an environmentally advanced water purification plant, an efficient waste water treatment system which recycles 80% of water used in the MRC.The Power Hub also launches new progressive build processes that substantially reduce the overall build time while improving quality output, Cummins said. The facility, being a part of the Cummins Distribution Business Unit, also focuses on sales and aftermarket servicing.“The MRC continues to be a focal point of Cummins support to the mining industry, providing rebuilt engines to ensure customers can enjoy a reliable and consistent supply of engines for uninterrupted operations,” Cummins said.last_img read more

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Brooks the talk of Leinster House GAA Aiken Council to be grilled

first_imgIt ain’t over til its over…Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley — the party’s tourism spokesman and a member of the transport and tourism sub committee — said he didn’t accept the Taoiseach’s assessment of the situation that “there will be no concerts now”.Speaking to reporters on the Plinth at Leinster House, Dooley said that as it appeared Brooks’ concert equipment was currently still at sea, en route to Ireland “there’s still time to find a solution”.And Fianna Fáil intends to press ahead with its mooted changes to the planning laws, he said — in spite of Enda Kenny’s indications that the Government is unwilling to intervene.“He said he would read [the Bill] – but he has refused to allow Government time.Tomorrow morning, we will move the bill in the House. We still believe there’s an opportunity to have these five concerts go ahead.The controversy over the cancellation of the gigs has been covered by media outlets around the world — including US broadcasters CNN and Fox News.Speaking earlier this morning, promoter Peter Aiken described the Council’s handling of the situation as a “joke” and said he was personally devastated by what had happened.So far, there’s been no statements or comments from the Brooks camp. He’s expected to address the situation tomorrow in a press conference, which will be streamed on his website. Additional reporting, Hugh O’Connell and Cliodhna Russell.Read: Say What? Some of the mad things public figures are saying about GarthRead: Timeline: Garth Brooks at Croke Park – from sold-out to cancelled Timmy Dooley thinks there is still a chance we could get Garth over here pic.twitter.com/aOU3X4JvpQ— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 9, 2014 Updated at 13.56pmVARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS INVOLVED in the planning of this month’s ill-fated Garth Brooks concerts are to be called in to answer questions from TDs — with the meeting expected to happen tomorrow at the earliest.Separately, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected calls from Fianna Fáil to bring in emergency legislation, allowing for an appeals procedure whereby Dublin City Council’s decision not to allow two of the five planned concerts to go ahead could be challenged.The meeting….The cancellation by Brooks yesterday of all five concerts affected some 400,000 ticket-holders — including some 70,000 fans who had been expected to travel from overseas.Dublin City Manager Owen Keegan and representatives of the GAA and Aiken promotions are now being asked to attend a hearing with the Select Sub-Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport to discuss the fiasco.The country star made the decision following Keegan’s decision last week to refuse permission for two of the gigs — on the basis that three concerts have already been held at the stadium this year.‘A hot issue’The decision to call the parties in to face questions was made at a meeting this morning.Fine Gael’s John O’Mahony, who chairs the panel of TDs, said they had already heard back from the GAA, and that representatives of the association would be attending.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, he said no time had been confirmed for the meeting as yet, but that they hoped to schedule it for as soon as possible, as it’s a “hot issue”.“We need to find out the chain of events, to establish what happened — you had all this talk of five concerts, four concerts, then no concerts.We need to find out exactly what the issues are.O’Mahony said that all of the factors that led to the cancellation of the concerts would have to be looked at in order to learn from what happened and ensure such a situation doesn’t arise again.Responding to the invitation, Aiken Promotions this afternoon released a one line statement saying they had received notice of the hearing and were awaiting confirmation of the date.A spokesperson for Dublin City Council said Keegan was at a meeting all day, and was unlikely to have had time to read the invitation — but that the Council would respond to it later today.[File photo: Oireachtas.ie]The Fianna Fáil ‘Garth Brooks Bill’Separately, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin the Government can’t intervene with emergency legislation.Martin’s party last week published a Bill aimed at introducing an appeals mechanism to the concert planning process, which would allow decisions to be challenged on economic and tourism grounds.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Martin told Kenny “it’s not beyond the houses of the Oireachtas to pass emergency legislation” and asked that the Government give time to the Fianna Fáil Bill.And while Kenny said he was “as disappointed as anybody else in the country”, he stressed that “Dublin City Council made its decision based on the current regulation”.“I will look at it, absolutely,” he said.Let’s see if there’s something positive the government can do here so it doesn’t happen again.But he warned:If the Government decided to intervene with emergency legislation it would be criticised of overruling the rights of the residents – who have rights – and of overruling the decision of Dublin City Council.He said that a process would be put in place to ensure such problems don’t arise again, and added that the debacle showed there was a “bitter economic lesson to be learned”.center_img Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitterlast_img read more

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This Tank is Controlled by iPhone

first_imgIf you have some spare cash in your pocket, an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and an affinity for tanks and/or robots, TankBot is a robotic toy that can sit on your desk when not in use, but can storm the front between HR and Sales when you need to reclaim some territory. TankBot is controlled through an iOS app, much like the Parrot AR Drone, and uses your iOS device’s accelerometer to roll forward, backwards, or make turns. Simply tilt your iPhone forward and TankBot starts moving ahead. Tilt your phone to the left, and TankBot makes a left turn. If you’d rather let TankBot do its own recon, you can set it to autonomous mode and let it go exploring. It’ll avoid obstacles and interact with the people it encounters all by itself. TankBot will be available in June and retail for just under $20. AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Japan creates worlds first spherical flying robot

first_imgJapan’s Ministry of Defense has created one of the most versatile flying robots I have ever seen, and what is thought to be the world’s first spherical flying robot to boot.The robot manages to combine the best of both a helicopter and a winged plane and can hover as well as travel very fast with forward motion. In fact, this little 350 gram, 42cm diameter ball can reach speeds of up to 60km/h.As you can see in the video below, due to the use of three on-board gyro sensors it can cope with being hit while adjusting and maintaining a hovering state. Because it is a sphere, it can also land on just about any surface and even rolls around while under control on the ground.There’s a camera on board and flight time on a single charge is currently gauged at 8 minutes. The cost of building it is surprisingly cheap at just $1,400 due to the fact it only uses off-the-shelf, commercial components.Japan hopes to use the new robot in rescue missions for viewing (or carrying objects to?) locations that are otherwise inaccessible by ground or other flying machines.One thing that isn’t stated, but would be useful to know, is how much of a payload this thing can carry? Also, could it be scaled up and a seat installed for manned flight? If so, it could become a pretty awesome new type of aircraft beyond a remote control flying surveillance robot.If the flight time can be improved, we can see the Japanese government getting a lot of interest from other countries wanting to utilize the robot beyond just search and rescue missions.Read more at DigInfo TVlast_img read more

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Outrage after man who beat six endangered penguins to death receives community

first_img 24 Comments 17,134 Views Share207 Tweet Email Jun 25th 2018, 7:08 AM Outrage after man who beat six endangered penguins to death receives community service 20-year-old Joshua Jeffrey battered the birds with a stick while drunk on a beach in 2016. By AFP https://jrnl.ie/4089937 center_img Short URL Source: Shutterstock/Susan FlashmanA MAN WHO bludgeoned six fairy penguins to death has been sentenced to just 49 hours community service by an Australian court, sparking outrage from conservationists.Joshua Jeffrey was convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals after he battered the birds with a stick while drunk on a beach with two others at Sulphur Creek in Tasmania state in 2016.Magistrate Tamara Jago called it a “callous act” against “vulnerable penguins” and said Jeffery (20) had shown no remorse, the Hobart Mercury reported from the Burnie Magistrates Court.The newspaper reported that Jago took Jeffrey’s “intellectual limitation into account” when she sentenced him to community service and ordered him to pay costs of $82 (€52) in a ruling Birdlife Tasmania slammed as “no deterrent whatsoever”.Jeffrey’s lawyer had earlier told the court that his client had suffered from ongoing mental health issues since childhood, national broadcaster ABC reported.“This will not stop the next person going out and doing exactly the same thing at some time in the future,” said Birdlife Tasmania chief Eric Woehler, an internationally-acclaimed seabirds expert. The sentence places minimal value on Tasmania’s precious wildlife. This sets an unwelcome precedent for future attacks on our wildlife.Fairy penguins – the smallest species of penguin which can live to 24 years – are only found in southern Australia and New Zealand, with Tasmania supporting around half of the global population.Also known as little penguins, the six died of head fractures, and the court was told that the colony at Sulphur Creek, which supports an estimated 267 pairs, would take years to recover.“With so many other threats, such as gillnets and dog attacks, the last thing any penguin colony needs is a senseless and cruel attack such as this one was,” added Woehler.© – AFP, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 25 Jun 2018, 7:08 AMlast_img read more

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Eric Bischoff on new WWE role This is the biggest opportunity Ive

first_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky On his “83 Weeks” podcast along with co-host Conrad Thompson, Eric Bischoff talked about his new position in WWE.As announced on Thursday, Eric Bischoff has been hired by WWE to serve as Executive Director of Smackdown Live. Bischoff will also be working directly with executives from FOX as WWE transitions to that network in October.Bischoff talked about his new role with the company and compared it to his responsibility of running WCW in the 1990s on his latest podcast.“I want to let everybody know, the magnitude of this opportunity and the challenge and the commitment that goes along with it is not lost on me. There’s been a couple times over the last few days where I’ve been driving around in my truck or taking my dog for a hike and going, ‘Wow, this may be’ — it’s not maybe, this is the biggest opportunity I’ve ever had in this industry. Granted, when Bill Shaw made me president of WCW, obviously that was a very big moment, but I was learning on the job there. I had nothing to lose there. I was taking a company in WCW that had never turned a dollar of profit, that was such a distant number two to WWF at that time that we weren’t even really number two. A company that was fraught with a bad history and all kinds of internal issues, so I had nothing to lose.”Bischoff went on to talk about the organization of WWE and his gratitude toward all the positive comments made toward him.“In this situation, this is an entirely different ballgame here. This is a very sophisticated company in WWE. There is a great team already in place. They’re moving the SmackDown show to Fox network, which is going to obviously have a lot of eyeballs on it in every way. So the magnitude of the opportunity is not lost on me. I said this in a tweet, this is probably the only thing I’m really going to say beyond this, and I mean this, almost get a tear in my eye saying it, I’m honored, I’m humbled, and I cannot express, even here, because this is a different kind of excitement for me. I haven’t felt this way, maybe in forever but for at least 20 years. This is a whole different ballgame.”Quotes courtesy of F4WOnline. You can listen to this week’s episode of “83 Weeks” below. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Google+ Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 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 list Roman Reigns is in Remission Facebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Post-RAW #51: Thoughts on Bayley’s surprise heel turn, Clash of Champions buildlast_img read more

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Evidence of improper voting raises questions about Methodist gay clergy vote

first_imgJack Jenkins jackmjenkins A look at attacks on houses of worship over last decade As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Tagshomepage featured LGBTQ special session UMC General Conference United Methodist United Methodist Church,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — United Methodist Church officials admitted this week that some of the votes cast during its recent special session on sexuality may have been invalid.During a special session of the UMC General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, which met last month, delegates from the largest mainline Protestant denomination made headlines for backing measures to strengthen bans on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage.However, an independent review of credentials, name badge barcode scans, seating records, attendance forms and other records was conducted after the meeting raised concerns.“Upon completion of the review, it appears possible that a very limited number of ineligible persons who were correctly denied credentials by General Conference staff were later able to procure them,” the UMC’s Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference said in a statement released on Thursday (Mar 14).But it remains unclear as to how — or even if — the church will respond to the reports of irregularities and whether church bodies properly handled other allegations of voting impropriety.RELATED: United Methodists pass Traditional Plan, keep ban on LGBTQ clergy, same-sex marriageThe review was prompted by an inquiry from The New York Times, which reported that at least four ballots were cast by individuals who were not authorized to do so, pointing primarily to irregularities among a handful of delegates from Africa from the pool of more than 800 delegates at the conference.Among the delegates whose credentials are being questioned in Philippe Kasap Kachez of the South Congo Episcopal Area, according to the United Methodist News Service.Kasap Kachez’s father, Bishop Kasap Owan of South Congo, said his son was listed as a reserve delegate and filled in for another delegate who had visa problems and could not be in St. Louis. Owan, who opposes ordaining LGBTQ United Methodists, pointed to a list of elected delegates and reserves from his area he said General Conference officials had before the meeting started.The Rev. Gary W. Graves, secretary of the General Conference, told UMNS that list is part of its review.Four votes would not overturn some of the most consequential votes of the conference, such as the adoption of the “Traditional Plan” — a reinforcement of the UMC’s ban on same-sex marriages and “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy — which passed 438-384.Other votes passed by much slimmer margins: the vote dealing with legislation that could allow churches to leave the denomination while keeping church property passed by 402-400. The constitutionality of that measure under church law — irrespective of the vote itself — is already in question and set to be reviewed alongside other measures by the UMC Judicial Council in April.Church officials say they are concerned about the possibility that improper votes were cast.“We take the integrity of the legislative process very seriously, and the breakdown in the process is troubling,” Rev. Gary W. Graves, secretary of the General Conference, said in a statement.When Religion News Service pressed Graves for more details such as how many individuals are believed to have voted improperly, why they were allegedly allowed to vote anyway, and how this will impact the votes themselves, he said such questions “will be considered by the Commission and will be part of their report and next steps.”The Rev. William B. Lawrence, a former president of the UMC’s Judicial Council, explained that the path forward for dealing with possible invalid votes is unclear. The Commission on General Conference is an interim body that does not hold the same power as the General Conference itself.“Regardless as to what the allegations may involve, the complications are that the General Conference is in charge of its own rules, and the General Conference only exists when it is in session,” he said.Delegates attend the first day of deliberations at the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleThe commission could send the matter to the UMC Council of Bishops for more direct action. The bishops could then ask the denomination’s Judicial Council to weigh in, call a new special session, or conclude that the matter should be addressed at the next scheduled General Conference in 2020.Lawrence said calling a new special session is unlikely, but delaying the matter until 2020 would carry complications of its own.“When General Conference next convenes, it won’t necessarily be the same people,” he said, explaining that the delegates would change.RELATED: ‘In this to the end’: LGBT United Methodists express hurt, hope after voteThe discussion of voting irregularities follows a separate allegation made during the conference itself. Florida Conference delegate Carlene Fogle-Miller requested that the General Conference Committee on Ethics investigate rumors of “vote buying” on the floor. Her proposal to send the matter to the committee passed 417-388.Fogle-Miller told RNS via Facebook message that while her original concerns were different from the new revelations, she “would not be surprised if there was some connection.”Kasap Kachez of South Congo, who has been accused of voting when he wasn’t eligible, told UMNS that an official translator for the special session asked him to offer other African delegates $100 to vote for the One Church Plan during the General Conference. That plan, which was rejected by delegates, would have allowed individual churches and conferences to decide whether to ordain and marry their LGBTQ members.The translator has denied the allegations, according to UMNS.The General Conference Committee on Ethics eventually produced a four-sentence report on the vote-buying allegations, saying officials “brought in several people for conversation” but that “at this time, the committee is unable to substantiate the allegation.”However, Lawrence said that at least one member of the ethics committee told him that “the ethics committee, as a practical matter, did not even meet,” raising questions as to whether the situation was given adequate attention.“It’s unclear whether the matter referred to the Committee on Ethics was taken seriously by the Committee on Ethics,” Lawrence said.Graves disputed that account in an email to RNS.“The Committee on Ethics was convened and did have a quorum,” he said. “They are a committed and gifted group of leaders and I trust they did the best work they could do. They received statements from a number of persons. … The matter being taken to the Commission on the General Conference is not the same matter.”The controversy is hardly the first in UMC history, as allegations of voting improprieties at General Conference date back to at least 2008, when the ethics committee was created following allegations of improper voting techniques that year. According to UM News, delegates expressed discomfort with a group that provided free cell phones to African and Filipino delegates, arguing they could be used to tell people how to vote.The coalition that provided the cell phones denied that was the case, arguing they were simply trying to provide delegates access to technology.(This story has been updated.) Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Share This! 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What To Watch In Tuesdays Elections Across The Country

first_imgJohn Minchillo/APA voter fills out a ballot on the first day of early voting at the Hamilton County Board of Elections in Cincinnati last month.In odd-numbered years, Election Day consists of a hodgepodge of state, local and special elections.But in an era when, to flip an old phrase, all politics is national, these low-profile, low-turnout elections might have a lot more to say about the direction of the country than may have been the case just a few years ago.Two governors races and one president in the backgroundThe marquee races of 2017 are in Virginia and New Jersey where term limits mean that voters are picking new governors. While both races may have begun with an emphasis on statewide issues such as property taxes and education policy, in the closing weeks both have morphed into the latest test of President Trump’s influence down the ballot.Both Republican gubernatorial candidates, Ed Gillespie of Virginia and Kim Guadagno in New Jersey, have shed their country club Republican roots and embraced a Trump-style message about immigration and social issues, running law and order-centric ads emphasizing violence committed by Latino immigrants.One Gillespie ad accuses his Democratic rival, Ralph Northam, of casting “the deciding vote in favor of sanctuary cities that let illegal immigrants who commit crimes back on the street;” while a Guadagno ad says her opponent, Phil Murphy “doesn’t have our backs. He has theirs,” referring to violent immigrants in the country illegally.Likewise, Northam and Murphy are banging the anti-Trump drum loudly as way to harness the energy of grass-roots Democrats in what are traditionally low-turnout elections. In Virginia, Democrats are banking on that energy to help them down the ballot and gain ground in the state Legislature, where Republicans currently hold a commanding lead.While Murphy is highly favored to win in New Jersey, the contest between Gillespie and Northam has grown increasingly narrow. The outcome in Virginia could play a big role in shaping each party’s message in the 2018 midterms. For Republicans, a victory by Gillespie could encourage congressional GOP candidates to fully embrace Trump’s style of populism next year. Should Northam prevail, it could quell the ongoing debate in Democratic ranks about the extent to which the party should nominate more liberal versus centrist candidates.The gubernatorial races aren’t the only nationalized contests this fall. In Washington state, a special election in the Seattle suburbs has become a big-money slugfest as Democrats seek to wrest control of the state Senate from Republicans. It is the last legislative chamber the GOP controls along the West Coast. The implications could be significant for climate and gun control policies.Trump is unpopular with much of the electorate but retains the loyalty of Republican voters. On Tuesday evening, we’ll find out which side is the most highly motivated.Big ballot measuresWhile odd-year elections aren’t typically the venue for major ballot initiatives, there are a couple that bear watching on Tuesday.Maine: Voters are being presented with the opportunity to bypass Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto pen and approve an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. If the measure succeeds, Maine would be the first time a state has expanded Medicaid via a referendum and could energize organizers of similar campaigns for 2018 across the country, including in Utah and Alaska.Ohio: Voters will weigh in on whether the state and its agencies should pay the same or lower prices for prescription drugs as the Veterans Affairs medical system. It’s being described as the state’s most expensive ballot measure with the pharmaceutical industry spending nearly $60 million to defeat it.A very similar measure failed in California last year, but if this referendum succeeds, expect to see copycats pop up nationwide in 2018.New York: With many Americans genuinely unhappy with the direction of the country, a ballot measure in New York state could indicate how much desire there is to blow up the political system and start all over. As part of the state’s constitution, New York voters get to decide every 20 years whether the state should hold a constitutional convention to rewrite or amend the state’s constitution.The state’s last “con-con” was held in 1967 and produced an ambitious and highly liberal set of proposed changes to the constitution that was ultimately rejected by voters. Will the gridlocked and combative politics of 2017 lead to another convention, and could it hasten a push at the state level for a federal constitutional convention?Mayors, mayors, mayorsOdd-numbered election years are also when many local offices are decided. Among the highest-profile this year is the campaign for mayor of New York, where incumbent Bill de Blasio is seeking re-election.Among the other big cities with mayoral races on the ballot are Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Charlotte, N.C.With Democratic voters concentrated in urban areas, city governments have become increasingly drawn into the country’s culture wars over the past few years.When the city of Charlotte approved an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance in 2016, it sparked of a statewide and, then, national debate about transgender rights and the limits of local control. More recently, many big cities have sought to protect residents who are in the country illegally from Trump’s immigration crackdown.Further down the ballot, a major issue in smaller communities and lower-profile contests is even finding candidates who are willing to stand for office in what are often volunteer positions.Political scientist Adam Myers of Providence College recently told NPR that roughly 35 percent of state legislative races go, for example, unopposed and that for local races, that figure is almost certainly higher. Sharelast_img read more

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The Twilight Zone Finale Trailer Introduces Creepy Blurryman

first_imgStay on target The first season of Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone is coming to a close, but not before introducing audiences to a mysterious, new figure that will possibly haunt their dreams until the next season.CBS All Access has released the trailer for the Season 1 finale episode of the anthology series, a modern reimagining of the classic, and it features a struggling writer played by Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), who is haunted by a creepy, out-of-focus man. The episode, titled “Blurryman,” also features Seth Rogen and Betty Gabriel.The season finale episode will begin exclusively streaming on CBS All Access on May 30.The Twilight Zone was recently renewed for a second season, and it was also announced that black and white versions of the episodes will stream on May 30th.Hosted and narrated by Jordan Peele, the series has featured stars such as Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Taissa Farmiga, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris O’Dowd, Adam Scott, and Steven Yeun.The original Twilight Zone premiered on Oct. 2, 1959 on CBS, transporting viewers to another dimension and becoming a worldwide phenomenon. The anthology series, which reflects the psychological horror milieu that Peele has mined with Get Out and Us, has been revived twice since its first iteration ended in 1964, once in the 1980s and most recently the early 2000s.Every episode of the original Twilight Zone is also available to stream on CBS All Access. Start your free trial here.More on Geek.com:Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot Teaser ‘Interrupted’ the Super Bowl‘Twilight Zone’ Episodes That Need Black RemakesThe 11 Best Twilight Zone Episodes on Netflix Top TV and Movie Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekJordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot Trailer Is a Freaky Alternate Reality last_img read more

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Mattels new Game Developer Barbie finally gets Barbie right

first_imgBarbie has a lot of jobs. Like, a lot. I don’t think there’s a woman in the world who is as skilled as Barbie would have to be to hold all the positions Barbie has. That said, for many girls and women, there wasn’t a Barbie that did something we do every day: work on a computer. After all, if Barbie can have over 150 careers, you’d think she’d have a computer job.She actually briefly had one in 2010. Computer Engineer Barbie was announced at ToyFair, and I remember being excited at the time, and I wasn’t the only one. When she released — along with a book about her computer engineering job — we were all pretty disappointed. She gave Skipper a frickin’ computer virus that not only erased her homework, but all of her music files — and Skipper’s reaction was to “playfully” hit Barbie with a pillow. I’d have killed her with that pillow. Slowly.However, there’s finally a beacon of hope some six years later. The new Game Developer Barbie seems like she’s doing her job right. No more pink laptop, no more pink headset. Instead, she has a realistic outfit, computer, headset, desk set-up (including He-Man and She-Ra action figures), and some real coding skills according to Slate’s Casey Fiesler.“…Barbie can actually code. With some help from my colleagues as well as the Twitter hive mind, we were able to just barely make out the code on Barbie’s laptop. The interface appears to be Alice, an educational programming environment, and the code it’s outputting is ActionScript (or maybe Haxe). Basically, she seems to be making a Bejeweled clone in Flash. And whatever you think about that choice, it’s a huge step up from Computer Engineer Barbie’s laptop showing nothing but ones and zeros.” If grown women are excited about this iteration of Barbie, then I have zero doubt that girls will be, too. As a kid, a Barbie like this would have helped me learn that working in STEM or gaming were viable career options, as well as get excited about them because Barbie could do it. Barbies like this help expand a child’s imagination, and help them understand they can do things they never thought possible.It may have taken six years (or, hell, decades), but it’s nice to know that Mattel can bring a Barbie like this to market. Maybe Computer Engineer Barbie was a failure, but this shows a commitment to getting it right.I just bought mine. If you want one of your own, you can buy her here.last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) scores a touchdown as San Diego Chargers cornerback Richard Crawford (35) defends during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals: I say John Brown, currently being drafted as WR39 (11th round) finishes with more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. My thinking: The speedy breakout star of training camp in 2014, Brown somehow managed almost 700 yards with people like Ryan Lindley throwing to him last season. A full season with Carson Palmer and a Bruce Arians offense that throws deep more than any team in the NFL? Sign me up.Last season, the third-round pick from Pittsburg State burst onto the scene with 48 catches, 696 yards and five touchdowns. By all accounts, the 25-year-old has looked fantastic this training camp and preseason, appearing to be unguardable much of the time. While Arians’ offense is not one to necessarily feature a specific receiver, it would not be a surprise to see the 5-foot-11 Brown become a bit of a focal point.So, in a way, Berry’s prediction doesn’t even seem to be all that bold. – / 31 Odds are good that if you have not already had your fantasy football draft(s), you will shortly.The goal, as always, is to put together the best team possible, but these days it’s difficult to gain much of an edge over your competitors.One of the people whose job it is to help is ESPN’s Matthew Berry. And in his piece presenting bold predictions for 2015 fantasy football, he said Arizona Cardinals receiver John Brown could be in store for a monster season. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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