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Jakarta: Indonesia has shipped tonnes of Australian garbage out of the country, an official said Tuesday, as Southeast Asian nations push back against serving as dumping grounds for foreign trash. Eight containers of trash — weighing some 210 tonnes — left Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya on Monday aboard a cargo ship bound for Singapore, the local customs agency said. The move comes less than a week after Australia pledged to stop exporting recyclable waste amid global concerns about plastic polluting the oceans and increasing pushback from Asian nations against accepting trash. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLast month, Indonesia said it would return the Australian rubbish after authorities found hazardous material and household trash, including used diapers and electronic waste, in containers meant to hold only waste paper. “Six containers contaminated with (hazardous) waste and two containers mixed with household rubbish” left Indonesia on Monday, said Alvina Christine Zebua, a spokeswoman for the East Java customs agency. She could not confirm when the containers might arrive back in Australia. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsLast month Indonesia returned seven shipping containers of illegally imported waste to France and Hong Kong that were seized in Batam Island near Singapore. Those containers were loaded with a combination of garbage, plastic waste and hazardous materials in violation of import rules. Batam authorities were also preparing to return another 42 containers of waste, including shipments from the United States, Australia and Germany. China used to receive the bulk of scrap plastic from around the world but closed its doors to foreign refuse last year in an effort to clean up its environment. Huge quantities of waste have since been redirected to Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia and to a lesser degree the Philippines.
Login/Register With: Who inspired you to follow your dream to pursue acting?I think I’ve always been driven in any project I’ve pursued, whether that’s been a film or a performance piece. When the Jerry Lewis thing started I was always looking for ways to improv upon it and get better; physically and vocally. I suppose I was inspired by those legends of the past – Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton. I was especially drawn to physical comedians and wanted to figure out how I could replicate or reimagine some of their intensely athletic routines. I always thought “well if Jerry Lewis was 18 and he was able to bend his legs like that, maybe I can too!” The rest is history.What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry? What has been your most rewarding experience?The biggest challenge I’ve faced is not feeling like I fit the mould of an actor. I’m not a musical theatre guy and yet I’ve found myself heading professional musical concerts backed by live bands. I didn’t study acting or music, yet I’m going head to head with people who have. When your “thing” is something that doesn’t exist anymore; in that, the nightclub, variety show is a thing of the past, it can be very difficult for you or your agent to find a place for you or figure out how to “sell” you to casting directors. At the same time, this very unique route I’ve taken has led to me connecting with some incredible people and fortunate enough to land a role in the show, “Dean and Jerry: What Might Have Been” which has been performing off-and-on for the last two years. I count myself incredibly lucky to revisit the Jerry Lewis role in this show amongst a plethora of professional veterans in different venues and to different audiences. That’s so rare. I’m not a standup comic and I’m not an improviser which is the go-to for comedians, yet I work hard to display rapid-fire comedic routines on stage in that. It can be extremely confusing because you sit back and go, “Okay, that show is awesome! And so much fun. How can I do more of that?” And there’s just not that many shows like that out there. It comes down to creating your own work. From there, certain things (like the Dean and Jerry show) fall into place.What is your favourite type of character to play?Jerry Lewis! Hah! No, but I do enjoy playing the meek or bumbling idiot. Anything that allows me to do a prat fall or flip over a few tables. That said — and this goes back to what I mentioned earlier — about feeling more like a performer rather than an actor, the moments in “Dean and Jerry: What Might Have Been” when I step out of the role and become ‘Nick’ for a moment, talking to the audience about Jerry and telling his story — that’s when I really feel like I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing. So I suppose that means I enjoy moments where I’m able to bring myself (whether it’s an element of myself or just simply me) to the stage. I’d love to do more emceeing in that regard. Advertisement Facebook What market do you currently work in? Are there other areas you would like to work?I’m based out of Toronto and have only performed in a few community shows here. Professionally, the “Dean and Jerry: What Might Have Been” show and various other nostalgia-based entertainment that I’ve been involved in have taken me everywhere but Toronto including Arizona.What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the acting industry?Don’t be afraid to stumble into things. The Jerry Lewis thing seemed weird at first. And still does when I explain it to people. It’s not an impersonation that I do. I’m Nick on stage. A very Jerry version of Nick. But I’m Nick. But back when I started, in retirement homes and nursing homes, I was doing a straight-up impersonation and it was gimmicky and weird. But it led to me landing my first professional gigs, to some amazing professional relationships and incredible experiences on stage. Listen to that inner-voice. It does not lie.What fuels your passion?I love talking to an audience. I love breaking that fourth wall and connecting with them, sitting on the edge of a stage with a microphone, whether I’m singing them a song or telling them a story. I love, love, love it. That’s what keeps me going and keeps me driven to keep doing shows and work like that.What is something about you that most people would never guess?I think those that only know me from my live comedy performing would be surprised to know I’ve directed some pretty dark films and those that know me strictly for my filmmaking would be surprised to see me running around like Jerry Lewis. It depends on when and how you know me. Aside from that, I’m actually pretty shy and quiet until I’ve gotten to know somebody. Maybe people wouldn’t guess that?If you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same? Do you have any regrets? Successes that make you proud?Yes, I would do things the exact same. Of course! I personally let the past stay in the past. There was no way to predict how some of the cool, professional experiences I’ve had would have come about. They were all the products of a long build up of random events. I just kept saying yes to things and kept trying things — listening to that inner voice. I wouldn’t change a thing.My biggest success has come from doing a Jerry Lewis Tribute which I initially started out doing at retirement homes, graduating to live theatre and now touring for the last two years with a show called: “Dean and Jerry: What Might Have Been”, a tribute concert examining the partnership between Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis backed by a live band: http://wwwmorrisburgleader.ca/2016/10/26/dean-and-jerry-what-might-have-been-draws-cheers-at-playhouse/I also talk at length about this in the first episode of my new podcast which I just recently launched. In this podcast, I’ll be telling the stories of 6 nostalgia-based entertainers in North America, including Dan Kamin (a Chaplin expert who trained Robert Downey Jr. for the title role and Johnny Depp in Benny and Joon). You can check that out here: https://soundcloud.com/user-160850684AGENT: Nicholas is represented by Teri Ritter of Ritter Talent Agency.FOLLOW NICHOLAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA:WEBSITE: https://www.imnicholasarnold.com/FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.arnold07TWITTER: https://twitter.com/NicholasArnold Nicholas Arnold is a Jerry Lewis Tribute Artist and Performer in Toronto, Ontario.As a child, did you want to be an actor, or did it fall into place through other activities?I actually wanted to be a filmmaker. And did end up pursuing that goal and achieving it to some success. I would say the acting and performing definitely fell into place through other activities. I enjoyed doing it from an early age but it wasn’t something I was solely focused on. I wanted to direct. I wanted to write. At the end of the day, I wanted to tell stories – and I’ve realized that’s all I’m really doing as a performer. At the end of the day, I’m still tapping into whatever that dream was as a young kid. I had done school plays and some community theatre while still in high school but I fell into performing as a professional career when I began doing a Jerry Lewis impression in my late teens and early twenties. I looked like him a little and could sound like him and move like him and it dawned on me that I could potentially turn this into some kind of gig. So by the time I was 21, I was touring a self-written, self-directed one-man tribute to Jerry Lewis to retirement homes and communities. That led to a few more professional bookings, and within a few years I found myself performing in professional theatres and with professional companies across North America backed by veteran musicians. Performing truly was something that just fell into place. And I say performing because I almost see it as less of an “acting” thing. My style of “acting” and performing is pulled directly from the vaudeville and nightclub era, reinvented for a modern audience. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Written By: Darlene MorrisonIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at firstname.lastname@example.orgOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.)
The Bathouse studio is a stone-cut structure that was built as a coach house, but became the Hip’s makeshift recording space in the early 1990s. Here they put some of their biggest albums — including “Trouble at the Henhouse” and “Phantom Power” — to tape and filmed a number of music videos.Well over 100 other musicians, including Matt Good, Sarah Harmer and members of Broken Social Scene, have also hammered down ideas for their songs here over the years.Each artist leaves behind stories that Dave (Billy Ray) Koster, head of the Hip’s stage crew and the Bathouse’s caretaker, loves to share with visitors.One of his favourites is the time Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy recorded a song, strolled down the front porch and took a quick dip in the pool outside the house. He returned a few minutes later, still dripping wet, to listen to a playback of the tape.For most of the artists, the Bathouse becomes their temporary home away from home. They’ll sleep in one of its four bedrooms and balance studio time with enjoying the property, which is steps away from Lake Ontario.Gord Downie spent much time here, Koster said, and slept in an upstairs bedroom with a view of the waterfront through the trees.Tucked at the back of the property is an attached rehearsal space Koster called “the Hip’s sacred clubhouse.” It’s the only working space in the Bathouse that’s almost entirely off limits for musicians who rent the place to record.The Hip prepared for many of their concerts here, including the 2016 Man Machine Poem tour, which marked Downie’s final shows.Koster said the Hip maintained a strict regiment as they prepared for those important dates. They’d rehearse for an hour before taking a break to grab a beer or a smoke.But Downie remained focused during that time. While everyone else relaxed, he jumped on an exercise bike in the corner of the room and pedalled away to build his strength.“He worked incredibly hard here to be able to do those 14 shows,” Koster said.“We did more rehearsing for that entire tour than we did for all the other ones combined — just to get him back to where he was.”Aside from the stories, the Bathouse is stacked with memorabilia.In one room, they’ve framed the winning Juno Award envelopes for “Trouble at the Henhouse.” There’s also many pieces of artwork originally used on their album covers.Many guests were especially surprised to encounter the mysterious yellow device from the “Phantom Power” cover sitting on a shelf.Koster said it’s actually an airplane’s flight line tester that drummer Johnny Fay purchased at a New York City junk shop.He’s known for “buying things and figuring out what they do later,” Koster explained.When Fay brought the hefty device back to Canada, and learned that it was useless for producing audio, the band decided it would make a cool album cover.They screwed a small “Phantom Power” title plate on the front and asked a photographer to shoot some photos.The rest is Tragically Hip history.by DAVID FRIEND, THE CANADIAN PRESS – Follow @dfriend on Twitter LOYALIST TOWNSHIP, Ont. – Stories from the Tragically Hip’s fabled Bathouse studio came to light on Thursday at a rare open house for a small group of friends and family.The 19th century home in the quiet town of Bath, Ont., a short drive from Kingston, was grounds for a gathering organized by Hip band members and Up Cannabis, a licensed marijuana producer they’re invested in.But as much as the night highlighted their stake in the legalization of marijuana, nothing could overshadow the legendary property. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement The 19th century home in the quiet town of Bath, Ont., a short drive from Kingston, was grounds for a gathering organized by Hip band members and Up Cannabis, a licensed marijuana producer they’re invested in. A section of the studio, in which many guests were especially surprised to encounter the mysterious yellow device from the “Phantom Power” cover sitting on a shelf, is seen on Thursday, May 24, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Friend Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook
Advertisement Toronto-based illustrator Kathryn Durst says she’s found a true collaborator in Paul McCartney after working closely with the rock legend to bring his bedtime tale for grandchildren to the page.McCartney revealed the cover of his upcoming children’s book “Hey Grandude!” featuring Durst’s drawings on social media Wednesday. Advertisement Durst says some authors take a hands-off approach to the visual side of storytelling, but she and McCartney spoke several times on the phone to discuss his ideas for the illustrations.She says McCartney had direct input into the “retired hippie-ish” design of the titular Grandude, inspired by a nickname by from one of his eight grandchildren.When she met McCartney in Montreal last fall, Durst says she felt like she was seeing an “old friend.”“Hey Grandude!” is set to be published by Random House in September.THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Login/Register With: In the mid-2010s, Haley McGee had an envy-inducing acting career in Canada: between 2014 and 2016, she premiered Hannah Moscovitch’s Infinity at Tarragon Theatre, appeared in the Off-Mirvish production of George F. Walker’s Dead Metaphor, toured with Canadian Stage’s live film noir Helen Lawrence and performed in The Public Servant, which she co-created with Common Boots Theatre.But there was one problem.“I wanted to say things. And I wanted to have more control over what I was saying. I had this urge to be creating my own work and touring my own work,” McGee says over the phone. Advertisement Advertisement Haley McGee in The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale, being presented as part of the Progress Festival. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter
AURORA, Ont. — Auto parts maker Magna International Inc. has signed a joint-venture agreement with Chinese company Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SAIC Motor.The partnership plans to produce an electric-drive powertrain system for an unidentified German automaker.Magna says the deal will see it will bring its integrated e-drive system to China as both companies work to improve market development, research and development, advanced manufacturing and key parts supply.Magna chief executive Don Walker says the deal helps position Magna and the joint venture for future growth.The company, based in Aurora, Ont., (TSX:MG) has more than 300 manufacturing operations and 100 product development, engineering and sales centres around the world.
He said that by ensuring right to information, all government sectors will be able to carry out their operations more effectively. The President was speaking at the opening of Sri Lanka’s first ever international conference on ‘Right to Information’ which began in Colombo with the participation of nearly 300 foreign and local participants. The two day international conference is organized parallel to the International Right to Information Day, by the Department of Government Information in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media.The conference is focusing its attention on the right to information, media regulation, and the current situation of mass media. President Maithripala Sirisena today emphasised on the importance of right to information to ensure transparency in the work being carried out by the Government.President Maithripala Sirisena said that the public will feel empowered only if the right to access information is assured. In June this year Parliament unanimously passed the Right To Information (RTI) Bill.The Government said the RTI bill is expected to make changes in a moderate way to uphold good governance and state functions.The Government also affirmed the bill will allow the public to get information on public officials and will be an important feature for the Government to be responsible at a higher level. (Colombo Gazette)
“It is with great sadness that we hear of the tragic and untimely death of Dr. Kassi Manlan,” WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland said in a statement released at the UN agency’s headquarters in Geneva. “Dr. Manlan has worked hard, most recently in Burundi, to promote better health and well-being of the people of Africa,” she said. “His death will leave a void in the lives of many, though we will forever remember his personal and professional achievements and his contribution to Africa’s development.”A national of Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Manlan joined the UN agency in 1995. Starting in 1998, he was in charge of the Development of Human Resources for Health unit in the WHO Regional Office for Africa. He assumed the post of WHO Representative in Burundi earlier this year. Dr. Manlan was married and had four children.Dr. Manlan was reported missing from his house in the capital, Bujumbura, on Tuesday morning. The circumstances of his death are currently under investigation, WHO said.
Members of the OSU football team run onto the field prior to the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl against Alabama on Jan. 1 in New Orleans. OSU won, 42-35. Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorNEW ORLEANS — Ohio State booked its ticket to the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship after coming back from a 15-point deficit to top No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee said the Buckeyes proved they belong among the nation’s elite with the 42-35 victory.“We’re back. We’re back,” Lee said after his defensive MVP performance. “Those that thought we were gone, we’re back. Be afraid, be very afraid.”Coach Urban Meyer agreed with Lee and added that his team validated its ability.“They’re good enough,” Meyer said after the game. “That was a sledgehammer game, that was a classic, so we are good enough.”After falling behind, 21-6, in the first half, the No. 4 Buckeyes scored 28 unanswered points before holding off a late surge from No. 1 Alabama to win Thursday night in New Orleans.OSU (13-1, 8-0) extended its national-best winning streak to 12 games as it beat the Crimson Tide (12-2, 7-1) to improve its official record to 2-2 all time in the Sugar Bowl.The Buckeyes also won the 2011 Sugar Bowl, but the victory was vacated after the “Tattoo-gate” scandal.Just over two minutes into the second half, OSU redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones found senior wide receiver Devin Smith for a 47-yard touchdown, giving the Buckeyes their first lead since going up 3-0 early.The comeback run — resulting in a 27-21 advantage early in the second half — came after OSU fell behind, 21-6, with more than eight minutes to play in the second quarter.Alabama coach Nick Saban said his team took the big lead based off important plays at key moments, but added it wasn’t dominating the game.“We were up 21-6 because of two turnovers and two stops in the red area,” Saban said after the game. “So, we really weren’t stopping them. We kind of had the momentum of the game because of the turnovers that we got and converted those into scores.”Despite out-gaining the Crimson Tide, 348-139, in total yards in the first half, the Buckeyes found themselves trailing, 21-20, at the break.An early 54-yard run by sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott put the Buckeyes in the red zone on their first drive, but the Alabama defense held, forcing an OSU field goal.After the game, Meyer said he feels Elliott deserves more praise than he gets in the national picture.“He’s probably the most underrated back in the country,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes’ next four drives ended with a fumble, another field goal, a punt and an interception, paving the way for the Crimson Tide to take a 21-6 lead with 8:07 to play in the half. But OSU responded with a 12-play, 71-yard drive, capped by a three-yard touchdown run by Elliott, making it 21-13.Alabama was forced into its fourth three-and-out on the ensuing drive, but pinned OSU at its own 23-yard line with 1:32 to play.The Buckeyes moved the ball to the Alabama 13-yard line, and OSU called a reverse pass, leading to a 13-yard scoring toss from senior wide receiver Evan Spencer to redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, which vaulted the Buckeyes to within one point after 30 minutes of play.Jones joked that he wasn’t pleased with the trick-play call, but added that it shows the all-around talent of his teammates.“That was our game plan,” he said. “Evan can throw the ball, (redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall) can throw the ball, so I am glad they are on our team.”The teams traded punts on the next two possessions after Smith’s score before Alabama committed its first turnover of the night. OSU senior defensive lineman Steve Miller intercepted redshirt-senior quarterback Blake Sims and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown. The pick-six gave the Buckeyes a 34-21 lead with 3:21 to play in the third quarter.Sims responded with a five-yard touchdown run of his own, pulling Alabama back within six points.The Crimson Tide caught a break with 9:53 to play in the game when OSU sophomore punter Cameron Johnston’s kick traveled just 21 yards, giving Alabama the ball at the Buckeye 23-yard line. But Sims was intercepted by sophomore safety Vonn Bell — a former Alabama recruit — on the first play of the drive, giving OSU the ball with 9:44 to play.Alabama pinned the Buckeyes at their own five-yard line with a punt with 5:24 on the clock, but Elliott found a hole on the fourth play of the drive and scampered 85 yards for a touchdown. The ensuing 2-point conversion from Jones to Thomas put OSU ahead, 42-28, with just 3:24 remaining in the game.Sims found junior wide receiver Amari Cooper for a six-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive, but Spencer recovered the onside kick, allowing the Buckeyes to take possession.Alabama forced another OSU punt, but with eight seconds to play, Sims’ last-ditch attempt from 42 yards out was intercepted by redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell, sealing the Buckeye victory.Sims praised the OSU defense after the game and chose to shoulder the blame for his team’s loss.“Ohio State’s a great defense. They played with a lot of passion today,” Sims said. “The way they played we didn’t have good looks here and there. And the things that didn’t happen good for the team, not good for the team, I take full responsibility for it, because it’s probably something that I could have did better to help my team win. And that’s all.”Elliott finished the game with 230 yards — a Sugar Bowl record — on 20 carries with two touchdowns while Jones threw for 243 yards and another score. Thomas led the Buckeyes with seven receptions, and Smith led all players with 87 receiving yards.Elliott — who was named the offensive MVP — said he came in ready to play after hearing praise for Alabama’s running game.“(Former Oklahoma State and Detroit Lions running back) Barry Sanders said before the game there were two great running backs that were going to play tonight, and they both were for Bama,” Elliott said. “I felt a little bit left out.”Lee sparked the OSU defense with two sacks and three tackles for loss. All seven of Lee’s tackles were credited as solo stops.Sims ended up with three interceptions to two touchdowns while Cooper hauled in nine passes for 71 yards and both of Sims’ scores.OSU is set to take on No. 2 Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m.The Ducks earned a berth in the title game with a 59-20 victory in their semifinal matchup with No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl on Thursday.Elliott said the Buckeyes have to turn their focus to the championship right away to finish the season strong.“Gotta go back out there, grind, finish this how we want to,” he said.
Google X is something we’ve heard about, on and off, for a few months now. The name brings to mind some sort of Skunkworks division of the company that is working on projects other than search, email, or Google’s other activities, and that seems to be the case. The X Labs have supposedly been working on a project as diverse — and far from Google’s core business — as a space elevator and Google’s famous self-driving cars. The latest to come from the X division is Wesolveforx.com, which hasn’t been completely defined yet, but seems to be something new for Google, possibly a conference series. The site simply describes it as a “forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork, ” which leaves room for a lot of possibilities.Most of the evidence points to a series of short lectures, focused on solving serious problems with the use of technology. While some have pointed towards a think tank of sorts, Google does already have Ideas, its NYC-based “think/do tank” where it can work on non-traditional projects. Ideas was recently rated the best think tank created in the last 18 months, so we know they are doing something right, even though they don’t seem to be things that affect the average Google user (at least not to their knowledge). The conference idea does make sense because the site clearly states “Attendees login here” and there is an email submission form where anyone can put in their information, seemingly to request an invitation or at least get on the email list. This points towards something with open admissions and larger attendance than a think tank, such an an event series like the TED talks. The image below, found in the site’s CSS, makes it pretty clear that We Solve for X is a sort of open lecture series. It mentions 12 minute presentations and references “the audience you’ll be presenting to”. It seems as though the talks will be focused on solving major problem with science fiction-like applications of technology. This is totally in keeping with where we’ve seen more forward-looking parts of Google focused over the past few years.The video below was made available on the site as well as We Solve for X’s YouTube channel. It has no hard information, but gives a general tone for the program, which is aimed at thinking through larger problems than one might expect a commercial organization to be working on. So, stop by wesolveforx.com, sign up, and you should know more soon. In the meantime you might want to follow Google’s newly-hired Richard W. DeVaul who has tweeted a number of times with the #wesolveforx hashtag and works at Google X. Google X, via Android Police
Short URL By Murray Kinsella Henshaw signs new three-year deal to stay with Leinster and Ireland The 25-year-old will be staying in Ireland until 2022 at least. ROBBIE HENSHAW HAS signed a new three-year central contract with the IRFU that will keep him with Leinster and Ireland until the end of June 2022 at least. Henshaw has won 37 caps for Ireland. Source: Gary Carr/INPHOThe 25-year-old has been a key man at Test level under Joe Schmidt in recent years, while he has won the Heineken Champions Cup and Guinness Pro14 with Leinster since joining from Connacht in 2016, having won a Pro12 title with the western province.Henshaw made his Ireland debut at fullback in 2013 but has been a centre under Schmidt ever since, until wearing the 15 shirt in his most recent outing in green against England three weekends ago.The 37-times capped Athlone man is likely to continue to be a key figure for country and province over the next three years, having committed to a deal that is wholly funded by the IRFU.“I am delighted to have signed a new three-year contract with the IRFU,” said Henshaw, who was part of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour.“It is an exciting time to be part of Irish Rugby and having tasted success with both Ireland and Leinster in recent seasons I am eager to play a role in driving further success at both international and provincial level.”Henshaw will hope to help Schmidt finish his time as Ireland head coach with success at the World Cup later this year, before Andy Farrell takes over from Schmidt.Henshaw’s experience and skills will be important as Farrell looks to establish himself.IRFU performance director David Nucifora expressed his pleasure at getting the deal over the line.“Robbie has established himself as a leader within this Ireland squad and has delivered consistent world-class performances which have helped to drive the sustained success enjoyed by the national team,” said Nucifora.“He has a hunger for improvement and in driving the standards of those around him.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Share86 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 10:16 AM https://the42.ie/4500998 15,728 Views Subscribe Feb 19th 2019, 10:16 AM 55 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The southern hemisphere’s proposed tallest tower may have to go back to the drawing board if negotiations for changing the flight path for light planes using Essendon Airport fall through. Approved by state Planning Minister Matthew Guy two weeks ago, Australia 108 may have to be shorn from its proposed height of 388 metres to 375 metres, unless discussions with federal aviation authorities can offer an alternative. Reports suggest the tower’s current proposed height will infringe federal regulations protecting aircraft safety. Rules for airport approach and departure procedures – known as PANS-OPS – which allow aircraft to fly safely in and out of airports are set by international agreement. Mr Guy told media this week that he understood all relevant approvals had been sought and given to the project. The minister drew a comparison with Sydney’s tallest building – the 309 metre Sydney Tower, which itself extends into Sydney Airport’s PANS-OPS airspace. Essendon Airport’s arrival plans show plane routes directly above Melbourne’s CBD some 13 kms from its runway. The southerly approach involves a 373 metre high limit to any potential obstruction, which extends 15 kilometres from the airport. Australia 108 – set to rise 388 metres above Southbank Boulevard – is currently within the flight path ‘envelope’ by 13 metres and will require approval by the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. The department told Fairfax Media this week that no approval had been sought or given from the Commonwealth. Australia 108’s architect Nonda Katsalidis says whatever adjustments may be required, the flight path issue is not a deal-breaker. “It won’t be a problem. We can easily draw up a technical solution if we are required to,” Katsalidis told Neos Kosmos. “These types of buildings need a lot of input, and we’re still at the beginning of the process. If it needs adjusting we will.” The architect stressed that any such change would be minimal and would not affect the number or dimension of Australia 108’s internal spaces. “We hope to find a solution to this by negotiation, we did the same thing with Eureka where we incorporated warning lights. It took a long time but we got there in the end.” The $600 million Australia 108 project is backed by six investors including Nonda Katsalidis and Benni Aroni, two of the main players behind the Eureka Tower development. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
An opinion poll has revealed that the majority of Greek citizens consider Turkey to be the biggest threat to Greece.Titled ‘What’s in a Name? Greek Public Attitudes towards the ‘Name Dispute’ and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 2018’, the poll was conducted by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) to document the Macedonia name dispute, as negotiations continue between the countries.Despite the ongoing issue, it was Turkey that stood out with 50.5 per cent of the vote, which isn’t at all surprising given the tension between the neighbours of late.The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) only received 2.5 per cent of the vote when it came to perceptions of threat to Greece. Ahead of FYROM was Germany, which also featured on the list, albeit with a low percentage of 4.5 per cent, as did the United States with 2 per cent.Meanwhile 33.5 per cent of those who took part were optimistic, stating that there is no threat to Greece.When it came to the name dispute with FYROM, 71.5 per cent said they wanted the name to have no reference to Macedonia, while 22.5 per cent were in favour of a composite name. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Sansa USB Reader : Envoi de fichiers rapides sous AndroidLe Sansa USB Reader rend possible l’échange de fichiers entre un smartphone Android et une carte SD (ou micro SD). L’accessoire de transfert Sansa USB Reader permet d’envoyer des fichiers sur un smartphone Android sans passer nécessairement par un ordinateur portable ou de bureau. Pour l’heure cet accessoire n’est pas compatible avec beaucoup de terminaux mais peu à peu, cela devrait changer.Grâce à sa connectique micro USB, cet USB Reader rend possible le transfert de données depuis une carte SD ou microSD vers un smartphone ou une tablette. Le Sansa USB Reader permet donc un transfert, jusque là, réservé au passage d’un ordinateur vers un terminal quel qu’il soit mais il permet aussi un raccord de périphérique. Ainsi un clavier peut, par exemple, être connecté à son smartphone ou sa tablette, une fois le transfert des fichiers accompli par exemple.Pour l’instant il n’est compatible qu’avec le Samsung Galaxy II, les Sony Xperia NX SO-02D et l’Acro HD IS12S, à la tablette Sony S, et au Toshiba REGZA Phone T-01D. La liste devrait s’allonger ensuite. Ou bien une évolution ou mise à jour du produit permettra probablement le transfert vers d’autres types de machines. Enfin, un autre bon point pour cette accessoire : il ne coûte que 30 euros ! Le 24 mars 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambert
April conteste le brevet unitaire discuté par les ministres européensLes ministres européens des affaires économiques, de l’industrie et de la recherche se sont réunis, mercredi 30 mai, pour débattre du projet de brevet unitaire. Lancé en avril 2011, il vise à coordonner les procèdures de dépôt de brevets. Une idée vivement critiquée par l’association de promotion et la défense du logiciel libre April.Le Conseil compétitivité, formé des ministres européens des affaires économiques, de l’industrie et de la recherche, est aujourd’hui réuni pour “aborder le projet d’accord relatif a la création d’une juridiction unifiée du brevet de l’UE, en vue de finaliser le plus rapidement possible le paquet “protection par le brevet”. Cette coordination prévue dans le cadre du projet de brevet unifié, initié en avril 2011, a pour but de créer un brevet commun à l’ensemble des États membres de l’UE. À lire aussiL’UE réduit ses ambitions de capture et de stockage de CO2Mais ce projet crée, depuis son lancement, une polémique. En effet, l’association de promotion et la défense du logiciel libre April affirme que de “tels brevets, loin de protéger l’innovation, représentent en effet des armes de guerre économique à la disposition de quelques grandes entreprises, qui empêchent ainsi d’autres acteurs, dont le logiciel libre, d’innover et de proposer leurs produits”. Elle explique craindre l’abandon”de nombreuses compétences à l’Office européen des brevets (OEB), organisme externe à l’UE et sans contrôle démocratique”. April se montre alors plus favorable à l’idée de confier ces compétences à la Cour de justice de l’UE, afin de limiter d’éventuels abus. Dans un communiqué publié le 16 mai, l’association appelle le président François Hollande à profiter de la réunion d’aujourd’hui pour “agir contre les brevets logiciels et mettre sur le tapis les défauts et problèmes du projet actuel de brevet unitaire”.Le 31 mai 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambert
Buyer search no longer exclusive as main Silver Heritage candidate misses second deposit deadline RelatedPosts Australian-listed Silver Heritage Group has recorded its strongest quarterly gross gaming revenue since listing in 2016, with GGR up 39% to US$11.39 million for the three months to 30 June 2018.The positive results included strong growth at all three of the group’s casinos, with Phoenix International Club in Vietnam leading the way with GGR of US$8.52 million – a 33% sequential increase on the US$6.43 million it generated in the first quarter. The Millionaire’s Club & Casino in Kathmandu, Nepal, enjoyed an 80% sequential and 35% year-on-year increase in GGR to US$1.52 million.But all eyes remain focussed on its US$52 million Tiger Palace Resort, the southern Nepal IR launched late last year. Tiger Palace also enjoyed a record quarter, with GGR up 47% sequentially to US$1.34 million and total revenue up 73% to US$1.77 million.June proved to be a particularly strong month for the IR, achieving record footfall of 13,947 and record table drop of US$2.23 million.In its 2Q18 performance update, Silver Heritage said that Tiger Palace is now approaching breakeven property level positive cash flow in its fourth full month of operations since holding its Grand Opening in March. The property held a soft opening of its hotel facilities in September 2017 while the casino opened its doors on 28 December. Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Silver Heritage halts preparation of financial statements on a going concern basis as sale looms
Twitter Twitter to start hiding tweets that violate policies,… 14 Mobile Politics Tags Now playing: Watch this: 1:04 President Trump will no longer be able to block people on Twitter. Getty Images President Donald Trump will have to lay off the block button on Twitter. A federal court has ruled that the leader of the US can’t block users on the social network, because it’s a public forum.The unanimous decision by the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit affirms the ruling made by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2018 after Trump was sued for blocking users the previous year. “The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise‐open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees,” wrote Judge Barrington D. Parker. In the 2017 lawsuit, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University represented several Twitter users blocked by the president. The organization said that blocking users “imposes an unconstitutional restriction on their participation in a designated public forum.” “Public officials’ social media accounts are now among the most significant forums for discussion of government policy,” Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute’s executive director, said in a release Tuesday. “This decision will ensure that people aren’t excluded from these forums simply because of their viewpoints, and that public officials aren’t insulated from their constituents’ criticism. The decision will help ensure the integrity and vitality of digital spaces that are increasingly important to our democracy.”The Department of Justice, which represented Trump in the appeal, says the action of blocking users on his personal account isn’t unconstitutional. “We are disappointed with the court’s decision and are exploring possible next steps,” Kelly Laco, spokesperson for the agency, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. “As we argued, President Trump’s decision to block users from his personal Twitter account does not violate the First Amendment.”The court’s decision comes after a report that Facebook and Twitter weren’t extended an invitation to the White House’s social media summit set for Thursday. Originally published July 9, 10:38 a.m. PT.Update, 12:29 p.m.: Adds statement from the DOJ. Comments Share your voice
Enlarge ImageIt’s a busy look, but the EB110 elements are pretty easy to spot. Bugatti After a whole bunch of rumors, it’s now official: Bugatti has come to Monterey Car Week with a new car, and it’s definitely carrying shades of the automaker’s first modern supercar, the EB110.Bugatti on Friday unveiled the Centodieci at Monterey Car Week. Meant to be a 21st-century reimagining of the EB110, the car is based on the Chiron, just like last year’s Monterey car, the Divo. However, it’s not a total copycat; instead, it takes a number of the ideas present in the EB110’s styling and adapts it in a far more modern way.”The challenge was not to allow oneself be captivated too much by the design of the historic vehicle and work solely in retrospect, but instead to create a modern interpretation of the shape and technology of that time,” said Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti’s head designer, in a statement. “Transporting this classic look into the new millennium without copying it was technically complex, to say the least.”The front end features a long, drooping nose, just like the EB110, and it’s capped off at a much smaller version of the arch-shaped radiator grille that’s been a staple of every new Bugatti. The headlights are impossibly thin, with “eyelash” cutouts that head up the fenders. The wheels fit into the wells with some serious precision. Enlarge ImageOne big happy family. Bugatti On the side, the Chiron’s C-shaped body flourish is gone, and in its place is a far more angular construction, with sharp lines on the door leading to five round air inlets that can be seen on EB110 variants. Out back, things take a turn for the modern, with high-mounted taillight elements spanning the width of the body, just below a honkin’ rear wing and just above a pair of vertically mounted tailpipes integrated into the diffuser assembly. It’s wild, to say the least.Under the engine cover is the same 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 as the Chiron, but it’s had the wick turned up to produce 1,600 horsepower. It’ll reach 62 miles per hour in 2.4 seconds, doubling its velocity to 124 mph in 6.1 seconds. It only takes 13.1 seconds to reach 186 mph, which is positively bonkers. It’ll hit 236 mph before running into the electronic limiter. The automaker claims it’s some 44 pounds lighter than the Chiron, thanks in part to items like a lightweight windshield wiper and various carbon components.Only 10 very lucky owners will be able to pick one up, but Bugatti was quick to note that it will allow owners to have the cars painted in whatever color they choose. Deliveries are expected to begin in about two years’ time, and each Centodieci will cost 8 million euro (about $8.9 million) before tax. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 50 Photos Post a comment Tags Exotic Cars Superluxury Cars Performance Cars Monterey Car Week 2019 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Holy hell 0 More From Roadshow Bugatti Centodieci celebrates 110 years of Bugatti by turning back time Bugatti
Boost Mobile Share your voice Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $520 at HP Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview See It Rylo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See at Amazon Online Tech Industry,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Amazon Best Buy Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Tags Read DJI Osmo Action preview Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Apple iPhone XS Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $210 at Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy An investigation has uncovered thousands of problematic listings. Claudia Cruz/CNET More than 4,000 items for sale on Amazon by third-party sellers have deceptive labeling or have been banned or declared unsafe by federal regulators, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal published Friday. Nearly half these items were listed as shipping from an Amazon warehouse, said the Journal, and some were promoted as “Amazon’s choice.”Among the items identified in the investigation, at least 2,000 listings for toys and medications lacked warnings about risks to children and at least 157 were items Amazon had said it banned, according to the Journal. After the listings were brought to the e-commerce giant’s attention, 57% were taken down or had their wording changed, the Journal said.This isn’t the first time Amazon has been in the spotlight for problematic listings. In 2017, the company was criticized when its “frequently bought together” feature called out combinations of elements used in making crude bombs. Earlier this month, listings for ammunition clips and boxes of bullets were uncovered on Amazon. The products are legal for online sale in the US but violate the company’s own seller guidelines. The presence of these listings points to how vast Amazon’s site has become. Its huge inventory increases the chance that banned items can become available, even with Amazon’s detection software and human monitors.Amazon said it has robust programs in place to make sure products are “safe, compliant and authentic.””Amazon offers customers hundreds of millions of items, and we have developed, and continuously refine and improve, our tools that prevent suspicious, unsafe, or noncompliant products from being listed in our store,” the company said in a blog post Friday responding to the Journal’s investigation. “In 2018, our teams and technologies proactively blocked more than 3 billion suspect listings for various forms of abuse, including noncompliance, before they were published to our store.” Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See at Turo Angela Lang/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsMore to come! Note: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Comments Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read the AirPods review See It See it An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It Read Google Home Hub review Sprint $6 at Tidal DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $155 at Google Express $999 7 Comments $299 at Amazon 4 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50)