Dr Whos Peter Capaldi Joins Stars At Carols By Candlelight Service

first_imgPeter Capaldi – the recently announced new Dr Who – joined a line-up of stars reading at the 
Operation Smile UK Charity Carols by Candlelight service last week, which raised a staggering £50,000 to help provide free surgery for children born with facial deformities.Peter Capaldi at Operation Smile UK’s Carols By Candlelight eventCredit/Copyright: Andy Perkins/Operation Smile UKOperation Smile, the cleft lip and cleft palate charity, hosted the Carols by Candlelight service at the beautiful City church, St Botolph’s without Bishopsgate. Hundreds of Operation Smile supporters queued outside the church to catch a glimpse of the fantastic readers and performers including Honor Blackman, Peter Capaldi, Mishal Husain, Lucy Kellaway and Sir Clive Woodward.The Overtones at Operation Smile UK Carols By Candlelight eventCredit/Copyright: Andy Perkins/Operation Smile UKThe service was filled with traditional carols, readings and live performances from the MOBO Nominated IDMC Gospel Choir and We Sing U Sing children’s choir. Five-piece vocal harmony group The Overtones, also gave a special performance of their Christmas Single in aid of Operation Smile, a festive version of the 1954 Nat King Cole classic ‘Smile’. After the service, guests mingled and enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine.Commenting on the evening, actor Peter Capaldi said: “It was a lovely, festive evening, with fantastic performances from The Overtones and IDMC gospel choir. I’m thrilled to be supporting such an important and life-transforming cause.”Supporters listened to seasonal readings from the celebrity guests and saw films from Smile Ambassadors Duncan Bannatyne and The Overtones volunteering on medical projects in Mexico and Rwanda. Operation Smile Ambassador and BBC presenter Mishal Husain commented: “It can cost as little as £150 to repair a cleft and change a child’s life forever. It’s amazing to think that the money raised from this evening will help change 300 children’s lives.”All proceeds from this service and the Operation Smile Mayfair Carols by Candlelight Service which also raised £50,000 for the charity, thanks to the support of their high profile readers including Bill Bailey, James Cracknell and Barbara Windsor will go towards supporting activities to provide free, safe surgery for all children in the developing world born with cleft lips and cleft palates.“We are so grateful for the support shown by the celebrity readers and performers. They not only help to raise the profile of our events but leave inspired by the amazing work of our volunteers and are motivated be involved further” said Alex Talbot, Chief Executive of Operation Smile.The Overtones Smile EP in aid of Operation Smile is available to download on iTunes & Amazon now.For more information, click here.last_img read more

NWT leaders fear tar sands means disaster for key watershed

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs APTN reported last week, a new study on the Mackenzie River Basin has raised new concerns in the Northwest Territories.The report suggests that waterways there are unprotected from ongoing development at the toxic Alberta tar sands.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has more on this story.last_img

Saskatchewan government Saskatoon Tribal Council face off in court over child welfare

first_imgJaydon Flett APTN National NewsLeaders from the seven Saskatoon Tribal Council First Nations are fighting the province of Saskatchewan over the jurisdiction child welfare cases. They were joined by over 100 supporters and community members in traditional regalia in Regina court Tuesday. The high interest in the case forced media to be seated in the jury booth. Media interest was piqued earlier this month when the province announced they would be terminating the 1996 Bilateral Accord, which was entered into with the Ministry of Social Services through the Indian Child Welfare and Family Support Act (ICWFSA). The Act outlines a general standard for First Nations child welfare agencies in the province, as well as a provision allowing individual agencies to develop their own standards and practices. The 1996 Bilateral Accord was negotiated between the province and First Nations to provide “joint protective mechanisms”.“The bilateral agreement we signed declared us equal partners in caring for our children,” said Chief Felix Thomas. “Our sovereign rights as nations are not being honoured.” Those agreements have been terminated by the province because of the STC’s refusal to hand over child welfare case files. The Social Services ministry filed an application in court to assume jurisdiction of child welfare cases on STC member reserves. There are reportedly 101 children in care living on STC member reserves. The province holds the files and information for 34 of those children, whereas the STC refuses to hand over files for the other 67 children. The STC believes that the province’s objective is “subordination of First Nations people to policies that undermine inherent treaty rights.” Thomas brought attention to the ‘irreparable harm’ caused by the Sixties Scoop and residential school system.  “We don’t want to go down that road anymore,” he said. The tribal council said it is willing to share data with the province, providing that the it respects the sovereignty of STC First Nations. The judge is expected to make her decision in the coming weeks. jflett@aptn.ca@JaydonOnolast_img read more

Smart kettlebells will get you in shape at CES 2019

first_imgHere’s the new JaxJox smart kettlebells. Megan Wollerton/CNET As you can probably guess, KettlebellConnect, launched here at CES 2019, is indeed a smart kettlebell.The $349 weights system comes with a base where you can charge the kettlebells and a small digital display.  These are the weirdest products of CES 2019 CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Health and Wellness Post a comment The coolest part is the adjustable weights. Press the plus or minus buttons to change the weight in 6-pound increments from 12 to 42 pounds. Watch the weight increments adjust on the display. The related app helps you track your reps and can even help you customize your workout. I got to try one out for myself at the show and they were incredibly easy to adjust. Literally just press the button and wait a few seconds for the cylinder weights inside to either add or release weight. This isn’t the only smart fitness tech we’ve seen at the show — I also got to try out FightCamp’s smart boxing system and BotBoxer’s robot boxing system.  Tags 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 26 Photos CES Products Fitness Whirlpool Smart kettlebells at CES 2019 count your reps as you… 1:14 Smart Home Sport and Outdoorslast_img read more

Trumps National Security Strategy Angers China

first_imgThomas Peter/APPresident Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping attend a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last month.Although candidate Donald Trump had little good to say about China, by the time President Trump visited Beijing as part of his Asian tour last month, he was touting the “great chemistry” enjoyed with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.However, the administration’s first national security strategy, unveiled on Monday, takes a hawkish stance on China — a departure from the days of President Barack Obama.The report accuses China of seeking to “displace the U.S. in the Indo-Pacific region, expand the reach of its state-driven economic model and reorder the region in its favor.”As NPR’s Rob Schmitz reports from Shanghai, China is not taking the news well, calling the Trump administration’s national security report “self-serving.”“This is pretty much a direct about-face from where they were in the Obama plan, where they were talking about welcoming China’s rise in a certain way,” Graham Webster, a U.S.-China relations researcher at Yale Law School, tells Rob.The “certain way” proviso is a reference to the Obama administration’s cautious embrace, meant to acknowledge the rise of a global power while projecting hope that the inevitable rivalry between the U.S. and China could be a friendly one. The Obama White House had tried to nurture Beijing as a “strategic partner” with Washington.By the end of Obama’s second term, there were “victories” that both sides could point to, Webster says. “There was climate change and the Paris agreement, where China and the U.S. played a big role. There was cooperation on disaster response and public health. And there was even a breakthrough on cybersecurity that they thought they’d get to a position where they were promoting norms together,” he says.With the Trump administration, the Paris Agreement is already a dead letter. In the new national security strategy, China is mentioned 23 times, nearly twice as many times as it was in the Obama administration’s last report. “[Not] once was China framed in a positive light,” Rob notes.It is very different from Trump’s remarks in China last month in which he stood next to Xi saying the two sides had “a chance to strengthen ties and improve the lives of our citizens and stand together against those who threaten our civilization.”Instead, the new report harks back to the 2016 campaign trail, when candidate Trump was calling out China as a currency manipulator, before backing off as president months later.The turnabout in Trump’s new strategy seems to have caught Beijing by surprise. China’s embassy in Washington had some choice words in response.“It is completely egotistical for any nation to put its interests above the common interests of other nations and the international community. It will lead to a path of self-isolation,” the embassy said in a statement.“The Americans on one hand say they want to develop a partnership with China, but on the other hand they take an oppositional stance. This is contradictory,” it said.The report comes as the Trump administration is wrapping up a deep dive into Beijing’s trading practices. Once those investigations are complete next year, they might lead to action against China in the form of tariffs and trade barriers.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Transit Supporters Rally in Annapolis

first_imgA coalition of Maryland organizations joined with officials, legislators and community members to rally in support of the Red and Purple lines in Annapolis March 9. (Courtesy Photos)With the 2015 session of the Maryland General Assembly in full swing, supporters of myriad causes have been making the pilgrimage to Annapolis. On March 9, it was the supporters of the Purple and Red subway lines, both of which are on the verge of beginning construction.Over 150 community members, business leaders and elected officials, including Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, gathered to signal legislators and the governor’s mansion that neither delay nor cancellation of the projects is acceptable. The warning came in light of alleged delays by Gov. Hogan’s administration, which they say is jeopardizing nearly $2 billion in federal funding.“If we scrap these projects and dream up new ones each time there is an election, Maryland will not build the infrastructure it needs to provide a high quality of life and a competitive economy,” said Grant Corley of Red Line Now, according to a statement. “The Red Line and Purple Line projects have been in development for decades, and now Governor Hogan’s administration has the opportunity to put people to work and inject the investment into the economy in year one.”A coalition of Maryland organizations joined with officials, legislators and community members to rally in support of the Red and Purple lines in Annapolis March 9. (Courtesy Photos)The transit lines are expected to stimulate significant economic activity and investment. “The Purple Line will create over 27,000 permanent jobs, generate billions of dollars in new economic activity, and provide a vital east-west transit connection between the University of Maryland and job centers like Silver Spring and Bethesda in Maryland’s inner suburbs,” said Ralph Bennett, of Purple Line Now.“We probably have somewhere in the neighborhood of 85,000 to 100,000 jobs in the pipeline in Montgomery County,” Leggett added, “and what is tied to all of that is transportation, and most specifically transit. There is no Plan B for the Purple Line; any backup is a mild substitute, and we all will suffer.”Baltimore business leaders also stressed the Red Line’s economic impact. “The Red Line will not only transform the city’s rail transit into a connected, comprehensive system, it will be an important factor in attracting people and investment to Baltimore,” said Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee.Residents are also eager for the projects to be finally underway given their potential to cut back on longer and frustrating, traffic-choked commutes. According to the National Household Transportation Survey, 30 percent of Maryland residents aged 16 and older take transit at least once per month, the fourth-highest of any state.last_img read more

Separate directorate to come up for revenue intel enforcement

first_imgKolkata: The state Cabinet on Friday decided to come up with a separate directorate of revenue, intelligence and enforcement, which will be functioning under the aegis of the state Finance department.The proposed directorate will be headed by an IAS officer and will perform more or less similar functions as the Enforcement Directorate (ED). A source in the state government said that the proposed directorate will have a designated court under it and will deal with cases of evasion of tax or financial fraud. The directorate will be empowered to take action against those evading taxes or resorting to swindling of money. It may be mentioned that time and again, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been vocal against the BJP government at the Centre, alleging that they have been controlling agencies like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), ED and the Income Tax department. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA few days ago on January 25, Banerjee had described the CBI as one of the “allies” of the BJP-led Central government and said that the “headless agency” has been converted into an organ of BJP. She claimed that the saffron party was harassing leaders of the Opposition through various Central agencies out of sheer political vendetta. In October last year, when two top officers of CBI were sent on leave amid an ongoing tussle in the Central investigating agency, Banerjee had alleged that CBI has become BJP’s policing agency and tweeted ‘CBI has become BBI (BJP Bureau of Investigation)’. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn a recent public rally at Birbhum, Banerjee had reminded BJP that the state also has control over investigating agencies like Criminal Investigation Department (CID) but it does not impose anything on its functioning, which is in sharp contrast with BJP hounding agencies like CBI against the Opposition. The Cabinet meeting that was held at the state Assembly on Friday, also approved a 3.75 acre land for a private company, to set up a lubricant unit. The land is under the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC). The Cabinet further approved granting a 10 acre land to the Council of Research for Yoga and Naturopathy under the AYUSH department of the Centre for setting up its unit. The land belongs to the TB hospital in Kalyani and has been lying vacant. It is being offered for free to the AYUSH ministry.last_img read more

bpftrace a DTrace like tool for Linux now open source

first_imgbpftrace is a DTrace like tool for troubleshooting kernel problems. It was created about a year ago by Alastair Robertson and the GitHub repository was made public recently. It has plenty of features to relate it to DTrace 2.0. bpftrace bpftrace is an open source high level tracing tool which allows analyzing systems. It is now more competent and built for modern extended Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF). eBPF is a part of the Linux kernel and is popular in systems engineering. Robertson recently developed struct support, and applied it to tracepoints. Struct support was also applied to kprobes. bpftrace uses existing Linux kernel facilities like eBPF, kprobes, uprobes, tracepoints, and perf_events. It also uses bcc libraries. bpftrace uses a lex/yacc parser internally to convert programs into abstract syntax tree (AST). Then llvm intermediate representation actions are done and finally, then BPF is done. Source: GitHub bpftrace and DTrace bpftrace is a higher-level front end for custom ad-hoc tracing. It can play a similar role as DTrace. There are some things eBPF can do and DTrace can’t, one of them being the ability to save and retrieve stack traces as variables. Brendan Gregg, one of the contributors of bpftrace states in his blog: “We’ve been adding bpftrace features as we need them, not just because DTrace had them. I can think of over a dozen things that DTrace can do that bpftrace currently cannot, including custom aggregation printing, shell arguments, translators, sizeof(), speculative tracing, and forced panics.” A one-liner tutorial and reference guide is available on GitHub for learning bpftrace. For more details and trying bpftrace head on to the GitHub repository and Brendan Gregg’s blog. Read next NVTOP: An htop like monitoring tool for NVIDIA GPUs on Linux LLVM 7.0.0 released with improved optimization and new tools for monitoring Xamarin Test Cloud for API Monitoring [Tutorial]last_img read more

Agent goes viral after posting video of himself mocking OTA user

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: LOL, OTAs Monday, January 16, 2017 Share PERTH — An Australian travel agent has become a social media star and hero among agents after posting a mock video that highlights the pitfalls of booking with an OTA.In the video, which has received 117,000 views on Facebook, David van de Meer from helloworld in South Perth, Australia is seen having a mock phone conversation with a fictitious caller who’s desperate to rebook their flight to Bali following the recent Tigerair suspension.It becomes clear through the one-way conversation that the traveller in question used an OTA to book their original flight, and is now trying to get van de Meer to rebook via the same channel. After patiently listening to the caller, van de Meer gives this prompt and unbothered response: “It has nothing to do with me.”Van de Meer, who says he would never actually address a traveller in such a manner, says that agents are receiving calls like this more frequently. He is quick to remind travellers of the benefits of booking with a travel agent, who can offer assistance throughout the booking process.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerHe posted the following message on Facebook:center_img Travelweek Group Posted by Agent goes viral after posting video of himself mocking OTA userlast_img read more