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first_imgSNOHOMISH, Wash. – A second murder charge has been filed against a Washington State man accused in the death of a Canadian couple 31 years ago.William Earl Talbott is facing two charges of aggravated first-degree murder, according to court documents filed Friday in Washington state’s Snohomish court.The bodies of Victoria’s Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, and her high school sweetheart Jay Cook, 20, were found in 1987 about one hour’s drive apart in Washington State.The Skagit County Sheriff’s department announced Talbott’s arrest last month after investigators made a break in the cold case using a new strategy involving genetic genealogy, uploading DNA from the crime scene to a public, online genealogy database.Investigators then combed the family tree to identify Talbott as a suspect and collected a fresh DNA sample from him to confirm a match.Talbott, 55, was arrested in May and charged with the first count of first-degree murder in Van Cuylenborg’s death, with investigators saying at the time that they expected to lay a second charge in Cook’s death after gathering more evidence.last_img read more

first_imgIn the new borderless business of television, Canada is emerging as an ideal partner.That was the word from several buyers and sellers at MIPCOM, the international media content market which concluded last week at Cannes.“I think all the borders have gone down in television because there’s such a huge demand,” says Frank Spotnitz, executive producer of the upcoming CBS/Global series “Ransom.” Best known as a writer/producer on “The X-Files,” Spotnitz has spent 22 years making American network TV shows in Canada, including three “X-Files” spinoffs. He cites the “huge talent pool” and “beauty and diversity of the landscape” as reasons he keeps coming back. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Ransom” stars Luke Roberts (“Game of Thrones”) as a top hostage negotiator jetting around the world to deal with deadly crisis situations. Spotnitz and his Canadian collaborators shot the series in Toronto before recently shifting production to France. It will air in the New Year.The TV veteran says “Peak TV” is real.“There’s an unquenchable thirst for drama,” he says, adding the driving force is platforms such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu as well as cable networks in the U.S.“They can’t afford to do (all this production) on their own, they need partners,” he says, “so they look to Canada and to Europe.”One such production is “Versailles.” Heading into a second season, the historical epic was one of three series showcased at MIPCOM by Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund. The lavish costume drama was originally a France-only production until costs swelled towards US$40 million per season.“Canada enjoys production treaty deals with France and we were able to offer the talent and resources to make this series happen,” says Ian Whitehead, executive producer and head of production and development at FOX Incendo.There are currently 54 treaties between Canada and other producing countries, according to the CMF.Besides international co-productions, the CMF supports domestic dramas such as “Murdoch Mysteries.” Shaftesbury CEO Christina Jennings came back from MIPCOM buoyed by demands from broadcasters in the UK and France for more episodes of the CBC drama, already in its 10th season. “Murdoch” is one of Canada’s top TV exports, appearing in over 110 markets worldwide.“It’s a great crime series featuring wonderful characters and an alternative to dramas out there that are quite dark,” says Jennings. “‘Murdoch’ can play daytimes, prime times — it’s very schedule-friendly.”Jennings says international buyers are telling her they want the next “Murdoch.” Shaftesbury is partnering with France and the UK on a series of “Aimee Leduc” movies for TV. The mysteries were inspired by true crime novels by Cara Black set in Paris. Production will begin in France in 2017 with a Canadian cast in the lead and Canadian writers and directors also involved.Another company making deals at MIPCOM was Vancouver-based Thunderbird Entertainment, makers of “Kim’s Convenience” and “Beat Bugs.” An alliance with Skybound North, the creative force behind “The Walking Dead,” was announced during the TV marketplace.“They’re looking to expand beyond the traditional way of making shows in the U.S.,” says Thunderbird CEO Tim Gamble, a veteran MIPCOM player. “This gives them an opportunity to access Canadian talent and the benefits of producing shows in Canada. It gives us access to high quality creative talent.”Gamble agrees that high-end scripted fare has become such an expensive proposition that several countries almost have to get involved.“Unless you’re a Netflix or Amazon or an HBO, funding the whole thing is becoming prohibitive,” he says, citing HBO’s “Westworld” as “again raising the bar.”Chris Ottinger, president of worldwide television sales and acquisitions for MGM Studios, says he was worried coming into MIPCOM that the market might be over-saturated. The path around that, he feels, “is to try and aim as high as possible.”Two shows MGM Studios offers the world — “Vikings” and “Fargo” — deliver on that promise, he says. Both have Canadian connections, with “Vikings” a co-production between Ireland and Canada. Besides actors and directors, “Vikings” boasts a Canadian post-production partner, Take 5.“We work with them as much as we can, they’re super talented,” says Ottinger.Set in North Dakota, “Fargo” shoots in and around Calgary.“We wanted to be a little farther north to get more snow — it was a challenge in season 2 because it didn’t snow enough,” he says.The MGM Studios booth at MIPCOM also boasted a large poster for an upcoming production shot in Toronto: “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Starring Elizabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), Ottinger sees this adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel as “a global masterpiece and absolutely the kind of serialized, dramatic storytelling that is perfect for television now.”The miniseries will premiere on the U.S. streaming service Hulu in the spring. Ottinger says he hasn’t sold it to a Canadian broadcaster yet, “but I’m not worried about getting one.”by Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press— Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont. While in Cannes, Brioux was a guest of Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund.last_img read more

first_imgBlack and silver experimental vehicles parked facing south in Sacramento, California on July 17, 2010. Keeping cool using the summer heat More information: eetd.lbl.gov/news-archives/news-cool-cars.htmleetd.lbl.gov/newsletter/nl19/eetd-nl19-1-cool.htmlPaper reference: “Potential benefits of solar reflective car shells: Cooler cabins, fuel savings and emission reductions.” Ronnen Levinson, Heng Pan, George Ban-Weiss, Pablo Rosado, Riccardo Paolini, and Hashem Akbari, was recently published in the journal Applied Energy (Volume 88, pp. 4343–4357). Citation: Silver and white cars are cooler, says study (2011, October 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-silver-white-cars-cooler.html Comparison of roof surface temperatures measured during soaking and cooling trials. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com The numbers continue to take on special significance when extended nationwide. An improvement of 2 to 2 percent in fuel economy, scaled to the fleet of light-duty vehicles in the United States, represents savings of gallons of gas in the billions, if these design changes are adopted by the automotive industry.White, silver, and other light colors are coolest, reflecting about 60 percent of sunlight but there are dark “cool” colors that can also stay cooler than traditional dark colors. When dark surfaces are needed for aesthetics or to reduce brightness, one can use special “cool-colored” materials that stay moderately cool by reflecting only the invisible component of sunlight. Solar reflective paints can decrease the ‘soak’ temperature of the air in a car that has been parked in the sun.Manufacturing designers looking more closely into recipes for pigmented coatings that maximize solar reflectance colors would find plenty of interesting research into cool colors at the Berkeley Lab. Its researchers have been looking into roofs and cool colors for some years. They have been measuring the solar spectral reflectance (reflectance versus wavelength over the solar spectrum) of commercially available pigments. The research team has developed a pigment database describing a variety of colors, including browns, blues, purples, greens, and reds, that are cool, in that they are highly reflective to near-infrared radiation. Ronnen Levinson, scientist in the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is lead author of the study. The research was published in Applied Energy.The researchers had two cars in the sun for an hour, one black and the other silver, parked facing south, in Sacramento, California. The silver Honda Civic (shell SR 0.57) had a cabin air temperature of about 5-6°C (9-11°F) lower than an identical black car (shell SR 0.05). A silver (or white) shell would allow for a lower-capacity air conditioner as well. The cars were run through five identical cycles of soaking in the sun. Each cycle consisted of an hour with the air conditioners off, followed by a half hour of cooling with the air conditioners running at maximum. The researchers measured the roof, ceiling, dashboard, windshield, seat, door, vent air and cabin air temperatures in each car along with weather conditions in the lot.Overall, the numbers compiled in this car-color exercise found that using white or silver paint instead of black paint would raise fuel economy by 0.44 mpg (2.0 percent); would decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 1.9 percent, and reduce other automotive emissions by about 1 percent. Air conditioning in cars not only decreases fuel economy but also increases tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. In this sense, cool-color cars influence both the driver and the planet. (PhysOrg.com) — From an environment standpoint, silver and white cars are cool; black cars are not. Researchers at the Berkeley Lab Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) say that the color of your car affects your car’s fuel economy and how seriously you contribute to pollution. A light-colored shell reflects more sunlight than a dark car shell. The cooler the color, the cooler the cabin air, and the less of a need to run your air conditioner. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court administration has framed rules that consider strike by lawyers as interference to dispensation of justice in accordance with a Supreme Court order that said lawyers have no right to strike. A 69-day ceasework called by lawyers’ associations from February had severely affected the justice delivery system at the Calcutta High Court. The administration told a division bench of Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee that the rules will be placed before the full court for approval. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPetitioner A K Sarangi had moved a PIL seeking direction to the high court administration to comply with the apex court’s direction by framing appropriate rules under Section 34 of the Advocates Act, 1961 to make it clear that strikes by advocates will be considered interference with the administration of justice and for taking action against advocates who resort to cease work. The counsel representing the high court administration submitted before the bench that “the rules have been framed and are waiting to be placed before the full court for approval.” A ‘full court’ is a session of a court which is attended by all its judges. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNoting the development, the division bench had disposed of the PIL on May 15.Srikanta Dutta, counsel for the petitioner, said that in 2002 the Supreme Court had passed a direction to the high courts in the ex-captain Harish Uppal versus Union of India case with regard to strikes by lawyers. The apex court had directed the high courts to frame rules under Section 34 of the Advocates Act, 1961, to make clear that any strike by lawyers will be treated as interference to the administration of justice, he said today. In 2015, Sarangi had filed an RTI application to know whether such rules had been framed by the Calcutta High Court administration. He was informed that the rules were yet to be framed, Dutta said.Sarangi had then filed a PIL before the high court seeking direction on the administration to frame the rules. In 2016, the then Chief Justice Girish Gupta and Justice Arindam Sinha directed that opinion in this regard be sought from all district courts in the state through the Bar Council of West Bengal and rules be framed within three months after receiving those. When the matter came up for hearing earlier this month, the administration told the court that rules have been framed. Three lawyers’ associations had called a ceasework from February 19 seeking appointment of judges to the high court, whose strength had fallen to 30 only against a sanctioned strength of 72.The ceasework was called off after the union law ministry had appointed seven new judges to the HC.last_img read more

first_img​The role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the modern world and the need of time have laid the emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which has subsequently rechristened it as Conscious Social Responsibility and the environment pertaining with it, said Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena.While addressing a capacity crowd of entrepreneurs, designers, weavers, policymakers and other stakeholders in a grand National Trade Conclave named ‘Khadi : From Local to Global’, held under the joint auspices of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), the KVIC Chairman said that without including consciousness in CSR, it is a mere contemplation to think about the welfare of the last man left in the society. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event was held at the FICCI auditorium on July 19. Citing the example of CSR funds utilized in restarting of an old Khadi institution at Sewapuri Gandhi Ashram in Varanasi, Saxena said: “We received CSR funds from Rural Electrification Corporation (REC). But, instead of providing a one-time benefit to the people, we revived the glory of the 71-year-old 12-acre Sewapuri Khadi Ashram in Varanasi started under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi to promote Khadi and provide employment to the spinners and weavers working on the same mission, 26 years after it shut shop. We roped in REC to use its CSR funds in renovating this Khadi unit at the ashram premises, which has given direct employment to now more than 800 people of this area. Not only that, as many as 250 solar charkhas and 80 solar looms – provided by REC has provided direct employment to 400 people. Roping in worker co-operatives to be a part of the initiative, Mumbai-based Lijjat Papad has established a papad-making unit in the center in which 200 local women have been enrolled for the work,” he said, adding, “If the CSR is aimed to maintain the core consciousness of social responsibility, only then it is CSR in the true sense,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveImpressed with KVIC Chairman’s new derivatives about the CSR, the Corporate honchos from Majors – including TCS and other noted companies vowed to utilize its CSR funds on the similar lines, suggested by Saxena. On the other hand, the Commerce and Industries minister Suresh Prabhu, in his video message, also said that the government is committed to promoting Khadi as a global fabric as it has the potential to boost economic growth and to achieve this aim, new designs and styles in Khadi are essential. “There is a huge opportunity for Indian fashion industry in the textile sector, and Khadi needs to create demand,” he said. Corroborating similar views, Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board, said there is a need to make Khadi a symbol of national pride. “The railways on a daily basis require four lakh bedrolls and would be willing to partner KVIC in developing a strategy to provide disposable Khadi bedrolls and towels at economical rates,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgWine 4.0 stable version has been released yesterday. It comes with four main features including support for Vulkan, Direct3D 12, Game controllers and High-DPI support on Android. In total, there are over 6,000 individual changes and improvements. Wine is an implementation of the Windows Application Programming Interface (API) library. makes it possible to run Windows programs alongside Linux or any other Unix-like operating system. Wine can also be used to recompile a program into a format that Linux can understand more easily, though access to the Windows program source code is required. Major improvements in Wine 4.0 Direct3D 12 support Wine 4.0 provides initial support for Direct3D 12 and requires the vkd3d library and a Vulkan-capable graphics card. The Direct3D graphics card database recognizes more graphics cards. The Multi-Threaded Command Stream feature is enabled by default. The OpenGL core contexts are always used by default when available to all graphics cards, and all versions of Direct3D before 12. Several Direct3D 11 interfaces have been updated to version 11.2, and DXGI interfaces have been updated to version 1.6. Support for using the correct swap interval is implemented, for both DXGI and DirectDraw applications. Application-configurable frame latency is implemented for Direct3D 9Ex and DXGI applications. Vulkan Support In Wine 4.0, Vulkan driver is implemented, using the host Vulkan libraries under X11, or MoltenVK on macOS. Wine 4.0 also provides a built-in vulkan-1 loader as an alternative to the SDK loader. A number of Direct2D interfaces have been updated to version 1.2. Other features: ARGB visual can be used as default X11 visual. The old 16-bit DIB.DRV driver is implemented using the DIB engine. For large polygons, polygon drawing is much faster in the DIB engine. Improvements made in Kernel Support for running DOS binaries under Wine is removed. In wine 4.0, all the CPU control and debug registers can be accessed by kernel drivers, including on 64-bit. Events, semaphores, mutexes, and timers are also implemented in kernel mode for device drivers. The WaitOnAddress synchronization primitives are supported. Application settings, compatibility information, and execution levels are also recognized in application manifests. Other changes Wine 4.0 supports the new version of the Android graphics buffer allocator API to enable graphics support on Android version 8 and above. Android x86-64 platforms are supported also in 64-bit mode. New external dependencies The Vulkan library is used to implement the Vulkan graphics driver. The Vkd3d library is used to implement Direct3D 12 on top of Vulkan. The SDL library is used to support game controllers. The GSSAPI library is used to implement Kerberos authentication. These are a select few changes. For a full list of improvements and additions, check out the release notes. Read Next Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta; deprecates Btrfs filesystem Homebrew 1.9.0 released with periodic brew cleanup, beta support for Linux, Windows and more. Microsoft releases ProcDump for Linux, a Linux version of the ProcDump Sysinternals toollast_img read more

center_img CALGARY — Travel agents stepped up to help WestJet passengers through the airline’s recent labour woes. With the potential labour action now resolved, WestJet is putting its money where its mouth is with a big ‘thank you’ to its loyal agent partners, and 4% commission on all domestic Econo fares.Commission can now be earned on all Econo fares for new air-only bookings made June 1 – 30 for travel within Canada from June 1 – July 31.WestJet says it wants to thank its partners for their support.“We know the potential labour action caused frustration for you and your travellers, and we want to extend a sincere thank you to all our travel trade partners for your patience,” says Lyell Farquharson, Vice-President, Sales and Distribution.“With the recent agreement to a settlement process, you and your clients can once again book with confidence. We are offering commission on additional Econo fares to recognize all our partners for your continued support over the last few weeks.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Some restrictions apply. Full offer details are available at westjettravelagents.com.The news comes as WestJet launches its first continental Europe flights, with its inaugural flight to Paris CDG taking off from Halifax last night. The flight landed in France at 10 a.m. local time.“This is a historic day for WestJet as we touch down on the European mainland for the first time,” said Tim Croyle, WestJet Interim Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “This new service reinforces our confidence in Atlantic Canada and our ongoing support of Nova Scotia’s tourism and economic development objectives outlined in its Atlantic Gateway initiative. Paris is the latest milestone chapter in WestJet’s drive to become a truly global airline, bringing Canada to the world and the world to Canada.”WestJet’s daily nonstop flights between Halifax and Paris are operated on the B737 MAX and have been timed to connect with WestJet flights across Canada and with codeshare partner, Air France-KLM in Paris.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe addition of Paris to the WestJet network brings the airline’s overall reach to 106 cities in 22 countries across Canada, the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more