Monthly archives: January, 2017

Why Piaggio built Gita, a cargo carrying robot, to follow in your footsteps

The Italian company that makes Vespa scooters and Moto Guzzi motorcycles, Piaggio, revealed its newest development this week, a personal delivery device or “cargo robot,” called the Gita. The robot was designed by a new “startup” within the broader Piaggio group of brands, called Piaggio Fast Forward, in Boston. Gita looks like a carbon fiber take on the exercise ball… Read More
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Donald Trump Will Continue Targeting Suspected American Terrorists Overseas

Hours after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declared that no Americans would be targeted in lethal U.S. anti-terrorism operations overseas, the Trump Administration has reversed course.
“U.S. policy regarding the possible targeting of American citizens has not changed,” Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Tuesday.
In his press briefing Tuesday, Spicer said, “No American citizen will ever be targeted,” in such operations. His comments were an apparent break from the policy of the Obama Administration, which targeted American-born al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki in a 2011 drone strike.
Spicer made the comments in response to question about a recent U.S. military strike in Yemen that reportedly killed Awlaki’s the 8-year-old American daughter. Spicer refused to comment on reports that the girl, Nawar al-Awlaki, was killed in the raid. Her grandfather confirmed her death to NBC.
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President Trump’s Immigration Order Could Harm the Fight Against Domestic Terror Some Experts Warn

The Trump administration’s executive order barring nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. is already having profound effects on America’s relations with nations overseas. But experts say the order could also harm the relationship between Muslim-Americans and law enforcement here in the U.S., potentially hampering officials’ efforts to gather information on future attacks.
“It may drive a wedge between law enforcement authorities and members of the Arab-American or Muslim-American community at the very time we need cooperation and partnership,” says John Cohen, who worked for the Office of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush and the Department of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama. “It’s certainly going to impact the relationship with federal authorities as they seek to reach out to Muslim community leaders in an effort to have them work together.”
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Eastern Ukraine Rocked by Fighting Between Government Troops and Russia-Backed Rebels

(AVDIIVKA, Ukraine) — Heavy artillery and rockets hit residential areas in eastern Ukraine Tuesday amid a new outburst of fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatist rebels, leaving at least eight people dead and dozens injured.
Salvos of heavy-caliber artillery were heard throughout the night and late morning in Avdiivka, a town on the northern outskirts of the separatist stronghold of Donetsk where residents have been without electricity for days. In Donetsk, at least one civilian was killed by shrapnel.
Fighting around Avdiivka has cut water and power supplies for most of the town and it was left without heating in the dead of winter. Temperatures plunged to minus 18 Celsius (0 F) on Tuesday morning.
The warring sides blamed each other for the spike in hostilities, the worst in months. The Ukrainian government was considering evacuating 12,000 residents from Avdiivka, Pavlo Zhebrivsky, head of the administration in charge of the government-controlled parts of ..

Saskatoon cab companies say mandatory safety shields not the answer

The City of Saskatoon is looking into whether safety shields should be mandatory in taxis.
The review comes after taxi driver Malik Umar Draz told a council committee that he and some of his colleagues feel unsafe while on the job. He said safety shields in cabs would prevent assaults on taxi drivers, such as the one late last year that left a Regina driver in a medically induced coma.
“We’re not asking much. All we’re asking is safety on the job,” Umar Draz told reporters after Tuesday’s meeting.
However, managers of the city’s two cab companies said they oppose a bylaw that would require them to install safety shields in their taxis. They told the committee that taxi drivers are self-employed and are welcome to install shields in their cars if they want.
If only some drivers put shields in their cars, it becomes problematic, Umar Draz said.
“If they’re not mandatory, then some drivers will have it and people can easily target those drivers — ‘Oh, that is the one that doesn’t fee..

Seven months in, policy on transgender people in jails well received

It hasn’t been used often, but a policy that outlines how staff at Saskatchewan jails should interact with transgender people has proven useful, says a spokesman for the province’s justice ministry.
“Staff operate very well in an environment when they understand what to do when potentially something that’s uncertain for them presents itself,” Drew Wilby said.
“Part of our job in corrections is to ensure that we’re prepared when things do come into our facilities. We haven’t had significant experience with transgender individuals … And so we need to prepare for when we require these things, and having policy in place for that is very, very important.”
The provincial government put policies in place in late June 2016 outlining how transgender people should be admitted to correctional centres.
The policies say transgender people are to be placed in facilities that correspond to their self-identified genders unless there are overriding health and safety concerns that can’t be resolved…

Province commits $137,000 to Shore Gold diamond mine consultations

The provincial government’s decision to commit $137,000 to fund consultations with a Saskatchewan First Nation means Shore Gold Inc. is one step away from learning whether its proposed Star-Orion-South diamond mine east of Prince Albert can proceed as planned.
The talks between the Ministry of Environment and James Smith Cree Nation are expected to take about six months and concentrate on issues related to land access for traditional activities like hunting and fishing, according to a government spokesman.
“Once consultations with James Smith Cree Nation are deemed adequate, then the minister will evaluate all pertinent information before rendering a decision,” said Brady Pollock, applications manager in the ministry’s environmental assessment and stewardship division.
Pollock said the government decided to undertake the latest round of consultations after a public review process completed two years ago raised “issues that had not been addressed.” The talks are part of its legal ..

Pair attempted to hide in nearby basement after fleeing hospital following collision, say RCMP

A 28-year-old woman is facing multiple charges, including obstructing justice and driving with undue care and attention, after a two-vehicle collision near Rosetown.
According to RCMP in a news release, members of the Rosetown detachment responded to a head-on collision between a semi truck-trailer unit and an SUV approximately 10 kilometres east of Rosetown on Highway 7. After the three occupants of the SUV were transported to Rosetown Hospital, two of them — one man and one woman — “fled on foot and attempted to hide in the basement of a local business,” RCMP said.
The two were quickly located by RCMP and arrested without incident.
The man found in the nearby building, along with the other man who was in the SUV, were both transported to a hospital in Saskatoon for further assessment. The 28-year-old woman from Saskatoon and the driver of the semi were not injured.
The 28-year-old woman has been charged with obstructing justice, driving with undue care and attention, driving with..

Hailey Baldwin Reveals a Fresh, New Shoulder-Length Cut on Instagram

lookin like baby Rhode these days
A photo posted by Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) on Jan 31, 2017 at 8:53am PST
It seems 2017 is the year of the sheared, layered chop—at least in the world of Hailey Baldwin. The model took to Instagram to share what looks to be a new cut and freshly snipped bangs, the straight style doubling as a study in geometry. Rather than opting for a blunt length or full-fringe look, Baldwin’s blanched, shoulder-skimming lengths center on angles and lines, with shorter strands framing her cheekbones to highlight-worthy effect. Based on the caption, the new chop likely has roots in Baldwin’s younger years, but one thing is certain: The updated rendition is anything but retro.
The post Hailey Baldwin Reveals a Fresh, New Shoulder-Length Cut on Instagram appeared first on Vogue.
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Why Neon Is Having a Moment in Home Decor (And Everywhere Else)

Neon is clearly having a moment. You can thank, in part, La La Land, a film that washes Los Angeles in a cool Technicolor glow.
Beyond its seductive qualities, the artistry and skill required to create neon works—the bending of tubes by hand into sinuous letters and forms—are also experiencing a resurgent appreciation.
“I became enamored and obsessed with the way these signs are designed and handmade,” explains Tanja Tiziana, a Toronto-based photographer whose recently released book, Buzzing Lights: The Fading Neon Landscape of North America, documents vintage signs across the United States and Canada. “I was drawn to their cool designs and retro aesthetic.”
If you, too, find yourself enamored with neon, here’s a look at some ways to get turned on by the quintessential gas-and-glass combination right now. And in case you can’t get enough, we’ve also included a few ways to work the glow into your home in the slideshow.
Take a Tour of La La Land’s Iconic Neon Gems
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