Foreign Minister of Sweden to arrive in Sri Lanka for talks

Margot Wallstrom, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden will be in Sri Lanka next week for talks.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is scheduled to receive the Swedish Foreign Minister at the Foreign Ministry on Monday. Being a strong advocate of women’s rights, Minister Wallström is scheduled to deliver a lecture at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) on 25 April on the topic “Role of Feminism in Foreign Policy: Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy ”.The visit is expected to contribute towards renewing relations between the two countries and enhance opportunities for trade cooperation.Minister Wallström had served in Sri Lanka from 1998 to 1999 as the Executive Vice President of the World View Global Media. (Colombo Gazette) A high level “Business Round Table discussion” will be held on 25 April with the participation of Swedish Companies at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, in cooperation with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. This interactive Session is aimed at encouraging stronger business links between the two countries. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harsha de Silva and Minister Wallström are expected to address the event.The Foreign Minister of Sweden will visit Jaffna on 26 April where she will meet the Governor and Chief Minister of the Northern Province and the District Secretary of Jaffna. She will also meet with civil society, visit an IDP Welfare Camp and visit the Maravanpulo SDC Housing Project. A seven member trade delegation comprising leading Swedish companies Ericsson, Volvo, ABB, SAAB, Scania, AXIS Communication, and Icomera is accompanying the Swedish Foreign Minister to Sri Lanka. During the visit, Minister Wallström is expected to call on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and also meet with the Speaker of Parliament. read more

Pacific Gas Electric charged with obstruction in connection with fatal San Bruno

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Paul Elias, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2014 7:08 pm MDT SAN FRANCISCO – A federal grand jury charged Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday with lying to federal investigators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and levelled a suburban Northern California neighbourhood in 2010.The U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced the obstruction of justice charge and 27 related counts, which are in a new indictment charging the utility with felonies. It replaces a previous indictment that contained 12 counts related to PG&E’s safety practices, but not obstruction.Prosecutors say PG&E hampered the investigation by lying to National Transportation Safety Board investigators after the blast. In particular, PG&E officials are accused of trying to mislead the NTSB about the pipeline testing and maintenance procedures the utility was following at the time of the explosion and for six months after under a company policy that did not meet federal safety standards.“The consequence of this practice was that PG&E did not prioritize as high-risk, and properly assess, many of its oldest natural gas pipelines, which ran through urban and residential areas,” the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.The other charges accuse the utility of failing to act on threats in its pipeline system even after the problems were identified by its own inspectors. The indictment charges PG&E with keeping shoddy records, failing to identify safety threats and failing to act when threats were found.NTSB investigators later found that PG&E had inaccurate records on its more than 6,000 miles of gas transmission lines, and that as a result hadn’t tested for the defective seam weld that ruptured a pipeline and ignited the fireball that levelled several blocks and left eight people dead in San Bruno.No employees or executives have been charged in the San Bruno disaster. Prosecutors could still file another indictment charging individuals.The utility announced in June that it was expecting the new indictment. PG&E spokesman Greg Snapper said company officials had not yet seen it.“However, based on all of the evidence we have seen to date, we do not believe that the charges are warranted and that, even where mistakes were made, employees were acting in good faith to provide customers with safe and reliable energy,” he said in a prepared statement.The new charges expose PG&E to more than $1 billion in fines. It had preciously faced up to a $6 million fine under the old indictment.In addition, the utility is facing lawsuits and $2.5 billion in civil fines from regulators, including the state Public Utilities Commission. San Bruno city officials on Monday demanded the head of the PUC resign, alleging the agency had improper contacts with PG&E.Along with causing the deaths, the explosion injured dozens and destroyed 38 homes. Nearly four years later, the neighbourhood about 12 miles south of San Francisco is still recovering.“What the U.S. prosecutor is saying is that PG&E did not use the proper procedure under the law for evaluating the integrity of their pipelines,” San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson said. “On top of that, they represented to NTSB that the procedure they were using was correct and approved” when it wasn’t.On Tuesday, San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane said “the new criminal charges demonstrate a pattern of deceit by PG&E.”PG&E said in May that it has committed $2.7 billion over the next several years for safety-related work following the incident.Its profits were weighed down in its most recent quarter by $40 million in legal and safety improvement costs tied to its natural gas business.___Associated Press Writers Ellen Knickmeyer and Lisa Leff contributed to this story. Pacific Gas & Electric charged with obstruction in connection with fatal San Bruno explosion read more

Ahead of pledging conference senior UN officials urge donors to stand by

“While we are managing to get more aid in through cross-border operations, we are seeing a closing down of our ability to get aid across conflict lines inside Syria. The situation is very grave,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valery Amos said in an interview with UN Radio. As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, 12.2 million people remain in dire need of aid, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Ms. Amos heads. Nearly half of all Syrians have been forced from their homes – 3.8 million people have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, and 7.6 million people have been internally displaced – making this the largest displacement crisis in the world. “Needs are increasing and although the amount donors are giving us is also increasing, it’s not increasing at the same pace. I really want to thank our donors for sticking with us but we all know that a political solution has to be found so that the violence that we are seeing on a daily basis calms down,” she said.Ms. Amos’s call comes on the eve of the conference to be overseen by the Secretary-General and hosted by the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The Third Pledging Conference aims to mobilize donor support and raise funds required to meet the needs set out in the 2015 Syria Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-2016.Ms. Amos said the last two years, conference pledges made a significant contribution to the amount that needed for Syria and neighbouring countries. For example, last year, 90 per cent of the money pledged was received but this year the crisis has spread beyond Syria’s borders and the immediate region. “What we are seeing are needs increasing not just in Syria and in neighbouring countries but across the world. As I speak to you, we are seeing a very difficult situation, for example, unfolding in Yemen,” she added. She said that on the margins of the conference: “We want the neighbouring countries to be able to have a voice and have an impact on the region. From the Secretary-General down, we are all in contact with all the countries invited, asking them to pledge generously, and we hope they will.” Joining Ms. Amos at the conference will be Mr. António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). In a statement released today, Ms. Cousin echoed Ms. Amos’ pledge to stand by the Syrian people. “Together, we remain committed to the millions of victims of a conflict that has gone on far too long. As the crisis continues, the needs continue to grow, and the resources of the humanitarian response are stretched further and further.”“Needs are also changing as the crisis enters a fifth year. We are now faced with Syrian children who have spent the first critical 1,000 days of their lives in a conflict situation without adequate food and nutrients. We must ensure our food assistance addresses the development needs of the most vulnerable victims of this crisis,” she said. WFP is designing and implementing programmes to respond to the evolving needs of Syrian families. It is also working with UNICEF and other partners to encourage children to go to school through school feeding programmes. “We must not lose a whole generation to war,” urged Ms. Cousin, who is also scheduled to meet Government officials, donor representatives and WFP’s non-government organization partners. In all, WFP has provided life-saving aid to close to 6 million displaced Syrians every month through providing food assistance, vouchers and electronic cards. Also at the Kuwait conference on Syria, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will be asking for $415 million to support some 560,000 Palestine refugees registered in Syria. “If we do not receive funds immediately at the Kuwait conference, the programme of cash assistance to nearly half a million people will halt in a matter of a few days,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness ahead of the Pledging Conference. Humanitarian access to around 18,000 Palestinian civilians trapped in the besieged camp of Yarmouk in Damascus, suffered prolonged interruptions due to clashes throughout 2014, he added. There were only 131 days of access, during which UNRWA distributed an average of 89 food parcels a day. At least 400 parcels are required per day to meet minimum nutrition standards for all civilians trapped. Distribution has now resumed after almost three months of no access. During that time, many tried to flee the region. “With almost no option for flight, Palestinians are increasingly vulnerable and speak of feeling trapped, singled out and unwelcome in the region. In worrying numbers, Palestine refugees are leaving Syria by unsafe routes to Turkey through ISIL-controlled areas or at the mercy of sea traffickers,” Mr. Gunness warned. read more

New LA Angels manager Brad Ausmus finalizes coaching staff

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus has finalized his first coaching staff, including a hitting coach and a pitching coach in their first major-league seasons in their jobs.Angels general manager Billy Eppler announced the staff Monday.The Angels’ hitting coach is Jeremy Reed, the club’s minor-league hitting co-ordinator for the past two seasons. The Halos’ pitching coach is Doug White, who spent the past six years in the Houston Astros organization.Josh Paul returns for another season as the Angels’ bench coach after spending last year under manager Mike Scioscia.The staff also includes outfield/first base coach Jesus Feliciano, infield/third base coach Mike Gallego, assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten, hitting instructor Paul Sorrento, catching coach Jose Molina and bullpen coach Andrew Bailey.___More AP MLB: and Associated Press

Officers wasting time investigating wolf whistles under drive to target hate crime

Hate crimes have doubled over the past year Police Federation Chairman, John Apter, has called for a rethink on police resources Earlier this week the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced that he had asked the Law Commission to consider whether misogyny and ageism should be added to the list of categories that constitute a hate crime. Police Federation Chairman, John Apter, has called for a rethink on police resources The drive to target hate crime is forcing police officers to spend valuable time investigating wolf-whistles, bad manners and impolite comments, a police leader has warned.Sergeant Richard Cooke, the recently elected chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, said forces were expected to record and follow up reports of hate crime, even when no criminal offence had taken place.Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Cooke warns police officers would be dispatched to offer words of advice to people, but this meant they had less time to focus on “genuine crimes” such as burglary and violence.Mr Cooke said he did not believe this was what the public expected of its police service. While applauding the principle behind protecting those at risk of hurtful abuse, officers have expressed their frustration at being drawn into what they see as social rather than criminal issues.Mr Cooke, who represents 6,500 rank and file officers in the country’s second largest police force, said: “I fear a dangerous precedent could be set, where our scant resources are skewed further and further away from the genuine crisis in public safety taking place on our urban homes and streets.”Nobody, especially police officers, would ever want to see any elderly person or woman subjected to any sort of crime. The same goes for any other innocent member of the community. But we do have laws to address all manner of crimes and anti-social behaviour already.” Last month the newly elected chairman of the Police Federation, John Apter, warned that common sense policing was disappearing with officers forced to spend time intervening in trivial social media disputes rather than attending burglaries and other serious crimes.He said it was time for a debate sensible debate about what the public expected of its police service.”Where we get drawn into local disagreements, the argument over the remote control, the dispute in the playground, the row on Facebook it is frustrating. I certainly think police time can be better spent and it makes a mockery when we are so stretched,” he said. It is hoped that by broadening out the definition of the offence, police and prosecutors will have more power to tackle and punish those who deliberately target vulnerable groups.Newly published figures show how religious hate crimes rose by 40 per cent last year with attacks on Jewish people representing 12 percent of all offences.Abuse against gay and transgender people and the disabled has also risen.But there are increasing warnings that in the drive to identify and tackle the problem, police priorities are being impacted.Mr Cooke said: “We all abhor and want to end genuine crimes motivated or aggravated by intolerance and prejudice. They should be investigated, and those who commit them should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, as should those who incite them.”But he went on: “Let us focus urgently on genuine crime, supported by basic evidence. Let’s not encourage people to think we can solve deep social problems or give impolite people manners.”Are we really going to be required to routinely record, and potentially act on, incidents like a builder’s wolf whistle or an insensitive comment towards an elderly driver?”I do not believe for one second that this is what the public, outside of the politically correct ‘court of Twitter’, expects or wants us to do.” South Yorkshire Police recently came in for criticism after urging people to report insults that did not necessarily constitute hate crimes. Hate crimes have doubled over the past year Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Businessman was forced to live in a pigsty after he accused his

Picture shows some of the outbuildings on the £1m property in EssexCredit:Champion News After the breakup she tried to sell the property with the proceeds evenly split, but Mr Glessing objected because he was “deeply emotionally attached” to the property.”It’s got trees around it and you can’t see it from the lane. Some of the oak trees there are 750 years old,” he told Judge Richard Roberts. “I don’t even like calling it a yard, it’s a lovely place.”He brought a claim for occupational rent against his ex in relation to the time he says he was “excluded” from the family home by her, and asked the judge to give him the right to live off the farmyard and sell the rest of the property.Judge Richard Roberts rejected Mr Glessing’s claim for rent from his ex as compensation for his being excluded from the house, saying there was no evidence he had been turfed out.”It doesn’t seem fair or equitable to charge her occupational rent,” he said.He also ruled against Mr Glessing on his bid to keep the farmyard. The judge ordered that the entire site and house should be sold within six months and the profits split equally between the former couple. A businessman was forced to live in a pigsty after he accused his ex partner of having an affair, a court has heard.James Glessing split with partner Jane Lazell in 2015 and lived in the converted outbuilding even though she took a lie detector test to prove she was innocent.The pigsty was in the grounds of the £1m home in Upminster, Essex, and he told Central London County Court that his ex partner of 37 years excluded him from the house.The couple, who have two children, ended up in court after he launched a claim to claim money from her for the time he spent living out of the home.But a judge turned down his claim as Ms Lazell flatly denied forcing him from the family house, insisting that he still holds a key and chose to move into the sty of his own accord.The court was told they had lived at the three-acre property together for 15 years, selling free range eggs from their land, raising pigs and running an e-cigarette business.But Ms Lazell told the court they split after Mr Glessing suggested she had slept with another man around 30 years ago. She passed the lie detector test and showed the results to Mr Glessing, she explained, but he was still unconvinced, the court heard. “He just said they’re not always correct,” added Ms Lazell. Picture shows some of the outbuildings on the £1m property in Essex Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

UG student remanded on bomb threat charge

University of Guyana student Sheliza “Dianne” Jaferally, was earlier today (Monday), remanded to prision after she was charged with the misuse of a telecommunication device.The twenty-five-year-old sales consultant appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied the charge which stated that on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, by means of a public telecommunications system, she caused anxiety to the students and staff of the University of Guyana by transmitting a false message knowing same to be false.Defense Attorney, Latchmie Rahamat, in a bail submission for her client, told the court that her client had completely denied such allegations and intends to vigorously defend herself.According to Chapter 71. (1) of the 2016 Telecommunications Act of Guyana: “A person who, by means of a telecommunications network or a telecommunications service, willfully circulates or otherwise transmits any telecommunication that is false, deceptive or misleading, or that materially endangers the physical safety of any other person, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars nor more than two million dollars and to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months.”Rahamat also presented to the court a printed and stamped copy of a list of generated phone numbers that are similar to that of her client’s.However, police prosecutor opposed bail being granted to the student on the grounds that she may tamper with witnesses as well as evidence that were generated during police investigations against Jaferally. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUG bomb threats: Trial to commence on Oct. 8September 16, 2019In “Court”UG bomb threat suspect granted bailFebruary 22, 2019In “Court”Live real-time inter-connectivity coming for all UG campuses says HughesApril 20, 2017In “Technology” read more

Ryanair is getting even cuddlier now theyll heat your babys bottle

first_imgRYANAIR HAS ANNOUNCED a slew of new measures targeting families flying together as competition heats up in the aviation sector.Among the new incentives offered to families travelling with the budget carrier is a bottle warming and baby-changing service provided on-board, as well as discounted allocated seating for children and reduced infant fees.Even Ryanair’s infamous optional extras are getting in on the act, with 50% off travel insurance bought through the Ryanair website, and the same amount off checked-in bags for children.Chief marketing officer with Ryanair Kenny Jacobs said: “This is the latest in a long line of Ryanair customer improvements, following allocated seating, a free second carry-on bag, reduced fees and a new website.”Aer Lingus threatRyanair’s push to improve its image is coming at a time when discerning customers may be considering long allegiances to rival Aer Lingus, an aviation industry analyst told Furlong of Davy Stockbrokers said that the timing of recent industrial action at Aer Lingus couldn’t be worse for the airline in the context of Ryanairs recent push.“It’s in the summer, it’s right in the time that Ryanair have capacity out of Dublin and elsewhere, and more fundamentally, they (Ryanair) have changed product.”What we’re seeing is a re-evaluation of the Ryanair product…it’s fundamentally improving, and there’s some consumers that haven’t tried it and they have this aversion to Ryanair for no reason.Read: Ryanair to cut fees and bring in quiet flights. No, seriously>Read: What’s the world’s most popular international airline?last_img read more

Survivors call for zero tolerance towards Catholic Church sex abuse as fourday

first_img By Cónal Thomas Short URL Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 6:00 AM Feb 21st 2019, 6:01 AM Survivors call for ‘zero tolerance’ towards Catholic Church sex abuse as four-day Vatican summit gets underway 180 participants, including the presidents of 113 bishop conferences from around the world, are expected to travel to Rome. Source: Vandeville Eric/ABACAPOPE FRANCIS WILL convene an extraordinary summit in the Vatican today on the Catholic Church’s response to child sexual abuse. Amid recent revelations of abuse in countries like Ireland, the USA, Chile and Australia the head of every bishops’ conference has been called to the Papal state to attend this four-day summit.180 participants, including the presidents of 113 bishop conferences from around the world, are expected to travel to Rome.Archbishop Eamon Martin is attending the summit as president of the Irish Episcopal Conference and has met with survivors ahead of his trip to Rome. Martin also recently published an open letter to Irish Catholics in which he sought their feedback on how they felt about the issue about clerical sex abuse. In the open letter, Martin acknowledged that there had been “a lack of adequate response by the Church in dealing with child sexual abuse”.It’s as yet unclear what exactly will be discussed at the Rome summit but for Irish survivors like Bernadette Howell, the Catholic Church must implement a clear “zero tolerance” church policy towards clerical abuse of any kind. “But also, a zero tolerance for the cover-ups that are happening,” Howell told, a representative of Ending Clergy Abuse, a global alliance which has travelled to Rome for the four-day summit. “There needs to proper definitions of what [child sexual abuse] is. That also needs to be written into Canon Law so that it becomes part of church law, too,” says Howell, who echoes fellow survivor Marie Collins’ call for clear definitions and universal safeguarding measures for children. ‘Safeguarding measures’Of the Rome summit itself, The Vatican has said that it is being organised to give bishops “concrete guidelines for preventing and reporting abuse”. As the summit gets underway, however, doubts remain about how willing members of the clergy are to effect change. Yesterday, two US cardinals criticised Pope Francis’ approach to the clerical sexual abuse scandal, saying that ”abuse of power” was not to blame but homosexuality.Meanwhile, Anne Barret Doyle, co-director of, has complained of a “disconnect” between Pope Francis’ strong statements and the pontiff’s actions.Her non-governmental organisation, as part of ECA, is taking part in a counter-summit of victims in Rome alongside the Vatican summit. Irish survivor Collins is clear on what she wants to see emerge from the Rome summit: clear definition of what constitutes sexual abuse of a minor and a clear definition of the term “zero tolerance”. “The meaning of ‘zero tolerance’ is taken by the laity to mean that any member of the clergy found to be guilty of abusing a minor will be removed from the clerical state,” Collins has said. “However, those church leaders who give it any attention argue about what level of abuse is acceptable before zero tolerance is applied while others ignore it.”Like Howell, Collins has called on the Catholic Church to address the vagueness and ambiguity in these two areas by considering an updating of Canon Law.Speaking to bishops from different countries, Collins has said there “that there are huge variations in their understanding of these terms”. Furthermore, Collins has called for a universal safeguarding measures across the Catholic Church to protect minors. Pope Francis during his visit to Ireland last year. Source: ABACA/PA ImagesAhead of the Rome summit, the ECA has called on the church to address child sexual abuse in the church not just as a parochial problem, but a global one.The alliance is also calling for the expansion of international, national and local criminal justice investigations along with reforms of sexual abuse civil laws.‘Air of complacency’For some Irish survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of the church, however, the four-day summit in Rome means little. “Many survivors are angry at the Church,” says Maeve Lewis, executive director of One in Four, an organisation that helps sexual abuse survivors.“They wouldn’t want anything to do with it. All they would want is to ensure that other children are safe and that the same mistakes are not made again here or anywhere else in the world.”“I’d say there’s a weariness amongst survivors as to any expectation of real change”. While progress has been made to address clerical abuse within the Dublin diocese of the Irish Catholic Church, says Lewis, ”I fear that an air of complacency is setting in” elsewhere in Ireland.Of the Vatican summit, Lewis says that only when civil authorities become involved does the truth emerge surrounding sexual abuse within the church.“The Vatican has never really grappled with the fact that it’s an international organisation either,” Lewis has said. “It has relied on local churches to put in place good child safeguarding practices, including mandatory reporting.” Lewis has said her biggest concern lies with the developing world where “the church is actually growing unlike in the Western World, where priests and bishops maintain the same unquestioning status that they had here 40 years ago”. Unless mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse is implemented by the Vatican, “I really feel like we won’t be any further,” she added. Howell of ECA has said that, ahead of the summit, she is not confident change will be effected. “I’m trying to be hopeful but I have to admit I’m quite skeptical.”- With reporting by © – AFP 2019 Share56 Tweet Email1 7,515 Views 25 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Warner Bros Green Lantern Corps To Feature John Stewart Hal Jordan

first_imgStay on target Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News It’s looking like Warner Bros., and DC are finally moving forward with a new big screen version of the Green Lantern.Deadline reports that David Goyer and Justin Rhodes have been brought on to write the script for Green Lantern Corps, which’ll star not one but two famous Earthbound Green Lanterns: Hal Jordan and John Stewart.Goyer has been an integral part of a number of DC media properties, having worked on the script for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (oh dear) and the Dark Knight series (a little better). He also served as the showrunner for NBC’s Constantine show. Rhodes recently wrapped up work on the script for Guillermo del Toro’s Fantastic Voyage remake.The film was described as a Lethal Weapon-style, buddy-cop origin story, with the focus on Stewart and his relationship with the rest of the Corps.There have been some people who have held the title of Green Lantern, including Jordan, who was the focus of that 2011 movie starring Ryan Reynolds, which was a critical and box office failure. Stewart is another popular version–a black, former Marine sniper who is brought on to be Jordan’s backup. The initial relationship between the two is strained, with the most experienced Lantern seeing the newer recruit as a poor choice, although he eventually gains respect for Stewart.Out of all the Justice League members that are getting films, it was looking like Green Lantern was the most up in the air. After that disastrous version, which was originally supposed to kick off a DC movieverse, it makes sense that Warner Bros. would be hesitant.But with the announcement of script writers, expect to hear more news soon, including a director, and hopefully, a cast.It’s unclear if the Green Lantern Corps will have anything to do with Justice League, which will premiere in Nov. 2017. Considering how relaxed Warner Bros. is with just throwing Justice League members into its films, I wouldn’t be shocked to at least hear a passing mention of the group, or either one of the Lanterns.The film is expected to premiere sometime in 2020.last_img read more

New GAIA Data Reveals Details of Milky Way Evolution

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on target Astronomers have discovered new evidence of numerous merger events in the Milky Way.Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands this week published their findings, based on the second wave of GAIA data, released in April.More than 20 months of observations provided scientists with accurate information on the position and movement of millions of stars. Which, in turn, helps identify how the Milky Way has evolved.“One of the questions is whether a lot of small galaxies merge or a few large ones,”Ph.D. student and study co-author Helmer Koppelman said in a statement.Like most stars in the Milky Way‘s halo—the spherical cloud of stars surrounding the main disk and bulge of our galaxy—are thought to be remnants of ancient consolidation, Koppelman and his team focused on those celestial bodies in the GAIA data.“We collected information from stars within 3,000 light years of the Sun, as the accuracy of the position and movement is highest for stars that are near us,” he explained.After working their sciency magic, the group discovered five small clusters, believed to be remnants of five merger events. These stars, according to Koppelman, form a giant “blob” moving in the opposite direction to the Milky Way.“This suggests they are the result of a merger with a large galaxy,” he said. “In fact, we believe that this merger event must have remodeled the disk in our Milky Way.”A more detailed study is now underway.“At this point in time, we can say that our Milky Way was shaped by a massive merger event and some smaller mergers,” Koppelman revealed.By mapping more than 1.6 billion stars in the Milky Way, the European Space Agency’s GAIA satellite is the biggest and most accurate atlas of the night sky to date.Its first data release, published in September 2016, marked 14 months of observations. The final GAIA catalogue is scheduled for issue in the early 2020s.Koppelman also searched the stars for details of the Helmi stream, named after his Ph.D. supervisor Amina Helmi, who identified it in 1999 as the remnant of a merger event.“Up to now, fewer than 20 stars belonging to the Helmi stream had been identified,” the student said. “The GAIA data has added over 100 new stars.“We will also be looking at stars beyond 3,000 light years to discover more members of the different streams we identified,” Koppelman continued. “Together with simulations of galaxy evolution, this should give us exciting new insights into the evolution of the Milky Way.”Find out more in the full study, published this week in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Provincial Civil Servants Take Exception To The Transport Allowance Increase

first_imgIn a bid to augment the poor salaries of low income earners, the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs told the National Assembly that transport allowance will increase from D1,000 to D1,500 a month.Many people who are deployed up country contacted Foroyaa to find out how their poor salaries would be augmented by the state. No answer is yet to be provided. The Ministry of Finance should however expect the same questions from such civil servants. The Minister should therefore begin consultation with the relevant stakeholders to find out how virement could be employed to transfer amounts from certain areas of the budget, to provide for allowances to those who deserve increment as a means of ensuring a balanced distribution of public resources to civil servants in all sectors and areas of the country.last_img

Strong Warning from Elections office forces Candidate to cancel Back to School

first_img Attorney calls on UWI to honor TCI leaders Recommended for you Related Items:Elections office warns against ‘treating’, Fulford blames PDM leader for rules, mark fulford Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPDM Leader blamed for the rule says Fulford.Providenciales, TCI, September 1, 2016 – There was warning from the Elections Office following the announcement that one of the candidates was planning a Back to School jamboree to give away books and other school supplies to children; North Caicos candidate for the Progressive national Party, Mark Fulford this morning told Magnetic Media that he is furious about having to cancel his event, which was planned for Saturday, explaining in a media statement that he reported his intentions and there was no warning to him at the time that the event would be considered – Treating.Treating says the Elections Supervisor, Dudley Lewis is against the Elections Ordinance rules and from section 70 he quotes that , “Every person who corruptly, by himself or by any other person, either before, during or after an election, directly or indirectly, gives or provides or pays, wholly or in part, the expenses of giving or providing any food, drink, entertainment, or provision to or for any person for the purpose of corruptly influencing that person or any other person, to vote or to refrain from voting a such person or any other person having voted or refrained from voting at such election and this behavior is known as ‘treating’ and is illegal.Fulford said, “I really believe to instruct candidates not to host events of this nature is akin to denying the children of our country the much needed help that they look forward to year round. Our children cannot vote. We want to demonstrate our goodwill to our young people and provide them access to and experience of the political process from an early age.”The attorney at law expressed some other, more striking thoughts on this rule in the ordinance.Fulford says Sharlene Robinson, leader of the People’s Democratic Movement should be blamed for the mess his cancellation has created.“The truth is that this law was pushed not only by the British. We must lay the blame of this law at the feet where it belongs: The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright – and the British – during her term in the Interim administration, they together pushed for these laws.”Mark Fulford also calls the standard established firmly in 2012, more repression by the British.Nonetheless, the Elections Supervisor says it is not new, but that ‘treating’ has been illegal for many years, although in past campaigning leading up to general elections some people have chosen to ignore it, and such behavior he said is no longer being ignored.It was clearly explained in a media release that anyone found ‘treating’ and is the candidate or associated with a candidate will face a criminal investigation as it will be reported to Police. Lewis said the rule keeps the playing field leveled between those offering to serve in one of 15 seats in Parliament.Fulford, who in August hosted a workshop for North and Middle Caicos business owners featuring Premier, Finance Minister, Border Control Minister and other government leaders on a panel, believes the rule is archaic. Fulford holds twin islands business breakfast Fulford confronts backlash, explains his stance on ‘treating’last_img read more

Pachinko decline IR costs drag Universal down in 1Q19 despite strong ramp

first_img Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Japanese gaming giant Universal Entertainment Corp reported a net loss attributable to owners of the company of JPY4.09 billion in 1Q19, a significant decline on profit of JPY181.4 billion in the prior year period due to troubled waters in its Amusement Equipment segment and high operating costs at Okada Manila.While group-wide net sales grew 15.8% to JPY22.64 billion, driven by an 88.5% increase in net sales at Okada Manila to JPY16.77 billion, the IR ran at an operating loss of JPY513 million as it continues to enhance its facilities. Adjusted segment EBITDA soared, however, from JPY20 million in 1Q18 to JPY2,84 billion. South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August There were ongoing concerns for Universal’s Pachinko and Pachislot machines, with net sales falling 47.0% to JPY5.39 billion following the implementation from 1 February 2018 of tighter restrictions as part of measures to comply with the Basic Law on Measures against Gambling Addiction.Addressing the decline, Universal said its customers are “continuing to use machines based on the previous rules, which have a deadline for removal” with the company currently “determining the ability to attract customers after switching to models complying with the new regulations. As a result, sales of Pachislot and Pachinko machines are currently sluggish.“As these significant changes take place in Japan’s Pachislot and Pachinko sector, Universal Entertainment is focusing on the development of innovative models with outstanding gaming playing enjoyment and compliance with the revised rules in order to increase the vitality of the Pachislot and Pachinko market.” RelatedPosts Load Morelast_img read more

1 dead after policeinvolved shooting in Pinecrest

first_imgPINECREST, FLA. (WSVN) – A man is dead after a police-involved shooting in Pinecrest.Police responded to a domestic disturbance on Southwest 128th Street and 82nd Avenue.Once they arrived, a woman told them her 82-year-old husband had been drinking, was armed and had barricaded himself in a room.She also said he told her he was going to have a shootout with police.Officers then escorted the wife and her son to safety and called in the Miami-Dade Police Department, Special Response Team for assistance.Police said when they tried to make contact with the man, he pointed his gun at them. Shots were fired, and the man was struck.He was taken to Ryder Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead. No officers were injured.This incident is still under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Delhi lauds Dhakas support for addressing insurgency

first_imgTerror activities in northeast India have been checked due to Bangladesh’s great help and support, India’s union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday.He added that rail links and bus services between the two countries facilitated travel of the region’s people to other parts of India via the neighbour without any much trouble.”Bangladesh’s immense help and support facilitated India to tame the terrorist activities in northeastern states. Our relation with Bangladesh is now at best place,” he said while addressing election rallies in Agartala.He said that with his Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) central government’s establishment of new rail links with Bangladesh and introducing bus services through that country facilitated the people of northeastern states to go to other parts of India avoiding the problematic journey through mountainous terrain of the region and saving them huge time, costs and problems.Reiterating that the Narendra Modi government is very sensitive towards the development of northeast India, Rajnath Singh said that to further develop the transportation between India and other parts of the world, New Delhi and Dhaka had signed a trans-Asia rail agreement.”Various international agencies after conducting surveys confirmed that BJP is the only party in India which boosts country’s development in real terms. India now turned into a fastest growing country in the world.”Due to the good governance of the Modi government, India got the best place in various international fora and platforms, he said.Coming down heavily on the Left Front government’s “non-performance”, the BJP leader said the Tripura government is now providing salaries and allowances to the government employees at par with the recommendations of the 4th Pay Commission and promised if his party wins, these would be raised at par with what the 7th pay commission has recommended.”National conviction rate of various crimes is 47 per cent and in Tripura this is only 22 per cent. Women are not at all secured in Left-ruled Tripura,” he said adding that the union government has given Rs 25,000 crore to Tripura during the past few years but Rs 2,400 rpt Rs 2, 400 crore has remained unspent and the Left Front government is alleging that the centre is depriving it of funds.”While the national per capita icome is Rs 1.13 lakh, Tripura’s per capita income is Rs 78,000. Even after 25-years uninterrupted rule of Left government, 66 per cent people remained below poverty line with no ability to purchase a bi-cycle,” he added.Union information and broadcasting and textile minister Smriti Irani also addressed election rallies in Kailashahar in northern Tripura, where she hit out at the Left Front government for its “failure and mis-governance, growing crime against women and unemployment”.Polling for the 60-seat Tripura assembly will be held on February 18 and counting of votes will take place on 3 March.last_img read more

LaVar Ball thinks UCLAs problem in the tournament was too many slow

first_imgHere’s slow-ass Christian Laettner beating the team Ball’s kid couldn’t handle on his way to winning it all: Alford has already signed the other two Ball kids, LiAngelo and LaMelo, so he can look forward to having to deal with this ridiculousness for the foreseeable future.Hey, he signed up for it.From a historical perspective, slow white guys have actually done really well in college basketball. Their lack of foot speed usually gets exposed in the NBA, but in college, they’re great.One example, UCLA head coach, and former Indiana All-American, Steve Alford. He led Indiana to a national championship in 1986, despite being slow-footed. Here he is beating a loaded North Carolina team with Michael Jordan. Advertisementcenter_img LaVar Ball hadn’t made an controversial comment in about a week, so he was due.His latest offering came during an interview with the Orange County Register, when he was asked about UCLA coming up short of the Final Four in this year’s tournament. The problem as Ball sees it? Too many white guys on the floor.Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow. I told Lonzo, ‘One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out the that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite 8, they’re right there.”This is a little awkward, because one of the three slow white guys that started for the Bruins is Bryce Alford, son of head coach Steve Alford.last_img read more

Firefox to display extension recommendations

first_imgFirefox to display extension recommendations by Martin Brinkmann on September 04, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: October 29, 2018 – 30 commentsMozilla tests a new feature in Firefox Nightly at the moment that suggests extensions to users when they visit certain sites on the Internet.The recommendation feature is turned off by default and needs to be enabled at this point. Extensions may increase the user experience on sites they are designed for, for example by blocking advertisement, enhancing search functionality, or improving privacy.Firefox users who have used the Nightly version of the web browser for years may remember that Mozilla ran a Test Pilot Study four years ago that displayed extension recommendations to users as well. The study recommended extensions and features of Firefox to the user but it never made it into the web browser and was moved to the graveyard as a consequence.Disabling the featureMozilla plans to implement a new option in the Firefox preferences to toggle the recommendation functionality.Load about:preferences#general in the browser’s address bar.Scroll down to the Browsing section; it is near the bottom of the page.Toggle “Recommend extensions as you browse” to turn the functionality off or on.Firefox Extension RecommendationsFirefox displays “recommendation” and a puzzle icon in the browser’s address bar when users visit a site that has an extension associated with it.  Recommendation is removed automatically after some time but the puzzle icon remains visible in the interface.It is unclear how recommended extensions are selected by Mozilla and whether they are reviewed thoroughly before they are suggested in the browser. Mozilla did recommend a privacy extension with privacy issues on the official blog recently; a mistake like this would be far more problematic as the recommendation feature would certainly have a higher reach if enabled on the browser’s release channel.Recommendations are not only based on extension ratings as Mozilla recommended the Amazon Assistant extension on Amazon and that extension has a rating of just three stars (out of five) currently. It is the official Amazon extension, however, and it is likely that this was the deciding factor in selecting it as a recommendation.A click on the puzzle icon displays a small overlay that resembles the add-on installation dialog of the Firefox browser. The overlay displays the extension name and author, a short description, a read more link, the rating and number of users.Firefox users have options to select “add now” or “not now” at this point in time. Add now starts the extension installation process of the browser.Firefox displays another prompt that lists the permissions that the extension requests and options to add it to the browser or cancel the process.The recommendation feature is limited to certain high profile sites at the time of writing. Supported sites include YouTube, Amazon, Facebook, Reddit, and Gmail at this point.Mockups show that Mozilla might also recommended an ad-blocker, Adblock Plus is shown, to users of the web browser.Turn add-on recommendations on or off in FirefoxRecommendations are powered by a preference. It is possible that Mozilla will add a setting to Firefox’s options to give users easier control over the functionality.Load about:config?filter=browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.asrouterExperimentEnabled in the Firefox address bar.Confirm that you will be careful.Double-click on the preference name to toggle its value.Restart Firefox.A value of True means that Firefox will display extension recommendations, a value of false that it won’t do that.Closing Words and outlookThe functionality is being tested right now and that means that there is a chance that the feature won’t land in Firefox after all. Mozilla needs to address privacy concerns that users may have; best case is that the list of recommended extensions is maintained on the local device and updated regularly by Mozilla.Firefox would then check against the list and display suggestions whenever a user visits a matching site. The feature needs a “turn off” button in the UI in my opinion and maybe also a report feature.Probably the biggest hurdle is that Mozilla needs to make sure that it recommends only pristine extensions that don’t violate user privacy, don’t impact performance, don’t introduce bugs or other issues.Recommendations are mostly useful to users who don’t use add-ons at all — almost 60% according to Mozilla’s Public Data Report — and to users who have just one or two add-ons installed.Update: Mozilla published a Help page on the Mozilla Support website that offers additional information about the feature.It states that extensions may be recommended based on user activity, and that Mozilla does not store or collect the browsing history.We might occasionally recommend extensions based on websites you visit or ways you engage with the browser. Mozilla does not collect or store your browsing history to make those recommendations. Recommendations are designed to introduce Firefox users to noteworthy extensions.Extensions are selected “through a thorough editorial and review process” so that only “exceptional extensions that are hand-selected by Mozilla’s editorial team” are suggested to Firefox users.Mozilla states that it does not receive compensation for the listings and that it does not accept payments of any kind to add extensions in the recommendation program.Now You: would you like to see extension recommendations in Firefox? (via Techdows)SummaryArticle NameFirefox to display extension recommendationsDescriptionMozilla tests a new feature in Firefox Nightly at the moment that suggests extensions to users when they visit certain sites on the Internet.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Pansexual student hands out hundreds of flowers on Valentines day

first_imgDemonstrators outside the Russian embassy (Getty Images)Smart knows that in February, students are beginning to feel the pressure and could be dealing with stress and anxiety or other mental health issues so she wanted to reach out to her peers with a “random act of kindness” on Valentine’s day.The student union officer convinced the union to spend £500 of beautiful flowers that they could hand out to students.Related: Fadi Fawaz sells car George Michael gave him on Valentine’s DaySpeaking to GSN, Smart explained that as well as Valentine’s day, it is the Random Acts of Kindness Week and so she wanted to really push the boat out for the students at her university.She said: “This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week. To encourage people to get involved, we bought flowers and thank you cards for people to take and pass onto other people. A pansexual veterinary student has made it her mission to hand out hundreds of flowers on campus on Valentine’s day to make sure that nobody feels alone on the holiday of love.Hatti Smart is a student at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), a world-renowned vet training school that is known for its intensely hard courses.  eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Pansexual student gives out hundreds of Valentines flowers so no-one feels aloneStudent buys flowers for all of her classmates in beautiful Valentine’s Day gestureMy fiancé supports my pansexuality by volunteering with me at pridePINK NEWS- “It also just happens to be Valentine’s Day! So we thought it would be nice for those without partners to also receive some flowers!”Smart, who is also a co-chair of National Student Pride, added that she wanted to support students and staff at the RVC, but also to raise awareness around the importance of looking after your mental health.She added: “It’s a hard time on campus for students and staff with exams just around the corner.Related: These are the gayest Valentine’s Day gifts to give this year“As someone that has suffered from anxiety and depression, I know how important being part of a community and how much of an impact little acts of kindness can have.“Mental health is such a deep issue within the Veterinary profession and little things like this are so simple to give someone a boost to their day.”Christina Marie Paish, President of the RVC Student Union added that people like Smart help the university have a tight-knit community, which can be life-saving.“Vet students are renowned for their highly stressful course but here at RVC, we are so lucky to have a small caring community. Campaigns like this really can make all the difference,” she said.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more