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Quebec City mosque hosts emotional gathering to mark anniversary of massacre

first_imgQUEBEC – Widows and loved ones of the victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting fought back tears on Saturday as they attended an emotional gathering in the place where six Muslim men lost their lives last January.Almost one year after the tragedy, many of the victims and their family members who gathered at the Islamic cultural centre said they’re still struggling to move on.Safia Hamoudi, whose husband Khaled Belkacemi was one of the men who died on Jan. 29, 2017, said her mourning period isn’t over yet.She said she has trouble talking about what happened, but decided to attend Saturday’s event because she knows people need to put a face to the victims.“I’ve been approached by a lot of media, but I just haven’t had the energy to respond,” she said in an interview.More than 100 people attended the open house at the mosque, where the walls were lined with cards and messages of support from all over the world.Thouria Nafa, the wife of one of the survivors, said her husband didn’t attend the gathering with her because it was still too overwhelming for him.“It’s really emotional. It’s really something,” she said with tears in her eyes.Mohamed El Hafid, who was at the mosque on the night of the shooting, said it was hard to be back in the same place a year later.“We lost the sense of security that we had before. Unfortunately, we are marked for life with that,” he said.The event was also attended by a few dozen members of the public, who were invited to look around the mosque and observe evening prayers.Anne Pouliot and Clement Roberge, who came to the gathering from nearby Levis, said they wanted to express their support to the Muslim community a year after the shooting.“The danger is that people forget quickly,” Roberge said.“It may not heal, it may not cure. But the moment, a year later, to commemorate, is certainly a relief for the community and the people involved,” he added.The gathering was part of four days of commemorative activities that have been organized to mark the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.The events, which began Friday, include prayer services, a seminar and a spiritual rally that will bring together members of the Muslim, Jewish and First Nations communities.The commemoration ends Monday evening — the anniversary of the shooting — when people are invited to bring flowers and candles to a vigil, which will take place outdoors close to the mosque.last_img read more

UN calls on Latin America to take preventive steps against possible dengue

Experts from the UN Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) are working with Paraguayan authorities to help control the outbreak that has affected a number of communities throughout the country and raised concerns among its neighbours. There is currently no vaccine or cure for dengue, which causes high fever, muscular pain, headaches, vomiting and, in some cases, skin rash. In mid-January, Paraguay declared an epidemiological alert as new cases of dengue began to emerge and on 20 January the first two deaths of the year from dengue hemorrhagic fever were reported. By 5 February, 2,967 cases had been reported as well as 18 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever, including three deaths. Health officials noted that in several of the affected areas, the number of cases so far this year already exceeds the total for 2006. “Our top priority is treating the people who are affected to prevent more deaths,” PAHO regional advisor on dengue José Luis San Martín said. PAHO has sent a team of experts to Paraguay to provide technical assistance in areas including medical treatment, social communication and health services organization. Health authorities in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia have all stepped up prevention in border area, including intensified surveillance and control measures. “Paraguay has a comprehensive strategy for preventing and controlling dengue and has the ability to respond in an integrated way to this increase in cases,” Dr. San Martín said, noting that the country had responded effectively to outbreaks in 2006. Data from 2006 combined with current reports and the presence of the weather phenomenon El Niño, which can increase mosquito infestations, suggest that “2007 will be a difficult and complex year for responding to dengue,” he added. “The situation in the region really goes beyond the health sector and requires the active participation of other sectors and actors as well.” Ongoing cooperation between Paraguay and its neighbours includes the establishment of border commissions and the dissemination of outbreak information through established regional and sub-regional networks. Dengue is carried by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which flourishes in areas with poor sanitation and under conditions of high rainfall. “Citizens can play a fundamental role by keeping their homes free of breeding places for the Aedes Aegypti mosquito,” Dr. San Martín said. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 2.5 billion people worldwide are at risk of dengue. Although the disease is a greater threat in Asia and some countries of the Pacific region, it is becoming a growing priority in the Americas. Prevention focuses on raising public awareness of how the disease is transmitted and getting people to use of mosquito repellent and to eliminate breeding sites such as water storage barrels, potted plants, pet bowls or any uncovered water container. PAHO, established in 1902, is the world’s oldest public health organization and serves as WHO’s regional office. 13 February 2007The entire Latin America region needs to take preventive measures to prepare for what promises to be a “difficult year” for dengue fever following an outbreak of the mosquito-borne infection in Paraguay, United Nations health officials have warned. read more

SecretaryGeneral convenes meeting of Group of Friends on Myanmar

The “Group of Friends of the Secretary-General on Myanmar” will be “a consultative forum for developing a shared approach in support of the implementation of the Secretary-General’s good offices mandate,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. Consisting of Australia, Indonesia, Russia, United States, China, Japan, Singapore, Viet Nam, France, Norway, Thailand, India, Portugal and the United Kingdom, the Group will meet as needed in an informal format, she added.Also attending today’s meeting was the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari, who has visited Myanmar twice since the Government used force to crack down on peaceful protesters just a few months ago. Mr. Gambari told reporters yesterday that he expects to return to Myanmar by next month. 19 December 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today convened the first meeting of a group of 14 nations to assist him in his efforts to spur change in the troubled South-East Asian nation. read more

São Tomé and Príncipe joins global patent pact – UN intellectual property

The Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) said that São Tomé and Príncipe deposited its instrument of accession earlier this month, which means the treaty will enter into force for the country on 3 July. After that date, its nationals and residents will be able to file patent applications.The number of PCT international applications filed each year continues to rise, WIPO has previously reported, with the overall figures almost doubling in the past two decades.The treaty aims to provide patent applicants with a more streamlined process for filing and to give the public accelerated access to the latest technological information on inventions and other forms of intellectual property. 18 April 2008São Tomé and Príncipe has become the 139th State to accede to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the pact designed to stimulate innovation and promote economic activity worldwide, the United Nations agency that protects ownership of intellectual property announced today. read more

Time to inject new energy into global partnership for development – Ban

25 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a gathering of world leaders and top figures from the private sector, foundations and civil society that it is time to inject new energy into the global partnership to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) if countries are to slash poverty, illiteracy and other socio-economic ills by the target date of 2015. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a gathering of world leaders and top figures from the private sector, foundations and civil society that it is time to inject new energy into the global partnership to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) if countries are to slash poverty, illiteracy and other socio-economic ills by the target date of 2015. “While we are moving in the right direction, we are not moving fast enough,” Mr. Ban declared, as he opened a high-level event at United Nations Headquarters in New York to pinpoint gaps and identify further steps to accelerate progress towards achieving the MDGs.Convened jointly by Mr. Ban and General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto, today’s meeting comes just days after a new UN report found that soaring food and fuel prices and the global economic downturn are impeding advances in meeting such targets as eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education and reducing child mortality.“The current financial crisis threatens the well-being of billions of people, none more so than the poorest of the poor,” said Mr. Ban, adding that this only compounds the damage being caused by much higher prices for food and fuel.The Secretary-General pointed out that there have been many successes, including the 7.5 million lives saved thanks to measles vaccinations, the inroads made against AIDS and surging school enrolment in several African countries.At the same time, the number of poor people in sub-Saharan Africa has actually risen between 1990 and 2005. In addition, there are “disturbing” gender gaps in health, education, employment and empowerment. “We must rise to all of these challenges immediately,” stated Mr. Ban. “We must inject new energy into the global partnership for development.” Mr. D’Escoto said the progress made so far towards the Goals, with few exceptions, has been “limited,” with many countries having fallen behind and unlikely to achieve the Goals by the target date. “Eight years after we adopted the Millennium Declaration, global inequality remains exactly the same or has even deteriorated since 2000, and the planet is at serious risk of not meeting the basic needs of the poorest of the poor,” he told the gathering. The President stressed that a significant increase in international aid for the world’s poorest countries is essential for global development. While all donor countries have pledged to allocate 0.7 per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP) to development cooperation, very few have lived up to this commitment, he stated, adding that “for every dollar that the developed countries spend on international assistance, they invest $10 in military budgets. “It is calculated that the amount spent so far on the Iraq war could have paid for a full course of primary schooling for all of the world’s children and youth who are not in school. The price of a single missile is enough to build about 100 schools in any country in Africa, Asia or Latin America,” Mr. D’Escoto stated.Today’s day-long gathering features several roundtables on poverty and hunger, education and health, and environmental sustainability, as well as a series of side events, including the launch of the Global Malaria Action Plan during which billions of dollars in new funding to curb the spread of the disease and boost research will be announced. read more

Priorities in Afghanistan clear but resources and will needed – UN official

19 March 2009International priorities in Afghanistan – including security, long-term institution-building and stability throughout the coming elections – remain valid, but what is lacking is adequate resources and political will, the top United Nations envoy to the strife-torn country said today. In a briefing to the Security Council, Kai Eide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for the country, said he hopes the upcoming international conference on Afghanistan, to be held in The Hague and to be attended by Mr. Ban, will be a new departure point.He said the meeting could provide “a new energy and a shared readiness – not to re-examine our agreed priorities, but to demonstrate readiness to implement them and use our resources in a flexible and coordinated way.”“It is an occasion for us to push the doom and gloom atmosphere aside, roll up our sleeves and support the positive trends that we now see emerging in Afghanistan,” said Mr. Eide, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA).Such positive developments, he said, include the fact that the Afghan Government is “today better and more competent than ever before,” with the provincial governments improving as well.In the area of security, he said that cooperation between key elements inside the Government has improved, resulting in an enhanced ability to uncover terrorist networks and to prevent attacks from taking place.In addition, he said, economic ministries are working in a more coherent way, comprehensive police reform is underway, a national agricultural strategy is ready to be launched, and the new team at the Ministry of Commerce is addressing the challenges of private sector development.Finally, he said, there were indications that there will be a significant decline in poppy production across the country. “That would be a turning point in our counter-narcotics efforts,” he noted.Effective international support in those areas will contribute to political stability and to economic growth, and will be critical components in any international exit strategy, he said.Mr. Eide said he realized that those areas are so often overshadowed by more dramatic developments such as, at the moment, the security situation and the intense debate about the provincial and presidential elections.Both were critical, he said, but both relied on building a viable country with strong institutions, working together with the Afghans. “The sense of ownership is crucial – for the strength of the Government in the eyes of its public, for its confidence in itself and, ultimately, for our success in defeating the insurgency,” he said. read more

DC disquietude over fate of NAFTA on display at event with business

WASHINGTON — The pro-NAFTA forces in Washington are promising to try saving the agreement with a fight that could culminate in using legislative action to protect it from President Donald Trump.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will hold weekly events to rally support for the deal, representatives said Tuesday during a gathering at its headquarters across the street from the White House.Two of the speakers were prominent Republican senators who urged everyone who supports the agreement to raise their voices in defending the deal, thereby helping to tilt the scales amid an internal debate within the White House about whether to cancel the deal as a hardball negotiating ploy.One senator from Kansas dismissed that as a “Humpty Dumpty” strategy that would break NAFTA first, and attempt to fix it later. Pat Roberts called it a risky approach and said he has personally confronted the president three times over the issue.The latest came at a caucus meeting last week where Trump told Republican lawmakers not to get excited over his negotiating ploy, and Roberts replied to the president: “I am excited.”Speaking after his colleague Sen. Ted Cruz, Roberts said it’s imperative that people who believe in trade speak out now to counter the anti-trade impulses in Trump’s Washington.“Saddle up. Everybody saddle up. We have to ride. Ride with me,” Roberts said in a speech.“We are fighting a pervasive view that our economy has not benefited from NAFTA. That is simply not right. We are coming to a crossroads… These issues affect real jobs, real lives and real people.”Both senators described how their states have benefited from NAFTA; Kansas, for instance, is a significant exporter of agricultural products like wheat. A number of farming groups have warned that the mere threat to cancel NAFTA could send foreign customers scrambling to find new non-U.S. suppliers.Roberts briefly addressed the emerging debate over whether his fellow lawmakers might step in to take legislative measures to counter a presidential pullout. The U.S. Constitution gives Congress power over international trade, and some analysts like former U.S. trade czar Robert Zoellick have urged it to flex those muscles by taking legislative steps to wrest some control away from the White House.Asked whether his colleagues are discussing such steps, Roberts said: “That might be an option. Right now I think it would be a little early to be doing that… I think we can make our case before the administration.”Cruz said his GOP colleagues are almost universally pro-trade.“The Republican conference and Senate is virtually united,” he told the business crowd.“I want to encourage everyone in this room: Let your voice be heard. Because the administration is being pulled in two different directions.”The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has sounded the alarm over what it sees as potentially fatal moves to undermine the agreement by the Trump administration amid negotiations to upgrade the deal.Those moves include demands by the Trump administration for a five-year termination clause allowing easy cancellation of the agreement; tougher Buy American rules; auto-parts requirements the industry calls impossible to meet; and a gutting of the dispute mechanisms that enforce NAFTA.“For many in the business and agriculture community, the outlook has shifted over the past month. There’s growing concern about the direction of the negotiations,” said John Murphy, the chamber’s vice-president.“A number of the proposals that the United States has put on the table have little or no support from the U.S. business and agriculture community. It isn’t clear who they’re intended to benefit…. (They) will only add costs for business, add to uncertainty, depress investment…“But I think many in Congress are catching up to those concerns. They’re increasingly hearing from their constituents. Threats to withdraw from the agreement are catching attention.”More than 80 agriculture groups wrote to the administration last week urging Trump not to use NAFTA’s pullout clause as a negotiating tool. That clause, Article 2205, allows a country to provide six months’ notice of its intention to withdraw.“Withdrawal is looked upon as a potential catastrophe,” Murphy said. “So I do think members of Congress are rapidly coming to grips with those concerns, as they’re hearing them from their constituents.”The Republican senators at the event did not discuss the far bigger story currently engulfing Trump’s Washington: the Russia probe, which has just produced its first three arrests, including ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort, as well as its first guilty plea and its first target-turned-informant.Former campaign foreign-policy adviser George Papadopoulos has admitted to communicating with intermediaries for the Russian government about the possibility of collecting dirt on Hillary Clinton, via illicitly obtained emails.Authorities say he is now co-operating. The Trump administration says he was merely a low-level adviser whose acts do not reflect on the campaign. read more

Fear haunts refugees in Sri Lanka in wake of attacks

“We want to leave. We don’t feel safe. Pakistan wasn’t safe either …. I know many people were killed and injured. But it was not our fault.” “We just have a few small bags, mostly clothes,” said Bariea. “We thought we would only be here for a few days. But now it’s been weeks.” Her mother, Sehrish, 34, has many other worries. Her children have all been sick with coughs and fevers, and she is six months’ pregnant, like several women in the mosque and she is unable to sleep properly in the confined space.She said she was grateful for the help they have received from UNHCR, its partners and local Sri Lankan groups, but also worried about what will happen next. “We are getting assistance but we cannot live here for much longer,” she says.UNHCR’s head of office in Sri Lanka, Menique Amarasinghe, said: “Our top priority is to make sure these people are safe and well-protected, and to ensure they can access basic services. “I really miss school; I worry about getting behind in class. Education is my future. I don’t think I can go to school now,” she says. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR is working closely with authorities to find solutions for around 1,000 refugees forced to leave their homes after the April 21 bombings, UNHCR said.Thirteen-year-old Bariea, a Pakistani asylum seeker in Sri Lanka, is taking shelter at a mosque in the city of Negombo, where an uneasy mix of high anxiety and extreme boredom hover over the room. Around 1,000 refugees and asylum seekers like Bariea, most from Pakistan, some from Afghanistan, have sought shelter in mosques and police stations in Negombo and Pasyala, near the capital Colombo, for the past month.While many from the local community stepped in to try and help, they were driven out of their rented homes by others who accused them of being connected to bomb attacks on churches and hotels around the country on April 21 that killed 250 people and injured many more. “We’ve been extremely grateful to the Sri Lankan government who have acknowledged their responsibility to care for these people and havie been doing everything they can in really very difficult circumstances.”UNHCR has reinforced its staffing in Sri Lanka to respond to the emergency. It is working with the authorities and partner agencies to provide food, medicine, hygiene material, water and sanitation, and other basic support to refugees and asylum-seekers.A short drive away from the Amadiyya mosque, around 100 Pakistanis and Afghans are sheltering in the semi open-air car park at Negombo’s police station. The police have provided security and assistance, but facilities are inadequate, with just a handful of toilets shared by the police and new arrivals. It is so hot, that most people have broken out in skin rashes and their arms and legs covered in infected mosquito bites.While some in the local community reacted in anger after the attacks, other Sri Lankans have rallied round the refugees and asylum seekers who they counted as neighbours.“People have been generous. Some groups have come and provided us with food and clothes. Sri Lankan people have helped us,” said Anisa, an ethnic Hazara from Afghanistan, nursing her six month old daughter.She has lived in Sri Lanka for four years and says people were friendly – but the attacks changed everything. “The owner of our house told us we could stay, but the neighbours said no. He said he wouldn’t be able to protect us, so we came here, a safe place.”Her niece, a confident English-speaker, 12-year-old Sadaf, chimes in.“After the blast, people blamed us and hated us. It made us really upset.”Sadaf used to study at a school supported by UNHCR. But right now she cannot go back to class. “I learnt lots of things. I need school for a better future and now I can’t go … it makes me sad. I think I won’t have a good future. Children like me are worried.” As they shelter in the city, which was the site of one of the church attacks, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is working closely with Sri Lankan authorities to find more suitable, temporary places to move the families so they can live in dignity and safety during this difficult time. But in the climate of fear following the attacks, it has not been easy.Some of the people displaced from their homes in Negombo have already moved to safer areas. More will be relocated in the coming days.Family’s like Bariea’s, who sought safety in Sri Lanka after fleeing violence, persecution, and extremism in their own countries, say they were made scapegoats. Bariea has not only had to leave her home with her family to shelter in the crowded mosque but, with her two brothers, forced to drop out of class. read more

Sii says specTERRA is an amazing improvement over the old Terraspec spectrometer

first_imgSii is introducing a new spectrometer and says “the specTERRA is an amazing improvement over the old Terraspec. The specTERA is smaller and lighter in weight, has no moving parts and therefore has very high reliability as there are essentially no repairs. The battery is Li-ION and can go into the cabin of an airplane. The travel case with the instrument weighs about 15 kg. The FOC (Fiber Optic Cable) is steel encased and has external only fibres. With no cutting of the fibres, like other spectrometers, it has 50% greater intensity. The detectors are all arrays. In the SWIR, with the InGaAs array detectors, it has a higher S:N then other spectrometers.” It requires no specialised computer because the data collection and processing is done within the firmware of the spectrometer. Data can be transferred via the built in BlueTooth. One mouse click and there is auto-optimization and white reference calibration. A second mouse click and the data is collected, spliced and an ASCII file produced. There is a PDA option for field work. The GeTac can store over 1000 spectra with GPS location and a picture of the sample.last_img read more

Sagosen leads Norway to win over France – Danes beat Poland in

← Previous Story Masters Handball World Cup 2018 in five categories Next Story → “Run and Gun” night in Sudstadt: 76 goals in Austro-Serbian draw golden league handballSander Sagosen Day 2 of Golden League was more interesting that the opening one. In the replay of the World Championship 2017 final, Norway beat France 30:26 led by outstanding playmaker Sander Sagosen who netted eight goals.Poland gave a good resistance to Denmark, after starting bad performance against France.Denmark – Poland 26-25 (11-8)Denmark: Hans Lindberg 12, Mads Mensah Larsen 3, Henrik Møllgaard Jensen 3, Michael Damgaard 2, Simon Hald 2, Peter Balling 2, Magnus Landin Jacobsen 1, Anders Zachariassen 1Poland: Arkadiusz Moryto 4, Przemysław Krajewski 3, Michał Daszek 3, Paweł Paczkowski 3, Antoni Łangowski 2, Kamil Syprzak 2, Michał Potoczny 2, Tomasz Gebala 2, Patryk Walczak 1, Maciej Gebala 1, Rafał Przybylski 1, Piotr Chrapkowski 1Norway – France 30-26 (13-10)Norway: Sander Sagosen 8, Magnus Jøndal 5, Kristian Bjørnsen 4, Magnus Rød 4, Gøran Søgaard Johannesen 4, Christian O’Sullivan 2, Eivind Tangen 2, Magnus Gullerud 1France: Nikola Karabatic 6, Michael Guigou 6, Valentin Porte 4, Nedim Remili 3, Dika Mem 3, Kentin Mahe 3, Adrien Dipanda 1Source: read more

Your weekend cinema trip Irish sinners Tom Cruise and Palestine

first_imgRotten Tomatoes critics’ rating: 95 per cent. Audience rating: 98 per cent WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Edge of Tomorrow Source: Warner Bros. Pictures/YouTubeFor fans of: Loud noises, Groundhog DayAvoid if: You can’t cope with Tom Cruise being serious and breathyWell, that’s quite the trailer! Soldiers fighting to rid the world of an alien invasion are caught in a time loop of dying in combat and returning to fight again and again, increasing in knowledge and skill each time… kind of like respawning in a video game we guess. The radiant Emily Blunt stars alongside Tom Cruise. Rotten Tomatoes critics’ rating: 55 per cent. Audience rating: 100 per cent want to seeOmar Source: Fresh Movie Trailers/YouTubeFor fans of: Hany Abu-Assad’s 2005 film Paradise Now, The Battle of AlgiersAvoid if: You’re feeling tenseThis Palestinian thriller follows three childhood friends living in the West Bank and planning to kill an Israeli soldier. There’s also a love triangle, betrayal, chase scenes and stand offs. Tense stuff from Palestinian director Abu-Assad. Rotten Tomatoes critics’ rating: 90 per cent. Audience rating: 83 per centcenter_img Jimmy’s Hall Source: MOVIECLIPS Trailers/YouTubeFor fans of: Ken Loach, sticking it to the manAvoid if: You hated The Wind That Shakes the BarleyDescribed as director Ken Loach’s “sunniest” take on the tale of a dance hall in 1930s Ireland run by Irish communist Jimmy Gralton. Church and state leaders didn’t like the carry-on in the hall, from classes in the daytime to dancing at night, and Jimmy and the local parish priest come to blows. The film also deals with emigration, republicanism and idealism.last_img read more

Harrison Ford to air traffic control after near miss Im the schmuck

first_img By Sean Murray Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 11:56 AM Image: Richard Shotwell AP/Press Association Images It’s a big deal for me.Video that was recently released shows the plane piloted by the star suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard.The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.American Airlines Flight 1456, with 110 passengers and six crew members aboard, departed safely for Dallas a few minutes later. Source: Associated Press/YouTubeRead: Footage emerges of Harrison Ford’s piloting near miss at California airportRead: “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” – Harrison Ford in piloting near-miss 27,992 Views Share83 Tweet Email Short URLcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Richard Shotwell AP/Press Association Images AUDIO HAS BEEN released of the conversation between Harrison Ford and the air traffic control tower at John Wayne Airport after Ford flew dangerously close to a passenger aircraft.Obtained by TMZ, the Hollywood star can be heard identifying himself as the “schmuck who landed on the taxiway” during the clip.The incident occurred at the Californian airport in February, when the seasoned pilot began his approach to the taxiway rather the runway.The 74-year-old Indiana Jones star told the control tower that he had been distracted by an airliner “in movement” when he turned to the runway, as well as turbulence from a landing Airbus.The staff member at the tower asked Ford for the details of his pilot’s licence, and the actor said he had to get it from his bag.“Take your time, no big deal,” control said to which Ford replied: 13 Comments Mar 25th 2017, 11:56 AM Harrison Ford to air traffic control after near miss: ‘I’m the schmuck that landed on the taxiway’ He told the air traffic controllers that “it’s a big deal for me”.last_img read more

Geek Deals Last Minute Mothers Day Deals Premium Sony Noise Cancellation Headphones

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Unlocked 4G LTE Smartphone (Project Fi Compatible) for $279.99 at Amazon (List price: $399.99).More Smartphones here.Electronics and ComponentsCrucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5-inch Internal SSD for $114.99 at Amazon (List price: $134.95).TP-LINK TC-7620 DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem for $44.99 at Amazon (List price: $89.99).Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds for $20.49 at Amazon (List price: $25.99).Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Monitoring Kit for $129.99 at Amazon (List price: $249).Auto-Vox M6 Backup Dash Cam and 4.5-inch IPS Touch Monitor Kit for $75.89 at Amazon (Coupon code: 52HSRV7A – List price: $109.99).Logitech Z623 2.1ch 200W Multimedia Home Speaker System (THX Certified) for $89.99 at Amazon (List price: $149.99).Omoton Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug (2 Pack) for $13.49 at Amazon (Coupon code: LQ5JE7MA – List price: $29.97).AELEC S350 Wireless Bluetooth Sport Earbud Headphones for $6.90 at Amazon (Coupon code: TQ5EQHIR – List price: $22.99).HP S700 Pro 512GB 2.5-inch SATA III SSD for $109.99 at Walmart (List price: $149.99).Sony WH1000XM2 Premium Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones and 2-Months Netflix for $298 at Walmart (List price: $379.99).HUANUO Full Motion Gas Spring Dual Monitor Mount for Two 15-inch – 27-inch Monitors for $49.63 at Amazon (Coupon code: U3DP9XEP – List price: $72.99).GE 6-Foot HDMI Cable for $2.73 at Walmart (List price: $14.96).More Electronics and Tech Deals here.Tools and Home Improvement, Kitchen Gadgets, and moreHOLSEM 1500W 3.4-Quart 6-in-1 Air Fryer for $66.89 at Amazon (Coupon code: YEEXXXG5 – List price: $128.89).Panasonic FV-11VQC5 WhisperSense 110CFM Dual Sensor Ceiling Mounted Ventilation Fan for $145.95 at Amazon (List price: $162.17).3M Bondo Home Solutions All Purpose Putty (1-Qt) for $9.23 at Amazon (List price: $17.99).For more great deals go to TechBargains.last_img read more

Cleanup conundrum: What to do with homeless’s stuff?

first_imgAs the number of people living outside grows, so does their need for storage. Regular cleanups around Share House, the men’s homeless shelter in downtown Vancouver, have amassed a lot of trash but also things that people want to keep.Backpacks, bikes, sleeping bags, pads and shopping carts are the types of things locked inside eight blue containers that the city of Vancouver rents from Waste Connections. The metal containers are kept on city-owned property on the west side. Each container, which can hold between 30 and 40 cubic yards, is labeled with the date its contents were collected from homeless encampments.The city is legally obligated to store personal property for 60 days before it can be thrown away. People have to make an appointment to get reunited with their stuff.On Thursday morning, after the most recent cleanup around Share House, Calvin Chastang had his stuff piled near Lincoln Place, an apartment complex for formerly homeless people. He said he’s been living outside in the area for about two years. He said he has given stuff to the city to store three times and has successfully retrieved things once. He described the stuff he’s lost as amenities rather than necessities. Chastang knows that the city wants homeless people to have only what they can carry, but it’s those extra non-essentials — camp stoves, lawn chairs and buckets, for instance — that make life outside easier.He thinks the storage system could be improved if it better resembled baggage claim at the airport, perhaps with a more sophisticated system for numbering and labeling stuff.last_img read more

Playboy Open to Sale Talks

first_imgRevenue in 2008 was $292.1 million, down 14 percent from $339.8 million the prior year. Year-end revenue from Playboy’s publishing division was $84.5 million, down from $93.8 million in 2007. The company said it expects to report a 27 percent decline in advertising revenue in its publishing division in the first quarter of 2009.“Our financial performance is not reflective of [Playboy’s] potential,” Kern said in a statement. “Over the past several months, the company has accelerated the pace of expense reduction designed to bring our cost structure in line with current market realities and the positioning of our businesses going forward.”Kern stepped in as interim CEO in December after Christie Hefner, daughter of founder Hugh Hefner, announced plans to step down from the chief executive role by the end of January. (Hefner received a $2 million severance payment upon her departure, the company said.)Playboy also expects to incur a $5 million non-cash impairment charge during the first quarter and a $9 million charge over the first half in relation to the closing of its offices in New York, the company said.Late last month, Playboy said it was closing its New York offices and would combine its print and online editorial operations. As part of the integration, Jimmy Jellinek—former top editor of Maxim who served as senior vice president of Playboy’s digital content division—was promoted to editorial director, overseeing the company’s combined editorial content. Chris Napolitano, who served as editorial director of the print magazine, stepped down and will now serve as editor-at-large.In October, the company said it closed its DVD business and eliminated 80 positions—including 25 open positions. During a conference call today announcing Playboy’s fourth quarter and year-end 2008 financial results, interim chairman and CEO Jerome Kern was asked by an analyst if, now that longtime CEO Christie Hefner is no longer with the company, it will consider a sale and/or changes in the strategic direction of Playboy magazine.“Yes, we’re open to discussions,” Kern said.Playboy reported a year-end net loss of $156.1 million in 2008, compared to a net gain of $4.9 million during 2007. The majority of that loss came during the fourth quarter, which saw a profit loss of $145.7 million due, in part, to $157.2 million in impairment and restructuring charges.last_img read more

Mötley Crües Nikki Sixx Boy George Join The Launch

first_img Facebook Email Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, Boy George Join “The Launch” Twitter Musicians sign on as mentors for Canadian singing competition launching in 2018Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 26, 2017 – 10:57 am A pair of ’80s stars will impart their wisdom on a new generation of unsigned talent on Scott Borchetta new Canadian TV singing competition. News Nikki Sixx and Boy George have joined Ryan Tedder, Shania Twain and Fergie as mentors on “The Launch,” a Toronto-based six-part talent search series that will highlight unsigned musicians as they bid to compose a chart-topping hit in just two days.Sixx is best known as the primary songwriter and bassist in Mötley Crüe, penning glam-metal hits such as “Home Sweet Home,” “Kickstart My Heart” and “Shout At The Devil.” Since the Crüe have retired from touring, Sixx has kept busy with his Sixx:A.M. music project and “Sixx Sense” radio show. “The Launch” Announces More Mentors m%C3%B6tley-cr%C3%BCes-nikki-sixx-boy-george-join-launch NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 18, 2015 – 1:41 pm Culture Club Win Best New Artist Riding hits such as “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” Boy George and Culture Club earned Best New Artist honors at the 26th GRAMMY Awards in 1984. Recently, George signed a deal with BMG Records. According to his website, his first BMG release will comprise a solo covers album.Additional talent confirmed to participate on the show is “Issues” singer/songwriter Julia Michaels, GRAMMY winner Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and producer/songwriters busbee, Ian Kirkpatrick, Stephan Moccio, and Dann Huff.”The Launch” is scheduled to launch in 2018.Luke Bryan Joins Katy Perry As “American Idol” Judgelast_img read more

Vinyls RecordMaking 2018 Sales Grew 15 Percent In US

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 6, 2018 – 6:08 pm Prince’s Masterpiece ‘Purple Rain’: For The Record Facebook Vinyl’s Record-Making 2018 Grew 15 Percent In U.S. vinyls-record-making-2018-sales-grew-15-percent-us News Comparison with the Official Charts Company’s recent statistics for the UK show four releases in the top 10 in common on both sides of the Atlantic, namely Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon, Queen’s Greatest Hits, and Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black. Britain only had one 2018-release outlier in the top 10 as well: George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s. Vinyl had its best year in 2018 since Nielsen began tracking it in 1991, especially thanks to the rock genre and indie record storesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 14, 2019 – 4:14 pm Crunching the numbers on Nielsen Music’s 2018 sales report showed continued strong momentum for vinyl records with 16.8 million albums sold in the U.S., led by 2014’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. That is the 13th consecutive year of growth for vinyl, coming in at 14.6 percent and the biggest since Nielsen began tracking in 1991. The top-selling vinyl singles in the U.S. were led by the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” and Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.”Billboard has the deep dive into Nielsen’s numbers, which show that vinyl’s growth continues to be driven by a growing appetite for exclusives — especially for Record Store Day — and an emphasis on acquiring classic rock titles. Rock’s share of vinyl album sales has shrunk slightly from more than two-thirds down to 63 percent, and deep catalog titles amounted to 65 percent. The only 2018 new album to break into the vinyl top 10 last year was Panic! At The Disco’s Pray For The Wicked. Email Twitter Vinyl’s Record-Making 2018 Sales Grew 15 Percent In U.S. Total sales per title might seem small compared to streaming numbers, but they have a strong story to tell. Guardians… and Thriller both came in at about 84k album sales, in fifth place Prince’s Purple Rain sold 71k, and at tenth position Pray For The Wicked sold 59k vinyl albums. Total titles breaking 20k in sales were 79, up from 77 in 2017 and 58 in 2016. Total titles breaking 50k in sales were 14, up from just 8 in 2017.Album-format sales are in decline overall, especially due to streaming, down more than 17 percent to 141 million, making vinyl’s 16.8 million sold account for 11.9 percent of the total — not insignificant. Compact disc still dominates physical-only sales with 70.7 million sold last year, but that reflects an annual decline of 20.9 percent. Vinyl’s share of total physical sales, including compact disc and cassette, is up more than 19 percent compared to a rise of 14 percent in 2017 and setting a new Nielsen Music record.In 2017, the week ending Dec. 21 set a vinyl albums sales record at 811k, but that was beaten by two of 2018’s Christmas weeks — 880k for the week ending Dec. 20 and 905k for the week ending Dec. 27.It’s no surprise that vinyl album sales are dominated by independent stores, with their great access to exclusives. Internet (e.g., Amazon), mail order and venue sales came in a tiny notch lower than indies’ 6.9 million sold, with the two combined accounting for more than 80 percent of the market. Chain stores and mass merchants have taken notice of vinyl’s spectacular and steady growth. Target (considered a mass merchant) in particular increased its vinyl display areas and began offering vinyl exclusives of its own. The mass-merchant category jumped from 93k in 2017 by 611 percent to 661k in vinyl album sales.It would be wrong to call these statistics “record-breaking” when the format dates back before modern measurements, but vinyl is, and has been, coming back in a big way. “Record-making” is the only fair way to describe it, and the end is not in sight.Major Labels Are Working On Giving Vinyl An UpgradeRead morelast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Nov 19 2015

first_imgNecropsy elucidates cause of Katmai brown bear deathHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamA lab has identified a possible cause of death for one of the two brown bears that died in front of the highly popular bear cams in Katmai National Park last month.Alaskan serves up her own brand of backcountry grubEric Keto, Alaska Public MediaGrowing up in Bird Creek, Heather Kelly learned all about the challenges of carrying your own food in the backcountry. After studying sports nutrition at Western Washington University, she returned to Alaska to launch her own line of dehydrated backpacking food. Alaska delegation to push for ‘frankenfish’ labelingLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageIt’s the announcement the Alaskan salmon industry has long feared: The FDA this morning approved an application for genetically engineered salmon, declaring the product as safe to eat as natural salmon. Critics, including Alaska’s congressional delegation, are considering their next steps.Pot board convenes to finalize regsZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe state is set to finalize commercial marijuana regulations. But several controversial sticking points have yet to be settled, including rules for on-site consumption.ABC grants Bethel 2 liquor licensesAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelAlcohol sales are coming to Bethel — legally — for the first time in 40 years.Substance abuse, lack of treatment a top Mat-Su health concernEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe rise in drug use in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is prompting community action against addiction, and local health officials say that counteracting the spread of drug use is everybody’s business.Alaska literary journal dabbles in music artistryLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageAlaska writers have a range of talents as large as the state they hail from. The Alaska Quarterly Review captures the best of that work and the writings of authors from across the world into an annual collection that has garnered literary praise for decades.Inupiaq school in Kotz fundraises for Yup’ik sister schoolAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelWhen the Nikaitchuat Inupiaq immersion school opened in Kotzebue, its founders turned to Bethel’s Ayaprun, Yup’ik immersion school for guidance. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more

Key suspect in Taslima lynching case arrested

first_imgTaslima BegumThe Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested a youth from Narayanganj on Wednesday in connection with the lynching of an innocent woman, Taslima Begum, following a child-lifting rumour in Badda last Saturday.Scrutinising the video footage of the incident, the DB identified the arrestee named Ibrahim Hossain Hridoy, 19, as chief suspect who led the lynching, DB’s additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Nazmul Hasan told Prothom Alo.With the arrest of Hridoy, the number of arrests in the case rose to seven. DB sources said, Hridoy fled from his home in Badda immediately after the incident. He was arrested from his aunt’s home in Bhulta area of Narayanganj at around 8:30pm.On Saturday, Taslima Begum, a 42-year-old mother of two, went to Uttar Badda Govt Primary School to collect information about her daughter’s admission.She was taken to the head teacher of the school for interrogation as a rumour spread outside that she was a child-lifter. Later she was dragged out of the school by a mob and then beaten mercilessly.Police rescued critically injured Taslima and took her to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where she was declared dead.Taslima hailed from Raipur upazila in Laxmipur and was living with her daughter and mother in the capital. She was separated from her husband two years back.last_img read more

Japan Gave This Anime Character A Cybersecurity Officer Position

first_img The Best Anime On Netflix StreamingSword Art Online: The Beginning will use your real 3D scanned body in-game Stay on target The popular anime series Sword Art Online is getting its own future film in Japan. What better way to promote it than taking one of the characters and giving them a real-world officer position? Does that make sense? Does it sound crazy? It happened, so there’s that.It turns out that the Japanese government took the main character from the main Sword Art Online series and protagonist of Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale and assigned him a cyber security officer position. This comes from the Japanese government’s National Center for Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) as a part of a tie-in meant to promote the Sword Art Online film.There’s an official poster that goes along with the promotion with the tagline “We will protect the internet,” which is a bit of a hint as to what the movie will be about, though it makes sense in the real world, of course, too. Just don’t expect to be able to call or write Kirito as the cybersecurity officer since he’s, well…a fictional character and all, but you all knew that.Kirito and additional characters from Sword Art Online will be part of the overall promotion for Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale and there will be various posters going up for Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Japan, beginning February 1 through March 18.The film will start showing on February 18 in Japanese theaters, but American fans can get in on the fun too, with United States theaters showing the film beginning March 9, 2017, via Eleven Arts as a limited release. It will first premiere in Japanese with English subtitles in Hollywood, California on March 1. If you’re a big fan of the show, this should be a pretty exciting time for you given Kirito’s new position and all. Major hats off to him and the rest of the team. Wink wink.last_img read more