Hundreds attend vigil at Edmonton church where little boys body was found

first_imgEDMONTON – A couple hundred people have attended a vigil at the Edmonton church where the body of a slain little boy was found last week.It was standing room only at Good Shepherd Anglican Church, where young girls sang traditional indigenous songs and drums were played outside as people arrived on Tuesday evening.The body of 19-month-old Anthony Raine was found outside of the church last Friday.Police have said the toddler had bruise marks all over his body and died as the result of a severe blow to his head.His father, Joey Crier, 26, and Crier’s girlfriend, Tasha Mack, 25, have been caused with second-degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, failing to provide the necessities of life and assault.Neil Gordon, dean of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, told those in attendance that the little boy’s death has had devastating consequences for many people.“We all know a toddler should have more opportunity for life, for experiencing joy and pleasure, to be given a chance to flourish, to run and jump and play,” said Gordon.“To find out what it’s like to eat too much candy or pig out on too much pizza, to have his first day at school, his first sleepover, his first scraped knee, his first kiss. And it is such a waste. So much potential lost.”The two-hour drop-in service was open to the general public and many who came did not personally know the little boy.“I think for us it was just about supporting this very strong community through a tragic and horrific thing,” said one woman.A wake has also been held at the Louis Bull First Nation near Maskwacis, Alta., where the boy’s biological mother, Dalyce Raine, lives.(The Canadian Press, CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

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Northeast BCs resources sector saw improvements in 2018 according to CPABC

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – According to a report released by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, Northeast B.C.’s resources sector saw improvements in 2018.The report, titled ‘Regional Check-Up’, says Northeast B.C.’s resources sector saw steady improvements in 2018, leading to a modest increase in the population of 155 new residents, the first increase in five years.Within the report, it says the Northeast’s mining industry saw a successful year as metallurgical coal prices peaked in mid-2018. This price increase led to the reopening of the Willow Creek mine near Chetwynd and the addition of 100 jobs to the mining and oil and gas extraction industry.Ben Sander, FCPA, FCA, partner at Sander Rose Bone Grindle LLP, says the future Coastal GasLink pipeline will have a significant economic impact on the region, creating more direct and indirect employment opportunities.“Getting the green light for the development of the Coastal GasLink’s pipeline that will move natural gas from Dawson Creek to Kitimat will have a significant economic impact on our region for years to come. The project will create many direct and indirect employment opportunities in northern B.C.”The report also gives a look at the first four months of 2019 which shows that the resource sector was able to add 200 jobs.More information on the report can be found at bccheckup.com.last_img read more

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Muslims Among Those Killed in Nice Attack

Rabat – After a lorry ploughed into a crowd of revelers celebrating Bastille Day in Nice on Thursday night, the Guardian reported that many Muslims were among the victims of the presumed terrorist attack.Iranian journalist Maryam Violette spoke with the outlet as the gravity of the attack become clear. “There were so many Muslim people who were victims because I could see they had scarves over their head and some were speaking Arabic,” she recounted. “One family lost a mother, and in Arabic they were saying she’s a martyr.”At least three Moroccans were killed. This attack follows a spate of violence across the Arab world this summer. Although the West often focuses on violence in Europe and the United States, the Islamic State and the terrorism it inspires have killed far more Muslims than non-Muslims .This attack in Nice, a popular tourist destination for Arabs , continues the Islamic State’s pattern of Muslim-on-Muslim violence. read more

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Supreme Court informs Speaker its determination on 20A

The Supreme Court says it has informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya its determination on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.A motion had been filed against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. The draft of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was tabled in Parliament earlier this month.The draft was tabled by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath. The 20th Amendment proposes to abolish the Executive Presidency. (Colombo Gazette)

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HTC plancherait sur ses propres processeurs mobiles

first_imgHTC plancherait sur ses propres processeurs mobilesA l’instar d’Apple et Samsung, les deux leaders du marché du smartphone, HTC travaillerait à la conception de ses propres processeurs mobiles. Des puces qui pourraient être intégrées aux terminaux du constructeur taiwanais dès l’année prochaine.A l’instar d’Apple, Samsung, mais aussi du chinois Huawei, HTC pourrait prochainement produire des processeurs pour ses smartphones. C’est du moins ce qu’affirme le China Times, révélant que les premières puces made in HTC pourraient être intégrées aux mobiles entrée de gamme de la marque dès l’année prochaine. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?HTC aurait conclu un partenariat avec ST-Ericsson pour développer ses propres processeurs. La firme taiwanaise entendrait ainsi s’affranchir des puces Qualcomm et nVIDIA, qui équipent aujourd’hui ses terminaux. Une stratégie qui évitera certains problèmes au constructeur, tels que ceux rencontrés au moment de sa sortie par le HTC One X. L’optimisation logicielle de la puce Tegra 3 du téléphone n’étant pas suffisamment optimisée, quatre coeurs du processeur étaient utilisés quand un seul était nécessaire. Un problème qui a sérieusement nuit à l’autonomie du One X, mais corrigé par HTC via une mise à jour du système. Cette défaillance a sans doute contribué au choix de la firme de fabriquer des processeurs maison. Un projet qui n’a toutefois pas été confirmé par HTC.Le 23 avril 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Des orangsoutans capables de différer leur puberté

first_imgDes orangs-outans capables de différer leur pubertéUne équipe de primatologues américains a découvert chez l’orang-outan de Sumatra une faculté unique : celle, chez les jeunes mâles, de retarder l’apparition des caractères sexuels secondaires, ce qui leur permet de ‘faire durer leur enfance’ bien que sexuellement matures, et de développer ainsi leur force pour rivaliser plus tard avec les mâles dominants.Gauri Pradha et son équipe de chercheurs de l’Université de Floride du Sud ont constaté que chez les jeunes mâles d’orang-outan de Sumatra, les caractères sexuels secondaires n’apparaissent parfois que jusqu’à 10 ans après la maturité sexuelle, laquelle intervient vers l’âge de 15 ans. Or, ce développement différé chez certains individus est tout à fait unique chez les primates, et n’a jamais été observé chez l’orang-outan de Bornéo.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Celui-ci concerne la masse musculaire, la pilosité accrue des bras et du dos, mais aussi le gonflement de la face et de la gorge caractéristique des mâles adultes, qui leur permet normalement d’amplifier les vocalisations liées au rut. D’après les observations réalisées, le phénomène serait plus fréquent au sein des populations où quelques grands mâles accaparent toutes les femelles pour une assez longue durée. Il s’agirait donc, pour les jeunes mâles, d’une stratégie reproductive, consistant à ‘prendre le temps’ de développer leur corpulence et leur force physique avant de prétendre – une fois venus les fameux signes physiques de la maturité – entrer en compétition contre les ‘vieux costauds’. Néanmoins, les chercheurs ignorent encore tout des mécanismes de cette singularité. De même, ils ignorent totalement s’ils sont volontaires ou inconscients. Au cours de leur étude, l’équipe de Gauri Pradha a cependant constaté une corrélation entre puberté retardée et décès prématuré : le prix évolutif à payer ?Le 22 mai 2012 à 14:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Time Inc Productions and Paramount Team Up on NonScripted TV Series

first_imgTime Inc. is taking two of its popular titles to a new destination— the small screen.Launching in January of next year, Time Inc. Productions and Paramount Network are teaming up for a multi-project deal that includes a set of premium non-scripted television series currently in pilot production.As part of this new initiative, the series will be linked to both Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly titles.Bruce Gersh, SVP, Strategy and Business Development at Time Inc. spoke to Folio: about the development process for the series. “Our development is a blend of original ideas, and leveraging existing IP,” says Gersh. “’The Bullseye’ and ‘Sports Illustrated: True Crime’ are editorial features that we reimagined for television.”The one-hour “Sports Illustrated: True Crime” series, launched by the brand and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, will investigate athletes involved in criminal activity and misdeeds, and is based on the title’s “SI True Crime” franchise. Each episode of the series will be complemented by an article on the brand’s website and in its print magazine.Additionally, the half-hour “Entertainment Weekly: The Bullseye” series will run as a late-night comedy panel/talk show based on the magazine’s “The Bullseye” column, and will feature a multitude of celebrity guests.When forming the ideas behind the series, Gersh notes that Time Inc. Productions has a devoted creative team that works to develop television programming across the company’s brands.In terms of the pitch process, Gersh says that both series were developed with Time Inc. Productions’ partners, and were then pitched as a team to Paramount.“We formed Television teams, and the process is collaborative between Time Inc. Productions and the individual brand stakeholders,” says Gersh.Looking ahead for Time Inc., Gersh tells us that extending the company’s brands in television is a priority.“We are seeing tremendous demand for our premium-quality content, and leveraging our intellectual property with some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Jerry Bruckheimer and Morgan Spurlock,” notes Gersh. “For instance, we recently won our first Emmy award in a traditional TV category for our “Year in Space” program. By the end of 2017, we will have produced over 50 hours of TV program- ming, more than doubling versus 2016.”last_img read more

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Twitter tests new desktop layouts

first_img Share your voice CNET’s Queenie Wong contributed to this report. Internet Tech Industry 0 Post a comment Tags Put the old page design back, twitter. This is a cluttered mess without rhyme nor reason. Everything’s small and crowded. What were you thinking? #twitterupdate— Cobalt (@chrissutor2) April 23, 2019 Twitter has a new look. Steven Musil/CNET If your Twitter feed looks a bit different, there’s a good reason.The microblogging service rolled out a redesigned desktop layout on Tuesday that features a simpler, airier look. The redesign, which Twitter announced in January, was previously available to a limited number of users through an opt-in program.The design revamp doesn’t appear to be the same for everyone though. One layout features two columns rather than three, with a larger timeline on the left and the trending topics and who to follow features moved from the left to the right column. Still others are getting a layout with a third, static column that holds the usual tools such as notifications and messages.mytwitterEnlarge ImageNew look with the (optional?) third column on left. Steven Musil/CNET A Twitter representative said the company is still testing new designs for the website.”We’re testing a few things so people may see different versions,” a Twitter spokeswoman said. “We wanted to test out in the open to get feedback and see what people think.”The new appearance also corrals other customizable features, some that had been made available piecemeal, including the option to change the size of your text, switch to dark mode (with a black background instead of white) and the option to choose the latest tweets first.The changes come as Twitter continues to try to come up with new features to boost user engagement. On Tuesday, Twitter said its monthly active users increased to 330 million in the first quarter from 321 million users in the fourth quarter.Even though Twitter warned months ago that changes were afoot, some users seemed confused by the changes Tuesday.A D. Giggs wondered if Twitter had rolled out a redesign… …while a user named Cobalt begged Twitter to switch it back to the previous layout. “This is a cluttered mess without rhyme nor reason. Everything’s small and crowded,” Cobalt tweeted. “What were you thinking?” Did Twitter just roll out a new design in the last 5 mins? What the….?— D Giggs (@PuddinCusp) April 23, 2019 Twitterlast_img read more

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Academic merit prioritized over financial need in state higher education programs

first_imgNyariak Kuany studies for one of her summer final exams at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Kuany receives both the Alaska Education Grant and the Alaska Performance Scholarship. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Alaska has the lowest percentage of students from low-income families attending university in the country, according to the most recent data from the Pell Institute for Study of Opportunity in Higher Ed.Listen nowThere is a state-run grant program designed to help more low-income Alaskans afford college. But it only receives around half as much money as the state’s merit-based program.Nyariak Kuany studies accounting at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She and her two sisters are the first in their family to attend college.Kuany gets around $4,000 every year from two state programs: the merit-based Alaska Performance Scholarship and the needs-based Alaska Education Grant. She says she probably wouldn’t be at college without them.“And I just thought here’s what you have available. You can really benefit and profit off this award that you were given, um, why not take it,” Kuany said.Kuany’s mother immigrated from Sudan before she was born. She’s a widow and a single mom of eight.The federal financial aid application calculates that Kuany’s family can’t afford to pay anything to send her to college. But thanks to federal and state aid and a job at Olive Garden, she’s currently debt-free.“With those I actually haven’t paid any money out of pocket other than my parking pass,” Kuany said.But there are a lot of students in Kuany’s shoes who aren’t so lucky. Well over a thousand qualified low-income students don’t receive Alaska Education Grant funding each year. Around 40 percent of students with a financial situation similar to Kuany’s don’t receive funding. And that doesn’t include students whose families make a little bit more.That’s because funding for the program dries up before all the need can be met. In contrast, the merit-based Alaska Performance Scholarship funds everyone who qualifies.The Alaska Education Grant receives half as much funding as the Alaska Performance Scholarship, as outlined by state law. Only one in five students receiving that scholarship are low-income. To qualify, students have to take certain classes in high school, maintain a certain GPA and score well on standardized tests.So why prioritize one over the other?University of Alaska’s Saichi Oba said his sense is that the system is set up to value merit where people who do well in high school are rewarded. He’s the assistant Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services.“And I just don’t think maybe there’s enough understanding of what the real need is for low-income families who would like to send their child to college. Or a mother and father who would like to attend college themselves perhaps to finish a degree,” Oba said.The performance scholarship is also meant to keep college-educated students in state and contributing to the economy.Alaska isn’t alone in prioritizing merit-based aid.The Institute for Higher Education Policy‘s President Michelle Cooper says it’s a trend they’ve seen across the country.“Need-based aid continues to shrink as a share of the total state aid as compared to merit-aid which we see is on the rise,” Cooper said.Cooper said merit-based programs tend to be politically popular. They often give middle and high-income students more choices when looking at colleges. Need-based programs, in contrast, often determine whether low-income students attend college at all.“So it really promotes access. It helps students get into the door,” Cooper said.Not every state has state-run scholarship and grant programs, but most have at least one. Alaska’s programs — in their current state — were a product of the Parnell administration.The legislature has tried to cut funding or even eliminate both programs, mostly because of the state’s budget crisis. Both are currently funded through the Alaska Higher Education Investment Fund, which works like an endowment.Stephanie Butler is the executive director of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, the organization that runs both programs. She thinks there’s less funding for the need-based program, in part because it was tacked on to a bill at the last minute and because money for education is tight. She says, in general, the legislature sees the benefits of both programs.“Especially when we get a low-income student out of a dependency status, where they’re dependent on the state for income, and into workforce where they can earn a living wage. And that’s really transformative for generations and it’s also transformative for the Alaska economy,” Butler said.Butler said they’d love to be able to fund all low-income students, but for now, the Commission prioritizes who they fund based on factors like financial need and whether the student has received the award in the past.And that means students like Kuany are left wondering whether they’ll have to foot the bill for an extra couple thousand dollars every year. Kuany said right now, she plans to graduate in four years, but a cut to her funding could change that.“I have taken five classes a semester, that is very pricey on my end. So if I didn’t have that, I’d have to minimize the amount of classes I take on my end,” Kuany said. “So I think that’s how it would hurt me, I’d have to end up being in school longer.”If everything goes according to plan, Kuany will be working as an accountant by 2020. And she’s hoping that’ll inspire her younger siblings to go to college too and maybe even pursue graduate school.For a more in-depth, national look at the issue, check out this story from The Hechinger Report.last_img read more

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TikTok unveils EduTok with meaningful content

first_imgHyderabad: TikTok, the short video platform, caught the imagination of Indian masses and was banned recently only to reintroduced – after a lot of criticism that the videos could be dangerous for children.• TikTok has received a lot of flak for allegedly frivolous content, but now with the introduction of hashtags such as #yogaday, #cricketworldcup, #mytiktokstory, #tiktoktravel, it hopes to make amends Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us • With hashtag #EduTok, TikTok users are creating meaningful and inspiring content on various themes with a focus on education, motivation, safety, health etc. It has garnered over 25.4 billion views • TikTok’s content strategy thrives on trending hashtags. The other popular hashtags on the app include #tiktok #love #yogaday, #cricketworldcup, #mytiktokstory, #tiktoktravel Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us In a bid to make the content more meaningful and useful, TikTok introduced ‘#EduTok.’ There is an overwhelming response for its content-oriented in.app challenge ‘#EduTok.’ TikTok’s content strategy thrives on trending hashtags. The other popular hashtags on the app include #tiktok #love #yogaday, #cricketworldcup, #mytiktokstory, #tiktoktravel. Advertise With Us Doctors are sharing useful suggestions, teachers are promoting easy Math tricks. Some are teaching English through translation. Another user @cookingshooking with over million followers has multiple videos of cooking food. A motivational speaker, @mdmotivation164, shares simple life lessons on how to live happily. The challenge is to create a 15-40 seconds short video clip which presents a useful content such as Mathematics tips, English pronunciation, Yoga postures, cooking tips and many much more. TikTok faced a temporary ban in India, after the Madras High Court ruled in April that the app was “dangerous for children.” TikTok followed it up with meaningful videos through a campaign #EduTok. The campaign is to empower users to create meaningful content. On TikTok, several professionals are creating videos and giving life lessons through #EduTok. With hashtag #EduTok, TikTok users are creating meaningful and inspiring content to impart knowledge around various themes with a focus on education, motivational, safety, health and wellness. The trend evolved as the top trend on the app this year with over 25.4 billion views. The videos created as a part of the campaign showcase the spirit of some of the TikTok creators who use the platform to bring a change in the society by sharing their knowledge with the larger community.last_img read more

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Berkshire resumes buying Phillips 66 stock

first_imgBerkshire Hathaway Inc, the conglomerate run by Warren Buffett, has resumed its purchases of Phillips 66 stock, and spent roughly $832 million in January to boost its stake even as the oil refiner’s profit margins narrowed.According to a regulatory filing on Friday night, Berkshire paid about $198 million this week for 2.54 million Phillips 66 shares, its first purchases of the stock since 14 January.For all of January, Berkshire bought 10.81 million shares, giving it 72.29 million overall, or a roughly 13.7% stake in Houston-based Phillips 66. Those shares were worth $5.79 billion as of Friday’s market close at $80.15.Phillips 66 is Berkshire’s sixth-largest stock holding, regulatory filings show.On Friday, Phillips 66 said quarterly net income fell 43% from a year earlier to $650 million, or $1.20 per share.The decline resulted in part from lower crack spreads, or the difference between the cost of oil and the price of refined products, and asset writedowns resulting from low commodity prices.Excluding items, Phillips 66 reported profit of $1.31 per share, topping analysts forecast.Berkshire previously invested in ConocoPhillips, which spun off Phillips 66 in 2012.In February 2014, Berkshire swapped much of its Phillips 66 stock back to the company for a chemicals business. It began rebuilding the stake early last year.Berkshire announced the new Phillips 66 purchases a few hours after the Omaha, Nebraska-based company completed its largest acquisition, a roughly $31.7-billion purchase of industrial components-maker Precision Castparts Corp.Buffett has said Berkshire would spend about $23 billion of cash on that acquisition, and finance the rest.last_img read more

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Ultraaffordable Redmi 7A launched with 4000mAh battery SD439 CPU Price specs

first_img Close Xiaomi has been in the headlines over its K20 series launch next month, but it has another reason to be the talk of the tinsel town. On Thursday, Xiaomi launched its latest budget smartphone, Redmi 7A, in India to continue the success of its A-series, which is made up of the best-selling Redmi 4A, Redmi 5A and Redmi 6A.The ultra-affordable Redmi 7A carries the mantle for the company’s popular and lucrative smartphone series in India. The Redmi 5A and Redmi 6A alone contributed a 48 percent in the $75-$100 market share in April 2019 and both the phones ranked number 1 globally in Q3 2018 and Q1 2019.Redmi 7A has some tough shoes to fill in, but the upgrades are doing most of the job. Xiaomi’s latest budget smartphone is a toned-down version of Redmi 7. It features a well-balanced spec-sheet to justify the economical price tag.”We are thrilled to bring in our all-new Redmi 7A to Mi Fans in India. Packed with a set of incredible features, Redmi 7A offers a solid 12MP Sony IMX486 sensor camera experience and is powered by the Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 clocked at 2GHz. Furthermore, Redmi 7A holds a 4000mAh battery which is first of its kind in a Redmi A series smartphone,” Anuj Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer, Xiaomi India said in a statement. Redmi 7A launched in IndiaXiaomiRedmi 7A comes in two variants, 2GB+16GB and 3GB+32GB, priced at Rs 5,999 and Rs 6,199, respectively. On the occasion of Mi turning 5, Xiaomi is offering a limited period discount on the new phones, saving Rs 200 on both variants throughout July. Redmi 7A will go on sale via Mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Home stores on July 11 at 12 noon.Interestingly, Xiaomi is so confident with the quality of its new Redmi 7A that it is willing to give 2 years warranty.”Serving as the new benchmark of innovation with honest pricing, we are positive that Redmi 7A will bring greater value to all our Mi Fans and their loved ones who are looking for an enhanced smartphone experience,” Sharma added. Redmi 7A launched in IndiaXiaomiXiaomi Redmi 7A: SpecificationsXiaomi Redmi 7A features a 5.45-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and thick bezels. The main highlight of the phone is its primary camera, which comprises of a 12MP Sony IMX486 sensor with PDAF, and a 4,000mAh battery for long-lasting use.Redmi 7A is powered by an octa-core 2GHz Snapdragon 439 chipset paired with 2GB RAM and MIUI 10.2.3 OS. The handset sports a 5MP front-facing camera with AI Portrait and AI Face unlock. There’s no fingerprint scanner like in the Redmi 7, but it gets the standard features like dual SIM card slots, a dedicated microSD card slot and FM Radio. Buyers can choose from Matte Black, Matte Blue and Matte Gold colours. Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310?center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:25Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:24?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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US launches UN push for strongest possible measures against N Korea

first_imgThis combo of file photos shows an image (L) taken on April 15, 2017 of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on a balcony of the Grand People`s Study House following a military parade in Pyongyang; and an image (R) taken on July 19, 2017 of US President Donald Trump speaking during the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in Washington, DC. AFPThe United States on Monday launched a bid at the UN Security Council to quickly slap the “strongest possible measures” on North Korea in response to its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, but China and Russia said talks were needed to resolve the crisis.US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Washington will present a new sanctions resolution to the council to be negotiated in the coming days, with a view of voting on it next Monday.“Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy,” Haley told an emergency council meeting.The United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting after North Korea on Sunday detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile.Declaring that “enough is enough,” Haley said incremental sanctions imposed since 2006 had not worked and accused North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un of “begging for war.”“War is never something the United States wants. We don’t want it now. But our country’s patience is not unlimited,” she declared.“North Korea has basically slapped everyone in the face in the international community that has asked them to stop.”Haley declared the “time for half measures is over,” but did not spell out what measures Washington would support.Diplomats have indicated an oil embargo would have a crippling effect on the North Korean economy.‘Insulting’South Korea’s defense ministry said Pyongyang may be preparing another missile launch after two tests in July of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that apparently brought much of the US mainland into range.A launch could involve an ICBM being fired into the Pacific Ocean, the ministry said.At the UN, China’s ambassador Liu Jieyi warned that “the situation on the peninsula is deteriorating constantly as we speak, falling into a vicious circle.”But he emphasized the need for dialogue and a diplomatic solution, saying Beijing would “never allow chaos and war on the peninsula.”He urged the parties to agree to a Chinese-Russian plan calling for the North to suspend its missile and nuclear tests and the United States and South Korea to suspend joint military exercises.Haley rejected the proposal as “insulting.”“When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard. No one would do that. We certainly won’t,” she declared.Russia said it would study the new US proposals for sanctions, but again stressed those measures alone would not resolve the crisis.“This is not the way to get parties to the table to seek a political solution,” said Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.The council has imposed seven sets of sanctions on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006, but Pyongyang has repeatedly found ways to circumvent the measures.The most recent resolutions, however, have significantly toughened the sanctions, targeting key exports sectors such as coal that are a source of hard currency for North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime.Adding to already sharp tensions, the United States warned Sunday that it could launch a “massive military response” to any threats from North Korea and said it might cut off all trade with any country doing business with North Korea. That could have major reverberations: China is the largest trading partner of both the North and the United States.US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an extraordinarily tough-sounding warning to the North, saying any new aggression against the US or its allies could lead to Pyongyang’s “total annihilation.”Many experts say talks may be the only way to address the issue.“The Americans need to open a direct channel at a high level with the North Koreans,” John Delury of Yonsei University in Seoul told AFP. “That’s the missing piece to all of this.”South Korean responseSouth Korea’s defense ministry said it was already strengthening its defenses, in part by deploying more US-made Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile launchers.Seoul also fired an early-morning volley of ballistic missiles in an exercise simulating an attack on the North’s nuclear test site. Pictures showed short-range Hyunmoo missiles roaring into the dawn sky from an east coast launch site.US President Donald Trump and South Korea’s leader Moon Jae-In spoke on the phone Monday and agreed to remove limits on the payload of the South’s missiles, Seoul’s presidential office said.Seoul was previously restricted to a maximum warhead weight of 1100 pounds (500 kilograms) on its ballistic missiles, according to a bilateral agreement with the United States signed in 2001.South Korean defense ministry officials estimated the strength of Sunday’s blast at 50 kilotons—five times the strength of any previous detonation by the North—but did not confirm whether it was a hydrogen bomb.But Defense Minister Song Young-Moo said Seoul believed Pyongyang had succeeded in miniaturizing its nuclear weapons to fit into an ICBM.‘Perfect success’On Sunday US monitors measured a powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake near the North’s main testing site.The North hailed the test as “a perfect success.”Hours before the test, the North released images of Kim Jong-Un inspecting a device it called a “thermonuclear weapon with super explosive power” entirely made “by our own efforts and technology.”The respected 38 North website urged caution, saying it was likely the item pictured was “only a model mock-up.”The North says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion, and analysts say it is seeking to strengthen its hand for any future negotiations with Washington.last_img
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Netanyahu questioned in telecoms corruption case

first_imgIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister`s office in Jerusalem on 25 February 2018. Reuters File PhotoIsraeli police questioned prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday for the first time in a corruption case that involves the country’s largest telecommunications company Bezeq, Israel Radio said.Police allege that the owners of Bezeq Telecom provided favourable coverage of Netanyahu and his wife on a news website they controlled, in return for favours from communications regulators.Netanyahu, already a suspect in two other corruption cases, denies any wrongdoing.A police spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. A Reuters cameraman saw a vehicle carrying two police officers pull into the prime minister’s official residence.last_img
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HRW for independent probe into election abuses

first_imgNew York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has recommended formation of an independent and impartial commission to investigate into ‘serious allegations of abuses’ in the elections in Bangladesh. “The allegations include attacks on opposition party members, voter intimidation, vote rigging, and partisan behaviour by election officials in the pre-election period and on election day,” said the rights group in a press statement on Wednesday. It insisted: “An independent and impartial commission should investigate the serious allegations of abuses in the Bangladesh elections.” Local journalist Rashidul Islam was also named in the case. The two journalists are accused under the draconian Digital Security Act, which criminalises peaceful speech and places undue restrictions on investigative journalism, it added. Voters in various parts of the country told the media that they had been turned away by officials or were joined in the voting booth by ruling party activists, who voted on their behalf. HRW further said, internationally recognised election monitors and foreign journalists were largely barred from the country. “The pre-election period was characterised by violence and intimidation against the opposition, attacks on opposition campaign events, and the misuse of laws to limit free speech,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. Bangladesh’s 11th parliamentary elections were held on 30 December, in which the ruling Awami League-led coalition secured a landslide victory, returning prime minister Sheikh Hasina to a third consecutive term. The ruling camp won 288 of the 298 parliamentary seats in the elections. “In a highly divided country, questions should immediately be raised when one party wins 96 per cent of the seats.” “Reports of ballot stuffing, intimidation of voters, and ruling party control of voting locations on election day mean that an independent and impartial commission should be formed to determine the extent of the violations.” On 1 January 2019, plainclothes police officers arrested Hedait Hossain Molla, a Khulna-based journalist, who had reported the total number of votes cast in the Khulna-1 constituency was higher than the total number of actual eligible voters, the statement pointed out. Instead of investigating irregularities, the HRW regrets, Bangladesh authorities arrested journalists for their reporting. According to the HRW, thousands of opposition supporters were arrested before the election, and journalists described having to censor their reporting for fear of arrest and violence. At least 17 people were killed in violence related to the voting. Nevertheless, a BBC journalist in Chittagong captured images of what appear to be stuffed ballot boxes before the polls opened. Other media reported that in some constituencies, in defiance of the rules, polling places closed for lunch in a clear attempt to suppress turnout. HRW said journalists were forced to delete videos documenting voter intimidation by Awami League supporters. Kafi Kamal, a reporter with the Daily Manab Zamin, said he was beaten up while filming an attack on voters at a polling place. “International donors, the United Nations and friends of Bangladesh should remember that elections are about the rights of voters, not those in power,” Adams said. The opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP) said its polling agents were denied access in 221 constituencies. Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Bangladesh is a party, states, “Every citizen shall have the right and the opportunity… [t]o vote and to be elected at genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot, guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the electors.” It quoted the opposition parties, journalists, and voters as alleging serious irregularities including ballot stuffing, voters being denied access to polling places, ruling party activists occupying polling places and casting ballots in the place of voters, electoral officials and the police behaving in a partisan manner, and violations of voter privacy in an atmosphere of blatant intimidation. A large number of similar accounts by journalists and other witnesses have emerged from across the country, according to the HRW statement.last_img read more

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KFCs Firelog That Smells Like Its Fried Chicken Sold Out in Hours

first_imgWelp I know what I’m gift wrapping for the work Christmas gift exchange! Nothing like the fresh scent of high cholesterol and chest pains.— William Smothers (@BigBill916) December 13, 2018 Take these with you camping to spice up your night with a bear attack.— Gary (@Tha_Gary) December 13, 2018The firelog can burn up to three hours and unlike real chicken, it doesn’t expire and it has no shelf life. KFC did warn buyers to “please do not attempt to eat it,” and cautioned campers that it “may attract bears.”If you were late to the chicken party and didn’t get a firelog this year, we suggest just lounging by the fire with a bucket of KFC.More on Geek.com:First Lab-Grown Steak Gives Foodies a Taste of the FutureJimmy Dean Is Giving Away Sausage-Scented Holiday Wrapping Paper‘Yuck’ Becomes ‘Yum’ at the Disgusting Food Museum in L.A. There’s nothing like the holiday scent of… fried chicken.And it looks like thousands agreed. KFC released a limited-edition firelog that smells like its famous fried chicken — and it sold out in hours on Thursday.The “11 Herbs & Spices Firelog,” went on sale on KFCfirelogs.com for $18.99 (which included tax, shipping, and handling). Staring at Seagulls May Help Avoid Food TheftWe Now Know the DNA of Guacamole center_img Introducing the 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog from Enviro-Log®, the best way to make a fire smell less like fire and more like fried chicken. Get yours today at https://t.co/u2baCmHQYF. pic.twitter.com/y4TRf4cqQs— KFC (@kfc) December 13, 2018“Imbued with the unmistakable, mouth-watering aroma of Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe, the KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog finally puts to rest the age-old dilemma, ‘How can I make this fire a hundred bajillion times better?’” the fast-food chain said on their website.The savory firelog was created by Enviro-Log, a Yule log manufacturer, and made of 100 percent recycled materials. “It is the result of countless hours of research and development, all done over the last couple of months since we had this idea,” said KFC.Not surprisingly, the firelog was a hit on Twitter. Users quickly shared their delight/confusion in the chicken-scented creation and suggestions for its use: Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Jaitley promises additional capital for PSU banks

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday promised more capital infusion into public sector banks, saying there’s “merit” in their demand for more funds over and above what was provided in the Budget. “Banks have made a strong case for additional capital…And over the next few months, this is something the government is going to seriously look at,” Jaitley said after meeting heads of PSU banks here.“…I do believe it’s a case which has merit (attention).” The government has earmarked Rs 7,940 crore in the Budget for recapitalisation of PSU banks for the current fiscal. The statement assumes significance as RBI Deputy Governor S S Mundra had yesterday said the Budget amount marked for recapitalisation of PSU banks is not adequate and RBI has asked the Finance Ministry to raise the quantum of assistance in view of mounting bad loans and support growth. On additional quantum to be infused, Jaitley said “it’s only after discussions within the government and looking at our own abilities on the matter that your question can be answered”. Last fiscal, the government infused Rs 6,990 crore in nine public sector banks based on their performance. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashWhen asked why banks are not opting for the market route to raise capital, the Minister said banks do so taking into account the market conditions and stability. “They (banks) are free to take decision (on tapping the market) at an opportune time,” he added. On bad loans, Jaitley said although NPAs (non-performing assets) came down in the fourth quarter, it’ll take a while before a comfort level is reached.“In the quarter ended March 2015, NPAs had come down from 5.64 per cent to 5.2 per cent. One quarter does not indicate a pattern. So, I would wait for some more time before realising what the pattern is,” he said. Banks’ assessment is that it will take them 2-3 quarters “to reach a somewhat greater comfort level”, he said, adding that they themselves are going to make an effort to reduce NPAs. “We did ask each of the banks that have higher NPA levels to explain the reasons and those groups where defaults were higher,” he said. On stalled projects, the Finance Minister said there is a lot of concern in this regard and many have started. “Therefore, we decided that even though in Cabinet Secretariat an effort is being made, the Prime Minister himself has taken a series of meetings. The DFS Secretary purely from the banking point of view, will prepare a list of those projects which are stalled on account of reasons of finance,” Jaitley said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists‘Loans to small businesses may double to `Rs 1 trillion’ The loans to small business sector may double to Rs one lakh crore in the current fiscal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday. He also expressed concern over low participation of the private banks in the government-promoted schemes, especially the recently launched social security programmes.“Since the small and micro business sector has diverse needs, credit products should be customised to suit their requirements so that the unfunded are effectively funded,” Jaitley said during his meeting with PSU Bank heads here.The Minister said that 2015-16 should see a doubling of the loans to the small business sector from Rs 50,000 crore (during 2014-15) to Rs one lakh crore in the current fiscal.last_img read more

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Authorities have eyes peeled over case of stolen corneas

first_imgThe Prosecutor’s Office confirmed it has been investigating thetheft of at least 20 corneas donated for transplant from the eye bank of the Costa Rican Social Security System, known as the Caja, the daily La Nación reported on Wednesday.According to an audit of the eye bank presented to investigators, an ex-employee, who the newspaper did not identify, allegedly took at least 20 corneas from the facility to a private clinic, supposedly for research between 2012 and 2013. The former employee failed to provide any evidence of the research or the required bioethics approval when auditors approached him.The Prosecutor’s Office said they have yet to identify a specific defendant in the case.The cornea is a clear dome-like layer that covers the outermost part of the eye that helps people focus on what they see. Reportedly, corneas are worth roughly $2,000, and transplant procedures could cost an average of $5,000.María Eugenia Villalta, medical director of the Caja, admitted that there was a lack of oversight at the eye bank, but told the newspaper she did not consider the case under investigation an example of organ trafficking.The same could not be said for the case of Dr. Francisco Mora, the former head of nephrology at the public Calderón Guardia Hospital, who allegedly headed an international kidney trafficking operation between 2009 and his arrest in June 2013. In October 2013, police arrested three other doctors and a pizzeria owner in connection with the alleged organ trafficking ring.In the wake of the kidney scandal, the Legislative Assembly rushed to take up a long-languishing 2011 bill to reform the country’s organ donation law. In March 2013, lawmakers passed the reform, which included a national registry of donors and recipients.The Caja provided 187 cornea transplants in 2013, and 560 people are on a cornea transplant waiting list, according to figures reported to La Nación. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica prosecutors charge 5 members of alleged organ trafficking ring Costa Rica banana workers affected by Nemagon still waiting on compensation Costa Rica police raid nursing home over abuse allegations Costa Rica marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with calls for actionlast_img read more

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Filipino troops kill rebels who attacked oil truck

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 treatments for adult scoliosis On Monday, another group of breakaway rebels fired on a government militia outpost in Midsayap town in nearby North Cotabato province, setting of a clash with troops. The guerrillas fled, taking several water buffalos and two motorcycles along the way. They shot and killed a farmer who refused to hand over his buffalo, the military said.While large numbers of troops and police have been deployed to secure the highway and communities at risk in Maguindanao, the military has limited its response during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Still, government forces have been on continuous alert and are ready to quell any trouble, Hermoso said.There have been fears that the attacks, including bombings, could escalate after Ramadan.The emergence of the splinter rebel group complicates efforts to end the Muslim unrest, which has long set back progress in southern Philippine regions awash with weapons and beset by poverty, weak governance and neglect.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The driver was slightly wounded in the head. Gunfire damaged the truck’s windshield and some of its tires, as well as another cargo truck behind the oil tanker.Army troops closed the highway for several hours as they defused two bombs and clashed with the insurgents, killing eight, in running gunbattles that spilled into nearby towns, he said.The breakaway rebels have launched attacks in recent weeks in Maguindanao, a mountainous marshland about 900 kilometers (560 miles) southeast of Manila, to try to sabotage peace talks between the government and the main insurgent group, the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The talks, which have been brokered by Malaysia, have made progress toward a new autonomy deal for minority Muslims in the south of the largely Roman Catholic Philippines.The rebel faction, which has about 200 armed fighters, has said the talks will go nowhere and vowed to continue fighting for a separate Muslim homeland in the south.“They’ve been left out so they’re trying to make a scene,” Hermoso said. “But the problem is they’re turning to innocent people because they could not face us.”Suspected members of the rebel faction detonated a bomb made of two 60mm mortar rounds but failed to destroy a concrete bridge that serves as an entryway to Datu Piang town near Guindolongan late Sunday, the military said. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   Top Stories MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine troops killed eight breakaway Muslim rebels who attacked an oil tanker truck and placed bombs along a highway, forcing its closure for several hours, as sporadic clashes raged Tuesday in a restive southern province.The driver of the oil truck prevented a disaster by speeding away from dozens of gunmen belonging to the Bangsamoro Islamic Liberation Movement toward an army outpost in Maguindanao province’s Guindolongan town, regional military spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso said. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

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