Six stories in the news for today June 30

first_imgSix stories in the news for Friday, June 30———NDP TO FORM MINORITY GOVERNMENT IN B.C.The NDP will form a minority government in British Columbia after the Liberals were defeated Thursday in a non-confidence vote, sending them to the Opposition benches for the first time in 16 years. Premier-designate John Horgan emerged from a meeting with Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon to say he was asked to form a government after reaching a deal with the Green party on a legislative agenda.———PROTEST TEEPEE ON PARLIAMENT HILL MOVED AGAINAn indigenous demonstration teepee was moved onto Parliament Hill Thursday evening close to the main Canada Day stage through a compromise worked out with authorities. The teepee had been erected on a slope near the eastern entrance to the Hill the previous night after attempts to place it close to the Parliament buildings were thwarted by police. The teepee is a centrepiece of a four-day Canada Day protest.———CANADIANS ABROAD CELEBRATING CANADA 150Many Canadians expats or those who can’t be at home for Canada 150 Saturday will have a chance to celebrate Saturday. Canada’s High Commission in London is throwing a Canada Day party in Trafalgar Square, including a performance by Inuk singer Tanya Tagaq. Similar parties are also being held in cities across the world, many of them organized by expats. Hundreds are expected to pack Hollywood’s Hard Rock Cafe for what organizers are billing as the largest Canada Day celebration in Los Angeles history.———ROYAL TOUR ROLLS INTO EASTERN ONTARIOPrince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit eastern Ontario today as they continue a royal tour. Their day will include meeting members of the military at CFB Trenton and honouring soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan. The royal couple arrived in Iqaliut on Thursday and will be in Ottawa on Saturday for Canada Day festivities.———SENTENCING ARGUMENTS TODAY IN POLYGAMY TRIALSentencing arguments will be held today for two people convicted of taking a girl into the U.S. to marry the leader of their polygamous sect. A B.C. judge earlier found Brandon Blackmore and Gail Blackmore guilty of taking a 13-year-old girl across the border for a sexual purpose. Records show she was married to Warren Jeffs, 61, who is now serving life in a U.S. prison.———STAMPEDE BAROMETER OF ALBERTA’S ECONOMYThe Calgary Stampede will be watched again next week for more than its parade, rodeo and chuckwagon races. The event is considered a barometer of the health of the energy industry. Stampede spokesman Larry Lalonde said about 3,500 temporary employees have been added to 1,500 permanent staff, about the same as last year. Corporations that kept their events going last year say they will party again this year while keeping a close eye on costs.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release the latest data on gross domestic product by industry and industrial product and raw materials price indexes.— The Bank of Canada will release the summer issues of the Business Outlook Survey and the Senior Loan Officer Survey.— The Ontario Human Rights Commission will release its 2016-2017 Annual Report.last_img read more

NB Power settlement for Point Lepreau project could lead to lower rates

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Crown-owned utility has reached a settlement with insurers who underwrote an all-risk policy for refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station, which took three years longer than planned and cost a billion dollars more than budgeted.NB Power CEO Gaetan Thomas did not disclose the terms of the settlement Monday, citing a confidentiality agreement.However, he said the proceeds from settlement will allow the utility to seek a lower electricity rate increase “for all New Brunswickers.”In a 2018-19 rate application, the utility had asked the province’s Energy and Utilities Board to raise rates by about two per cent.NB Power wants to temporarily adjourn the rate hearings so it can assess the settlement.In January 2015, the province’s auditor general uncovered problems with the $2.4-billion project, saying the cost was reasonable — but NB Power might have lost opportunities to save money by using sole-source exemptions rather than seeking competitive bids.The utility later agreed with 10 recommendations from the auditor general, which included obtaining competitive bids for all significant engineering services.The refurbishment was aimed at extending the plant’s lifespan by at least another 25 years.The 660-megawatt station produces enough electricity to supply more than 333,000 homes.“NB Power is pleased to have resolved this matter and to be in a position to share the benefits of this settlement with our ratepayers,” Thomas said in a statement.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version put the cost at $2.4 million rather than billion.last_img read more

No transparency Manitoba survivors opting out of 60s Scoop settlement

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – Some Manitoba survivors of the ’60s Scoop are encouraging others to opt out of a settlement with the federal government.They say they were not consulted in the agreement meant to resolve several class-action lawsuits and suggest lawyers will walk away with more money than the Indigenous people who were affected by the adoptions.“We as children had no say in where we were sent and now they are giving us no say in how we are going to be compensated,” said Coleen Rajotte, who was taken from her community in Saskatchewan when she was a baby and raised by a Manitoba family.In October, the federal government announced it had reached a $750-million agreement with about 20,000 people who were placed in non-Indigenous foster homes as far away as New Zealand between 1951 and 1991. The agreement, which is yet to be finalized, would see survivors each receive between $25,000 and $50,000.The four law firms involved would get a separate $75 million. Another $50 million was set aside for the Indigenous Healing Foundation.Priscilla Meeches and Stewart Garnett were the lead plaintiffs in the Manitoba lawsuit and were in Ottawa for the announcement. They said they didn’t see the agreement before they were brought on stage with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.At a news conference organized in Winnipeg on Friday by a local ’60s Scoop survivors group, they said they are opting out of the settlement.Meeches said she has felt a loss of identity and home throughout her life because of being adopted out during the ’60s Scoop. She said she spent her life trying to find a place to say, “I’m here. I’m home,” and the settlement has only brought up more feelings of loss.“I’m not happy with the fact there was no transparency,” Meeches said.Garnett said Manitoba was the epicentre of the ’60s Scoop and its impact can be seen on the streets of Winnipeg, where many people who were taken from their families are struggling in life after losing their identities.They said if people accept the agreement they will be signing away the right to sue for sexual and physical abuse that some adoptees experienced.The group also criticized the settlement for leaving out Metis survivors. The federal government has argued that Metis weren’t recognized as having Indigenous rights at the time, so Ottawa can’t be held responsible for those children. The National Indigenous Survivors Network in Ottawa is also trying to get people to opt out.The groups say there is a clause in the agreement that if 2,000 people agree to opt out it can be declared void.A statement from Bennett’s office said the proposed settlement resolves issues in the longest-standing case and similar class actions, and represents a significant first step in “resolving this historic injustice.”“We know that there are other claims that remain unresolved, including those of the Metis and non-status,” the statement said.It added that the office is committed to resolving remaining litigation through negotiation.last_img read more

Bosnian Croat commander jailed by UN tribunal to serve time in Italy

13 May 2008A Bosnian Croat military commander, found guilty of committing crimes against Bosnian Muslims in the area around Mostar, was today transferred to a jail in Italy to serve out the remainder of his 18-year sentence, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced. A Bosnian Croat military commander, found guilty of committing crimes against Bosnian Muslims in the area around Mostar, was today transferred to a jail in Italy to serve out the remainder of his 18-year sentence, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced. Vinko Martinović, also known as Stela, had served as commander of a sub-unit of the Convicts’ Battalion, which was a military unit within the Croatian Defence Council.In March 2003 Mr. Martinović was convicted by the ICTY for persecutions, inhumane acts, inhumane treatment, unlawful labour, wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, murder, wilful killing, unlawful transfer of a civilian and plunder, and was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment.Mr. Martinović was personally involved in the forcible removal of Bosnian Muslims from the west bank of Mostar, leaving that side of the town “completely rid of Muslims.”The Muslims, including many women, children and the elderly, were forced out of their homes at gunpoint and their homes were looted. Many Muslim civilians from Mostar were rounded up and placed in a detention camp, where they were forced to dig trenches or carry wounded and dead soldiers, and serve as human shields on the front line.Italy is one of 15 European countries that have signed an agreement with the ICTY to enforce sentences imposed by the Tribunal on convicted individuals. read more

Woman arrested over Kataragama temple shooting incident

The Venerable Kobawaka Damminda Thero and another monk were injured in the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette) Two more suspects including a woman have been arrested over the recent Kataragama temple shooting incident.The Police said that the woman is believed to have assisted the suspects who shot at the chief incumbent of the Kiriwehera Rajamaha Vihara temple in Kataragama, the Venerable Kobawaka Damminda Thero.

Airline group warns of possible trade war with European Union over carbon

by News Staff Posted Jun 12, 2012 5:35 am MDT Airline group warns of possible trade war with European Union over carbon charges BEIJING, China – The global aviation industry group warned Tuesday that governments might be moving toward a trade war over Europe’s carbon charges on airlines and appealed for a negotiated settlement.China, India, Russia and 26 other governments that oppose the charges issued a joint declaration in February that cited possible retaliatory steps such as imposing charges on European airlines.“The last thing that we want as an industry is a trade war,” said Paul Steele, director of environmental issues for the International Air Transport Association, at an industry conference in Beijing.“The problem is that the way things stand right now, I think we are on the brink of something like that happening,” he said.The European Trading System requires airlines that fly to and from Europe to buy permits for all the carbon they emit en route. The charges took effect Jan. 1 but airlines will not be required to pay until next year.China and India have prohibited their airlines from co-operating and Beijing has blocked purchases of European aircraft by its carriers in protest. European courts have rejected legal challenges by U.S. airlines, supported by governments including China and India.Talks on a global system to regulate airline emissions have begun in the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. body. The European Union has said it would be willing to reconsider its system if an agreement is reached.“We’re calling on all parties to get back around the table in ICAO and hammer out a solution,” Steele said.Aviation accounts for 3 per cent of total carbon emissions but is the fastest-growing source.EU officials have defended the charges as in line with Europe’s efforts to be a leader in curbing climate change. Environmentalists welcomed the program, one of the most far-reaching measures adopted by any government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.Other governments object that Europe should not be imposing charges on what airlines do outside Europe.The conflict adds to uncertainty for an aviation industry that is being squeezed by high fuel prices and a weak global economy.“We can’t afford to be caught in the middle of a trade war over the EU’s extraterritorial application of its emissions trading system,” said the IATA’s executive director, Tony Tyler. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Security Council approves one year renewal of UN Assistance Mission in Iraq

The Security Council today extended for another year the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and expressed its intention to review the operation’s mandate in 12 months or sooner, if requested by the Iraqi Government.Adopting a resolution, the Council extended UNAMI’s mandate through 31 July 2016, and, in line with the recommendations in the Secretary-General’s latest report to revise and prioritize the Mission’s tasks, requested the UN chief, in full consultations with the Iraqi Government, to report back with further details within the next 90 days.In the report, the Secretary-General describes a UN strategic assessment mission conducted from 21 to 29 April. Based on an overview of the current situation in Iraq as a point of departure, as well as extensive consultation with the Iraqi authorities and key national and international partners on the ground, the strategic assessment mission report endeavoured to look beyond the current crisis and to provide recommendations for UN strategy and configuration in Iraq in the next several years.The Secretary-General noted that while the current mandate of UNAMI would benefit from some streamlining, any changes to the mandate be made in full consultation with the Iraqi Government in order to complement its priorities. To that end, his recommendations included, among others, for UNAMI to maintain its focus on political good offices, as well as to facilitate humanitarian assistance, enhance mission activities in human rights and the rule of law and play a support role in specialized areas such as electoral assistance, and stabilization activities in areas liberated from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).In the resolution adopted today, the Security Council noted that the presence of ISIL on Iraq’s territory is “a major threat” to the country’s future, and underscored that the only way to address such a threat is for all Iraqis to work together by addressing both security and political concerns. The long-term solution to instability, the Council stressed, will require Iraq’s political leadership to make decisions that will united the country. The Council emphasized the support of the international community in this regard. read more

Brock prof offers advice for US campaign speeches

On the day of the New York primaries, Brock University political scientist Stefan Dolgert has some interesting advice for those running against Republican party candidate Donald Trump.Come up with a better enemy-and-victim story.“Enemy and victimization narratives are politically effective, even if they’re not actually true,” Dolgert says of Trump’s claims that various ethnic and religious groups cause problems for the wider American public.“It’s less important for progressives to point out the problems or the falsities with the other side’s narratives,” he says.“It’s more important for progressives to construct a different narrative of victimization,” says Dolgert, adding that Democratic party candidate Bernie Sanders has done this by pointing to big banks wreaking havoc with the American economy.“You can’t radically change the voters’ perspectives; what you can do is motivate them to come over to you if you give them a better story about why they’re suffering.”Dolgert’s study — The Praise of Ressentiment: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump — will be published in a political science journal later this year. read more

Deshaun Thomas shows versatility in loss to Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. — On an otherwise glum day for the No. 2-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team Saturday, sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas was one of the few bright spots for the Buckeyes. Thomas helped keep the Buckeyes competitive as they suffered their first loss of the year in a 78-67 defeat against Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. Thomas shot 50 percent from the field, and finished the game with 19 points. Sophomore forward Jared Sullinger was absent from the OSU lineup due to back spasms he suffered during the Buckeyes’ Nov. 29 win against Duke. As a result, Thomas was forced to split time defending Kansas’ 6-foot-10 forward Thomas Robinson with Buckeyes’ freshman center Amir Williams. Robinson ended the game with 21 points, but Thomas said OSU coach Thad Matta was complimentary of Thomas’ defensive effort against Robinson after the game. “Coach just said I did pretty well with (Robinson),” Thomas said. “We tried to switch it up and confuse him.” Matta said the additional work was taxing for Thomas. “(Thomas) went 40 (minutes) tonight,” Matta said. “He wouldn’t have had to. He could have been a little bit fresher down the stretch.” Thomas still had enough left in his tank to contribute on the offensive end. Down the stretch, Thomas said his teammates wanted the ball in his hands and that Matta told him to be ready. “I came into the game hitting shots,” Thomas said. “I figured since (Sullinger) wasn’t playing, somebody has to make up for those points. So, I just kept my head in and knocked down some big (3-pointers) in the first half.” Thomas was 7-of-14 from the field and 3-of-7 shooting from 3-point territory in his 40 minutes of work. Two of his three made 3-pointers came on back-to-back possessions with just under eight minutes to play in the first half as OSU trailed, 23-16. Kansas coach Bill Self said that Thomas was a challenge for his team to guard. “In the first half… we were going to make Thomas make shots and keep Craft out of the (lane), and he made us pay,” Self said. Thomas said his shooting success was the product of working on each facet of his game during practice leading up to the Kansas game. “I mix it up in practice,” he said. “I play with the bigs and the shooters in practice. I’m versatile.” The Buckeyes wouldn’t go quietly Saturday, despite the eventual loss. OSU cut the margin to four at 62-58 with 5:39 to play. When Kansas’ lead grew to 10 points with fewer than three minutes to play, the Buckeyes cut that lead as well, coming to within six points with 1:56 to play. Comeback attempt after comeback attempt fell short in the end, but Thomas said the entire team was encouraged by how it competed. “We’re a competitive team and that’s a positive,” he said. “Without (Sullinger), we came out and competed without him. We’re a great team with him — don’t get me wrong — but we came out and competed.” OSU returns to action Wednesday against South Carolina-Upstate at the Schottenstein Center. Opening tip is set for 7:30 p.m. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball set for road matchup with No 12 Illinois

OSU junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson (23) leaps to spike a set by OSU senior setter Taylor Sherwin (8) during a match against Maryland on Nov. 7 at St. John Arena.Credit: Madelyn Grant / Lantern photographerThe No. 17 Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set for a chance at a season sweep against No. 12 Illinois when the two teams go head-to-head Wednesday night.The Fighting Illini (19-6, 11-3) and Buckeyes (18-8, 9-5) played earlier this season in Columbus in a closely contested battle. Ending in five sets, the Buckeyes prevailed, 16-14, in the final frame.Three days later, the Fighting Illini traveled to then-No. 5 Penn State and defeated the defending national champions in four sets.Coach Geoff Carlston said he expects the Fighting Illini coaching staff to motivate the team because the previous matchup was so close and either team could’ve won.“Obviously there’s going to be a little bit of a payback,” Carlston said. “I’m sure their coaching staff is going to use that, say, ‘Hey remember what happened last time?’ Whenever you play a team twice, and you win the first one, there’s some motivation there certainly, and playing at their court, they have a good crowd, and it’s a lot tougher to play on the road than it is at home.”Since playing in Columbus on Oct. 8, the Fighting Illini have won eight of nine conference matches, with the lone loss coming at Northwestern on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes have won six of nine conference matchups in that stretch.Freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said she’s seen a lot of improvement in the team since playing the Fighting Illini earlier this season.“We’ve been getting better, we’ve been working hard to fix a few things that we know we wanted to make some improvements on,” Schirmer said.She added that the Buckeyes need to work on “staying steady and consistent” if they want to come out of Huff Hall with a win.Freshman defensive specialist Kalisha Goree has seen improvements in the gym, too, she said.“Every day we’re just coming here trying to get better,” Goree said. “And I can see an improvement in all the girls.”The Fighting Illini will be led by sophomore middle blocker Katie Stadick, who ranks first in the Big Ten in blocks per set with an average of 1.46. Redshirt-junior outside hitter Jocelynn Birks is also top in the conference in points per set with an average of 4.54.The team as a whole is first in the conference in blocks, averaging 2.88 per set, and second in digs with 15.01 per set.Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said the team will treat Wednesday’s contest like any other match, even though the Fighting Illini might be fighting for revenge.“We just have to take every road trip like it is,” Sekinger said. “We just have to really focus and do what we did against them when they came to our house.”Wednesday’s match is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. in Champaign, Ill. read more

No selfie is worth your life Coastguards warn tourists to stop taking

first_imgThe beach near Birling Gap, close to where part of the Seven Sisters cliffs have previously collapsed Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Bob Jeffery, from Eastbourne Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), warned it is just a matter of time before the piece of cliff in one of the photographs collapsed.He said: “You can see it is like a ledge and you can see where the cracks are forming. Once there are cracks it is only a matter time before it goes and if you happen to be on the edge at that moment you are not going to survive.”It is estimated that around 10 inches of rock are lost along the Seven Sisters each year. However, bigger chunks have been known to disappear into the sea in one fall following particularly bad storms.Recent campaigns have aimed to highlight the dangers of posing for photographs on cliff edges with the National Accident Helpline’s #SelfieSafety launched in October.In March this year, a female photographer wearing a bright red jacket was criticised for sitting on the edge of the 530ft high Birling Gap.Last year, a group of teenagers took it in turns to sit, stand and even lie on the edge of a cliff nearby with a 200ft drop below, and was photographed by retired teaching assistant Pearl Carter.She said: “We were horrified. It was terrifying. The height down to the beach, if they had fallen, would have killed them.”Earlier that summer, a group of teenagers were also seen relaxing on a crumbly 300ft high ledge. In 2014, a man was spotted posing for a picture while dangling his legs over the cliff at nearby Beachy Head. The beach near Birling Gap, close to where part of the Seven Sisters cliffs have previously collapsedCredit:Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph The Coastguard today branded their behaviour dangerous and warned that no photograph is worth risking your life for.The antics emerged in a series of posts on Instagram over the weekend under the hashtag #sevensisters.Cliff collapses in the area have been regularly reported this year and in May remarkable footage showed a huge chunk of a 250ft tall chalk cliff fall into the sea.Thousands of tons of the rock were lost in the landslide, which is thought to have moved that stretch of coastline back around ten metres – but the latest photo over the weekend has prompted fresh warnings. The cliff edge at Seven Sisters is not fenced off.A spokesman for Dover Coastguard, which patrols the area, said: “There is nothing we can do to stop them doing it, but we do advise and request people not to do it.”It’s a problem and you can only tell people not to do it. It’s a beauty spot and people do take pictures there, but there are signs up warning people not to go near the edge. Education is the best thing we can do.”center_img We really can’t stress enough how important it is to keep back from the edge. There is no safe place to beSolent Coastguard A group of tourists were today slammed by the coastguard after risking their lives by posing for photos on the edge of a crumbling 500ft cliff.The young tourists, believed to be Korean, even took it in turns to teeter on one leg or dangle their feet over the edge at Seven Sisters Country Park near Brighton, East Sussex.One photo shows a woman dressed in a black coat, striped tracksuit bottoms and white trainers dangling her legs over the edge with her arms spread out wide.Another shot shows a young woman in a cream-coloured dress stood on one leg just inches from a sheer drop to the sea below at the popular beauty spot. A spokeswoman for Solent Coastguard said: “We’ve seen a number of cliff collapses around the coast in recent months and it’s very clear that these cliffs are very unstable in places.”We really can’t stress enough how important it is to keep back from the edge. There is no safe place to be.”Don’t be tempted to go and investigate and don’t risk going to the edge to get a dramatic picture – no selfie or photograph is worth risking your life for.”Use the designated paths, take notice of any warning signs, be responsible and don’t take any unnecessary risks.”It’s not known if the tourists in the social media posts were on a group outing together. There have been record levels of coastal erosion over the last few years in the area, with increasingly frequent storms softening up the chalk cliffs.This has resulted in dramatic collapses along the stretch, notably at Birling Gap where the National Trust cafe has had to be moved back from the edge.last_img read more

Man finds out live onair that his son missing for 11 days

first_imgI checked my basement, the FBI checked my basement, Detroit Police checked my basement, my wife checked my basement, I’ve been down there several times. We’ve all been checking.The boy, also named Charles Bothuell, was found behind a makeshift barricade of boxes in the basement after being missing since 14 June.Police have said that when the young boy was found on Wednesday he didn’t appear to have been there for long because investigators found cereal and a fizzy drink in the area.He has been turned over to his mother’s custody and met with child psychologists before talking to police yesterday according to CNN. His step-mother has also since been arrested for a probation violation on an unrelated weapons charge, police have confirmed.The child’s father is not allowed to have any contact with his son while the investigation continues. Investigators say this is standard operating procedure in such cases.Read: Woman who had just been raped told to “quit crying” by 911 operator >Read: I wish Monica Lewinsky well, I hope she builds a life she finds meaning in – Hillary Clinton > Source: HLN/YouTubeCHARLES BOTHUELL’s 12-year-old son was missing for 11 days when he went onto a US news television network to make another appeal for information on his disappearance.Just as he went live on-air, HLN’S Nancy Grace heard that his son was found alive in the man’s own basement.Grace informed the man of the development to gasps of disbelief and confusion from Bothuell, who asked the presenter to confirm the news.He was then asked by Grace whether he had in fact checked his basement for his missing child:last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S2 launching in the US on ATT Sprint and TMobile

first_imgIt’s a rarity for a top-notch smartphone to launch somewhere other than the U.S. first, but that’s precisely what happened with Samsung’s Galaxy S2. Heck, even in Canada — where folks like me usually wait weeks or months for new gadgets to launch after their U.S. debut — the Galaxy S2 has been available since June.Finally, however, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. With an avalanche of press releases today, Samsung has revealed that a trio of Galaxy S2 phones are launching in the U.S. The Galaxy S2 boasts some impressive specs: a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 16GB of internal storage, Super AMOLED screens at 480×800 resolution, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras, and microSD expansion.On AT&T, you’ll find the Galaxy S2 sporting a 4.3-inch display, HSPA+ support, and a 1650mAh battery. They’ll be selling it as the “thinnest 4G smartphone.” Sprint customers will be able to pick up the Epic 4G Touch with WiMax support, a larger 4.52-inch screen, and a more capacious 1800mAh battery. The T-Mobile variant splits the difference with a 4.52″ display and HSPA+ support. Unlike the others the processor on this one is not confirmed as being Samsung’s Exynos.The Samsung Galaxy S2 will arrive in the U.S. on Sprint first, where it will begin selling on September 16th for $199.99 with a new two-year contract. You can pre-order now with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card at participating stores. If that’s too steep for you, you could always skip Android and pick up one of Samsung’s less expensive new Bada-powered Wave handsets that were also just unveiled.When Russell previously shared the four upcoming flavors of the U.S. Galaxy S2, he mentioned Verizon — who was notably absent from Samsung’s announcements. Verizon’s as-yet-unnamed LTE slider could still be on the way, but we’ll have to wait patiently for more details.last_img read more

Its an absolute relief Contractor to be appointed to complete schools impacted

first_img Jun 25th 2018, 8:45 PM Short URL By Hayley Halpin File photo Share16 Tweet Email1 ‘It’s an absolute relief’: Contractor to be appointed to complete schools impacted by Carillion collapse In mid-January, it emerged that work had stalled on a number of schools after the UK-based firm went bust. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article It’s an absolute relief because we were trying to come up with a plan B, but we want further clarity and the maintenance contact for the next 25 years.Collapse of CarillionIn mid-January, it emerged that work had stalled on a number of schools after the UK-based firm went bust with debts of £1.5 billion (about €1.7 billion).Carillion was part of a consortium, Inspired Spaces, hired to build five schools and one further education college in Ireland.In early June, Sammon Contracting Ireland Limited was placed into liquidation. The High Court has appointed Stephen Tennant of Grant Thornton as the liquidator.The group was hired by the consortium that included Carillion to build the education buildings in Ireland. However, following the collapse of Carillion, the tender that Sammon held for the schools in question was placed for re-tendering and the schools were left in limbo.The re-tendering process was led by the Netherlands-headquartered Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF) on behalf of the PPP contract.“The Carillion liquidation and resulting uncertainty around completion dates for Schools Bundle 5 has been very challenging for the school communities involved,” Minister for Education Richard Bruton said in a statement this evening.“The clarity on timelines presented today by DIF and the project lenders is very welcome. I would like, in particular, to acknowledge the ongoing commitment and collaboration of the school authorities, staff and students in working through the challenges caused by the delays in completion of their new buildings.”The Department of Education confirmed that contingency planning remains in place for all six educational facilities affected.Students and staff of Eureka Secondary School in Kells, Tyndall College in Carlow and Carlow Institute of Further Education will continue to be accommodated in their existing buildings until the new buildings are completed, the department said.It added that Kilkenny Carlow ETB is also putting in place additional temporary accommodation arrangements to cater for its increased enrolments. Image: Sasko Lazarov via File photo Image: Sasko Lazarov via ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING put in place for a replacement contractor to be selected to carry out the completion of school building projects that were put on hold following the collapse of UK construction firm Carillion.Following this evening’s announcement, three schools expect to open the doors of their new buildings this coming September.Loreto College in Wexford, Coláiste Raithín in Bray and Ravenswell Primary School in Bray are expected to have works completed by the end of August, the Department of Education said.The replacement contractor will also undertake survey and preliminary work at the other three buildings affected – Tyndall College in Carlow, Carlow Institute of Further Education and Eureka Secondary School in Kells.This survey and preliminary work will be undertaken during the summer and will provide a detailed scope of works to allow the contract arrangements to be finalised for the completion of these schools by the end of December.Commenting on this evening’s development, principal at Coláiste Ráithin, Gearóid Ó Ciaráin told “We are hoping that this is such that we are going to be in [the new school] by 1 September and that the first year [students] can look forward to a full curriculum. 16,436 Views 5 Comments Monday 25 Jun 2018, 8:45 PMlast_img read more

Hadopi 17 offres labellisées sur le site PURfr

first_imgHadopi : 17 offres labellisées sur le site PUR.frEn marge du lancement de sa campagne publicitaire pour lutter contre le téléchargement illégal, la Haute autorité pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet (Hadopi) a également lancé le site qui référence 17 offres légales. La grande offensive de l’Hadopi a commencé. En plus de la campagne publicitaire lancée ce lundi, un site qui référence 17 offres labellisées,, a également vu le jour, explique Numerama. Dans le détail ce sont donc 10 offres pour la musique, 3 pour la VOD, 3 pour le jeu vidéo, 2 pour les logiciels, et une pour les images, le compte étant bon puisque certaines plateformes sont multi-thématiques.”Le label PUR vous aide à y voir plus clair : le public a l’assurance que les plateformes qui apposent le label proposent des contenus en ligne respectant les droits des créateurs”, peut-on lire sur le site qui explique aussi qu'”ainsi les internautes sont assurés de pouvoir profiter des œuvres qu’ils aiment en toute quiétude”. “Le téléchargement illégal et le streaming illégal fragilisent toute la chaîne de création qui permet la naissance des œuvres qui vous font vibrer. Sans vous, l’Hadopi ne peut rien. Et pour que les artistes que vous aimez continuent à vous surprendre et vous émouvoir, il devient plus que nécessaire d’adopter un comportement responsable sur internet. Avec l’Hadopi, montrons que nous aimons la création et ceux qui la font”, conclut ainsi le communiqué visible sur 14 juin 2011 à 13:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Geek Deals Save Over a Thousand Dollars on the White Hat Hacker

first_imgIf you’ve ever considered getting into the field of IT security, you’ll want to take note of today’s deal from StackSocial. Grab eight courses at a massive discount, and learn the basics of white hat hacking.• Pay what you want: White hat hacker 2017 bundleSo, what exactly does the bundle have to offer? These eight courses:The complete ethical hacking course for 2016-2017 ($249 value)Learn ethical hacking from scratch ($180 value)Networks from scratch to advanced implementation ($149 value)Certified information systems security professional ($149 value)Information security management fundamentals ($95 value)Web security: Common vulnerabilities and their mitigation ($50 value)Python for Android hacking crash course: Trojan perspective ($199 value)Wifi hacking with Kali ($200 value)All together, this bundle is worth about $1271. With 63 hours of content spread across 488 individual lessons, there’s a lot to learn with these eight courses. If you want a rock-solid base of information to build off of for a full-fledged security career, this bundle is exactly that.Keep in mind, you’ll need to beat the average price to get everything in the bundle. Currently, the price is under $20, so you’ll be saving well over a thousand bucks. But if you’re not interested in paying that much, you can still get a little something. Even if you spend the bare minimum, you’ll still get “Python for Android hacking crash course: Trojan perspective” and “Wifi hacking with Kali.” Note: All sales final. Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals, head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

HandsOn Iron Man VR Is Your Next Marvel PS4 Exclusive

first_imgStay on target Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 One of the very best video games that came out last year was Insomniac’s Spider-Man game exclusively for PlayStation 4. After years of so-so Spidey games, the wall-crawler finally got the lovingly crafted AAA open-world game he deserved with web-slinging, acrobatic combat, and a host of colorful baddies to bash that made players truly feel like Spider-Man.And now a new Sony/Marvel collaboration is tempting us with promises of stepping directly into the shoes of an Avenger. Iron Man VR, developed by Camouflaj, wants you to feel like you’ve just hopped inside of Tony Stark’s armor. After playing it for ourselves, it just might.Just on a conceptual level Iron Man VR is a brilliant idea. The power fantasy of Iron Man is all about strapping a big dumb huge gizmo to your face to shoot things. And right now there’s no bigger or dumber gizmo to strap onto your face to shoot things than a PlayStation VR headset. Now you can see the high-tech hologram interface in your peripheral vision. Now you can hear Friday’s AI instructions in your ear, along with Tony Stark’s quips. Heck, I could drink if I wanted to at this hands-on event, completing the cosplay even further.The somewhat janky nature of virtual reality tech is also totally in line with Stark’s character. As different pieces of armor flew towards me to attach onto my flailing body I didn’t totally buy the illusion. But just using a clearly cutting-edge piece of technology made my empathize with Stark’s scrappy tinkering spirit. Yeah the image quality could’ve been clearer, but soaring high above the water was convincing enough to give me vertigo.From there Iron Man VR is pretty much another VR shooting gallery albeit with enough control differences to really encourage players to pose like Iron Man. You maneuver in the sky by holding your hands towards the ground in different positions, mimicking the thrusters on Tony’s own hands. It’s somewhere between a flight sim and a weird free-flowing 3D platformer or car combat game. In the demo I had to frequently adjust speed and height to keep up with a crashing airplane out of Iron Man 3, and it felt accurate and smooth and satisfying. There’s a useful quick boost, too.Of course Iron Man also does a lot of punching and shooting. You can punch with a punching motion, rocketing you towards your target as well. And you shoot by holding your hands up, pulling the trigger, and aiming from the palms like Iron Man. Too much shooting overheats your weapons but you can pretty liberally blast enemies all around you. Shooting and flying work well together in tandem against enemies that can only be damaged from certain angles.And a healthy dose of entertaining Iron Man aesthetic keeps everything nice and cohesive. It’s not MCU but might as well be. There’s banter with Pepper Potts. Hacker villain Ghost reminds Tony of his arms dealer past. You can have to physically fix pieces of the airplane yourself with your bare hands, as well as rescue Pepper with those same hands.Iron Man VR launches on PlayStation 4 later this year. For more on VR check out our hands-on with VR versions of Five Nights At Freddy’s and Justin Roiland’s Trover Saves The Universe, as well as our thoughts on Nintendo Labo VR.last_img read more

SD Sheriffs Department uses specialized dogs to help fight crime

first_imgSD Sheriff’s Department uses specialized dogs to help fight crime Posted: February 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- President Trump, earlier today, at a rally in El Paso talked about how K9’s are a valuable asset to border protection.Deputy Kirsten Racine, who is a k9 handler with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, talked to KUSI about what it’s like being a handler.Full comments on the K9’s at President Trump’s rally: February 21, 2019last_img read more

Alphabet Rockers On Empowering Kids With HipHop

first_img Alphabet Rockers On Empowering Kids With Hip-Hop alphabet-rockers-empowering-kids-hip-hop Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 11, 2018 – 4:17 pm Alphabet Rockers Empower Kids With Hip-Hop Email Twitter Kaitlin McGaw, Tommy Shepherd, Jr. and Juan Amador of the Alphabet Rockers stopped by our tent backstage at Lollapalooza to share what it means to them to perform their music at the iconic festival, why they write songs about “tough stuff,” and how it’s such an important time to empower young people and celebrate diversity by “throwing shine all over this shade.””What’s different about Alphabet Rockers is we are really invested in the human experience,” Shepherd explains. “And so, when we talk about children’s music, we talk about music that we’d all like to hear and things that we all need to be listening to as adults.”Inside GRAMMY U’s Backstage Tour Takeover At Lollapalooza 2018 The GRAMMY-nominated group shares why it’s so important for them to make music for kids that tackles the “tough stuff” and leaves them feeling empoweredAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 11, 2018 – 4:18 pm GRAMMY-nominated group Alphabet Rockers may be focused on making children’s music, but their social justice themed, kid-friendly hip-hop songs are about more than just having fun. Their goal is to educate and empower young people through “music that we’d all like to hear and things that we all need to be listening to.” Alphabet Rockers On Empowering Kids With Hip-Hop News last_img read more

The Grand Bargain seeks to improve Sitka communities

first_img“The Grand Bargain” is a multi-tier proposal by the Task Force. Among their suggestions is a plan to raise property taxes, reduce grocery bills, and soften electricity rate hikes for the next three years. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)In Sitka, a Citizen’s Task Force has been meeting for several months to come up with a strategy for keeping the community’s basic services, while adjusting the tax structure. The Task Force is ready to reveal their plan called “The Grand Bargain.”Download AudioWith a budget gap to close and state funding growing ever more unlikely, how will Sitka make due? The Task Force says, ‘By striking a deal with its citizens.’This is their idea: If citizens approve a ballot initiative to raise cap on property taxes by two mills, the city will eliminate the sales tax on groceries.At their March 7 meeting, Cyndi Gibson crunched the numbers and lit by the glow of a projector, presented her findings.“The idea is that people that have homes that are more valuable can have the resources to absorb those expenses a little bit easier than people who maybe have fixed income or maybe have bigger families and these other expenses,” Gibson said.Her example compares two families. Let’s call them Family A and Family B. Each one has a mom, dad, and two kids and spends the same amount on groceries. Repealing the sales tax on groceries (which would apply only to food, not toiletries) would save each family $825 a year.Now, if family A’s home is valued at $350,000, then the Grand Bargain would save them a bit of money. But what about family B? If the have a second home, Gibson said they would pay more.“Maybe you own a second house that you rent,” she said. “I own a house that’s $350,000 and I live in a house that’s $400,000. So you will pay $675 more per year.By Gibson’s calculations, this pattern also holds true for senior citizens and renters. Those who have more properties (or more highly valued properties) will pay more under this new paradigm.Task Force member Dyan Bessette worried that the burden shift would negatively impact seniors, who may have second properties but are on fixed income.Bessette: You’re assuming seniors are a lot better off financially than other people.Gibson: No, I never meant to imply that.Bevan: There’s two groups of seniors.Task force members have also been divided on whether to assign these mill rates to a specific purpose. Hugh Bevan suggested dedicating the revenue from one of the mill rates towards bond payments on the expansion of the Blue Lake hydro dam.“I’m in favor of splitting it in half and dedicating one (mill) to debt reduction in the electric fund. The other I’m ambivalent about,” Bevan told the Task Force.Vice Chair Max Rule worried that would put Sitka in a bind. He said, “If we get in to dedicating 1 mill of property tax for debt reduction of the utility, then we’re committed out there for 35 years.”Other task force members wondered whether dedicating the mill rate to road maintenance would be a better sell to the public. But in the end, the Task Force decided to get more public input and leave the 2 mill bump undesignated for any one fund.And speaking of the Blue Lake dam, the Task Force is also recommending a $1.9 million subsidy from the general fund to the electric fund. This is important because mild winters and low oil prices have put Sitka out of pace with bond payments for the dam. Rates will likely increase again this year and the subsidy is meant to keep that rate hike below 5%. Last year, rates increased by 6%.On the cuts side, the Task Force is proposing a $1.7 million cut to the General Fund and $600,000 to the school district over the course of three years. They did not propose a cut to Sitka Community Hospital, which concerned Gibson at last Monday’s (03-14-16) meeting.“I kind of feel like if we’re expecting our school to cut back and our city to cut back, then the hospital is pretty big,” she said.Hospital CEO Rob Allen is Chair of the Task Force, though he was not present at the March 14 meeting. Right now, the city has budgeted $157,000 for the Hospital, which goes towards capital projects and equipment. Rule felt this cost was too small to cut into.Rule: That was my reason for leaving it as zero.Gibson: That’s fine, but we need to be able to tell that to people.Just that – “being able to tell that to people” – kind of captures the challenge before the Task Force now. They need to figure out how to tell the story of the decisions they’ve made and why they made them, seeking public input while also defending their choices.Speaking to her fellow Task Force members, Gibson said, “If we think this is the solution, it’s our job to communicate effectively enough that everybody else can understand what it’s important and why they would want to do it.”And citizen’s aren’t their only critics. The Task Force will present their recommendations to the Assembly at a work session on Tuesday, April 12 at 5 p.m.Listen to a half-hour “Grand Bargain” special with Task Force members Rob Allen, Hugh Bevan, and Cindy Gibson to hear about their plan in further detail.The Task Force will gather public input on the Grand Bargain at a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. tonight (03-21-16) in room 229 at the University of Alaska Southeast.last_img read more