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first_imgChina’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that there had been no change to the situation around Scarborough Shoal, after the Philippines said it was seeking clarification from China about an increase in ships near the disputed South China Sea shoal.”I can tell you that there has not been any change to the Huangyan Island situation. China has also not taken new actions,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing in Beijing, using China’s name for the shoal.”Given this situation, some people are hyping the situation by spreading that kind of information. I think it is worth everyone being vigilant of this kind of intent.”Also Read:Ahead of summit, Philippines shows images of Chinese boats at disputed shoallast_img read more

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has warned his players of the burning desire that Cristiano Ronaldo will have to secure a victory over them at Old Trafford with Juventus.The ex-Red Devils winger will make his return to the venue where he first became a global superstar, scoring 118 goals in 292 outings with the club, on Tuesday on Champions League duty with the Italian side.It is not, however, the first time he has been back since departing for Real Madrid in 2009, turning out for Los Blancos at the Theatre of Dreams under the stewardship of Mourinho in 2013. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! On that occasion, he found the net and the Portuguese manager believes that the 33-year-old’s desire to do so again will remain enormous.“He came back with me in Real Madrid,” Mourinho told United’s official website. “I know how much he loves Manchester United. I know that, but I also know how much he wanted to win here and score against Manchester United and win against Manchester United, because he did that with Real. “He scored and they won. So, it will be more of the same on Tuesday. “The fans will show the respect he deserves. He will show that to the fans, too. I know that he really loves the club but when the ball starts rolling, he wants to score and he wants to win.”Despite the presence of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Juve’s ranks, Mourinho remains optimistic that United can pick up maximum points.“Nobody can stop us going into the game and thinking we can win,” he said, explaining how much he is enjoying this period of the season after facing Chelsea and drawing 2-2 at the weekend.“It’s opponents of this level of football that you want. You cannot be in the Champions League and expect not to play and not to enjoy these opponents. “I think they are always a candidate to win the trophy and, this season, they are more than a candidate. So, it’s fantastic for us. “I said before the Chelsea game that Chelsea-Juventus in three days, for some, is a nightmare. For me, it’s not a nightmare, it’s just where I want to be and I thought I was quite successful in giving this feeling to the boys before the Chelsea match. “I think it’s easier now to give the same feeling for this match and we have to enjoy it. Nobody can kill our desire to play that game and try to win.”Mourinho’s men have four points from their two matches to date, having won 3-0 at Young Boys before being held scoreless by Valencia at Old Trafford earlier this month.last_img read more

first_imgGreats Shoes are Handcrafted, Timeless, and Simply Great  Close Editors’ Recommendations When it comes to sneakers, it can be easy to gravitate towards your typical Nike, adidas, or Puma preference. However, there are other brands creating ‘great’ shoes, too.In the direct-to-consumer marketing world, Greats shoes has risen to the upper echelon of the sneaker game. Being the first men’s footwear line born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the e-commerce brand has managed to find a comfortable niche in the highly competitive footwear world.Inspired by the likes of Warby Parker and Everlane, sneaker veterans and Great’s co-founders Ryan Babenzien and Jon Buscemi began the brand with the desire to deliver fresher products, at a faster rate, and at a better price. Almost four years after their idea took action, Greats has done just that: took high-quality materials, blended them in classic silhouettes with fancied contemporary relevance, and sells them at an affordable price.Greats has built its business around a younger audience, or millennials if we want to get technical. This niche is driven on buying the newest, the rarest, or the less available pairs of shoes to stand out amongst their peers. Greats shoes fit in this crowd effortlessly, while also reaching more sophisticated audiences that want high-quality materials.The brand releases product bi-weekly, which are seen first through gateways such as social media and press marketing. These platforms provide constant interaction with their target audience who crave a plethora of styles and color ways. Their Instagram account alone boasts over 90,000 followers, so it’s easy to see why they’re having such success.The Hirsh, $159The Royale High, $180The Royale Perforated, $180The Wooster, $160Let’s be honest, these timeless silhouettes are simple, yet sleek and stunning. They’re the type of shoe you can wear on multiple occasions, whether it be a casual day around town or a dressed up night out. So, what’re you waiting for? Head over to Greats’ website and find yourself the perfect pair of affordable luxury sneakers. What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? 7 Single Malt Whiskies that Aren’t Scotch but Are Still Greatcenter_img Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Ain’t That American: 7 Great Home Decor Brands Based in the U.S.A. 8 Great and Useful Housewarming Gifts Ideas last_img read more

first_imgzoom Russian tanker owner and operator Baltic Fleet Tanker (BF Tanker) has signed contracts for the construction of 7 tankers of the ‘river-sea type’ with the domestic shipyards Oka Shipyard and Red Sormovo, and the PJSC State Transport Leasing Company.Under the terms of the shipbuilding contracts, all 7 tankers (project RST-RST-54 and 27) are to be delivered to BF Tanker during the 2016 river navigation season.With the commissioning of these new ships, BF Tanker plans to transport at least 1 million tons of oil products during 2016. In 2015, under a contract with OAO “LUKOIL”, BF Tanker utilised 17 vessels with a combination of owned and chartered vessels.“BF Tanker has consistently implemented its commitments to OAO“LUKOIL”, for the transportation of oil products using a new, safe and efficient fleet, this is our priority. Despite the current difficulties faced by the Russian financial sector, one of the largest Russian leasing companies agreed to support this important ship construction order. According to our information, this is the largest order placed this year at Russian shipyards” Sergey Chaplgyin, BF Tanker’s Chairman of the Board, said.last_img read more

first_imgThe province released the 2012-13 Occupational Health and Safety annual report today, Dec. 18, showing what government did last year to make workplaces safer. The report, which covers April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013, focuses on things such as inspections, compliance, prosecutions, administrative penalties, legislation, and the number of fatalities in workplaces across Nova Scotia. “This report is an important document that helps us see what’s been done in the past and what we can do with our partners to make the year ahead safer,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. Last year, the number of inspections increased. Safety officers conducted nearly 2,500 inspections, the highest number to date. Work began on the new workplace safety strategy, improvements were made to the administrative penalty system and new regulations we introduced for fall protection, scaffolding and temporary highway work. Ten people died on the job from traumatic injury during the period, up from six. There were 22 workplace fatalities caused by a long-term injury or illness, an increase of one from the previous report. “This report shows that there are still far too many people not returning home from work,” said Ms. Regan. “That’s why we are stepping up our safety efforts. We are hiring more inspectors, adding to our prosecution team, and working with industry to identify and target high-risk companies with poor safety records.” These changes, and several others, are part of the province’s workplace safety strategy, and address auditor general recommendations to improve the province’s health and safety services. “We will do everything we can to spare families from hearing the news that a loved one has had an accident at work,” said Ms. Regan. To review the annual report, visit http://novascotia.ca/lae/healthandsafety/pubs.asp#anreport.last_img read more

first_imgSlightly better than expected Canadian unemployment numbers don’t tell the whole story. There are pros and cons which come along with them.Express Employment Professionals CEO Robert Funk said a lot of temporary workers seemed to find full time work.“The part time workers fell, and the full time workers increased, so, that’s the encouraging news,” he said.The discouraging news is that the labour participation rate went down, approaching a ten-year low.“Which means there are still a lot of people sitting on the sidelines who have not decided to go back to work and of course, that’s be a challenge through the last five or ten years,” explained Funk, adding there are a couple reasons for that.“We’re seeing more people who have increased government benefits feel it’s just as economically viable for them to stay off the job force,” he said.The other reason is a skills gap.Funk explained it’s not high skilled work either. The need is for more semi-skilled workers such as refrigeration operators and welders which may only take a couple years of education.Those jobs are paying very well right now, as much as $60,000 right out of school.The hardest people to employ are those with four year arts degrees.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: New Delhi parliamentary constituency always remains the centre of attraction for all the major political parties contesting the Lok Sabha elections in the national capital as it is considered as the political powerhouse. The constituency comprises North-Block and South Block, Janpath, NDMC areas, South Extention, Lodi Colony, B K Dutt colony, Safdarjung Enclave, President House, South and North Avenues, Gol Daak Khana, Connaught Place, Panchkuyia Road, RBI quarters and Sarojni Nagar etc. The New Delhi is popularly recognised as Lutyens’ Delhi and most of the NDMC areas fall under this constituency. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe New Delhi constituency is the seat from where the national capital got its first woman MP Sucheta Kriplani in 1951. She contested from New Delhi on a ticket of the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party, founded by her husband Acharya Kripalani and had defeated Congress’ Manmohini Sehgal, a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Apart from this, the Constituency has been represented and contested by some of the top names in Indian politics including former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, Congress’ actor-turned-politician Rajesh Khanna, BJP leader Jagmohan- who won a hat-trick in Lok Sabha elections from New Delhi seat (1996, 1998 and 1999), and Congress leader Ajay Maken. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAfter Jagmohan’s hatrick, Congress leader Ajay Maken emerged as winner from New Delhi seat in 2004 and 2009. Currently BJP’s Meenakashi Lekhi is MP from New Delhi seat. In 2014, the BJP candidate Lekhi had defeated AAP’s Ashish Khaitan with huge margin. However in 2015 Assembly polls, the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party emerged victorious on all the 10 assembly seats which falls under the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. The constituency comprises 37 percent government employees. New Delhi has population share of 20 percent Punjabi, 18 percent Scheduled Caste, 10 percent Bania, 10 percent Brahmin and 1.1 percent slum dwellers.last_img read more

first_imgTalcher: Five people, including a woman and two girls, were killed when a wild elephant strayed into human habitation in different villages of Angul district, officials said Friday.The tusker entered Sandha village near here from a forest late on Thursday night and trampled to death three members of a family, who were sleeping in the verandah of their house. A man and his two-year-old daughter were among those killed in the first incident. The family was staying in Sandha village since the man was working in a brick kiln in the locality. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe jumbo also killed a woman in the same village while she was asleep in the verandah of her house. The tusker then proceeded to Santhapada village where it crushed to death a 70-year-old man, the official said. Angry over the incidents, residents of the two villages staged a road blockade on Friday morning demanding adequate compensation to the family of the deceased. The blockade was lifted after financial assistance was provided to the families of the deceased. Steps were being taken for payment of ex-gratia as per rules, he said. Efforts were on to drive the wild elephant into the forest, a forest official said.last_img read more

OTTAWA — The oil and gas sector will need to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 42 per cent if Canada has any hope of meeting overall reductions targets by the end of the decade, says a new report from an environmental think-tank.The Pembina Institute report also says the only way that’s going to happen is if upcoming federal regulations on the sector go much farther than those already in place in Alberta.The Conservative government has been promising new rules for the oil and gas sector since 2008 and has suggested they will finally be unveiled this year.They’ll follow earlier regulations for the transportation and electricity sectors, all aimed at reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020.Both the environmental commissioner and the now-defunct National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy warned last year that Canada was not on track to meet that goal.A federal government report last summer, however, said Canada was already halfway there.The oil and gas sector is responsible for about 22 per cent of all emissions, making the rules governing the sector the most critical, the institute said Tuesday in releasing its report.It’s a make-or-break moment for Canada’s climate credibility, said Clare Demerse, the think-tank’s director of federal policy.“This is an industry that has been under microscope, it is facing more and more scrutiny of its environmental track record, and having strong regulations in place would help to answer its critics (and) would help to increase public support for the sector’s operations,” Demerse said.The institute would rather see an overarching approach to emissions reductions, rather than the government’s current sector-by-sector rules, Demerse said. But the Conservatives are likely to model their regulations after the precedent-setting regime already in place in Alberta, she added.There, companies can voluntarily reduce emissions, make payments in lieu of reductions to a technology fund, or purchase so-called carbon offsets.If the federal government is going to follow that model, it is needs to go father, the report said.Rather than charge $15 a tonne for a technology fund, as Alberta does, the federal rules should charge at least $100 per tonne by 2020, the report recommends.If companies are indeed allowed to buy offsets, the government will have to ensure they actually represent emissions reductions, it adds.“A higher target sends a stronger signal to oil and gas companies that they need to reduce their emissions, and the funds they provide to a technology fund or to offset projects mean increased investment in projects that cut GHG pollution in other sectors as well.”While the measures being proposed by the report would represent about a $3 cost per barrel of oil, it’s by no means a carbon tax, Demerse said, since the industry would be able to find other ways to reduce emissions.A tax, on the other hand, would be mandatory, she said.In fact, the reduction goals aren’t so out of line with an old Conservative pledge on GHG emissions from 2008 that aimed to cut the oil and gas sector’s contributions by 37 per cent, Demerse noted.The Conservatives, meanwhile, have insisted a tax on carbon of any kind is not on the table. The government is committed to getting levels down — but not at all costs, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said Tuesday.“One sure way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — and it’s been done in a lot of countries — is to have the economy collapse,” Oliver said..“That’s not the route our government wants to take.” read more

In a letter released at UN Headquarters in New York today, the Secretary-General informs the members of the Security Council that he will forward the list of nominations, along with curricula vitae, for the 35 ad litem judges received from UN Member States and observers.In late March, the Council extended until 15 April the deadline for nominating short-term judges to the Tribunal after the number of candidates nominated for the posts – then 26 – fell short of the minimum of 36 the Council is required to transmit to the UN General Assembly for final selection. In his letter to the Council, the Secretary-General also notes that the list of candidates he has received remains short of the minimum number of 36 required by the Tribunal’s Statute.The Council created the ICTR, located in Arusha, Tanzania, in November 1994 to prosecute people responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Rwanda between 1 January and 31 December 1994. The Tribunal may also deal with the prosecution of Rwandan citizens responsible for genocide and other such violations of international law committed in neighbouring States over the same period. read more

“[We] continue to seek clarification from the authorities on the circumstances under which these individuals were returned to Myanmar,” Andrej Mahecic, a spokesperson for UNHCR told journalists at the UN Office at Geneva on Friday.Prior to their return, the men were moved from Silchar prison in Assam province, near the border with Bangladesh – where they had been in detention since 2012 –  to the province of Manipur, bordering Myanmar.“On learning of their detention and the planned return, and based on credible reports that the seven men are Rohingya, UNHCR requested the Indian authorities to grant access to this group, to assess their need for international refugee protection,” said Mr. Mahecic.According to the UNHCR spokesperson, the UN agency did not receive a response to its request and was unable to secure access for a lawyer from a state legal service.Beginning in August last year, widespread ethnic violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine province forced some 720,000 members of the country’s minority Muslim Rohingya community to flee their homes and seek refuge across the border in Bangladesh – joining several thousands more who fled Myanmar in years prior – sparking one of the largest and most complex refugee crises in the world.Former UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, described the violence against the Myanmar as “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.An independent international fact-finding mission, established by the UN Human Rights Council to look into the violence, found patterns of gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, committed by Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw.It also documented mass killings, the scorching of Rohingya settlements and large-scale gang rape and other sexual violence by Myanmar soldiers.About 18,000 registered Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers in India – UNHCRIn addition, there are some 18,000 Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers, living in different locations, who have registered with the UNHCR office in India, said Mr. Mahecic.UNHCR issues identity cards to the registered refugees and documents to asylum-seekers, helping prevent arbitrary arrests, detention and deportation. It works with the state legal services, authorities and a network of partners to provide legal support to persons of concern in detention in India. read more

Below is a Commentary by Dr Leslie Ramsammy on Government’s recently advanced White Paper where Agriculture Minister Noel Holder outlined their vision and plans for the troubled sugar industry going forward:Dr Leslie RamsammyThe White Paper on Sugar, as presented by the Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder, is a non-paper. It is another cruel and shameless attempt to change the narrative. Like the previous desperate attempts, this white paper is just as futile; the ugly narrative cannot be changed. Far from changing the narrative, the White Non-Paper confirms that, at the very least, APNU+AFC is maliciously downsizing SUGAR as a prelude for CLOSURE. This is the narrative they desperately want to change, but the Guyanese people are not buying APNU+AFC’s misinformation and misdirection.The White-Paper, a doomsday presentation, provides no assurances, nor any plans on how three sugar estates, Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt will stay open. In fact, reading between the lines, the definite closure of three more sugar estates in 2017, added to Wales which was closed in 2016, represent the beginning of a plan to close sugar. David Granger, Nagamootoo, Ramjattan, Holder, Trotman, Charandass, Thomas and the whole APNU+AFC machinery, together with the hatchet team of GUYSUCO senior management and Board must carry this shame with them forever. The scandal and fiasco and the shame of SUGAR downsizing, the subsequent closure and the loss of more than 15,000 jobs and the threat of poverty for between 50,000 to 100,000 people will be tattooed on their forehead forever.More than half of the paper is filled with interesting, but irrelevant historical information, with a hefty dose of inaccuracies. Production data, even if historical, is meaningful only if it is accurate. For example, between 1976, when SUGAR was nationalized, and 1992, production averaged about 245,000 tons annually and not 328,000 tons. This average production under the nationalized industry was significantly below the average sugar production between 1946 and 1976 when the industry was operated by Bookers. GUYSUCO’s records, Bank of Guyana Annual Statistics, Bureau of Statistics and National Budget data will confirm my statistics. In fact, production in the 1980s fell to an average of about 200,000 tons, and, by 1991, fell closer to 100,000 tons. Production rose to an average above 250,000 tons in the 1990s and even surpassed 300,000 tons on several instances in the 1990s before encountering difficulties beginning in 2010. These difficulties followed the EU’s arbitrary 37% reduction of the price for sugar, the impact of climate change and the need for accelerated mechanization, all difficult issues, but each of them solvable, but unaddressed in the paper.Interestingly, the White-Paper omitted relevant information. SUGAR provided almost $100B in today’s money worth to Central Government, through the Sugar Levy between 1976 and 1996. This omitted information is relevant as it places present day cash inputs from Central Government in a different perspective – Central Government is repaying, not subsidizing SUGAR. In addition, the White Paper ignored the $30B in EU Budgetary Support as compensation for the arbitrary reduction of sugar prices. This, too, is relevant information for relevant assessment of what is going on in SUGAR. Significantly, diversification of GUYSUCO’s operation was an important part of the 1980s, SUGAR Story. This was ignored in the White Paper. The omitted information do not support a narrative that APNU+AFC wants to disseminate to people.The so-called White Paper ignored the recommendation of APNU+AFC’s own COI and, further, ignored the recommendation of the IMF. While it makes reference to some aspects of the COI Report, it conveniently ignored the more relevant information and it simply pretended that the IMF had nothing to say about SUGAR.The historical perspective, with its hefty portion of inaccuracies, and its listing of problems represent more than 75% of the paper. The section dealing with the future of SUGAR is skimpier than the bikinis that are just lines on almost naked women that leaves little for the imagination. In fact, there is little for us to imagine or speculate on, whether it is the skimpy bikinis or the White Paper on Sugar. It is clear, SUGAR is being downsized to begin with, and, three estates will continue, but without plans on making them more efficient and profitable and for diversification, these will also be thrown aside.Diversification has always been a much-touted plan for GUYSUCO. The White Paper ignored any discussion of disastrous 1980s diversification schemes. Yet, the elephant in the room is APNU+AFC’s much touted plans in various public engagements to resuscitate some of these same failed diversification plans. Are these still being considered?The PPP’s approach on diversification in the 1990s to 2015 was diversification of sugar-based products, as opposed to the PNC/APNU+AFC plans which diversifies into non-sugar areas. For example, the PPP sought to add value by reducing bulk sugar production while increasing packaged sugar – Demerara Gold and other branded packaged sugar products and bottled molasses. The White Paper ignores completely the Blairmont and Enmore sugar and molasses packaging plants. These are profitable value-added sugar products for CARICOM and other markets around the world. Is it an oversight or deliberate because it does not fit the narrative for closing SUGAR?The PPP’s diversification plan included production of ethanol to meet, first, the demand of the local market as legislation was being prepared to mandate ethanol-based gasoline for all vehicles, with at least 10% ethanol as a requirement at all gas-stations. A prototype ethanol plant was established at Albion and showed that ethanol production was feasible and could add-value to sugar. Nothing was said about this important venture. Again the question is asked why? is it because there is no plan and a closed SUGAR industry will not allow this?The White Paper conveniently ignored real questions about consolidation of estates. Already, Uitvlugt has demonstrated that transportation of canes from Wales to Uitvlugt is filled with problems – transportation of cane to the factory has increased cost of production. The same will be true for canes from most of the Rose Hall cultivation to Albion. In spite of GUYSUCO’s denial, Providence cane cultivation which is part of the Rose Hall estate was closed since the end of 2015. Albion which presently boasts the lowest cost of sugar production and the most efficient in terms of cane to sugar ratio will be transformed into a less efficient estate. It will be impossible to maintain Enmore/LBI cultivation since transport to any factory will be prohibitive.Finally, the idea that GUYSUCO will continue to maintain Drainage and Irrigation in closed estates is a myth. The cost for maintaining the drainage and irrigation in the closed estate will become a cost that Government must take up. This is a cost that GUYSUCO has borne and it is now being recognized that this was included in the cost of production. GUYSUCO has always subsidized central government and local government in Regions 3, 4, 5 and 6 when it comes to maintaining D&I. The same can be said about health. GUYSUCO has provided primary health care for its workers forever. Now this will become a cost on Government.The White Paper confirmed downsizing, setting-up SUGAR for closure, just as APNU+AFC promised in 2014 when at least twice at APNU press conferences they declared that SUGAR should be closed. Terms such as consolidation, diversification, re-engineering etc. are dog-whistles for CLOSURE of SUGAR. The White Paper gives effect to the 2014 position. It makes a mockery of the promises that Granger, Nagamootoo, Ramjattan, Trotman and Charandass made to sugar workers and Guyana during the 2015 election campaign when they said that SUGAR was “too big to fail”. Sadly, the White Paper is merely a political prop to disguise the lies that these men told the workers. 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first_imgTWO WOMEN WHO were protesting over lack of suitable accommodation in Bray have resumed their sit-in at Bray Town Council’s offices.Councillor John Brady, who had been taking part in the sit-in with the women when it was first held on Friday and Saturday evening, told TheJournal.ie that they were due to meet with Bray Town Council this afternoon.The Sinn Féin councillor said that part of the agreement that ended the weekend’s sit in was they they would go to the council for a meeting at 2pm.He said he and the women had returned for the meeting, “only to find the goalposts had been moved seriously”. He said that the women wanted him to be present during the meeting, but that the council did not want this. This has led to the sit-in taking place.Cllr Brady said that private security are on the site and when he was speaking to TheJournal.ie said no other council staff were present, and that the building is “locked up”. The women are prepared to stay there until a meeting takes place.Cllr Brady said the situation is not in the hands of the women, but “firmly in the hands of the local authority”.“Unsuitable”The meeting was organised in order to provide something more longterm in terms of emergency accommodation for the women. The women are unhappy with the accommodation they have been provided with, after presenting as homeless at Bray Town Council in recent weeks. Landlords told them recently that their leases would not be renewed on the homes they had been living in for the past number of years.Both women have children, and say the hostel they were told to go to in Co Wicklow is unsuitable for them and their children, and is far away from one woman’s work, and the children’s school.Cllr Brady said they have “no other option” but to hold the sit-in, and that their children have been put into the care of relatives.Their protest this evening is out of “sheer desperation” and “lack of suitable alternatives”, he said.A spokesperson from Bray Town Council could not be reached this evening for a comment. Read: Protest by two homeless mothers at Bray Town Council offices resolved>Read: Women continue sleep-in protest at Bray Town Council over homelessness>last_img read more

first_imgA warning for commuters, the journey home is likely to entail lightning, thunder and possible flash flooding this afternoon.According to forecaster Rod Dickson, the incoming storms are expected to be more severe than those this morning. “The conditions are such that we could see flash flooding almost anywhere in the state with decent thunderstorm activity, and that’s probably most likely this afternoon over western areas of the state,” he said.“If you’re under one of the storms – and it’s a big one – 30 millimetres could come down in a hurry and cause flash flooding.”Weather also affected flights this morning, with two international flights diverted from Melbourne to Sydney after being deemed unsafe to land.The conditions haven’t been too friendly to the Australian Open, though the three major courts – Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court and Hisense Arena – can be covered so that matches this afternoon will go to schedule.Rain is expected to continue throughout the weekend, with a few showers on Australia Day. “There will likely be a shower or two around in the morning on Tuesday, with cloudy conditions to start the day,” Mr Dickson said.“But there may be a little bit of sunshine around in the afternoon.”Source: The Age Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Moby Announces New 2018 Album First Single Like A Motherless Child

first_img Watch: Moby’s New Video “Like A Motherless Child” moby-announces-new-2018-album-first-single-motherless-child News Moby plans to tour in support of the LP in summer 2018, though details on how extensive the tour may be are still forthcoming — the official tour following the release of his 2013 album, Innocents, was famously only three dates, while These Systems Are Failing and More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse each received only one supporting festival performance.Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt is due out on March 2, 2018, and is available for preorder now.Feist To Release ‘Pleasures’ Vegetarian CookbookRead more Email Twitter center_img Moby Announces New 2018 Album, First Single “Like A Motherless Child” Facebook The producer/activist readies 15th studio album and teases a sonic return to form on new singleBrian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 12, 2017 – 1:35 pm Producer/DJ Moby has announced release plans for his 15th studio album, Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt.Following his two anger- and activism-heavy albums recorded alongside the Void Pacific Choir — 2016’s These Systems Are Failing and 2017’s More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse — Moby’s new single “Like A Motherless Child” hints at a turn back toward the smooth interpolation of seminal gospel samples and downtempo breakbeat rhythms that were typical of his early breakthrough recordings.The vegan New York-to-Los Angeles transplant and onetime apostle of the budding U.S. underground rave scene of the early ’90s revealed the track list, album artwork, and lead single simultaneously via Twitter late yesterday.last_img read more

first_imgSearch crews have recovered two bodies from the Kramer Avenue landslide in Sitka. One man remains missing but search dogs have alerted to a third location on the south side of the slide, where work focused Thursday afternoon. Officials hoped to recover all three bodies before heavy rain predicted Friday.Download AudioRecovery crews halt work while a trained cadaver dog scents the site where the body of 62-year-old William Stortz is thought to be located. A dog previously alerted at the location of the green stake in the center of the image. (KCAW photo, Robert Woolsey)Search crews were finally able to get to work in earnest late Wednesday and Thursday, after a day in which officials kept work on the site to a minimum out of fear of more landslides.Crews found the first body at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday evening, and recovered the second body just before 1 p.m. Thursday, both on the north side of the slide. Both bodies were first found by dogs with the Juneau-based search team SEADOGS.By Thursday afternoon, dogs had identified a third site, where crews hoped to find the body of 62-year-old William Stortz, Sitka’s building official. Stortz was inspecting drainage in the subdivision at the time of the landslide with two other men who managed to escape. Stortz and brothers Elmer and Ulises Diaz, ages 26 and 25, had been missing since the Tuesday morning slide.Sitka Mayor Mim McConnell was at the Kramer Avenue site for most of the day Wednesday. She said it was a relief to the families to have some closure.“Obviously it’s good to know what’s happened to your loved one, and we can move on from hoping and wishing to just being able to grieve.”The area around Kramer Avenue remains unstable. The slide moved downhill another 2 feet overnight. The city has posted firefighters at each end of the slide with airhorns, to signal an evacuation if any additional movement is detected. But McConnell said crews were just happy to be able to work.“It’s a huge relief, and I know so many of the volunteers and people working have been frustrated because they couldn’t do anything initially, so it’s just been a relief to be able to get in there and get to work and get going.”Sunshine broke through for much of the day, Wednesday. As the clouds lifted it was possible to see the path of the landslide above Kramer Avenue, where it cut a swath down the hillside. A team of geologists brought in to assess the slide estimated that it started about 1400 feet up Harbor Mountain, or about 1000 feet above Kramer Avenue, where it wiped out one home and damaged another.Searchers hoped to recover all three bodies before more rain predicted for Friday. The National Weather Service is predicting two to three inches of rain Friday night, and gusty winds. But meteorologist Joel Curtis said this storm will be less intense, with a limited risk of more slides.“What’s different about this event is that it’s going to be spread out over much more time than the event that caused our mudslides and landslides around here.”Officials have identified at least six landslides around Sitka caused by Tuesday’s heavy rains, including slides on the Blue Lake Road that are blocking access to Sitka’s main hydroelectric dam; and washouts on the Green Lake Road, on the way to the city’s other dam.last_img read more

The Childrens Home Presents FACES 2016

first_imgFACES 2016 will take place on Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore. There will be live music by The Swingin’ Swamis, raffle drawings, pumpkin decorating, airbrush tattoo and body painting from Airbrush Unlimited Group and a photo booth from Fun Fotos MD. The event’s highlight will be the live and silent auctions featuring one-of-kind, original artwork created by The Children’s Home residents, who respond positively to art as an innovative approach to rebuilding their lives. For more information call 410-744-7310 or visit thechildrenshome.net.last_img read more

Thunderbird 455 email client released

first_imgThunderbird 45.5 email client released by Martin Brinkmann on November 20, 2016 in Email – Last Update: June 26, 2017 – 11 commentsA new version of the popular desktop email client Thunderbird has just been released. Thunderbird 45.5 fixes several issues but does not introduce new features.The Thunderbird 45.5 release notes list six items of which two are marked as changed, and four as fixed.The new release is a bug fix release mostly; it does not fix any security issues or introduce new features. In fact, it brings back the behavior of Thunderbird 24 for a feature.Thunderbird 45.5.0Probably the biggest change is a return to Thunderbird 24 behavior when it comes to address entries in the email client.IMPORTANT: Changed recipient address entry: Arrow-keys now copy the pop-up value to the input field. Mouse-hovered pop-up value can no longer be confirmed with tab or enter key. This restores the behavior of Thunderbird 24.You may have difficulties finding out what changed exactly just from reading the note. Basically, what the change does is the following: that the selected suggestion (via arrow keys), is the same as the filled value in the email client’s recipient field.Thunderbird displayed different values for filled and selected items up until now (after the release of Thunderbird 24 to be precise).Two different terms are used when it comes to the recipient field in the email client:Filled value, which is the value that Thunderbird displays in the To, BCC or CC fields.Selected value, which is the value that is selected in the list of address suggestions.These values could have been different in the past, and that is what Mozilla fixed. Hovered items can no longer be selected with the Enter or Tab key.Check out this bug on Bugzilla@Mozilla for additional information.Other Thunderbird 45.5 changesSupport changes to character limit in TwitterReply with selected text containing quote resulted in wrong quoting level indicationEmail invitation might not be displayed when description contains non-ASCII charactersAttempting to sort messages on the Date field whilst a quick filter is applied got stuck on sort descendingMail address display at header pane displayed incorrectly if the address contains UTF-8 according to RFC 6532You can check out the full release notes for Thunderbird 45.5.0 here.Thunderbird 45.6.0A new version of Thunderbird, version 45.6.0, was released on December 28, 2016 to the release channel.The update fixes an issue where the system integration dialog was shown every time Thunderbird was starting.Several security issues are fixed in Tunderbird 45.6.0 on top of that.The release notes are available here.SummaryArticle NameThunderbird 45.5 email client releasedDescriptionA new version of the popular desktop email client Thunderbird has just been released. Thunderbird 45.5 fixes several issues but does not introduce new features.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Boeing completes successful first 737 MAX flight

first_imgThe Boeing 737 MAX 8 taking off from Renton. (Credit: Paul Gordon/Boeing)The Boeing 737 MAX 8 took to the skies for the first time on Friday (29 January).The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule which begins a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery.With the latest technology LEAP-1B engines from CFM International and Boeing-designed Advanced Technology winglets, the first member of the efficient 737 MAX family completed a two-hour, 47-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Wash., at 9:46 a.m. local time and landing at 12:33 p.m. at Seattle’s Boeing Field.“Today’s first flight of the 737 MAX carries us across the threshold of a new century of innovation – one driven by the same passion and ingenuity that have made this company great for 100 years,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Conner.“We are tremendously proud to begin testing an airplane that will deliver unprecedented fuel efficiency in the single-aisle market for our customers.”During the flight, 737 MAX Chief Pilot Ed Wilson and Boeing Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations Craig Bombendeparted to the north, reaching a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) and an airspeed of 250 knots, or about 288 miles (463 kilometers) per hour typical of a first flight sequence.Following the flight (L-R) Boeing Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations Craig Bomben, 737 MAX Chief Pilot Ed Wilson and Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager, 737 MAX program briefed news media. (Credit: Marian Lockhart/Boeing)While Capts. Wilson and Bomben tested the airplane’s systems and structures, onboard equipment transmitted real-time data to a flight-test team on the ground in Seattle.“The flight was a success,” said Wilson. “The 737 MAX just felt right in flight giving us complete confidence that this airplane will meet our customers’ expectations.”With the other three members of the 737 MAX 8 flight-test fleet currently in different stages of final assembly, the 737 MAX remains on track for first delivery to Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017.The new 737 MAX 8 will deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market with 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s – and 8 percent per seat lower operating costs than the A320neo.The 737 MAX 8 is the first member in Boeing’s new family of single-aisle airplanes – the 737 MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 200 and MAX 9 – to begin flight testing.The 737 MAX will extend the Next-Generation 737 range advantage with the capability to fly more than 3,500 nautical miles (6,510 km), an increase of 340 – 570 nmi (629-1,055 km) over the Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX family has 3,072 orders from 62 customers worldwide.The Boeing 737 MAX 8 taking off over Lake Washington. (Credit: Matthew Thompson/Boeing) BoeingSource = Boeinglast_img read more