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British man seeks China state TV ban for forced confession

first_imgLONDON — A British corporate investigator has filed a complaint to U.K. regulators about Chinese state TV, saying its British license should be revoked because it broadcast his forced confession when he was imprisoned in China.Peter Humphrey filed a complaint Friday against China Central Television and its international division, China Global Television, for violating British broadcasting rules.Humphrey and his wife spent two years in prison after being convicted of illegally acquiring personal information of Chinese citizens.The couple had been hired on contract by pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline to look into a security breach, but became collateral damage when the Chinese government began investigating the pharmaceutical company’s bribery practices.The pair was shown on Chinese television purportedly confessing their crimes.CGTN is available on free and pay television channels in Britain. The broadcaster is reportedly expanding its presence in Europe with a new studio and production centre set to open in London by the end of the year.In 2012, Britain’s communications regulator, Ofcom, revoked Iranian state-owned Press TV’s license following a complaint by Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari that the station aired an interview with him while he was detained. Bahari said he was forced to do a scripted interview with his captors, who threatened him with execution.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Toronto to install 8800 solar panels

TORONTO — Toronto now has a new reason to hope for sunny skies.A joint project has been launched between the city and Toronto Hydro that will see 8,800 solar panels installed atop 10 city-owned arenas and community centres.The panels will generate about 2,600 megawatt hours of electricity annually for the next 20 years — enough to power roughly 215 households.The initiative is expected to bring in $16 million through a contract with the Ontario Power Authority that allows the city to sell the solar-generated power.The city also predicts the solar program will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by about 480 tonnes every year.More than a dozen cities and towns across Ontario are planning or implementing similar solar projects.A near-identical program in Belleville, Ont., has exceeded its projected annual revenue in only nine months, prompting city council to approve two additional solar panel locations on Monday.“It’s not only good for the community and the carbon footprint, but it’s also a revenue source,” said Belleville Mayor Neil Ellis.Ellis expects his city’s solar revenue to approach $1 million annually with the addition of the new locations.Like Toronto, Belleville has a 20-year contract with the Ontario Power Authority. After the contract expires, the electricity generated by the panels will power the individual buildings.The municipal solar projects mark the cities’ entrance into a sector typically dominated by private companies.“By far, most of the rooftop and solar installations that are being developed are by private developers on privately-owned buildings,” said Rob Maxwell, manager of the Toronto Renewable Energy Office.The panels being installed in Toronto will have an average lifespan of about 25 years, said Maxwell, after which they can be salvaged to offset an already “marginal” removal cost.Panel installations at Mimico Arena in Toronto’s west end, York Mills Arena in the city’s north and Goulding Community Centre west of the downtown began earlier this week. Construction will begin at the seven remaining locations through the fall.The City of Toronto will submit applications for additional solar panel locations in October.A response from the Ontario Power Authority is expected in early 2013. read more

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Probe ordered into sudden islandwide powercut

The CEB said that the high amount of electricity generated on Sunday could not cope with the little demand for electricity that night and this could have resulted in the breakdown. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said the islandwide blackout was believed to have been as a result of low electricity demand and an increase in the power supply, Power and Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya has ordered an investigation into the sudden power cut experienced islandwide last night.The power cut lasted for several hours and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said that the electricity supply was eventually restored. read more

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Hottest crypto is up 360 per cent this year and its name

After peaking in January 2018, Litecoin transactions are down dramatically, falling about 84 per cent since the peak. They are up since the beginning of this year, however. And transaction fees in Litecoin have been unpredictable, jumping 10-fold in late May before dropping again, according to BitInfoCharts.com. Such volatility can make developers hesitate to create apps for this blockchain, as a jump in fees can impact usage.Litecoin “only thrives if Bitcoin is valuable,” said Aaron Brown, an investor who writes for Bloomberg Opinion. “It’s an established, convenient transaction currency well suited to a world in which Bitcoin is the store of value. I don’t think it has much value in a world in which Bitcoin prices are low.”Litecoin’s founder, Charlie Lee, cashed out of all of his holdings at the height of the digital asset bubble in 2017 when the token was trading for about US$375. It was a prescient decision — Litecoin lost almost 90 per cent of its value the following year. Lee, who founded the coin in 2011, said at the time that he sold or donated all of his holdings and that the liquidation was aimed at preventing a “conflict of interest.”Critics accused Lee of recognizing the frenzy around digital assets and cashing out ahead of a severe decline. Lee told Bloomberg News at the time that he was turning his focus to increasing use by merchants. Representatives for Litecoin didn’t comment.But now, with 53 days to go, Litecoin fans will continue to count down until the halving. “It’s a good potential trading opportunity,” said Tawil. “I don’t think it’s important in the broader fundamental development of crypto. To us, that’s much more important.”Bloomberg.com This year’s top-performing cryptocurrency is up almost fourfold and you’ve likely never heard of it.Litecoin, which has gained more than 360 per cent since the beginning of the year, is outpacing all its crypto peers, including Ether and XRP, as well as the best-known and largest token, Bitcoin. It has a market cap of about US$8.4 billion, making it the seventh-largest digital asset, according to data compiled by Mosaic Research Ltd.The rally can partly be attributed to Litecoin’s upcoming halving (also known as halvening), whereby the number of coins awarded to so-called miners is slashed by 50 per cent. The idea is that a cut in supply will not only drive up its price but will also prevent an erosion of value. Miners currently receive 25 new Litecoins per block, but following the halving — which is expected to fall on Aug. 6 — they will receive 12.5. Bitcoin jumps closer to $9,000 — but some warn the rally is running too hot Bitcoin is suddenly hot again as it surges past $5,000 — but no one knows why it’s rallying SEC sues Kik Interactive for illegally raising $100-million through initial coin offering Halving typically happens roughly every four years and the runup to it has, in the past, coincided with a rally in the underlying tokens. Four years ago, when the previous Litecoin halving occurred, the coin gained about 60 per cent in the three months beforehand, according to data from CoinMarketCap.com. And the phenomenon isn’t isolated to Litecoin — Bitcoin is set to undergo its next halving in May 2020 and its biggest proponents are already seizing on the drop in supply as a catalyst for further gains.“Every time we’ve seen a halving event in Bitcoin or Litecoin, the price has risen astronomically,” said Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at trading platform eToro. “So if that pattern continues, what we’ve seen so far is small potatoes in comparison,” he said. “This is quite normal for the crypto market.”Cryptocurrencies are undergoing a renaissance this year on the back of wider acceptance from mainstream institutions and increased attention from Wall Street. E*Trade Financial Corp. is said to be readying cryptocurrency trades on its platform, as is Fidelity Investments. AT&T Inc. now lets customers pay their bills using digital tokens, the first U.S. carrier to do so. And among the most anticipated developments is an upcoming announcement from Facebook Inc., which is reportedly set to release more details on the basics of its own digital token.These developments, among others, have pushed up the price of Bitcoin by 120 per cent since the beginning of the year. Ether, too, has gained close to 100 per cent. Litecoin, which was trading below US$30 at the end of last year is now worth US$133.Is it reasonable to think that this halving, this catalyst, should allow the Litecoin to reach its previous highs? I think so. I think it could.David Tawil, president, crypto hedge fund ProChain Capital The elements behind the rally “are justifiable and real and factual,” said David Tawil, president of crypto hedge fund ProChain Capital. “It’s just a question of by how much does it gain?,” he said. “Is it reasonable to think that this halving, this catalyst, should allow the Litecoin to reach its previous highs? I think so. I think it could.”But the recent resurgence in digital assets is masking an unwelcome reality: relatively few are using Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, for anything other than speculation. Merchant transactions account for only about 1.3 per cent of economic activity, according to data from Chainalysis Inc., a number that’s stayed little changed even over the boom-and-bust cycles of the prior two years. Huge upswings or downswings in prices from day to day — which isn’t uncommon in the crypto world — make it difficult to utilize for things like bill paying or even to purchase a cup of coffee.That begs the question: if hardly anyone is using the world’s largest cryptocurrency, then who’s using Litecoin?I don’t think (Litecoin) has much value in a world in which Bitcoin prices are low.Aaron Brown, investor read more

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Tobacco museum marks 40th anniversary

jpg, BR Paul Smith, the architect who designed the Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Centre, was one of many people to visit the museum for a special 40th anniversary celebration and open house. Vincent Ball DELHI Paul Smith chuckles when asked about his involvement with the creation of the Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Centre.“I remember thinking it was a great opportunity and then I met the mayor and council of the day,” the museum’s architect said Sunday at an open house marking the museum’s 40th anniversary.“They said they didn’t want some sort of Taj Mahal. They wanted something simpler, something that would be in a tobacco barn.”That’s not exactly what Smith had in mind but now he can say the politicians were right.“It’s a nice building that … continues to provide excellent service to the community.”Smith was just one of many people at the open house, which was part of a weekend celebration that included a performance by The Schotts – Darrin and Alison — southwestern Ontario singer-songwriter who play a mix of country, bluegrass and folk music. The duo have played clubs and festivals across Canada and Europe and perform several songs related to Norfolk County.“It was a wonderful performance and a great way to celebrate our 40th anniversary,” said museum curator Carene Morrison. “We had 44 people attend the performance and they thoroughly enjoyed it.”She said the open house was a chance for people to see exhibits and a video showcasing the history of the museum and the nearby Quance Park.Although many people know about the community’s ties to the tobacco industry, they may not know the history and importance of milling in the area, Morrison said.The museum, located on a hill in Quance Park on Talbot Road, was built in 1979 on land given to the Township of Delhi by the Quance family. The property is on Talbot Road (Highway 3), just west of the downtown.The exhibit, which continues to Dec. 20, includes the deed of the property now known as Quance Park. It also includes information and displays highlighting the beautification of the property over the past 45 years.The museum is home to numerous exhibits, including machinery used on local tobacco farms, and holds events throughout the year.“The museum and its exhibits tell the story of the important role tobacco played in the building of the community,” Morrison said. “People came here as immigrants and discovered it was a good area for growing tobacco.“They worked hard and built good lives for themselves and for others. It’s a Canadian story.”She noted that tobacco built community halls and churches and allowed people to send their children to university.The exhibit also shows the resiliency and innovative spirit of the community, said Morrison, adding that many local farms are now being used to grow alternative crops, including ginseng.“Quance Park is a beautiful place to visit and what we’re hoping the people who visit the park and the museum will get a good understanding of the rich history of the land.”Vball@postmedia.comtwitter.com/EXPVBall read more

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Annan pleads for end to international deadlock on nuclear nonproliferation

With the world “sleepwalking” down the path towards more States, and possibly terrorists, acquiring nuclear weapons, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly urged the Conference on Disarmament to take action after nine years of deadlock and two recent high-profile failures to strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).“I do not discount the depth of the difficulty that you face in settling longstanding differences, especially over nuclear disarmament and negative security assurances,” Mr. Annan told the Conference, which was established in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community and is meeting in Geneva.“Yet those difficulties pale into insignificance, when measured against the immense challenges that the global community faces in the broader sphere of non-proliferation, disarmament and arms control,” he said.He said that twice last year, governments had a chance to strengthen the foundations of the NPT – first at the review conference in May, and then at the World Summit in September – and failed both times. “This sent a terrible signal – of waning respect for the Treaty’s authority, and of a dangerous rift on a leading threat to peace and prosperity,” he said.He noted that the Conference and its predecessors have registered “some truly important gains,” such as the major treaties on weapons of mass destruction it negotiated. “But the last such success – the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty – was nine years ago, I repeat, was nine years ago – and it has still not entered into force,” he said, once again urging those States whose ratification is still needed to take action as soon as possible. The core of the impasse, he said, lies in the fact that the contract between the nuclear-weapon States and the rest of the international community, which is the basis of the NPT, has been called into question and that nuclear weapons worldwide still number in the thousands, many of them on hair-trigger alert. These facts have engendered a self-defeating debate between those who insist on disarmament before further non-proliferation measures, and those who argue the opposite, while both are essential, he stressed. He said nuclear weapons must be devalued for security, citing Japan, South Africa, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Libya as countries that have realized that security and status need not be equated with possession of nuclear weapons. Noting that it was also urgent to resolve two specific situations, he expressed hope that the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea “will listen to what the world is telling them, and take great care not to make the situation on the Peninsula even more complicated.”Iran, he said, needs to enable the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to assure the world that its nuclear activities are exclusively peaceful in nature: “In both cases, we need solutions that are not only peaceful, but that buttress the NPT’s integrity,” he urged. read more

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Azorean official visits Brock

Dra. Rita Machado spoke with representatives at Brock on March 31.An official from the Azores was at Brock last week to visit the University Library and faculty members from the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.Rita Machado, Regional Director of Communities from the Azorean Regional Government, was at Brock on March 31. Her visit included a talk with University Librarian Margaret Grove, as well as Sheila Young, director of Brock International. It also included a campus tour by Recruitment and Liaison Services.Brock has a long-standing connection with the Azores, due in large part to the activities of Irene Blayer, professor of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. As a result, Azorean government officials have visited Brock, supported some students to pursue language and cultural studies in Portugal and donated academic books on Portuguese literature, linguistics, history and culture to the James A. Gibson Library.This was Machado’s first visit to Brock. It closed with a meeting with Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President Academic. read more

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South Florida Is Lucky To Host Its TossUp Matchup With Louisville

Louisville and South Florida play Monday night in the second-round women’s NCAA tournament game that our March Madness predictions have the least certainty about. We’re giving Louisville, the No. 3 seed in the Albany region, a 52 percent chance to beat South Florida and advance to the Sweet Sixteen. It might as well be a coin flip. No other favorite in a second-round game had less than a 66 percent chance of winning.Why is the game so tough to call? It has more to do with the unusual structure of the women’s tournament’s first two rounds than with the teams involved. Typically, the top four seeds in each region get to host the first two rounds. This year, that happened for 15 of 16 top-four seeds. Louisville was the exception, because its arena is busy hosting men’s tournament games. Rather than head to a neutral site, the Cardinals had to travel to the arena of the next highest-seeded team in its quartet: South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa.Home court advantage typically is worth 3.5 points in women’s college hoops. So this scheduling conflict adds up to a 7-point swing in the Bulls’ favor as they look to make a dent in the Cardinals’ 26-4 record against them and avenge a loss last year that effectively knocked them out of the tournament.“Both teams know each other, are very familiar with both styles, with personnel, so it’s a shame we’re meeting this early in the tournament,” South Florida coach Jose Fernandez told the Tampa Bay Times. “But I’m glad we’re home.”That bit of scheduling luck, and not South Florida’s strength, is what boosts the Bulls’ chances so much. South Florida is good for a 6 seed: Our mashup of power ratings and rankings says the Bulls are the 20th best team in the field, so they probably should have gotten a 5 seed. But Louisville might also have been underseeded. It’s the eighth-highest-rated team in the field, which usually is good enough for a 2 seed. The Cardinals won their first-round game by 33 points, compared to a 9-point win for South Florida. Texas, the fifth seed in the Albany region, and No. 4 California were rated much more closely than Louisville and South Florida are. In fact, Texas rated slightly higher than Cal, yet Cal, playing at home in Berkeley, had a two-in-three chance of winning. (Texas pulled off the upset, 73-70.)Monday night’s toss-up game is a good argument for changing the best-teams-host model in the early rounds, for two reasons. First, choosing neutral sites in advance would prevent the double-booking of arenas such as Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center. And second, the women’s tournament probably would have more competitive games if it didn’t boost its already-strong favorites with hosting privileges.Through Sunday, men’s favorites, playing in neutral arenas, have struggled more than women’s teams that get to host their competition. Two of 16 men’s teams seeded fourth or better lost in the round of 64, and five more went down in the next round. The teams averaged a winning margin of 12.3 points in the round of 64 and 4.4 points in the next round. By contrast, all of the 15 women’s teams that were seeded that high and got to host made it to the round of 32, and just three of the eight that played at home on Sunday lost there. The 15 teams averaged a 23.3-point win in the first round and a 9.5-point win in the second round. Some of the difference is due to a wider spread of talent in the women’s field.1The difference between the eighth- and 24th-best teams in our normalized pre-tournament team ratings gives a sense of how big the spread is, since teams of around those levels play typical round-of-32 games. In both the men’s and women’s fields this year, that spread is 5 points. So this year the men’s field is about as spread out as the women’s, thanks in part to the men’s field being unusually top-heavy.Until the women’s tournament removes favorites’ hosting rights, here’s a more modest proposal for schools that have women’s teams as strong as Louisville’s (Elite Eight last year, national runner-up the year before): Don’t host men’s tournament games on the opening weekend, lest you put your women’s team at a competitive disadvantage.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday Dec 7 2017

All newsletters See more college football predictions Oh, and don’t forgetKasparov with the jokes We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeOhtani narrows it to sevenJapanese pitcher Shohei Ohtani has narrowed his search for a MLB team down to seven, with New York and Boston notably absent from the list. Right now Ohtani looks to be 20 percent higher than the league average in ERA and on-base-plus-slugging, which is nuts. Only a few dozen players each year beat the 20 percent above average benchmark in either stat, it’d be crazy to hit both. [FiveThirtyEight]Russia’s bannedRussia was banned from competing in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in light of the complex doping regime the nation operated throughout the Sochi games. So far 11 medals have been stripped from Russians. But with the nation out of the 2018 games, it’s worth looking at which nations may stand to gain. Had Russia not competed in Sochi, and its 33 medals been reallocated, China would have left with five more, Norway four, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and the U.S. three. [FiveThirtyEight]African players making gains in the NFLNative-born and first-generation African players are all over the NFL, with 30 teams having at least one African on their roster. Cleveland has the league high, with B.J. Bello, David Njoku, Emmanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi, and Victor Salako. African players have been making steady gains in the NFL since Howard Simon Mwikuta played for the Cowboys in a 1970 preseason game, and players who have returned home to start development programs have accelerated that progress. [The Undefeated]A Jonas testifies in soccer corruption trialKevin Jonas, one of the Jonas Brothers, testified in Brooklyn that yes, he had gone to a Paul McCartney concert in Buenos Aires in 2010. The circumstances surrounding the testimony have to do with the trial of Juan Angel Napout for money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud. Napout allegedly used his FIFA influence to score tickets to that concert. His lawyers refused to concede there even was a Paul McCartney concert, so prosecutors called on a celeb to solve the problem. Soccer is weird. [Vice Sports]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?LeBron remains the bestLeBron James remains as good as ever, notching career highs in true shooting percentage, three point percentage, assist percentage, block percentage, and the second highest free throw percentage of his career. While his defense is slightly off his peak performance, James hasn’t really missed much of a step. [FiveThirtyEight]They did it!The New York Giants are cleaning house, firing GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo after a disastrous season. The team is in the capable hands of defensive coordinator, a man who is 10-38 as a head coach. [NorthJersey.com]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number284 kgCongratulations to Sarah Robles, who won the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships, becoming the first U.S. woman to take gold since 1994. Robles lifted 126 kg in the snatch and 158 kg in the clean and jerk (three kilograms shy of the record) for a total of 284 kilograms. [Team USA]Leaks from Slack: emily : See more NBA predictions College Football emily :!! that means the two biggest buildings at nike HQ will be named after Serena Williams and Mia Hamm. hell yeah !!(also cause I guess the new big WHQ buildings are getting athlete names.. so the whole “She’s the only one!!!” isn’t exactly true)Predictions NFL NBA See more NFL predictions read more

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Gold The asset of last resort – the only strategy

first_imgLarry Myles reports that “compared to most assets, gold has emerged as the clear-cut winner in 2008.  Gold is the only asset that  holds no liability and is completely outside the tottering global credit system.  Will the unprecedented demand for bullion diminish in 2009?  Not a chance!“Eyeing the North American and European market, nearly every unbiased analyst and bullion expert agrees the rush to bullion will continue well into 2009. Even as bullion dealers impose increased premiums and western governments attempt to dissuade investors from buying bullion, the demand for these assets of real value continues to accelerate.“In my opinion, government roadblocks and slanted reports by a few self-serving analysts will be a complete waste of time.”China and India are the main reasons for this.  “Even as China moves into top spot when it comes to global gold production, their appetite for imported gold remains strong. It is no secret that China would like to purchase 300+ t of gold, while at the same time does not want to drive the price of gold off the charts.  Understanding China’s role here is extremely important. Of the worlds top three producers (China, South Africa and Australia); China is the only country that has managed to increase gold production. But with Chinese demand for gold also sharply increasing, not an ounce of Chinese production is making it into the global supply market. Remember: China remains an avid net importer of gold!But the real story comes out of India. In the past, gold analysts have become comfortable ruminating about India’s steady demand for gold – most reports never failing to mention ‘the world’s largest consumer of gold jewellery should continue unabated due to gold’s cultural importance’.” For more information see http://www.larrymylesreports.com/Case_For_Gold.htmlast_img read more

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ASBOs can change perception that out of control OConnell Street is unsafe

first_imgDESPITE CRIME RATES in Dublin being relatively low, the perception that O’Connell street and the city centre is a dangerous place is seriously damaging, said Richard Guiney of the Dublin City Business Improvement District, who said anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) will improve the situation.Speaking to TheJournal.ie today following a court ruling yesterday in which an ASBO was imposed on 19-year-old man and where O’Connell Street was described in court as “out of control”, Guiney said that ASBOs have been successful in other cities.“Figures show that only 74 per cent of people feel safe in Dublin by day and only 35 per cent feel safe at night,” he said, despite crime figures showing that there is only one in a million chance that you will assaulted on O’Connell Street.Perception“It is the perception that is damaging to the city and that needs to be changed,” said Guiney.“There is drug dealing taking place in O’Connell Street – often the sale of prescription drugs and also aggressive forms of begging – this is all adding to peoples’ perception that it is unsafe,” he said.“Asbos will work,” said Guiney, adding:I think they can work and that young people to pay attention to them. Research by Susan Fitzgerald from the University of York shows that they are actually beneficial to young people as the ASBO forces them to be removed from the gangs that they are usually hanging around with and removes them from the situation.He added however, that ASBOs should not be issued in isolation.“I think for ASBOs to have a lasting impact on both the city and young people, they need to be issued in combination with some other supports. Those given ASBOs should be contacted by supports, where the question of what brought them to this point is asked, so that it can be addressed,” he said.Guiney said that ASBOs were a workable alternative to jail time, stating that sending someone to jail for a few months with a moderate drug problem will only result in them coming out with a serious drug problem and this will not help to improve things for Dublin.He added that after discussions with retailers, anti-social behaviour in Dublin had its peaks but that it really was an “ongoing issue”.He said that it was the “fear factor” that Dublin was unsafe that needed to be addressed, stating that 59 per cent of the people visiting the island of Ireland will visit Dublin at some point. “We need to create a positive image of it,” he said.‘Out of control’Dublin City Councillor Ray McAdam of Fine Gael told TheJournal.ie had a mixed opinion about ASBOs but said he totally disagreed with the point that O’Connell Street is out of control.“I think that ASBOs may work for minor offences and first-time offences, but I think if they are repeat incidences then you should face the penalties,” said McAdam.He added that an increased police presence of the streets of the capital will help the situation, stating that the gardaí’s Operation Spire around the O’Connell Street area seemed to be working.McAdam said he agreed with Guiney that in fact it is only a perception that the street is dangerous, stating that crime figures show otherwise. “I’m not sure exclusion orders are the way to go. An increased garda presence will reassure visitors and deter criminals,” he said.Explainer: Why have just seven ASBOs been issued in Ireland in five years?last_img read more

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The Taoiseach met Maurice McCabe while canvassing in Mullingar

first_imgYOU MEET ALL sorts while out canvassing.Today, Enda Kenny was canvassing for Fine Gael candidate Gabrielle McFadden in the Longford-Westmeath by-election, when he met Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.Kenny crossed the street to shake hands with McCabe, whose testimony in the Guerin Report led to the resignation of Alan Shatter as Justice Minister.The Garda Sergeant was on duty in the town.https://vine.co/v/MH1A7PqPmMiRTÉ News says that the Taoiseach wished McCabe well before going back to his canvass.Read: Taoiseach and Justice Minister apologise to Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabelast_img read more

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BioWare hacked 18000 Neverwinter Nights forums accounts stolen

first_imgIn the latest of a series of hacks plaguing the gaming community, BioWare announced today that the Neverwinter Nights forum was successfully hacked on Tuesday and at least 18,000 user account credentials were compromised. In this case, the only information obtained were usernames and passwords: no credit card or other sensitive data was exposed, but if users use the same account ID and password on other sites, those accounts could be in jeopardy as well.BioWare confirmed the attack, stating that it is investigating the seriousness of the breach and what data may have been lost. They’ve preliminarily determined that credit card information and other sensitive data was not included, and they don’t store information like social security numbers. Even so, BioWare admits that those 18,000 accounts include information like e-mail addresses, birth dates, and usernames/passwords for each user.Bioware say that they’ve already notified the impacted users and strongly suggest that any users who use the same email address, ID, and password on other sites change those passwords as soon as possible.LulzSec, who most people believe is behind the attack, actually hasn’t taken credit for it the way they have with their other notable attacks. They usually post to their Twitter stream when they’ve successfully brought down a web site or obtained login credentials for a group of users, but they’ve made no mention of the BioWare hack.Whether that means they just don’t think it’s notable, or they just haven’t gotten around to it remains to be seen. It’s also possible the hack is someone else’s doing. BioWare even admitted in their statement on the hack that the Neverwinter Nights community servers were over a decade old, downplaying its significance. That’s likely no consolation to the users whose credentials were lost, however.Read more at CVGlast_img read more

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19 year old Adam Lovatt could become Leeds United player – Hastings

first_imgHastings United manager Chris Agutter has revealed that having Adam Lovatt become a Leeds United player will be no surprise for him as he has done incredibly well.The 19-year-old Hastings midfielder will be joining the Sky Bet Championship high-flyers for a five-day trial starting on Monday.“He’s already made a good impression because they’re interested in him and he’s got a lot of clubs in for him,” the Hastings United manager had said via Bexhill Observer.“He needs to go up there, continue to work hard, enjoy it and be himself – because it’s him that’s got himself in that great position.”“He’s ice cold, he’s not emotional at all. He won’t be flustered by it, he’ll go about his business and hopefully he’s successful.”Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“I always say what’s the worst that can happen? You don’t have to say much to him. Some players you find yourself saying the same thing over and over again, but he’s one of those players you only have to tell once.”“He doesn’t need any advice. He will go up there and be fine. He’s a great lad and he’s got a very good family around him.?“I wouldn’t be surprised if he does very well and becomes a Leeds United player. He’s done incredibly well and this is just the start for him to be honest.”“It’s something that the whole club can be proud of. It’s a win-win for us. If he’s not successful, we will benefit. If he is, great for the lad and that fits the ethos of the club.”“It’s really positive times. We’re producing young local players playing good football and competing at the top of the league. Everyone’s very happy at the club and everyone’s really positive with where we’re at.”last_img read more

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Vancouver Womens Foundation helps women in dire straits

first_imgo E-mail: vwfnd@comcast.net.o Website: Vancouver Women’s Foundation.o There is no direct telephone number.One was a domestic violence survivor who needed to get out of town — immediately. The Vancouver Women’s Foundation paid for her bus fare to safe relatives in another part of the country, where she could start life over again.Another was the mother of a disabled child whose old car was falling apart. She couldn’t get her child to important medical appointments. The Vancouver Women’s Foundation paid for a new (used) car.First of all was a former meth addict whose addiction had destroyed her teeth. The drugs were behind her, but the ruined mouth was making it impossible for her to get a job — or even eat well.The need for one set of dentures, so that woman could feed and present herself in public, is what inspired a small group of well-heeled Vancouver women in 2000 to start pooling their funds and making emergency grants to women in dire straits. Thirteen years later, they’ve doled out well over $1 million in small increments — rarely more than $2,000, often much less — to well over 1,000 recipients.“A big focus when we started out was educating women about philanthropy,” said founding member Jan Oliva. “That sounds like no big deal now, in 2013, but it was in the year 2000. There was a big buzz going around the nation about getting women involved in philanthropy.”last_img read more

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Full steam ahead for Wynn Resorts as Maddox confirms global expansion ambitions

first_imgIt was also revealed at the AGM that the internal committee looking into allegations of sexual misconduct against Steve Wynn had interviewed more than 100 people and reviewed three million documents as part of its investigation.Discussing Wynn Resorts’ Asian ambitions, Maddox said that the company would add a number of new restaurants and non-gaming amenities as part of its expansion plans at Wynn Palace in Cotai with Phase II plans currently being developed. He added that 22 high-level executives from Japan were currently visiting the company’s Las Vegas base with a view to forming a consortium to bid for a Japanese gaming license in the coming years.Wynn Resorts has similarly grand ambitions domestically, Maddox said, declaring that its Boston Harbor site is not for sale despite having met with two interested parties in recent months and changing its name from Wynn Boston Harbor to Encore Boston Harbor amid ongoing investigations by local regulators.In Las Vegas, Wynn Resorts is powering ahead with construction of new MICE and leisure facilities.“On our golf course here in Las Vegas, we are constructing a 400,000-square-foot convention center right now,” The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Maddox as saying. “That should be finished in mid-2020.“We’re also working on what we’re going to do with our lagoon,” an area of more than 25 acres “that looks like the Caribbean.“We’re going to have beaches. We’re going to have amphitheaters. We’re going to have the ability for people to participate in water sports and it’s going to be for our hotel guests. My goal for what we do on the golf course is to bring things to Las Vegas that don’t exist.”Work on a brand new integrated resort on the former Alon Las Vegas site purchased from Crown for US$300 million shortly before Steve Wynn’s departure will begin once the convention center and lagoon are complete, Maddox said. RelatedPosts Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Planning expansion of facilities at Wynn Palace in MacauEyeing consortium with Japanese partners with 22 Japanese executives currently visiting Las VegasNo plans to sell Boston Harbor IRWill construct “next great” Las Vegas IR on former Alon siteInternal investigation into Steve Wynn allegations to conclude in 3Q18Wynn Resorts Ltd CEO Matt Maddox says the company is ready to put the events of recent months behind and continue with its aggressive international and domestic expansion plans following the departure of former Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn in February.Maddox outlined Wynn Resorts’ strategy in the ensuing years during its annual general meeting this week, which included reference to the company’s ambitions for growth in Macau and Japan as well as what he described as “the next great Las Vegas resort” on the 34 acre Las Vegas Strip site purchased in January from Crown Resorts. Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Load Morelast_img read more

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Government committee launches inquiry into worker rights in the future world of

first_imgThe government has launched an inquiry into the future world of work, focusing on the working practices, status and rights of agency staff, self-employed individuals and those working in the gig economy.The inquiry, led by The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, centres on issues such as low pay and poor working conditions for people who work in non-traditional employee roles.The inquiry follows the committee’s inquiries into working practices at Sports Direct and the digital economy, as well as questions around the status of workers in the on-demand economy.The issues to be addressed by the inquiry include: the definition of ‘worker’; the status and rights of agency workers, casual workers and the self employed for the purposes of tax, benefits and employment law; what protections and support should be implemented for non-traditional employees and who should be responsible for these; what differences there should be in levels of government support for employees and the self employed, for example when it comes to sick pay, holiday pay, pensions and maternity pay.The inquiry will also examine issues around terms and conditions of employees, such as zero-hour contracts, and the role of trade unions in representing the self employed and individuals in non-traditional employee roles.The inquiry will be open to written submissions until 19 December 2016.Iain Wright, chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said: “In recent months, we’ve seen growing evidence of agency workers and those working in the gig economy being exposed to poor working conditions. This growing trend raises questions over employment status and lack of worker rights.“The nature of work is undoubtedly changing. It will change further with growing use of technology and a spreading of automation across the economy. This might provide flexibility and choice for some people, but unleash insecurity and squeezed working conditions for others.“With these economic and technological changes shaking up the world of work, it’s vitally important that workers are protected.”last_img read more

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VA says its improving in Alaska Murkowski calls it chaos

first_imgDownload AudioSen. Lisa Murkowski (File photo: KTOO – Juneau.)Sen. Lisa Murkowski told a top VA official this morning that she’s still hearing disaster stories about the Choice program. And, she says, some Alaska vets who used Choice to get medical appointments in the private sector now find collection agencies are after them because the VA hasn’t paid their claims.VA undersecretary David Shulkin says his agency is doing a better job now, at least compared to last summer, when he visited the state and got an earful.“Currently 96 percent of all appointments are scheduled within 30 days in Alaska,” he said at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing today.In 120 cases, Shulkin says, veterans seeking urgent consultations through the Choice program have been kept waiting longer than 30 days.“They’re all scheduled, but that’s too long, and that’s what we’re working with TriWest to fix,” he said, referring to the contractor Alaskans have to go through to get health care through the Choice program.Alaska vets say Choice ruined a workable system. Before it launched across the country last year, when Alaskans wanted to health care outside the VA, the VA would make an appointment for them, nice and simple. Now, many say they can’t get through to TriWest to get the appointments they need, or something goes wrong in the multi-step process TriWest requires.But Shulkin says they’ve made adjustments to serve Alaskans. The undersecretary says they’re trying to reduce the role of TriWest.“(Choice) is still is somewhat problematic,” he said, “and that why we’re continuing to ask for a contract modification, so the VA can take over the scheduling of those patients — very similar to what you had before — and we’re  waiting for that contract modification to be approved.”Sen. Murkowski pounced, saying Shulkin is underplaying the frustrations.“And your term ‘somewhat problematic’ is not what I’m hearing from our veterans,” she said. “They are saying it is fouled up. It is screwed up. It is a mess. And it’s unacceptable. It’s unacceptable because we know how to correct it. Because we corrected it. And then you come in and you create chaos.”Murkowski says in some respects the situation is worse.“Now what we’re getting, the letters I’m getting from vets, are saying, ‘My bills are being sent to collections agencies when the VA doesn’t pay.’”According to a story in Military Times, vets around the country are seeing their credit ruined because they got medical service through Choice and the VA isn’t paying the bills on time. The publication says the VA is worse at paying claims within 30 days when compared to other government insurance programs, such as Tricare and Medicare.Murkowski says another problem with Choice is that Alaska’s medical specialists don’t like it. Alaska doesn’t have enough medical specialists to start with, Murkowski says, and fewer than ever are willing to see veterans.“Specialists who were willing to take the Choice card are now telling me they don’t want to have anything to do with the hassle,” the senator said. “Nothing at all.”Shulkin acknowledged that Alaska had a model system before, and he said they’re trying to get back to it. But the undersecretary pointed out, the new system wasn’t the VA’s idea.“This was the Choice program. This was Congress’ program, that we are trying to make work,” he said.He called it “unacceptable” that vets are being hounded by bill collectors for unpaid medical services. He says the VA has established a special hotline vets can call to get intervention. The number is (877)881-7618.But call before 1 p.m. Alaska time, or you’ll hear this: “Thank you for calling the Department of Veterans affairs. We are currently closed. Our normal hours of business are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain time.”last_img read more

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Dengue fever Drug maker sees massive rise in Caripill sales Indonesia Malaysia

first_imgThe number of dengue cases may be rising fast across the country, but the deadly fever has offered a big opportunity to Bengaluru-based pharmaceutical firm Micro Labs.The company saw 2 lakh units of Caripill–a drug which increases blood platelet count–already being sold out.Besides, Micro Labs has obtained supply enquiries for the drug from countries like Indonesia and Malaysia. The company began marketing the drug in July and now plans to launch syrup for children in the near future.The company said that the drug was tested on 250 patients and none of them required platelet transfusion. Platelet transfusion in dengue cases costs between Rs 11,000 and Rs 20,000 and a patient needs it if the count falls below 30,000 per microlitre.Caripill is priced at Rs 375 a unit containing 15 tablets and it is mainly marketed in Delhi national capital region (NCR), Maharashtra and south Indian states, where the dengue cases are on the rise.”We are working towards securing a certificate of pharmaceutical product by the Drug Controller General of India. But at this stage, it is not mandatory for Caripill,” Prabhu Kasture, senior medical advisor at the company, told Business Standard.The herbal extract-based drug has already got a nod from the Ministry of AYUSH, said Kasture.Currently, the company is working towards getting clearance from authorities in Indonesia and Malaysia to export the medicine, he added.Micro Labs claims that Caripill, which is prepared from papaya leaf extracts, will not have any side effects. The drug can be used by any person with over 18 years of age but should be prescribed by a qualified physician.”In two weeks, a syrup from the same extract will be launched and it can be consumed by children,” Kasture said.NCR has seen a sharp rise in dengue cases recently, with nearly 1,900 patients confirmed to have affected with the fever.last_img read more

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2 Young Teens Dead After Drag Race In Southwest Houston

first_img Share @houstonpolice via TwitterPolice say the teenagers involved in a fatal drag race in Southwest Houston were approximately 14-years-old.Houston Police said two teenagers are dead, after an apparent drag race early Wednesday morning. Another teen driver was arrested.Investigators believe the teens were too young to legally drive, at approximately 14-years-old.The roll over crash happened on West Fuqua in southwest Houston, around 2:00 a.m.Two teens (approx. age 14) died in a fatality roll over accident during an apparent race at 4000 W Fuqua. The other driver is detained (age 14). #hounews CC7— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) April 25, 2018last_img read more

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