Judicial investigation opens into Christchurch mosque shootings

first_imgWellington: A judicial inquiry into whether New Zealand’s police and intelligence services could have prevented the Christchurch mosque attacks in which 51 worshippers died began taking evidence on Monday. The royal commission — the most powerful judicial probe available under New Zealand law — will examine events leading up to the March 15 attack in which a lone gunman opened fire on two mosques in a mass shooting that shocked the world. “This is a critical part of our ongoing response to the attack — the commission’s findings will help to ensure such an attack never happens here again,” PM Ardern said.last_img read more

UN agency says 63000 Somalis already uprooted by fighting this year

19 January 2010An estimated 63,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Somalia in just the first few weeks of this year due to ongoing fighting, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. Some 14,000 of them were uprooted in the capital, Mogadishu, where clashes last week between Government forces and Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam militants left at least 10 people dead, including children.Similar clashes last year in the capital displaced hundreds of thousands of people, many of them for the second time in the course of a year in the strife-torn nation, which has not had a fully functioning national government since 1991.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) added that fresh fighting between the Government-aligned Alu Sunna Wal Jamma militia and Hisb-ul-Islam erupted in the central Somalia town of Belet Weyne on 9 January, reportedly killing at least 30 civilians and injuring another 50.Thousands have fled their homes and an estimated 11,900 have temporarily settled around Belet Weyne in what the agency described as “appalling” conditions. In the town of Dhuusamarreeb, in the central region of Galgaduud, renewed clashes between Alu Sunna Wal Jamma and Al-Shabaab early this year has forced some 28,800 people from their homes. They are now sheltering in surrounding villages and in urgent need of shelter, water and health care, said UNHCR.“As the struggle for control of the territory continues, insecurity makes it extremely difficult for aid workers to access the area and deliver vital assistance,” UNHCR’s Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva.According to the agency, there are some 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia, and more than 560,000 people living as refugees in neighbouring countries, mainly in Kenya, Yemen and Ethiopia. read more

President Sirisena alleges RAW is plotting his assassination

When contacted for verification, a senior officer at the President’s media unit said: “We will verify this and revert.” However, there has been no response till the time of going to print. The CID interrogated Kumara. The police subsequently also arrested an Indian national late in September. Local media reported that the Indian, identified as M. Thomas hailing from Kerala, claimed he knew of the plot.However, the Sri Lankan government issued an elaborate denial to the report and clarifications came from the highest level. Media Minister, Mangala Samaraweera slammed it as a “disinformation campaign”, urging reporters to be responsible.At Tuesday’s meeting, Sirisena reportedly said “the Indian national must be a RAW agent trying to kill me. The Indian PM may not be aware. That is often the case. Trump may not be aware of CIA’s similar moves.” The Hindu, on Tuesday evening, spoke to multiple sources in government — across political parties — who attended the meeting, and they confirmed this. In a move that might seriously impair Indo-Lanka relations, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday accused India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of plotting his assassination, The Hindu reported.Sirisena, who was speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting, told Ministers that the Indian intelligence agency was “trying to kill” him, but that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi may not be aware of the plan,” The Hindu has learnt from sources present at the discussion. Tuesday’s meeting also saw a heated argument between President Sirisena and Mr. Wickremesinghe, when a cabinet paper on developing the Colombo Port came up for discussion. Sources said Mr. Sirisena vehemently objected to any Indian involvement in upgrading its east container terminal – a project that New Delhi has been keen to take up.However, Wickremesinghe is said to have countered by saying Colombo had already promised New Delhi on collaborating on the project, and it was important to rope in India at the terminal, given that about 80% of the cargo handled at the transhipment hub was meant for India. He reportedly sought a week’s time to sort out the issue, since he would be meeting Mr. Modi soon.Meanwhile, the President’s media unit on Tuesday called off a scheduled press meet by Mr. Sirisena’s advisers on the reported assassination plot. When contacted, Presidential adviser Shiral Lakthilaka told The Hindu: “We cancelled it because we are awaiting more information”. Asked if it was connected to Mr. Sirisena’s reported remarks at the Cabinet, he said: “No, it had nothing to do with that.” President Sirisena’s claim comes days before Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s scheduled visit to New Delhi, where he will meet Mr. Modi to discuss bilateral matters, including key, India-assisted projects on the island.However, this is not the first time a Sri Lankan leader has accused the Indian agency of interference. Following his poll defeat in 2015, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa held RAW among those responsible for the change in regime. Mr. Sirisena’s allegation, sources at the meeting said, came when he raised concerns over the government’s “indifference” to an assassination plot targeting him. Reports of the said plot emerged last month when an individual named Namal Kumara, part of an anti-corruption outfit, claimed he was aware of a plan to assassinate Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. “We were just shocked when he said it,” a source said, requesting anonymity. read more

UN agency to provide psychosocial aid to traumatized quake victims in Iran

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is providing material relief to the victims of last week’s earthquake in Iran, today announced plans to offer psychosocial support to traumatized youngsters in the coming weeks.“Families are sleeping in tents, in their cars and in makeshift shelters wherever they can,” UNICEF country representative Christian Salazar said after visiting the Lorestan area, where the agency immediately rushed 10,000 blankets after the 31 March quake.“The temperature is down to five degrees Celsius,” he added, noting that the harsh conditions take a strong psychological toll. “For children it’s very difficult. Not only have they lost all their possessions, but they are very frightened by all the aftershocks of the earthquakes. They are crying a lot and not sleeping well.”To help address this trauma, UNICEF plans to offer psychosocial support and temporary schools to the community.After the initial quake, the Government and Iranian Red Crescent responded swiftly, distributing tents, blankets and other supplies almost immediately. UNICEF added to this with the first international aid to reach some of the most affected villages.Additional supplies, including children’s clothes, blankets, dolls and tents, were released by officials in Bam, where they had been donated by UNICEF following the 2003 earthquake there.The children and their families will continue to need considerable help. To facilitate recovery and reconstruction, an expert team of two UNICEF child protection officers, an education officer and a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) staff member arrived on the scene this week to assess damage to education facilities and the psychological status of children.Based on the team’s findings, a plan of action will be developed and implemented with the government and partners. The State Welfare Organization has already agreed with UNICEF to establish 35 rural childcare centres in the hardest-hit villages. These, along with appropriate educational and psychosocial interventions, should help children overcome the psychological stress and trauma caused by the quake.The agency’s actions are part of a coordinated UN effort led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). read more

120 years of excellence in service to mining

first_imgCelebrating 120 years of service to the mining industry, the Wits School of Mining Engineering is the seed from which the University of the Witwatersrand grew, and is now the largest mining school in the English-speaking world.“The School of Mining Engineering is one of the leading schools in the world. Our academics and students, supported by industry, are working together to shape the future of mining on the continent and beyond,” said Professor Adam Habib, Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal. “We are researching cutting-edge deep-level mining techniques, developing new methods and systems to ensure the safety and wellbeing of miners, researching new technologies in mechanised mining systems and working to ensure the sustainability and future of the mining industry so that it is beneficial for all. We extend our congratulations to the School as it celebrates this momentous milestone.”According to Head of School Professor Cuthbert Musingwini, the growth of the School has taken place alongside a strong commitment to excellence – placing it as number one in Africa and at 22nd position in the recent QS World University ranking of the world’s Top 50 minerals and mining schools.Graduates enter the world of work with qualifications that are internationally recognised in terms of the Washington Accord agreement, he said.In line with Wits University’s Vision 2022 strategy, which focuses on making Wits a research-intensive University, the School has boosted its postgraduate numbers to create a growing pool of mining engineering researchers tackling both fundamental and applied research. The School graduated seven doctoral students in 2015 and another five last year.“While most of the research conducted by students up to doctoral level tends to be fundamental research, we have built considerable capacity for applied research through our Centres of Excellence: the Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems, and the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry,” said Professor Musingwini. “Leveraging our close links with the private sector – among both mining companies and service providers – we equip these Centres to tackle pressing issues facing the future of mining.”Much of the School’s research has already been highly acclaimed in the ways that it has advanced the sector. One of the most memorable intellectual breakthroughs was Wits alumnus Danie Krige’s pioneering work applying insights in statistics to the valuation of new gold mines, using a limited number of boreholes. The technique, which became known as ‘kriging’ after its originator, helped improve ore evaluation techniques and reduced the financial risk of investing in mining projects.Other contributions include: former senior lecturer Dr Gys Landman’s research at Wits which advanced stone-dusting technologies for the coal mining sector; past Head of School Professor Fred Cawood’s research into mining tax which helped refine government’s mine taxation and royalty formula; Professor Musingwini’s research which led to the platinum sector’s adoption of the short cross-cut mining method; Professor Halil Yilmaz’s research on developing standard testing of thin spray-on liners for supporting mine excavations; and Professor Gordon Smith’s research on a strategic planning framework which is being used in some of the platinum mining companies.To continue this proud research tradition, the School’s staff – which is today fully staffed – can boast three full professorships, three associate professorships and four National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researchers. Nine staff members are also currently registered for their doctoral degrees.“Our competent and committed academic staff have ensured that we maintain firm relationships with the mining sector,” said Professor Musingwini. “With the support of the Mining Qualifications Authority and the Minerals Education Trust Fund, we have been able appoint and retain academics of the highest standard.”The emphasis on research output has meant that output rates have improved markedly in recent years, to reach almost 35 research output units in 2016 – making the School a leading research entity in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at Wits.Professor Ian Jandrell, Dean of the Faculty, points out that the School has always been seen as a leader in all of its endeavours.“The School has effectively evolved from a training academy focusing on the very practical needs of an emerging industry, to serving a transforming industry, and to continually engaging in world-leading research,” said Professor Jandrell. “It is not surprising that one of the 21st Century Institutes hosted by the Faculty is the Wits Mining Institute – a platform built on the acknowledgement of the need for trans- and multi-disciplinary research into mining as we re-imagine this industry and its role in society.”Jandrell emphasised that the on-going and strong industry support for the School is clear testament to its relevance to our city, our industry and our economy. The School of Mining Engineering is home to some of the highest-tech and cross-cutting research, making it a tantalising home for budding researchers from across the world.“We are deeply proud of the number of international researchers who choose this School, and who add value through their international experience and expertise,” he added. “Nevertheless, the School has never lost sight of its embeddedness in the South African landscape. This is a very special School, and one that we hold dear in all our endeavours.”The School’s contribution to industry is also reflected in the numerous leadership roles that staff play in professional and industry bodies. Professor Musingwini is currently the President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, an august organisation once headed by the School’s Emeritus Professor Dick Stacey, the School’s Visiting Professor Nielen van der Merwe, and the School’s Honourary Adjunct Professor John Cruise. Professor Cawood is a past President of the Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa, and Visiting Professor Christina Dohm chairs the Geostatistical Association of Southern Africa.last_img read more

LaCie offers slim portable USB 20 Bluray drive

first_imgWhile your netbook or ultra-portable may be capable of playing faultless HD content, that content is limited to the streamed variety due to a lack of optical drive. Alternatively, you may be in a situation where you want to watch a Blu-ray movie on your PC, but also have a laptop you could watch them on too.LaCie is offering you an answer in both situations with the introduction of a portable, slim, Blu-ray drive. It requires no separate power cable and draws everything it needs through a USB 2.0 port over a single data/power connection. Playback includes both DVD and Blu-ray discs, plus it is also capable of writing DVDs at 8x, CDs at 10x, and Blu-ray discs at 6x.The Slim Blu-ray drive measures 137 x 157 x 25mm and weighs 320 grams. Included in the box is a USB cable and utilities DVD including CyberLink Blu-ray Disc suite.The price is steep at $264.99, but it may still be desirable due to the fact you can use it on multiple machines and take it with you when travelling with little baggage space required.Read more at LaCielast_img read more

There is a light that never goes out Why we still need

first_imgThere is a light that never goes out: Why we still need an alternative music radio station With the closure of TXFM there is a real opportunity for the BAI to make a commitment to shaping Irish music radio for the long haul, the radio station’s former CEO Peter McPartlin writes. 69 Comments By Peter McPartlin THIS EVENING, IN an office block in central Dublin, the final song on one of Dublin’s shortest-lived, but critically-acclaimed commercial radio stations will be played and the studio lights in TXFM will be switched off for good.Unlike the heyday of pirate radio in the capital, there will be no protest marches from disenfranchised music fans and no histrionics or studio lock-ins from the utterly professional band of remaining presenters. But like Phantom before it, the demise of TXFM means that music listening choice on the nation’s airwaves has been dealt another blow.It is sadly ironic that at a time when ‘indie music’, both international and Irish, has rarely been more diverse, interesting and talent-laden, that the industry is losing one of the few outlets that has helped promote, encourage and generate sales for artists involved in it.Yes, there are still alternative stations like 8Radio.com scraping by on temporary FM licences and RTE’s 2XM transmits almost invisibly on DAB. But the closure of TXFM means that there is no major radio outlet here providing a daily mix of contemporary and classic, alternative music across the main FM spectrum.With the primary champions of ‘music from beyond the mainstream’, such as Paul McLoone, Dan Hegarty, John Creedon and Tom Dunne, all relegated to the fringes of national radio schedules, there is less FM exposure than ever for music that is not uniform, shiny and safe.Let me declare my interest here. I was one of the people involved in helping to get TXFM off the ground after the demise of Phantom. That station too had its fans but was cursed by a combination of the advertising downturn post-2008 and a schizophrenic schedule in its latter years which cost it audience numbers.‘Antidote to polished pop’The primary aim of TXFM was to provide an antidote to the polished pop output of the more established and better resourced stations. The station’s only funding was advertising and while the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) had accepted a broader interpretation of its original licence as an ‘alternative rock station’, an age cap of appealing primarily to ‘Under 35s’ was an anachronism and an unnecessary restriction to a licence that is arguably the most niche of all 34 commercial operators.The TXFM shareholders bravely went into the last two years of its current licence hoping that it might just get to break even. The contention was that although the Dublin radio market is crowded, there are a range of music audiences not being catered for. We estimated that there are 120,000 alternative music fans aged under 35 and a broader base of 300,000 if the age cap was ignored.TXFM set out to provide a more enlightened approach to music playlisting. It was not elitist, it was for more of the people some of the time: those who wanted a station to help them discover new music as well as occasionally playing heritage acts like The Clash, Nirvana or The Frames, who rarely make it onto Irish playlists anymore.This might have meant a bit more Kings of Leon and Mumford & Sons to bulk up its audience numbers, attract advertisers and the casual indie anthem fan. But the station would also use the opportunity to introduce them to newer acts like Royal Blood, Future Islands, St. Vincent and Tame Impala and provide more than just lip-service to Irish acts like Villagers, All Tvvins, Soak and James Vincent McMorrow. Short URL 454 Views So why should the market mourn the loss of a privately-owned enterprise, which ostensibly failed because it didn’t gain enough listeners or make enough money? And, in an age of age of Spotify, Apple and YouTube, when the availability of music in all its flavours is limitless, does it really matter anymore?As a people with a culture and tradition of punching above our weight in the contemporary music space, the answer has to be a resounding ‘yes’.Spotify can provide playlists to match every mood or occasion for thousands of people, one at a time. But the best radio curates music so that thousands of people can recall, discover and share moments, driven by music which can have a really powerful and unifying effect.Radio is also still one of the most powerful platforms for any new or established artist to have their work heard at scale and frankly, put in danger of being purchased.Related: Phantom FM 1996 – 2014: A brief history, by its staff — past, way past and pirate > Irish radio needs a station that can act as a champion for new artists from both Ireland and abroad; one which provides an outlet for the wealth of new voices, musicianship and production talent that exists but not given wider exposure.If Lyric FM, which provides a thoroughly professional service for fans of classical and jazz, can receive annual funding of €5.8m from the licence fee, couldn’t even one-fifth of this amount be found to underwrite a station which has potential appeal to a much broader base of music fans?It might never have the biggest audience in the country but when has popularity ever been a measure of importance and relevance?This is a real opportunity for the BAI or maybe even RTÉ, to seize the opportunity from the closure of a small station with a big heart, and make a real commitment to shaping Irish music radio for the long haul.There is a light that never goes out but it does need fuel for it to burn brightly.Peter McPartlin is a former CEO of TXFM and Today FM. Great tunes on @TXFMDublin today. Second last day on air so enjoy it while it lasts! https://t.co/NBp6H8TxON— Nialler9 ✨🌐✨ (@Nialler9) October 25, 2016 Oct 26th 2016, 7:00 AM center_img Share1293 Tweet Email6 Source: Nialler9/Twitter Peter McPartlin The other goal of TXFM was to provide exposure for new presenters through new shows across a range of music genres that were un-catered for on Irish commercial radio. Some presenters such as Cathal Funge, Claire Beck and Kelly-Anne Byrne had been on Phantom, but on TXFM they were up front and centre.New voices such as Gavin Glass, Brian Keaveney, Paul Donegan, Nialler9, Esther O’Moore Donohoe and Shelly Gray were given the opportunity to showcase their passion and presentation abilities. They were given equal billing on the schedule alongside more recognisable music heavyweights such as Joe Donnelly, Donal Dineen and Paul McLoone.There were weekly shows devoted to soul, alt. country / Americana, electronica and dance. Unsigned Irish acts were showcased, there was a show majoring on vinyl releases (with John Caddell), a live dance show (from Bodytonic) and an energetic mix of sport and music at weekends (with Paul Lynskey and Johnny Cullen). Meanwhile, the ‘desert island downloads’ show, Songs in the Key of Life (with Nadine O’Regan), attracted some stellar guests across the two-and-a-half years.A smaller and nimbler structure enabled TXFM to be more spontaneous with its schedule when the occasion demanded too. This led to great ‘event radio’ over the course of its short life: John Grant as DJ for a day, a virtually live Beatles reunion, and spontaneous tribute days to Bowie and Prince.More recently TXFM went all ‘1991’ with a whole day devoted to the release of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’. These may not quite qualify for a Nobel Literature Prize but they were a departure from the relatively safe leanings of commercial radio. http://jrnl.ie/3045648 Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 7:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

First match announced for WWE Survivor Series on 1123

first_imgFacebook Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Twitter Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Videos Articles Jerry Lawler WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next NXT TakeOver: War Games 2019 is coming to Chicago on November 23; Tickets on sale this week Video: Impact announces Rebellion Pay Per View for April 28 live in Torontocenter_img WWE Announces Huge 4-Way Battles For SmackDown Live Team Cena vs. Team Authority in a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination tag team match has been announced for the WWE Survivor Series PPV on 11/23 in St. Louis. Team members on both sides have yet to be announced as of Monday night.WWE Survivor Series: Team Cena vs. Team AuthorityRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 26.04%0:01Remaining Time -0:48 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Google+ Impact Wrestling presents Rebellion this Sunday from Toronto, streaming live globally on FITE.tv Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

331 WWE Smackdown draws 233 million viewers on Thursday night viewers are

first_img Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Velvet Sky Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Google+ Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Twitter Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Roman Reigns is in Remission WhatsApp Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler) Last night’s 3/31 WWE Smackdown on the USA Network drew 2.33 million viewers on Thursday night. This is down from last week’s show that drew 2.50 million viewers.Smackdown drew a 0.69 rating among adults 18-49, down from a 0.75 last week.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build)last_img read more

How rents stack up in Vancouver versus Portland

first_imgEconomic indicator reports arrive regularly in a newsroom.Unemployment, durable goods, home sales, retail sales, manufacturers’ shipments, construction spending — that sort of thing. A government agency issues most of the reports. They’re worthy of at least a moment or two of mulling on their once-a-month delivery schedule.One report in recent months has piqued my interest. That would be the Apartment List, which features rental data on rates for one- and two-bedroom apartments.Since at least February, the Apartment List has shown Vancouver rental rates exceed those in Portland. The data the organization issued last week showed median rents in May in Vancouver at $1,410 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,670 for a two-bedroom. For Portland, it’s a median $1,130 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,330 for a two-bedroom.Furthermore, the Apartment List report published June 3 said rents in Vancouver have increased at a 1.9 percent pace over the previous 12 months compared to a 1.5 percent pace nationally. And, nationwide, the median two-bedroom rent is $1,190.But I’ve scratched my head at the Vancouver-to-Portland comparison. Could rental rates in Vancouver really be more than 20 percent higher in Vancouver than Portland? After all, the Regional Multiple Listing Service Report usually shows Clark County median sales prices about 10 percent less than those in the Portland metro region.last_img read more

Dolphins players hand out food to Miami Gardens residents displaced in fire

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Families burned out of their homes in Miami Gardens received a helping hand from the Miami Dolphins.Team players, alumni and staff stopped by Crystal Lake Apartments on Monday to hand out boxes of food to residents trying to rebuild their lives.More than 50 people were forced out when a massive fire destroyed their complex on Northwest 27th Avenue and 207th Street on Wednesday. Displaced resident Patricia Beasley expressed her gratitude toward the team.“It feels good that they support us,” she said. “I’m just thankful that I’m alive, and it’s a good support. It’s good that they came out.”Police said 19-year-old Malachi Wilder started the blaze in what was described as a suicide attempt. He has been charged with arson.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The @MiamiDolphins players, alumni and staff team up with @CityofMiaGarden to assist in distributing meals to families displaced in the Crystal Lake Apartments fire pic.twitter.com/yC04xAPJX4— SFLCN (@sflcn) July 17, 2018Dolphins wide receiver Malcolm Lewis said he really wanted to help because the situation hit close to home.“My cousin still lives here. It’s just a blessing. They’re going through a tough time right now,” he said. “Miami [Gardens] Police and the Dolphins just wanted to give back.” last_img read more

Musical Expectations Empire Records Coming To Broadway

first_img Facebook Original screenwriter and rising composer to transplant the scruffy retail staffers of ‘Empire Records’ onto the musical theater stagePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 6, 2018 – 6:01 pm Before American TV audiences discovered “Empire,” run by the Lyons, the 1995 cult-classic film Empire Records made its unique mark in American culture’s permanent record. Its soundtrack featured GRAMMY nominees the Gin Blossoms’ “Til I Hear It From You,” among others ’90s favs, and its cast showcased rising stars Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, Liv Tyler, and Renée Zellweger.Actor Maxwell Caulfield, who had already starred in Grease 2, played sketchy pop star Rex Manning, and the movie’s plot takes place over a one-day period as record-store employees deal with his in-store appearance. Based loosely on scribe Carol Heikkinen’s personal experiences at Tower Records, the retail staff hatch plans to buy the outlet to prevent it from being acquired by a franchise chain.As the film’s 25th anniversary approaches, Heikkinen, producer Bill Weiner and composer/lyricist Zoe Sarnak discussed their exciting plans, with Rolling Stone, to re-embody its mid-’90s essence into a Broadway musical in 2020.Of course, it is no coincidence this announcement was made in time for the anniversary of the store’s big promotional event — Rex Manning Day on April 8. Email Celebrate Rex Manning Day Coming To Broadway musical-expectations-empire-records-coming-broadway “I’m a huge fan of Nineties alt-rock, and it was a really special time when that style intersected with punk, grunge and even pop,” said Sarnak, who is a rising star in musical theater herself. “These styles can inform a score that is melodic while still feeling organic, visceral and explosive. Needless to say, this won’t be a ‘traditional’ Broadway score.” Sarnak also hinted the Rex Manning pseudo-hit “Say No More, Mon Amour” might make it into the new version.”I knew we had something when I would tell people about the show and consistently see faces light up,” said Weiner. “Everyone has a story, whether it’s that they saw the movie 10 times, stole the video cassette from an older sibling or the soundtrack was the first CD they ever purchased.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Musical Expectations: ‘Empire Records’ Coming To Broadway Twitter https://twitter.com/pitchfork/status/982370628815806464 News last_img read more

BSE closes points 14547 up on Feb 18

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 145.47 points up to stand at 20,609.53. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 53.80 points up to stand at6,127.10. ABB India Ltd. and Jindal Steel were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.44% and 7.03% along with Siemens and Adani Power Ltd. with an increase of 6.22% and 5.97% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Hindustan Zinc and Motherson Sumi with a decrease of 2.56% and 2.27% along with Suzlon Energy and Jain Irrigation with a decrease of 2.21% and 1.75% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 112.06 points at 12,171.03 while the banking sector is up 226.84 points at 12,025.21 and the realty sector is up 6.01 points at 1,206.03. The Indian currency is down 0.32% at Rs 62.16 per dollar.last_img read more

GST peppered with input credit claims for Rs 62000 crore in July

first_imgTOO MANY TO HANDLE: Traders held placards bearing anti-GST messages at a protest against the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on textiles in Ahmedabad on July 15, 2017. REUTERS/Amit DaveAbout Rs 60,000 crore in claims under the input tax credit provision of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) scheme is under verification by the government, said a report in financial daily Business Standard (BS) on Monday.The daily said that the input tax credit amounting to Rs 62,000 crore for the period before July 1 has been claimed through the TRAN 1 form. Companies had a 90-day period from July 1 to claim credit for the excise duty already paid on inputs.About Rs 95,000 crore in revenue was collected in the month of July. But what has startled the government is the steep Rs 62,000 crore claimed during the transitional period to GST.GST was imposed nationwide on July 1 this year. “We need to verify if the claims filed are genuine. The number appears to be quite huge with respect to the tax collected,” a senior government official was quoted as saying in the BS report.Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia was quoted as saying that the government is still evaluating the number of input tax credit claims, which seems too large and does not add up.About 70 per cent of the eligible registrants for July have so far filed returns under the new GST scheme, while Rs 95,000 crore has been collected in taxes.The GST Council had allowed companies to claim 100 per cent input tax credit by uploading excise payment invoices for the period before July 1. In case of unavailability of invoices, the Council had allowed 40 per cent input tax credit, the report said.The Input Credit Mechanism is available to manufacturers, supplier, agents, e-commerce operators and aggregators covered under the GST Act to claim input credit or reimbursements on tax paid by them while purchasing inputs like raw materials, hardware or software required to create a finished product or offer a service. ClearTaxAt the June 4 meeting of the GST Council, the limit on input tax credit was raised to 60 per cent from 40 per cent of GST liability on items with a tax rate above 18 per cent. Besides, the entire 100 per cent input tax credit are permitted to be claimed on high-value items of above Rs 25,000 with a chassis number.last_img read more

Was Putin critic Alexey Navalny poisoned in Russian jail

first_imgRussian opposition leader Alexey NavalnyReutersRussian opposition leader Alexey Navalny may have been exposed to “an unknown chemical substance” in prison, which triggered a major allergic reaction on Sunday, said his doctor Anastasia Vasilyeva.”Some toxic agent may be the reason for Alexei Navalny’s ‘illness’,” said Vasilyeva in a Facebook post. The physician also mentioned that officials at Moscow’s hospital No 64 that treated him “behaved strangely”.While a doctor, Eldar Kazakhmedov, told Russian news agency Interfax that Navalny was suffering from an allergic reaction, Vasilyeva negated the claim.She said that it was clear that Navalny was suffering from “the result of the harmful effects of undefined chemical substances”. “We cannot exclude toxic damage to the skin by chemicals induced by a ‘third person’,” she wrote.She also urged the hospital administration to immediately allow proper medical care for Navalny.Two physicians, including Vasilyeva, visited Navalny on Sunday but were not allowed to examine him. She revealed that he had swollen eyelids, discharge in the eye as well as a rash on his upper body and appeared to be suffering from acute toxic conjunctivitis and dermatitis.Apart from refusing to diagnose Navalny and informing his family about the cause, Vasilyeva noted that the hospital doctors were “visibly jittery”.His spokesperson Kira Yarmysh said on Sunday that the allergic reaction was something unlike any that he suffered before in his life.However, Navalny was reported to be “in a satisfactory condition”, a representative of the hospital told AFP on Monday.Analysts said that the incident is alarming knowing how an opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was assassinated outside the Kremlin in 2015. Both Nemtsov and Navalny have openly criticised Russian President Vladimir Putin. Navalny is serving a 30-day sentence for organising an anti-government protest last week Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrested as thousands protest against Putin IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:59Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:59?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close to 1,400 protestors were detained for attending a mass protest after opposition candidates were barred from participating in Moscow city elections in September.While most of the protestors were released without charge, according to The Guardian, more than 150 people were arrested and may face charges in court this week. Around 25 people were also reportedly injured, revealed an independent monitoring group. Closelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday July 23

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA discussion about dismantling structural racism as a campaign plank of the 2016 presidential election, with Jamil Smith, senior editor of The New Republic. Plus, we’ll take a look back at the chaotic hours that led up to the Baltimore uprising in April right after the funeral of Freddie Gray, specifically what some believe was the bungling of the situation by officials of the MTA and Baltimore City Schools.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Slightly Mad Studios CEO Reveals Details on New Console EXCLUSIVE

first_imgSlightly Mad Studios is the group behind “Project CARS 2” and “Need for Speed: Shift.” The London based studio, founded by Bell in 2009, is known for working on racing and driving simulators, as well, using its cross-platform Madness engine.“What is the Mad Box?” Bell wrote. “It’s the most powerful console ever built… It’s literally ‘Mad’… You want 4k, you want VR at 60FPS? You want a full engine for free to develop your games on it? You have it.”A Twitter user, @LogiForce, responded to this tweet questioning the 60 frames per second claim, asking if it should be 90FPS for VR, to which Bell replied that it’s 60FPS “per eye.” The studio is looking at shipping the console beyond the UK, and Bell hinted at some intriguing possibilities.“It will be a worldwide console,” Bell wrote. “And we’re already in early talks with areas that are, let’s say, not particularly open to other vendors at this moment.”When asked if the console will be crowdfunded or offered in partnership with another company or investor, Bell’s explanation revealed that Slightly Mad Studios already has several interested parties.“We have multiple investors already offering the required funding for us to see the product to completion, but it’s still early days and we’re looking at the best offers right now,” Bell explained. “All that we have approached are discussing standard partial ownership investment deals.” “Prices will drop with ship quantity but we’re not planning on taking as large a cut as other console owners to enable us to cut prices massively,” he stated. “We fully expect to be matching the best of the rest early in the lifecycle though.” When asked about what games will be available on the console, Bell stated that “We plan to allow games from all developers, old and new.”“The ’new’ possibly being many of those that benefit from our completely free development engine,” Bell said. “It will be a stand alone console.”As for exclusive titles, the CEO says it will be up to the developers.“We think exclusives are ‘exclusionary’ but given that we’ll be shipping a cross platform engine to all developers it will be their choice,” Bell wrote. “As of now we have no plans to pay developers ‘incentives’ to exclude other hardware vendors.”Exclusionary practices aren’t really in line with the thinking of Slightly Mad Studios, based on what Bell told us. Popular on Variety “We think the industry is a little too much of a monopoly or a micro oligopoly,” Bell explained. “We think competition is healthy and we have the required hardware contacts to be able to bring something epic to fruition based on our designs.”  As for how much the new console will cost, Bell said it will be “competitive with upcoming console prices.”center_img In addition to games and driving simulations, Slightly Mad Studios creates “simulation adaptions” using its Madness engine. These adaptions have various uses “from automotive to mining, autonomous vehicle AI to tailor-made VR showrooms, from off-the-shelf solutions to full bespoke simulation,” according to its website.“Project CARS” was even used to help test Almotive’s autonomous vehicle software and its ability to detect obstacles, according to VentureBeat.“Project CARS 2,” a racing simulation game released in 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and had “generally favorable reviews” and a score of 84 on Metacritic. It was nominated for Best Sports/Racing Game for The Game Awards in 2017. While we don’t have any images yet for the console, Bell told Variety that images of early design builds will be coming in four to six weeks time. Variety reached out to Bell, who clarified via email that the Mad Box will be 120 FPS after the confusing “per eye” FPS claim. Slightly Mad Studios is developing a “stand alone console,” that will support VR, CEO Ian Bell revealed Wednesday.The Twitter account of Ian Bell, CEO of Slightly Mad Studios cryptically tweeted “The Mad Box is coming” on Wednesday.When reached for more details, Bell told Variety that the console will ship in “around three years time” and that “it will be a console as is the Xbox or Playstation.”“It will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming and the specs will be equivalent to a ‘very fast PC 2 years from now’,” Bell wrote in an email. “We’re in early talks with manufacturers of components so we can’t say much more right now other than we have the designs specced out in detail.”The reveal originally appeared via Bell’s Twitter account, which appeared to be newly created as of Wednesday. The official Slightly Mad Studios Twitter account also retweeted Bell’s tweets, lending validity to the new account, which is not Twitter verified, yet. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Gateway to Spains Costa del Sol Malaga is a worthy destination in

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> MALAGA — Travel marketing experts from more than a dozen countries around the world took part in the recent Malaga Costa del Sol Marketing Summit in Malaga, Spain, with an aim to discuss marketing issues, trends and techniques with some of the most innovative brands shaping the future of travel marketing.Hosted by the Travel Consul, Costa del Sol Malaga and Diputacion de Malaga, the summit was attended by Travel Consul experts from 16 countries including Canada, marketing representatives from the Costa del Sol Malaga and other tourist bureaus, tour operators and marketing experts representing countries all over the world, from Peru, Iceland, Australia and France to Netherlands, Spain, Russia, China, India and Canada.The TravelConsul.com is an international travel marketing alliance consisting of advertising, brand strategy, PR, digital media and marketing firms operating in over 16 different countries. Travel Consul admits only one member from each country and all members must be focused and specialize in the tourism and travel industry.RadonicRodgers Strategy+ Travel and Tourism Marketing is the Canadian member of the Travel Consul and Edward Radonic, Managing Director, represented RadonicRodgers Strategy+ at the summit. Radonic said its access to the expertise and knowledge of the other Travel Consul members allows RadonicRodgers Strategy+ to build on its expertise and offer superior consultative services to its Canadian clients.The summit included various panel discussions covering such topics as Leveraging Data in Travel and Tourism, Responsible Destination Marketing and Sustainability, The Shifting Profile of Leisure Travellers and Booking Behaviours and Reaching the Luxury Market and Shopping Traveller.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemTravelweek took part in the Spain trip and found that Malaga – long considered the gateway to the Costa del Sol – has become a destination in its own right. Its modern airport and updated train station make it easily accessible by high speed trains and by air. And with the Mediterranean coast on its southern boundary and surrounded by hills, Malaga boasts a micro climate with winter temperatures averaging around 20 degrees Celsius and sunshine 325 days a year.Here are some of Malaga’s top attractions and activities:Like many areas bordering the Mediterranean, Malaga has its own Roman ruins including a Roman theatre, providing the centerpiece for a leisurely tour of the town centre where other highlights include Malaga Cathedral, the sprawling 11th century fortification Alcazaba and the nearby beach, featuring a long beach-side promenade and beach bars serving tapas unique to Malaga.The birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Malaga hosts the Picasso Museum located near the Plaza de la Merced. The museum displays many of Picasso’s earlier works depicting local life in the region and boasts some 285 works donated by members of Picasso’s family.Among the other 30 or so museums in Malaga is the must-see Carmen Thyssen Museum, also in the city centre. Its main focus is on 19th century Spanish and particularly Andalucian painting.Food lovers can take the ‘Taste of Malaga Tapas Tour’ offered by Spain Food Sherpas, a locally-owned and operated company. Tours start around lunch time at the local central market (an experience in itself), where you sample several varieties of tapas and sip some of the local wines in one of the market’s food stalls, sample some Spanish olives at another food stall and chat with the local merchants. You then move on to a local bar and sample different grades of Iberian hams (Jamon Serrano), then to a restaurant serving modernized versions of traditional tapas and finally to a wine bar to sample more local wines. Lasting about four hours, the tour becomes the most pleasant extended lunch. For more information see spainfoodsherpas.com.El Caminito del Rey (‘The King’s Little Pathway’) is located just over an hour outside Malaga and can be reached by either train or car. It provides a great opportunity to escape to the countryside and experience some adventure. A path cut out of the steep walls of a gorge in El Chorro, it was known for many years as the most dangerous walkway in the world, originally built in 1901 and rising 330 metres on a sheer cliff above the river flowing through the gorge. After it was closed and rebuilt, the walkway was re-opened in 2015 for public use. The gorge is part of a larger nature reserve in one of the most picturesque areas of the Malaga mountains. For more information go to caminitodelrey.info.Nearby is the town of Ronda, the home of bullfighting in Spain featuring an original bullfighting ring and other artifacts relating to bullfighting for those who are interested. For others the city epitomizes rural life in the region.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaFor more information about Malaga and its surrounding region go to visitacostadelsol.com. Share Posted by Tags: Spaincenter_img Monday, November 13, 2017 Gateway to Spain’s Costa del Sol, Malaga is a worthy destination in its own right Travelweek Group last_img read more

Zimbabwe electoral body seeks end to media bias

first_imgHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – Zimbabwe’s official electoral body says it will for the first time take disciplinary action against journalists for unfair reporting ahead of the nation’s upcoming elections.Electoral Commission head Judge Rita Makarau said Monday it will start monitoring media reports on the polls set for July 31.Makarau said all political parties must be given “equitable” coverage in the independent media and the dominant state-run media controlled by loyalists of longtime President Robert Mugabe. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Equal media access was set as a condition of a power-sharing deal forged by regional leaders between Mugabe and former opposition leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai after violent and disputed elections in 2008.But it has not been adhered to by Mugabe’s state media and the sole national broadcaster.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Bangkok Thailand – Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgBangkok, Thailand – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSix Senses Bangkok Hub, Soneva Fushi, Six Senses’ flagship resort, has installed a 70kW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant system that has achieved eight months of successful operation. It is the largest renewable energy plant currently operating in the Maldives, a country that has brought international attention to the issue of global warming and rising sea levels.Zero carbon commitment “This is a significant first step in achieving our commitment of a net zero carbon footprint for Soneva Fushi by 2012 as well as supporting the carbon reduction goals of the Maldives government,” said Sonu Shivdasani, CEO and Chairman of Six Senses. “We are hoping that our example will lead other resorts in the Maldives and other island grids around the world to also pursue solar PV as a low cost clean energy alternative.”Made in Germany, built by Maldivians The ‘grid parity’ system, the first in the region to use best of breed thin film PV panels, was fabricated in easy-to-assemble kit form by Beck Electric of Germany. The entire system, including tools required for assembly, was shipped to the Maldives in a 40 foot container and installed in two weeks by a team of 10 local workers, none of whom had worked with glass or solar panels before.The panels have been discreetly assembled in the middle of the island’s jungle and are visible only when guests are given guided tours of the resort’s impressive recycling, waste to wealth ‘Eco Centro’.A blueprint for the future This innovative kit-based approach removed the dependence on experienced overseas contractors whilst providing islanders with renewable energy expertise. This approach provides a blueprint for smaller, poorer communities throughout the world to generate much-needed clean energy at a cost below diesel generated electricity.Dr. Lounette Dyer, who leads the Six Senses renewable energy efforts, said, “This project proves that solar PV doesn’t just make good environmental sense, it also makes good economic sense. Solar PV is no longer only a luxury of rich nations with high subsidies. It is now a necessity for poor developing countries that require energy to advance and are tied to global oil prices.”Plans to quadruple the system Following a successful trial period the company now plans to quadruple the size of the system in 2010 to provide almost half the resort’s electricity.www.sixsenses.comlast_img read more