Beyoncé Supports World Humanitarian Day

first_imgWorld Humanitarian Day is a day of remembrance set up for victims of the 2003 bombing of the Baghdad, Iraq United Nations Headquarters. The holiday serves as moment to promote global humanitarian efforts and to recognize those who have lost their lives in the pursuit of such efforts. Music superstarBeyoncé promoted the August 19, 2012 observance by releasing a video for her hit single “I was Here.” The song, taken from her album 4, focuses on creating a legacy dedicated to making positive impacts in the lives of others.The video was filmed on August 10, 2012 at the New York United Nations General Assembly Rooms and features a star packed audience including actress Julia Stiles, singer-songwriter The-dream and “I was Here” writer Diane Warren.Beyoncé is no stranger to humanitarian causes. The singer has also been involved with projects benefiting the Survivor Foundation, Feeding America, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and the Lunchbox Foundation.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Meghan Markle Wears This Canadian Outerwear Brand for First Outing With Prince

first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Today, Meghan Markle officially embraced her forthcoming duties as a member of the royal family. The outing saw Markle and Prince Harry visit the Terrace Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair in Nottingham, and for the occasion, Markle stepped out in look that was not too far removed from Kate Middleton’s repertoire: a tailored coat, below-the-knee skirt, and KG Kurt Geiger mid-calf boots.Markle’s style thus far has been defined by an unfussy, modern, and accessible aesthetic. The Mackage biker jacket she wore with a coordinating Artizia dress to the Invictus Games in Canada earlier this fall is a prime example. Markle called upon the Canadian outerwear brand again today, opting for a double-breasted navy coat from the line. The khaki pleated skirt she wore underneath by British label Jospeh added a ladylike touch.by EDWARD BARSAMIAN / VOGUElast_img read more

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Selfpromoting Pharma Bro sentenced to prison in fraud

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Martin Shrkeli, the smirking “Pharma Bro” vilified for jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for defrauding investors in two failed hedge funds.The self-promoting pharmaceutical executive notorious for trolling critics online was convicted in a securities fraud case last year unconnected to the price increase dispute.Shkreli, his cocky persona nowhere to be found, cried as he told U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto he made many mistakes and apologized to investors.“I want the people who came here today to support me to understand one thing, the only person to blame for me being here today is me,” he said. “I took down Martin Shkreli.”He said that he hopes to make amends and learn from his mistakes and apologized to his investors.“I am terribly sorry I lost your trust,” he said. “You deserve far better.”The judge insisted that the punishment was not about Shkreli’s online antics or raising the cost of the drug.“This case is not about Mr. Shkreli’s self-cultivated public persona … nor his controversial statements about politics or culture,” the judge said, calling his crimes serious.He was also fined $75,000 and received credit for the roughly six months he has been in prison.The judge ruled earlier this week that Shkreli would have to forfeit more than $7.3 million in a brokerage account and personal assets including his one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album that he boasted he bought for $2 million. The judge said the property would not be seized until Shkreli had a chance to appeal.Prosecutors argued that the 34-year-old was a master manipulator who conned wealthy investors and deserved 15 years in prison. His lawyers said he was a misunderstood eccentric who used unconventional means to make those same investors even wealthier.Attorney Benjamin Brafman told Matsumoto Friday that he sometimes wants to hug Shkreli and sometimes wants to punch him in the face , but he said his outspokenness shouldn’t be held against him. He said he deserved a sentence of 18 months or less because the investors got their money back and more from stock he gave them in a successful drug company.Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis said Shkreli deserved the stiffer sentence not because he is “the most hated man in America,” but because he is a criminal convicted of serious fraud. She said the judge had to consider his history and said he has “no respect whatsoever” for the law, or the court proceedings.“I also want to make clear that Mr. Shkreli is not a child,” Kasulis said. “He’s not a teenager who just needs some mentoring. He is a man who needs to take responsibility for his actions.”Unapologetic from the beginning, when he was roundly publicly criticized for defending the 5,000 per cent price increase of Daraprim, a previously cheap drug used to treat HIV, Shkreli seemed to drift through his criminal case as if it was one big joke.After his arrest in December 2015, he taunted prosecutors, got kicked off of Twitter for harassing a female journalist, heckled Clinton from the sidewalk outside her daughter’s home, gave speeches with the conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and spent countless hours livestreaming himself in his apartment.He was tight-lipped when faced with a barrage of questions about the price hike from members of Congress a couple of months later, citing his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself. After the hearing, he tweeted that the lawmakers were “imbeciles.”Shkreli insisted he was being persecuted by prosecutors for being outspoken and confidently predicted after his conviction that he was unlikely to be sentenced to jail.Things abruptly changed, though, last fall after he jokingly offered his online followers a $5,000 bounty to anyone who could get a lock of Hillary Clinton’s hair. The judge revoked his bail and threw him in jail, a decision that she defended Friday.That didn’t tame Shkreli completely. He corresponded with journalists, ridiculing the personal appearance of one female reporter who asked him for an interview.Before sentencing him, the judge said that it was up to Congress to fix the issue of the HIV price-hike. And she spoke about how his family and friends “state, almost universally, that he is kind and misunderstood” and willing to help others in need.She said it was clear he is a “tremendously gifted individual who has the capacity for kindness.”She quoted from letters talking about generous acts like counselling a rape victim, teaching inmates math and chess, and funding family members.The defence had asked the judge to consider the letters in its case for leniency, including professionals he worked with who vouched for his credentials as a self-made contributor to pharmaceutical advances.Other testimonials were as quirky as the defendant himself. One woman described how she became an avid follower of Shkreli’s social media commentary about science, the pharmaceutical industry, but mostly, about himself. She suggested that those who were annoyed by it were missing the point.“I really appreciate the social media output, which I see on par with some form of performance art,” she wrote.Another supporter said Shkreli’s soft side was demonstrated when he adopted a cat from a shelter — named Trashy — that became a fixture on his livestreams. Another letter was from a man who said he met Shkreli while driving a cab and expressed his appreciation at how he ended up giving him an internship at one of his drug companies.In court filings, prosecutors argued that Shkreli’s remorse about misleading his investors was not to be believed.“At its core, this case is about Shkreli’s deception of people who trusted him,” they wrote.last_img read more

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Bay Street wizard Eric Sprott who told investors to Buy Gold before

TORONTO — Eric Sprott will step down as chairman of Sprott Inc. as of May 10, when the fund company holds its annual meeting.The Toronto-based asset management firm says it expects Jack Lee will become chairman of Sprott’s board, a role he has held previously while Sprott was president and CEO of Sprott Inc. and Sprott Asset Management Inc.Eric Sprott, who founded Sprott Inc., is well-known in Toronto’s financial community for taking an unconventional approach by investing heavily in alternative assets such as precious metals and correctly anticipating changes in the market’s direction.‘Not interested’ in discussions: Sprott makes US$3.1-billion hostile bid for Central Fund of CanadaTrouble brewing in high-yield debt looks a lot like 2008, Sprott commodity investor warnsThis fund manager says the gold bull hasn’t been Trumped just yetOne publication labelled Sprott a “Bay Street wizard” after he summed up his opinion in two words: “Buy Gold.”That was in September 2007, about a year before the collapse of Lehman Bros., one of the key triggers to the collapse of the U.S. banking industry.In the years following the 2008-09 financial crisis, the price of gold soared to record highs, although it has pulled back since peaking at nearly US$1,900 an ounce in August 2011.In the company’s announcement on Friday, Sprott said he had decided to step down from the board to focus on his personal investments and his family.“With many years of experience in the natural resource industry and a long tenure on the Sprott board, Jack is the natural choice to take over as chairman and I wish him all the best,” he said in a statement.Lee has been on the board since early 2008 and is currently lead independent director. He was chairman of Sprott Inc. in its early years as a public company. read more

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UNArab League envoy visits Syrian refugees in Turkey Jordan

The envoy went to the Altinoz camp in Turkey’s Hatay Province and the Za’atari camp in Jordan. He was briefed in both places by UN agencies and government officials on conditions in the camps. “Mr. Brahimi met Syrian refugees and listened to first-hand accounts of their ordeals,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York. “He was deeply moved by what he saw and heard and promised to convey an accurate picture of their plight to all those whom he will meet at the United Nations in New York, where he will be next week.”According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 260,000 Syrian refugees have been registered in neighbouring countries since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. They are part of an estimated 2.5 million Syrians in urgent need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the escalating crisis. The visits to the camps in Turkey and Jordan follow a meeting in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Saturday between Mr. Brahimi and Mr. al-Assad on the crisis, which the envoy said was getting worse and has serious consequences on the Syrian people, the region and the entire world. “This crisis is becoming worse by the day,” Mr. Brahimi told reporters after the meeting, adding that it is urgent to address it in a proper manner.More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising in Syria began 18 months ago. Mr. Brahimi assumed the peace-facilitation role earlier this month, with the aim of bringing an end to all violence and human rights violations in Syria, and promoting a peaceful solution to the conflict.Mr. Brahimi briefed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a telephone call today on his various meetings in Damascus and Cairo, as well as on the situation of the Syrian refugees he visited. The two men are scheduled to meet when Mr. Brahimi arrives in New York this weekend, according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. read more

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Afghanistan UN strongly condemns deadly assault on Kabul hotel

Afghan women and children, as well as several foreign nationals, were among those slain in the attack on the hotel, for which the Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility. Yesterday’s attack combined with a suicide bombing of a market in Faryab province and an attack on a police station in the eastern city of Jalalabad bring to over 50 the number of civilians killed in deadly attacks this week in Afghanistan. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, noted that the attacks took place as the country prepares to mark the spring festival of Nowruz, “a time when Afghans celebrate the values of peace and solidarity among communities.”Both Mr. Ban and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stated that “the deliberate targeting of civilians is a flagrant breach of these values as well as of international humanitarian law.” The latest violence comes as Afghanistan prepares to hold presidential and provincial council elections on 5 April, and amid an ongoing transition process by which the Government is assuming greater responsibility for its own affairs.Earlier this week, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, appealed to Afghans to not allow violence or spoilers to deter the holding of peaceful and credible polls.“I want to make very clear that even groups such as the Taliban that reject the elections, have obligations to respect a civilian process,” he stated in his briefing to the Security Council, adding that he was gravely disturbed by the Taliban’s recent declaration that it will seek to disrupt the process by force, unleashing a campaign of terror.The Council, in a statement issued to the press today, condemned the attack on the Serena Hotel and reiterated its serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and illegal armed groups to the local population, national security forces, and international military and international assistance efforts in Afghanistan, particularly in light of recent terrorist attacks elsewhere in the country.“The members of the Security Council reiterated that no terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and the international community,” the Council added. read more

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Nearly 800000 children forced to flee violence in Nigeria and region –

Released a year after 200 girls were abducted in Chibok, UNICEF’s Missing Childhoods reveals that the number of children running for their lives within Nigeria, or crossing over the border to Chad, Niger and Cameroon, has more than doubled in just less than a year.“The abduction of more than 200 girls in Chibok is only one of endless tragedies being replicated on an epic scale across Nigeria and the region,” says Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “Scores of girls and boys have gone missing in Nigeria – abducted, recruited by armed groups, attacked, used as weapons, or forced to flee violence. They have the right to get their childhoods back.”The Missing Childhoods report outlines how the conflict is exerting a heavy toll on children in Nigeria and across the region in an increasing number of ways. As well as being killed, maimed and displaced, children are being used within the ranks of Boko Haram – as combatants, cooks, porters and look-outs.Young women and girls are being subjected to forced marriage, forced labour and rape, while students and teachers are being deliberately targeted. More than 300 schools were damaged or destroyed and at least 196 teachers and 314 schoolchildren killed by the end of 2014. ‹ ›In response to the crisis, UNICEF has stepped up its humanitarian response over the past six months, providing over 60,000 children affected by the conflict in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad with counselling and psychosocial support to help them ease the pain of their memories, reduce stress and cope with emotional distress.The agency is also working with partners to provide safe water and life-saving health services, to restore access to education by creating temporary learning spaces, and to deliver therapeutic treatment to malnourished children.In order to maintain its relief efforts in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, UNICEF is urging international donors to ramp up their financial support, as the agency is facing a severe funding shortfall. It has received only 15 per cent of the $26.5 million required for its humanitarian response in Nigeria for 2015, and no more than 17 per cent of its appeal for Cameroon, 2 per cent for Niger and one per cent for Chad.UNICEF has released its report at the same time as it makes efforts to draw attention to the devastating impact of the conflict on children across the region using the hashtag #bringbackourchildhood. As part of that drive, UNICEF is using Snapchat – a social platform where messages appear briefly – to highlight the plight of the hundreds of thousands of children who are missing out on their childhoods as a result of the conflict.To tell the stories of the children who have fled the violence, UNICEF and leading Snapchat artists will share images based on drawings made by children in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon. The artwork reflects what children miss from home and the emotional wounds and suffering they have endured, including seeing their parents and siblings killed, tortured or abducted. Children attend a UNICEF-provided tent classroom, in the Gire 2 camp for internally displaced people, near Yola, the capital of Adamawa, Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0605/Rich Maryamu Yakudu holds her 1-year-old daughter, Hyladan, in a camp for internally displaced people, in Yola. Normally she would have been in church when Boko Haram attacked her hometown but she was home sick that day. She has not seen her husband since and fears the worst. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0480/Esiebo Hassan Adamo stands with the remaining members of his family. He is holds photographs of his eldest daughter and son who were kidnapped by members of Boko Haram during an attack on the family’s village. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0638/Rich Rose Zeeharrah lies with her daughter and son in a camp for internally displaced persons. They moved there after their home village was attacked by Boko Haram and killed the men who lived there, including Rose’s husband. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0474/Esiebo read more

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Top UN rights official urges transparent probe into Khashoggi disappearance

The Saudi journalist and critic of the Kingdom has not been seen since he visited his country’s consulate in Istanbul on the afternoon of 2 October, Michelle Bachelet said in a statement.Speaking to journalists in Geneva amid news reports that details of Mr. Khashoggi’s death may surface soon, indicating that it was an accident, UN human rights office (OHCHR) spokesperson, Rupert Colville, noted the High Commissioner’s belief that “two weeks is a very long time for the probable scene of a crime not to be subject to a forensic investigation”.He noted that “in view of the seriousness of the situation”, the High Commissioner had also called for diplomatic immunity to be “waived immediately” to allow for a “prompt, thorough, effective, impartial and transparent” investigation.Anyone responsible should be held accountable, and that means anyone – Rupert Colville, OHCHRProtection from national jurisdictions is bestowed on consular premises and officials by treaties such as the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, Mr. Colville explained, before noting that Ms. Bachelet had welcomed the agreement between Saudi Arabia and Turkey allowing investigators to enter Saudi buildings in Istanbul.But potentially serious crimes had been committed, he insisted, and the perpetrators should be held accountable.“The one thing we really know as a solid fact is that Mr. Khashoggi went into the consulate and he…was never seen coming out again,” Mr. Colville said, adding that it seemed “very probable” that some crime had been committed.“Enforced disappearance or murder, if that has occurred, extra-judicial killing, either way, those are very serious crimes,” he added. “We all need to know what it was, how it happened and who was responsible and where the evidence leads”.Responding to a question about whether there was a chance that the probe into Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance risked becoming a “whitewash”, Mr. Colville said there was no question of impunity.“Anyone responsible should be held accountable, and that means anyone,” he said, “who committed a crime or who was involved in the planning of the crime or executing it. There should be accountability; if it’s a serious crime, that’s a fundamental principle of law; national law and international law.” read more

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Silent solution for emergency calls should be reviewed after murder victims 999

first_imgThe so-called “silent solution” protocol for calls to the emergency services should be reviewed following the murder of a primary school worker who wrongly believed officers would be dispatched if she called 999 but said nothing, the police watchdog has said.Kerry Power, 36, was killed by her violent ex-boyfriend David Wilder, 44, two weeks after complaining to Devon and Cornwall Police that he was stalking her.Wilder broke into her home in Plymouth on December 14, 2013 and strangled her as her 10-year-old son slept upstairs.He pleaded guilty to murdering the primary school assistant and was jailed for life in 2014. The IPCC said a PCSO and two police officers had a case to answer for misconduct. The force disagreed and proposed their actions be dealt with by way of performance procedures, which the IPCC accepted.Another police officer has since retired from the force and will face no further action.Sharon Taylor, Asst Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “This has been a tragic and long-running case for everyone involved. We are deeply sorry for their loss.”The force acknowledges the organisational learning points which are contained within the IPCC’s report. We are sorry for any failures on our part at that time.”As for the national ‘silent solution’ system, the force has a policy that gives staff clear guidance about how the system works and how to deal with a silent 999 call.”The force looks forward to understanding any future developments following the IPCC’s recommendations in this area.” An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission revealed that Miss Power may have been advised by a police officer that if she were to make an emergency call from her mobile phone, but did not speak, emergency assistance could still be dispatched.She dialled 999 when Wilder broke into her house, but she did not respond to the operator’s instructions and was transferred to the “silent solution” system.The system is supposed to help callers who are in danger but cannot speak to an operator, for example in domestic violence situations. Miss Power was killed by David Wilder Dept Chief Constable Alan Todd, the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s lead for national contact management, said: “Our steering group has reviewed the system and concluded that it is effective at enabling people who are unable to speak to contact the police while filtering out the huge volumes of accidental 999 calls made every day.”However, the system is only effective if people understand how it works. The IPCC investigation into the police handling of the murder of Kerry Power demonstrates the tragic consequences of people not knowing [how] the system works.”We are now considering how we can best educate the public and police officers about the system to ensure that those at risk of harm get the help they need.” The primary school administrative assistant’s mother, Stephanie Power, 67, said the police did not take her daughter seriously enough.She told Channel 4 News: “Although she said before she wasn’t afraid of him, she was really afraid, she was really afraid and that specific evening I think she was obviously petrified.”There’s no question about it, that she should have been a high risk person but she wasn’t.”Asked about the police claims that silent solution is effective, she said: “Why don’t they train people properly to explain it properly then?”It beggars belief as far as I’m concerned. I’ve just got no way of understanding it.”A South Devon assistant coroner has previously written to the chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, the Home Office, and the Met Police – which is responsible for hosting and monitoring the “silent solution” system. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Kerry Power was murdered by her ex partner David Wilder in Dec 2013. She made a silent 999 call when he broke in – but no police response. pic.twitter.com/RArLW8l8Hp— Andy Davies (@adavies4) November 22, 2016 It beggars belief as far as I’m concerned. I’ve just got no way of understanding itStephanie Power, Kerry’s mother If the caller says nothing, they are prompted to tap the handset or make a noise. Alternatively, a caller could press 55 on the phone’s keypad to indicate it is an emergency. But if no response at all is given, the call is ended.In Miss Power’s case, as there was no response to commands from the automated voice system, the call was not transferred to her local police force.The IPCC has now made national recommendations to ensure there is better accountability for the system and that its effectiveness is reviewed. David Wilderlast_img read more

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Condra Cranes to speed up Shaft 6 work at Oyu Tolgoi

first_imgOyu Tolgoi’s copper-gold underground development in Mongolia is set for a boost after its owners ordered two portal machines from South Africa’s Condra Cranes & Hoists.The pre-sinking phase at OT’s Shaft 6 will use “advanced techniques enabled by pioneering crane design”, Condra said.Pre sinking is expected to be completed in less than a quarter of the time considered the norm – four months instead of the usual eighteen, the company said.“The Condra portal is radically different from the level-luffing type of crane traditionally used for pre sinking. Instead, a high-speed, high-lift main hoist removes excavated material vertically, by kibble, through an opening in the centre of a drilling stage positioned by two separate stage winders mounted on the same portal frame,” Condra said.The portal machines come with a lift speed of one metre per second, 15 times faster than the four metres per minute found in standard mine workshop applications, according to the company.The advanced portal design was researched during 2013 for incorporation in a prototype machine used at a new diamond mining shaft the following year.In addition to an innovative frame design and dramatically increased lift speed on the main hoist, the portal crane also incorporates improved drives, gearboxes and safety devices, better cabin access and enhanced operation by remote control.During the pre-sink phase at OT, the machines will stand over the mouths of the main and auxiliary rescue shafts, and remain in place until the shafts have been drilled, blasted, supported, cleaned and lined with concrete.Oyu Tolgoi is a combined open-pit and underground project located some 550 km south of Monglia’s capital, Ulaanbataar. It is owned 66% by Turquoise Hill Resources (THR) and 34% by the Mongolian government, with Rio Tinto holding a majority stake in THR.When the underground mine is fully ramped up in 2027, Oyu Tolgoi is expected to produce more than 500,000 tonnes of copper a year.Condra began manufacture of the first of the portals for Oyu Tolgoi in early July, when the long-lead assemblies order was received. The main order was received on July 24.Oyu Tolgoi’s pre-sink cranes will be bigger and faster than the diamond mining machine (pictured), and will feature improved electronics, Condra said. Importantly, lifting speed of the 160 kW 15-t main hoist on the new portals will double to 60 m/min.The portal frame itself will comprise a 14-m high, 12-m span extended by 3.2-m cantilevers on both sides to allow excavated material to be moved to dump trucks using roads adjacent to the shaft. Stairwells will replace the cat ladders of the diamond mine portal.Below-ground lift height will be 100 m, and the complete machine will weigh 88 tonnes.Completion of both cranes, the design of which makes provision for disassembly and containerisation, is scheduled for early November. They will be shipped to Mongolia via China.last_img read more

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Over 500 schools to close today kicking off a season of strikes

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo of striking workers in 2009. OVER 500 SECONDARY schools are closed today as teachers take to the picket lines in industrial action over pay.Teachers from the ASTI union begin their strike action today on the issue of pay scales for teachers who qualified after 2011.Seven days of strike action have been announced by teachers between today and 7 December, unless progress is made on talks between now and then.But it’s not the only strike action looming large for the Government to deal with in the coming days and weeks.Gardaí of multiple grades recently took the unprecedented step of announcing strike action in disputes over pay.The Garda Representative Association (GRA) – which represents rank-and-file gardaí – announced that its members would be striking for four days next month.Meanwhile, Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) said that its members would also strike. Members of the executive committee of the GRA protesting outside Leinster House on 30 June. Source: Leah FarrellAs well as this, they are also staging work-to-rule days when they will refuse to use the garda Pulse system. One already took place last Friday and another will take place tomorrow.And if all this wasn’t enough, doctors and nurses are rumbling over staff shortages and pay issues.TeachersSecondary teachers have begun their strike action today, resulting in disruption to close to 500 schools up and down the country.Further dates for strikes will be:Tuesday 8 NovemberWednesday 16 NovemberThursday 24 NovemberTuesday November 29Tuesday 6 DecemberWednesday 7 December Oct 27th 2016, 6:30 AM http://jrnl.ie/3047619 Share23 Tweet Email Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 6:30 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald File photo of striking workers in 2009. Image: RollingNews.ie 17,770 Views 162 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Over 500 schools to close today kicking off a season of strikes Teachers are not the only group set to strike over the coming weeks. Short URL As well as this, ASTI teachers are to remove themselves from supervision and substitution duties from Monday 7 November, which could see the indefinite closure of over 500 schools across the country.Members of the other teachers’ union TUI said they will not perform the duties of ASTI teachers. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesGardaíBoth rank-and-file gardaí and sergeants and inspectors will also strike for four days next month.The dates are:4 November11 November18 November25 NovemberAs well as this, tomorrow will see AGSI members refuse to log into the Garda Pulse system for the second day.It remains to be seen if the strike will be averted before the proposed days go ahead.Doctors and nursesDoctors and nurses haven’t announced any industrial action as of yet, but have demanded “immediate acceleration of the reversal of the pay cuts and pension levies” imposed on them.They also want staff shortages at hospitals addressed as a matter of urgency. File photoThe INMO union has said it hold a “nationwide ballot seeking a mandate to commence action if bed numbers/services are not reduced in line with available staffing levels”.Meanwhile, Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has taken to Government to court over a decision to abolish an allowance worth €61 per week to junior doctors.If officials though the Luas and Dublin Bus strikes were bad, with all planned actions set to kick off in earnest next month it could be a long and cold winter for the Government.Read: ‘The solidarity was magnificent’: The 1961 revolt that finally gave gardaí a voiceRead: Schools will shut for seven days as secondary teachers announce strike actionlast_img read more

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Downer to take SA student to Cyprus for peace talks

first_imgAlexander Downer, the United Nations’ Special Advisor on Cyprus and former Australian foreign affairs minister will accompany Adelaide University student Catriona Standfield to Cyprus next month to meet UN negotiators and present her ideas on how peace can be achieved in the divided country. Standfield was invited after she completed an internship with Downer relating to the importance of the inclusion of Cypriot women in peacekeeping negotiations. Downer said the 23-year-old student’s research and ideas could potentially change how the UN approaches their peacekeeping negotiations. “Her work has very much impressed the UN, and it’s their view there’s virtue in this outstanding student coming and joining the UN team in Cyprus for a couple of weeks,” Downer told The Australian. “Engaging in this dialogue with the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots in this peace process run by the UN will not only help the UN fulfil its obligations to the Security Council, but it will hopefully be the catalyst for some more creative thinking by the Cypriots on what they should do to address gender issues in the peace process.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Intel pourrait lancer sa télévision connectée

first_imgIntel pourrait lancer sa télévision connectéeA l’instar de Google et Apple, Intel aurait l’intention de lancer son propre service de télévision connectée à Internet.Et si le fabricant de processeurs se mêlait à la lutte des télévisions connectées, les fameuses Smart TV ? C’est le Wall Street Journal, relayé par 01.Net, qui affirme que le fondeur américain serait en train de préparer un service de télévision connectée à Internet aux États-Unis. Mais toujours selon le quotidien, il ne s’agirait pas exactement d’un nouveau concurrent à Google et Apple puisque ce service n’offrirait pas l’accès à Internet tel qu’on peut l’imaginer avec un ordinateur. Il consisterait en un boîtier équipé de la technologie Intel et qui permettrait de s’abonner aux différentes offres d’opérateurs câble et satellite. Des discussions seraient d’ores et déjà engagées avec plusieurs fournisseurs de contenus, sans que des accords aient déjà été passés. Le Wall Street Journal précise que ce service devrait être mis en place outre-Atlantique d’ici la fin de l’année. Le 17 mars 2012 à 18:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Luis Fonsi And Demi Lovatos Échame La Culpa Passes 1 Billion Views

first_imgContent Not Available Email Luis Fonsi crosses a billion views again, this time with Demi Lovato for the duo’s infectiously danceable hitPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 12, 2018 – 12:33 pm Since being published to Luis Fonsi’s Vevo channel on Nov. 16, the music video for his “Échame La Culpa” hit with Demi Lovato has just passed 1 billion views on YouTube, the fifth-fastest to achieve this feat. Currently at No. 79 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song’s success sparked the March 2 release of an English-language “Not On You Remix” on March 2.This new version of the song comes on top of Fonsi having lit up 2017 with “Despacito.” The new duet’s chart performance made him the third Latin music artist ever to have two songs charting in the Hot 100’s top 50 in the same week, joining Daddy Yankee and Los Del Rio in that achievement. Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performed “Despacito” at the 60th GRAMMY Awards and the song was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. At the 18th Latin GRAMMYs in Nov. 2017,  “Despacito” won four Latin GRAMMY Awards including Record Of The Year. Facebook Lovato’s Confident was nominated for best Pop Vocal Album at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. Her A Wrinkle In Time duet “I Believe” with DJ Khaled arrived on YouTube on March 7 and has already passed two million views. The two are currently together on Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me Tour.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Luis Fonsi And Demi Lovato’s “Échame La Culpa” Passes 1 Billion Views center_img https://twitter.com/ddlovato/status/972946167167201281 Twitter “Échame La Culpa” Passes 1 Billion Views luis-fonsi-and-demi-lovatos-%C3%A9chame-la-culpa-passes-1-billion-views News last_img read more

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FV Northern Pride now salvaged area clean

first_imgThe F/V Northern Pride was found hard aground along Katmai National Park’s Shelikof Strait coastline May 7.But as of Friday, park staff, part of the team effort to oversee salvage operations, say the vessel has been removed and the area cleaned.The Northern Pride caught fire and capsized on April 21 northeast of Marmot Island (57 miles from Kodiak). The three crew onboard abandoned ship and were rescued from a raft by a US Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The ship capsized and was believed to have sunk, but reappeared once before it turned up hard aground on Katmai’s coast.There was some concern that the vessel might leak oil or fuel, but initial site visits by park staff found few, if any, signs of spill.The wooden vessel had come apart, however, and Katmai’s Chief of Resource Management Troy Hamon said the debris needed to be cleaned up.“There were a lot of wood pieces that had nails sticking out of it, stuff like that, that our wildlife don’t normally encounter. One of our concerns was just making sure that there wasn’t some of that lumber there that could’ve caused harm to an animal.”But Hamon said a two-day salvage effort by Kodiak-based Global Diving and Salvage was successful, and the beach and surrounding area have been cleaned.last_img read more

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In Anchorage mayors race divergent stances on same set of topics

first_imgRebecca Logan and Ethan Berkowitz appeared on Alaska Public Media’s Alaska Insight program in mid-March (Photo: Alaska Public Media)As Anchorage cunducts  its first-ever election through mail-in ballots, residents are being asked to vote on a long-list of measures — including a controversial bathroom ordinance, the complex sale of a utility, as well as several bond and tax proposals.Listen nowAnd at the top of all that is the choice for the city’s next mayor. While the two major candidates are focused on the same central issues, they have divergent stances.Though there are technically nine people who have filed paperwork to run for mayor, only two have raised significant sums of money and mounted visible campaigns: Incumbent Ethan Berkowitz and challenger Rebecca Logan, both of whom recently appeared on Alaska Public Media’s television program Alaska Insight.Both Berkowitz and Logan have framed crime and the economy as the campaign’s main issues. Berkowitz is casting a potential second term as a continuance of policies he’s pursued the last three years. In her campaign, Logan has differentiated herself by running further to the right, offering a more hard-line vision for policing, including tougher treatment of lower-level crimes like petty theft, shop-lifting and vandalism.“That’s what’s seeming to cause, I think, the most fear with people, because that’s what an Anchorage citizen on a daily basis is subject to,” Logan said, referring to property crimes. “So you have to have a zero tolerance policy there. Meaning arresting those people and keeping them in jail.”Berkowitz has made expansion of the Anchorage Police Department a central policy of his tenure, and he says the administration’s recruitment targets are one piece of a long-term strategy.“Are we getting as far as we need to go as quickly as we can? No,” Berkowitz said of the city’s progress handling several years of rising crime. “But there’s also a recognition this is not just a law enforcement problem.”Berkowitz points to a multitude of public safety factors all at play in the city’s struggle with crime: Diminished state resources, the impacts to local departments from the criminal justice overhaul in Senate Bill 91 and the opioid epidemic. He believes the city’s approach to substance abuse needs to include expanded treatment options by collaborating with private and non-profit partners.Logan disagrees. In one of their biggest policy differences, she does not support expanding drug treatment, saying the majority of people addicted to opioids are engaged in criminal activity, and thinks rehabilitation should be part of incarceration.“What’s happening is people get arrested for committing a crime, they’ve got a drug problem, and there’s never a break in the cycle because they’re getting out on bail. They aren’t even spending any time in prison,” Logan said. “I think that people need to have rehabilitation and treatment as part of a sentence, and that it’s mandatory.”On the local economy, Logan believes the administration’s policies should emphasize businesses that are currently in Anchorage without over-taxing or over-regulating them. In a question on municipal finances Logan criticized the size of the current administration’s budget, but offered no specific programming cuts or alternative revenue models.“We’ve got to be really careful about our spending level and making sure we keep that under control so that we don’t go straight to the property-tax payers looking for taxes,” Logan said.Berkowitz defended his administration’s work to shore up city finances as state funds have retreated the last few years.“Our focus has been on finding new revenue sources, which includes things like diversifying the income stream, reducing the tax-burden on property-tax owners,” Berkowitz said. “We’re also looking for ways to raise revenues from enterprises. That includes the sale of ML&P to Chugach.”A question over that utility sale is on the ballot and needs voter approval before a final deal can be negotiated and finalized.Though the mayor’s race in Anchorage is technically non-partisan, the two candidates’ fundraising disclosures are filled with familiar players in the state’s party politics.In the latest round of filings, Berkowitz, a former democratic state representative, had raised $221,001, more than twice the $88,973 Logan brought in. Among his donors are several Political Action Committees for organized labor and public safety unions, several current and former Assembly members, many state and municipal employees, as well as prominent individuals aligned with the state’s Democratic party. Almost half of that money has been spent down in just the last month, much of it on media buys, ad placement and polling.Logan is the CEO of an oil and gas industry support group. Her donors include many individuals from the resource development sector, prominent conservative activists, Republican groups, as well as former Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan. As of Tuesday March 27, her campaign had just $3,296 left on hand, with a week left before the election ends — a final stretch when many campaigns spend aggressively to get their message before voters.Both candidates expressed general support for the city’s inaugural election conducted by mail-in ballots, though Berkowitz noted nobody is quite sure what it will do to voter turn-out and demographics.“I didn’t anticipate being part of the guinea-pig election,” Berkowitz chuckled.“Yeah, I didn’t either,” Logan added.Both candidates say they will vote against Proposition One, the proposal to modify the city’s existing laws in order to regulate public bathrooms and changing facilities according to biological sex at birth rather than a person’s self-identified gender.The last day to cast ballots is April 3rd.More information on the ballot measures, candidates, and vote-by-mail system can be found on the Municipality’s elections website.last_img read more

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Gujarat man who ran away at 17 found in Mumbai reunited with

first_imgVadodara: A 19-year-old man, who had run away from home in Desar town of Gujarat over one-and-a-half years ago, was found in Mumbai and reunited with his family, police said on Friday. The man, Ujay Kumar, was around 17 years old when he ran away from home in November 2017, after being scolded by his father. He went to Mumbai after that and started working there, police said. Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us “Ujay Kumar’s father Ganpatsinh had scolded him over a minor issue. At that time, he was a student of Class XII. After being scolded, he ran away from home,” sub-inspector K D Gohil of Desar police station said. “His family searched for him, but in vain. After failing to trace him, the family members approached the police in Desar and filed a missing person’s report,” he added. According to him, on July 24, police in Desar in Vadodara district received information from their counterparts in Mumbai that Ujay Kumar has been found and that he has sustained injuries in an accident at Worli while travelling in a taxi. After being alerted, his father Ganpatsinh and mother Sangitaben accompanied the Desar police team to Mumbai. “Ujay’s parents finally met him at a hospital in Mumbai, where he was undergoing treatment. It was an emotional reunion for the family,” he said. Ujay, who has two siblings, has returned home with his parents, Gohil said.last_img read more

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Sports Monday Rockets Look To Rebound After Historic Rout

first_imgEzra Shaw/Getty ImagesSteph Curry guards James Harden in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Golden State handed the Rockets their worst playoff loss in franchise history, 126-85. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img The Rockets look to rebound in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night after suffering their worst playoff defeat in franchise history Sunday night, losing Game 3 to the Warriors by 41 points, 126-85.Meanwhile, the Astros took two out of three games from the Cleveland Indians over the weekend, including a gem from Lance McCullers, Jr. in a 3-0 shutout Sunday night.And the Dynamo beat the Chicago Fire on the road Sunday 3-2.We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. 00:00 /07:09 last_img read more

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Emirates lands in Doha with worlds shortest A380 flight

first_imgEmirates lands in Doha with world’s shortest A380 flightEmirates lands in Doha with world’s shortest A380 flightEmirates launched the world’s shortest scheduled A380 service, flying a distance of 379 kilometres with a total travel time of 1 hour and 20 minutes from Dubai to Doha, and 1 hour 10 minutes on the return journey.The A380 flight touched down at Hamad International Airport, taxiing in to a water cannon salute and was welcomed by key officials and trade guests at an Emirates reception at the terminal. Travelling on the flight from Dubai was Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Gulf Middle East and Iran and prominent members of the UAE business community.At the terminal, guests enjoyed a guided static tour of the iconic double-decker aircraft. The tour gave guests a chance to see first-hand some of the most iconic Emirates amenities, like the First Class Private Suites, Shower Spas and the popular Onboard lounge for First Class and Business Class passengers, which offers a wide range of drinks and canapés, as well as ample space to relax and socialise with other passengers.Outbound flight EK 841 departs Dubai at 0745hrs, arriving in Doha at 0805hrs. The return flight, EK 842, departs Doha at 0950hrs, arriving in Dubai at 1200hrs. The timing of the A380 service means customers from Doha flying to popular destinations like New York, London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Manchester, Dusseldorf, Milan, Paris, Rome and Amsterdam, can now enjoy a seamless A380 experience and also have a wider choice of “all A380” flight itineraries for their journeys.Emirates has steadily grown its presence in Doha and now operates with nine daily flights, making it the most served destination in the airline’s network. Demand between Dubai and Doha is strong, and in the last five years Emirates has carried over 3.7 million passengers between the two cities.The Emirates A380 serving Doha operates in a three-class configuration, with 429 generously pitched seats in Economy Class on the main deck, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck. Passengers in all classes can enjoy Emirates’ exceptional hospitality as well as its multi-awarded ice Digital Widescreen in-flight entertainment system with a choice of over 2,500 channels on-demand, including a wide selection of Arabic programming.The double-decker A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft in service, and has been tremendously popular with travellers across the globe with its spacious cabins and quiet journeys. Emirates is the largest operator of this aircraft and currently has 87 A380s in service and 55 pending delivery. The airline currently operates the A380 to over 45 global destinations.Emirates A380Source = Emirateslast_img read more

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New round of talks will take place in CransMontana Switzerland Updated

first_imgTHE Conference on Cyprus will be held in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-general Espen Barth Eide announced on Friday, following his meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades.In his statements, following the meeting, Eide said that this is a historic opportunity.He added that the conference, that is to reconvene on June 28, is to take place in Crans Montana. “It’s on the other side of the Geneva Lake, up in the mountains in a nice, secluded spot”. In addition to the work of the UN, he said, the Swiss Government is also extremely helpful in technical preparations and in providing these facilities.Eide said he has informed both leaders about the practical arrangements around the conference.“We know that it’s going to be difficult when we are there in Crans Montana, it’s also going to be a lot of work that has to be done before we go there, because we don’t want to come there empty-handed,” Eide said.He added that the UN are working on a document which will guide the discussions on the security and guarantees chapter, “which is the chapter that has received less attention and which is now very important to highlight, but also of course preparations on the other issues, because there will be interdependent discussions on all outstanding issues”.He said that they have ideas which he cannot spell out, adding that he was quite optimistic. “I don’t think the document is going to be an impediment to start the negotiations. I hope that it will be helpful to make them successful”. He added they made clear that they want all sides’ views to be well represented.Both sides, he said, have confirmed that they go there with the ambition to solve the problem. “We know that is not a given, we have to be honest about that – it’s not getting easier just because we go to Switzerland, but there is a determination and a willingness that I can register now, that we go with that ambition”.At the end of the day however, Eide said, “it’s up to the courage, the will, the determination and the leadership of the leaders, but also, at this point, of the guarantor states”.In addition to the two community leaders, Turkey, Greece, and the United Kingdom will be at the conference as full participants, and the European Union as an observer.As to the duration of the talks, Eide said that the UN are facilitating it in such a way that it can last for weeks. “But it doesn’t have to take weeks, it depends on the time needed, but we want to make sure that we have the chance to actually wrap up all the strategically important issues”.He added that if success is achieved at the conference, there will still be work that must be made, and that it doesn’t mean that a referendum will be organised straight away.“The aim is to have a strategic understanding of all those issues that are potential deal breakers, so that the leaders can say, “this will happen, and here’s the list of tasks that we still have to do”.He refrained from commenting on the possibility of the talks faltering. “I’m not going to speculate on that because we’re going there with the ambition to succeed,” Eide said.Eide also met with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Thursday.On Eide’s comment that the sides would need to spend weeks in Geneva, Anastasiades said on Thursday that, “hopefully, if it is a creative meeting, it will not take weeks.”Foreign minister Ioannis Kassoulides told state broadcaster CyBC earlier in the day that the second conference is very important as to the course of the talks. He added that the Greek Cypriot side would like to know what the chapter of security entails concerning Turkey’s intentions since that would make things easier on the discussion of the other chapters.“If Turkey does not make (its intensions) clear, weeks will simply pass discussing everything else but not security, and we will end up back to square one”. It is discussion on security, he said, that it will indicate if the upcoming talks will lead to a settlement solution. “If Turkey insists on its troops remining on the island, on the preservation of the Treaty of Guarantee, and on its right to intervene it will not make sense to do anything, since this will not be accepted by the Greek Cypriots”.On Monday, Anastasiades convenes the National Council to brief party leaders ahead of the conference and according to reports, he is to invite them to accompany him to Switzerland.According to the state broadcaster, the UN official is due in Athens on Tuesday for a meeting with Greece’s foreign minister Nicos Kotzias.A subsequent visit to Ankara should be expected – though no date has yet been set – as Eide looks to complete his latest round of deliberations with the parties concerned.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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