BC officials face challenges in bringing people home after fire evacuations

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – A British Columbia official says getting people to safety as fast-moving wildfires approached was only half the battle — the other half will be returning them home.Al Richmond, chairman of the Cariboo Regional District in B.C.’s central Interior, says the district has hit logistical snags as it prepares to allow the re-entry of residents of 100 Mile House and the surrounding area.“We’re beginning to look at how we can bring you folks home,” he told a public meeting of evacuees gathered in Kamloops on Monday night.“Now, I don’t want you to believe that means you’re coming home tomorrow or at the end of the week. There are many things that have to be done.”More than 40,000 people remain out of their homes as nearly 160 wildfires burn across the province. Residents of Cache Creek, with a population of about 1,000, will be allowed to return home today, while officials look at readying the 100 Mile House area for re-occupancy.But Richmond said it’s no easy task. For example, in 108 Mile House, 105 Mile House and 103 Mile House, the power was off for four or five days. The Canadian Red Cross has said all the spoiled food is hazardous material, he said.“So those fridges and freezes you have in your house are probably going to go, and we’re going to get information about how to dispose of those,” he said.“If you look at (108 Mile House) alone, 1,160 homes, times how many freezers, times how many fridges. Those are some of the logistics of taking you home.”Grocery stores and restaurants will also need to clean out and sanitize their shelves, refrigerators and freezers, and order more food, he added.The district issued a statement that said a comprehensive assessment will be conducted to ensure the integrity of all infrastructure and utilities, such as water, sewer, roads, hydro, natural gas and emergency telephone services.Priority services will also be established, including but emergency healthcare services, waste management services and security, it said.Cache Creek residents will be allowed to go home at 3 p.m. today after being evacuated 10 days ago. Officials with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District said that while the 520-square-kilometre Ashcroft fire continues to grow and burn out of control, the imminent threat to Cache Creek has diminished.But the village will remain on evacuation alert, meaning people must be prepared to leave again at a moment’s notice.A wind-fuelled flare-up of a fire near Williams Lake Saturday forced the evacuation of that city, but Richmond said crews had managed to keep the flames in check about seven kilometres northwest of the community.He said the reason it was evacuated was because the fire breached the road to the north and one exit point was lost.“That’s why it was evacuated. Not because the flames were marching over the hill because some people like to believe, but because in order to get you out safely, calmly, you needed to leave then.”More than 1,880 square kilometres of the province have been burned by wildfires this year, exceeding the entire 2016 fire season.— By Laura Kane in Vancouverlast_img read more

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Lack of formal apology casts shadow over Jallianwala Bagh event in UK

first_imgLondon: The failure of the UK government to tender a formal apology on the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre was the overwhelming focus of a commemorative event held at the House of Lords complex in London on Saturday. The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar during the Baisakhi festival on April 13, 1919, when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer opened fire at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving scores dead. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIndian-origin peers Lord Raj Loomba and Lord Meghnad Desai were joined by fellow members of the Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Commemoration Committee (JBCCC) to wrap up a series of events and exhibitions held in the UK to mark the 100th anniversary of the British colonial era massacre. “The Jallianwala Bagh massacre of April 13, 1919, stands out as a very tragic event in history. Hundred years since then, India has come a long way and this why we have heard various mutterings of regret because ultimately India is now a power to reckon with,” said Lord Desai. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”I do not understand why the British government has not to this day agreed to say sorry,” said Lord Loomba, who also called for an investigation into whether Colonel Dyer instigated the “huge atrocity” of his own accord or was following orders from higher authorities during the British Raj. The commemorative event included a screening of a short clip from Richard Attenborough’s 1982 epic ‘Gandhi’, re-enacting the fateful day. Unofficial estimates put the death toll into thousands, with the incident being described as a turning point in the Indian national movement. “The pain remains etched in the memory of Punjabi people. An apology will not bring back the dead or give any real comfort to their family and friends. However, it will help to mitigate the pain and bring closure to us all,” said Manjit Singh GK, Patron-in-Chief of the JBCCC. “An apology cannot undo what has been done but it would be a befitting tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. We on behalf of the JBCCC, strongly demand that the British government tender an official apology,” said Vikramjit Singh Sahney, Patron of JBCC. “Pain and hurt do not have prescribed end dates. It is time to recognise that and for the British government to ask for forgiveness with an unreserved apology,” added JBCC chair Balbir Singh Kakar. Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Theresa May had expressed deep regret over the tragedy in a statement in the House of Commons to mark the 100th anniversary of the tragedy, which she described as a “shameful scar” on British Indian history. However, the government has been criticised for not going far enough to make a formal apology, with the Opposition Labour Party demanding a “full, clear and unequivocal apology”. “The Jallianwala Bagh massacre shook the very soul of a nation. It will be a long while before it fades away. History will keep reminding successive future generations about it,” Indian High Commissioner to the UK Ruchi Ghanashyam said in her address at the event. Indian-origin peer, Lord Jitesh Gadhia, stressed the importance of the tragedy forming part of a compulsory “warts and all” colonial history curriculum to be taught across all British schools. The programme in the House of Lords complex marked a culmination of events being held across the UK to mark the centenary of the massacre. The events included an exhibition titled ‘Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab under Siege’ at Manchester Museum in partnership with Amritsar’s Partition Museum, and a number of book launches on the subject historian Kim Wagner’s Jallianwala Bagh’, Saurav Dutt’s Garden of Bullets’ and journalist Anita Anand’s The Patient Assassin’ tracing the lead up to the massacre as well as its aftermath. British Indian journalist Sathnam Sanghera also added to the widespread calls for an apology as part of a critically-acclaimed documentary, The Massacre that Shook the Empire’, aired in the UK on Saturday night. The issue also found prominence in the UK parliamentary agenda in recent months, as both the House of Lords and Commons held debates in the lead up to the anniversary.last_img read more

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Video German Football Player Converts to Islam

Rabat – German football player Danny Blum has announced his conversion to Islam.The player described Islam as a religion of hope and strength.“Islam gave me strength. Pray calms my soul,” the 24-year-old said. “I was short tempered, erratic and did not know where I belong,” he added.Blum joined his team FC Nurnberg last year. The team plays in the German Bundesliga’s Second Division.“I have visited a mosque and I immediately risen the heart. I felt this is something for me and wanted to know more,” he told German newspaper Bild.Blum said that his parents were scared at first when he told them about his conversion to Islam.“They are devout Christians. But soon they said that I have to go that route if I believe that it is right,” he said. read more

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Mikisew Cree say Frontier oilsands mine deal includes vote on future development

Companies in this article include: (TSX:TECK)The Canadian Press CALGARY — The industry relations director for the Mikisew Cree First Nation says the community’s support of the massive Frontier oilsands open pit mining project includes an ongoing voice in how future development unfolds.Melody Lepine says the confidential agreement it signed last fall with developer Teck Resources Ltd. includes a provision requiring new negotiations before the company begins to mine its north pit, which would take it closer to Wood Buffalo National Park than any previous oilsands development.She says Teck will have to prove that it will address environmental concerns about water flow and quality in the Peace-Athabasca River delta from Frontier, which is designed to produce 260,000 barrels of bitumen per day for 41 years.Lepine says Mikisew doesn’t quite have a “veto” on opening the new pit but the agreement puts pressure on Teck and makes it difficult for north pit mining to proceed if the First Nation isn’t satisfied.Mikisew was the last of 14 local Indigenous groups to sign support agreements with Teck last fall, just before the project went to a joint federal-provincial review panel that is expected to render a decision next summer.Teck manager of Indigenous affairs Robin Johnstone says the deal includes what amounts to a “no-development option,” adding that leaving unsettled part of the legal agreement with the Mikisew Cree was a “real step-out” for his company.“We essentially said we think that we can mine the north pit in an environmentally appropriate manner, but we’re going to take the first 30-odd years of mine life to actually prove to you that we will do that,” he said during a panel discussion at the Forward Summit Indigenous business conference in Calgary.“When it’s coming to the end of our mine life and we’re having to proceed to mine the north pit, we’re going to go through a process that’s going to include a ‘no development option’ and we’re going to work through that with you. So we’re really putting things on the line.” read more

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Pakistanis continue to flee violence in northwest UN reports

26 October 2009Nearly 14,000 people fleeing the latest round of clashes between Government forces and militants in the north-western Pakistani region of South Waziristan, have been registered, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. Nearly 14,000 people fleeing the latest round of clashes between Government forces and militants in the north-western Pakistani region of South Waziristan, have been registered, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.Joining another 80,500 people who have fled the area since June, they are being hosted by their extended families or are sheltering in rented accommodations, with no camps having been established as of yet.As part of its contingency planning for the latest influx of uprooted people from South Waziristan, the UN has relief supplies pre-positioned and local partnerships in place. It has already been helping the first wave of internally displaced persons (IDPs), and is ready to enhance its assistance as numbers rise.The world body and its partners have distributed more than 1,000 tons of food so far, with household items having reached some 30,000 people and hygiene kits having been delivered to 35,000 people.Expressing its concern over the situation in South Waziristan, OCHA called on all parties to the conflict to ensure the safety of unarmed civilians, especially women and children, as well as safe passage for those escaping the violence.There are now more than 180,000 registered displaced people – comprising 25,000 families – in the neighbouring Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).Over the weekend, aid agencies urged the warring parties to observe international humanitarian law ensuring safety for civilians, with 139,000 people having fled South Waziristan for NWFP.“Those leaving South Waziristan have travelled over a forbidding terrain, with limited supplies and in conditions of fear and hardship,” said UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan Martin Mogwanja. read more

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Nearly 12000 exmilitiamen in DR of Congo disarmed UN peacekeeping official says

The more than 11,500 combatants who entered the disarmament and re-integration programme included 3,600 children, François Dureau, chief of the Situation Centre in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York.In a major achievement of the past two months, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) had been able to go into previously inaccessible areas and build roads and distribute medicines to the population, he said. It had also supported Government units operating in key areas of Ituri and the Kivus, he added.In the first integration phase, ex-militia members who had been trained and equipped by South Africa and Belgium were now supporting MONUC activities, Mr. Dureau said.On the political side, DPKO official Margaret Carey said the transitional constitution dictated that elections should have been held two years after the inauguration of the Transitional Government, which would have been by June 2005. But the new constitution and new electoral law had not yet been approved and the technical preparations had been delayed.She reminded the journalists that the DRC had 24 million people scattered over a country the size of Western Europe, but “without roads.” Voter education was proceeding, nonetheless, and voter registration would begin in June, she added.Meanwhile, it was her understanding that the Transitional Government would soon make public its position on the electoral time-table and the possible extension of the transitional process.The biggest threats to security were the uncontrolled armed groups in Ituri and the Kivus, but about 7,000 foreign fighters and some 4,000 of their family members had voluntarily returned home, Ms. Carey said.Once an effective reintegration programme was put in place, with wages and means of sustenance available to the ex-combatants, more people would enter the disarmament and reintegration programme, she said. read more

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Cyclist dies in Essequibo hit run accident forest ranger in

Lallman Narine Sahadeo, 41, a minibus conductor of Spring Garden Public Road, Essequibo Coast was on Monday evening killed in an accident on the Spring Garden Public Road.Sahadeo was riding a bicycle when the accident occurred at around 18:30h. According to information from the Police PRO, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, a 23-year-old forest ranger, whose blood alcohol level was found to be exceedingly high, was driving motorcar PPP 6851, proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the said road behind Sahadeo, when he collided with the rear of the cycle. As a result of the impact the pedal cyclist fell onto the roadway. He was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to Suddie Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.According to the police, the driver who fled the scene was shortly after arrested in Supenaam and taken into custody.Sahadeo‘s body is presently at the hospital’s mortuary awaiting a post mortem examination. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTuschen man dies in motorcycle accidentJuly 14, 2013In “Crime”73-year-old cyclist killed by drunk driver in EssequiboMarch 30, 2018In “Crime”Pedestrian killed in accident on Essequibo CoastFebruary 28, 2018In “Crime” read more

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15000 Youth To Benefit From US20 Million Digital And Animation Project

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp WORLD BANK PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH MINISTERS OF FINANCE AT SUMMIT Related Items:national building society, world bank Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 10 (JIS):BY: ALECIA SMITH-EDWARDSSome 15,000 young Jamaicans are to benefit from employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the digital and animation industries under a US$20 million five-year project being undertaken by the Government.Dubbed ‘Youth Employment in Digital and Animation Industries’ the project will target youngsters age 15 to 30 years in both urban and rural areas.The funds are being provided by the World Bank, under a loan facility for which an agreement was signed with the Government of Jamaica on September 8, during a ceremony held at the downtown Kingston offices of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS).Being implemented by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM), the project seeks to build the skills of animators; establish training programmes; improve employability in the global online labour market; and fund a technology incubator called ‘Start Up Jamaica’, which will provide critical support to young technology entrepreneurs to bring ideas to market.It involves collaboration among a number of ministries and agencies and private sector companies.Animation TrainingThe animation component will include training of animators and the strengthening of existing programmes at selected institutions as well as support the establishment of a training programme to be delivered by the HEART Trust/NTA.State Minister for MSTEM, Hon. Julian Robinson, told JIS News that the emphasis on training is important as the only issue preventing further growth of Jamaican animation companies is the availability of skilled personnel. “So, we are going to be ramping up our training in animation, targeting not just the established institutions, but we want to get down to the grassroots. You have a lot of talented young Jamaicans, who have not necessarily been exposed to animation before, but who have the skills, who have the aptitude. We want to put them through a programme that will equip them to deliver animation content, and for many of them to become their own entrepreneurs,” he said.Online Job MarketUnder the online job component, young people will be able seek employment opportunities across the globe, utilising the Community Access Points (CAPS) established by MSTEM across the island, and at the HEART Trust/NTA centres in Manchester, Montego Bay, Papine and at the Garmex Academy on Marcus Garvey Drive.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, stated that the online market presents a unique opportunity for young Jamaicans, many of whom have high school diplomas and college degrees. He said that through the virtual economy, the youth can access employment opportunities globally, “a solution that is attractive for small island states where the size of the local market hinders growth and job creation”.Start Up JamaicaA major part of the funding will go towards ‘Startup Jamaica,’ a Government initiative aimed at providing technical support to local entrepreneurs and innovators in the area of technology.‘Start-up Jamaica’ is a public/private partnership for economic growth and development, which aims to help Jamaica’s innovators and entrepreneurs grow their business ideas into a product, thus increasing employment and access to foreign exchange.The project will also focus on: ‘Skills and Capacity to Enhance Employability and Entrepreneurship’; Early Stage Investment for Tech Start-ups; Support to Science, Technology and Innovation; and Project Administration.Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, in his remarks, stated that the project will provide an opportunity to “unleash the innovative and entrepreneurial talents of Jamaicans”. “We have demonstrated time and time again… that we have first rate talent in animation and in the digital skills that will enable us to move up the value chain as far as participation in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the digital economy is concerned,” he stated.Senior Social Development Specialist at the World Bank, Fabio Pittaluga said the project is “innovative not just for Jamaica but for us as an institution,” and has huge opportunities for the development of the digital economy in Jamaica. “There is a huge capital of talented, capable creative young people, who can be a force of transformation for the economy, the digital world and the online virtual economy. The digital media could really be some of the means by which that raw talent can be harnessed and provide economic growth opportunities, foreign exchange opportunities and jobs for Jamaica,” he stated.The ‘Youth Employment in Digital and Animation Industries’ project involves collaboration with the Ministries of Finance and Planning; Industry, Investment and Commerce; Education; Youth and Culture; the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ); Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), and the Office of the Prime Minister.Private sector stakeholders, including JNBS, Lime, and Oasis500, will provide capital to finance start-ups, as well as non-monetary support.center_img Recommended for you Jamaica And World Bank Sign US$105 Millions Loanslast_img read more

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Coast Guard stops illegal Miami charter boat business

first_img.@USCG halted an illegal charter operation at Watson Island today. Read more here https://t.co/G4CeUQoBWJ pic.twitter.com/Ujs0CmU5bM— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) February 18, 2019“While we want people to have fun out on the water, it’s even more important to us that they’re being safe,” said U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Benjamin Mercado. “Putting your trust in an operator who’s not properly credentialed could be dangerous for everyone involved.”The boat’s owner faces up to $42,000 in fines. MIAMI (WSVN) – A U.S. Coast Guard crew has stopped an illegal Miami charter boat business.Crew members inspected the 20-foot vessel with seven people aboard at Watson Island, Monday.The Coast Guard discovered several safety violations, including an unlicensed captain and not having a Certificate of Inspection. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Barns Courtney On Fire Rock Bottom Songwriting New Music

first_imgMeet the British singer/songwriter behind the breakout hit “Fire” from his scorching debut albumNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 25, 2018 – 11:42 am England-born, Seattle-bred singer/songwriter Barns Courtney has a firm grasp on the finer points of the rock and roll spirit. His debut album The Attractions Of Youth brings us a solid modern installment of the genre, complete with all the right dashes of blues, folk and poetry, plus plenty of unpolished grit, wit and a sense of humor that make Courtney’s brand of rock pop. Barns Courtney On “Fire,” Rock Bottom Songwriting & New Music Facebook News Read more So, we know that you’re a talented musician, obviously. But we’re wondering. If you didn’t do music, is there another career path that you would pursue?Probably something equally nebulous and to do with performance, like acting or something like that. I just love making a fool of myself in front of a large group of people. And, you know, getting very sweaty and taking my clothes off. … But, singing’s been fun so I’m gonna stick with that for a while.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Email Already in his short career, he has proven not only that he can deliver hits in the studio, but also earn new fans from any stage, anytime, anywhere. Known for his electrifying live performances, Courtney has toured the world and opened for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Blur, Fitz And The Tantrums, and the Who.Even fans who may not know his name might recognize Courtney’s infectious “Glitter & Gold” or his breakout single “Fire,” which has also been featured heavily in film and television, appearing in the 2015 film Burnt starring Bradley Cooper and on shows such as “Top Gear,” “Suits” and “Teen Wolf.” We sat down with the British songster to talk about his scorching debut album, the success of “Fire,” what’s next, and what he might be doing were it not for a career in rock and roll.Your debut album, The Attractions Of Youth, has been out for a few months now. What does it feel like to have a full-length project out in the world?It feels really good. I’ve been doing this for about 14 years and all my friends have graduated from college and had babies. So it’s nice to produce something in the real world. I don’t cry as often in the sanctity of my bedroom, into my open palms at night. [laughs]”Fire” has been a big hit for you and made its way into several film and TV projects. Can you talk about what it’s like to have a song in so many placements?Well, it’s really funny because I made a lot of those records in my friend’s bedroom in a decommissioned old folks home in North London. I’m completely serious. All the drums are made out of old filing cabinets in the hallway, and all of the bass is made out of piano from the rec room, and a lot of percussion on film cans. So, I see these songs and these giant big productions and I just find it hilarious because I made that for zero dollars.I’ve read that you feel like it’s easier to write music when you’re up against a wall facing some challenges. Tell me more about that. How do you usually approach the songwriting process?I think a big part of my trepidations about writing the second record was, “Will I be able to write when I’m not under a huge amount of pressure and stress?” I relied on the huge amount of energy you get at rock bottom to fuel my songwriting. And I didn’t really have to try. It was a catharsis for all of this intense, “Oh my god, my life is degenerating into a complete farce and I’m sinking into an existential crisis of undulating sorrow from which I may never return.” That’s a powerful emotion to put into your tunes.So, I’ve been pleasantly surprised, actually, that for this album, these songs have been happier and they’re still coming just as quickly. But the subject matter is very different and they sound very different.What can fans expect next from you musically? The next record explores a lot of different angles. I’m trying not to be too analytical about the writing process. I’m just putting whatever comes out on the table and getting it sounding the best that it can. And some of it’s been going very electronic and some of it’s been going super bluesy or super rock. So, I’m gonna try and get in the studio with one guy at the end of this process and just tie everything up. Expect some different vibes on this record. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 25, 2018 – 11:41 am Barns Courtney On ‘The Attractions Of Youth’ Barns Courtney On ‘The Attractions Of Youth’ barns-courtney-fire-rock-bottom-songwriting-new-music https://twitter.com/BarnsCourtney/status/1013535284347260929 This time last year, I did this at @Summerfest This, and the gigs that followed were some of the best of my entire life! Here’s why! pic.twitter.com/UXxTb8sUYj— Barns Courtney (@BarnsCourtney) July 1, 2018 Twitter last_img read more

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Elon Musk goes Game of Thrones imagines dragon wings for Starship

first_img Tags 7:48 This isn’t too surprising considering SpaceX named its cargo and crew capsule “Dragon.” Crew Dragon has yet to ferry actual humans to the International Space Station, but it will eventually have some dragon riders on board in the form of NASA astronauts. They just won’t be wearing stylish fur coats like a certain queen we know. The business end of the SpaceX Starship hopper prototype. Elon Musk/SpaceX Elon Musk’s always-flowing stream of consciousness tweets gushed ahead of the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere on Sunday.The SpaceX and Tesla founder mused about adding giant, stainless-steel dragon wings to the SpaceX Starship.  SpaceX completes its first commercial mission to space I think we can all agree that would look amazing. When asked, Musk said he was a “6.5” on a 1 to 10 scale of seriousness about the concept. Musk noted that Starship will land on a ring of fire, rather than breathe fire.He also suggested that steel-membrane wings may be able to “lower Starship’s orbital reentry temp to ~1000 degrees C, which would allow the whole surface to be uncooled bare metal.” Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship With steel membrane wings like a Dragon, we may be able to lower Starship’s orbital reentry temp to ~1000 degrees C, which would allow the whole surface to be uncooled bare metal— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 15, 2019 Elon Musk: SpaceX Starhopper lifts off (a little bit) SpaceX Starship ‘Hopper’ prototype finally lights up Thinking about adding giant stainless steel dragon wings to Starship— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2019 Share your voice 0 Starship, minus dragon wings, currently exists in a prototype “hopper” form for testing purposes. The next-generation space vehicle is meant to eventually reach Earth orbit and beyond, including the moon and Mars. Based on the pace of development, Starship may get to the Red Planet before we see George R.R. Martin’s next book, The Winds of Winter. Now playing: Watch this: pic.twitter.com/z9BVWS0O95— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 15, 2019 Post a comment Not since Harry Potter has a fan base been so into identifying with a certain house. You may feel kinship for the direwolf-loving Starks, but Musk has dragons on his mind. He bent the knee to House Targaryen, home of Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons.   Starship hops 16 Photos TV and Movies Game of Thrones Elon Musk Space SpaceXlast_img read more

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PM Narendra Modi assures central aid to floodhit Karnataka

first_imgNew Delhi/Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured Karnataka of central aid to speed up relief works in the state’s flood-hit districts, an official said. “Modi assured Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa of releasing central funds for relief works in the state and rushing an official team to assess the damage caused by heavy rains and floods across the state,” an official of the Chief Minister’s office told IANS in Bengaluru. Yediyurappa met Modi at the latter’s official residence in the national capital along with a delegation.last_img read more

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Sudan protest leaders army to talk on power transfer

first_imgA Sudanese protestor waves a national flag during a protest outside the army complex in the capital Khartoum on 20 April. Photo: AFPProtest leaders and Sudan’s army rulers will hold more talks over transferring power to a civilian administration after a round of negotiations ended Saturday, as thousands of demonstrators massed outside the army headquarters.The talks were held on the eve of the protest leaders’ planned announcement of a ruling civilian council they say will replace the country’s current ruling military body.”We clarified our main demand, which is the transfer of power to civilian authorities,” Siddiq Yousef, a senior member of the Alliance for Freedom and Change, the umbrella group leading the protest movement, told state television after Saturday’s round ended.”We agreed to continue negotiations to reach a solution that satisfies both the sides, so that the transfer of power will happen in a peaceful way.”He did not confirm whether protest leaders will go ahead with their planned unveiling of a ruling civilian council on Sunday.But another senior leader of the movement had indicated earlier that postponing of Sunday’s announcement was possible.”If they (the military council) are willing to negotiate, then there is a chance that tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) announcement could be postponed,” Ahmed al-Rabia, of the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the group that initially launched the campaign to oust veteran leader Omar al-Bashir in December, told AFP.Aim to ‘remove entire regime’Since Bashir was toppled 11 April by the army, Sudan has been ruled by a 10-member military council which has so far resisted calls to transfer power to a civilian body.Thousands of protesters camped outside the army headquarters in central Khartoum have now turned their attention to the military rulers, demanding they hand over power swiftly to a civilian body.”What we want from them is a timetable to hand over power, so things don’t drag,” said Rabia.He said mounting pressure from the street and from the international community was expected to make the military council cede power in “two to three weeks”.”We are done with the easy part (toppling Bashir). We want to remove the entire regime,” said Rabia.Protest leaders say the civilian council would form a transitional government to rule Sudan for a four-year term, followed by elections.”All we hope for is to be ruled by civilians and get rid of the military rule,” Ehsan Abdallah, said a protester outside the army complex late Saturday.Similar views were echoed by many as demonstrators outside the complex kept singing, dancing and chanting revolutionary songs and slogans as darkness fell.”The SPA should announce a civilian council tomorrow and later a government and a legislative body representing all Sudanese people including women,” said demonstrator Rabah Sadeq, 51.The military council has made some concessions to the protesters by agreeing to demands such as detaining Bashir and releasing many political detainees and protesters.On Saturday, Sudan’s new prosecutor general lifted the immunity of security agents allegedly involved in the death of a detainee, state media reported.US pressureProminent Sudanese journalist Khalid Tijani said the protest leaders were in a “tough situation” over finalising the civilian council.”If they are not ready with the names, it will send a negative signal, and this will not be to the benefit of the revolution,” said Tijani, editor of economic weekly Elaff.Calls for handing over power to a civilian body have also come from the African Union (AU) and the United States.On 15 April, the 55-member AU threatened to suspend Sudan’s membership by the end of the month if the military council failed to hand over power to civilians.”A military-led transition would be completely contrary to the aspirations of the people of Sudan,” the AU said.The United States was dispatching a deputy assistant secretary of state for east African affairs, Makila James, to Khartoum for an on-the-ground assessment of the situation.Washington’s short-term goal is to “get the military folks out of centre-stage,” a senior US official said on condition of anonymity earlier this week.The official called for transitional authorities to prepare the way for “a truly democratic government that will reflect the will of the Sudanese people”.last_img read more

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Harvey Weinstein Indicted In New York Rape Case

first_imgJulio Cortez/APIn this May 25, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein listens during a court proceeding in New York. Harvey Weinstein was indicted Wednesday on rape and criminal sex act charges, furthering the first criminal case to arise from a slate of sexual misconduct allegations against the former movie mogul.Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the indictment brings Weinstein “another step closer to accountability.”The announcement came hours after Weinstein’s lawyers said he’d decline to testify before the grand jury because there wasn’t enough time to prepare him and “political pressure” made an indictment unavoidable.A statement issued through a Weinstein spokesman said the 66-year-old film producer, who has denied the allegations, learned of the specific charges and the accusers’ identities only after turning himself in Friday. With a deadline set for Wednesday afternoon to testify or not, his request for more time was denied, the statement said.“Finally, Mr. Weinstein’s attorneys noted that regardless of how compelling Mr. Weinstein’s personal testimony might be, an indictment was inevitable due to the unfair political pressure being placed on Cy Vance to secure a conviction of Mr. Weinstein,” the statement said.Vance said in a statement that the Weinstein camp’s “recent assault on the integrity of the survivors and the legal process is predictable.”“We are confident that when the jury hears the evidence, it will reject these attacks out of hand,” Vance said.Weinstein was charged Friday with raping one woman and committing a criminal sex act by compelling oral sex from another. A grand jury continued hearing evidence in the case, as it had been doing for weeks.Defendants have the right to testify in a grand jury’s secret proceedings but often don’t, for various reasons.Freed on $1 million bail and electronic monitoring, he was due back in court July 30, though that date may now be moved up in light of the indictment.Beyond the two women involved in the case, dozens more women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault in various locales.He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex, and his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Tuesday that Weinstein was “confident he’s going to clear his name” in the New York prosecution.Brafman called the rape allegation “absurd,” saying that the accuser and Weinstein had a decade-long, consensual sexual relationship that began before and continued after the alleged 2013 attack.The woman, who hasn’t been identified publicly, told investigators Weinstein confined her in a hotel room and raped her.The other accuser in the case, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her account of Weinstein forcing her to perform oral sex at his office in 2004. The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly.Vance, a Democrat, came under public pressure from women’s groups to prosecute Weinstein after declining to do so in 2015, when an Italian model went to police to say Weinstein had groped her during a meeting.Police set up a sting in which the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein and him apologizing for his conduct. But Vance decided there wasn’t enough evidence to bring charges.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, also a Democrat, ordered the state attorney general to investigate how Vance handled that matter. Sharelast_img read more

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Bisexual boxer Nicola Adams turned into Barbie doll

first_imgNicola Adams has been turned into a Barbie doll | Mattel The two-times Olympic gold medal winner is the first UK and bisexual star to be a ‘Shero’.Mattel says they chose Nicola to honor her and inspire other women.Nicola Adams is first ‘bisexual’ Barbie‘I am so excited and honored to be… first ever boxer Barbie,’ Nicola said.The Nicola Adams doll has boxing gloves, gear embroidered with her ‘Lioness’ nickname, and her cropped hairstyle’.‘My hope is that everything I do helps more people realise they can do anything they put their mind to,’ Nicola added.‘Without my own role models, I wouldn’t be where I am today.‘Growing up, my biggest role models were my mum and Muhammad Ali – there were no female boxers in media when I was a kid, and I might have discovered my passion sooner if I’d seen other women boxing.‘That’s why empowering the next generation of kids is something I’m passionate about. It’s great to work with Barbie to share my story now.’ Bisexual boxer Nicola Adams has inspired a Barbie doll, released for International Women’s Day. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Bisexual boxing champ Nicola Adams immortalized in waxFrida Kahlo is getting her very own Barbie dollSandi Toksvig and boxer Nicola Adams among Diva Award winnersRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bisexual-boxer-nicola-adams-turned-barbie-doll/center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Other Barbie ‘Sheroes’Mattel has chosen 14 other women from across the world to be a Barbie ‘Shero’.Others being honored this year include director Patty Jenkins, gold medalist Chloe Kim,and conservationist Bindi Irwin.Also being turned into dolls are windsurfer Çağla Kubat, chef Hélène Darroze, volleyball star Hui Ruoqi, designer Leyla Piedayesh, golfer Lorena Ochoa, journalist Martyna Wojchiechowska, soccer player Sara Gama, actress and philanthropist Xiaotong Guan, ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan and fashion designer Vicky Martin Berrocal.‘Barbie hopes to encourage girls to pursue their dreams,’ Mattel said.Barbie have also introduced their Inspiring Women doll line – a range celebrating inspirational historical figures.The first three dolls will be Mexican artist Frieda Kahlo, aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, one of the women depicted in 2017 film Hidden Figures.International Women’s Day 2018 is on Thursday 8 March.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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Red Hat Satellite to drop MongoDB and will support only PostgreSQL backend

first_imgOn 12th February, RedHat announced its plans to drop MongoDB from its Satellite system management solution. Satellite will now support only a single database – PostgreSQL. The move was made after the development team decided that a relational database with rollback and transactions was necessary for the features needed in Pulp and Satellite. The team says that PostgreSQL is a better solution in terms of the types of data and usage that Satellite requires. They say that a single database backend will also help to simplify the overall architecture of Satellite along with supportability, backup, and disaster recovery. Users will not suffer any significant performance impact with the removal of MongoDB nor will any features of Satellite be impacted because of the same. The embedded version of MongoDB will continue to be supported in the Satellite versions that it has already been released in. The Satellite team will create a patch for any issue that a user faces. Newer versions of MongoDB that are licensed under SSPL will not be used by Satellite. According to Dev Class, the concept of the SSPL has not been received well by the open source community. The Server Side Public License was MongoDB’s helped cloud service providers take the community edition of the database and offer it as service to paying customers. But anyone doing so should share the source code underlying the service. Following this news, Red Hat had also dropped MongoDB from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8. This is because according to Tom Callaway, University outreach Team lead, Red Hat, SSPL is “intentionally crafted to be aggressively discriminatory towards a specific class of users. To consider the SSPL to be “Free” or “Open Source” causes that shadow to be cast across all other licenses in the FOSS ecosystem, even though none of them carry that risk”. The specific timeline of the change has not been released by the team, but this announcement was made simply to make users aware of the change that is coming. Uses can check the Satellite Blog to know more about this news. Read Next 4 reasons IBM bought Red Hat for $34 billion Red Hat announces full support for Clang/LLVM, Go, and Rust Red Hat announces CodeReady Workspaces, the first Kubernetes-Native IDE for easy collaboration among developerslast_img read more

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UK legislator Im swapping Big Ben for Big Apple

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Sponsored Stories center_img LONDON (AP) – A high profile British lawmaker says she is quitting the House of Commons to move to the United States with her family.Louise Mensch, elected in 2010 as a member of the governing Conservative Party after a career as the author of racy novels, said Monday she planned to leave Britain and move to New York.The 41-year-old legislator, who has three children, last year married Peter Mensch, manager of rock band Metallica, who lives in New York. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, Mensch said she had been “struggling for some time to find the best outcome for my family life.”Mensch was a member of Parliament’s media committee and took a key role in questioning Rupert Murdoch and other executives over the tabloid phone hacking scandal.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

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Blast kills 1 injures 5 in Indian Kashmir

first_imgAssociated PressSRINAGAR,India (AP) – Indian police in Kashmir say a blast in a liquor shop has killed one person and wounded another five.A police officer says a grenade is suspected to have been used in Saturday’s attack on the outskirts of Jammu, the winter capital of the Indian portion of Kashmir. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.Nearly a dozen militant groups have been fighting against Indian rule in the Himalayan region. In the past, they have demanded closure of liquor shops. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonacenter_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home However, no one claimed responsibility for Saturday’s blast.On Thursday, gunmen fired into a liquor shop in Srinagar, killing one person in Indian-run Kashmir’s main city.Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, which have fought two wars over it since 1947.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket wins Best Hotel and Restaurant

first_imgAnantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket wins Best Hotel and RestaurantAnantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket wins Best Hotel and RestaurantAnantara Vacation Club, Asia’s premiere shared holiday ownership programme, is pleased to announce its signature Club Resort in Mai Khao, Phuket has been named as Southern Thailand’s Best Hotel and Restaurant of the Year as part of Luxury Travel Guide’s Asia and Australasia Awards 2018.Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket is a peaceful, secluded oasis on Thailand’s largest island and provides impressive offerings, including elegant apartment suites and one-to-three-bedroom private pool villas fitted with Southeast Asian design touches. Guests indulging in a stay at the Club Resort can choose from a tempting range of cuisines, such as local and international favourites at Chaam, al fresco dining at Crust, or an intimate dinner for two with the use of in-villa barbecue or Dining by Design options.The tranquil sun-kissed sands of Mai Khao beach lie a quick stroll away, while the nearby Sirinath National Park acts as a gateway to an impressive range of sea caves, mangroves, coral reefs and dazzling islands. The property offers a truly luxurious escape to travelers, with the advantage of being located just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport.“Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket’s 2018 win for Best Hotel and Restaurant – Southern Thailand at the Luxury Travel Guide Awards Asia and Australia reflects its impressive inclusion of luxury facilities, dining options and activities, in addition to its exquisite setting, impeccable design and enviable level of upkeep,” said Rocky Singh of Luxury Travel Guide.Guests at Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket have access to the Anantara Spa and Spice Spoons cooking school, as well as picturesque resort grounds and the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea at Mai Khao beach. The extensive variety of activities on offer includes boat trips to Phang Nga Bay, fitness classes, interactive programmes tailored to all ages, sea sports and exploring the local Sino-Portuguese architecture in Phuket Town.“We are honoured to be recognised as Southern Thailand’s foremost destination and look forward to continuing to help our Club Points Owners and guests create unforgettable travel memories for years to come,” said Lyndon Ellis, General Manager at Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket. “There are some planned changes to the resort coming soon and the surrounding retail area is set to expand in 2019”.More details about the resort and award is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MA_5R8cSM4About Anantara Vacation ClubAnantara Vacation Club is Asia’s premier vacation ownership programme. It was launched in 2010 by Minor International PCL, the owner of Minor Hotels. The Club offers a portfolio of nine luxurious Club Resorts across Thailand, Indonesia, China and New Zealand and provides Club Points Owners and their guests with the opportunity to explore top holiday destinations. Club Points Owners’ travel opportunities are further enhanced through the use of the flexible Club Escapes and Global Traveller programmes, which provide access to hundreds of partner resorts and hotels internationally.For more information, please visit www.anantaravacationclub.com, or follow Anantara Vacation Club’s blog or social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Weibo.About Minor HotelsMinor Hotels is an international hotel owner, operator and investor currently with 158 hotels in operation. Minor Hotels passionately explores new possibilities in hospitality with a diverse portfolio of properties designed intelligently to appeal to different kinds of travellers, serving new passions as well as personal needs. Through our Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Elewana, Tivoli, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Marriott and Minor International properties, Minor Hotels operates in 25 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America.With dynamic plans to expand existing brands and explore strategic acquisitions throughout opportunistic markets, Minor Hotels pursues a vision of a more passionate and interconnected world.  For more information, please visit www.minorhotels.com. Source = Anantara Vacation Clublast_img read more

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Collingwood Announces New Managing Director

first_img The Collingwood Group, a Washington, DC-based advisory firm led by the former head of FHA, recently announced along with its partners who have held senior leadership positions focused on housing policy and regulation in HUD, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac, that Justin Burch will be joining the company as Managing Director and head of the Federal Housing Practice.Prior to the announcement, Burch lead FHA’s quality assurance and counterparty risk management activities, including compliance evaluation of origination, underwriting, and servicing practices, lender examinations, and management of FHA’s Credit Watch Initiative. Recently deployed with the introduction of the new FHA Loan Review System, Burch also was a key stakeholder in the development and implementation of FHA’s Loan Quality Assessment Methodology.“Justin’s extensive experience as an integral part of FHA and Ginnie Mae, coupled with his unique insight and understanding of the operations and risk management and compliance strategy of both organizations, will offer our clients a unique perspective on many of the most pressing business issues in housing finance today,” said Brian O’Reilly, President of The Collingwood Group.Serving as a critical voice for FHA, Burch presented at numerous industry events and interacted with the lending community. He was active in broader federal housing policy discussions as a member of the Joint Federal Housing Agency working group composed of leadership from the CFPB, Ginnie Mae, FHFA, FHA, the VA Loan Guaranty Service, and Rural Development. Before FHA, Burch worked as a Senior Risk Analyst for Ginnie Mae where his responsibilities included issuer performance evaluations and monitoring of a $520 billion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities, and was principal architect behind the development of the Finnie Mae HMBS program, enabling reverse mortgage lenders the opportunity to securitize FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages.“I am excited to join such a progressive organization. The partnership between Collingwood and Situs presents a unique platform to explore growth opportunities in the commercial and residential real estate market. I look forward to joining the team,” said Burch. Collingwood Announces New Managing Director in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Sharecenter_img The Collingwood Group 2017-07-07 Brianna Gilpin July 7, 2017 521 Views last_img read more

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