Montrealer taken on starlight tour by police settles for 25000

first_imgMONTREAL – A man who was taken on a so-called starlight tour by two Montreal police officers in May 2012 has settled with the city for $25,000, but expressed disappointment the city dismissed his proposals to fight racial profiling and discrimination.Julian Menezes, who is of South Asian descent, was driven around town handcuffed in the back of a cruiser and dropped off far from home after the officers had hurled racial slurs at him.Menezes, 36, told a news conference Tuesday he’s relieved the case, which centred on racial profiling and excessive force, is complete.But he added he would be lying if he said the incident hasn’t had a bit of a chilling effect on how he views law enforcement.“I try to check that and I try to say it happened to me but this isn’t every police officer,” he said. “But I’m suspicious, I’m reticent and I try to avoid police as much as I can.”He expressed disappointment the City of Montreal did not consider measures to address what he calls systemic discrimination.“I thought I was a full and equal citizen,” Menezes said. “It strips you of your citizenship, it makes you feel like you don’t belong here.”One of the officers involved was former police officer Stefanie Trudeau, who was best known by her badge number, “Agent 728.”Trudeau, who has since left the police force, gained notoriety in Quebec around that time after a number of high-profile incidents caught on video put her in the spotlight.Menezes said he was detained as he attempted to defend a cyclist who was being intimidated by police during an arrest.He said he was handcuffed and dumped into the cruiser without a seat belt, with his face slamming against the Plexiglas divider as he was driven around erratically.Menezes was dumped in a Tim Horton’s parking lot across town with no money and a $146 ticket.The Quebec Human Rights Commission upheld the complaint and initially awarded Menezes $40,000 in 2017, but the city challenged the award.The settlement, reached in June, comes without an admission of responsibility from authorities.It also didn’t come with an apology, which Menezes said he would have appreciated.“It’s an important step for restitution, it’s an acknowledgment of wrongdoing and that’s the only way we can move forward to say there are things that happened that we need to remedy,” Menezes said.Fo Niemi, executive director of the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR), a civil rights advocacy group, agreed such a gesture would be important and that change must come from the top, such as the police chief or the mayor’s office.“An apology does not carry liability, an apology is an acknowledgment of the fact that a citizen has not been treated well,” he said.Menezes said the city did sanction a social and racial profiling program in March.“There are a lot of measures in there which speak to my experience and speak to the remedies we were thinking were essential, and it helped me make a settlement,” he said.Alain Babineau, a former RCMP officer who is a law intern at CRAAR specializing in racial profiling, said the type of behaviour described in Menezes’ case shouldn’t occur.“The starlight tour is one of many other practices that shouldn’t happen in policing,” Babineau said.“In this particular case, there was a settlement, but was there an acknowledgment that something was wrong?,” he said. “I’m not particularly surprised that something happened, but I’m surprised at how it was responded to.”last_img read more

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Percentage of Canadians planning RRSP contributions down from year ago poll

Percentage of Canadians planning RRSP contributions down from year ago: poll by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The percentage of Canadians who plan on contributing to their RRSP before the deadline at the end of next month is down slightly from last year, according to a poll issued by the Bank of Montreal.However, the survey found that those who have already contributed and those who are still planning to add to their retirement savings are putting aside a little more than last year.Of the Canadians surveyed, 61 per cent of those not yet retired said they would be making a contribution to their RRSP, down from 64 per cent a year ago.But the average contribution for those who have already contributed was $3,984, up from $3,738 last year.And among those planning to contribute, the average amount was $3,327, up from $2,892 a year ago.The deadline to contribute to an RRSP for the 2015 tax year is Feb. 29.The poll, conducted by Pollara for the Bank of Montreal, was based on an online sample of 2,177 adults between Dec. 30, 2015, and Jan. 4, 2016.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

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Plan to run pipeline through Pinelands gets public hearing

by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2017 11:44 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Plan to run pipeline through Pinelands gets public hearing Opponents of a natural gas pipeline proposed to run through the federally protected New Jersey Pinelands region hold signs against it during a public hearing on the proposal in Pemberton N.J. on Tuesday Jan. 24, 2017. Environmentalists fear the pipeline could harm the fragile forest region, but business groups say it would increase energy reliability. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) PEMBERTON, N.J. – As jobs-versus-environment clashes go, few issues have been as hard fought and generated as much passion in New Jersey as a proposal to run a natural gas pipeline through federally protected woods atop some of the nation’s purest drinking water.The plan was narrowly defeated in 2014. But since then, Republican Gov. Chris Christie has replaced several commissioners on the state agency that will reconsider the plan with supporters of the pipeline. On Tuesday, a public hearing on building the pipeline was held in Pemberton.With a new Republican administration in power in Washington that is more receptive to fossil-fuel energy projects, the fate of the Pinelands pipeline is sure to be closely watched by national energy and environmental groups. As the hearing was underway, President Donald Trump signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipeline projects.“This is a symbol of the national battle between clean energy and renewable resources, and the push for pipelines,” said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “This is the front line of a battle that’s coming where Donald Trump is going to want to push pipelines everywhere.”South Jersey Gas proposes to run the pipe from Maurice River Township in Cumberland County to the B.L. England power plant in Upper Township; it would run mostly under or alongside existing roads.Jeff DuBois, CEO of South Jersey Industries, said the company already operates over 1,400 miles of gas mains and 133 miles of elevated pressure lines within the Pinelands without harm to the environment.“For many years, our underground infrastructure has warmed homes, dried clothes and heated water in the very same Pinelands towns where new infrastructure will be laid,” he said. “In reality, this project is no different.”New Jersey regulators will decide whether the pipeline gets built. After the proposal was defeated in 2014, the executive director of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission unilaterally decided that it met the agency’s criteria and was therefore approved.Environmentalists sued, and a court ordered the commission to take a new vote. That could come as soon as next month.Supporters and foes packed the hearing Tuesday, and dozens of others were denied entry when the room reached its capacity of about 250. A leader of the Food and Water Watch environmental group, Lena Smith, was escorted out by state police after she began yelling at commissioners that people were being made to stand outside in a cold rain.Pipeline foes unfurled a large paper banner that said “Stop The Pipeline” before the hearing but removed it soon afterward.The proposed pipeline has been hotly fought by environmental groups, who fear it will harm the fragile Pinelands and set a bad precedent for future development there. They said it will cause a loss of some habitat and increase runoff and erosion in an area home to an aquifer estimated to hold 17 trillion gallons of some of the nation’s purest water.Four former state governors — two Republicans and two Democrats — also oppose the pipeline, citing their desire to protect a vulnerable natural resource.South Jersey Gas maintains that in addition to providing a cleaner fuel source to the power plant, the new pipeline would provide a second transmission vehicle for natural gas to thousands of customers in Atlantic and Cape May counties. There is only one pipeline right now that takes gas to nearly 29,000 homes and businesses, which could be left out in the cold without a second means of getting gas to their homes if the existing pipeline fails.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC read more

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Womens soccer set to take on Morehead State and Eastern Michigan

Daniel Chi / For The LanternThen-senior Tiffany Cameron surveys the field during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s soccer team will open its regular season this weekend with two matches, one against Morehead State and the other against Eastern Michigan.OSU is hoping to repeat their success from last season, going 16-4-2, winning the Big Ten Tournament and making its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It was the third Big Ten championship since coach Lori Walker took over the program.The Buckeyes fell in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament at home against Oakland 3-1 on penalty kicks.Senior defender Megan Fuller, who finished third on the squad with six assists, will return to help anchor a defense that only allowed 14 goals in 22 matches last season. Fuller is one of seven starters returning from last season’s team.The Buckeyes’ biggest hole to fill this year is on offense, after the graduation of star forward Tiffany Cameron.Cameron, a two-time first team All-Big Ten choice and a 2012 second team All-American, scored 21 goals in her senior season and added five assists to put her at the top of the OSU record books with 47 points on the season.Morehead State struggled during 2012, managing only 2 wins, but look to improve this year with nine starters returning to the team. The Eagles are 0-1 all-time against OSU, losing 5-0 in 2005.Eastern Michigan, who is returning 10 starters from last season’s 11-6-2 team, will play their first ever game against the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes won their only preseason match, beating Miami (Fla.) 1-0 behind a 14th minute goal from freshman forward Nichelle Prince.OSU will take on Morehead State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Eastern Michigan on Sunday at 6 p.m. Both games will be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Crackdown on delivery apps in Westminster as residents complain about noisy mopeds

first_imgFood at the Michelin-starred Tamarind in Mayfair, London. It is one of the upmarket restaurants which have begun to use delivery apps.  The rise of apps such as Deliveroo allows diners to eat gourmet food in the comfort of their own homes.  But that could be in jeopardy after one council said it will change its planning rules following noise complaints from well-heeled residents. Westminster City Council says congregating moped drivers are causing a disturbance to locals – and it plans to crack down on restaurants who are branching out into home delivery. It says it has 3,000 restaurants in the space of just a few miles and needs to limit the number of delivery drivers to preserve the peace and prevent “traffic chaos”.The refined taste of west Londoners mean the change won’t only affect fast food joints as several top restaurants have also begun making home deliveries, including at least one Michelin-starred chef. The change, which is due to be implemented in the spring, means that restaurants who frequently make deliveries, to the extent that they are no longer a “secondary use”, will have to apply for planning permission to allow them to continue. They would also have to show that they are working to minimise disruption in local neighbourhoods, and could face enforcement action if they fail to comply. Westminster City Council cabinet member for planning and public realm Cllr Daniel Astaire said: “We have nearly 3,000 restaurants in Westminster and the council needs policies to keep up with new technology, ensuring that areas can cope with the increased demand for food deliveries. Left unchecked this will create traffic chaos. Manager Shoaib Malik told The Telegraph it does only a handful of deliveries every evening and the drivers carry out their work “discreetly”. “We probably get one or two orders throughout the night, and the one in Soho as well, so I don’t know where you’re going to get groups of people have a meeting. “That could only happen in very congested areas in central London. I personally haven’t encountered it,” he said. “If that is effected, then maybe a lot of restaurants will suffer but I don’t think it will affect us.”Upmarket delivery company Supper, which delivers Tamarind’s food as well as other top restaurants in Westminster such as Korean restaurant Koba, said it has a different model to other delivery apps. “These apps provide a fantastic service and we understand that for every delivery driver there is a customer. It is a popular, much needed service but we can’t allow the city to be swarmed with delivery drivers.“We already make effective use of our planning powers. Having a policy will strengthen our hand in managing the flow of deliveries in the city, tackling noise disturbances and anti-social behaviour.”Among the top restaurants which has branched out into home delivery is Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Tamarind, in Mayfair, and its sister restaurant Tamarind Kitchen in Soho.  “Our drivers being employed by us have a base to come back to, so do not congregate on street corners or cause a public nuisance, particularly in Westminster,” said a spokesman. “I’m not sure this new ruling will affect us immediately, but I guess it will be a further barrier for restaurants wanting to work with us going forward,” he said. A spokeswoman for UberEats said it was unaware of the proposals but would “welcome the opportunity to meet with Westminster City Council to discuss how we can work together to support local businesses and address any concerns they have”. Deliveroo was also contacted for comment.  Food at the Michelin-starred Tamarind in Mayfair, London. It is one of the upmarket restaurants which have begun to use delivery apps. Credit:IAN JONES 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.last_img read more

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UPDATE Vryheids Lust public road blocked by minibus operators protesting fuel

Over a dozen minibus operators on Thursday morning blocked the Vryheid’s Lust public road on the railway embankment as they continue to protest the “steep” hike in fuel prices which they say is affecting their livelihoods and their ability to make a profit daily.They minibus operators and owners say if the Government will not intervene and cause an immediate reduction of the fuel prices, they will unilaterally increase the fares paid by passengers by at least 20 dollars depending on the route and distance.Moreover, this publication was informed that the East Coast minibus operators have converged on the Lusignan tarmac where they are currently protesting.State-owned, Guyana Oil Company Limited (GuyOil ) Service Stations have increased their gasoline prices from $200 per litre, to $230, while diesel and kerosene have leaped to $214 per litre and $145 per litre, respectively.In a statement on the increases, Guyoil said it is holding the line with its gas price despite crude oil reaching four-year highs.While noting that local prices for gasoline have not reached the highs of early 2015 when it was retailing at $263 per litre and diesel was at $260, Guyoil said as “an importer, Guyana has historically been vulnerable to oil price shocks. World prices have shot up in recent weeks mainly due to the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal.”It was outlined that “impending sanctions against the oil producer which had ramped up production since 2016 would mean one million barrels per day being taken off world supplies. Brent crude oil topped $80 a barrel for the first time since 2014 in mid-May.”On Wednesday, the The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG), as well as the Private Sector made calls for Government to intervene and put measures in place to ensure the effects are not filtered to businesses and consumers.However, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin was quoted as saying that the matter is yet to be discussed by Cabinet.As the prices continue to increase, operators within the transportation sector have begun increasing their fares for passengers to travel.Just recently, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Ali had urged the coalition Government to give some serious consideration into reducing the high prices of fuel on the market.Ali recalled when his party, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was in Government, they had constantly adjusted the tax regime to cushion the effects of fluctuation in fuel prices on the international market.He said this was aimed at ensuring that all Guyanese were protected from increases in their expenditure. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGUYOIL raises fuel priceJune 5, 2016In “Local News”Local fuel prices spike againMay 20, 2018In “Business”Opposition Leader says there is fiscal space to reduce fuel prices as Govt mumJune 1, 2018In “Business” read more

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Tala Hamza Mt Milligan Lucky Friday Bulyanhulu Gounkoto Husab Salar de Olaroz

first_imgINTERNATIONAL MINING PROJECT NEWS issue 130 is the usual important and comprehensive fortnightly report on global projects, with about 60 pages of updates. It has new information on three projects each in diamonds, zinc and lead , four projects each in nickel and phosphate, six in silver, seven in coal, eight in uranium, 12 in copper, 18 in iron ore, 34 in gold and also reflects the ongoing interest in developing other high value niche commodity projects. As well as many projects reporting development decisions (36) and another 10 expansions, the issue has reports on 27 prefeasibility and 15 feasibility studies. Hecla Mining has approved the completion of the #4 Shaft Project at the Lucky Friday mine. Hecla also reported progress on its Star (Silver Valley – Idaho), Equity/Bulldog (San Juan Silver JV – Colorado) and Hugh Zone (San Sebastian – Mexico) pre-development projects and exploration efforts.Terramin Australia announced a placement to China Non-Ferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction Co (NFC) that will fund initial programs for the Tala Hamza project. The definitive feasibility study concluded that a project can be developed on the Tala Hamza deposit using block cave mining and conventional processing. Tala Hamza is a significant project with potential to be one of the top ten zinc mines in the world based on annual production.The British Columbia Mining Joint Venture (BCMJV), a 50:50 joint venture between Fluor Canada and AMEC Americas, reached a final agreement with Terrane Metals, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thompson Creek Metals Co, to complete engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) for Terrane’s 100%-owned Mt. Milligan copper-gold project.MDM Engineering has been awarded the feasibility study for a 2.4 Mt/y CIL gold plant to treat reclaimed tailings and current flotation rougher tailings for African Barrick Gold’s Bulyanhulu gold mine in Tanzania. ABG is the largest gold producer in Tanzania with a portfolio of four operating mines and is the operator and manager of Bulyanhulu mine, which is wholly owned by Bulyanhulu Gold Mine, a 100% owned subsidiary.Randgold Resources boosted gold production for the three months to June by 33% quarter on quarter and 97% on the corresponding quarter in 2010 on the back of a record all-round performance and contributions from its new Tongon and Gounkoto mines.Extract Resources has announced an updated reserve estimate for Zones 1 and 2 of its Husab uranium project in Namibia. Total ore tonnes within the reserve have increased by 37% to 280 Mt. Based on processing of 15 Mt/y, as envisaged in the Definitive Feasibility Study, this equates to a 20+ year mine life, once pre-strip and ramp-up phases are included.IMX Resources announced a 139% increase to the Cairn Hill Phase 2 resource, located immediately east of the Cairn Hill iron-copper-gold mine, 55 km south-east of Coober Pedy, South Australia. The combined Indicated and Inferred mineral resource for the CHP2 area is 8.37 Mt at 46.7% Fe using a 35% Fe cut off grade.Orocobre has awarded the detailed engineering contract for the Salar de Olaroz lithium-potash project to Sinclair Knight Merz. SKM has been involved in the Olaroz project for over a year and recently completed the engineering and cost estimates for the DFS for the production of 16,400 t/y of battery grade lithium carbonate.Mindax’s Mt Forrest Iron Project is progressing through development with a view to moving toward mining phase. The company is putting in place necessary approvals and aligning infrastructure partners including rail and port.Gindalbie Metals has signed some key agreements for the Karara iron ore project in Western Australia and first iron ore production from Crusader Resources’ 100% owned Posse Iron Ore Project in Brazil has moved a step closer following the submission of all the additional studies and government sign-offs requested by the licencing authority (SUPRAM).Spur Ventures announced that the Central Ministry of Land and Resources in Beijing has formally approved the transfer of the mining licenses for the Shukongping and Dianziping phosphate deposits from Spur’s joint venture partner, Hubei Yichang Phosphate Chemical Co (YPCC) to Yichang Maple Leaf Chemicals (YMC).Platinum Group Metals has entered into a mandate letter for a $260 million project finance loan to develop the Western Bushveld joint venture project, WBJV 1 platinum mine.Toro Energy has a number of updates on its Wiluna uranium projects.Castlemaine Goldfields is currently re-developing the Ballarat gold mine, with activities focused on underground mine development and gold processing plant re-commissioning such that first gold bullion production can be delivered on schedule in September this year.African Minerals (AML) has signed final agreements with Shandong Iron & Steel Group Co (SISG). SISG has agreed to acquire a 25% shareholding in the mine, rail and port and power subsidiaries comprising the Tonkolili iron ore project in Sierra Leone.Anglesey Mining now intends to focus more attention on its Parys Mountain project in North Wales, a base metals development asset that has significant potential.Formation Metals has received and accepted a commitment from BNP Paribas for the financing of its 100% owned Idaho cobalt project (ICP).All this and much, much more in the August 12 issue of International Mining Project News….To receive the full report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact emma@im-mining.com for a free trial copy.last_img read more

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Facebook develops software that can recognise faces as well as you can

first_imgIF TWO FACES of the same person are presented side by side, there’s a 97.53 per cent chance you will get it right. A machine, however, might have a more difficult time achieving the same results until now.Now Facebook has said it’s developed a technology that is 97.25 per cent accurate in recognising faces. The project, named DeepFace, maps out 3D facial features, before making a flat model that’s filtered by colour to characterise specific facial elements.The company has also said it’s tapped into a pool of 4.4 million labeled faces from 4,030 different people on its network to help the system learn.According to MIT Technology Review, the research project isn’t ending up on Facebook, but will be released ahead of presenting it at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition this June, to get feedback from the research community.This project isn’t a surprise by any means since Facebook has been experimenting with facial recognition for a while. It introduced a form of facial recognition back in 2010 which identified faces but that ended up in a audit by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.Also, the company purchased Israeli startup Face.com in June 2012, a startup that developed facial recognition technology for mobile devices, for $60 million.Read: Bill Gates: People don’t realise how many jobs will soon be lost to computers >Read: In a bad mood? Chances are your social networks are to blame >last_img read more

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Raspberry Pi turned into a portable workstation

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi isn’t just a very cheap PC, it’s also tiny and uses very little power. So it isn’t too surprising to see one hooked up to a battery and display in a makeshift portable workstation.SK Pang Electronics sell a wide range of gadgets and components, so when the Raspberry Pi got delivered they didn’t hang about experimenting with it. What they have done is combine a mini wireless keyboard typically used with a smartphone, a USB power pack, and an small LCD monitor usually found in the backseat of a car.All components, including the Raspberry Pi, were mounted on a laser cut, transparent base with a specially cut hole acting as a handle for carrying the unit around. The difficult bit was figuring out how to power both the display and the Raspberry Pi from the single USB power pack.To overcome the problem SK Pang had to do some rewiring as the display required 12v, but the power pack only offers 5v. The 5v regulator was bypassed, but that can cause issues as the voltage protection is removed and the display could get damaged if not handled correctly.The other mod that had to be carried out was splitting the cable to the pack, thus allowing a second connector to be added for the Raspberry Pi board.Adding a battery pack to the Raspberry Pi makes a lot of sense, and I’ve suggested as much to at least one case manufacturer. It means one less able to plug in, and with the amount of power the Pi draws, you could run it on a smartphone battery for quite I while I’d imagine. I’m not sure about a tiny display though, as it seems to have limited use cases.Another project I’d like to see is someone ripping the guts out of an old laptop and fitting a Raspberry Pi inside instead. The end result should look like a typical laptop without anyone being able to tell there’s a $25 PC running inside.Read more at SK Panglast_img read more

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No funds to stop fires

first_imgForestry authorities in Greece have virtually no money for fire prevention this year and some are still owed state funding from last year, making them more dependent than ever on volunteers.The organisation responsible for managing and protecting Mount Parnitha, north of Athens, is one of several to have empty coffers this year, though it has received a series of cash injections from the state and private donors since June 2007 when a massive forest fire razed a huge chunk of the national park. But the organisation was bolstered last week by the acquisition of a new electronic early warning system and 12 patrol vehicles – a donation from the Marfin Investment Group. The system comprises two observation stations which transmit images of the mountain in real time so that any sign of fire or suspicious activities can be detected immediately. Digital maps will be used to trace the location of the patrol vehicles and the information forwarded to the local fire service to help it plan a faster response.A spokesperson for the forestry authority responsible for Mount Parnitha, Giorgos Zareifis, suggested that this system will not be adequate to protect the national park. “Last year we had funding to maintain the roads but this year the cleanup hasn’t even begun. Forestry authorities have not received even one euro from the Environment Ministry this year,” Zareifis said. Asked to comment, a spokesperson for the ministry said that 2 million euros had been released to certain forestry authorities, while another 1.8 million euros was still awaiting approval by the Finance Ministry. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Boues rouges toxiques le Danube sous surveillance

first_imgBoues rouges toxiques : le Danube sous surveillanceEurope centrale – Jeudi 7 octobre, trois personnes étaient toujours portées disparues après la rupture, lundi, du réservoir de boues toxiques d’une usine d’aluminium en Hongrie. Les polluants ont dévasté une rivière de la région, et commencé à atteindre le Danube, mettant en alerte les pays voisins malgré un certain apaisement, jeudi, des indicateurs chimiques dans le fleuve.Quatre jours après le déversement accidentel d’un million de mètres cubes de boues toxiques en Hongrie, la faune et la flore de la rivière Marcal ont été pratiquement anéanties, malgré le plâtrage massif des eaux destiné à diminuer le taux alcalin. Ce dernier est en effet devenu mortel pour les organismes aquatiques.  À lire aussiBoue toxique en Hongrie : la société MAL prête à verser 5,5 millions d’euros aux victimesLes autorités de la Serbie et de la Croatie, pays voisins situés en aval, analysent quotidiennement les eaux du Danube, mais ne décelaient jeudi aucune pollution. Le taux alcalin, en hausse ces derniers jours dans la partie hongroise du fleuve, commençait jeudi à se stabiliser, faisant dire à un responsable local de la gestion des eaux que le bassin fluvial ne sera pas davantage pollué, que l’eau en aval est tout à fait potable et les poissons pêchés comestibles.À Kolontár, village dévasté par la coulée toxique, la boue rouge qui commence à sécher pourrait entraîner cancers ou maladies pulmonaires. La population devra peut-être abandonner définitivement le village.Pour un retour en images sur la catastrophe : https://www.maxisciences.com/boue-toxique/boue-toxique-en-hongrie-retour-en-images-sur-la-catastrophe_art9612.htmlLe 8 octobre 2010 à 11:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Working in Clark County Ian Manheimer owneroperator BounceNBattle Party Rentals

first_imgIan Manheimer grew up in Florida, the epicenter of diversions, which led him on a path which he says has been formed by a lifelong love of both entertainment and service. As an only child, he spent his youth looking for new ways of entertaining himself, such as martial arts, theater or sports. Amusement is still a driver in his life; he’s always looking for something fun to do. So it’s no surprise that aforementioned path has led him — along with a lot of hard work — to owning and operating a business providing entertainment to Southwest Washington families.Business address: 4107 Fruit Valley Road, Suite O, Vancouver. 360-571-5754www.bouncenbattle.com and vipphotobooth.netAge: 42Educational/professional background: I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but grew up in South Florida, graduating from J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs. I completed a program called the Academy of Travel and Tourism, which focused on the travel and tourism industry. My senior year, I participated and took first place in a DECA competition in the area of entrepreneurship and also was active in the International Club.After graduation I attended Broward Community College as a theatre major with a minor in education. I held a variety of positions in many different industries throughout my life, most of which have been focused on kids — YMCA after school and summer programs, para-educator, substitute teacher, coach, special education teacher. I’ve worked at theme parks, restaurants, communications companies and was an assistant marketing manager at a mall.I completed my bachelor’s degree in education with a special education endorsement from City University in 2005 and taught until 2015, while building my business on the side during summer.How — and when — you got started in your business: While here visiting my cousins in 2001, we went up to Ocean Shores where there was a small family entertainment facility with go-carts, mini-golf, video games and an inflatable laser tag. I overheard the owner talking about selling the laser tag. I loved it up here and wanted to leave Florida, so I made an inquiry and negotiated a price that we both felt was fair. I purchased it and moved up here in 2002 to start this journey.last_img read more

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Tommy Elphick insists Villa must improve defensively

first_imgAston Villa defender Tommy Elphick insists the team must improve defensively in order to get their promotion challenge back on track.Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Hull City saw Villa fall into the bottom half of the Sky Bet Championship, now seven points behind the top six.Goals from James Chester and Tammy Abraham earned a point for the hosts after Hull took advantage of some poor defending to race to a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Jarrod Bowen and Evandro.Dean Smith’s men now possess one of the worst defensive records in the division, having conceded 16 in their last six home games.However, Elphick believes a top-six finish is still possible and admits they must stop giving away easy goals.He said, according to Express&Star:Brad Smith is loving his time at MLS Manuel R. Medina – August 27, 2019 Smith has been loaned from AFC Bournemouth to Seattle Sounders for a whole season, and the Australian footballer is enjoying his time there.“They do all seem to be similar – we get caught on the counter or get caught after a mistake.”“We just need to wise up a little bit. The way we are trying to play, we are always going to be susceptible to being countered and conceding goals.”“But I’ve had success playing this way at Bournemouth. We had the second-best defense in the league that season. That is where we want to be.”He continued: “When you see the intensity that we pressed within the second half on Saturday, it just makes it so much easier for us to get onto the front foot.”“When that pressing is broken down, we need to become a little bit savvier and more streetwise and fall into our shape a little bit quicker and make it harder for teams to score.”“We are giving stupid goals away that isn’t good enough for us to be up in the top six at the moment”last_img read more

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Govt cautions on investing in Bitcoin says virtual currencies are like ponzi

first_imgIs Bitcoin really a bubble?Creative CommonsThe Union finance ministry on Friday cautioned the citizens who are investing in virtual currencies such as Bitcoin and compared the virtual currencies (VCs) with the ponzi schemes.”There has been a phenomenal increase in recent times in the price of Virtual ‘Currencies’ (VCs) including Bitcoin, in India and globally. The VCs don’t have any intrinsic value and are not backed by any kind of assets. The price of Bitcoin and other VCs, therefore, is entirely a matter of mere speculation resulting in spurt and volatility in their prices. Consumers need to be alert and extremely cautious as to avoid getting trapped in such Ponzi schemes,” read the statement released by the ministry.The announcement came in the wake of the South Korean government cracking down on Bitcoin trading. Bitcoin and other virtual currencies tanked substantially on Thursday after the South Korean government said it is exploring options to ban exchanges that allow trading of cryptocurrencies.Bitcoin’s value dropped as much as 8 percent on Thursday. Currently, the value of Bitcoin is around $14,000.The ministry further said in a statement that there is a real and heightened risk of investment bubble of the type seen in the ponzi schemes which can result in sudden and prolonged crash exposing investors, especially retail consumers losing their hard-earned money.The finance ministry explained that cryptocurrencies are stored in electronic format, making them vulnerable to hacking, loss of password, and virus attack, which may also result in permanent loss of money.”As transactions of VCs are encrypted they are also likely being used to carry out illegal/subversive activities, such as terror funding, smuggling, drug trafficking and other money-laundering Acts,” the statement noted.Earlier this month, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) warned public that it has not given any licence to anyone to operate such virtual currencies.In a notification, the central bank said, “users, holders and traders of Virtual Currencies (VCs) including Bitcoins regarding the potential economic, financial, operational, legal, customer protection and security related risks associated in dealing with such VCs.”The finance ministry further said, “VCs are not backed by government fiat. These are also not legal tender. Hence, VCs are not currencies.”last_img read more

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London police arrest man on terrorism charge near UK parliament

first_imgA man is led away by police in Westminster after an arrest was made on Whitehall in central London, Britain, 27 April, 2017. Photo: ReutersBritish police said on Thursday they had arrested a man on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack after stopping him while he was carrying knives near Britain’s parliament.Police said the man was in his late twenties, and was detained on a major street between parliament and the residence of prime minister Theresa May, on suspicion of committing or instigating acts of terrorism and possession of an offensive weapon.London’s police force said they knew of no immediate further threat as a result of the arrest, and said counter-terrorism officers were continuing their investigation.last_img read more

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Trump not shifting US embassy to Jerusalem this year

first_imgUS President Donald Trump departs following a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony for former Senator Bob Dole at the US Capitol in Washington. Photo: ReutersPresident Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then.Reversing decades of US policy, Trump in early December recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and set in motion the process of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv, imperiling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last month the embassy move was “probably no earlier than three years out, and that’s pretty ambitious,” a timeframe that administration officials have attributed to the logistics of finding and securing a site as well as arranging housing for diplomats.Jerusalem is home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed in a move not recognized internationally, as the capital of their future state.Netanyahu, according to Israeli reporters traveling with him on a trip to India, said on Wednesday: “My solid assessment is that it will go much faster than you think – within a year from now.”Asked about Netanyahu’s comment, Trump told Reuters in an interview that was not the case. “By the end of the year? We’re talking about different scenarios – I mean obviously that would be on a temporary basis. We’re not really looking at that. That’s no.“Trump – whose decision on the embassy move fulfilled a campaign pledge – promised, however, that it would be a “a beautiful embassy but not one that costs $1.2 billion,” referring to what he says was the cost of the new US embassy in London.Trump last week canceled a trip to London to open the new diplomatic mission, blaming his White House predecessor Barack Obama for selling off the old one for “peanuts” in a bad deal.He acknowledged that the embassy move in Britain was agreed under former President George W. Bush but said it was built under Obama and “came out tremendously over budget.”last_img read more

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Bazm e –Khas An evening of classical music

first_imgMusic washes away from our soul, the dust of everyday life. There is no denial to the fact that what makes any human society is its culture and to celebrate eternal Indian culture, Bazm- E – Khas an initiative of V P Gupta organised an evening of sublime poetry, traditional music and ghazals titled ‘Sur Adhar Music Festival 2019’.The festival featured well-known artists like Hariharan, Nizam Bhai Premi, Fareed Hasan and Mehboob Hussain accompanied by Akhlat Warsi, Mithilesh Jha, Murad Ali, Peromita Mukherji, Shadab Bhartiya, Atul Raninga, Sushant Sharma, Yusuf Khan Azhar Shakeel, and Zia Khan. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThese eclectic musicians took us through the journey of Indian heritage steeped in love through their classical music at the mesmerising courtyard of Qutub Minar, New Delhi. Hariharan needs no introduction for those familiar with Ghazal style of singing. His mesmerising voice stirs emotions in the listener’s soul. The extravaganza evening began with Ganesh Vandana staged by Nizam Bhai Premi which was followed by Raag Bageshwari and kedar by Fareed Hasan and Mehboob Hussain symbolising the convergence of cultures and spirituality. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe highlight of the evening was Hariharan, who enthralled the audience with his authentic style, performed various ghazals and thumris along with his few Bollywood superhits. Talking about his performance, Legendary singer Hariharan said, “I was really excited to perform at Qutub Minar. I remember the last time I performed here was for Qutub Minar Festival a long time ago. Definitely, it was an overwhelming experience. For me, Bazm-e-Khas is doing a great job towards promoting our Indian classical music which is really very appreciable and I am glad to be a part of this.” Fareed Hassan and Mehboob Hussain said, “Fortunately we shared the stage with legendary singer Hariharan Ji at the prestigious venue of Qutub Minar. It was an honour for us to be a part of this show. We are really thankful to Bazm-e-Khas for giving us this grand opportunity.” In the light of the event VP Gupta, Founder of Bazm-e-Khas said, “Bazm-e-Khas is a very special platform that promotes young and not so young artists to meet and exchange ideas along with entertaining good listeners. Our aim to organise this evening is to make people aware of the richness of Indian culture.”last_img read more

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US DOJ finds widespread racial bias by Ferguson police force

first_imgWASHINGTON — Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, in August because he feared for his life after Brown first tried to grab his gun and then came toward him in a threatening manner, according to a U.S. Justice Department report released Wednesday.“Given that Wilson’s account is corroborated by physical evidence and that his perception of a threat posed by Brown is corroborated by other eyewitnesses . . . there is no credible evidence that Wilson willfully shot Brown as he was attempting to surrender or was otherwise not posing a threat,” officials concluded in the 87-page report. The review explained why the Justice Department will not pursue civil rights charges against Wilson for the fatal shooting.A second scathing 102-page report, also released Wednesday, highlighted widespread racial bias by the 72-member Ferguson police department and described a system of using law enforcement to extract money from African American residents, a practice Attorney General Eric Holder called “revenue generation through policing.”The investigation found that Ferguson officers competed to see who could issue the largest number of citations during a single stop, and in one instance, that total rose to 14. Even minor code violations sometimes resulted in multiple arrests, jail time and payments that far exceeded the cost of the original ticket. The Justice Department investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. Washington Post graphic“Seen in this context, amid a highly toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment, stoked by years of bad feelings and spurred by illegal and misguided practices, it is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg,” Holder said Wednesday, in one of his last speeches before he steps down.Justice officials personally met with Brown’s parents Wednesday morning to notify them of the department’s findings.“Today we received disappointing news from the Department of Justice that the killer of our son wouldn’t be held accountable for his actions,” Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. said in a statement. “While we are saddened by this decision, we are encouraged that the DOJ will hold the Ferguson Police Department accountable for the pattern of racial bias and profiling they found in their handling of interactions with people of color.”Justice Department officials said they would have had to prove that Wilson used unreasonable force against Brown and that he did so “willfully,” knowing that it was against the law to do so. Instead, after a seven-month review, investigators found that Wilson’s shooting of Brown did “not constitute a prosecutable violation.”A grand jury in St. Louis had declined to indict Wilson in November.Justice Department investigators came to their conclusion after canvassing more than 300 homes and reviewing physical, ballistic, forensic, medical and crime-scene evidence. They also examined Wilson’s personnel records, audio and video recordings and the transcripts from the proceedings before the St. Louis County grand jury.“The promise I made when I went to Ferguson and at the time that we launched our investigation was not that we would arrive at a particular outcome, but rather that we would pursue the facts, wherever they led,” Holder said.Holder said he understood why some would wonder how the department’s findings could differ so sharply from the initial accounts of what happened in Ferguson. But he said the discrepancy was due, in part, to a deeply rooted pattern of racial bias in the police department that had left the Ferguson community polarized.“A community where both policing and municipal court practices were found to disproportionately harm African-American residents,” Holder said.Justice officials met with Ferguson city officials Tuesday, including the mayor and the police chief, to discuss their findings in what one Justice official called “a difficult conversation.” The Justice Department made 26 recommendations for the Ferguson police department and municipal court, including a “robust system of true community policing” and new hiring practices to recruit minority officers.“It is time for Ferguson’s leaders to take immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action,” Holder said. “Let me be clear: The United States Department of Justice reserves all its rights and abilities to force compliance and implement basic change.”The majority of law enforcement agencies that have been investigated by the department’s civil rights division have entered into voluntary agreements to implement recommended changes. But if that doesn’t happen, the department can bring a lawsuit, as it has done against several cities.Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, a Republican, said at a news conference Wednesday night that his police department is determined to address racial discrimination charges. “We must do better, not only as a city, but as a state and a country,” he said.Justice officials also released seven racist emails written by Ferguson police and municipal court officials that they said indicated “intentional discrimination.”A November 2008 email, for instance, stated that President Barack Obama could not be president for very long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.” Another email described Obama as a chimpanzee. An email from 2011 showed a photo of a bare-chested group of dancing women apparently in Africa with the caption, “Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.” Another joked that a black woman would help stop crime because she got an abortion.Justice officials did not specifically identify who wrote the emails and to whom they were sent but said they were written by police and court supervisors.Knowles said that three police supervisors who were found to have sent racist emails will be fully investigated and that one has already been fired.“Let me be clear, this type of behavior will not be tolerated in the Ferguson police department or in any department in the city of Ferguson,” Knowles said. “These actions taken by these individuals are in no way representative of the employees of the city of Ferguson.”In hundreds of interviews and in a wide-ranging review of more than 35,000 pages of police records and other documents, Justice Department officials found that although African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population in Ferguson, they accounted for 93 percent of all arrests between 2012 and 2014. The Ferguson police also overwhelmingly employed force against African-Americans, including the use of dogs in police actions.As part of its findings, the Justice Department concluded that African-Americans accounted for 85 percent of all drivers stopped by Ferguson police officers and 90 percent of all citations issued.In one case, a woman received two parking tickets that totaled $152. But she has paid $550 to date in fines and fees to the city . She has been arrested twice for having unpaid tickets, spent six days in jail and still owes Ferguson $541.In an example of what Holder called “routine” constitutional violations, a Ferguson officer arrested a 32-year-old African-American man who was sitting in his car resting after a basketball game. With no apparent justification, the officer accused the man of being a pedophile, wouldn’t let him use his phone and ordered him out of his car for a pat-down. When the man objected, the officer drew his gun, pointed it at the man’s head and arrested him on eight different counts.—–Washington Post staff writers Mark Berman and Wesley Lowery contributed to this report.(c) 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:US Justice Department to launch probe of Ferguson police in wake of recent violence From ‘America’s Mayor’ to international security guru: Rudy Giuliani sends experts to El Salvador Talk of ‘Yankee imperialism’ rankles US Embassy in San José Migration is one of the most challenging issues of the 21st century, says UN officiallast_img read more

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Venezuela Bolivia rejects US drug report

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – The governments of Venezuela and Bolivia on Saturday rejected a report by President Barack Obama’s administration that accuses the South American countries of failing to meet their obligations in fighting the drug trade.The U.S. report said that Venezuela, Bolivia and Myanmar “failed demonstrably” in the effort over the past year and kept them on Washington’s drug trafficking “black list.” The report said that Venezuela remains a preferred route for drugs leaving South America and noted that senior Bolivian officials have been arrested for facilitating shipments. Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Both countries, which are led by leftist presidents highly critical of U.S. foreign policy, lambasted the report, denying its claims and saying that Washington has no right to judge other countries on how they handle the drug trade.A statement from Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry said it lamented that Washington “insists on mining the ground of bilateral relations with the publication of this type of document.”Bolivian President Evo Morales accused the U.S. of using the war on drugs for political purposes.(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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The renovation and expansion project was funded through bonds from the state of Minnesota and also with grants.

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