Canadian politicians offer sympathies following Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

first_imgOTTAWA – Several Canadian politicians have offered their sympathies following a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemning the attack as anti-Semitic.“Canadians’ hearts are with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh today, as they endured a horrific anti-Semitic attack while at prayer,” Trudeau wrote following the attack, which officials say left multiple people dead at a baby-naming ceremony.“May the families of those murdered be comforted, and may the injured recover quickly and fully,” Trudeau wrote in a post on Twitter.Horrified by the mass shooting at a synagogue in #Pittsburgh today. My heart goes out to all those affected. We must stand together against hatred, intolerance, antisemitism, and violence.— Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland) October 27, 2018Meanwhile, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he shares “the deep anguish in the Jewish community.“If Canada can help, we will,” he tweeted.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wrote that he was praying for those affected.“We must all stand together firmly against anti-Semitism,” he said.On behalf of @FriendsIsrael, we strongly condemn the horrific, anti-Semitic attack on the congregation of The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh this morning. Our prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand united with the Jewish community, always.— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) October 27, 2018 My heart breaks for the Jewish community in Pittsburgh after the horrific anti-Semitic attack at a synagogue during prayer. Canadians grieve with the families of the murdered and injured. We also stand strong and united against hate and those who promote it.— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) October 27, 2018Some of Canada’s premiers also weighed in, with Ontario’s Doug Ford saying we must work together to “defeat anti-Semitism and bigotry in all its forms,” and newly minted Quebec Premier Francois Legault calling for people to “unite against hatred and racism.”British Columbia’s John Horgan described the incident as a “deep violation of safety and security.”American officials say one person is in custody, and the FBI is investigating the rampage as a hate crime.last_img read more

Alberta police force defends officers who killed injured deer with knife

first_imgMEDICINE HAT, Alta. — A police force in southern Alberta is defending two officers who killed a severely injured deer with a knife to end its suffering.The Medicine Hat Police Service said the officers were called Friday to a residential area, where they found the deer missing a leg. Two of its other legs were badly fractured, likely after being hit by a vehicle.Police said the officers determined they couldn’t shoot the deer because they were too close to homes. They decided that using a knife was the safest way to quickly euthanize the animal.Medicine Hat resident Denis Bagaric said he was driving to work when he saw the injured deer cross a road and curl up near the door of a house.He said he couldn’t believe police used a knife on the animal.Upset, he shot a video of the officers and posted it on social media.“I thought he was going to pick up the deer and take it to a field or let a vet deal with him,” Bagaric said. “But to whip out a knife and start stabbing it? I think that’s disgusting.”Police said they are aware of the video and agree it is disturbing but stand by the officers.“The MHPS supports the actions of the involved officers, who took the matter very seriously and attempted to mitigate the trauma to the injured deer and the public as much as possible,” the police service said in a statement.Police said the officers tried to warn people in the neighbourhood before they killed the deer. (CHAT News Today, CTV Calgary)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Darfur UN and Sudan sign deal to improve humanitarian operations

28 March 2007The United Nations and Sudan signed a joint communiqué today in which the Government pledged to support, protect and facilitate all humanitarian operations in the strife-torn Darfur region, where an estimated 4 million people now depend on outside aid. The communiqué, signed in the capital, Khartoum, commits the Government to rapid and full implementation of all measures relating to humanitarian access contained in a July 2004 communiqué that followed a visit to Darfur by the then UN Secretary-General.Under today’s agreement, both parties recognize that significant progress has been made in tackling the humanitarian situation since 2004, most notably in improving rates of deaths and malnutrition. But more joint efforts are needed to facilitate relief activities, including securing access to affected areas and solving any emerging procedural problems.Sudan has committed, among other measures, to extend the current visas and permits for humanitarian workers through next January, and to issue multiple-entry visas to the directors of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and their families. It will also fast-track visa applications and customs procedures for UN staff and NGOs.The communiqué also stipulates that a high-level committee will be set up to monitor and regulate the commitments, and this new grouping will includes representatives of the UN, the Government, NGOs and the international community.The agreement comes as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes arrived in N’Djamena, the capital of neighbouring Chad, for talks with that country’s Government.Mr. Holmes reached N’Djamena after visiting camps for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and aid projects around the eastern Chadian hamlet of Goz Beida, about 100 kilometres from the Sudanese border.Dwindling water resources have become a major problem in Goz Beida, where the population has more than quadrupled in the past three years because of the insecurity in Darfur that has now extended into Chad and also the Central African Republic (CAR).More than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others displaced from their homes in Darfur since rebel groups there took up arms against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias in 2003.Jan Eliasson, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Darfur, also visited Chad today, where he met with Prime Minister Delwa Kassiré Koumakoye and officials from the country’s Foreign Ministry.Mr. Eliasson and his African Union (AU) counterpart Salim Ahmed Salim have been travelling around the region this week to try to re-energize the political negotiation process so that a comprehensive solution can be found to Darfur, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said is home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.Yesterday Mr. Eliasson told a joint press conference in Khartoum that the path to peace in Darfur needs not only the support and goodwill of the parties involved in the conflict, but broad public support as well before a durable solution can take effect.The UN and the AU would like to deploy a hybrid peacekeeping force inside Darfur, a region roughly the size of France, to end the bloodshed and protect civilians. read more

Mining industry commends Mines Ministers for supporting transparency of mining payments

first_imgThe Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) applaud the joint announcement made this week by Canada’s  Mines Ministers lending their support to enhance the transparency of mining sector payments to governments. The statement was issued on the last day of the 2014 Energy and Mines Ministers Conference, held in Sudbury, Ontario. “We welcome the broad support that federal and provincial Mines Ministers have given to improving the transparency of mining revenues paid to governments at home and abroad, and we look forward to working with all levels of government on this important initiative,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC.  “We are also encouraged to learn that some provinces are considering implementing transparency through their securities regulators, which would bring Canada in line with how similar standards in the US and European Union are structured.”MAC and the PDAC have been actively promoting the need for Canada to adopt such a standard since late 2012 when the two associations joined two NGOs—Publish What You Pay-Canada and the Natural Resources Governance Institute (formerly the Revenue Watch Institute)—in what’s known as the Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group (RRTWG).“The Canadian mineral industry generates significant economic opportunities for communities at home and abroad, ranging from jobs and training to royalty and tax revenues,” noted Rod Thomas, PDAC President.  “Improved transparency on revenues paid will help increase accountability and ensure that the benefits of resource development reach the more than one billion people living in resource-rich countries.”In January 2014, the RRTWG released its final recommendations, which are intended to provide Canada’s federal and provincial governments with a blueprint for a payment reporting framework that will serve the needs of the data’s end-users, such as citizens, governments and investors, but also those of the reporting companies.  In terms of implementation, the recommendations conclude that provincial governments and securities regulators are best placed to create laws and regulations that require all publicly-traded mining companies in Canada to make public the payments they make to governments.  The Government of Canada, through the leadership of Natural Resources Canada, has been developing a federal framework strongly aligned with the RRTWG’s recommendations to address any gaps in provincial coverage as well as ensure inclusion of privately-held companies.The announcement also indicated that the federal government will defer reporting of industry payments to Aboriginal governments and will continue to engage Aboriginal communities. This approach is consistent with the RRTWG’s process, which felt that a separate and meaningful consultation with Aboriginal organizations and communities would be needed before extending the disclosure requirements to these groups.The mining payment transparency movement has been gaining ground in Canada. In the June 2013 run-up to the Summit, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a Canadian government commitment to enhance extractive sector payment transparency. One year later, in the Quebec government’s 2014 budget, Quebec became the first province to publicly support Canada’s implementation of a transparency standard, committing to work with its securities regulator on the initiative.Government implementation of a transparency standard consistent with the RRTWG’s recommendations will provide citizens around the world with valuable information about payments from companies to governments in countries that produce minerals. Increased transparency will allow citizens to hold their governments to account for the revenues generated from mining activities and help to ensure that these revenues contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction.last_img read more

Vukasin Stojanovic to Borac Banja Luka

← Previous Story Marta Mangue absent from Team Esbjerg Next Story → Ivan Cupic injured again! The man who played for HC Bosna in the past, the left wing of the Bosnia & Herzegovina national team, and in the past few years member of spanish Logrones and Aragon, Vukasin Stojanovic, has decided to join Borac Banja Luka, and the team will begin the preparation stronger than ever. Beside him, the club signed another few quality players.Borac is spending the preparations with 7 days in Teslic, then few games again Nexe, followed by tourney in Slovenia and the tournament “Borik”.The Regional SEHA League begins on 10th of September, and Borac will play Vardar in the first round. read more

Gerry Adams We didnt have enough candidates to capitalise on Sinn Féins

first_imgSource: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeGERRY ADAMS HAS admitted that Sinn Féin did not have enough candidates to capitalise on the rise in its vote across the country in the local elections.The party president was speaking after dozens of Sinn Féin candidates were elected across the country. The party is now on course to be the biggest on Dublin City Council.However, in some areas despite gaining enough to votes to get three councillors elected they only had two candidates like in Clondalkin where Eoin Ó Broin and teenager Jonathan Graham were elected but the party had a big enough quota to elect another candidate.Adams said the party didn’t have the structure or capacity to cope with its success in some areas, saying at the RDS today: ”We didn’t have the candidates, we didn’t have the structure we didn’t have the capacity in many areas.He added: “If we had been able to run more – and we knew this – we would have got more votes. But it’s a building process.” 2014 Liveblog: Local and European results as they happenWho is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so farlast_img read more

Cornell team figures out how to simulate cloth sounds using physics

first_imgComputer animation continues to develop at a staggering rate to the point where you really can’t tell what’s real or not in movies anymore. But while realistic motion and graphics are now becoming the norm, other areas of simulation still lag behind. One of those areas is audio, and in particular simulating different sound effects of complex objects/materials.In a lot of cases a sound is recorded and matched to an animation after it is created in a process done by hand, but it would be much faster if a computer could simulate the required audio. A team of researchers at Cornell University is tackling one such simulation. They have developed a process that manages to realistically simulate the sound of moving cloth.So how do you simulate cloth sounds? Physics. The team used the friction and crumpling movement of cloth to approximate what sounds are required through a sequence of actions. That data is then broken down into “microsecond chunks” in order to have sound snippets matched to it more precisely.The sounds are produced by hand, first by recording cloth being crumpled, then by spinning a piece of cloth off of a cloth roller. Those sounds are also broken down into chunks allowing them to be matched to the appropriate physics gathered from the animation data using best approximation.The end result, as the video above demonstrates, is pretty realistic cloth sound simulation. There’s still human input required to select the closest type of fabric (cotton, polyester, etc.) to what is being animated, and therefore the right database of sounds to use, but it sure beats doing it by hand every time.The Cornell solution proves the concept works, but is nowhere near ready for use in a real project. For that to happen a much larger database of sounds needs to be compiled and the algorithms used need to be improved and sped up to be as close to real-time as possible.Read more at Cornell ChronicleOnlinelast_img read more

Pêcher des déchets plastiques plutôt que du poisson

first_imgPêcher des déchets plastiques plutôt que du poissonLes pêcheurs qui exercent leur métier en mer Méditerranée seront bientôt assignés à une nouvelle tâche. L’Union Européenne met en place un dispositif expérimental visant à leur proposer de récolter les déchets plastiques contre rémunération. Une alternative de revenus visant à modérer la pêche excessive tout en dépolluant les océans. Maria Damanaki, commissaire de la pêche à l’UE, dévoile son projet d’essai sur la préservation de l’écosystème en mer Méditerranée. Il s’agit de proposer aux pêcheurs équipés de filets de récolter les déchets plastiques qui menacent la vie marine et de les envoyer au centre de recyclage.L’initiative devrait permettre d’adoucir la colère des pêcheurs qui se sont vivement opposés au plan de la Commission européenne visant à interdire la pratique de rejet en mer les poissons à faible valeur ajoutée, morts mais aptes à la consommation. Ceux-ci déjà limités par les quotas craignaient surtout de perdre de l’argent. Actuellement, près de deux tiers des prises sont ensuite rejetées en mer car les pêcheurs excèdent leurs quotas. Il s’agit de poissons morts et de spécimens trop jeunes ou n’ayant qu’une faible valeur ajouté sur le marché.À lire aussiIl se fait amputer de la main après avoir mangé dans un restaurant de sushi”Il faut mettre fin à cette pratique de jeter du poisson comestible pour l’intérêt des pêcheurs, et des consommateurs”, a déclaré Maria Damanaki au Guardian. Elle reconnaît toutefois : “Les gens [de l’industrie de la pêche] ont un sentiment d’insécurité, parce que c’est un changement et c’est pourquoi ils ont besoin d’incitations”. La commissaire a également précisé que les pêcheurs seront subventionnés par les États membres de l’UE dans un premier temps. Si le dispositif montre des résultats positifs, le ramassage du plastique en mer et son recyclage pourraient se transformer en une entreprise auto-suffisante. Ce nettoyage permettra également de protéger les espèces marines qui souvent subissent des dommages internes en ingérant ces détritus non-biodégradables. Le 8 mai 2011 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Citizens voice public safety concerns for prospective Yokohama IR

first_imgThe survey asked about the respondents’ impression of IRs with seven choices, including “Other” as an option for open-ended answers. In order to get an idea of whether there were any changes after hearing the city’s explanation, respondents were encouraged to check multiple answers both before and after the briefings.The result was that the most given response pre-briefing was 180 checks for “Public safety will worsen,” followed by “There will be (gambling) addiction,” (172 responses) and “It will encourage tourism,” (124 responses). After the briefing the order was the same with “Public safety will worsen,” remaining at the top with 134 responses, still followed by addiction (dropping to 133) and tourism development (108 responses).Regarding the appeal of IRs, most respondents selected “Revitalization of city economy,” “Increased tax revenue,” and “Additional sightseeing/entertainment venues,” while they selected “Increased addiction,” “Contribution to anti-social forces,” and “Worsened public safety in the area,” for concerns they had.The open-ended opinion responses included many critical opinions and those opposing an IR bid such as, “It feels like this briefing and these reports are only made to promote casinos.” However, there were also respondents in favor of the bid stating, “Yokohama has reached a point where an IR is absolutely necessary for economic revitalization.”While the city published the survey results on its official website, there was no announcement to the media. The reason given for this was that, “Briefing results are not normally announced to the media.” Load More Results of a survey taken by Yokohama city at a briefing for citizens held in June were published on the city website this week. According to these results, the general impression of IRs did not change much after the briefing, with the general opinion remaining that it will “affect public safety in a negative way.”A total of 350 people attended the briefings, held in four locations (Naka, Hodogaya, Tuzuki and Totsuka wards) throughout Yokohama city over two days on 25 and 26 June. Of those, 333 people or 95.1% of participants answered the survey. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IRlast_img read more

Armed robber holds Deerfield Beach couple at gunpoint

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A couple has been left shaken after an armed home invasion robbery at their Deerfield Beach apartment, Wednesday morning.According to Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies, the man of the house was leaving for work when an armed robber confronted him in the hallway of the apartment building, which is located on Lock Road, at around 8 a.m.The robber then forced the man back into their apartment and ordered him and the woman inside to get on the ground at gunpoint.The robber then demanded money, electronics and anything of value. The man reportedly spent some time inside the apartment.The apartments have a protective door, which remains locked, but the robbers somehow got past it.Residents said they now feel unsafe, despite that door.“She just told me that her husband was about to go to work,” said neighbor Collin Morris, “and as soon as he opened apartment building to get out, I think two guys forced him back in to give them everything they have. She was afraid because she said they had them down on their stomachs, and the gun was pointed to their heads. [The robbers] were in the apartment for an hour or so, so I mean this is crazy.” BSO investigators said electronics were taken.Police tried setting up a perimeter to look for the robber who fled on foot, but he remains at large.If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Yes this is a real view of the ISS transiting the moon

first_imgThis composite image shows the ISS transiting the moon. Szabolcs Nagy Look up at the right time and you can spot the International Space Station with the naked eye. It looks like a tiny bright dot moving across the night sky. Or you can do what astrophotographer Szabolcs Nagy did, and use some nifty telescope and imaging gear to capture a stunning sequence of the ISS passing in front of the moon.The ISS is an object of fascination for Nagy, who runs the Space Station Guys website to share his photography, track station news and help others spot the ISS. The lunar transit footage almost didn’t happen, but the cloudy London sky cleared just in time on Feb 10.  Space Nagy uses astronomical calculator CalSky to keep an eye on timing for ISS events like the lunar transit. “Calsky can tell me where I precisely need to position myself to be accurately on the centerline, where ISS appears right in the middle of the object,” he tells me. He also uses the ISS Transit Prediction Android app to help track the station’s path.A close-up version of the transit video looks almost surreal. Nagy says this is one of his best ISS transit images ever. Sci-Tech Tags Nagy’s images and videos have attracted attention from science deniers who don’t believe satellites, including the ISS, actually exist. They pop up in his Twitter comments with mentions of a flat Earth and computer-generated imagery accusations.”My favorite is when they demand evidence for the existence of the International Space Station (or International Fake Station as they call it) and when I show them any of my work they simply reply ‘fake,’ ‘CGI’ or ‘hologram,” the astrophotographer says. Comment 17 Photos See bird photobomb the space station as ISS crosses the sun International Space Station photobombs 2017 solar eclipse NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars Nagy wishes skeptical people would simply look through a camera or telescope and verify the ISS’ existence for themselves. He gives passersby that opportunity when he’s out in public with his telescope. “Discovering the night sky is a wonderful thing and does change people’s views about the universe,” he says.For all the nitty-gritty details on how Nagy captured the ISS, check out his post covering the lunar transit forecast and how he had to rig up his telescope platform to work properly for the big moment. Share your voice Spotting the ISS Here is my #ISS lunar transit animation with a different approach.Once I’ve seen similar and I always wanted to do a close-up footage like this. Full summary about the event: @nasa @esaspaceflight @VirtualAstro @universetoday @SkyInspector— Szabolcs Nagy (@metrolinaszabi) February 11, 2019 1last_img read more

VW taps Siemens Amazon Web Services to link factories to the cloud

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Volkswagen Tags Share your voice 51 Photos Preview • 2019 VW Beetle Final Edition: Bye-bye, Bug 0 More about 2019 Volkswagen Beetle S Auto Car Industrycenter_img Enlarge ImageVolkswagen’s factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen With 122 plants all around the world making countless engines, components and entire cars, the Volkswagen Group has a lot of machinery to keep track of. The German automaker announced this week it’s taking steps to consolidate all of that data into one cloud-based system called Industrial Cloud.One of VW’s partners on Industrial Cloud is Amazon Web Services, which will create the virtual system for managing all of the company’s production data worldwide. VW says the technology will allow it to consolidate all of its inventory and production planning under one system, whereas today there are multiple IT systems used at different factories around the world.Volkswagen Industrial CloudEnlarge ImageA high-level map of the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud. Volkswagen The goal of having all production data in one place is to improve manufacturing efficiencies: identifying slowdowns or other bottlenecks, material distribution of materials and even track delivery vehicles. Because the Industrial Cloud is an open platform, VW plans to eventually enable some of its 1,500 suppliers to be integrated into the system.The other half of the Industrial Cloud announcement is VW’s partnership with Siemens, which will work on networking the machines and equipment at the automaker’s 122 plants. Siemens’ Internet of Things and industrial automation tech will be what connects the cloud with physical machines. The company also says that its MindSphere technology can predict when machines will need maintenance proactively and schedule it accordingly.VW intends to put Industrial Cloud into action before the end of 2019. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI gets sporty looks to match its 228 hp Amazon Volkswagenlast_img read more

Indias first International Exchange to go live on January 16

first_imgIndia’s first International Exhange (INX), a wholly owned-subsidiary of the Bombay Stock Exchange was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. Trading in single stock and equity-index futures at the exchange will begin from January 16. The international exchange has been set up at Gujarat International Finance-Tec (GIFT) city based in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. It aims to add gold, silver, copper, oil and rupee “soon”, Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) CEO Ashishkumar Chauhan, told Bloomberg. So far, ninety-six brokerage firms have registered in the zone. Also read: Singapore Exchange to sell stake in BSEThe GIFT city is targeting around $48 billion in banking activities conducted by Indian companies and individuals in off-shore centres, which is estimated to rise to $120 billion by 2025. “The exchange will reclaim some lost market share to equity-futures in Singapore, currency derivatives in Dubai and structured products in Hong Kong,” said Chauhan. “It is a dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is his baby as he has visualised various aspect of the project,” he further told the publication.Initially, the exchange will remain open for 22 hours a day, following which, it may be extended up to 23 hours/day. According to a report in Mint, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has allowed exchanges to start trading in products such as equity derivatives, currencies and commodities. The GIFT city is India’s attempt to take on the offshore-trade and business activities in Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong. The international exchange has an initial investment of Rs 150-200 crore and another Rs 500 crore has been planned. BSE claims it will turn profitable by 2020.”GIFT City is India’s answer to Hong Kong. It will help bring $1-3 trillion investments in the next 10-15 years,” Chauhan added.last_img read more

WFP suspends food aid as violence surges in Myanmars Rakhine state

first_imgThe World Food Programme has suspended food aid in Myanmar’s violence-scorched Rakhine State, as the humanitarian situation deteriorates with a surging death toll and tens of thousands-both Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Buddhists-on the move.Relief agencies, including WFP, have repeatedly been accused by Myanmar authorities of allowing their rations to fall into the hands of Rohingya militants, whose attacks on police posts on August 25 sparked the current violence.Around 120,000 people-most of them Rohingya Muslim civilians-have relied on aid hand-outs in camps since 2012, when religious riots killed scores and sparked a crisis which is again burning through the state.Over the last five years Rakhine state has been cut along ethnic and religious lines, but the current violence is the worst yet.Aid agencies are routinely accused of a pro-Rohingya bias and the sudden flare-up of unrest has renewed safety concerns, prompting relief work to be pulled back.“All WFP food assistance operations in Rakhine State have been suspended due to insecurity… affecting 250,000 internally displaced and other most vulnerable populations,” the WFP said in statement.“We are coordinating with the authorities to resume distributions for all affected communities as soon as possible, including for any people newly affected by the current unrest.”The Rohingya, branded illegal immigrants in Myanmar and mostly denied citizenship, make up the vast majority of the dead and displaced since 2012.In the ongoing bout of violence, 40,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, according to the UN.Tens of thousands have been turned away by Bangladeshi border officials, while scores have died trying to cross the Naf river-a natural frontier between the two countries-in basic boats and even on flotsam.On Friday, Myanmar’s army chief said nearly 400 people have died in the violence, among them 370 Rohingya militants, and 11,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, Hindus and other minority groups have also been internally displaced.‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ -Accounts from Rohingya survivors in Bangladesh and Buddhists who fled to Sittwe, the Rakhine state capital, indicate the death toll may be much higher.The worst-hit areas are off-limits to reporters. But unverifiable testimony has trickled out, telling of tit-for-tat mass killings and villages being torched by the army and the militants.As violence spins out of control, food and medical relief have been stopped to many already languishing in basic camps, according to the Pierre Peron, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.“Humanitarian aid normally goes to these vulnerable people for a very good reason, because they depend on it,” he said in a statement, adding disruption to the relief chain “has a very real human impact.”UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Friday warned the spiral of violence could lead to a “humanitarian catastrophe” and urged Myanmar’s government to provide security for aid agencies to reach those in need.Shortly before his comments, aid groups were again spotlighted by army chief Min Aung Hlaing, whose office said WFP-labelled food and medicines had been found with dead militants.The militants are fighting under the banner of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), who say they are defending their minority group from persecution by Myanmar.The ARSA emerged as a force in October last year when their attacks killed Myanmar border police, prompting a crackdown by security forces which the UN says may have amounted to ethnic cleansing.last_img read more

Fitness certificates of 33pc buses invalid BRTA

first_imgBRTABangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has said fitness certificates of 33 per cent buses in the capital are invalid.In a survey conducted on 39 buses in Dhaka city, the government body also found that 56 per cent buses have no speed control stickers either.The BRTA on Thursday submitted a report to a High Court bench comprising justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and justice Md Ashraful Kamal.The road and transport watchdog earlier formed a body to conduct the survey following a HC writ.The report said as the matter of survey was somehow leaked out, many vehciles avoided the survey locations.In the report, the BRTA recommended that the unfit vehicles be prevented from taking to the roads in order to bring the number of road accidents and the death toll under control.It also recommended that a scientific survey be commissioned to identify the intensity of the problem.To this end, a specialised body can be set up to conduct a detailed survey, it added.last_img read more

Mayor Accepts 500000 From Taiwanese For Hurricane Relief

first_imgAir Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.An aerial view of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017. Hurricane Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeastern Texas, bringing record flooding and destruction to the region.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner accepted a $500,000 check from the Taiwanese-American business leaders Tuesday morning. The mayor said the money will be added to the more than $96,000,000 the city has already received to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.Turner also accepted a check for $80,000 from the Global Federation of Chinese Business Women in Southern USA.He emphasizes that all money donated will be put to good use. “None of these dollars are going to go to city operations, or to the county operations. These dollars will go directly to the people who were impacted by the storm,” the mayor said.Distribution of the money is being handled by the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. A ten-member board, co-chaired by Harris County Budget Officer Bill Jackson, and Chase Source Chairman and CEO Anthony Chase, is charged with dispersing funds.Turner said the board is primarily made up of people that have donated to the fund and the money will get to those in need quickly. “You’ll probably see distributions taking place, probably now and over the next six months or so,” he said.The donation is a joint effort of the Taiwanese Chambers, Golden Bank and STUF United Fund.  STUF United is a non-profit that supports international charity work. With the core values of Share, Trust, United, and Family, the organization focuses on the areas of Disaster Relief, Culture and Education, Public Health, and Environmental Protection.Golden Bank Chairman, and Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce of North America President Kenneth Wu said the donation provides an opportunity to show concern.“We hope that the precious citizens of Houston will find it useful,” he said. Sharelast_img read more

Three Golfers Named AllAmerican Scholars

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville men’s golfers John Murphy, Devin Morley and Simon Zach were named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) on Thursday.A total of 269 Division I student-athletes were dubbed All-America Scholars. To be eligible, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his university.Murphy, who finished with a solid 71.73 stroke average, was named the team’s most improved player. The Dracy LeFort, France native placed in a tie for 12th at the Louisville Regional by shooting a 2-under-par.  He closed the year with a single top-five finish and four in the top 10.Morley appeared in 14 events, posting a 72.68 stroke average, while securing two top-five finishes and two in the top 10. The native of Galway, Ireland, recorded a career-best second-place finish at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate.The lone senior, Zach finished with a 73.00 and led the team with a pair of wins. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Alphabet Stock Up on BetterThanExpected Earnings Despite 5 Billion Fine

first_img Popular on Variety Alphabet investors shrugged off the European Union’s $5 billion fine against the company, sending its stock price up sharply after the Google parent announced Q2 2018 earning results that far exceeded analyst expectations.Alphabet generated revenue of $32.66 billion during the second quarter of 2018, compared to $26.01 billion during the same quarter last year. Without accounting for the fine, the company’s net income for the three months ending June 30 was $8.27 billion, compared to $3.5 billion a year ago.Analysts had expected net income of $6.7 billion on revenue of $25.6 billion. Investors reacted by sending Alphabet’s stock up more than 5% immediately following the publication of the results. Following Monday afternoon’s earnings call, gains stabilized at around 3%.The E.U. had announced a record $5 billion fine against the company, charging Alphabet with abusing its dominant position in the smart-phone operating system space to push its own apps and services. Alphabet said it would appeal the fine, but already accounted for it in its Q2 results. Including the fine, Alphabet still booked net income of $3.2 billion, which equals earnings of $4.54 per share.Monday afternoon’s earnings call heavily focused on Google’s cloud business, in which it directly competes against Amazon and Microsoft. Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed during the call that SoundCloud had joined the ranks of Google Cloud customers. Other major new customers include Target and PWC.Google’s growing focus on its cloud business also comes with a major increase of capital expenditures, to the tune of $5.5 billion for the quarter. “We are investing for the long run,” Pichai said.Google’s hardware sales was also repeatedly mentioned on the call, with a particular focus on smart speakers like the Google Home. “Our hardware business continues to deliver significant growth,” said Alphabet and Google CFO Ruth Porat.“Other revenue,” a segment that includes both media and hardware sales as well as Google’s cloud business, grew to $4.43 billion. In Q2 of 2017, this segmented accounted for $3.24 billion of Google’s revenue.Alphabet’s “other bets,” which includes the company’s self-driving car unit Waymo, brought in $145 million during the quarter, compared to $97 million during the same quarter last year. However, “other bets” losses also accelerated, costing the company $732 million for the quarter, compared to $633 million last year.The company disclosed Monday that it ended the quarter with 89,058 employees, up from 75,606 a year ago.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Alcheringa city auditions

first_img‘Alcheringa’, the annual cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahat will take place in the first week of February 2017. Started in 1996 by a group of students of IIT Guwahati, Alcheringa has now become one of the biggest college level cultural events in Asia. Spread over 3 days and 4 nights, Alcheringa attracts people from all over the world with its spectacular events and competitions. This time it will be on from February 2 – 5. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAlcheringa, IIT Guwahati is conducting a city audition of its event Halla Bol (Street Play competition) in the national Capital. The auditions will be held at Shri Aurobindo College, New Delhi today from 12 noon to 4PM. The judging criteria include performance in acting (dialogue delivery, expressions, body movements); presentation encompassing costumes, music, props and use of stage; successfully depicting the plot or theme and most importantly ‘originality’. The performances are required to be only in English, Hindi or Assamese. Winners of the City Audition shall have a change to perform at the Halla Bol main event to be held at Alcheringa, IIT Guwahati. Prizes worth Rs 50,000 are available for grabs by the winners of the main event of Halla Bol. The winning team of the City Audition will get full two-way travel reimbursement while the runner-up will receive two-way travel reimbursement of 70% to IIT Guwahati during Alcheringa.last_img read more