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  • SJDA issues notice to Bidhan Market traders body for demolition of illegal

    first_imgDarjeeling: The Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) has issued a notice to the Bidhan Market Byabsahi Samity (BMBS) to dismantle the “illegal structure” that is under construction in the Bidhan Market in Siliguri within 72 hours, failing which they will face legal action.The notice comes in the wake of state Tourism minister Goutam Deb visiting the market on Saturday, when he found out that a two-storey concrete structure was being built in the area where 7 shops had been gutted in a fire in June. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersInstead of rebuilding the 7 shops that had been gutted, the new structure was being built to accommodate 22 shops in the ground floor and an open hall like structure on the first floor. Dubbing it as an “illegal” structure being built by a section of traders on SJDA land, the minister had threatened to demolish it. The BMBS had then staged a demonstration and blocked the busy Bidhan Road. “I am sending a report to the Chief Minister about the illegal building,” stated Deb.last_img read more

  • US Fund For UNICEF Partners With New Movie To Help Sudanese Children

    first_imgThe producers of the upcoming feature drama “The Good Lie” have teamed up with organizations including the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help South Sudanese children in crisis and Lost Boys and Girls’ communities.This partnership represents a new wave in film and cause collaborations. UNICEF has played an integral role in the survival, protection and development of Sudan and South Sudan’s children since 1965. The Good Lie Fund, the philanthropic initiative of “The Good Lie” film, will help to drive donations to support UNICEF’s emergency relief programs in the region.“The Good Lie” follows several of the approximately 20,000 refugees displaced during the second Sudanese Civil War, which began in 1983 and continued through 2005. Their stories reflect those of the children who traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot to reach refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya and the nearly 4,000 who eventually resettled in the United States. Three years ago, South Sudan became the world’s newest country after enduring decades of civil war. In December 2013, this young nation found itself embroiled in civil conflict again and has forced the displacement of approximately 1.8 million people.UNICEF is working closely with partners to quickly and efficiently respond to the needs of those displaced by the crisis. The organization has already provided access to safe water to 450,000 people, and vaccinated 570,000 children against measles and polio. Some 57,000 children suffering from severe malnutrition have received treatment, and UNICEF hopes to increase that number to 120,000 by the end of the year.The U.S. Fund for UNICEF has also produced a Public Service Announcement featuring two of the Sudanese actors from the film that will be shown in select theaters across the country. Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier who stars in the film and will be featured in the PSA has said, “‘The Good Lie’ is the biggest gift that Hollywood has ever given Sudan or South Sudan and its refugees, because it’s no longer the story of the Lost Boys, it’s the story of humanity, the story of the struggle of children and how they survived.”“We applaud the filmmakers, the cast and everyone involved in “The Good Lie,” which gives the children of Sudan a voice to tell their story,” said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “While thousands of people are watching the film across the country, UNICEF and its partners will continue to help save and protect the lives of vulnerable children in South Sudan today. We urgently need the American public’s attention and support in aiding these children and their families.”The film’s release comes on the cusp of the September 25 Ministerial High-Level Meeting on South Sudan during the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly where 17 non-governmental organizations released a joint statement on the conflict in South Sudan – many of whom have additionally partnered with the film to leverage it to broaden their reach, cause, and public understanding of the lives of refugees.To learn more about these partnerships or how you can help support humanitarian efforts for Sudanese refugees, please visit TheGoodLieFund.org.Warner Bros. together with Joanna Coles, Peter Godwin, Dr. Amanda Foreman, Gayle King, Diane Sawyer, Mike Nichols, George Stephanopoulos, Fareed Zakaria and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF co-hosted a special New York screening of “The Good Lie” Tuesday, September 30 at The Time Warner Center. “The Good Lie” opens in limited theatrical engagements October 3, 2014. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal and Kuoth Wiel, all of whom are of Sudanese descent; and Corey Stoll. Directed by Philippe Falardeau from a screenplay by Margaret Nagle, “The Good Lie” was produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Kim Roth, Ellen H. Schwartz, Deepak Nayar, and Bobby and Deb Newmyer served as executive producers. The creative filmmaking team included director of photography Ronald Plante, production designer Aaron Osborne, editor Richard Comeau, costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb and composer Martin Leon.A presentation of Alcon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment and Black Label Media, “The Good Lie” is a Black Label Media, Imagine Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment production and will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.last_img read more

  • Charlie Lake mother takes part in Workout to Conquer Cancer while undergoing

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Charlie Lake resident, Erica Toews, is conquering cancer while dealing with her own cancer diagnosis as part of the B.C. Cancer Foundation’s ‘Workout to Conquer Cancer’.The 31-year-old mother of four is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumour that she had surgically removed in October 2018.In a release, Toews says she signed up for ‘Workout to Conquer Cancer’ to honour her cousin who recently passed away from cancer at the age of 27. “I created this team to honour my cousin Ryan Schmidt who recently lost his battle with cancer- he was only 27-years-old, newly married and left behind a beautiful daughter who will never truly know her father.”Toews has completed her last round of radiation and will continue to take chemo pills five times a month for the next year.In the meantime throughout the month of May, during her busy schedule of raising four boys, she will ‘Workout to Conquer Cancer’ and help raise funds for the B.C. Cancer Foundation.According to Cancer B.C., one in two British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.For more information, and to donate, you can visit Toews’ personal page on the Cancer Foundation’s website.last_img read more

  • New notes ‘injected’ long before Modi announced DeMo: Cong

    first_imgNew Delhi: On the day when the campaigning for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections came to an end, senior Congress leader and former union minister Kapil Sibal came out with explosive video clips on alleged laundering of the demonetised currency notes in 2017. Training guns at the Union Government, the Congress leader, after showing the video clips claimed that the exchange of yet-to-be demonetised high currency notes were started much before the announcement of the historic decision by PM Modi on November 8, 2016. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”In the sting operation, Rahul Ratharekar, a field assistant at Cabinet Secretariat, claimed that the new currency notes were printed in Moscow bearing the signature of Urjit Patel, who was not even declared RBI Governor,” Sibal said, adding that the official has also stated that extra notes had been printed, more than the value of the demonetised currency. “The most startling revelation by Ratharekar was when he mentions that today (April 1, 2017) he has completed exactly one year doing the exchange work through the Belapur Chest in Mumbai and completed transactions worth Rs 2 lakh crore during the period,” the Congress leader said citing the transcript of the video clips. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenTerming demonetisation the biggest political scam India has ever seen, the Congress leader said that the currency ban move has hit the common man. The victims of demonetisation were hapless 1.25 billion ‘aamjanta’, Sibal alleged. The Congress leader further claimed that in the second video, a meeting had taken place at the residential office of BJP leader Shyam Jaju, where Sanjay Padule (a serving sub inspector, Delhi Police) had introduced Jaju to an undercover journalist, who discussed his Smart City projects with Jaju. The undercover scribe had also requested Jaju to exchange old currency notes worth of Rs 300 crore, Sibal claimed stating that Padule, who is now posted as a PSO of a Supreme Court judge, was deployed at the BJP head office as security personnel. Sibal also maintained that Jaju had not said anything during the conversation. Taking on the Centre, the Congress leader said, “Modi has failed to prosecute the corrupt. This has been reflected in BJP’s latest publicity campaign. Modi’s singular achievement is that those charged with serious offences and others who were in jail are roaming freely.” “Demonetisation was an ill-thought decision. It benefited a few. The stated objective of eradicating unaccounted cash from the economy has failed miserably. The demonetisation was a godsend for ‘dalals’ who earned a fat commission for the exchange of old currency and black money is back in the system,” alleged Sibal. Though the prime objective of demonetisation was to discourage the use of cash and check the currency in circulation to reduce the flow of black money, cash is back and in a big way, Sibal said. “As per RBI data, currency with the public in 2018 has reached a record high of over Rs 18.5 lakh crore, more than double of Rs 7.8 lakh crore, post demonetisation. The total currency in circulation has also increased exponentially from Rs 17.97 lakh crore in November 2016 to Rs 21.42 lakh crore in March 2019,” he said. He, however, claimed that the Congress, if elected to power, will order an investigation into the matter, even alleging that all those featured in the video clips were “untraceable” at present.last_img read more

  • Critics seek to block easing of oil and gas rules in West

    BILLINGS, Mont. — Conservation groups are asking a federal judge to block the Trump administration from easing restrictions on energy companies that were meant to protect a struggling Western bird species.Attorneys for Western Watersheds Project, Prairie Hills Audubon Society and two other groups made the request Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boise, Idaho.At issue are federal land use plans for greater sage grouse first enacted in 2015 under President Barack Obama.The Interior Department revised those plans this month as part of President Donald Trump’s efforts to promote oil and gas drilling and other activities.The ground-dwelling sage grouse’s territory includes portions of 11 Western states.The same groups behind Wednesday’s court filing had sued in 2016 over the Obama-era plans, claiming they did not do enough.The Associated Press read more

  • UN refugee chief pays tribute to fallen colleagues during visit to Afghanistan

    “UNHCR [the UN High Commissioner for Refugees] has a strictly humanitarian and non-political mandate; it is here to help Afghan refugees and also Afghans who have been internally displaced within their own country,” stressed António Guterres. He extended condolences to the families of the three staff members killed when suicide bombers and gunmen carried out an attack near the world body’s compound in Kandahar on 31 October –Salah Mohammad, 39; Abdul Shakoor, 57; and Nasratallah, 31. Two other Afghan staff members were also injured. “We are facing a tragedy for UNHCR and for the families of our dead and wounded colleagues,” Mr. Guterres said as he toured the damaged compound. But he added that the agency was “committed to continuing to help Afghan people who need our assistance.”He praised the courage and determination of UNHCR staff in Kandahar. “Even in these very difficult circumstances, there was no interruption in UNHCR’s operations, and support to our beneficiaries was fully maintained,” he said.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council, the President of the General Assembly and the UN Staff Union all spoke out last week against the attack, and called on the Afghan authorities to bring those responsible to justice and to take all possible steps to protect UN personnel and premises.An investigation into the attack is under way, according to UNHCR, which has been working in Afghanistan since the 1980s. Over this period it has facilitated the return of millions of refugees and assisted other forcibly displaced persons inside the country. The High Commissioner, who is on a two-day trip to Afghanistan, is expected to discuss security concerns with Afghanistan’s First Vice-President Mohammad Qasim Fahim. 9 November 2011The United Nations refugee chief was in Kandahar today where he paid his respects to three colleagues killed there recently in an attack, and pledged his agency’s continued commitment to helping vulnerable Afghans. read more

  • Lawyers secure constitutional exemption from FINTRAC reporting rules

    Sections of the federal government’s anti-terrorism and money laundering financing law are unconstitutional because they violate solicitor-client privilege, the Supreme Court of Canada declared Friday.In a 7-0 ruling, the court carved out an exemption for lawyers from the federal government’s 2000 law that targets money laundering and terrorist financing. The law still applies to other professions, such as financial institutions and accountants.The court upheld lower court victories by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada that had suspended the implementation of these provisions on lawyers pending the outcome of this case.The government had wanted lawyers to be subject to provisions of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, or Fintrac.The regulations would have compelled lawyers to keep track of their clients’ financial transactions and subjected lawyers’ offices to searches without warrants.The Supreme Court said that violated lawyers’ charter rights to be protected from unlawful search and seizure and the undue deprivation of their liberty.“The regime authorizes sweeping law office searches which inherently risk breaching solicitor-client privilege,” Justice Thomas Cromwell wrote for the court. “It does so in a criminal law setting and for criminal law purposes.”Cromwell said that the law, as originally written, required lawyers “on pain of imprisonment, to obtain and retain information that is not necessary for ethical legal representation and provide inadequate protection for the client’s confidences subject to solicitor-client privilege.”Fred Headon, past president of the Canadian Bar Association, said the ruling won’t allow criminals or terrorists to hide behind lawyers.“Lawyers have very clear obligations towards their law societies who regulate what we do — give us our licence to practise — that we are not to be using our offices, our duties, for unlawful purposes,” he said.“If lawyers were involved in criminal activity, well they would have to deal with the Criminal Code like anybody else.”Thomas Conway, president of the Federation of Law Societies, said the ruling allows Canadians to have confidence in their lawyers because it keeps them from becoming “agents of the state.” The law imposed a maximum five-year prison term and-or a fine of up $500,000 for not complying.Justice Minister Peter MacKay said he wants time to review the ruling carefully. He said the government would look at how it would “mesh” with the government’s current anti-terror legislation.And he said the government wants to ensure that terrorist funding is not hidden “in any way, shape or form.”Five of the seven justices also enshrined in the Constitution an established legal principle that lawyers have a “duty of commitment to their clients’ cause.”“Clients — and the broader public — must justifiably feel confident that lawyers are committed to serving their clients’ legitimate interests free of other obligations that might interfere with that duty,” said Cromwell.“Otherwise, the lawyer’s ability to do so may be compromised and the trust and confidence necessary for the solicitor-client relationship may be undermined,” he added. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Justice Michael Moldaver dissented on supporting that principle, saying charter protections were already in place to protect solicitor-client privilege.Canadian Press read more

  • Court of Appeal extends stay order on case against Gota

    The Court of Appeal today extended a stay order preventing the Colombo Magistrate’s Court from hearing a case filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others.The case had been filed by the Bribery Commission in relation to Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd. The Court of Appeal extended the stay order on the case until December 5th. (Colombo Gazette)

  • Sam Houston States Scorer We Reward Good Team Play

    I recently wrote an article about the college teams whose official scorers are the most generous about handing out assists. The capital of assist liberalism was in Huntsville, Texas, where Sam Houston State scorers ranked first in Division I in each of the past three seasons.I interviewed Bearkats spokesman Jason Barfield and emailed questions to Paul Ridings, who works in the school’s office of media relations and has scored most of its games for the past quarter-century. Ridings previously worked for three other collegiate athletic departments and the Dallas Tornado of the North American Soccer League. He responded after my article ran and agreed that we could publish his comments, which have been lightly edited:I’ve been the S.I.D. [sports information director] here since 1989 and imputed the computer in basketball for most of those years. I know you’ve talked with Jason Barfield. When he was a student assistant here, he imputed a season, and we had one other year when we had a husband-and-wife imputer team (wife imputed, husband spotted).I appreciate the generous label but also think we pay attention to how a basket comes about. You can’t score without the ball, and how you get it to set up a shot is important.Assists that a lot of people miss include outlet passes from a defensive rebound, where the inside player hits a teammate to set up a fast-break score; a pass from under the offensive basket outside to a teammate for an open 3-pointer; a pass from an offensive rebound to a teammate for a follow shot; and a pass on an inbound play that sets up a basket.We watch for these.Soccer is another sport with assists, and we work at that, too. In our women’s soccer games, if a pass sets up a goal and we don’t see whom the pass came from, we go to the bench and find out — no matter which team.Speaking of soccer but applied to basketball, I always remember what one of our players at the Dallas Tornado said after touring with the New York Cosmos and playing with Pelé. What made Pelé great, he said, was not his goal scoring, but his vision and the ability to see the entire field. With one pass, he could change the complexion of the offense and set up a scoring possession. As Steve Pecher (my player and a defender) said, you would see that one pass and say, “Oh sh?t.”It’s the same in basketball. One pass to the open man can make a difference.Consistency is important as well. We make this effort for both teams.I guess I’m surprised you call us the most generous. But I would like to think we reward good team play. read more

  • British Airways crew Christmas strikes are suspended

    first_img“It will be for our members now to decide if BA has done enough to meet their concerns.”I want to pay tribute to our cabin crew members who have been determined to achieve a negotiated settlement.”Their commitment to secure a better deal for all their colleagues is something we should all admire.”Members of the union had backed the walkouts by 4-1, with a turnout of 60 per cent.   BA Chief executive Willie WalshCredit:Geoff Pugh Len McCluskey said the union had been given a new offerCredit:Daily Telegraph  The trade union Unite has called off its planned strikes on 25 & 26 December. We look forward to welcoming you on board.— British Airways (@British_Airways) December 22, 2016 Unite represents around 2,500 workers out of a total of 4,500 in BA’s so-called Mixed Fleet, which in turn makes up just over a quarter of the company’s 16,000 cabin crew.The union said that 1,519 staff had voted in the ballot, of whom 1,206, or 80 per cent, voted in favour of strike action.The union claimed earnings were advertised between £21,000 and £25,000 but in reality started at just over £12,000 plus £3 an hour flying pay.The strikes were called amid chaos in other industries, as staff on Southern Rail and at branches of the Post Office also walked out.  The union is to put the offer to a ballot among its more than 2,700 mixed fleet members at BA.Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Over the past four days, and indeed the past two years, this union has worked tirelessly to find a resolution to the issues causing our members concern.”We now have a new offer from the company which we will now put to our members. The two-day strike over Christmas and Boxing Day is now suspended.center_img  BA Chief executive Willie Walsh 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. Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended.Members of Unite were due to walk out over Christmas in a dispute over pay.The union said workers employed in the so-called mixed crew – who have joined since 2010 – were on lower pay than other staff.Lengthy talks at conciliation service Acas have led to a revised offer which will be put to a ballot of union members. Len McCluskeylast_img read more

  • Reconcile planned mining performance versus actual

    first_imgIf you have a need to track mining operation performance on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, Gemcom InSite™ can help, offering a total mine production management solution. InSite delivers operational changes that can help to remain competitive and viable in an ever-changing market. With operational visibility into what is actually happening, InSite users can react quickly to deviations and problems. Geologists, engineers, mine managers and corporate management can efficiently manage their teams and avoid wasting time consolidating data. InSite capabilities include:Easy reconciliationAccurate daily, weekly and monthly productionAccurate reportingConsolidate information centrallyIncrease efficiency and productivityIncrease shareholder valueIncrease understanding of cost trendsOperational visibilityProcess improvementVisibility of planned versus actual variances.last_img read more

  • Apple to ditch Samsung for its Apple A6 nextgeneration SoCs

    first_imgApple and Samsung have a pretty close relationship despite their ongoing legal sparring over patent infringement and trade dress. Still, just when things seemed like they couldn’t get any worse, Apple is cozying up to another semiconductor company that could be the source for the A6, Apple’s next-generation system-on-a-chip (SoC) that will likely power the next iPad and iPhone.At first blush, it wouldn’t make sense for Apple to shift its resources away from a trusted brand that’s delivered on their product up to this point. Still, Apple and Samsung’s relationship was much stronger before the lawsuits over the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab and their similarities to the iPhone and iPad started. Apple has even gone as far as to sue Samsung on their home country of South Korea to get the matter settled.AdChoices广告When the cases started, all indications were that there would be some compensation from Samsung to appease Apple and the matter would go away. That way the business ties between the two companies would stay strong and Apple’s market channel would be uninterrupted. Now however, Ars Technica is reporting that a number of sources in the semiconductor industry have hinted that Apple is planning to shift chip production from Samsung to another firm: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufcaturing Company (TSMC.)If the rumors are true, the first product that TSMC will likely make for Apple will be the A6 SoC, the successor to the Apple A5 that currently ships inside of the iPad 2 and is expected to be in the next iPhone. Those same sources say that in 2012, Apple will make the switch from Samsung to TSMC when the iPad 3 or iPhone 6 are announced, and the A6 will ship along in those devices.Apple’s relationship with TSMC isn’t a secret: the two companies have been working together to bring Apple’s chipsets down from 45nm to 28nm. However, this is the first time anyone has indicated that Apple will break up with Samsung. It’s possible that this was going to happen anyway and the legal battles between Apple and Samsung simply correlate, but we can’t imagine they help relations between the two companies at all.Read more at Ars Technicalast_img read more

  • Apologising for criminalisation of homosexuality Varadkar says people allowed the law to

    first_img Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 6:00 PM Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie He was brutally attacked by five young men, one a teenager, who shouted ‘Hide behind a tree. We are going to bash a queer’.“These were young men who had grown up in a society which hated and feared homosexuality. They took the law into their own hands. And all too often, people allowed the law to do its bashing for them.”However he noted how on the date of the marriage referendum three years ago, ”the bench where Declan Flynn was killed, at Fairview Park, was covered with flowers and notes”.‘Special tribute to unknown heroes‘In his official apology to the men who were convicted under the historical legislation, Varadkar said it is “deeply traumatic to feel that you are rejected by your own country”.“Homosexuality was seen as a perversion, and trials were sometimes a cruel form of entertainment. Others saw it as a mental illness including the medical profession at the time.For every one conviction there were a hundred other people who lived under the stigma of prosecution, who feared having their sexuality made public, and their lives destroyed.“In this country we were too silent on too many issues for far too long. It was the voices of the brave few who gave us all hope and who changed things for everyone.Today the people I want to pay a special tribute to are the unknown heroes, the thousands of people whose names we do not know, who were criminalised by our forbears.“Men and women of all ages who tried to live and love and be themselves in a society where their identity was feared and despised, and who were aliens in their own country for their entire lives.”He said that while “we cannot erase the wrong that was done to them”, we “have learned as a society from their suffering”.“Their stories have helped change us for the better; they have made us more tolerant, more understanding and more human.”The Seanad Dáil heard the motion at 5.45, while the Dáil is scheduled to hear the motion from 6pm.The Labour Party motion on the issue, tabled by Senator Ged Nash, has received all-party support in the Dáil.The motion says the law prior to 1993 caused harm to gay people and to their family and friends.Apologising in the Seanad, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said:“To any person who felt the hurt and isolation created by those laws, and particularly to those who were criminally convicted by the existence of such laws.”Flanagan also paid tribute to Senator David Norris describing his legal battle as “a brave, first step towards the decriminalisation of homosexual relationships”.The Taoiseach has also announced that he will host a State event on Sunday to mark 25 years since decriminalisation. Short URL Jun 19th 2018, 6:00 PM Share308 Tweet Email1 THE GOVERNMENT IS today apologising to men who were convicted of engaging in consensual same-sex activity prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993.Between 1940 and 1978 an average of 13 men a year were jailed for homosexual offences, while between 1962 and 1972, there were 455 convictions.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has noted how Ireland has changed in his lifetime, stating that men were prosecuted just a few years before he was born and how a gay man being elected Taoiseach “would have been unimaginable”.“I was born in 1979 and in the three years before that there were 44 prosecutions in this country. It’s not that long ago.“Last year I had the privilege of being elected Taoiseach, something that would have been unimaginable when I was born, and would have seemed impossible even a few short years ago.”Speaking in the Dáil Varadkar thanked people who “helped change minds and change laws”, he said these people “fought for me before I did so myself”.He included Senator David Norris, who brought his case for decriminalisation to the Supreme Court thirty-five years ago.In 1988, the European Court of Human Rights decided in favour of Norris in a landmark case.Varadkar also acknowledged former President Mary Robinson who signed an act into law twenty-five years ago “that brought an end to decades of cruelty and injustice”.He also made reference to Declan Flynn who was murdered in Fairview Park in 1982, describing how ‘his only crime was that he was gay’.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cliodhna Russell http://jrnl.ie/4079262 Apologising for criminalisation of homosexuality Varadkar says ‘people allowed the law to do its bashing for them’ The Dáil is offering an apology today to all the men convicted before the decriminalisation of homosexuality. 137 Comments 17,700 Views last_img read more

  • SDCC Announcement The Walking Dead Comic Is Coming To An End

    first_img What would life be without The Walking Dead? Fans of the long time series have welcomed these zombies and survivors into their home without hesitation, but haven’t we always questioned when it would end? The AV Club reports that Robert Kirkman has decided that after 14 years of The Walking Dead, it’s time to put the zombie apocalypse into its final resting place.The Walking Dead comics have graced us with its hard hitting narratives about survival and what happens to the world that claims your moral, values and reasoning while trying not to get bitten. Rick, his son Carl and an ensemble of survivors have to survive this world, or else. The Walking Dead‘s has gained a total of 169 issues and its creator, Robert Kirkman talked at a San Diego Comic-Con panel about finally putting it to rest.“I think about two or three years ago, I had a pretty good idea for a definitive ending. I have known that since then and been working towards that, so I know exactly where I’m going and what’s going to happen when I get there.” – Kirkman Kirkman also felt he could have ended the series a lot sooner than expected because of “… all kinds of cool stuff…” he wanted to put into the series. The need to top himself was getting a bit too overwhelming.The ending of the comic is to remain top secret until finished, so there’s no date for when it will be out, but it’s almost sad to see the comic go. It has been a significant part of our comic lives for awhile, and we’ll miss it.There’s no telling how the ending of the comic will effect that current AMC series with the same title, starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira and more. The Walking Dead is one of the highest rated shows on the network, so I’m sure they’ll find a way to stir up storylines so that The Walking Dead stays on the air for as long as the comics.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Work Permit Rules To Be Adhered To

    first_img Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, April 26 (JIS): Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, has reiterated the Government’s stance on the issuing of work permits to foreigners to work in Jamaica.Addressing a ground breaking event for the launch of the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny on April 24, Minister Kellier said the Government will be unrelenting in its efforts to ensure that work permits are issued based on the guidelines governing the system.He said in issuing work permits, priority will be given to protecting the employment of Jamaican workers and will only be issued foreigners in cases where they are absolutely necessary.“The Ministry administers a rigorous work permit regime…(and)… when gaps arise in the availability of local skills for foreign investment initiatives, if we are not to frustrate the progress of these projects, then such skill gaps will have to be filled by workers from elsewhere,” Minister Kellier said.He noted further that the Government recognizes that the best way to ensure Jamaican workers are given priority treatment during the recruitment of workers is to create the necessary platforms for high level training for those persons.He added that his Ministry is in dialogue with a number of training agencies, with a view of ensuring that Jamaican workers receive the highest level training which will equip them for employment.“We are also working closely with HEART/NTA and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) to identify the skills that are needed and to train our workforce… (and make them) ready for employment in investment projects,” Mr. Kellier said.Meanwhile, on the matter of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Workers Passport initiative, Mr. Kellier is encouraging the management of the Melia Braco Village to work with the Ministry in using the construction site as a pilot for that project.Minister Kellier, in admitting that the legislation to implement the workers passport is yet to be passed in Parliament, said the Melia Braco Village site would be a good place to start.“These passports will be the first step in guaranteeing that workers are competent and equipped to operate safely on work sites in both international and local markets. And while I know that this initiative is still in the early stages of development and the legislation is pending….our team will be working assiduously with Melia to explore the possibility in incorporating the workers passport as a pilot on this Braco site by the contractors,” he stated.Under a 15 year lease management agreement with the Government through the National Insurance Fund (NIF),Melia Resorts, a Spanish-based company, will be operating the former Braco Village Resort in Trelawny.The resort will become known as the Melia Braco Village, with 250 new rooms being added to the existing 225. The property is scheduled for opening in December 2015. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:Hon. Derrick Kellier, jamaica, Labour and Social Security, Minister of Agriculture, work permitlast_img read more

  • Linda Behnken to represent Alaska on halibut commission

    first_imgLongtime Sitka resident Linda Behnken has been appointed to the six-member International Pacific Halibut Commission.Listen nowLinda Behnken with her sons, Rio and Hahlen. Behnken lives the small-boat fishing life she advocates for, but she’s no stranger to IPHC politics. She’s chaired the 84-member IPHC Conference Board for the last several years. (ALFA photo by Mim McConnell)Behnken, whose name has been under consideration for the international panel for some time, was appointed on June 22, shortly after the prior Alaska representative was fined for overfishing.Linda Behnken has been at the center of some of the most important decisions in groundfish policy in the North Pacific. During her nine years on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council — the regulatory body overseeing fishing in federal waters offshore of Alaska — she was instrumental in banning bottom trawling in Southeast, and she was an architect of individual fishing quotas for halibut and black cod.The International Pacific Halibut Commission sets harvest limits for commercial fishermen across the Gulf of Alaska. Her appointment to the IPHC comes at a time when that organization also is rethinking its long-standing management policies.“The IPHC is testing some different approaches right now to final decisions about managing halibut. Providing a risk analysis decision-making table to the public and to the commissioners and letting the commissioners understand where the certainty is, where the risks are, and make educated informed decisions around that. Rather than scientists saying, Here are your numbers for setting the quota.”Behnken has been the executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association in Sitka for most of its history. She’s been a strong proponent of science-based management, but she also understands that the IPHC is where science and politics sometimes meet.Behnken testifies before the Alaska State Board of Fisheries in 2015. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – Sitka)“It’s important to follow the science and err on the side of conservation,” Behnken said. “But there’s certainly been frustration in our area — Southeast — that quotas have been set significantly over recommended levels for British Columbia, our neighbors, while commissioners have set much more conservative quotas in this area. Despite the fact that all the indicators of stock recovery are strongest here.”Behnken is one of six commissioners — three from the US, three from Canada — who determine the annual halibut harvest. They have an extensive organization and research staff behind them, based at the University of Washington in Seattle.Behnken said the appointment comes with the obligation to take a broad view of the industry, and of halibut fishing across the gulf — and not just off Southeast Alaska.Nevertheless, she gave this interview while running her boat out to go longlining for black cod. Becoming a commissioner will not erase who she is.“I come from a fishing science background. I’ve had the luck to fish from the Gulf to the Bering Sea,” Behnken said. “I’m more knowledgeable about this area from fishing here longer. I’m committed to the whole industry and to the resource, and to small boats. That’s the perspective I think I bring to the process.”Behnken’s appointment is considered interim until it is actually confirmed by the sitting US President — a process that has no predictable timeline. In the meantime, Behnken will enjoy full powers of a commissioner.The IPHC has been in the news recently — not all of it good. Behnken’s predecessor, Jeff Kauffman, resigned his appointment after agreeing to pay a shared fine of $49,000 with two colleagues for overfishing halibut in 2012. The fine was levied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement. Kauffman and the two other men reportedly exceeded their combined quota by 10,000 pounds.Kauffman is a resident of Wasilla. He is the vice-president of the Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association.last_img read more

  • Cardinals Host Intrastate Rival Kentucky on Saturday Afternoon

    first_imgLouisville trails the all-time series against Kentucky 16-35. UK has won nine of the last 11. The Wildcats hold a 26-12 advantage since the series resumed in 1983. Kentucky holds a 12-9 edge in games played in Louisville. CARD FILES Kentucky (9-2), ranked 16th in the AP and 15th in the USA Today polls, has won nine of its last 10 games, winning 80-72 over then-No. 9/10 North Carolina in its last game on Dec. 22. The Wildcats’ two losses have come in a pair of neutral site games to Duke 94-66 on Nov. 6 and Seton Hall 84-83 in overtime. Kentucky is second in the nation in rebound margin (+12.7), third in free throws made per game (20.8), 11th in the nation in blocked shots (5.6 per game) and 24th in field goal percentage (.491). Kentucky is No. 22 in the Sagarin Ratings, No. 18 in ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI), No. 22 in the NET rankings and No. 15 by Ken Pomeroy through Dec. 23. Freshman guard Keldon Johnson is the Wildcats’ top scorer (16.5 ppg), one of four Wildcats averaging over 12 points. Sophomore forward PJ Washington is UK’s top rebounder (8.5 rpg, 13.3 ppg). Game Program GAME 13Date: Dec. 29, 2018Time:  2:02 p.m.Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (139-21 in 9th year)Television: ESPN2 – Dan Shulman, play-by-play; Jay Bilas, analyst; Dan Dakich, sideline analyst.Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 380, Internet 971)Series History: Louisville trails 16-35 (9-12 in Louisville, 5-19 in Lexington, 2-4 neutral)Last Meeting: Kentucky 90, UofL 61 (Dec, 29, 2017 in Lexington, Ky.)Officials: Ron Groover, Jeff Clark, Pat DriscollNext UofL Game: Jan. 6 vs. Miami, KFC Yum! Center, 6 p.m. ET (ESPNU) Louisville has an 81-5 record against nonconference opponents in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals have won 37 of their last 39 home games against non-conference opponents. Louisville has made 41 more free throws (261-of-338, .768) than its opponents have attempted (155-of-220). Louisville is second in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (338/661, 51.1 percent) and leads the nation with 27.1 percent of its points coming from free throws. UofL is 14th in the nation in free throw percentage. In his last five games, Jordan Nwora has averaged 19.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and shot 55.6 percent from the field, including making 16-of-28 three-pointers (.571). He has scored in double digits in 11 of 12 games this season – including 20 or more in six games — while averaging 17.8 points per game (sixth in the ACC). Malik Williams has averaged 9.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and two blocked shots in his last three games. He gained his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds against Lipscomb. Nearly half of Louisville’s points this year have come from its bench (33.3 points per game). Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked second in the nation by ESPN.com, fifth by Rivals.com and fifth by 247sports.com. Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked as the best in the nation by ESPN.com, third by Rivals.com and fourth by 247sports.com. All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100. The impressive signing class includes Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Quinn Slazinski, Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers.Print Friendly Version Louisville, ranked 17th in the NCAA Men’s Basketball NET ratings through games of Dec. 23, will play its final non-conference game of the regular season as the Cardinals face intrastate rival Kentucky in the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday.center_img Kentucky Game Notes Louisville Game Notes Louisville won for the sixth time in its last seven games and third straight in beating Robert Morris 73-59 as the Cardinals shot 48.9 percent from the field and held a 41-26 rebounding advantage, their fourth double-digit rebounding margin in their last six games. Jordan Nwora led the Cardinals with 19 points and 13 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season and his ninth game with seven or more rebounds. Steven Enoch scored a career-high 16 points. The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with five players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.  Dwayne Sutton is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.  Steven Enoch ranks third on the team in scoring with 9.2 points along with 4.6 rebounds per game. Christen Cunningham averages 8.6 points per game while Ryan McMahon averages 8.3 points per game to round out the top scorers.  Story Links Live Stats last_img read more

  • GTA V delayed again on PC

    first_imgPC gamers are used to waiting for the latest Grand Theft Auto game to arrive following the console versions. We usually end up waiting several months, but Rockstar is really testing our patience with GTA V as another delay has been announced.The PC version was originally set for release alongside the next-gen versions on PS4 and Xbox One back on November 18. Then we got the first delay, with Rockstar promising to deliver the Windows version on January 27. But then on January 13 Rockstar announced a second delay to allow for “further testing and polish” to be added. The new release date? March 24.We’re still a month away from that launch date, but Rockstar has today announced a third delay for the game. Now we have to wait until April 14 in order to get our hands on it. Rockstar has apologized once again, explaining this time that more work needs to be done to get Heists and the GTA Online experience in general working perfectly. Anyone who has pre-ordered the game is also getting an additional $200,000 in-game cash to spend in GTA Online as a way of saying sorry.In return for the wait Rockstar reminds us this is the most advanced version of GTA V they are releasing. That’s great, but most console gamers will have left the game behind already having fully explored its world and won’t care for the enhanced version. GTA Online may be a draw for some returning players, but the core game will be over 18 months old at launch.Will this be the last delay? It has to be. A fourth delay would be quite ridiculous considering how much extra time Rockstar has allowed itself to get the game right. There’s also a lot of pressure now for a perfect launch. If there’s teething problems on day one it will be seriously embarrassing for the developer.last_img read more

  • B of A Ceases Mortgage Sales to Fannie Mae

    first_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Fannie Mae HARP Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities Processing Refinance Service Providers U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission 2012-02-24 Ryan Schuette Share B of A Ceases Mortgage Sales to Fannie Maecenter_img February 24, 2012 403 Views “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/ announced Thursday that it will cease making new refinance mortgage sales to “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html as the mortgage heavyweights tangle over sensitive buyback claims from the financial crisis.[IMAGE] The bank will stop selling first-lien refinance loans to the GSE for securitization purposes this month, it said in a “”filing””:http://media.corporate-ir.net/media_files/IROL/71/71595/2011_10-K_As_Filed.pdf with the “”Securities and Exchange Commission””:http://www.sec.gov/.Bank of America cited “”contractual delivery commitments [COLUMN_BREAK]and variances”” for a halt in sales against a backdrop of legal wrangling with Fannie Mae that it called “”inconsistent”” with past statements.Dan Frahm, a spokesperson with Bank of America, tells us that the bank’s relationship change with Fannie Mae will continue with respect to residential mortgage loan volume.””This decision will not affect the credit available to our customers, and we will rely on other sources of liquidity to continue to ensure we are lending to our customers and supporting the housing market recovery,”” says Dan Frahm, a spokesperson with Bank of America.He tells us that the relationship change will impact residential mortgage loan sales, not activities with the Home Affordable Refinance Program.””We remain focused on supporting our customers with loan modifications and refinancing through the Making Home Affordable program, and those solutions will not be impacted,”” he adds.Referencing a report by _Inside Mortgage Finance_, the _New York Times_ said that Bank of America accounted for $37.7 billion, or roughly one-third, of Fannie Mae’s mortgage purchases last year.last_img read more