first_imgREGINA – A piece of Canadian football history has gone out with a bang in Regina.The last standing section of the Mosaic Stadium, home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for 80 years, was demolished Friday as hundreds of football fans dressed in the team’s green jerseys watched on in a mix of nostalgia and sorrow.The area is being converted to a mixed-use development and the city paid just over $2 million for the facility’s deconstruction.Many fans gathered behind a security fence, while others perched on nearby rooftops to watch the westside grandstands of the stadium topple.Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field was home to the Roughriders from 1936-2016.The team opened the 2017 season in a new $278-million facility, also named Mosaic Stadium, right next door.It has a capacity of 33,000 but can be expanded to 40,000 for major events.“It is sad, a lot of memories,” Elaine Kivisto said as she watched the last bit of the stadium come down.“I’ve been a season ticket holder for 37 years, our sons played high school football here and so we came to all those games, so it is bittersweet.”(CTV Regina, CKRM)last_img read more

first_imgLauren Krugel, The Canadian Press CALGARY — The Crown says a second-degree murder charge against a Calgary senior accused in his wife’s death has been withdrawn following his death.Fred van Zuiden was found unfit to stand trial in the death of his 80-year-old wife Audrey, whose body was found in their home in October 2016.Court heard he had dementia and therefore could not understand the charge against him or even recognize his lawyer.Van Zuiden was 88 when he died at a secure care home in Camrose, Alta., on Jan. 6, but loved ones had hoped he would pass away without the murder charge attached to his name.Crown prosecutor Ken McCaffrey says he withdrew the charge as an administration step.He says he would have done so sooner had there been guarantees that van Zuiden posed no risk.“This is a very heartbreaking case and I certainly would have stayed the charge or withdrew the charge earlier if I had had those guarantees,” McCaffrey said Monday.“But from my perspective, the primary focus is the protection of the public.”McCaffrey said he hasn’t dealt with a case like this in his 26 years as a criminal lawyer and other prosecutors from across Canada have called asking about it.The van Zuidens were married nearly six decades. They ran a sailboat business together and had no children. Close friends have described them as soulmates and have said he never would have intentionally hurt his wife.“The family has now come to find closure during these difficult few years,” van Zuiden’s nephew, Robert Vlessing, said in a statement.Van Zuiden, who was born to a Jewish family in Holland, chronicled his flight from the Nazis during the Second World War in his memoir: “Call Me Mom: A Dutch Boy’s WWII Survival Story.”“We will remember Fred for the full and accomplished life he had with Audrey and as the man of passion, bravery, honour, and respect that he truly was,” said his godson, Vince Walker.  last_img read more

The UNHRC will meet for its annual session in Geneva in March and Attanayake says the recent actions of the President and his brothers will allow the UNHRC to once again point fingers at the country. In an spacial statement on Bandaranayake’s sacking from office, the UNP said that her removal was also an act of treachery and betrayal to the nation. The opposition United National Party (UNP) says the government has virtually set the path for Sri Lanka to be censured at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva this year.UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had violated the constitution by removing Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. He also noted that by giving room for such action to take place the government  is in a way allowing the Council to also then look back at past allegations raised against the country including the security forces.The UNP also criticized Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa for informing the President that parliament had called for the removal of the Chief justice when the entire process was illegal. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Families and businesses will benefit directly from the project, reducing the distance people need to travel to reach essential services such as healthcare and education, as well as bringing rural communities closer together by cutting transport costs. This project has been designed to accelerate Sri Lanka’s development through improvements in its rural transport infrastructure. The financing of these 250 bridges follows the provision of support in 2011 for 210 bridges and in 2014 for 618 bridges.The Sri Lankan Government estimates that collectively the bridges will benefit more than 100,000 families as well as businesses in the country. “Over the course of the last 100 years UK Export Finance has led the way in delivering innovative finance to help British companies achieve international success across a wide range of industries and countries. I am delighted that as UKEF marks its centenary year, it continues not only to support the UK’s exporters but also those transformational projects that will have a direct impact on the lives of citizens across the globe,” he said. The company has designed and built a number of iconic landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tyne Bridge.Cleveland Bridge designs its modular bridges in the UK and they are easily assembled to meet the specific needs of each project.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said that Cleveland Bridge demonstrates the value British design and engineering can bring to the world stage. Don Underwood, Commercial Consultant, Cleveland Bridge said that they are delighted UKEF has chosen to support the project, and Cleveland Bridge’s continued growth. (Colombo Gazette) Britain is to fund the construction of 250 bridges in rural Sri Lanka, the British Foreign Office said.International Trade Secretary Liam Fox announced that UK Export Finance (UKEF) will provide £49 million worth of support for Darlington-based firm Cleveland Bridge to construct 250 bridges for rural Sri Lankan communities. read more

Delegates will conclude a weeklong meeting tomorrow on the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC), which contributes to reducing the risks associated with the use of chemicals, particularly in developing countries, and limits the introduction of hazardous chemicals and pesticides into countries that cannot safely manage them, according to a joint statement released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Some 70,000 different chemicals are available on the market, and 1,500 new ones are introduced every year. “This poses a major challenge to many governments who must attempt to monitor and manage these potentially dangerous substances,” the statement said. “Many pesticides that have been banned or whose use has been severely restricted in industrialized countries are still marketed and used in developing countries.”Adopted in 1998 under the auspices of UNEP and FAO, the Rotterdam Convention uses the PIC procedure to help governments decide whether to accept or refuse the imports of certain hazardous chemicals. Countries that export such chemicals will have to respect the decisions of importing parties.David Harcharik, FAO Deputy Director-General, stressed that “global agreements such as the Rotterdam Convention serve to provide a level of control and can help to mitigate the negative effects of globalization.” He also urged countries to work towards ratification of the Rotterdam Convention in time for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2002.Pending the entry into force of the Rotterdam Convention, governments have agreed to apply the PIC procedure on a voluntary basis. The processes developed are operational, with three additional chemicals and two severely hazardous pesticide formulations identified as candidates for inclusion in the interim PIC procedure.The Rotterdam Convention was adopted and signed by Ministers and senior officials on 11 September 1998. It has received 73 signatures and has thus far been ratified by 16 governments; it will enter into force 90 days after the 50th ratification. read more

Edmonton police department tries to clarify link between rising crime, oil price by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 5, 2015 9:54 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Edmonton’s police force tried to clarify Monday comments its chief made last week that out-of-work oilpatch workers could be to blame for the city’s recent rise in crime.On the weekend, the Edmonton Police Service released tables and charts that it said shows monthly crime statistics in Edmonton climbing over the past 12 months as oil prices dropped to record lows.On Monday, deputy chief Brian Simpson spoke to reporters on the steps of police headquarters.“It’s not linked to oil prices,” he said. “It’s linked to the change in the economy that we experience in Alberta. This has been an Alberta experience for a long time.”The department had said the data was provided in response to a request from Melissa Blake, the mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, that Chief Rod Knecht back up his claim that low oil prices and crime were connected.“The price of oil is not the only factor behind a higher crime rate — population growth in the city and the local unemployment rate are also contributing factors,” the news release on Sunday said.“However, as the statistics show, the connection between the price of oil and crime rates in the city is clear.”Knecht said last week a lot of people are coming back to Edmonton from Fort McMurray and Cold Lake and are sitting around in Edmonton waiting for the price of oil to go back up so they can go back to work.Blake called the comments “unjust.”Simpson said the shadow population that comes to Edmonton comes from all over northern Canada, and is not directly related to a downturn in the oilpatch.“It’s mainly property crimes are the biggest impact that we’re seeing across the board,” Simpson said. “I think we’re up about 18-plus per cent at this point and the other thing is violent crimes. We’re seeing an increase as well.“A lot of those violent crimes in the policing environment relate back to drug usage in terms of our experience.”Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson also weighed in on the debate last week, saying the downturn in the economy means Edmonton ends up policing “northern Alberta’s problem children.”Blake said last week that she would welcome an apology from Knecht and Iveson, saying it seemed like her community was “an easy target.”The EPS will be asking city council for 80 additional officers during budget deliberations in November.(CHED, CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press) read more

by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 13, 2017 10:57 am MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s first balanced budget since the recession is set to be delivered April 27 and will include increased health funding, innovation investments, a new tax credit for seniors and measures to cool the housing market in the Greater Toronto Area.There will be no new taxes on families, Finance Minister Charles Sousa said.“Eliminating the deficit allows us to redouble our efforts to make lives a little more affordable,” he said Thursday in a speech to the Empire Club of Canada.Sousa didn’t reveal how his budget will tackle housing affordability, but said he’s concerned about speculators “playing the market” and therefore limiting supply.“They’re crowding out families who are trying to put down roots,” he said.Sousa is set to meet with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Toronto Mayor John Tory on Tuesday to discuss housing in the region.The budget will include a public transit tax credit for seniors 65 years and older. That would come after the federal government recently announced it was eliminating a 15-per-cent tax credit for commuters who buy a transit pass because it wasn’t encouraging ridership as hoped.Sousa said he hopes Ontario’s tax credit will encourage more seniors to use transit, but gave only anecdotal evidence when asked why he thought that would work.“We’re just trying to provide some more affordability measures, make life a little bit easier for seniors,” he said. The credit “will make it more affordable for (seniors) to go to the gym, the library, or to take their grandkids to a concert.”Sousa highlighted in his speech investments the government has made in the innovation sector, saying more of that can be expected in the budget.“We must embrace new, potentially disruptive technologies,” he said.He also signalled that more health spending is coming, saying that sector will get “a major booster shot.”Even though Ontario’s Liberal government has managed to knock down a deficit that was at one point more than $20 billion, the province’s debt continues to grow.It has swelled to more than $300 billion and in last year’s budget interest on that debt was more than $11 billion and was growing twice as quickly as any program spending area.When asked if he has a plan to start paying down the debt, Sousa said, “we’re addressing debt always.”“We will continue to look at ways to manage our debt-to-GDP (ratio) in a way that starts to taper it down even further,” he said.Ontario’s net-debt-to-GDP ratio is about 40 per cent.The Progressive Conservatives have accused the government of artificially balancing the budget, through the use of one-time money from asset sales and the use of a reserve fund. Ontario to table first balanced budget since the recession on April 27 read more

first_imgAlready the world’s largest producer of diamonds by value, the opening of this new technology driven sorting facility establishes Botswana as the world leader in the sorting and valuation of rough diamonds.  The development and construction of the building was funded by De Beers, and will serve as the home of the Diamond Trading Co Botswana (DTC Botswana), a unique 50:50 joint venture between the Government of Botswana and De Beers.  Beneficiation, a strategy shared by the Government De Beers, ensures that a portion of Botswana’s most important natural resource stays in the country longer, so that value can be added through local companies and local expertise.  This strategy of turning natural resources into shared national wealth is anticipated to stimulate the development of a new industry in Botswana and create approximately 3,000 new jobs in the country.  The jobs, primarily in diamond cutting, polishing, sales and marketing, will account for a 30% increase in diamond industry jobs in Botswana and a 10% increase in the country’s total number of manufacturing jobs.  In addition, job creation in secondary business sectors such as banking, security and Information Technology will support Botswana’s economic vision to generate jobs and drive maximum value from the country’s diamond resources.DTC Botswana will sort and value all rough diamonds produced by Debswana (a 50/50 joint venture between the Government and De Beers to mine the country’s diamonds) and, for the first time in Botswana, perform local sales and marketing activities for rough diamonds. Through its Diamond Academy in Botswana, the DTC is ensuring the skills transfer, training and development of local employees. DTC Botswana will be the primary vehicle for creating a sustainable and profitable downstream industry in Botswana that will:Provide maximum long term value from diamonds to the country through world class sorting, valuing,  selling and marketing practices in BotswanaDevelop new employment opportunities in BotswanaEnsure that new skills and capabilities are created amongst Botswana’s citizensBe a catalyst for other businesses to invest in BotswanaIn addition, the vast majority of De Beers’ global production will be aggregated in Botswana by DTC International by 2009.Speaking at the opening ceremony, President Festus Mogae said “It will provide Government with another significant revenue stream, to finance further development. It will also raise our nation’s global profile by becoming a benchmark brand of local excellence.”Nicky Oppenheimer. speaking about the creation of DTC Botswana, noted that the opening of the building was a true celebration, and an important milestone in the enduring partnership between De Beers and the people of Botswana. “The unique contribution that diamonds have made in countries like Botswana gives us cause to reflect on what lessons might be drawn from this success, and whether these might be deployed effectively elsewhere on the continent.  We have, for example, learned the value of building local capacity through employing local people and ensuring local management of our operations; of supporting local businesses through preferential procurement and the provision of support through enterprise funds; of engaged support for initiatives that promote good governance and transparency and we have learned the value of industry leadership in driving an ethical business that underwrites consumer confidence in diamonds. Above all we have learned that building strong mutually beneficial partnerships wherever we work creates a shared responsibility for success.”Botswana produces 22% of world output of gem diamonds by value. Revenue from diamonds represents 33% of the country’s GDP. The wealth generated from diamond revenues has been used to build and develop healthcare, education and transport.  In the four decades since diamonds were discovered in 1966, Botswana has transformed itself from among the poorest countries in Africa to one of the most democratic and wealthiest on the continent, with one of the world’s highest economic growth rates (4.7% annually in 2006-07). This dramatic and rapid development of Botswana’s upstream and now downstream industry, and the prudent mix of stability, good governance and effective management of its diamond resource, provides a much wider commentary on what business’ role should be in African development.last_img read more

first_imgSpeaking in Monaco at the Samsung EU Forum today, company president BK Yoon stated that Samsung made $184 billion in sales in 2012 and that it dumps $9 billion into research and development every year. If those figures weren’t enough to establish Samsung as a consumer-based technological forced to be reckoned with, Yoon mentioned that three Samsung televisions are sold every second, which is the verbal equivalent of dropping the mic and walking off stage if we ever heard one.That’s something of a blistering sales pace, and without Yoon providing further clarification on the matter, we decided to do a bit of math to figure out — if true — exactly how many TVs that is.Three TVs sold per second leads to 180 units per minute and 10,800 per hour. If 10,800 Samsung televisions are being sold per hour, then 259,200 units are being sold per day, which leads to 94,608,000 TVs sold per year.At that sustained sales rate, with a world population just a bit under seven billion people (according to the World Bank), Samsung could fit each individual person in the world with their own television in just under 74 years if the population suddenly stopped growing starting this year.However, since the population of the world isn’t projected to stop growing, it is expected to be around 10 billion 74 years from now, which leaves around 3 billion people without a television, which would take Samsung’s sales another 31 years and into the year 2118.In 2100, the world’s population is projected to only have grown around 100,000 over the 10 billion in 2087. So with a rough estimate, it is safe to say that it’ll take Samsung around 105 or so years to give everyone in the world one TV if roughly adjusted for the world’s estimated growing population.We don’t really know what other television manufacturers are going to be doing during that time.last_img read more

first_imgKevin De Bruyne is not certain to reclaim his starting place when Manchester City host Chelsea this weekend.It’s believed the move is a precautionary measure to reduce the workload on the Belgian star after suffering a pair of medial knee ligament injuries.While some reports claim it could be due to tactical reasons citing the assured late cameo against Everton that set up Gabriel Jesus’ to wrap up the win.Man City’s De Bruyne not guaranteed Chelsea start – Guardiolahttps://t.co/OhBAPvHRI3 pic.twitter.com/onXMVKBhrC— The Star (@staronline) February 8, 2019And he might have to be content with starting on the bench once more against Maurizio Sarri’s men.“Maybe, yeah, it’s quite possible, of course, it’s possible,” Guardiola told a news conference via FourFourTwo. “Every player knows, maybe it is quite possible to play him, maybe it is quite possible not to.“In the end, we judge the players for absolutely who we believe they are, but there are top forms and there are moments when you are not in better condition.WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.“There are moments when the other team-mates are in better conditions than them. In football what you have done is the past, you have to do it again.”De Bruyne who was City’s most outstanding performer last season is been carefully managed by Guardiola as they continue their chase for trophies on four fronts.“We try to control the players. He played the previous two games, I preferred at Everton [for him to play a] few minutes,” he explained.“What I want from Kevin is to play the last five minutes he played as much as possible. He went out for five minutes, plus the extra time, and he was incredible.“I want him to sustain that for a long time. I didn’t want him [playing] games, games, games and Gundo [Ilkay Gundogan] has been on top form.”De Bruyne was just turnioniown 🔥 🔥 🔥 pic.twitter.com/mMfAINbmpZ— Junaid Tawphyc 🇳🇬 (@Haryur_) February 6, 2019The victory at Everton moved City back to the top of the Premier League for the first time since December on goal difference, although they have now played a game more than nearest rivals Liverpool and Tottenham.last_img read more

first_img Posted: June 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Measles is highly contagious and can be extremely serious for young children.Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Infection Control Coordinator Megan Medina joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss measles protocol.• Goal is for families contact their primary care doctor or emergency room first before visiting the location• Leave patient in car and have a family member go into the ER to notify a medical provider• Symptoms for measles:• Running Nose, Rash, Water Eyes, Fever June 24, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Protocol for parents when there’s a suspected measles caselast_img read more

first_imgCourse participants visit the HFI processing plant in Moorhead, Minn. Credit: NCIASA/WISHH is in North Dakota this week, learning more about the growing and handling of food grade soybeans, the contracting process and meeting with U.S. exporters. Rick Chase, ASA/WISHH’s in-country representative for Myanmar, is attending the course at the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) and will use the content to follow-up with Myanmar soymilk and tofu processors to facilitate future sales with U.S. exporters.This is a follow-up activity to the food grade soybean USDA funded Quality Samples Program (QSP) that was conducted earlier this year. Seven food grade soybean varieties from three different U.S. exporters were sent to Myanmar. The varieties were tested by soymilk and tofu processors. Many of the processors are interested in learning more about U.S. food grade soybeans and obtain price quotes.The Northern Food Grade Soybean Association (NFGSA) organized the course, with course funding provided by the North Dakota Soybean Council and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. USDA Market Access Program (MAP) funding was also used for Chases’ travel expenses.last_img read more

first_imgSince the start of the sweep in Anchorage and Eagle River, DOT has marked 240 signs, and have only had to remove 22. According to McCarthy, DOT marks the illegally placed signs with surveyor tape and gives the campaign a week to move the sign before DOT removes the sign completely. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) has officially begun the process of marking and removing illegally placed campaign signs. McCarthy: “Once we marked them we’ve had great conversations with the campaigns, most of which weren’t aware that their sign was illegally placed.”  Shannon McCarthy, DOT spokesperson: “The Department of Transportation has received a great deal of business complaints about signs that are places in the right-of-way or really close to the road, what we call in the ‘clear zone’ which is 30 feet from the roadway.” Alaska statutes and regulations address unauthorized signs both within and along the state’s public rights-of-way including parked vehicles displaying such signs and signs on private property. The DOT sweep will be making its way to the Kenai Peninsula in the coming week, according to McCarthy. The owner of an illegally placed sign or the people placing illegal signs are subject to a $50 fine per sign collected during the DOT sweep.last_img read more

first_img“I’m delighted to be joining UBM: it’s an exciting, dynamic international business,” he says in a statement. “As a market leader in both the global events and the news and digital content marketing industries it has significant growth potential.”Dame Helen Alexander, chairman of UBM, adds: “Tim has successfully led highly international, operationally complex businesses; the Board is confident that his track record ideally qualifies him to continue the development of UBM as a focused, international events-led marketing communications business.”See also: UBM Restructures DivisionLevin will leave UBM by March 1 and is slated to become CEO of McGraw-Hill Education.In a separate announcement, UBM says that board director, Karen Thomson, has stepped down.The company will release its full-year financial results on Feb. 28. UBM has named its new CEO five months after current leader, David Levin, announced he would be stepping down.Tim Cobbold will assume Levin’s role effective May 6.UBM will be Cobbold’s third stint as a CEO in the last six years and his first leadership role in media. He was named top exec at Chloride Group, a power systems provider, in 2008 and has been CEO of De La Rue, a banknote printing company based in the U.K., since 2011.last_img read more

first_img Email New En Vogue Album Expected In March, With Ne-Yo And Saadiq Facebook The drive that kept En Vogue’s hits, harmonies and world tours alive has resulted in an upcoming album already capturing attention with its lead single “Rocket”Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 22, 2018 – 2:47 pm In the 1990s En Vogue made the scene as a quartet with incredible harmonies and great dance songs, racking up seven GRAMMY nominations for their work. Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron-Braggs from the original line-up have since been joined by Rhona Bennett and the group has performed steadily, reconfigured as a trio. Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy put the original group together and, with the help of Ne-Yo, Saadiq and more, have realized En Vogue’s March 30 anticipated new album Electric Café, led by its already-released single “Rocket.”Speaking to Billboard about the group’s enduring message of female empowerment, Ellis listed “passion and love for what we do, respect for what each person brings to the table, self-empowerment, amazing vocalists and uplifting role models” as how they would like to be remembered.Reviewing their stage show in 2016, Britain’s Guardian noted that their precision remained perfect and wrote, “They make a point of having fun.” Representing the power of women, the power of music, and how having a repertoire of hits behind you is no reason to stop, En Vogue is sure to provoke dancing and uplift in 2018.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more En Vogue’s Return To Recording Arriving In March new-en-vogue-album-expected-march-ne-yo-and-saadiq Twitter News last_img read more

first_imgAs average temperatures rise, two University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers are mapping permafrost’s impact on Alaska. Vladimir Romanovsky and David McGuire are members of a team working to identify worldwide regions susceptible to thermokarst.Romanovsky said the natural process is the result of what happens when ice-rich permafrost begins to melt.“The water may run away or stay in place, but because of that, surface of land is subsiding,” Romanovsky said. “This subsidence could be pretty substantial if permafrost is ice rich, and this subsidence of surface develop features — thermokarst features.After the thaw, the area affected could erode to form gullies, lakes, or any number of other geographic features. Furthermore, normal erosion could make for even deeper gullies and possible drainage from existing lakes. For Alaska’s wildlife, Romanovsky said those consequences are a mixed bag.“For birds who use lakes for living, that development will be good. It may be not so good for caribou, so there will be some losers and winners of this process. The definite loser is infrastructure,” Romanovsky emphasized.The map suggests communities in the Yukon Delta and the North Slope regions are most susceptible to change. Those regions could see a transition towards an increased amount of wetlands. McGuire thinks the map can help developers during those transitions.“If you overlay this, for example, where villages occur or where other infrastructure occurs, you can get a general handle on the amount of infrastructure that’s susceptible to thermokarst disturbance,” McGuire said. “Some of this infrastructure has been put in with the assumption that permafrost will remain relatively stable, and if it does degrade, there will be consequences for maintenance or replacement of infrastructure.”Romanovsky said consequences to infrastructure add to the threat that thawed permafrost already provides.“A part of this process will be development or release of carbon dioxide and methane and possibly other gases into the atmosphere and increasing the amount of greenhouse gases,” Romanovsky said.Romanovsky added that permafrost holds twice as much carbon than what the atmosphere currently has, and says the release process will be slow, estimating decades or more before the full effects are seen.The researchers’ map claims that twenty percent of the globe’s northern permafrost faces a potential threat from the natural process. The thermokarst landscape map is available online.last_img read more

first_imgOver the years, the security of users’ data remains a concern for social media and e-commerce platforms. Recently, we have seen several data leakage incidents involving some big names like Uniqlo and Cathay Pacific Airways. But this time, the impact is closer home. A massive database of 49 million Instagram users has been leaked online, which includes information on celebs, influencer and brands.The data contains user’s Instagram bio, profile picture, location, number of followers, mobile numbers, email IDs, amounts transacted, location of the accounts etc. The leak was first shared with TechCrunch by a cybersecurity researcher. According to the report, the users and influencers are clients of Mumbai-based influencer marketing agency Chtrbox.Chtrbox connects influencers with brands and pays them to post sponsored content and have more than 180,000 clients. The leaked data contains high profiles accounts, which includes popular celebs, prominent food bloggers and social media influencers. Instagram accounts exposedReutersThe report claims, “At the time of news, the database is growing.” However, the marketing firm didn’t respond to a request for comment and several questions, including how the company obtained private Instagram account email addresses and phone numbers. As the news spotted, Chtrbox pulled the database offline.A few years ago, Instagram admitted a security bug in its developer API, which allowed hackers to obtain users information like email addresses and phone numbers of six million Instagram accounts. Later, they sold the data for bitcoin. Instagram accounts exposedReutersHowever, Facebook, which owns Instagram, said, “We’re looking into the issue to understand if the data described – including email and phone numbers – was from Instagram or from other sources.” The social media giant also hinted an investigation of Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available.It is still unclear how this marketing firm manages to access these Instagram accounts. As so many incidents have been noticed, social media platforms and other websites will have to develop some data leakage prevention tool to keep its credibility. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:10Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Instagrams New Update That Sparked Outrage Was Just A Testlast_img read more

first_imgAysha Khan ayshabkhan Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagscomedian Daily Stormer Dean Obeidallah defamation homepage featured libel,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A federal judge has ordered the publishers of a prominent white supremacist website, the Daily Stormer, to pay $4.1 million in damages to Muslim comedian Dean Obeidallah for publishing false statements accusing him of terrorism.In 2017, Obeidallah filed a civil suit in Ohio federal court against the Daily Stormer’s founder, Andrew Anglin, over the neo-Nazi site’s false claims that Obeidallah was part of ISIS and was the “mastermind” behind the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people that year in Manchester, England.“American Muslims should be able to take part in public life without being threatened or attacked,” Obeidallah said in a statement after the award was announced Wednesday morning (June 12). “This ruling sends a clear message that Muslim voices will not be silenced by threats and hate.”Obeidallah is the host of SiriusXM’s daily “The Dean Obeidallah Show,” billed as the first national radio show hosted by a Muslim American, and the podcast “I Want to Be Your Muslim Friend.” The New Jersey-born lawyer-turned-comic also co-founded the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival and co-directed the documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!”Obeidallah said he plans to give the money to organizations working against bigotry.“If I collect a penny from the Nazis, I’m not going to keep their money,” he told the Daily Beast. “I’m going to give it to organizations that fight hate and bigotry, the very groups Nazis despise.”A week after the concert attack in 2017, and shortly after Obeidallah published an op-ed about President Trump and white supremacist terrorism, the Daily Stormer posted an article titled “Dean Obeidallah, Mastermind Behind Manchester Bombing, Calls on Trump to Declare Whites the Real Terrorists.”On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus Jr. ruled that Anglin’s statements about Obeidallah were not protected speech under the First Amendment and ordered Anglin to remove the post.The post, which was still live as of this writing, said Obeidallah is a “confessed terrorist wanted by Europol, the British security service MI-5, Interpol and a litany of other international authorities.” It accused him of escaping to ISIS for safety “after being sought for questioning by MI-5 in connection to the bombing,” then “bragging” about the attack and encouraging others to carry out similar attacks.The post also included several fabricated images of tweets purportedly showing Obeidallah claiming responsibility for the attack and voicing support for other terrorist attacks. The post suggested readers “go confront him” online.One faked tweet reads: “All glory is to Allah, the magnificent and merciful, for it is only by his grace I was successfully able to execute the manchester bombing.” It appears to be based on an actual message from Obeidallah that said, “Thanks to Trump our allies don’t trust us and our enemies don’t fear us. Is this what Trump meant by Making America Great?!”When the article was posted, Obeidallah asked the Daily Stormer to remove it. Two months later, when the post was still there and he had begun receiving death threats and other violent messages, the comedian sued Anglin for libel.In a ruling issued May 2, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio entered a default judgment against Anglin, who had not responded to Obeidallah’s lawsuit, and his company, Moonbase Holdings LLC.On Wednesday, citing Anglin’s failure to respond, the judge granted Obeidallah the full award of $4.1 million.“The message this victory sends is unmistakable: the contemptible lies that Anglin and his ilk disseminate to sow hate among us crumble before the rule of law,” Subodh Chandra, co-counsel for Obeidallah, said after the May ruling. “The fact that Anglin didn’t even try to defend his misconduct shows how much contempt he has for real American values like equality, decency, honesty, integrity, and justice.”Sirine Shebaya, interim legal director of Muslim Advocates, which filed the lawsuit with Obeidallah and Chandra, said the judgment “vindicates Mr. Obeidallah for the ordeal he has suffered because of the shameless smears against him” and “compensated for the threats, emotional stress, and reputational damage he has suffered.”Anglin’s website denies the existence of the Holocaust, includes sections called “Jewish Problem” and “Race War,” and regularly orchestrates online trolling campaigns. The site’s name is a nod to Der Stürmer, a German tabloid that published Nazi propaganda until the end of World War II. TheAnglin, whose whereabouts are unknown, did not respond to a request for comment after Wednesday’s ruling was announced.“The goal of Anglin and the Daily Stormer’s smear campaign was not just to silence me but all others who dare to speak out about the evils of white supremacy,” said Obeidallah. “The hope is that this lawsuit sends a message that white supremacists and neo-Nazis will never bully us into silence and we will continue to wage our fight against hate.”Anglin, the Daily Stormer and Moonbase Holdings LLC are facing other legal troubles, too.A group of Charlottesville, Va., residents is suing Anglin and other organizers of the Unite the Right rally, arguing that the 2017 white supremacist gathering was “a direct conspiracy to commit violence.”A former American University student is seeking $1.5 million in damages from Anglin for allegedly inciting a harassment campaign against her after she became the student government’s first black female president.Last year, a federal judge in Montana ruled that a Jewish Realtor’s lawsuit accusing the Daily Stormer of coordinating a “terror campaign” of online harassment cannot be dismissed on First Amendment grounds. The site published her contact information along with that of her husband and 12-year-old son, which she says led to their receiving more than 700 “disparaging and/or threatening messages” filled with “ethnic slurs and misogynistic rants.” By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Opinioncenter_img Southern Baptists approve amendments dealing with sexual abuse, racism Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Boisterous faith leaders and a silent Pete Buttigieg rally against Trump at White Hous … By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019last_img read more

first_imgThe Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) on Sunday officially ended its deployment in the multinational search operation for the AirAsia plane, which crashed in the Java Sea December 28, with 162 people on board, the SAF said in a press release. The Singapore Navy ship MV Swift Rescue, which found the fuselage of the ill-fated plane, returned to the Changi Naval Base Sunday morning, citing the SAF.Singapore’s Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen along with senior SAF officers, received MV Swift Rescue at the naval base, and a minute of silence was observed for the victims of the accident. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenNg praised the contributions of those who took part in the search operation. “Our SAF servicemen and women gave their best efforts for the search operations,” he said, adding that “their efforts helped bring closure to the families of the victims and provide answers to the cause of the accident.” The cockpit voice recorder, a part of the black box of the crashed plane, was retrieved on Tuesday from the Java sea floor and the main section of the fuselage of the aircraft was located on Wednesday. Rescue teams have so far recovered 48 bodies out of the 162 people who were aboard the aircraft. The return of MV Swift Rescue marked the end of SAF’s deployment.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Those who could not make it to the theme-based Puja pandals in the city will get a second chance to witness some during Jagadhatri Puja.A number of theme-based pandals in the city that have witnessed a staggering footfall during the Puja days is all slated to live a second life on Jagadhatri Puja at Chandannagore, Hooghly. All the four innovative themes churned out by artist Gouranga Kuila for Tridhara Akalbodhan, Mudiali Club, New Alipore Buroshibtala and Barisha Sarbojonin have bagged takers from four Jagadharti Puja committees at Chandannagore. “It is indeed a proud moment that the art décor at the pandals that have received so much appreciation will continue to attract Puja revellers during Jagadhatri puja as well. The sea of humanity that descended at the pandals right from the day of Chaturthi is the reward for the hard work that has been put in,” Kuila said. It may be mentioned that Tridhara Akalbodhan near Deshapriya Park had tried to revive the lost artisanal traditions of Bengal through theme — ‘Prakriti Ratan e Shajabo Jotone’ with an aim to acquaint generation Y with the of art of clay and jute works. The Mudiali Club has created a unique blend of dokra with Banglar Patachitra through its theme ‘Mayer Aanchal’. Tridhara pandal will be on display at Niyogibagan Puja, while Mudiali will be for Char Mandir Tala at Chandannagore. The Barisha Sarbojonin in Behala that drew attention by portraying the life of the Jarowa tribes of Andaman will live a second life at Chandnangaore’s Palpara. Buroshibtala which, through its theme Bangashur Badh, heralded a new morning free from communal tension at a time when there is fear of communal riots looming large in the country will again come alive at a pandal in Mankundu, Hooghly. Among the major crowd pullers in South, Kashi Bose Lane that based its theme on ‘Balcony’ will be on display at a Kali Puja in Kamarhati followed by Jagadhatri Puja at Chandannagore. Theme maker Sanatan Dinda said: “The greatest reward for an artist is to have appreciation from more and more people. It is an inspiration for an artist to work towards excellence.” A number of other Puja committees like Dum Dum Park Tarun Dal, Hindustan Park in Gariahat, Chakraberia Sarboninin in Bhowanipore are also in talks with Jagadhatri puja committees at Chandanngore.last_img read more