If we cant take the heat how can we adapt to the

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, this isn’t an episode about fixing climate change. It’s a story about how to live with what’s happening. It doesn’t matter if you disagree over why we’re seeing more heat waves, higher average temperatures, and melting permafrost—it matters what we’re going to do about it. So how do humans learn to live in a hotter world?There is a surprising number of simple things that both individuals and governments can do that can turn “unbearable and dangerous” into “uncomfortable but hopefully safe”. Will we do them? Or will we spend the next few months arguing about a Carbon Tax while elderly and vulnerable people die in sweltering apartments with no air conditioning?GUEST: Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of WaterlooAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/chtbl.com/track/G9G45/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_07252019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Now more time to probe puppy killings

first_imgKolkata: State Health department has extended the duration of the probe into the killing of puppies in the NRS Medical College and Hospital by one month.The Health department had earlier in January instructed to complete the probe within 60 days but it has not been done so far. As a result the department is forced to extend the duration of the probe by a month. A senior official of the health department said that they could not arrive in a consensual decision on the basis of the probe. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThose who are conducting a probe have sought some more time. On the basis of the request by the investigating team, the health department officials agreed to provide them another one month for the completion of the probe. According to the official, the decision will be taken against the accused on the basis of the report submitted by the investigation team. NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities assured stringent action against the accused involved in the killing of 16 puppies. The autopsy report suggested the puppies were beaten to death. A video corroborated the fact and showed two women hitting the puppies with an iron rod. The incident had taken place on hospital campus. A separate probe has been initiated by the city police and a case against some unknown persons has been lodged. Hospital authorities formed a three-member committee to probe into the incident. They earlier assured that action will be taken against the guilty. Two nursing students were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident and they were later released on bail.last_img read more

Morocco Wife of Former Minister Allegedly Buys a Hyena For Witchcraft

first_imgCasablanca- The world of witchcraft in Morocco never ceases to surprise us. A woman believed to be the wife of a former Moroccan minister was recently arrested while trying to buy a hyena, known for being used in witchcraft rituals. A woman said to be the wife of a former Moroccan minister was recently arrested in Dakhla, in southern Morocco, as she was negotiating the price of a hyena with a huntsman, according to daily Akhbar Al Yaoum. Accompanied by her housemaid, the woman met with a huntsman who was supposed to sell her a dead hyena for MAD 110,000. Police found the sum of money in the suspect’s car, according to the same source. The suspect was subsequently released after the police received a call said to be from high-ranking people, according to the same source. The housemaid and the huntsman were interrogated and then released. The hyena is sold in Morocco and other African countries for witchcraft rituals. Its price ranges between MAD 100,000 and MAD 160,000, and may cost more in some cases. Hyenas’ brain, called “Mokh dbaâ” in Moroccan Arabic, costs MAD 500 a gram in Morocco. Their brain is used in witchcraft rituals to presumably render people loveable and successful individuals in their society.Hyenas’ brain is only one among a plethora of other notorious witchcraft ingredients used in Morocco. Witchcraft practitioners in Morocco may sometimes request shocking things from their clients in exchange of their “supernatural services.” © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Ambassador to Morocco Russia Remains Friendly with Parties to Western Sahara

Rabat – The Russian ambassador to Morocco, Valerian Shuvaev, has told Sputnik News that Russia “maintains friendly relations with the parties to the Western Sahara conflict.”The diplomat added that the conflict should be resolved under the auspices of the UN, “especially since there is a Council authorized to resolve these issues.”Shuvaev said that Russia’s expertise was to “provide practical formulas.”  However, “because there are many parties involved in the conflict, certainly someone will consider it a kind of pressure, and this is something we want to avoid.” “We maintain normal relations with all parties to the conflict; we keep contacts with the Polisario Front, and with Morocco, Algeria, and Mauritania.”He said Russia is ready to recognize any decision agreed on by the parties.Moroccan observers and analysts consider Russia one of the main supporters of Algeria and its ally the Polisario Front.Read Also: Haiti: Morocco Autonomy Plan Will Guarantee Stability in Western SaharaDespite the rapprochement between Morocco and Russia in recent years, Algeria has stronger relations with Russia because they share technical military cooperation.Russia remains the primary military supplier of Algeria. Russia also supports a “referendum in Western Sahara.”In July, Russian Ambassador to Algeria Igor Belyaev was quoted by MEMO as saying, “Moscow is keen to take the position in favour of the implementation of the United Nations resolutions. Russia supports what the United Nations delegates are doing to organise the referendum in Western Sahara. It also supports the efforts of UN Secretary-General Envoy, Horst Kohler, to re-launch dialogue between Morocco and the Polisario.”Read Also: Western Sahara: Russia Says Algeria Should Negotiate as ‘Observer State’Russia also opposes Morocco’s position that Algeria should take responsibility as a main party and not as an observer to the conflict as it has been claiming for years.The Russian foreign affairs ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, said that Algeria should shun Western Sahara peace talks as an “observer country.”Russia also supports Algeria’s traditional position that Morocco and the Porsario are the only parties that should negotiate.Traditionally wary of the UN-led political process, Russia also blocked an initial draft of the  UN Security resolution on the extension of MINURSO in April of this year.Russia aimed to make the resolution friendlier to Algeria. After the resolution was adopted, Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, said that the text of the resolution was “unbalanced.”He added that the US-drafted resolution was slightly one-sided and that “a number of suggestions by other Security Council members remained unanswered.”Russia, however, was unable to do the same with the recently adopted Resolution 2440. The resolution named Algeria, calling on the country to work constructively along with the other parties to ensure a successful result in the UN-led process. read more

Former Yugoslav army officer set to appear before UN tribunal

Capt. Miroslav Radic faces two counts relating to wilful killing and causing great suffering. He is also charged with two counts of violations of the laws of war and another two counts of crimes against humanity.The charges stem from the events of November 1991 when the federal Yugoslav Peoples Army (JNA) surrounded the city of Vukovar and engaged in a sustained artillery assault on the city, according the indictment. In the last days of the siege, several hundred people sought refuge at Vukovar Hospital.JNA and Serb paramilitary soldiers – under the command or supervision of Captain Radic, Mile Mrksic, Veselin Sljivancanin and aided by Slavko Dokmanovic – removed about 400 non-Serb individuals from the Vukovar Hospital and then transported around 300 of them to a farm building in Ovcara, where they beat them for several hours.Afterwards, soldiers transported their non-Serb captives, in groups of about 10 to 20, to a site between the Ovcara farm and Grabovo, where they shot killed at least 198 men and 2 women. Bulldozer buried the bodies of the victim in a mass grave at the same location.Captain Radic commanded a special infantry unit of the JNA, which was a component of the Guards Brigade from Belgrade. read more

Comcast deal to buy Time Warner Cable poses quandary for regulators questions

Comcast deal to buy Time Warner Cable poses quandary for regulators, questions for consumers FILE – This Feb. 11, 2011 file photo shows the Comcast logo on one of the company’s vehicles, in Pittsburgh. Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, or $158.82 per share, in a deal that would combine the top two cable TV companies in the nation, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced formally. An announcement is set for Thursday morning, Feb. 13, 2014, the person said. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2014 10:37 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – With a single behemoth purchase, Comcast is creating a dominant force in American entertainment and presenting federal regulators with an equally outsized quandary: How should they handle a conglomerate that promises to improve cable TV and Internet service to millions of homes but also consolidates unprecedented control of what viewers watch and download?Comcast, which was already the nation’s No. 1 pay TV and Internet provider, says its $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable will provide faster, more reliable service to more customers and save money on TV programming costs. If the acquisition is approved, Comcast will serve some 30 million pay TV customers and 32 million Internet subscribers.But industry watchdogs say the deal will give the company too much power and ultimately raise the price of high-speed connections.“How much power over content do we want a single company to have?” said Bert Foer, president of the American Antitrust Institute, a Washington-based consumer-interest group.The all-stock deal approved by the boards of both companies trumps a proposal from Charter Communications to buy Time Warner Cable for about $38 billion. It also represents another giant expansion following Comcast’s $30 billion purchase of NBCUniversal, operator of networks like NBC, Bravo and USA, which was completed last March.Comcast says it will continue to operate under conditions the government imposed when it approved that transaction, including a requirement that it provide standalone Internet service without tying it to a pay TV package, make programming available without discrimination to other providers, and treat all Internet traffic the same, even if it is for video competitors such as Netflix. However, those conditions expire in 2018, and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts was not prepared to voluntarily extend those into the future in a conference call with journalists.“Those Internet conditions would apply on Day One,” he said. “How long that goes is not something I want to speculate on, but many years at the very minimum.”Roberts argued that the cable industry has been losing TV subscribers for the last decade because of increased competition from satellite TV providers that include DirecTV and Dish and telecom companies like AT&T and Verizon. Despite gaining subscribers in the final quarter of last year, the forecast is to lose more in 2014.“It’s a very competitive business,” he said. “That being said, we’ve expanded for consumers their capabilities and access to content in remarkable ways.”While video services are competitive, they are becoming less important for cable operators as higher programming costs cut into profits. On the other hand, Internet services are highly profitable and in many markets, cable companies offer the best speeds available.“In most places outside of a few big metro areas, you’ve only got cable as the only game in town,” said Craig Aaron, president of Free Press, a public-interest group that focuses on the media industry. “I don’t see there on their list of proposed consumer benefits prices going down.”In fact, Comcast Executive Vice-President David Cohen told reporters on a conference call that Internet-service prices will probably keep going up.“We’re certainly not promising that customer bills are going to go down or that they’ll increase less rapidly,” Cohen said.Antitrust lawyers say that prices for Comcast’s services will probably be one focus of a review expected to be handled by the Justice Department.“If there’s no claim of consumer gain at all, they’ll have trouble gaining the Justice Department’s approval,” said Keith Hylton, an antitrust expert and professor at the Boston University School of Law. “They tend to demand efficiency gains in the form of lower prices to consumers.”Antitrust attorney Michael Keeley of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider in Washington, predicted that the Federal Communications Commission will use its review of the deal to extract concessions such as an extended promise to treat all Internet traffic fairly after the commission’s rules on the subject were struck down last month by a federal appeals court.The Justice Department and the FCC declined to comment.The deal is expected to close by the end of the year, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.Comcast has 22 million pay TV customers but plans to divest 3 million after the deal closes. Time Warner Cable will contribute 11.4 million customers. The deal will give the combined company a strong presence in 19 of the top 20 metro areas in the U.S.The price amounts to $158.82 per share for Time Warner Cable and is about 17 per cent above that stock’s Wednesday closing price of $135.31. It tops a Charter Communications Inc. proposal to buy Time Warner Cable for about $132.50 per share.Charter had pursued Time Warner Cable for months, but Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus consistently rejected what he called a lowball offer, saying he would cut a deal for $160 per share in cash and stock.For a time, Comcast stayed in the background, waiting to purchase any chunk of subscribers that a combined Charter-Time Warner Cable would sell off.Roberts said Comcast’s concurrent talks with Time Warner Cable sped up recently, and that the last week “was a real flurry.” Executives signed a deal at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, he said.The company says the deal restores its video market share to just under 30 per cent, about what it had when it bought AT&T Broadband in 2002 and part of Adelphia Communications in 2006. It’s also below the 30 per cent cap that had been imposed by the FCC until the rule was struck down by an appeals court in 2009.Comcast is also taking the position that because Comcast and Time Warner Cable do not serve overlapping markets, combining the two won’t reduce competition for consumers.Comcast operates in Chicago and mainly in Northeast markets that include Boston, Washington and its home base of Philadelphia. Time Warner Cable has strongholds around its headquarters in New York, as well in Los Angeles, Dallas and Milwaukee.In many of those areas, the combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable will face competition from rivals AT&T and Verizon, which provide both pay TV services and Internet hookups. Both AT&T and Verizon are growing quickly. They ended 2013 with 5.5 million and 5.3 million pay TV subscribers, respectively.Time Warner Cable shareholders will receive 2.875 Comcast shares for every Time Warner Cable share they own. Once the deal is final, they will end up owning about 23 per cent of the combined company.Comcast and Time Warner Cable are expected to save $1.5 billion in annual costs over three years, with half of that realized in the first year.Comcast also plans to add an additional $10 billion in share buybacks at the close of the deal, on top of a recent plan to boost its share buyback authority to $7.5 billion from $1 billion.Shares of Time Warner Cable jumped 7 per cent, or $9.49, to close Thursday at $144.80 after the deal was announced, while broader trading indexes rose less than 1 per cent. Comcast shares fell more than 4.1 per cent, or $2.28, to close at $52.97. Charter shares dropped 6.3 per cent, or $8.66, to close at $128.91. read more

Bombproof super yacht worth £225m moors on Thames next to HMS Belfast

first_imgThe boat going through the Thames Barrier But Motor Yacht A is one of a growing number of super yachts to moor at the spot during their owner’s London visits, and its appearance next to HMS Belfast has raised questions about whether it is a fitting neighbour for the warship.HMS Belfast was among the Royal Navy ships which protected badly-needed supplies bound for Russia as part of the Arctic Convoys during World War Two, earning the enduring gratitude of many of many of Mr Melnichenko’s countrymen to this day. One defended the Arctic Convoys against Hitler’s U Boats and took part in the D-Day invasion of Europe, the other is the £225 million plaything of a Russian billionaire.The two boats made a rather incongruous pairing yesterday, moored side by side at Tower Bridge.While HMS Belfast is now a much-loved monument, moored permanently in central London in honour of the men who served on her, the futuristically designed – but rather prosaically named – Motor Yacht A is one of two super yachts owned by Andrey Melnichenko.. Mr Melnichenko, who has made a fortune from oil, coal and chemicals, took advantage of the Port of London’s mooring facilities next to HMS Belfast to show off his boat.And he has plenty to show off. Designed by Philippe Stark it has three swimming pools on board, including one with a glass bottom, along with six guests suites, a helipad and a top speed of 23 knots.It takes a crew of 42 to keep everything ship shape on the 390ft yacht, built by the leading German shipyard Blohm + Voss in Hamburg.Mr Melnichenko arrived in London on Motor Yacht A after inspecting his new vessel Sailing Boat A, which is currently being completed at the shipyard.He is understood to be putting Motor Yacht A – the 21st largest super yachts in the world – up for sale and there is speculation he is hoping of entice a buyer among the capital’s super rich. The yacht has several hatchesCredit:Rob Powell/LNP The yacht's own motorboat The yacht sailed up the Thames and under Tower Bridge The yacht has several hatchescenter_img Sailing Boat A, also designed by Stark, reportedly cost £313 million and, if anyone’s counting, is the ninth largest super yacht in the world. Its main mast is so large it contains a small room and stands 300ft tall.It is not unusual for other vessels to moor alongside HMS Belfast. Since the warship was permanently moored near Tower Bridge, in 1971, hundreds of cruise liners, Royal Navy and foreign naval ships have tied up alongside.Indeed at one stage during the seventies Elizabeth Taylor and her then husband Richard Burton moored alongside HMS Belfast, reportedly to avoid their pet dogs having to go through quarantine measures. The yacht sailed up the Thames and under Tower BridgeCredit:Rob Powell/LNP Mr Melnichenko , who was born in Belarus, has a fortune of £8.6 billion, according to Forbes magazine, built largely as a result of his interests in coal mining, oil extraction and chemical processing in Russia.In addition to the two yachts, the mogul owns a customised Boeing 737 private jet, a villa in the French Riviera, a penthouse in New York and a sprawling estate near Ascot, England, where he lives with his wife Aleksandra, a former model and pop star from Serbia. The yacht’s own motorboatCredit:Nigel Bowles The boat going through the Thames BarrierCredit:Rob Powell/LNP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Pics Limerick residents return home to assess flood devastation

first_img(Image: Niall Carson/PA)RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY flooding in Limerick yesterday started to return to their homes today to assess the damage done.The army, emergency services and local organisations were continuing to deal with the aftermath of the severe flooding cause by yesterday’s storm, mainly in the King’s Island area of the city.Water levels remain high and the worst affected areas are cordoned off. The flooding has been described as “unprecedented”.Earlier today Limerick City and County Manager Conn Murray met with local public representatives to brief them on developments.“I understand the great shock experienced by residents especially the elderly,” he said. “Nobody in the city, not even the oldest resident of King’s Island, can ever recall such severe flooding. We had our preparations made and had been working to shore up defences for days in the areas considered most at risk of flooding in the city and county but the volume of water was such that many of our defences were simply unable to cope.”last_img read more

Well holey god Giant sinkhole swallows family car

first_imgUpdated 11pmIT WAS SUPPOSED to be a normal Sunday afternoon for one couple in England but instead they ended up with a sinking feeling (sorry).A large 30ft deep sinkhole opened up in Phil and Liz Conran’s driveway in Buckinghamshire in southern England yesterday, swallowing their car whole.Nobody was inside the Volkswagen Lupo when the ground beneath it gave way. The car is still at the bottom of the hole where it is covered with rubble.Phil Conran looks out of a window from his home.Obviously we’re not geologists but this is one hole-y impressive geological feature. (Again, we’re so sorry).Emergency services were called to the scene and spent an hour assessing the situation. “Firefighters placed a cordon around it and gave safety advice,” a spokesperson for Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority said.A view of inside the sinkhole. The outline of the car can be seen at the bottom.The local council has said it is working to help repair the hole. In the meantime, the couple have been advised to find somewhere else to stay while further investigations are carried out.Sinkholes in the UK (and Ireland) are very rare, with most appearing in rural locations. They are caused by underground water hollowing out the ground and causing the surface to give way.Surveyors look at the damage caused. Phil and Liz Conran standing outside their home in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. Pics: Steve Parsons/PA WireRead: We thought that earlier pothole was big but then we saw this one… > Read: Underwater sinkhole suddenly swallows a dozen trees >last_img read more

Review Magellan eXplorist 510 hiking GPS

first_imgMagellan’s eXplorist 510 is a handheld GPS device designed for outdoors enthusiasts. With a current price of about $325 it’s for people who are looking for a few more advanced features, like expandable storage, and cool perks, like a built-in camera, but still want something that is easy to use. It’s a bit more expensive than my current favorite GPS device, the Garmin GPSMAP 62, but it is more consumer-friendly, thanks to the use of a 3.0-inch touchscreen, an almost total lack of buttons, and that geotagging camera.The eXplorist 510 is powered by the Sirfstar III chipset, so you know it’s relatively solid in terms of accuracy and consistency, but there is no exterior antenna or antenna connection port. It measures 2.57″ x 5.04″ x 1.45″ and weighs about 7 ounces so it’s not too small or light, but it’s comfortable to hold in your hand, like a smooth, rubbery pebble. It’s powered by two AA batteries and doesn’t get warm to the touch while operating.Basic features of the eXplorist include a 240×400 3.0-inch touchscreen, 500MB user-accesible on-board storage (2GB total), microSD expansion (card not included), IPX7 certification, WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS compatibility, a 3.2MP camera, and it’s preloaded with World Edition maps. Some features you might not expect are a microphone (for voice notes) and speaker. The battery life is said to be 16 hours.As far as build goes, the eXplorist 510 seems solid enough. The IPX7 certification means this thing is tough enough, plus Magellan builds these to take a few drops. The increased screen size means some vulnerability but the screen is recessed so this shouldn’t be an issue. The battery compartment is sealed and the USB connection is behind a rubber cover so the 510 should be fully splash-proof.As far the the controls go, the device only has three buttons: a hot key for the camera, a menu button, and the power button. The menu button will get you a quick context menu and the camera button doesn’t act as a trigger, but it will get you right to the camera. The vast majority of the controls are done using the touchscreen, which is something users will love or hate. If you think touch controls are too slow or you often wear gloves, this is simply not the right device for you. Personally I prefer using buttons for controls, but that does mean sacrificing on display size. I’ll be the first to admit that the 3.0-inch display on this Magellan is a nice upgrade from the GPS devices I’m used to.I tested performance and usability by taking the eXplorist 510 on a few outings, mostly walks around NYC and NJ. As far as the GPS goes it seems to take some time to acquire a signal, but after that it did the job well. This is really up to the Sirfstar, which we know to be a dependable chipset so as much as you might like to praise or knock Magellan, the Sirfstar is doing the heavy lifting here. The lack of exterior antenna can’t help things out, but I never had any real problems so I didn’t find the accuracy, consistency, or acquisition to be lacking. If anything I would say that the built-in compass doesn’t seem to be very accurate when you are moving slowly (or not at all), but this probably has to do with how it’s calculating direction.I did find the device’s controls to be slow to navigate, thanks mainly to the menu system. The fact that my hands were downright freezing when trying to use this on a windy February day here in New York didn’t help. Between the touch interface and unintuitive menu system I found myself not doing the tinkering activities I tend to engage in when electronics are in front of me. This could be seen as a bad thing, but for a GPS–which you use when you should be focused on the hiking or biking–it’s really not a huge problem. I did appreciate the built-in camera, but my smartphone has GPS, so I was usually willing to tradeoff accuracy for image quality.From what I’ve seen of the Magellan eXplorist 510, it’s a nice step forward for Magellan. The eXplorist GC was very basic, but with the 510 they were able to put out a device that has a reasonable feature set and that is very approachable. Whether this is your first GPS or you just want something easy to use, the 510 will do the job nicely, even if it is a bit pricey for the entry-level crowd (current street price is $324). I will note that the reviews on Amazon.com are excellent so there is a good chance that while I had some issues with the interface and design choices, this seems to be a very good option for the right GPS user.In the video below I run through the features of the eXplorist 510, plus I compare it to the eXplorist 710, eXplorist 610, and the eXplorist 310.This loaner unit was provided for testing by Magellan.last_img read more

Ubisoft unveils new IP Watch Dogs

first_imgThe number of notable games classed as open world experiences is slowly growing. Number one on the list has to be the Grand Theft Auto series, but we can also include Saints Row, Prototype, and inFamous on there. Now Ubisoft is throwing its hat into the ring with a brand new open world action adventure IP called Watch Dogs.Ubisoft announced the game at E3 yesterday and has created a new team to develop Watch Dogs comprising of key members of the Assassin’s Creed, Rainbow 6, and Far Cry teams. What they’ve created is a world where cities are controlled by computers, and those computers are controlled by private companies (sounds like the real world to me). The problem is, the whole system is corrupt.You play as Aiden Pearce, but your special abilities don’t extend to fantastical powers or over the top weaponry. Watch Dogs seems to be keeping a firm grasp on reality, so you’ll be hacking into computer systems, using security cameras, jamming cell phones, and manipulating traffic lights to achieve a goal, or at the very least a distraction.Your main weapons seem to be a gun and a cell phone, with the emphasis firmly on the cell phone to access systems and manipulate the environment. From the two videos and handful of screenshots Ubisoft has released so far, it certainly seems as if the focus is on intelligent play over combat, but that’s not to say this won’t have well thought out combat mechanics as the gameplay video above clearly shows.Watch Dogs is planned for release on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, but no release dates have been revealed yet. After just this early preview the game certainly looks promising and the engine looks fantastic.More to come at Watch Dogslast_img read more

Ibrahim Halawas family say he is now dying in prison

first_img 164 Comments Halwa was on one of many visits to Cairo when he was arrested. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 5:58 PM Halwa was on one of many visits to Cairo when he was arrested. Image: Facebook/Free Ibrahim Halawa IBRAHIM HALAWA’S FAMILY have said that he is “dying” in prison as his detention continued to tick towards it’s fifth year.The Dublin-born prisoner has been held without trial in Egypt since being arrested at a protest in Cairo in August 2013.Despite numerous requests by the Irish government that he be freed, Egyptian President el-Sisi has said that he could only consider pardoning him when his trial is complete.Halawa’s trial has, however, been scheduled and cancelled 19 times meaning that he is yet to receive due process almost four years after his arrest.Amnesty International has been among those to criticise the trial process and has condemned efforts to try Halawa in a mass trial involving an estimated 493 other defendants.Halawa’s family and politicians who have visited him have criticised the harsh conditions in which he is being held and his family has now said his condition has deteriorated.They say he has developed a skin disease from staying in the prison hospital in which he is held.“Ibrahim is dying and we as a family will hold both governments responsible for anything to happen to him. We’re running out of time. We urge the Taoiseach to at least secure his release before its too late,” the said.Halawa’s family have previously outlined the circumstances under which he was arrested, saying they were attending a protest against government oppression and brutality.They have also expressed their dismay that he was not released along with 203 political prisoners who were freed by the government yesterday.The Green Party has said that the government must do more to ensure the safety of an Irish citizen who is being held in such conditions.“The government have to take a firmer line with the Egyptian authorities. Ibrahim’s family have said today that Ibrahim is dying – it is not acceptable that an Irish citizen could die in a foreign prison,” deputy leader Catherine Martin said today.“It is not acceptable that an Irish citizen can be held for over three years without trial. The government’s wait-and-see approach is no longer acceptable.”Read: Charlie Flanagan says ‘substantial resources’ are being deployed to secure Halawa’s release >Read: Family statement says Ibrahim Halawa moved to prison hospital > Short URL Share Tweet Email center_img Image: Facebook/Free Ibrahim Halawa 50,177 Views Ibrahim Halawa’s family say he is now ‘dying’ in prison The Dubliner has been jailed in an Egyptian prison since August 2013. By Rónán Duffy Mar 14th 2017, 5:58 PM http://jrnl.ie/3287551 last_img read more

SEC Announces New Cybersecurity Unit Following Breach

first_img Hackers breached the Securities and Exchange Commission, a US department charged with regulating stock and bonds trading and helping prevent corruption, last year. The agency’s head, Jay Clayton, revealed the news during a Senate hearing Tuesday, according to the Washington Post. The attack may have even allowed hackers to profit off of stock trading — the very thing the department is supposed to prevent.Clayton’s testimony took place with the backdrop of the recent Equifax hack, and senators grilled him on the state of the industry.“I think the resignation of the CEO is by no means enough,” Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) said, referencing the departure of Equifax executive Richard Smith following the fallout from the breach. “I question whether Equifax has the right to even continue providing these services with the level of sloppiness and lack of attention to cybersecurity.”Clayton responded by saying that the agency would founding a new cybersecurity unity and would be dramatically stepping up its efforts to secure the data it keeps on American businesses and investors.Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) reportedly noticed that several Equifax executives had sold millions’ worth of stock between the time that the company had discovered its breach and when it disclosed that information to the public. “Is that insider trading?” Kennedy pressed.Clayton deflected, adding that the agency was facing an exorbitant number of threats.“We are under constant attack by nefarious actors,” he said. “We must remain on top of evolving threats when it comes to securing our own networks and systems against intrusion.”While the hearing was intended to be about the SEC’s own breach, it became something of a reflection on things that are to come. The SEC’s hack involved a system dubbed “EDGAR,” which stores regulatory filings. If hackers gained access to it, they could have used it to make trades with insider knowledge. Many of the breaches against corporations are, indeed, to gain corporate secrets that could be used for insider trading. Two years ago, federal regulators unearthed a massive hacking ring that was able to make more than $100 million on illicit trades thanks to stolen corporate secrets.The SEC’s response has been to collect more detailed information on top companies, their executives and about stock trades. This would make it easier to detect possible manipulation or insider trading. But, given the SEC’s track record, questions have been raised as to whether or not the agency could properly protect the data it would need, especially in light of the EDGAR breach in 2016. But, if nothing is done, the coming years may be a gold mine for cybercrime and corruption the world over.“It is critical that the SEC safeguards the data it collects and maintains — especially as the consolidated audit trail, or CAT, becomes operational,” Chairman of the Banking Committee, Senator Mike Crap (R-Idaho), said. “The recent Equifax breach has highlighted the need to protect this sensitive and valuable information.”I have a feeling that hacks will be one of the main headline-grabbers we see again and again over the next few years. It’s not looking good for those of us who wanted to avoid a real-world cyberpunk dystopia. Stay on target Your Apps Are Out to Get YouEquifax Screwed Up. Bad. Again. last_img read more

Lozano named CONCACAF player of the year

first_imgHirving Lozano has been rewarded with the CONCACAF male player of the year for 2018, while the United States international Alex Morgan went home with the female prize.PSV and Mexico winger Lozano, who has been in excellent form has been linked to top clubs in Europe with Barcelona the likely destination became the youngest ever male recipient of the award at age 23.The Mexican winger was instrumental in his country’s impressive outing at the World Cup and has been pivotal for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.23 – At the age of 23, Hirving Lozano is the youngest player ever to win the #CONCACAF Male Player of the Year award. Transcendent #concacafawards pic.twitter.com/bulP50EId0— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) January 15, 2019Cristiano Ronaldo, FIFA, FIFA Best Male playerReport: Morgan is ready to meet Ronaldo George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Alex Morgan is ready to meet Cristiano Ronaldo, even after her some curious if not skeptical words on the player outside of being a…Morgan, meanwhile, collects the CONCACAF female player of the year award for the fourth time in her career, the Orlando Pride star having won the prize three years in a row.Other notable winners were Real Madrid and Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas who won the CONCACAF prize for the best male goalkeeper, while the female equivalent prize went to Alyssa Naeher of the USA and the Chicago Red Stars.4 – Alex Morgan has now won four #CONCACAF Female Player of the Year awards, including three straight. Only one other player – male or female – has won more than one (Keylor Navas – two). Pinnacle. #concacafawards pic.twitter.com/yIzT6O6HpI— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) January 15, 2019last_img read more

Shelby Leaning toward Taking the Gavel of Defense Spending Panel

first_imgAlabama Sen. Richard Shelby (R), who is widely expected to become chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee following Sen. Thad Cochran’s retirement April 1, is considering leading the defense appropriations subcommittee as well, reports CQ. “I have a great interest in defense. I’ve been on that committee a long time. I was on the Armed Services Committee for eight years before I came to appropriations,” Shelby said Tuesday. Cochran (R-Miss.) currently chairs both the full committee and the defense subcommittee.Photo by Tech. Sgt. Lee Osberry Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

Listen To LeAnn Rimes Stripped Down Version Of How Do I Live

first_img Email Twitter LeAnn Rimes’ New “How Do I Live” listen-leann-rimes-stripped-down-version-how-do-i-live Listen To LeAnn Rimes’ Stripped Down Version Of “How Do I Live” News Facebook The GRAMMY winner reinterprets one of her biggest hits as a thank you to fans Renée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 29, 2018 – 12:23 pm While she had already earned her first two career GRAMMYs at the 39th GRAMMY Awards for the year before, with the release of her sixth single, 1997’s “How Do I Live,” a then-15-year-old LeAnn Rimes skyrocketed her career to another level.The track earned Rimes a GRAMMY nomination, and it landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. “How Do I Live” then parked itself on the chart for an impressive 69 weeks, half in the Top 10, a feat only recently bested by Ed Sheeran’s GRAMMY-winning “Shape Of You.”Now that we’ve reached the 20-year milestone since the track’s release, Rimes decided it was time to strip the track down to its essence in time for her tour in support of her 2016 album, Remnants. She re-recorded “How Do I Live,” this time tempering the tempo, peeling back the chorus to reveal heart-wrenching falsetto tones and giving the Diane Warren-penned track a totally new lease on life.Rimes released the studio version of the re-imagined “How Do I Live” on March 29 as a thank you to fans who have supported Rimes’ career along the way and as a way to celebrate the tune’s anniversary.”I greatly appreciate and adore the original version and all that it has done — that will always exist and never change,” Rimes told Billboard. “I would love for this new arrangement to sit alongside the original as a companion, highlighting what a classic song Diane Warren created.”Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

Music is a way of life for producer singer Vin Bogart

first_imgVin BogartPR HandoutFor some, music is an art form, for others, it is an emotional escape from the realities of life, both in celebration and melancholy. It bridges cultures and connects people beyond any other form of art. For Vin Bogart, it is a way of life.Vin Bogart is a producer, singer, and songwriter who grew up in Los Angeles. After following a standard pursuit of going to college and studying physics, Bogart doggedly worked on music in his free time.While attempting to break in the entertainment industry, he got a job as a music video director, shooting for various artists in Los Angeles. Not long after, he switched gears and worked in a tech company. However, like a siren in the seas, music kept calling him back to his passion.After leaving the tech company, Bogart went full time into music, producing his first EP titled Soul, chronicling heart-break, spirituality and a tender approach towards a love-centric view of the world. The EP generated a buzz in the local community, earning him enough support to provide some traction for a virtual reality music video that opened his music to a new fanbase.Bogart emphasizes the importance of going beyond the boundaries of genre, which is a new phenomenon brought on by the advent of the new form of music consumption. By tapping into a variety of instruments, including acoustic guitars layered atop synths and low end rumbling bass sounds, Bogart embarked on his recent project in 2018, a multi- volume project called The Way. Continuing on his experimental style, he taps into various genre and crafts a unique sound that is as diverse as it is meaningful.last_img read more

11 weeks after Germanwings crash victims remains head home

first_img“We get treated very well,” he said. “What’s done is done for us — we just sort of want it to end.”___Keaten reported from Paris. Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin and Kristen Gelineau in Sydney contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories center_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — After more than two months of waiting, families of the 150 people killed when a Germanwings plane smashed into the French Alps in March will finally start burying their loved ones as the airline’s parent company begins sending home victims’ remains.Lufthansa sent coffins with the remains of 44 victims by cargo plane Tuesday night from Marseille, France, to Duesseldorf, Germany, where Germanwings flight 9525 from Barcelona was supposed to land March 24. Comments   Share   Instead, authorities say, the co-pilot purposely slammed the plane into a mountainside.“The families are in denial. They cannot and do not want to realize that their children are dead,” said Elmar Giemulla, a lawyer for families of 34 of the victims. “It will be brutal when they see the coffins tomorrow, but it is necessary, because they need closure and that’s only possible if they accept that their children are dead.”Giemulla’s clients include relatives of 16 students from one high school in Haltern, Germany, who were on their way home from a school exchange program when they died.“Now, if the coffins are returning, the parents will know: This is really a fact, it’s not just news,” he said.An MD-11 jet carrying the coffins touched down in Duesseldorf as night fell on Tuesday, and parents and relatives will be allowed to visit the coffins inside a hangar on Wednesday. A convoy of hearses will then head for Haltern, passing Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium, the school the teens attended.Most of the families in Haltern and beyond have been trying to cope with their pain in private, and many of the burials expected in the German town and nearby villages over the next few days and weeks will be family affairs. Remains of the rest of the victims, who had 19 different nationalities, will be sent back over the coming weeks. Nearly half of the victims were German and 47 others were Spanish. Sponsored Stories It has taken a long time to return the remains in part because of errors on official death certificates that rendered them invalid. There were also challenges finding and identifying the remains in the remote area where the crash happened because the plane was travelling so fast that its tail slammed into the mountainside a split second after the nose did, vaporizing much of the aircraft and its contents.Prosecutors in France and Germany believe Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally crashed the Airbus A320. They say he had been hiding psychological problems from his employer.The office of Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, who is leading a French investigation into the crash, said he will meet with victims’ relatives Thursday in Paris to go over the discovery of DNA evidence and explain the details of handing over remains.Robin expects 300 to 400 people to attend the closed-door meeting.The family of two Australian victims, Carol Friday and her son Greig, won’t be there, said her brother, Malcolm Coram. Coram visited the crash site about a month ago, and told The Associated Press it was simply too far to return again so soon.Coram said he wasn’t sure when his sister’s and nephew’s remains will be returned to Australia, but he expects it will be sometime before August. He said family members have been happy with the way that Germanwings and authorities have communicated with them.last_img read more

Equifax Market Set for Growth as Home Equity Credit Balances Rise

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Delinquency Equifax Home Equity Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Debt Service Providers 2012-10-09 Carrie Bay in Data, Origination Equifax: Market ‘Set for Growth’ as Home Equity Credit Balances Rise Sharecenter_img October 9, 2012 444 Views Home equity installment balances rose 0.3 percent in August├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øthe first monthly increase since November 2007, according to “”Equifax””:http://www.equifax.com. The company says its findings signal “”a possible turning point in mortgage demand.””[IMAGE]This newly developed trend in home equity credit is highlighted in Equifax’s newest National Consumer Credit Trends Report and bears noting after the home equity credit market plummeted along with property values during the housing downturn. The total number of home equity installment loans fell 43 percent in a span of four years├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Ø-from 7.7 million in August 2007 to 4.4 million in August 2012, Equifax reports. Home equity installment balances contracted even further, declining 49 percent from their $278 billion peak in September 2007 to just $143 billion in August 2012.[COLUMN_BREAK]But according to Amy Crews Cutts, Equifax’s chief economist, recent trends seem to indicate the residential real estate market has finally found solid ground. “”We’re seeing signs that the contraction in mortgage debt is slowing and delinquencies continue to trend down at the same time that mortgage rates set new record lows on almost a weekly basis,”” Crews Cutts explained. “”The environment has been set for growth for a while├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Ø-now it looks like it may finally be happening.”” While delinquency rates on home equity accounts have been stable in a narrow band in recent months, Equifax says write-off rates accelerated their declines in August. Home equity installment loans were written off at a rate of just 2.69 percent during the month, down 16 percent from July’s write-off rate and the lowest level Equifax has recorded since February 2008.Looking at home equity credit developments at a more granular level, New Mexico led August’s growth with both the largest monthly gain in loan balances (+2.3 percent) and in the number of loans outstanding (+1.7 percent). Rounding out the top five states with the greatest percentage growth in loan balances were California (+2.3 percent), Nevada (+2.1 percent), Colorado (+2.0 percent), and Florida (+1.9 percent). The same states topped the charts for percentage growth in number of loans, but in different positions. Coming in behind New Mexico and the No. 1 spot was Florida (+1.6 percent), Nevada (+1.5 percent), California (+1.35 percent), and then Colorado (+1.3 percent).last_img read more

Strike to go ahead at Limassol port on Wednesday

first_imgStaff at Limassol port will stage a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, protesting at the same time outside the presidential palace, it was announced on Monday.The council of ministers will meet at the presidential palace on Wednesday to appoint a court of arbitration to resolve the dispute. Port workers are against the process, and have refused to nominate their representative to the body.According to trade union Segdamelin-Peo, at 11am on Wednesday a letter will be handed to President Nicos Anastasiades and to members of the council of ministers, explaining the reasons for the tallymen and dockworkers discontent.Port workers are in a dispute with the cargo terminal operators over their collective agreement. They say they will not accept any alterations to the agreement attempted by the employers.The government intends to appoint a court of arbitration to resolve the dispute to comprise of a judge, plus two other members representing the employers and the workers.The port’s commercial operations were privatised at the beginning of 2017.In a related issue, porters said that as of February 1 they will not permit any non-registered workers to work at the pier.After the port was privatised, a disagreement emerged where the registered port workers at the time demanded that they handle 100 per cent of the general cargo in the terminal.The transport ministry has been asked to furnish a legal opinion on the matter, which is still pending.“The only path towards the restoration of normality is the withdrawal of these decisions, the end to violations of the collective agreement, and the immediate initiation of negotiations to resolve all outstanding issues,” the workers’ union said on Monday.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more