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Black Watch Snipers Must See TV

first_img Facebook The best way to observe Remembrance Day ? Reserve time to watch the brilliant new documentary Black Watch Snipers which premieres Friday night at 9 on History..Look, I thought I knew a fair bit about Canada’s role in World War II But Black Watch Snipers opens up a whole new perspective..It’s a docudrama finely directed by Robin Bicknell (for Yap Films) that profiles four young Canadians from Montreal’s Black Watch regiment who operated behind German lines. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The four survivors interviewed here are Jimmy Bennett, Jim”Hook” Wilkinson, Russell “Sandy” Sanderson and Mike Brunner.“They were very young men then,” Bicknell says. “And now they are very aged, at the ends of their lives. And the stories just came pouring out, Many of these harrowing details they had never even told to their families.”The story has texture and substance through their shared experiences of working under a charismatic leader –Ontario’s Dale Sharpe and I’m not giving anything away by saying he died in battle aged just 27.Says Bicknell :”His family never knew much of this story, they never knew his truly heroic characteristics. He led his men brilliantly.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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CREATING A LIFELINE FOR TORONTO ARTISTS IN THE ANNEX

first_imgMichael Vickers and Oliver Pauk from the Akin Collective Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img One of these properties is 888 Dupont St. It is a green and weathered four-storey industrial building at Dupont and Ossington Avenue that was purchased by real estate development company TAS around six months ago. At the time, it was inhabited by a number of illegal residents, including artists who were using the space as studios, and one art gallery. Login/Register With: Advertisement The landscape is changing on a formerly industrial stretch of Dupont Street, between Christie Street and Keele Street. It’s an area that is in the process of undergoing large-scale revitalization and is the site of several future condos, with at least seven development proposals in the works. But as Dupont increasingly becomes gentrified, a community of artists who called the street home are now facing the prospect of having to relocate.“As of two years ago or three years ago, on Dupont between, say, Dufferin and Keele, there were a number of [studio] spaces,” said Oliver Pauk, co-director of an arts collective called Akin.Through Akin, Pauk and his partner Michael Vickers negotiate short-term lease agreements, also known as “meanwhile leases,” with developers to rent studio spaces as buildings await demolition. Currently, the team has eight studios across the city, including two on Dupont.last_img read more

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State studies Juneau air for possible effects from ships

JUNEAU, Alaska — State environmental officials have launched the first ambient air quality study in Alaska’s capital in more than a decade to determine if air is being affected by cruise ships or other sources.The state will collect data from 21 monitors installed in late April around downtown Juneau, the Juneau Empire reported . The devices use lasers to measure particulate and report online in near-real time. They will remain in place through October.Monitors measuring sulfur dioxide also were installed but don’t provide information in real time.Anna Breuninger, an environmental specialist for the state Division of Air Quality and the co-ordinator for the study, said officials have not drawn early conclusions.“We’re watching the data come in very closely, but we are not doing analysis yet because it doesn’t make sense because we don’t have a lot of data,” she said.Fine particulate is tiny particles that can be inhaled. Fine particulate at high levels can cause health problems including respiratory illness, aggravated asthma, heart attacks and premature death.In the Fairbanks North Star Borough, where people burn wood as an alternative to expensive fuel oil, fine particulate is a perennial winter problem.Early numbers in Juneau have not jumped out as remarkable.“They’ve been low for the most part, which is what we expect because we have not had many ships yet,” Breuninger said.Some sensors have shown short spikes in particulate that would be dangerous if sustained over 24 hours. The brief spikes do not indicate a public health risk, Breuninger said.If the monitors report dangerous levels of air pollution over the summer, Breuninger said, that still may not indicate an actual health risk. The monitors being used are relatively inexpensive at about $250 each and are not certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.“With the funding in the state, we just do not have the money to put a (more expensive) monitor out,” Breuninger said.However, they will allow researchers to observe changes over time at different locations.If data collected suggests air pollution in Juneau poses a risk, Breuninger said, the next step would be to secure funding for EPA-certified devices.The Associated Press read more

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Irans new nuclear proposal could be a confidencebuilding measure – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said an Iranian proposal on its nuclear programme presented today to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be assessed by all concerned parties and, if accepted, could serve as an important confidence-building measure and pave the way for a negotiated solution to the dispute.Earlier, the IAEA spokesperson said the agency’s Director General Yukiya Amano had received the representatives of Iran, Brazil and Turkey, who delivered a letter signed by the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi.The letter follows the joint declaration signed by the three countries in Tehran on 17 May, regarding fuel supply for the Tehran research nuclear reactor. Mr. Amano will convey the letter to the United States, France and Russia for their consideration, according to the IAEA spokesman.Under the initiative brokered by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Iran would ship its low-enriched uranium out of the country in exchange for high-enriched uranium for use at a civilian nuclear research site in Tehran.Mr. Ban welcomed the diplomatic efforts by Turkey and Brazil to resolve the resolve international tensions related to Iran’s nuclear programme, and reiterated his call to Tehran to show greater transparence on the issue.“I have stated repeatedly that Iran should show greater transparency about its nuclear programme,” the Secretary-General told reporters in New York. “Let me stress once again the importance of Iran’s full cooperation with the IAEA and full compliance with Security Council resolutions,” he added.Asked if he would consider calling for a pause on Security Council consultations that could result in fresh sanctions against Iran because of the new initiative, Mr. Ban said he was not in a position to take a particular stand, stressing once again that the Turkish-Brazilian proposal was a “very positive step towards a negotiated settlement if followed up with further engagement of the IAEA and the international community”.“There is clearly a difference of approach where we have confidence-building area [on the one hand] and permanent resolution of this issue [on the other]. How to strike a balance between all these will require political will and very professional technical review of the Turkish deal, and also some flexibility,” the Secretary-General said.Mr. Ban said that lack of confidence was the main hindrance to efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue. The announcement by Iran that it would continue its enrichment of uranium to 20 per cent purity even under the Turkish-Brazilian arrangement had caused concern to the international community.“I myself have expressed my concern on that particular point,” he said. “How to address all these detailed issues will have to be left in the hands of continuing consultations or negotiations. For me as the Secretary-General, where there is some framework of negotiation or mediation then it is better to leave it to them,” Mr. Ban added.Iranian authorities have stated that the country’s nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, while some nations contend Tehran is driven by military ambitions. In 2003 it was discovered that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).The IAEA has repeatedly stated that it cannot confirm that all Iran’s nuclear material is for peaceful activities because the country has not cooperated fully with international efforts to verify that its nuclear programme was indeed meant for civilian purposes. 24 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said an Iranian proposal on its nuclear programme presented today to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be assessed by all concerned parties and, if accepted, could serve as an important confidence-building measure and pave the way for a negotiated solution to the dispute. read more

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Former UN force commander testifies at Rwanda genocide trial

TThe retired Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, who was Force Commander of the UN Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) from October 1993 until August 1994, testified about his encounters during that period with Col. Theoneste Bagosora, the Rwandan Defence Ministry’s former Director of Cabinet.General Dallaire told the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which is hearing the case in Arusha, Tanzania, that Colonel Bagosora attended all important government meetings during the period of the genocide and always spoke on behalf of the Government.The former Force Commander also told the court that Colonel Bagosora threatened his life twice over the issue of evacuating orphaned children.Colonel Bagosora, Lt. Gen. Anatole Nsengiyumva, Maj. Aloys Ntabakuze and Brigadier Gratien Kabiligi – all former members of the Rwandan military – face charges of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, complicity in genocide, incitement to genocide, murder, extermination, rape and persecution.The trial, which began in April 2002, is being heard before Presiding Judge Erik Møse from Norway, Judge Serguei Aleckseievich Egorov from the Russian Federation and Judge Jai Ram Reddy of Fiji.Some 800,000 Rwandans were killed between April and July of 1994 in a systematic campaign of slaughter, which decimated the country’s Tutsi population while also targeting moderate Hutus. The Security Council, determined to put an end to such crimes and to bring those responsible to justice, created the Tribunal later that year. read more

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Sundays Games

Sunday’s GamesNFLJacksonville 6 Indianapolis 0Tampa Bay 24 Carolina 17Houston 29 Cleveland 13Baltimore 26 Atlanta 16Arizona 20 Green Bay 17Miami 21 Buffalo 17Denver 24 Cincinnati 10L.A. Rams 30 Detroit 16N.Y. Giants 30 Chicago 27 (OT)Tennessee 26 N.Y. Jets 22Kansas City 40 Oakland 33New England 24 Minnesota 10Seattle 43 San Francisco 16L.A. Chargers 33 Pittsburgh 30—NHLAnaheim 6 Washington 5Winnipeg 4 N.Y. Rangers 3 (SO)San Jose 3 Montreal 1Colorado 2 Detroit 0Calgary 3 Chicago 2Los Angeles 2 Carolina 0—AHLCharlotte 3 Providence 2 (OT)Bridgeport 5 Springfield 4 (OT)Lehigh Valley 5 Toronto 2Hershey 6 Binghamton 3Texas 7 Chicago 4Rockford 3 San Antonio 2 (OT)Ontario 5 Tucson 4 (OT)—NBAL.A. Lakers 120 Phoenix 96New Orleans 119 Charlotte 109Miami 102 Utah 100Philadelphia 103 Memphis 95Dallas 114 L.A. Clippers 110San Antonio 131 Portland 118—The Canadian Press read more

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Its Never Too Early For Gregg Popovich To Call A Timeout

No other team is closeMost total timeouts within the first two minutes of a game, 2009-18 Chicago Bulls17 San Antonio Spurs30 In a way, the numbers highlight the degree to which this has been an unusually trying year for a Spurs club that’s widely considered the gold standard for consistency in pro sports. San Antonio has reached the playoffs in 20 consecutive seasons — a span in which it won five NBA titles — largely because of its unparalleled injury prevention and perhaps also its ability to enjoy peace and quiet from the drama that threatens so many other franchises.But that hasn’t been the case this year — particularly with injuries. It’s no coincidence that San Antonio, after a rough 6-11 patch over the past 17 games, finds itself in an unfamiliar battle for one of the West’s last playoff spots.4As of Monday morning, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA projection model gave the Spurs — who are on a three-game win streak — a 78 percent probability of reaching the postseason, a vastly improved position from just a week earlier, when the model gave them a 54 percent chance. All this while being unsure of when and whether franchise cornerstone and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard will come back from a troubling quad injury that’s kept him out nearly the entire season.“If you have different lineups every night and different players, it’s going to be more challenging,” said Popovich, whose team still boasts the third-best defense in the NBA this season. “But you know, quit your crying and just play. And that’s what we’ve done. No one’s crying. No one’s making any excuses. Everybody has problems they have to overcome with their teams.“With us, it’s been the injuries. And it’s very disappointing because we wanted to pick up where we left off last year after 61 wins and going to the conference finals. We had really high hopes. Even without Tony and Kawhi to start, we did very well. Then we kind of hit a wall.”Popovich attributes some of that stagnation to “running out of fuel,” a nod to the less-experienced players he’s had to lean on more than he expected to heading into the season.The surplus of youngsters — and the challenging nature of the season — may explain why Pop has been so quick to call timeouts this season compared with others. Aside from having a military-like focus on the details, he has seemingly felt more of a need to point out veteran players’ miscues so they aren’t repeated by reserves who could someday replace them as the team’s leaders.“He expects us, as veterans who’ve been here long enough, to know these things. To lead more, and to do more,” Green said. “Our leash is exactly the same as everyone else’s. Maybe even shorter. So it’s on us to get those (younger) guys in gear as well. The timeouts are kind of designed to say, ‘If these (starters) can fall in line and take the criticism, you better fall in line, too.’”Popovich said there was no true rhyme or reason to the nature of his timeout calls, other than something looking out of place. “It’s just by the seat of my pants,” he told me. “If I see something that’s particularly egregious based on what our game plan was supposed to be, then I try to do something to get them focused a little bit quicker. It mostly depends on the level of execution deficit, I suppose.”5In fairness to Popovich, while the timeout against the Cavs might have seemed a tad quick, it is unusual for a team to hit a three in the game’s first 10 seconds. Crowder’s three against the Spurs is the only such play in the NBA this season, per Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index.Popovich’s dedication to precision and his highly choreographed style haven’t always gone over perfectly with his players, of course. Creative playmakers Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, both of whom figure to reach the Hall of Fame someday, have said it took time for them to adjust to Popovich.But the 69-year-old has never been shy about deviating from established coaching norms — sometimes in ways that aren’t immediately recognizable. In the past, Popovich would call timeouts a minute or two ahead of first-quarter commercial breaks that were scheduled to happen anyway — a practice that allowed him to sit his starters and buy them a little bit of extra rest. He’d then bring those players back much earlier in the second quarter than most opponents would, often allowing the Spurs to dominate second periods as a result. (Something easier to recognize: He isn’t afraid to sub all five of his starters out at once if he’s unhappy with effort or execution.)Popovich also doesn’t hesitate to let his players do some of the coaching from time to time. He allowed Parker to walk into the coaches’ huddle during a timeout, then sent Parker to relay the plan to his teammates on the bench — an occurrence that wouldn’t have been that unusual had it not been during the NBA Finals.6Popovich also gives his players quizzes about current events and world history in hopes of having them connect with one another better. TeamQuick timeouts Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/pop_new.mp400:0000:0000:54Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“You want the clean version or the unedited version of what he’s telling us?” a smiling Green asked me after a recent practice. “In a nutshell, when he calls us over that quickly, it’s to say: ‘Wake up — get your head out of your butt. This is a big game. You can’t fall asleep on defense and fail to execute on the very first play of the game.’ He uses language that’s a little stronger than that, but if he has to call timeout that early, it’s pretty much to chew you out for not really being in the game mentally yet.”Popovich, the longest-tenured coach in American professional sports, has never been shy about burning an early timeout to get his point across. In fact, the Spurs have called 50 percent more timeouts during the first two minutes of games than the next closest team over the past 10 regular seasons, according to analysts Vincent Johnson and Ken Woolums of ESPN Stats & Info. Popovich has called an NBA-high five timeouts within the first two minutes of a game this season — an eye-popping number given that more than a third of the teams in the league haven’t used even one such timeout — and is currently on pace to call more than he ever has in a single season.3As of Monday morning, the Spurs had 12 games left in their season. Golden State Warriors18 Philadelphia 76ers18 SAN ANTONIO — The game against the Cleveland Cavaliers had tipped off only 10 seconds earlier, but as soon as Jae Crowder’s 3-pointer fell through the basket, San Antonio guard Danny Green knew what was coming. The Spurs hadn’t even run an offensive play yet, but as soon as he crossed half-court, Green began walking toward the bench, knowing that his coach would call a timeout.To most watching that nationally televised game in January, the stoppage 14 seconds in seemed out of place. It marked the quickest timeout in an NBA game in almost three years,1Interestingly, Cleveland was the last team to call a timeout this quickly. In March 2015, during a matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, the David Blatt-led Cavs called a timeout just 11 seconds after the game started, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. But to Green, it was nothing new. He’s come to expect this sort of thing from Gregg Popovich, who’s called more abrupt timeouts than anyone in recent years — in some cases to shout at Green specifically.2The Spurs’ timeout in January marked the fastest Popovich has called for time in the 21 full seasons he’s been on the job. Prior to this one, you’d have to go back to the 2011-12 season, in which he called a timeout 18 seconds into the action to yank DeJuan Blair, who committed a bad defensive foul after being out of position. Dallas Mavericks20 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Popovich’s tinkering this season may have been for naught if Leonard doesn’t return. The Spurs have begun to look like a car that had just enough gas to get home but then had to make a run to the store while still on fumes. Similar to last season, Leonard was the difference between San Antonio potentially contending in the playoffs and simply being another solid NBA team.But regardless of whether the Spurs make the playoffs, one thing is clear: Popovich will always get his points about precision across to his players — even if it means calling a timeout 14 seconds into a game to do so.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Heart diseases account for 32 of deaths caused in Guyana Health

Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence during a presentation on Thursday on the importance of cardiac health revealed that Guyana’s population is currently being faced with an alarming amount of cases of cardiac (heart) diseases.The Public Health Ministry has collaborated with the Canadian High Commission and the Guyana Programme for Advance Cardiac Care (GPACC) to educate the population on cardiac (heart) diseasesThe Minister noted that despite the fact that Guyana is a small country, there are a substantial number of cases and deaths being recorded as a result of cardiac diseases, which is being listed as one of the leading causes of deaths among its citizens.“For us in the health sector, cardiac disease is one of the challenges and today the statistics are very alarming for such a small populated country. We have noted that cardiovascular deaths account for some 32 per cent nationally and an estimated 22 per cent is living with cardiovascular diseases,” the Minster stated.She highlighted that this arises from the fact that Guyanese tend to pay very little attention to their symptoms and other health related issues.“The general tendency of Guyana is not to pay much attention to [the] health aspect unless someone close to us is affected. On the other hand also, we take too much for granted” she said.However, the Health Minister noted that regular checks must be made which could result in the prevention of heart attacks.In addressing the issue, the Public Health Ministry has collaborated with the Canadian High Commission and the Guyana Programme for Advance Cardiac Care (GPACC) to educate the population through public service announcements.Seven short videos were produced by representatives of GPACC which targets a different aspect of addressing cardiac arrest.“The release of these videos will greatly assist us in supporting this campaign of heightening awareness at all levels in every region so that measures can be put in place to help decrease the mobility and mortality of coronary heart diseases in Guyana,” the Minister explained.With these implementations, the Ministry and its collaborators are hoping that Guyanese will make greater strides to seek medical attention when the need arises. This will assist in decreasing the high rates of cardiovascular deaths. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPHC commissions Cardiac Intensive Care UnitDecember 3, 2016In “Health”Cancer 2nd leading cause of death in BarbadosApril 25, 2015In “Health”Guyana moving to reduce stigma attached to LeprosyJanuary 30, 2017In “Health”,Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence during a presentation on Thursday on the importance of cardiac health revealed that Guyana’s population is currently being faced with an alarming amount of cases of cardiac (heart) diseases.The Public Health Ministry has collaborated with the Canadian High Commission and the Guyana Programme for Advance Cardiac Care (GPACC) to educate the population on cardiac (heart) diseasesThe Minister noted that despite the fact that Guyana is a small country, there are a substantial number of cases and deaths being recorded as a result of cardiac diseases, which is being listed as one of the leading causes of deaths among its citizens.“For us in the health sector, cardiac disease is one of the challenges and today the statistics are very alarming for such a small populated country. We have noted that cardiovascular deaths account for some 32 per cent nationally and an estimated 22 per cent is living with cardiovascular diseases,” the Minster stated.She highlighted that this arises from the fact that Guyanese tend to pay very little attention to their symptoms and other health related issues.“The general tendency of Guyana is not to pay much attention to [the] health aspect unless someone close to us is affected. On the other hand also, we take too much for granted” she said.However, the Health Minister noted that regular checks must be made which could result in the prevention of heart attacks.In addressing the issue, the Public Health Ministry has collaborated with the Canadian High Commission and the Guyana Programme for Advance Cardiac Care (GPACC) to educate the population through public service announcements.Seven short videos were produced by representatives of GPACC which targets a different aspect of addressing cardiac arrest.“The release of these videos will greatly assist us in supporting this campaign of heightening awareness at all levels in every region so that measures can be put in place to help decrease the mobility and mortality of coronary heart diseases in Guyana,” the Minister explained.With these implementations, the Ministry and its collaborators are hoping that Guyanese will make greater strides to seek medical attention when the need arises. This will assist in decreasing the high rates of cardiovascular deaths. read more

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Mintec opening UK office for Europe North Africa and Central Asia

first_imgArizona-based Mintec will broaden the global reach of its MineSight software by opening a London office October 1. Five technical staff will support and train Mintec’s clients in Europe, North Africa, and Central Asia. They will be led by Paul Griffin, who brings 35 years of mining experience to the team based in Hammersmith, west London. “It has been a bit of a whirlwind, but the new office will be up and running and we’re excited about the future,” said Griffin. When he wasn’t at Mintec’s headquarters in Tucson, Griffin was readying Kennedy House, the company’s newest branch office located near London’s Heathrow Airport. Soon he will pack his bags for Turkey and the World Mining Congress and Expo in Istanbul, September 11-16. He will also attend Mines and Money in London. “Both these conferences offer excellent opportunities to meet with our existing and potential clients, and to show them what the new team can offer,” said Griffin.“Mintec has always considered technical support to be the most important issue with clients,” said Griffin. “The new office extends that philosophy to a new and exciting part of the world.”Griffin has established businesses in South America, South Africa, India, and Europe. He has spent the last 18 years working exclusively in mining software and holds degrees in Mining and Law, and has an MBA.It’s a fitting resume for Mintec, which is now in its fifth decade of developing end-to-end mining software. After its Tucson headquarters, Mintec now has six branch offices, as well as representatives in Brazil, China, and Thailand. The company has grown from a one-room office started by chairman Fred Banfield in 1970 to an industry leader with more than 180 employees around the world. Close to half of these staff are dedicated to supporting clients worldwide.Mintec is a global software and service provider for the mining industry. Its pioneering End To End software system, MineSight, comprises powerful analytical, planning, and design tools. Hundreds of sites and thousands of users manage their mining lifecycles with MineSight.last_img read more

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Charleton Tribunal will examine allegations of inappropriate contacts between gardaí and Tusla

first_imgCharleton Tribunal will examine allegations of ‘inappropriate contacts’ between gardaí and Tusla Keith Harrison, as well as David Taylor and Maurice McCabe, is mentioned explicitly in the just-published terms of reference. By Paul Hosford Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 11:03 AM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3242630 54 Comments Maurice McCabe. Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie 15,008 Views Share Tweet Email3 Maurice McCabe. Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie THE GOVERNMENT HAS agreed the terms of reference for a tribunal into the Maurice McCabe scandal.The resolution will have to pass the Dáil and Seanad before the tribunal is established under the chairmanship of Supreme Court Justice Peter Charleton.The Dáil resolution (which can be read here) says that the tribunal will investigate:“Allegations that senior members of An Garda Síochána sought to discredit Sergeant Maurice McCabe because of complaints he made about the performance of An Garda Síochána.”It goes on to say the tribunal will investigate the protected disclosure by former head of the Garda Press Office David Taylor. Taylor alleged he was told to discredit McCabe by “spreading rumours about his professional and personal life”.The tribunal will look at the creation of a Tusla file which contained false allegations of sexual abuse against McCabe and whether the allegation or file was created by members of the force. It will investigate whether the allegations were used by Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan to discredit McCabe and whether gardaí tried to entrap the whistleblower.In total, 16 things will be investigated.Another whistleblower, Keith Harrison, who demanded his case also be included in any Tribunal is named explicitly twice within the terms of reference. Justice Charleton has tasked with investigating contacts between members of An Garda Síochána and Tusla in relation to him, as well as: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 16th 2017, 11:03 AM …bearing in mind allegations that there may have been inappropriate contacts between An Garda Síochána and TUSLA in relation to Sgt McCabe, Garda Keith Harrison and concerns that such contacts may have also taken place in relation to other members of An Garda Síochána who had made allegations of wrongdoing within An Garda SíochánaHe will investigate whether there is any pattern of Tusla files being created in relation to whistleblowers, and them subsequently being used to discredit those members.As well as Tusla, garda contacts with the HSE, media, members of the government and state bodies will be looked at, as will telephone and text message contacts between David Taylor and former Commissioner Martin Callinan and his successor, O’Sullivan.All electronic and paper files held by gardaí on McCabe will be investigated, as will whether O’Sullivan:“Using briefing material prepared in Garda Headquarters, influenced or attempted to influence broadcasts on RTE on the 9th of May 2016, purporting to be a leaked account of the unpublished O’Higgins Commission Report, in which Sergeant McCabe was branded a liar and irresponsible.”Charleton has also been asked to investigate whether a meeting took place between Callinan and former Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness, on 24 January 2014 in a hotel carpark in Dublin. The Deputy claims this happened ahead of a mooted appearance by McCabe at the Public Accounts Committee of which he was chair. The judge will probe the “purpose of such meeting and matters discussed”.The tribunal is due to issue an interim report to the Justice Minister three months after it is established. Twenty days into witness testimony, Charleton will also inform the minister on its progress, its likely duration, the number of parties represented so far and any other matters that the Houses of the Oireachtas should be aware.Speaking at a Finance Committee in Leinster House today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the chair believes the Tribunal could wrap up within nine months.He told the committee that Judge Charleton believes he can meet this timeframe barring any legal issues arising.However, he added that such challenges could not be ruled out.Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald told the Dáil this afternoon that on the advice of the Attorney General, the secretary general of her department has written to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan seeking information regarding six questions put forward by Maurice McCabe in a statement at the beginning of this week.She said may need to consult further with the Attorney General on the issue, depending on the reply she receives from O’Sullivan.Fitzgerald said Judge Charleton will be able to consult with her if another judge is needed to deal with the second module, dealing with other whistleblower complaints.A government statement says:“The Terms of Reference for the Tribunal of Inquiry are comprehensive and clear in their focus. The Tánaiste believes that what is now proposed reflects the will of the Oireachtas. Mr Justice Charleton will chair the Tribunal and is available to begin work this week. The Tánaiste has thanked him for agreeing to take on this role.”With reporting by Sinéad O’Carroll and Christina Finn Read: Theresa May didn’t look too impressed with a student’s Lego robotRead: Kenny on the ropes as Fine Gael hopefuls line up to challenge himlast_img read more

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Nouvelle gestion des roots pour Cyanogen Mod

first_imgNouvelle gestion des “roots” pour Cyanogen ModLa version 9 de Cyanogen offre plus de libertés, de possibilités sur les droits “roots” (fichiers racines), laissant libre cours à l’utilisateur pour l’activation ou la désactivation de ceux-ci.Rappelons que CyanogenMod est un système d’exploitation se basant sur Android, destiné aux smartphones et aux tablettes, ayant pour but d’être plus rapide et en ne gardant que des logiciels libres. La nouvelle version, comme expliqué sur le site de Cyanogenmod (lien non disponible), supprimera la configuration par défaut et permettra d’activer, de désactiver les droits “roots” à différents niveaux (applications ,jeux, fonctions précises du smartphone…) et l’activation des “roots” pour les fonctionnalités d’ADB. Cela permettra plus de sécurité…si toutefois vous savez gérer la chose. Le cas contraire pourrait également laisser la porte ouverte à des applications malveillantes.CyanogenMod est sans doute le ROM Custom Android (personnalisable) le plus connu, avec 1,5 millions d’appareils l’utilisant. Sa logique Open Source est donc très alléchante mais prenez soin de vous intéresser aux points que nous venons d’évoquer, pour plus de sécurité.Le 23 mars 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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How River City Girls Makes a Retro Franchise Fresh and New

first_img When you look back at the NES catalog, there are a few dozen titles that float to the top. The vast majority of them are first-party Nintendo classics, with a few other publishers represented. And then, sticking out like a sore thumb, is what might be the first true cult game of the 8-bit era: River City Ransom. Developed by Technos, it was the third game in that company’s long-running Kunio-Kun series that would go on to reach nearly fifty installments and spin-offs. And now, American indie developer WayForward is giving it a candy-colored twist with this week’s release of River City Girls.If you’ve never played River City Ransom, here’s the basics: you play high school student Alex (with a second player joining in as his friend Ryan) as they travel through River City to face off with a gang leader called Slick. The structure is reminiscent of hit games like Double Dragon at first glance — you move on a side-scrolling plane and batter foes with punches and kicks, eventually knocking them unconscious and moving on your way. But RCR transcended the genre’s arcade roots in ways that would influence action games for generations.Grand SlamTraditional beat-em-ups were extremely linear affairs, with the screen scrolling from left to right as you progress towards a boss encounter and the next stage. River City Ransom threw that out the window, instead giving you a city to explore freely. Sure, you can make a beeline for Slick, but he’ll probably whip your butt if you do. And that’s where the second innovation comes in: RPG elements.Brawlers of the past kept your player character totally static from the first screen to the last. You had the same arsenal of moves at the same strength, and the game was how you used them. Inspired by the success of action-RPGs like The Legend of Zelda, Alex and Ryan could spend money collected from defeated foes to purchase items. These included books you could read to learn new moves, food and beverages to boost your stats and even a sauna. Throw in lots of quips from enemies and you have a significantly richer experience than anything else on the market at the time.Many elements of River City Ransom were ahead of their time. Instead of giving the player a limited number of lives, the game predated Grand Theft Auto and just revived you in a neutral location minus half of your money when you got beaten down to zero stamina.Unfortunately, America wasn’t really ready for River City Ransom in 1989. The game’s blocky, sparsely-colored graphics didn’t stand out in an incredibly crowded marketplace, and it failed to find an audience. The era of the beat-em-up was also coming to a close, with one-on-one fighters like Street Fighter II poised to dominate arcades. That said, the game’s DNA still lives on in modern titles like Sega’s Yakuza franchise, which also blends street brawling with improvised weapons, traversing an open-ended world and spending money for new moves, stat buffs and health regeneration. The well-received Scott Pilgrim movie tie-in game was also heavily influenced by River City Ransom. And now, an American studio is trying to capture the magic in a new style.Suburban SprawlEven though River City Ransom didn’t take off in the States, the Kunio-Kun series (named after the main character) rolled merrily along in Japan across multiple console generations. The main series are all brawlers of varying complexity, but there are tons of spin-offs as well. Kunio plays dodgeball, leading his team to victory in multiple games, as well as soccer and hockey. 1992 saw Crash ‘n’ The Boys Street Challenge come to America on the NES, with Kunio renamed “Crash Cooney” and forced to compete in a variety of track and field and other Olympic-style sporting events.Technos was an oddball company that lucked into success. Founded by a trio of former employees of Data East, they originally operated out of a small apartment. They started with B-tier arcade games like Minky Monkey and Eggs, but had their first hit with 1984’s Karate Champ. In 1986, the first Kunio game was localized by Taito as Renegade, and the next year would see Double Dragon, the game that would pave the company’s future path.Featuring colorful, detailed graphics and two player co-op action, Double Dragon was a massive hit in arcades with players and operators alike. The ability to pick up weapons dropped by enemies and the complex playfields with environmental hazards and platforms made it a thrilling adventure that sucked quarters like crazy. Sequels and ports followed for nearly every console and computer system of the day.Unfortunately, Technos couldn’t catch lightning in a bottle, and none of their follow-up games reached the same level of success. Technos Japan went out of business in 1996, and the Kunio intellectual property was purchased by a holding company before winding up with Arc System Works, best known for fighting games like Guilty Gear. When they made the acquisition in 2015, they announced that they would pair with developers to revive some of Technos’ popular franchises, starting with 2017’s Kickstarter-funded River City Ransom: Underground and Double Dragon IV, which Arc developed in-house.Sisters Doin’ It For ThemselvesRiver City Girls takes the formula of the original game and inverts it — lead characters Misako and Kyoko get a phone call telling them that their boyfriends Riki and Kunio have disappeared, and they have to brawl their way through the streets to find them.The basic bones of a Kunio-kun game are simple: you fight, you get money, you spend it and get stronger. So the magic is all in the implementation. River City Ransom had to work around the two buttons and a D-pad of the original NES and still managed to pack in a solid number of moves, and this gender-swapped update brings it into the 21st century ably. You start out with a quick attack, a strong attack, a running charge and a jump attack and grow as you get new moves, throwing in air juggling, wall bouncing and more. Misako can even learn some dope WWE-style wrestling attacks, while Kiyoko has longer combos and a deadly dab.Unlike the original game, River City Girls‘ two playable characters have slightly different movesets. After completion, you can replay in a New Game+ mode, keeping your stats and items, and the developers have been vocally telling players that it’s very worthwhile to do so.It’s the new elements that make us interested in River City Girls. Like the original game, enemies are divided into different types. If you can knock out every enemy but one in an area and beat the last one down to low health, there’s a chance that they’ll plead for mercy, sort of like in the Persona series. That lets you request them as a special attack assist character, with each of the twelve groups having one. These assists add even more flexibility to the game’s already robust combo system.The items you buy now work in an RPG-style inventory system, where you can have two equipped at a time. Each item has a different special ability, and these vary wildly. Some give you a tiny chance of killing any enemy with one hit, others increase defense or weapon durability. Switching equipment can give you the edge you need to battle through a particularly tough boss.River City Girls also splits character progression into two tracks. Instead of cash ruling everything around you, Misako and Kyoko also gain XP from defeating enemies that boosts their stats, while money is used for items and teaching you new moves at the dojo.While most updates of retro games go no further than putting a coat of paint on crusty old mechanics, WayForward worked to take what made River City Ransom a cult classic and put on layers of modern frosting to make a game that lives up to its legacy and moves it into the future.River City Girls releases on September 5 on PS4, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.More on Geek.com:How ‘Mortal Kombat’ Came Under Government ScrutinyHow ‘Final Fantasy VI’ Made Role-Playing a Hot Property in America‘Street Fighter’ and How SNK Started the Fighting Game Wars Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Trial set for woman accused of attempted baby sale

first_imgTrial was set for Sept. 14 for a woman accused of trying to sell her baby at Taco Bell.Heidi Knowles, 36, also known as Heidi Gasaway, is charged with attempted selling of a child, a gross misdemeanor. She appeared this morning in Clark County District Court to set a trial date.A readiness hearing of Sept. 7 also was scheduled in preparation for trial.Knowles is accused of approaching a woman at the Hazel Dell Taco Bell restaurant to try and sell her 3-day-old son. The woman notified police, who responded and questioned Knowles.The baby was placed in the care of Child Protective Services.Police said Knowles appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.last_img read more

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Saaho song Bad Boy trends at No 1 on YouTube PrabhasJacquelines video

first_imgPrabhas and Jacqueline Fernandez in item song Bad Boy from SaahoThe item song Bad Boy from Saaho has been trending at No 1 spot on YouTube with its music video featuring the sizzling chemistry between Prabhas and Jacqueline Fernandez, getting 20 million views in just two days.IBTimes, India had in July reported that Saaho has a special song and Jacqueline Fernandez would be seen shaking legs with Prabhas in this track. She had shot for this song during its Austria schedule. UV Creations, which recently confirmed the news, tweeted the links of the songs on August 19 and wrote, “Put on your dancing shoes & groove to the tunes of #BadBoy! “T-Series, which has bagged the audio rights of Saaho released the music videos of the four versions of the song Bad Boy on its respective language channels of YouTube. Its Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam versions have got 14,500,745, 5,542,582, 462,423 and 232,232 views on YouTube in two days, while their views counts stand 476,000, 172,000, 25,000 and 15,000 likes, respectively.The four versions of the song Bad Boy have together registered 20,737,982 views, 688,000 likes and 27,832 comments on YouTube in two days of its release. The maker are all thrilled over this response. They shared its teaser and wrote, “Setting the internet on fire #BadBoy crosses 20 Million+ views! Telugu | Hindi | Tamil | Malayalam #Saaho releases worldwide on 30th August! #30AugWithSaaho #9DaysToSaaho.”The item song Bad Boy has been trending on number one on YouTube for the last two days. Jacqueline Fernandez, who is delighted over massive response for her dance number, shared a picture on her Instagram account today, celebrating the love and support that the song has received. This quirky dance number has written and composed by Badshah, who has also crooned it with Neeti Mohan. The chemistry of Jacqueline and Prabhas is sizzling.The glimpses of the song were seen in the pre-release event of Saaho in Hyderabad, which became a starter for the oomph, that has taken over the world today! The song has been shot in various landscapes across Austria.Saaho is a high octane action thriller, which is presented by T-Series, produced by UV Creations and directed by Sujeeth. Shraddha Kapoor is making her debut in three languages Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam, while Prabhas enters Bollywood with this movie. The whole nation is ready to celebrate the World Saaho Day on August 30 as the film releases on the same day.last_img read more

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A homage to worst book covers ever

first_imgAs readers haven’t we all read books with tad ‘embarrassing’ book covers? I remember my school friends wrapping copies of numerous ‘chick-lits’ as they are called, in newspapers and reading them in class. Some even ripped off the steamy covers so that they can do some reading at home, away from the prying eyes of parents and siblings. I remember as a school girl being quite wary of reading Gone with the Wind with Scarlett O’Hara in Rhett Butler’s embrace right on the cover. Of course, I didn’t know, the image was borrowed from the movie. But, a few days ago while surfing the Internet I found a list of books, in fact, ebook covers that will want you to hide your kindle in sheets of newspaper. And for a different reason altogether. Of course, why you would want to read these books is a different tale altogether. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Never judge a book by its cover’, they say. Well, for these books, I’d say, please do. Imagine a book with the image of a woman in a passionate embrace. If you are reminded of Gone with the Wind, let me point out that this is no Vivien Leigh holding on to Clark Gable for dear life. The lady in question is embracing, well, a horse. And to be fair, the horse is hugging her back as passionately I would like to believe. The book title, you wonder? It’s called But…you’re a horse. Intrigued? Not yet? There are a whole range of books to choose from. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere is Texting Mr Right with, big surprise! a woman texting! There is a of course a ‘Mr Right’ running his fingers through his hair and to make it even more interesting there is a lighthouse in the background (gasp)! There you go. Some interesting read, right? From photoshopped images of men and women (and horses, never forget horses), to childish drawings, pictures picked up from Google’s stock photos and even screenshots of video games, the lack of imagination (of the abundance of it, maybe) leaves you in splits. There is a whole list of books that the blog site Kindle Cover Disaster has revealed to horrify any self respecting reader, from How to deal with Hippo Encounter and Time Swirl: A Binky Adventure to Animal Future. Let me do you a favour and leave the book coversto your imagination or go check them out yourself. Between The Covers  is a weekly column on reading up and rating downlast_img read more

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My work is my hobby Bibi Russell

first_imgAhead of the India Runway Week scheduled from September 16-18, internationally acclaimed fashion designer Bibi Russell said, “I am glad to share the stage with young designers who are also showcasing their textile collection such as Daniel Syiem’s from Meghalaya, Kanchankuntala Das from Kolkata, Manika Sureka from New Delhi, Shilpa Chaurasia from Gujarat, Stuti Shah and Deepika Reddy are few designers under this category”. Excerpts from an interview: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHow did you get introduced to the world of fashion?The world of fashion is introduced to us all moments after we are born. And fashion remains one of the most integral parts of our lives throughout. I was always fascinated by the gamcha or the poor man’s towel which I continue to work with a lot, and was generally unsatisfied with clothes that would be given to me. So I started making my own! I then attended college at London School of Fashion for professional training in Fashion Design. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWho has been your inspiration?My absolute fashion icon and inspiration is Tagore. He was so multi-dimensional- be it writing, art, theatre, music, he did it all- it is hard to not be inspired! To add to that, he had such great style to set him apart. What I also admire about him is how he respected all cultures and accepted them as his own when he was in their respective lands! Also each and every handicrafts-person, with the magic in their fingers and the expertise in their technique, they are my constant inspiration. Please tell us about your design collection to be presented at the India Runway Week.At the India Runway Week, I will be presenting a 100% Khadi collection from the wonderful weavers of Rajasthan. I want to explore the diversity of the fabric and contextualize it in today’s world. Although anyone can wear these clothes, my idea is to get the younger generation to appreciate their countryman’s produce. The craftspeople I work with in Rajasthan are very close to my heart and their wonderful works inspire me.You hail from the land of ‘Muslin’. Would you like to share some of your thoughts in that regard? Oh Muslin is such a beautiful material to work with and the weavers of this fabric are supremely talented. While weavers of plain cotton in other parts of India fear the world of fine cotton, the Muslin weavers are fearless- always willing to experiment and improve! That’s what makes it the pride of Bangladesh. Similarily, there is the Woolen Khadi and Kota Doriya of Rajasthan… just stunning!What challenges did you face to pursue a career in fashion and how did you cope up with them?There are challenges in every career, but I think I had my mind set on what I wanted to do from the beginning- assist in the revival of the dreams of the craftspeople. I have stuck by that and focused on just that, challenges come and go!Please tell us about your hobbies. When I’m not working with the craftspeople or designing new collections for shows or my shop in Bangladesh, I would be travelling from one of these places to another. Yes, in-flight I enjoy watching films, but my work is my hobby! What are your future plans?Oh, who can say what the future holds? I recently worked in Uzbekistan on their traditional textiles with their beautiful artisans and the next big program in India will be Rajasthan Heritage Week in December, so I’m really excited for that!Who is your favorite fashion designer?Issey Miyake, without a doubt!What is that one thing you can never compromise with when it comes to fashion?The quality of the fabric! The fabric must be natural so that it soothes the skin instead of irritating it, which happens with Nylon and other such inorganic materials.  What element of fashion do you think is a must have for every individual?A personal style. There are lots of clothes and designers in this world, but till you develop your own style, you won’t be able to utilize any of it suitably!What would be your message to aspiring fashion designers?Remain rooted, know where you come from… really know the land and its people, that is what will help you build your identity! Also, don’t be in a rush, take time to learn things, ask questions and have fun with what you do.last_img read more

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Ultimate Monster Mash Godzilla vs Kong set for Big Screen Release

first_imgThe most surprising aspect of the upcoming Godzilla Vs. Kong, scheduled for 2020, isn’t that it will feature name actors like Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, and Kyle Chandler in a film whose selling point is “The gigantic Kong meets the unstoppable Godzilla.” Nor is it that there will be another Godzilla film released even before this one. In 2019, audiences will see Godzilla: King of the Monsters, with much of the same cast as the one planned for 2020, telling a story of the freakish super sea creature that collided with Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed King Ghidorah.Publicity photo of actress Fay Wray (top right) promoting the 1933 feature film ‘King Kong.’No, perhaps the most mind-boggling thing about the Godzilla Vs. Kong face-off is that it is actually a remake of a film made in 1963.Yes, 65 years ago, there was a Japanese science fiction crossover film, released in Japan and then re-edited for the United States, named King Kong Vs. Godzilla, which was a tremendous hit for Toho, the Japanese maker of kaiju and tokusatsu films.In it, a pharmaceutical firm captures King Kong and brings the outsize primate to Japan for a showdown with Godzilla.Director Ishirō Honda shooting ‘Godzilla.’King King Vs. Godzilla’s tone is comedic, which startled some in America, who did not think of King Kong as a monster made for laughs.The 1933 original King Kong, starring Fay Wray, is a classic. When the besieged giant ape climbs the Empire State Building, it is one of the most famous scenes in any movie. Roger Ebert called the movie “a curiously touching fable.”No one ever considered the original Godzilla, made in Japan in 1954, touching. But it is a true pop culture phenomenon with a compelling subtext of nuclear holocaust spawning monstrous freaks.It is also one of the longest lasting franchises in film history.Godzilla model stand outdoor at Thung Bua Chom floating marketKing Kong Vs. Godzilla was the third film in that franchise. “This is one of those films that are so deliberately stupid that it’s impossible either to take them seriously or criticize them in any meaningful way,” mused one film critic in 1963.The film did introduce Godzilla’s trademark high-pitched roar. It was also the first time either Godzilla or King Kong were filmed in color and in wide screen. With more than 12 million tickets sold, it was the most highly attended Godzilla film in Japanese history.(Photo by Embassy Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images)Both franchises have been reimagined since the 1960s. Jessica Lange was memorably scooped up by King Kong in the 1976 version. Matthew Broderick had to save his city from Godzilla in a 1998 flick.In the 21st century, empowered by serious CGI effects and led by enthusiastic directors, the monster movies took it up a notch. In 2014, Godzilla had a reboot. The new Hollywood version starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, and Bryan Cranston.It was quite a financial success, with a take of $529 million worldwide, and some saying its opening weekend broke the box office record for a disaster film. The franchise was powered up again.Godzillas star on Hollywood Walk of FameOn the other wide of the creature-feature equation, just last year cinema-goers were treated to Kong: Skull Island, starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel Jackson, John Goodman, and Brie Larson. The box office total for this film was similar: more than $500 million worldwide.So perhaps it is not such a surprise that Godzilla and King Kong are circling each other once more.King Kong Getty ImagesBut is it a sequel or a remake, and is it also a mashup? Hard to say. The movie has been explained thus: Godzilla Vs. Kong will be the 36th film in the Godzilla series and the ninth in the King Kong series.Bringing in yet another element from pop-culture epics, an actress from Game of Thrones has been cast in Godzilla Vs. Kong. Jessica Henwick, who played Sand Snake Nymeria Sand on GOT, has joined the cast, though details about Henwick’s role in the monster showdown are unknown.Plot details are secretive about the entire film, but the director made one point of philosophy clear.Read another story from us: King Kong – The Real Story that Inspired the Film“I do want there to be a winner,” Adam Wingard told Entertainment Weekly. “The original film was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn’t take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner.”The film’s release is set for May 22, 2020.Nancy Bilyeau is a former editor at Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. She is the author of four historical novels. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

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US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears

first_img Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories At the end of 2014, the prison attack was the deadliest terrorist operation in the world since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the report.Despite all indications pointing toward increased violence, the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator said the numbers didn’t reflect improvements by the U.S. and its partners in stamping out terrorism financing, improving information sharing, impeding foreign fighters and forming a coalition to fight the Islamic State. “We have made progress,” Ambassador Tina Kaidanow said.Attacks occurred in 95 countries last year but were concentrated in the Mideast, South Asia and West Africa. Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria accounted for more than 60 percent of the attacks. Adding Syria, they comprised roughly 80 percent of the fatalities, the report found.The rise in kidnappings is mainly attributable to the mass abductions by terrorist groups in Syria, notably the Islamic State and the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front.In Nigeria, Boko Haram was responsible for most, if not all, of the nearly 1,300 abductions, including several hundred girls from a school in Chibok. By contrast, the report cited fewer than 100 terror-related kidnappings reported in Nigeria in 2013. Four benefits of having a wireless security system 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The terrorism statistics are an annex to the State Department’s “Country Reports on Terrorism,” an annual survey of attacks and trends mandated by Congress.Friday’s reports noted the “unprecedented seizure” of territory in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State, its ability to recruit foreign fighters to join its cause and the emergence of self-proclaimed affiliates, notably in Libya, Egypt and Nigeria. It cited a rise in so-called lone wolf attacks in the West and terrorists employing more extreme methods of violence to repress and frighten communities under their control.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Yet even as the Islamic State and the Taliban were blamed for most of the death and destruction in 2014, the department’s annual terrorism report underscored the ongoing threat posed by Iran and its proxies across the Islamic world and beyond.Tehran increased its assistance to Shiite militias fighting in Iraq and continued its long-standing military, intelligence and financial aid to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s embattled government and Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. While the 388-page study said Iran has lived up to interim nuclear deals with world powers thus far, it gave no prediction about how an Iran flush with cash from a final agreement would behave.World powers and Iran are trying to conclude an accord by the end of the month, setting 15 years of restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for significant relief from the international sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.The negotiations don’t involve Iran’s support for militant groups beyond its border. But Israel and the Sunni monarchies of the Persian Gulf, Iran’s regional rivals, fear a fresh wave of terrorism as a result of any pact. President Barack Obama, hoping to ease their fears, has said most of the money would go to Iran’s economic development. America’s “grave concern about Iran’s support for terrorism remains unabated,” White House spokesman Eric Shultz said. “That is all the more reason that we need to make sure they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon.”In total last year, nearly 33,000 people were killed in almost 13,500 terrorist attacks around the world, according to the figures that were compiled for the State Department by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland. That’s up from just over 18,000 deaths in nearly 10,000 attacks in 2013.Twenty-four Americans were killed by extremists in 2014, the report said. And abductions soared to 9,428 in the calendar year from 3,137 in 2013.The report attributes the rise in attacks to increased terror activity in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria and the sharp spike in deaths to a growth in exceptionally lethal attacks in those countries and elsewhere.There were 20 attacks that killed more than 100 people each in 2014, compared to just two a year earlier, the report said. Among those were December’s attack by the Pakistani Taliban on a school in Peshawar that killed at least 150 people and the June attack by Islamic State militants on a prison in Mosul, Iraq, in which 670 Shiite prisoners died. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran’s support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects, the Obama administration said Friday, less than two weeks before the deadline for completing a nuclear deal that could provide Tehran with billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions.The assessment offered a worrying sign of even worse terror-related violence to come after a year in which extremists in the Middle East, Africa and Asia committed 35 percent more terrorist acts, killed nearly twice as many people and almost tripled the number of kidnappings worldwide. Statistics released by the State Department on Friday also pointed to a tenfold surge in the most lethal kinds of attacks.last_img read more

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Intrepid Connections sold to PEAK travel

first_imgPEAK Adventure Travel Group has become the sole owner of the Intrepid Connection business after purchasing the remaining 50 percent from Australian Pacific Tourism (APT) late last week.The other 50 percent of the company was purchased in January 2010 by PEAK’s subsidiary company Intrepid Travel.A statement from PEAK read that travellers already booked with Intrepid Connections will not experience any disruptions as the newly acquired company will continue to operate as a separate brand.However, from 2 and 31 October, PEAK said it will consolidate both Intrepid Connections Australian operations and its other company Adventure Tours Australia (ATA) into a newly named PEAK NT Operations Centre in Alice Springs and Darwin. “The sales and marketing of Intrepid Connections trips will continue to operate from Melbourne. ATA’s sales and marketing will continue to operate from Adelaide,” the statement read. PEAK Adventure Travel Group chief executive Darrell Wade added that the move to purchase the remaining 50 percent was taken in consideration of the company’s future benefits. “Australian tourism has been knocked for six by the soaring Aussie dollar over the past 12 months but we are confident that this is cyclical and the industry will recover in the long-term,” Mr Wade explained.  “This move places us in a strong position when the industry does return to health.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Qantas adds east coast capacity

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J A day after announcing cuts to its Northern Territory network, Qantas has announced a capacity increase on routes across the east coast.The extra 25,800 seats per week over 2012/13 will see the airline add 11 return services between Sydney and Melbourne from 9 July this year as well as 11 return services between Sydney and Brisbane from 23 August this year.Jetstar will also add services including 21 return services between Sydney and Melbourne from 16 August this year and seven return services between Sydney and Adelaide from 15 November this year, Sydney and Ballina-Byron  as well as Sydney and the Gold Coast both from 18 April 2013.Three return Jetstar flights will also be added between Adelaide and Gold Coast from 18 April 2013 as well as four return flights between Newcastle and Gold Coast.For more information click back onto e-Travel Blackboard tomorrow. last_img read more

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