Former President of Chile Ricardo Lagos to Join The Elders

first_imgThe Elders are delighted to announce that Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile, has accepted their invitation to join the group.Mr. Lagos, 78, served as President of Chile from 2000-2006. A lawyer and an academic, he served as a delegate to several UN conferences under Salvador Allende and played a key role in securing Chile’s return to democracy in the late 1980s after the dictatorship of General Pinochet. After leaving office, he established a foundation for the promotion of democracy and development in Santiago.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:“I am delighted to welcome Ricardo Lagos to our group. He is internationally respected as a tenacious fighter for democracy and human rights in his own country and the wider world. He brings to The Elders his strong commitment to equality and social progress. We look forward to working with him, to address some of the intractable conflicts plaguing our world and help change people’s lives for the better.”Ricardo Lagos added:“It is a huge honour to join this esteemed group, which plays such an important role in fighting for peace, justice and human rights. Our world faces many grave problems that require us to join hands and share our different experiences. I hope that by adding my voice to those of my fellow Elders we can also ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable in our societies do not go overlooked.”last_img read more

We dont like your kind here Police investigating letter left for Leduc

first_imgMelissa RidgenAPTN NewsMishel Assiniboine has owned her home in the Edmonton suburb of Leduc, Alberta for 20 years.“The schools in the area are really awesome,” Assiniboine said. “The daycares or programs we’ve been involved in are really welcoming and amazing.“We have long-term friends here, so do my kids, so we have a lot of support and a really great community.”While they’ve had some vandalism and visits from city bylaw officers based on anonymous complaints about her uncut lawn or un-shovelled walkway, a letter received on New Year’s Day was the first outright taste of racism they’ve experienced in a long time.Assiniboine found the letter stuffed into the railing to her home.“We do not like your kind here,” part of the letter read.It went on to say that too many people lived in the home and that they’re “ruining the neighbourhood.”The five bedroom home houses the family of six.The letter went on to say that they should go back to the reserve.“We gave you land and you need to respect the generosity,” said the letter.Assiniboine was shocked.“There’s some anger, some sadness, some people are scared. A lot of us don’t really know what to think about it. It’s shocking,” she said.Leduc Deputy Mayor Bill Hamilton was quick to condemn the letter.“We do not tolerate any kind of hateful behaviour,” he said in a statement released on Jan. 1.“We are working with the RCMP to ensure the appropriate steps are taken to investigate this letter and ensure the family’s safety.”Police are investigating the case and bylaw services is examining to see if the same person who lodged earlier complaints is responsible.Victim’s services has reached out to the family.This latest letter is eerily similar to one left for an Indigenous family in another Edmonton suburb last fall.mridgen@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Kitesurfing: Morocco’s Dakhla Welcomes 4th ‘Dakhla Downwind Challenge’

Rabat – The 4th “Dakhla Downwind Challenge,” an event of adventurous kitesurfing opened Tuesday, August 14, in Dakhla. The challenge will continue until August 19.The sporting event in Morocco’s southern provinces is organized by the Moroccan Kitesurf Association (AMKS) under the supervision of the Moroccan Royal Sailing Federation (FRMV).Participating kite surfers take a journey of 500 kilometers from Dakhla to Lagouira, Mauritania. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the landscapes, sand dunes, and paradisiacal beaches that abound in southern Morocco. The “Dakhla Downwind Challenge” seeks to create a new dynamic in the peninsular city of Dakhla, known for its tourism potential, allowing it to become a preferred destination for kitesurfing enthusiasts and professionals. In commemoration of the 39th anniversary of the recovery of the province of Oued Ed-Dahab, the official kickoff of the competition was given by the wali (governor) of the region, Lamine Benimara. The wali was accompanied by the high commissioner to former resistance fighters and former members of the Liberation Army, Mustapha El Ktiri. read more

The ones that got away Why making it big in tech might

But Canada is not retaining all of its innovators.In terms of innovation within Canada, few families share the same legacy as Michael Evans’ family.In the 1960s, his father John, co-founded McMaster University’s Medical School in Hamilton, and transformed medical education to give students hands-on experience with patients from the very start rather than rote memorization.In the 1990s, John co-founded MaRS, an innovation hub in downtown Toronto that connects entrepreneurs with networks and capital.Evans said that his father once dispensed sage career advice to him: “He said, ‘You’ve got to move, if you want to grow. Embrace change and take prudent risk.’ Otherwise you get caught up in the status quo.”That bug to “embrace change” was present in Evans even in high school, when he was one of only three boys in a class of nearly 200 at UCC who moved abroad for university, and why he accepted positions on three different continents later in his career at Goldman Sachs, he said.Michael Evans Michael Short for National Post Ask the leader of any technology company and they’ll tell you that hiring engineers, data scientists or mathematicians is one of their biggest challenges. STEM careers are the fastest growing part of the labour market, and some estimates put the need for technology workers at 216,000 jobs by 2021. To explore the talent gap, the FP talked to innovators who have left Canada to pursue opportunities with big multinational companies, and also those who have moved here to be a part of this country’s digital transformation. You can find all of our coverage here.As a teenager in 1976 attending the elite Toronto high school, Upper Canada College, Michael Evans knew he wanted something different than his peers: he wanted to leave the country.That itch initially led him to Princeton University in New Jersey, and later to a banking career in New York, London and Asia.Today, as president of Alibaba Group. — China’s answer to Amazon.com Inc. — Evans spends the majority of his time in China and other developing countries, helping build out online payment methods, a smart logistics system and digital innovations that will allow their economies to, technologically speaking, leapfrog the developed world.“This is not a job you can do by remote control,” Evans told the Financial Post in a recent interview while he was visiting extended family in Toronto. “But it is a job that requires you to be in the field.”Canadian entrepreneurs who leave the country — of which there are many working on the bleeding edge of the innovation economy, whether in blockchain, artificial intelligence, ride-hailing or some other area — do so for different reasons. Some are enticed by the scale of countries with larger population centers, or by the advanced funding ecosystems elsewhere; others follow specific opportunities abroad; or in some cases it is simply a yen for something different.As part of its investigation into innovation, the Financial Post spoke with some of these Canadian entrepreneurs working abroad and asked for their perspectives on what drives or impedes new technological development and how Canada is faring as digital innovations reinvent the world.Canadians have helped build some of the most buzzed about tech companies in the world: Garret Camp is the lesser-known co-founder of the ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc.; Stewart Butterfield founded the photo sharing service Flickr and more recently the office chat platform Slack Technologies; Vitalik Buterin invented Etherium, a blockchain technology.But for all the success stories, there is no Canadian equivalent of an Apple Inc., Amazon, Alphabet Inc. or Facebook Inc., and that void raises questions about whether Canada’s tech sector can compete in a world economy increasingly dominated by ideas and data.Lance Uggla Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News Spencer Platt/Getty Images “There’s no issue with innovating within Canada,” said Lance Uggla, a native Vancouverite, who has grown a multibillion dollar data business, IHS Markit, from London, U.K.“But if you create a great product for global markets, the Canadian market within the global market is never going to be more than two or three per cent of your overall revenue,” he added.And that lack of population forces many entrepreneurs to look abroad for ways to distribute their product globally.After starting his banking career in Toronto in the 1980s, he moved to London in the 1990s as TD Bank’s head of Europe and Asia.After the Houston-based energy trader Enron imploded in 2001, drawing new scrutiny to just how much market manipulation was occurring behind the scenes, Uggla sensed a business opportunity to bring greater transparency to various markets.In 2003, he started Markit Ltd. in a barn north of London. By using technology to analyze large data sets, Markit was able to provide market insights that could be sold to governments, large multinational companies and other organizations.In 2016, Markit merged with a similar company IHS Inc. in a deal valued at US$5.5 billion, where Uggla is now chief executive and chairman.Working abroad may have provided an unintended impetus for Uggla’s entrepreneurship. Because he was working for a Canadian bank that paled in size compared to some of the global banking behemoths he was making deals with, he always believed his trading partners had more data than him.“I think working for a Canadian bank that had a smaller footprint than the largest global banks, meant that I was dealing with a larger gap in the transparency,” he said. “It meant I had a keen interest to collect data” from them.He says that’s how innovation occurs sometimes: An entrepreneur identifies an opportunity based on an experience.Today, having expanded into more than 140 countries, IHS Markit is expanding and has five offices in Canada in Calgary, Mississauga, Toronto, Vancouver and Windsor.“If I was living in Toronto and came up with this idea, I think I could have easily built this company,” said Uggla.”I don’t think there’s any issue with attracting, recruiting and retaining great talent in Canada — you’ve got great universities, and you’ve got a vibrant business community.”Markit employees and CEO Lance Uggla (center) celebrate at the NASDAQ during the launch of the initial public offering for Markit on June 19, 2014 in New York City. It’s also relevant to Alibaba’s strategy of targeting emerging economies.In developed economies like Canada, entrepreneurs have to contend with existing services and products when they introduce any new technology. For instance, consumers have credit cards which may make them wary of using any of the various new digital payment systems.But in places where most individuals have never had bank accounts or credit cards, people are more likely to embrace a new type of payment system.“In developing markets, the ability to change things is welcomed by the recipients,” said Evans, and that means Alibaba has been able to rapidly grow new business services, such as Alipay, its online mobile payment system.Other factors slow adoption in a developed country too. Banks, for example, tend to introduce new products carefully to ensure they don’t cannibalize revenue from existing products, and to ensure they don’t create any new liabilities or reputational damage. Plus, developing markets have more advanced regulatory systems.“It’s hard to get people to change,” said Evans. “In developing countries they adapt much more quickly to technologies that can solve serious problems.”But Evans isn’t pessimistic about Canada’s future.“There’s a huge opportunity for Canada to embrace some of these technologies,” he said.Other entrepreneurs working abroad profess a more complicated relationship to the country.In 2015, having just finished law school, Andrew Arruda connected with Jimoh Ovbiagele, who was studying computer science as an undergraduate the University of Toronto where Geoffrey Hinton, sometimes called the godfather of artificial intelligence because of his work on deep learning technologies, was a professor.They launched ROSS Intelligence, a software program that aims to streamline legal research. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, lawyers can type in a question and ROSS looks across the vast compendium of legal case law and finds cases with relevant answers.Almost immediately, Arruda made a decision to focus on the U.S. legal market, which has more lawyers in California alone than in all of Canada.“You don’t have the same volume of people in Canada,” said Arruda.”Sheer volume is a big thing when you talk about entrepreneurship.”Andrew Arruda, CEO and founder of ROSS Intelligence, poses for a portrait at his company’s offices inside a WeWork shared workspace in San Francisco. Initially, they relied on IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence technology to build their tool and investments quickly poured in. Y Combinator, the venture fund accelerator in California that seeded Airbnb and Dropbox, was an early investor, with Comcast Corp., the Philadelphia-based global telecommunications company, and Dentons, the global law firm, also investing.“People always ask, ‘Can Canada compete with Silicon Valley?’” said Arruda, “and I say we shouldn’t be thinking about competing with it — there’s always going to be more capital in the U.S. by virtue of the sheer volume of people.”“But instead of trying to change that we have to look at how we stay competitive,” he added.As Ross attracted more customers, and expanded its offerings from bankruptcy to all areas of law, Arruda said he sought ways to reinvest back in Canada.In 2017, the company opened a Toronto office and Mayor John Tory attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. A dozen engineers initially staffed the office, and drew on machine learning and natural language research conducted by professors at three Canadian universities — in Toronto, Edmonton, and Montreal — to build a proprietary artificial intelligence system for ROSS.This November, ROSS hired Stergios Anastasiadis, the former head of engineering at Shopify Inc., as its head of engineering, based in Toronto, which has grown to more than two dozen engineers, according to Arruda.ROSS also attracted Canadian investment, and today, Inovia, a Montreal-based venture capital firm, is its largest investor.“A lot of people think let’s give more tax incentives so all our entrepreneurs stay here, and don’t leave,” he said. “But I think the best route forward is to allow those entrepreneurs to leave … and encourage them to come back.”Arruda likens the situation to the National Hockey League, where talented Canadians often play for U.S. teams and eventually return to coach youth hockey, ensuring that Canada churns out talented hockey players.As Canadian tech companies abroad mature, he said he believes they’ll also look for ways to return to Canada.This July, the real estate consulting firm, CBRE Group reported that Toronto had added 28,900 tech jobs in 2017 — more than Seattle, New York, Washington, D.C. and the Bay Area combined.“We are now starting to see those people come back,” he said.• Email: gfriedman@nationalpost.com | Twitter: read more

Governments back UN study to rescue natural resources in Palestinian territories

Environment ministers from across the world attending the final day of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) annual Governing Council, in Nairobi, Kenya, unanimously endorsed a desk report – compiled last year by the agency’s Post-Conflict Assessment Unit – on the environmental situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.Calling the decision a clear assessment that global leaders wished UNEP to work with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to reverse the rapid environmental deterioration in the region, Klaus Toepfer, UNEP’s Executive Director, said, “Environmental cooperation can be a tool in the peace process.” Governments have asked the agency to act as an impartial moderator, when requested by both parties, to assist in solving urgent environmental problems with a view to achieving common goals.Today’s decision also backed a package of over 130 recommendations aimed at improving a wide range of environmental issues in the territories, including water supplies, the disposal of wastes, land degradation and the threats to wildlife and habitats.Stressing that the report and the recommendations endorsed today could not have been possible without the cooperation of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Toepfer said, “Our main hope for the region is that the conflict can be resolved and the suffering brought to an end. We are ready to do this.”The Governing Council decision acknowledges the report’s conclusions that the Middle East is a “meeting point” of escalating environmental threats – particularly the case in the Palestinian Territories, where long-term environmental degradation spanning several conflicts has been exacerbated by protracted refugee situations and rapid population growth. It calls upon Governments and international organizations to “support the rehabilitation of the environment and reconstruction of damaged environmental infrastructure, and thus to assist the environmental authorities concerned in their efforts to address urgent environmental needs in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.” Updating the Palestinian Authority’s National Environmental Action Plan and support from the international community for implementing it should also be a priority. read more

Gusty winds blow Buckeyes to 4thplace finish in Lady Buckeye Invitational

The Ohio State women’s golf team didn’t finish as well as it was hoping to in this year’s Lady Buckeye Invitational. The near-40 mph gusts of wind didn’t help it in the weekend tournament, but it might have been a blessing in disguise as the Buckeyes head to Chicago next week for the Big Ten Tournament. “We haven’t won a tournament yet this year. I was hoping to get this one under our belts,” coach Therese Hession said. “The wind is good to practice in because we’re going to be right off Lake Michigan next week.” The wind couldn’t stop Michigan State’s Caroline Powers, who shot a 226 in the three-round tournament. Powers had the best individual performance of the weekend and also led her teammates to a first-place finish in the event, with a total score of 918 — 17 strokes better than Kent State, which came in second with a final score of 935. Wisconsin’s Lindsay Danielson had the second-best individual performance, leading her team to a third-place finish in the tournament with a score of 939. OSU finished fourth with a final score of 941. Rachel Rohanna and Vicky Villanueva led the Buckeyes, both scoring 235 for the weekend, tying for 13th overall in the individual scores. Susana Benavides, who shot a 238 over the weekend, said she had never played in such severe conditions. “It was probably the hardest round I’ve ever played,” Benavides said. “You can’t really focus on what you want; you just have to play for the wind. Try to make pars and be happy with it.” In Hong Lim agreed. “It was real interesting to see all my balls going thirty yards left and right, but everyone was in the same situation,” said Lim, the team’s lone senior, who was playing in her final home tournament. Lim scored 245 for the weekend, a score she wasn’t satisfied with. But she’ll have a chance to finish her Big Ten career strong in next week’s tournament. “I think next week’s going to be windy again, so it was a good preview for us,” she said. “I was hoping to do a lot better than what I did. But oh well, next week.” Regardless of the conditions next weekend, Hession says starting strong is what the team needs to do for a chance to finish atop the leader board. “We just have to get out there and try to really get off to a really good start because that’s one thing we haven’t done so well,” she said. “I think that first day will be critical.” One thing Hession doesn’t need to worry about is her team’s confidence. “I would expect us all to give all of our effort to next weekend,” Rohanna said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we go out there and win by 10 shots.” Benavides was equally clear about her confidence in her team. “A win, that’s for sure,” she said. “No doubt about that.” read more

Kornel Nagy two years in French Dunkerque

Hungarian left back from MKB Veszprem, Kornel Nagy (25) signed two years contract with French Cup winner, Dunkerque. French team finished third in the LNH behind Montpellier and Chambery, two the strongest teams. Nagy played many years for Dunaffer in that time, third strentgh in the Hungarian championship after Veszprem and Pick Szeged. He moved in the summer 2010 to MKB Veszprem.He is the part of the Hungarian national team squad. Dunkerque handballKornel Nagy ← Previous Story Paris – Ivry fusion? Next Story → Become Handball Planet friend on Facebook and Twitter! read more

Dublin based betting website Intrade ceases trading

first_imgTHE ONLINE PREDICTION market website, Intrade, has ceased “trading activity” according to a notice posted on its site.Intrade was a platform where spectators could buy and sell shares on the outcome of real world events, including politics, finance, economics, science and entertainment. Their most active market in recent times included wagers on who would succeed the recently resigned Pope Benedict XVI.The Dublin-based company posted the memo to its site late last night which read they recently discovered “circumstances” which “require immediate further investigation, and may include financial irregularities”.To comply with Irish law, the directors were said to cease exchange trading on the website immediately, settle all open positions and calculate the settled account value of all member accounts and cease all banking transactions for all existing company accounts.During the coming weeks, Intrade will investigate the circumstances and “determine the necessary course of action”.Late last year, the company suspended trading for all US customers following a lawsuit by Commodity Futures Trading Commission after they claimed Intrade was letting Americans bet on the price of commodities which is illegal in the US.last_img read more

Lazy USPS carrier drives truck over garden instead of walking down path

first_imgSome people employed to deliver packages to our homes really aren’t fit for the job, and an increasing number of them are caught on camera abusing their position or being down right uncaring or lazy.You may remember in December last year a UPS guy was caught stealing an iPad mini delivered earlier that day by FedEx. Then we also have the case of the FedEx guy breaking a brand new monitor by throwing it over a fence rather than taking the time to ring the bell and attempt to deliver it properly.Now we have another example of poor service from what could be the laziest delivery person yet.As you can see in the video, the house has a perfectly good driveway for parking vehicles on and path to walk along to the front door, but this USPS delivery woman dosen’t seem to care. She’s more concerned with doing as little work as possible, so proceeds to drive her vehcile over the grass to get as close to the front steps as possible. In fact, I’m surprised she even exits the truck as she throws the small package up the steps anyway. Why not throw it from her seated position and save standing up completely?When she drives away you can see how the grass has sunk where the wheels were, and that means you’ll not get an even cut without some repair work be done first. Having caught this act on camera, the house owner should be able to claim back whatever the repair work costs directly from USPS. I suspect this woman may lose her job, or at the very least be reprimanded for her actions.last_img read more

Salah and Henderson strike late to send Liverpool back top of the

first_img Henderson celebrates his late goal on Friday. Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth Salah and Henderson strike late to send Liverpool back top of the Premier League Jurgen Klopp’s men overcame Southampton at St Mary’s on Friday night to overtake Man City. Friday 5 Apr 2019, 9:51 PM By AFP Apr 5th 2019, 9:51 PM 33,475 Views Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth LIVERPOOL NEEDED MORE late goals to move top of the Premier League once more as Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson struck in the final 10 minutes to earn a 3-1 victory at Southampton on Friday.Jurgen Klopp’s men had to come from behind at St. Mary’s after Shane Long’s early opener.However, Naby Keita’s first goal for the club brought the visitors level before Salah and Henderson’s strikes took Liverpool two points clear of Manchester City, who still have a game in hand.The league leaders also needed late goals to beat Fulham and Tottenham in their last two games, but they refuse to give up the chase of a City side eyeing history with a quadruple of trophies. Salah celebrates his first goal in two months. Source: Adam DavySouthampton started the evening just five points above the relegation zone at the other end of the table, but had won their past two games as part of a general upturn in form since Ralph Hasenhuttl took charge in December.And the hosts looked more like the side going for the title in the early stages as they went in front on nine minutes.Ryan Bertrand’s cross picked out the run of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg into the box and his flick-on looped over Andy Robertson for Long to control and score just his fourth goal in his last 50 Premier League appearances.That was also the Irishman’s 50th Premier League goal and he should have had 51 shortly after when he failed to connect with another dangerous Bertrand cross and Virgil van Dijk nearly turned the ball into his own net against his old club.Keita has failed to live up to expectations since his £53 million move from RB Leipzig last summer, but he could hardly have picked a better moment to score his first goal for the club nine minutes before the break.Southampton were left angry that Salah was not flagged offside in the build-up, but the ball eventually fell for Trent Alexander-Arnold and his in-swinging cross was met too powerfully with his head by Keita for Gunn to keep out. Captain Jordan Henderson clinched the three points with his first goal in 18 months. Source: Kirsty WigglesworthLiverpool had far more control of the game after the break, but had to wait until 10 minutes from time for the crucial goal and it came on the counter-attack from a Southampton corner.Salah latched onto Henderson’s headed pass and ran from inside his own half before curling in his first goal in nine games from just outside the box.Henderson had been left on the bench from the start by Klopp, but the Liverpool captain made his presence felt as a substitute as he then burst into the box to finish off Roberto Firmino’s low cross to seal a vital three points.- © AFP, 2019Gavan Casey and Ryan Bailey are joined by Bernard Jackman to look back on a thrilling weekend of European rugby on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Subscribecenter_img Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Henderson celebrates his late goal on Friday. Share2 Tweet Email1 https://the42.ie/4578667 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 70 Comments Short URLlast_img read more

Your Game Room Needs This Arcade1Up Arcade Cabinet Now Only 175

first_imgStay on target Travel into space and prevent your spaceship from being hit by asteroids. Asteroids is a space shooter that challenges your reflex and aiming skills. Take your shots carefully, and challenge your friends to see who will last the longest in space!Get Arcade1Up Asteroids at Walmart, $175Arcade1Up Centipede This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves As the centipede makes its speedy descent from the top of the 17” LCD screen, it is your job to take it out before it takes you out. You will need strategy when shooting at it. Once hit, it will split in two where shot and increase its movement speed. In addition to the centipede, keep an eye out for the pesky spiders. They can be an ally, by removing mushrooms that may block your shots, and your movement, but make no mistake – they will take your life if they come in contact with you.Get Aracde1Up Centipede at Walmart, $175 Make sure the dream of the ’90s (or ’80s) is alive in your game room with some fantastic arcade cabinets.Walmart is offering great deals on Arcade1Up Arcade Cabinets. Get an Arcade1Up Arcade Cabinet (Centipede or Asteroids) with BONUS Arcade1Up Riser now for only $175 (normally $299).Aracde1Up Aracade machines are 4 feet tall and come with immersive full-color hi-resolution displays and sounds. The cabinets also resemble the classic arcade joystick and button configuration you remember.Aracde1Up Asteroidslast_img read more

Bail set at 1 million for cold case suspect

first_imgBail was set at $1 million Wednesday for the suspect in the 1994 rape and strangulation death of a Vancouver woman.Richard Eugene Knapp, 57, of Fairview, Ore., appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first- and second-degree murder with sexual motivation. Judge Robert A. Lewis set bail and ordered that Knapp be unshackled during future court hearings.Earlier in the day, Knapp’s defense attorney, Edward LeRoy Dunkerly, objected to his client being photographed by news media while he was wearing shackles. The hearing was stopped and set aside until later to address those concerns.Defendants typically appear in shackles at first court appearances. Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney James Smith asked that Knapp remain shackled due to the nature of the alleged crimes and called a sheriff’s deputy to testify about why they’re used.But Lewis said that requiring Knapp to wear shackles without more specific justification would be a violation of due process, citing precedent from the state Court of Appeals.“I simply don’t have the information that would allow me to make such a finding,” Lewis said.Knapp’s handcuffs and leg chains were removed for the remainder of the hearing. Once they were removed, he rubbed both of his wrists.last_img read more

Motorcyclist hurt in Highway 99 crash

first_imgA motorcyclist was injured Saturday in a crash with a car on Highway 99 in Vancouver, according to the Vancouver Police Department.The crash occurred about 5:45 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 99 and Northeast Ross Street, said VPD Sgt. Kevin Hatley.Hatley said the motorcyclist was riding north on Highway 99 when his motorcycle crashed into a southbound Chevrolet Monte Carlo as the car turned left from Highway 99 onto Northeast Ross Street.The motorcyclist, identified only as an adult male, was transported to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. The driver of the Monte Carlo and his two passengers were not injured, Hatley said.Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. Hatley said witnesses reported seeing the motorcycle run a red light.last_img read more

WTWH Media Buys ElectroTechOnline Forum

first_imgCleveland-based WTWH Media, a b-to-b company serving the design engineering and renewable energy markets, has acquired Electro-Tech-Online, a membership forum for electrical engineers.Terms of the deal were not released. The move allows WTWH to expand its electrical engineering audience. Electro-Tech-Online has more than 170,000 registered users. The company already has EDAboard.com, but between the two, there are only 7,000 duplicated members. Combined, the two forums have 650,000 members and 1.3 million monthly page views.The audience increase leads to more advertising opportunities, says Marshall Matheson, WTWH Media’s executive vice president. “It increases our reach to electrical engineers for greater opportunity from advertisers in that space,” he says. “With the forum, there is an overall increase in traffic for ad revenue, topical e-news (opt-in registered users to the site) and technical resources these professionals seek out.” Additionally, Matheson says the more active users from the forum can be invited to contribute technical writing, product reviews and blog posts.last_img read more

North Korea resumes ballistic missile launches nuclear talks in doubt

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:47Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:46?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The missile launches also took place a day after US National Security Advisor John Bolton visited South Korea on Wednesday to discuss strategic affairs. The US agenda of “unilaterally reneging on its commitments” by holding military exercises with South Korea is leading North Korea to reconsider its denuclearisation initiative, North Korean Foreign Ministry had warned earlier this month.North Korean Foreign Minister and the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, are expected to meet on the sidelines of the Southeast Asian security forum in Bangkok next week. However, the diplomatic sources said nothing had been decided, reported Reuters. Missiles being launched during a military drill in North Korea on May 10, 2019.Reuters via KCNAThe North Korean military fired two short-range missiles early on Thursday, July 25. It is the first missile test since leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump agreed to rekindle denuclearization talks.Launched from North Korea’s Wonsan city, the ballistic missiles flew about 430 km over the sea, reaching an altitude of 50 km before splashing down, a South Korean defence ministry official told Reuters. Signs of a probable missile launch were detected by South Korea who conducted detailed analysis with the United States, the presidential Blue House said in a statement. A senior US official told CNN that they are “aware of reports of a short-range projectile launched from North Korea” but declined to comment further.The South Korean military is maintaining a defence posture and has been monitoring the situation as a preparation for an additional launch, said an official in the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).North Korea had fired ballistic missiles twice in May. The projectiles fired on May 9 travelled about 420 km and 270 km each. The National Security Office (NSO) will be meeting on Thursday to discuss the latest North Korean missile firings, the Blue House said.US-North Korean denuclearisationTensions are likely to rise between Washington and Pyongyang as the military exercise casts doubts on the credibility of the denuclearization talks after Trump and Kim met at the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) in June. Trump Becomes First U.S. President To Step Inside North Korea, Sets 3rd Meeting With Kim Jong Unlast_img read more

Shopping For A Hurricane Emergency Kit With Harris County Judge Ed Emmett

first_img X Share Listen Harris County OEMMichael Hagerty interviews Harris County Judge Ed Emmett while assembling a hurricane kit at Houston’s Southland Hardware.center_img 00:00 /11:44 As each new storm season approaches, we often hear about the importance of putting together an emergency kit for you and your family. Michael Hagerty recently got some help putting together his from someone who would really know how: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.As the chief administrator for Harris County, Judge Emmett is often the face of emergency management and preparedness for Greater Houston. During Hurricane Ike in 2008, he made the term “hunker down” a Houston catchphrase.Michael met up with Emmett at Southland Hardware, located on Westheimer in Montrose, to do some shopping for some of the items needed to hunker down or evacuate in the event of the next storm.Judge Emmett says Houstonians should prepare the same way, no matter what the projected forecast is for the hurricane season.“If we have 25 hurricanes in the world and none of them hit us, then that’s a good year,” he said. “But if there’s only one hurricane in the entire world and it happens to his us — that’s a bad year. So people have got to prepare now so that they’re not scrambling around at the last minute.”MORE: Emergency Kit Checklist (Harris County Office of Emergency Management)– / 11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Pokemon Sword and Shield Has Giant Cake Monster and More

first_imgStay on target It seems like it was just yesterday that we learned all sorts of exciting new details about Pokemon Sword and Shield, the first core games in the RPG series coming to a home console the Nintendo Switch. Those details included the open-world Wild Area, first looks at new creatures, and the new Dynamax feature for super-sizing your partner Pokemon. We even got to play the game for ourselves.Of course, over the past few weeks Pokemon Sword and Shield have also been dogged by the dumb National Pokedex controversy (that the Pokemon Company even responded to) as fans simultaneously complain about graphical quality while also demanding artists shift more resources toward bring back all one thousand monsters. But forget that noise. Here’s a giant cake monster and all sorts of other fun nonsense in a surprise new trailer.That cute confectionery creature is Alcremie, a Fairy-type Pokemon and one of several new monsters revealed here. After appearing in the demo, electric Corgi Yamper was officially revealed. Rolycoly is a rock-type Pokemon who literally rolls coal. And Duraludon is a steel-dragon Pokemon with both light and heavy metal abilities.AdChoices广告An early criticism of the Dynamax feature was that all it did was make Pokemon bigger, a step back from the redesigns of Mega Evolutions. However, for select Pokemon at least, the Gigantamax ability also offers similar changes in appearance and moveset along with changing size. Alcremie becomes a wedding cake the size of skyscraper and shoots high-calorie missiles. Snapping turtle Drednaw and raven taxi Corviknight also become even more fearsome.And we saw some new people as well. Chairman Rose heads up the business end of the Galar gym tournaments with his assistant Oleana. Someone has to manage those sponsorships. Depending on which game you get you’ll also face different gym leaders. Sword players go up against fighting expert Bea while Shield players take on ghost expert Allister.Expect more details on Pokemon Sword and Shield to come even faster as we approach the November 15 release date. For more on Pokemon check out the Detective Pikachu pop-up exhibit coming to San Diego Comic-Con and learn more about the upcoming mobile game Pokemon Masters. Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks last_img read more

Mamata echoes Advanis view on democratic courtesy

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee appreciated BJP veteran L K Advani’s views of extending democratic courtesies to Opposition leaders, stating that all Opposition leaders are not anti-national. In a tweet, she said: “As the seniormost politician, former Dy PM and founding father of BJP, the views AdvaniJi has expressed about extending democratic courtesies is significant. Of course, all Opposition leaders who raise their voices are not anti-national. We welcome his statement & convey our humble regards.” Earlier in the day, Advani broke his silence and wrote in his blog that he never regarded his critics as ‘enemies’ or ‘anti-nationals’. In the piece, he urged the party to “look back, look ahead and look within” and stressed on “democracy and democratic traditions”.last_img read more

ARods retirement press conference shows hes incapable of authenticity

first_imgYou can’t fake authenticity. Alex Rodriguez spent most of his career trying. He sat helplessly and watched as effortlessly cool Derek Jeter soaked up the fan adoration and respect he so desperately desired. This weekend, A-Rod held a press conference to announce he will play his last game with the Yankees this Friday. In typical A-Rod fashion, the retirement announcement didn’t come off as genuine, but as more stagecraft and optics.With A-Rod, everything in career was about image, calculation and perception. No one thinks they know “the real A-Rod”, because his personality is fungible and appears to have no authentic core. Today in The Herd, Colin said A-Rod’s retirement presser was his curtain call to inauthenticity.“He breaks down. You can’t see his eyes. And he takes his hat off so you can see him crying. He wants you to see him crying. Even when he’s authentic for a moment, it’s all about optics.”It wasn’t all that long ago when smart money was on Alex Rodriguez to break baseball’s all-time home run record and most other major offensive records. Then it all fell apart. The Biogenisis HGH scandal confirmed long held suspicions that A-Rod was a medically created marvel, and punctured his carefully cultivated image as baseball’s golden boy. In the end, A-Rod’s downfall was his own narcissism.“Yes, he was a remarkable talent.  But, as I’ve said several times before, can you imagine George Clooney going heavy into plastic surgery? You’d be like “Dude, you’re being greedy.””Will another team take a chance on A-Rod after he gets released? @Ken_Rosenthal has the latest. #TheHerdhttps://t.co/F6kcYaZOxr— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 8, 2016 Advertisementlast_img read more

Gay Hollyoaks star Nathan Sussex on why straight men can play gay

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Nathan Sussex | All photos: Dan Collins of Third Avenue Photography. He plays one of the darkest characters Hollyoaks has even seen. And while friendly Welshman Nathan Sussex admits the part of football coach Buster Smith (whose explosive child grooming and sex abuse storyline came to a head last week) has been a challenge, it’s one he faced head on. Adam Rickitt reveals how disappointed he was with the reaction to Coronation Street’s first gay kissCoronation Street to air male rape storyline to address ‘culture of silence’My fiancé supports my pansexuality by volunteering with me at prideRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hollyoaks-nathan-sussex-straight-men-can-play-gay-roles-and-vice-versa/ GAYSTARNEWS-center_img I ask Nathan for his view on the debate around straight actors playing gay roles – recently reignited by news that the reportedly straight Jack Whitehall will play Disney’s first openly gay character in 2019’s Jungle Cruise.‘At first I was a bit disappointed’ says Nathan. ‘I thought, “why are they casting a straight character in a gay role?” But then I had to look at myself. I’m a gay man playing heterosexual [characters]. I thought, “hang on, I can’t really join in this debate.”‘At the end of the day, when people were saying “he’s an actor playing a part”, that’s exactly it – it doesn’t matter about your sexuality. It doesn’t dictate the roles we should play. It would be nice as a representation that a gay man could’ve played that role. But then, possibly lots of gay actors auditioned for that role – I don’t know.’‘Felicity Huffman was incredible in Transamerica’The debate around cisgendered actors playing trans roles, Nathan admits, is trickier. He harks back to 2015’s Oscar-nominated Transamerica, about a trans women reunited with the son she didn’t know she had.‘Felicity Huffman played the role incredibly,’ he remembers. ‘But the trans community – now, there’s a lot more awareness. It’s all about representation. If there’s a trans role being cast, should it be played by somebody who’s trans? Sometimes, I think yes. If you want to play something truthfully and honestly, then it makes sense to have somebody who’s trans, because they’ve gone through that.’Has Nathan, whose Hollyoaks character will return to the soap for his comeuppance in 2019, experienced any prejudice himself in the acting industry?‘No, none at all,’ says Nathan. ‘I came out very late in life. I was 37. Until that point, I was a straight man. But since coming out, within my industry, I’ve never experienced any prejudice or homophobia. I work in the creative sector. Particularly within the acting community, I don’t know what the percentage is, but there are gay performers. It’s an industry and a world that doesn’t tolerate any kind of prejudice anyway.’Hollyoaks airs on Channel 4 in the UK Monday-Friday at 6.30pm. You can also catch Nathan in BAFTA-winning 2017 short Nadger and 2018 feature film Last SummerGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘When I auditioned for the part, I knew very little about the character because they couldn’t leak too much,’ Nathan tells GSN . ‘But my understanding was that he was a successful sportsman who was coming back to find his family, but had this dark secret.’‘It wasn’t until I was told I had the job that I had my first workshop with the producers and writers,’ he adds. ‘Then I found out in depth where the storyline was going; I found out he was there to groom one of the young boys in the show. To some actors that might be quite daunting, but I embraced the challenge.’Nathan and producers of the show worked with Survivors Manchester, a voluntary organization set up to help male victims of sexual abuse and rape, to ensure the story was told sensitively and accurately.‘They’ve been key to the whole success of the storyline,’ says Nathan, who’s also appeared on Coronation Street and Emmerdale in the past. ‘Duncan Craig, who runs Survivors Manchester, oversees all the scripts, to make sure the actual dialogue is true, natural. We’ve had many workshops with them.’‘There’s a big LGBT presence at Hollyoaks’Despite a ‘tough year’ getting to grips with a difficult character, Nathan admits his Hollyoaks experience has been ‘incredible’ – not least because of the LGBTI people he’s gotten to work with.‘They’re very big on equality and diversity,’ explains the openly gay actor. ‘There’s a big LGBT presence within the organization. It’s something I think they’re very proud of. And you know, you’ve got Annie Wallace, the trans actress, who plays Sally the headteacher. You’ve got all different representations, which is fantastic. For a show at half past six to highlight all these different communities is a great thing.’[embedded content]last_img read more