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Trudeau admits erosion of trust between PMO WilsonRaybould over SNCLavalin

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says he should have been aware trust had broken down between his office and former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould over the SNC-Lavalin controversy, but stopped short of apologizing to her.“Over the past months, there was an erosion of trust between my office and specifically my former principal secretary and the former minister of justice and attorney general,” Trudeau said during a morning news conference in Ottawa on Thursday.“I was not aware of that erosion of trust. As prime minister and leader of the federal ministry, I should have been.” Trudeau said the only apology he is offering today is to the Inuit later on a trip to Iqaluit for mistreatment during tuberculosis epidemics in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.He said he continues to believe there was “no inappropriate pressure” put on Wilson-Raybould to relent and offer SNC-Lavalin a remediation agreement rather than proceeding to a criminal trial for bribery and fraud.“I’m obviously reflecting on lessons learned through this,” Trudeau said.“I think Canadians expect that of us that in any time we go through periods of internal disagreement and indeed challenges to internal trust as we have, there are things we have to reflect on and understand and do better next time.”Wilson-Raybould said last week she was improperly pressured to stop a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin and was punished for her refusal to give in by being moved to the veterans affairs portfolio in an early January cabinet shuffle.She resigned from cabinet shortly after the controversy erupted. Her close friend and cabinet ally, Treasury Board president Jane Philpott, resigned in solidarity on Monday, saying she’d lost confidence in the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.Trudeau’s former principal secretary Gerald Butts, who also resigned, told the House of Commons justice committee Wednesday that he wanted Wilson-Raybould to seek a second opinion from a retired judge so the government could show it had seriously considered all legal options.Last week Wilson-Raybould outlined for the justice committee 11 meetings and phone calls with 11 different political staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, the finance minister’s office and the Privy Council Office, which she said were not illegal but overstepped what was appropriate.Butts provided the committee Wednesday with a different view on those meetings, saying 11 meetings and calls in four months is hardly a large number on an important file, and that Wilson-Raybould never told Butts or Trudeau she was unhappy about them until she was told she was shuffled out of what she called her “dream job” as justice minister.Her discomfort appears to have begun as early as Sept. 17 in a meeting with Trudeau in which she said he raised the SNC file, and mentioned that he was a Quebec MP and it was a Quebec company. She said that was a partisan and political consideration that had no bearing on the decision and should never have been raised with her.This morning, Trudeau said mentioning he was a Quebec MP was not problematic, saying that it’s up to all MPs to advocate for the people they were elected to serve, and that concern for job losses in Quebec and elsewhere were top of his mind.While Wilson-Raybould did tell him she had decided not to intervene in the case, he says he asked to reconsider and she agreed to do so.“I was preoccupied by the number of jobs on this in Quebec and across the country,” he said. “This was something I was clear on.”Watch the complete press conference below:His direction to his staff to provide her with information about the file was in the context of understanding that she was open to receiving more information.He said clearly that was not the case and he wishes she had come to him to tell him she did not like the contacts she was receiving. Trudeau said he wanted to be the kind of leader whose team feels the ability to come to him when things aren’t going the way the want.“In Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s case she did not come to me and I wish she had,” Trudeau said. “If it’s a real relationship and we truly are a team we can always acknowledge when we need to make adjustments.”Going forward, Trudeau said he has asked for an outside expert to advise the government on the issues raised in the last few weeks, including whether the roles of attorney general and minister of justice should be separated, as well as the operating policies and practices across cabinet, the public service and other political staff “as they relate specifically to judicial matters.”“Ultimately I believe our government will be stronger for having wrestled with these issues,” Trudeau said.Trudeau’s words have not changed anything for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who repeated on Twitter that Trudeau has “lost the moral authority to govern.”“What we heard from Justin Trudeau was an attempt to justify and normalize corruption,” Scheer said in a tweet. “It’s clearer than ever that inside his government, political interference and contempt for the rule of law are a matter of course.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said on Twitter the prime minister is blaming everyone but himself, and that Trudeau was “discrediting the detailed testimony of Canada’s first Indigenous woman AG.”“The ‘erosion of trust’ is with (Canadians) — we need a public inquiry,” he said.New Brunswick MP Wayne Long, who broke with Liberal ranks last month to vote for an NDP motion calling for a public inquiry, tweeted that he was glad to have heard from Trudeau this morning, but that he wants the Liberals to agree to call Wilson-Raybould back as a witness at the justice committee so she can respond to things Butts said in his testimony.The Liberals on the committee initially rejected a call for her return, but are now saying they will discuss future witnesses when the committee next meets later this month.last_img read more

 

Colin Farrell Narrates Dublins Easter Rising

first_imgOn Easter Monday one hundred years ago, 1,200 Irish men and women gathered in strategic locations throughout Dublin city to fight British forces in order to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent republic.Organizers had planned for the 1916 rebellion to take place during the Easter Sunday parade, which would provide the camouflage of many people celebrating on the streets, and provide better odds because British forces were already distracted with WWI. Unfortunately for the rebels, their secret shipment of weapons was discovered and confiscated by the British, causing some leaders to call off the event, while others insisted on going through with it on the Monday instead. The rebels were divided. Those determined to participate headed to the General Post Office, where their Republican flag was raised and the Proclamation of the Republic was read before rebels took their positions throughout the city centre.At first there were only 1,000 British troops available to respond, and they did so using artillery bombardment, which gave nothing for the rebels to fire back at. Since no ports or train stations were captured, British reinforcements were able to arrive. Facing over 16,000 British troops (many of whom were Irish), the uprising lasted six days, from Monday, April 24 to Saturday, April 29. Against such overwhelming odds, the Irish rebels lost. Nevertheless, this uprising is seen as a turning point in Ireland’s struggle for independence, which was finally achieved over 30 years later, in 1949.A virtual tour of Dublin Rising has been created by Ireland 2016 and Google. In a show of patriotic support, Irish actor Colin Farrell narrated the interactive website which identifies 22 key locations of the uprising in Dublin city, some which exist today as intended 100 years ago, some rebuilt and modernized, and some now used as museums. The website also includes archival photos, brief texts and eye witness accounts.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

 

Green investment needed in marine sector to trigger economic social benefits –

25 January 2012The economic productivity of the marine sector can be significantly boosted by shifting to a more sustainable approach that focuses on green activities such as renewable energy, eco-tourism and sustainable transport, according to a United Nations report released today. The report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ‘Green Economy in a Blue World,’ looks at six different economic areas in the marine sector and provides recommendations on how to boost their potential by implementing green measures.“Oceans are a key pillar for many countries in their development and fight to tackle poverty, but the wide range of ecosystem services, including food security and climate regulation, provided by marine and coastal environments are today under unprecedented pressure,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Stepping up green investments in marine and coastal resources and enhancing international cooperation in managing these transboundary ecosystems are essential if a transition to low-carbon, resource-efficient green economy is to be realized,” he said.The six economic areas examined by the report include fisheries and aquaculture, marine transport, ocean nutrient pollution, marine-based renewable energy, coastal tourism, and deep-sea minerals.“This report provides concrete examples of how emerging ocean industries – including ocean energy and aquaculture industries – can become more profitable, more sustainable, and meet the needs of a growing population without sacrificing the health of our fragile ocean ecosystems,” said Linwood Pendleton, one of the contributors to the report and Director of Ocean and Coastal Policy at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.In addition, the report also examines how small island developing States (SIDS), such as those in the Asia-Pacific and Caribbean regions, can take advantage of green economy opportunities to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and promote sustainable growth. The report seeks to stimulate countries to take action as they prepare for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil in June, according to a news release issued by UNEP.“In the run-up to Rio+20, this report shows that a shift to a green economy can, if comprehensively implemented, unlock the potential of marine ecosystems to fuel economic growth – particularly in small island developing States but in ways that ensure that future generations derive an equitable share of marine resources and services,” said Mr. Steiner.The report was produced by UNEP in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the WorldFish Center and GRID-Arendal. read more

 

Bombardier says it has been awarded part of Edmontons Valley Line LRT

Bombardier says it has been awarded part of Edmonton’s Valley Line LRT project EDMONTON – Bombardier Transportation says it has won a contract for the new Valley Line light rail transit project in Edmonton.Bombardier says its $391 million contract will include the design and supply of the LRT cars, signalling, communications, power supply and other equipment.Other companies included in the Stage 1 Valley Line project include Bechtel, EllisDon and Fengate.Stage 1 will include a 13.1 km system that will run from the southeast to downtown and will include 11 stops and one station.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) says companies involved in the project will use construction techniques to restrict any disturbances along the North Saskatchewan River valley and the river.Fengate says the project is on schedule to start construction by the middle of this year. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2016 7:05 am MDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

 

Woman 46 who went missing from hospital found safe and well

first_img Image: Leah Farrell By Cormac Fitzgerald Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 9:58 AM Woman (46) who went missing from hospital found safe and well The woman was reported missing from Cork University Hospital on Wednesday. http://jrnl.ie/3113047 Updated 9.39am 2/12/16GARDAÍ HAVE ANNOUNCED that a woman who had gone missing in Cork has been found safe and well.The woman (46) was reported missing from Cork University Hospital on Wednesday.At the time, Gardaí and the woman’s family were said to have been extremely concerned about her welfare.Gardaí added that they wished to thank the media and the public for their assistance in helping to find her.With reporting from Sean Murray.Read: The cost of renting a house in Dublin has fallen for the first time in three years Image: Leah Farrell 19,818 Views Share9 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments Short URL Dec 1st 2016, 9:58 AM last_img read more

 

Two Greek giants of 20th century mathematics

first_imgMonash University’s Senior Lecturer in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Dr Anastasios Panagiotelis, will head the upcoming seminar at the Greek Centre with a presentation on two prominent 20th century mathematicians, who also happen to be of Greek decent.Constantin Carathéodory is the first one on the agenda. Born in Germany, where he spent most of his academic career, by the early 1920s he went on to become the Founding Dean of the short-lived Ionian University of Smyrna. Attendees will then have the chance to hear about Chicago-born Nicholas Metropolis. Having worked on the Manhattan Project, he was instrumental in developing some of the world’s first digital computers. Aside from celebrating their lives and achievements, Dr Panagiotelis will also highlight how these two diaspora Greeks connected to their roots through mathematics and science, which have an enduring and vital presence in Greek history and culture.While the seminar is a chance to learn more about these significant figures, it is also a treat to hear from Dr Panagiotelis, who has experience using the Metropolis algorithm first-hand in his own research project. Having undertaken his undergraduate and doctoral studies at the University of Sydney, after completing his PhD he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. This then led the academic to carry out his post-doctoral research at the Technical University of Munich’s Faculty of Mathematics, which involves the development and application of statistical and mathematical models to problems in business and economics.The open seminar will take place on Thursday 4 August at the Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC at 7 pm. Attendance is free. For further information, email info@greekcommunity.com.au or call (03) 9662 2722. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

SK East Nawettan: Rangers FC D40, 000 Richer after Clinching Knockout…

first_imgBy Sulayman BahSerrekunda-based Rangers FC over the weekend claimed their 11th trophy after securing the Serrekunda East nawettan Knockout Cup.The team beat off competition from eventual runners-up Zurich on post-match penalties.The victory see Rangers get the D40,000 top prize with a trophy to add to their collection of silverwares.Sponsored by Senegambia Real Estate, the allocated 90 minutes ended a draw with both sides spurning begging chances.Zurich grabbed a D30,000 prize as consolation for being finalists.last_img read more

Barge sinks off North Miami Beach

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials are working to clean up a fuel leak in the waters off North Miami Beach after a barge sank in the area.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene Friday, behind a home near Northeast 167th Street and Biscayne BoulevardAccording to police, fuel was leaking out of the cargo boat while it went under water. As the cargo boat sank, wooden planks began breaking apart, causing a large piling of floating wood behind the home.The U.S. Coast Guard is now handling the situation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Missing child alert issued for North Florida girl

first_imgQUINCY, Fla. (WSVN) — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a missing child alert for an 11-year-old girl who went missing in the Florida Panhandle, Friday.Officials said Emily Gatica was last seen along the 200 block of Rentz Road in the city of Quincy, in Gadsden County. Please share this! A missing child alert has been issued out of Gadsden County. pic.twitter.com/nPNSBS47QT— FDLE (@fdlepio) December 3, 2016Emily stands 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighs about 100 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. She was carrying a black backpack and was last seen wearing a white polo shirt and khaki pants.Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call 1-888-FL-MISSING (1-888-356-4774).Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

How Kalmbach Turned Two of Its Strengths Into a New Magazine

first_img Drone 360 will be available next month, aiming to serve a growing audience with interest in the small, unmanned aircrafts known as drones. It’ll focus on both individual use cases—tips and tricks content that mirrors the stories you’d find in a hobby title like Bead & Button, another Kalmbach magazine—and the larger conversation and controversy around drone use. “As far as marketing, what made this such great title for us is that, in addition to promoting it through Discover’s distribution channels, we can also cross-promote in our other titles, especially Trains and American Snowmobiler,” George says. “These readers are intensely curious about RC drones. The aerial photography capabilities—getting that birds-eye view—really appeals to them as part of their respective hobbies. “ “We have a product development committee that’s been evaluating a number of opportunities, but this one resonated for me,” says Steve George, editor-in-chief of Discover and editorial director of Drone 360. “Working on Discover, we see a lot of tech trends, and you can’t ignore what a burgeoning industry multi-rotor drones have become. It’s a hobby with enormous potential, and nobody understands passion brands and enthusiast publishing better than Kalmbach. But there’s another component here, which is the promise-and-peril part of drones. These devices have become part of a national discussion.” The $7.99 magazine will have an initial print run of about 35,000 issues, distributed both at newsstands, using Discover’s bipad, and in hobby shops where Discover doesn’t sell, but other Kalmbach hobby titles do. It’ll also be available as a digital edition. Kalmbach is taking the merging-two-worlds approach past content philosophy and applying it to areas like distribution and marketing for Drone 360.center_img With a portfolio that includes magazines like Model Railroader, Astronomy, Scale Auto, and close to a dozen other titles aimed at different types of tinkerers, Kalmbach Publishing is heavily invested in hobbyists. Its biggest title, Discover, focuses on big picture developments in areas like science and technology though. The company’s latest launch is a merging of the two. George notes that the magazine is a single-issue special issue publication (SIP) right now, but says he’s optimistic it’ll be expanded into a quarterly. The 92-page launch issue had a low ad bar, but it’s on pace to outsell its budget, he says.last_img read more

 

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday March 21 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowArmy Corps of Engineers schedules meetings for public Pebble inputAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamThe U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is asking for public input on the controversial Pebble Mine Proposal. In April, the federal agency will be holding meetings in Bristol Bay, Anchorage and Homer to hear the public’s views and concerns about the project.Fisher seeks new sources of revenue for stateAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSheldon Fisher, Governor Bill Walker’s choice to be the next commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, had a confirmation hearing in the Senate Finance Committee today.After avalanche, crews clear road to Hatcher PassCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe road into Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains north of Palmer was expected to open Wednesday night after avalanches blocked it Monday morning.In thwarted home invasion, Alakanuk shooter stopped by daughter’s boyfriendTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelIn a violent attempted home invasion last weekend, an Alakanuk man allegedly tried to shoot his daughter and infant granddaughter with a semi-automatic rifle. He was stopped in the arctic entryway by his daughter’s boyfriend, who armed himself, tackled the shooter and held him down until State Troopers arrived.Perryville man arrested, charged with murdering his grandfatherAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamBrandon Yagie, 21, was arrested in Perryville Monday and charged with killing his grandfather, 70-year-old Marvin Yagie.Response to oil spill in the Shuyak Strait continuesMitch Borden, KMXT – KodiakAt the end of February, 3,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Shuyak Strait about 50 miles north of the City of Kodiak. The oil was in a building that collapsed because of a severe windstorm. Since then, a response has been underway to contain the oil, clean it up and prevent future spills.Cost of Cold: Scavenging for coal off a Homer beachAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerAbout 20 percent of Homer residents have access to natural gas to heat their homes. For those who don’t, heating oil is an expensive alternative. That forces some residents to consider less conventional options- like coal.Proposed Fairbanks ordinance would squelch ‘free market’, marijuana business owners sayTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksOwners of local marijuana businesses told the Fairbanks City Council Monday that the free market should decide how many retail pot shops the city should allow.Mentoring program to close in Haines, Homer, Hoonah, SitkaDaysha Eaton, KHNS – HainesBig Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska will no longer make new matches between youths and volunteers in four Alaska communities: Haines, Homer, Hoonah, and Sitka. The organization that matches volunteers and youth for one-on-one mentoring, says it’s a matter of reduced federal and state grant funding.last_img read more

 

Homer Rep Vance apologizes after criticizing letters from high school students

first_imgHomer High School senior Jesse Roach asks Rep. Sarah Vance at a recent town hall to oppose cuts to education. (Aaron Bolton, KBBI)A freshman House lawmaker took to social media to criticize local high schoolers that had written her office over proposed education cuts. Homer Rep. Sarah Vance has since apologized and taken down the video on her Facebook page. Homer Republican Sarah Vance posted a seven-minute video reading letters she’d received from Homer High School students. The student council coordinated the letter writing campaign.In the video, Vance complained that many students didn’t apparently address her by her proper title.“None of them have addressed me as Representative or Representative Vance, not a one,” she said.Many of the messages urged Vance to oppose Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed cuts to K-12 education.The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has warned the governor’s budget would force it to eliminate sports and extracurricular activities. Vance said she sympathized with after school programs.“But I contend that perhaps we need to focus on academia. Do I want sports and extracurriculars? Absolutely,” she added. “But if our children are having trouble as high schoolers communicating well with their leaders, then we are missing something – if all they see is the value of a school is sports and extracurriculars.”Homer’s high schoolers were not pleased with Vance’s response. Backlash on social media snowballed and Vance apologized and removed the video on Sunday.“Until she’ll understand the message we’re sending, I’m not ready to accept any kind of apology, nor am I looking for an apology. I’m looking for understanding,” Homer senior Avram Salzmann said.He’s student body president and one of the organizers of the letter writing campaign, paid for by the student council.Salzmann said the council wanted students to write both Sen. Gary Stevens and Rep. Vance, no matter their opinion on the budget.“Because we think that being involved is the whole point of our organization. So however we can support students doing that, that’s what we want to do,” he explained.While Salzmann notes that his comments do not represent everyone on the student council, he said students had a simple message for Vance.“I think that a healthy balance of extracurriculars, sports and academics are what create the best kind of people,” he said.The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District projects it would lose at least $22 million under the governor’s proposed budget.District spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff said that would force the closure of swimming pools, theaters and potentially a half-dozen schools on the Kenai Peninsula, including Chapman School in Anchor Point, McNeil Canyon, Moose Pass School, Nikiski Middle/High School, Seward Middle School and Soldotna Prep.“It would dramatically change the face of education and we don’t want that to happen,” Erkeneff said. “With this list, we’re still $5 million shy of reaching the $22.4 million.”The school board has scheduled a budget workshop on March 21, and it has until April 1 to forward its budget proposal to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.But there’s a lot of uncertainty involved. That’s because both deadlines are well before the Legislature is expected to pass a state budget.Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that many of the messages urged Vance to oppose Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed cuts.last_img read more

Interpol chief resigns after detention in China

first_imgInterpol president Meng Hongwei poses during a visit to the headquarters of International Police Organisation in Lyon, France, 8 May, 2018. Photo: ReutersThe Chinese head of Interpol resigned as Beijing announced Monday he was under investigation for allegedly breaking domestic law, while his wife voiced concern for his life following his disappearance.China had been tight-lipped about the fate of Meng Hongwei, who is also vice minister for public security, since French officials disclosed on Friday that he had been reported missing after leaving France for China last month.His case could tarnish Beijing’s efforts to gain leadership posts in international organisations, but it is also a black eye for France-based Interpol, which is tasked with finding missing people, analysts say.His wife, Grace, told reporters in Lyon, where Interpol is headquartered, that she was concerned after receiving a text message from her husband with a knife emoji.China’s National Supervisory Commission, which handles corruption cases involving public servants, broke the official silence early Monday, saying in a one-line statement that Meng “is currently under investigation on suspicion of violating the law”.Soon after, Interpol said it had received Meng’s resignation “with immediate effect”.It is the latest high-profile disappearance in China, where a number of top government officials, billionaire business magnates and even an A-list celebrity have vanished for weeks or months at a time.When — or if — they reappear, it is often in court.Meng, the first Chinese president of Interpol, was last heard from on September 25 as he left Lyon.Interpol’s secretary general Juergen Stock, who oversees day-to-day operations, said Saturday the agency was seeking “clarification” on his whereabouts.Meng was appointed in 2016, despite concerns from human rights groups, giving Chinese President Xi Jinping a win in his bid to paint the communist-led country as a responsible player in global affairs.But his disappearance could be a setback for China.”Any international organisation should think twice going forward before considering a Chinese candidate to be its head,” Bonnie Glaser, senior Asia adviser at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, told AFP.- Danger emoji -Meng had lived with his wife and two children in France since 2016.Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Meng’s wife Grace said she had received a message from his phone containing a knife emoji before his disappearance.That day, she said he sent a message telling her to “wait for my call”, before sending the emoji signifying danger.”This matter belongs to the international community,” she told a press conference with her back turned to the cameras out of fear for her safety.”I’m not sure what has happened to him,” she said.China’s recently established National Supervisory Commission holds sweeping powers to investigate public servants, with few requirements for transparency.Although the commission did not detail the allegations against Meng, its mandate is to probe corruption cases as part of Xi’s anti-graft campaign.Some critics of the effort — which has punished more than one million officials — say it also functions as a tool for Xi to eliminate his political rivals.- Red notices -Meng rose through the ranks of the country’s domestic security apparatus when it was under the leadership of Zhou Yongkang, a rival to Xi and the highest-ranking official to be brought down on corruption charges.Zhou — who was jailed for life in 2014 — was subsequently accused of conspiring to seize state power.He appointed Meng vice security minister in 2004.In that role, Meng has been entrusted with a number of sensitive portfolios, including the country’s counter-terrorism division, and was in charge of the response to several major incidents in China’s fractious western region of Xinjiang.Critics of Meng’s rise to Interpol’s presidency said he would use the position to help China target dissidents abroad.Interpol has downplayed the concerns, saying the president has little influence over the organisation’s day-to-day operations.The Chinese effort to track down corrupt officials abroad, known as Operation Fox Hunt, has led to claims in some countries that Chinese law-enforcement agents have been operating covertly on their soil without authorisation.China currently has 44 outstanding red notices, mostly related to murder, intentional injury and drug smuggling, according to Interpol’s website.During Meng’s tenure, Interpol issued a red notice for fugitive Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, who threatened to reveal corruption at the country’s highest levels and is himself accused by Chinese authorities of money laundering.last_img read more

Hurricane Matthew Tests New Flood Forecasting System

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:08center_img Share As Hurricane Matthew approached Florida, researchers were anxious to see how a new flood forecasting system would work. We reported on the new system after the Tax Day Flood hit Houston. It uses a supercomputer and is called the National Water Model.“We started seeing some of the impacts of that hurricane landfall in these forecasts from the National Water Model,” says David Gochis at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado.Gochis helped develop the new system which just went online in August. Gochis says early indications are encouraging as the system began forecasting — days ago — how Matthew would impact waterways in Florida.The National Water Model is designed to predict flooding with street-by-street accuracy. It does that by gathering real time data on rainfall amounts to predict flooding at over 2 million locations nationwide;  in the Houston area alone, at 875 locations. But Gochis says the model’s output is still pretty raw and not ready yet for use by local weather people.“It’s going to happen, it’s just going to take time to get to that level of skill and confidence,” Gochis says.Scientists are watching how the model does predicting high water from Hurricane Matthew as they continue to fine-tune what could revolutionize flood forecasting in the future. Gail DelaughterCowboys round up longhorns April, 21, 2016 near Addicks Reservoirlast_img read more

Pinterest Shares Up Close to 29 on IPO Day

first_img Popular on Variety Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Pinterest Max-Width Video Ad Format Attracts Paramount’s ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ “It’s a media-rich utility that satisfies both emotional and functional needs by solving a widespread consumer problem that is unaddressed by many other platforms,” the filing continued. “We call it discovery.”Despite that insistence that its focus on visual discovery sets it apart from other social platforms, it’s clear that Pinterest actually has a lot in common with social media companies like Facebook. This includes a focus on advertising as its primary source of revenue, as well as a desire to grow video on its platform to scale that advertising revenue.The IPO prospectus filing includes multiple mentions of plans to “develop and increase the use of certain products, such as video.” The document also lays out risk factors specific to a video expansion, including a lack of net neutrality protections and other issues that could impede mobile video growth.Update: 1:05pm PT: This post was updated with Pinterest’s share price at the close or markets. Snapchat User Base to Surpass Twitter, Pinterest in U.S. This Year (Study) Shares of the social pinning service Pinterest closed at $24.45 — 28.6% above their IPO price — on the company’s first day at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday as investors were looking to get in on the latest tech listing.Pinterest’s shares opened at $23.75, 25% above the IPO pricing of $19 per share, with the stock trading under the PINS symbol. The public offering helped the company raise around $1.4 billion. Thursday’s closing share price values Pinterest close to $12.9 billion.Pinterest revealed in regulatory filings that it has 250 million monthly active users, which puts it behind Twitter (321 million monthly users) and Instagram (1 billion monthly users). The company generated revenue of $756 million in 2018, and incurred net losses of $63 million.The company used much of its IPO filings to differentiate itself from existing social networks, writing: “Pinterest is unique. Most consumer internet companies are either tools (search, ecommerce) or media (newsfeeds, video, social networks). Pinterest is not a pure media channel, nor is it a pure utility.”last_img read more

Policeman guards patient while drunk

first_imgClick on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Reports have come in today (October 2) of a police officer who was allegedly drunk on duty while guarding a prisoner at a Ladysmith hospital.According to a source, the officer was so drunk he could barely walk. The source also claimed that the officer was rather noisy during the night.The policeman allegedly left his firearm in his bag, not far from the prisoner. A bottle of alcohol was also in the bag.SAPS officials have been informed and this story will be updated as soon as police release a statement.DID YOU KNOW?last_img read more

 

Human development improves in Costa Rica

first_img 62 CHDI 2011 0,760 53 Palmares 0,659 0,596 68 Moravia 12 0,822 3 Montes de Oca 0,930 Belén Zarcero 0,924 0,755 Flores 0,823 19 0,768 0,789 0,813 0,726 Valverde Vega 0,758 0,779 Siquirres 70 0,655 0,695 Alajuela Aguirre 0,792 0,805 20 0,863 Garabito Guatuso Puntarenas 13 0,750 0,830 Buenos Aires 79 0,852 65 Talamanca Puriscal 16 30 31 Barva Golfito Jiménez San Ramón 29 22 49 69 0,853 0,829 23 0,654 47 66 Grecia Position Heredia Canton 0,738 72 Matina 44 0,885 0,755 73 Pérez Zeledón 41 Escazú Cartago 0,812 Parrita 0,919 35 63 38 0,762 Dota San José La Unión 24 0,776 64 15 0,859 Nandayure Bagaces 55 0,671 0,778 Abangares 10 Desamparados Alvarado 0,790 0,961 San Isidro 0,674 0,879 60 0,749 37 San Carlos Orotina The canton of Alajuelita, south San José, has the lowest human development figures in the country, while the best canton to live in is Santo Domingo, Heredia, north of the capital, according to a study by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the School of Statistics at the University of Costa Rica (UCR).The results of the “Cantonal Human Development Index” presented Monday showed a general improvement in the country’s figures from previous research done in 2009. It takes into account the levels of education, quality of life and life expectations. Read the Cantonal Human Development Index here (Spanish only).The cantons of Belén, Heredia, and Montes de Oca, San José, placed second and third in the country, while the Caribbean cantons of Matina and Talamanca, in Limón, joined Alajuelita at the bottom of the list.Yoriko Yasukawa, a UNDP expert, said that many cantons showed improvement, but their rankings in the index remained unchanged, due to a general increase in country figures.Cantons outside the greater metropolitan area reported high human development for the first time in the country’s history. These include Nandayure (ranked No. 10) and Hojancha (No. 14), in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.Since the 2009 study, Alajuelita has remained at the bottom of the list, despite being located next to the wealthy cantons of Escazú, which ranked fourth, and Santa Ana, ranked seventh.UCR researcher Edgar Gutiérrez said that Alajuelita has a primary school enrollment of only 48 percent and just 32 percent in high school.“We should go to the cantons that ranked well and to those that went up in the table to see what the secret is and copy it,” Gutiérrez said. 0,611 0,784 Acosta Turrubares 0,781 40 Pococí 51 Esparzacenter_img León Cortes Los Chiles Corredores 8 14 0,729 Montes de Oro 77 Liberia 39 Atenas 45 0,738 0,762 0,737 43 Santa Ana Naranjo San Pablo 26 57 0,696 0,786 Carrillo Cañas 32 50 76 0,839 74 25 0,801 0,800 52 0,939 17 75 0,915 54 28 0,719 Sarapiquí 27 Tibás 56 0,779 Upala Coto Brus 18 0,913 58 Coronado Tilarán 59 Osa 0,847 2 0,756 0,671 Poás Tarrazú 11 71 0,807 0,677 Curridabat 0,903 Santo Domingo 1 21 0,721 78 Paraíso 7 0,731 Oreamuno 9 67 5 Goicoechea 0,796 0,613 Turrialba 46 0,807 0,785 Santa Cruz San Rafael 0,696 Guácimo Value 61 0,721 42 48 0,844 Limón Aserrí 34 80 0,814 33 0,716 6 La Cruz 0,844 0,738 0,814 0,777 Hojancha 0,779 4 0,762 0,713 Mora San Mateo El Guarco Santa Bárbara 81 Nicoya Alajuelita 36 Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

 

Inca Trail to reopen in April

first_imgGap Adventures will resume tours to Peru’s Inca Trail from April 1 as local authorities reopen the area, the company said on Monday.The trail was closed last month after a series of mudslides blocked parts of it and subsequently access to where it leads – the mountain-top citadel of Machu Picchu.Gap Adventures Head Honcho Peter Rawley said he was thrilled travellers would be able to see the iconic site again.“After such a difficult time for all the local communities, we are delighted that our passengers returning will provide some much needed income and happiness in the region”. The company said it would “make effort possible to operate scheduled itineraries to the region in the immediate period following that reopening date.”But it did note that limited train services provided by Peru Rail between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes meant there may be slight modifications to itineraries to ensure the safe and efficient transport of passengers to and from the area.For more information visit www.gapadventures.com <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1f80a/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I definitely have a role. I see myself as a mentor and a guy that’s been around longer, so I have more experience to share. I try to help out (quarterback coach) Freddie (Kitchens) — Freddie’s got a lot going with game planning and scripts and all that, he’s got a full plate. So I try to help him out and help the young guys out. Answer as many questions and quiz and just do anything I can that can help them.”Do you need to help other QBs deal with the fact that if all goes according to plan, they won’t see any snaps this season?“That’s the game. That’s the game. Everybody wants to be healthy and not give up any reps, that’s the life of a quarterback that’s not a starter, whether you’re the second, third practice squad, whatever it is. You always have to be ready. You never know when your number’s going to be called. You don’t want to see anybody get hurt, but at the same time you want an opportunity. Whether you’re a rookie or not, that’s something you learn from day one when you start playing quarterback. There’s only one on the field at a time.”Bruce has said he may have the starters play less in the preseason, but do you feel like you need those extra plays? “It’s a double-edge sword. There’s good and bad to it. Obviously we want to play, but we don’t want to be out there and have anything crazy happen and miss real time in the regular season. You compare this year to last year, last year we desperately needed those reps. We needed those reps against a different color uniform playing different coverages and different pressures. I think we’re a lot more comfortable and in a much better place where we may not need those reps and they may not be as vital. You keep guys fresher that way by going through live tackle situations like you do in preseason games. It’s not our decision to make, that’s a head coaching decision and an organization decision. Coach knows how to win in this league, he knows how to win championships in this league. What he says goes, and we’ll follow his lead.”What’s it like facing your secondary every day?“It’s been a great challenge, individually, because there’s some really good athletes and good cover guys. But you mix in those guys with Coach Bowles’ system and the different looks. I mean, we’ve seen every single coverage there is. There’s a couple that we couldn’t identify — it’s like he’s making some stuff up just to try it, to see how it goes. So you combine, obviously, Pat and Antonio and the speed and athleticism and the ball skills that those guys have with the multitude of looks and bluffs and pressures, it’s as good a challenge as you can have in camp.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What has it meant to add extra speed to the offense?“It’s changed our offense. We were looking for it all last year with Brittan when he came in and played in that 49er game and had a couple long plays late in the year. You look at Mike and Larry who can run, but they’re physical, they’re going to outweigh guys, they’re going to outmuscle guys. They’re possession-type receivers, and you add guys that we’ve added this offseason like Bruce has had in his offense in the past with T.Y. Hilton and Mike Wallace and (Emmanuel) Sanders and all these guys. You add that dimension to this offense, it’s changed our offense.” – / 37 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — Quarterback Carson Palmer, now in his second year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets with the media several times during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through:Do you feel like you have a role helping young quarterbacks Logan Thomas and Ryan Lindley prepare throughout camp?last_img read more