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Climate Scientist-Activist Stephen Schneider Has Died

first_imgStephen Schneider, 65, died today of a heart attack as his flight to London from a science meeting in Sweden was landing—a sad but fitting end for a busy climate scientist who rarely sat still. An indefatigable advocate of the truth in climate science with all its uncertainties made plain, Schneider had been globetrotting for almost 40 years in his campaign to save the planet. The world had made progress toward that goal, he recently told Science, but climate’s fate is now at the mercy of random events. In his recent book, Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth’s Climate, Schneider—a professor at Stanford University—tells of his journey from studying plasma physics in graduate school, doing climate science in the 1970s and 1980s, and adding climate science assessment for policymakers in the 1990s and 2000s. His most concrete achievement in climate assessment may have been getting his colleagues on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to explain how certain they actually were about the science, what they really meant by terms running from “exceptionally unlikely” through “likely” to “virtually certain.” While energetically exposing climate’s complexities and inevitable uncertainties, he for many years assumed the Carl Sagan role in the climate community—stunningly articulate explainer of the science and its defender against any and all skeptics of its core truths. “I am an activist,” he told The New Republic last November. “I want the world to be a better place. … What to do about what we know—that’s a question of values. 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On a cell phone from a plane about to leave the gate last May, he told Science that it isn’t more reports from august scientific bodies that will eventually save the day. Rather, it will be random events such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or the next super heat wave. But that realization apparently hadn’t yet slowed him down. (See a ScienceInsider forum in which Schneider participated and one of his final videotaped interviews, in which he discussed a controversial paper on climate skeptics he had recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .) *This item has been corrected. The original version stated incorrectly that Scheider was flying from a meeting in Stockholm; he flew from Gothenburg after attending a meeting in Karingon.last_img read more


Lonzo Ball’s triple-double sends Lakers past Denver

first_img“This one was a lot better,” Ball said. “I actually like this one. Just keep building on it.”Ball and Magic Johnson are the only Lakers with multiple triple-doubles in their rookie seasons. Johnson had seven, and his new point guard has two in his first 17 games.“You should always play better in front of your fans, so I’m just trying to put on a good show for them and win at the same time,” Ball said.Ball had another big game at another turbulent moment in his family life. With his father beefing with Donald Trumpover the president’s role in resolving brother LiAngelo’s legal issues during a UCLA basketball trip to China, Lonzo Ball put together an outstanding floor game to boost the Lakers to just their second win in seven games.“Never with a young man like this, his age, have I seen it,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of the circus surrounding Ball’s every move.ADVERTISEMENT He broke through the distractions with another beautiful game against Denver.Ball had his second career triple-double and Julius Randle scored 24 points in the Lakers’ 127-109 victory over the short-handed Nuggets on Sunday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWith 11 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 11 assists, Ball reached the milestone at 20 years and 23 days — the exact age at which LeBron James became the youngest player to record his second triple-double in 2005.Ball became the youngest player in NBA history with a first triple-double eight days earlier in a loss at Milwaukee. Malditas save PH from shutout “I mean, he got a haircut and fielded three questions on game day about his haircut. One, it’s impressive how he is able to maintain and handle it, and two, I think it’s a little bit nuts. But that’s the way it’s going to be.”Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson added 18 for the Lakers, who surged to a 24-point lead in the first half and won easily.Denver coach Mike Malone and top scorer Nikola Jokic were ejected in the second quarter after Malone stepped onto the court during play to argue a no-call on a play by Jokic around the basket. Malone furiously confronted referee Rodney Mott, who swiftly ejected the coach and his best player when Jokic joined in the argument.“I’ll be honest, I deserved to get tossed, but Nikola Jokic did nothing to warrant an ejection,” Malone said. “That’s something that we’ll try to look into if we can.”TIP-INSNuggets: Jamal Murray got a technical foul for gesturing at Mott after a no-call shortly after the two ejections. … Two nights after Denver scored 146 points in a win over New Orleans, the Nuggets mustered just 48 points in the first half while committing 13 turnovers.Lakers: The 6-foot-6 Ball’s 16 rebounds are the most in the NBA by a rookie this season. … Los Angeles had a season-high 36 assists. … Randle scored 17 points before halftime. … Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac were recalled from the South Bay Lakers before the game. Hart scored three points, and Zubac played two minutes.TOSSEDMalone was infuriated when Mott didn’t call a foul on the Lakers for contact while Jokic battled underneath the basket. When the teams headed upcourt, Malone took two steps onto the hardwood and blocked Mott’s path.Jokic had barely joined the argument when Mott tossed him as well, prompting a profane response. Malone’s assistants had to calm him down. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alapag on Alab’s poor first half: ‘It needs to be a 40-minute effort’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021center_img ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES “I just want to apologize to the Denver Nuggets,” Jokic said. “I feel bad. I left my teammates alone there.”JULIUS EARNINGRandle went 11 of 18 from the field and added seven points and five assists in a stellar game off the bench. Walton would love to see a similar effort from Randle every night.“I’m trying to figure that out,” Walton said. “Because when he plays like he did tonight, he’s as good as anyone in this league.”HURTINGDenver forward Paul Millsap left with a sprained left wrist in the second quarter of a miserable night for the Nuggets, who lost for just the second time in six games. Millsap had X-rays, but Malone didn’t yet know the results.UP NEXTNuggets: At Sacramento Kings on Monday night.Lakers: Host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, center, grabs a rebound against Denver Nuggets forwards Trey Lyles, left, and Juancho Hernangomez of Spain, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 127-109. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES — Lonzo Ball’s haircuts are headline news around LA and the NBA. His father already draws more attention than most politicians, and LaVar Ball is even currently engaged in a public argument with the president.Through all of this extraordinary attention on a 20-year-old point guard and his family, Lonzo has managed to remain focused on his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more



first_imgPan Macmillans highlights of 2017 are “The CEO Who LostPan Macmillans highlights of 2017 are “The CEO Who Lost his Head” (Aditya Sinha), “The Party Worker” (Omar Shahid Hamid), “India After Gandhi: The History of the Worlds Largest Democracy” (Ramachandra Guha), “The Ferment” (Nikhila Henry), “Boy” by Pakistani stand-up comedian Sami Shah, “Raghuram Rajan” (R Jagannathan) and Ashok Bankers first volume of the Shakti trilogy “Awaken”.In addition, Pan Macmillan will also be publishing V S Naipauls “India Essays”, collected for the first time; Himanjali Sankars first novel for adults, “Mrs C Remembers”, and Chhimi Tenduf-Las “Loyal Stalkers”.Its international titles include “Umbrian Girl: Short Stories” by Jeffrey Archer, “Dare Not Linger” by Nelson Mandela, “Food, Health and Happiness” by Oprah Winfrey and “The Fix” by David Baldacci.Hachette also has some exciting titles across the breadth of its publishing programme, be it fiction, nonfiction or childrens books.In management and business, it has “Boom Country: The New Wave of Indian Enterprise” by Alan Rosling (the first non-Indian to serve on the TATA Sons Board) and “Sell: Redefining Salesmanship” by Subroto Bagchi.From the world of sports it has the book by Vishwanathan Anand that straddles management and chess. Tendulkars book will be for his little fans.In narrative nonfiction, Hachette has “Uttar Pradesh: A Political Biography” by Ajit Kumar Jha, Archana Garodias book on “Women Rulers in Indian History”, the riveting “Borderlands: Travels Along Indias Boundaries” by Pradeep Damodaran and “The Millenials: Inside the Minds of Indias Next Generation” by Samyak Sanjoy Chakravorty.advertisementThe publishing houses food list includes “The Flavour of Spice” by Marryam H Reshii, “The Wholesome Kitchen: Recipes to Nourish, Energize and Indulge your Soul” by Pooja Dhingra and nutritionist Viddhi Dhingra and “The Everyday Vegetarian: Cooking with Superfoods in the Indian Vegetarian Kitchen” by Nandita Iyer.Simon & Schuster will publish titles like Natasha Badhwars “My Daughters Mum: Essays”, Prayaag Akbars “Leila: A Novel” and Jairam Rameshs “Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature”. PTI ZMN BKlast_img read more


Second Session of Sixtyfirst General Assembly to Open March 25

first_imgThe second session of the 61st general assembly will open at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 25 with the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia reading the Speech from the Throne. The first session of the general assembly will be prorogued earlier in the day at 11 a.m. It is necessary to prorogue the existing session in order to open a new session of the general assembly. -30-last_img


Jibanananda Setu to remain closed for traffic for another day

first_imgKolkata: Jibanananda Setu, popularly known as Selimpur bridge, which was closed for vehicular traffic from Friday till Sunday night, will be closed for another day due to non-completion of work within stipulated time. According to police, Jibanananda Setu was supposed to be closed from August 16 night to August 19 morning. As the weather condition in Kolkata turned worse, the repair work did not commence last week. Later, it was decided that the work will be done from Friday and will be completed by Sunday night. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the work of replacing the expansion joint, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) found that it would not be completed within the time given. Thus, Kolkata Police was asked for one more day in order to complete the work. After getting the information from KMDA, Kolkata Traffic Police has decided to carry on with the closure of Jibanananda Setu. Police also informed that the diversion routes will remain same till Monday night.last_img read more


Three Ontario Liberals including two ministers wont be seeking reelection

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s governing Liberals are scrambling to fill major gaps in their roster just two months before a spring vote after several long-serving legislators, including cabinet ministers, announced they won’t be seeking re-election.Three Liberal members of the legislature said Thursday they won’t be running in the June election, the latest in a string of senior Liberals who have bowed out.Minister of Consumer Services and Persons with Disabilities Tracy MacCharles, International Trade Minister Michael Chan, and legislator Grant Crack announced their plans to leave political life in separate statements.Both MacCharles and Chan cited health concerns as the primary reason for their decision without providing details.The Progressive Conservatives, however, painted the wave of Liberal departures as individuals “jumping off a sinking ship,” and suggested legislators were balking at defending their record on the campaign trail.The Tories noted at least half a dozen Liberal legislators have yet to put themselves forward as candidates and predicted others would also opt not to run.Premier Kathleen Wynne brushed off the Tories’ suggestion, saying her departing colleagues had made “very difficult decisions” for personal, not political, reasons.“Up until a short time ago they all three had intended to run,” she said, praising them for their years of public service.While the outgoing legislators may have personal reasons to move on, the timing of their announcements suggests they were likely aware they would have faced a battle to keep their seats, said Andrea Lawlor, a political science professor at Western University’s King’s University College.This may be a way for them to leave politics without facing a potential defeat, given the apparent public desire for change, she said.The Liberals’ loss of some of their most recognizable names isn’t likely to be a game-changer in the election, but finding suitable and compelling replacements on short notice will prove logistically challenging at a time where the party is already on the ropes, she said.“The party is working with brand new candidates, these might be individuals who are completely fresh to politics,” she said. “Does the party have time to go out and recruit high-profile candidates? Do they have the time to do all the candidate vetting that they might have wanted to do? Probably not.”Still, the Liberals, who have been in power for 15 years, can frame the fresh faces as much-needed renewal amid criticism the party has grown stale and entrenched, Lawlor said.The latest departures come weeks after Eric Hoskins announced he was stepping down as provincial health minister and legislator for the Toronto riding of St. Paul’s to work with Ottawa on a national pharmacare program.Last October, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and Treasury Board Secretary Liz Sandals both announced they did not intend to seek re-election.Their announcements came on the heels of similar decisions by Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid, house speaker Dave Levac, and Monty Kwinter, the province’s oldest member of provincial parliament. Former Environment Minister Glen Murray left the government altogether with a move to the private sector.The Liberals have named three potential candidates for the seats left vacant Thursday and are holding open nominations for two of the other ridings where the incumbents won’t be running, they said. Candidates have already secured nominations in several other ridings whose representatives have left.MacCharles, who has represented the Toronto-area riding of Pickering-Scarborough East for the past seven years, said the decision not to run in the spring election was one of the most difficult she has ever made.“I have concluded that this is what is best for my constituents, my health and my family,” she said.Chan, who first became a member of provincial parliament in 2007, said his own health concerns had “recently developed” and said his decision not to seek re-election was a necessary one.“My political career has been an unparalleled experience — a chance to contribute to shaping the future, to meet so many wonderful Ontarians, to promote the vibrancy and beauty of our province to the world,” said Chan, who indicated he would continue to serve as campaign co-chair ahead of the election.Crack, who represented the eastern-Ontario riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and served as parliamentary assistant to the minister of agriculture, said he plans to seek other career opportunities and expressed confidence that his seat would remain in Liberal hands despite the fact that the governing party has been trailing in recent polls.last_img read more


Rose Byrne to Represent Happy Trails for Kids at 2018 Cantor Fitzgerald

first_imgHappy Trails for Kids, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides children in foster care with enriching outdoor adventures, mentorships, and year-round support, will participate in the 2018 Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day.Renown actress and star of the movie, “Instant Family,” Rose Byrne, will serve as the Happy Trails for Kids celebrity ambassador.Charity Days was founded to honor the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald friends and colleagues and 61 Eurobroker employees who lost their lives on September 11, 2011. Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund donates 100% of their global revenues during Charity Day to participating charities.“We are honored to be selected to participate in this year’s Charity Day. It is a deeply moving tribute to the victims of 9/11, and we are proud to be recognized for the work Happy Trails does to support one of the most vulnerable populations, foster youth,” said Lindsay Elliott, executive director of Happy Trails for Kids.On this annual day, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund invites celebrity guests from the entertainment and sports industries to work with licensed brokers and their clients to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes.“Happy Trails is doing meaningful and inspiring work to help kids in foster care,” said “Instant Family” star and actress Rose Byrne. “I am thrilled to represent Happy Trails for Kids at this year’s Charity Day.”last_img read more


Ontario teen wins Aboriginal Day flag contest

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor the past six years, young people aged 12 to 17 have been competing in APTN’s National Aboriginal Day flag contest.They’re asked to design a flag representing the diversity of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.The flag will be unveiled on June 23.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more on this year’s winner.last_img


Shutdown talk recedes after White House eases wall threat

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and leaders in Congress appeared to be pulling back Tuesday from a government shutdown over his $5 billion request for border wall funds, with the first signs of movement toward a possible end to the standoff.The White House set the tone early when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated Trump — who just last week said he’d be “proud” to shut down the government — doesn’t want to after all. The president would consider other options and the administration was looking at ways to find the funding elsewhere, Sanders said.“The president has asked every agency to look and see if they have money that can be used,” Sanders said.It was a turnaround after days of impasse. Without a resolution, more than 800,000 government workers could be furloughed or sent to work without pay, disrupting government operations days before Christmas.One option that has been circulating on Capitol Hill would be to simply approve government funding at existing levels, without a boost for the border, as a stopgap measure to kick the issue into the new Congress next year. The White House preference was for such a short-term package, said a person familiar with the negotiations.“We want to know what can pass,” Sanders said at a press briefing. “Once they make a decision and they put something on the table, we’ll make a determination on whether we’ll move forward.”The turn of events kick-started negotiations that had been almost nonexistent since last week’s televised meeting at the White House, when Trump neither accepted nor rejected the Democrats’ offer. They had proposed keeping funding at current levels of $1.3 billion for border security fencing and other improvements, but not for the wall.The Senate’s top Republican and Democratic leaders began negotiating new proposals and talks were expected to continue. One idea could be a stopgap measure into February.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was confident there would not be a government shutdown Friday when funding for parts of the government expires.McConnell said a stopgap measure could be approved, though he suggested Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to become House speaker when the Democrats take control Jan. 3, would not want to saddle the new year with a budget brawl.“If I were in her shoes, I would rather not be dealing with this year’s business next year,” McConnell said.Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have made it clear they are not interested in funding Trump’s border wall.During a meeting earlier Tuesday on Capitol Hill, McConnell had proposed $1.6 billion for border fencing, as outlined in a bipartisan Senate bill, plus an additional $1 billion that Trump could use on the border, according to a senior Democratic aide unauthorized to speak about the private meeting.Democratic leaders immediately spurned the proposal. Schumer called McConnell to reject it.“We cannot accept the offer they made of a billion-dollar slush fund for the president to implement his very wrong immigration policies,” Pelosi told reporters. “So that won’t happen.”Democrats also rejected the administration’s idea of shifting money from other accounts to pay for Trump’s wall.Pelosi will probably be able to quickly approve a longer-term measure to keep government running in the new year. She called it a “good sign” that the White House appeared to be backing off its demands.The White House showed its willingness to budge as it became apparent the president does not have support in Congress for funding the wall at the $5 billion level he wants. Sanders said Tuesday there are “other ways” to secure the funding.“At the end of the day, we don’t want to shut down the government,” Sanders said on Fox News Channel. “We want to shut down the border from illegal immigration.”Sanders pointed to the Senate’s bipartisan appropriation measure for the Department of Homeland Security, which provides $26 billion, including $1.6 billion for fencing and other barriers. It was approved by the committee in summer on a bipartisan vote.“That’s something that we would be able to support,” she said, as long as it’s coupled with other funding.But House Democrats largely reject the Senate’s bill because it includes 65 miles of additional fencing along the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.Trump had campaigned on the promise that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico has refused.It’s unclear how many House Republicans, with just a few weeks left in the majority before relinquishing power to House Democrats, will even show up midweek for possible votes. Many Republicans say it’s up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal.The standoff dispute could affect nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.Congress did pass legislation to fund much of the government through the fiscal year, until Oct. 1. But a partial shutdown could occur at midnight Friday on the remaining one-fourth of the government.About half the workers would be forced to continue working without immediate pay. Others would be sent home. Congress often approves their pay retroactively, even if they were ordered to stay home.Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, are already funded for the year and will continue to operate as usual. The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, wouldn’t be affected by any government shutdown because it’s an independent agency.___Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman in Washington contributed to this report.Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Presslast_img read more


HarleyDavidsons new electric motorbikes aim to lure millennials

first_imgMILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson Inc. is rolling out its first electric motorcycle, with deliveries to 20 dealers across Canada expected by fall.The new bike, dubbed the LiveWire, represents a new direction for the Wisconsin-based company as it tries to reignite faltering motorcycle sales.With its no-emissions ride, Harley joins the ranks of California-based Zero Motorcycles, which has produced electric motorbikes for nearly a decade.The LiveWire starts at $37,250 with a range of up to 177 kilometres of city riding on a full battery. Zero’s 2018 S models start at less than one-third the price of its newfound rival’s with a range of 143 kilometres.Jeff Duncan, whose Harley dealership in London, Ont., is among the first 20 to sell the LiveWire, says the new motorcycle will attract a fresh market of younger, urban, green-conscious riders despite the price.The quiet, no-clutch bike veers from all others in the 116-year history of a brand more associated with growling engines and American machismo than eco-friendly two-wheelers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


France to Erect a Monument in Honor of Moroccan Goumiers

Taroudant – France will erect on Tuesday in Place Denys Cochin, in Paris, a monument in memory of the Moroccan “Goumiers,” the soldiers who served in auxiliary units attached to the French Army of Africa.After more than 70 years of neglect and disregard, France finally will erect a monument, which will stand to witness the support of the Moroccan soldiers who played a decisive role in the liberation of the Mediterranean island of Corsica from the hands of the Nazi regime.They also participated in the liberation of Paris and several French cities during World War II. The French press said that the statute will also commemorate the 1939 call of King Mohammed V for the support of France in the World War II.Chakib Benmoussa, Morocco’s ambassador to France, and several Moroccan-French well known politicians, including Rachida Dati as well as Moroccan Bahija Simou, Director of Royal Archives, will attend the opening ceremony.In 2013, French President François Hollande paid tribute to World War II Moroccan veterans and fallen soldiers in a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Mediterranean island of Corsica.During the ceremony, Holland offered a rare tribute to the “Goumiers” -, saying they “will never fade from memory. They were known for skills fighting in mountains like Corsica’s.”However, France’s recognition of the important role Moroccan soldiers played in its liberation from the Nazis came very late.According to Maati Monjib, a history professor at Rabat Mohammed V University, only two percent of the Goumiers are still alive to receive this overdue tribute. read more


Muslims pray on the street after attack on Finsbury Park mosque

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.” A statement on #FinsburyPark from @chiefrabbi “We must not allow hatred to breed hatred.”— James Masters (@Masters_JamesD) June 19, 2017 He added: “Many will feel terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened by what has taken place tonight.”We urge calm as the investigation establishes the full facts, and in these last days of Ramadan, pray for those affected and for justice.”The Archbishop of Canterbury said: “The attack at #FinsburyPark mosque is abhorrent. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends and pray for the bereaved and injured.” According to reports on social media, the Ramadan prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque prior to the attack were focused around the Grenfell Tower victims.The Chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque wrote last week: “#FinsburyParkMosque raised £3000 so far for the victims of #GrenfellTower fire, we will keep fundraising and this is the least we can do.”Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Khan condemned the attack and also urged calm. Muslims reacted peacefully with prayer after the attack on their community.A van veered into pedestrians outside a mosque in Finsbury Park in what has been described as a terror attack. After some of them held down the suspect until he was taken away by police, muslims gathered together to pray.They were joined by the local Jewish community as well as people of other faiths. He said: “During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship.”My prayers are with the victims and their families. It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.”Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date.center_img Men pray after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near a mosque in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of North LondonCredit:REUTERS/Neil Hall #WeStandTogether in solidarity with the victims of the horrific terrorist attack in #FinsburyPark.Thoughts & prayers with all those affected— Shomrim N.E. London (@Shomrim) June 19, 2017 The attack at #FinsburyPark mosque is abhorrent. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends and pray for the bereaved and injured.— Justin Welby ن (@JustinWelby) June 19, 2017 There has been an increase in hate crime reports since the Manchester Arena bombing and the London Bridge attack.Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement saying she would be chairing an emergency meeting on Monday morning and adding: “All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene.”One resident told the Press Association he jumped out of the way as the van struck pedestrians. REUTERS/Neil Halllast_img read more

Red Cross Volunteers To Install 850 Free Smoke Alarms In Alaska

first_imgSound the Alarm events are a part of the ongoing Home Fire Campaign. Red Cross volunteers and local partners will canvas neighborhoods, install free 10-year lithium battery smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create fire escape plans. Kelley McGuirk, Red Cross of Alaska regional disaster officer: “Home fires are the biggest disaster threat we face, killing seven people in this country every day. Here in Alaska we responded to help over 300 people displaced by home fires so far in 2018.” For the Kenai Peninsula area volunteers will be installing smoke detectors from April 28 to May 12.  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Red Cross of Alaska will hold Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events in communities across the state in an effort to install 850 smoke alarms at no cost to residents. last_img read more

Visitors Tourists to Benefit from Easier Access to Rock Island Arsenal

first_imgRock Island Arsenal last week began recognizing the Illinois driver’s license as a valid form of identification for visitors, relieving state residents of the need to bring additional identification to gain access to the installation located on the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois. Illinois — along with Minnesota, Missouri and Washington — previously did not meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act, which established minimum standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards such as a photograph and biographic information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address. The law was enacted following a recommendation by the 9/11 commission.In January, the Pentagon directed military installations to stop accepting driver’s licenses and identification cards that did not comply with the REAL ID Act.After Illinois lawmakers recently authorized changes to make driver’s licenses more compliant with the law, though, DOD reversed its decision requiring visitors from the state to provide a second form of identification.The reversal is good news for Illinois residents of the Quad Cities and tourists trying to visit the arsenal.“Every time a visitor is turned away from eagle-watching on the island, or visiting our national and confederate cemeteries, or checking out the wonderful museum, the clock tower or the Col. Davenport sites, it leaves an unfair impression of a community working hard to polish its reputation as a welcoming place to live, work, and visit,” according to an editorial in of the Illinois driver’s license as compliant with the REAL ID Act only lasts through Oct. 10, when the Department of Homeland Security will decide whether to continue accepting it. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

SELECTMEN RACE Former State Rep US Senate Candidate Geoff Diehl Endorses Rob

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from the Fasulo for Selectman campaign:Former State Representative and candidate for US Senate Geoff Diehl today endorsed Rob Fasulo for Wilmington Selectman. A longtime resident of Wilmington, Fasulo is a candidate for selectman in the local election on Saturday April 27.“Rob’s character, as a father, law enforcement officer and caring neighbor, is exemplary and his desire to serve the town of Wilmington on the Board of Selectman is something I endorse wholeheartedly,” said Diehl. “It takes something special to be willing to dedicate time and give back to your community, which is exactly what Rob wants to do for a town that has done so much for he and his family. At a time when fiscal responsibility is critical for town management, I look forward to seeing Rob succeed for the people of Wilmington.”Rob is a graduate of the Wilmington Public Schools and holds a degree in Criminal Justice. Rob began his law enforcement career when he became a volunteer officer with the Wilmington Auxiliary Police. Today he continues that career in his role as an investigator for the Commonweath of Massachusetts. Rob’s record of standing with the residents of Wilmington is clear. When threatened with drastic quality-of-life changes from projects such as Global, Sciarappa Farm and 362 Middlesex Avenue, he stood side by side with the residents. Rob has proven that he will stand for what is right, even in the face of government officials that will stop at nothing to quiet opposition.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob FasuloIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN RACE: Governor Charlie Baker Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanIn “Government”last_img read more


Scandinavian duo plays cheeky game of cat and mouse along Yukon Quest

first_imgYukon Quest mushers continue to come across the finish line, and competition in is not confined to winning when it comes to the thousand-mile sled dog race.The story of the battle between two Quest mushers who finished nearly a day behind the winner.Download AudioTom Frode Johansen arrived in Whitehorse Tuesday afternoon. He was the first rookie to finish, but not the first Scandinavian.While the first mushers were chasing one another over the past week, there were antics playing out behind them. The two mushers who finished sixth and seventh were caught in a cheeky game of cat and mouse.Johansen, from Norway, and Torsten Kohnert, from Sweden, have raced against each other before in Europe. This year, the rivalry played out between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. As Kohnert chased the leaders for hundreds of miles, Johansen was hot on his heels.“I said there’s no way the Norwegian guy is catching me,” he said. “Not here.”At first, Kohnert wasn’t worried about Johansen. Kohnert had already run the Quest twice, while Johansen was just a rookie. But then he noticed the Norwegian was quietly gaining on him.When they chatted in the checkpoints, Johansen would exaggerate about how long he was resting. He would claim that he was going to sleep for 5 hours but really only stay for 3. By sleeping less, he was slowly chipping away at Kohnert’s lead.At first Kohnert didn’t know what was going on, because Johansen was behind him. Then, all of a sudden, his lead had dwindled to one hour.“He was cutting rests all the time,” Kohnert said. “He was lying to me. So I say okay sucker.”So Kohnert came up with his own plan. When he got to Pelly Crossing, he wrote a wake-up time of 5:45 a.m. on the board in the community center. When Johansen arrived an hour later, he looked at Kohnert’s wake-up call and figured he could sleep for awhile. But Kohnert was playing a trick. He waited until the Norwegian went to sleep, then grabbed his stuff and hit the trail.“He sneaked out on me,” he said. “He did a little Lance Mackey. Good job.”Johansen couldn’t catch him. But he still clinched Rookie of the Year when he crossed the finish line on Tuesday afternoon.“I am very proud to be the first rookie,” Johansen said.The 54-year-old musher has been running dogs for more than half his life. Though he lives on the coast of Norway, he’s wanted to mush in Alaska and Canada since he was a little boy. Standing in the finish chute, he said it lived up to his hopes.“Oh it was fantastic,” he said.Unlike races in Norway, he had the trail to himself.“This is one of the things I really enjoy,” Johansen said. “You don’t see the other mushers very much.”Early Tuesday morning, the finish chute was moved from downtown Whitehorse to the Tahkini Hot Springs outside of town because of open leads on the Yukon River. Kohnert was just getting out of the hot springs when Johansen arrived. Besides getting charged by a moose near the Fortymile River, he said the Quest was pretty tame this year.“Last year it was really cold, year before it was glare ice and it was cold,” Kohnert said. “This year it was more just cruising along and have a nice trip.”He was hoping to finish in the top five, but said the competition was too stiff this year. The field included three former champions and a bunch of veterans.“They did really good job, they were not resting a lot, so it’s just a little too much,” Kohnert said.He was bittersweet about the ending.“It’s nice to be done but it’s also a little sad that it’s over,” he said.While the first mushers and their dogs are relaxing in Whitehorse, for many the race isn’t over yet. About a dozen teams are still on the trail, spread across the last 200 miles.last_img read more


US will work closely with great ally India Donald Trump administration

first_imgPresident Donald Trump congratulated PM Narendra Modi on the spectacular electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections.ReutersAfter Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP’s landslide victory in the recently concluded parliamentary elections, the United States continues to maintain an excellent relationship with India, referring to the nation as a “great ally” of America. The Trump administration stated that the US will continue to work closely with PM Modi, asserting that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was looking forward to having a “robust discussion” with his Indian counterpart on a wide range of issues.Speaking to reporters, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that the US was confident in the fairness and integrity of the just-concluded general elections in India.The Trump administration, including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Pompeo, congratulated PM Modi and the BJP on the spectacular electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections whose results were declared on May 23.Ortagus stated that the US will work closely with Modi. He went on to add: “We’re confident in the fairness and integrity of the elections, and I think that Secretary Pompeo will have a very robust discussion on a range of issues. India is a great ally and partner of the United States.”The US Lawmakers and senior government officials continue to congratulate Modi on his grand electoral victory.Indian-Americans organised victory celebrations in various parts of the US. Several more are in the pipeline on a large scale in the coming weeks.According to a compilation made by the Indian Embassy here, more than 50 Congressmen, Senators and the senior government officials have sent congratulatory messages to Modi.”India continues to have amazing potential and is a strong US partner. Congratulations to Narendra Modi on your success with the elections and the direction you are taking India. We look forward to seeing our partnership continue to strengthen,” tweeted Indian-American politician Nikki Haley.”Congratulations to Modi ‘on being re-elected’ as Prime Minister of India, said Congressman Al Green.”I wish peace and prosperity for India and its neighbours and look forward to seeing you at India House in my congressional district in Houston, Texas, USA,” he said.In the first back-to-back majority for a single party in over three decades, the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party won 303 out of the total 542 Lok Sabha seats, handing out a crushing defeat to the Congress Party and many other political opponents.”Prime Minister Modi has led India and has brought a lot of credibility in foreign affairs and made India a power to reckon with. He has travelled all the continents and made friends and has a given the prestige to India that was long overdue,” said Sampat Shivangi, president of Indian American Forum.”India is a no more a third world country and has stood the test of time and has been recognised as one of the top six economies in the world,” Shivangi said.The Indian-Americans will put pressure and use the political clout to impress upon the US the importance of a balanced and fair trade agreement with India.”We do not want another impasse as we see with US-China trade and we do not want India to be another China,” he said.(Inputs from agencies) US President Trump complimented Indian trade negotiators as “the best” Closelast_img read more


Google CEO Sundar Pichais compensation doubles to 200 million in 2016

first_imgGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California, US October 4, 2016Reuters fileSundar Pichai, the India-born CEO of Google, saw his compensation almost double to $200 million in (calendar year) 2016, the spike coming mainly from stock awards. Interestingly, his salary actually was lower when compared to 2015.Pichai, who was appointed as CEO in August 2015, received $650,000 in salary and $198.7 million in stock award in 2016, in comparison to $652,500 in salary and $99.8 million in stock award.The compensation committee of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, said that the compensation was paid keeping in mind Pichai’s elevation and “numerous successful product launches”, reported the CNN, citing regulatory filings by Alphabet Inc.Alphabet’s net revenues (net of traffic acquisition costs) income for 2016 was $73,479 million and was projected at $86,669 million by Nomura analysts in a note last month. Net income came in at $19,478 million last year (2016) and estimated at $23,062 million for 2017.Under his leadership, Google’s sales buoyed, especially the the core advertising and YouTube business, apart from investments in machine learning, hardware and cloud computing.Google’s “other revenues” comprising hardware and cloud services, rose almost 50 percent to $3,095 million in the quarter ended March 2017 (Q1) from $2,072 million in the corresponding period last year (2016), according to statements put up on Alphabet’s website.Overall revenues for the quarter rose 22 percent YoY to $24.75 billion for Q1 while the net income was $5.42 billion, up from $4.2 billion in the first quarter of 2016.”Our excellent results represent a terrific start to 2017, with revenues up 22% versus the first quarter of 2016 and 24% on a constant currency basis. We clearly continue to benefit from our ongoing investments in product innovation and have great momentum in our new businesses across Alphabet,” Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet, said.It may be recalled that ad revenues of YouTube were perceived as taking a huge hit in view of advertisers pulling out over placement of offensive content along with advertisements on the video-sharing website.”While we believe YouTube is indeed capable of introducing solutions that remedy brand safety concerns, we anticipate the direct cumulative negative impact to revenue could ultimately approximate $750 million, weighted heavily to 2Q17 and 3Q17,” Nomura analysts Anthony DiClemente and Kevin Rippey had said in a note last month.  YouTube unveils their new paid subscription service at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, California, United States October 21, 2015.Reuters filelast_img read more

Lightning kills man in Netrokona

first_imgnetrokonaA young man was killed by a lightning strike while fishing at Lakshmipur village in Khaliajuri upazila on Friday morning.The deceased was Rafiqul Islam, 30, son of Abdur Rashid of Lakshmipur village.Officer-in-charge of Khaliajuri police station ATM Mahmudul Haque said a thunderbolt hit Rafiq while he was fishing in a water body.An unnatural death case was filed, he saidlast_img