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Joanna Lumley Launches PopUp Shop For Oxfam

first_imgJoanna Lumley was busy at Marks and Spencer at Marble Arch in London this week.The star opened a one-day-only Halloween-themed pop-up shop for Oxfam featuring items from stars such as Jessie J, Nadine Coyle, Naomi Harris, Jools Holland, Sophie Dahl and Simon Pegg.‘’Everyone has experienced a fashion nightmare at some point in their lives, outside of the intentional fancy dress outfit, and the ghosts of these frights from the past tend to lurk in the back of our wardrobes, never to see the light of day again unless they get thrown away. No clothing, or fancy dress item, no matter how scary, should end up in landfill and harm the environment. What you may not want anymore, might be someone else’s treasure.‘’So as All Hallows Eve approaches this week, dig deep into the back of the wardrobe, get that box from the cellar and head down to the Little Shwop of Horrors where you could pick up the perfect item to create the outfit of your dreams, or nightmares!’’last_img read more

 

Erdem among nominees for Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards

first_imgAdvertisement Award-winning designer Erdem Moralioglu could soon be adding to his accolades at the upcoming Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards. The red-carpet favourite, whose creations have been worn by the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, won the award in 2015. He will face off in the category against Toronto-born, New York-based womenswear designer Tanya Taylor and rising star Vejas Kruszewski, who won the lucrative LVMH Prize for young fashion designers last year. The fashion impact award recognizes a homegrown designer or brand that has made a significant social or philanthropic impact, while the fashion innovation award highlights a company that is influencing how people experience, consume or interact with fashion through technology. Montreal-based Rami Atallah, co-founder and CEO of fashion platform SSENSE, has been appointed honorary chair of the 2017 CAFAs. Impact nominees are bridal and ready-to-wear designer Christopher Paunil, veteran womenswear designer David Dixon, online artisanal marketplace Far and Wide Collective and conscious clothing line Wear Your Label. Innovation nominees are Salesfloor, Dash Hudson and OMsignal. Crista Cober, Meghan Collison, Pamela Bernier and Paolo Roldan are vying for model of the year honours. The winners of the emerging talent awards will each take home $10,000 and receive professional mentorship from industry veterans. In the emerging accessory field, 3D printed jewelry creators Daniel Christian Tang will square off against luxury bag label Garema, pearl designer Jon De Porter and leather footwear label Poppy Barley. Contenders in the digital fashion influencer category are Alexander Liang, Ania Boniecka of Ania B and sisters Caillianne and Samantha Beckerman of Beckerman Blog. This year’s vanguard award will be given to Imran Amed, founder and CEO of The Business of Fashion. Image maker nominees include Caitlin Cronenberg, Max Abadian and Owen Bruce. Facebook Advertisement Nominees in the emerging fashion design category include Malorie Urbanovitch, Matthew Gallagher, Nina Kharey of House of Nonie, and Maram Aboul Enein of Maram. Accessory designer of the year nominees are jewelry designers Dean Davidson, Jenny Bird and footwear and accessories brand Sully Wong. The acclaimed Montreal-born, London-based talent behind the Erdem label was announced as a nominee for international Canadian designer of the year on Monday night. The CAFAs honour homegrown talent within the arts and fashion community. Menswear designer of the year nominees include Christopher Bates, Bustle — co-founded by husband-and-wife duo Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow — and The Feral by Zakariah Milana. Contenders for the fresh face of the year award include Ariel Himbeault, Elizabeth Davison, Emm Arruda and Sophie Touchet. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Rounding out the list are nominees for the fashion design student award where schools put forward star students in their graduating classes. Nominees include Adrian Zhao, Alex Armata, Curtis Oland and Xiaoyi Li. The fourth annual CAFA gala is slated to take place on April 7 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.BY LAUREN LAROSE Login/Register With: Stylist of the year award nominees include Cary Tauben, Elizabeth Cabral and Juliana Schiavinatto. Womenswear nominees include the label Beaufille, helmed by sister duo Chloe and Parris Gordon, Lucian Matis, Sid Neigum, and Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe of Smythe. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

 

Patched up ferry restores lifeline for First Nation without safe drinking water

first_imgThe Canadian PressSHOAL LAKE, Ont. – A reserve under one of Canada’s longest boil-water advisories has patched up its aging ferry and is lifting its state of emergency after being cut off from the outside world two weeks ago.Shoal Lake 40 First Nation declared a state of emergency after the ferry connecting it to the mainland failed a federal inspection at the end of April.Chief Erwin Redsky says the ferry has been repaired and is back in the water, but only in a limited capacity. Nonetheless, he said, it’s a relief to everyone in the community, especially elders who had been moved when the ferry was pulled out of service.“They’re anxious to get home. A lot of community members are anxiously waiting for the official word,” Redsky said Wednesday. “Any kind of service right now is huge. It’s very, very critical that this ferry is allowed to operate, at least on a restricted-load basis, so we’re very happy.”The community will be watching closely for leaks and the ferry will have to undergo extensive repairs in the fall, he said.Shoal Lake 40 was cut off from the mainland a century ago to build an aqueduct which supplies the city of Winnipeg with fresh water. The reserve, which straddles the Ontario-Manitoba boundary, has no all-weather road and has been under a boil-water advisory for 17 years.When the ferry failed to pass its four-year Transport Canada inspection due to a leaky and rusty hull, people in the community had no access to bottled water, groceries or immediate medical attention.The reserve has been lobbying for years for construction of an all-weather road residents call Freedom Road. The federal government, Manitoba and Winnipeg have chipped in $1 million each for a feasibility study, but there are no firm commitments beyond that.The loss of ferry service was a “wake-up call” for many and highlighted the reserve’s vulnerability without a reliable connection to the mainland, Redsky said.“I think everybody is aware of the long-term solution that needs to be committed to and I think we’re on the right track.”last_img read more

 

A strong jobs report could provide reassurance on economy

first_imgWASHINGTON — Even with fear of a global economic slump depressing stock markets, Friday’s jobs report for December is expected to offer reassurance that the U.S. economy remains sturdy and on track to expand for a 10th straight year.Economists have forecast that the Labor Department will report that employers added a solid 180,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate stayed at a five-decade low of 3.7 per cent, according to the financial data firm FactSet.The expectation of continued strength in hiring would contrast with the chaos of the stock market, a raging trade war, a partial shutdown of the government and the perception of growing risks for the economy.Major companies such as Apple say their sales are being jeopardized by the tariff-fueled trade war between the United States and China. Factory activity in China and the United States have both weakened, with the Institute for Supply Management’s U.S. manufacturing index on Thursday posting its steepest decline in a decade.The government is about to enter its third week of a partial shutdown, with negotiations stalled over President Donald Trump’s insistence that Democrats agree on funding for a wall along the border with Mexico. And attacks by Trump on the Federal Reserve over its rate increases have raised doubts about Chairman Jay Powell’s status — a concern for both the markets and the economy.But the expected continuation of steady job growth suggests that such risks might be — for the moment, anyway — overblown. Average hourly earnings are expected to have climbed 3 per cent from a year ago, up from a year-over-year gain of 2.7 per cent at the end of 2017.Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that private businesses added a robust 271,000 jobs in December, a sign that companies expect decent growth to continue despite the overhang of risks.And businesses are still searching for more workers. The employment site Glassdoor found that job postings have risen 17 per cent in the past year to 6.7 million.“We really don’t see any slowdown yet,” said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor.Hiring has been unusually strong as the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.7 per cent — a 49-year low — from 4.1 per cent at the start of 2018. Economists estimate that it requires roughly 100,000 job gains each month to satisfy population growth and keep the unemployment rate at its current level.But hiring has easily eclipsed that pace. During the first 11 months of 2018, employers added 2.27 million jobs, or an average of 206,182 a month, according to the Labor Department.Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

 

US Supreme Court legalizes samesex marriage across the country

Rabat – Same-sex marriage is now legal across the United States after the US Supreme Court has ruled that all states must issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was protected under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment of the US constitution.The states affected by the new ruling are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, most of Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. Speaking from the White House, President Barack Obama said the ruling is a “victory for America”.“This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: when all American are treated as equal, we are all more free,” he said.The decision was greeted by scenes of jubilation across the United States as it marked the end of a decade-long campaign to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage.The first state to allow same-sex marriage in the United States was Massachusetts, which granted the right in 2004. The ruling has seen the number of states allowing same-sex marriages from only two states in 2008, to all 50 states in 2015.With this decision, the US becomes the 21st country to lift the ban on same-sex marriages in the world. read more

 

Upcoming UN economic summit timely and historic – Assembly President

8 May 2009The upcoming United Nations meeting to tackle the global financial crisis is both “timely and historic,” the President of the General Assembly said, urging all States to participate at the highest level and to support the draft outcome document that he presented today. “The participation of all Member States at the highest level is indispensable for the transcendental gathering to achieve its full potential,” Miguel D’Escoto told the 192-member Assembly. “I earnestly believe that this is an opportunity the world cannot afford not to take advantage of.”Mr. D’Escoto is tasked with organizing the UN High-Level Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, which was called for by participants at a financing for development meeting held in Qatar in late 2008.He emphasized that the outcome document that leaders will adopt at the end of the 1-3 June meeting must reflect the aspirations of the Member States. “In particular, it must speak to the hundreds of millions across the globe who have no other forum in which they can express their unique and often divergent perspectives.”Presenting the draft outcome document to the Assembly, Mr. D’Escoto said he tried his best to reflect the concerns and expectations expressed to him by the government officials he met with in recent weeks as he travelled to different countries. “This draft outcome document may be the only document that the heads of State and government may see prior to coming to the June meeting,” he later told a news conference. “This is the document that will make it or break it,” he said, noting that the text will be the basis on which leaders will decide whether to take the June meeting seriously or to cast it as just another kind of “international charade” that will come to nothing. “I am hopeful that we will be instrumental in bringing tranquillity to the world that is in the midst of much anxiety caused by many converging crises, but mainly by the financial and economic turmoil.” read more

 

Jaffna a base to attack India

The warning asks security agencies across the country to be on high alert since the attack may come in “a few months”. Following the notice’s receipt, the Mumbai police have activated all their sources of information. A passage on the alert’s third page reads, “Sri Lankan agencies are reported to have arrested three suspected Pak nationals on February 2, 2013, who confessed to having visited Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram on Sri Lankan passports.”It continues: “An unconfirmed input suggests entry of such elements in Kerala or Tamil Nadu through sea route with the connivance of Sinhalese fishermen. It has been reported that LeT ( Lashkar-e-Taiba) is working on a plot to carry out attacks in India and eight terror suspects are being trained in Pakistan”. The Maharashtra police have received a terror alert from central intelligence agencies warning that eight militants are undergoing training in Pakistan-based camps to attack targets in south India from Sri Lanka.Sent by the joint director of VIP Security (under the Union home ministry) in New Delhi in mid-August, the nine-page alert states that four of the terror trainees are “Punjabis and the remainingKashmiris or Pathans”. Their “drop-off point” is expected to be around 28km off Jaffna and their target could be Mayiladuthurai or Madurai in Tamil Nadu, according to the alert, the Times of India reported. The alert expresses concern over the attempts of several terror outfits—including LeT, Babbar Khalsa International, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Jamat-ud-Dawaa, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Al-Umer Mujahideen, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen—at joining hands to organize strikes in India. It also points to several Pakistan-based groups’ efforts to use Sri Lanka as the launching pad for their operations in India.The warning mentions various intelligence inputs gathered over time. One such input suggested the LeT is plotting to target the Wagah border crossing, particularly during the flag-lowering ceremony.Another bit of information—received in September 2012 and uncorroborated—said that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is planning a 26/11-style attack in New Delhi. Yet another input was of a meeting, “organised by LeT commander Habib ur Rehman”, of commanders of several militant outfits in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan this year. During the meet, the alert says, Rehman pressured the commanders to push maximum possible cadres into India to carry out “small targeted actions” in different parts of the country. The warning also speaks of an input of a meeting of terror groups where they decided to avenge the execution of Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru, by striking Tihar jail in New Delhi. read more

 

Northern California Wildfires Additional Lessons Learned

Yonemoto_ParadiseCampFire_1.png So what are the additional lessons learned from the Camp Fire? Sign up to receive alerts. Understand the topology of your area, especially the number of exits from your area. If there are a few choke points, get out as quickly as possible. A few minutes can mean evacuating safely versus being stuck in traffic and being in the path of a fast-moving fire. Also, the next time you hear a fire alarm, get up and leave. Better to be safe than sorry. Yonemoto_LagunaBeachFire.png Second, because a WEA alert is usually broadly based, would issuing one create widespread panic? Many people who are not affected would take to the roads, creating massive traffic jams. This would not only block escape routes for those fleeing the wildfire, but also impede emergency vehicles from reaching those in need. In fact, many of those who perished in the Paradise Camp Fire were trapped in their cars, trying to find an escape route. sctcperspective_Small.png No Results FoundSorry, but there appears to be no content for this. WEA: Potential ProblemsFirst, there is the “cry wolf” problem. If local officials invoke WEA too often (false alarms), it will inure residents to subsequent warning. What is the percentage of false positives, where an alert is sent, but there’s no real danger? By mid-November, FEMA reported that 108 WEA alerts have been sent out in California. How many of these 108 alerts turned out to be real emergencies? And even for those that were positive alarms, the danger may have been isolated to a small area. For those unaffected, there is a danger that after a series of false alarms, the WEA alerts will be ignored. wildfire_774.png “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:Best PracticesWEAIPAWSFEMAemergenciesfire alarmSCTCConsultant PerspectivesE-911MobilityRegulation Articles You Might Like When you look at a topographical map of Paradise, you’ll see there are five road exits. In reality, the road north was unusable, so there were only four exits (south). How quickly can you evacuate 27,000 people in 15,000 to 20,000 vehicles over four roads? We all have been in a building when a fire alarm goes off. When this last occurred, did you immediately get up and quickly leave the building? Or did you stay to wait for further instructions? We have been inured to so many false fire alarms that we do not display the sense of urgency that may be needed if there was a real fire threat. Last January, I wrote about the lessons learned from the northern California wildfires — primarily the North Bay Wildfires in 2017. Unfortunately, the North Bay wildfire disaster has now been overshadowed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. With 88 confirmed dead, the Camp Fire ranks No. 6 in deadliest wildfires in the United States. Related ScenariosA successful WEA alert was issued by Ventura County for the Thomas Fire on December 4, 2017. There was no loss of life due to the wildfire. However, one person did die in an auto accident. But what if the WEA alert that was sent was a false alarm? Would the story become how irresponsible County officials were in issuing the WEA alert that led to the death in the subsequent auto accident? In a situation eerily similar to the North Bay wildfires in 2017, local authorities (Butte County) did not invoke a wireless emergency announcement (WEA). WEA is an “Amber” style alert that would have sent a message to all cell/smart phones in certain cell area(s). WEAs are established through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning Systems (IPAWS). Rebecca Miller of Stanford’s Program in Environment and Resources, reported that Cal Fire, California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, lists 188 California communities that are “high risk”. This is based on factors such as topography, climate, and wind. Many of these at-risk communities are expensive, exclusive areas within California, including Danville, Orinda, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Laguna Beach. It wasn’t until late morning, when much of the city was already burning, that evacuation orders were finally issued for the western and central zones of the city. While the Paradise Camp Fire is still under investigation, there is a strong possibility that the fire was started by a downed power line. In a potentially ominous situation, the citizens for Laguna Beach recently voted down Measure P, Emergency Response and Fire Sales Tax, which would have moved overhead power lines underground, thus reducing the possibility of a wildfire. When you attend a sporting event at a large stadium, how long does it take to empty out the parking lot after a close game when everyone is leaving at the same time? Add panic to the mix and you have an idea of what evacuation was like for the Paradise Camp Fire. Log in or register to post comments In Laguna Beach, with a similar population to Paradise, there are only three exits. And in fact, a wildfire would start in the north, likely blocking an exit. If Paradise had trouble evacuating its residents with four available exits, how would Laguna Beach fare in a similar situation? In hindsight, the natural question is why didn’t Butte County issue a WEA alert? Over the next several weeks, Butte County officials will provide the reasoning behind their actions (or non-actions). What is likely to be discussed is the potential issues with sending a wide area alert. To find out if your community is currently covered under IPAWS, check the following lists:Organizations with Alerting Authority CompletedOrganizations with Alerting Authority in ProgressInstead of invoking WEA, Butte County used its “Code RED” system. This is an opt-in system where you need to sign up to receive emergency messages and is similar to Sonoma County’s SoCo system that was used in the North Bay Wildfire. However, unlike Sonoma’s SoCo system which has a 2% sign up rate, Butte County had a much better 25% participation rate. Of Paradise’s 27,000 residences, 6,000 cell phone calls were placed in the first 10 minutes. Of these, 3,600 cell calls were completed (reached a person or voice mail). While helpful, it was not enough to avoid a devastating toll. Paradise’s average age is 50 (California’s average age is 36), with a high number of people over 65 and limited cell phone use. read more

 

Distracted drivers beware

Police want inattentive motorists to stay off the road.To help meet that goal, the OPP is running its Distracted Driving Campaign this week.“We’re encouraging all people to be safe, and to take a firm stand against distracted driving,” Norfolk OPP Detachment Commander Joseph Varga said on Wednesday. “When you get into your car turn your phone off or put it on silent, wait until you get to where you are going and then check it. No phone call is worth your life.”Distracted driving is considered any form of inattentive driving. It includes, but is not limited to, using a cellphone, eating or drinking, changing the stereo, attending to children in the backseat, or setting your GPS device.Tougher penalties for distracted driving came into effect in January. Drivers can face at $1,000 fine, three-day licence suspension and lose three demerit points if convicted.Repeat offenders face even steeper penalties that come with being convicted a second or third time.Penalties for a second distracted driving conviction within five years are a fine of up to $2,000, a seven-day licence suspension and six demerit points.“All subsequent convictions within five years will face a fine of up to $3,000, six demerit points, and will lose their licence for up to 30 days,” said Varga.The official campaign runs this week, but police have their eyes out for this issue year round.Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk hopes drivers will consider what they are putting at risk before they look at their phone.“People need to put their technology away and value their life,” said Sanchuk.He says it’s easy for people to assume they will never be involved in a collision caused by distracted driving, but numbers show it happens more often than people think.There have been about 13,500 charges, 55 deaths, and 9,000 investigated collisions attributed to distracted driving in Ontario in the past year.“When you get in a vehicle and you’re a passenger you need to speak up,” Sanchuk said. “If you see a driver on their phone let them know that they’re putting your life in danger. If we put the technology away and focus 100 per cent on our driving we shouldn’t see any collision happening whatsoever.”astaylor@postmedia.com read more

 

Big savings at Alberta Energy Regulator welcomed by industry amid downturn

CALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says it has saved industry hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years through a host of process tweaks and efficiency measures, more than offsetting levies companies pay to fund the provincial watchdog.AER spokeswoman Carrie Rosa said the cost-saving tally for industry over the 2015-16 fiscal year came in at between $411 million and $448 million, exceeding its target of $400 million. In the previous year, the savings were $267 million, surpassing a $60-million target.Those figures were verified by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.In 2014, the industry levy was $243 million. Last year it fell to $240 million in response to the downturn and Rosa said it’s expected to be reduced even further this year.“Our focus isn’t just about saving money. It’s also about reducing duplicative processes and finding new approaches to regulatory oversight,” Rosa said.While AER operations are funded by industry, the Alberta government approves its budget.The AER was founded in 2013, taking over from its predecessor, the Energy Resources Conservation Board, and encompassing functions that used to fall under Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.Many of the savings have been achieved through the AER’s “near-term action program,” which launched in 2014 in an effort to make the regulator more efficient through initiatives that can deliver results quickly.That program was not a response to plunging oil and gas prices, but the industry has nonetheless welcomed its streamlining effects as it contends with the worst downturn in three decades.The most beneficial changes to industry have centred on highly technical matters that CAPP vice-president Brad Herald admits are “not very sexy” but add up to big savings.“We pivoted from a growth picture to more of a cost-savings picture and these are really meaningful at times like this and the work’s appreciated,” he said.The near-term action program involves taking a “risk-based approach,” which means “prioritizing regulatory activities so that the most significant risks receive the greatest attention,” according to the AER’s most recent annual report.A briefing note prepared by the AER for the office of Alberta’s deputy energy minister said $356 million to $379 million was expected to have been saved by March 31 of this year as a result of the near-term action program.The note was obtained by The Canadian Press through an Alberta freedom of information request.“The AER has taken a number of actions to ensure its operations are fiscally responsible in response to low oil prices,” the note said.Another measure has been to freeze the pay of staff and keep its overall head count steady at 1,200.Rosa said the AER instituted the salary and hiring freezes during the 2015-16 fiscal year. That is to continue through 2017-18, as per a provincial government announcement last week that salaries would be frozen across all agencies, boards and commissions.Rosa said the AER is saving a minimum of $23.4 million through the salary freeze.Outside of the near-term action program, there are a couple of other pilot projects on the go meant to boost efficiency, including one that allows the AER to accept one application for multiple activities.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2016 10:23 am MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2016 at 3:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Big savings at Alberta Energy Regulator welcomed by industry amid downturn read more

 

Ban encourages parties to pave way for deescalating situation on Korean Peninsula

“He calls on the parties to redouble efforts to resolve differences through dialogue while refraining from taking any measure that is not conducive to dialogue,” points out a statement issued yesterday evening by the UN spokesperson.The Secretary-General further took note of the agreement that the discussions will be resumed today, adds the statement.

 

First South Sudan river convoy in five years delivers UN aid to

The World Food Programme (WFP) convoy transported just over 750 tonnes of food and nutrition supplies up the Sobat river, a major tributary of the White Nile. This meant negotiating access and security guarantees to allow safe-passage for the vessels through the Greater Upper Nile region, where thousands of South Sudanese people have been displaced by the war, said WFP.The opening of more viable delivery routes helps us to reach more people, and get to them more efficiently – Adnan Khan, WFPLife-saving aid for the isolated counties of Ulang, Luapiny and Nyirol, was previously only delivered by airdrop, which costs around six times more than using river or road transport. The first convoy was loaded in Renk, composed of one barge and 11 smaller vessels that transported supplies of sorghum, pulses, vegetable oil and porridge – enough to sustain 40,000 people for one month. According to a new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report, backed by multiple UN agencies, 6.1 million people in South Sudan – approximately half of the population – face severe food shortages.Millions of people don’t know where their next meal is coming from”, said Adnan Khan, WFP’s Country Director in South Sudan. “They urgently need humanitarian assistance. Without it, they face serious challenges. The opening of more viable delivery routes helps us to reach more people and get to them more efficiently.”In response to these growing humanitarian needs, WFP is now providing emergency food supplies to 5 million people using road, air and river routes. read more

 

Man found lifeless in city hotel died from poisoning Police

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of man found in South Road hotel yet to be identifiedMarch 8, 2018In “Crime”Lifeless body found in Hotel on John’s streetApril 18, 2017In “Crime”Body found on Murudi road: Man died from injuries sustained by vehicular impact- PMEJune 22, 2017In “Crime” One week after being found lifeless in a city hotel, it was confirmed by Police on Wednesday that 74-year-old Michael Rajnauth died as a result of pesticide poisoning.The post mortem examination (PME) was conducted at around 08:30hrs today by Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh.INews had reported that Rajnauth, a vendor of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara was found dead in a room at the K&VC Hotel on South Road on March 7, 2018.According to reports received, the man had checked into the room one day before and paid to utilise it for 24 hours.However, when the time expired at about noon the following day, the receptionist reportedly called on the guest but there was no answer.Other staff members sought to knock on the man’s room door, but again, received no response.As such, the hotel’s manager subsequently gave staffers permission to enter the room.It was then that the elderly man was found clad in only a grey three-quarter pants, lying lifeless on the bed.A white substance, suspected to be the poison used was observed around the bed and on the floor, near the man.According to the police, there were no marks of violence on the deceased’s body.His body was taken to the Lyken’s Funeral home and he was subsequently identified by his son. read more

 

GOAL sends emergency team to Iraq as crisis worsens ISIS close in

first_img“One of the our biggest concerns is how this is going to affect our operations in northern Syria. Our operation there is huge and what we are seeing in Iraq suggests that it will stretch the aid community.” GOAL IS DEPLOYING an emergency team to Iraq as it expresses concern that dual humanitarian crises in Iraq and Syria could lead to aid agencies being overwhelmed.Three GOAL workers are being sent to the north-eastern Iraqi province of Erbil to work with local relief agencies as the UN estimates that 1 million people have been displaced by the advance of Muslim extremists ISIS.GOAL says that its partners in the region estimate that over 300,000 people have crossed into the relatively stable autonomous Kurdish region with a further 250,000 people waiting to cross the border.The three GOAL workers are being redeployed from operations elsewhere, one of whom is English and another based out of Ireland.Chief operations officer at GOAL Jonathan Edgar says that huge numbers have fled the city of Mosul since ISIS took control, adding that the speed of their advance has made the situation more pressing.“The level of capability of ISIS as they move towards the Baghdad is what has given people this level of concern,” he said. GOAL’s first task in in Iraq will be to assess the needs of the those in camps along the border with the Kurdish region and engage with local authorities on how best to secure food and clean water in the short term.A security consultant will be travelling with the GOAL team to Erbil in what the agency says would be considered less dangerous region by Iraqi standards.“It’s one of the safer areas for our staff to go into,” said Edgar. “In advance of any decisions being made our security consultant will assess the situation.”Asked about the the announcements that the US will be sending a small number of troops to Baghdad and will consider drone strikes on ISIS fighters, Edgar said that GOAL’s focus is on humanitarian issues but stressed the seriousness of the violence in Iraq at present.The GOAL deployment comes as  ISIS fighters briefly held areas of Baquba, a short drive from Baghdad, and took control of most of Tal Afar, a Shiite-majority town in north Iraq that lies along a strategic corridor to Syria.The overnight attack on Baquba, which was pushed back by security forces but left 44 prisoners dead at a police station, marked the closest that fighting has come to the capital as part of a lightning offensive in which jihadists have said they intend to march on Baghdad and the southern Shiite holy city of Karbala.Additional reporting by © – AFP 2014Read: Nightmare for Obama as US confirms that troops will return to Iraq >Read: US condemns militant attacks in Iraq >last_img read more

 

Vortex Planets completely break No Mans Sky ingame economy

first_img <> 1/17″Don’t Go Here” is the perfect name for a planet full of deadly alien beasts. Anyone who visits this deserves what they get. 1/17There may be quintillions of planets in this universe but a good percentage of these are named Harambe, the gorilla that was shot by zoo workers a few months ago. 1/17The No Man’s Sky creators keeps tabs on all the planet names being chosen, and they pointed out that one of the first ones that reviewers went for was Poopland. “Journalists ¯\_(シ)_/¯” 1/17Got the time to explore this planet and be among the living? Planet Anthrax may be for you. 1/17Planet Fourtwenty. Because when you reach a planet whose weather is “Baked” , what else can you call it? 1/17Planet No New Friends. The loneliest planet in the galaxy. 1/17A Doctor Who fan named their first planet Gallifrey after the Time Lords’ home world. 1/17This orange mess of a planet is named Trump. “Nuke it from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.” 1/17When the No Man’s Sky devs stopped by the Colbert Show, he got to name his own planet and universe. Hopefully he’s jumped back online to claim them again after the wipe! 1/17In case anyone needed a second inhabitable frozen world to reside in, here’s Alaska 2. 1/17Planet Smurf isn’t quite as blue as we expected, but it no doubt has plenty of little creatures running around it. 1/17Again, if you hand journalists a game they will do everything they can to make it silly. Welcome to Big Buttistan. 1/17Not sure if Purge Planet means that everything kills one another one day a year, or that they’re always throwing up. Probably the latter, from the look of things. 1/17If you were thinking of naming your homeworld “Planet McPlanetyface”, you’re not alone in the universe. The devs have pointed out they were up to Planet McPlanetyface 5 before the wipe. 1/17While the majority of gamers seem to be concerned with thinking up silly names, at least one thoughtful player named a planet in honor of his mother who had recently passed away. 1/17Planet ^$#%@*^(*!! Try to name a planet with curse words and you’ll get this message instead. Keep it clean out there! 1/17Planet Hell’s Gate is the perfect name for anything this hot. Sheesh. No Man’s Sky is ostensibly a game about space exploration, but at its core it’s really about economics. You start your journey with limited inventory space and low-quality equipment. Only by scrounging around the galaxy for valuable objects and materials can you get the necessary resources to upgrade. That’s why it’s profoundly weird that the game’s procedural engine seems to be generating planets that completely break the in-game economy. I ran across one of the so-called “Vortex Planets,” and I feel like I’m cheating now.The image above shows several Vortex Cubes. They are not cube-shaped, but whatever. What’s important is they are supposed to be extremely rare items found only in caves on certain planets. They are worth a huge amount of money if sold on the galactic exchange, and that’s all they’re good for. The problem is that this particular planet has thousands (or maybe even millions) of them. Each and every cave and tunnel is overflowing with them—literally, they are spilling out onto the surface near caves.There are eight Vortex Cubes visible in this screen.I am not alone in finding one of these Vortex Planets. They aren’t too common, but common enough that people have been talking about the phenomenon. The problem here is that finding a Vortex Planet means you basically just won the game. With just a little effort (an hour or two at most), you can earn enough money to buy any ship in the game, max your inventory, and upgrade everything by purchasing the raw materials. I should add, I’m not even the first person to find this particular planet. Yes, in the vastness of No Man’s Sky, another player found this Vortex Planet before me.My Vortex Planet seems even more unbalanced than most. By some quirk, the space station in this star system has a galactic exchange terminal that pays nearly double the rate for these things. There are always a few items or materials worth more at each terminal, but why would a space station orbiting a planet that’s basically made of Vortex Cubes offer so much for them? If anything, they should be worth very little there. I’m basically dumping Vortex Cubes on the market, and the price doesn’t change at all. For a game so heavily dependent on economics, this seems simplistic.Even my fairly modest ship pulls in about half a million units (the in-game currency) from one load of cubes. I’m trying to decide if I should continue exploiting the Vortex Planet or leave it behind. This feels like cheating, but it’s just the way the game is. I can only conclude that No Man’s Sky is relying too heavily on the strength of its procedural engine, because this is the sort of thing that should not happen. There’s a quote floating around where one of the developers allegedly says these planets are deliberate, but I can’t find a source for that statement. If someone actually said that, I feel like they’re covering for a bug that the team didn’t have time to fix. There’s no reason Vortex Planets should exist — they break No Man’s Sky.last_img read more

Gun group wants judge to block ammunition background checks

first_img July 24, 2019 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An affiliate of the National Rifle Association in California is asking a federal judge to block a new law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition.The California Rifle & Pistol Association on Monday asked U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego to halt the checks and related restrictions on ammo sales.Voters approved tightening California’s already strict firearms laws in 2016. The restrictions took effect July 1.The gun owners’ association challenged the background checks in a lawsuit filed last year and is now seeking an injunction.Benitez previously rejected the state’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit.Earlier this year, he struck down California’s nearly two-decade-old ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. That triggered a week-long buying frenzy before he stopped sales while the state appeals his ruling. Jonathan Halvorson, Posted: July 24, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson Gun group wants judge to block ammunition background checks Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Teen man recovering from shark bites in north Florida

first_imgFERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — A teenage boy and a man are recovering after they were bitten by a shark in separate incidents at the same north Florida beach.Officials said the 17-year-old boy and 30-year-old man were bitten by a shark Friday afternoon at two different locations on Fernandina Beach.The older victim, Dustin Theobald, described his frightening encounter with the marine predator.“I felt something grab onto my foot and pull, reached down for my foot,” he said during a phone interview. “I put my hand on his head — he was probably four to five feet — and when I did that, he shook twice and then released and left.”Minutes later, another shark bit the teenager on the foot a mile south of where the other victim was.Double red flags were flying on the beach, which was closed to the public for the rest of the day as a precaution. It reopened Saturday morning.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Olivia Schuh Named To Deans List At University Of Delaware

first_imgNEWARK, DE — Olivia Schuh, of Wilmington, has been named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester.To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Delaware.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University of New EnglandIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Ferry services on PaturiaDaulatdia route resume

first_img.Ferry services on the Paturia-Daulatdia route in the Padma river resumed on Thursday morning as dense fog stopped the ferries for around eight hours.The authorities of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) said the ferries on the route got back to work after seven and a half hours of suspension.Earlier, the BIWTC kept suspended the ferry services and plying of the water vessels on the route from 2:00am for poor visibility due to the dense fog.The authorities also said four ferries with more than hundred passengers were stuck in the middle of the Parma river.However, the ferry route has been facing disruption for past 15 days due to thick fog.According to the Met office, moderate to thick fog may occur at places over the country during midnight to morning and it may continue till noon over northwestern part of the country.last_img read more

A Continuing Count Of Provisional And Other Ballots Will Decide Who Wins

first_img Share 7partparadigm/Wikimedia CommonsTexas’ U.S. Congressional District 23.In what is geographically the biggest district in the U.S., the race for Congress is still too close to call.The latest vote count in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, which is about 58,000 square miles and runs from Bexar County all the way to the outskirts of El Paso, indicates Republican incumbent Will Hurd and Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones are within just a few percentage points of each other.Dylan McGuinness, government and politics reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, says the Associated Press and other outlets initially declared Hurd the winner That happened at about 11 p.m. on election night. But then things changed.“At the time, I think he had a lead of around four points which … would be a pretty comfortable victory,” McGuinness says. “Around 2:30 a.m., it seems like according to the state’s results, that Gina Ortiz Jones has actually come back and pulled off an upset win by a little less than 300 votes.”But McGuinness says officials later determined that those votes were the result of an error in Medina County, and Hurd was back in the lead. Now, McGuinness says officials are doing a “continuing count.” That’s different than a recount, like those happening in Florida and Georgia races.“There are several types of ballots – provisional ballots, outstanding ballots, military ballots – that aren’t included in the Tuesday night vote, so the Ortiz Jones campaign is trying to make sure that all those votes are counted so they can get an understanding of where the race actually is,” McGuinness says.McGuinness says most of these ballots are paper ballots, and it’s unclear what method each of the 29 counties will use to count them all.“I imagine some might use machines to count those and some might be doing that by hand,” McGuinness says.By the end of election night, at about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, Hurd was ahead by just about 700 votes, McGuinness says. Ortiz Jones appeared to concede at that point, but later in the morning, she announced that she wouldn’t concede and wanted officials to count every vote. Hurd declared victory on Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning. McGuinness says since then, Hurd’s lead has grown to about 1,000 votes.In Texas, McGuinness says a challenger can request a recount when their votes are within 10 percent of the winner’s total votes.“[Ortiz Jones is] well within that – they’re just a thousand votes apart,” McGuinness says.He says the state should have a final count of votes by the end of November.Written by Caroline Covington.last_img read more