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Bissau Guinean Man Arrested in Morocco Carrying Over 7kg of Cocaine

Rabat – Police services at the Casablanca Mohammed V airport arrested, on Sunday, a Bissau Guinean national who was trying to smuggle 7.590 kg of cocaine, said national police (DGSN).The suspect, aged 34, arrived from Sao Polo and was heading for Freetown.The illegal substance was put in plastic CDs and hidden among his personal stuff, said a DGSN statement. The Bissau Guinean national was remanded in custody to complete the investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor awaiting to be brought to justice.

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Indigenous leaders urge UN Member States to back declaration on rights

The UN Human Rights Council endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – which has been drafted and debated for more than two decades – in June last year, but the General Assembly later deferred action after some Member States raised concerns.Wilton Littlechild, a member of the Permanent Forum, told reporters that he was disappointed by the lack of apparent progress on adopting the Declaration during the forum’s two-week session, which ends tomorrow in New York.“The United Nations Declaration is about the survival and dignity of indigenous peoples,” he said, calling for it to be adopted in its entirety and without any amendments during the current session of the General Assembly.“Simply calling for more time or for more changes – I think it’s beyond that point,” he said, referring to the objections of some countries to certain articles in the Declaration. “I think we should be focusing on implementation.”Mr. Littlechild said indigenous representatives have received reports that some African States have been “heavily lobbied” by the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand to vote against the Declaration.“I know there’s some public denial about this, but there is also information that we’re told that this is actually going on, by States themselves. So I don’t think it ought to be continued to be denied.”The Permanent Forum’s Chairperson Victoria Tauli-Corpuz said there was a widespread misunderstanding that the Declaration places indigenous peoples in a special category.“The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – it’s really an instrument that interprets international human rights law in so far as it applies to indigenous peoples,” she said. “So it’s not a document, it’s not a declaration that creates new rights.”The Declaration emphasizes the rights of indigenous peoples to maintain and strengthen their own institutions, cultures and traditions and to pursue their development in keeping with their own needs and aspirations.Essentially, the text outlaws discrimination against indigenous peoples and promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them, as well as their right to remain distinct and to pursue their own visions of economic and social development.More than 1,100 indigenous representatives from around the world have attended this year’s session of the UN Permanent Forum, which was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2000. It is composed of 16 independent experts, functioning in their personal capacity. ECOSOC appoints the members – half of whom are nominated by governments and half by indigenous organizations. 24 May 2007Indigenous leaders participating in the annual session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today urged Member States to end any attempts to stall and to adopt a declaration that would outline their rights and outlaw discrimination against them. read more

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UN partners with YouTube to launch online television channel

23 September 2008The United Nations has launched its television channel on YouTube, a popular video sharing and social networking web site, in an effort to reach a broader and younger audience on a range of issues on the world body’s agenda. The programmes set to air on the channel are produced by UN Television (UNTV) with the Organization’s agencies and funds, and cover topics such as climate change, development, human rights and peace and security. Some of the current stories posted on site address the fight against prejudice of India’s so-called untouchables, the threats to the ecological treasures of the Galapagos Islands and several segments from 21st Century, the UN’s monthly news magazine that spotlights the world’s most forgotten stories. The UN is also partnering with YouTube to launch, on 25 September, a joint campaign In My Name with global nonprofits Oxfam, GPAC and Save the Children, to draw attention to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the set of eight anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.As part of the campaign, Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am will ask citizens from every country to upload footage to YouTube supporting the MDGs by stating their name, their country and, if desired, a request to their government to end poverty. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon intends to join the online petition that will feature a song written by the Black Eyed Peas artist especially for the campaign. The partnership with YouTube is the latest effort by the UN to use new media technologies to get its message out. The world body recently drew on SMS mechanics for the International Day of Peace “Txt 4 Peace” campaign encouraging people across the world to send messages of peace. An innovative partnership was also forged between Internet giant Google and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to map environmental projects across the globe. read more

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Spas are seeing more men a lessismore approach for guests

NEW YORK — Spa visits and the money they generate reached record highs last year in the U.S. with $18.3 billion in revenue driven by 190 million pampering trips, according to the International Spa Association.The leading industry group for spa professionals recently held its 25th annual event for media to show off trends and services among its 2,300 members. Garrett Mersberger, the association’s board chairman, broke down a few highlights for The Associated Press:___LESS MAY BE MORE, AFTER ALLSome spas have been slimming back the services they offer as they focus more on customization, said Mersberger, who is also the director of sales, marketing and spa for Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.“The idea is to reduce that menu to make it all about the individual guest at that exact moment in time,” he said. “When I book, I don’t want to have to cruise through 50 different services. I want to pick one easily, and when I get there, I want it to be all about me at that moment.”A one-size-fits-all menu of facials, massages and other treatments doesn’t lend itself as easily to different skin types and ingredient preferences, or even seasonal changes between the time of a booking 30 or 60 days out to arrival, Mersberger said.The Mandarin Oriental group, he said, has “gone down to just one focused massage and one focused facial to really make it about customization. We’re trying to do a similar thing at Blue Harbor,” Mersberger said.Allowing technicians and therapists on-site to help clients decide what their skin and body might need enhances the experience, said ISPA President Lynne McNees.___A MARCH OF MEN“We’re seeing a lot more men going to spas,” Mersberger said. “It used to always be a female-driven thing. We’re now seeing 50-50, if not swinging more toward the males.”The trend took off as long ago as 2017, when the association reported 49 per cent of spa customers were men, up from 29 per cent in 2005.“They’re much more aware that it’s not just a thing I go to to get pampered. It’s an actual lifestyle choice with benefits to my body, to my wellness. It’s part of my routine now. It’s not just about going for relaxation,” Mersberger said.McNees said the change impacts treatment areas, relaxation areas and changing stations.“Spas are really having to evolve to accommodate that male spa goer,” she said. “Typically, your back of house for males would be smaller because historically it’s been very heavy female. Now they’re having to shift that.”A lot of hotels and spas are designing unisex bathrooms and locker rooms, Mersberger said. Women are usually fine with it, McNees said. They’re no longer dragging reluctant spouses to spas.“We’re seeing a lot of groups and parties and different special events in the spa with both men and women,” she said.___INDIGENOUS TREATMENTS & SERVICESSpas are often looking to skin treatments and other services using ingredients and traditions native to their regions.Aspira Spa at The Osthoff Resort on Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, is introducing an 80-minute service, Dohi, which is a collection of Native American healing traditions. It includes percussion music amplified from under massage tables so clients can feel the vibrations, said Lola Roeh, the general manager. It also includes a cornmeal back scrub. At the end, negative energy is chased away through burning sage, sweet grass or local wood.“Our area is steeped in Native American history and we really pay reverence to that in the spa,” Roeh said.The Edgewater Spa at Madison’s Place in Madison, Wisconsin, pairs local craft beer and cider tastings with spa services in summer months. For instance, a strawberry rhubarb dermafoliant, mask and serum combination is coupled with a beer with the same notes. The beer is for drinking.In Hershey, Pennsylvania, MeltSpa by Hershey offers — you guessed it — an array of treatments that include cocoa and dark chocolate, from facials to body wraps. A company called Circadia by Dr. Pugliese created a chocolate-and-marshmallow-whip facial offered at MeltSpa.“People are trying to get creative. They want to be different. They don’t want to be just another spa,” Mersberger said.___SPAS & TECHNOLOGY“It’s gotten even smarter,” Mersberger said of tech in spas.CellFit has brought technology called Endospheres Therapy from Italy to the U.S. to tackle lifting, toning and tightening all over the body using non-invasive hand-held devices that deliver micro-vibrations to muscles through cylinders fitted with 55 rotating spheres. The company is shopping the technology around at the moment.Charging stations at manicure and pedicure areas are on the rise, allowing for customers to use their own playlists during treatments.“Nothing stresses a Millennial out more than taking their phone away,” McNees said. “The whole idea is to be able to relax, so it’s really about thinking about customization. What’s going to make you comfortable?”Kohler Waters Spas, with locations in Chicago; Kohler and Green Bay, Wisconsin; and St. Andrews, Scotland, recently launched virtual reality headsets for guided meditations. The experience offers the choice of music alone or voice and visuals during mani-pedis that include scenes of mountain lakes, beaches, waterfalls, clouds and the night sky. Kohler is looking into expanding virtual reality to massages and other treatments.“It’s the ultimate state of relaxation,” Mersberger said.The idea, said Nikki Miller of Kohler, is to allow clients to block out the hustle-bustle of the spa.“Typically the expectation is maybe you have to carry on a conversation, or it gets loud in there. We were trying to find something to get people deeper into those treatments,” she said.___CONNECTING TO NATUREThe Spa at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont, honours bees with an exfoliating whipped honey scrub, followed by a honey moisturizing wrap. Honey is incorporated into other treatments as well. Surrounded by the Green Mountains, the hotel grows produce on a small organic farm that attracts bees. A pollinator garden is used to teach guests about bees, including severe dangers they now face.“Our legacy is sustainability, conservation,” said Michelle Adams Somerville, director of spa and wellness.The rustic experience also includes community meals using the property’s harvests, and culinary classes.At the luxury Carillon Miami Wellness Resort in Miami Beach, the spa warms beds of pink Himalayan salt for guests on massage tables. It also has floatation beds and incorporates global massage traditions from China, Turkey and the Mediterranean.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press read more

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UN rights expert calls on warring factions in DR of Congo to

A United Nations human rights expert has appealed to warring factions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to protect the civilian population, especially women and children.In an appeal to the principal leaders of the Hemas and Lendus ethnic communities, as well as to armed groups operating in the province of Ituri, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DRC, Iulia Motoc, strongly condemned the human rights violations being carried out by the warring parties.Noting that there had been instances of civilian massacres, summary executions, forced disappearances, abductions, violations of physical integrity, rapes, pillaging and inhuman and degrading treatment, Mrs. Motoc said that the poor conflict management has further widened the gap between the two communities.She reaffirmed that negotiations are the only way to end the conflict and called on the leaders of the ethic communities and the armed groups to end the suffering of the civilian population in Ituri and to allow them to find peace.The Special Rapporteur recalled that the peace agreement signed on 30 July between Congolese President Joseph Kabila and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, under the aegis of South African President Thabo Mbeki, was a step forward on the path towards peace, reconciliation and the restoration of the respect of human rights in the DRC as well as in the Central African region.She stressed that the peace agreement could not have any effect on the ground without the cessation of hostilities, and called on the ethnic communities and the armed groups to lay down their weapons, put an end to attacks, express their support for the peace process, and work with the United Nations to ensure a favourable climate for the end of hostilities.The Special Rapporteur also called on the Government to take a more active role in the search for a durable and acceptable solution to the ethnic conflict in Ituri. read more

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Gates gift to upgrade polio vaccine welcomed by UN agencies

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the donation, which brought the Gates Foundation’s contribution to polio eradication to $85 million.Egypt has eliminated poliovirus types 2 and 3 and now must boost the population’s immunity to type 1 by using monovalent oral polio vaccine type-1 (mOPV1), which is scheduled to be developed, licensed and introduced in France, WHO and UNICEF said.Despite setbacks, polio is on target to be the first disease wiped out this century and the second disease done away with through human effort, the first being smallpox.

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300 million in pledges good beginning towards assisting African Union in Darfur

Just back from a week long visit to Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that nearly $300 million pledged by international donors to expand an African-led peacekeeping mission in the Darfur region is “a good beginning” for the next phase of the programme to stem the ongoing crisis there. On his way into UN Headquarters this afternoon, the Secretary-General told reporters that that the situation in some areas of Sudan has stabilized. “But we still have serious security problems outside the camps, and that is one of the reasons why I was in Addis Ababa working with the African Union (AU), NATO, the European Union and other donor states to provide the necessary support to allow the African Union to expand its forces in Darfur from the current 2,000-plus to about 8,000,” he said.Last Thursday, in the Ethiopian capital of in Addis Ababa, Mr. Annan co-hosted with AU Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konaré a donors’ conference to provide the financing, equipment and political backing for an expanded AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS). Today he said that about $300 million was raised in cash and in kind, which would be a good beginning for the next phase of the operation. Mr. Annan is expected to brief the Security Council on this trip on Thursday.In other news, regarding reports of the arrest of a person who interpreted for the Secretary-General during his visit to a camp in Darfur, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, says that after talks with the Sudanese Government, the local authorities in South Darfur have dropped the request that the interpreter report to them. The Sudanese national had been requested to report to the authorities in Nyala a couple of times. Regarding the arrest of two senior officials from the Dutch branch of Medécins Sans Frontieres, Mr. Pronk, said that the pair have been released on bail after he intervened at the highest level with government officials. The UN is closely monitoring the situation, he added. read more

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Clashes near vital infrastructure in eastern Ukraine may have grave impact on

“As we enter winter, any disruption of essential services, such as water and heating amid freezing temperatures could have grave consequences,” said Neal Walker, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, in a statement Wednesday. “I remind all parties to the conflict of their obligation to respect civilian infrastructure and to protect civilians. Any intentional disruption of access to quality water supply or critical heating systems is a clear violation of International Humanitarian Law,” he underscored. In the past six days, the Donetsk Filter Station has been shelled for three consecutive nights. Another station, the Verkhniokalmiuska Filter Station, was hit more than a dozen times in a single night. Stations such as these provide clean water to some 1.1 million people on both sides of the 459-kilometre ‘contact line’ dividing eastern Ukraine. Furthermore, these stations are also essential to keep heating systems functioning. “Without sustained water supply, heating systems will stop and health conditions will deteriorate. Children, the elderly, women and people with disabilities may flee their homes in search of heat and shelter,” noted Mr. Walker. Such an escalation, so close to critical infrastructure, risks prompting a severe deterioration of the ongoing humanitarian crisis on Europe’s doorstepNeal Walker, UN Humanitarian CoordinatorAt the same time, the fighting has also prompted concerns over the possible release of hazardous chlorine gas stored at the two filter stations. If a single 900-kilogram gas container is hit, anyone within 200 meters might receive fatal dose of the poisonous gas. The conflict, now in its fourth year, continues to take a toll on civilians, denying the most vulnerable of their basic needs as well as their safety and protection.“In this protracted crisis, millions of families trapped in active hostilities and people displaced are losing hope for a future,” said the UN official, calling on parties to uphold their responsibility to facilitate the access of humanitarian organizations to provide critical services for the most vulnerable Ukrainians affected by the conflict. read more

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ALARM TUS Lubbecke sack Goran Suton

German TUS Lubbecke sacked coach Goran Suton! A stabil member of the German elite DKB Bundesliga has night-mare start of the season 2015/2016 which put them on the bottom of league table. Lubbecke have only two points from 12 matches, two draws and 10 defeats, definitely, beyond the plans and expectations.Interim solution will be the joint work of sports director Zlatko Ferić and assistant coach Hans-Georg Borgmann.Lubbecke ended season 2014/2015 on 12th place. ← Previous Story EGYPT: Suspension for “Captain America” Next Story → Lekić, Sokač and Lazović to leave ŽRK Vardar next summer! Goran SutonTus Lubbecke

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Video DNA will finding infringing video no matter what pirates do to

first_imgThere are a lot of companies out there whose business it is to scan the likes of YouTube and Bittorrent for infringing content, and the software of these companies don’t simply analyze keywords: they also identify the copyrighted video material of their clients by looking for the unique digital signature of the original.Pirates, though, are canny: they know that you can circumvent that digital signature by altering the video itself or even just by uploading a version of the infringing content that was recorded off of a television.They might have met their match, though, in a new anti-piracy technology called video DNA matching, developed by Tel Aviv University’s Dr. Alex Bronstein alongside his brother michael and fellow professor Ron Kimmel. The technology applies a series and sequence of invisible grids over a picture which are used to assign footage a unique numerical code based upon its visual content. This code is then dumped into a database and software scours sites suspected of distributing pirated movies. Even if it only finds a mutation of that code, it can identify it as infringing.“It’s not only members of the animal and plant kingdom that can have DNA,” said Dr. Bronstein. “If a DNA test can identify and catch criminals, we thought that a similar code might be applicable to video. If the code were copied and changed, we’d catch it.”Fair enough, but my guess, somehow, is that pirates are still going to be clever enough to circumvent it.Read more at Gizmaglast_img read more

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Take every step to keep it secure Gardaí appeal to heavy machinery

first_img By Nicky Ryan Friday 19 Apr 2019, 4:43 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20,697 Views Share Tweet Email1 Apr 19th 2019, 4:43 PM 57 Comments The second incident was reported to police shortly before 3.45am at Drumgor shops in Craigavon. A telehandler used in an attempt to remove the cash machine from the wall. The criminals were unsuccessful in their attempt and ran off from the scene, leaving the ATM and telehandler behind. They have now been recovered and examinations are being carried out.The statement appealed to owners of the machinery of make sure it is secure, and stressed that investigating police are doing ‘everything they can’ to prevent more robberies, but are hampered by the number of ATMs and the geographic spread of the thefts. GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED an appeal to owners of heavy machinery to keep the vehicles as secure as possible in a bid to prevent more ATM theftsLast night four ATMs were stolen, bringing to 15 the total number of ATMs stolen by criminal gangs north and south of the border in recent weeksThe incidents typically involve a stolen piece of heavy machinery such as an excavator being used to rip the ATM out of the wall where it is housed. The device is then transported away.Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said he is “very concerned” at the robberies and had been briefed on the issue by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.Two ATMs were ripped from the wall of a bank in Kells, Co Meath, overnight, and two more in separate incidents in Armagh and Antrim.In a statement this afternoon, gardaí appealed to heavy machinery owners and users to “take every possible step to secure and immobilise your vehicles”. ‘Take every step to keep it secure’: Gardaí appeal to heavy machinery owners in bid to prevent more ATM thefts “If criminal groups cannot steal diggers and other similar machinery, they cannot tear out ATMs.” Image: Shutterstock/bogdanhoda Image: Shutterstock/bogdanhoda Please ensure they are stored securely and not left in an area that is easily accessible overnight. If criminal groups cannot steal diggers and other similar machinery, they cannot tear out ATMs. This will also mean that these expensive pieces of machinery are not destroyed or burnt out after they are stolen.Members of the public are being asked to stay vigilant for unusual sightings of plant machinery, commercial jeeps, or pickup trucks during the night, and to contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or Crimestoppers on 1800 250 025.The PSNI made a similar appeal this evening, and released more details of the two robberies which took place in Northern Ireland:At approximately 2.30am this morning, two ATMs were stolen from a shop on Main Street, Crumlin. The machines were removed from the wall by a digger and placed into a pick-up truck. The digger was then set alight before at least three men made off from the scene. https://jrnl.ie/4600132 last_img read more

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The Gifted Makes Some Big Changes in its TwoHour Season Finale

first_img The Gifted had a very strong start to its first season. Its premiere introduced interesting characters with complicated dilemmas, cool-looking mutant powers and some really fun action scenes. Unlike many other shows, it didn’t set the bar too high with its pilot. The series began with something very attainable, and over the course of the first season, it remained fairly consistent. While that’s mostly a good thing, it has its drawbacks. It made the show’s formula very easy to spot, and many of the episodes began to blend together. The things that were always good for The Gifted stayed good. The things that weren’t so great only got more annoying as the season went on. Which brings us to last night’s extended season finale. Where both the good and the bad were spread out over two hours.To its credit, it didn’t feel so much like two episodes crammed together for no reason. A lot of shows can fall into that trap when it comes to these double-length episodes. These final two had a reason to be paired, and would not have worked separately. Well, maybe the second half would stand on its own, but the first half would be way too boring if it were given its own night. Though The Gifted’s biggest strength is the big, climactic action sequences it builds to at the end of each episode, it doesn’t always nail the building stage. Sometimes, the majority of the episode’s scenes can feel like stalling and exposition while we wait for the hour’s big setpiece. And that’s what happens here. Only we get two hours of uneven buildup, stalling, and exposition. Thankfully, the climactic action sequence really is worth the wait. And the episode broke things up with a fun infiltration scene in the middle.Guest star Skyler Samuels (L) and Jamie Chung (Cr: FOX)The finale picked up right after the Stepford Cuckoos appear at the Underground, offering an alliance. The Underground takes it, recognizing the mutants have to band together to get rid of the Hound program. Some of the Underground are reluctant to work with them, but others (namely Polaris) aren’t so conflicted. The plot of the first hour is that Dr. Campbell is attending an anti-mutant conference in Charlotte before heading to Washington D.C. to push for expansion of the Hound Program. The mutants want to grab him before he can get there. Not a whole lot happens in this first hour. There’s a lot of standing around, rehashing the same arguments the show has had in every episode for the last half-season. Things pick up when they get to the conference. Here, there’s every type of mutant hater, from your run-of-the-mill casual racist to your violent extremist. Oh, and the show makes it very clear what’s going on here. There is all sorts of talk about ending “political correctness” when it comes to dealing with mutants, followed by calls to wipe out humanity’s genetic rivals. The show’s attempts at political allegory can be hit or miss most of the time, but it absolutely works here.The kidnapping attempt fails, though Polaris using her powers never stops looking cool. They confront Campbell in a hallway, and Thunderbird takes down bodyguards and a hound in an impressively choreographed fight scene. This is the point where the episode starts to make up for all the exposition and rehashed arguments in its first hour. Unfortunately, an elevator full of kids arrives and Campbell takes one hostage to make his escape. Yeah, if there was ever any question about who the good guys and bad guys are here, that answers it. This failure makes it easy for Frost to convince Polaris to take matters into her own hands. The conflict that’s been building between Eclipse and Polaris boils over in this episode as Polaris sneaks out to prevent Campbell and his bought senator from reaching D.C. For once in this series, the argument between the couple has stakes. It’s not just a difference in philosophy anymore, the outcome of the argument matters. I wish there had been more of this for the rest of the season. Eclipse loses the argument, and Polaris rips apart the plane, killing Campbell, the anti-mutant senator, and every other human on board. That’s what it looks like for now, anyway. As grounded as The Gifted tries to be sometimes, it’s still based on a comic book. It’s entirely possible that Campbell survived the crash somehow.Emma Dumont (Cr: FOX)The Strucker storyline is mostly a dud until the second half of the finale. They spend the first hour visiting grandma and catching her up on everything that’s been going on. Why? Well, I guess they needed something to do. There’s some concern that Sentinel Services will try to go after Reed’s mom to get to the family, but this story doesn’t really go anywhere. Reed and Kate give her a quick recap of everything that’s happened, and she decides to hide out in Boca Raton. Meanwhile, Lauren and Andy have an even more tired, repetitive version of the might vs. restraint argument this show has been having over and over again in every episode. Things don’t get interesting until Sentinel Services does show up, and Andy blasts them back with his powers, severely hurting them. He’s about to do more damage, but Lauren uses her bubble shield to stop him. This is when Andy’s arguments get a little more interesting. He’s been reading more about the Von Struckers and is all in on continuing their legacy. He apparently missed or isn’t bothered by the fact that they were literal Nazis. I’ll give this show credit for knowing how to write an insufferable teenage boy. Andy’s the kid who just discovered South Park and models his entire life philosophy around it. He’s so annoying and terrible in exactly the way the show means him to be.The argument is cut short by the final action setpiece of the season. Agent Turner (remember him?) has tracked down the Mutant Underground safe house, and is leading an assault on it. All the kids who’ve had combat training fight them off with water blasts and Andy’s psychic energy. Lauren plays defense with her bubble shield and Reed keeps the SWAT officers at bay with a shotgun. Meanwhile, the rest of the mutants are tunneling out. It’s an exciting, tense evacuation scene that leads to the biggest display of Andy and Lauren’s combined powers yet. To buy the rest of the mutants time to escape, Andy and Lauren draw the Hounds into the Underground, join hands and bring down the entire building. This was the moment where all the episode’s flaws were temporarily forgotten. In one tense, harrowing moment, the show had me glued to the screen. The Gifted can be really good when it wants to be. In the aftermath, Lauren and Andy escape from the building. Lauren is not OK with the fact that she and Andy just killed a bunch of fellow mutants even in self-defense. That’s when Polaris and the Frost sisters show up. They’re reforming the Hellfire Club, a wealthy, ruthless mutant cabal. Though the episode stopped just short of saying Magneto’s name, it’s clear that his daughter, Polaris is filling that role on The Gifted. I guess that makes Eclipse this show’s Charles Xavier? That could be interesting in season two. Even more interesting though is that the Strucker family is now broken. Lauren chooses to stay with the Underground, as murder didn’t suit her. Andy apparently doesn’t have as much of a problem with it. He leaves his family to join the Hellfire club.Percy Hynes White and Natalie Alyn Lind (Cr: FOX)The Gifted started strong, and stayed strong most of the way though. Even when its formula became predictable, it pulled itself out of the funk more often than not. As we saw last night, it also ended very well. The world is much more complicated than when the season began. Hopefully, that means season two can think of new arguments and dilemmas for the characters to have. I also hope they find something better to do with Agent Turner, now that he quit the Sentinel Services in disgrace. The show really didn’t know what to do with him after the Frosts showed up. In any case, now that there’s a legitimate powerful mutant organization in opposition to the Underground, I have high hopes for season two. Maybe the Hellfire Club can give this series the shake-up it needs. Stay on target ‘The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3’The Gifted’ Season 2, Ep 5 Recap: The Reunion We’ve Waited For center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Pogo Mine settles in sex discrimination lawsuit

first_imgThe Pogo mine and mill complex includes facilities for administrative offices, housing, meal service and emergency services. (Photo courtesy of the Pogo Mine) A former underground miner at Pogo Mine in Interior Alaska has won a settlement in a lawsuit against Pogo’s owners after the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found she was discriminated against because she is a woman. Hurst said she endured harassment while working at Pogo for seven years. But she said the worst part was how higher-ups at the mine held her back, refusing to give her training to advance when her male counterparts with less experience got promotions. “So I think they were making a statement that, ‘Hey Alaska! Hey companies out there in the woods! You still have to follow the law just like everybody else in the country,’” Hurst said. “Handling this matter responsibly, respectfully and in a timely manner has been a top priority,” Northern Star Resources said in a written statement. At the time, the gold mine was owned by Japan-based Sumitomo Metals. The current owners, Northern Star Resources, have agreed to pay Hanna Hurst $690,000 and conduct more robust anti-discrimination training and programs at the mine. While Pogo’s current owners, Northern Star Resources, were not in charge when Hurst worked there, the company has agreed to pay the settlement. “I mean, I knew I could do the work,” she said. “I had done the time. I had proven myself. I had worked very very hard, and in my mind, I couldn’t see a reason why they should keep holding me back.” Hurst took her complaints about sexism at the mine to the EEOC, which investigated and filed suit in federal court.last_img read more

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BSE closes points 6068 down on Feb 2

first_imgBSE closes points 60.68 down on Feb 211K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 60.68 down on Feb 211K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 2 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange todayclosed 60.68 points down to stand at 29,122.27 at the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 7.40 points down to stand at 8,801.50.MONSANTO and FRL were among the top gainers of Group A with anincrease of 13.15% and 12.53% along with DELTACORP and SPARC with an increase of 10.46% and 9.99% espectively, while the top losers of Group A include TVSMOTOR and ASIANPAINT with a decrease of 7.11% and 5.75% along with NAUKRI and MPHASIS with a decrease of 4.41% and 4.35% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 91.64 points at 20,077.54, while the banking sector is up 66.58 points at 22,782.10 and the reality sector is up 4.32 points at 1,815.68.The Indian currency is down 0.03% at Rs 61.88 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 2 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange todayclosed 60.68 points down to stand at 29,122.27 at the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 7.40 points down to stand at 8,801.50.MONSANTO and FRL were among the top gainers of Group A with anincrease of 13.15% and 12.53% along with DELTACORP and SPARC with an increase of 10.46% and 9.99% espectively, while the top losers of Group A include TVSMOTOR and ASIANPAINT with a decrease of 7.11% and 5.75% along with NAUKRI and MPHASIS with a decrease of 4.41% and 4.35% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 91.64 points at 20,077.54, while the banking sector is up 66.58 points at 22,782.10 and the reality sector is up 4.32 points at 1,815.68.The Indian currency is down 0.03% at Rs 61.88 per dollar.last_img read more

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Youth with Bangladesh connection detained in Australia

first_imgNowroz Rayed Amin was arrested at his Ingleburn home. — The West AustralianA 26-year-old young man from Sydney was detained allegedly for trying possibly to travel to Bangladesh which Australian media reports described as a foreign conflict zone.Nowroz Amin, an Australian citizen from Ingleburn, was arrested on Saturday and charged with terrorism offences after he allegedly tried to travel overseas to meet with people who support extremist ideology, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Sunday.The West Australian, referring to court documents, said the man was allegedly preparing and planning for a terrorist act between September 2015 and February 2016.The newspaper wrote that Amin was stopped at Sydney Airport in February 2016 from travelling to Bangladesh after border force officials found extremist ideology items in his luggage and on his electronic devices.If convicted, the 26-year-old faces life in prison.The state’s counter-terrorism squad swooped on Nowroz Rayed Amin at his Ingleburn home in the city’s southwest on Saturday morning, The West Australian said attributing the news to an agency report.Amin was said to have not appeared at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday, nor has he applied for bail, which was formally refused.A commonwealth prosecutor indicated the man’s lawyer Adam Houda would prepare a brief of evidence within the next six weeks, the newspaper said.The Herald, reported that an investigation was launched, which allegedly uncovered his plans to travel to Bangladesh “to meet with people who held similar beliefs and to possibly engage in terrorist acts outside of Australia”.The newspaper quoted Australian Federal Police as saying in s statement that there is “no current or impending threat to the community as a result of today’s activities”.Assistant commissioner Ian McCartney, the agency’s national manager of counter terrorism, was quoted to have said that the investigation was lengthy and complex.The media did not disclose any previous nationality of Amin. However, it is believed that he might have been born in Australia or migrated to Australia at a very early age with this family.last_img read more

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The Spiky Simulator That Will Help Find Oceans in Space

first_imgThe electric-blue chamber looks like a crowd of punk mohawks or the Night King’s jagged skull. In fact, this 4,306-square-foot room is where antennas are torture-tested before being launched into space.Called the Hybrid European Radio Frequency and Antenna Test Zone, or HERTZ, it’s located in Noordwijk, Netherlands. The 33-foot-high steel walls are studded with 18-inch foam pyramids that block external electro­magnetic interference. Two tests are performed here: One measures radio waves from omni­directional antennas, like the type rovers use to communicate with orbiters; another calibrates highly directional antennas, which spacecraft use to send data to Earth. Engineers bounce radio waves between an antenna and giant carbon reflectors to simulate signals hurtling at light speed through 500 million miles of space.Next up, HERTZ will test a radar antenna that’ll search for liquid oceans during the 2022 Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission. If everything checks out, the system will leave this bristly cocoon for the vast wilderness of deep space.This article appears in the September issue. Subscribe now.The Mars Series. Antenna Test Zone, ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 2016More Great WIRED StoriesSay hello to the most audacious flying machine everThe man at Sonos building the audio internetCrazy Rich Asians changes nothing—but also everythingProgramming languages may finally be near a status quoThe future of television is … more televisionLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storieslast_img read more

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Money is not as rewarding as saving lives

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Frank Keith Saltmarsh is a paramedic whose passion, as you would have guessed, is to save lives.He was born and raised in Estcourt, and now works as a paramedic in Ladysmith.Frank is well-known and popular in the community and surrounding areas as well.At the age of 15 years old, he was a volunteer at the Fire Department and thereafter studied basic life support, rescue, advanced life saving, as well as other emergency courses.Frank assists Sharaj Ambulance Services, EMS and other crews in the district.Together with Sharaj, he describes them as “a team on fire”.Frank says he always wanted to be a paramedic, even when he was a young boy. He would watch paramedics and firefighters work when he had the opportunity, and just knew this was the career for him.Through hard work and perseverance from the time he was a volunteer at the Fire Department, he learnt a great deal and gained immense experience as the years passed.Frank’s first priority in life is to save someone else’s life, regardless of the patient’s age, race or creed.Not only is he a terrific paramedic and rescue personnel member, but his friendly smile and bubbly personality allow him to make friends wherever he goes.This career decision is not likely to change any time soon for our dedicated and trustworthy paramedic.“I love my job. Money will never be an issue for me, because I believe that saving a life is more rewarding,” he says.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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165 mln pledge for fund backing Arab democracies

first_img Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Major western economies and wealthy oil states are the founding donors of the fund announced in Tokyo alongside annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank.The U.S. has pledged $50 million, Britain $25 million, Saudi Arabia $25 million and Japan and France $12 million each. Altogether commitments total $165 million out of a target of $250 million.The group also announced that Yemen was joining the Arab Spring countries participating in the Deauville Partnership, which also include Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco and Libya.Numerous international lenders including the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, OPEC Fund For International Development and the Islamic Development Bank are supporting the partnership, which was set up in 2011 in Deauville, France, at a summit of the Group of Eight industrial nations.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How men can have a healthy 2019 TOKYO (AP) – Rich countries and international lenders on Friday promised $165 million to a fund to provide financing for stronger public institutions in Arab nations seeking to establish democracies.The fund aims to help build economic institutions and promote reforms in countries where huge public uprisings ousted autocratic regimes. It is part of the Deauville Partnership that works to underpin democracy and economic reform in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia.last_img read more

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Turkish Airlines revokes red lipstick ban

first_imgAirline’s CEO said it was never approved. Turkish Airlines has reversed its ban on flight attendants wearing red lipstick, claiming that the directive was delivered by lower management.Late last week, the airline faces backlash from female communities in Turkey after releasing a statement its hostesses would be banned from wearing bright lipstick in order to encourage staff to wear “simple make-up”.However, the carrier’s chief executive Temel Kotil has reportedly said the order was delivered by “low-level” management and received “no approval”, The Independent reported.“This is taking us one step back but we’re going four steps forward,” he explainedSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img

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FHFA Reports Modest Price Growth in September

first_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing The “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) reported home prices continued to climb higher in September, with prices gaining by 0.2 percent from August. [IMAGE]On the same day Tuesday, the Case-Shiller Indices “”posted””:http://www.dsnews.com/articles/case-shiller-indices-up-in-sept-momentum-slows-2012-11-27 a similar monthly increase of 0.3 percent. FHFA’s house price index (HPI) also revealed a quarterly price gain of 1.1 percent from the second to the third quarter. Compared to the third quarter last year, prices rose 4 percent. [COLUMN_BREAK]The agency stated the monthly index has increased for eight straight months now. “”With significant growth in home prices during the quarter and a modest inventory of homes available for sale, house price movements in the third quarter were similar to what we observed in the spring,”” said FHFA Principal Economist Andrew Leventis.Yet, even with the consistent price gains, Leventis added, “”a number of factors continue to affect the recovery in home prices such as stagnant income growth, high unemployment levels, lingering uncertainty about the macroeconomy, and the large number of homes in the foreclosure pipeline.””On a quarterly basis, the index also found price increases for 39 states. States that saw significant quarterly increases included Delaware (+5.8 percent), Arizona (5.4 percent), and Nevada (+4.2 percent). Of the nine census divisions observed, the Mountain led with a 3 percent quarterly gain. The Pacific region saw a 2 percent quarterly increase, while the East South Central and Middle Atlantic both struggled with quarterly losses of 0.15 percent. FHFA’s report is based on data for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages originated over the past 37 years. November 28, 2012 434 Views center_img FHFA Reports Modest Price Growth in September Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-28 Esther Cholast_img read more