Liberals target Indigenous homelessness in revamped funding program
The Canadian PressCities working to get homeless Canadians off the streets and into homes will be given more money and fewer spending restrictions under a revamp of the Liberal government’s centrepiece homelessness program.That includes new spending targeting Indigenous Peoples – a group over-represented in shelters compared to their percentage of the general population – but how much will be spent remains unclear.The new rules, unveiled Monday, will give cities leeway to spend money on local initiatives and experiments – so long as they can meet Ottawa’s goal of cutting in half the number of chronic homeless people in their midst.Chronically homeless make up a small number in the overall homeless population, but they are among the heaviest users of emergency shelters.New cities will become eligible for funding to take into account demographic shifts, particularly population growth out west. Eligibility for the existing 61 cities and towns in the program is based on demographic information now two decades old.The revamped homeless strategy, redubbed “Reaching Home,” will spend $2.1 billion over the next decade.“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home because one person the streets in Canada is one too many,” Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told a news conference in Toronto.“As a country, Canada must do everything it can to reduce homelessness, meet the needs of vulnerable populations and provide every Canadian a safe and affordable place to live.”The changes are also expected to allow money to be spent on projects that are outside the “Housing First” umbrella, a doctrine that stipulates governments find housing and services for people right away, rather than requiring them to seek treatment first.The move is the latest in a series of steps the Liberals have taken since targeting the country’s poor, including the 10-year, $40-billion national housing strategy announced late last year.The Liberals took a long look at the homeless program after hearing complaints from cities about cumbersome reporting requirements, inadequate funding and unrealistic expectations about how quickly the money should be spent. There were also limits to the program: federal officials admitted that the homelessness program alone couldn’t address the high cost of living in some cities.While the program has shown some signs of success by housing more than 6,000 people between 2014 and 2016, many cities complained they couldn’t easily meet the program’s requirement to spend money on “Housing First” initiatives.The Liberals have loosened that requirement, saying they want to let cities best decide how to meet their local needs. Duclos said the government wanted to adjust the program to Canadians, as opposed to adjusting Canadians to the program.“We’re putting communities first and we’re working around outcomes as opposed to programs,” he said.The new program puts a heavy emphasis on data collection, opening up funding to new ways to count and track the country’s homeless, which can be an elusive and challenging endeavour.Duclos said more cities could use “by-name” lists, which give housing and homeless service providers a real-time view of almost everyone in a community who is homeless, what services are in demand and what services are missing.
Morocco Arrests Two People Linked to ISIS
Rabat – Moroccan authorities have arrested two people linked to the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as they prepared to leave the country to join ISIS camps, the Interior Ministry said Friday.The two men, who have connections with foreign extremists, were planning to get military training in ISIS camps before returning to carry out attacks in Morocco, in accordance with ISIS plans to expand the scope of its operations outside of Syria and Iraq, the ministry said in a statement.Investigations revealed that one of the men is closely related to a Fez-based criminal gang headed by a former detainee under the Terrorism Act, the statement added.The investigations also led to the arrest of four individuals in the same city in connection with this criminal gang.
COP22 Much Work Was Done to Meet Moroccos commitments
Rabat – Moroccan Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, said, Wednesday in Rabat, that “a lot of work has been done” to meet the commitments of Morocco, which chairs the next World climate Conference (COP22).Since the establishment of the Steering Committee of the 22th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, “a lot of work has been done” to fulfil Morocco’s mandate,” said Mezouar, also chairman of steering committee in a statement to the press following the Interministerial Committee meeting for monitoring the preparation of the Conference.The United Nations expectations after the Paris COP21, held in December 2015, are priorities for Morocco, he said, adding that the Kingdom has taken initiatives and set goals mainly targeting the States most exposed to the dangers of climate change, including African and developing countries. The initiatives concern the agriculture field, food security, renewable energies and oases, he noted, adding that all these actions undertaken by Morocco aim at achieving the goal of Marrakech COP, which aspires to be a conference of action and the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.With MAP
Stock markets up after Trumps latest comments on China trade talks
TORONTO — North American stock markets started the trading week sharply higher after U.S. President Donald Trump said serious trade talks with China will begin after the U.S. received two “very good calls” from Beijing.Stock markets were hammered at the end of last week after Trump responded angrily on Twitter following China’s announcement of new tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. goods.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 104.32 points at 16,141.90.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 150.26 points at 25,779.16. The S&P 500 index was up 15.70 points at 2,862.81, while the Nasdaq composite was up 53.78 points at 7,805.55.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.16 cents US compared with an average of 75.13 cents US on Friday.The October crude contract was up US$1.04 at US$55.21 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up 6.1 cents at US$2.22 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$2.00 at US$1,539.60 an ounce and the September copper contract was up 0.45 of a cent at US$2.53 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)
NSA director says surveillance programs disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks
WASHINGTON – The director of the National Security Agency vigorously defended once-secret surveillance programs as an effective tool in keeping America safe, telling Congress on Wednesday that the information collected disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks without offering details.In his first congressional testimony since revelations about the top-secret operations, Army Gen. Keith Alexander insisted that the public needs to know more about how the programs operate amid increasing unease about rampant government snooping and fears that Americans’ civil liberties are being trampled.“I do think it’s important that we get this right and I want the American people to know that we’re trying to be transparent here, protect civil liberties and privacy but also the security of this country,” Alexander told a Senate panel.He described the steps the government takes once it suspects a terrorist organization is about to act — all within the laws approved by Congress and under stringent oversight from the courts. He said the programs led to “disrupting or contributing to the disruption of terrorist attacks,” but he did not give details on the terror plots.Half a world away, Edward Snowden, the former contractor who fled to Hong Kong and leaked documents about the programs, said he would fight any U.S. attempts to extradite him. American law enforcement officials are building a case against him but have yet to bring charges.“I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality,” Snowden said of the surveillance programs in an interview with the South China Morning Post.In plain-spoken, measured tones, Alexander answered senators’ questions in an open session and promised to provide additional information to the Senate Intelligence Committee in closed session on Thursday. The director of national intelligence has declassified information on two thwarted attacks — one in New York, the other in Chicago — and Alexander said he was pressing for more disclosures.But he also warned that revelations about the secret programs have eroded agency capabilities and, as a result, the U.S. and its allies won’t be as safe as they were two weeks ago.“Some of these are still going to be classified and should be, because if we tell the terrorists every way that we’re going to track them, they will get through and Americans will die,” he said, adding that he would rather be criticized by people who think he’s hiding something “than jeopardize the security of this country.”Alexander said he was seriously concerned that Snowden, a former employee with Booz Allen Hamilton, had access to key parts of the NSA network, a development that demands a closer examination of how well the agency oversees contract employees.Alexander said Snowden was a system administrator who didn’t have visibility into the whole NSA network but could access key portions of it.The director was questioned at length by senators seeking information on exactly how much data the NSA gathers through programs to collect millions of telephone records and keep tabs on Internet activity as well as the legal backing for the activities.Members of the House and Senate Intelligence panels and key leaders have been briefed on the programs and have expressed their support for the operations as a valid tool in the terrorism fight.House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Wednesday that the programs are constitutional and “very important to the security of the American people and they help us in a big way to address the terrorist threat that does in fact remain.”But rank-and-file lawmakers who haven’t been privy to the details expressed concerns and bewilderment, reflected in the comments of several senators at the hearing and one exchange between Republican Sen. Mike Johanns and Alexander.Johanns asked the NSA director whether the government could check and see what an individual is searching for through Google, or sending in email.Alexander said once an individual has been identified, the issue is referred to the FBI.“The FBI will then look at that and say what more do we need to now look at that individual themselves. So there are issues and things that they would then look at. It’s passed to them,” Alexander said.“So the answer to the question is yes,” Johanns said.“Yes, you could. I mean, you can get a court order to do that,” Alexander said.The Nebraska lawmaker said it was imperative for the government to get information about the programs to the American people “because right now we’re all getting bombarded with questions that many of us at the rank-and-file level in the Senate cannot answer.”Congressional leaders and intelligence committee members have been routinely briefed about the spy programs, officials said, and Congress has at least twice renewed laws approving them. But the disclosure of their sheer scope stunned some lawmakers, shocked allies from nations with strict privacy protections, and emboldened civil liberties advocates who long have accused the government of being too invasive in the name of national security.Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he plans on Thursday to announce “legal action against government surveillance and the National Security Agency’s overreach of power,” his political office said.Paul told “Fox News Sunday” that he would ask “all the Internet providers and all of the phone companies” and their customers to join a class-action lawsuit against surveillance techniques that he called “an extraordinary invasion of privacy.”Recent polling on the issue found Americans troubled by the intrusion but perhaps willing to give the government even more leeway in its efforts to fight terrorism.A new poll by CBS News and The New York Times found that 58 per cent disapprove of the government collecting phone records of all Americans. Yet it also found that 59 per cent think the government has struck the right balance or not gone far enough.___Associated Press writers Lara Jakes, Kimberly Dozier, Frederic Frommer, Alan Fram, Andrew Miga and Pete Yost contributed to this report. by Donna Cassata And Connie Cass, The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2013 3:59 am MDT NSA director says surveillance programs disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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US falls to Argentina in FIBA World Cup qualifier 8063
LA RIOJA, Argentina — The U.S. will have to wait at least a few more days before clinching a berth in the 2019 Basketball World Cup.Nicolas Laprovittola scored 17 points, Lucio Redivo added 14 and Argentina shook off a slow start to beat the U.S. 80-63 in a World Cup qualifying game on Thursday night. The win put Argentina (8-1) atop Group E qualifying in the Americas region, one game up on the U.S. (7-2) with three contests remaining for both teams.The top three teams in the division are assured of a spot in the World Cup, and the Americans can clinch with a win on Sunday at Uruguay.Travis Trice scored 16 points for the U.S., which was doomed by getting outscored 31-10 over a 13-minute stretch spanning the end of the second and the entire third quarter.The Americans led 12-0 early, after Argentina missed its first 10 shots.From there, it was basically all Argentina.The U.S. lead was trimmed to 16-13 after the first quarter, and the Americans were still up 30-26 with 3 minutes left in the half before Argentina started to roll. The hosts took a 35-32 lead into the locker room, then outscored the U.S. 23-8 in the third — a run capped by Nicolas Brussino’s 3-pointer from the left corner with a second left that had the overflow crowd in an 11,000-seat arena roaring.Brussino scored 11 and former NBA standout Luis Scola had 10 for Argentina.The U.S. is using rosters filled primarily by G League players in qualifying because of changes in FIBA rules. NBA players aren’t available for the qualifying games, though if the U.S. makes it to the World Cup in China it will then be the NBA stars taking over in a quest for a third consecutive gold medal in the event, which will serve as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympics.Meanwhile, Uruguay took a big step forward in its quest to qualify from the Americas Region.Mathias Calfani’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left was part of a wild finish as Uruguay defeated Puerto Rico 64-62 in another Group E game on Thursday. Uruguay (6-3) moved into third place outright in the group, a game up on Puerto Rico (5-4).TIP-INSU.S.: The U.S. didn’t take its first free throw until 9:09 remained in the fourth quarter. … Chasson Randle, Scotty Hopson and Reggie Hearn each scored nine points for the Americans, who shot only 35 per cent and were 8 for 29 from 3-point range.Argentina: Not only did Argentina miss its first 10 shots, but it also missed its first six free throws. When Brussino finally connected with 30 seconds left in the half, the home fans responded with a sarcastic cheer. … Laprovittola had eight assists, matching the entire U.S. total for the night.IN MEMORYA moment of silence was held pregame in memory of FIBA secretary general and International Olympic Committee member Patrick Baumann, who died in Argentina last month after a heart attack.UP NEXTU.S.: Visits Uruguay on Sunday.Argentina: Hosts Mexico on Sunday.The Associated Press
Urban Meyer to field return of Carlos Hyde without ousting Jordan Hall
Then-junior running back Carlos Hyde breaks through the line during a game against Miami (Ohio) Sept. 1, 2012 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-10.Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State football coach Urban Meyer isn’t the kind to let a player back into his lineup without earning it.Senior running back Carlos Hyde, who returns Saturday from a three-game suspension after an incident at a Columbus bar in July, is no exception.Despite coming into the season as the projected No. 1 running back for OSU, Hyde has had to work his way back up the ladder and win back his starting position.“He has done a really good job,” Meyer said to the media Monday. “He’s running the scout team the entire time, has had a very good attitude and taken care of his business in the classroom. We are anxious to get Carlos back.”Although he has been working hard and “handled his business the right way,” Hyde will not instantly come back as the starter Saturday against Florida A&M (1-2), Meyer said after practice Wednesday.“That’s not fair to the other guys. But he’ll play,” Meyer said. “He’s done everything and above that I and (running backs coach Stan Drayton) have asked him to do.”One of those “other guys” is redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall, who has started for OSU during Hyde’s suspension. Hall leads OSU with 402 yards and six touchdowns on the ground and is averaging 6.28 yards per carry.Hall was out for a majority of the 2012 season because of injuries, but Drayton said after the OSU game against Buffalo Aug. 31 that being on the sideline helped him grow.“Well, he’s made an unbelievable change as a person. He’s grown tremendously,” Drayton said. “All the adversities that he had to face with the injuries and some of the things that he quite honestly put on himself with the consequences that he had to face, he’s really grown and embraced all those things and now it’s transferring into his football play.”Hall’s play so far this season has made the offense much better this year than it was last year, Meyer said after the game against California last weekend.“He’s played great. Jordan Hall and that offensive line, they’re doing the job that I can’t even explain how good they’re doing,” Meyer said. “They’re helping me out so much with the running game, and they’re opening up running lanes for me and play action is opening up deep.”But the problem OSU faces Saturday against Florida A&M is how to use both Hall and Hyde with only so many touches to go around.Meyer said he has spent a lot of time thinking about how the running backs will split time on the field.“It’s a good issue to have, because Carlos did a lot for us a year ago, a lot. He’s a very talented running back and that was hard,” Meyer said. “(The suspension) was hard on everybody. It was hard on Carlos most of all, but it was hard on all of us, too, because Carlos did a lot of good things, and that whole situation, I don’t know. I’ll answer that later in the week. But Jordan Hall certainly has earned the right to touch the ball in a big way, so I’m not sure yet.”Hall said the return of Hyde will be a boost for the offense because there will be another player who can challenge opposing defenses.“Carlos can run the ball,” Hall said. “So it’s hard for a defense to prepare for two different type of backs and a quarterback that can run and plus receivers on the edge, so I mean, I’m an unselfish player, I’m just trying to win at the end of the day.”Hall rushed for a career-high 168 yards against California, but after the game, Meyer said it will be tough spreading the ball around evenly on offense in weeks to come.“It’s a lot of weapons that you have to worry about and with getting Carlos back, that’s just adding to the mixture and I just can’t wait to see him go this week,” Meyer said.Hall agreed it will be difficult to make everyone happy with so many play makers on offense.“There’s only one football. (We’ve) got to be unselfish to win,” Hall said. “We’re just trying to win at the end of the year.”The Buckeye running backs will get their chance at Ohio Stadium Saturday when OSU is set to take on Florida A&M at noon.
Nunavut – a vast new mining frontier with prolific opportunities to find
The second annual Investing In Nunavut event was held in Vancouver on January 17. The evening was marked by a presentation from the Honourable Deputy Premier, Peter Taptuna, the Government of Nunavut’s Minister of Economic Development and Transportation and Minister Responsible for Mines. Presentations were also heard from David Coffin, Editor of the Hard Rock Analyst and Larry Connell, Corporate Director of Sustainable Development for Agnico- Eagle Mines.Sabina Gold & Silver (SBB) provided this update on the event. It took place to follow up on the successful inaugural event held last year in April. Several companies active in exploration and development in Nunavut sponsored the evening as a venue to inform investors of the benefits of working and investing in Nunavut.“Sabina and Sabina’s management team have an extensive history working in Nunavut,” said Tony Walsh, SBB President & CEO “We have always been encouraged by the support we’ve received from all levels of Nunavut government and Inuit agencies for responsible sustainable development of our projects. Those of us working in Nunavut, view the territory as a vast new mining frontier. The area is rich geologically and hosts prolific opportunities to find oil, precious metals, base metals and diamonds. This is a huge opportunity for those investors on the ground floor of what we believe will become a major mining region in the world.”These sentiments were conveyed in Minister Taptuna’s speech which addressed Nunavut’s recently unveiled Tampata document, a mandate which guides the Government of Nunavut over the next four years and which strongly endorses the implementation of a mineral exploration and mining strategy. Tampata translates into English as ‘Building our Future Together’.Since 2007, over C$800 million has been invested by companies exploring for minerals in Nunavut. The past 10 years have also seen a number of projects advance through the permitting process and towards development. Agnico-Eagle’s Meadowbank mine is now being commissioned and is expected to pour its first gold this quarter. Major projects such as Newmont’s Hope Bay gold deposit, Baffinland’s Mary River iron ore deposit, and Areva’s Kiggavik uranium deposits have reached feasibility and are poised to move forward.“Right behind these projects, MMG, and SBB have worldclass base and precious metals deposits that are approaching the development stage”, said the Minister.The territory of Nunavut has remarkable potential for major mineral discoveries. The territory encompasses 2 million km2, much of it underlain by Archean aged rocks analogous to those of prolific mining camps in parts of Ontario, Quebec, South Africa, Australia and Brazil. The opportunity for discovery has been demonstrated by the successes of the 130 junior explorers working in the territory.As a result of the Nunavut Land Claims Act, Nunavut also boasts the advantage of certainty of tenure which provides a level of stability for mining companies and their shareholders not seen in any other jurisdiction of Canada or perhaps the world.“This certainty of tenure, coupled with the lack of past exploration activity, have allowed aggressive forward looking companies…to acquire mineral rights to entire diamond fields and entire greenstone belts,” said Minister Taptuna “Would you invest in a company that held the exploration rights to the entire Kirkland lake or Timmins greenstone belt? Even if the great orebodies had not yet been proven?”“As it was with the Timmins and Kirkland Lake belts in their infancy, in Nunavut, locations are remote and logistics costly and challenging,” said Walsh “However, the infrastructure that we now see around those worldclass mining districts in Ontario and Quebec grew because of development. We see that opportunity in Nunavut also. As has been demonstrated by Agnico-Eagle’s Meadow Bank project, as projects become large enough to sustain initial development, create jobs, and become economic, infrastructure to serve these operations begins to grow around them: investments and partnerships between the constituents of the land, industry and government start to solidify.”Before he wrapped up his presentation, Minister Taptuna emphasised, “From our smallest communities to the individuals that make up our government, Nunavummiut agree that an economically strong and self reliant territory will be built alongside a strong and sustainable minerals industry.”http://www.resourceinvestingnews.com/1465-nunavut-the-excitement-builds.htmlYesterday, SBB outlined its Nunavut precious metals projects. Camps are currently being opened and provisioned with drilling scheduled to commence on or about March 15. The properties cover the 3,000 km2 Wishbone Greenstone belt (which hosts the worldclass Hackett River silver project) and the proximal Back River gold project.Hackett River is one of the largest undeveloped silver-zinc volcanic massive sulphide (VMS) deposits in the world with Indicated resources totalling 43.3 Mt at grades of 4.65% Zn, 144 g/t Ag, 0.42% Cu, 0.64% Pb and 0.30 g/t Au. An additional Inferred resource totalling 14.6 Mt with grades of 4.46% Zn, 136 g/t Ag, 0.31% Cu, 0.57% Pb and 0.31 g/t Au is also contained at Hackett River. The deposit is precious metals rich with approximately 45% of the value of the resource in silver.In late 2009, an updated Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) was completed on the project. The PEA envisions that Hackett River can generate $1.8 billion in free cash flow, an NPV of $975 million (5% discount) and an IRR of 25.9% by producing three payable concentrates over a 16 year mine life.Walsh: “The Hackett River PEA identified an already robust project that is more than able to sustain the large infrastructure capital required to become an economic mine. Our previous experience in the Canadian north has taught us that size and throughput is key. While the deposits at Hackett River are all open to depth and are expected to transition to underground at some point in their mine life, the focus is on finding more near surface, higher value mineralization to extend open pit life of the operation and defer the underground development until the project can fund these costs from cash flow. After our very successful 2009 season, we are excited about the aggressive program that we have planned for 2010 and expect to start receiving results mid to late April.”The goal of the 2010 drill program at Hackett River is twofold. The first goal is to investigate and quantify targets which can significantly improve the early years of the project economics by identifying high value mineralization (copper/silver/gold stringer mineralization) located near or within the current open pit shells and reducing the currently contemplated strip ratio. The second objective for 2010 is to identify additional mineralisation which could provide SBB an opportunity to increase project throughput and/or further defer the capital associated with the transition to underground.
Nikola Karabatić out for a few weeks
The WORLD BEST PLAYER 2014&2015, Nikola Karabatić, won’t be able to help his team-mates in Paris Saint Germain in the next few weeks. The 32-years old powerful back got injured (left adductor) during the League Cup Final against Montpellier. He had to leave the court after only 15 minutes of the match.However, it seems that Niko will be fit for the EHF Champions League quarter-final battles. ← Previous Story Croatia without Alilović in battle for Rio Next Story → Andrea Lekić to stay at ŽRK Vardar one more year! Nikola Karabatic
Two dead in government crackdown as Turkish union calls twoday strike
ONE OF TURKEY’S main trade union confederations has joined protests against the government, after another night of clashes between police and protesters in Istanbul and Ankara.Turkey’s Confederation of Public Workers’ Unions (KESK) has called a two-day strike from today to protest against the police crackdown on demonstrators.“The state terror implemented against entirely peaceful protests is continuing in a way that threatens civilians’ life safety,” the KESK said Monday in a statement on its website.The police crackdown showed the Islamist-rooted government’s “enmity to democracy”, it said. The left-leaning confederation has some 240,000 members in 11 unions and the action will likely affect schools, universities and public offices across the country.Turkish police and anti-government protesters clashed again in Istanbul earlier today , as the reported death toll from nationwide protests rose to two.Riot police fired tear gas at protestors who burned cars, hurled stones and bellowed angry slogans into the early hours. Similar scenes played out in the capital Ankara.Earlier, as white fumes hung in the air in surrounding streets, thousands of other protestors gathered on Taksim Square, the symbolic heart of the protests.“Tayyip, resign!” they yelled, waving red flags and banners and whistling. AFP reporters saw many demonstrators being carried away by medics.Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had already left on a trip to Morocco, had insisted on Monday the situation was calming down. He rejected talk of a “Turkish Spring” uprising by Turks who accuse him of trying to impose Islamic reforms on the secular state.Fifth day of protestsThe clashes, which have rocked scores of cities across Turkey, have now entered a fifth day. Erdogan has blamed the protests on “extremists” and “dissidents” among his opponents and on Monday insisted the situation was calming down.“The Republican People’s Party and other dissidents have a hand in these events,” he said, referring to the main Turkish opposition.A medics’ union earlier Monday said a man had been killed when a car ploughed into protestors in Istanbul on Sunday and earlier today, private television station NTV reported that a 22-year-old man had died after being shot in the head in Hatay province, in the south of the country.The wave of protests began on Friday after police cracked down on a peaceful protest in Istanbul against plans to build over Gezi Park, a rare green spot adjoining Taksim Square.That generated wider anti-government protests in Istanbul, Ankara and dozens of other cities. Rights groups and doctors said more than a thousand people had been injured in clashes in Istanbul and 700 in Ankara.The government’s latest estimate on Sunday put the figure at 58 civilians and 115 security forces injured, with clashes in 67 cities. It also said more than 1,700 people had been arrested across the country but that many had since been released.Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc, who is standing in for Erdogan during his absence from the country, is due to speak to journalists about the unrest at 0900 GMT , the Anatolia news agency reported.The Istanbul stock exchange closed 10 percent lower on Monday and the Turkish lira fell against the euro and the dollar.Since coming to power in 2002, Erdogan has passed contested reforms on religious education and a recent law curbing the sale of alcohol. In 2004 he backed down on a proposed adultery law.Turkey: Protester dies as car crashes into group of demonstratorsRead: Turkish PM maintains hard stance as protests enter fourth day
TI demos OMAP 5 easily outperforms fastest CortexA9 chips
Texas Instruments has made some big gains this year when it comes to its ARM-based mobile processors. They’ve featured prominently in several hot new Android smartphones and tablets — like the Kindle Fire. An OMAP 4430 is also the chip that powers the tablet the Fire is based on, the BlackBerry PlayBook. But the current-gen Cortex-A9-based OMAP processors don’t hold a candle to the OMAP 5 built around the Cortex-A15 architecture.TI decided CES was the perfect place to show off the first reference device running its latest and greatest chip. Look past the phone’s chunky design — it’s just a reference design, after all. The important take-away is the responsiveness shown while flicking through Ice Cream Sandwich on the device. Video playback is silky-smooth, and TI says the OMAP 5 is capable of pumping out 1080P content at over 60 frames per second.Remi El-Ouazzane, TI’s VP of OMAP, says that the OMAP 5 chip running at just 800MHz is capable of outperforming ARM9 chips clocked at nearly double that speed. Improved performance is always a good thing, but it’s just as important that the OMAP 5 can do it without breaking a sweat — since that should equate to battery gains and a reduction in operating temperatures as well.Also worth noting is that EL-Ouazzane says Windows 8 is running “perfectly well” on OMAP 5. Texas Instruments says that it’s working very closely with Microsoft and that you can expect to see OMAP 5 in a variety of Windows 8 devices. From Ultrabooks to tablets, OMAP 5 will be popping up in all kinds of new consumer devices. Expect to see them hitting store shelves later this year, possibly right around the time that Microsoft launches Windows 8.More at Engadget
Germany coach lavish praises on Toni Kroos
Germany manager Joachim Low has poured praises on Toni Kroos for striking a late winning goal in Saturday night’s 2-1 victory over Sweden at the 2018 World Cup.Ola Toivonen sent Sweden into a first-half lead in the Group F clash, but Marco Reus leveled the scores early in the second period before Kroos netted a winner for Germany in the fifth minute of added time at the end of the 90.With this win, Germany have restored their hope the World Cup and will South Korea next week ahead of their final group game, and Low has hailed Kroos for bouncing back from an early mistake to make the difference late on.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“I was very pleased for Toni Kroos because he was involved in that mistake that led to their goal. But he did very well with the free-kick in the dying moments. I was very pleased he was able to turn his game around and score that vital goal,” Low told reporters via Sportsmole.Kroos entered this summer’s World Cup off the back of helping Real Madrid land their third successive Champions League title.
Large tree falls blocks traffic in Coconut Grove
COCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – A large tree in Coconut Grove came down on Monday morning.The tree fell and took down wires from power poles in the area. Traffic in both directions were blocked near 23rd Street and Tigertail Avenue.Police contacted AT&T to make repairs. Public works was also requested to respond to remove the tree.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
New Indian high commissioner Riva Ganguly in Dhaka
Riva GangulyRiva Ganguly Das arrived in Dhaka on Friday night to take up her assignment as the high commissioner of India to Bangladesh.Prior to her arrival, she was the director general, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.A career-diplomat, Riva Ganguly who speaks Bangla, Hindi, English and Spanish, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986 and is a post graduate in Political Science from Delhi University.Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was a lecturer at Delhi University. She commenced her diplomatic career spanning 33 years from Spain.Thereafter, she was at the headquarters dealing with External Publicity, Nepal and Passport/Visa work. She was head of the cultural wing of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.After her return from Dhaka, she took over as director at the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Division and participated in environmental negotiations, particularly climate change.She was the deputy chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, The Hague and served as consul general of India in Shanghai from 2008 to 2012.After her return from China, she headed the Public Diplomacy Division and later the Latin America and Caribbean Division in the Ministry of External Affairs.She was the ambassador of India to Romania with concurrent accreditation to Albania and Moldova and thereafter served as India’s consul general in New York.
Saddest day in Sri Lanka Relatives mourn loved ones
A woman reacts during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, at a cemetery near St Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka 23 April, 2019. Photo: ReutersDevastated relatives collapsed into the arms of bystanders at memorial services on Tuesday, as Sri Lankans mourned the worst violence since the end of a civil war a decade ago.”We haven’t felt this sad since the war,” said 36-year-old Rashmi Fernando, who was attending a service at St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, one of three hit in the Sunday attacks.”I lost three cousins in the attack and another one is in ICU,” said Fernando, who was with her daughters, aged three and eight.”We’re here to pay our respects and pray that my injured cousin will recover.”At least 310 people were killed after suicide bomb blasts ripped through three hotels and three churches as worshippers attended Easter services on Sunday.On Tuesday, they were remembered with three minutes of silence that started at 8:30am (0300GMT), the exact time that the first of six bombs detonated.Inside St Sebastian’s, evidence of the bomb blast was still everywhere, with parts of broken religious statues and smashed pews littering the floor.Services were held in the grounds, where more than a thousand people had gathered by mid-morning to remember the victims.A woman reacts next to two coffins during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, at a cemetery near St Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka 23 April, 2019. Photo: ReutersThe atmosphere was heavy with grief. A first coffin, containing the body of a woman, was brought into the grounds. Her husband, an elderly man, stood beside the flower-topped coffin and wept uncontrollably.- ‘Rest in peace -A steady stream of coffins were then brought into the area for services, one at a time, as relatives looked on.Some sobbed in the arms of loved ones, others stood aghast and shellshocked.One lady collapsed, overcome by emotion, and had to be lifted into a chair.Sheben Mel, 22, said he had come to show support for the community.”This is a village and we all help each other. When the tsunami hit in 2004 lots of people also came here like this to pay their respects.”On the gates of the church, groups hung banners with Bible passages written in Sinhala and English.”May the risen Lord shower down his love and consolation on all,” read one.”May the departed souls rest in peace enfolded in his love,” it continued.A man holds a cross during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, at a cemetery near St Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka 23 April, 2019. Photo: ReutersMore people are believed to have died in the blast at St Sebastian’s than any of the five other attacks on churches and hotels, with the local hospital receiving more than 100 bodies.- ‘It’s beyond words’ -Mourning was also being observed at St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, a historic Catholic church that was targeted on Sunday.Security was heavy, a day after a new explosive found by police detonated near the church before the bomb squad could defuse it.Black and white banners were hung up along the street en route to the church as a symbol of mourning.Sadhurshrini Sivakumar, a 16-year-old schoolgirl, said she had come to pay tribute to the victims.A Hindu, she visited the church often because it is near her house.”I liked going to the church, I found it relaxing,” she said.”Being here, I feel very sad,” she added.”I feel afraid living so nearby.”Men coordinate a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, at a cemetery near St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka 23 April, 2019. Photo: ReutersFather Jude Fernando, the church’s chief priest for the last five years, was at the scene when the blast happened.”It’s beyond words to explain what happened,” he said.”It’s the first time I heard a sound like that. I saw people screaming, injured, bodies (on the ground).”He said the church had suffered extensive damage and no one would be allowed inside for now.”I urge people to continue to pray,” he said.”What we lost we can’t get back.”
UPDATE All Significant California Wildfire Evacuation Orders Lifted
Photo via Twitter @cahulaanIn this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, shows flames from a back firing operation underway rise behind a home off Ladera Ln near Bella Vista Drive in Santa Barbara, Calif.All remaining significant evacuation orders for areas around the smoldering remnants of Southern California’s huge wildfire were canceled Thursday after a new round of winds caused little fire activity.The lifting of evacuation orders and warnings in Santa Barbara County left only remote and little developed Rose Valley in the wilderness of neighboring Ventura County under an order barring residents and visitors.Warnings of high fire risk were canceled for Santa Barbara County, although they remained in effect elsewhere in Southern California due to Santa Ana winds, low humidity levels and very dry vegetation.The only visible flame was on the northern side of the fire where controlled burns set by firefighters to clear combustible material were being conducted in wilderness, said fire information officer Brandon Vaccaro.About 18,000 homes and other buildings were still listed as threatened. Even when there’s no sign of flame or smoke, fires can rekindle.The Thomas fire, which began Dec. 4, is responsible for two deaths, has destroyed at least 750 homes, and has burned about 425 square miles (1,100 square kilometers).The blaze was 60 percent contained and is the second-largest in California’s history.The latest round of winds was caused by the passage of a cold front into the area overnight. But firefighters had used three days of calm conditions to bulldoze containment lines and set controlled fires to clear dry brush.Some residents stayed away from their homes at hotels and evacuation centers, while others waited at home and hoped for the best.Katy and Bob Zappala had stayed in their home in Santa Barbara, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, despite an evacuation order in place since Saturday.“Our cars are packed, we have all our clothes and jewelry, so we’re ready to leave at a moment’s notice should we have to,” Katy Zappala, 74, said Wednesday.The Zappalas and their cat, Madeline, decided against leaving their home after the evacuation order was issued because they knew authorities would not allow them back in.“You’re always nervous when the winds come up,” Zappala said.Days and days of fierce, often erratic gusts combined with extremely dry weather pushed the blaze with incredible speed as it moved through Ventura County’s agricultural Santa Clara Valley, into the city of Ventura and then moved northwestward, threatening the coastal communities of Santa Barbara County. Share
Harris County Readying For Slow Growth Year
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Florian MartinThe Harris County Commissioners Court is discussing its budget for fiscal year 2018.Harris County’s budget officer, Bill Jackson, proposed a $1.49 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins on March 1.That’s an increase of just 2.4 percent compared to the current year. Normally, the county grows its budget by about 5 percent to keep up with population growth every year, Jackson said.The blame lies with Harvey, which damaged hundreds of thousands of properties and whose values are expected to have gone down after the Jan. 1 appraisal.The county gets about 80 percent of its revenue from property taxes.Jackson said no services will be cut but they may not be able to keep up with the tens of thousands of new residents Harris County is expected to gain this year.He said the county will look for efficiencies and shift more officers from doing paperwork to patrol the streets, for example.Jackson expects next year to be better, since many homes should be repaired by then.Meanwhile, county commissioners are discussing when to hold a bond election to pay for future flood prevention projects.Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said “it would be nice” to know how much the county will receive from the state and federal government, so commissioners can decide what amount they should ask voters to approve.It’s also not clear yet if that election would be held in May or November. 00:00 /01:06 X Share
88 gay mens deaths tied to hate crimes in Sydney with many
One of the most well known cases was the murder of American student Scott Johnson. An unknown person or group murdered Johnson at a popular gay beat in 1988. But police at the time ruled it as suicide. His family fought for years for the cause of death to be changed, and last year celebrated a NSW Coroner’s ruling that Johnson was in fact murdered in a homophobic hate crime.Even though NSW Police launched an investigation into its handling of those crime in 2016 – Operation Parabel – a new report reveals how institutional discrimination affected LGBTI people, especially in the pursuit of justice.‘In Pursuit of Truth & Justice’ is the 31-page report from NSW LGBTI health and advocacy organization, ACON. It’s a report into historical crimes against gay men and trans women in NSW. But it also seeks to deliver justice for victims and survivors. The report also hopes to aid the ongoing healing process for people who continue to feel the impact of violence.‘By exploring the past, we hope to deepen our understanding of these events, which will help us improve current responses to LGBT hate crimes, enhance the criminal justice system and further develop violence prevention strategies,’ said ACON CEO, Nicolas Parkhill. GAYSTARNEWS- The report brings to the fore the failures in the criminal justice system in NSW at the time. It also highlights the lasting effects these shortcomings have had on members of the LGBT community.How to make things right for Sydney’s LGBTI communityMost importantly, the report presents a series of recommendations. The recommendations are aimed at achieving justice and healing for victims and survivors. They also hope to enhance current responses to hate crimes and strengthen ongoing efforts in violence prevention.‘Hate crimes hurt both physically and emotionally, and affects individuals as well as the entire community. This independent and community-led report is an important step in the longroad to justice and healing,’ Parkhill said.One of the report’s 18 recommendations calls for an inquiry to explore historical violence against the LGBT community.It also recommends the NSW Parliament and Police should formally apologize for the inadequate response to violence during that time. Both institutions have only apologized for the violence and discrimination against the 78ers – the protestors who started the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.‘It is important to note these events occurred in a time when homophobic and transphobic prejudice and hate permeated our society, thriving in many environments including government agencies, public institutions, courthouses, workplaces, communities, schools and homes,’ Parkhill said.‘The relationship between LGBT communities and NSW Police has moved forward in the last 40 years. We are in a very different place now compared to what it was and that needs to be further developed.‘Progress has been made, but there’s still more to do.’Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The homicides of at least 30 gay men killed in hate crimes remain unsolved decades after they happened in Sydney, Australia.Police in New South Wales (NSW) – the state of which Sydney is capital – have uncovered at least 88 suspected hate crime murders of gay men between the 1970s and 2000. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Parliament to hold inquiry into how police investigated gay murders in SydneyPolice review 88 gay Sydney murders and admit ‘we got it wrong’It’s time to unravel Sydney’s anti-gay violence historyRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/88-gay-mens-deaths-tied-to-hate-crimes-in-sydney-with-many-still-unsolved/
SkyTeam launches twostop Go Round the World Pass for frequent flyers
Tags: SkyTeam Tuesday, July 18, 2017 SkyTeam launches two-stop Go Round the World Pass for frequent flyers Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> AMSTERDAM — With travellers becoming much more sophisticated and adventurous, simple one-stop itineraries aren’t going to cut it anymore. In response, global airline alliance SkyTeam has launched a brand new two-stop option for its popular Go Round the World Pass.Ideal for regular travellers who require multi-destination itineraries, the two-stop Pass accommodates the needs of the frequent flyer and is being hailed for its flexibility and convenience.Available starting today (July 17), the pass can be booked up to seven days in advance, for travel on any of SkyTeam’s 20 member airlines, which service 1,062 destinations in 179 countries.Fares are available for all classes – Economy, Business and First. For example, travellers can start in New York, head to Paris then onward to Shanghai before landing back in New York starting from US$5,650 in Economy.The two-stop option is the latest addition to SkyTeam’s Go Round the World Pass, which offers clients two to 15 stops. For more information go to skyteam.com/en/round-the-world-planner Share