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Jungleraj prevailing in Uttar Pradesh wake up state govt Akhilesh to Governor

first_imgLucknow: Alleging that “jungle-raj” was prevailing in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav met Governor Ram Naik on Saturday over the poor law and order situation and asked him to “wake up” the Yogi Adityanath government as he used to do during the SP regime. “The Governor used to intervene on law and order earlier (during SP regime). It was said that there were only Yadav officers…Now there is hardly any Yadav SP or DM. We have requested him (Governor) to wake up the government and give direction to control the prevailing ‘jungle-raj’,” the SP chief told reporters after meeting the Governor. He, along with senior party leader Ahmad Hasan, gave a memorandum to the Governor and sought his intervention to check deteriorating law and order situation in the state. “Bar council chairperson is being murdered in her chamber. There is murder in jail…How these are happening? The state government is responsible,” he said. Uttar Pradesh Bar Council president Darvesh Singh was allegedly shot dead on Agra court premises on Wednesday by a lawyer who then tried to kill himself.last_img read more

BC families left broken and confused when kids deaths labelled gangrelated

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. — As Jessica Sherman flips through a photo album documenting the short life of her cousin, Harwin Baringh, she stops at an image of him as a young boy reaching out to the camera. She begins to sob at the sight of him looking so vulnerable, like a baby who wants to be held.“Whenever I see that picture, it’s like a cry for justice,” Sherman says, sitting on a couch in the home of Baringh’s parents in Abbotsford, B.C. “It just sucks because you’re not able to do anything. Making peace with justice not being served is really difficult.”Baringh was 18 on Oct. 2, 2014, when Sherman says he took $20 from his grandmother to buy food. Hours later he was found shot dead, slumped over in the driver’s seat of a Jeep. No one has been charged in his death but police have connected it to gang violence.The young man’s death shattered his close-knit family, who insist to this day he was not a gangster. Some might assume they’re naive or in denial, but experts have questioned whether “gang” is the right term in B.C. and others note that even peripheral involvement can get youth killed. And regardless of its accuracy, the “gangster” label causes pain for families who knew their loved ones as more than just names in a police news release.Sherman lived in Calgary at the time of Baringh’s death and she recalls that a family member initially told her he was expected to survive. She booked the next flight to the Lower Mainland, but while in line for the plane she learned he was already dead.“I just remember my legs giving out in that moment,” she says.As the eldest of seven cousins who saw each other as siblings, Sherman felt responsible for Baringh. A photograph on his parents’ mantle shows her fastening his cufflinks before his graduation. He planned to join her in Calgary the next year to study accounting. He was a good kid, she says, who worked a summer job picking berries, excelled at wrestling and had no criminal record.Over the years, Sherman has tried to piece together the circumstances of the shooting. She has learned that Baringh had befriended someone involved in the drug trade — a guy she says he just saw as his “buddy,” not a dangerous gang associate. She firmly believes the bullets were meant for someone else.“With young South Asian men, what I’ve been finding is that they’ve all been paint-brushed and all labelled the same thing,” Sherman says.“Yeah, sometimes, we are who our associates are. But sometimes that association doesn’t define us. So the way that he was killed, the way that his life was taken away, does not define him. That’s not who he was.”The provincial director of civil forfeiture seized two vehicles seen speeding away from the scene, saying in court documents they were linked to a “violent ongoing gang conflict.” The court documents say Baringh was associated with the Chahil crime group and was confronted by members of the rival Dhaliwal group the night he died.Abbotsford police have said Baringh was the first murder victim in the Townline Hill conflict, which involved two groups of about 40 men in total that were fighting over drug territory, and which has since expanded across the Lower Mainland.Keiron McConnell, a police officer and Kwantlen University professor, questions why the term “gang” is used in B.C. when those involved in violence are unlike gang members elsewhere. The youth in B.C.’s conflict are typically not poor, marginalized or uneducated, and the groups they’re forming are often multi-ethnic and not geographically based.Nonetheless, the terms have been embraced to describe the bloodshed in suburban neighbourhoods, and observers say the violence is getting more extreme.“We’ve had young people die who are very marginally involved, even on the fringes of things,” says Jordan Buna, a former gang member and anti-gang advocate.Sherman is also not alone in criticizing the stereotyping of young South Asian men. While South Asians are over-represented in the conflict relative to their population size, most gang-related attempted murder and murder victims are white in B.C.She has tried to channel her grief toward change as director of operations for the Abbotsford chapter of KidsPlay Foundation. The non-profit group aims to keep kids out of gangs through sports tournaments, conferences and other projects.As Sherman speaks about her cousin, Baringh’s mother and grandmother frequently wander into the room with tears in their eyes, pressing old photographs into her hands or reminding her in Punjabi of stories they want to share about him.“He was a lion,” Sherman says. “He was fiercely loyal, protective of his family and friends and just so brave, so committed, so determined.“Unfortunately, in a young, vulnerable South Asian man, those qualities can sometimes be exploited by the wrong people.”— Follow @ellekane and @amysmart1 on Twitter.Laura Kane and Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

First SomaliAmerican Female Legislator Elected in Minnesota

London – Ilhan Omar became the first Somali-American woman to be elected as legislator in Minnesota. The former refugee moved to the United States aged 12, after living in a Kenyan refugee camp, after her and her family fled from the Somali civil war.The 34-year-old told local paper StarTribue that: “It’s the beginning of something new. This district has a legacy of making history.” Her win comes the same day that Donald Trump – a man who called for a ban of Muslims in the US – won the US Presidential election.Aside from her political activities, Ms Omar is also director of policy at Women Organizing Women Network – a group that seeks to empower women, especially immigrant women, to become active citizens and change makers.For Omar, she believes her representation is a way to break barriers and build stronger communities within Minnesota and elsewhere in the US.“For me, this is my country, this is for my future, for my children’s future and for my grandchildren’s future to make our democracy more vibrant, more inclusive, more accessible and transparent which is going to be useful for all of us,” she said.Her victory can come as solace to those who were shocked and disheartened by Trump’s victory, as the US will not see its first women President. read more

Citing ongoing instability Security Council renews UN office in GuineaBissau

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations office in Guinea-Bissau until 31 December 2011, while voicing deep concern at the continuing instability in the country. The UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), established by the Council in 2009 as the successor to an earlier UN mission, is tasked with promoting stability in the West African nation, which has been beset by coups and political instability since it became independent in the early 1970s. In the resolution that was unanimously adopted today, the Council voiced concern about the lack of civilian oversight and control of the armed forces and the continued detentions without due process of law that followed the events of 1 April.On that day, troops under the command of the then-Deputy Chief of General Staff, Major General António N´djai, took control of the armed forces’ headquarters, detaining the Chief of General Staff, Vice Admiral José Zamora Induta, and briefly holding Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Júnior.The Council urged members of the armed forces to respect constitutional order, civilian rule and oversight, as well as the rule of law and human rights.The 15-member body also urged the armed forces to refrain from any interference in political issues, to guarantee the security of the national institutions, as well as the population in general, and to fully participate in the reform of the defence and security sector.In his latest report on Guinea-Bissau, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged both the civilian and military leadership to show commitment to achieving long-lasting stability in the country, and to restore the rule of law by fighting impunity and curbing organized crime.He also called on the Guinea-Bissau’s leadership to forge a national consensus on the best way to ensure the stabilization for the country. 23 November 2010The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations office in Guinea-Bissau until 31 December 2011, while voicing deep concern at the continuing instability in the country. read more

Peaceful manner of Srebrenica observances applauded by UN mission

In a statement released at the Mission’s headquarters in Sarajevo, UNMIBH said the country had witnessed “a victory for peace, tolerance and reconciliation. Today’s events represent one more step to begin turning some of the darkest pages of this country’s history.”The ceremony included the Srebrenica Commemoration and the laying of a marker stone for the Potacari Memorial and Cemetery, six years after thousands of innocent civilians seeking refuge in Srebrenica, a UN-designated safe area, were murdered, and thousands of others forcibly relocated as a result of the policy of ethnic cleansing. It was one of the worst civilian massacres in Europe since the end of the Second World War. In its statement, UNMIBH affirmed its support for the speedy arrest of all war criminals in Bosnia and Herzegovina and rejected the “dangerous culture” of collective guilt that leads to further cycles of intolerance.”Individuals, not entire ethnic or religious groups must answer for barbaric crimes committed,” the statement said. “Until the guilty are punished, the innocent cannot be absolved.” read more

Messi Doesnt Cross That Much Nor Should He

In an article published Wednesday — “Was Lionel Messi Tired?” — we proposed that Messi’s sometimes-criticized “work rate” — the fact that he appears to cover less distance on the field per minute than just about any non-goalkeeper — might actually be an important part of what makes him as good as he is.It’s a counterintuitive possibility and would fly in the face of conventional wisdom, as well as decades of soccer coaching. But at the very least, it deserves to be considered.And this wouldn’t be the first time the conventional wisdom seemed lacking with regard to Messi.For example, Messi hardly ever uses “crossing passes” to set up other players. Such passes have traditionally been considered a cornerstone of soccer offense, and empirically they’re still the dominant method of delivering the ball into the penalty area. In the Opta play-by-play data set, about 42 percent of such deliveries are crosses, yet Messi has eschewed them as far back as our data goes (his comparable rate is less than 10 percent).Meanwhile, recent research suggests that crossing passes aren’t as good as people have long thought. Cursory analysis supports those findings: Non-cross passes into the penalty area seem to lead to goals slightly more often than crosses.But even if we assume the balance between crosses and not crosses was optimal, there would seem to be an even better reason why Messi doesn’t use them: comparative advantage. Although he’s good and productive when he uses crosses, he’s even better when he doesn’t. The following chart compares regular open-play (non-set-piece) passes into the penalty area by Messi and by everyone, from crosses and not-crosses:There’s this thing that everyone does that’s supposedly super-important. Except that it’s not as good as people think it is. And though Messi’s good at it, he’s better at something else. So he does that instead.Just how rare is it to cross so little?This sort of thing is style-dependent. Barcelona runs a more possession-based offense (crosses are the favored technique of the up-down, attacking-style soccer traditionally favored by England), yet Barca players other than Messi use crosses to deliver to the penalty area about 30 percent of the time — much, much closer to the 42 percent average of teams in the big five soccer leagues than to Messi’s rate.Messi also plays in the center above the box, which means he’s in position to cross less often. But this is true of many players, and Messi makes more non-cross passes and fewer cross passes (relatively) than anyone (including even midfielders):Much like how Messi “takes on” more defenders than anyone — because he’s better at it than anyone — on non-cross passes into the penalty area, Messi has an edge he likes, so he hammers it and hammers it and hammers it. read more

3 years jail for father of 1 caught with ganja

A Port Kaituma miner was on Thursday jailed for 3 years and fined a sum of $30,000 after he was found guilty of having 25 grams of marijuana in his possession for the purpose of trafficking on May 1, 2018.Ravi Dev Mohan, a 25-year-old father of one, plead guilty to the charge when it was read to him by City Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.On the day in question, Mohan was reportedly searched by police who were on Patrol at Four Miles, Port Kaituma.It was then that a bag containing the illegal substance was discovered and he was immediately taken into custody. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan charged for stabbing stepdaughter’s friendJune 10, 2019In “Court”‘Bun up’ charged with stealing FuelSeptember 1, 2014In “Crime”32 – Year – old charged with rape of 6 – year – oldApril 2, 2014In “Crime” read more

New campaign launched to help families in danger of losing their homes

first_imgPreventionThe FREEPHONE is provided by Threshold, the national housing charity, on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities.When a family who is at risk of losing their private rented accommodation contacts the FREEPHONE, a number of key intervening steps will take place to include:Step 1 – Family will be assessed and intervention will take place within a 24 hour period of initial contact.Step 2- Case will be referred to appropriate visiting tenancy sustainment service for ongoing support, if required. Tenancy support services are provided in the Dublin City Council area by Dublin Simon Community and by Focus Ireland in the South Dublin County Council area, Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council area and Fingal County Council area. In addition, housing welfare officers in the four local authority housing departments will provide assistance.Step 3- If there is a clear dispute between tenant and landlord, the case will be referred to the Private Residential Tenancies for action.Step 4 – A new protocol arrangement between the four Dublin local authorities, Threshold and the Department of Social Protection will secure a speedy intervention to prevent families who are residing in private rented accommodation, who are in receipt of SWA rent supplement payments from losing their tenancies.Chairperson of Threshold Senator Aideen Hayden said, “We help over 20,000 people to address their housing problems each year. We are delighted to take a lead role in this initiative.In the midst of the current housing crisis, it is essential that all stakeholders work together to ensure vulnerable families are supported before they fall into homelessness.“A focus on prevention is – undoubtedly – the best way to address homelessness”.Read: ‘If it wasn’t for friends, I’d literally be on the streets’>Read: A woman who is nine months pregnant was sleeping rough in Dublin last night> A CAMPAIGN HAS been launched to help families who are in danger of losing their homes in the Dublin region.The Dublin Region Homeless Executive launched the campaign on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities.The Government recently published a National Implementation Plan on Homelessness to address adult homelessness.The Dublin region said that it’s going to ensure this action is put into practice as a core element of its regional action plan.There’s been a recent increase in families presenting to homeless services for support and accommodation, the majority of which were previously accommodated in Dublin’s private rental sector.The campaign is targeted at families who may be worried about losing their private rented accommodation for the following reasons:Asked to leave rented accommodation before the lease term is over;Would like to renew lease term but worried about being able to pay, as market rents are increasingLandlord selling home or reacquiring it for personal use or for another family memberIn receipt of SWA rent supplement and rent increasing after lease termCommenting on the launch of the campaign Director of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Cathal Morgan, said:The main objective of the campaign is to encourage families who are renting and worried about losing their home to call FREEPHONE 1800 454 454 for useful advice and assistance in maintaining their tenancy.“It is critical that families contact this dedicated service for support, as soon as they realise that their tenancy may be at risk.We are working to try and ensure that families can get as much information and support as they need in order to able to retain their homes in the private rented market.last_img read more

Firefox OS Marketplace images leak ahead of launch

first_imgFirefox OS is coming soon, bringing a pure web experience to the world of smartphones. The operating system has already been spotted running on Samsung hardware and even the humble Raspberry Pi, but there’s more to a successful mobile platform than the OS itself. There have to be apps at the ready, too, and those will come from the Firefox Marketplace.While it’s not yet ready for public access, someone, somewhere has been allowed to browse its shelves. The screen captures show an experience that so far displays only a handful of featured apps perched above category icons — rather than a number of pages of recommendations like the App Store or Google Play. It makes sense for Mozilla to set the store up similar to the Firefox Add-ons site, where the community takes care of surfacing install-worthy creations.There’s a search box at the ready, too, for those times when you don’t feel like browsing around the Marketplace. Suggestions are offered as you type, just as they would be from the Firefox Awesome Bar.While only free apps are on display at this point, paid apps will definitely be landing in the Marketplace too. Purchase support has been part of the Mozilla Marketplace since the early days of its development, and it would make sense for both Firefox browsers and Firefox OS to utilize the same back-end to power their app shopping experiences.It shouldn’t be too much longer before you’re able to poke around the Firefox Marketplace on your own — regardless of whether or not you’re able to get your hands on an actual partner device. Mozilla’s developing everything out in the open, after all, and the developer community will be quick to share any progress it can.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

Beaches resort gives food for single mothers and HIVAids patients

first_img Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Recommended for you PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beaches resort and spa, hiv prevention, monet collymore, share your christmas, tci social welfare office Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Jan 2016 – There are 112 families in the Turks and Caicos who have reported that they need help just to eat each day. There is a need for HIV/Aids patients to ensure they not only eat well, but on time. On Wednesday, Beaches Resort Villages and Spa made a move to close the gap between having and not having food at home by donating some 4,000 non-perishable food items gathered from its staff. The National HIV Prevention Unit & The Turks and Caicos Social Welfare Office in Grand Turk Pantry are the beneficiaries of the initiative which started this noble work three years ago. Monet Collymore, who heads the Beaches Environmental Health Services Department said: “Our mission is to feed unemployed single mothers and persons living with HIV & AIDS on the islands of Provo and Grand Turk.” Beaches explained that the two organizations were selected because they play crucial roles as keepers of people in need of support. The TCI Social Welfare Office assists the unemployed and under employed financially and directly impacts the lives of single mothers, children, the disabled and the elderly by providing them with monetary support and where possible, food and clothing. The HIV prevention unit assists with providing medical support services to those infected with the virus. The office also provides healthy meals to individuals on the islands of Provo and Grand Turk. The Share Your Christmas or SYC program of Beaches ran the food drive among staff from December 11 through to January 4.last_img read more

Democrats Skeptical of White House Plan to Boost Defense Spending

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Increasing defense spending by almost 5 percent to $750 billion in fiscal 2020 likely is not realistic, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, said following news reports that President Trump has reversed course and now plans to boost his budget request for national security. “It seems hard for me to imagine that we’re going to be able to get to a $750 billion defense budget in a fiscally responsible way that balances out … all the priorities of the country,” Smith, who is expected to lead the committee next year, told Politico. “But I will wait to see that argument,” he said. The Pentagon had begun crafting a $700 billion proposal at Trump’ request, which would have represented a 2 percent cut from this year’s $716 billion allocation for DOD and other components of national security.Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the higher budget request doesn’t help resolve the question as to how Congress will deal with the statutory spending cap for FY 2020. “It’s not a coherent, comprehensive approach to the budget problems,” Reed said, reported Defense News. “It’s a number here, a number there. It doesn’t deal with the underlying issue, which is sequestration, how do you relieve it for defense and nondefense, how do you fund the State Department if you’re only funding DOD and nothing else,” he said.last_img read more

PM Narendra Modi departs for twoday visit to Bhutan aims to

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday emplaned for a two-day visit to Bhutan with an aim to strengthen bilateral ties with the Himalayan nation in various fields. This is Modi’s second visit to Bhutan and his first since his re-election as Prime Minister.”A central pillar of our ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. Continuing the high-level exchanges between the two countries, PM @narendramodi departs for #Bhutan on a two-day visit. This is PM’s second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us In his departure statement, the Prime Minister said on Friday that India-Bhutan partnership forms an important pillar of New Delhi’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and expressed confidence that his two-day trip will promote the time-tested ties between the two countries. Modi will arrive at the Paro International Airport and will officially begin his engagements by visiting the Simtokha Dzong, a monastery built by Ngawang Namgyal who unified Bhutan. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us During the visit, the Prime Minister is expected to receive audiences with Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan and Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth King of Bhutan and hold talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Dr Lotay Tshering. On the second day of his visit, Modi is scheduled to visit the National Memorial Chorten. He will also be attending a cultural performance at Tashichhodzong – a Buddhist monastery – hosted in his honour. Advertise With Us The Prime Minister will also address the students at the Royal University of Bhutan. During the visit, 10 MoUs are slated to be signed between the two close neighbours in fields like education amongst others. Five inaugurations are also expected to take place, including that of the Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant and the ISRO-built earth station in Thimphu. India and Bhutan share a special and time-tested partnership, anchored in mutual understanding and respect and reinforced by a shared cultural heritage and strong people to people links. “The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries and provides an opportunity to the two sides to discuss ways to further strengthen and diversify the bilateral partnership, including economic and development co-operation, hydropower co-operation, people-to-people-ties as well as share views on regional matters and other issues of mutual interest,” an MEA statement said. After wrapping up his bilateral engagements, Modi will depart for New Delhi from Paro on Sunday.last_img read more

Transport workers shut down interdistrict bus services

first_imgStationary buses are seen in this Prothom Alo File PhotoTransport workers enforced a shutdown of inter-district bus services from the capital on Thursday morning protesting at the vandalisation of buses and demanding their security.No buses left from Gabtoli, Sayedabad and Mahakhali bus terminals or entered into those terminals in Dhaka, police said.The transport workers also brought out a protest procession in Gabtoli bus stand area in the morning, sergeant Sohel Rana said.Satkhira Express bus service manager Borhan Ahmed said no buses left for security concerns.Movement of buses will remain halted until the situation becomes normal, he added.last_img read more

TIB report aimed at implementing agenda of specific political party

first_imgFile photo of information minister Information minister Hasan Mahmud has rejected the TIB’s report that the corruption is rising in Bangladesh, reports UNB.”The method the TIB followed in preparing the graft index was faulty. They didn’t make it clear which method they followed. That means their methodology is faulty,” he told newsmen at the secretariat on Wednesday.Responding to a question whether they will reject the report, the information minister said, “Definitely… it’s a motivated report.”According to the report of Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB), Bangladesh ranks second most corrupt country in South Asia while 149 in the world, the 13th from the bottom.The report, which was published on Tuesday, is faulty and politically motivated, the information minister alleged.Hasan Mahmud said, “If there’s any specific allegation, I would like to request TIB to inform the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission. The government will take action.”The minister said, “The ACC has already sought explanation from them over the report. I’ll also ask TIB to tell ACC on which information they made the report.”Earlier, TIB published another report ahead of the general election to implement the BNP’s agenda, he said.The minister pointed out, “There was 80 per cent similarity of their report with the allegations of BNP. So, it’s clear that they want to implement the agenda of a specific political party.”Hasan Mahmud said TIB also raised voice that there had been corruption in Padma bridge project and then the World Bank stopped financing the project. However, the allegation was proved wrong later, he said.The World Bank filed a case with the court of Canada where it was defeated, he said adding, “We thought TIB would seek mercy from the nation after their defeat, but they didn’t,” said the minister.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has announced zero tolerance against corruption. When Bangladesh is being praised globally and by the World Bank for curbing corruption at that moment TIB has published a faulty report to defame the country’s people.”last_img read more

EU to grant May a Brexit delay with conditions

first_imgEuropean flags flutter as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain ob 10 April 2019. Photo: ReutersEuropean Union leaders will grant prime minister Theresa May a second delay to Brexit at an emergency summit on Wednesday but will argue over how long and on what terms as they struggle to end Britain’s troublesome membership.French president Emmanuel Macron is pushing to withhold any commitment to extend Friday’s deadline much beyond elections to the European Parliament on 23-26 May unless May binds herself, and any potentially more anti-EU successor, not to disrupt the workings of Brussels in the final months of Britain’s membership.But three weeks after Macron’s impatience with France’s historic cross-Channel rival dominated the last summit, when Brexit was put back by a fortnight, diplomats said he again will face a more cautious line from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said she favours an extension of “several months”.Just two days before Britain will otherwise leave the bloc with no treaty to clarify legal matters and no transition to new trading arrangements, EU diplomats suggest the 12 April deadline will be pushed back.Other leaders, too, insist they will not force Britain out against its will and May has asked them to wait until 30 June as she seeks help from her Labour opponents to build an elusive majority in parliament behind her plan for leaving the EU.Much will hang on how May handles her peers.”It is not certain there will be a delay and it is not certain what that would mean,” Belgian prime minister Charles Michel said before hosting Macron and other leaders from Britain’s neighbours at pre-summit talks to discuss how to cope with the disruption of a no-deal Brexit.Summit chair Donald Tusk has proposed a “flextension” of nine months to a year to give Britain time to end deadlock over parliament’s refusal to ratify the treaty May agreed with the EU in November.May has given herself an option to accept that by announcing she is ready to hold an election in Britain for EU lawmakers on 23 May. If Britons do not vote, they must leave, deal or not, on 1 June, according to a draft summit agreement seen by Reuters.Otherwise, Britain would leave as soon as it ratifies the deal, or without one when the extension ends.Macron WaryMacron is not happy with that permissive approach and is seeking a further “backstop” to any deal with May that would entail a further summit once it was clearer whether early ratification or a British EU election were happening or not.For Britain to extend its membership beyond June, Macron will argue, it must sign up formally to forswear its right to block key decisions taken by the other 27, notably on the EU budget and key executive appointments. Fearing “blackmail” by pro-Brexit Conservatives seeking to take over from May, Paris will insist on stricter conditions for the longer the extension.Anti-Brexit protesters display a banner near the Parliament in London, Britain on 10 April 2019. Photo: ReutersOnce granted an extension to, say, the end of this year, a new British government would be unable to leave earlier unless it signed up to the withdrawal agreement, something Europeans are well aware that some of May’s rivals are unwilling to do.As leaders and officials gather for yet another Brexit summit with no sign of Britain’s political paralysis ending, other participants are less keen on committing to meet again. Diplomats said the outcome would depend on the “mood of the room” after May addresses the 27 at 6.30pm (1630 GMT).Previous presentations have not gone well, participants have said, with May struggling to persuade fellow political leaders that she has real faith in her own ability to find a majority.In preparatory meetings, diplomats say, all governments have seen pros and cons to shorter and longer extensions. Both the French and German envoys spoke on Tuesday in favour of using a short delay to keep pressure on London to reach a deal.The Dutch, among others, argued that a long extension would increase pressure on pro-Brexit critics of May’s deal to accept it for fear that a long delay would increase the chances of Britons changing their minds and staying in the EU.May AloneEU leaders are exasperated with May’s handling of a tortuous and potentially expensive divorce that many in Brussels feel is a distraction from ensuring the bloc can hold its own beside the United States and China.Once she has addressed the 27, May will have to withdraw while they debate her country’s fate. She spent the evening at the March summit in Britain’s delegation rooms in the EU summit building while the others dined together. Once they reached their conclusions, she was called to meet Tusk for a briefing on the Union’s conclusions before they were made public.The Northern Irish party which props up her minority government said May was embarrassing the United Kingdom.”Nearly three years after the referendum the UK is today effectively holding out a begging bowl to European leaders,” Democratic Unionist Party deputy leader Nigel Dodds said.After a pledge to resign failed to get her deal over the line at a third attempt, May launched crisis talks with Labour in the hope of breaking the domestic deadlock. But when she arrives in Brussels, May is unlikely to be able to trumpet any breakthrough with Labour – after Tuesday’s round of talks, it said it had not yet seen a clear shift in May’s stance.last_img read more

Search For Motive In Austin Bombings Continues US Attorney Says

first_img Share JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTU.S. Attorney John Bash and other federal and local law enforcement officials provide an update into the Austin serial bombings investigation.A judge has dismissed a complaint against confessed Austin bomber Mark Conditt now that his body has been identified and released to his family, U.S. Attorney John Bash said today. The investigation into a motive is ongoing, he added.At an afternoon news conference with other law enforcement officials, Bash said there is no other suspect in last month’s bombings, which killed two people and seriously injured four others.“We are looking through very voluminous computer records to examine his intent and motivations,” Bash said, “and so there is still an ongoing investigation, and we do urge the public to remain vigilant about suspicious packages and to contact the APD if you notice a suspicious package.”He said there’s no reason to believe any additional bombs will be found, however. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane unsealed an affidavit earlier Monday for an arrest warrant for Conditt, who killed himself in a car along I-35 in Round Rock as a SWAT team closed in on him March 21. The affidavit says all six bombs had elements in common, including shrapnel and the same type of battery holder bought by someone who appears to be Conditt using a credit card that belonged to him.It also says surveillance video shows a man who appears to be Conditt buying a “Drive Like Your Kids Here” sign like one used to conceal a bomb that injured two people in the Travis Country neighborhood. In the same transaction, the man bought gloves consistent with those worn by the person who sent two packages later revealed to contain bombs from a Sunset Valley FedEx store.  FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs said authorities were weighing the public’s desire to know what was on the bomber’s recorded confession against public safety concerns.“We are concerned that it could inspire other people to do other acts,” he said. “The subject in the audio confession says a number of statements that concern us and we just don’t want that to live forever on the Internet.”last_img read more

Patent Shines Light on Facebooks AR Glasses

first_imgStay on target From social network to tech titan, Facebook has grown from a limited-membership website to a global phenomenon.But it isn’t stopping at online features: The company is reportedly working on a pair of smart glasses to rival Google, Microsoft, Sony, and Snapchat.As noted by Business Insider, a recently published patent application for a “waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner” hints at Facebook’s (and virtual reality subsidiary Oculus’s) work on a new wearable.The display, according to the patent, “may augment views of a physical, real-world environment with computer generated elements” like images, video, and sound.Even more telling, it “may be included in an eye-wear comprising a frame and a display assembly that presents media to a user’s eyes.”That certainly sounds like a pair of smart glasses to me.Facebook in 2014 bought Oculus VR for $2 billion, promising to bring the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset into the social media fold.At April’s annual F8 developer conference, company chief Mark Zuckerberg detailed the firm’s future in augmented reality, highlighting a pair of AR glasses.Little is known about the device, which uses a waveguide display to project light onto the wearer’s eyes (think Microsoft HoloLens) and connects with speakers or headphones to play audio.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Don’t expect the prospective eyewear to hit shelves anytime soon: Zuck already noted that it’s “going to take a long time to make this work.”Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash echoed that timeline, adding that augmented reality goggles won’t start replacing handsets until at least 2022.“Twenty or 30 years from now, I predict that instead of carrying stylish smartphones everywhere, we’ll wear stylish glasses,” he said at this year’s developer conference, as reported by Business Insider. “Those glasses will offer VR, AR, and everything in between, and we’ll use them all day.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality last_img read more

Mobile Marketing That Makes Sense

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps Customers are now searching for and viewing their favorite businesses on their phones much more often than their desktops computers. Mobile devices are the go to source for research, shopping and interacting with companies and conduct business. The need for mobile marketing is higher than ever and brands have to quickly meet this changing landscape if they want to succeed.The first thing you need to do optimize your web presence for mobile, especially given Google’s latest announcement that takes place this month. Make sure your website, email platform and blog are optimized for mobile. Develop and release an app. You need to get involved in the mobile market if you want to stay relevant in your industry. A few statistics to consider:99% of users are accessing mobile for content and information;63% of internet access is from mobile62% access email from mobile;15% make purchases from mobile.These numbers are only going to surge higher. Fifteen percent might seem low for online purchasing but you must remember that 78% of users are using mobile to research sales that then turn into in-person sales. Without the web and more specifically, mobile, you might not have made that sale. Mobile users are actually more likely to convert to actual sales than any other type of user.This shift has far reaching implications for both B2B and B2C business. B2C has had a slight edge when it comes to being mobile friendly but B2B is catching up fast. No matter what type of goods and services your business offers, having a mobile-friendly experience for your customer is imperative.Make sure your business is optimized for local search. Secondly, make sure it is also optimized for mobile access. Lastly, think about providing advantages or incentives for the user who uses mobile and helps you generate leads. May 13, 2015 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Waterslides industrys first blow dry bar coming to Navigator of the Seas

first_img Share Travelweek Group Blow dry bar: As the first standalone blow dry bar at sea, To Dry For will offer blowouts, hairstyling and polish changes, plus a selection of wines and champagnes. This will be the perfect place for a quick beauty fix before a night out.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaMore family fun: Glow-in-the-dark laser tag, mini-golf and the Royal Escape Room: The Observatorium will all provide endless hours of fun. Plus, the Adventure Ocean youth program will boast a newly designed open, free play space, while the teen areas will be refreshed with a new ‘hidden’ entrance and outdoor deck.When the Navigator arrives in Miami after its modernization, it will sail a series of five- and nine-night Caribbean itineraries before embarking on short getaways to The Bahamas starting in May 2019. It will become the first ship to visit Perfect Day at CocoCay, the debut destination in the cruise line’s recently announced private island collection. Following a $200 million makeover, the destination will be home to Thrill Waterpark featuring the tallest waterslide in North America, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, a helium balloon that floats up to 450 feet in the air, as well as numerous water sports and activities. MIAMI — What’s a blow dry bar? Book a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas to find out.Following a US$115 million modernization, the ship will feature a record-breaking number of new experiences on three- to four-night Caribbean cruises, starting with a Feb. 24, 2019 departure from Miami. From May 2019 onward, the Navigator will offer short Caribbean itineraries that include a visit to Royal Caribbean International’s highly anticipated private island in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.“Each Royal Caribbean ship brings a new adventure uniquely designed to deliver on our guests’ preferences from A to Z,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “After launching our Royal Amplified modernization program with Independence of the Seas and then redefining short getaways with Mariner of the Seas, we are challenging ourselves to take it to the next level. Every detail matters, and we’ve mapped out an unmatched combination of innovative features and experiences for this top-to-bottom transformation of Navigator of the Seas.”Enhancements on the Navigator of the Seas include the following:Two new waterslides: The Blaster, the line’s first-ever aqua coaster and the longest waterslide at sea, will include a two-person raft that floats through over 800 feet of hills, drops and straightaways. Meanwhile, Riptide will plunge guests down the industry’s only head-first mat racer.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoReimagined poolscape: The resort-style deck will take on a new look with a Splash Pad for tots and the two-level ‘The Lime and Coconut’ bar. Grab-and-go eateries will also be available, including El Loco Fresh for Mexican street fare and Johnny Rockets Express for American classics. More nightlife: The Bamboo Room, first introduced on Mariner of the Seas, is the cruise line’s Polynesian-themed watering hole with kitschy cocktails and tiki-chic décor. Guests hoping to catch the big game can do so at Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, featuring 50 big screens, tabletop games, tournaments, trivia and a new Owner’s Box VIP room. Tags: New Ship, Royal Caribbean International Posted by Waterslides & industry’s first blow dry bar coming to Navigator of the Seas Elevated dining: Having originally debuted on Voyager Class, the line’s signature Royal Promenade will boast new restaurants including Jamie’s Italian by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. There’ll also be Hooked Seafood and a new Starbucks. Friday, November 2, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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