Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced that Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Cynthia Nixon will be honored with the organization’s Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala this Saturday, February 3, 2018.HRC also announced that Javier Muñoz, who currently stars in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway sensation “Hamilton,” will be a special guest. MILCK, known for the hit anthem “Quiet” which went viral after the January 2017 Women’s March in Washington, will perform. As previously announced, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will speak. Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Audra McDonald will be honored with the HRC National Equality Award, and Diageo will receive the HRC Corporate Equality Award.“Cynthia Nixon is a fearless and outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Cynthia uses her talent and public platform to speak out for equality in this country and around the globe, and in the process, she is changing countless hearts and minds. We are proud to recognize her with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala.”From advocating for marriage equality to fighting stigma and prejudice, Cynthia Nixon has consistently spoken out for LGBTQ equality on a wide range of issues impacting the community for many years. Last February, in front of a crowd protesting Donald Trump’s immigration ban outside the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City, Nixon said, “As LGBT people, we know how important coming out is, but I would argue that our coming out has never been more important than it is right now.” After the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of marriage equality in 2015, Nixon penned an op-ed for Variety on the importance of not being complacent on LGBTQ equality, saying, “The important thing to remember going forward, though, is no outcome is ever 100% assured. We have to keep organizing like our lives depend on it.”Making her film and Broadway debuts at ages 12 and 14, Nixon has appeared in over 40 plays, 13 on Broadway, earning two Tony Awards for her performances in “The Little Foxes” and “Rabbit Hole.” In 1984, Nixon famously juggled two roles on Broadway in different plays in different theatres. Cynthia earned a Grammy for her recording of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and Emmy and SAG awards for Miranda Hobbes in HBO’s SEX AND THE CITY. In 2017 she received rave reviews for her portrayal of Emily Dickinson in Terence Davies’ biopic A QUIET PASSION. She last starred in Marc Webb’s THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK opposite Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Bridges and Callum Turner. In December 2017 she filmed LOVE COMES LATER in which she plays a Polish émigré who owns a motel in upstate New York out of which she operates a small criminal empire. Nixon lives in New York City, with her wife, Christine Marinoni. They have three children: Sam, Charlie and Max.HRC supporter Javier Muñoz will be a special guest at the event. Muñoz was an active part of the early development and creation of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning smash “Hamilton.” Muñoz worked together with Lin-Manuel Miranda to develop the role of Alexander Hamilton, and Muñoz served as Miranda’s alternate at the Public Theater off-Broadway debut in 2015, as well as throughout the Broadway engagement. On July 11th, 2016, Muñoz assumed the title role of Alexander Hamilton full time on Broadway.LA-based singer/songwriter and artist fueled by social change, MILCK, recently released her debut EP “This Is Not The End.” The seven-song collection features her single “Quiet,” which in 2017 became widely known as the unofficial anthem of the Women’s March movement, after MILCK teamed up with two dozen female singers to perform acapella flash mobs of the song on the streets in Washington, D.C. A video of the last flash mob was captured by award-winning director Alma Har’el and quickly went viral, drawing over 14 million plays in just two days. MILCK released a new studio recording of “Quiet” in November, as her “musical #METOO,” in light of the massive movement of women and survivors speaking out against sexual assault. Last Friday, MILCK performed “Quiet” on The Today Show and went on to headline this year’s Women’s March on New York City on January 20, with Yoko Ono sharing the stage. “Quiet” has proved MILCK’s worldwide breakthrough as a cathartic pop anthem for people of all races, creeds, and colors who have suffered and survived in the face of trauma, trial, and tribulation.Held this year at the New York Marriott Marquis, the Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s largest events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community.
We caught up with Yu, a student at Collingwood in Vancouver, and found out he is not only very intelligent.Q: How did you end up on the show?A: My debate coach Frankie Cena (former competitor on Canada’s Smartest Person) encouraged me to apply. At first I was very nervous and thought that I wasn’t smart enough to apply. But since I love challenges, I decided I would give it a try. Miraculously, I secured a spot in the season finale on Wednesday, Dec. 19.Q: What is your strongest subject?A: I have very strong categories. They are musical, physical, and logical. I am strong in music because my ear is excellent at identifying notes and I am also currently level 9 Piano and I am able to compose songs. I am strong in physical because I do sports competitively every single day, such as figure skating, swimming, karate, track and field, and skiing. I am strong in logical because I just love playing around with numbers.Q: What was the hardest part of the competition?A: The hardest part of the competition was not really anything about myself. It was seeing my friends getting eliminated. I just feel very sad for them and I wish they were still on the show. Luckily, in the next episode on Dec. 12, those who were eliminated get a shot at redemption and will have a second chance to make it to the finale!Q: What was the easiest and why?A: The easiest part of this competition was to run up those glittery sparkly staircases when I won a challenge because when I go up, I just feel relief coming slowly down my body. Plus, it’s really not so hard to run up a 5-stair staircase!Q: What did you do to prepare for the show?A: I actually didn’t prepare at all. We use these six categories of intelligence in our everyday life, whether you do it subconsciously or you actually realize you’re using them.Q: How hard has it been not to tell anyone what happens in the final episode?A: I like to keep surprises. I think that not telling anyone what happened in the final episode is very easy. All I need to do is to say “just tune-in and you’ll find out!”Q: What have your friends been saying to you about the show?A: Some of my friends say that the show is very cool and I did a very good job and some of my other friends say the show is very easy and they should be on it. In reality, when I am actually on stage, it is way harder than it looks.Vancouver’s Matthew Yu is one of the finalists in the new TV show Canada’s Smartest Person Junior. The final will be broadcast on CBC on Dec. 19, 2018. (Photo: Courtesy of CBC Courtesy of CBC / PNG)Q: This was the first ever Canada’s Smartest Person Junior. Now that you have done it what advice would you offer to other kids who might want to do future shows?A: I would just say to not be afraid of applying. Although you might be a little nervous, always challenge yourself. No matter if you do good or bad, it’s a learning experience and a way to have fun.Q: What is the question you get asked most when people find out you were on a TV show?A: The question I get asked the most is “DID YOU WIN?” Now everyone I see asks me that question. I simply just reply, “watch and see to find out.”Q: Who is the smartest person you know and why?A: The smartest people I know are my parents. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do anything I do today. Although their logical intelligence is not smarter than Albert Einstein, smart still comes in many ways, and my parents have a lot of social intelligence.Q: What do you do for fun?A: I usually like to play with my Rubik’s cubes and play with puzzles. I really like puzzles because not only are they fun but they also train your brain to do awesome things.Q: You are only 10 but have you thought about what you want to be when you grow up?A: I want to be an astronaut when I grow up. I have always wanted to explore the world and space. I think that Canada’s Smartest Person Junior will be a stepping stone to being an astronaut.Q: How would you like to change the world?A: I would like to discover a planet just like earth and explore the universe to find out what we as human beings do not know.BY DANA GEE | CALGARY HERALDdgee@postmedia.comtwitter.com/dana_gee Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Matthew Yu is seen here competing in the Snap Shelf Challenge during the Canada’s Smartest Person Junior TV show on CBC. (Photo: Courtesy of CBC Courtesy of CBC / PNG) Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: On Dec. 19 one kid will be crowned Canada’s Smartest Person Junior when the series finale airs on CBC at 8 p.m.Vancouver’s 10-year-old Matthew Yu will be facing off against 12-year-old Liam Veale of Saint John, and 11-year-olds Danica Scully from Halifax, Liam Henderson, 11, of Sarnia, Ontario and Alexia Sabau, 12, of Calgary, Alberta and Toronto’s 11-year-old Mateus Soto.The kids made it to the final out of the nearly 1000 competitors that tried out for the show. Twelve kids made the cut for the first episode.
Rabat – According to recent research, it is almost impossible for Moroccans to save any money. A study on household confidence conducted by the Moroccan Planning Authority (HCP) has shown that only 5.8 per cent of Moroccan households can save part of their income.The study has found that Moroccan households remain pessimistic about their ability to save money in the coming months. In the first three months of 2015, the study says, 84.9 per cent of households feel they cannot save in the next 12 months, compared to 15.1 per cent who said they can.Nearly 56 percent of households think that their income covers their expenses, while 38.2 per cent of them say they take loans or tap into their savings.During the first three months of 2015, 74.3 per cent of households expect an increase in the number of the unemployed in the next 12 months, against 9.1 per cent who think otherwise. With a negative level of -65.2 points, the balance of this indicator recorded an improvement of 2.8 points from the previous trimester and 3.9 points compared to the same period of last year.58.3 per cent of Moroccan households consider it is not appropriate to make purchases of durable goods, while 21.3 per cent disagreed. The balance of this indicator stood at -37 points or 1.1 point increase from the previous trimester.87.8 per cent of households estimate that food prices have increased during the last 12 months, 11.6 per cent think they stagnated and 0.6 per cent believe they declined.With a level of -87.2 points, the balance of this indicator deteriorated by 2.7 points from the previous trimester and Improved by 2.2 points compared to the same period of 2014.
20 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Myanmar’s Government and opposition to increase dialogue as the Asian country proceeds on the path toward national reconciliation and democratization, once again stressing the need for a credible and inclusive political process. “The political challenges of any transition to democracy require negotiated political solutions,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in his latest report to the General Assembly on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.“As the country reaches a delicate juncture in its political development, there is no real alternative to a peaceful process of national reconciliation and now is the time for the Government and opposition alike to find ways to talk to each other and work together in the interest of the nation,” he says. The report highlights development in Myanmar between 23 October 2007 and 5 September 2008, as well as the activities of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, who visited the country three times during that period.Mr. Gambari had stated that the tangible results of his most recent visit in August “fell below our expectations,” but added that the UN “will not give up on working for national reconciliation, democracy and respect for human rights in Myanmar.”The Secretary-General echoed Mr. Gambari’s views when he told reporters last month that Myanmar has not experienced the anticipated political progress and its Government should take real measures towards setting up a more inclusive political process that promotes human rights.He expresses similar sentiments in his report when he writes that it remains “a source of frustration that meaningful steps have yet to be taken by the Myanmar Government in response to the concerns and expectations of the United Nations and the international community in the context of the good offices process.”Myanmar’s authorities are in the process of preparing for general elections scheduled for 2010 – the next step in the seven-step road map for democracy outlined by the Government. Mr. Ban underlines that the future of Myanmar ultimately rests with the Government and its people, and reiterates that the role of the UN is to ascertain the positions of all parties and facilitate their efforts to work together through dialogue towards a mutually acceptable process of national reconciliation and democratization.Noting that there is no alternative to dialogue to ensure that all stakeholders can contribute to the future of their country, he stresses that the release of detained opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners will be key for the resumption of an enhanced, all-inclusive substantive and time-bound dialogue.The release of all political prisoners, including Ms. Suu Kyi, as well as the need for an enhanced, substantive and time-bound dialogue between her and the Government, are among the key areas of concern for Mr. Gambari as he carries out the good offices role entrusted to him by the Assembly. “The Secretary-General and his Special Adviser have therefore consistently emphasized that only a credible and inclusive political process — based on mutual understanding and compromise by all stakeholders — can help to advance the prospects of durable peace, national reconciliation, democracy and respect for human rights in Myanmar. “In this regard, it is unfortunate that specific suggestions of the United Nations to improve the credibility and inclusiveness of the political process have thus far not been taken up by the Government,” states the report.Mr. Ban adds that despite the Government’s efforts in implementing its road map process and addressing the challenges facing the country, the political situation in Myanmar has become “even more complex and challenging and potentially more polarized, drawing increased attention from the international community, including the Security Council.” The UN also remains concerned about ongoing reports of armed conflict and associated human rights abuses and humanitarian problems in ethnic minority areas, particularly in Kayin and Kayah states. “Substantive talks leading to the sustainable cessation of hostilities between the Government and those armed ethnic groups still actively fighting need to be concluded, with a spirit of compromise on both sides,” he writes.
The $200,000 Sasakawa Environmental Prize will be shared by Xie Zhenhua, Executive Vice-Chair of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment (CCIED) and Minister of State for the Environmental Protection Administration of China (SEPA), and Dener Jose Giovanini of Brazil, founder of the National Network for Combating Wild Animal Trafficking (RENCTAS). UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will present the awards 19 November, at the New York Historical Society. A UNEP press statement said Mr. Xie “has worked tirelessly to steer the world’s most populous country and fastest growing economy on an environmentally friendly path.” Mr. Giovanini, UNEP said, founded a group “whose innovative approach to curbing illegal wildlife trafficking has become a model not only in Latin America but also for the rest of the developing world.” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said: “Both individuals have demonstrated, one at the governmental and the other at the grassroots level, how the complex and apparently insoluble problems facing the world can be tackled. Both have shown vision, patience, pragmatism and an understanding of the need to engage and encourage numerous actors and partners if sustainable development is to be realized.” “It had, until recently, been an almost unchallenged belief that China’s dramatic economic growth threatens the environment and health of the region as well as the world. By working through national, regional and local governments, Mr. Xie has shown that this does not have to be the case. He has demonstrated that economic growth can occur without sacrificing the water, air and land upon which we all depend”, he said. “Mr. Giovanini’s achievements towards curbing illegal wildlife trafficking highlight how creative solutions to one of the world’s biggest illegal trades can only succeed if the root cause – namely poverty – is also tackled. His success is even more outstanding when one considers the constant death threats and intimidation aimed at him by those eager to see him fail,” Mr. Toepfer said. Ryoichi Sasakawa, founder of the Nippon Foundation, contributed to social and public initiatives both within and outside Japan, including the establishment of the UNEP Sasakawa Environment Prize in 1982. He died in 1995.
As Council members study the report of a UN-appointed commission of inquiry into whether genocide has occurred in Darfur, Ambassador Joel W. Adechi of Benin, which holds the rotating presidency for this month, told reporters at a briefing that the 15-member body wants to deal with the situation in an “internationally recognized way.”The commission of inquiry found that while the Sudanese Government had not conducted a policy of genocide, both its forces and allied Janjaweed militias had carried out “indiscriminate attacks, including killing of civilians, torture, enforced disappearances, destruction of villages, rape and other forms of sexual violence, pillaging and forced displacement.”The panel also concluded that rebel forces in Darfur were responsible for possible war crimes, including murder of civilians and pillage, and recommended that the Council refer its dossier on the crimes to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Tens of thousands of people have been killed and up to 1.85 million others are internally displaced or have fled to neighbouring Chad since the conflict flared in early 2003.Speaking to reporters today at UN Headquarters, Secretary-General Kofi Annan reiterated his support for the ICC option and for quick and decisive action by the Council. He also stressed that sanctions against the Khartoum Government must remain on the table.”I was able to sit down with President Bashir and his Foreign Minister…to tell them exactly what we think should be done and the fact that the situation in Darfur was not getting any better and it was essential that they took every step to bring the situation under control,” Mr. Annan said of his meeting with the Sudanese leaders at the African Union summit last weekend in Nigeria.The Council will hold at least two meetings and possibly a third on Sudan this month, focusing on both the situation in Darfur – where violent clashes have been reported this week – and the proposal for the establishment of a UN peace-support mission in southern Sudan following the signing of a peace deal there last month.Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, will brief the Council this Friday and again at a separate meeting next Tuesday on the proposal for the peace-support mission. Sudanese Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and John Garang, leader of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), may brief the second meeting, along with representatives of the African Union.Mr. Adechi said Council members could hold a third meeting on Sudan, this time focusing on the contents of the genocide inquiry report, as early as late next week.Meanwhile, the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) said reports indicate that on Monday violent clashes broke out between local tribes north of the town of Malha in North Darfur state. The dispute is believed to have been over long-standing tensions about the water shortage in the area, which has been ravaged by drought.In South Darfur state, security and military officials from the capital Nyala have travelled to the town of Gereida to assess the situation following reports that militiamen attacked a group of internally displaced persons (IDPs) near there last week, killing six people and displacing more than 4,000 others from their homes.
LEGISLATION ALLOWING TDs and senators to undertake public inquiries has been published today.The Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013 (PDF) outlines procedures by which members of the Dáil and Seanad can “hold the Government to account”, as well as those who consent to the scrutiny of the Oireachtas when taking up public office.The legislation outlines five different types of inquiries which can be undertaken by politicians – including an ‘inquire-report-record’ inquiry, the format likely to be used for an inquiry into the circumstances of the State bank guarantee and the financial crisis.Inquiries under the new laws also, for the first time, outline a legal mechanism by which the President, a Supreme or High Court judge, or the Comptroller and Auditor General can be impeach from office.In an effort to avoid a repeat of the Ivor Callely scandal, where court action was taken to contest the findings of an Oireachtas committee, the legislation also provides a new system to inquire into the conduct of a member of either the Dáil or Seanad.Publishing the legislation this afternoon, Brendan Howlin said that holding a parliamentary inquiry was not a method of identifying a person to blame, other than in circumstances where a committee was set up specifically inquire into a politician’s conduct.The courts system will be able to give directions for an inquiry if requested.“This legislation is essential to conducting a parliamentary banking inquiry,” Howlin said.“Parliamentary inquiries under this legislation can be cost-effective, efficient and resilient to any legal challenge providing they have focused terms of reference and comply strictly with fair procedures.”Read: Seanad could be given role to hold public inquiries… if it survivesOctober 2011: Howlin hints that if Committee amendment doesn’t pass… it won’t be end of it
Updated 5.15pm SEVEN UNIONS HAVE now rejected the Croke Park II proposals on public sector pay and reform.The Irish Federation of University Teachers this afternoon announced its members had rejected the proposals by a margin of three to one.Earlier the Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU) rejected the proposals as did the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants (ACHPS) which voted 85 per cent No to the agreement.Those three unions join the craft workers union, UCATT, as well as the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union, and Medical Laboratory Scientists Association in rejecting the deal.At a glance: What’s in the proposed public pay dealThe entire deal now hinges on the verdict of the two largest trade unions in the country, SIPTU and IMPACT, which are expected to announce the results of their ballots in the next two days.Results from the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO), the Public Service Executive Union (PSEU) and the Prison Officers’ Association (POA) will also be needed to ensure that the proposals are accepted overall by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU).Earlier, two unions representing builders and plasterers voted to accept the proposals.The Building and Allied Trades Union (BATU) and the Operative Plasterers and Allied Trades Society of Ireland (OPATSI) both confirmed today that they voted in favour of the deal.ICTU meeting on WednesdaySpeaking to TheJournal.ie, Greg Macken, Secretary of the public service branch of BATU, which represents about 125 workers in the construction industry, said the union voted in favour of the deal “because of the job security it offers”.“In the environment we’re in at the present moment that’s important but as well as that the basic pay hasn’t been touched,” he said. “We wouldn’t say it’s a good deal but in the current climate it’s the best deal we can get that we would be able to take control of,” he added.Macken said he expects the results of all of the votes will see the deal pass but that he expects it will pass by a “small majority”. “We’re just waiting now because the big guns have still to cast their votes,” he said.Billy Wall of OPATSI, which represents 75 workers, said that the agreement would have “no big hit” for members and would in fact result in an increase in annual leave from 23 days to 25.“It’s not a bad deal for our members, I’d rather say that than it’s a good deal and I understand where other workers are in other sectors,” he said. “But in the first deal our members were decimated and I didn’t see the UNITE or the IMO coming out because plasters were being affected.”Wall said he felt that the government had “split unions in all different ways”.“I honestly don’t know if it’ll pass now – a month ago I would have thought it would have but we have unions standing on different sides and even the leadership of unions saying one thing and members saying another,” he said.ICTU’s Public Services Committee meets on Wednesday where the results from each union will be taken into consideration and weighted according to their size of their membership to produce a result either accepting or rejecting the proposals.- additional reporting from Hugh O’ConnellRead: TEEU rejects ‘Croke Park 2′ proposals by two-to-one margin>Read: Garda protest outside EU finance ministers meeting in Dublin Castle>
Toxic fumes coming from large fire at Dundalk premises It’s understood that the premises is a towing company and a large number of cars were at the scene of the blaze. Source: Emergency Times/Twitter Short URL Gardaí were alerted to the fire at Haggardstown at around 7.20 this evening.Emergency services are at the scene and three fire engines are dealing with the blaze.It’s understood that a towing company uses the premises and a large number of cars were at the scene of the blaze. Source: Fergal McCabe/YouTubeNo injuries have been reported but residents and motorists in the area have been warned to keep windows closed due to toxic fumes emitting from the fire.The roads surrounding the compound have been closed and diversions are in place.Read: Helicopter destined for Dublin goes missing over the Irish Sea> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article PHOTOS: Garda Compound Fire, Dundalk Copyright @FireIreland 100 cars & building destroyed by fire. Fire crews from Dundalk, Dunlee, Ardee IA pic.twitter.com/seqUzvowWi— Emergency Times (@emergencytimes) March 29, 2017 22 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3314275 21,604 Views By Cliodhna Russell EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE dealing with a large fire at a premises just outside Dundalk, Co Louth. Share54 Tweet Email2 Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 10:34 PM Mar 29th 2017, 10:34 PM
Now that placing a price-tag on coveted players has become a tendency, Chelsea decided to do it with Eden Hazard: €110 million if he wants to leave.The winter transfer market is getting more heated up for clubs like Real Madrid, as Los Blancos are still deciding whether they want players like Eden Hazard or Harry Kane.It was just last weekend when Tottenham Hotspur put the price-tag of €350 million for striker Harry Kane after a meeting with Real Madrid officials took place in London before Christmas, this time Chelsea decided to send a message via a report from The Telegraph.The English news outlet issued a report that confirms the Belgian winger could go out of Chelsea soon if any club decided to come after him, but we all know that Real Madrid is the most interested squad to buy the player.Despite the constant speculation about Chelsea requesting an insane amount of money for the player, they are showing good will towards him because of all the titles he has helped the club win during his time with them.Hazard previously mentioned that he wouldn’t leave if Chelsea didn’t come out on top of the negotiation for him, which was also received well amongst the club’s board of directors.Describe este golazo de Hazard 💙 con un emoji 😱 pic.twitter.com/lQSDLq6Vg5— Soy Fan Chelsea (@soyfanchelsea) January 10, 2019President Florentino Perez was adamant in signing Hazard last summer when he led Belgium to the World Cup semifinals, but the initial price that Chelsea requested was above €200 million and Perez refused to pay such a massive sum of cash for the player regardless of how talented he was at the moment.The English club had the hope of winning more trophies under new manager Maurizio Sarri, he promised them to compete for all the titles they would play this season with Eden Hazard as their top player.The new project really excited Eden, which is why he stated a few times that he wouldn’t leave the club any time soon.But things have changed for the Blues within the span of only a few months, they have practically stepped down from the title race as they are currently 10 points behind leaders Liverpool and Hazard has quickly understood that winning more important trophies may not be so easy in England anymore.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The top target for Hazard is to win the Champions League sometime before his career comes to an end, he just realized that Chelsea might not be the place where he can achieve that goal and time is running out.¡HAZARD YA TIENE PRECIO! Según el ‘TELEGRAPH’, el Chelsea PEDIRÁ al menos 112 MILLONES por el belga. Lo cuenta @plazacasals en #ChiringuitoFichajes pic.twitter.com/4jntmjYNUK— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) January 15, 2019Now that Chelsea has put this price-tag on their top player, this is a direct message to Florentino that invites him to make an offer for next summer.The Belgian winger finishes his contract with Chelsea in 2020, this means that next summer will be the last chance for the Blues to ask for a fair price for Hazard and Real Madrid might be the only other club that the player would agree to go to.To those who are not aware, if a player doesn’t renew his contract in time with his club and such contract expires, any squad in the world can take said player free of charge because he would be considered a free agent.Chelsea doesn’t want this scenario to happen, which is why they have decided to make things easier for Real Madrid and let Florentino Perez finally accept that he does need a player as talented as Eden Hazard on his squad.As it is commonly said in Basketball terms, “the ball is on Real Madrid’s court”. It is Los Blancos turn to make a move, they have a big chance to bring one of the best players in the world to their ranks for a fair price.Eden Hazard primer jugador que está temporada logra 10 asistencias en la #EPL pic.twitter.com/aL7FXIE6H0— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFCMI) January 12, 2019What do you think Real Madrid should do now that Chelsea has put this price-tag on Eden Hazard? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
The family of Marius C. Asanachescu, a mentally ill man who died while in custody at the Clark County Jail last year, has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the county and the jail’s medical provider.The lawsuit alleges Asanachescu’s civil rights were violated and seeks an unspecified amount of money in compensation for his death as well as punitive damages.Asanachescu died in February 2012 at age 28.Clark County Medical Examiner Dr. Dennis Wickham ruled the death was a homicide from asphyxia while Asanachescu was being restrained by custody officers. The fatality was investigated by detectives from the Vancouver Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. In January, Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Fairgrieve said no charges would be filed against the officers. He called the incident “an unfortunate, tragic accident,” but said the custody officers “acted appropriately and used a reasonable amount of force given the situation they faced.”At the time of his death, Asanachescu, who had bipolar disorder, had prior criminal convictions and received Social Security disability payments, was in jail on charges of assaulting his brother. He had been awaiting transfer to Western State Hospital for a mental competency evaluation.In a 45-page complaint filed recently in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Vancouver attorney William Nelson and Portland attorney David Meyer allege the defendants were “deliberately indifferent” to Asanachescu’s needs.
OLYMPIA — It might be agonizing to watch a harbor seal pup that appears to be starving, but “rescuing” it would be unnatural and could do more harm than good, a spokesman for the National Marine Fisheries Service said.Touching the pup also would be illegal, spokesman Brian Gorman said Friday.A woman with a waterfront home on south Puget Sound about 5 miles north of Olympia has been agonizing since the weekend over a nearby pup that has been crying, alone and apparently neglected.From her home, Brandy Garcia can see a couple of dozen pups who haul out on a former railroad trestle on Henderson Inlet. She sees other mothers feed their pups but not this one.Animal agencies and rescue groups have all told her to let nature take its course, but she says it seems inhumane.Susanne Beauregard, director of Thurston County Animal Services, told The Olympian on Thursday her agency could help. But Garcia said she had a call from animal services Friday morning saying federal authorities had told it to “stand down” and there was nothing it could do.The seal pup remained on the trestle, and Garcia was looking to see if it was still alive. Its cries kept her awake last weekend, and she has called everyone she can think of for help.
A Canadian mining company says it’s found richer deposits of gold and copper ore at its controversial KSM project. It’s spending $16 million to continue to explore for more at its site, upriver from Ketchikan, this summer.Download AudioThe company, Seabridge Gold, is holding its annual meeting in Toronto this week. Tribal representatives from Alaska and British Columbia plan a protest.Seabridge says it’s continuing to define the boundaries of a group of ore bodies at its Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell copper, gold and silver deposit.The northwest British Columbia mine is upstream of two rivers that enter the ocean within about 50 miles of Ketchikan.KSM spokesman Brent Murphy says this summer’s drilling will focus on what’s called the Mitchell deposit. The company is drilling past lower-grade copper ore to richer, deeper deposits.“What we’re finding at KSM is where there’s copper, there’s gold. So, we’re also exploring for gold at the same time,” he says.The KSM Prospect is inland from Southeast Alaska. (Courtesy SEACC)Drilling will also further explore two other promising deposits.Seabridge Gold says the depth of the richer deposits may allow for underground, rather than open pit, mining in some areas. It says that could save money, as well as reduce water use and surface disturbance.Murphy says 40 to 45 people are working at the remote site right now, with about 20 more coming later. They’ll operate up to three drill rigs.“It’s a little bit less than last year and the previous year. Two years ago we had I think five drill rigs turning. Last year we had four,” he says.Exploration is only part of the picture. Seabridge Gold expects mine construction to cost more than $5 billion, Canadian, and continues to seek investment partners.The company’s 2014 annual report shows that as one of its top goals for the year, as it is for this year. It says Seabridge has doubled the number of confidentiality agreements with prospective partners, though it didn’t give a number.“What was certainly very promising and favorable to us was the granting and awarding of the federal environmental assessment approval in late December 2014. A few companies took notice of that,” he says.Seabridge Gold won similar provincial approval last summer.On the downside, the company acknowledges low metals prices continue to impact investments.Also affecting the mine’s prospects is last year’s Mount Polley Mine disaster in east-central British Columbia. A tailings dam breach and subsequent flood led to recommendations for significant changes in mine-construction practices.Bonnie Gestring of Earthworks, a national conservation organization, authored a recentcritical risk analysis of the KSM.“They’re proposing to use the same discredited tailings dam technology as that used by Mount Polley,” she says. “They’re proposing to submerge tailings underwater after the mine closes, which is in direct conflict with what the expert panel recommended to reduce the potential for catastrophic failure.She says a dry-tailings storage system would be much safer. That’s what’s used at Southeast Alaska’s Greens Creek Mine.Murphy says the comparison is unfair. He says KSM’s tailings dam will be better built and far-less risky.A rusty pipe marks the first drilling site at the KSM Prospect. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News)“These are much gentler slopes than what was evident at Mount Polley and are much more stable over the long term. We are also insuring that we will not have water built up within the impoundment. So water will be kept hundreds of meters away from the crest of the dam, unlike what we saw at Mount Polley,” he says.The tailings dam is planned for a valley in the watershed of the Nass River, which enters the ocean south of the Alaska border. A mine-site water treatment plant will be within the watershed of the Unuk River, which drains into saltwater northeast of Ketchikan.Seabridge Gold this spring announced it had raised about $16 million, Canadian, to fund this summer’s drilling program.
Rv’s and campers in the Seafarer’s Memorial parking lot. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI)The City of Homer is trying to kick out campers at an unofficial campsite on the Homer Spit. Police are telling people living in a parking lot beside the Seafarer’s Memorial to move to an official campground down the road. One camper is willing to move, but he has one request.Download AudioKen Boyle is smoking a cigarette and listening to the radio in his tiny camper powered by a borrowed gas generator. The camper sits in the back of his pickup truck. Boyle is camping beside the Seafarer’s Memorial dedicated to people who lost their lives at sea.He says he’s a retired carpenter and was living in Happy Valley, before he drove the 30 odd miles south to Homer.“I lived on a boat in the harbor for 12 years so I kind of like it here,” said Boyle.Boyle bought his camper a year and a half ago and has lived in it ever since.Last spring and summer he was camping at the city’s seasonal campground beside Pier One Theatre, but he moved after the campground closed for the winter. Now Boyle will have to move again. The city reopened its campground and is ordering all campers in the parking lot to leave.Homer Police Chief Mark Robl says the memorial parking lot was never intended for long-term camping.“There is a city ordinance that authorizes some camping in that parking lot when all the other campgrounds are closed,” said Robl.The city’s normal rules don’t apply to the parking lot because it’s not an official campground. Robl says people were camping there too long.“We had several people move into that parking lot and they were clearly there for the winter. Some of them towed different campers in [that were] in different states of disrepair. It was getting to be a big mess,” said Robl,” said Robl.Ken Boyle’s truck and camper. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI)Police arrested some campers and Chief Robl says a few even put the parking lot down as their home address.The Homer City Manager reopened the campground near Pier One Theatre earlier this winter so police could clear out the parking lot.According to city code an official campground can only be used for 14 days before campers have to leave. City officials say it is $8 per day to camp in a tent and $15 to camp an RV, but those prices could change. Robl says the rules and fees will help with an annual problem.“At the end of the winter we end up having to tow some of these derelicts away and take them to the dump. This past spring that got to be pretty expensive. We had several vehicles and campers out there that we had to deal with. We’re trying to avoid that problem in the future,” said Robl.Robl says police told parking lot campers they had to move back in December.Ken Boyle has just one problem with that. He says the public bathrooms at the authorized campground are closed for the winter.“The police showed up and I told them if they opened up the bathroom over there then I’d light this truck up and go over there. He said he’d research it and get back to me,” said Boyle.Boyle says he has bad legs and the bathrooms closest to the campground are too far away.Robl says the bathrooms Boyle wants opened are closed because they weren’t designed for winter use and it would cost too much to heat them.Still, Boyle has his mind made up.“It’s obvious. Open the bathroom and I’ll move,” said Boyle.Boyle says the Seafarer’s Memorial parking lot is closer to a bathroom.Robl says police don’t want to arrest anyone slow to change campsites. Instead they’re going to try to nudge campers into moving first. He says police have seen about four people leave the parking lot and there are around ten campers left.
Alwal: The Kotha Cheruvu (Old Alwal Lake) is in a pitiable condition with water hyacinth taking over the lake surface and trash filled over the lake surroundings. This issue has become a major concern for locals residing here.”Without proper drainage system or sewerage facilities, the waste water including organic pollutants, pesticides, domestic waste, and other toxic stuff flows into the lake converting it into a cesspool,” said Venkatesh, a resident of Old Alwal. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us He further said that because of sewage water discharged into the lake, it was resulting in mosquito menace and a persistent foul smell was emanating from the lake. After the recent rains, the problem just compounded. The senior citizens living in the area say that the lake was pristine in the 80s and many would take a stroll in the evenings. Today, it was impossible to spend time near the lake. Y Rahul, a local said, “The 20-acre lake needs urgent attention from the auth0rities to revive the lake to its previous glory. The locals have complained many times to the concerned authority to clean the lake but no concrete action has been taken”.
A man accused of plotting to assassinate British prime minister Theresa May in a bomb and knife attack will face trial next June, a judge ruled Wednesday.Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, was charged with preparing acts of terrorism following his arrest on 28 November.Naa’imur Zakariyah, a Bangladeshi living in north London, is accused of plotting an attack on May.According to the charge, he conducted reconnaissance of the target location, recorded a pledge of allegiance, and purchased a rucksack to be fitted with an improvised explosive device.He then collected the bag “with a view to committing attacks against persons in the UK”, according to prosecutors.He also allegedly assisted 21-year-old Mohammad Aqib Imran in his separate terror plans.He recorded and sent to Imran “a sponsorship video in order for him to be accepted by Islamic State (IS)”, the charge says.Imran allegedly tried to join the jihadist group and faces a charge of preparing acts of terrorism.The pair appeared at the Old Bailey central criminal court in London, via videolink from Belmarsh prison in the city.Judge Charles Haddon-Cave said he would hear their trial at the court for an estimated five weeks from June 18.The pair was remanded in custody.In a separate case, alleged IS supporter Husnain Rashid, 31, who is accused of sharing details of Prince George’s school on social media, appeared before Haddon-Cave at the court.He will go on trial from April 30.Rashid is charged with preparing acts of terrorism and assisting others to do likewise.Haddon-Cave set a four-week trial at Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London.Rashid also appeared from a London prison via videolink and was remanded in custody.
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. I love hidden gems in comics. Henchgirl by Kristen Gudsnuk was a hidden gem that was acquired by Dark Horse earlier this year and has since taken the world by storm. We sat down with the creator of Henchgirl Kristen Gudsnuk at New York Comic Con to discuss Henchgirl, her inspiration for the comic and giggle galore.Insha Fitzpatrick: Thank you for sitting down and talking with me! For our Geek readers, can you tell us a little bit about Henchgirl and how she came to be?Kristen Gudsnuk: Yeah! Sure. So, Henchgirl is kind of a comedy series that was collected in graphic novel form by Dark Horse earlier this year. It’s about a girl who works for a supervillain, just because she can’t get a real job. That’s my tagline. Cause it’s exactly what happens. She’s unemployed, living in a superhero world. It started out as a webcomic, but I’d also print up copies and sell them at local shows here in New York. It kept kind of growing and getting bigger then I got picked up by Dark Horse, and they put out my trade.via Dark HorseInsha: There are a lot of different themes in Henchgirl. Some of them kind of arrange from dealing with parents to her dealing with friendship issues. For example when Henchgirl steals her friend’s card to break into her job because the gang told her to. Did you mean it to be a common (but unusual) coming of age story in the superhero world as well?Kristen: When I was writing it, I think I was putting some of my own feelings into it. I think that’s kind of what comes out automatically. My parents aren’t disappointed in me, but the fear that your parents are disappointed in you is something that really motivates a lot of people. Especially when you’re like in your twenties. So, I tried to heighten that by having her parents be superheroes who are disapproving of the fact that their daughter works for a villain and she’s got a sister whose a hero and stuff. It’s a universal feeling and story that I thought would be fun to explore without there superhero tropes.Insha: What were some of your inspirations? Any movies, music, tv, stuff like that?Kristen: Oh yeah! There are tons…Insha: You can just give me some! [Laughs]via Dark HorseKristen: [Laughs] Okay, like Batman: The Animated Series was a big one, and I had just… I didn’t watch that when I was little. I just… it looked too serious! I like funny cartoons. My boyfriend made me watch it as a grown woman, and I was so, so up for it. But then when I was watching it I was picking up on sort of the main tropes of western superhero comics and superheroes [in general]. I wanted to do my own spin on that, either making fun of that or just playing with how those things would really work out. My whole thing is not having things work out for people. [Laughs] Cause I think its funny!Insha: And it’s more realistic!Kristen: Yeah! In real life you don’t, like, DO THE THING. In movies, the world is going to explode, except someone saves it in the last second. Just like in real life, that wouldn’t have happened, and everyone would die. I like having a more realistic spin on things. With a darkly cynical bend.Insha: I think that’s the best thing! That’s what me and a lot of people like Henchgirl more. All of this stuff does happen to her. It’s so bad but ultimately realistic!Kristen: A lot of fiction lies to you, ya know? They give you anything you want, and obviously, that’s why sometimes we crave fiction so we can live out that version of life where everything is great. At the same time, I always connect with stuff that I feel like “Right! That is how things are!” So, I try to go in the opposite direction from the wish-fulfillment.via Dark HorseInsha: Do you have any other inspirations [for Henchgirl] or is Batman: The Animated the MAIN one?Kristen: Oh there’s like a bajillion! [Laughs] I was watching New Girl, which is totally underrated, very funny show. I was like, yeah! Well, the mashup is like this roommate, sitcom-ey vibe and these ridiculously low-stakes plots happening with them. Artistically a lot of people say my stuff looks like Scott Pilgrim. I see it too probably because I kept those books all the time. Bryan O’Malley draws so simply, but really really well. Almost as if he’s distilling things down to their essence.Insha: Both of you have the same writing style too cause the main focus is always on the characters and their situations. There’s so much happening, but you build on character, and each is important. It’s engaging. That’s something you and Bryan do well too.Kristen: Oh! Well, thank you! [Laughs]Insha: You’re very welcome! [Laughs] Is there anything else you’re doing right now?Kristen: I have some stuff coming out sometime next year. I’ve got some projects that haven’t been announced yet, but I’m working on something with Dark Horse, and I also have something with Graphix. It’s going to be so cool! They’re both going to be really awesome so next year more stuff!Insha: That’s AMAZING. Can you tell our readers where they can find you? Social media, website, etc.?Kristen: I usually just use Instagram and Twitter. I’m @henchgirl_comic on both of them.Henchgirl is out now in trade paperback. You grab your copy here. Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 Stay on target
The pCubee consists of five LCD screens arranged as a cubic “fish tank” box that viewers can pick up, tilt, shake or turn to watch the 3D content or play games with virtual objects that seem to be within the box. Instead of stereoscopy, the device uses a principle called motion parallax, which is one of the means by which we usually perceive depth in a three dimensional scene. Motion parallax is a cue the brain is able to use to sense depth, because the movements of objects across our field of view depends on their relative distance from us. Having the box move means viewers do not need to move their heads to see the effect. 3D TV — Without the Glasses (w/ Video) More information: The pCubee will have many more applications than 3D games, since it also has the potential to become a CAD-CAM platform, and could be used in museum displays. It was awarded Best Demonstration at the 2009 ACM International Conference on Multimedia in Beijing. * UBC research page: hct.ece.ubc.ca/research/pcubee/* pCubee site: www.cubee.ca/ © 2010 PhysOrg.com pCubee: a Perspective-Corrected Handheld Cubic Display The five flat-panel LCD screens on the sides of the box are driven by three graphics pipelines. The perspective rendered on the screens is kept synchronized with the user’s view by a motion tracker that monitors both the user’s head and the pCubee box. That, and the real-time physics simulation engine, make the display look like a tank containing real objects. The box allows you to view a static 3D scene, or you can manipulate the box to navigate through the scene or play with objects colliding in the scene. You can also manipulate virtual objects using a stylus.pCubee was developed at the Human Communication Technologies Laboratory at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Leader of the engineering team, Sidney Fels, said the group wanted to offer “a fish-tank-like experience” in a handheld device. Fels hopes the pCubee will be commercially available soon, but the researchers are continuing to refine the design, and may replace the current LCD panels with OLED screens. They are also building pCubees in different sizes for different applications. (PhysOrg.com) — After a wave of 3D movies such as Alice in Wonderland and Avatar, and a number of television manufacturers producing 3D TVs this year, there is growing interest in a three-dimensional viewing experience. The usual 3D technology uses a stereoscopic principle in which a slightly different image is presented to each eye, thanks to the special glasses the viewer has to wear. Now a device named pCubee gives you the experience of 3D without the need for the glasses. pCubee: A Perspective-Corrected Handheld Cubic Display. Image credit: University of British Columbia Citation: 3D without the glasses: introducing pCubee (w/ Video) (2010, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-3d-glasses-pcubee-video.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Enroll Now for Free December 14, 2009 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Can’t Live with ItThe problem with Google’s Chrome is privacy. You agree to let Google study your browsing behavior. It’s really just spyware intended to send our browsing behavior back to the company. Firefox is a better option. It offers stability well beyond Internet Explorer and speeds equal to that of Google’s Chrome. Chrome also lacks the plug-ins that make Firefox the choice of Internet-savvy entrepreneurs. Popup and advertisement blockers, Internet security toolbars and add-ons that can let your mouse preview a site before you click are all free downloads for Firefox. The Internet didn’t really need another browser to confuse and complicate web development. Thanks, but no thanks, Google. I’ll stick with my Firefox.–Matthew C. Egan, managing partner, Image Freedom, San Antonio, TexasCan’t Live Without ItI use Chrome for everything, every day. I primarily use it to save time and not worry about crashing browsers–unlike Internet Explorer. I use Chrome to track my online usage pattern, using Chrome’s history, Chrome’s analytics, Google analytics and Google bookmarks. Then I use that data to look for trends relative to my business plan. Chrome has proved to be very stable, quick and seamless. I can copy and paste this folder to any computer with Chrome installed on it and continue using it with the same bookmarks, history and analytics data, making Chrome mobile. If you understand cloud computing and how your business will be impacted by it and you’re still not using Chrome, you’re not planning well.–Amit Trivedi, owner, Spring International, Rochester, N.Y. This story appears in the January 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
A 120-ton space shuttle is waiting to be launched. There’s no human sitting in the control center, waiting to push the button that would launch the space shuttle. Instead, it’s the software that gives order to four identical machines onboard the space shuttle that pulls information from thousands of sensors and make hundreds of millisecond decisions.This software is bug-free, doesn’t crash and doesn’t need to be rebooted, as reported by FastCompany. It even goes onto calling the software perfect — as perfect as human beings have achieved. The last three versions of the 420,000-line program had just one error each.Related: Nine Tools for Building Your Own Mobile App If the software has bugs, people die. Period. The software was maintained by a group of 260 women and men working day in and day out to ensure the software delivers what it’s supposed to and ensure that no one dies.So coming to the question: Can a human being write bug-free applications? The technical answer is yes. The practical answer, on the other hand, is not so much. The reason behind this is that it’s just not economically viable, unless you’re building a life- or mission-critical application.To understand why it’s unrealistic to expect bug-free applications or software development, let’s understand how the software behaves. A piece of software or an application does not run in isolation on a perfect device or system. It has dependencies of the platform that are out of its control and the existence of libraries makes it even more complex.If you want your application to be bug free, then you need to also ensure that every library you utilize is also completely bug free — which is simply possible when you’re relying on a third-party for this. Speaking of third-party, even the slightest of complexities in an application triggers the integration of a third-party application program interface– again, an external reliance with no control. Related: 8 Ingredients Every App and Software Business Plan NeedsIn his latest book, Art of the Start 2.0, Guy Kawasaki writes, “Good enough is good enough. There is time for refinement later. It’s not how great you start — it’s how great you end up.” It’s a good thought when you’re building your product company ground up. Ask any successful tech product entrepreneur, and they’ll tell you how buggy their mobile or web app was in the initial days.Accounting for every single use case in the initial days of your product is tedious and can take your mind off other important things — like product validation. Your best bet would be to factor in the typical use cases as imagined and ensure those are bug free.Bugs are only bugs when they are reported. So here’s how you should approach your first or your next application development project.1. Expecting your developers to write bug-free code should not be the goal. Rather, focus on giving your early adopters a functional product that can solve their problems.2. Many bugs are raised simply due to a shortfall in what the software does and what the end user is expecting. This can easily be resolved by insisting on creating a detailed functional specifications (FS) document before a single line of code is written. Here’s a sample FS Document for reference.The FastCompany article further reports that at the on-board shuttle group, about one-third of the process of writing software happens before anyone writes a line of code.3. Most programmers across development firms don’t do unit testing and wouldn’t even know how to do that, which means that as a company you would have to hire more expensive ones.4. Considering all costs and decide for yourself what matters most– inexpensive software that works well 99 percent of the time or an expensive one which works well 100 percent of the time. Also, you want to go live with this application now, not in ten or twenty years. Related: One Man’s Software Background Makes Manufacturing Hardware Easy October 22, 2015 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »