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Oct
22

Minimum Wage to Increase April 1

first_imgOn April 1, Nova Scotians earning the minimum wage will make more money. For the fourth time since 2010, the province is increasing the minimum wage to keep up with the cost of living. This year, it will go up 1.5 per cent, to $10.30 an hour. “Our government is delivering on its commitment to make life better for families in Nova Scotia,” said Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More. “Students, single parents and others rely on minimum-wage jobs to make ends meet. This increase will help low-income individuals and their families by making sure the minimum wage is fair.” The minimum wage for someone who has less than three months’ experience is also increasing, to $9.80 an hour. Minimum wage increases now occur annually and are based on the previous year’s national Consumer Price Index. “This is the fairest way for both the employer and the employees,” said Steven MacPherson, general manager of Jack Astor’s restaurant in Halifax and a member of the province’s Minimum Wage Review Committee. “This way, employers know what the minimum wage will be when they’re setting next year’s budgets. “As a business owner, your number one asset is your people. You have to make sure you take care of them, and you pay them fairly.” Nova Scotia has the highest minimum wage in Atlantic Canada and one of the highest in the country, behind Nunavut and the Yukon. The Minimum Wage Review Committee, which includes representatives from business and labour, filed its report with the Minister on Jan. 4. The report is on the department website.last_img read more

Oct
14

Colten Boushies mother says racism is on full display in Saskatchewan

first_imgThe Canadian PressREGINA – The mother of Colten Boushie who was shot and killed on a Saskatchewan farm says racism is on full display in the province every day.Debbie Baptiste said she sees racism everywhere _ in private business, in the courts and in the government, where Indigenous children are being taken into foster care.“It’s like the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) is no longer wearing their mask. They’re out and about,” Baptiste said Tuesday.Boushie was killed after being shot in the head on a farm near the community of Biggar in August 2016.The landowner, Gerald Stanley, was acquitted of second-degree murder after testifying that his gun went off accidentally.Stanley said he was trying to scare Boushie and his four friends that he thought were stealing from him.Baptiste is in Regina to show her support for the Justice for Our Stolen Children camp that’s set up outside the Saskatchewan legislature.She said she is at the camp for her son, but also because she had two grandchildren taken by Child and Family Services.“It’s very peaceful and I’m pretty sure my son would want me here,” she said.The camp was set up on Feb. 28, shortly after the Boushie and Tina Fontaine cases both resulted in acquittals.Tina FontaineFontaine was 15-years-old when she disappeared in Winnipeg in 2014.Her body was pulled from the Red River eight days later wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks. A jury found Raymond Cormier not guilty in February of second-degree murder.Baptiste said that the camp has frequently received racist taunts since she’s been there, including from a group of people playing frisbee nearby.Vehicles also drive by to tell the campers to “get off our land.”Boushie’s mother is also watching the trial of white homeowner Peter Khill, who is accused of shooting Indigenous man Jon Styres in front of Khill’s rural home outside Hamilton, Ont., in February 2016.The Khill case has some similarities to that of Boushie’s.“I hope, pray, they get the justice that they’re asking for,” Baptiste said.Camp supporter Prescott Demas said that more than 1,300 people have stopped by the camp since it started.“It’s nice to have her (Baptiste) here especially since everything started was from the Gerald Stanley verdict,” Demas said.Demas, 47, said that campers want a meeting with the government, although he doesn’t believe it will happen. The camp has received two eviction notices.“I don’t know what my expectations are because I know that this government isn’t interested in listening,” Demas said. “Any expectations of them actually coming out are kind of really high hopes.”Ministry of Justice spokeswoman Jennifer Graham said the government has tried to arrange two meetings with the campers but the locations were rejected.“The group has been advised that their ongoing encampment in the park is not permitted and they must vacate,” she said an email. “Therefore, government officials will not be meeting with the group at the encampment.”news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Oct
13

IAEA urges quick plan on Fukushima radioactive water cleanup

first_imgTOKYO — Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency urged the operator of Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant on Tuesday to urgently decide on a plan to dispose of massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water stored in tanks on the compound.A 13-member IAEA team told reporters in Tokyo after a weeklong review that managing nearly 1 million tons of radioactive water is critical to the plant’s safe and sustainable decommissioning.The IAEA team said in a preliminary report that hundreds of tanks currently used to store the water over large areas of the plant’s compound can only be a temporary solution and must be removed “urgently.”The cores of three reactors at the plant suffered meltdowns following a massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of northeastern Japan.Radioactive water has leaked from the damaged reactors and mixed with groundwater and rainwater at the plant. The water is treated and stored in large tanks.More than 7 1/2 years since the accident, officials have yet to agree on what to do with the radioactive water. A government-commissioned panel has picked five alternatives, including the controlled release of the water into the Pacific Ocean, which nuclear experts say is the only realistic option. Fishermen and residents, however, strongly oppose the proposal.That option faced a major setback this summer when the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., acknowledged that the water, which it said had been carefully treated, was not clean enough. It said the water contains cancer-causing cesium and other elements in excess of allowable limits for release into the environment.The IAEA interim report said TEPCO could run out of space for tanks in a few years, and the water storage adds to safety risks and could hamper the decommissioning of the plant, which is already an unprecedented challenge.It said the water problem has improved recently because of measures such as an underground frozen wall installed around the reactor buildings to keep the radioactive water from mixing with groundwater. It suggested that TEPCO could further reduce the amount of contaminated water by cutting back on the use of cooling water injected into the reactors because the temperature of the melted fuel has fallen significantly.IAEA mission leader Christophe Xerri told reporters that it is uncertain whether all of the melted fuel can ever be successfully removed because too little is known about the damage to the cores of the three reactors.TEPCO and government officials plan to start removing the melted fuel in 2021. Robotic probes inside the reactors have detected traces of damaged fuel but its exact location, contents and other details remain largely unknown.“If you don’t have the information it’s very difficult to say it’s possible or not” to remove all the fuel, Xerri said.The team’s final report from its review is expected in late January.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchiMari Yamaguchi, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Oct
12

Bill Maher Blames Orlando Shooting on Islam

New York – Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, has expressed his issues with Islam several times over the past few years.In last night’s panel show, which was the first show since the tragic Orlando shooting where Omar Mateen, a US-born of Afghan descent, shot and took the lives of 49 innocent people in a gay nightclub in Florida, Maher continued his critique.“How many Muslim-inspired terrorist attacks have there been in the last 20, 30 years? And how many Christian-inspired?” Maher asked. “Yes, the ‘God Hates Fags’ people show up with placards and posters [against the LGBT community] and they’re despicable, but they don’t show up with guns and bombs. That’s just the world as it is today. The answer is not to ban Muslims, however. The answer is to ask more of Muslims,” Maher added.Several guests on the panel disagreed with Maher, saying that he’d generalized and that many non-Muslims commit murders as well.Maher, however, relentlessly argued his position, saying “There are millions and millions of Muslims who are gay around the world who have no one to stand up for them, and I didn’t hear any of it this week. None of it this week. In ten Muslim countries, you get the death penalty for just being gay. Could we have a little perspective on this issue?” read more

Oct
12

Insecurity in Iraq slowing efforts to recover missing Kuwaitis – Ban Kimoon

Recovering the remains of Kuwaiti and other nationals missing since the country’s 1990 war is taking longer than anticipated given the serious security challenges in Iraq, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.At the same time, he voices hope that the security conditions in Iraq will sufficiently improve so as to allow Kuwait to send technical teams and resume search and exhumation efforts at Iraqi mass burial sites next year. In his latest report on the issue to the Security Council, Mr. Ban notes that since May, the number of Kuwaiti and third-country nationals whose remains have been identified remains unchanged, at 233. The identifications were based on human remains brought to Kuwait in 2004, as no exhumation activities were conducted this year, he adds.“Kuwait is unable to send field missions to Iraq to perform search, assessment and exhumation activities as long as the security situation in Iraq remains dangerous,” Mr. Ban writes. In addition, efforts to convince Iraqi witnesses to come to Kuwait and provide relevant information have so far been “unsuccessful.” In the meantime, Kuwait has been gathering information about burial sites in Iraq in preparation for dispatching technical teams to the war-torn country as soon as the situation there stabilizes. Security permitting, it hopes to send a technical team to Iraq in early 2008 to carry out identification procedures at one such site.Regarding the return of Kuwaiti property, Mr. Ban adds that the national archives have still not been found. He expressed support for the intensified activities of his envoy, Yuli Vorontsov, to determine the whereabouts of the archives and facilitate their return, as well as for his continued efforts to assist in the repatriation or return of all Kuwaiti and third-country nationals or their remains. 10 December 2007Recovering the remains of Kuwaiti and other nationals missing since the country’s 1990 war is taking longer than anticipated given the serious security challenges in Iraq, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report. read more

Oct
11

South African leader backs Palestinian bid to join UN as a Member

“It is a decisive step towards achieving lasting peace, economic cooperation and prosperity for the millions of people in the Middle East, and urge that it be viewed favourable,” Mr. Zuma said in his speech to the Assembly’s annual general debate.On the situation in Libya, Mr. Zuma called for the cessation of hostilities and an end to NATO’s aerial bombardment. “We also call for the lifting of the no-fly zone, which was necessitated by the need for the protection of civilians,” said the South African leader.He voiced concern over the proliferation of arms in Libya, adding that the transitional authorities there will need support to deal with the security challenges. He urged Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) to ensure the protection of migrant workers, especially those from the sub-Saharan African countries, whose number he put at about 2.5 million.“Immediate measures should be taken to put an end to the killings, arbitrary arrests and the detention of migrant and black Libyans,” said Mr. Zuma.He noted that the African Union (AU) tried to broker a peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis when it erupted early this year.“However, it is a matter of record now that the AU efforts were never given a chance. Military actions were preferred over peaceful means.”The South African leader stressed that the UN must never allow itself to be used by any country. “All citizens of the world should feel confident and secure, in the knowledge that the UN is above all interests and only serves those of the global citizenry.”He also reiterated South Africa’s call for the lifting of the economic and financial embargo on Cuba to help the Caribbean country’s people attain greater economic freedom.Mr. Zuma also met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the margins of the General Assembly’s debate and the two leaders discussed developments in the southern African region, including the situation in Madagascar. They also talked about recent developments in Libya and Sudan.Mr. Ban thanked the South African leader for his contribution as a co-chair of the Global Sustainability Panel, and acknowledged the country’s leadership as the host of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the city of Durban later this year. 21 September 2011South African President Jacob Zuma today told the General Assembly that his country supported the intention of the Palestinian Authority to seek full membership of the United Nations as a sovereign State and urged other countries to back the move. read more

Oct
6

China rolls out ministimulus to fight slump but moves cautiously after 2008

by News Staff Posted May 30, 2012 1:28 am MDT China rolls out mini-stimulus to fight slump but moves cautiously after 2008 hangover BEIJING, China – China is rolling out a mini-stimulus to fight its economic slump but is moving cautiously after its massive response to the 2008 global crisis left a painful hangover of inflation and debt.Beijing has yet to announce a total price tag. But measures announced piecemeal in recent weeks include 66 billion yuan ($10 billion) to build affordable housing and 26.5 billion yuan to subsidize sales of energy-efficient appliances.That limited size should make the effort more manageable than the 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) avalanche of spending and bank loans in 2008. But its power to boost growth in a $2.5 trillion economy also will be smaller.Still, analysts say the measures should be enough to drive a rebound and keep growth for the year at or slightly above 8 per cent.“I do think it will make a big difference,” said Nomura economist Zhiwei Zhang.“Second-half GDP growth will be better than the first half, to a large extent driven by this support,” Zhang said. “Without it, I think growth probably would trend down.”After spending two years enforcing lending and investment curbs to cool inflation and an overheated economy, communist leaders began gradually reversing course in December following a plunge in demand for China’s exports.Their efforts took on more urgency after economic growth plunged to a nearly three-year low of 8.1 per cent in the first quarter and factory output in April grew at its lowest rate since the 2008 crisis. Analysts say growth should slow further in the current quarter.The Cabinet publicly confirmed its strategic shift last week, promising to “give more priority to growth.”The impact should start to show up in stronger growth in August or September, according to Standard Chartered economists Stephen Green, Li Wei and Lan Shen.The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are forecasting 8.2 per cent growth this year. Some private sector analysts lowered their own growth targets following April’s weak data but to a still-robust range of 8 to 9 per cent — far above the low single-digit levels of the United States, Europe and Japan. The government’s official target is 7.5 per cent.The appliance subsidies might help to spur consumer purchases but measures announced so far rely heavily on more spending on building airports and other public works and encouraging private sector investment.Construction spending pumps money into the economy quickly but raises the risk of setting back the government’s longer-term effort to reduce China’s heavy reliance on investment to drive growth. Easing investment curbs also threatens to add to a glut of unneeded mills and factories in steel and other industries.The government has approved a new subway project for the eastern city of Nanjing and new airport projects in six provinces and regions, according to Chinese media. News reports say the approval process for private sector investment has speeded up.Dozens of new wind, hydro and other renewable power projects have been approved by the country’s planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission.Cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Fuzhou in the southeast are speeding up construction of expressways and subway projects. Other cities have received approval to upgrade hospitals, water treatment and other public facilities.The NDRC has approved three major new steel projects, including a 64 billion yuan ($10 billion) investment by Baosteel Group, China’s biggest steel producer.A top economic planner, Vice Premier Wang Qishan, called in March for a campaign to boost exports by 10 per cent this year, according to news reports. That would be well above the zero to low single-digit growth forecast by some analysts.The huge stimulus in response to the 2008 crisis helped China rebound quickly and pushed economic growth to almost 11 per cent in 2010. But it also fueled inflation and a bout of stock market and real estate speculation.Inflation spiked to a 37-month high of 6.5 per cent last July, with food prices surging 14.8 per cent, before subsiding to 3.4 per cent in April, below the government’s 4 per cent target for the year.Local governments that splurged on building new roads, bridges, schools and other public works were left with heavy debts to state banks that some may be unable to repay.This year, Beijing is imposing more control, requiring central government approval for major investments and calling for projects to have long-term benefits.“I think the government understands the undesirable side effects, and this time around they will try to stabilize growth around 8 per cent,” said Zhang. “I think they want to avoid overshooting.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Oct
3

Updated prospectus for Hydro One sale estimates share price at 19 to

TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government says it expects to raise $1.7 billion from the initial public offering of 15 per cent of Hydro One.The province plans to sell 81.1 million shares in the initial offering — expected to take place in November — at a price of between $19 and $21 per share, according to a revised prospectus the province filed Friday with the Ontario Securities Commission.“This (price) range is temporary and provided for the purposes of marketing to potential investors,” said Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. “The final share price will be determined after a defined marketing period, as well as further analysis.”The initial offering, which is the next step in the privatization of the giant electricity transmission utility, will be followed by three similar-sized offerings.The Liberals hope to raise $9 billion by selling 60 per cent of Hydro One, with $5 billion going to pay down the utility’s debt and $4 billion to help pay for the government’s 10-year, $130-billion plan to upgrade public transit and infrastructure across Ontario.“Unlocking the value of our provincial assets will provide billions towards the single, largest investment in transit and transportation infrastructure in the province’s history,” said Chiarelli.About 25 per cent of the Hydro One shares would be reserved for retail investors, with the rest going to institutional investors.Moody’s Investors Services downgraded the senior unsecured ratings of Hydro One from A2 to A1 after the initial prospectus was filed in September, and said the outlook for the utility remains negative.Ontario’s opposition parties and more than one third of the province’s municipalities are also opposed to the sale of Hydro One, and warn it will drive already high electricity prices even higher.Eight independent officers of the Ontario legislature, including the auditor general and ombudsman, also banded together in an unprecedented move to oppose the Hydro One sale and warn it will shield the company from public scrutiny.But the Liberals insist the government will maintain control of Hydro One by keeping 40 per cent of it in public hands and limiting other buyers to 10 per cent ownership.“The government will remain the single largest shareholder in Hydro One, and rates will continue to be set independently by the Ontario Energy Board,” said Chiarelli.Even though the shares in Hydro One haven’t gone on sale to the public yet, the government has offered them to workers at the utility and at Ontario Power Generation as part of negotiated labour contracts. The value of the shares given to the electricity sector workers won’t be calculated until the IPO proceeds.The prospectus states Hydro One, which owns and operates 29,000 kilometres of high-voltage transmission lines and is a local electricity distributor for about 1.2 million customers, has $23 billion in assets and revenues over $6 billion in 2014.___Follow @CPnewsboy on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly attributed Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s quotes to Finance Minister Charles Sousa. by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2015 3:18 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Updated prospectus for Hydro One sale estimates share price at $19 to $21 read more

Oct
2

UN encourages Korean leaders to act swiftly on agreements at historic summit

“The Secretary-General applauds today’s truly historic summit,” said Mr. Guterres’ Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, in a statement. “Many around the world were moved by the powerful imagery of the two leaders coming together to advance harmony and peace on the Korean Peninsula.”According to the declaration signed by both leaders and released after the summit, the two nations agreed on a number of measures, including realizing the common goal of “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” and pursuing phased military arms reduction and talks to declare an official end to the Korean War, which devastated the Peninsula from 1950 to 1953.An armistice brought about a ceasefire to the Korean War in 1953, but the conflict never officially ended because the parties could not agree to a formal peace treaty.“The Secretary-General salutes the courage and leadership that resulted in the important commitments and agreed actions outlined in the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula,” noted the Spokesman.The UN chief “counts on the parties to build on their first meeting and swiftly implement all agreed actions to further inter-Korean trust-building and reconciliation; sincere dialogue; and progress towards sustainable peace and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula,” Mr. Dujarric said, adding: The Secretary-General “looks forward to these gains being consolidated and advanced” at the US-DPRK summit expected to take place soon.Echoing that sentiment, Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the UN General Assembly welcomed the historic summit and recalled the spirit of collaboration that he saw at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics, as demonstrated by the unified Korean team. Today’s Summit is the continuation of a positive trend.The Assembly President encouraged the two leaders to implement the agreed-upon measures to advance inter-Korean relations and ease military tensions. “It is in the interests of all Member States to work towards achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” he said.Separately, Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the UN-partner Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), applauded the commitment to “complete denuclearization” as pledged in the Panmunjom Declaration.He especially noted the agreement by the two countries to actively seek the support and cooperation of the international community in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.In this spirit, Mr. Zerbo expressed the CTBTO’s readiness to provide all possible assistance. read more

Sep
28

201516 NBA Preview LeBron And The Cavs Could Win 60 Games

We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. While CARMELO lists Kyrie Irving’s No. 1 comp as David “Skywalker” Thompson, a notoriously high-flying player, Irving makes his bones below the rim. (Perhaps the link speaks to explosive scoring ability: Thompson once scored 73 points in a game and Irving had those 55- and 57-point outbursts a year ago.) Another area in which the Cavs hope CARMELO is confused is his defensive plus-minus, which is projected to decline this season despite the defensive strides he made with last season’s Cavs team. And here’s what CARMELO expects from Cleveland’s main players: There’s a perhaps-not-so-coincidental thread running through five of J.R. Smith’s top 10 comparables: Byron Scott, Kerry Kittles, Rick Fox, Dennis Scott and Stephen Jackson all played in the Finals during their careers. Smith is looking to make it two trips in a row — though another commonality among most of his comps was a tendency to decline quickly once hitting the wrong side of 30. The Cavs have a decent amount of depth on the wing, but they still need Smith to buck historical trends for another year or two (and a playoff run like Smith’s last year would be a stroke of great fortune). From mid-January until about halfway through the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers had the best record in basketball, going on a 48-12 run of dominance. Then it all came crashing down with a three-game losing streak that ended their championship chase and started a summer of discontent. The only question that matters for this Cavs team is whether that bad taste can fuel them to a title this season, or if we’ll look back and realize that injuries ruined the Cavs’ best chance in Year One of their Big Three era. During the 2015-16 regular season at least, FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO model expects the Cavs to go 59-23. CARMELO tags LeBron James as an “MVP candidate,” an apt label for the consensus pick for most valuable in this year’s NBA.com GM survey. But a far more interesting part of James’s chart is his comps. CARMELO’s algorithm thinks LeBron is most like former teammate Dwyane Wade in 2012-13, Wade’s third season alongside James. The rest of his top 10 comp list is just as fascinating, both for who is included — a contemporary rival (Kobe Bryant), one of his idols (Scottie Pippen) and arguably two of the five best players ever (Magic Johnson and Larry Bird) — as it is for who is not (the G.O.A.T. himself, Michael Jordan).1Jordan would rank high on LeBron’s comp list if not for that stint as a minor league baseball player. Cavs general manager David Griffin might want to use CARMELO’s comps for Tristan Thompson in his next round of negotiations with Rich Paul — there aren’t many max-money-type players in that group. (That will have to be in five years, as Thompson signed a long-term contract worth $82 million last week.) For now, though, Thompson offers a lot of the same statistical strengths — and weaknesses — as Mozgov: good rebounding, foul-drawing and shooting efficiency, but a low usage rate and next to no assists or steals. Iman Shumpert is lauded for his defensive intensity and athleticism, but CARMELO highlights a handful of categories clearly holding the shooting guard back on offense. Namely, his shooting efficiency is weak, he doesn’t draw fouls, he turns the ball over a bit too much and he isn’t much of a scorer. Shumpert’s defensive metrics live up to his reputation, but that just fuels the algorithm’s comparisons to other hard-nosed, defense-first guards such as T.R. Dunn and Thabo Sefolosha. Those players have their charms, but Shumpert has quite a few offensive hurdles to clear to take the next step as an all-around player. The man they call “Mozzy” most likely peaked last season, according to CARMELO. If true, that will make things interesting when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2016 and starts looking for big money. In the meantime, Mozgov will likely grade well once again in the duties you want performed by a role-playing big man: rebounding, blocking shots, playing tough D, finishing with efficiency and drawing fouls. Everyone knows Kevin Love for his rebounding aptitude, but the blue dots on his CARMELO card speak to the other areas of the game in which Love excels: scoring, shooting efficiently, drawing fouls and — in an underrated facet of his game — rarely turning the ball over. Even Love’s defense, long maligned by observers, draws a slightly above-average grade according to CARMELO’s plus-minus metric. The Cavs mounted a Finals run without him, but it would be a mistake to think he isn’t crucial to their hopes of a return trip. Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews read more

Sep
25

Judge names five 15yearold boys who murdered teen to deter youngsters from

Jacob Abraham, 15, was ambushed in an alleywayCredit:Hertfordshire Police/PA It is important all members of the community… stop the other 14-year-old boys who have not yet committed an offence of murder or been convicted of it should know that there is a price to be paid for joining up in gangsMr Justice Edis Jacob Abraham, 15, was ambushed in an alleyway A judge decided to name five 15-year-old boys who “tortured” a teenager to death in an alleyway in a move to deter young people from joining gangs.Mr Justice Edis revealed his frustration that older members of the gang who may have promoted the killing escaped justice, as he highlighted how there is a “price to be paid” for committing such serious crimes.Kai Fisher-Dixon, Shuayb Mahomud, Tremayne Gray, Omarion Stephens and Abdulqaliq Mohamed stabbed Jacob Abraham, also 15, eight times in the legs and once in the arm.They were each handed life sentences on Friday.A court heard three of the teenagers had to change out of their school uniforms before carrying out the “punishment mission” on behalf of the “AP gang” to teach him a lesson because he was a rival to their “county lines” drug operation.He tried to run home but could not make it because of his injuries and was found dying by his brother in the alleyway in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, on December 7 last year. The five attackers, three of whom were just 14 years old at the time, were captured by CCTV cameras running away from the scene.The court heard Stephens and Gray wielded the knives but prosecutors said all of the boys were jointly responsible having lured Jacob to the scene wanting him to suffer at least really serious harm.The boys, who are all from Enfield in north London, all denied murder but were found guilty by a jury after a five-week trial at St Albans Crown Court on June 25.Gray and Stephens must serve at least 14 years, Mohamed 13 years and Fisher-Dixon and Mahomud 12 years.Lifting an anonymity order preventing the publication of their names, Mr Justice Edis said: “In favour of lifting the order is the importance on the public being able to know what has happened in a case of murder and who is responsible for what. “There is a deterrent element in these proceedings being fully publicised and published, which is in the important public interest.”In my judgment that is especially so in view of my findings about the context of the case, which are that this was a gang-related killing promoted by older and more sophisticated members of the gang who have not been brought to justice.”It is important all members of the community in which this occurred know that and stop the other 14-year-old boys who have not yet committed an offence of murder or been convicted of it should know that there is a price to be paid for joining up in gangs and that they know and should be able to relate that price to people they know and can identify because it will mean more if they can.” The court heard Jacob, the son of an award-winning chef, was a devoted son and brother at home but was “no angel” and had dealt cannabis on a small scale.He was a member of the local church and on the day of his death had been handing out sandwiches to homeless people, his mother Sheba said.Prosecutors said he had been involved in fights and had had an argument with members of a north London gang, known as the Albany Park or “AP gang”. Shortly before his murder he posted a message on his Snapchat account: “If you want to mess with me come and mess with me around my yard,” the court heard.The judge said Fisher-Dixon, who lured Jacob with phone calls before orchestrating the others to get to the alley at the right time, had “delivered his friend into the hands of his enemies”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Sep
21

Halo Combat Evolved remake expected November 15

first_imgFor a lot of console gamers today the love affair with Halo started on the original Xbox with Halo: Combat Evolved. And a major reason for buying the 360 was gaining the ability to paly another Halo game only this time in HD.Well, if you miss the original, or still have an Xbox hooked up just to play it, November can’t come soon enough for you. Joystiq has learned that not only is the game being remade for the 360, it will be released on November 15 in time for the tenth anniversary of the original release date.Unlike the HD packs PS3 owners have been enjoying recently, this Halo remake has gone back to the drawing board. Visuals will be 1080p, supported by brand new art assets, and 3D will be an option if you have a supporting TV. The game will be the same, but it will look new for 2011, not like a 2001 update. Multiplayer is also thought to be getting an update to replace the original’s two-player split-screen with Xbox Live online matches.Development is being handled by Saber Interactive who most recently released TimeShift.Read more at JoystiqMatthew’s OpinionThis wont fail to fly off store shelves as a lot of gamers have very fond memories of the original game that started it all. It’s still a remake, though, so I doubt this will be a full price release and hopefully no more than $30.I would be very surprised if Halo 2 wasn’t also getting the same treatment. The recent shutdown of Xbox Live support for that game resulted in a number of gamers leaving their machines running just to keep a multiplayer game going. Remaking that second game with multiplayer support would probably be even more popular than the first game.Will this be a day one purchase for you, or should the original stay in 2001?last_img read more

Sep
20

Facebook ouvre les portes de sa base de serveurs

first_imgFacebook ouvre les portes de sa base de serveursUne équipe d’ingénieurs a travaillé afin de concevoir un serveur et un datacenter plus économes en énergie. Le résultat a été rendu public.Si vous désirez pénétrer dans les mécanismes de Facebook, le site Open Compute Project est fait pour vous. Il est le résultat d’un travail de trois ingénieurs durant 2 ans, qui ont planché sur un serveur et un datacenter adaptés au besoin du site de pouvoir traiter les informations de ses 500 millions de membres en temps réel (photos, messages, discussions…), explique le site Zdnet.Le tout nouveau datacenter de Prineville (Oregon) consomme ainsi 38% moins d’énergie que les installations existantes de Facebook et a coûté 24% moins cher. Les ingénieurs du projet se sont notamment servis de cartes mères Intel Xeon 5500 et Intel Xeon 5600 et AMD Opteron 6100 Series. Surtout, l’ensemble des spécifications techniques des serveurs (cartes mères, alimentation, châssis, rack, armoire de batteries…) ainsi que celles du datacenter sont en open source sur le site Open Compute Project (lien non disponible). Facebook espère ainsi instaurer un “dialogue collaboratif” à partir de cela afin de continuer à progresser pour ce type de structure. Le 8 avril 2011 à 15:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sep
16

UPDATE Making history Clark County gay couples wed at midnight

first_imgAshley Cavner, 21, and Jessica Lee, 19, of Vancouver on Sunday likely became the first gay couple to be married in Clark County under Washington’s new marriage equality law.“It’s great to be part of history,” Cavner said, after the ceremony.Cavner, wearing a white dress, and Lee, in khaki slacks and a white dress shirt, were married by Vancouver wedding officiant Rob Figley just after midnight Sunday at Vancouver’s First Congregational United Church of Christ.“I now pronounce you wife and wife,” Figley declared.Nearly 200 guests, including brides, grooms and several members of the media, cheered and applauded as Lee joyfully swept Cavner off her feet, and the couple kissed.“I’m ecstatic; I’m shaking,” Lee said. “I can honestly say … I’ve never been so happy in my life.”Cavner, who plans to change her last name to Lee, said she started waiting at the church at 11:30 a.m. in hopes of being the first gay couple in the county to marry.“I wanted us to be the first people,” Cavner said. “This is (Jessica’s) hometown. Everybody knows her.”The second couple to be married were Sylvie Meier, 41, and Winter Erin, 28, of Portland. Meier and Erin met at massage therapy school and have been together for about a year. They plan to hold a Mardi Gras-themed wedding reception May 4 but chose to wed Sunday in order to be part of history.last_img read more

Sep
11

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_img(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports” WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent Wilmington Little League game summary:AAA: Pirates Beat Astros, 16-7, on May 24 at Boutwell FieldThe Astros had another game filled with baserunners.  Joe Gronemeyer and Evan Cummings doubled, adding to singles by Joe Fennelly, Jake Cronin, Joe Cavanaugh, Tim Watson, Ronnan Scafiddi, and Cummings (again), leading the way for the offense.  Batters showed a keen eye as well as Kevin Pruslin (twice), Luke Kitanov, Cavanaugh, and Gronemeyer drew walks.  Pruslin added his first stolen base.  Kyle McDonald and Ethan Afthim made good plays on grounders at second base while Will Poyant, Gronemeyer, Fennelly, Cavanaugh, Watson, and Pruslin were among others making plays in the field.  Poyant struck out six on the mound while Fennelly (1) and Kitanov (2) added to the strikeout total.  All of this wasn’t enough however, as the Pirates were led by Gavin Poirier who pitched 4 innings, striking out 10, while also going 3 for 4 with a home run. The Pirates had great catching by Noah Matton and Jake Driscoll along with offense from Joey Fallis, Ronnie Jordan, Chris Smith, and Riley Morrell.  Great base running from everyone lead to a complete team effort in the win. Coaches have spoken to the team about cheering on their teammates and David Norton was a great motivator for the team during this game. He never stopped rooting on his teammates and the Pirates’ coaches don’t believe it’s a coincidence that when kids are being supported by their teammates, they perform better.last_img read more

Sep
9

AFP Targets Begich Absenteeism in 1M Ad Buy

first_imgAmericans for Prosperity announced today it has paid more than $1 million to run a TV ad attacking incumbent Mark Begich for missing votes in the U.S. Senate. The ad features Steve Perrins, a reality TV personality and owner of Rainy Pass Lodge.Download Audio:“Last year, Mark Begich missed more votes than 80 percent of all of the U.S. Senators. 80 percent of them!” says Perrins in the ad. “Why can’t Mark Begich show up, when it’s time to vote?”The central fact cited in the ad is accurate. Last year, according to the GovTrack website, Begich failed to vote 12 times, putting him in the bottom 20 percent of the Senate for attendance.  That, though, was the best attendance record of the Alaska delegation to Congress. Begich missed 4 percent of the Senate votes last year. Sen. Lisa Murkowski missed 6 percent, and Congressman Don Young missed 13 percent of House votes.So far this year, however, Begich has missed 34 votes. Murkowski has missed 16 and Young just nine.Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group founded by one of the billionaire Koch brothers, says the ad is set to run statewide for several weeks. AFP is also the group responsible for one of the earliest anti-Begich ads of the campaign, featuring a Maryland actress in a kitchen.Senate rankings for missed voteslast_img read more

Sep
1

Dave Chappelle Receives Key to DC

first_imgAfter praising D.C. Public Schools during the Emmys broadcast on Sept. 17, comedian, actor and film director Dave Chappelle was at the center of a media and public frenzy at Duke Ellington School of the Arts on Sept. 29. The public high school auditorium thundered with applause as Chappelle, 44, walked onstage dressed casually in a black hoodie and cargo pants to receive a symbolic key to the city from Mayor Muriel Bowser.On Sept. 29, Dave Chappelle gave his Emmy trophy to his alma mater, Duke Ellington School of the Arts. (Courtesy Photo)During the ceremony, Bowser called the Emmy-award-winning performer a “man who has made . . . lasting contributions to our cultural heritage and to humanity.”Chappelle’s roots in the city and the surrounding metropolitan area run deep. He is a third-generation Washingtonian who spent part of his childhood in Silver Spring, Md. His mother, Yvonne Seon, is a former professor at Howard University, the University of Maryland, and Prince George’s County Community College.As a Duke Ellington alum, graduating in 1991, Chappelle has said he began his standup career as a high school student in past interviews. While his career flourished from gigs at local comedy clubs to his megahit, politically incorrect comedy sketch show, his offscreen resume is equally impressive. He is a longtime philanthropist and has donated to causes such as Seeds of Peace International Camp, which connects emerging leaders from communities with social conflicts; singer Rihanna’s Diamond Ball fundraiser; and $50,000 to embattled Flint, Mich., in the wake of its water crisis.Chappelle also has had a resounding impact on the Washington, D.C. comedy scene, according to popular local comedian Adrian Rodney, who frequently performs at the DC Improv. Rodney said he and other area comedians admire Chappelle’s ability to be a critically acclaimed humorist while also advocating for social justice and charitable causes.“Chappelle being from D.C. helped local potential comedians know it’s possible to make it and be from the area,” said Rodney, 33. “I personally credit his stand up special, “Killing Me Softly,” at the Lincoln Center for getting me into comedy. It made my dream attainable. I also think it’s important for people in show business to give back to the community like Chappelle has done and use their talents to not only entertain, but also to empower.”Chappelle said he hopes his notoriety will also influence students at his alma mater. He noted the impact Washington, D.C. and more specifically, Duke Ellington, had on his stardom.  “When we went to school from 8:30 to 5, I’m not going to lie to you, I hated school,” he told the audience. “I didn’t understand what was happening, but years later when I had my own television show and I was working 16-hour days, it felt easy for me because I had school days longer than that.”Earlier this month Chappelle received his first Emmy for the “Saturday Night Live” monologue he delivered in November 2016. During his acceptance speech, Chappelle shouted out the D.C. Public School system, which set off a Twitter firestorm and trending hashtag. “All right, now I’m going to read this teleprompter,” Chappelle joked during the awards ceremony. ‘Shout out to D.C. Public Schools, here we go.”Duke Ellington recently underwent a $171 million, three-year renovation to include a state-of-the-art dance and music studio, an 850-seat auditorium, performance hall and outdoor terrace.“I want you guys to have this,” Chappelle said as he donated his recently won Emmy to the school. “Just so you know that even though the odds are widely against you, this can happen for you if you guys just stay true to yourselves. So, this is the people’s Emmy and every once in a while, just take a look at it and just know I started earning this Emmy at this school.”last_img read more

Aug
31

New theories emerge to disprove OPERA fasterthanlight neutrinos claim

first_imgSchematic view of the Opera Detector The first is by Carlo Contaldi of Imperial College London. He says that it’s likely the OPERA team failed to take gravity into their math equations and its effect on the clocks used to time the experiment. This because the degree of gravity at the two stations involved in the experiment (Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy and the CERN facility in Geneva) were different, thus one of the clocks would have been running slightly faster than the other, resulting in faulty timing. If this turns out to be the case, the OPERA team will most certainly be embarrassed to have overlooked such a basic problem with their study.The second is by Andrew Cohen and Sheldon Glashow, who together point out that if the neutrinos in the study were in fact traveling as fast as claimed, they should have been radiating particles as they went, leaving behind a measurable trail; this due to the energy transfer that would occur between particles moving at different speeds. And since the OPERA team didn’t observe any such trail (or at least didn’t report it) it follows that the neutrinos weren’t in fact traveling as fast as were claimed and the resultant speed measurements would have to be attributed to something else.Neither of these papers actually disproves the results found by the OPERA team of course, the first merely suggests there may be a problem with the way the measurements were taken, the second takes more of a “it can’t be true because of…” approach which only highlight the general disbelief in the physics community regarding the very possibility of anything, much less the speed of neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light, messing with Einstein’s most basic theories. The first can be addressed rather easily by the OPERA team if it so desires, and the second, well, if the neutrinos did in fact travel faster than the speed of light and did so without leaving a trail, a lot of physics theory will have to be rethought. Though that may not necessarily be a bad thing, physics is supposed to be about finding answers to explain the natural world around us after all, even if it means going back to the drawing board now and then. (PhysOrg.com) — It’s been just two weeks since the Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus (OPERA) team released its announcement claiming that they have been measuring muon neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light, causing an uproar in the physics community. Since that time, many papers (perhaps as many as 30 to the preprint server arXiv alone) have been published seeking ways to discredit the findings. Thus far though, only two seem credible. Citation: New theories emerge to disprove OPERA faster-than-light neutrinos claim (2011, October 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-theories-emerge-opera-faster-than-light-neutrinos.html 3 Questions: Faster than light?center_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Aug
31

Go pandalhopping only after weather clears up Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked pandal-hoppers in the city to take up their venture only after there is improvement in the weather.The Chief Minister assured she has got the information that the weather condition will improve from Saturday. She inaugurated the Durga Puja at Suruchi Sangha on Friday afternoon.Banerjee said some pandals have been damaged in West Midnapore and the district administration will help the Puja organisers affected by the storm. “I feel for those whose pandals have been affected and I have instructed the administration to help the organisers,” she said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA video CD containing the theme songs of Suruchi Sangha, which Banerjee had composed between 2015–18, was released on Friday. Banerjee has also composed this year’s song for the club-Joy Ma Joy Durga, a duet by Indranil Sen and Lopamudra Mitra.The Chief Minister also inaugurated the community puja at Shibpur Mandirtala. She then went to the pandals of Kolahal Gosthi and Alapi Sangha.In South Kolkata, Banerjee inaugurated the Pujas at Nobo Durga 24 Pally at Chetla, Sabji Bagan, Chetla Hat Road Shanti Committee, Gopalnagar Kalyan Sangha and Sree Sangha.It may be mentioned that she had received invitation to inaugurate Pujas from more than 1,000 organisers all over Bengal.While leaving Nabanna she wished the people of Bengal a happy and peaceful Puja. In almost all the Puja pandals she urged people to maintain peace and harmony and assured that the administration is keeping a close watch to thwart any untoward incident.last_img read more

Aug
19

Is Justin Bieber to blame for the closure of this Icelandic canyon

first_img Share Tags: Bieber, Iceland Thursday, May 23, 2019 Posted by The Canadian Press center_img FJADRARGLJUFUR, ICELAND — A large sign warns motorists that Iceland’s Fjadrargljufur canyon is closed to visitors but drivers keep on coming down the narrow gravel road. A ranger at a roadblock has to explain why no one can pass: The vulnerable landscape cannot sustain more visitors.Blame Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star with a worldwide reach.Bieber’s magical music video “I’ll Show You” was filmed at the canyon and seen by millions, creating overwhelming demand for the once-pristine spot. For a chance to follow in Bieber’s footsteps, his fans are not letting a few fences, signs or park rangers keep them away.Eager visitors try to sweet-talk ranger Hanna Johannsdottir into opening the gate. Some offer bribes. They should know in advance it’s not going to work.“Food from people’s home country is the most common bribery,” said Johannsdottir, who recently turned down a free trip to Dubai in exchange for looking the other way at trespassers.The Bieber-inspired influx is one part of a larger challenge for Iceland — the North Atlantic island nation may be too spectacular and too popular for its own good.Last year 2.3 million tourists visited Iceland, compared with just 600,000 eight years ago. The 20% annual uptick in visitors has been out of proportion with infrastructure that is needed to protect Iceland’s volcanic landscape, where soil forms slowly and erodes quickly.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyEnvironment Minister Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson said it is “a bit too simplistic to blame the entire situation on Justin Bieber” but urged famous, influential visitors to consider the consequences of their actions.“Rash behaviour by one famous person can dramatically impact an entire area if the mass follows,” he told The Associated Press.Bieber has the third-largest Twitter account at over 105 million followers, after Katy Perry and Barack Obama, according to friendorfollow.com — and he has over 112 million followers on Instagram.via GIPHYIn the viral video — watched over 440 million times on YouTube since 2015 — Bieber stomped on mossy vegetation, dangled his feet over a cliff and bathed in the freezing river underneath the sheer walls of the canyon.“In Justin Bieber’s defence, the canyon did not, at the time he visited, have rope fences and designated paths to show what was allowed and what not,” Gudbrandsson said.Over 1 million people have visited the area since the release of the video, the Environment Agency of Iceland estimates, leaving deep scars on its vegetation. After remaining closed for all but five weeks this year, it is expected to reopen again this summer only if weather conditions are dry.Icelanders are reluctant to fault the pop star, who enjoys enormous support on the island. About 12% of Iceland’s entire population — 38,000 people — attended his two concerts in Reykjavik, the capital, a year after the video was released.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalLocals underestimated the canyon’s potential as a major attraction because it’s relatively small compared to those formed by the country’s powerful glacier rivers. But unlike others, it is easily accessed and requires less than a kilometre of trekking.The selfies and drone images have stopped — for now — but more exposure is coming. The latest season of the popular HBO drama “Game of Thrones” features scenes filmed at the canyon. The nearby Skogar waterfall and the Svinafells glacier are also backdrops in the fictional Thrones world of warriors and dragons.Inga Palsdottir, director of the national tourism agency Visit Iceland, said a single film shot or a viral photograph has often put overlooked places on the map.The most extreme example, she said, is the Douglas DC-3 U.S. Navy plane that crashed on the black sand beach at Solheimasandur in 1973. The seven Americans onboard all survived but the plane wreck was never removed.“Then someone decided to dance on it and now it’s one of the most popular places in the country,” said Palsdottir. << Previous PostNext Post >> Is Justin Bieber to blame for the closure of this Icelandic canyon?last_img read more