Because it matters a great deal

first_imgAs Brazil burns in historic wildfires, there is a need worldwide to understand why this is not a matter confined to rainforests of Amazon. Known as the lungs of the planet, the forest has been up in flames for past several weeks and particularly in the last two weeks, matters have compounded to unprecedented extents. About half of Brazil is engulfed in smoke which has travelled as far as the Atlantic coast. Not containing this with urgent measures could lead to the worst global climate disaster in recent times. It is widely argued and accused that these fires are set by cattle ranchers and loggers who want clear land for their business, and are emboldened to do so given the pro-business state policies of the Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro. While the politics around it is a debate for another column, a very striking predicament here is that the environment and nature are compromised for non-generic human gain by just a handful of people who wield a huge amount of power to make lasting changes but who invariably abuse their power leaving nature and ordinary mankind at the receiving end. This year’s fires fit in an established seasonal agricultural pattern and it is reported and explained that the vast majority of these fires (nearly 99 per cent) are human-lit and the most favourable time for this is the dry season when it is easier for the humid rainforest of Amazonia to catch fire. The peak of the dry season, however, is still to come in September. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) informs that the number of fires in Brazil is up to 80 per cent higher than last year and ore than half are in the Amazon region, spelling disaster for the local environment and ecology and aggravating massively on a global scale. The Amazonian rainforest is a repository of rich biodiversity and is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming. Producing one-fifth of the world’s oxygen and about 20 per cent of its freshwater, it is also home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous communities whose lives and homelands are continually under threat due to the persistent encroachment by the capitalist business vultures who do not hesitate to vandalise the resource-rich environment for sinister economic interests. Thus, these human-induced fires can range from a small-scale agricultural practice to deforestation for a mechanised and modern agribusiness project, as we see ablaze in Brazilian Amazon. This man-made disaster means that nature is repeatedly being taken for granted and that nothing is more important for humans than realising their own short-sighted visions at the cost of anything they think does not concern them. In this case, it is the environment. The Amazon rainforest is a crucial system that contributes to the water cycle on a global scale. The rain produced by the Amazon travels across to the Andes mountain range. Moisture from the Atlantic falls on the rainforest and eventually evaporates back into the atmosphere. It is established that Amazon rainforest has the ability to produce at least half of the rain it receives. This cycle is a delicate balance with impact on all the major parts of the world. Needless to say that there is a very urgent need to heed this balance. Necessary policy intervention is, of course, the urgent need of the hour but the very fundamental understanding that nature is not the means but the very locus of survival must be internalised by all. The Amazon is exceedingly important for the future of mankind and planet Earth, essentially for its capacity to stave off the worst of climate change. It is time the world comes together to prevent from compounding this untold destruction staring humanity in the face.last_img read more

Gas plants accused to hear Thursday on need to defend themselves further

first_imgTORONTO – Two former top political aides will hear on Thursday whether they need to offer further defence to accusations they illegally destroyed documents about the Ontario government’s politically explosive decision to cancel two gas plants ahead of the provincial election in 2011.Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson on Tuesday reserved his decision on a request from David Livingston and Laura Miller for a directed acquittal — that he dismiss the case against them without the defence putting forward any evidence.Livingston and Miller, top aides to ex-Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, argued through their lawyers that the prosecution has failed to prove their guilt on charges of mischief and illegal computer use but prosecutor Tom Lemon said emails from 2012 indicated their culpability.Among the emails, court heard, were instructions on “double deleting” documents, and discussion of the increasingly tense political situation at the time: A legislature committee and others were requesting documents related to the Liberal government’s decision to scrap and relocate the gas plants, which cost taxpayers more than $1 billion.Both Livingston, who was McGuinty’s chief of staff, and his deputy Miller were quick to say they had no records responsive to the information requests, court heard. But Lemon argued the duo knowingly and deliberately wiped computer hard drives in the premier’s office in violation of guidelines and policies related to the records. He also said the pair kept senior bureaucrats in the dark about what they were doing.“There was no intention to comply with any of those policies,” Lemon told Lipson. “Certainly, they intended to wipe those hard drives.”While the pair admit deleting about 400 files from 20 computers, they maintain the files contained only personal data or political records they were not obliged to keep. In addition, their lawyers said, no evidence exists to show exactly what was deleted.“We don’t have to prove that the defendants deleted specific records,” Lemon countered. “The data being wiped did not belong to them.”In pressing for a directed acquittal, Livingston’s lawyer Brian Gover denied the pair had acted nefariously, stating the deleted emails were “political in nature.” The law, Gover said, only required retention of records of long-term business value to the Ontario government, and the relevant emails about the fallout from the gas-plants decision didn’t qualify.Miller’s lawyer, Scott Hutchison, said the prosecution had opened its case by suggesting the pair had deleted thousands of documents as part of some “grand conspiracy.” The emails the Crown pointed to as evidence of guilt simply reveal the obvious, Hutchison said: The government’s gas plants decision had been controversial.“I’m prepared to stipulate there was a political controversy in 2012,” Hutchison said. “If you look at these emails, they are all political, they are all transient, and none of them would have had to be preserved.”“Your position is that there were no business records that had to be retained?” Lipson asked.“None of these emails had to be retained,” Hutchison said.Hutchison said his client’s job related to “political messaging” about the issues of the day and no obligation existed to preserve related discussions.Lipson appeared to have difficulty that records concerning the government’s decision were “personal.” He also wondered whether freedom of information requests changed the situation, noting the accused said they had no records and then had Miller’s spouse, Peter Faist, wipe the drives.“There’s no evidence of any (responsive) records actually being destroyed,” Hutchison said. “That’s the problem.”The prosecution last week admitted it had no case on a third charge against Livingston and Miller, breach of trust.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version carried an incorrect spelling for David Livingston’s last name in one reference.last_img read more

Workers at the Quebec Native Womens Association band together

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn organization working for Aborignial women in Quebec has made the unprecedented move to unionize.The employees of the Quebec Native Womens Association says it is their job to promote the rights of Native women in the province – including the women working in their office.APTN’s Ossie Michelin tells us why they did itlast_img

NAFTA further imperilled by US demand for stringent American auto content

OTTAWA — Pessimism about the fate of NAFTA is mounting amid dismay that the U.S. wants to impose stringent new American content requirements on vehicles that are allowed duty-free movement across North America.The United States is set to propose that cars and trucks must have at least 85 per cent North American content and at least 50 per cent specifically American content to qualify for duty-free status, according to a report by Inside U.S. Trade.The rules of origin proposal is expected to be tabled next week in Washington during the fourth round of negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement.Canada and Mexico have, from the outset of talks, been adamant that they won’t agree to a specific American content requirement that would bolster the U.S. industry at the expense of automobile and auto parts manufacturers in the other two countries.And Canada’s automotive industry agrees.“You can’t have protectionism within a free trade agreement. It’s an oxymoron,” Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association, said Friday.Studies have found that Canadian-produced vehicles already contain 63 per cent American content, while those produced in Mexico contain 40 per cent, Volpe noted. But he said casting an American content requirement in stone would handcuff the industry’s ability to pivot to suppliers in other countries — including Canada and Mexico — should they be able to offer a better product at a better price.“If the U.S. becomes less competitive and you’re tied to doing it in the U.S., then you are less competitive,” Volpe said, adding that in the meantime the industry’s global competitors, like China, will be “eating your lunch.”“It’s goofy.”Even without a specific American content requirement, the reported proposal to hike the North American content requirement to 85 per cent — up from the current 62.5 per cent — is stoking fears in all three countries that their fully integrated supply chain would be disrupted, manufacturing costs would skyrocket and the North American automotive industry would be left unable to compete with auto makers in Europe and Asia.“We are such a highly integrated industry, I think numbers of this nature would be highly problematic … and it would really tend to undermine our competitiveness as an industry within North America, let alone Canada,” said Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association.Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council and former Missouri governor, echoed that concern.“We share the goals of the (Trump) administration to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector, grow the U.S. economy and American jobs,” he said in an email statement to The Canadian Press.“We, however, are concerned the approach they are taking would be counterproductive to achieving those shared goals, including significant changes to rules of origin that would be harmful to the short and long-term competitiveness of the North American auto industry.”Unifor president Jerry Dias, whose union represents Canadian auto workers, said he sympathizes with what the U.S. is trying to do: stop the exodus of manufacturing jobs, particularly in the auto industry, to low-wage Mexico.But he said imposing stringent North American and American content requirements, without simultaneously raising the 2.5 per cent tariff on vehicles imported to the U.S. outside NAFTA, would backfire. He predicted auto makers would forgo their duty-free status under NAFTA, move their operations to Mexico and pay the tariff.“Ultimately, unless they deal with the 2.5 per cent tariff, it’s all worthless.”As for a specific American content requirement, Dias said that simply “won’t fly.”“For the U.S. to think that Canada is somehow just going to be bullied and is going to roll over and not protect their key industries while the U.S. is trying to do the same makes no sense,” he said, noting that autos remain Canada’s top export.The protectionist line on auto rules of origin comes after the U.S. tabled an equally unpalatable proposal on government procurement at the third round of negotiations last week in Ottawa. The U.S. is looking to severely restrict the ability of Canadian and Mexican companies to win contracts on government-funded infrastructure projects in the U.S.The mood among stakeholders during the third round was glum but Dan Ujczo, an Ohio-based trade lawyer with clients in both Canada and the U.S., said it’s about 10 times worse now, with most expecting the talks to end in failure.While the political leaders still talk about creating a “win-win-win” for all three countries, Ujczo said the only ‘Ws’ on stakeholders’ minds during the fourth round will be “who will withdraw” and “when will withdrawal” occur.A senior Canadian government official, not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said Canadian negotiators will keep meeting and talking, even if it means repeatedly rejecting hardline American proposals.Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, declined to comment on the auto content requirement issue because an American proposal has still not been put on the table.“We will continue to work for a good deal, but not just any deal. We will continue to make clear, reasoned arguments based in fact.” read more

Chennai Court rejects plea from Douglas

Rejecting his request, IV additional sessions judge S Rajagopalan said his personal appearance before the court could not be dispensed with because of the police objection over his identification and the gravity of charges against him. “The petitioner has not complied with the order of the high court. Further, the respondent (police) clearly and categorically questioned the identification of the person accused. The NBW is pending for long time,” the judge said in his order. “Under these circumstances, after applying my judicial mind, it is concluded that the presence of the petitioner is essential, in order to ascertain his identity.” A Chennai sessions court on Thursday refused to revoke a non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda and turned down his offer to face the murder trial he faces in India through video-conferencing.Devananda and nine others are accused of firing on local residents and killing one person at Choolaimedu in Chennai in November 1986. All the 10 were arrested and charged with murder. A chargesheet was filed before the IV additional sessions court in 1987. As all of them absconded after being released on bail, the court declared them as proclaimed offenders in August 1994. The minister had approached the court seeking cancellation of the warrant and cited security threat to him and possible law and order problem in Tamil Nadu if he visited the state to attend the trial. Devananda sought the court’s permission to face trial through video-conferencing at the Indian high commission in Sri Lanka. Public prosecutor Prabhavathi assured that Devananda would get adequate police protection if he chose to attend the trial proceedings. But the minister’s counsel said the Tamil Nadu police were not as good in providing security as in conducting investigation, as was evident from the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.Besides the security threat, the Lankan minister cited his high constitutional position in Sri Lanka for his inability to attend the trial proceedings. (Times of India) read more

Democratic Peoples Congress sacks Nalliya Kumaragurubaran

Kumaragurubaran has also been removed from the party as he had failed to promote the party and had instead established contacts with other political parties. (Colombo Gazette) The Democratic People’s Congress says it has removed Nalliya Kumaragurubaran from the party.In a statement, the leader of the Democratic People’s Congress, Praba Ganesan said that Kumaragurubaran had been removed from his post of party General Secretary.

Wabush 3 mine project a significant boost for Labrador West IOC

Wabush 3 mine project a ‘significant’ boost for Labrador West: IOC LABRADOR CITY, N.L. – The Wabush 3 mine project in Labrador West is going ahead with a planned investment of $79 million, the Iron Ore Company of Canada announced Thursday.The new pit to be developed as part of IOC’s ongoing operations will extend the life of the existing mine, offering hope in a region hit hard since iron ore prices crashed.“This value-driven investment will deliver significant benefits for our business, employees and surrounding communities in Labrador West and Sept-Iles for many years to come,” IOC president and CEO Clayton Walker said in a statement.Lower iron ore prices over the last three years have economically battered Labrador West. The collapse spurred layoffs at IOC and the shutdown of Wabush Mines, wiping out about 500 well-paid jobs in the one-industry community.The Wabush 3 project has cleared regulatory and environmental hurdles, but was delayed in 2015 due to sluggish prices.IOC now says construction of the new pit is expected to start in the second quarter of this year.First ore from production mining is expected in the second half of 2018, to help drive IOC’s annual capacity to 23 million tonnes from 18 million tonnes.The company says Wabush 3 gives it the best access to low-cost, quality ore to help it compete as prices remain volatile.“IOC is committed to modernizing its assets and operating model to achieve safer and more stable production,” and become “the premier mining organization in North America,” it said Thursday.The company has moved to improve productivity in recent years and has denied complaints of forced overtime. Union leaders have repeatedly raised concerns about worker fatigue and unresolved grievances. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 23, 2017 9:49 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Newly discovered DDay maps reveal German defences on eve of assault

first_img 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. Individual houses along the coast that had been fortified and occupied by the Germans were also highlighted.The maps cover the areas of Normandy where Allied paratroopers dropped a few hours before the beach landings. Not only were roads, bridges and streams marked but even their length and width were noted.One of the maps covers ‘Dog’ section for Omaha Beach, which featured in the Steven Spielberg film Saving Private Ryan.The 1:25,000 or 2.5ins to 1 mile scale maps were colour-coded with blue for comfirmed enemy positions, purple for unconfirmed and orange for amended positions. The most up-to-date maps for the D-Day invasion have come to light 72 years later to show the incredible detail the Allies went to to ensure victory.The 24 original maps were drawn up just two weeks before the momentous operation and gave the military commanders the most contemporary reports of the state of the five Normandy beaches.The charts, marked ‘Top Secret’, were so detailed they contained almost the exact number and positions of mines, pill boxes and other defence works the Germans had laid as part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. One of the maps covers ‘Dog’ section for Omaha BeachCredit:Abbie Trayler-Smith for The Telegraph A man of Sword beach where British troops came ashoreCredit:C&T/BNPS Sword beach in the British sector - even flame throwers are markedcenter_img The maps, that spread out to 3ft by 2.5ft, were dated May 20 when the date and location for the Allied invasion of Europe was still only known by a select few.Indeed, they were for members of the ‘BIGOT’ list only – the limited number of military top brass who knew about the plans for Operation Overlord.An instruction along the top told the holder the maps were not to be carried in operational aircraft in case it crashed behind enemy lines.The documents were the culmination of two years of work to gather intelligence and photographs of the Normandy coast.The operation involved a bogus BBC competition for British holidaymakers to send in their photographs of the French seaside and Allied divers taking panoramic snaps of the beaches under the noses of the Germans. “There are no other maps that are as up-to-date as these that we know of.”They are rare. Every now and again one might pop up from the family of a senior officer but to get so many of them in one go is quite something.”They are in very good condition.”Very few have survived and this is the largest single grouping we have seen.”The maps include Gold Beach between Colleville and Arromanche, Sword Beach between St Aubin and La Breche, ‘bloody’ Omaha Beach at St. Pierre-Du-Mont and St. Marie-Du-Mont at Utah Beach.They are being sold on September 7 and expected to fetch £2,800. Omaha Beach The maps have emerged now after an unknown dealer bought them from a descendant of a senior military officer who was involved in Operation Overlord.They are being sold in eight separate lots by C&T Auctioneers of Ashford, Kent.Tim Harper, of C&T Auctioneers, believes the maps were kept by a senior Allied military leader after the historic operation.He said: “These were the last printed maps before D-Day.”They are incredibly detailed and gave the main military leaders vital information on the presence of defences, machine gun posts, pill boxes and trenches.”The maps are dated May 19 and D-Day was put back once or twice before it was launched on June 6, 1944.last_img read more

Women being forced to sign gagging clauses which stop them talking to

Zelda Perkins gave evidence to a previous committee hearing Credit:PA When asked yesterday whether there was evidence of other stringent agreements, Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, said: “Most of them just allow you to talk to your spouse, your lawyer and your accountant and that is it.  He said that it was felt that the change in the law came about in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein #MeToo scandal as it was felt that NDAs were being abuse. He told the committee: “The value of the NDA is to intimidate women into being silent and that I think was the context, that women were being silenced and repeat harassers were continuing to harass.”The committee will continue hearing evidence in the new year.  Women are being forced into signing into signing controversial gagging orders which are so strict they ban them from speaking to their doctor about their experiences, MPs have been told. Employees are left feeling that there is no choice but to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)  which “intimidate” them into silence after having “horrible” experiences at the hands of their bosses, the Women and Equalities Committee heard as they opened a fresh inquiry into the use of the agreements. It comes in the wake of the scandal surrounding Sir Philip Green’s use of NDAs to silence staff who accused him of sexual and racial discrimination. The Topshop billionaire still has an injunction out against the Telegraph preventing this newspaper printing allegations made against him by five former staff members.Emma Webster, a solicitor specialising in the field, told the hearing that NDAs were used in almost every case where there had been a payout but as they are so shrouded in secrecy it was impossible to know how many existed. The committee originally heard evidence on the use of NDAs last year when Zelda Perkins, who had been forced to sign one by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, told them that her agreement precluded her from speaking to her therapist or the police.  Zelda Perkins gave evidence to a previous committee hearing  “We would never advise anybody to speak to anybody outside of that as they would risk breaching their NDA and it would just be too terrifying what the consequences of that could be.”Sarah Champion MP said she was “shocked” that people were only able to tell their spouse.Ms Webster,  Joint CEO of Your Employment Settlement Service, argued that in most cases the agreements said that you could speak to “professional advisors”, which she would tell clients would include a doctor or therapist. But she agreed that it “probably” needed to be clearer. Ms Brearley said that her campaign group had carried out research in which 260 women responded to their survey to say that they had experienced pregnancy or maternity discrimination and had signed an NDA. Of those 91pc said that they felt “forced to sign that NDA, that they didn’t have any other choice” and 69pc said that signing it had had a “long term impact on their mental health”.  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. “It is put to them as if it is a choice, it is not a choice. There is no other option, there is nowhere else for them to go,” she told the hearing. “Many of these women are in horrendous, vulnerable states. They have just had a baby, they are trying to get used to motherhood and they are going through this awful experience with their employer. They just want it over.”She said that the “silence, the secrecy, damages women for a really long time” but argued that NDAs should not be abolished as many need the settlement. She added: “They want it in that sense that they want it over”. She said making the tribunal process easier and “less brutal” would help, but added: “We should make it clear that women can talk to their counselor about it… that is the least we can do. “Seamus Dooley, Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists, argued that they should be abolished in certain cases as “harassment occurs in the dark and the only way we can actually stop it is by shining a light on it”. The committee also heard from Peter Rukin, a partner at Californian law firm Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP, where NDAs are being outlawed in sexual abuse and harassment cases.  read more

Prince Harry to open memorial to 31 British victims who died in

The Duke of Sussex will officially open a memorial to 31 British victims of two terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kensington Palace has announced.The memorial commemorates the 30 British victims of the Sousse attack at a popular coastal holiday resort in 2015, as well as a UK national who died in an attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis earlier the same year.The commemorative sculpture, called Infinite Wave, will overlook a lake in Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park and comprise 31 individual streams, with each representing the loss of a British life.A number of the victims had links to the Midlands, including 70-year-old former Birmingham City footballer Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine, 69.The duke will attend a ceremony to officially open the memorial on March 4 and attend a reception where he will meet some of the families of those affected.In 2016 Harry gave a reading at a service for the victims at Westminster Abbey in London.The sculpture, which was designed by London and Gloucester-based George King Architects, was chosen ahead of 19 other entries by an independent panel, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.Relatives of the victims were consulted on its design and location. Suzy Richards, who lost three members of her family in the attack, has previously described the memorial as representing “our never-ending love and beautiful memories we treasure”.As part of his visit to Birmingham, the duke will also visit The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.The centre aims to minimise the psychological and physical impact of scarring among armed forces personnel and civilians wounded in terrorist attacks.The Royal Foundation gave funding to the CASEVAC Club, which helped to set up the centre and aims to provide wounded personnel with a close-knit, supportive community and assist in the advancement of treatments. read more

Jodie Whittaker Opens Up About Doctor Who

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Trust her…she’s a doctor. Jodie Whittaker tells @shaunwkeaveny about her new drama Trust Me & life as the 13th @doctorwho.— BBC Radio 6 Music (@BBC6Music) August 7, 2017Following this winter’s departure of showrunner Steven Moffat and Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Whittaker and Chibnall (“Chibs”) will carry the BBC torch—likely starting in the fall of 2018.“I’m about to play an alien, a Time Lord. And as a girl? … That’s incredible,” she said.Whittaker isn’t the only one excited for the change: A home video of a young fan watching the BBC’s post-Wimbledon reveal went viral when she fangirled hard over the casting news.“Seeing things like that are really exciting,” Whittaker added.While plenty of Whovians are right chuffed over the Doctor’s changing sex, some folks have criticized the program for this diverse move—one that Whittaker has gallantly addressed on multiple occasions.“The people that are in these roles that we are … passionate about or look up to don’t always have to tick the same box,” she told Keaveny in that thick Northern accent reminiscent of the Ninth Doctor.Christopher Eccleston himself shared his thoughts with fellow BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends presenter Sara Cox: “She’s working-class, she’s Northern, what can go wrong?”Whittaker, who worked with Tenth Doctor David Tennant on Broadchurch, suggested that she’s “spoken to a few” previous Time Lords, who simply reminded her to enjoy the journey.“No person plays this part the same,” she said. “And what a freeing thing [that is] for day one.”Whittaker also sat down with BBC News to discuss Doctor Who.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img In the first broadcast interview since her unveiling as the Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker today joined BBC Radio 6 Music to talk emotions, fans, and upcoming adventures.“I didn’t faint,” she said of learning she got the part. “I played it really cool. And cried.”The 35-year-old from West Yorkshire found out about her new role while filming four-part BBC miniseries Trust Me, in which she plays a disgraced nurse masquerading as a doctor.“It was incredibly emotional,” she told 6 Music’s, Shaun Keaveny. “All I ever wanted to do was be an actor. I wanted to do it because I wanted to play pretend. And [Doctor Who] is the ultimate playing.“If you grow up watching adventure films and TV shows [with] that belief that anything is possible, this is the job to do,” she continued. “And I get to do it. And that was never in the realm of possibility ever growing up.”Most American audiences will recognize Whittaker from her three-season stint as Beth Latimer in Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch (also featuring Arthur “Rory Williams” Darvill).But the versatile performer, who had her big-screen breakthrough opposite the late Peter O’Toole in 2006’s Venus, can make audiences laugh as easily as she can break their heart.last_img read more

Girl pleads guilty in robbery

first_imgThe driver in a Camas home-invasion robbery and assault in May pleaded guilty in juvenile court Thursday to second-degree robbery.Amanda Louise Seekins, 17, was driving after her co-defendants allegedly assaulted and robbed at gunpoint two men May 12.Court records say police were called to a home in the 3900 block of Northeast Tacoma Court for a robbery early that morning. A resident and house guest said they were attacked.One of the men said he had been speaking with one of the co-defendants over social media for a few weeks, and invited her over.When he answered the door, three man pushed their way inside and robbed the two, according to court records.Seekins, court records say, drove the car from the house.One of the co-defendants in the case, Evan B. Barajas, 20, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Sept. 7 after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and third-degree assault. Co-defendant Raelyn G. Domingo, 15, was sentenced in July to 15 to 36 weeks in a juvenile facility for her role in the robbery.Domingo is also accused of shooting a 56-year-old Beaverton, Ore., man whom she met on a “sugar daddy” dating site. She’s facing first-degree robbery and first-degree assault, both Measure 11 crimes in Oregon that carry mandatory minimum sentences of 7 1/2 years in prison.Seekins’ sentencing was set for Jan. 24, 2019.Trials for the other co-defendants — Jamil R. Timpke Rhoades, 19, and Keonte D. Scott, 20 — are pending.last_img read more

Max Lowe hopeful Aberdeen will kick on after tough fixtures

first_imgIt almost appeared Max Lowe’s Aberdeen teammates were left with nothing to show for their efforts on Sunday as Celtic lifted the Betfred Cup in the Hampden final.However, reprieve came the way of the Dons on Wednesday night as they recorded a famous 1-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox.The on-loan-full-back who put up an impressive display against Rangers is pleased with the team’s progress and believes they are now focused on their weekend fixture against St. Johnstone.Lowe told Evening times:“After being here a couple of weeks, I felt like I’d improved my game. The gaffer took me to one side and told me the things I needed to improve defensively – I still need to improve in the air.”“He will take me aside in training and do one-v-one stuff. Each game, I’m picking up and learning things as I go on.”ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - MAY 04: Manager of Celtic Neil Lennon celebrates as his side secured the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership title after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Lennon praises Celtic’s fan support Manuel R. Medina – May 5, 2019 According to the team manager, the way the supporters behave this season helped the team achieve an eighth consecutive title.“Rangers and Celtic are great teams and I’m happy we’ve been able to keep them quiet. Hopefully, I can do that for as long as I stay.”“With the games in hand, we’re really confident. The final we lost, but everyone said we played really well.”“Hopefully we can kick on and make a run of it. We’ve had a tough week of away games so hopefully, this can serve us well.”“It could have been a terrible week if we lost the final and had lost on Wednesday.”“It would have been hard to kick on again. To get the win is massive for us and a massive confidence boost.”“It could be a season-changer; we can deal with anyone in this league. We showed that on Sunday, never mind on Wednesday, and I think teams in this league will know what kind of team we are.”last_img read more

Guyanese Woman Caught With Cocaine in Her Hair Weave at Airport

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 24, 2017 – Nassau – A woman from Guyana has been arrested at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the Bahamas concealed in her hair weave.Police report that alert Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) officers took the Guyanese woman into custody following the seizure of just over two pounds of cocaine on Tuesday afternoon.Shortly after 3pm, a team of officers assigned to the DEU conducted a search of a Guyanese female passenger, who had just arrived on a Caribbean Airlines flight from Suriname, at the Bahamas Customs arrival area at LPIA.During the search, one taped package containing cocaine was found concealed in a weave attached to her hair. The police have not yet released the identity of the woman.#magneticmedianews#guyanesewomancaughtwithdrugsatairport Related Items:#guyanesewomancaughtwithdrugsatairport, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Boy injured after SUV rolls over him in Yacolt

first_imgA 3-year-old boy was airlifted Saturday afternoon after a Ford Excursion rolled over him in Yacolt.Details were sketchy.The boy eventually was taken to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, according to North Country EMS Chief Ben Peeler. The boy was not in critical condition.North Country Emergency Medical Service and Fire District 13 arrived around 4:30 p.m. The boy was transported from 23212 N.E. W H Garner Road, where he was injured, to Yacolt Primary School. He was then flown via Life Flight to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where his condition was determined to be stable. The child was then transferred to Doernbecher in a medical van.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.The boy’s name was not released.last_img read more

The Dodgers win last night was a victory for analytics Smart wins

first_imgIt’s a Blazin 5 Friday in the Herd. Colin is coming off a 4-1 Week 5 and is preparing to spontaneously combust. His picks this week are hotter than a recalled smart phone.Dave Roberts’ decision to use his closer in the 7th inning in the Dodgers NLDS Game 5 win against the Nationals was progressive and embraced analytics. Old school Dusty Baker was critical of the move. He can go home and scream at the kids on his lawn, because his season’s over.“In your most leveraged situations, use your best available pitcher. Analytics won, and so did the Dodgers.”Colin is loving the playoff baseball atmosphere. There’s no need to be paralyzed by trying to shave a couple of minute, just make the action better. College football games are running 5 hours during 80-point blowouts. He believes college games should use a running clock to speed things up. The difference between baseball and football is that the powers that be can control the clock.“There is no downside to this. It’s all good for the business. Fewer injuries, fewer blowouts, and more upsets.”The Broncos lost to the Chargers and Colin sees the NFL catching up to Trevor Siemian now that there’s film on him. The same applies to Carson Wentz. It’s the same reason the read option and the Wildcat went away. Once coaches have time to prepare, they always catch up.Ronda Rousey is coming back on December 30 at UFC 207 and is getting a title shot against Amanda Nunes in her first fight. UFC President Dana White is getting criticized by some fighters who think it’s unfair, and that Rousey gets preferential treatment. Colin says deal with it, Rousey is a star. People want to see stars. Dana White has the power and is making it happen. It’s a good thing.Guests:Mike Lombardi – Fox NFL Insider joins the show to explain why yards per attempt is the stat that matters, not yards per completion, why quarterbacks need to be built to take a beating, his theory about the need to instill discipline for teams in “port cities” like Miami, and his breakdown of the upcoming NFL Week 6 games.Dave Wannstedt – Fox Sports College Football Analyst is in-studio to tell Colin what Jerry Jones really thinks about the Cowboys quarterback situation, why he supports Dak keeping the starting job, why he thinks Jimmy Johnson would stick with the hot hand, and his Ohio State/Wisconsin story.Antoine Fuqua–  Director of Forever Brothers: The ‘71 Pittsburgh Pirates Story is in-studio to talk about the reaction to one of baseball’s first truly diverse teams, the local and media reaction to the team, how they were accepted once they started winning, their life on the road, and their legacy.last_img read more

Chrome Portable Updater for Windows

first_imgChrome Portable Updater for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on March 13, 2019 in Google Chrome – Last Update: March 14, 2019 – 17 commentsGoogle does not really offer portable versions of the company’s Google Chrome web browser for download. Chromium, the browser that Chrome is based on, is available as a portable version.It is possible to run Google Chrome as a portable version but updating is not straightforward as there are not many solutions out there that automate the updating somewhat.Chromium users on the other hand have a wide range of programs at their disposal to update the Chromium browser automatically.Tip: it is possible to block automatic updates of Chrome.Chrome Portable UpdaterChrome Portable Updater is a portable program for Microsoft Windows systems that downloads portable versions of Google Chrome and updates existing portable versions of Chrome.The Windows interface language determines which portable version of Google Chrome is downloaded by the application.All you need to do is the following:Download Chrome Portable Updater from the Deskmodder website.Extract the downloaded archive to your system.The program extracts the portable versions of Chrome into folders under the root structure. You may want to move the folder to the desired location.There are two executable files in root (unfortunately with German filenames).Chrome Updater x86-x64 Lang_EN Einzel Ordner.exe extracts the selected Chrome channel version to its own folder, e.g. Chrome Dev x64. You may use it to create up to 8 different Chrome portable folders to run them individually (great for testing).Chrome Updater x86-x64 Lang_EN Nur Chrome Ordner.exe extracts the selected channel version into the Chrome folder (thus replacing any version that exists in that folder already).In other words: if you plan to use different Chrome editions, run the executable mentioned under 4.1, if you just want one Chrome edition, run the exe in 4.2 instead.The application displays download buttons for all Chrome channels and supported Windows architectures.Select the one you want, and wait for the download to complete.All files are downloaded to a folder in the directory you executed Chrome Portable Updater from.Windows users who prefer to use the command line can do so as well: just append the following parameters to the application name to run the download from the command line or batch files:canary86 == Chrome x86 Canarycanary64 == Chrome x64 Canarydev86 == Chrome x86 Developerdev64 == Chrome x64 Developerbeta86 == Chrome x86 Betabeta64 == Chrome x64 Betastable86 == Chrome x86 Stablestable64 == Chrome x64 StableExample: C:\”Chrome Updater x86-x64 Lang_EN Einzel Ordner.exe” canary64 to download the 64-bit Canary version to its own folder.Now You: Do you run portable browser versions?SummaryArticle NameChrome Portable Updater for WindowsDescriptionChrome Portable Updater is a portable program for Microsoft Windows systems that downloads and updates portable versions of Google Chrome.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Saudi Arabia plans a big tourism project

first_imgSaudi Tourism authorities are set to develop a key project on a two million sq metre area of land in Al-Ahsa region of the kingdom. The project includes a commercial mall, hotel, tourism, recreational and marketing services.“Al-Ahsa will witness several tourism projects, investment opportunities in Al-Uqair beach, as well as sophisticated tourist events, along with the establishment of co-operative societies related to tourism with relevant government agencies,” stated Abdulateef Al Afaleq, the Chairman of the National Tourism Committee at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC).According to a Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector is expected to create more than 400,000 jobs in the next five years. HRDF, in coordination with the Ministry of Labour and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), is working to assess the needs of the sector, and train Saudi nationals to fill in the void.While discussing the national tourism resources, and its challenges and prospects, HRDF Deputy Executive Director Abdulkarim Al-Nujaidi said that the fund along with SCTA and Ministry of Labour is currently working on 56 schemes to increase the number of Saudi nationals in the sector. Most of these projects have been launched already.last_img read more

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