Sonbhadra (UP): Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday visited the Sonbhadra village where 10 tribals were shot dead over a land dispute, nearly a month after the UP administration prevented her from going to the site of the massacre by detaining her in Mirzapur. Priyanka Gandhi covered the distance from Varanasi to Umbha village in Sonbhadra district, about 100 kilometres apart, by road, prompting Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma to say she was pulling off a “political stunt”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Shortly after arriving at the Varanasi airport this morning, she tweeted, “Today, I am going to Sonbhadra to meet the brothers-sisters and children of Umbha village, enquire about their well-being and to be part of their struggle.” “I had promised the members of affected families of Umbha village, who had come to meet me at Chunar Fort, that I will visit them,” she said. Later, the UP Congress tweeted photographs of her reaching the village, where armed men led by a former village pradhan had gunned down 10 Gond tribals when they resited an attempt to take control of the disputed land on July 17. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Congress leaders said she will talk to the villagers and get a first-hand account of the steps taken by the state government for their security in the aftermath of the shooting. Deputy Chief Minister Sharma, however, said Priyanka Gandhi should “repent” in Umbha. “The root cause of the Sonbhadra incident can be traced to the Congress. She should go there to repent (paschataap) the act of former Congress leaders. After so many days, when action has already been initiated into the incident, this is only a political stunt,” Sharma said. On July 21, four days after the shooting incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited the area and he too had pinned the blame on the previous Congress dispensations for the land dispute, suggesting that it had been lingering on since 1952. After Adityanath’s visit, Priyanka Gandhi had said “acknowledging one’s duty is good”. Two days before the chief minister’s visit, she had tried to visit the village to meet the families of those affected by the shooting. On way to the adjoining district, authorities stopped her in Mirzapur from proceeding further as section 144 of the CrPC was imposed in the village then due to tension in the area. Her detention at the Chunar Fort triggered a standoff between her the state government. She spent the night at the fort and met the members of the tribal community the next day. Before being detained, she had met at a Varanasi hospital the families of those injured. Opposition parties had dubbed her detention as “undemocratic and unconstitutional”. Priyanka Gandhi had then said took a jibe at the chief minister over his visit, saying “acknowledging one’s duty is good”.
HALIFAX – Unwanted visitors of the gelatinous kind are making their way to Nova Scotia waters, spooking some swimmers who have come across potentially lethal Portuguese man-of-war that have travelled far from their tropical homes.Bethany Nordstrom, a biology student at Dalhousie University who is researching jellyfish, said Tuesday that she has had five confirmed sightings of Portuguese man-of-war so far this summer, raising questions about their unusual presence in northern waters.“They prefer tropical and subtropical waters, so they don’t usually end up in our waters unless it’s a windy, stormy summer,” she said. “They’re very much affected by wind and tide and currents because they don’t have a way to move on their own … these guys just go by the wind.”She said man-of-war don’t have a jellyfish’s classic bell shape that pulses water in and out, allowing them to move on their own. Instead, they have a flotation device like a balloon that holds them above the water and are moved by the currents, while their tentacles drag beneath them.They are mostly transparent, but have accent colours of bright pinks, blues and purples, with tentacles that can reach nine metres in length.“It’s kind of like an iceberg — you see this little float on top that is maybe the size of your hand, but everything that is going to do the damage is underneath the water,” she said.They have been spotted in the Bay of Fundy and around the Scotian Shelf before, but perhaps not in such numbers as being reported this summer.Nordstrom said strong winds and currents likely pushed the colourful species into areas around Crystal Crescent, a popular beach outside Halifax, where people have seen the colourful creatures lolling on the sand.Amy Clark was with her family at the beach last week when one of them spotted what they thought was a small toy floating in the water. She said a wave then washed it ashore, leaving it at their feet.“It was beautiful — it literally looked like when you blow a bubble,” Clark told CTV News. “It was see through, it was iridescent. It caught the light beautifully.”She said they did some research after burying it in the sand and determined it was a Portuguese man-of-war, prompting them to warn others on Facebook.Nordstrom said most of the sightings have been near the beach, but one was spotted out in the water on the south shore in late June.The man-of-war, which are siphonophores rather than jellyfish, have stinging cells that act like a little harpoon and can inject a venom into anything that runs into them.She said the creatures can be deadly for people who are allergic to their venom, but that most will just suffer a “very, very painful” sting that can last for hours.Nordstrom said she’s trying to determine if changes in water temperatures are affecting the presence of jellyfish, which are a main food source for endangered leatherback turtles, and other creatures like the Portuguese man-of-war.“I would like to see if there are changes like that happening,” she said from her lab. “I think it’s becoming more and more important to start monitoring species like that to see if that is going to be a problem in the coming years.”She has been gathering data on lion’s mane jellyfish with the help of about 50 citizen scientists. She received about 300 individual emails last year from people who spotted jellyfish and is on track to receive about the same this year.She’s hoping anyone who sees a Portuguese man-of-war or jellyfish takes a picture and emails it to her at email@example.com.
SAN FRANCISCO — A Northern California college freshman is facing felony charges for allegedly creating an iPhone app he dubbed the Banana Plug to sell illicit drugs.Collin Howard on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges in San Jose after a grand jury indicted him on Feb. 14. Howard, 18, had earlier pleaded not guilty to similar drug charges in Santa Cruz County where he was arrested in his dorm room at the University of California, Santa Cruz on Nov. 28.The investigation began in November when a university campus police officer noticed one of many posters hung on campus advertising an app called Banana Plug, prosecutors said. The school’s mascot is the banana slug and plug is slang for a drug dealer.Banana Plug could be downloaded from Apple’s online store and was advertised as a free game with the motto “We Have What You Want,” but users could place drug orders through the app, investigators said. The campus police and Department of Homeland Security agents said they launched an undercover sting operation that included four drug buys using the app.Howard’s federal public defender Rhona Taylor did not immediately respond to phone and email messages seeking comment. Howard was free on bail in federal and state court.U.S. Attorney spokesman Abraham Simmons did not immediately respond to emailed questions about why federal charges were filed after Howard was charged in state court in Santa Cruz.The Associated Press
Despite the volatile security and dire humanitarian conditions many Somalis face, the window of opportunity to bring a durable peace to the war-torn Horn of African nation must be seized, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report made public today.Assessments and missions carried out by the United Nations have shown that “despite the difficult security situation characterized by indiscriminate killing, kidnapping and hijacking, there is an opportunity to end the prolonged conflict in Somalia and the suffering of its people,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report.He appealed to all sides to halt hostilities and to take part in achieving a sustainable peace. “I particularly call on all parties to protect the civilian population and abstain from harming or kidnapping humanitarian workers and other expatriates working in Somalia.”According to a fact-finding mission led by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the north of the country is more stable than the centre and the south, and regional and international factors – such as arms proliferation, the potential use of Somalia as a venue for a proxy war among its neighbours and piracy, which affects humanitarian aid – exacerbate an already complicated security issue.The report noted that some have voiced their concern that the longer it takes for law and order to be restored in Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government in almost two decades, the greater the likelihood that global terrorists will use it as a safe haven.DPKO has identified four scenarios that could lead up to the possible deployment of a UN peacekeeping force: the relocation of UN staff from Nairobi to Somalia; relocating the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) to Mogadishu; the deployment of an impartial stabilization force to allow the withdrawal of Ethiopian forces following a broad-based political agreement; and the installation of blue helmets after far-reaching political and security agreements are reached.Also included in the report is an assessment made by the Integrated Task Force on Somalia (headed by the Department of Political Affairs) which urges a three-track approach to attaining peace and stability.The first is political, encompassing a dialogue between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition. The next track is related to security, underscoring the necessity of a “credible security presence even before a formal ceasefire agreement is reached” to further success in the political arena. The third track is to allow the UN to increase its programmes to seeking to bolster the economy and provide basic services, among others.The Secretary-General said that he “generally” endorses this three-track approach, stressing that “robust support of the ongoing political process could lead to improved security conditions.”To support planning and other efforts for the African Union-led mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, the UN maintains a team of military and civilian experts at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Last week, the top UN envoy for Somalia welcomed the positive reaction to the TFG’s announcement that it will hold discussions with the opposition.Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, said that he was “very pleased” by the reaction from several Somali groups, especially the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia.“I would like thank all the parties for finally thinking of the fate of the Somali people and for realizing that reconciliation can lead to a win-win situation for all sides.” 18 March 2008Despite the volatile security and dire humanitarian conditions many Somalis face, the window of opportunity to bring a durable peace to the war-torn Horn of African nation must be seized, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report made public today.
“We note the publication of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and welcome its recommendations on reconciliation,” the US delegation told the 19th session of the Council on Monday. However the delegation noted that the report does not include any plan to implement those recommendations, nor does it adequately address the critical issue of accountability. “Based on recent history from countries that have undergone similar experiences, we know accountability can play an important role in the reconciliation process,” the US delegation said. The US government says it is prepared to work with the Sri Lankan government in order to bring lasting peace to the island.A US delegation attending the UN Human Rights Council session underway in Geneva said that accountability can play a key role in the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.
Brantford police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 19-year-old woman who was last seen in the city on Feb. 1.Police said Monday that Danielle Raymond is five-foot-three, 120 pounds with a slim build. She has long brown hair and brown eyes.Police said it is possible she left city.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Det, Jason Sinning at 519-756-7050, ext 2265, or Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800- 222-TIPS.
Just days before the 19 September Summit for Refugees and Migrants, at a ceremony in New York today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted a 1.3 million signature-strong petition that expressed solidarity with millions of refugees. “We cannot let innocent people be buried by indifference,” said Mr. Ban said in his remarks to the moving ceremony. “We cannot let heartlessness expose so many children to deadly risk […] We stand with refugees. The summit next week is for them,” he said.The #WithRefugees petition was launched on 19 June, World Refugee Day by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.We stand with refugees. The summit next week is for them.The Secretary-General underscored that the refugees are merely asking for what all people deserve, namely a home, a school and a chance.He thanked and credited the UN for offering global solidarity when he, himself, was a six-year old refugee, saying without which “I would not be standing here.”The UN chief, who has proudly stood with refugees around the world in camps and reception centres, said the upcoming Summit is a foundation to build a stronger global response and that the Organization was mobilizing all partners. “Today,” he concluded, “we declare our commitment to share the responsibility. That will benefit everyone. Let us help refugees and create a better future for all.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left) accepts a 1.3 million signature-strong petition expressing solidarity with millions of refugees from UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi (centre right). UN Photo/Kim Haughton The petition calls on representatives of the 193 governments attending the Summit to make sure all refugee children can go to school; that all refugees have a safe place to live and that all refugees can work and contribute to their local community.An extraordinary outpouring of solidarityThe UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, together with refugees and prominent UNHCR supporters presented the symbolic gesture to Mr. Ban and the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, to ensure the call is heard in the highest places.When the petition was launched in June, Mr. Grandi spoke about why UNHCR was making the public call to support refugees. “We are in a period of deepening conflict and turmoil in the world, which is causing many more people to flee their homes than before,” he said, adding: “It affects and involves us all, and what it needs is understanding, compassion and political will to come together and find real answers for the refugee plight.”The UN refugee agency chief explained that millions of people were newly displaced in 2015, causing global refugee and internal displacement totals to skyrocket. While countries of the developing world were most affected, Europe too witnessed dramatic scenes, as hundreds of thousands of people crossed the Mediterranean in search of safety and refuge. Thousands died along the way.He stressed, “This has become a defining challenge of our times.” A young South Sudanese refugee cooks food at a camp in northern Uganda Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson Mr. Grandi emphasized that at the height of the refugee crisis in Europe, many ordinary people had come forward to help, saying “There was an extraordinary outpouring of empathy and solidarity, as ordinary people and communities opened their homes and their hearts to refugees, and some countries have welcomed new arrivals even while already hosting large numbers of refugees.” The handover featured a live performance by award-winning slam poet Emi Mahmoud on her ode to drowned Syrian refugee toddler Alan Kurdi. In it she vividly described what happened to the three-year-old boy and so many others, saying “It makes the Earth a cemetery.” UNHCR supporter Ben Stiller recited the petition and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, model and former refugee Alek Wek made comments. UN refugee chief presents new petition that urges solidarity and shared responsibility #WithRefugees After making history at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Olympic Refugee Team swimmer Yusra Mardini from Syria and runner Yiech Pur Biel from South Sudan attended the event. United States-resettled refugees also threw their support behind the petition, speaking on the appeal’s main asks.Today’s event was the culmination of a week of global broadcasts by UNHCR’s celebrity supporters on Facebook Live encouraging people in every region to sign the #WithRefugees petition, which will remain active until all its goals are achieved.The broadcasts were launched by UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett and included her Facebook-produced film What they took with them – which premiered at today’s event. Taken from the poem of the same name written by Jenifer Toksvig, it lists things refugees carried with them when they fled, and expresses the trauma when conflict and persecution force people to leave their homes.
Michael Jordan41,011+8.77,474+10.2+1.5 Leonard’s BPM playoff bump — +4 — is tied for the 16th largest increase since the NBA-ABA merger among players that logged at least 2,000 regular season minutes and 500 playoff minutes in a single year. Some other players to increase their BPM by at least 4.0 points include Hakeem Olajuwon during the 1997 playoffs, Tim Duncan during his 2003 title run and LeBron James during his 2016 title run, to name a few.And this isn’t anything new for Leonard: He’s been upping his game in the postseason ever since he came into the league as a role player with the San Antonio Spurs.Below is a similar chart to the first, but this time we’re looking at career performance — comparing a player’s career average BPM in the regular season to their career average BPM in the playoffs since the merger in 1977. (In order to make sure our sample consists of players who played often in both the regular season and deep into the playoffs, each player’s career average BPM has been weighted by both their minutes played in the regular season and playoffs.2Specifically, we weighted the averages using the harmonic mean of the player’s regular season and playoff minutes in a given season. This gives us a better representative sample of players to compare Leonard’s career against.) Draymond Green14,979+3.84,332+6.5+2.7 Kawhi steps up his numbers in the postseasonBiggest average change in Box Plus/Minus (BPM) between the playoffs and regular season, among NBA players with at least 10,000 regular season and 2,500 playoff minutes since 1977 Most of the players that have a similar career BPM in the regular season to Leonard are right at or just below the dotted line, meaning they either get worse during the playoffs or at best they don’t improve. The few players who buck that trend include Michael Jordan, LeBron, Olajuwon and Leonard himself. Each of these players consistently dominated the league in the regular season and even more so in the playoffs.The players with the biggest difference between their regular season and playoff career BPM tend to be toward the middle of the pack in regular season BPM for the simple reason that the lower a player’s regular season number, the more room they have to improve their playoff production. Still, despite having one of the higher career BPMs in the regular season, Leonard ranks sixth on the list. The players in front of him are Isiah Thomas (the Pistons legend, not the other more recent one), Draymond Green, Rajon “Playoff” Rondo, Derek Fisher and Robert “Big Shot Bob” Horry. Those are the type of guys Green was referring to when he talked about the difference between 82-game players and 16-game players. Michael Cooper23,635+1.14,744+2.7+1.6 Career regular season and playoff BPM averages are weighted so as to give more importance to seasons where a player logged many minutes in both the regular season and playoffsSource: Basketball-Reference.com Isiah Thomas35,516+2.84,216+6.4+3.6 Kawhi Leonard14,404+5.73,806+7.4+1.8 Reg. SeasonPlayoffs Regardless of whether the Raptors ultimately finish off the Golden State Warriors and win the NBA title, Leonard’s performance this postseason will instill dread in opposing fan bases of “Playoff Kawhi” for years to come. Leonard wasn’t kidding when he referred to the 82 games during the regular season as “practice” and that the “playoffs is when it’s time to lace them up.”Neil Paine contributed to this article. Tayshaun Prince31,576+1.14,977+2.4+1.3 LeBron James46,235+9.710,049+11.1+1.4 Robert Horry27,069+2.86,823+4.8+2.0 This year’s NBA postseason has been a striking reminder of the difference between regular season and playoff basketball, particularly with respect to individual performance. The three finalists for the MVP award — James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George — all failed to match their production from the regular season in this year’s playoffs. On the other end of the spectrum is Kawhi Leonard, who after “load-managing” his way through the regular season, is now considered one of, if not the, best basketball players alive and has the Toronto Raptors one win away from their first NBA championship. (That win could come Thursday night in Game 6 in Oakland.)Before this year, LeBron James was the often-cited case of the rare player who took his already outstanding game to an even higher level in the playoffs. But during this year’s postseason, it’s Leonard, the two-way force of nature, who has become the go-to example of a player who seemingly flips a switch and magically turns into a better version of himself once the playoffs start.During the regular season, Leonard posted a +5.0 box plus/minus (BPM), a catch-all stat designed to capture a player’s all-around impact. Leonard’s regular season BPM was 15th best in the league. But in the playoffs, Leonard’s BPM has risen to +9.0, tied for second-best among all postseason players.It’s rare to see a player of Leonard’s stature lift his BPM at all in the playoffs. Of the 15 players that had a regular season BPM of +5.0 or better,1That does not include LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony-Towns and Jusuf Nurkic, who all had a +5.0 BPM or better in the regular season but did not play in the playoffs. only Leonard and Nikola Jokic increased their output in the playoffs. It’s even rarer to see someone as productive as Leonard lift his BPM by as much as he did. Ron Harper31,199+2.23,000+3.8+1.6 Vinnie Johnson24,308+0.02,671+1.6+1.5 Boris Diaw28,768+1.13,144+2.8+1.7 Derek Fisher32,719-0.86,856+1.1+1.9 PlayerMinutesBPMMinutesBPMDiff. Hakeem Olajuwon44,222+5.45,749+7.1+1.6 Rajon Rondo26,119+2.43,944+4.6+2.2 Bryon Russell19,805+2.43,081+3.8+1.4
Stirling Castle in the snowCredit:Getty The 10 UK cities most likely to have a white ChristmasStirling – 12.9 per cent chanceAberdeen – 12.5%Inverness – 11.29%Bradford – 10.48%Newry – 8.47%Carlisle – 8.47%Wolverhampton – 8.47%Birmingham – 8.06%Portsmouth – 8.06%Armagh – 7.66% The Met Office says that of the last 54 years “a snowflake has fallen somewhere in the UK on Christmas Day 38 times… so we can probably expect more than half of all Christmas days to be a ‘white Christmas’”.“However,” the Met Office says, “the Dickensian scene of widespread snow lying on the ground on Christmas Day is much rarer. There has only been a widespread covering of snow on the ground (where more than 40 per cent of stations in the UK reported snow on the ground at 9am) four times in the last 51 years.”The Met Office defines a white Christmas as one snowflake being observed falling in the 24 hours of December 25 somewhere in the UK. Newry, Northern Ireland, was the city fifth most likely to see snow on Christmas Day, with a 8.47 per cent chance.The capital, London, has just a 6 per cent chance of a white Christmas, while Truro, on the south coast, has the smallest probability, just 1.61 per cent. Snow has already fallen in the north, but will it again in three weeks?Credit:PA/Danny Lawson Moscow’s Red Square with a festive coatCredit:ELENA LISEYKINA Anyone in the Big Apple over Christmas has a 21.77 per cent chance of seeing snow, according to the data.Globally, broken down by country, Russia has the highest chance of snow – which is not surprising given it is both cold and vast – with a 60.89 per cent probability.Belarus (52.82 per cent) and Finland (49.19 per cent) were second and third most likely, respectively.England is the 46th most likely, behind Tajikistan, but ahead of Afghanistan. White Christmas romantics should consider making tracks for Stirling in a few weeks as this Scottish city promises the highest probability of snow in Britain come December 25.But it is by no means guaranteed, with just a 12.9 per cent chance of the white stuff making an appearance on the day itself, according to new meteorological data.The second-most likely city to wake up to snow on Christmas morning is Aberdeen, with a 12.5 per cent chance, followed by Inverness, at 11.29 per cent.The Scottish trio were followed in fourth by the English city of Bradford, which has a 10.48 per cent chance of a white Christmas, according to data from World Weather Online, collated by VoucherCloud, which analysed historical snowfall from the last eight Christmases. It says the last white Christmas was 2010, when there was snow on the ground at 83 per cent of its monitoring stations, the highest number ever recorded. Technically, 2015 was also a white Christmas in the UK with 10 per cent of weather stations recording snow falling, however none reported any snow on the ground.The situation across the Pond is a little different, where VoucherCloud’s data shows that Alaska is the state most likely to have snow on Christmas Day, with a 66.13 per cent probability. In second was Vermont, with a 56.05 per cent chance, then Minnesota, 41.13 per cent. In total, 127 countries were found to have zero chance of snow on Christmas Day, including, unsurprisingly, Algeria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY may not have made quite the impression he wanted while meeting American politician Paul Ryan during his recent visit to the US to celebrate St Patrick’s weekend.Ryan, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee in the 2012 US election, yesterday tweeted that he was “honored” (that is the American spelling) to meet Kenny last week. So far so good.Unfortunately for the Taoiseach, Ryan misspelled his first name – referring to him as ‘Edna’. This is not the first time Kenny has been publicly referred to as Edna in America.Following the 2011 General Election, the New York Times and Reuters both made the mistake. The article in the Times went one step further and also changed Kenny’s gender, referring to him as “Ms. Kenny”.The reporter behind the piece, Sarah Lyall, contacted TheJournal.ie at the time to apologise for the error, blaming it on a sub-editor.Ryan has not yet commented on the mistake.Background: The New York Times reports on Ireland’s new leader… Ms Enda KennyRead: It’ll be all smiles and shamrocks in the White House today
Up until now we’ve only seen a glimpse of the HTC Ruby, expected to officially be named the HTC Amaze 4G. But its expected specs and screen size promised much, and now we finally get to see HTC’s latest Android smartphone in all its glory thanks to it being put on display at an event in Thailand.The rumored specs we reported on last month turn out to be spot on. This is a big smartphone featuring a 4.3-inch qHD display with a 960 x 540 resolution. Thankfully, HTC hasn’t skimped on the underlying hardware to take advantage of that screen, settling for a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM. There’s also an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, expected to have a dual LED flash on-board too. In terms of software, you’ve got Android 2.3 coupled with HTC Sense 3.5.Based on the time Thai site DroidSans got with the Amaze 4G, it still has some tweaking left before it’s ready for market. They reported a really laggy interface, a lot of heat, and some color distortion on the display, although it’s a very crisp screen. While they may be able to fix the screen and lag issues, will heat remain a problem? Hopefully it’s not as bad as the Droid X2.The Amaze 4G is expected to arrive via T-Mobile, but this unit has no such logo printed on it. This ties in to the less than great experience of using the Amaze 4G at the Thai show, as it must be a dev unit not ready for prime time just yet.Read more at DroidSans (translated), via TechCrunch
18,776 Views By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3331252 Apr 9th 2017, 7:40 AM File photo of USS Carl Vinson. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images 37 Comments US moves Navy strike group in show of force against North Korea The move will raise tensions in the region and comes hard on the heels of a US missile strike on Syria. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images File photo of USS Carl Vinson. THE US NAVY says it has sent a carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against North Korea’s “reckless” nuclear weapons program.The move will raise tensions in the region and comes hard on the heels of a US missile strike on Syria that was widely interpreted as putting Pyongyang on warning over its refusal to abandon its nuclear ambitions.North Korea denounced Thursday’s strike as an act of “intolerable aggression” and one that justified “a million times over” the North’s push toward a credible nuclear deterrent.“US Pacific Command ordered the Carl Vinson Strike Group north as a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the Western Pacific,” said Commander Dave Benham, spokesman at US Pacific Command.“The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability,” he told AFP, in an unusually forceful statement.Originally scheduled to make port calls in Australia, the strike group — which includes the Nimitz-class aircraft supercarrier USS Carl Vinson — is now headed from Singapore to the Western Pacific Ocean.TestsPyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them last year.Expert satellite imagery analysis suggests it could well be preparing for a sixth, with US intelligence officials warning that Pyongyang could be less than two years away from developing a nuclear warhead that could reach the continental United States.North Korea on Wednesday fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan ahead of a US-China summit.In February the North simultaneously fired four ballistic missiles off its east coast, three of which fell provocatively close to Japan, in what it said was a drill for an attack on US bases in the neighbouring Asian country.Last August Pyongyang also successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile 500 kilometres towards Japan, far exceeding any previous sub-launched tests, in what the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un hailed as the “greatest success.”A nuclear-capable SLBM system would take the North’s threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and a “second-strike” capability in the event of an attack on its army bases.© – AFP 2017Read: Syria airstrike: Donald Trump’s 180 degree shift on attacking the Assad regime Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 7:40 AM Share Tweet Email3 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Bizarre Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua Is Not an Alien SpacecraftReebok Releases 40th Anniversary ‘Alien’ Stomper Sneaker Stay on target UPDATE: April 26 is here, and there’s a short prologue to Alien: Covenant available for us to watch and dissect. Hey, remember Prometheus? Specifically, the ending where Dr. Shaw and the android David escaped on one of the Engineers ships to head back to their home planet. If you’ve spent the last few years wondering just what became of them, this short is for you. If you haven’t, well watch it anyway. With Alien: Covenant on its way, it’s probably a good idea to know what’s been going on. Though it will probably stand on its own as a new Alien movie, the release of this short indicates that it won’t completely ignore Ridley Scott’s last entry in the sci-fi horror series.If you need a brief recap of Prometheus, the basic gist is that Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) led a crew in search of the origins of human DNA. There, they found an arm-breaking snake creature, and a black goo that that David slipped into Shaw’s husband’s drink. She was then unwittingly impregnated with a gigantic facehugger and ripped it out with an automated operating table. The crew found the Last Engineer, the last of the race of beings that created humanity. The Engineer immediately started killing the humans, and eventually got impregnated by Shaw’s Trilobite baby and an alien tore its way out of the Engineer’s stomach. Shaw deduced that the Engineers created the alien-making goo to rid the universe of the humans they’d created. She brought the torn-up Fass-bot David on the ship and flew off in search of the Engineers’ home world.Prometheus definitely had its flaws, but it wasn’t completely terrible. One thing that could be important is that the way the alien burst out of the Engineer in Prometheus is similar to the way the do it in Covenant. It’s not precisely the same. The Neomorphs in Covenant have spines on their backs that poke through the victim. The Deacon, as the alien at the end of Prometheus is known, cuts through the Engineer’s corpse with the sharp extension on the back of its head. We’re still not entire clear on what the evolutionary chart of the xenomorphs looks like, but it’s possible that Covenant‘s neomorphs are close relatives of the Deacon.This short picks up right after the end of Prometheus, and shows Shaw patching David up, before going into stasis for the rest of the journey. That’s also a pretty great-looking shot of the Engineers’ home world right at the end. We’ll have to wait until May 19 to see exactly how Shaw and David connect with the crew of the Covenant, or even if they do at all. But since this short is being called a prologue to the upcoming movie, perhaps it’s worth revisiting Prometheus sometime between now and May 19.Original story continues below.Ridley Scott’s new movie in the Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant is out on May 19. From what little we’ve seen, it’s looking like a good, proper scary Alien movie. The premiere is still a ways off, so to build excitement in the meantime, Fox is holding an Alien Day event. Alien Day takes place on April 26, taken from LV-426, the name of the moon where the Nostromo crew first encountered the Xenomorphs. This will be the second year Fox has held the event.What can we expect from this year’s Alien Day? Probably the most exciting part will be a live-streamed Q&A with the cast of the upcoming movie. Since Alien: Covenant will only be a couple of weeks away from release, we can probably expect them to be a little more forthcoming with the details when they talk about their characters. Mostly, I just want to learn more about those new Aliens with the spikes on their back. Somehow, this movie has already managed to make the original chestburster seem like not such a bad way to go.We’ll also get to see some behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Alien: Covenant, which should be cool. This is a Ridley Scott production, so I’m hoping there will be plenty of practical effects on display. Seeing that stuff come together is always more interesting than watching someone animate a monster on a computer. The event will be streamed live on the movie’s social media channels as well as at AlienUniverse.com. The site will also host rotating quizzes throughout the day, giving fans a chance to win, among other prizes, a trip to Hollywood to see Ridley Scott’s imprint ceremony at the Chinese Theatre.Finally, the night of April 26 will see screenings of Scott’s previous two Alien entries at RPX Regal Cinemas across the country. Fans will be treated to a double feature of 1979’s Alien, the first and still best movie in the series, and 2012’s Prometheus, which was also a movie. O.K., Prometheus wasn’t all bad. It had a good cast and some well-executed moments of horror. That surgery machine scene still gives me chills to this day. The movie just had some issues. Like the story, the dialogue and the characters. I still don’t think it’s the worst Alien movie, but it’s much closer to Alien: Resurrection than it is to Alien. Still, it’s probably worth a re-watch ahead of the new movie. Plus, the chance to see the original Alien on the big screen is worth the price of admission alone.Ahead of the announcement, Fox released three new TV spots that are all pretty terrifying. The first, titled “Run” introduces us to the crew, their mission and a facehugger.The second, “Pray,” gives us a good look at the new Alien, as well as an idea of what happens when it catches you.And finally, “Hide” gives us a good look at the Neomorph from an angle you definitely wouldn’t want to see in real life.Even after Prometheus turned out the way it did, those images are enough to instill hope that Alien: Covenant can get the series back to its roots. It’s horrific, body-mutilating roots.
Clark County Environmental Services and the Washington State University Extension service will offer workshops to teach homeowners simple well and septic system maintenance, which organizers hope will help homeowners save a bit of money.The next workshop is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. March 13 in Hazel Dell. The exact location is provided upon registering.Workshop participants will have the opportunity to get certified to do their own gravity-fed septic system inspections. They’ll receive hands-on training, reference materials and tips on maintenance.An expert from Clark County Public Health will certify participants to do their own home septic inspections, conduct a demonstration inspection, and will answer questions and offer advice.Participants must register to attend, and the workshop costs $15.For more information and to sign up, visit the extension service’s website at https://extension.wsu.edu/clark or call 564-397-5729.The next workshops are June 26, July 24 and Dec. 11. All will run from 6 to 9 p.m.
October continues to chug along at a good pace. It sure seems like we went from very pleasant late-summer weather to autumn overnight, doesn’t it? Quite an abrupt change for sure. But I think most everyone is ready for the fall season.And keeping with that fashion, we have more storms heading our way. Nothing on the massive destruction scale, just some typical early-fall weather systems. Much of the energy will stay to our north, but plenty of clouds — and rain or showers — are in the forecast most of the week.Earlier, I was thinking Monday’s weather system would bring lots of wind and rain, especially along the coast, but now it appears it will be much weaker and more a squeaker than a soaker.I was disappointed in the forecast results for last Thursday and Friday. I thought we would see much more clearing and sunshine than we experienced. The clouds, drizzle and showers hung in there. Oh, well, that’s the joys of weather forecasting in the great Northwest. The first week of October was fairly average in Vancouver, at least on the thermometer. We had cooler highs than normal, but warmer lows, due to the impressive cloud cover. And despite the drizzle and light rain we got, the city is officially running about a quarter-inch below average for the first seven days of the month. I would expect we will catch up on that before the month’s end.
The original HoloLens is almost three years old. It’s time for an update. Bridget Carey/CNET This year’s CES wasn’t big on AR news, but Microsoft may be waiting until Mobile World Congress to spring information on the next expected update to its AR headset, the HoloLens. An invite to a press conference on Feb. 24 at MWC suggests the HoloLens 2 might be big reveal. Sure, the invite itself seems mysterious, with an image of a futuristic Barcelona, where MWC is held. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be giving the keynote, along with CVP Julia White and — most tellingly — Technical Fellow Alex Kipman, the creator of Kinect and HoloLens and head of Microsoft’s mixed reality efforts.The invite’s graphic doesn’t suggest much. Microsoft Microsoft hasn’t immediately responded to a request for comment, but the HoloLens 2 was expected to debut sometime in early 2019. Microsoft recently won a $480 million contract to supply the US Army with HoloLens headsets.The original HoloLens AR headset was first released in 2016, layering hologram-like 3D graphics into the real world in a stand-alone package, but has some technical limits including a narrow field of view. The next HoloLens may improve field of view and bring more advanced controls, as well as eye-tracking.Magic Leap’s first-generation AR headset, the Magic Leap One, debuted last year and aims for similar developer and enterprise territory. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s VR efforts for Windows 10, which resulted in a number of affordable “mixed reality” headsets in late 2017 through early 2018, have fallen relatively quiet since. 13:27 Augmented reality (AR) Rumors Microsoft Tags Magic and VR collide at CES 2019 with The Void 2 Share your voice 15 Photos Comments Wearable Tech At CES 2019, VR feels like a dream gathering dust: It’s a promise unfulfilled.Whirlpool’s high-tech oven uses augmented reality to help you cook: The door is a transparent LCD screen. CES 2019: The tech changing the way we play video games Now playing: Watch this:
Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty Sphero Spider-Man 3 Share your voice 62 Photos The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Tags Comments This movie is about to make even more money. Marvel Studios/Sony After a re-release of Avengers: Endgame pushed it over the Avatar-sized hump at the box office, it seems like Marvel learned a lesson: If they re-release movies with extra footage, its hardcore fan base will return to cinemas to watch again and again. Any excuse.According to Variety, starting Aug. 29, an extended version of Spider-Man: Far From Home is returning to cinemas with a brand-new four minute action sequence.Just one day ago, it was announced Spider-Man: Far From Home had become Sony pictures highest grossing movie ever. Post Avengers you’d be forgiven for assuming Marvel owned the rights to Spider-Man, but this movie was actually the result of an agreement between Sony and Marvel Studios. Both are now laughing (together) to the bank. The movie has already earned a whopping $1.108 billion at the box office and it’s safe to assume this re-release will rake in even more cash.Variety says the re-release will be available to watch in the US and Canada from Aug. 29. TV and Movies Marvel Sony
(Google Maps)Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of 70-year-old Marvin Yagie in Perryville.Listen nowWitnesses told troopers that they saw Yagie’s grandson, 21-year-old Brandon Yagie, attack Marvin Yagie twice early Sunday morning. The witnesses allege that Brandon Yagie threatened them when they tried to intervene, so they fled for their own safety. Later Sunday morning, witnesses said they found Marvin Yagie dead and made a report to AST.Troopers were unable to fly to Perryville until Monday due to poor weather conditions. Upon arriving in the village, they arrested Brandon Yagie on charges of murder, assault and evidence tampering.Brandon Yagie was taken to the King Salmon jail. Marvin Yagie’s body will undergo autopsy in Anchorage. According to AST, alcohol was a factor in the incident. Troopers will continue to investigate and expect to file additional charges related to the case.
Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball continues its homestand when it hosts UT Martin on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. Listen Asia Durr was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 20.0 points, 4.7 assists and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 51 percent from the floor, in home wins over Miami (Ohio), Nebraska and Tennessee State. Live Stats Tickets Kylee Shook recorded a program-record eight blocks in the 107-52 win over Tennessee State. It broke the previous mark of seven set by Sheronne Vails vs. Houston Baptist on Nov. 17, 2010. With the 107-52 win over Tennessee State, the Cardinals move to 8-0 on the year. It marks the second straight season and the fourth time in the Walz era that they have started with wins in their first eight games. She opened with 16 points, on just 13 shots, while adding three assists and three steals vs. Miami (Ohio). She then had 25 points on 8-17 shooting, 4-9 from 3-pt range, and a career high eight assists vs. Nebraska. On Sunday against Tennessee State, she finished with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. During the week, she eclipsed both 1,900 career points, moving into fourth place all-time in program history, and 300 career 3-pointers, ranking second all-time. It marks the second time this season and the eighth time in her career that she has been named ACC Player of the Week. She also earned the honor at the end of the first week of the season after averaging 28.5 points per game in wins at Western Kentucky and Chattanooga. Watch Media Center In addition to the eight blocks, Shook added eight points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Shook’s previous career high for blocks in a game was six against Middle Tennessee on Dec. 9, 2017. Last year, Shook finished with 51 blocks, which ranked third all-time in a single season behind only Yuliya Tokova (59, 2006-07) and Angel McCoughtry (56, 2006-07). The eight blocks on Sunday give Shook 100 blocks in her career, which is just outside of the program’s all-time top 10 list. Sara Hammond (2011-15) ranks 10th with 102 career blocks. Louisville finished with 11 blocks in the win, which marks the most in the Walz era, eclipsing the previous high of 10 vs. UT Martin on Dec. 5, 2017. The program-record for blocks in a game is 13 vs. Kentucky State on Jan. 25, 1984. The 107 points in a game rank sixth all-time in program history and it’s the second time this season that the Cardinals have eclipsed 100 points. They finished with 37 points in the third quarter, which ties the most points ever in a quarter. They also had 37 points in the second quarter against Hartford earlier this season. ABOUT THE SKYHAWKSLast year, UT Martin went 19-15 overall and 13-5 in OVC play. They fell 74-50 at Indiana in the first round of the WNIT. They return two starters from a year ago and are off to a 5-2 start this season. Their two losses are at IUPUI, 73-72, and at Northwestern, 90-64. They won 81-79 at Chattanooga last Wednesday. They have three players averaging double figures, led by sophomore Chelsey Perry’s 12.1. Redshirt-freshman Damiah Griffin averages 11.9 and junior Aundrea Adams averages 10.7. Overall, the Skyhawks rank 12th in the country with 86.6 points per game.Series History – UofL is 7-0 all-time against UT Martin. This marks the eighth time in the past nine years that the two teams have met. The only season during that stretch where they didn’t meet was 2013-14. Louisville is 5-0 against the Skyhawks at the KFC Yum! Center, winning 91-56 last year on Dec. 5, 2017. The Cardinals have won the seven games by an average margin of 25.7 points and the smallest margin of victory was a 13-poinit victory (W, 70-57) on Dec. 28, 2011.Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4Time: 7:00 p.m. ETSite: KFC Yum! Center Louisville, Ky. (22,000)Radio: WKRD-790, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analystVideo: ACCNELast Meeting: W, 91-56 (Dec. 5, 2017 at KFC Yum! Center)Series History: 7-0 (5-0 Home, 2-0 Away, 0-0 Neutral)UofL National Ranking: 5th Associated Press, 4th USA TodayOfficials: Edward Sidlasky, Maggie Tieman, Ryan DurhamFor the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB. Print Friendly Version
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