Canada puts its faith in Trump in highstakes meeting between US China

first_imgOSAKA, Japan — Canada is pinning hopes for freedom for two Canadians detained in China since December on a meeting Donald Trump is to have with China’s Xi Jinping tomorrow.Ahead of the G20 summit now on in Osaka, Japan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Trump in Washington, where the president committed to doing “anything” to help Canada.Trump is set to sit down with Xi on Saturday morning, Japan time, as the two countries look to address outstanding trade issues.A central point of contention between China and America is the U.S.’s decision to deem the Chinese tech company Huawei “incompatible” with its security interests and those of its allies.Huawei is also connected to the issue of the two Canadians detained in China.In early December, after its chief financial officer was arrested on a U.S. extradition warrant in Vancouver, Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were taken into custody in arrests deemed “arbitrary” by the Canadian government.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Road Safety in Morocco: 34% of Radars Are in Good Condition

Fez – Only 55 street radars out of Morocco’s 150 are in good condition and able to detect speed and track traffic violations. 80 radars are in the process of being repaired or connected, while 15 are unsuitable to work.Minister of Transportation and Equipment Aziz Rabbah revealed these statistics in an interview with Moroccan daily Akhbar Alyoum in its Thursday issue.According to the Minister, these radars are often “exposed to defects as a result of a number of accidents and sabotage.” In this regard, the Ministry has allocated MAD 4 million to repair the non-functional radars. To strengthen the system of traffic monitoring and surveillance, Rabbah noted that the Ministry presented a public procurement notice to receive proposals from companies that sell, operate, and maintain radars to buy 200 new ones. The Minister adds that these radars “will be ready to operate in mid 2015.”The Ministry will introduce a new monitoring plan in which 175 controllers will be available to conduct abrupt technical monitoring missions. In addition to controlling drivers’ abilities and the extent to which drivers respect the road laws, the Ministry also intends to intensify inspection operations of technical surveillance centers for vehicles.For reasons of transparency, Rabbah revealed the Ministry’s plan to to regulate drivers’ licenses centers by installing cameras in all circuits of practical exams “to monitor all recorded flaws.”Traffic accident statistics for 2013 show that the number of fatalities reached 3,705, a 8.63 percent decline compared to 2012. read more

Explosion at chemical plant in eastern China kills 6

BEIJING — An explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China has killed six people and left 30 badly injured.The city government of Yancheng in Jiangsu province says the blast occurred at an industrial park on Thursday. It says in a statement on its official social media account that the explosion originated at the Tianjiayi Chemical production facility and its cause was under investigation.It said nearly 400 personnel and 86 fire trucks were dispatched to the scene.Video posted on state broadcaster CCTV’s website shows huge plumes of smoke spewing from a factory building and spreading over the area.Windows and garage doors appear to shatter at the moment of the blast.The Associated Press

Taxi Ordering App ‘Yassir’ Coming to Casablanca

Rabat – Yassir is yet another app designed to facilitate public transport in busy, major Moroccan cities.“It is an easy to use app, which will allow users to safely move from one point to another,” the director of Yassir, Rachid Moulay El Rhazi, told the official Moroccan news outlet Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).On June 30, Yassir and the Democratic Transport Syndicate (SDT) signed an agreement in Casablanca. The new agreement allows taxi drivers to use the app, in accordance with transport laws applicable to the Casablanca-Settat region. “This agreement has been signed in the interest of defending the socio-economic rights of professional drivers, to ensure they benefit financially and socially from Yassir,” the vice-secretary of the SDT Samir Faraby stated.Read also: Moroccan Taxi Ordering App ‘Roby’ Disrupts the Ride-Share IndustryNew apps have been disrupting Morocco’s taxi industry. Yassir competes with a number of taxi ordering apps already on the market including Heetch and Roby.“Heetch” was launched in Casablanca in 2018 and operates in Rabat and Marrakech. Another taxi ordering app Roby Taxi has been operating for three months in Marrakech and, since February, in Casablanca.Uber-like ride-sharing app Careem also operates in Morocco. Bought in March by Uber for approximately MAD 30 billion ($3.1 billion). According to the company’s estimates, Careem had 300,000 users in Morocco in 2018The taxi industry has to respond quickly to the changing transport market. In July last year the SDT signed an agreement with Careem, allowing taxi drivers to also use the app, which was originally only intended for private drivers. read more

Japan to boost Lankan ties

Japan and Sri Lanka today discussed developing new ways of further strengthening economic ties between both countries, the President’s office said.Japan’s Minister of Internal Affairs and Communication Yoshitaka Shindo called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s House this morning. Shindo also thanked Sri Lanka for its support and assistance in the aftermath of the tsunami in 2011, noting how much the people of Japan appreciated it. In March of this year, during a visit to Japan, President Rajapaksa held bilateral discussions with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. The Japanese government committed to a total of Rs. 57.8 billion in development aid to Sri Lanka. Since then, this is the second high-level visit of a Japanese government official. In May of this year, Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso visited Sri Lanka and met President Rajapaksa.Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella, Monitoring Member of Parliament of the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information Charitha Herath, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Kshenuka Seneviratne and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Japan Admiral (Rtd.) Wasantha Karannagoda also joined the discussion. (Colombo Gazette) The discussion focused on existing collaborations between the two countries while also developing new ways of further strengthening economic ties, including in the communications sector. read more

Sigurdsson calls Germans for last dance in Frace

Dagur Sigurdsson annouced squad for his “last dance” with German national handball team. Sigurdsson’s list of 28 is without injured Steffen Weinhold, who is out because of injury.Here is German 28 which will try to be better from the seventh place in Qatar.Goalkepeers: Silvio Heinevetter (Füchse Berlin), Carsten Lichtlein (VfL Gummersbach), Dario Quenstedt (SC Magdeburg), Andreas Wolff (THW Kiel)Left wings: Rune Dahmke (THW Kiel), Uwe Gensheimer (Paris St. Germain HB/FRA), Matthias Musche (SC Magdeburg)Left backs: Paul Drux (Füchse Berlin), Steffen Fäth (Füchse Berlin), Julius Kühn (VfL Gummersbach), Finn Lemke (SC Magdeburg), Daniel Fontaine (Frisch Auf Göppingen)Playmakers: Simon Ernst (VfL Gummersbach), Niclas Pieczkowski (SC DHfK Leipzig), Fabian Böhm (TSV Hannover-Burgdorf), Philipp Weber (HSG Wetzlar),Right backs: Holger Glandorf (SG Flensburg-Handewitt), Kai Häfner (TSV Hannover-Burgdorf), Jens Schöngarth (Frisch Auf Göppingen), Nicolai Theilinger (HC Erlangen)Right wings: Patrick Groetzki (Rhein-Neckar Löwen), Tobias Reichmann (KS Vive Tauron Kielce/POL), Johannes Sellin (MT Melsungen)Line players: Jannik Kohlbacher (HSG Wetzlar), Hendrik Pekeler (Rhein-Neckar Löwen), Evgeni Pevnov (VfL Gummersbach), Erik Schmidt (TSV Hannover-Burgdorf), Patrick Wiencek (THW Kiel) ← Previous Story DON’T CRY SWEDEN: Dutch and French girls flying to semi-final! Next Story → Norway first semi-finalists – Denmark VS Romania for the second! read more

Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich will be unveiled October 19

first_imgAfter Samsung and Google delayed the event that was to showcase Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime, it was uncertain when it would happen. Originally tapped for this week at CTIA, they claimed that they postponed it out of respect for Steve Jobs’ death. But now we finally have a new date: October 19 in Hong Kong.The event invitation not-so subtly promises a preview of Android 4.0, with an image of an Android-shaped ice cream sandwich. Ice Cream Sandwich will unite the latest Android phone OS, Gingerbread, with the current tablet firmware, Honeycomb.While it isn’t directly referenced, we will also be seeing the next “Google Experience” Nexus smartphone, which will be manufactured by Samsung. It has become known as the Nexus Prime for months, but it’s also possible that it will be known as the Galaxy Nexus.Previously leaked specs for the Nexus Prime include what will surely be one of the most amazing displays we’ve seen on a mobile device. The 720×1280 Super-AMOLED 4.65 inch screen won’t look quite as big as it you might think, because part of that real estate will be taken up by on-screen back, menu, and home buttons (similar to Honeycomb’s).The Nexus phone is also reported to have the Texas Instruments 4460 dual-core processor, clocked at 1.2GHz. It will add 1GB of RAM, along with 32GB of storage and a 1080p shooting 5MP rear camera. That’s an impressive spec sheet, to say the least.Of course the announcement comes just a day before Apple’s latest iPhone, the 4S, hits stores. If the leaked specs for the Nexus phone are correct, then it will be the first prominent Android phone to match the iPhone 4/4S’ 320ppi “Retina” display, only in a larger form. It would also double the iPhone’s 512MB of RAM, and offer a similar multi-core processor.Hong Kong is a curious venue to hold such a major event, particularly with such short travel notice for non-Asian tech journalists. Nonetheless, you can mark your calendars for next Wednesday’s news.Read more about Android 4.0 Ice Cream.via Techcrunch.last_img read more

Concept que diriezvous dun iPod Nano allongé

first_imgConcept : que diriez-vous d’un iPod Nano allongé ?Le designer Enrico Penello a relooké l’iPod Nano en proposant notamment de l’étirer…Le designer Enrico Penello a décidé de rajeunir l’iPod Nano d’Apple, en présentant un concept du plus bel effet sur le site de YankoDesign (lien non disponible). L’idée d’étirer un peu plus le Nano (dont le look n’a pas évolué depuis un an et demi) est réussie !À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce concept permet d’utiliser un écran allongé Retina, une réception WiFi, et même une caméra frontale (dédiée aux appels FaceTime). Cet iPod peut toujours être attaché à son bas de survêtement ou a un short afin d’aller faire son jogging, ce qui permettrait un nouveau design conservant l’aspect pratique du baladeur. Cependant, celui-ci semble encore loin de la production ! Alors qu’il devrait être relooké à l’automne prochain, l’iPod Touch pourrait donc bien ressembler à cela… Il sera sans doute pourvu d’une caméra, tout comme la génération précédente, et mêle étonnamment aspect rétro et évolution.Le 10 avril 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE comments on the arrest of Jimmy Uso after incident with police

first_img WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child Twitter The Miz Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Update on WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso’s arrest on Thursday in Pensacola, Floridacenter_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Jimmy Uso unable to cross border to Canada due to DUI arrest, Usos pulled from appearances More details released on WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso DUI arrest in Pensacola, FL How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch WWE has commented on the arrest of Jimmy Uso (Jonathan Fatu).As reported earlier, Jimmy was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction after an incident with police just outside of downtown Detroit.Per the report by TMZ, police pulled over a 2018 Dodge Journey driven by Jimmy’s wife and current WWE star Naomi (Trinity Fatu) that reeked of “booze.” According to police, Jimmy reportedly exited the car (despite commands from police), removed his shirt, jacket and “squared up” like he wanted to fight with the officers.WWE issued this statement to Wrestleview, which is similar to a statement the company issued last January when Jey Uso (Joshua Fatu) was arrested for DWI.“Jonathan Fatu is responsible for his own personal actions.”As of this evening, WWE is continuing to promote that The Usos will challenge Shane McMahon and The Miz for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships at Elimination Chamber this Sunday night on the WWE Network.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhy WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn DaughterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 33.28%0:05Remaining Time -0:44 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Maryse Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reignslast_img read more

These are the products Jony Ive should redesign after he leaves Apple

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $747 Mentioned Above Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Silver, 64GB, 2018) (Red) charity auction curated by Jony Ive and Marc Newson Now playing: Watch this: $674 12 Photos Share your voice Amazon See It Apple head of design Jony Ive departs to start his own… News • Get an 11-inch iPad Pro for $650 (save $150) Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Jony Ive (left) opening his glasses while holding an iPad Pro. James Martin/CNET When Apple announced on Thursday that Jony Ive was leaving the company, I immediately thought back to when David Letterman retired from his Late Show in May 2015. After walking away to spend more time with his family, Letterman launched another talk show three and a half years later called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman. It premiered on Netflix with a vastly different format and allowed us to see Letterman and his talent in a completely different light. While I don’t think Ive will grow a giant prospector beard like Letterman did (though how awesome would that be), I am excited to see how he’ll apply his talent to a slew of new products and designs outside of the Apple-sphere.Ive and fellow designer Marc Newsom, who in 2013 designed high-end one-of-a-kind products for charity including an aluminum Leica camera, are forming their own design firm called LoveFrom. According to Ive, the company gets its name from an address Steve Jobs gave at an Apple employee meeting.He became an industrial design legend with the Apple products he worked on like the iPhone, the original iMac and the Apple Watch. And who knows what products and projects are in the works that we haven’t seen yet from him — augmented reality glasses, anyone? Though Apple will be a client of LoveFrom, Ive will work independently from the tech giant possibly as early as 2020. With this move, it’s fascinating to ponder what products he might redesign next and how that could give him a late-career renaissance and further embolden him as a design icon.LG TV designed by Jony IveSince LoveFrom isn’t a part of Apple, he could potentially work with any company. I honestly don’t think there will be an LG G9 phone designed by Ive or a Galaxy S11. But there are several electronics projects that Apple was rumored to make that never materialized.The most obvious example is an Apple television set. Perhaps LoveFrom might partner with LG or Sharp for a high-end TV. Ive and LG already have a history of collaborating when they worked together on the LG UltraFine 4K display. See It iPad Pro Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Tags 4 Jony Ive Leica LG Samsung Apple CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Jony Ive’s Marie Kondo showWhile not as sexy as an iPhone XS, I could see Ive having his own Netflix show like Marie Kondo’s. Instead of visiting everyday people, he would show up at various maker spaces and design studios to lend a hand tweaking CNC machined cutouts and simplifying overcomplicated designs.Kondo is known for having people go through their belongings and ask whether items “spark joy.” Ive could challenge designers on whether their projects, “spark magic.” And honestly, the name of his new company is the perfect title for a Netflix show: LoveFrom Jony Ive. In a close second place would be the title: Sir Jonathan.Weird products that deserve a Jony Ive hosted intro videoPerhaps what I’m looking forward to the most is seeing more product videos that feature Ive, like the ones he did for Apple while overusing words like “simple” and “magic.” I genuinely have so much love for these videos because he is so sincere and passionate about the smallest details.  See it And if he ever does jump into food, I don’t imagine him going the Nathan Myhrvold from Microsoft route and publishing a super expensive book about molecular gastronomy. Though going from a design chief to a design chef would be quite the unexpected turn. Instead, I could easily see him designing his own coffee where every bean is exactly the same size and shape. And since beans have natural curves, Ive would find a way to grow the edges perfectly square like those square watermelons. He would join the ranks of celebrity coffee roasters Danny Trejo and David Lynch. Seriously, I would buy Jony Ive coffee beans in a heartbeat.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products via the link below.SEE DAVID LYNCH COFFEE BEANS ON AMAZON Preview • Apple’s newest iPad Pros hands-on: The iPad X we expected Review • iPad Pro 2018 review: A powerful, beautiful tablet that needs a software overhaul Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • After Jony Ive leaves Apple, these are the products he should redesign next Mobile $799 An Ive TV would be an epic product of industrial design. LG makes the thinnest TV to date, but I’m sure Ive would find a way to make it even thinner and lighter. I can already imagine a ceramic remote with a single button that controls everything.Newsom, Ive and Dieter Rams walk into a barIt’s been long known that Ive was inspired by the famous industrial Braun designer Dieter Rams. Leaving Apple will give LoveFrom the chance to interpret classic housewares that Braun made like clocks, speakers and kitchen appliances. My head can barely wrap itself around what a Jony Ive toaster might look like. It would probably have one thin slot for bread and a long digital toggle I’d have to slide my finger down to lower the bread.At Apple, Ive’s best designs came under his collaborations with Jobs kind of like how Lennon and McCartney wrote their best songs when they were in The Beatles. Obviously with Jobs’ passing, Ive not only lost a close friend, but also a creative balance to his work. But one possible design-nerd fantasy would be for Rams to work on a project with LoveFrom. It would be the design equivalent of when rockstars from different bands come together to form a supergroup. However, I’m sure whatever product they came up with would be leaps and bounds better than the best song from any supergroup. OK, Cream’s song White Room is absolutely the best. But this kind of collaboration could put the spring back into Ive’s design process. Apple 10:17 See All $674 See It Comments Best Buy • Here are a handful of other products I’d love to hear him talk about in similar videos. Remember to read all of these with Ive’s voice in mind:Toilet – “Every flush is the first flush. Our toilet uses evaporation and condensation to create water anew and refill the bowl as if it were the first time it was used.”Karaoke machine: “I’ve designed the perfect karaoke machine. It only plays U2’s Desire.”Traffic light with only two colors – “Three colors are one too many. Life doesn’t give us a yellow light when it’s about to stop so why should a traffic light?”Cuckoo clock – “Cuckoo clocks needed a revolution. I’ve done away with the bird all together and replaced it with a slab of hand polished petrified wood.”Q-Tips – “We’ve known for years that people put these into their ears. Now they are designed with a patented curve to follow your ear canal more accurately. No more bending and twisting. I call them AirPods… er, I mean Q-Pods.”Men’s clothing line – “Men’s basics aren’t that basic. I completely redesigned underwear so there are no holes except for your legs. It’s a simpler and more durable approach.”Women’s clothing line – “Bra straps were designed a hundred years ago. I knew we could do better. Using a combination of rare Earth magnets and spider silk, we have truly re-envisioned the bra.”Tap shoes – “Each step is a note, each stride a bar. Taps have been re-engineered to be thinner, lighter and more tappy.”Titanium soda can – “This $826 dollar titanium soda can will provide you with the smoothest sips of carbonated water and aspartame. Each can is ten times stronger than aluminium but also four times lighter. A 4pack will feel like you’re carrying a single regular can.”Oreo – “Two cookies are far too complicated. One is all you need. And we got rid of the cream too because it just gets in the way of the cookie.”Jony Ive dark roast coffeeIve could also go in another direction stepping away from electronics altogether. For instance, he could start working with only organic materials including food and coffee. Similar to how famous artists have various aesthetic periods, Ive would have his “Organic Phase.” He would live a Nick Offerman-esque life, woodworking and dispensing folksy design parables while building his own hand tools.last_img read more

Report Alaska population down after 26 years of growth

first_imgAn aging baby boomer population and a stagnate birthrate have caused Alaska’s population to fall for the first time since the 1980s recession.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that the population dropped by 61 people between July 2013 and July 2014. The last time the population dropped was in 1987 to 1988. Additionally, more people left Alaska than arrived during the studied time period.Data from the state Department of Labor shows Alaska lost 7,488 people from mid-2013 to mid-2014. It was the second straight year that more people left the state than arrivedState demographer and report author Eddie Hunsinger says while the size of the drop is small, it is remarkable because Alaska’s growth has been steady for so long. He attributes the drop to more deaths while birth numbers remain the same.last_img

Westlake extends lead over Nageak in Northern Alaska recount

first_imgBarrow Representative Benjamin Nageak says he isn’t conceding the Democratic primary to Dean Westlake.“No, no, no, I haven’t conceded anything,” said Nageak.That’s despite the fact that Westlake’s lead doubled Monday from four to eight votes over Nageak in the closely watched recount.Listen nowWhat remains to be seen is whether Nageak will challenge the final results in court, and — if so — whether that will change the outcome. Nageak declined to say if he plans a legal challenge, and referred further questions to his attorney, Seattle-based election-law specialist Tim McKeever.Dean Westlake is challenging Barrow Rep. Bennie Nageak in the Democratic primary; in 2014, Westlake lost the race by 131 votes. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage)In the recount, Westlake added six votes to his total reaching 825, while Nageak gained only two votes to reach 817. Two of Westlake’s votes and one of Nageak’s came from ballots that the computer scanner initially failed to count. In addition, Westlake gained three votes from questioned ballots from Ambler that were received after the Division of Elections certified the results.And both candidates gained one vote each from Kivalina, where some voters mistakenly cast ballots in both the Republican primary and in the primary for all other parties. Nageak caucuses with the Republican House majority. Republican officials are concerned about the handling of ballots in the village of Shungnak. Rep. Benjamin Nageak addresses the Alaska House of Representatives. He’s eight votes behind Dean Westlake in the HD 40 race. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Voters were wrongly given ballots for both the Republican primary and the primary for all other parties.Westlake received 47 votes in Shungnak and Nageak received three. In addition, some Republicans in the North Slope Borough and elsewhere have said election officials didn’t allow them to vote in the Democratic primary, or required them to file questioned ballots. Nageak says he’s concerned about it.“I have a lot of Republican friends in the district also, especially here in the North Slope, and I’ve heard they were turned down with, you know, with their ballots, asking for a Democrat ballot, and they won’t allow, they won’t allow that,” said Nageak.The Democratic primary is open to all voters. Katherine Pfeiffer (FYF-fer) was observing the recount in the elections office in Juneau for the Democratic Party. Amid Division of Elections staff hovering over ballots, optical scanners and printouts, she says she was impressed.“I think it was very well-organized. The election staff was very congenial, very helpful, answered people’s questions: a very transparent process,” said Pfeiffer.Nageak’s observers deferred comment to Nageak. Friday is the deadline for an election challenge to be filed in Superior Court.last_img read more

Fill Village Secretariat jobs with contract staff

first_imgChittoor: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy as an Opposition leader had promised to regularise services of contract and outsourcing employees after coming to power. Now, the Chief Minister terminating the contract and outsourcing employees in a phased manner by recruiting the new candidates, alleged AP State Government Contract and Outsourcing Employees’ Federation President AV Nageswara Rao. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us The CITU, AITUC, CPI and CPM have staged a dharna at the Collectorate here on Saturday. Rao stated that they are not opposing recruitment of staff for the Village Secretariats. “The State government has to provide job security to contract and outsourcing employees,” he demanded. The Federation leader asked the government to fill Village Secretariat jobs with contract and outsourcing employees. CITU district president P Chaitanya has warned the government of launching an indefinite agitation if contract or outsourcing employees are removed from jobs. Later, they submitted a memorandum to District Collector N Bharat Gupta.last_img read more

Communist Party of China delegation meets Khaleda discusses Rohingya crisis

first_imgA six-member team of Communist Party of China meets BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, at her Gulshan office on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloThe visiting delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) met Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Thursday and discussed the Rohingya issue, reports UNB.The six-member CPC team, led by its international department assistant minister Wang Yajun, went to the BNP chief’s Gulshan office around 7:00pm and held nearly an hour-long meeting with her.Talking to newsmen after the meeting, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said their chairperson talked to the delegation about the Rohingya problem.”She (Khaleda) told them (CPC delegation) that China can play the role of a mediator in resolving the Rohingya crisis,” he said.The BNP chief also requested the Chinese leaders to take effective steps so that Rohingyas can go back to their own country immediately, Fakhrul added.In reply, he said, the CPC leaders said their country is working to resolve the problem and ensure a safe return of Rohingyas to their country by maintaining good relations with the two neighbouring countries.Fakhrul said their chairperson hoped that the relations between China and Bangladesh will be consolidated further in the days to come.Apart from Fakhrul, BNP standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman, chairperson’s advisers Reaz Rahman and Sabihuddin Ahmed were present at the meeting.last_img read more

European Commission Gives Final Seal of Approval to Copyright Law Overhaul

first_img Popular on Variety The European Commission, the European Union’s executive body, has approved a long-gestating major reform to copyright law, which had already been passed by the European Parliament last month.The overhaul contains two controversial provisions that will make online platforms liable for illegal uploading of copyright-protected content on their sites, as well as force Google, Facebook and other digital companies to pay publishers for press articles they post online.“With today’s agreement, we are making copyright rules fit for the digital age. Europe will now have clear rules that guarantee fair remuneration for creators, strong rights for users and responsibility for platforms,” said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.According to the French newspaper Le Monde, six countries – Italy, Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Poland and the Netherlands – voted again the reform. As part of the reform, the E.U. also approved the digital single market reforms that aim at making it “easier for European broadcasters to make certain programs on their online services available across borders,” the E.U. said in a release.“When it comes to completing Europe’s digital single market, the copyright reform is the missing piece of the puzzle,” said Juncker.The copyright rules will be formally signed on Wednesday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, and the E.U. member states will have 24 months to enshrine the directive in their national legislation.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Tilda Swinton New Favorite for 13th Doctor

first_img Cinematic chameleon Tilda Swinton has morphed from evil sorceress (The Chronicles of Narnia) to vampire (Only Lovers Left Alive) to famous rock star (A Bigger Splash) to twin gossip columnists (Hail, Caesar!) to Celtic mystic (Doctor Strange). Now, she’s being tipped for the TARDIS.British bookmakers are placing their bets on the actor to replace Peter Capaldi in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special.Ladbrokes’ odds-on favorite to become the next Time Lord (Lady?), Swinton boasts a 7-2 advantage over popular choices Kris Marshall (4-1) and Olivia Colman (5-1).In January, Capaldi confirmed the 2017 Christmas special will mark the end of his time-and-space-traveling tenure. But who will materialize out of the Twelfth Doctor’s fiery rebirth this December?Paul McGann, who played the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV movie, boldly predicted Swinton late last month, urging Twitter followers to “imagine Capaldi regenerating into” the actress.Imagine Capaldi regenerating into.. pic.twitter.com/m0OP6bYlEO— Paul McGann (@pauljmcgann) January 31, 2017People have been coming out in droves to support a woman in the lead role, which has been portrayed by 13 men over five decades. Capaldi tipped Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter, History Boy), while David Tennant (Tenth Doctor) called Broadchurch co-star Colman “a magnificent choice.”Even writer Mark Gatiss agreed: a woman would be “fantastic.”“It’s the sort of thing I think would bring an amazing new audience” to the show,” he recently said in a BBC Radio 2 interview. “But who knows, it’s up to [incoming showrunner] Chris Chibnall.”The new boss, however, isn’t in any hurry to cast the titular role. Taking over for Steven Moffat next year, Chibnall is currently focused on the third (and likely final) season of Broadchurch, which returns to the UK’s ITV on Feb. 27 for eight episodes. Then it’s time for a relaxing vacation before hunkering down with Doctor Who.Yes, Tilda Swinton would bring an amazing energy, vibe, and style to the Doctor (and to the BBC). But don’t get too excited about an androgynous alien: It’s highly improbable the production company A) could afford an Oscar-winning A-lister for a 12-episode arc (or more), and B) would be willing to take on such a big name.Historically, the BBC has cast actors of relative obscurity (especially outside of the UK), who became famous through the role. (There are, of course, exceptions: Capaldi was known in many circles for his turn as the short-tempered Malcolm Tucker in Armando Iannucci’s satire The Thick of It.) Bookies also have their money on Kris Marshall, known to US audiences as Love Actually‘s horny Colin Frissell. Around the same time Capaldi dropped his bombshell, Marshall revealed he would step down from the BBC’s Death in Paradise, sparking rumors that the timing is not just a coincidence.Ben Whishaw (Daniel Craig’s Bond films), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), Reece Shearsmith (Shaun of the Dead), Rory Kinnear (also Craig’s Bond films), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), David Harewood (Supergirl), Idris Elba (Luther), and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) are still in the top 20.A new star, whoever that may be, is expected to be cast by the fall, ahead of an official proclamation and an on-screen regeneration. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Deadline to resolve Panama Canal expansion receives extension to Feb 1

first_imgWork onexpanding the Panama Canal will continue through at least next week after the construction consortium officially extended the deadline until Feb. 1 to resolve a dispute over $1.6 billion in cost overruns. The deadline had been set for this past Monday. However, the Panama Canal Authority and the consortium threatening to shut down the project have kept negotiations going.Panama officials said a proposal presented this week by the consortium Grupos Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) could resolve the dispute. The canal expansion already had been delayed from 2014 to the summer of 2015. Reuters reported Thursday that the waterway’s completion could be delayed until 2020 if GUPC, led by the Spanish construction company Sacyr, can’t come to an agreement with the canal authority. The Panama government has guaranteed the ambitious project will be completed by 2015 in spite of the current conflict. The expansion will place a third set of locks on the all-important transportation corridor, allowing for larger ships to pass through. Estimates say Panama could quadruple its $1 billion of annual revenue from toll fees once the expansion is complete. Facebook Comments Related posts:Minister insists that Panama Canal expansion will be completed in 2015 Panama Canal expansion hits $570 million snag New proposal made to break Panama Canal expansion deadlock Work resumes to expand Panama Canallast_img read more

Cement case detainees await space at San Sebastián prison

first_imgSan Sebastián has been described by inmates as “hell on Earth,” and a judge ordered in  August 2016 that the prison be closed within 18 months. The judge described its living conditions as horrific.Detainees at San Sebastián have complained to The Tico Times of inhumane conditions in overcrowded cells with minimal ventilation and so little sleeping space that some prisoners have to sleep on the floor next to urinals. Judge orders closure of overcrowded San Sebastián prison UPDATED: Court orders three months of prison for cement case detainees The daily La Naciónreported late Sunday that the seven men sentenced to three months’ preventive detention over the weekend in connection to the Chinese cement scandal will head to San Sebastián prison in San José.Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) Director Walter Espinoza told the daily Sunday evening that one of the detainees, suspended Banco de Costa Rica manager Mario Barrenechea, 67, will likely be the first to be transferred to San Sebastián because he is a senior citizen and will therefore enter the prison system in a separate Social Adaption track.The other men arrested, who included cement importer Juan Carlos Bolaños and five other Banco de Costa Rica management-level employees, will have to wait, since the historically overcrowded San Sebastián has a waiting list. A total of 40 prisoners are currently waiting for space at one of the country’s jails, according to La Nación.All of the men were in OIJ holding cells at the time of the report. A court ordered three months’ preventive detention for all seven men following a marathon hearing that began at 1 am Saturday morning.center_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Prosecutors requests six months of prison for seven cement case detainees UPDATED: Court orders three months of prison for cement case detainees Police arrest two key figures in Chinese cement case President Solís: ‘I’ve always told you the truth’last_img read more

Talk of N Mali intervention grows no action soon

first_imgSekere waits for the day when the Islamists leave Timbuktu, where they recently carried out a public execution in front of 600 people and have banned items ranging from perfume to Nokia ringtones. Sekere’s handicrafts are hidden inside the walls of his home until he, and the tourists, can return“Here I am getting by only on the generosity of my friends,” Sekere told a reporter from the upper level of a mud home in this central Malian town, now home to thousands of displaced northerners. “There at least I have a plot of land that I can work.”Sekere is one of nearly 500,000 people who fled northern Mali since the crisis began earlier this year. Many, like Sekere, who came to the south have found life difficult because unemployment is high. Here the civilian government is trying to exert authority over the military, whose junior officers launched a coup in March right before elections were to have been held. The soldiers still call a lot of the shots, even though they made a show of returning power to the civilians in April.Ordinary Malians and international experts alike are not sure what will reunite and bring back political stability to a country that until recently had a reputation as one of West Africa’s most steady democracies. Top holiday drink recipes Quick workouts for men The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a plan to back an African-led military force to help the Malian army oust Islamic militants. But the plan still faces delays: The French-backed resolution gives Mali, the West Africans and the African Union 45 days to develop plans to recover the occupied territory.Representatives of the United Nations, the African Union and ECOWAS are to consider the situation on Oct. 19 in a meeting in Mali’s capital, Bamako. The head of the Germany-based U.S. Africa Command, Gen. Carter Ham, said recently that “a military component” would be a part of an overall solution in northern Mali, but he ruled out an overt U.S. military presence.While diplomats from other countries discuss options, no action on the ground to retake the north appears imminent.“We’re in this period of stagnation, effectively a stalemate in the north,” said Gregory Mann, a history professor at Columbia University who specializes in Mali. “Some form of outside intervention is probably both undesirable, inevitable and necessary.”Mali’s transitional government has accepted in theory the prospect of the regional military intervention, though those involved in the discussions suggest there is a reluctance to allow foreign troops in Mali’s capital in the south. There has been nominal progress toward restoring democracy after the military coup but there is no clear path for holding fresh elections. The possibility of national elections being held within six months is “extremely slim,” according to the International Crisis Group.“All scenarios are still possible, including another military coup and social unrest in the capital, which risk undermining the transitional institutions and creating an even more explosive situation,” said said Gilles Yabi, West Africa project director for the International Crisis Group.Calls for an ECOWAS regional intervention have prompted protests in Mali’s capital in recent weeks, though others have marched in favor of an ECOWAS mission.Korotoumou Diakite, a 22-year-old student who took part in the pro-intervention march in Bamako this week, said: “I have faith that ECOWAS and the international community so that Mali remains one and indivisible.”___Associated Press writer Baba Ahmed in Bamako, Mali contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “This is not only a humanitarian crisis; it is a powder keg that the international community cannot afford to ignore,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said recently.The Obama administration, France and neighboring African countries are all weighing what will be the most effective policies to halt the rapid success of Islamic extremists in Mali. The 15-nation West African regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, has discussed sending 3,000 troops to help oust the Islamist militants from the north.Many, though, question how Mali’s weak military could take the lead on such an intervention.“All the military force in the world cannot put Mali back together and sustain it unless there is a legitimate political process that the majority of Malians will accept,” said J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa program at the Washington-based Atlantic Council.Analysts believe ECOWAS would need to send more soldiers to take and hold the France-sized area of desert now controlled by the militants.“There’s been a serious mismatch between the type of mission that is talked about and the type of resources that anyone is willing to cough up in support of that mission,” noted Pham. Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressMOPTI, Mali (AP) – Before Islamists seized the northern half of Mali, Mamadou Sekere sold masks and jewelry in Timbuktu to European tourists who rode camels and slept in the desert under the stars.Now, Sekere is in Mopti where one of his wives gathers leaves to feed the family. His other wife, who stayed behind when he fled Timbuktu, calls several times a day. He’s got 10 children with one and eight with the other, but can only shake his head when asked where they all are now. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

Akinci says July is a natural timetable says attacks against TCs growing

first_imgAlthough the Greek Cypriot side does not want to hear about timetables, July will be the “natural end date” for the talks, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has said.According to Turkish daily Hurriyet, he was referring to the start date for new drilling in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.“Making explorations [for hydrocarbons] in Eastern Mediterranean at a time when there is not an agreement [on Cyprus] would mean supporting the Turkish [Cypriot] side acting similarly,” Akinci said.He repeated comments he made last week that though his statement had been taken a a threat by the Greek Cypriot side, they were merely the reality of the situation.“Both of the two nations [of the island] have a right to a share of the natural gas resources,” said Akinci, adding that these resources could only be explored through “cooperation reached in peace and resolution.”He said the Greek Cypriots do not want to hear about timetables and dates but this was a natural life-span for the current negotiations.The leaders have agreed, after an eight-week impasse in the talks to hold four meetings for now beginning on April 20. Akinci said the four meetings were important and though he urged a more active role for the UN, he said he did not expect arbitration or bridging gaps in writing as was done during the Annan plan in 2004. However Akinci has asked for “oral ideas”.He also spoke of a partnership in which Turkish Cypriots would have equal participation. Otherwise, they would remain spectators, he said, and the solution would effectively mean a single state. “Otherwise, despite the objections of one side, if decisions are taken by simple majority, the state will be non-functional,” he said.Akinci said that the basis of living together in Cyprus was the building of trust between the two communities, and that attacks and harassment, which Turkish Cypriots faced in the south of the island had already damaged the climate of confidence.He said 22 incidents of attacks and harassment of Turkish Cypriots in the south of the island had been recorded. He did not give a timeframe within which the incidents happened but said “a new one is being added to them every day”, according to a statement from the ‘TRNC’ press and information office.“The building of trust between the two communities is crucial if we want to establish a bi-zonal, bi-communal federal structure, in order to live in peace on this island. This trust cannot be achieved by attacking Turkish Cypriots’ cars and those who travel to South Cyprus,” he said.“As the Turkish Cypriot community, we would be content to see those who commit these crimes brought before the court and punished. Only if this occurs can we establish a deterrent and develop a culture of peace in Cyprus. ”Akinci also commented on the issue of the EU four freedoms for Turkish nationals post-solution.“There is no such issue. There may be something that can be requested but what is required is not like what has it has been exaggerated to be,” he said.Akinci said the EU did in fact have a more realistic view on the issue than the Greek Cypriot side after they heard from him what it was that was being asked. Akinci was in Brussels last week.“It was understood that this is a problem that can be addressed within the concept of equal treatment,” he said.Responding, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said the Turkish side was trying to equate the issue of Greek nationals in Cyprus with Turkish nationals. They could not be compared, he said.“Greece is an EU member, Turkey is a candidate for accession to the EU, so this concerns only relations between Brussels and Ankara, between the EU and Turkey and cannot be accepted within the framework of the Cyprus problem,” he added.Christodoulides said Turkey’s relations with the EU were governed by very specific contexts, such as, for example, the Customs Union and when it is implemented and Ankara normalises relations wit the Republic of Cyprus, which it does not recognise, those terms will then apply as they will to all member states.The spokesman also denied Akinci’s claim that Turkish Cypriots would not have equal participation in a federal Cyprus. Like Akinci, he agreed there would be no UN arbitration.“The UN on their part have expressed a desire, if requested by both sides, to help the process and I repeat, if requested jointly by the two leaders,” Christodoulides said.After comments earlier in the day, returning to the issue of Sunday’s referendum in Turkey, the spokesman said developments there would inevitably affect developments in Cyprus because that was where the final decisions on the Cyprus issue would be taken.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more