US military expert urges Canada to be in the fight as Mideast

first_imgThis report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.The Canadian Press BANFF, Alta. — A U.S. military expert who famously turned down an invitation from U.S. President Donald Trump to act as his national security adviser says it’s more important than ever that Canada “be in the fight” when it comes to its military commitments.Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, now an executive with Lockheed Martin in the Middle East, says the recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia serve as a reminder that the region remains a dangerous place.The Sept. 14 strikes forced Saudi Arabia to halt about half of its production operations, causing oil prices to jump, although the output and prices have largely returned to pre-attack levels.Speaking at the Global Business Forum in Banff, Harward says Iran, blamed by Trump for the attacks, is growing more belligerent in flexing its muscles in the region and could force a violent reaction.Last year at a NATO summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a plan to grow military spending by 70 per cent over the next 10 years is Canada’s answer to Trump’s demand that NATO allies spend two per cent of their GDP on defence.Harward dodged a question from Gary Mar, CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, about the U.S. buying more Canadian oil through new pipelines and less from more dangerous parts of the world by pointing out the U.S. also needs to support its allies in the Middle East.“You know, if you’re (Canada) going to cut down on carriers, subs, that’s fine, but stay engaged, maintain the partnership, be in the fight, to ensure you have that operational understanding and experience when it’s going to be needed,” he advised.last_img read more

Three blue helmets serving with UNAfrican force killed in ambush in Darfur

21 June 2010The African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force in Darfur vowed today that it would not be intimidated from carrying out its work after three blue helmets were killed and a fourth was seriously wounded in an ambush in a remote part of the war-wracked Sudanese region. The mission, known as UNAMID, reported that more than 20 assailants opened fire without warning on the Rwandan soldiers as they provided security to civilian engineers working near the West Darfur village of Nertiti about 11:30 a.m.Today’s attack occurred little more than a month after two peacekeepers were slain while conducting a routine patrol in South Darfur, and takes the number of UNAMID peacekeepers who have been murdered in Darfur since the mission began operations in January 2008 to 27.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led UN officials in deploring the attack, saying in a statement issued by his spokesperson that the Sudanese Government must make every effort to apprehend the assailants.“The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the families of the peacekeepers who lost their lives and to the Government of Rwanda and reiterates his appreciation for their service and commitment to the search for peace in Darfur,” the statement added.UNAMID reported that the peacekeepers returned fire against the unknown gunmen, who wore camouflage clothing. In the ensuing firefight, which lasted almost an hour, three assailants were killed and the remainder fled the scene, stealing a vehicle.The wounded peacekeeper was taken to the mission’s hospital in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, and is listed as being in a critical condition.Mohamed B. Yonis, Deputy Joint Special Representative for UNAMID, voiced outrage at the attack and praised the peacekeepers for their courage. He said the mission would not be deterred from its work.“Our mission will continue to carry out its mandate, which is to bring peace and security to the people of Darfur,” Mr. Yonis said.Nertiti is a village located in the remote and mountainous region of Jebel Marra, which straddles the three Darfur states. The civilian engineers had been working at a UNAMID team site near the village at the time of today’s attack.Some 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed and another 2.7 million others displaced from their homes since fighting erupted in Darfur, an arid region on Sudan’s western flank, in 2003. Government forces, allied Janjaweed militiamen and rebel groups have all been accused of grave human rights violations. read more

US stocks rise sharply after hiring picks up in May Dow jumps

US stocks rise sharply after hiring picks up in May; Dow jumps 207, second-best day this year AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2013 4:19 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is closing sharply higher after the government reported a pickup in hiring last month.The Dow Jones Industrial average rose 207 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 15,248 Friday. It was the Dow’s second-biggest gain this year.Boeing led the Dow higher with a gain of 2.7 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 20 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 1,643. The Nasdaq rose 45 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 3,469.Indexes rose after the government reported that employers added 175,000 jobs last month, slightly more than expected. More people also started looking for work.Investors still expect the Federal Reserve to continue its stimulus.Two stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was lighter than usual at 3.3 billion shares. read more

Iraq UN officials underscore need to bring perpetrators of Sinjar tragedy to

It was a year ago that the attacks took place on members of the Yezidi community, as well as members of the Shi’a Turkmen, Shi’a Shabak and Christian communities, causing them to flee to Sinjar.“In the days that followed, amidst horrific killings, ISIL hunted down and caught hundreds of women and girls from ethnic and religion minorities, instituting a pattern of sexual violence, slavery, abduction and human trafficking that continues to this day,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, said in a statement on the first anniversary of the tragedy.She noted that first-hand accounts from internally displaced persons and refugees, some of whom she met during a visit to the Middle East in April, confirm systematic sexual violence, particularly against Yezidi women and children aged between 8 and 35 years. Young women are being “sold” in open markets, gifted to foreign fighters, trafficked for sex in the region to raise funds and increase recruitment among ISIL’s ranks, she stated, adding that women and girls are also used for forced procreation, to populate the desired new “Caliphate” with children who can be raised in ISIL’s own “warped image.”“These appalling crimes of sexual violence in conflict, which may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and/or acts of genocide, will not be forgotten. The international community stands united in the goal of pursuing the perpetrators and holding them to account.” She reiterated her calls on the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL to include protection and empowerment of women and girls in their strategies to counter terrorism.Also speaking out was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, who strongly condemned ISIL’s continuous and deliberate terrorist strategy to target and exterminate entire communities on the basis of their ethnic background, religious beliefs or faith. “This is especially harrowing for women, girls and children who are treated with untold brutality. We demand and support the liberation of Yezidi and other women and girls held by ISIL in captivity, often sold and used as sex slaves,” Mr. Kubiš said in a news release. He stated that the instigators and perpetrators of the crimes committed against civilian populations and on ethnic or religious grounds, some of which may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity, will sooner or later be brought to justice. Mr. Kubiš, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), also acknowledged the efforts and support of the Government of Iraq and of the Kurdistan Regional Government, assisted by the international community, to the affected minorities. At the same time, he underscored that “a more forceful and coherent action on the protection of minorities must take place, including active steps to ensure zero tolerance to impunity for those committing crimes against any and all humanities.” read more

SecretaryGeneral Guterres approves updated UN whistleblower protection policy

As part of his reform agenda, Mr. Guterres has made it a priority for the UN to have a whistleblower protection policy that meets the highest possible standards, and the updated plan aims to ensure the Organization functions in a more open, transparent and fair manner. UN Staff and management both agreed on the policy, contained in a bulletin that was just issued, which meets best practices. According to UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, the major changes include the following elements: The Ethics Office and Office of Internal Oversight Services will now be able to take preventive action where a risk of retaliation has been identified (instead of staff being required to identify a specific retaliatory act before they can request protection); The policy affords protection from retaliation to whistleblowers who report wrongdoing committed not only by staff but also by contractors, non-UN peacekeepers and others; Staff now have the right to seek review of Ethics Office determinations; and Complainants will be notified of disciplinary measures taken against staff members found to have retaliated against them. Mr. Dujarric noted that the Secretary General has also tasked an internal working group to examine whether the policy on protection against retaliation should be further expanded to also provide more protections for consultants and individual contractors. The UN chief has given the working group a deadline of 30 June 2017 to come back with their recommendations on this. Until this matter is decided, the Secretary-General has asked that the Ethics Office continue its practice of providing assistance to consultants and individual contractors who seek protection against retaliation. To include this category of individuals within the policy would have resource implications, Mr. Dujarric added.“The Secretary-General is in favour of enhancing the independence of the Ethics Office by having it report directly to the General Assembly, instead of through the current arrangements, which provide for it to report to the Secretary-General,” explained the UN spokesperson, noting that the Secretary-General has requested the Ethics Office to urgently examine this issue and to report its advice. Such a change in reporting line would require the General Assembly’s approval, he added. read more

New OSU mens hockey assistant coach Mark Strobel looks to bring intensity

Members of the OSU men’s hockey team celebrate during a March 7 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-2. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State hockey program will have a new face behind its bench for the 2015-16 campaign in former Wisconsin standout defenseman Mark Strobel.Strobel manned the blueline for the Badgers from 1991-1995 and was captain of the team in both his junior and senior years. Wisconsin reached the NCAA tournament in each of his four years there, finishing as runner-up in 1992.His coaching career includes stints with Colorado College and the Twin Cities Vulcans of the United States Hockey League, before heading back to the NCAA ranks with current OSU head coach Steve Rohlik at Minnesota Duluth. He then moved on to University of Nebraska Omaha before landing in Columbus.Although his stint in Omaha was his last coaching position in 2003-04, Strobel stayed involved in collegiate hockey, serving as a rinkside reporter for the Big Ten Network.Now, he’s still settling into his new role in the Buckeye State, but Strobel said he feels right at home in Columbus.“I’m very fortunate,” he said. “I’m very humbled by the opportunity at Ohio State. It’s a family, and everyone bleeds scarlet and gray.”He was hired soon after the sudden departure of Brett Larson, who returned home to his alma mater of Minnesota Duluth to be the assistant coach of the Bulldogs after two seasons on the bench with the Buckeyes.Senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple mentioned that despite the tough loss that came along with Larson’s departure, there are plenty of good vibes surrounding their new coach.“He’s all business,” the captain said. “As a program, we’re all excited to see what he’s got and hopefully he’ll make us better hockey players and better people. He’s going to do everything he can to not only further my game but the rest of the team.”A self-described “player’s coach,” Strobel tries to be straightforward in his coaching style.“I don’t overanalyze things,” Strobel said. “Young people have enough on their plate already. What I try not to do is overcoach. I try to keep things simple but within a framework of what we need to accomplish. I’m not going to let them cut corners, but I’ll be the first one to hug them when they do something right.”Rohlik and Strobel have a long history between them, which made it easy for Strobel to join the program.“The most important thing is I know what he’s all about,” Rohlik said. “I know what he’s going to bring to the table. He’s going to have a work ethic second to none and he’s going to bring a tremendous passion to the office, to the rink and to recruiting. I’m really excited about his fit into our staff and with the guys we already have on board, I think he’ll be a great fit for everything.”It remains to be seen how the program will move forward during Strobel’s tenure, but the bond the two coaches share can’t hurt OSU’s chance for future success.“I think it’s going to be tremendous because when you’re brothers, and blood is thicker than water, you can be very real and honest with that person on a daily basis,” Strobel said. “I’m a family guy first and foremost and that’s going to translate to our team. That bond is unbroken amongst family members when you’re unbroken and pushing each other to the best you can be on a daily basis.”OSU hasn’t been to an NCAA tournament since 2009, when it was swiftly eliminated by eventual champion Boston University in the first round.Strobel recognizes that while there is not as much history to build on as his alma mater when it comes to hockey, that can change with the right formula.Ingredient one is signing a special recruit who will work tirelessly, he said.“When you look at our building and you look into the rafters, there is no tradition, there is no history,” Strobel said. “The Chicago Bulls didn’t have much going on before a guy by the name of Michael Jordan got there and turned things around.”From there, there’s only one thing left to do.“You’ve got to win hockey games, plain and simple,” Strobel said. “If you win 25 to 27 hockey games a year and you’re back into the NCAA tournament on a regular basis, by all means I believe the fans will show up and the people will want to be part of a winner. It’s just the way human nature works.” read more

Pigs genetically edited so their organs can be used for human transplants

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Although several medical procedures already use sterilized pig tissues, such as heart valves in cardiac surgery and corneal transplants, doctors believe that the use of pig organs such as kidneys could end the donor shortage.More than 1,000 people die in Britain each year waiting for a transplant.British scientists said that the new breakthrough could help solve a ‘huge unmet need in modern medicine.’Prof Ian McConnell, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Science, University of Cambridge, said: “This work provides a promising  first step in the development of genetic strategies for creating  strains of pigs where the risk of transmission of retroviruses in vivo organ transplantation has been eliminated.“It remains to be seen whether these results can be translated into a fully safe strategy in organ transplantation.”The research was published in the journal Science. Pig organs could soon be transplanted into patients after Harvard University genetically removed a virus inherent in the animal’s DNA which makes it incompatible with humans.Scientists have spent decades trying to engineer pig tissue so that it would not be rejected by the human body.All pig DNA carries a cancer virus which infects human cells and makes transplantation impossible.But now Professor George Church and colleagues at Harvard have used a ground-breaking genetic editing technology called Crispr to snip away the virus’ genetic code in a pig embryos.The embryos were then implanted into a sow and grew to be a healthy pigs, a feat described as a major milestone in the quest to use animal organs in humans. Harvard geneticist George Church Credit:Harvard  Harvard geneticist George Church last_img read more

HTC Sense 40 adds guest mode better email 50GB Dropbox Beats Audio

first_imgHTC Sense 4.0 isn’t ready for public consumption yet (that’s v3 above), but there’s a good chance the company will show it off in its full glory at MWC2012 in the coming weeks. It looks like some select individuals have already had the chance to play with the new mobile UX, however, and there seems to be plenty to like about it.One of the biggest (and most interesting) additions to Sense 4.0 is its guest mode, which is designed to limit functionality when you pass your handset to an acquaintance. Maybe they want to flip through your tunes, or perhaps it’s a certain YouTube video they’d like to pull up for you? Whatever the case may be, you’ll be able to flip on guest mode and disable phone features and prevent access to your personal data. At last, a hassle-free way to keep prying eyes away from your mirror pose photos!Dropbox integration is another huge addition, with Sense 4.0 adding access to a 50GB account. It’s even treated like local storage by Sense, and when you share a file stored in your Dropbox with someone it’ll send them a Dropbox sharing link — which saves you the time and potential cost of actually uploading a file via your data connection. The 50GB Dropbox account (which normally runs $10 per month) is created during the first run process in Sense 4.0, though it hasn’t been mentioned if it’s a free-for-life deal or just a trial period to get you hooked.HTC has also refined its email client, and PocketNow claims that it might just be the “best looking and most functional” mail app available on Android. It has taken some hints from iOS, with HTC dropping checkboxes as a selection method and replacing them with Apple-style radio buttons. There’s also a new push email feature called Smart Sync that saves power by learning how you use your phone and slowing down mail checks during times when you don’t normally check your phone — say, while you’re asleep.Other additions to HTC’s trademark UX include access to its phones’ Beats Audio tech in all apps (not just the default Music app any more), facial recognition chops in the camera app that prevent catching subjects while they’re blinking, and a 3D card-style task switching interface.All in all, things seem to be shaping up nicely for Sense 4.0. The company’s software will no doubt play a huge role in turning around those grim Q4 financials, but a spate of awesome new handsets won’t hurt, either.More at PocketNowlast_img read more

ARAIG A sensory feedback suit for video games so you can feel

first_imgAs the gaming industry moves along, it continues to tackle adding the five senses to the medium. It’s now had motion control so precise, that we quickly grew bored of waving around our 1:1 virtual tennis rackets. The Oculus Rift is attempting to bring pseudo-VR to the household for a relatively cheap cost. Smell-o-vision, though it doesn’t exist as any kind of major (or minor) peripheral, has been successfully attempted here and there throughout the industry’s life in form of a unit that releases scented oils. The realm of taste has been thankfully left untouched. Though the industry has provided very basic tactile feedback via vibrating controllers and peripherals, there isn’t yet any device that allows us to really feel our games. A new Kickstarter project, the ARAIG suit, is attempting to bring us those very feelings.The occasional haptic feedback suit has been attempted before — notably the Aura Interactor, essentially a subwoofer in a backpack — but the consumer market hasn’t been able to, for example, walk through the rain in a game and feel the patter of raindrops on their shoulders. The ARAIG — standing for the somewhat on-the-nose As Real As It Gets — suit aims to deliver a multi-sensory experience that a booming base in a backpack never could.The suit is composed of three main parts. Residing in the suit, the Decoders receive information from a game, then translate that information to an appropriate corresponding feeling, which in turn is sent off to the Exoskeleton. The Exoskeleton is the bulk of the suit, and with the Decoders’ information, creates all of the appropriate feelings on your body. It also houses the majority of the components, including the removable battery pack. The Sim Skin is an aesthetic customization option for the suit, so you can look fashionable while gaming and don’t necessarily have to wear a drab black ARAIG.The ARAIG is promising three different types of sensory feedback. The first type of feedback is surround sound, but since it’s coming from the suit, it follows you wherever you move. It aims to make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the audio action, since you literally will be. The second form of feedback will be a host of vibration systems that cover most of the torso and upper arms. The third feedback system, STIMS, is made up of what is essentially that machine you see in informercials that claims to work out your abs for you. You hook diodes up to your muscles, and little stimulations cause your muscles to automatically contract and relax. This kind of system will provide more sophisticated feelings that a host of vibration sensors couldn’t, but in conjunction with the vibration units could create a new sensation.A pledge of $299 is the minimum pledge that would nab you an ARAIG, but at the time of writing, all 100 slots are already taken. The next step up, to a pledge of $325, will net you the same ARAID unit, but without the cheaper early-access fee. If you’re interested in feeling like you just got shot by a bunch of a bullets while playing video games, head on over to the Kickstarter campaign page.last_img read more

Day schools go well in NAPLAN

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victoria’s Greek Independent schools have outperformed the country in the National Assessment Program (NAPLAN) tests. An overwhelming majority of students from Alphington Grammar, Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College and St John’s Greek Orthodox College exceeded the national benchmark, and achieved higher than the state and national average. The NAPLAN was held for the second time this year and tested all students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 on punctuation and grammar, numeracy, reading, writing and spelling. The test results, released to parents over the past few weeks are a means of comparing students’ achievements against national standards, and with student achievements in other schools and states.“Overall I was extremely pleased with the results; there was certainly a huge improvement since last year,” said principal Steve Charisis of Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College. “Our Year 3s were above the state average in all areas, and what pleased us was the range of results for the students were at the upper end of the spectrum. Grade 5 results were similar although they stood out more so in spelling and writing. Our Year 7s were on average above the national average, and the Year 9s were at or above,” he added.Principal Mike Smith of Alphington Grammar noted that students continued to excel as they they reached higher year levels.“The national results show a decline in number of students reaching higher levels as they get to Year 7 and 9 but this is not the case here,” he said.Although pleased that Alphington Grammar had achieved its goal of exceeding state averages, Smith acknowledged that there were some question marks over the reliability of the tests as a predictor of student and school achievements.“These results are only a snapshot of students performances within a relatively limited range of skills within numeracy and literacy,” he said. “The variation in curriculum across schools in different states means that some subjects are covered in a different order or receive more attention than in other states.” Charisis was quick to agree.“We don’t find out things from these tests that we don’t already know as teachers assess and structure programs on an ongoing basis,” he said. “No one would say one assessment done on one particular day would truly give you an accurate reflection.”Although pleased with her school’s NAPLAN results, noting that a number of Year 7 students achieved in the top 10 per cent of the nation, acting principal of St John’s Greek Orthodox College, Jane Sulicich indicated there was always room to excel further.“We have been invited to be a part of the Government’s new National Partnerships Program where our staff will be provided with significant training to further improve student outcomes in the areas of reading and numeracy,” she said.“We are very excited about this opportunity…and we look forward to the improvement on comparative results in 2010.”last_img read more

Whats next for the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia

first_imgThe death of Archbishop Stylianos after 44 years at the helm of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia has marked the end of an era.A larger-than-life energetic figure, Archbishop Stylianos has left behind a legacy. He welcomed people to the church regardless of their religious beliefs, and was a man of great open-mindedness that sometimes contradicted traditional beliefs and caused controversy. Over the years, the charismatic leader that led with an iron fist ensured the growth of the church and helped in its expansion to hundreds of thousands of members of many nationalities, and not just Greek.The crowds that gathered to pay their last respects at his funeral provided further proof that Archbishop Stylianos was a religious leader to be reckoned with. Leaving behind such large shoes to fill, speculation is sky high as to who the new religious leader to replace him will be and what this will mean for the church.Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is currently examining the situation and contemplating the strategy that the church will follow with a new leader in place. Sources have told Neos Kosmos that the Patriarchate in Constantinople would like to “break up” the Australian Archdiocese into smaller jurisdictions. This would come as no surprise bearing in mind telling statements already made by Patriarch Bartholomew.“I publicly confess that we are concerned as to whether the Archdiocese of Australia should in future continue being a unified ecclesiastic body, (with) one Archdiocese, one Archbishop and assistant bishops,” he said.“The mother church, the Holy and Sacred Synod will try to make the best decision.”Church sources have told Neos Kosmos that the reason for the separation of the Archdiocese from a single body is to prevent the rise of another “Stylianos”. In this way, the Patriarchate will have greater control of the operation of the church body in Australia just as it has tried to ensure in America where the church body has been split into four Metropolitan regions: America, Canada, Central America, South America. However critics point to a weakening of the role of the church in America following the division.At the moment, the Archdiocese of Australia is one of three large church bodies outside of Constantinople. Greek Orthodox sources have told Neos Kosmos that the church in Australia needs a united Archdiocese with a powerful and active leader who can continue to ensure its growth and build on the substantial work already carried out by his predecessor. The Australian church has already suffered from a split with the separation of the New Zealand branch from its fold, and now it needs to look ahead, united and strong.Should the Archdiocese be divided, this would have repercussions on its Property Trust, and the cost of the splitting up of its assets would be huge.Metropolitan Panteleimon of Vryoula, who had been sent by the Ecumenical Patriarchate as its official representative, visited Melbourne following the funeral in Sydney. He will also visit Adelaide and Perth to discuss church matters before reporting to the Patriarchate regarding his findings on the situation in Australia.READ MORE: ‘Archbishop Stylianos was my greatest spiritual Benefactor’Contenders for the top jobSpeculation is high. Below are some of the scenarios:Bishop Nikandros could be a Metropolitan Bishop with the areas of South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory under his jurisdiction.Bishop Ezekiel may become the Metropolitan Bishop of Victoria and Tasmania, however this would not be a long-term solution as he is rumoured to be retiring soon.Metropolitan Iakovos would be a candidate for NSW.Bishop Seraphim who hopes to be Archbishop of Australia may be offered Queensland, a smaller portion of the pie than he might have hoped for. Should this be the case, it is uncertain that he would accept the role and may even leave Australia.If the Archdiocese continues to be in its current form, then Bishop Joseph is among the names being considered for the role as he has served in South Australia, Victoria and has also been a Metropolitan Bishop in New Zealand.For the moment, Bishop Ezekiel has temporarily stepped in an interim leadership role until the future becomes clear. Behind-the-scenes machinations are many. Neos Kosmos sources from within the church speak of disharmony and discord brought on by uncertainty.A decision will not be made until after June. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg le dirigeant de Facebook soignetil son image

first_imgMark Zuckerberg : le dirigeant de Facebook soigne-t-il son image ?États-Unis – Alors qu’un film l’accusant de cupidité se prépare à sortir outre-Atlantique, Mark Zuckerberg, propriétaire et fondateur de Facebook, finance un projet d’éducation à New York. Geste désintéressé ou habile gestion de son image publique ?Mark Zuckerberg, 35e fortune des États-Unis, a affirmé lancer un projet d’éducation à Newark, ville défavorisée située à 15 kilomètres de Manhattan. Le jeune homme, âgé de 26 ans, a investi 100 millions de dollars dans cette entreprise qui a reçu le soutien des politiques. “Nous sommes reconnaissants envers ce jeune entrepreneur innovant qui se consacre tant à aider la prochaine génération de dirigeants et d’entrepreneurs couronnés de succès”, n’a pas manqué de saluer le maire démocrate de Newark, Cory Booker. Mais ce geste intervient quelques jours avant la sortie du film “The social network”, une œuvre censée critiquer la “cupidité” du patron de Facebook. Alors, Mark Zuckerberg a-t-il vraiment agi charitablement ou a-t-il juste senti la tempête se lever ?Le 27 septembre 2010 à 13:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Corinne Lepage réclame un débat sur labandon du nucléaire en France

first_imgCorinne Lepage réclame un débat sur l’abandon du nucléaire en FranceEn voyage au Japon, l’ancienne ministre de l’Environnement Corinne Lepage s’est rendue à Fukushima. Suite à cette visite, elle a appelé les divers partis politiques à organiser dans le cadre de la campagne présidentielle, un débat sur une possible sortie du nucléaire de la France. L’ancienne ministre de l’Environnement Corinne Lepage était cette semaine en visite au Japon, notamment pour se rendre à Fukushima, à une soixantaine de kilomètres de la centrale nucléaire accidentée. Elle a alors rencontré des membres et responsables de l’association des mères de Fukushima, et s’est dite particulièrement touchée. Ce vendredi, à l’issue de son voyage de trois jours sur l’archipel nippon, Corinne Lepage a ainsi plaidé en faveur d’un abandon de l’énergie nucléaire en France, le seconde puissance nucléaire mondiale avec ses 58 réacteurs. “Il faut un grand débat sur la politique énergétique qui doit aboutir, car c’est notre intérêt économique autant que sécuritaire, à une sortie programmée du nucléaire”, a-t-elle déclaré, citée par l’AFP. À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de Tchernobyl”J’ai vécu Tchernobyl et j’ai l’impression de revivre la même histoire”, a confié l’ancienne ministre, évoquant les habitants démunis, tant en terme d’informations que de moyens pour connaître les risques qu’ils encourent. “L’Etat japonais fait ce qu’il peut mais on est dans l’expérimentation. Ce qu’on voit avec Fukushima, c’est qu’aucun gouvernement ne peut payer pour protéger les gens et les indemniser après un accident nucléaire” souligne-t-elle. Une industrie trop coûteuse C’est pourquoi la députée européenne, fondatrice et présidente du parti écologiste Cap21, prône l’abandon des nouveaux projets de centrales en France, pour un retrait progressif du nucléaire. Une décision justifiée d’un point de vue sécuritaire mais aussi économique, estime-t-elle. “C’est un problème économique : cette industrie ne supporte pas son coût. Si le système du pollueur-payeur imposé aux autres industries s’appliquait au nucléaire, vous n’auriez plus d’énergie nucléaire”, a expliqué Corinne Lepage, rappelant le coût du démantèlement des centrales et de la gestion des déchets radioactifs.Le 2 septembre 2011 à 20:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Funimation and Crunchyroll announce partnership

first_imgThe clouds parted, and the sun shone through, and the anime gods said, “Let there be light!” Anime fans can rejoice because a match made in heaven has just been announced: anime giants Crunchyroll and Funimation are partnering to vastly expand the reach and availability of their licensed properties for the English-language market. They will be sharing their titles across their streaming, home video, and electronic sell-through platforms. Crunchyroll will continue creating the massive amounts of subtitled content that their viewers know them for on their streaming site while adding a slew of Funimation’s titles. Funimation will focus their talents on creating English-language dubs of both companies’ titles for fans to enjoy, as well as handling distribution of Crunchyroll’s titles through home video and electronic purchase.This is win-win for both the companies involved, as well as anime fans. Starting yesterday, Crunchyroll subscribers already had access to some of Funimation’s summer simulcast titles. On Funimation’s streaming platform, called FunimationNow, viewers will soon be able to watch dubs of their favorite titles previously only available via Crunchyroll, like Mob Psycho 100 and Orange.Mob Psycho 100Gen Fukunaga, founder and CEO of Funimation, mentions, “Our commitment is first and foremost to our fans, and by partnering with Crunchyroll, together we can expand the reach of anime by making shows available to an even larger audience around the world. Funimation will continue to be the best place for fans to experience dubbed content while we also work with Crunchyroll to grow the market for anime. This is a thrilling next step for both companies.”This is only the tip of the iceberg, as both companies are preparing to begin streaming of their catalog titles like Cowboy Bebop and Free! Iwatobi Swim Club on their sites. Truly, it is a great time for us anime nerds to be alive.Cowboy BebopAlthough it seems like viewers would automatically only subscribe to one platform and not the other due to money concerns, the great news is that FunimationNow has lowered their subscription cost to $5.99 per month or $59.99 a year, which means you can subscribe to both FunimationNow and Crunchyroll and not break your otaku piggy bank.Kun Gao, Founder and GM of Crunchyroll states, “This partnership will allow Crunchyroll to continue making the best subtitled simulcast experience for all fans. Anime is a lifestyle experience shared by millions, and we look forward to new ways to delight fans together.”We can only hope that other big licensing giants will jump into the friend-zone with these guys. We’re looking at you, Netflix.It still seems like a dream that we can get simulcasts of anime direct from Japan in the same week it airs in the land of the rising sun. Remember the days when you could only get anime from a shady dude at the Chinese market for, like, $40 for 4 episodes in an unmarked plastic case? How far we have come, my fellow otaku.How we had to get our anime in the early ’90s. You kids don’t even understand how good you have it these days.Our biggest question now, is what do we call this awesome mashup of our two favorite anime distribution companies? FuniCrunch? Crunchination? FuniRoll? CrunchyFun?The world is truly our oyster.Click here to sign up!Crunchyroll (30 Day Trial Offer)FunimationNowlast_img read more

Balotelli rules out AC Milan

first_imgThe striker does not consider returning to AC Milan as an option ahead of his end of contract at the end of the campaign but insisted there are many teams that want his signature.Mario Balotelli is approaching the end of the next short-term contract he signed with Nice and is already starting to think about his future and where could he possibly go.Balotelli is reportedly valued at 100 million euro by his agent Mino Raiola and there is reportedly interest, despite the hefty price tag.“My future? There are many teams in Italy that follow me,” Balotelli boasted, according to Goal.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I can say that Milan is not among those clubs.”“I would like to return to an Italian club. Milan? It is not possible.”“It is almost certain that I will not stay [at Nice]. I am still not sure, but it is most likely that it will be my last season here,” Balotelli went on to add.last_img read more

CRC contractor sues state over public records release

first_imgIn the ongoing Columbia River Crossing saga, you’d be hard-pressed to find tighter allies than the Washington Department of Transportation and David Evans & Associates.One is the powerful road-building agency whose staffers lead the CRC. The other is a Portland engineering firm hired by WashDOT to be the CRC prime contractor.Yet, these two organizations seemingly joined at the hip find themselves on the opposite sides of a lawsuit filed in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia Wash.David Evans quietly sued WashDOT last month to block the agency from releasing its audited financial statements. Notolls.com, an anti-CRC group, had filed a public records request with the CRC seeking the financial information.Evans also named as a defendant Debbie Peterson, who filed the public records request with the CRC. Peterson works for Tiffany Couch, a Vancouver forensic accountant who is working for David Madore, a Vancouver businessman and vocal CRC opponent.last_img

Police arrest man accused of sexual assault attempted kidnapping in Little Haiti

first_imgUPDATE: Tavares Anthony Canty, the man wanted for the Sexual Battery in #littlehaiti has been taken into custody. More information to follow. pic.twitter.com/rpnG9g9S2N— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) May 2, 2018Canty is accused of trying to kidnap a woman as she was outside her home on April 26. The woman was able to get away.Officials said that, about an hour later, Canty broke into a nearby home and sexually assaulted another woman. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and attempting to kidnap another in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.Miami Police confirmed they arrested 34-year-old Tavares Anthony Canty, Wednesday morning, near Northwest 67th Street and 24th Court.They caught him in a matter of days, and police said that while they were searching for Canty, he tried to strike again. “They already had police in the area, and somebody spotted him already,” said a man named Dee.The 29-year-old victim described in one word what the past week has been for her. “Hell,” she said.Residents of the area are now breathing a sigh of relief after hearing of Canty’s arrest.“People [are] scared. Being raped? That’s nasty. It’s too many females out here to be going around and try to rape somebody and take it away from them,” said resident Charles Braddock. “That’s a big relief. It’s for the kids’ relief too, because he can go take one of these little kids and take them behind the bushes.”“I feel safer, honey. Feel safer, and I am glad and I’m just grateful,” said resident Gwendolyn Foster. “Thank you Jesus, we have good police officers out here.”The attempted kidnapping victim who said she was once so afraid to leave her home is now grateful to everyone who called in with tips. She also thanked Miami Police for making an arrest.“I’m so happy what can I say? I just hope that he stays in jail forever,” the victim said. Police believe Canty is involved in four separate cases. He faces charges of armed sexual battery, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping and voyeurism.“If not for the help of the public, we would have not been able to make this arrest,” said Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina.7News spoke with the 29-year-old woman who could be seen on surveillance camera fighting off Canty, Wednesday.“I couldn’t believe it, but when I saw him, it was him,” she said. “I cried. I did cry. But now I’m relieved, so hopefully I will sleep tonight.”Canty was seen riding his bike in the area before he was arrested. A woman in the area said she and others recognized Canty, so they stalled him until police arrived.“We just know him from being around,” the woman said.One witness said police responded to the scene in record time. Police also said Canty has an extensive criminal history with 23 felony arrests and nine felony convictions.Investigators said there may be additional charges, and other possible victims.“Everyone was aware that he was out there and looking for him, and he was aware of that,” Colina said, “and yet, he was still trying to victimize more people.”If you believe you may be a victim, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

VIDEO Meet Wilmington High Schools Class Officers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wildcat TV’s Shawn Guiney recently interviewed many of Wilmington High School’s class officers.Meet Joseph Wilson (Senior Class President), Sara Babcock (Senior Class Vice President), Thomas Abbott (Junior Class President), Alison Jordan (Junior Class Treasurer), Maeve Martins (Junior Class Secretary), Sean Riley (Sophomore Class Vice President), Maria Hernandez (Sophomore Class Secretary), Angelyn Ciampa (Freshmen Class President), Rhiannon Dyment (Freshmen Class Vice President), and Quinn Proulx (Freshmen Class Treasurer).Find out why each ran for their respective positions and what they hope to accomplish this year.——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”Wilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students ParticipateIn “Community”WHS Football Team Is Looking For Corporate SponsorsIn “Community”last_img read more

Nigerian held for cheating woman in Hyderabad

first_imgA Nigerian national was taken into custody in Delhi by the city cyber crime police for allegedly cheating a woman in the pretext of marrying her. Alionyem Bright (32), a native Detta in Nigeria is residing at Tilak Nagar in West Nigeria. According to the police, Bright contacted the woman introducing himself as Basim Karim from United Kingdom and showed interest in marrying her. Also Read – Kukatpally: Anna Prasada programme held Advertise With Us He then told her he is coming to India soon. However, on the next day the woman received fake calls claiming that Basim was arrested in Delhi by the custom officials and asked her to pay Rs 16.3 lakh. The woman paid the cash to them was later realised that she got cheated and approached the cyber crime police.last_img

Russia pioneering return of ISIS children

first_imgAs the end nears for the IS enclave in Syria and the fate of jihadists’ family members becomes a prescient issue, Russia can be seen as a pioneer in systematically returning children of Islamist fighters home.A potential homecoming of the many foreign women who have gone to live in the IS “caliphate” and their children, many of whom were born there, has been a subject of debate in Russia, with some security chiefs seeing them as potential threats.Earlier this month, 27 children, from four to 13 years old, were flown from Iraq to the Moscow region.Clutching stuffed toys and bundled in winter jackets, the children were carried off the cargo plane to face the Russian winter after years in the desert.After health exams, they would be given into the care of their uncles, aunts, and grandparents in the Russian North Caucasus, the majority-Muslim territory in the south of Russia that is home to most of the Russians that had joined the Islamic State group.Another 30 children were brought back in late December.”They attend school and kindergarten. Volunteers work with them and talk to them about what they have been through, explaining how they have been indoctrinated,” said Kheda Saratova, an advisor to Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who has assumed a central role in the process of repatriating Islamists’ relatives.An ‘honourable’ deedRussian authorities have given sometimes conflicting figures of returnees. Saratova said that about 200 children have been brought to Russia, but nearly 1,400 are still stuck in Iraq and Syria.Kadyrov, a longtime Kremlin protege with vast resources, began efforts to bring back fighters’ children in 2017. Diplomatic negotiations are often led by Aleppo-born Chechnya senator Ziyad Sabsabi.Endorsing Kadyrov’s efforts, President Vladimir Putin in late 2017 called the drive to return the children “a very honourable and correct deed” and promised to help.”It’s very good for the image of Kadyrov. He seems somebody who doesn’t just use violence against terrorists but who builds mosques and hands out humanitarian aid,” said Grigory Shvedov, who edits a Caucasus-focused news website Caucasian Knot.When he began Russia’s intervention in Syria in 2015, Putin justified it by the need to kill jihadists before they come to Russia.Although some regions have tried rehabilitation programmes for Islamic extremists, these have failed to catch on at the national level. Young men who returned from Syria or Iraq and turned themselves in have faced harsh punishment.This month Russia’s Supreme Court confirmed a 16-year-term for a young man who went to Syria as a 19-year-old student and worked as a cook and driver on IS-controlled territory for six months.The promise of amnestyReturning the wives of jihadists is also complicated by the absence of an extradition agreement between Russia and Iraq, where many have been sentenced, sometimes to life, in prison.But there is also reluctance by Russia’s powerful security services to bring home adult civilians.FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov in November noted that many women with children exiting conflict zones have been used by jihadists as suicide bombers or recruiters.”The FSB sees them as dangerous, even though many of these wives purchase their freedom from the Kurds and will eventually return one way or another,” said Saratova.Any affiliation with Islamic State jihadists is a crime, since the group is banned under Russian law.”Some sort of amnesty has been promised to many, but it doesn’t actually happen,” said Shvedov. “They are put on trial, (charges) sometimes trumped up and sometimes real.”Last year, two women returned from Syria to their native Dagestan and were swiftly convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison. The court eventually ruled to delay their time in prison until their children are older.The children themselves face a difficult reintegration process into life in Russia, a country they barely know, after spending formative years in the “caliphate”.Russian authorities hope that bringing them back into their extended families can minimise risks of radicalisation once they reach adulthood in the Caucasus, a region with a history of Islamic extremism.last_img read more