Lifeguard Services Ending for the Season

first_imgSunday, Aug. 24, will be the last day of supervision for 19 of the 21 beaches supervised by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. Lawrencetown and Aylesford Lake beaches will remain supervised daily until Labour Day, Monday, Sept. 1. Lawrencetown will also be supervised on the weekends of Sept. 6-7 and Sept. 13-14. Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service director Paul D’Eon, said there has not been a drowning on a supervised beach during supervised hours in the past 33 years, and this summer has been no exception. “I’m proud to report that we have kept our record intact, to date, for another year,” Mr. D’Eon said. “Our lifeguards have performed many pro-active interventions, and we had a very low rate of major incidents.” Lifeguards have been guarding the beaches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily since the end of June. The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service is a joint project of the Department of Health Promotion and Protection and the Nova Scotia branch of the Lifesaving Society. For more information visit the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service at www.nsls.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Facing populism world finance chiefs defend globalization

first_imgWASHINGTON – Global finance officials on Friday defended their efforts to promote free trade and closer international links against a rising ride of populism around the world and criticism from a Trump administration intent on pursuing its “America First” agenda.Finance ministers from the world’s major economies wrapped up two days of talks with German Finance Minister Wolfang Schaeuble saying that the G-20’s efforts represented a solid response to unhappiness over globalization.Schaeuble said a year ago people were talking about the “swan song of multilateral co-operation,” but now with the global economy beginning to grow at a faster clip “we see that things are not as bad as predicted.”The G-20 did not issue a closing communique, but Schaebel, who served as the group’s leader because Germany holds the rotating chairmanship this year, said he and his colleagues were united in their commitment to promoting economic initiatives that will foster stronger growth. Other leaders said that higher growth was essential to combat a widening income gap in many countries.Schaeuble told a news conference it was wrong to interpret as a repudiation of globalization Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the populist anger that led to Donald Trump’s election in the United States, and in Germany, parliamentary gains for a far right party when Chancellor Angela Merkel returned to power with a reduced majority last month.The finance minister also disputed reports of growing tensions inside the G-20 over new U.S. demands for a tougher stance on trade violators that Trump contends have cost millions of American jobs.Schaeuble said talks with the U.S. this week were “much more relaxed” than those earlier this year, soon after Trump took office. The United States was represented at the finance meetings by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.The G-20 discussions served as a prelude to the annual meetings of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organization, the World Bank. Officials of those organizations told the finance officials that it was important that all countries strive to promote faster global growth.“It often feels like our increasingly interconnected world is in fact falling apart and countries and peoples are pulling away from each other,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Friday.Kim said it should be understood that the IMF and the World Bank both represented a “part of the post-1945 world order that was predicated on the notion that what affects one city, one country, one region can have immediate and lasting impacts on us all.”IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told the finance officials that the global economy is expected to turn in the best growth in six years. She said this “offers us a major opportunity to secure the recovery and to expand it to those who are not yet benefiting, and to include those who are excluded or are at the risk of being excluded.”Behind the scenes, the United States did find itself at odds on some major issues confronting the two multilateral lending institutions.The Trump administration is balking at the current outlines of a World Bank request for more money to finance its lending programs.A senior U.S. Treasury Department official previewing the meetings earlier this week told reporters the bank needs to provide financing “to countries that need it” instead of continuing to lend heavily to China, the world’s second-biggest economy. On Friday, Kim warned that without more funding the bank may be forced to slash its main lending program by a third.In remarks prepared for the World Bank’s steering committee, Mnuchin said, “More capital is not the solution when existing capital is not allocated effectively.”The finance discussions were scheduled to wrap up on Saturday with meetings of the policy-setting councils of both the IMF and the World Bank.IMF forecasters expect the global economy to expand 3.6 per cent this year, the fastest pace since 2010.But Lagarde said many workers are still seeing wages stagnate and their jobs replaced or threatened by technology. And many countries are seeing a widening income gap between rich and poor. “The result is growing political tensions in many places and increased skepticism about the benefits of globalization,” Lagarde told reporters at an opening news conference on Thursday.last_img read more

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Morocco Learn and Earn Cosmetics CEO Arrested in Investigation on Ponzi

Rabat – The National Brigade of Judicial Police (BNPJ) arrested Moroccan CEO Zakaria Fathani on Saturday for illegal activities occurring within the operation of his Learn and Earn Cosmetics company.The police arrested the business leader as part of an investigation into the nature of the firm’s business model, which Telquel’s earlier reporting revealed to be reminiscent of exploitative Ponzi schemes.Bank al-Maghrab and an affiliated Moroccan regulatory agency field a compliant against Learn and Earn in April, leading the government to freeze the company’s accounts in June pending completion of the criminal investigation. Telquel reports that hundreds of Fathani’s investors gathered outside the Casablanca regional headquarters of Bank Al-Maghrib on Monday to demand that the accounts be unfrozen. Social media sites have been divided in their stance regarding Fathani’s arrest. Popular Moroccan Youtuber Redaoune Assermouh, who runs the TV Skizofren channel, said the arrests “signaled the return of the arbitrary arrests by the police.” Assermouh urged citizens to join the protests in Casablanca against the CEO’s arrest and called law enforcement’s action a form of “hogra,” or abuse.A victim, who considers the company’s business structure to be a scam, warned Fathani’s supporters to “be careful, as the company is trying to attract you to dangerous actions. Stay Alert,” he said.U.S. political satirist John Oliver did a 30-minute explainer piece on Ponzi schemes, or multilevel marketing structures, as they are sometimes called, last month. Such a business model is formed when the corporate leadership elects to pay earlier investors through funds contributed by newer investors, instead of generated profits. read more

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Equifax says it will update Canadians this week but did not quantify

TORONTO — Equifax Inc. says it intends to provide an update this week to Canadians on the impact of the massive data breach it recently suffered, but would not say how many individuals north of the border may have had their personal information compromised.The credit data company told The Canadian Press that this update will include how Equifax intends to notify any potentially impacted individuals.Canada’s privacy commissioner said Friday that it started a probe into the cyberattack and Equifax has committed to contacting Canadians whose data may be at risk in writing as soon as possible.Equifax said on Sept. 7 that it fell victim to a massive cyberattack in the summer that may have compromised the personal data of 143 million Americans and an undisclosed number of Canadian and U.K. residents.Equifax has since said that approximately 400,000 U.K. individuals may have been affected, but has not quantified the number of Canadians whose data may have been stolen.Equifax says on its Canadian website that the personal information that may have been breached includes names, addresses and social insurance numbers. read more

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Current international climate could spell opportunity for Afghanistan UN envoy says

“The realignment of forces that appears to be under way, both nationally and internationally, could create a more favourable climate for peace in Afghanistan than has existed for many years,” Francesc Vendrell, the Personal Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, told reporters in Islamabad. “The international community must not let the Afghan people down,” he stressed.Commenting on the fallout from the “sickening” terrorist attacks against the United States, Mr. Vendrell said the next weeks would be hard on Afghans, who were already suffering the effects of 22 years of conflict and almost three years of drought. “But this could also be a time of significant opportunity for a better future for Afghanistan if the international community approaches the Afghan people as partners in its struggle against terrorism,” he said. The envoy recalled that both the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, which have unanimously voted to support actions against those responsible, have long called for a political settlement in Afghanistan and for the establishment of a broad-based and fully representative government. “This aim is now more relevant than ever,” he said. “At this juncture, it is important to bear in mind that any initiative taken by the international community to put an end to the presence of terrorists in Afghanistan is far more likely to succeed if it has the support of the Afghans.”According to Mr. Vendrell, this aim could best be accomplished if the Afghans were persuaded that the international community was seriously committed to a lasting political solution based on the establishment of a government enjoying both internal and external legitimacy. “Only such a government will have the capacity to meet the aspirations of the various ethnic and religious groups that comprise the Afghan nation, bring about stability, and ensure that legitimate national interests of the States in the region and beyond.”The envoy said the Secretary-General was determined to persevere in his efforts to help the Afghans achieve a durable political solution. “This must be a truly Afghan solution, allowing the Afghans, without outside interference, to freely determine their future and to select a government that is committed to internationally recognized principles of pluralism, respect for human rights and minorities and friendly relations with all its neighbours,” Mr. Vendrell said. read more

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World Bank adds Cambodia to list of SNCLavalin problem countries

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – The World Bank has added Cambodia to the list of countries where SNC-Lavalin is alleged to have committed misconduct, as the Montreal-based company agreed to the longest bidding ban in the global agency’s history.The bank didn’t provide details of the Cambodia project in question, but SNC-Lavalin was awarded a $5-million contract in late 2009 to design and build an energy management system and control centre in Phnom Penh.The project was part of a World Bank-financed project completed in 2011 that provided electricity to a large portion of Cambodia’s rural population.The World Bank initially suspended SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) from bidding on projects it finances over allegations of bribery involving a bridge contract in Bangladesh.The agency said it learned of misconduct in Cambodia during its investigation.The World Bank said SNC-Lavalin’s misconduct were related to a conspiracy involving bribes and misrepresentations when bidding on bank-financed contracts.As part of a deal involving the two countries, subsidiary SNC-Lavalin Inc. and more than 100 affiliates are barred from bidding on World Bank Group-financed projects for 10 years.However, the suspension could be lifted after eight years if the terms and conditions of the settlement agreement are complied with fully.“This represents the longest debarment period that has ever been agreed to in a World Bank settlement,” the bank said in a statement Wednesday.No financial penalty was imposed and other SNC-Lavalin Group subsidiaries will be able to bid on such contracts if they meet the terms of the agreement, SNC said in a news release.The company is obliged not to do anything to evade the sanction.The World Bank said the barred SNC subsidiaries account for 60 per cent of the company’s overall annual revenues that reached US$8.09 billion last year.The company said revenues to the affected subsidiaries that are financed by the World Bank and other multilateral development banks have historically represented about one per cent of annual revenues.SNC-Lavalin said the Cambodia allegations involve a bribe supposedly paid on a “relatively small project” that is no longer being worked on.“No employees have been named in the case and no charges have been laid on this matter,” she wrote in an email.“We have investigated this internally and are satisfied it is resolved.”Pierre Lacroix of Desjardins Capital Market said the settlement puts this case to rest but doesn’t eliminate the risk that SNC-Lavalin could eventually be barred from bidding on contracts by other agencies or governments.Quebec’s anti-corruption legislation calls on the province’s securities regulator, the AMF, to vet companies vying for any provincial and municipal contracts.Lacroix said the settlement doesn’t handicap SNC because it represents a small part of its revenues.“It’s obviously not good news to be excluded from bidding for 10 years but the good news there is that it didn’t cost anything,” he said in an interview.The RCMP raided a SNC-Lavalin office in Oakville, Ont., in September 2011 at the request of the World Bank, which was investigating a bridge contract that was never awarded in the South Asian country.The accusations of bribery prompted the World Bank to suspend a US$1.2-billion loan and temporarily barred the SNC-Lavalin subsidiary from bidding on other contracts in the country.A Bangladesh newspaper has reported that the country’s anti-corruption commission was investigating allegations that SNC-Lavalin Inc. offered “huge bribes” to at least six influential Bangladeshi officials, including two former government ministers, to obtain the lucrative bridge contract.Allegations of impropriety have been levelled against the engineering giant’s role in projects in Algeria, Libya and Montreal.Quinton said the company said SNC-Lavalin said it continues to take steps to ensure rigorous compliance and control procedures are in place.“We believe that the measures we have in place and the compliance environment we are building will make us one of the strongest companies in Canada in terms of ethics and governance,” she added.SNC-Lavalin CEO Robert Card said the company’s decision to settle “signals our determination as we go forward to set standards for ethics in business conduct and for good governance that are beyond reproach.”The World Bank said the case against SNC-Lavalin is “testimony to collective action against global corruption.”“Going forward, I hope that SNC-Lavalin’s commitment under this agreement represents meaningful action in deterring the risks of fraud and corruption to development projects,” stated Leonard McCarthy, World Bank integrity vice-president. World Bank adds Cambodia to list of SNC-Lavalin problem countries by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 18, 2013 2:28 pm MDT read more

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Panneaux solaires une ville allemande les rend obligatoires

first_imgPanneaux solaires : une ville allemande les rend obligatoiresLa ville universitaire de Marburg, située à l’ouest de l’Allemagne, vient d’annoncer la mise en place d’une charte qui contraint les propriétaires de bâtiments anciens à installer des panneaux solaires sur leur toit lorsqu’ils entreprennent des travaux de rénovation.Déjà connue pour héberger sur ses toits une des plus importantes concentrations de panneaux solaires du pays, Marburg a adopté cette charte le 29 octobre. Le texte oblige les propriétaires de bâtiments dépassant 50 mètres carrés à les équiper de panneaux solaires lorsqu’ils effectuent des travaux de réfection de la couverture ou de modification du système de chauffage.La charte prévoit, par ailleurs, pour les bâtiments historiques du centre-ville et ceux situés à leurs alentours immédiats, que leurs propriétaires évitent toute “perturbation visuelle”, en prêtant attention au choix des matériaux comme à leur localisation. Quant aux nouvelles constructions, elles ne sont pas concernées par le texte, puisque déjà soumises à une loi fédérale depuis 2009.C’est à partir du mois de juillet prochain que la charte entrera progressivement en vigueur à Marburg, une ville de 80.000 habitants, qui compte 21.000 étudiants et 3.400 salariés de l’université. Ceux qui ne se plieront pas à la nouvelle loi pourront être condamnés à une amende s’élevant à 1.000 euros.Le 3 novembre 2010 à 08:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les terres gelées russes pourraient fondre de 30 dici 2050

first_imgLes terres gelées russes pourraient fondre de 30% d’ici 2050Selon les scientifiques, la fonte des terres gelées russes pourrait provoquer une accélération du réchauffement climatique, faute aux grandes quantités de méthane qu’elles contiennent et qui seraient alors libérées dans l’atmosphère.  Près de 30% des étendues de terre gelées du pergélisol russe pourraient avoir fondu d’ici à 2050 à cause du réchauffement climatique, selon les dernières études du gouvernement russe. Au même titre que les glaces de l’arctique, le pergélisol, ce sous-sol gelé qui recouvre 10,7 millions de kilomètres carrés, soit 63% du territoire russe, serait donc également en grand danger, rapporte 20 minutes.fr. Expert au Ministère des Situations d’urgence de Russie, Vladislov Bolov explique ainsi à Ria Novosti : “dans les 25-30 prochaines années, la superficie du pergélisol risque de diminuer de 10 à 18%. Dans quarante ans, cette valeur pourra augmenter de 15 à 30%. En Sibérie occidentale, la température du sol gelé augmentera alors en moyenne de 1,5-2 degrés, pour atteindre -3 à -4°C”. À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Mais si cette fonte apparait déjà comme une révélation inquiétante, elle est aussi une mauvaise nouvelle pour le climat. En effet, les terres gelées du pergélisol renferment d’importantes quantités de méthane, un gaz à effet de serre dont le pouvoir de réchauffement est 25 fois supérieur à celui du dioxyde de carbone. Or, si les glaces fondent, ce méthane se trouverait inexorablement libérer dans l’atmosphère, accélerant ainsi le réchauffement climatique. “En Sibérie occidentale la température du sol gelé augmentera en moyenne de 1,5-2 degrés, pour atteindre -3 à -4°C”, a confirmé l’expert russe. Par ailleurs, outre une augmentation des températures, cette fonte impacterait aussi grandement sur le paysage russe. De graves conséquences environnementales et localesEn effet, d’après Vladislov Bolov, la limite de la zone de terres gelées pourrait se déplacer de 150 à 200 kilomètres vers le nord-est, entraînant des modifications du paysage et la formation de lacs thermokarstiques qui s’installeraient dans les affaissements du sol créés par la fonte, rapporte 20 minutes.fr. “Les répercussions de la dégradation du pergélisol sur le transport terrestre sont évidentes”, prévient ainsi le scientifique russe.Enfin, autre inquiétude, c’est justement dans le pergélisol que se concentrent près de 80% des réserves de pétrole, environ 70% du gaz naturel et d’importants gisements de charbon. La zone abrite ainsi les principales infrastructures des exploitants de combustible et d’énergie. Il apparait donc d’autant plus crucial de parvenir à freiner la fonte de ces terres gelées. Le 7 août 2011 à 17:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Lasymétrie des molécules suggère des formes extraterrestres possibles

first_imgL’asymétrie des molécules suggère des formes extraterrestres possiblesDans un article publié dans le Journal of the American Chemical Society, un chercheur américain suggère que sur d’autres planètes, l’asymétrie gauche-droite des macromolécules à la base de la vie pourrait être inversée par rapport à ce qui s’est passé sur Terre, induisant des formes de vie totalement différentes de celles qui peuplent notre planète.La chiralité : une propriété bien connue des chimistes, selon laquelle les molécules ont un certain ‘sens’, une asymétrie gauche-droite caractéristique de chaque composé. Ainsi, sur Terre, les acides aminés (constituants des protéines) ont une orientation dite ‘à gauche’ et les sucres constitutifs de l’ADN et de l’ARN ont une orientation dite ‘à droite’.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAMais selon de nouvelles recherches exposées par Ronald Breslow, cette ‘norme’ terrestre – peut-être apportée il y a 4 milliards d’années sur notre planète, alors stérile, par un astéroïde ‘fertilisant’ – pourrait être inversée sur d’autres astres. “Bien sûr, montrer que cela aurait pu se produire de cette façon n’est pas la même chose que montrer que cela s’est vraiment produit”, explique le chercheur.”Une implication de ce travail est qu’ailleurs dans l’univers, il pourrait y avoir des formes de vie basées sur des acides aminés et des sucres [‘inversés’], et qui pourraient bien être une version ‘avancée’ de dinosaures, si les mammifères, [là-bas,] n’ont pas eu la bonne fortune de voir les dinosaures anéantis par la collision d’un astéroïde, comme sur Terre. Il vaudrait mieux ne pas les rencontrer…”, conclut Breslow très imaginatif.Le 15 avril 2012 à 11:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Le cargo russe Progress M19M sarrime enfin à lISS

first_imgLe cargo russe Progress M-19M s’arrime enfin à l’ISS Après deux jours d’incertitudes quant à son arrivée, le cargo spatial Progress M-19 M s’est arrimé sans problème apparents. Une antenne de navigation ne s’étant pas déployée lors du vol inquiétait le Centre Russe de Contrôle des Vols (TSOUP) sur l’issue du voyage.C’est vendredi 26 avril à 14h27 (heure française) que le cargo russe Progress M-19 M a terminé son vol vers l’ISS (International Space Station). Lancé deux jours plus tôt à 12h12 (10h12 GMT) du cosmodrome de Baïkonour, un soucis était intervenu durant la traversée. Une antenne de navigation n’avait pas pu se déployer entraînant un risque de complication au moment d’arrimer. Tout le personnel était sur le qui-vive craignant une obligation à l’arrivée de devoir sortir l’équipage dans l’espace. Tout au long de la traversée, celui-ci a tenté de sortir l’antenne, sans succès.Plus de peur que de malÀ lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreUne arrivée sans complications donc et un arrimage à succès sur le module de service Zvezda de l’ISS. Le cargo a amené avec lui 2,5 tonnes de ravitaillement. De l’eau, des vivres, produits d’hygiène, équipement médical ou encore des cadeaux ont été acheminés. Plus de peur que de mal dans cette aventure où les expériences précédentes avaient déjà pu voir le déploiement d’antenne de navigation défaillant. En 2008, le M-01M avait eu le même problème, néanmoins, l’antenne avait pu être débloquée à temps. L’attente est finalement terminée pour le TSOUP. Le cargo aura mis 2 jours pour arriver, durée traditionnelle pour un voyage de cette ampleur selon les scientifiques.  Le 26 avril 2013 à 17:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Geek Plays God of War

first_img Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games Stay on target Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading Geek.com’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at Geek.com stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.This week, we’re protecting our boy and axe-murdering everyone else in God of War, the acclaimed viking reboot of Sony’s herculean franchise now on PlayStation 4.Subscribe and watch Geek.com’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Purchase God of WarLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Kodiak Coast Guard Charges Members For Alleged Drug Activity

first_imgBy policy, any Coast Guard member using illicit drugs are administratively processed for separation from the service. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation into drug activity on Kodiak Island.  The Coast Guard learned of allegations of illicit drug activity involving Coast Guard members in the Fall of 2018 and referred the matter to the Coast Guard Investigative Service, according to a release from the Coast Guard. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Coast Guard announced on Tuesday that it has initiated criminal proceedings against 12 members, most of whom are assigned to various units in Kodiak for allegedly using illegal drugs. Capt. Melissa Rivera, chief of staff for the 17th Coast Guard District: “The Coast Guard treats all allegations of illicit drug activity seriously. Drug use is prohibited, is a violation of both Coast Guard policy and federal law, and is in direct contradiction of our core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.” Six additional Coast Guard members were disciplined at non-judicial punishment proceedings and are being processed for separation from the Service.  Additional members may be charged or considered for non-judicial punishment before the investigation concludes.last_img read more

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CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT Jesse Fennelly To Run For School Committee

first_imgDear Friends, Neighbors and Wilmington Voters,It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I announce my candidacy for the Wilmington School Committee. I’m running for the School Committee because I believe in public education and giving all our students the opportunity to receive the best education possible. I want to ensure that all of the children in this school district benefit from a well-rounded education that prepares them for life after graduation. I also believe it is imperative that the School Committee continue to act as a voice for the parents and students in our communities, and so I am running to be your voice on the School Committee.If you are interested in learning more about me, my family or this campaign, I encourage you to visit my campaign’s Facebook page.Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. I look forward to getting a chance to meet as many of you as I can between now and Election Day. I will work hard every day to earn and keep your trust, and I humbly and respectfully ask you to consider casting one of your votes for me on April 27th.Sincerely,Jesse FennellyLike 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… RelatedCANDIDATE ANNOUNCEMENT: Jesse Fennelly Announces He’s Running For Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To The Wilmington School Committee RaceIn “Government”SCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE Q&A: Fennelly, Ragsdale & Byrnes Discuss What They Want To Accomplish In Year #1, How They’ll Be Responsive To ResidentsIn “Education”last_img read more

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UN expert to Ecuador Dont expel Julian Assange from embassy

first_img“If Mr. Assange were to be expelled from the Embassy of Ecuador… [it] could expose him to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights,” Melzer said in a release. “Extradition without due process safeguards, including an individual risk assessment and adequate protection measures violates international law, particularly if the destination state practices the death penalty and has not disclose the criminal charges held against the person concerned.” Assange may be expelled from the embassy, where he has lived for almost seven years, after Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said he had “repeatedly violated” the terms of his asylum, according to Reuters. Assange in October sued Ecuador for allegedly violating his “fundamental rights and freedom.”On Thursday, Wikileaks tweeted that Assange could be expelled from the embassy within “hours to days.”Assange sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, which he has denied. The investigation into Assange was dropped last year, but he remains in self-imposed exile due to fear he could still be arrested by UK police for breaching bail terms. Assange said such an arrest could be followed by extradition to the US to face espionage charges. Melzer is concerned that Assange’s health is “in serious decline,” according to the UN release. Melzer urges the Ecuadorian government to continue providing asylum and adequate living conditions to Assange. He also said he plans to look into the case and meet with Assange himself.  Now playing: Watch this: UN expert on torture @NilsMelzer expresses alarm at reports #WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be expelled imminently from #EcuadorianEmbassy in London, saying he intends to personally investigate case.Learn more: https://t.co/Itn4RoCPVg pic.twitter.com/ogPig1sU8G— UN Special Procedures (@UN_SPExperts) April 5, 2019 3:25 Share your voice Step inside Julian Assange’s office A UN torture expert urges Ecuador not to expel Julian Assange.  Jack Taylor / Getty Images The UN Special Rapporteur on torture is concerned with Julian Assange’s possible expulsion from the Ecudoran embassy in London. Nils Melzer on Friday said he’s “alarmed by reports” that the WikiLeaks founder may be expelled and wants to personally investigate the case. Security Tech Industry Politics Tags Comment 1last_img read more

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Man killed 4 injured in Chittagong cylinder blast

first_imgMap of ChittagongA worker was killed and four others sustained burn injuries in a gas cylinder blast at a shipyard factory in the port city on Wednesday.The deceased was identified as Opil Rema, 25, son of Fazlu Miah of Kamalakandi village in Netrokona district.The blast took place in Kabir Steel at Madambibir Hat when the workers were working around 9:00am, leaving cutter-man-Opil dead on the spot and four others injured critically, locals said.On information, a fire fighter team rushed in, recovered the body and rescued the injured, said Kumira fire service station officer Harun Pasha.Sub-inspector Shaifullah of Sitakunda police station said the body would be handed over to the family members after autopsy.last_img read more

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PM declares Sundarbans as robberfree area

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina declared the Sundarbans, world’s largest mangrove forest and UN World Heritage Site, free of criminal gangs after the last remaining pirate gangs surrendered on Thursday.The premier made the announcement through video conference appearing at a programme, where 58 pirates surrendered to home minister Asaduzzaman Khan at Sheikh Helaluddin Stadium in Bagerhat in the morning, reports UNB.Home minister said members of six gangs surrendered today, and the Sundarbans has been declared robber free, thanks to the skills of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).The surrendered six robber gangs were — Sattar Bahini, Sharif Bahini, Siddique Bahini, Toibur Bahini, Anwarul Bahini and Alamin Bahini.The robbers submitted 58 local and foreign fire arms, to go with 3,351 rounds of ammunition.last_img read more

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Could a Tech Giant Swoop Into 21st Century Fox Fray

first_imgWould one of the internet or technology heavyweights — Google, Facebook, Apple or Amazon — want to own 20th Century Fox Film or other chunks of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire?At least one Wall Street analyst believes there’s a chance a major tech player will jump into the high-stakes bidding war for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment studio, FX cable networks and other assets.In a move that surprised no one, Comcast officially extended an all-cash offer for Fox on Wednesday, with its $65 billion proposal topping Disney’s stock bid by 19%. In response, 21st Century Fox said it was weighing the offer and that it hasn’t determined whether to postpone or cancel the scheduled July 10 shareholder vote on the Disney proposal.That could open the door for yet another spoiler bid, according to B. Riley FBR senior analyst Barton Crockett. A delay on the Fox shareholder vote “could afford extra time for another player to get into the fray, such as a tech/internet company, which we would not rule out,” he wrote in a research note. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Why would a tech company want 21st Century Fox’s traditional-media portfolio? As Crockett put it, “Fox’s content assets are uniquely impactful in the U.S., and its market-leading video presence in India, via Star, is potentially appealing to internet companies targeting the subcontinent.”One factor to consider: Apple and Alphabet (Google’s parent) have massive cash hoards and could top Comcast’s $65 billion bid for Fox without so much as blinking. Apple has some $267 billion in cash and equivalents, and Alphabet has around $103 billion.To date, though, the big tech and internet companies have pursued original content by building their own in-house studio operations or by acquiring third-party productions, rather than trying to gulp down — and digest — a traditional Hollywood property.Comcast’s $35-per-share offer is a very high multiple, “and we’re not convinced it goes much higher” unless a big technology company steps into the mix, Crockett opined. The analyst estimated Comcast’s bid for the Fox assets as 17 times earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA); factoring in an estimated $2 billion in cost savings, Comcast’s bid is a 12X EBITDA multiple. By contrast, Disney’s bid is 14X EBITDA (pre-synergies) and 10X (post-synergies).Disney may or may not come back with a higher price tag. At this point, it’s hard to say who will win the 21CF assets, MoffettNathanson’s Craig Moffett wrote in a blog post Thursday.“Comcast CEO Brian Roberts certainly seems intent on owning Fox,” he wrote. “But Disney still has the advantage of using a combination of stock and cash.” Despite Rupert Murdoch’s position that he would take the highest bid, Moffett added, “one can assume that tax-efficient stock issuances remain more attractive than cash.”The one sure thing? The Murdochs are in the catbird seat, Moffett wrote: “It’s good to be Fox.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Sanskrit College and University to introduce evening certificate course on Sanskrit

first_imgKolkata: The Sanskrit College and University (SCU) will introduce evening certificate course on Sanskrit from the current academic year. The decision has been taken in the wake of huge demand from people particularly from elderly persons and housewives to study Sanskrit during their pass time.”Requests for starting such a course has been pouring in particularly from retired persons including bureaucrats who have not been able to study Sanskrit during their working tenures. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWe have been receiving them for over a month while some people have also met me personally and requested me to make arrangements for such a course on weekends. So, we have decided to introduce a six month certificate elementary course on Sanskrit language,” Registrar of SCU, Arundhati Mukhopadhyay said.As per plans of SCU, classes will be held twice or thrice a week with a duration of around 90 minutes. The syllabus committee has already met thrice and the course modalities will be prepared soon. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe University authorities are trying to make the course interesting by integrating audio and visual elements with classes on lecture. The admission process for the certificate course is expected to start from the month of June and several people who had visited the varsity had registered their names along with their contact numbers in advance. “We have now stopped taking calls from people who are evincing their interest in this certificate course,” a senior official of SCU said adding that they have plans to commence the course with 50 persons. The University will start with the elementary course and has plans to commence an advanced course within a year. “We will start with the existing faculty and if they feel pressurised with their added workload, we are ready to hire faculties from other institutions too,” the official said.It may be mentioned that the transformation of Sanskrit College to The Sanskrit College and University was done by the Mamata Banerjee government through a legislative act of 2015 and it was only in June 2016 when it started its journey as a university. SCU presently has graduation and post-graduation courses in as many as 8 subjects with a student strength of around 400.last_img read more

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Did you know 5 common airplane noises what they mean

first_img Travelweek Group Did you know? 5 common airplane noises & what they mean << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted bycenter_img Things that go bump on a plane are enough to make anyone feel a bit anxious about flying. But before you start rushing the emergency exits and reaching for your life vest, you’ll be relieved to know that many of the noises heard on an airplane are actually very common and no cause for concern.OnTheAir recently compiled a list of five common sounds you might hear when flying and what they mean:1) A “poof” of air at the gateBefore the plane takes off, a loud ‘poof’ can often be heard. This just means the ventilation has switched from an outside system to one inside the aircraft.2) A ‘bark’ as the plane taxisWhen the plane travels down the runway, either departing or arriving, it will make a strange barking sound. No, it’s not the sound of dogs coming from the cargo – it’s the hydraulics, or more specifically, a device called a Power Transfer Unit (PTU) that balances the hydraulics. Totally normal.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in July3) ‘Whir’ of the wingsOnce your plane takes off and it’s safely in the air, you’ll hear a whirring sound. This occurs when the flaps first increase the wingspan and then retract to help give lift.4) ‘Bang’ from the bellyIn everyday circumstances, a loud bang is often a sign of something gone wrong. Not so much on a plane, it seems. This particular loud bang occurs when the landing gear drops at around 2,000 feet during the plane’s descent.5) ‘Screech’ of the brakesWhen the brakes in your car screech, it usually means it’s time for a tune up. But when a plane’s brakes screech after landing, it just means that the pilot needs to maintain a certain speed to reach the runway, generally around 100-150 miles per hour. A little screeching is normal, especially considering the plane weighs 400,000 pounds. Wednesday, September 7, 2016 Tags: Did you knowlast_img read more

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For a limited time travel trade and their family

first_imgFor a limited time, travel trade and their family and friends can enjoy a 20 per cent discount off trips on The Ghan Expedition. From now until 27 June 2018, eligible guests can save more than $700 per person when they book a Gold Twin cabin on selected departures for travel through to the end of June 2018. Agents and their family and friends are encouraged to make their booking now by calling 1800 012 108.Journey Beyond General Manager for National Sales, Deb Falvey, said The Ghan Expedition was an incredible experience with May and June an ideal time to travel.“This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our trade colleagues and helping them experience what their clients report as a ‘trip of a lifetime,’’ Ms Falvey said.“The Expedition is a great way to get to Australia’s heart and visit places that might otherwise be inaccessible – and what better way to do it than with a friend or family member?”Travelling from Darwin to Adelaide over three nights and four days, The Ghan Expedition includes Off Train Excursions in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy.Guests can choose from a range of experiences such as cruising on Nitmiluk Gorge and seeing ancient Aboriginal art, flying over Uluru or visiting majestic landscapes such as The Breakaways in South Australia.The trip features gourmet food and wine with highlights including an outback BBQ dinner under the stars at the Telegraph Station in Alice Springs and lunch underground in a mine in Coober Pedy. australiadiscountsrailThe Ghantravel tradelast_img read more

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