Ward of State Among Three Recommended for Gallantry Award

first_img He said that 18-year-old ward Selana Reid, along with a caregiver at the home, and a young man, who saw the fire and came to assist, have been recommended for the Award for Gallantry at this year’s National Honours and Awards Ceremony to be held at King’s House in October. Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, made the disclosure at Monday’s (April 9) memorial service for Oneika McGrae and Anna Kaye Moreland, at the Faith Tabernacle Shiloh Apostolic Church on Lyndhurst Road. Three persons, including a ward of the State, are being considered for national honours for their acts of bravery during the fire at the Walker’s Place of Safety earlier this year that took the lives of two children and destroyed the Lyndhurst Crescent-based facility. Three persons, including a ward of the State, are being considered for national honours for their acts of bravery during the fire at the Walker’s Place of Safety earlier this year that took the lives of two children and destroyed the Lyndhurst Crescent-based facility.Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, made the disclosure at Monday’s (April 9) memorial service for Oneika McGrae and Anna Kaye Moreland, at the Faith Tabernacle Shiloh Apostolic Church on Lyndhurst Road.He said that 18-year-old ward Selana Reid, along with a caregiver at the home, and a young man, who saw the fire and came to assist, have been recommended for the Award for Gallantry at this year’s National Honours and Awards Ceremony to be held at King’s House in October.He noted that the three saved lives by waking up the children, who were asleep, and helping them to escape the blaze.Scores of persons packed the church for the memorial service, including portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who read the first lesson, representatives of childcare agencies, family, friends and well-wishers.The State Minister, in expressing sorrow at the loss of lives, said he is heartened at the outpouring of love and support from the public in the wake of the tragedy.He noted that $9 million has already been donated for the rebuilding of the home in addition to other support for the children.Mr. Green urged Jamaicans to honour the lives of those who perished by doing more for children who are in need of care and protection.Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, who is Member of Parliament for East Central St. Andrew where the home is located, said “there is much goodness around us”, and this was evident in how the community came together to assist on the night of the fire.“The best of them came out, and they did what they could do for those children,” Dr. Phillips said, while calling for additional public support for the reconstruction of the home.Several other agencies and community persons addressed the function, including Director of Children and Family Programmes at the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Audrey Budhi.Pastor at the Greater Grace Temple churches, Bishop Dr. C.A. Holdsworth, who contributed $10,000 towards the rebuilding of the facility, charged the congregation to “seize this opportunity to do something positive” for the nation’s children.last_img read more

Catching up on diplomacy

first_imgThe Osaka edition of G-20 turned out to be a great success in the eyes of the global leaders that had gathered in the Japanese city. The 14th meeting of the group of 20 led to discussions of a flurry of topics ranging across global concerns such as trade, terrorism, defence et al. The most sought-after interaction was between the leaders of US and China who sealed a trade war truce at the meeting where Trump curtailed further tariffs on Chinese goods while granting relief to Chinese technological giant Huawei. Trump’s conciliatory tone was a drastic change in his stance from his earlier unilateralism that dragged the Sino-US trade war while locking horns with Iran. While he assured Xi of a softer stance, he allayed Indian Prime Minister’s concern over Gulf tension. Trump also extended a handshake initiative with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the demilitarised zone between North Korea and South Korea highlighting his personal agenda to extend the diplomatic dialogue with Kim after a failed Hanoi summit. Prime Minister Modi had a rather successful overseas dialogue with Trump, Xi, Putin amongst others. In fact, the last day of the Osaka meet saw Modi hold bilaterals with leaders of Brazil, Turkey, Australia, Singapore, and Chile discussing popular issues such as trade, counter-terrorism, defence, etc. Cooperation over trade and investment as well as security and counter-terrorism was the main theme in all of Modi’s bilateral meetings. The key was to deepen the cooperation in order to bring together global forces in the fray pacing towards a mutual goal. The trilateral association between Russia, India, and China (RIC) added depth to the already-initiated talks at Bishkek, earlier during the SCO meet. Xi pressed for increased cooperation in the 5G network, high technology, connectivity as well as energy and security between the three nations urging that they “advocate a common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security concept”. Xi’s assertion involved the mention of concerted efforts of the three countries to combat terrorism in all forms, Climate Change, as well as cybersecurity. Xi’s attitude also suggests a rise in cooperation between India and China even as India was in line to register unprecedented success in the bilateral relationship with the US. Russia, India, and China are set to meet again in Vladivostok during the Easter Economic Forum where Modi has been invited as the chief guest. While there is no iota of doubt that the increased cooperation between RIC can be highly beneficial for the countries, summits such as G20 ought to be in the past once tensions are on the rise. However, Xi’s composure hinted towards greater cooperation purely because of the trade war truce registered by Trump and him which is a matter of relief for China given the heightened tensions the two countries were engrossed in due to the tariff war. Also Read – A compounding difficultyGlobal issues are mainly the cause of such meets but the scope of bilaterals is what makes such meetings more eventful. Counterterrorism efforts needed unanimous feedback and to this end, global leaders discussed the rise in terrorism given the recent attacks such as the New Zealand live-streamed church attack, Easter Sunday bombings, as well as the Pulwama carnage that resulted in many casualties and gave a jolt to respective nations. These unfortunate incidents have definitely risen the bar for global leaders and induced a sense of urgency towards countering terrorism. The unanimous G20 resolve to safeguard the internet as a medium to fund and facilitate terrorism and extremism is gravely required. UN resolutions earmark steps to be pursued by countries in adhering by drafted legislation to ensure misuse of the internet. Osaka summit provided the platform for global leaders to assess and share their concerns and together pledge to resolve it through cooperation in different areas. Bilateral and trilateral dialogues only contribute to the grand effect of global cooperation and as far as the major economies are concerned, it was a sublime effort to reach out to each other and deliver warm regards with a prospect to develop and prosper while combating issues. All that is required is true adherence to the projected commitments and increased effort in tackling rising global concerns. A summit is only as successful as its participants and their efforts.last_img read more

NFB gets new home in Torontos Entertainment District at 145 Wellington Street

first_imgAdvertisement Recent successes from the Ontario Studio include Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley, and the multi-year HIGHRISE digital project, directed by Katerina Cizek―two of the most highly acclaimed works in NFB history―as well as powerful new releases like Tiffany Hsiung’s breakthrough feature doc, The Apology. Upcoming from the studio are major releases like Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses and Attiya Khan and Larry Jackman’s A Better Man.The Ontario Studio is also the new space for the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio (Studio de la Francophonie canadienne), headed by Dominic Desjardins, which produces French-language works from Ontario and the West that serve a vital need in supporting and strengthening Canada’s French-language communities.Also moving to the new space will be members of the NFB’s education, audience development, communications and marketing teams.The Ontario Studio has been located at 150 John Street since 1991, and its move to nearby 145 Wellington Street West is intended to keep the NFB in the Toronto’s key cultural district, close to creators, co-producers and partners. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook On December 12, the National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning Ontario Studio in Toronto is moving to a new home in the Entertainment District, at 145 Wellington Street West, Suite 1010. The NFB is making the move to a custom-designed space that meets its changing needs for film and interactive media creation, with six digital editing suites, a 20-seat screening room and a virtual reality lab, all designed to create world-class audiovisual works in the heart of Toronto.Headed by executive producer Anita Lee, with producers Lea Marin, David Oppenheim and Justine Pimlott, the Ontario Studio works closely with creators and partners in Toronto and across the province, the country and the world, to produce film and digital works that explore vital issues and break new ground in form and content. The NFB’s Toronto office is also the base for its new Director General of Creation and Innovation, René Bourdages, responsible for the NFB’s long-term programming vision, working with NFB studios across Canada. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

EU signals possible legal action against Italy over budget

first_imgBRUSSELS — A top EU official says Italy’s draft budget for next year is in breach of the rulebook underpinning the euro and he is signalling the start of a legal procedure against the country over the spending plan.European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters Wednesday that “Italy’s draft budgetary plan is in particularly serious non-compliance.”He said that “with what the Italian government has put on the table, we see a risk of the country sleepwalking into instability.”Dombrovskis signalled that the Commission, which supervises the budget plans of European Union member states, could start a so-called “excessive deficit procedure” over Rome’s spending package.The move ramps up tensions between the Commission and Rome’s populist government.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Former Maldives FM seeks justice after brothers sentencing

”I sincerely hope that our justice system will serve proper justice and both my father and brother will be reunited with the family soon. My family and I thank all those who have extended prayers and well wishes during this painful and difficult time” the statement quoted Dunya as tweeting.Faris Maumoon was instrumental in setting up the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and winning the Digharu province bi election that consolidated the power of the incumbent President Yameen’s Government.Since declaring state of emergency in February last year, President Yameen’s Government has arrested 9 of Gayoom’s allies including Gayoom himself, his son Faris Maumoon and son in law Ahmed Nadheem on various charges. With the presidential election set for 23rd September this year, Yameen regime’s continued harassment of opposition has received negative criticism from the international community including USA, UK, EU and India. Faris Maumoon had been detained since February last year on the charges of identity fraud, bribery and terrorism after Gayoom’s failed attempt to challenge President Yameen’s parliamentary majority by joining forces with the opposition. Faris will be facing separate trials for bribery and terrorism charges leveled against him in the coming days.Dunya Maumoon, the former foreign minister of Maldives and Faris Maumoon’s sister had expressed her grief over the difficult times her family is going through, a press release issued today on behalf of Dunya Maumoon said. The latest development is reported just two weeks after Abdul Gayoom himself was sentenced to 19 months in prison for obstruction of justice and attempting to overthrow a legal Government. Former Maldives Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon has sought justice for her family after her brother became her latest family member to be sentenced to prison.Faris Maumoon, Maldivian MP and Former President Maumon Abdul Gayoom’s Son, was sentenced to 4 months and 24 days in prison on 27th June by the Maldive’s criminal court on the charges of identity fraud. The Australian High Commission in a recently issued statement expressed their concerns over ”actions taken by the Maldives Government that undermine democracy and democratic institutions and reduce the prospect that the upcoming Presidential Election can be free and fair”.Australia called on the ”Maldives Government to release political prisoners and permit legitimate opposition activity, which is essential for any election to be credible”. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Half an hour of gardening can cut the risk of a heart

first_imgFishing can reduce their fatal heart attacks by more than half, a major study has found Pensioners who spend just half an hour a day gardening, fishing or walking can reduce their risk of a fatal heart attack by more than half, a major study has found.The study into 2,456 men and women, aged between 65 and 74, found that those with an active retirement had far lower death rates.Until now, much of the evidence about the benefits of exercise in protecting the heart has come from studies into those who are young or middle-aged.But the new study, presented yesterday at the world’s largest cardiac conference, suggested dramatic changes could be achieved later in life.Researchers compared three groups of pensioners, depending on whether they reported low, medium or high levels of activity.Participants were classed as having low levels of activity if they did less than four hours physical activity each week. Researchers compared three groups of pensioners They were compared with a group who were moderately active – taking light forms of exercise such as gardening, fishing, walking or cycling – for at least four hours weekly. They were also tracked against a third group of high intensity exercisers – those who did running, swimming, ball games or were involved in intense sports competitions for at least three hours a week.Overall, moderate physical activity for at least hour hours a week was associated with a 54 per cent reduction in deaths from heart conditions, with a 31 per cent drop in acute events such as heart attacks and strokes. Those in the group who did even more vigorous activity did still better, with a 66 per cent reduction in heart deaths and a 45 per cent drop in acute events. Every year, 82,000 people suffer a heart attack in England. Speaking at the annual European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Rome, Riitta Antikainen, professor of geriatrics at the University of Oulu, Finland, said: “Relatively little is known about the effect of regular physical activity on cardiovascular disease risk in older people.”Our study provides evidence that older adults who are physically active have a lower risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and death from cardiovascular disease. “The protective effect of leisure time physical activity is dose dependent – in other words, the more you do, the better. Activity  is protective even if you have other risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol.”The 12-year study involved men and women who were enrolled into the National FINRISK Study between 1997 and 2007. 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.center_img The study compared three groups of pensionersCredit: Denis Closon / Rex Features Pensioners are being urged to boost their exercise levelsCredit:Andrew Crowley The research adjusted for other cardiovascular risk factors, such as blood pressure, smoking and cholesterol as well as social factors, including marital status and education levels.Researchers also took steps to minimise the risk of “reverse causality”, where worse health was actually the reason for lower activity levels. As a result, patients  with coronary heart disease, heart failure, cancer, or prior stroke at the start of the trial were excluded from the analysis.Professor Antikainen urged pensioners to boost their exercise levelsShe said: “Physical exercise may become more challenging with ageing. However, it is important for older people to still get enough safe physical activity to stay healthy after their transition to retirement.”Professor Joep Perk, cardiologist and spokesman for the ESC, said: “The message is start moving after retirement – it’s never too late.”Emily Reeve, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This study highlights the importance of physical activity at any age, including the elderly.“In order to keep their heart healthy and  improve general health, older adults need to keep active and still aim to achieve a minimum of 150 minutes of aerobic activity every week.”For some people, 150 minutes might seem like a lot, but this can be broken down into 10-minute sessions throughout the day that will easily build up.”She also said elderly people should try to break up long periods of sitting, with light activities.”We know that sedentary behaviour is now considered an independent risk factor for ill health,” she said.Last year, the charity revealed that UK adults were three times more likely to be inactive compared to those in the Netherlands.Official data shows that walking levels in Britain have fallen by more than a third in three decades, with the average person walking for less than 10 minutes a day.At the start of the study, participants were asked to provide information about their activity levels and other lifestyle habits and measurements of blood pressure, weight, height and cholesterol were taken.Caroline Abrahams, charity director for Age UK, said: “There is a really strong body of research that demonstrates the importance of physical activity in later life.”Even small amounts of physical activity can make a difference to a person’s health and can lower the risk of serious conditions such as heart disease, strokes and certain cancers. “Not only does exercise add years onto our lives, it can improve your mood and help maintain independence.”The important thing to remember is that it’s never too late to start, even increasing your daily physical activity by a small amount will benefit you at any age.”last_img read more

11 experiences every Luas traveller will understand

first_img Source: Jessica Kelly/Twitter TEN YEARS OLD? Sure we remember when it was just a wee light rail system.Dublin’s lovely Luas is 10 years old today, and already a beloved institution in the city.From its joyous CLANG CLANG to the rush hour crush to the temperamental ticket machines -there’s so much to love about the Luas.Hearing the CLANG CLANG and legging it Source: Niall Carson/PA ArchiveThe Dublin-wide signal for OH JESUS I NEED TO GET OFF THE ROAD. We should probably wait for the train to leave before we go dashing across the road, shouldn’t we.The anger you feel at someone calling it ‘the Daniel Day’ Source: Imgur Source: ThejournalThe only people who call it that are the people who haven’t got a clue.The mass exodus at Heuston Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesAnd the space, the glorious space, that’s freed up when the train-goers haul off their (usually enormous) bags.Trying to stay upright when it takes a corner Source: PhotoBucketThere aren’t many of them, but they sneak up on you.The forced intimacy of rush hour Source: Photocall IrelandPeople can get close on the Luas. Real close. Too close, some might say.Hammering at the ticket machine Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandLook, it’s fine, you’ve used the Luas ticket machine HUNDREDS of times and you know exactly what you’re doing. It just. Won’t. Work.Watching other people hammer at the ticket machine Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandHeh, those losers don’t know anything. Probably up for the day. *hammers own ticket machine*Admiring the work of the city’s graffiti artists Graffiti ad in Smithfield Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe Luas is practically a moving art gallery, if street art is your thing.Mimicking the announcer Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandRanelagh. Raghnallach.Smithfield. Margadh na Feirme.Jervis. Jervis.(Bonus fact: The Luas announcer is a former Eurovision presenter.)Eavesdropping like your life depended on it “I’m so happy we’re engaged. I wish you got me a nicer ring though..” #OverHeardOnTheLuas— Jess Kelly 👩🏻‍💻 (@jesskellynt) June 14, 2012center_img The conversations you hear on the Luas are unlike any conversations you hear anywhere else, and there’s always something good to tune in to.Wondering what it’d be like to drive the thing yourself Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandGrand, we say. Easy, we say. Though Luas drivers would probably (and rightly) beg to differ. BUT JUST LOOK AT ALL THOSE BUTTONS.Share your experiences of the Luas in the comments, but be nice – please, it’s Monday. We don’t need any more gloom.Previously: The DOs and DON’Ts of taking public transport>Here’s what REALLY happens during each Luas stop announcement>last_img read more

Internet Gutter Mukbang

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Internet Gutter: Crisis ActorsThe Dankest Original Characters in Sonic Forces Online is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other. In this weekly series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.MukbangThere are plenty of ways to get famous on YouTube. You can have some kind of talent, but how many of us can say that? You can prank your friends and relatives if you’re a good-looking moron teen boy from Ohio. You can be racist at video games. Or you can just destroy yourself, mentally or physically. And that’s what brings us to “mukbang,” a wildly bizarre new path to viral stardom.A portmanteau of the Korean words for eating (meokneun) and broadcast (bangsong), mukbang began on South Korea’s AfreecaTV streaming service and has spread across the globe. Here’s how it works: you watch somebody eat. Usually a lot.AdChoices广告This isn’t competitive eating – mukbangers aren’t facing off against each other or setting world records. They’re just sitting down with massive amounts of food – ramen and fried chicken are popular, but just about anything goes – and leisurely consuming it. Some of the most popular have quit their jobs to live stream themselves eating for as many as three hours a day.What’s the draw? It’s hard to say. Some cultural critics believe that eating is one of our most unguarded and “natural” behaviors, so there’s a sense of greater personal connection when you’re watching someone do it. Others think that it might satisfy a need for eating in the viewer, who maybe can’t aspire to chow down fried food for a living. Whatever it is, it’s racking up millions of views both in America and abroad.Mukbang is a niche, but it’s a big one. One 2016 survey showed that 5% of AfreecaTV streams were eating-related. The genre came to America courtesy of a Fine Brothers reaction video in 2015, and it wasn’t long before it spread like a virus.The first notable American YouTube mukbanger was Trisha Paytas, who had previously built a fanbase around videos of her “hauls” – after trips to the store, she’d camp out in front of her webcam and painstakingly showcase everything she bought that day to an adoring audience living vicariously through her. The transition to eating videos made sense – her whole gimmick was conspicuous consumption, so food made sense.But here’s the thing. In South Korea, mukbang is a way for “broadcast jockeys” to directly connect with their viewers. Sure, it’s gross to watch them down so much food, but they do it live, engaging with their audience through chat and creating a community. When Western YouTubers picked up on the concept, they stripped that away and made it all about the calories. And that’s where mukbang really gets disgusting.If America has one value, it’s excess. So Paytas and her fellow Western mukbangers made their videos all about throwing down hideous amounts of extremely unhealthy food. Ramen, pizza, hamburgers, even gas station cuisine – everything was fair game. Mukbang transformed into a sickening voyeurism where performers walked a razor-thin line between entertaining and vomiting.One of the most notorious American mukbangers is “Nikocado Avocado,” the nom de chow of Nicholas Perry, a Pennsylvania-born eater who relocated to Colombia. Avocado got into the mukbang scene in 2016 and quickly racked up a half-million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Unlike other mukbangers, though, Niko gets… a little emotional about his food.A former vegan, Nikocado intersperses truly disgusting videos of himself downing piles of noodles, pizza and other high-carb, high-fat dishes with personal vlogs where he cries into the camera about his health problems. Formerly a hardcore vegan, the lure of mukbang stardom was too much for him to resist and he abandoned his principles to overeat on camera.Nikocado’s mukbangs typically revolve around sodium-loaded junk food like instant ramen or Cheetos. In some, he makes “recipes” where he combines said ingredients into a Voltron of heart disease. It’s no wonder that he spends so much time crying, looking at what he eats. As of press time, Avocado had been deported from Colombia back to the United States, where his access to junk food remains nearly infinite.Most of the original Korean mukbangers treat eating on camera as a job, and so when they’re not throwing down the calories they hit the gym to burn them off. Popular BJ Banzz works out for six hours daily and only eats chicken breasts when he’s not broadcasting. This is obviously not a perfect solution – downing that much at a time is going to be detrimental to your guts – but it’s something. Few American mukbangers have that kind of motivation, so you’ll notice the lifestyle wearing on them pretty heavily over time as their digestive systems break down under the strain.Even more disturbing, now kids are starting to get into the act. One recent video from JennyBelly1983 shows a five-year-old girl downing four Taco Bell Doritos Locos tacos in ten minutes – the caloric equivalent of her entire day’s recommended nutrition. It’s bad enough when adults with fully developed digestive systems abuse them for YouTube views, but I’d argue that teaching your kid to mukbang qualifies as child abuse.What do you think? Can you see the demented appeal of watching people eat on camera, or do the chewing and slurping sounds make you want to murder somebody? The only positive we can see to mukbang is that the people who do it probably won’t be around for too much longer.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lobster Season opens midAugust

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Crawfish Season opens August 15 and closes on March 15 2017. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLobster season will not open on the first day of August, it will open on the 15th day of August and officials issued notice Friday for restaurants and fishermen and the residents to be aware of the legal open season.  DECR Director, Dr John Claydon calls the two week change a benefit to the country’s number three industry, fisheries.  “Last season the fishing community of the Turks and Caicos benefited from an increase in crawfish landings. This appears to be the result of the stock starting to rebuild…” last_img

Five Independents now registered with Integrity Commission

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 1, 2016 – At least five independent candidates have registered their interest to run in the December 15 General Elections with the Integrity Commission. Damian Wilson, Clarence Selver and Jasmin Walkin all reported that they have taken that step to becoming official nominees whenever nomination day is announced. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Michael Misick, the former Premier who is running at large as an independent was first this morning since around 8:30 am to register with the IC, next was independent for the South Caicos seat, McAllister Piper Hanchell.  Related Items:last_img

Vancouver woman injured in I205 crash

first_imgA 23-year-old Vancouver woman was briefly hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after a Freightliner truck collided with her car on Interstate 205, Washington State Patrol said.According to police, a truck driven by Iurii Balko, 28, of Kent crossed into the right lane on northbound I-205, crashing into a 2006 Suzuki Forenza driven by Jessica Madison. The collision happened near 18th Street around 12:47 p.m.An ambulance transported Madison to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for treatment for possible neck and back injuries, but she was later released, hospital officials said. She was wearing her seat belt, police said.Police cited Balko for an improper lane change for failing to grant the right of way. Madison’s car was totaled. Balko’s truck sustained $1,000 worth of damage and was driven from the scene, police said.last_img read more

Testimony begins in Ridgefield home invasion trial

first_imgTestimony began Wednesday in the jury trial of a Snohomish man accused of being a lookout during a home invasion robbery Dec. 19 in Ridgefield, in which a victim was tied up and several firearms were stolen.Jarrod A. Wiebe, 27, is charged in Clark County Superior Court with first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, second-degree extortion, first-degree criminal impersonation, and 10 counts of firearm theft.In an agreement with prosecutors, three of his friends, including the group’s ringleader, pleaded guilty Monday to multiple charges.“The state’s theory is that even though Mr. Wiebe may not have been the actual person who commissioned these crimes, by virtue of (being an accomplice), he is just as culpable as his cohorts,” said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu during opening statements Wednesday.Wiebe’s attorney, Chris Ramsay, said Wiebe was outside the home at the time of the crimes and didn’t participate in threatening the victim, tying up the victim or demanding money and firearms from the victim.“In the end, you are going to know the other three certainly committed all of these crimes, but you’ll have doubt about (whether) Mr. Wiebe’s contribution, if any, added up to accomplice liability,” Ramsay said.last_img read more

Another Independent Publisher Burned by Photo Mishap

first_imgThat didn’t do much to sway readers, who feel passionately about the topic and understandably felt fleeced. On Monday, VegNews issued a full apology, saying “With regard to our use of symbolic imagery in VegNews, our readers got it right. We wholeheartedly apologize. We assure you that we will never again use non-vegan photographs in VegNews.” The publishers say they will also build a vegan photo data bank. “To give you some background, 95 percent of all photos in VegNews are indeed vegan,” associate publisher Colleen Holland told FOLIO:. “In the rare situations that we’ve had to make the tough call on using a non-vegan stock image, we’ve taken it very seriously. We exhaust all of our possible options, and ensure that a vegan version looks exactly the same or better than the image we’re really considering using. It really is a last resort at that point.” In one example, VegNews photoshopped a plate of barbecue ribs to make them look like their vegan counterpart. “This was an 11th hour decision after an exhaustive photo search,” says Holland. “It was a singular case, we knew the vegan version looked exactly the same, and the photo used in the magazine was 2×2 inches. That was an absolute anomaly and something we didn’t do before or since. It goes without saying that our goal has always been to have 100 percent vegan photography.”That said, “We never expected this reaction,” says Holland. “And had we ever felt that readers would be so strongly opposed to the practice, we wouldn’t have done it. But our readers spoke and we listened, and they are happy we’re figuring out a way to increase the number from 95 percent to 100 percent.”   Photoshop controversies are nothing new among magazines, usually in the context of some celebrity digitally shaving a pound or ten for a cover shoot. Last week VegNews, an independent vegan magazine, was called out by a blogger for using stock images of dishes with meat and other non-vegan recipes, sometimes photoshopping out the offending images. “We’ve always been fans of VegNews, since back in the mid-2000s when we’d wait with bated breath for the US Mail to deliver our copy,” the blogger writes. “We’d eagerly flip through, reading all about the latest veg stuff, salivating over the amazing pictures, trying out a vegan recipe, and maybe even discovering a restaurant in our home town through one of their reviews. It’s sad, then, that the pictures we’ve been drooling over for years are actually of MEAT! Veg News has written tens (possibly hundreds) of articles extolling the virtues of a vegan lifestyle, while purchasing rock-bottom priced stock photos of MEAT, EGGS, DAIRY and other completely non-vegan things.”The magazine’s initial response was that it was “deeply saddened with the dialogue” that transpired and explained that the photos were a necessary evil. “VegNews is a privately owned, independent publication with no funding or investors,” the publishers replied. “Publishing a magazine is extremely costly-with exorbitant costs for printing, postage, paper and production. . .Yes, from time to time, after exhausting all options, we have resorted to using stock photography that may or may not be vegan.” Getting a magazine out as an independent publisher these days is no small feat, but there’s no excuse for deliberately putting one past your audience; just as there is no excuse for lifting someone else’s work (which Countryside Publications was accused of last year for running photos without permission; or the infamous Cook’s Source, which did the same with content). No matter how tight things get, you can’t do it in the first place. And if you do, in these days of the long tail and readers having their own voices, you’re not going to get away with it forever.On the VegNews Facebook page, readers are split in their reaction, with most seeming to accept the apology, while a minority staunchly reject it. The brand is likely to lose some readers, but overall the magazine probably won’t be hurt too bad because it owned up. As a business, VegNews could be an inspiration to smaller publishers. What started with an investment of $3,000 in 2000 has grown to a company with more than $2 million in revenue and a readership of more than 1 million per month. At FOLIO:, we even recognized them with an Eddy Award for their Web site earlier this year. Everybody is cutting corners these days; but go too far, and both publisher and reader end up the losers.last_img read more

Nissan to reveal new 2020 Versa at a music festival

first_img Nissan New York Auto Show 2019 Nissan More From Roadshow 96 Photos Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup See All reading • Nissan to reveal new 2020 Versa at a music festival May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Today’s Nissan Versa is one of the oldest compact cars you can buy, having been first introduced back in 2011 as a 2012 model. Then at the 2014 New York Auto Show, the Versa received a facelift for the 2015 model year. While the Versa is impressively affordable, it’s never been one of our favorites and it feels out-of-date compared to its competition.With the April 12 debut putting the Versa’s reveal right before the start of New York Auto Show press days, we should get a chance to see the new car in the Big Apple, too. Either way, check back with Roadshow for full details and photos once the 2020 Nissan Versa is revealed. Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint Tags The completely redesigned 2020 Nissan Versa will debut at Rock the Ocean’s @festivaltortuga in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on April 12, 2019. #TortugaFest #NissanVersa2020 pic.twitter.com/cmc3DPSM62— Nissan (@NissanUSA) March 28, 2019 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img 0 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car New York Auto Show 2019 • Enlarge ImageThe current Nissan Versa, shown here, will soon be replaced. Nissan Carmakers increasingly use special events to introduce new cars away from the hubbub of international auto shows, and it appears Nissan will follow that route with its smallest sedan. Nissan announced Thursday that it will reveal the new 2020 Versa at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 12.While the teaser photo and video hint at the introduction happening on or at least near the beach, there are few other clues about the 2020 Nissan Versa. The company says only that the sedan has been “completely redesigned,” signaling an all-new model rather than a refresh of the existing Versa. Share your voice Post a comment 2019 Nissan Murano looks different, but feels right 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Sedanslast_img read more

Kangana Ranaut was an actor on the sets of Mental Hai Kya

first_imgKangana RanautInstagramYesterday, media was flooded with reports stating that ‘Kangana Ranaut has been interfering with the shooting of Mental Hai Kya and that she has been unhappy with some of the scenes, which had to be re-shot, thus causing the delay in the release of the movie.However, director of Mental Hai Kya, Prakash Kovelamudi has rubbished these reports.”On my set, Kangana was an actor; a professional one, and a creative asset. Both Kangana and Rajkummar are powerhouse performers, whom I enjoyed directing. I am happy to see how their characters have turned out. Mental Hai Kya is an intriguing thriller with doses of quirk. The film challenges the norms, and I am thrilled to bring to the audience something original,” the director said in a statement.Further denying the reports about some portions of the film being re-shot, the director said, “We finished the first leg in Mumbai, the second in London, and the last one in Mumbai again. The final schedule was wrapped last month. That’s all! All other conjecture is baseless.”Produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Shaailesh R Singh, Mental Hai Kya’s trailer is scheduled to be launched later this month and the film will hit the screens on July 26, 2019.last_img read more

Hasina AL to stand beside Rohingyas till the end Quader

first_imgObaidul-QuaderRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the government of Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh Awami League (AL) will stand beside Rohingya refugees till the end of the crisis, reports UNB.”The government and ruling party AL has been beside the Rohingyas from the beginning, and they would remain beside Rohingyas till the end,” said Obaidul.The minister came up with the remarks while talking to reporters when distributing relief, arranged by Bangladesh Medical Association at Kutupalang camp in Ukhiya upazila in Cox’s Bazar.There is a need for 10,000 sanitary latrines in Teknaf and Ukhiya Rohingya camps, he said.He also urged the international aid organisations to ensure safe drinking water and hygienic latrines in the Rohingya camps.Abdur Rahman MP, Enamul Haq Shamim, organising secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, advocate Sirajul Mostafa, president of district unit Awami League, Majibur Rahman, general secretary, were, among others, present.last_img read more

Schools Not Prisons Security Lessons From Rebuilding Sandy Hook Elementary

first_img Share Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT NewsIn the aftermath of the Sante Fe school shooting, some state leaders have questioned whether the design of public schools could be changed to improve security.In the months and years after a gunman killed 28 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, their community embarked on the painful and painstaking task of tearing down the old building and starting over. In the process, they built not just a new school, but a high-tech security marvel.Phil Santore is the vice president and managing principal of the Connecticut-based security and consulting firm DVS. The company was lead security consultant when the new Sandy Hook Elementary was built.Santore says that consulting engineers juggled many different voices during the rebuilding project – families of victims, law enforcement, local elected officials and state legislators – as they developed a strategy.“The first component was maintaining the mission of the school, and that’s the educational mission,” Santore says. “The first thing we had to remember was this is a school and there’s going to be seven-year-olds walking through these doors and we didn’t want them walking into something that felt like a prison. That was a real key driver in everything we needed to do.”After that, Santore says they focused on managing traffic, securing the physical perimeter of the building and hardening the facility with better locks. He says the design was a tricky balancing act.“Remember, we’re not trying to build Fort Knox,” he says. “We’re trying to buy enough time until law enforcement arrives.”One strategy in the redesign was to looks at potential threats and vulnerabilities, then working to reduce those risks.“For an example,” he says, “at Sandy Hook all the classrooms are in the back side of the school, if you will. So if someone did get onto the property and drove past the front of the school and did a drive by shooting, their chance of hitting a student would be much, much less than if the classrooms were in, say, the front of it or by the roadway.”The school is also designed to control who comes in and out of the building by managing the perimeter of the building. That can be costly.“That’s a problem everywhere,” he says. “I’ve not run into a public school that doesn’t have a budget issue.”Still, he says schools need to invest in good locks, good doors, and good management of those doors. Lastly, he says, schools should work on designing quick communication systems both inside and outside of the school in the event of an incident.Written by Jen Rice.last_img read more

Heres Everything Coming to Netflix in April 2019

first_img Let’s be honest, this April will be all about the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. But we all need something to watch/binge in between episodes. So, Netflix to the rescue. The streaming service has lots to offer this April, including unicorns, zombies, real-life creatures of the Earth, and an interactive series featuring Bear Grylls.If you want more of Captain Marvel‘s Brie Larson and Samuel Jackson, check out Unicorn Store (available to stream on April 5), Larson’s glittery, whimsical directorial debut about a painter finally fulfilling her dream of adopting a unicorn.And if you’re more into zombies than GoT‘s white walkers, don’t miss Netflix’s new horror series, Black Summer (available starting April 11), which follows a team of special forces in a quest against the flesh-eating mayhem taking over the world.Here’s everything coming to Netflix in April 2019.April 1Across The Line All the President’s MenArthur DeliveranceDivine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodEvolutionFreddy vs. JasonFriday the 13thHong Kong West Side Stories (Season 1)I Am LegendLakeview TerraceJingleKids (Season 1)ObsessedPenelopePineapple ExpressPokémon the Series: Sun & Moon: S2P.S. I Love YouMonster HouseSherlock HolmesSnatchSpy KidsTexas Chainsaw 3DThe Bone CollectorThe Fifth ElementThe Golden CompassThe Legend of Michael MishraThe Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2Ultraman (Season 1) Netflix Original Anime SeriesValkyrieApril 2Kevin Hart: Irresponsible Netflix Original Stand-up SpecialApril 3Suzzanna: Buried Alive Netflix Original MovieRicardo Quevedo: Los amargados somos más Netflix Original Stand-up SpecialApril 5Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Season 1 – Part 2) Netflix Original SeriesLegacies (Season 1) The CW Early ReleaseOur Planet (Season 1) Netflix Original DocuseriesPersona: Collection Netflix Original Anime SeriesQuicksand (Season 1) Netflix Original Swedish SeriesRoman Empire (Season 3) Netflix Original SeriesSpirit Riding Free (Season 8) Netflix Original Kids SeriesTijuana  Netflix Original MovieTrolls: The Beat Goes On! (Season 6) Netflix Original Kids SeriesUnicorn Store Netflix Original MovieApril 10Liss Pereira: Reteniendo líquidos Netflix Original Stand-up SpecialNew Girl (Season 7)You Vs Wild (Season 1) Netflix Original Interactive SeriesApril 11Black Summer (Season 1) Netflix Original SeriesApril 12A Land Imagined Netflix Original MovieFrancesco De Carlo: Cose di questo mondo Netflix Original Stand-up SpecialHuge in France Netflix Original SeriesMighty Little Bheem (Season 1) Netflix Original SeriesThe Perfect Date Netflix Original MovieThe Silence Netflix Original MovieWho Would You Take to a Deserted Island?  Netflix Original Spanish MovieApril 15Luis Miguel – The Series (Season 1)No Good Nick (Season 1) Netflix Original Kids SeriesThe New RomanticApril 16Super Monsters Furever Friends Netflix Original Kids SeriesApril 18My First First Love (Season 1) Netflix Original SeriesApril 19A Fortunate Man Netflix Original MovieBrené Brown: The Call to Courage Netflix Original Stand-up SpecialCuckoo (Season 5) Netflix Original SeriesI, Daniel Blake Music Teacher  Netflix Original MovieRilakkuma and Kaoru (Season 1) Netflix Original Anime SeriesSamantha! (Season 2) Netflix Original Portuguese SeriesSomeone Great Netflix Original MovieApril 20Grass is Greener (Season 1) Netflix Original SeriesApril 22Pinky Malinky (Part 2) Netflix Original SeriesSelection Day (Part 2) Netflix Original Hindi SeriesApril 23I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Netflix OriginalApril 24Bonding Netflix OriginalApril 25The Hateful Eight: Extended VersionThe Ugly TruthApril 26Otherhood Netflix Original MovieReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads Netflix Original SeriesShe-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Season 2) Netflix Original Kids SeriesStreet Food (Season 1) Netflix Original SeriesThe Protector (Season 2) Netflix Original Turkish SeriesThe SapphiresYankee (Season 1) Netflix Original SeriesApril 27American HoneyApril 28Señora Acero (Season 5)April 29BurningThe Imitation GameApril 30Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward Netflix Original Stand-up SpecialBaki (Part 2) Netflix Original Anime SeriesIngress: The Animation Netflix Original AnimeMore on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in April 2019Here’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in April 2019‘Stranger Things’ Season3 Trailer Teases a Retro Teenage Wastelan Here’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in April 2019Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in April 2019 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Synthetic Optical Materials Ideal for Flexible Devices

first_img Physicists at Chalmers University of Technology discovered why it is impossible to increase the speed limit of light.(Which, according to Einstein’s theory of special relativity, is set at 186,000 miles per second.)Electromagnetic radiation (including visible light) is crucial to most modern gadgets.AdChoices广告In recent years, scientists have developed artificial specialty materials that help control the properties of light with a high degree of precision.Among them are so-called optical switches, which can change the color or intensity of light. When applied to Internet traffic, these switches can be turned on or off up to 100 billion times per second. Beyond that, though, the speed cannot be increased.“Researchers had high hopes of achieving higher and higher speeds in optical switches by further developing optomechanical metamaterials,” according to Sophie Viaene, a nanophotonics researcher at Chalmers. “We now know why these materials failed to outcompete existing technology in Internet traffic and mobile communication networks.”Actually, I’m not sure we do.What we do know is that it is sometimes necessary to choose a different route to circumvent speed limits.As described in Viaene’s doctoral thesis, the interaction with light can be more efficiently controlled by manipulating one particle at a time (instead of the entire surface). Another solution is to allow the specialty material to remain in constant motion at a constant speed, and measure the variations.Such restraints, however, are not applicable to all operations.“The switching speed limit is not a problem in applications where we see the light, because our eyes do not react all that rapidly,” Viaene’s supervisor, associate professor Philippe Tassin, said in a statement. “We see a great potential for optomechanical metamaterials in the development of thin, flexible gadgets for interactive visualization technology.”The full findings were published recently in the journal Physical Review Letters.Optomechanical metamaterials aren’t the only options for making lighter, thinner device displays: Researchers at Northwestern University developed design principles for making photonic crystals linked by synthetic DNA.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Kickstart This Sleep Box Inspired by Mark ZuckerbergStudy: Nighttime Smartphone Gazing Probably Won’t Disturb Internal Clock Stay on targetlast_img read more

Mamata welcomes IAF officers return

first_imgKolkata: With India’s fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returning to his homeland on Friday night after being in Pakistan’s custody for two days, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed his return.”Welcome home #AbhinandanVarthaman Welcome home sweet home,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. Banerjee on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of seeking political mileage over the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force in Balakot, stressing on the fact that the Centre is yet to divulge the truth about the terrorists allegedly killed in the strike. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The people of India have a right to know what exactly happened during the air strike. The Centre must allow our forces to speak the truth. They should also come clean on the number of terrorists claimed to have been killed during the air strike,” Banerjee had maintained. While speaking to the media at Nabanna on Thursday, the CM hit out at the Modi government, saying: “Ahead of the forthcoming elections, the Centre is keen on deriving political mileage from the air strike that has been conducted by our Air Force. The jawans defend our borders and we all hold them in high esteem. But politicising the whole issue only to satisfy one’s political interest is condemnable.”last_img read more