14 10 19

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsA new language training program in Nunavut is receiving $5.4 million from the territory’s land claim group.Nunavut Tunngavik and the government of Nunavut have been at odds over how to support the Inuit language.Now Tunngavik is putting money behind the effort.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img

13 10 19

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – Bausch Health Companies Inc. reported a loss of $350 million in its latest quarter as its revenue moved lower.The company formerly known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals says the loss for the quarter ended Sept. 30 amounted to $1.00 per diluted share.The result compared with a profit of $1.30 billion or $3.69 per share in the same period a year earlier when it benefited from internal tax reorganization.Revenue totalled nearly $2.14 billion for the quarter, down from nearly $2.22 billion a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Bausch Health says it earned $403 million in its most recent quarter, up from $367 million in the third quarter of 2017.The company says the increase was primarily due to lower interest costs and a lower tax rate.Companies in this story: (TSX:BHC)last_img read more

12 10 19

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met ICC chairman Shashank Manohar in Mumbai on Monday and decided that the Indian board will work with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for the next six months on a trial basis. Sources said that the board was willing to work with NADA for a period of six months, but the agency would be allowed to collect only 10 per cent samples for testing. “The Indian board has agreed to try and work with NADA for the next six months and then decide on the road ahead. “Trust has been an issue and that needs to be gained with quality work from the agency. The agency will collect only 10 per cent samples for testing. “The board feels that with the 2022 Commonwealth Games in sight, India would like to field the women’s team in the event at Birmingham and this is a move aimed at that direction,” the source said. While the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to remain compliant to the WADA directives, the BCCI had reservation on dealing with NADA. ICC CEO David Richardson in February spoke on the need to get the differences between the BCCI and NADA sorted. “We are trying to help the BCCI sort out the issue with WADA and NADA. We think cricket should be in the 2028 Olympics, but it’s not going to happen unless we are a unified sport. “At this stage, we need to convince the BCCI that it is a good thing for cricket to be in the Olympics from all aspects,” he had said. However, the BCCI officials present at the last ICC chief executive meeting had made it clear that WADA must name a different testing agency as they did not trust NADA, thanks to mistakes the agency had made.last_img read more

12 10 19

first_imgCasablanca- According to news outlet Le360, a painting by Moroccan painter, Ahmed Cherkaoui entitled, “Myriam, Casa” (73 x 92 cm), was auctioned for MAD 3.5 million on Saturday, in Casablanca.Unsurprisingly, this is was not the first time a work of art by Ahmed Cherkaoui was auctioned for MAD 3.5 million.Born in Casablanca, on October 2, 1934, Ahmed Cherkaoui is one of the forerunners of modern painting in Morocco. His works are present in numerous collective exhibitions in Morocco and France, as well as in Algeria, Spain, Japan and Sweden. “Moroccan painter Ahmed Cherkaoui, who died at the age of 33 in 1967, had this passion for symbolism in all of his paintings,” Moroccan writer and poet Tahar Benjelloun once said on Ahmed Cherkaoui’s idiosyncratic art. “[It] is a reading of the most beautiful carpets of his native Morocco, a subtle and sublime reinterpretation of this art, simultaneously ancient and modern.” During the same auction, organized by the Moroccan Company of Works and Objects of Art (CMOOA), a work by acclaimed Moroccan painter, Chaïbia Talal was auctioned for MAD 1.35 million. Born in Chtouka, a small village near El Jadida, Chaïbia Talal (1929 – April 2, 2004) is another celebrated Moroccan painter with watershed and priceless works of art. Her works were exhibited in multitudinous national and international painting exhibitions, notably in France, Germany, Spain and Netherlands.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

6 10 19

Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, held what was described as a “constructive” meeting in Ramallah with Yasser Arafat, the President of the Palestinian Authority. He also met with Abu Mazen, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and Abu Alaa, the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council.According to a statement issued in Beirut and Gaza, Mr. Roed-Larsen’s regional political and diplomatic efforts are being undertaken “amid the dangerous new situation resulting from the recent renewed violence, including action on different fronts.”Recent events have “widespread regional implications,” the statement said, noting that earlier Mr. Roed-Larsen had warned that the situation was close to a point where “the violence threatens to spin out of control.”At the same time, Mr. Roed-Larsen noted that there were grounds for optimism and that progress was possible. “We must all ensure that the talking continues,” he stressed, adding, “no one can afford a regional conflict.”The envoy is scheduled to meet tonight in Amman with Jordan’s Foreign Minister, Abdel Ilah Al Khateeb, before travelling to Syria. In Damascus, Mr. Roed-Larsen is expected to meet tomorrow with senior Syrian officials.Meanwhile, the Chairman of a key UN committee monitoring Palestinian rights has called for “prompt and decisive international action” to stop the current spate of violence and bring the parties back to the negotiating table.In a just-released letter to the Secretary-General, as well as to the Presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly, Ibra Deguene Ka, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, calls attention to recent “harsh and disproportionate” Israeli military attacks. He urges the Secretary-General to intensify contacts with the parties concerned to help end the crisis and restart the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.”In view of a particularly tense and volatile situation on the ground, efforts within the United Nations to ensure protection of Palestinian civilians acquire special urgency,” Mr. Ka notes. read more

6 10 19

“The ball now is with Iran to continue to cooperate with the Agency as early as possible,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei said after the IAEA’s Board of Governors found Iran in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) because of its concealment of its activities over an extended period of time.In a resolution passed on Saturday, the Board did not immediately defer the issue to the Security Council, which can impose sanctions, and Mr. ElBaradei said he was encouraged by this since it gave time for diplomacy and negotiation.“So all of us need to explore this window of opportunity, from now until November, to make sure that we are moving toward a comprehensive settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue,” he told journalists at IAEA headquarters in Vienna following the Board’s vote, which left the issue open until it next meeting in November. “I was assured to hear Iran here saying that they would continue to cooperate with the Agency,” he added, calling on the country to resume negotiations with the European Union (EU), which has been seeking a diplomatic solution for the past year. Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of concern since 2003, when the IAEA determined that the country had for almost two decades concealed its nuclear activities in breach of the NPT. Iran insists the programme is for peaceful energy production only but some countries, including the United States, say is part of an effort to produce nuclear weapons.In its resolution, the Board found that Iran’s many failures and breaches of its obligations to comply with its NPT Safeguards constituted non compliance, adding “the resulting absence of confidence that Iran’s nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes have given rise to questions that are within the competence of the Security Council.” It voiced uncertainty over Iranian motives for its concealment.It called on Iran to implement transparency measures, including access to individuals and documentation relating to procurement, dual use equipment, certain military owned workshops and research and development locations, and to re-establish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related activity. Enriched uranium can be used either for the peaceful production of nuclear energy or for making nuclear weapons.It urged the country to reconsider the construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water and to promptly ratify and implement in full the Additional Protocol to NPT which affords inspectors greater rights of access and added authority to use advanced technologies to track that nuclear materials are not being diverted and that there are no clandestine, proscribed nuclear activities in a state. read more

2 10 19

In At Tur, near Al Maqassad hospital in East Jerusalem, one of several roadblocks, placed by Israeli forces in October 2015 in Palestinian neighbourhoods, as the wave of violence across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel continued. Photo: OCHA Some sought to shoot the messenger — twisting my words into a misguided justification for violence. The stabbings, vehicle rammings and other attacks by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians are reprehensible. So, too, are the incitement of violence and the glorification of killers.Nothing excuses terrorism. I condemn it categorically.It is inconceivable, though, that security measures alone will stop the violence. As I warned the Security Council last week, Palestinian frustration and grievances are growing under the weight of nearly a half-century of occupation. Ignoring this won’t make it disappear. No one can deny that the everyday reality of occupation provokes anger and despair, which are major drivers of violence and extremism and undermine any hope of a negotiated two-state solution.Israeli settlements keep expanding. The government has approved plans for over 150 new homes in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Last month, 370 acres in the West Bank were declared “state land,” a status that typically leads to exclusive Israeli settler use. At the same time, thousands of Palestinian homes in the West Bank risk demolition because of obstacles that may be legal on paper but are discriminatory in practice. Palestinians — especially young people — are losing hope over what seems a harsh, humiliating and endless occupation. Israelis are also reeling from near-daily attacks and losing sight of the possibility of a comprehensive peace with the Palestinians. Along with the United States, the European Union and the Russian Federation, the United Nations is calling for substantial changes in policy to strengthen the economic, institutional and security pillars of the Palestinian Authority. We are engaging with Arab countries in the region to harness the support that both sides need to bring peace and security to Israelis and Palestinians alike.We continue to work with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to rebuild Gaza and prevent another devastating conflict, and to press Palestinians for genuine national reconciliation. Of course, a lasting agreement between Israel and Palestine will require difficult compromises by leaders and peoples on both sides. Israeli authorities need to unequivocally support the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian institutions. This requires significant shifts in policies toward the West Bank and Gaza, while safeguarding Israel’s legitimate security concerns.Such steps can start with housing, water, energy, communications, agriculture and access to natural resources. Specifically, they should include immediate approval of master plans proposed by Palestinian communities in the Israeli-controlled Area C of the West Bank, which will enable investment and development.For their part, Palestinians must make political compromises to bring Gaza and the West Bank under a single, democratic governing authority according to principles laid down by their national umbrella organization, the Palestine Liberation Organization. This also means consistently and firmly denouncing terrorism and taking preventive action to end attacks on Israelis, including an immediate stop to Gaza tunnel construction.I will always stand up to those who challenge Israel’s right to exist, just as I will always defend the right of Palestinians to have a state of their own. That is why I am so concerned that we are reaching a point of no return for the two-state solution. And I am disturbed by statements from senior members of Israel’s government that the aim should be abandoned altogether.The stalemate carries grave risks for both sides: a continuation of the deadly wave of terrorism and killings; the collapse of the Palestinian Authority; greater isolation of and international pressure on Israel; and a corrosion of the moral foundation of Israeli and Palestinian societies, ever more inured to the pain of the other.Criticism of the United Nations — or attacks against me — comes with the territory. But when heartfelt concerns about shortsighted or morally damaging policies emanate from so many sources, including Israel’s closest friends, it cannot be sustainable to keep lashing out at every well-intentioned critic.Everyone is free to pick and choose what they like or dislike from speeches. But the time has come for Israelis, Palestinians and the international community to read the writing on the wall: The status quo is untenable. Keeping another people under indefinite occupation undermines the security and the future of both Israelis and Palestinians.This opinion piece by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon appeared in The New York Times on 31 January 2016. @media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -310px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 5.0em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 170px; xtext-align:center; text-shadow: 1px 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:50%;}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.8em;}strong { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;} read more

30 09 19

After winning the U.S. Open in June, his second consecutive major victory, Jordan Spieth sought to pre-empt the eager golf press from christening a rivalry between him and Rory McIlroy, the man whose world No. 1 ranking he was rapidly threatening.“Rory has four majors and dozens of wins, and I’m just starting out,” Spieth told reporters.Spieth is correct about his relative inexperience; he turned 22 in July and is in only his third PGA Tour season. But what he has accomplished in 2015 is on pace to surpass anything achieved in a single season by McIlroy — or anyone else in modern PGA Tour history, for that matter — at such a young age.Spieth’s raw exploits this season are impressive: four wins, including two majors, and six other top-five finishes. But if we want a more exact sense of how his 2015 compares to other great seasons in golf history, we must place them all on a standard scale. To do that, I compiled data from GOLFstats.com, converting the leaderboard of every PGA Tour event since 1970 into a set of z-scores (a metric1Used previously at FiveThirtyEight and Grantland. that considers how many standard deviations from the mean2Computed using only players who made the cut in a given tournament. a player’s score was). The average z-score for all of a player’s tournaments in a given season represents his performance that year.According to that metric, here are the best 20 seasons in modern PGA Tour3Which includes all official PGA Tour tournaments except match-play events (which don’t lend themselves to z-scoring). history:The sheer dominance of Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, who account for the first 11 spots on the list, is striking. Although it would generate little controversy to label them the two greatest golfers of all time, these numbers help emphasize how far ahead of the field they were. What is perhaps even more astonishing is that the first non-Tiger, non-Jack name to appear on this list is Spieth’s, for his performance this year.We’re in the midst of Spieth’s age-22 season (for this analysis, I defined a player’s age as the oldest he was at any point during the season in question), and thus far, he’s been a lot better than Woods was at the same age. Woods’s average z-score of -0.95 in 1998 ranks outside the top 50 seasons of all time. Likewise, McIlroy’s average z-score in his age-22 season was -0.58, which didn’t even rank among the top performances of 2011, much less the best seasons ever.4Even McIlroy’s age-23 season, in 2012 — his best year on tour, punctuated by a record-setting win at the PGA Championship — ranks 32nd on this list, 20 spots behind Spieth’s 2015. And Spieth’s rise could be even scarier for the rest of the tour, considering the leap taken by both McIlroy and Woods between the ages of 22 and 23.(As for Nicklaus, I don’t have complete data on his age-22 season, in 1962 — although Jack’s three wins and 16 top-tens compare favorably to Spieth on the surface.)Of course, Spieth will have to sustain his current pace for a few more months to fully warrant this praise. And if he emerges from this weekend’s PGA Championship with his third major of the season, his case will almost certainly be helped; the average z-score for PGA winners since 1970 is -2.39 (a mark that would help him cut ever deeper into the Woods/Nicklaus monopoly). But even if Spieth goes without another victory in 2015, his performance to date suggests that he will not be able to downplay his on-course credentials for long. read more

25 09 19

first_imgScotland’s chief constable has stepped aside with immediate effect after fresh allegations of bullying were made against him.Phil Gormley is now facing two separate inquiries by the police watchdog into alleged gross misconduct after a total of three complaints about his behaviour in a matter of months.He said the latest complaint came from a colleague in the force’s senior management team and announced that he would stand down while investigations were carried out.The beleaguered chief constable said he had sought and been granted “special leave” while the claims against him were properly assessed.He also said he denied and rejected the allegations, and intended to resume his duties in the future.Mr Gormley, who has led Police Scotland since 2016, was already facing an earlier allegation of bullying from a superintendent, which emerged in July.He released a short statement saying: “I have been notified by the SPA of a complaint made against me. This complaint originates from a member of the Force Executive.“In the interests of the office of Chief Constable and the broader interests of Police Scotland, I have sought and been granted special leave to enable this matter to be properly assessed. I deny and reject the allegations and will co-operate with the SPA’s assessment and procedures. It is my intention to resume my full duties when this matter has been resolved.” The latest complaint comes from a member of the force’s senior management team, made up of officers ranked at Assistant Chief Constable, or higher, as well as the force’s deputy chief officer and the director of information and communications technology.Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said it had taken Mr Gormley “too long” to make the right decision to temporarily stand aside but commended him for doing so.He added: “The investigation needs to be completed effectively and swiftly so that a police Scotland can move on.  There is a lot to fix in Police Scotland and we need effective leadership to fix it.” Phil Gormley is now facing two inquiries by watchdogCredit:PA Iain Livingstone, one of Police Scotland’s deputy chief constables, will take over the top job while Mr Gormley is on leave.The inquiries are being carried out by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc), which is led by a former prosecutor and investigates allegations of serious misconduct.It will pass its findings to the SPA, which must hold a misconduct hearing, that could lead to dismissal, if it considers there is a case to answer.It is understood the first complaint being looked into was made by a colleague, Supt Graham McInarlin, who was the chief constable’s aide as head of executive support. Willie Rennie said Mr Gormley had finally done the right thingCredit:PA willie renniecenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Scottish Police Authority, which holds the force to account, said it had approved the request and would keep the decision to approve Mr Gormley’s leave request under review on a four-weekly basis. The bullying allegations are just the latest in a series of controversies that have enveloped the national force since it was created by the SNP through the controversial merger of eight regional forces. Sir Stephen House, Mr Gormley’s predecessor, stood down after the force failed to rescue a woman who lay dying in a car for three days that had crashed off one of Scotland’s busiest motorways. phil gormleylast_img read more

25 09 19

Britain’s defence spending has fallen below two per cent and the MoD is using pension contributions to mask its true figure, an MPs report has said. A Special Report by the Defence Select Committee, using figures covering the last four years, claims that the real level of Defence spending has been below the figure agreed by Nato members for some time. Although the government says it spends 2.1 per cent of GDP on Defence, the new figures suggest Britain first dipped below two per cent in 2014/15 and has not recovered since.The MPs claim that the MoD only met the two per cent benchmark by adjusting what was counted as being part of defence expenditure, such as £1 billion in war pensions and MoD civilian pensions, in 2016. The new accounting method also allowed for British defence expenditure to be officially increased if troops were deployed overseas in greater numbers than anticipated. The Treasury has allocated around £500 million annually for such an eventuality.The government accepts it included new sources of spending in the figures three years ago, but that this was in line with Nato guidelines and was not a Whitehall decision. The figures in the Special Report had not included these new provisions in order to compare current spending with levels before the policy change.   Speaking in a Commons debate on defence spending on Tuesday, Julian Lewis, Chair of the Defence Select Committee, asked if spending 1.8 per cent was credible against an “adversarial Russia and the revival of a terrorist threat from Islamist terrorists”.He said he had written to both Conservative Party leadership contenders seeking assurances that the MoD would be adequately supported were they to win the contest.  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. Mark Lancaster, the Minister for the Armed Forces said that Britain was one of very few Nato members that meets both of the alliance’s core spending guidelines: two per cent of GDP on Defence with 20 per cent of that spend on major equipment and associated research and development.It was “vitally important” he said “that the UK maintains our position as a leading player on the world stage”.“The international situation is darkening, the rules-based order which has kept peace for so long is under constant pressure, and the external threats which confront us are increasingly coming from multiple directions,” he said.“Malign cyber and proxy warfare are rapidly changing the face of conflict [and] the nation’s approach to future spending decisions must reflect these new realities.” Boris Johnson has said “I can give you an absolute commitment to fund defence fully”.  Photo taken at tug of war event during the launch of London Poppy Day on October 27, 2015.Credit:Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images Replying on July 2, Boris Johnson had written: “I can give you an absolute commitment to fund defence fully. “I believe military spending should be dictated by the threats we face and it is clear that these threats have multiplied in both scale and complexity in recent years. “I guarantee of course that we will exceed the minimum two per cent Nato spending target and the defence budget will continue to grow at a minimum of 0.5 per cent annually.”In response Mark Francois, a member of the Select Committee and former Minister of Defence, said “I think in the nicest possible way we should bank that and endeavour to hold him to it, if and when he becomes our Prime Minister”. In Jeremy Hunt’s reply he pledged to increase the defence budget to 2.5 per cent of GDP over five years.  Jeremy Hunt has said: “I have argued that additional funds will need to be made available for new capabilities, not just plugging gaps in existing plans”. Photo taken in Senegal with Royal Marines and Senegal troops. April 29, 2019. Credit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images “I have argued that additional funds will need to be made available for new capabilities, not just plugging gaps in existing plans,” he wrote. “Were I to become Prime Minister I would consider the path of further increases in spending once the 2.5 per cent had been achieved.” Boris Johnson has said “I can give you an absolute commitment to fund defence fully".  Photo taken at tug of war event during the launch of London Poppy Day on October 27, 2015. Jeremy Hunt has said: “I have argued that additional funds will need to be made available for new capabilities, not just plugging gaps in existing plans". Photo taken in Senegal with Royal Marines and Senegal troops. April 29, 2019.  read more

25 09 19

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedContract awarded for $3B water treatment facilities in three communitiesJuly 5, 2017In “latest news”New Diamond well successfully producing water- GWISeptember 28, 2017In “Business”GWI to get US$17M loan to improve water supply countrywideSeptember 2, 2019In “Environment” -says 77,000 persons to benefit from constructionManaging Director of GWI Dr Richard Van West-Charles and Project Manager of Siohydro, Hong Zhou shake hands on the contract for the water treatment plantsThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) on Thursday signed contracts for the construction of three water treatment plants in Regions Three, Four and Six.Chinese company Sinohydro will construct the three plants, which total more than US$30M, in Uitvlugt, West Bank Demerara, Diamond, East bank Demerara, and Sheet Anchor, Canje Berbice.The contract also makes provision for the replacement and installation of transmission mains in the project areas.GWI in a release said that the drafting of the plans for these facilities was three years in the making and is expected to increase GWI’s water coverage by more than 60 per cent.Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan noted the “realisation of the water plants is part of this administration’s drive to bring the good life to all through the provision of safe potable water.”Bulkan stressed the need for “value for money” while telling the contractor that this will be “lawfully enforced”.Performing her final duties as Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams said that the plants will prove to be energy efficient and cost effective for GWI.“Guyana trusts your experience in doing a work well done,” Minister Hastings-Williams charged the contracting company.The Minister pointed out 6,764 households will benefit from the water plants in Region Three, on the East Bank of Demerara 9,292 households stand to gain while 4,629 households will benefit from the water treatment plant in Canje, Berbice Region Six. The per capita investment is approximately $30, 000 per household.The objective, of the water plants, is to improve the quality and sustainability of water supply to these communities.Managing Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, noted that the three plants will complement GWI’s existing 24 water plants across Guyana. In addition to the water plants, he noted that, GWI will soon begin the construction of wells in the project regions.West-Charles added that these plans “come within GWI’s strategic plan” which is pending the board’s approval. read more

21 09 19

first_imgThe 5 at 5: Wednesday State apologises to family harassed by gardaí, and Trump at war with his own intelligence services – it’s the Five at Five. http://jrnl.ie/3240750 Short URL Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 4:57 PM Source: William MurphyEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #APOLOGY: The State has offered an “unconditional apology” to a family that was harassed by gardaí.2. #TRUMP: The US president claims that his own intelligence services are behaving “just like Russia”.3. #MCCABE: New documents show that the ‘admin error’ that led to allegations against Maurice McCabe was not reported as a HSE data protection breach.4. #SERIOUS RISKS: Ireland is being taken to court over waste water by the European Commission.5. #NOT HAPPENING: Floyd Mayweather says he will not be fighting Conor McGregor. By Cianan Brennan 8,736 Views Feb 15th 2017, 4:57 PM No Comments Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

19 09 19

first_img Update: Yes, Facebook’s cryptocurrency is now officially a real thing. Learn more in the announcement for “Libra: A Simple Global Currency and Financial Infrastructure That Can Empower Billions of People.”If the world lasts long enough for us to get the chance to look back on our current dumb era, it’s going to be wild realizing just how much Facebook screwed everything up. From decimating the media industry to poisoning enough brains with misinformation to vote for fascists, The Social Network 2 is going to be the Dr. Strangelove/Network spiritual successor we didn’t know we needed. Plus they put a lot of money in the pocket of evil boy genius Palmer Luckey.You’d think being partially responsible for the ongoing crumbling of political order (to the point of being hauled before Congress) would convince long ago potential presidential candidate Mark Zuckerberg to ease back on his company gaining more control of unstable but essential social institutions. But because we’ve all learned nothing, Facebook is about to roll out its own cryptocurrency.First reported by The Information, an official announcement of Facebook’s cryptocurrency GlobalCoin could come as soon as this month. I would’ve called it “Zuck Bucks” but whatever. But already details have begun to leak out and they are… interesting. The thing about blockchain and cryptocurrency is that while more people than ever at least have some vague idea of what it is, all but the most hardcore GPU-mining weirdos have any real experience making transactions with internet monopoly money.With GlobalCoin Facebook is making some steps towards presenting a cryptocurrency you might actually use. Tying it in with a platform as prominent as Facebook certainly helps. The initiative is apparently spearheaded by former PayPal executive David Marcus who you assume knows a thing or two about online payments. The company is targeting areas around the world where cryptocurrency is potentially more stable than local economies. And physical ATMs where users could get the currency would make it seem even more like familiar money.But man just the idea of Facebook having its own money freaks us out. This isn’t a cute little grift like Razer cryptocurrency, it’s Facebook! In an effort to appease regulators the money would be controlled by an “independent foundation,” but Facebook is still going to have a big stake in it. Facebook employees will even be able to accept their salary in GlobalCoin, because who doesn’t love store credit?Look out for news on Facebook cryptocurrency soon. For more on Facebook check out these customizable avatar stickers and learn more about this naked protest against censorship. Stay on target Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service last_img read more

11 09 19

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of December 16, 2018:Address: 35 Burnap StreetPrice: $423,500Buyer: Martine Jean-Joseph & Wilnes LaurenceauSeller: Paula M. StraccamoroDate: 12/17/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 5,663sfAddress: 5 Isabella WayPrice: $633,900Buyer: Avril E. RemisSeller: Evelyn M. DenorsciaDate: 12/21/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 66,647sfAddress: 16 Murray Hill CirclePrice: $799,900Buyer: Brian Francis & Natasha Pasquale-FrancisSeller: New Houses Inc.Date: 12/20/18Use: Res. Dev. LandLot Size: 15,246sfAddress: 19 Murray Hill CirclePrice: $789,900Buyer: Michael C. Vozzella & Stefania VozzellaSeller: New Houses Inc.Date: 12/20/18Use: Res. Dev. LandLot Size: 19,166sfAddress: 47 Washington AvenuePrice: $485,000Buyer: Sonia Socorro-Vieria & Euna A. MalaveSeller: Evelyn R. CushingDate: 12/19/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 30,928sfLike 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… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

10 09 19

first_imgThe 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback is here at the 2019 New York Auto Show. But before you start asking why it looks like a Mazda, or before you start asking any question really, we’ll need to take a trip down memory lane first.In 2015, Toyota’s now-defunct Scion brand launched the iA sedan, essentially a rebadged version of the Mazda2 sold in other markets. It was pretty good — Mazda bones make for fun cars, after all — and following Scion’s demise, became the Toyota Yaris iA sedan. The weird Scion-ese nomenclature was jettisoned two years ago, and now, Toyota’s dropping the formerly dumpy Yaris Hatchback in favor of another Mazda-made mini.So, 2020 Yaris Hatch. It’s a Mazda2 hatch. Got it?Enlarge ImageThe interior? Pure Mazda. Toyota Toyota will offer the Yaris Hatchback in LE and XLE grades, with standard 16-inch alloy wheels, push-button start and foglights. XLE models add a few more niceties, including leatherette seats, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers and LED headlights.The Yaris also gets a 7-inch infotainment screen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along for the ride. Toyota says the Yaris’ infotainment system is navigation-ready, too — customers just have to buy an accessory SD card at a Toyota dealer to activate this software.Power comes from a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four engine, making a 106 horsepower. That won’t exactly make for blistering performance, but the Yaris Hatchback should be relatively lightweight, and decently fun to toss around. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available.Following its debut at the New York Auto Show, the 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback will hit dealerships later this year. And hey, the five-door Yaris will finally look like its four-door counterpart again. 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback: Mazda2, is that you? New York Auto Show 2019 Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? Share your voice 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup Tags 29 Photos See Allcenter_img Mazda Toyota reading • 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback completes the Mazda merge Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint • Hatchbacks Comment 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? More From Roadshow 1 New York Auto Show 2019 Toyotalast_img read more

9 09 19

first_imgOfficials in Anchorage are trying to get a better handle on human trafficking. And to do that, they’re partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.Listen nowNora Morse is with the Anchorage Police Department. She said the partnership means three separate trainings this month that fit within a national Homeland Security campaign to educate police and healthcare workers who may be on the front lines of identifying trafficking victims.“We all know that human trafficking is kind of a crime that lurks in the dark. The more that people are educated about what it is and what the signs are, the better we can be as a community about identifying it,” Morse said. “So it’s helpful just for education for the public and for people who are working in this field — or people who don’t even know they’re working in a field where human trafficking could occur.”The arrangement does not come with any additional federal resources. But Morse said just starting to track the problem is a meaningful step, especially when it comes to industries in Alaska that are susceptible to labor trafficking.“There aren’t good data tracking mechanisms in place,” Morse said. “So we don’t actually have good numbers. But we can see here in Alaska, we have a lot of industries where this could be happening like fish processing, seasonal things, tourism work.”The trainings in Anchorage are scheduled for later in August.last_img read more

6 09 19

first_imgBhadrachalam: The annual Dhammakka Seva Yatra was taken out on a grand note by the Lord Rama temple here on Tuesday. In the early hours of the day, the tribals took out a big procession on temple roads during which they performed traditional tribal dance.A large number of tribal devotees took part in the procession and raised the slogans ‘Jai Sri Ram’. Later, they performed pujas to the statue of Dhammakka in the town. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Meanwhile, special pujas were also conducted on temple premises to the portrait of Dhammakka. The devotees offered fruits and flowers which they brought from the forest. The temple officials later presented clothes to the tribal devotees. Further, the celestial wedding of Lord Govindaraja Swamy was performed at the Govindaraja Swamy temple in Tatagudi. The tribal devotees from various mandals of Dummugudem, Charla and merged mandals of Andhra Pradesh VR Puram, Kunavaram and Nellipaka thronged the temple. On the occasion, the temple officials provided free transport and food to the devotees. Speaking on the occasion, temple Executive Officer T Ramesh Babu said Dhammakka Seva Yatra is conducted every year in the month of Ashada and tribal devotees from the district take part in the yatra and offer prayers.last_img read more

6 09 19

first_imgAmaravati: The war of wards has happened between the ruling YSRCP and the opposition TDP members in AP Legislative Council on Thursday. During a debate, the House uproars over the fund’s irregularities that happened in state Higher Education Council. The Education Minister Suresh alleged that for the British Council Rs 7 crore and Rs 5.4 crore was given to the Gyanberi program. He said the previous Minister and officials had misused the fund’s allocation. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Minister Suresh alleged that Rs 180 crore of higher education department were diverted to Pasupu Kumkuma scheme. Over this issue, former minister and TDP MLC Nara Lokesh and Minister Anil Kumar Yadav have criticized each other in the House. Where Lokesh demanded Minister Anil Kumar to withdraw his words. He said it is not correct to make comments without any evidence and requires to withdraw the comments immediately. Without ending there, he also stated that CM YS Jagan was in jail for 16 months. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Over this, the YSRCP members have raised objections on Lokesh. Responding over this, Minister Anil Kumar Yadav has referred Lokesh’s words of saying Mangalagiri as Mandalagiri, Jayanthi as Vardhanthi. Without stopping there, Minister made criticizing comments on Lokesh that such people are the ministers in the previous government. Anil also said that Lokesh needs to get training in the mother tongue. He said that by joining the hands with Congress, they had filed false cases against YS Jagan. Minister Anil Kumar has criticized that earlier TDP government has bought 23 YSRCP MLA’s.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgChild Marriage. File photoA fifteen-year old girl from Dhunat in Bogra, managed to prevent her forced marriage, threatening to commit suicide.The girl is a tenth grader and lives with her mother in a village of Kalerpara union in the upazila. Her father died in 2004 and mother is a primary school teacher.Two years ago, a 32-year-old cousin proposed to marry her. The girl and her mother rejected the proposal.Though the girl and her mother strongly opposed the marriage, her cousin and his family arranged a ceremony to marry the girl on Monday evening.The 32-year old man with a host of relatives went to their house and started insisting on marrying her. The girl then locked herself up in a room. The groom and his father tried to break into the room.The girl then threatened them to commit suicide and prepared to hang herself from the ceiling.Local union parishad chairman and others tried to persuade her not to take her life. They also informed the upazila administration about the incident.Dhunat upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Razia Sultana, and officer-in-charge of Dhunat police station Mizanur Rahman rushed there and rescued the girl and also foiled the forced marriage.The mother of the girl lodged a case with the Dhunat police station on Tuesday accusing the groom and his parents.Police have taken the girl in their custody. They arrested the mother of the groom and sent her to jail through a court. The groom and his father are on the run.The mother of the groom said, “She’s the daughter of my brother-in-law and this is why I wanted my son to marry her,” adding that the locals foiled the wedding over enmity.The fifteen-year old girl alleged that her cousin has been teasing her for two years. Her mother claimed that it was a forced marriage and she did not support it.They tried to marry her daughter for the property, she said.UNO Razia Sultana said, “On information, I instantly foiled the marriage of the schoolgirl with the help of the police and took legal steps against the accused.”Dhunat police station OC Mizanur Rahman said, “We’re trying to arrest the groom and his father.”*This piece, originally published in the Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossainlast_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgCardinal George Pell leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on 26 February, 2019. Photo: AFPAustralian Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis’ closest advisors, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes.An Australian jury unanimously found Pell guilty on one count of sexual abuse and four counts of indecent assault against two boys at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s.Pell, now aged 77, was accused of cornering the boys — then aged 12 and 13 — in the cathedral’s sacristy following Sunday mass and forcing them to perform a sex act on him.The cleric, who has remained free on bail, denied all the charges and an initial trial ended with a hung jury in September, but he was convicted on retrial on December 11.A wide-ranging suppression order from the presiding judge had prevented the media from reporting even the existence of court proceedings and the ensuing trials since May.The order was lifted during a court hearing on Tuesday when prosecutors decided against proceeding with a planned second trial dealing with separate allegations against Pell dating from the 1970s.There was no immediate reaction from the Vatican but Pell maintained his innocence Tuesday.”Cardinal George Pell has always maintained his innocence and continues to do so,” said a statement issued by his lawyers, who added that they had lodged an appeal against the conviction.The statement noted that numerous allegations and other charges against Pell had already been withdrawn or discharged.- ‘Rot in hell’ -Of the two choirboys that Pell was found to have assaulted, one died in 2014 and the second said in a statement issued by his lawyer Tuesday that the ongoing legal process was stressful and “not over yet”.”Like many survivors I have experienced shame, loneliness, depression and struggle. Like many survivors it has taken me years to understand the impact upon my life,” said the man, who has not been publicly identified.”At some point we realise that we trusted someone we should have feared and we fear those genuine relationships that we should trust.”Outside the County Court of Victoria, supporters of other abuse survivors yelled “monster” and “rot in hell” as Pell, walking slowly with the aid of a cane, entered a car after the hearing concluded.”It is a miracle. It is unbelievable,” one child sex abuse survivor who only gave his name as Michael told reporters outside the court, adding that he wanted to see the cleric excommunicated from the Church and sent to jail.A pre-sentencing hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, when Pell is expected to be remanded in custody.Pell sat impassively during Tuesday’s court hearing, wearing a beige sport coat over a dark shirt and clerical collar.His conviction is another hammer blow to the Church, which has struggled to convince the world it is serious about tackling widespread child abuse and paedophilia.Pell was appointed by Pope Francis to manage the Vatican finances in 2014, and has been one of the pontiff’s closest advisors.News of his conviction will be a serious setback as the pope pursues a campaign to show the church’s determination to fight sex abuse.Just two days earlier, Pope Francis closed an historic Vatican summit on sexual abuse by priests by likening the abuse to “human sacrifice”.”We are dealing with abominable crimes that must be erased from the face of the earth,” Francis said in closing remarks to the summit, vowing to deal with every case of abuse “with the utmost seriousness”.But critics say the institution is still moving too slowly in dealing with a problem that is global in scale and, at minimum, spans decades.Days after Pell was convicted in secret, the Church announced he had been pulled off a panel of cardinals that make up the Pope’s cabinet and closest advisors.But he has remained in his position as Vatican treasurer, effectively the church’s third-ranking official, although he has been on extended leave since his indictment.- Gag order -Pell’s case has caused consternation in Australia, where he had once been praised by luminaries from a prime minister down, and was a leading conservative voice on issues ranging from gay marriage to climate change.For decades, Pell denied being an abuser or covering up sex abuse, but he did admit he “mucked up” in dealing with paedophile priests in the state of Victoria.During his trial, defence lawyers ridiculed the charges against him, arguing that the cathedral sacristy was a hive of activity following Sunday mass and that it would have been impossible to assault choirboys in such circumstances.Australia’s media has strongly protested the gag order imposed on the case, which forbade them from even mentioning the existence of the trial or the order itself.Following Pell’s December conviction, some international media reported the verdict, while local newspapers published front-page stories informing readers that a prominent Australian had been found guilty of serious crimes, but they were not allowed to reveal what or who.Australian media said Tuesday that they subsequently received “show cause” letters from the court explaining why they should not face contempt charges for their reporting on the case.Around one in five Australians are Catholic, roughly five million people.A five-year royal commission inquiry into child abuse said in a report issued last year that tens of thousands of children had been sexually abused in Australian churches, orphanages, sporting clubs, youth groups and schools in a “national tragedy” over many generations.Before Pell, the most high-profile case in Australia concerning sex abuse in the Church was the conviction earlier last year of the former archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, on charges of concealing crimes by a paedophile priest in the 1970s.Wilson successfully appealed that conviction in early December.last_img read more